The Bellevue Fire Department is offering a free fire education program that includes helping residents identify home fire hazards, consultation regarding emergency escape planning, and smoke and carbon monoxide detector placement and testing.

Home fire safety inspections will be conducted at homes by an officer of the Bellevue Fire Department.

To schedule a consultation, call (412)766-7455 or e-mail


Sewer repair payments Two payments for sewer repairs were authorized by Bellevue Council earlier this week.

Council approved, at its regular meeting on Sept. 1, a payment to Fleming-Walker, Inc. of $87,362.95 for sewer repairs. The repairs were mandated by the consent order aimed at cleaning up area municipalities' sewers.

Borough engineer John Rusnak told officials that the company will begin to line the sewers next week.


Stone was reported stolen from a construction site in the Cobblestone plan of homes off Crawford Road in Ohio Township. The theft was reported Sept. 1.

A trampoline was reported stolen Aug. 28 from a residence on Walnut Street in Ben Avon.

A Beaver County man was arrested after he reportedly threw coffee on another driver during a road rage incident on Ohio River Boulevard in Emsworth. Adam Thompson, 27, of New Brighton, was cited on Aug. 31.


Kirk Tyler Kirk F. Tyler of Avalon died Wednesday, Aug. 26, 2009. He is survived by his wife, Kathy Carlson Tyler; three sons, Kirk M. Tyler of Maryland, Scott T. Tyler and Brad P. Tyler; four siblings, Ronald Tyler and his wife Nancy, Marilyn Hutchison and her husband Bill of Nevada, Joyce Schraeder and her husband Garry and Noreen Sarazen and her husband Larry; his sister-in-law, Jean Tyler; and nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by his brother, Martin “Butchie” Tyler.


In what probably seems another lifetime, home for Dubrvka and Zdenko Moro and their daughter, Vanesa, 23 and son Marjan, 21, was the city of Mostar in Bosnia and Herzegovina, where they lived until war broke out in the region in 1992.

“When it started, we moved the family to Germany, where we stayed for seven years. After the war ended in 1999, life was very hard, and so we moved here, with help from Catholic Charities,” Dubrvka said.


A burglary was reported at Shadeland Beer Distributor on Brighton Road on Aug. 18.

An apartment on Brighton Road was reported burglarized on Aug. 17.

A Dawson Avenue resident reported Aug. 19 that his apartment had been burglarized.

A vehicle was reported stolen from Orchard Avenue during the night on Aug. 21.

A resident of Forest Avenue reported the attempted theft of his vehicle on Aug. 21.

A vehicle on Lincoln Avenue was reported broken into during the night on Aug. 17.

A Sumner Avenue resident reported Aug. 18, that her vehicle had been entered during the night.


After going 1-8 last season, the Northgate Flames varsity football team is determined to play hard until the final whistle of every game this year, something head coach Mike Pipak said the team had trouble with last fall.

Pipak, who is in his third season as head coach, said the Flames had a chance to win a lot of the games in the 2008 season, but the team was worn down and fell apart in the third quarter.

"We are emphasizing on finishing games," he said.

The Flames’ schedule will not make the season any easier though, as Pipak noted the difficulty of the section.


Final approval A fire services agreement covering Kilbuck Township received final approval earlier this week.

Already approved by the borough councils of Ben Avon and Emsworth, the Kilbuck Township Board of Supervisors added their unanimous support at their regular meeting on Aug. 25.

With the undermanned Kilbuck Volunteer Fire Company disbanding effective Sept. 1, firefighters from Emsworth and Ben Avon will respond to calls in the township, splitting the coverage area in half. Kilbuck will pay some $26,000 for the service.


John Connolly Jr. John “J” Wray Connolly Jr., of Ohio Township died Wednesday, Aug. 19, 2009.


An Emsworth man was formally arraigned last week on charges that he sexually assaulted the 6-year-old daughter of a woman he picked up in a local bar.

According to Ohio Township Police, the charges stem from an incident last March 17 that occurred after Joseph Boylan, 34, met a woman at the House of Lee restaurant and bar in Emsworth. Police say he accompanied the woman and her daughter to her nearby apartment, where he first engaged in a consensual relationship with the mother. He later is accused of assault the child.


An interstate drug trafficking ring based in Ohio Township was closed down last week when a state grand jury returned indictments against 12 men.

The investigation by the state Attorney General’s Bureau of Narcotics Investigation was called “Operation Infamous Choppers” after the Camp Horne Road, Ohio Township business that served as the base for a drug ring that officials say brought some $2 million worth of marijuana from Mexico, by way of Arizona, to Western Pennsylvania.


