Settlement reached Emsworth officials have approved a settlement for payment of back taxes by the owner of a Grant Avenue property.

Council members went into executive session at their July 8 meeting to consult with solicitor Michael Marmo about the matter, which involved a bankruptcy and court action.

The borough will receive $6,400 as part of the settlement, Marmo said.

Liquor license Emsworth Council gave final approval July 8 to the transfer of an additional liquor license into the borough.


Robert Harkins Robert G. Harkins, 58, of South Park, died Wednesday, July 1, 2009.

Mr. Harkins was a systems analyst at the Information Security Group of UPMC Churchill Center. He was a graduate of North Hills High School and received a bachelor of science degree in chmistry from Duquesne University, and a B.S. degree in electrical engineering from the University of Pittsburgh. He was an avid supporter of the Multiple Sclerosis Society and the American Diabetes Association through cycling.


A recent Avonworth High School graduate was critically injured in a single-vehicle accident in Ben Avon during the early morning hours of July 5.


Independence is something that has always been treasured in American society. Our dedication to the concept of independence started with the entire nation’s battle for freedom from a monarchy that sought to control everything from our religious beliefs to the expenditure of tax dollars. We formed a country based on individual rights. But more than that, we revere the image of the rugged individualist, courageously standing alone against the powers that be.

And that is where our desire for independence ends, with the “powers that be.” We have never wanted our governments to be independent from the will of the people. For more than 200 years we have adopted laws at every level of government to ensure that those paid with our tax dollars conduct business in the open, where we are able to observe and comment on -- not to mention influence -- the decisions made.

It is a distinction that Bellevue officials would do well to recognize.



Dog catches Frisbee in mid-air.



Alice Lang Alice M. Logue Lang of Avalon died Friday, June 26, 2009. She is survived by her husband, Wenzel Lang; three sons, Richard Lang of Bellevue, Russell Lang and his wife Carol of Squirrel Hill and Mark Lang and his wife Kim of Atlanta, GA; her sister, Lois Logue Thomas; two grandsons, Matthew and his wife Jessica of Ann Arbor, MI and Brian of Pittsburgh; and a great-grandchild, Callum of Michigan. She was preceded in death by her parents, Thomas and Mary Logue; and three siblings, Thomas, James and Vera Logue.



A storefront window at Bellevue Vision on Lincoln Avenue was reported broken on June 23.

A vehicle on Orchard Avenue was reported stolen June 17. It was recovered later by officers on South Fremont Avenue.

A West View resident reported his vehicle windshield had been broken by an object that was thrown at it on June 17. The incident happened in the area of Union and Hillcrest avenues.

A manager at the Sunoco station on Ohio River Boulevard reported credit card fraud on June 16. The suspect was caught on videotape, police say, and the incident is being investigated.


Police responded to two accidents on Union Avenue attributed to manholes exposed during road construction. Both occurred on June 20. In the first, the vehicle was towed after the car’s oil pan was damaged. In the second, the driver told police that hitting the manhole caused the vehicle to come to a stop and the air bags deployed.


Bellevue Council wants to negotiate with the Northgate School District over sharing the cost of the Glaser Avenue rehabilitation, but council members disagree on what portion Bellevue should contribute.


Two bicycles were reported stolen from the front porch of a home on North Balph Avenue on June 10.

A resident of Brighton Road reported June 9 that his apartment had been burglarized.


Bellevue has been notified by Ross Township that it must clean up a lot adjacent to Memorial Park.


The annual North Boroughs Independence Day fireworks celebration will have to be delayed this year due to severe damage to Avalon’s park caused by recent rains.

This year’s event was planned for Friday, July 3, at Avalon’s park on New Brighton Road. Last week’s heavy rains, however, caused flooding from the creek that borders the ballfields. A retaining wall and fence were undermined almost the entire length of the fields, and the fields themselves were covered with flood waters, mud and debris.


After advertising hearings for public comments on proposed amendments to the personnel code and the civil service rules and regulations, some Bellevue Council members showed up on June 24 only to find that no such hearing had actually been authorized.


