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10/16/09

School flu update Although Northgate has received confirmation of its first case of the H1N1 (swine flu) virus, the illness has not yet made much of an impact on student attendance.

Superintendent Dr. Reggie Bonfield told school board members Monday that one student has been confirmed to have contracted the virus. Bonfield said they he suspects that other students have as well, but those cases have not been confirmed.

10/16/09

By JIM RUMBLE

In a clash between winless teams, the Northgate Flames' comeback attempt came up short when they traveled to Cornell last Friday.

After spotting the Raiders 13 first half points, the Flames put forth a courageous effort in the second, but couldn't get it done in the end as they suffered their sixth loss of the season 20-12.

After the game coach Mike Pipak said, "I'm so proud of our kids - they sucked it up and played so hard in the second half." He added, "We had our chances and just couldn't finish at the end."

10/16/09

Anna Lukovich

Anna M. Schwartz Lukovich of Avalon, wife of the late Joseph Lukovich, died Wednesday, Oct. 7, 2009.

She is survived by her daughter, Karen Mignella; two siblings, Mary Schwartz and John Schwartz; three grandchildren, Joseph Mignella, Lisa Petrovich and her husband John Mark and Michael Mignella; and nieces and nephews. She was preceded in death by three siblings, Michael Schwartz, Frank Schwartz and Katherine Park.

Friends were received at T.B. Devlin Funeral Home, North Hills. A Mass of Christian Burial was held in the Church of the Assumption on Saturday.

10/16/09

Two Avalon residents have been charged with the Sept. 11 robbery of the Ben Avon Mini Mart.

10/16/09

Northgate's ninth grade boys' basketball team will be absorbed into the varsity/junior varsity program, at least for the coming season.

School board athletic committee chairman David Natale reported at the board's Oct. 12 committee of the whole meeting that although 11 boys had signed up for the ninth grade team, there was concern that the school would not be able to field both varsity and junior varsity teams. Natale said that the committee was attempting to avoid what happened last year, when several varsity players had to play both JV and varsity games.

10/10/09

Local football fans who survived a rainy first half got to see the real action in Friday night's games.

Avonworth found that the Carlynton Cougars came to play, as the visitors limited the Antelopes to seven first half points, keeping quarterback Tom Turnbull scrambling and targeting receiver Jimmy Zubik.

The Cougars couldn't hold the 'Lopes forever, however. The second half saw three Red touchdowns. Zubik scored three TDs on the night, while Turnbull added another and Brian Vales brought down an interception.

The final score was 27-0 Avonworth.

10/9/09

Two people were tied up and property stolen from their apartment during a “home invasion” by two armed males last Friday, Oct. 2.

The young couple walked to the Bellevue police station to report the robbery after their cell phone was stolen, police say.

According to Police Chief Matt Sentner, the two told police that they were awakened by two unknown black males who tied them up and then began removing property from the apartment. Among the items stolen were two guns, a game cube and DVDs, in addition to the phone and a small amount of cash.

10/9/09

Two senior Avon-worth athletes shared the spotlight in an Oct. 2 assembly when KDKA awarded Molly Frew the "Extra Effort Award," and ESPN Radio 1250 named Jimmy Zubik “Athlete of the Week.”

Introducing Molly, KDKA news personality Bob Pompeani said that Molly "…exemplifies all that can be expected from a star athlete."

Basketball coach Bob Schulz described Molly as "…an outstanding athlete with a tremendous work ethic," adding, "…and she's always smiling!"

In addition to basketball, Molly runs cross country and plays softball.

The award included a $200 check for the school.

10/9/09

Two senior Avon-worth athletes shared the spotlight in an Oct. 2 assembly when KDKA awarded Molly Frew the "Extra Effort Award," and ESPN Radio 1250 named Jimmy Zubik “Athlete of the Week.”

Introducing Molly, KDKA news personality Bob Pompeani said that Molly "…exemplifies all that can be expected from a star athlete."

Basketball coach Bob Schulz described Molly as "…an outstanding athlete with a tremendous work ethic," adding, "…and she's always smiling!"

In addition to basketball, Molly runs cross country and plays softball.

The award included a $200 check for the school.

10/9/09

Bellevue Council voted unanimously Tuesday to fill the vacant third ward council seat.

The vacancy created by the August resignation of Jerry Walter was filled by Mark Panichella, who will serve until the end of the year.

Panichella, 39, of Dawson Avenue, is the Democratic candidate for that seat, and will appear on the Nov. 3 ballot for a four-year term.

A native of Greensburg, he holds a bachelor of arts degree from West Virginia University and is the director of human resources for the VITAC corporation.

10/9/09

People who need a little structure and encouragement in their efforts to get healthy may find success in the new community wellness program sponsored by Allegheny General Hospital - Suburban Campus.

The “20 Week Challenge” that begins Monday, Oct. 12, will promote healthier choices related to diet, exercise and relaxation.

