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3/6/17

Three ordinances received final approval from Bellevue Council at its regular meeting on Tuesday.

3/6/17

A business on Lincoln Avenue reported on Feb. 1 that three juvenile males had left the store without paying for three cap guns and caps.

A resident of Teece Avenue reported fraud on Feb. 2. She stated that her art work was being sold by someone other than herself.

A resident of Lincoln Avenue reported fraud on Feb. 2. He said funds had been stolen from his bank account.

A retail store on Lincoln Avenue reported shoplifting on Feb. 3.

A juvenile was reported missing from Lincoln Avenue on Feb. 4.

3/6/17

Bellevue Council will consider adoption of an ordinance this month that would authorize re-funding the borough’s bond issue, and produce savings that would help pay for the long-awaited repair of the West Riverview Avenue retaining wall.

3/6/17

As one reads through the memoir, “Dear Mater, A Soldier's World War I Letters to His Mother,” a personal attachment to that soldier soon begins to develop. For aside from differences in the details -- time, location, enemies -- the collection of letters written by William Arthur Jewell could be letters home from a relative or a friend stationed in Afghanistan, Yemen, Iraq -- wherever the never-ending tragedies of war continue to unfold.

3/6/17

By JIM RUMBLE

Having to play the number-two seed in 3A was a daunting challenge for the Avonworth girls’ basketball team when they faced undefeated East Allegheny in a quarterfinal game played at Penn Hills last Saturday.

Playing much better than a lot of people expected, the Lady ‘Lopes gave the Wildcats a run for their money, but came out on the short end as they were defeated 68-59.

“We wanted to win," said 'Lopes coach Mark D'Alessandris. "We had a game plan to go after them and get them, but they [East Allegheny] got a lot of calls," he said.

3/6/17

Residents of North Avenue in Bellevue and the adjacent streets should have received a notice from the borough regarding potential changes to traffic and parking on North.

Safety concerns and congestion have prompted police and council's safety committee to recommend either making the street one-way, or completely eliminating parking on North. Residents and those who travel the area are being asked for their input before a decision is made.

3/6/17

Sr. Genevieve Mary Jurick O.S.F. Sister Genevieve Mary Jurick, formerly Sister Assumpta, 95, a member of the School Sisters of St. Francis United States Province, in her 76th year of Religious Profession, died Feb. 26, 2017, at Marian Hall Home in Pittsburgh.

3/6/17

Ohio Township Police said that there were several attempted thefts from vehicles reported on Feb. 23. The residents that reported the attempts were located on Huntington, Hazelwood, Walliston, Oliver, Allegheny and Allison avenues. No forced entry was made to any of the vehicles, and most were reported to be unlocked

On Feb. 27, a resident of Alaqua Drive in Ohio Township reported a theft.

2/25/17

By JIM RUMBLE

An upset seemed imminent for the Avonworth boys’ basketball team when they squared off with the Southmoreland Scotties in the first round of the WPIAL playoffs last Saturday. Foul trouble, unfortunately, took its toll toward the end of the contest as the Antelopes were defeated in overtime 64-55 to close out their season.

Give credit to Avonworth's play defensively for keeping Southmoreland's 6'10" center Brandon Stone in check, limiting the big guy to 14 points -- 12.5 points below his average.

2/25/17

A new permitting process will be in place for groups wanting to use ballfields in Avalon this year.

Council members said at their meeting Tuesday that the new permit procedure will allow the borough to enter into an enforceable contract with groups wanting to use the field, and give the borough manager the authority to both grant and revoke permits.

2/25/17

Bellevue has been designated a 2017 “Banner Community” by the Allegheny League of Municipalities.

The recognition is awarded to communities that commit to “sustainable practices including professional development, intergovernmental cooperation, sound fiscal management and proactive communications to engage community stakeholders.”

2/25/17

Rebidding a project to repair the fire department building facade seemed to do the trick for Ben Avon. After receiving only two bids last fall, which were $100,000 apart in price, the new round of bidding produced six bids ranging from $41,334 to $53,995. K.J. Johnson Ltd. was awarded the contract with the low bid.

Work is expected to begin in April.

2/25/17

Students in the Northgate School District may soon be exposed to the benefits of having horses provide some of their education.

Representatives of Soergel’s Orchardview Stables in Wexford spoke with officials during Monday’s school board meeting, describing their existing program that allows students to interact with horses as both education and therapy.

