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3/17/18

One month to the day after 17 students were gunned down at a Parkland, FL high school, thousands of students across the nation walked out of their classrooms Wednesday morning in solidarity with the national youth-driven effort to stop gun violence by telling their elected officials to implement effective gun control laws before another child is killed.

3/17/18

Bellevue will try once again to appoint someone to the position of auditor in the borough.

Although all municipalities hire professional auditors, state law and Bellevue’s home rule charter still require that there be elected auditors. Specifically, Bellevue’s charter requires that there be three elected auditors.

3/17/18

The Avonworth School Board updated the 2017-18 school calendar to show the modified snow make-up day schedule.

School will now be in session Monday, April 2 and Friday, April 27.

3/17/18

Volunteers are gearing up for a second year of weekly farmers markets in Bayne Park this summer and fall, and Bellevue Council is expected to give its approval later this month.

3/17/18

By JIM RUMBLE

The Avonworth/Ambridge ice hockey team participated in the PIHL Tier 3 J.V. playoffs and squared off with top-seeded Penn-Trafford in a semifinal game played at the Castle Arena in Castle Shannon this past Monday.

With the outcome still up in the air through the first two periods, Penn Trafford(16-1 in the regular season) added four goals in the final period on their way to a 6-3 victory.

Avonworth/Ambridge (9-5-2 in the regular season) took the early lead when Noah Vith got loose for a breakaway goal and a 1-0 lead at the 9:27 mark of the first period.

3/17/18

The Northgate School Board is amending the district’s food service policy to make sure that children are not subjected to “lunch shaming” because their parents have not kept up with payments to their school lunch accounts.

The issue has received national attention because some schools choose to deny students lunches, or provide them with a clearly identifiable alternate meal, when their lunch accounts are in arrears.

3/17/18

Phillip R. Cutrara Phillip R. Cutrara, 76, of Avalon, died Friday, March 9, 2018. He was the son of the late August J. Cutrara and Mary (LaMantia) Cutrara Schmitt; brother of Robert S. Cutrara, Barbara S. (Allan) Mikesell and the late James A. (Betty surviving) Cutrara; survived by nieces and nephews, Brian, Adam and Juliette; along with five great-nieces and nephews. Arrangements by the Findlay C. Wylie Funeral Home, Penn Hills.

Joanne Lundell Joanne Lundell, 86, of Ben Avon, died Wednesday, March 7, 2018.

3/17/18

The Northgate School Board will consider a change to the district’s pre-kindergarten program.

According to superintendent Dr. Caroline Johns, there are currently three preschool classrooms at Bellevue Elementary. Two of them are operated by the Allegheny Intermediate Unit (AIU), which rents the classroom space from the district. The third class has been funded by a Pre-K Counts grant, which covers the lion’s share of the $197,000 cost. Northgate contributes $36,000 to that class.

3/10/18

Bellevue Police are continuing to investigate a shooting incident that occurred Thursday afternoon, Feb. 22, that had officers from multiple law enforcement agencies chasing down an active shooting situation that traveled along Bellevue’s southernmost streets.

Amidst the confusion, police were able to apprehend two men believed responsible for firing shots that struck vehicles and homes. They also took into custody a 16-year old juvenile who has yet to be charged.No people were shot, police say, although one police officer was assaulted by a suspect.

3/10/18

The last home game for Northgate girls’ basketball ended more than just the season of playing the sport for senior Cali McWilliams. It also was closing night for Cali’s singing the pre-game version of the “National Anthem,” as she has done throughout the current season.

Cali credits Northgate choir director Kelly Winovich for helping her develop her pitch-perfect and expressive rendition of the “Anthem.”

Winovich passes the credit back to her student.

3/10/18

A young woman who lost control of her vehicle on Camp Horne Road Feb. 16 was helped to safety by a passerby.

According to Ohio Township Police Chief Beaver Micklos, the driver, an employee at Animal Friends, had just pulled out of the facility’s driveway when she lost control of the steering, then panicked and was unable to stop the car from going over an adjacent embankment and into the rapidly moving creek waters.

3/10/18

Girl Scouts Western Pennsylvania has presented Girl Scout Silver Awards to Hadley Holcomb, Chintha Kathiresan, Julia Marn and Jessie Mellon.

According to GSWP, “This award recognizes young women who demonstrate extraordinary leadership through sustainable and measurable Take Action projects that address important community needs. Projects require up to 50 hours of work and a mentor in their area of project interest. Each must use her strength, talent, and skills and put her plan into action to earn the Silver Award while taking a leadership role.

