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3/2/19

Bellevue Council has a new president, as council reorganized a short time into Tuesday’s regular meeting.

Former president Tom Fodi announced earlier this month that he would step down from the president’s seat due to demands on his attention and time created by family and work.

Fodi took that step at Tuesday’s meeting after presenting a local business owner with a proclamation recognizing 40 years as part of the Bellevue business community.

3/2/19

Educators in the Northgate School District are working on a plan to expand music education to the point that it not only becomes a part of the core curriculum at every grade level, but that Northgate becomes a “destination” school district for music education.

3/2/19

Roy T. Hartwig Roy T. Hartwig, 87, formerly of Bellevue, died Sunday, Feb. 17, 2019 in Mechanicsburg, PA. He was the son of the late William A. and Philomena (Kolling) Hartwig. He was preceded in death by his wife of 58 years, Maxine (Chickering) Hartwig and his four older siblings, Leo, Earl, Marcella (Zorn) and June (Barnett). He is survived by his children, Roy C. (Gina) Hartwig of Enola, PA and Susan (Jimmy) Collins of Florence, SC; four grandchildren; and nieces and nephews.

3/2/19

On Feb. 13, a business on Mt. Nebo Road in Ohio Township reported criminal mischief.

A business on Herron Avenue in Emsworth reported theft on Feb. 13.

On Feb. 14, a resident of Pennsylvania Avenue in Emsworth reported a disturbance.

On Feb. 16, a resident of Memorial Drive in Emsworth reported harassment.

A resident of Plummer Avenue in Emsworth reported criminal mischief on Feb. 17.

A resident of Ohio River Boulevard in Ben Avon reported theft on Feb. 18.

On Feb. 19, a business on Camp Horne Road in Ohio Township reported harassment by communication.

3/2/19

Although a new restaurant received conditional approval to apply for a state license to serve alcoholic beverages, it did so near the end of a three-hour meeting Tuesday that was classic Bellevue Council all the way.

3/2/19

By JIM RUMBLE

Playing in their first WPIAL semifinal game since the 2009-10 season, the Avonworth girls’ basketball squared off with a familiar foe in the Neshannock Lancers when the two teams met at Moon High School this past Wednesday. Having lost to the top-ranked Lancers twice in section play this season, the Lady ‘Lopes had hopes of turning the tide, but that didn't happen as they fell 47-37.

"We couldn't convert at the line and we couldn't get the calls," said Avonworth coach Mark D'Alessandris. "Best of luck to them [Neshannock] but we'll still be playing next Friday."

2/24/19

On Jan. 22, a four-vehicle traffic accident occurred at the intersection of Ohio River Boulevard and Fisk Avenue in Avalon. As the result of an investigation into the cause of the accident, Catherine Nicholas, 75, of Avalon, was cited for careless driving. Police say all vehicles had to be towed and three people sustained injuries.

Following a traffic stop on Feb. 7, John D. Keller Jr., 48, of Bellevue, was arrested for driving under the influence of alcohol.

On Feb. 7, Latosha Craig, 35, of McKees Rocks, was cited for harassment by communication.

2/24/19

A body found near the railroad tracks along the Ohio River in Bellevue on Feb. 15 has yet to be identified, police say.

The body, discovered by juveniles, appeared to have been there for a while, and the cause and manner of death are still being investigated by the Allegheny County Medical Examiner’s office. Police say that all indications so far are that the person committed suicide.

2/24/19

Assuming spring weather will eventually arrive, the Avonworth School board prepared at their Feb. 11 meeting by approving a number of coaches for the 2018-19 spring sports:

Dan Pomposelli as varsity baseball head coach; Andy Maddix as assistant varsity baseball coach; Scott Gustic as junior varsity baseball head coach; Jake Filipowski as junior varsity assistant coach; Blake Hoskins as a volunteer; Brian Miller as middle school baseball head coach; and Ryan Gracey as 7/8 baseball volunteer.

2/24/19

Emsworth Borough is preparing for two large projects. The first will benefit residents and visitors to Marmo Park. The second is likely to inconvenience many drivers, but when completed will assist in safety and water control.

Bids are being sought for the Marmo Park renovation project, which includes resurfacing the existing basketball court, conversion of the tennis court to pickelball courts and creating ADA access as well as minor drainage work and parking lot mill and overlay.

2/24/19

By JIM RUMBLE

Approximately a week and a half had passed between the final regular season game and the first round of the WPIAL playoffs for the Avonworth girls’ basketball team, but the team's preparation during that period helped the Lady ‘Lopes run past the Beth-Center Bulldogs in a game played at Gateway High School this past Wednesday, 55-34.

"We had some good days of practice and a combined scrimmage with [6A] Peters Township and [4A] Central Valley gave the girls a lot of confidence from that," said 'Lopes coach Mark D'Alessandris.

2/24/19

Avalon Borough has obtained the title to two abandoned lots at the far end of Semple Avenue.

Using delinquent tax liens as credit, the borough was able to obtain the lots, and plan to add neighborhood amenities. Recently, the borough turned another abandoned property into a community garden.

