After 2009's hirings and salary increases in Bellevue, the 2010 budget proposed by Mayor George Doscher concentrates on holding the line on revenues and expenditures.

Under the borough's home rule charter, the mayor proposes a budget in November. Council then has until the end of the year to make modifications to the budget and create the borough's actual spending plan for the coming year.


Contract extended A contract for garbage pick-up in Emsworth was extended for another year during the borough council’s regular meeting on Wednesday.

The current contract with Waste Management was due to expire at the end of the year, but it has been extended until Dec. 31, 2010. It will cost $189.48 per household unit, which is an increase of $8.16, according to council member Amy Adams. The increased cost will be paid by property owners.


Despite lengthy discussions at council meetings over the last month, it looks like Emsworth residents will not see an increase in their sewer fees after all.

Instead, the borough will use $225,000 of a $350,000 reserve fund to cover the difference in sewer-related revenue and expenses in 2010.

The borough's budget for next year was $275,000 in the red for sewage and sewer repair costs, and council had studied a fee and surcharge increase to balance the account.


Several Northgate athletes have received post-season recognition.

Varsity girls' volleyball team members Erica Benny and Amanda Silay were named to the first team all-section, while Karianne Hoover and Amber Sharlow were picked for the second team.

From the varsity football team, Josh Schultheis was named interior lineman for the second team all-section, and received an honorable mention as a tight end. Pat Carr was named second team linebacker, and Mark Wilson received an honorable mention as a wide receiver.


DVDs valued at $250 were reported stolen from the Camp Horne Road Giant Eagle store on Nov. 6. Ohio Township Police believe the white female responsible may also have stolen other items.

Jeremy Heberling, 23, of Monaca, was arrested Nov. 8 for possession of suspected heroin.

William Imler, 50, of McCandless, was charged with driving under the influence after a traffic stop in Emsworth on Nov. 5.


Walter Beals Walter Beals, 67, of Ross Township, died Monday, Nov. 2, 2009. Mr. Beals was a graduate of Bellaire High School and Duquesne University. He taught in the Pittsburgh Public School District for more than 30 years. During retirement, he enjoyed painting, sculpting, gardening and golf, tennis and bowling. He is survived by two children, Suzi Shaw and Steven Patton; and his sister, Tamara Pinarich. He was preceded in death by his sister, Ruth Voynick.


The Avonworth and Northgate girls' basketball teams will be part of a research study this year that could help protect future players from injury.

Northgate School Board member David Natale reported at the board's Nov. 9 committee of the whole meeting that Dr. Sani Akhaven of Allegheny General Hospital has devised a jump training program that will help build core strength and reduce the occurrence of ACL injuries.


For the first time in roughly 30 years, Northgate’s girls’ varsity cross country team participated in the state championships in Hershey last weekend. While the team itself placed 17th out of 24 teams in AA competition, Bridgit Walters placed 15th in a crowd of 291 runners and took home her first state medal. Members of the cross country team who competedare Amanda Silay, Savannah Paladin, Carolyn Denes, Rachel Rieg, Kim Senko, Allison Gusew and Bridgit Walters.


Girls at Northgate's middle school may be able to play softball this spring.

Northgate School Board athletic committee chairman David Natale said that athletic director Bryan Kyle was discussing with Avonworth the possibility of middle school softball, already in place at the neighboring school district, becoming a co-op sport.


The Monaca Indians never had a chance to repeat their 2008 playoff performance against Avonworth. The Beaver Valley team was shut out by the Antelopes 27-0 Friday night at Lenzner Field.

The Indians could not contain Jimmy Zubik, who rushed for two touchdowns and caught a pass for a third. Ryan Schmid scored the 'Lopes' fourth TD of the evening.

The game also featured some nice defensive plays, including an interception by Brian Vales.

Avonworth will play Clairton in the next round of the playoffs this coming Friday, location to be announced.


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.