Ben Avon Council has awarded three contracts for sewer work in the coming months.

The first was for sewer excavation repairs and was awarded to Soli Construction Inc., which came in at the low bid of $27,760. Two were awarded for lining repairs, one for spot lining to Robinson Pipe, which had the low bid of $19,600, and one for manhole-to-manhole lining to Insight Pipe Contracting at $20,370.

Council member Ken Opipery said Gateway Engineering reviewed the bids and made the recommendations, all of which were unanimously approved. Megan Dolan was absentfrom Last week’s council meeting.


In her 20th year of teaching at Northgate Middle/Senior High School, Choral Director Kelly Winovich has entertained the community while teaching countless students the happiness and value of knowing and performing good music, from standards to contemporary, from show tunes to serious selections.


Dorothy “Dot” J. (Kline) Snow Dorothy "Dot" J. (Kline) Snow, 82, of Bellevue, died Wednesday, April 17, 2019. She was the wife of the late Raymond J. Snow, Sr.; mother of Raymond J., Snow, Jr. of Allison Park, Anthony "Tony" F. Snow (fiancé Dana Robinson) of Allison Park, Cynthia A. Kasper and her husband Paul of Coraopolis; Grandma of Elizabeth and Benjamin Kasper of Coraopolis; sister of Albert Kline and his wife Maggie of McKees Rocks and Richard Kline and his wife Pat of Beechview.


Parents and grandparents concerned that bullying is not being adequately addressed by the Northgate School District have asked the administration and school board to take a “zero tolerance” approach to the problem that has plagued schools probably as long as they have existed.


With bids coming in higher than available funds, Bellevue’s 2019 street paving program may have to be cut back, at least for a while.

Bids to resurface several streets and alleys came in at $312,577.90. Although Bellevue hoped to be able to do $350,000 worth of work this year, public works committee chair Linda Woshner reminded council at Tuesday’s regular meeting that $100,000 of the $350,000 total was expected to come from Columbia Gas by coordinating the borough’s paving program with the utility’s construction work. Columbia Gas has not yet committed to its 2019 projects.


In the final home meet for Avonworth/Northgate track and field, the boys beat South Side and Neighborhood Academy, giving them the Section 2 championship, with the girls beating Neighborhood but losing to South Side, and placing second in the section.

Team records stand at 7-0 for the boys, and at 6-1 for the girls.

Coach Brian Veshio had strong praise for many of the victories in Tuesday’s meet.


Area motorists can expect some delays on Union Avenue in the near future, as Bellevue has come up with a solution to the problem of a broken sanitary sewer line that has been leaking into the creek that runs through Avalon Park.



Avonworth defeated Northgate last Wednesday by a score of 12-2.

Senior Ryan Felter started off for the ‘Lopes on the mound, extinguishing the first three Flames he faced for a quick top half of the first. In the bottom half, the ‘Lopes took advantage of the errors made by Northgate and put up seven runs took take an early led.

The Flames held the ‘Lopes scoreless in the second inning, but In the third, Avonworth put up three runs, and took a 10-0 lead. The 'Lopes added two more in the fourth, and the Flames responded with two of their own in the fifth.



The Avonworth girls’ softball team kept their unbeaten streak intact after blanking Hopewell in section play at home this past Wednesday 10-0.

The Lady ‘Lopes (13-0, 6-0) padded their lead in 3A Section 2 and remained the top-ranked team in the 3A classification as they began the second half of their regular season schedule.

Sarah Helffrich pitched a complete game, surrendering just five hits, and Abby Stanley highlighted the Lady ‘Lope offense with 3-4 at bat while driving in two runs.


Following a traffic stop on April 3, Caitlin Price, 21, of West View, was charged with possession of drug paraphernalia.

Following a traffic stop on April 4, Zachary Pearson, 25, of Manor, was arrested on an active felony arrest warrant.

On April 4, a resident of Hemlock Street reported that someone had burglarized their apartment.

On April 5, an Avalon resident reported that the driver’s side of his car had been keyed.

Marc Antonio Pippens, 29, of Baden, was charged on April 7 with driving with a suspended license and possession of a controlled substance.


Ben Avon’s Avon Park off Perrysville Avenue will close Monday so that a buried pipeline can be inspected and repaired if necessary.

Borough officials received word Wednesday that work would begin April 22, and could take until the beginning of June to be completed.


Avonworth’s Third Annual Chase the Antelopes 5K and 1 Mile Walk will take place in the Ohio Township area on Saturday, April 27, beginning at 9 a.m., with runners and walkers meeting at Lenzner Field across from the high school on Josephs Lane and following routes through nearby neighborhoods.

