A McKees Rocks man was arrested by both Avalon and Ohio Township police during the past week, once after being held at gunpoint when he entered an apartment on Ohio River Boulevard.


A Bellevue church closed its doors last Sunday after more than a century

Bellevue Central United Methodist Church closed after services on Nov. 1. The church was built in 1905.

According to Rev. Donald Scandrol, district superintendent for the Pittsburgh district of the Western Pennsylvania Conference of the United Methodist Church, support for the church had been dwindling.

Scandrol said there might have been some 30-40 official members, but that only a handful of people were going to services at the church.


Ben Avon's incumbent mayor and two council members, all Democrats, were unseated Tuesday in a stunning upset victory for newcomers.

The only incumbent council member re-elected during the general election was Republican Lloyd Corder, who was nominated on both the Republican and Democratic tickets.

The only Democrat elected to council Tuesday was 19-year-old Richard White, who was the top vote-getter after Corder.

Joining him, and Corder, on the borough council in January will be Robert Galbraith II and Brian Tokar.


The North Boroughs' representative on the Allegheny County Council will keep his seat in January, as Republican Matt Drozd defeated Democratic challenger Tom Michalow of Avalon.

Although Michalow carried most of the North Boroughs, Drozd carried traditionally Republican areas to secure his second term on county council.

Overall, Drozd received 10,051 votes to Michalow's 7,709. Vote totals by municipality were, first for Drozd, then Michalow:

Aleppo 258, 104 Avalon 278, 485 Bellevue 465, 698 Ben Avon 186 , 222 Ben Avon Hts. 64, 36 Coraopolis 456, 677


All three incumbents seeking election to Bellevue Council will return to their seats in January, where they will be joined by two newcomers.

Bellevue voters decided council races in each of the borough's three wards, including a close race in the first ward that ultimately ended with both Kathleen Coder and Jane Braunlich returned to council.

The two incumbents each led the ballot in one of the ward's two districts, with Republican Coder getting the most votes overall.


Tim Hartman laughs at any suggestion that his family name is taking on the fame of the legendary Barrymores.


Tax delinquencies ad

Bellevue Council voted Wednesday to advertise a list of property owners who have not paid their taxes for 2009.

The list will be advertised in The Citizen in December after taxpayers are given an opportunity to pay their delinquent real estate taxes or make payment arrangements with tax collector Joe Nolan.

Council voted 7-1 to spend up to $500 for the advertisement. Council member Mark Helbling was opposed, and Lisa Blaney-Stewart was absent.

H1N1 vaccinations


Bellevue tax collector Joe Nolan announced last week that he is seeking the Republican nomination to run for the United States Congress in the 14th Congressional District.

The 14th District is represented by Democrat Mike Doyle.

Nolan, who previously served on Bellevue Council, is the owner of a tax service business in Bellevue. His wife, Susan, is a member of the Northgate School Board.


The WPIAL Class A Eastern Conference title was on the line last Friday night at J.C. Stone Field as the Avonworth Antelopes met the North Catholic Trojans in the final game of the regular season.

After a scoreless first half, the Trojans came out of the locker room ready to play and went on to beat Avonworth 17-7 and take home the conference title.

"We didn't come out to play in the second half," head coach Jason Kekseo said after the game.



Another dismal season came to a close for the Northgate football team as they were overpowered at Sto Rox last Friday, 51-12.

The Flames, who finished the season 1-8, had some chances early on, but couldn't take advantage as the Vikings pretty much decided the outcome by moving to a 24-0 halftime lead.

"We moved the ball real well all night, we just couldn't finish down at the end, especially early in the game," coach Mike Pipak said afterwards.


Joseph Tumpa Sr. Joseph C. Tumpa Sr., 91, of West Deer Township, formerly of Avalon and husband of the late Julia M. Visnansky Tumpa, died Thursday, Oct. 29, 2009. Mr. Tumpa was a member of Utility Workers of America (AFL-CIO) Local #433.


Joseph Tumpa Sr. Joseph C. Tumpa Sr., 91, of West Deer Township, formerly of Avalon and husband of the late Julia M. Visnansky Tumpa, died Thursday, Oct. 29, 2009. Mr. Tumpa was a member of Utility Workers of America (AFL-CIO) Local #433.


A 17-year-old Pittsburgh boy faces some serious charges after an attempt to shoplift a bottle of vodka went awry.

Police say that the boy was caught when he tried to steal the alcohol from the Camp Horne Road Giant Eagle store. When caught, police say, the boy threatened employees.