Just because Henry “Hank” Comerer moved into a fourth floor Avalon apartment three years ago doesn’t mean that he had any intentions of giving away his gardening tools. And despite having his planting area reduced from a large garden to a 10 x 5 balcony space, Hank, now 91, has managed to plant a thriving garden of flowers and vegetables that enjoy exposure to all-day sun, along with his careful tending.

Hank was born and grew up in Emsworth, where his grandmother had lived “… before it was Emsworth. My uncle, John Sevin, was the borough clerk for 54 years,” Hank said.


"Whatever it takes."

That's the motto this year for an Avonworth varsity football team that has a lot to live up to.

The starting line-ups for this year's 'Lopes will not look anything like last year's 11-1 section winning team. Jason Kekseo, who is in his fifth season as head coach, said that he had to replace all 11 starters on the defensive side of the ball, and eight players on offense.


Most realtors rank curb appeal near the top of the list of features needed to sell a house. Zero curb appeal -- nearly zero chances of selling the property.

Linda Cumer and husband Bill became exceptions to that rule when they purchased their Emsworth home two years ago.


What goes around sometimes goes around -- and around and around…

Or so it seemed when Ohio River Boulevard opened as a state-of-the-art road that linked Pittsburgh to the North Boroughs, terminating, at that time, in Emsworth.

Henry “Hank” Roth, 90, formerly of Emsworth and now an Avalon resident, recalls the day when the road officially opened.


A Brighton Heights man arrested Aug. 8 for the assault of his girlfriend now faces multiple additional charges.

On Aug. 14, police say Louis Pellettiro, 33, again visited his girlfriend’s residence, this time slashing the tires on her car and otherwise damaging the vehicle before running from police. He has been charged with loitering or prowling at night, vandalism, fleeing and attempting to elude police, possession of a prohibited offensive wea-pon, harassment by communication and public drunkenness.


Avalon Elementary parking Borough officials and Avalon PTO members have come up with a plan to help ease parking problems created when parents drop-off and pick-up their child-ren at school.

A resolution approved by Avalon Council at its Aug. 18 meeting will allow parents to purchase a parking permit that will let them park in front of the school, between North School Street and North Chestnut Street, from 7:30 until 8:30 a.m. and from 2:30 until 4 p.m. on weekdays.


Edith Freed Edith McClelland Freed, 93, formerly of Bellevue and wife of the late David S. McClelland and Charles W. Freed, died Tuesday, Aug. 11, 2009 in Baptist Home. Mrs. Freed was a member of the Eastern Star for 50 years. She is survived by three children, Donald K. McClelland, Sharon L. Freed and Patricia E. Fasciano and her husband David; her grandson, Marc McClelland; her sister-in-law, Lucille McClelland; her goddaughter, Patti Drake; and nieces and nephews.


A young man from Stowe Township faces multiple charges of indecent assault and corruption of minors stemming from an incident that occurred in Ben Avon earlier this summer.

Police say that two girls, ages 11 and 14, were visiting an Alder Drive home in June, as was Justin Sayre, 18, of Stowe, and a friend of his.

A guardian of one of the girls later contacted police alleging that Sayre had improper contact with the girls, according to Ohio Township Police Chief Beaver Micklos.


What began more than a decade ago as the vision of a zoning ideal came much closer to reality Tuesday. But for an error by Avalon officials, what is believed to be the state’s first joint zoning code would already be in effect.


Game machines were broken into and cash stolen, along with televisions, during a burglary at Anthony’s on Ohio River Boulevard that was discovered Aug. 6. Allegheny County Police detectives were called to investigate.

A South Chestnut Avenue resident reported Aug. 10 that a grill had been stolen from the back porch of the home, along with the grill cover and two propane tanks.

Daniel Condit, 41, of North Balph Avenue, Bellevue, was charged with driving under the influence on New Brighton Road following a motor vehicle accident on Aug. 8.


Two purse snatchings were investigated by Bellevue police on Aug 9.

Police say that a women was robbed and her purse taken in the area of Dunbar and Textor avenues at 2:37 p.m. The suspect was described as a white male, more than six feet tall, wearing a fishing hat and beige shirt and shorts.

A purse snatching on Orchard Avenue was reported at 10:22 p.m. The suspect is a black male.


The Avonworth School Board voted Monday to attempt to thwart efforts by the Avonworth Cheerleading Boosters to collect money from the parents of two girls.