All of the proceeds and donations will benefit the Hannah Milbert Memorial Fund, which was established to provide students with scholarships that may be used for college expenses and to help them attend school-sponsored trips.


“Kelly’s Kids” returned to the Northgate School Board Monday evening to make one more attempt to persuade Northgate officials not to make changes to reduce the amount of time middle-senior high school music teacher Kelly Winovich spends with them.


The Route 65 entrance to Bellevue is about to become a whole lot more welcoming and attractive. Last Saturday, volunteers organized by Mayor Emily Marburger began the arduous task of cleaning up a long-neglected, vacant lot that sits directly behind the “Live, Worship, Shop” sign at the corner of Meade and West Riverview evenues. Because the lot is privately owned, it is illegal for tax dollars to be spent on the project.


Wanda M. Cepanec Wanda M. Cepanec, 89, of Bellevue, died Tuesday, April 9, 2019. She was the wife of the late Frank G. "Fritz" Cepanec; mother of Frank Gerald (Barbara) Cepanec; grandmother of Jessie (Jeff) Cupps; sister of the late Dorothy (late Richard) Watson. Wanda was a member of the Suburban General Hospital Auxiliary. Memorial donations are suggested to The Alzheimer’s Association, 1100 Liberty Ave., Suite E-201, Pittsburgh, PA 15222 Arrangements by the Lawrence T. Miller Funeral Home, Inc.

Mary Lois (Hoffman) Gallagher


On April 11, a resident of Bear Run Drive in Ohio Township reported criminal mischief.

A business on Ohio River Boulevard in Emsworth reported public drunkenness on April 12.

On April 16, a resident of Spruce Street in Ben Avon reported unauthorized use of a motor vehicle.


With very little discussion at its regular meeting on Monday, the Northgate School Board approved expenditures totaling $1.3 million that will rehabilitate the playing field at Alumni Stadium and turn on the lights for Friday night football.


On Feb. 1, Bellevue Police received a report of a vehicle stolen from the road on Dakota Avenue.

On Feb. 1, an Ohio River Boulevard gas station reported shoplifting when a vehicle drove off without paying.

Juveniles were reported entering unlocked vehicles on Washington Avenue on Feb. 2.

On Feb. 3, a resident of Orchard Avenue reported a mirror broken on a parked car.

On Feb. 4, a resident of South Harrison Avenue reported an unlocked vehicle had been entered, gone through, and items taken from it.

A South Fremont Avenue resident reported theft from a vehicle on Feb. 4.


Democrat Pam Iovino will soon take a seat in the Pennsylvania Senate after defeating Republican D. Raja in a special election held Tuesday.

The 37th District seat was left vacant when incumbent Republican Guy Reschenthaler won a seat in the U.S. Congress in the general election. Reschenthaler himself won a special election to take over the 37th state seat when Democrat Matt Smith resigned to take a job in the private sector.


Sandra R. Primerano Sandra R. Primerano, 58, of Bellevue, died Friday, March 22, 2019. She was the companion of Dan Wellings; daughter of Dolores and the late Dominic Primerano; sister of Susan Nicotra (Lawrence); aunt of William and Joseph Howland; great-aunt of Samantha and Nicolas. Arrangements by Neely Funeral Home, Glenshaw.

James B. "Jamie" Jackson It is with great sadness that the family of James Jackson announces that he passed away Monday, April 1, 2019,, surrounded by his family.


Construction should begin soon on the Salvation Army's North Boroughs Corps Worship and Service Center, with the center possibly open by the end of the year.


The idea of getting people together to discuss issues that are of importance to their community, as well as to the country, is not a new one. In May, 1986, for example, millions of Americans joined in “Hands Across America” to bring attention to poverty in our nation.

Fast forward to a few weeks from now, when Leadership Pittsburgh Inc. invites the Pittsburgh region to connect with each other “…in self-organized small groups to have meaningful conversations, over food, to deepen our understanding of shared values as a community of caring residents, businesses and organizations.”


Bellevue Borough took several steps closer to becoming a “compassionate community” when council, at its regular meeting Tuesday, adopted four ordinances designed to protect animals.They will have to revisit one of those ordinances, however, as officials made changes that defeated the purpose of a law regulating pet store sales of animals.


Alan Monroe, 51, of Aliquippa, was arrested on March 17 for possession of a controlled substance.

Luther Lane Springs Jr., 28, of Monroeville, was arrested on March 17 for driving under the influence of alcohol and a controlled substance.

Jennifer McQuillan, 37, of Glenshaw, was arrested on March 18 for possession of a controlled substance.

During a traffic stop on March 18, Jason Lee Mifflin, 35, of Wexford, was cited for driving without a license and expired registration. Additionally, Paul Stephany Jr., 35, of Avalon, was cited for possession of a controlled substance.