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10/23/09

Animal Friends is offering free bags of straw for anyone who owns or cares for outdoor pets.

10/23/09

Avalon Police issued a citation to a North Side man for failing to pay his check at Eat n’ Park restaurant on Oct. 17. Police say Oliver Beasley, 24, of Chester Street, was identified through a license plate number and video taken at the restaurant.

10/23/09

Graffiti was painted on the rear of a Lincoln Avenue building, according to a report received by police on Oct. 14.

10/23/09

By LOIS THOMSON

Ben Avon is considering eliminating the Bookmobile service in the borough. In drafting the 2010 budget, council member Judy Konitsney, head of finance, said at the Oct. 20 council meeting that she recommends not renewing the service for the coming year.

The Bookmobile comes to Ben Avon once a week for an hour, and she said that on average, 24 people have been using it, of which 16 are borough residents. And at a cost of $9,115, that averages out to $11 per person, per hour. Ben Avon Heights had contributed to the cost in 2009, but is not planning to do so next year.

10/23/09

By JIM RUMBLE

Terrible would be the word to describe the cold, damp and rainy conditions that prevailed when the Northgate Flames played Bishop Canevin at Dormont Stadium last Friday.

It also would be used to describe Northgate’s field position on almost all of their offensive possessions, a situation that helped the Crusaders easily whip the Flames 31-0.

While registering two field goals, Canevin kicker Drake Greer boomed almost all of his kick-offs into the end zone or at the goal line to force the Flames’ offense to play on a much longer field.

10/23/09

Northgate High School is hoping that next year its athletic teams will be competing in Class A instead of AA.

The Pennsylvania Interscholastic Athletic Association (PIAA) makes class assignments every two years based on the number of boys and girls in grades 9-11. Northgate's current count of 176 boys and 141 girls would have been low enough two years ago to put the school's teams into Class A, competing against schools of a similar size instead of the larger AA schools. Northgate exceeded the last cut-off level by some six boys.

10/23/09

Northgate H1N1 vaccinations The Northgate School District has announced dates for H1N1 vaccinations for students in grades 5-12.

Superintendent Dr. Reggie Bonfield said, at the school board's regular meeting on Monday, that students in grades 9-12 will be able to receive the vaccine on Monday, Oct. 26, and Monday, Nov. 2, from 2 to 7 p.m.

Bonfield said that students in grades 5-8, who are 10 years old or older, will be able to receive the vaccine on Wednesday, Oct. 28, and Wednesday, Nov. 4, from 2 to 7 p.m.

10/23/09

Richard Lundell Richard E. "Dick" Lundell, 78, of Ben Avon, died Tuesday, Oct. 13, 2009.

Mr. Lundell was a U.S. Amy veteran of the Korean Conflict. He was retired from Headliner as a lithographer.

10/23/09

Repair work on Pennsylvania Avenue in Emsworth will have to wait until the spring.

10/23/09

Police have arrested a man they say fired several shots and assaulted a Bellevue doctor and his wife Wednesday evening before stealing narcotics.

Police were called to the Suburban General Professional Building at the corner of Lincoln and South Jackson avenues shortly after 5:30 p.m. when shots were reported fired in an office on the basement floor of the building.

10/23/09

Bad field conditions, cold weather and a light drizzle slowed down the 'Lopes’ offense last week against Leechburg. But that didn't matter. The defense came up with two scores on turnovers and carried Avonworth to their sixth win of the season, 21-6.

The game was the 'Lopes' first of the season on a muddy grass field, and it showed. Avonworth's offense was unable to put any points on the board until the final play from scrimmage in the first half.

Head coach Jason Kekseo said that the bad weather and "terrible field conditions" were not conducive to their fast-paced offense.

10/17/09

Both local high school football teams took to the road for another rainy Friday night of competition.

Avonworth returned home victorious, beating Leechburg 21-6. It was a night for underclassmen to shine. Both sophomore Brian Vales and junior Ryan Schmid returned interceptions for touchdowns, and Vales added another score via a reception.

Northgate struggled with bad field position, turnovers and penalties in the Flames' 31-0 loss to Bishop Canevin. Pat Carr took a pass from QB John Girvin some 90 yards across the goal line, only to have the TD called back due to a holding penalty.

