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9/2/17

Northgate Middle School will be among 50 schools joining the pilot year of the Dynamic Learning Project, a national program supported by Digital Promise, EdTech Team, and Google. The program will work to improve education equity by empowering teachers to utilize technology in more powerful ways.  

Northgate Middle School was selected for the program by Digital Promise based on need, existing technology infrastructure, and innovative leadership committed to helping their teachers succeed.

8/25/17

While age and a recent illness have taken a toll on some of her long lifetime of memories, there remain with Florence Mertz of Kilbuck a glint in her eyes and a passion in her voice as she looks back on nearly a century of a life filled with family, friends and service to her country.

8/18/17

When the Northgate Flames football team talks about home field advantage this season, they won’t be talking about Alumni Field on Sheridan Avenue. To keep playing under lights on Friday nights, the team will move its games to J.C. Stone Field in North Park.

8/11/17

A handful of Bellevue residents expressed their concern to Bellevue Council Tuesday evening over the manner in which council’s newest member was appointed two weeks before schedule.

8/11/17

By NANCY WHYTE * - *

Data collection for and discussions about the possible merger of two local townships into a single combined municipality continues.

On Thursday, Aug. 3, the Kilbuck Township and Ohio Township Merger Committee met at the Kilbuck Municipal Building. The merger committee is comprised of both the Ohio and Kilbuck Township supervisors, their respective managers, and appointed citizen volunteers.

7/30/17

A contingent of Bellevue Council members took advantage of the absence of the council president to appoint their candidate of choice to the vacant council seat.

7/30/17

Not too many years ago, carnivals sponsored by suburban fire departments were among the mainstays of the summer social agenda.

But times have changed, as Ohio Township Volunteer Fire Company (OTVFC) carnival chairman William Thomas observed.

“In a time when many fire companies have abandoned their carnivals, OTVFC continues to host its carnival, which started back in 1948 and is a tradition that multiple generations in our community have enjoyed,” he said.

7/15/17

Bellevue Council will shelve a proposal to hire part-time officers to help reduce police department overtime costs, at least for now.

7/15/17

The Northgate School District was one of only 11 districts in the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania to be recognized at the PA Literacy Conference, where representatives of the Pennsylvania Department of Education presented Innovation Incentive Awards.

The Keystones to Opportunity (KtO) Innovation Incentive Awards program recognizes innovation in literacy among Pennsylvania’s Striving Readers: Keystones to Opportunity sub-grantees. Northgate placed third in the category for increasing literacy outcomes for children from birth to age 5.

7/15/17

Steven Galetich Steve Galetich, 91, of Avalon, formerly of the North Side, died Friday, July 7, 2017. He was the husband of the late Mildred Galetich; father of Sandra Galetich, Patricia “Tish” Barley (Richard) and the late Debora Demos; preceded in death by seven siblings: Pete, George, Frank, John, Kate, Mary and Isabelle; also survived by two grandchildren, nieces, nephews, his cat Rambo and many family members and friends. Mr. Galatich was a WWII veteran, having served in the U.S. Navy. Services and interment will be private.

7/15/17

If Bellevue is looking a little tidier these days, it is not necessarily because people have begun butting their cigarettes in sand pots provided or because they have suddenly become more careful about where to dispose of trash.

Well, maybe they actually have, but it also is because Bellevue has had some extra help lately in keeping the area clean, thanks to a young man, Alex Workinger, who has been stationed around the streets as a summer employee provided by Pennsylvania's Office of Vocational Rehabilitation (OVR).

7/15/17

Bellevue's Lincoln Avenue streetscape progress has run into a problem as work heads into the next block of Lincoln Avenue.

7/15/17

A major road providing access between Bellevue's main street and Ohio River Boulevard could re-open to traffic by mid-September.

7/10/17

The Bellevue Community Herb Garden is open for use by the community.

Everyone is invited to "pinch what you need and use what you pinch".