3/10/18

Kilbuck Township officials and property owners in the area of Old Camp Horne Road are continuing to monitor a landslide that has already damaged several homes and remains a threat to other homes and nearby businesses.

3/10/18

The new United States Congressional Redistricting Map issued in February by the Pennsylvania Supreme Court will have a big -- and possibly very confusing -- impact on the North Boroughs.

3/10/18

Avalon Mayor Tom Lloyd swore in the borough’s newest full-time police officer shortly after the hiring of Christopher Rossetti was approved by council at February's regular meeting.Rossetti has worked as a part time officer for both Avalon and Ohio Township for the last four years.

Photo by Connie Rankin for The Citizen

3/10/18

William R. Bender William R. Bender, 90, of Avalon, died Saturday, February 17, 2018. He was the husband of the late Rita (Thieret) Bender; father of Marilyn Bender, William K. (Anne) Bender, Christine (Henry) Stephens, Joan (Larry) Kresek, Thomas J. Bender, Nancy (Dave) Roman, Loraine (late Larry) Jeter and the late Stephanie Rose Bender; brother to Mary Bender Henning, Paul Bender, Bernard Bender and the late Kenneth Bender. William was proud of his 17 grandchildren and 13 great-grandchildren.

3/10/18

Teresa J. (Lang) Lavery Teresa Jean (Lang) Lavery died Wednesday, February 28, 2018. She was preceded in death by her father, Andy. Teresa is survived by her mother, Doris; her daughter, Madeline; her husband of 28 years, Bob; her brothers, Andy (Mark), Greg, Al (Margaret), Dave, Thom (Brigette) and Jeff (Mary-Beth); sisters, Nancy, Linda, Sherri (Richard), Nett (Wayne), Carol and Kathy; 23 nieces and nephews; and by countless friends.

3/10/18

Call the event the Oscars, the Emmys, and the Tonys for high school drama students in the Western Pennsylvania area.

That event would be the annual “Shakespeare Scene and Monologue Contest” sponsored by the Pittsburgh Public Theater and held at the O'Reilly Theater in Downtown Pittsburgh recently. Students from public schools, as well as home-schoolers and students from charter and parochial schools audition, are proud to make it to the finals and justifiably thrilled to be named the winners.

3/10/18

Going into WPIAL competition last weekend, the Northgate-Avonworth swimmers had the confidence of a strong season record behind them.

But WPIALs is a bit different than meeting up with opponents from the season schedule. It’s the best vs. the best, and as with any sport, a plan of action can be a big help.

2/10/18

Bellevue received a late Christmas present when it was announced Thursday that the borough had been awarded a state transportation grant of $315,000 that will completely pay for the West Riverview retaining wall project.

State Rep. Adam Ravenstahl, who had worked with borough officials to secure the grant, informed Bellevue shortly after the announcement was made by the Pennsylvania Department of Transportation (PennDOT).

2/10/18

Northgate senior Conner Powers recently turned in an award-winning performance that brought him lots of cheers from the audience at Petersen Events Center.

Appropriate, since the cheers were for his skilled cheerleader routine that included double-full — a move that comprises a single back somersault with two full twists -- gymnastics and high-flying stunts that earned him first place among hundreds of competitors vying for the national title which, at the end of the day, Conner proudly carried home.

1/27/18

Bellevue Council is being asked to approve a zoning permit that would allow the opening of a pet funeral home and crematory on Ohio River Boulevard.

The property at 4325 Ohio River Blvd., currently a used car sales lot, lies within the joint zoning code’s highway commercial district. In this zone, a crematory is an accepted conditional use, meaning that its use as such must be approved by the borough council, which also may impose additional conditions, according to Bellevue solicitor Matt Racunas.

1/20/18

By PATRICK GANNON

The Avonworth Antelopes (7-6, 3-1) played their rival, the Cardinal Wuerl North Catholic Trojans (5-7, 2-1) Tuesday night at Avonworth High School, defeating the Trojans in a 42-40 thriller to take control of second place in AAA Section 2.

The first quarter began slowly, with both teams scoreless for the opening three minutes until CWNC’s Brian Davidson made a lay-up. This woke up junior Tyreek Davis, who scored five quick points to give the ‘Lopes the lead. But the Trojans were not looking to roll over, and took a 13-12 lead into the second quarter.

1/20/18

At Monday night's meeting, the Avonworth School Board approved motions that will will allow Avonworth High School students, beginning in the 2018-19 school year, the opportunity to take a wide variety of “College in High School” classes.

The school board approved removing the following courses from the Avonworth course book and replacing the traditional classes with courses from several local institutions of higher learning.