Tessa Maxwell said that the stables offer horseback riding as a student field trip, and also have certified instructors and therapists who run programs for children with various physical, intellectual and emotional disabilities.

2/25/17

By JIM RUMBLE

The Avonworth girls’ basketball team has advanced to the quarterfinals of the WPIAL playoffs after defeating Beaver Falls in a first round game played at North Catholic this past Wednesday.

After weathering what seemed like a jittery start, the Lady ‘Lopes settled down and rolled past the Tigers 54-32.

“The layoff hurt us,” said Avonworth coach Mark D’Alessandris, who noted that his team went a week and a half without meaningful game action.

2/25/17

Avalon Council has authorized placement of stop signs at the intersection of Fisk and Florence avenues. The new signs will require traffic coming from all directions to stop.

The signs were approved in a unanimous vote at Tuesday’s council meeting. Council member John Vetterly was absent.

2/25/17

Jeffrey D. Brink Jeffrey D. Brink, of Ohio Township, died suddenly on Friday, Feb. 10, 2017. He was the father of Brittany and Logan Brink; son of James W. Brink and the late Mary T. Brink; brother of James D. Brink, Diane M. Brink and Douglas R. Brink. He is also survived by many nieces and nephews. Jeff was an avid hunter, outdoorsman, and a Pittsburgh sports fan. Memorial contributions are suggested to Animal Friends or the American Cancer Society. Arrangements by the Devlin Funeral Home.

Hilda L. Fiorenzo Hilda L. Fiorenzo, 97, of Belleuve, died Thursday, Feb. 16, 2017.

2/25/17

Avalon Council voted Tuesday to accept the resignation of its streets department director, Kerry Patterson.

The resignation is effective as of Feb. 28.

2/25/17

Assumption School in Bellevue will continue to offer classes to area students next year, while a number of other North Hills area Catholic schools face consolidation by the diocese due to declining enrollment.

Of the 12 north area Catholic schools included in the new regionalization plan, only Assumption and Northside Catholic School in Brighton Heights will continue to offer the same classes to the same grade levels next year. Both schools are required to submit strategic plans for their continued operation.

2/25/17

With the Emsworth Bridge now closed and some of the construction trucks traveling over Ben Avon streets, Ben Avon Council member Ken Opipery reported Tuesday that he was able to procure an overweight truck permit for the contractor.

"If anything happens to any of the streets, they will have to repair them," he said, emphasizing that the contractor will be responsible – it won't be a matter of the borough making the repairs then seeking reimbursement.

2/25/17

The Allegheny County SWAT unit was called to Avalon Monday evening after Avalon Police received several reports that a man living in an apartment in the 700 block of California Avenue was threatening to kill police officers.

The street was closed to traffic for several hours until it finally was determined that the man was not inside the building. Avalon Police watched the building until late that night, when the man came home and was apprehended. He is believed to be suffering from mental health issues and was transported to Staunton Clinic.

2/25/17

Avalon Council voted Tuesday to donate a lot on North School Street to a nonprofit program that will erect a “tiny” house that will provide affordable housing.

The property at 434 N. School St. will be donated to The DoorWay affordable housing project.

2/25/17

Avalon hopes to be able to adopt an amendment to the joint zoning code soon that will authorize residents of Avalon, Bellevue and Ben Avon to raise chickens or honey bees.

Both Avalon and Ben Avon have proposed some changes to the draft amendment. Avalon officials said that they want to make sure that urban farming is available to as many property owners as possible, even those whose homes are located on small lots.

The amendment must be approved by all three municipalities, but Avalon hopes to hurry it along for a possible vote by its council as early as next month.

2/17/17

Deciding what to do post-high school has always posed problems for students. Get a job? Community college? Trade school? Start a business? Four-year college?

To help students make sense of it all by planning wisely, Northgate High School's Business, Computer, and Information Technology (BCIT) Department this past Tuesday hosted its first "financial reality fair," a program sponsored by credit union associations nationwide.

BCIT teacher Susanne Galupi explained the purpose of the event.

2/17/17

Bellevue has been informed that the borough will receive more than $300,000 in grant funds to help offset the cost of Bayne Park and sanitary sewer projects.

Bellevue was among the first municipalities to receive funding in the first phase of ALCOSAN’s Green Revitalization of Our Waterways (GROW) program. The program is directed at stopping sanitary sewage infiltration of area waterways. ALCOSAN and all Western Pennsylvania municipalities have been working to that goal for years now, repairing sewer lines as mandated by the federal Environmental Protection Agency (EPA)