2/24/19

The Northgate School District's financial picture is pretty good, and fairly comparable to that of other school districts across the state, according to the 2017-18 audit presented to the school board Tuesday night.

The audit covers the period from July 1, 2017 to June 30, 2018.

According to Joel Martin of Arbutina and Associates, the borough did record a deficit during that year, for the first time in many years. Expenditures exceeded revenues by about $400,000, a bit higher than the $300,000 anticipated in the district's budget for the same time period.

2/24/19

Raymond Anthony Borza Raymond Anthony Borza, 71, died Feb. 1, 2019 at his home in Merritt Island FL, after a hard fought, 4 year battle with cancer. Born in Pittsburgh June 20, 947, Ray was preceded in death by his parents Anthony & Helen (Henchar) Borza, and his wife, Sherry (Szvoboda) Borza. He is survived by sisters, Toni (Colin) Baldwin, and Emmajean (Bill) Meckler, nephews David Baldwin and Scott Meckler, nieces Colleen Briskey (Baldwin) and Christina Orwell (Meckler), six great nieces and nephews, as well as a lifetime of close friends whom Ray considered his family.

2/24/19

By PATRICK GANNON

Avonworth faced off against the Aliquippa Quips in the first round of the WPIAL playoffs last Saturday at Sewickley Academy, with the Quips defeating the 'Lopes by a score of 72-50.

Aliquippa won the opening tip and proceeded to start their rout of the Antelopes, with Eli Kasonavich kicking things off by hitting a three-pointer on the opening possession. Avonworth junior Deon Thomas responded for the 'Lopes, making a two-point jump shot.

2/24/19

When Avonworth freshman Jay Foster first heard of plans for a week-long series of Fund-raising activities to support an illness that has afflicted him for the past four years, he was, at first, a bit reluctant about some of the plans.

The fund-raising will be a focal point to acknowledge Rare Disease Week, Feb. 25-28 when schools and other organizations plan events and awareness activities that can support individuals and medical teams working to find cures.

Jay's mom, Nikki Wallace, understands his reluctance.

2/24/19

A bid for upgrades to the South Birmingham Avenue “Tot Lot” playground was accepted by Avalon Council Tuesday.

The borough has received a grant of $27,800 for the project, which will be handled by Sports and Recreation Associations, LLC.

2/16/19

Residents both for and against Bellevue hosting another business serving alcoholic beverages spoke during a public hearing on Tuesday held to provide input on the borough council's upcoming decision on whether to allow a liquor license in excess of the borough's quota. Much of Bellevue Council’s concern, however, was how and why the borough had failed to have a procedure in place for the application request.

2/16/19

By JIM RUMBLE

Pairings were announced this past Tuesday for the WPIAL basketball playoffs, which get underway tomorrow as the Avonworth Antelopes (12-9) meet Aliquippa (14-7) in a first round game to be played at Sewickley Academy at 1 p.m.

A win for the Antelopes would advance the team to the quarterfinals, where they would meet the Neshannock-McGuffey winner next Thursday, Feb. 21, with the site and time yet to be determined.

The Avonworth Lady ‘Lopes (15-6) begin the first round of the playoffs on Wednesday, Feb. 20, and will play Beth-Center (12-9) at Gateway at 6:30 p.m.

2/16/19

Bellevue has a chance to become home to a dek hockey rink at Memorial Park, the $267,000 cost paid completely by the Pittsburgh Penguins Foundation.

Although there is no definite decision on the opportunity, Mayor Emily Marburger said that the borough had been contacted by state Sen. Wayne Fontana to gauge Bellevue’s interest.

Director of Administrative Services Ron Borczyk said the rink, if built, likely would occupy the gravel lot along Bellevue Road, adjacent to the baseball field and the dog park.

2/16/19

Fish can provide a host of flavors and make for a healthy addition to one’s diet. Alaskan cod, for example, is easy to find and, because it’s high in certain omega-3 fatty acids, packs quite a heart-healthy punch. In fact, the U.S. Department of Agriculture notes that wild Alaskan cod contains the same levels of the beneficial omega-3 fatty acids eicosapentaenoic acid, or EPA, and docosahexaenoic acid, or DHA, as salmon.

2/16/19

Bellevue Council president Tom Fodi announced Tuesday that he would step down as council president.

Fodi, whose term on council will be up at the end of this year, previously had announced that he will not be running for re-election to a second term on council.

Fodi said that family and work require too much of his attention for him to be able to juggle the duties of council president.

2/16/19

Bellevue officials knew what they wanted in an employee to replace finance clerk Ann Moss, who recently resigned, but unfortunately the borough’s personnel code had never been updated to reflect the new job duties and skill requirements.

2/16/19

By MEL PERKINS

The Northgate Flames (3-11, 4-18) wrapped up their season this past Monday night when they took on the Saints from Nazareth Prep (11-3, 16-3).

The Saints are heading into the playoffs as the number-three seed in Class 1A, their only losses coming to Vincentian and Cornell.

The Saints were anchored by a 6’6” center and plenty of fast guard play posing lots of match-up problems for the Flames. The Saints never let Northgate get into a rhythm, and the Flames fell to the Saints in their final game of the season by the score of 66 – 48.