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11/4/18

Mary T. (Chitti) Thackeray Mary T. (Chitti) Thackeray, 96, of Avalon, died Saturday, October 20, 2018. She was the mother to Carol McFadden, Christina Patton (Robert); grandmother to Shari Butler (Michael), Michele Fisher (Jeffrey), James Patton, Jeffrey Patton (Jennifer); great-grandmother to Zachary Patton, Joseph Fisher, John Fisher, JD, Michaela, and Mackenzie Butler. She was preceded in death by her parents, Larry and Marie (Costantino) Fanto; husband, Joseph Chitti; and two brothers. Mary was a member of Church of the Assumption.

11/4/18

By Joseph Szalinski

The Northgate Flames (0-10, 0-7) suffered their final loss of the season to the Laurel Spartans (6-4, 5-2) at home on Saturday, Oct. 27. Laurel had just come off of a win against Sto-Rox a week prior, while Northgate played a nearly evenly matched game against Bishop Canevin,, which they ultimately lost.

11/4/18

Avonworth boys’ soccer faced off against a tough Springdale opponent in the first round of playoffs at Mars Field last Monday.

Head coach Tom Angell described Springdale as coming out “very aggressive” in the first half of the game. The opponent played strong and “…had us on our heels in the first half,” Angell said.

But Avonworth re-grouped at halftime and had a much better second half.

“The defense of Jonah Brandt, Jonathon Nicolaus and Matthew Carraway, along with goalkeeper Timmy Stewart, had very strong games to secure the shut-out,” he added.

11/4/18

A.W. Beattie Career Center has announced that senior Rebecca Hapeman, from Northgate, was selected from a pool of candidates to represent the career center at the 2018 SkillsUSA Western Region Conference, which will be held Oct. 31 through Nov. 2 at Seven Springs Mountain Resort.

SkillsUSA is a national student leadership organization for students in career and technical education programs. The organization focuses on career-readiness, skill-based training, competitions and developing expertise for job interviews, public speaking, problem solving and more.

11/4/18

By NANCY WHYTE

The Psychic Vincent Sisters returned to Bellevue last Monday night for what has become an annual autumn visit to the former home of Amanda Bayne, now the Andrew Bayne Library, at the corner of Teece and North Balph avenues. Many individuals believe the building is haunted by the friendly ghost of Amanda, whose husband James Balph, an architect, designed and constructed the Victorian brick mansion in 1875. James died in 1899, and Amanda died in her bedroom in August, 1912.

10/28/18

Bellevue Council got its first look at Mayor Emily Marburger’s proposed 2019 budget at Tuesday’s regular council meeting.

Under Bellevue’s home rule charter, the mayor is required to submit a proposed budget to council by mid-November, at which point council has full power to change anything and everything the mayor has proposed, and advertise its own budget for a public hearing and eventual adoption.

10/28/18

In hopes of creating a safety net for Pennsylvania residents affected by and prone to landslides, state Rep. Anita Astorino Kulik, who represents part of the North Boroughs, currently has a bill in the House of Representatives geared toward creating a Landslide Insurance and Assistance Program.

Kulik’s measure is a companion bill to S.B. 1131, which was introduced by state Sen. Jay Costa, D-Allegheny.

10/28/18

By MEL PERKINS

Last Saturday afternoon the Northgate Flames battled the Crusaders from Bishop Canevin, and even though the Flames came out holding the short end of the stick, they showed why football is a game that has endured for almost 150 years. Northgate lost 41 - 35, but the game was more a microcosm that magnified the struggle that small communities like Bellevue and Avalon have been up against for decades now, and how they've been determined to fight and never give up, hoping to get those communities back to the thriving towns they once were.

10/28/18

Bellevue Mayor Emily Marburger swears in the borough’s newest police officer at last Tuesday’s council meeting. Joshua M. Diven is from Coraopolis and a 2006 graduate of West Allegheny High School who attended the Allegheny County Police Academy. He worked as a part-time officer for Avalon in 2012-13 until he was hired as a police officer for the Allegheny County Port Authority. Police Chief Matt Sentner said that Diven served on a number of task forces as part of his work with the Port Authority and has a solid background in narcotics investigations.

10/28/18

John M. Ropar John M. Ropar of Ross Township died Saturday, October 13, 2018. He was the husband of 46 years to Shirley Ropar; father of Cathy (Rick) Bayles, John (Eileen) Ropar, Jr., Mary Louise (the late Ron) Abbott, Chris (Barbara) Ropar, Tom (Lori) Mackiewicz, Andrea (Blaise) Champagne and Kathy (Jim) McCaffrey; grandfather of 12; great-grandfather of six; and brother of Florence (Bob) and the late Marcella, Dorothy, Chuck, Dolly and Denny.

10/28/18

Five people charged with the July 7 racially-motivated attack on a black man in Avalon were ordered held for court following a preliminary hearing Oct. 19 before District Judge Tara Smith.

Although defense attorneys for the five defendants argued that charges of ethnic intimidation should be dismissed, Smith ruled that assistant district attorney John Fodi had presented sufficient evidence to send the defendants to the Allegheny County Court of Common Pleas for further legal proceedings.

10/28/18

By JIM RUMBLE

It was a high scoring affair when the Avonworth Antelopes football team traveled to McGuffey for a non conference game last Friday.