10/16/09

Police and firefighters from Avalon, Ben Avon and Bellevue worked to rescue the driver of a vehicle hit head-on on Ohio River Boulevard in Avalon Friday morning. The woman was believed to have suffered a leg injury. She was transported to the hospital by NorthWest EMS. Photo by Connie Rankin for The Citizen

10/16/09

Except for one quick score, it took almost the whole first half of last Friday's section match-up against the Carlynton Cougars for Avonworth's offense to finally get its engine going.

Nonetheless, on the wheels of Jimmy Zubik, the 'Lopes picked up the shut-out win at Lenzner Field, 27-0, and improved to 5-1 on the season.

"We came together as a team in the second half," head coach Jason Kekseo said.

The match-up marked the most intense, hard-hitting game of the year, with both sides playing until, and sometimes after, every whistle.

10/16/09

Avalon Police officers answering a disturbance call on South Ohio Street Oct. 10 ended up arresting a North Side man and seizing some 65 bags of suspected heroin.

10/16/09

A resident of Meade Avenue reported that two purses and a vehicle had been stolen during a burglary at the home on Oct. 10.

A Cliff Avenue resident reported an attempted burglary the same day.

A vehicle on Kendall Avenue was reported broken into on Oct. 7. Money and electronics were reported stolen.

The door to a home on South Harrison was reported vandalized on Oct. 11.

Ian McGee, 33, of Orchard Avenue, faces charges of simple assault and obstructing justice at the scene of a vehicle crash on Ohio River Boulevard on Oct. 6.

10/16/09

The death of a man whose body was discovered during a Bellevue fire has been ruled a homicide.

10/16/09

In an effort to spread the cost of covering a projected budget deficit and the cost of mandated sewer repairs, Emsworth residents urged officials Wednesday to increase a tax levied on people who work in the borough.

Facing an increase in sewage fees next year, residents who attended the Oct. 14 council meeting called for an increase in a $26 Local Services Tax (LST) approved by council at a special meeting on Sept. 23.

10/16/09

A Bellevue native and Northgate High School graduate has been named head basketball coach at the University of North Florida (UNF) in Jacksonville.

Matthew Driscoll will lead the Division I, Atlantic Sun Conference, team in its first game on Nov. 14 against Notre Dame.

Driscoll began his career in 1988 as the head coach at Northgate. He served as head coach at LaRoche College 1993-97, and was an assistant at Baylor for six years. He also coached at Clemson and Wyoming universities.

Driscoll is a 1992 graduate of Slippery Rock, and is married with two sons.

10/16/09

School flu update Although Northgate has received confirmation of its first case of the H1N1 (swine flu) virus, the illness has not yet made much of an impact on student attendance.

Superintendent Dr. Reggie Bonfield told school board members Monday that one student has been confirmed to have contracted the virus. Bonfield said they he suspects that other students have as well, but those cases have not been confirmed.

10/16/09

School flu update Although Northgate has received confirmation of its first case of the H1N1 (swine flu) virus, the illness has not yet made much of an impact on student attendance.

Superintendent Dr. Reggie Bonfield told school board members Monday that one student has been confirmed to have contracted the virus. Bonfield said they he suspects that other students have as well, but those cases have not been confirmed.

10/16/09

By JIM RUMBLE

In a clash between winless teams, the Northgate Flames' comeback attempt came up short when they traveled to Cornell last Friday.

After spotting the Raiders 13 first half points, the Flames put forth a courageous effort in the second, but couldn't get it done in the end as they suffered their sixth loss of the season 20-12.

After the game coach Mike Pipak said, "I'm so proud of our kids - they sucked it up and played so hard in the second half." He added, "We had our chances and just couldn't finish at the end."

10/16/09

Anna Lukovich

Anna M. Schwartz Lukovich of Avalon, wife of the late Joseph Lukovich, died Wednesday, Oct. 7, 2009.

She is survived by her daughter, Karen Mignella; two siblings, Mary Schwartz and John Schwartz; three grandchildren, Joseph Mignella, Lisa Petrovich and her husband John Mark and Michael Mignella; and nieces and nephews. She was preceded in death by three siblings, Michael Schwartz, Frank Schwartz and Katherine Park.

Friends were received at T.B. Devlin Funeral Home, North Hills. A Mass of Christian Burial was held in the Church of the Assumption on Saturday.

10/16/09

Two Avalon residents have been charged with the Sept. 11 robbery of the Ben Avon Mini Mart.