He has been charged with one count of retail theft, one count of underage possession of alcohol, and two counts of terroristic threats.



All candidates running for election to office in Avalon were unopposed, and it still remains to be seen if a third ward council seat has been filled.

Mayor David Haslett was re-elected with 633 votes.

Current council president Ed Klicker will move into the elected tax collector's office in January. Klicker, who appeared on both the Democratic and Republican tickets, received 689 votes.


The Avonworth Antelopes are now focused on the WPIAL playoffs after suffering a disappointing loss to North Catholic Friday night.

The 'Lopes held their own against the undefeated home team throughout the first half, with neither team scoring. In the second half, however, penalties helped keep the 'Lopes out of the end zone. An 80-yard kick off return by Jimmy Zubik set up the only Avonworth touchdown of the night by quarterback Tom Turnbull. Kicker Houston Hunt added the extra point.

North Catholic picked up two touchdowns and a field goal to win 17-7.


The Riverview Raiders’ hopes for a win last week were put to sleep early by a heavy dose of Avonworth's running game, and the defense held a shut-out until the fourth quarter to give Avonworth the win, 41-8, on senior night.

And just because it was senior night didn't mean only the upperclassmen played. Head coach Jason Kekseo said that every member of the team that was dressed to play saw game time.


Herman Brown, 49, of Gilliland Place, and a 15-year old male were arrested Oct. 21 for disorderly conduct during an incident on Lincoln Avenue.

Monroe Jones, 53, of South Harrison Avenue, faces a charge of disorderly conduct following an incident at an apartment building on South Harrison on Oct. 20.

Thomas Saar, 44, and William Hamilton, 45, both of McKees Rocks, were removed from the Northgate football game on Oct. 23 for being intoxicated. Police say the men will be cited.


With five council seats to be filled, the Nov. 3 general election is an important one for Bellevue. There are contests to be decided in each of the borough's three wards.

First Ward

Voters will choose two representatives from among four candidates running for council in the first ward. Incumbents Jane Braunlich (Democrat) and Kathleen Coder (Republican) are joined on their respective ballots by newcomers Susan Schafer and David Piet.


Ben Avon voters will find a full slate of choices for borough office on the Nov. 3 ballot, and are sure to pick at least one new member of council.

The potential exists for voters to replace up to four members of council and the mayor, although incumbent Lloyd Corder has a head start on the pack by appearing on both the Democratic and Repub-lican ballots. Corder was listed on the GOP ballot in the primary, but picked up enough write-in votes to secure a position on the Democratic ticket as well.


Something about the North Boroughs inspires holiday decorations. Valentine's Day, Easter, Christmas, of course, and for some residents, what has become the favorite outlet of their creativity: Halloween.

While almost every area street sports its share of monster inflatables, witches, goblins and lights, Jeff and Mary Marous, who have lived in Avalon for the past eight years, have pumped the art of Halloween decoration to a new level -- sort of an interactive "happening."


In order to overcome a budget deficit of some $276,000, most residents and property owners in Emsworth can expect a sewer rate increase next year. How much of an increase, or how residents will be charged, though, has yet to be determined.

At a special meeting held Wednesday, Gateway Engineers presented a total of eight different rate options to Emsworth Council, each of which is projected to cover all sewer-related expenses for the next five years.



Northgate football coach Mike Pipak has stated throughout the season how hard his team plays and the effort that they put in, even in defeat. Well, all of their hard work finally paid off. The Flames defeated Quaker Valley at home last Friday, 12-8.

"We did the things that we had to do defensively. Offensively, we moved the ball then sputtered a little," Pipak said after the game. He added, "This team really deserved to win with all of their hard work. They battled all night long."


Pennsylvania's Low-Income Home Energy Assistance program (LIHEAP) will open for the 2009-10 heating season on Nov. 2.

LIHEAP provides cash grants to help low-income households to pay for home heating fuel, and crisis grants to address heating emergencies.

During the 2008-09 heating season, approximately 547,000 families were helped through cash grants, and more than 202,000 families received crisis assistance through LIHEAP.

For the upcoming heating season, the crisis portion of the program will open on Jan. 4.


Avalon Council member Tom Michalow is challenging Republican incumbent Matt Drozd for the District I seat on Allegheny County Council.

Michalow, a Democrat, was born and raised in McCandless and is a 1989 North Allegheny High School graduate. He is a 1993 distinguished graduate of Virginia Military Institute.

Michalow received a master’s of education degree from Duquesne University in 1998, along with teaching certificates for social studies and German. He teaches history and German at Northgate High School.