After taking a 28-17 lead into the third quarter, the 'Lopes were outscored 40-14 in the second half as they fell to the Highlanders 57-42.

"They ran the ball well, and we didn't stop them," said Avonworth coach Duke Johncour. "We committed a couple of turnovers late, and that was the difference."

10/28/18

Anyone with an interest in art, along with a love of nature will surely be impressed by an upcoming Hermann Art Gallery exhibition titled, “Beauty and the Beasts,” with all of the works based upon scenes and creatures from the world of nature.

The artist, Clarita Scioscia, was born in Peru and has lived in Florida most of her life. She graduated from the University of Tampa in 1982 with a bachelor of fine arts degree and with minors in art history and education.

10/20/18

On Oct. 15, a motor vehicle accident occurred at the intersection of Elizabeth Avenue and Ohio River Boulevard. Avalon Police say that no one was injured.

Avalon Police continue to investigate a hit-and-run incident that occurred over the weekend on California Avenue.

On Oct. 15, Luke Hertweck, 22, of Avalon, was cited for disorderly conduct.

10/20/18

Bellevue Police recently reported that the susects involved in the Shiloh Avenue drive-by shooting on Feb. 22, 2018 were convicted for their involvement in the incident.

Suede Goodwin and Brandon Humphrey both pled guilty to aggravated assault, conspiracy, and firearms charges. Goodwin was immediately sentenced to two to four years in prison and three years probation. Humphrey deferred sentencing and will be sentenced in January.

10/20/18

Ben Avon Council member Ken Opipery reported at Tuesday’s regular council meeting that all of the paving has been completed on the borough's roads, but there is a problem with a "swimming pool" at the intersection of Brighton Road and Belle Riviere Court.

Opipery said the work overall had been very good, but the asphalt wasn't laid properly in this area and the water has been accumulating when it rains.

10/20/18

Avalon Council voted unanimously at its regular meeting Tuesday to approve resolution authorizing the borough to apply for a number of Community Development Block Grants for a variety of projects around the borough.

Avalon hopes to continue its program of eliminating condemned and abandoned properties. The borough is seeking grants for the demolition of 23, 211 and 319 Marie Ave., and 529 Taylor Ave.

Additional applications ask for funds to pave the 300 blocks of Alley B and Alley C, and to continue the borough’s ADA sidewalk ramp program.

10/20/18

Joseph Zimmer Joseph Zimmer, 66, of the North Side, died Monday, October 8, 2018. He was the son of the late Harold S. and Mary W. (Moore) Zimmer; brother of Robert Zimmer, Janice Zimmer, and Jane (Michael) Braunlich of Bellevue, Tammy (Terry) Bowman of Jackson Township and the late Harold A. "Tony", James and William "Rick" Zimmer; also survived by many loving nieces and nephews. Joe was employed as a custodian for many years in the North Boros and the North Side. He had two loves, fishing and gardening. Arrangements by the Orion C. Pinkerton Funeral Home, Inc.

10/20/18

On Oct. 10, a motorist traveling between Lowries Run and Mt. Nebo roads in Ohio Township reported criminal mischief to their automobile following a road rage incident.

On Oct. 10, a Mt. Nebo Road in Ohio Township business reported retail theft.

A Brighton Road in Ben Avon resident reported a disturbance on Oct. 11.

On Oct. 11, Ohio Township Police officers received a report of a fight at a business located on Camp Horne Road in Kilbuck Township.

10/20/18

Emsworth officials are considering placing cameras at the borough's busiest intersection.

One of the issues considered at the Oct. 10 borough council meeting was placing a camera to monitor Route 65 at the intersection with Camp Horne Road. The cameras rely on the internet to store footage.

Ohio Township Police Department has even offered to pay for the borough's first two years of internet licensing to be able to use the cameras for the years 2019 and 2020. The cameras would be funded by money received by the police department through the asset forfeiture program.

10/20/18

Ohio Township Police Chief Joe Hanny is rebuilding his department from within, filling the vacancies left by his promotion from detective to chief earlier this year.

10/20/18

Emsworth and Kilbuck Township will team up to hold a “Dumpster Day” for residents who would like to rid their properties of hard-to-dispose-of items.

At the Oct. 10 Emsworth Council meeting, Mayor AmySue Lillie said that the borough was approached by Kilbuck Township to host a “Dumpster Day.” Similar to the one hosted by Avalon and Bellevue, citizens will be able to dispose of trash that otherwise cannot be taken in weekly garbage collection. Big brush and building materials will be accepted, however, regular trash and electronics will be prohibited.

10/20/18

“Nightmare on Sprague Street” has returned to Bellevue this fall for “The Return of Michael Myers,” a Halloween walk-through at 63 N. Sprague Ave.

Ken Azzarello said that over the past three years of the “fright site,” he and his team have accumulated lots of materials to keep expanding the feature.

“It takes about four months to set up and the same amount of time to take it apart,” Azzarello said.

But for the creative crew, it's lots of work and lots of fun, with profits going to the Northgate football team.

10/13/18

By JIM RUMBLE

At the start of their non-conference football game, it looked as though the Avonworth Antelopes were in for a tough night when they hosted Seton LaSalle last Friday. But thanks to the stellar play of the defense, the 'Lopes rolled to their fourth straight win, defeating the Rebels 30-13.

"They [Seton LaSalle] were well coached, they had a good game plan, and they gave us a battle," said Avonworth coach Duke Johncour.