The Kilbuck Township Volunteer Fire Company will officially disband as of Sept. 1.

Even as representatives of other North Boroughs fire companies meet to discuss possible implementation of a state plan to merge fire protection services in the area, the manpower-depleted Kilbuck organization has been working to sell the fire hall, sell off property, and settle debts.

Those plans took a different turn this week.


A new law designed to protect Pennsylvania residents from home improvement fraud will go into effect July 1, bringing with it significant changes in how contractors do business, and sizeable penalties for noncompliance.

Anyone who makes at least $5,000 a year performing repairs or renovations to residential properties in the state will fall under the mandates of the Home Improvement Consumer Protection Act. Landscapers are exempt if they only cut grass or plant trees, but must meet the act’s requirements if they do any hardscape work, such as retaining walls, fences, fountains and walkways.


Shared passes? Shared services at the Bellevue and Avalon swimming pools might someday go a step further.

This year, for the first time, the two boroughs are sharing a pool manager and lifeguards, coordinating programs and moving personnel between the pools as necessary.

Bellevue parks committee chairman Steve Mosolansky, speaking at the pre-council meeting held July 24, suggested allowing pass holders at both pools to visit the other pool at no additional charge.


Police investigated, on June 22, two reports of graffiti at businesses on Camp Horne Road. A planter in front of the Emsworth Borough Hall also was vandalized with graffiti, police say.

Michael Rose, 36, of Aliquippa, was charged with possession of drug paraphernalia on Ohio River Boulevard in Emsworth on June 19.

Bradley Becker, 23, of Ben Avon, was picked up in that borough on June 20 pursuant to an Allegheny County bench warrant.

Robert Allen, 35, of McDonald, was charged with driving under the influence on Ohio River Boulevard in Kilbuck Township on June 22.


Ross Township Police and Ross West View EMS personnel speak with an employee of the Brighton Road Giant Eagle who was reportedly bitten by a female robbery suspect during a hold up about 9 p.m. Wednesday.


An Avonworth High School graduate is part of Westminster College's swimming and diving recruiting class of 2009.

Carolyn Swarlis, daughter of Paul and Teresa Swarlis, will swim for Westminster's team next year.

As part of the combined Northgate/Avon-worth swim teams, Swarlis competed with three relay squads that set school records, the 200 and 400 meter freestyle and the 200 medley teams. She also set the individual school record in the 100 freestyle.

She earned high honors at Avonworth, and earned the Army Reserve National Scholar Athlete Award.


An area youth recently placed first in the 7-8 year-old category in the pitch, hit and run competition at PNC Park.

To qualify for the championship, Turner Grau had to win at the local level preliminaries at Pine-Richland, and at sectionals at Springdale. In the finals at PNC, he went up against three other sectional winners from Western Pennsylvania. Athletes compiled points in each of the three categories to determine the winner.


Even as local emergency responders and municipal officials waited to see what weather was in store for the area over the weekend, crews began the clean-up Thursday morning of the debris left behind by heavy thunderstorms Thursday night.


An employee of an Ohio River Boulevard business was charged with indecent assault after he reportedly made unwelcome advances to a female co-worker.

Police say that Eric Smith, 24, of the North Side, is accused of inappropriately touching the woman while both were at work.


Police and firefighters spent several hours Sun-day night searching for the body of a woman who jumped from the Jacks Run Bridge on Route 65. Allegheny County homicide detectives and the medical examiner’s office were called to the scene once the woman was located in the heavily-wooded area.

One person was taken into custody after an occupant of a vehicle reportedly flashed a gun at the Dairy Queen on Ohio River Boulevard on June 5. Police quickly stopped the vehicle and discovered that one of the occupants was wanted on warrant by the county sheriff’s office.




Wonder how many of the Avonworth School Board members who voted for the recent tax increase for the school district complained this week when the Governor raised the state income tax? I am sure there were a few.

Between the governor and school board, they have now wiped out any savings from the funds received from the casinos across the state for property owners.