Articles

8/21/09

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.

8/21/09

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.

8/21/09

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.

8/21/09

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.

8/21/09

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.

8/21/09

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.

8/21/09

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.

8/14/09

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.

8/14/09

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.

8/14/09

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.

8/14/09

Tyler Frew of Kilbuck Township recalls when he first knew that he wanted to pursue a medical career.

8/14/09

Budget cuts?

Avonworth administrators may look to budget cuts for Avonworth Elementary School in order to provide additional consulting services at the school.

Board treasurer Frank Mucha said at the board's regular meeting on Monday that the district is looking at entering into an agreement with John Esaias for consulting services for the first semester of this school year.

The agreement would pay Esaias $50 per hour, to work two days a week, at a cost not to exceed $12,500.

8/14/09

The Northgate School Board is expected to vote Monday on whether to spend at least $125,000 for improvements to a small Bellevue street used by students who walk to the middle - senior high school.

The Borough of Bellevue has obtained a $120,000 grant and has agreed to contribute $50,000 more toward the $300,000 project that will take over and rebuild a private portion of Glaser Avenue, and construct sidewalks along the street.

8/14/09

Daniel K. Fiorenzo Daniel K. Fiorenzo, 52, of Bellevue, died Saturday Aug. 1, 2009. He was a member of BAC Local 9. He leaves his wife, Leslie (Bunce); six sons, Daniel G., Bryan F., David D., Erik R., Richard C., and Jacob J., all of Bellevue; his mother, Hilda Fiorenzo; a sister, Janice Pletz of Bethal Park; and brother Anthony of Bellevue. He was preceded in death by his father, Generoso; and two brothers, Philip and Richard Fiorenzo. Friends were received at the Lawrence T. Miller Funeral Home in Bellevue, where a blessing service was held Wednesday.

Robert Boyd

8/14/09

A section of bleachers at Kenny Field on Ohio River Boulevard in Emsworth was reported stolen Aug. 10.

Police were called to Diamond Run on Aug. 6 when a golf cart was reported stolen from a storage shed and driven into a lake.

Vandalism to a realty sign near Shannopin Country Club in Ben Avon Heights was reported Aug. 8. Police say paint and caution tape was used.

Kimberly Behr, 40, of Pittsburgh, was charged with retail theft from Giant Eagle, as well as possession of marijuana, on July 30.

8/7/09

Bill Thoma has probably spent far more time than money in assembling his Ben Avon garden.

From the flowers to the veggies to the stone walls, a pattern of recycling and reusing prevails, starting at the front sidewalk and carrying through to the wooded boundary at the far end of his back yard.

Thoma’s garden provides a break from working construction and for Duquesne Light for the past 19 years, although he admits that he hasn’t done much with the front yard since the family moved in.

8/7/09

An attempted break-in at a Taylor Avenue home was reported to police shortly after it occurred on July 31.

Two very old guns were reported stolen from a home on Semple Avenue on Aug. 4.

A 14-year-old Avalon youth was charged with disorderly conduct Aug. 1 for reportedly being in possession of a small amount of marijuana.

Avalon Police cited two men for public drunkenness. Vincent E. Contosta, 53, of 27th Street, Pittsburgh 15202, was charged on Aug. 1. On Aug. 5, police cited Jon Thomas Burget, 22, no permanent address.

8/7/09

Avonworth School District administrators were flooded with some 90 resumes after posting a job opening for an athletic director. That number first was cut down to 15, then down to three. Eventually there was only one candidate for the job.

The school board unanimously voted to hire Earl Chet Fuhrman as athletic director, replacing Greg Wagner, who resigned July 31.

“We were really impressed with his motivation, his exuberance for the job,” superintendent Dr. Valerie McDonald said at the board’s work session on Monday.

8/7/09

Bellevue has become the first of three local municipalities to adopt a joint zoning code, paving the way for the state’s first successful implementation of a multi-jurisdictional zoning effort.

Adoption of the code, which grew from the completion of a joint comprehensive plan, is in its final stages, with Avalon and Ben Avon borough councils slated to take action later this month on the code already approved by Allegheny County.

8/7/09

Working with the Allegheny County District Attorney’s Narcotics Enforcement Team (DANET), Bellevue Police Thursday morning executed a search warrant at a home in the 400 block of Jefferson Avenue and arrested a mother and son suspected of growing and selling marijuana.

8/7/09

Two robberies, an aggravated assault, and a rash of home burglaries are being investigated by Bellevue Police.

A Greenough Avenue resident reported Aug. 3 that he had been assaulted by two males, one of whom was armed with a gun. Police say the incident is still being investigated.

A white male who showed a handgun reportedly robbed a homeless man on North Balph Avenue on July 21. The victim reported $20 had been stolen.

A Pittsburgh resident reported being the victim of a pickpocket on July 31 in the Dollar General Store.

8/7/09

It’s not exactly a Hallmark holiday.

Yet.

Give it time, though, and you just might find cards celebrating the All-American event that occurs this weekend: National Garage Sale Day.

Not that I need to have a day set aside to celebrate this seasonal phenomenon that occurs late March through late October. I celebrate it every Saturday -- and sometimes on Friday and Sunday as well, if it is a heavily scheduled weekend.

Why? I have no convincing answer for myself or for anyone who asks.

8/7/09

A quote from Confucius tells us, "Choose a job you love and you will never have to work a day in your life."

It is a philosophy with which Dean Smith of Ben Avon wholeheartedly agrees, and he stands as a living example of its truth.

"My hobby and my life's passion is my job," he says.

Especially during the last five months, which is how long it's been since Smith opened his martial arts school, the Dojo, on North Balph Avenue in Bellevue.

8/7/09

Although he lost his bid for nomination in the spring primary election, a local attorney will become a judge in the Allegheny County Court of Common Pleas long before anyone who ran against him.