Some of the plants that are large enough to provide herbs already are tarragon, oregano, parsley, marjoram, lavender, chamomile, and thyme. Sweet, purple, and Thai basil will be ready in a few weeks. Signs are posted to identify the plants and explain how they can be used.

7/10/17

The Ben Avon Area Historical Association (BAAHA) is changing its name to the Avonworth Historical Society, to better reflect the group’s primary areas of interest, which are the five municipalities that make up the Avonworth School District.

The society promotes local history and is a repository of documents and artifacts from the local area.

Currently the society collaborates with the Heinz History Center on an enrichment program for Avonworth eighth graders.

7/10/17

Geraldine B. Hoffman Geraldine B. Hoffman, 88, of Emsworth, died Friday, June 30, 2017. She was the wife of the late Francis P. Hoffman; mother of Donald Hoffman, Karen James (David), Gary Hoffman (Jean), Debbie Whiteford (Douglas) of West Chester, PA, Judy Salem (Pete) and Brian Hoffman; sister of Evelyn Dodd and the late Donald Yokel and Patricia Katterson; grandmother of 16 grandchildren and 32 great-grandchildren. She was preceded in death by grandsons Michael Hoffman and Anthony Bayne.

7/10/17

Drivers passing by Jack and Tracy Ferguson’s Kilbuck residence have no reason to lurch to a stop to observe gardens of bubbling fountains, mesmerizing night lights, intricate floral arrangements. That’s because there aren’t any.

7/7/17

On May 15, a Spring Avenue resident reported gift card fraud.

A West Riverview resident reported vandalism on May 15. While parked on the street, the rear window of a car was broken out. Also on May 15, a Monroe Avenue resident reported a vehicle window had been broken while parked on the street.

A Lincoln Avenue business reported on May 16 that a male had submitted a fraudulent prescription.

A Lincoln Avenue business reported shoplifting by a juvenile on May 17.

A Watkins Avenue resident reported harassment on May 19.

7/1/17

On June 13, Avalon Police received a report of a hit-and-run accident to a parked vehicle on California. Following a traffic stop on June 13 on Ohio River Boulevard, Thomas F. Coran, 30, of Willow Street and Anthony Scott Touchtone, 29, of Allegheny Avenue were each charged with possession of a controlled substance and drug paraphernalia among a variety of other charges.

7/1/17

A proposed amendment to the joint zoning code governing Avalon, Bellevue and Ben Avon would allow urban farmers to add chickens and bees to their back yards.

7/1/17

The Bellevue Police Department made it abundantly clear to Bellevue Council Tuesday evening that its officers are opposed to any restructuring plan that would add part-time officers to the roster.

7/1/17

Bellevue Council member Matt Senvisky has resigned his seat, effective July 1.

Council president Lynn Tennant Heffley announced at Tuesday's regular council meeting that the second ward representative had accepted a new job with a company that did not permit employees to hold public office.

Senvisky's term on council will expire at the end of this year, and he already had chosen not to seek re-election.

7/1/17

Rosemarie Wagner On Sunday, June 25, 2017, Rosemarie (Gatnarek) Wagner, age 89, of Bellevue, wife of the late Stephen Wagner; beloved mother of Glenn (Virginia) Wagner and the late David S. (surviving wife, Marion) Wagner and the late Margaret Wagner; grandmother of Sara Wagner (August Deimel) and Rachel Wagner-Killen (Ryan Killen); great grandmother of Leah and Breanna Killen; sister of late Emma Stewart, Charles, John, George and William Gatnarek.

7/1/17

On May 31, a resident of Ricker Court in Ben Avon filed an ordinance complaint for loud noise in the area.

A customer shopping at a business on Mt. Nebo Pointe Drive in Ohio Township on June 1, reported the theft of a phone.

On June 2, a resident of Roosevelt Road in Ohio Township filed a fraud report.

A resident of Superior Avenue in Emsworth reported a suspicious circumstance on June 2. On June 3, a resident of Ohio River Boulevard in Emsworth reported disorderly conduct.

On June 5, a resident of Brighton Road in Ben Avon filed a harassment report.