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9/30/18

Bellevue Council voted at its regular meeting Tuesday to move ahead with use of the “Savvy Citizen” application that can be used to notify borough residents of important news and alerts.

The app will cost Bellevue $149 per month for the first year, although two months are free, plus a $500 set-up fee.

The expenditure was approved in a 5-3 vote with Linda Woshner, Tom Hrynda and Anthony DiTullio opposed, and Glenn Pritchard absent.

9/30/18

Brandi Nicole Jones Brandi Nicole Jones, 26, of Bellevue, died unexpectedly, Tuesday, September 18, 2018. She was the daughter of Christine Jones and the late Bruce A. Jones; sister of Marissa Lee Jones; granddaughter of Mary Lou (Paul) Wolfarth and the late Joseph Eugene Matesic, Jr., Gladys Jones and the late John Calvin Jones; also survived by hundreds of loving aunts, uncles, cousins, great-cousins, godchildren, and lifetime friends, whom Brandi cherished dearly.

9/30/18

A Merton Road in Ben Avon resident reported harassment on Sept. 20.

A business on Mt. Nebo Pointe Drive in Ohio Township reported retail theft on Sept. 21.

On Friday, Sept 21, 2018, The West Hills DUI Task Force, of which Ohio Township officers are active participants, held a DUI checkpoint on Ohio River Boulevard in Emsworth Borough.

The following statistics were compiled:

Thirteen people were arrested for DUI. Six were impaired by alcohol, and seven were impaired by drugs.

Nine people were driving without a license or under suspension.

9/30/18

Construction is expected to begin early next week on the next phase of Bellevue’s Lincoln Avenue streetscape project.

Work will take up from where it ended, at the Hawley Avenue intersection, and continue to Meade Avenue.

Bellevue Director of Administrative Services Ron Borczyk said that one side of the street will be done, and then the other. The work will begin with demolition of the existing sidewalks.

Borczyk said that Allegheny County has approved delaying planting until next spring because the construction is occurring so late in the year.

9/30/18

A trucker from out of state who said he was unfamiliar with the twists and turns of Western Pennsylvania highways inadvertently took a wrong turn last Friday night when he lost control of his work truck on Union Avenue.

The accident occurred right at the border of Avalon, Bellevue and Ross Township, with first responders dispatched from all three municipalities just before 11:30 p.m. when a truck was reported over the steep hillside near 80 Union Ave., across from the Hillcrest apartments in Bellevue.

9/24/18

By JIM RUMBLE

Showing no ill effects from the previous week's tough loss, the Avonworth Antelopes football team got back on track when they hosted New Brighton in non- conference play last Friday.

Quarterback Derek Johncour completed 22-28 passes for 259 yards and four touchdowns as the 'Lopes manhandled the Lions 35-7.

"It was a good win tonight," said coach Duke Johncour. "We're a very good football team and we need to keep the focus."

All of Avonworth's points came in the first half, which led to the second half being played with the mercy rule in effect.

9/24/18

Two Northgate High School seniors became “junior” members of Avalon Council Tuesday evening, after council adopted a resolution authorizing the borough’s participation in the Pennsylvania State Boroughs Association (PSBA program. Pictured here, Mayor Tom Lloyd administers a special “oath of office” to Laela Lumsden and Luke Meyer, who will serve until June 18. 2019. Council member Ruth Lloyd headed the borough’s participation in the program and interviewed the interested students.

9/24/18

Road work will soon begin in Emsworth.

At the September council meeting, Denny Flynn of Gateway Engineers said the pre-construction meeting had already been held, and that Brandon Construction anticipates beginning paving work during the week of Sept. 24. They have coordinated with West View Water to ensure that any water line work has been completed prior to paving. Paving work is expected to last about a month.

9/24/18

If there was a bright spot to be had in Northgate’s 39-0 loss to the Union Scotties last Saturday, it was the performance of Anthony Barbarino, pictured above, who amassed the lion’s share of the Flames’ rushing yardage. The athleticism of the Scotties, combined with errors and penalties that plagued the Flames, put Union up 25-0 by the end of the first half. Two more scores by the Scotties invoked the mercy rule, and sped up the clock on the loss for the Flames. Photo by Luke Thor Travis for The Citizen

9/24/18

Avalon Council adopted two ordinances at its Tuesday meeting that will authorize the borough to work with the Northgate School District, and possibly Bellevue Borough, on tax collection and school safety.

The ordinances allow Avalon to participate in an intergovernmental group that will focus on joint collection of delinquent taxes.

The second ordinance approves the borough’s particiption in a joint school safety agency that will address issues at Northgate’s schools.

9/24/18

Anyone out of the learning loop for the last few years in regard to current educational methods may not be so sure of what is meant by “project-based learning,” a term that refers to a classroom approach in which students actively explore real-world problems and challenges, acquiring a deeper knowledge of creating solutions to those problems.