10/9/09

Four members of the Avonworth cross country team picked up medals during the Grove City Cross Country Invitational on Oct. 3.

Senior captains Scott Beatty and Matt Grzywinski placed 11th and 24th respectively for the boys’ team. For the girls’ team, senior captain Molly Frew finished in 12th place, and sophomore Rachel Shenck placed 23rd.

10/9/09

By JIM RUMBLE

Having to face the #4-ranked AA team proved to be too much to handle for the Northgate Flames when they traveled to South Fayette last Friday.

In a game that was decided before the first half ended, Lions quarterback Christian Brumbaugh threw for 209 yards, including five touchdowns, while leading his team in a rout over the Flames, 40-7.

"That's the best team we've played,” said head coach Mike Pipak. “That quarterback was unbelievable - he put the ball on the money. We had coverage at times and he stuck it in where we couldn't get to it."

10/9/09

Senior Avonworth basketball player Tara Gallupe signed a letter of intent last Monday to attend Walsh University in Canton, OH, where she will pursue a degree in bioinformatics while also playing for the Division II Cavaliers.

Tara has played both forward and center for Avonworth for the past four years under the guidance of former head coach Julie Tullar and current coach Bob Schulz.

10/9/09

An Emsworth man was named "Volunteer of the Month" for September by the American Red Cross Southwestern Pennsylvania Chapter.

Dan Lenz volunteers as a member of the Red Cross Disaster Action Team (DAT), which responds to house fires, flooding and other emergencies, helping victims find food, shelter and other necessities. A volunteer for the past four and a half years, Lenz also trains new DAT members and works as part of the the group's public affairs team.

10/9/09

Bond refinanced

Refinancing Ohio Township's current bond will produce about $87,000 for capital projects.

The Ohio Township Supervisors voted unanimously at their Oct. 5 meeting to refinance the debt. Township manager John L. Sullivan Jr. said that favorable interest rates had allowed refinancing with no extension of the amount or term of the bond. Instead the township will receive $87,000 as a refund or reimbursement for capital projects, he said.

Contract extension

10/9/09

Gilbert Kinderman Gilbert F. "Gil" Kinderman, 81, of Bellevue, husband of the late Margaret "Peg" DeCarlo Kinderman, died Thursday, Sept. 30, 2009. He is survived by three daughters, Kathi Bigi and her husband Bob of Ross Township, Karen Clapper and her husband Steve of Philadelphia, PA and Karole Wagner and her husband Dan of Rice's Landing, PA; six grandchildren, Amanda Bigi, Nathan and Jared Clapper, Anastasia, Olivia and Mary Wagner; and nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by his brother, Robert J. Kinderman.

10/3/09

No one was leaving the game early when Avonworth hosted Springdale Friday night. The two evenly matched teams battled it out until the final seconds of a game that proved frustrating for the Antelopes.

The red defense forced four turnovers, while the offense moved within 10 yards of the goal line several times without being able to capitalize.

Springdale put the first score on the board just before halftime, and led 7-0 until less than two minutes remained in the game. Avonworth's Jimmy Zubik ran in for the 'Lopes' first and only score.

10/2/09

First team, second team, it didn’t seem to matter as the Avonworth Antelopes rolled over the Wilkinsburg Tigers last Friday, 41-12.

"We got a lot of people playing tonight," head coach Jason Kekseo said after the game.

The section away game started slow, with only seven points scored in the first quarter, but picked up quick in the second. By halftime, Avonworth led the Tigers 34-0.

Four different Antelopes scored touchdowns in the victory that improves the 'Lopes’ record to 4-0 overall, and 2-0 in section play.

10/2/09

Fall leaf pick-up will begin soon in Bellevue.

Loose leaf pick-up will be done from Monday, Oct. 12, until Wednesday, Nov. 25.

Loose leaf collection will take place only on streets that have posted street sweeping days and times. Residents who live on streets that do not have posted sweeping days and times must bag all leaves for Friday front street pick-ups. There will be no loose leaf collection in any alleys.

Residents are reminded to place all loose leaves on the street at the curb line prior to 7 a.m. Leaf piles covered by illegally parked cars cannot be picked up.

10/2/09

Election day could come a month early for one candidate for Bellevue Council.

Council currently has a vacancy created by the Aug. 26 resignation of third ward representative Jerry Walter. Although Walter did not remove his name from the Nov. 3 general election ballot, he is not considered a viable candidate. That leaves Democrat Mark Panichella in good position to be elected to the seat next month.

He could, however, be appointed to fill the council vacancy as early as next Tuesday, during council's regular meeting.

10/2/09

Leaf collection will begin in late October in Ben Avon.

Residents are asked to rake leaves to the curb. No twigs, branches, mulched material, grass or other debris will be collected.

A final pass will be made on each street the last week of November. Collection of leaves on Ohio River Boulevard will occur the first week of December.

Once a street has been collected for the last time, residents are asked not to place any additional leaves at the curbside. Leaves can be bagged for disposal during weekly refuse collection.