9/24/18

Lenora “Babe” Bauer Lenora “Babe” Bauer, 88, of Bellevue, died Tuesday, September 11, 2018. Lenora was born July 22, 1930. Babe is survived by numerous nieces and nephews and great-nieces and nephews; she was preceded in death by her parents, Alexander and Josephine (Slonika) Zawojski; husband, Harry Bauer; brothers, Felix, Stanley, Pete, Joseph, Richard, Frank, Bernard Zawojski; sisters, Stella Ban, Josephine Rudnick, and infant sister, Dolores Zawojski.

9/24/18

No bids for the Emsworth Marmo Park renovation project were received by the Sept. 6 deadline.

Gateway Engineer Denny Flynn said it wasn’t unusual at this time of the year when contractors are particularly busy. Flynn recommended that Emsworth Council solicit bids in January, a generally slow time for contractors, and then the project could be begun in the spring of 2019.

The planned project includes resurfacing the basketball court, converting the tennis court to pickleball courts, improving ADA accessibility, minor drainage work and parking lot milling and overlay.

9/24/18

Rob Bennett of Avonworth Girls Athletic Association (AGAA) addressed Emsworth Council during the Sept. 12 meeting. He requested permission, which was granted, to remove grass from two strips, approximately 10 x 12, for pitch lanes. He said pitchers were having difficulty practicing on grass.

AGAA and Emsworth Council are negotiating a new long-term lease for the Mayernik Field on Huntington Avenue. Details are expected to be finalized in October.

9/24/18

Two men were arrested shortly after shooting a third man in the woods beneath the Jackman Avenue bridge in Avalon Tuesday night.Although the victim made it out of the woods, he collapsed on South Starr Avenue and died later at Allegheny General Hospital.

9/24/18

Emsworth Mayor Amy Sue Lillie’s idea of “Hometown Hero” banners displayed in the borough received unanimous approval from council during the September meeting.

Lillie surveyed each pole in the borough to determine ownership, then she contacted both Verizon and Duquesne Light, requesting permission for banner-holding poles to be erected. Verizon has already approved the idea and officials from Duquesne Light anticipate likewise granting permission once an official application is submitted.

9/8/18

Avonworth’s second home game of the season will take on more significance than the typical high school football game.

Yes, everyone will be looking for great plays, no injuries, and a final score favoring the home team, but as announcers from the booth call the plays, the crowd will hear some unfamiliar names.

“Thirty-yard pass to Toby Hopkins is good for another Avonworth touchdown!”

“Rich McCormick runs it for 10 and another Avonworth first down.”

9/8/18

By MEL PERKINS

Northgate took a long drive into the country last Friday night where they met up with the Highlanders from McGuffy High School. The Highlanders are playing down in class this year, joining the WPIAL’s class 2A after playing up in 3A.

The Flames (0-0, 0-2) entered the game looking to rebound from their 22 – 7 loss to Perry High School in Week Zero. McGuffy (0-0, 2-0) was riding high after beating Ambridge 28 – 0 to start their season. But, playing out of conference proved to be too much for the Flames and they fell to the Highlanders by the score 48 – 0.

9/8/18

Thomas J. Andracki Thomas J. Andracki, 68, of Bellevue, died Thursday, August 30, 2018. Thom, a native of Lawrenceville, had also been a former resident of Shaler Township. He was the husband of the late Amy M. (Nauer) Andracki; father of Jason Andracki and his wife, Liz of Meadville; cherished Popeye of his granddaughter, Iris V. Andracki; brother-in-law of Tim Nauer (Georgine) of Shaler Township and their family, Becca, Aaron, Rachel, Joe and George; dear friend and comrade of Mike Alexander (Sue) of Economy Borough and their children.

9/8/18

By JIM RUMBLE

The Avonworth Antelopes football team saw their record improve to 2-0 when they opened conference play at Valley last Friday.

For the second week, the 'Lopes overcame a rickety start on their way to an impressive victory on the road, 33-12.

"The kids played hard and this is a big win," said head coach Duke Johncour. "If we keep starting slow like that, we'll take it as long as we win."

9/7/18

Four of six people charged in the racially-motivated attack of a black man in July appeared before District Judge Tara Smith in Bellevue Friday morning. The hearing was continued because three of those four people had not yet retained attorneys.

Of the two remaining defendants in the case, one is reported to be deceased, and another in the hospital.

9/3/18

By JIM RUMBLE

It was week zero in football around the WPIAL last week, but after a rocky start for the Avonworth Antelopes, they appeared to be in midseason form when they played at Neshannock last Friday.

"It was a good win, but it was not a great start," said 'Lopes coach Duke Johncour.

9/3/18

More than $9,000 in costs associated with the recent “WizardVue” festival in Bellevue appeared without warning -- or prior approval by Bellevue Council -- on the borough’s bill list last Tuesday. Although council questioned the expenditures, it also approved their payment.

9/3/18

By MEL PERKINS

The Northgate Flames hosted the Commodores from Perry High School last Saturday in what has come to be known as the “week zero” game. The Flames fell to the Commodores by the score 22 – 7 in a contest that is commonly thought of as a preseason game.

Perry kicked off to start the game, and the Flames quickly tried to establish the run game. Christian Davin handed off to Anthony Barbarino to get things started.A Davin pass fell incomplete and on third down Barbarino was stopped with no gain, and Northgate was forced to punt.