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1/26/19

From Egypt to Greece to Italy to Avonworth, the game of bocce has been around, in one form for another, for at least 7,000 years. Pronounced “baw-chee,” the game requires no elaborate fields, expensive equipment or uniforms. Instead, good judgment skills, patience and team spirit rule the day, as seen when the Avonworth ‘Lopes and the Montour Spartans bocce teams faced off in the Avonworth gym this past Tuesday.

Now in their third year, Avonworth fields two co-ed teams, 14 members in all, from grades 9-12.

1/26/19

By MEL PERKINS

The Northgate Flames (1-8, 2-14) welcomed the Dynamos from Springdale into their house last Friday night, and proceeded to turn up the heat until the Dynamos could take no more. The Flame defense pressured the Dynamos and kept their leading scorer in the single digits. And, when the smoke cleared, the Flames had their first section win and their first win since Dec. 8, scorching the Dynamos by the score of 57 – 44.

1/26/19

By JIM RUMBLE

After defeating Mohawk in a down to the wire section contest at home last month, the Avonworth girls’ basketball team could have expected to face a similar encounter when they played the Warriors away this past Monday.

Unfortunately for the Lady ‘Lopes, they came out flat while the home team was firing on all cylinders as Mohawk won in a rout, 56-32.

1/26/19

A resident of Means Avenue told Bellevue Council at its regular meeting Tuesday that an influx of traffic resulting from council's decision to make part of North Avenue one-way has created a dangerous situation on the neighboring street.

Council elected to eliminate two-way traffic on about half of North Avenue because the street is so narrow, and there is a blind spot on a hill where oncoming traffic is not visible. Rather than widen the travel area by eliminating parking, council made the part of North closest to Union Avenue one-way from Union Avenue.

1/26/19

A business located on Mt Nebo Pointe Drive in Ohio Township reported retail theft on Jan. 16.

A resident of Bear Run Drive in Ohio Township reported a disturbance on Jan. 16.

On Jan. 17, a business on Camp Horne Road in Ohio Township reported harassment.

On Jan. 17, a patron at a business on Mt. Nebo Road in Ohio Township reported money being stolen from their wallet after it was left at the checkout counter.

A driver on Camp Horne Road reported criminal mischief to an automobile after his car was hit with rocks on Jan. 18.

1/26/19

The annual student art show at the Hermann Museum on Lincoln Avenue in Bellevue opened on the evening of Jan. 11, with displays that ranged from abstract works to realistic nature scenes. The show continues through Jan. 27

The show includes works from nearly 40 Northgate and St. James students. The pictured student-artist is Avalon Elementary third grader Olivia Bach, whose artwork blends her original ideas with those of a Russian abstract artist, Wassily Kandinsky.

1/26/19

Most people outgrow childhood pastimes as they grow up. Then, again, some people's pastimes grow with them as they grow up.

Case in point: Avonworth physical education teacher Phil Coffin, who started bass fishing as a child and just recently earned one of the top spots in competition in the Bass Anglers Sportsman Society [BASS] Nation Championship in Florence, AL.

But to go back to when it started.

“I have been fishing since I was a little boy,” Coffin said. “My parents have pictures of me fishing from 4 years old on.”

1/26/19

A resident of Tingley Avenue also approached Bellevue Council at its regular meeting on Tuesday, concerned about an area along the street where water is collecting, creating a swampy mess filled with bugs in the summer, and freezing into a dangerous chunk of ice in the winter.

Although residents believe the water problem coincides with gas line work done a couple years ago, borough officials said they need to determine the source of the water before they can come up with a solution.

1/26/19

Bellevue could become the area’s first “Compassionate Community” if borough officials agree to enact some animal welfare policies and practices.

The program offered by Animal Friends primarily focuses on the treatment of feral, neighborhood and free-roaming cats. If you are a dog lover, do not fear: Humane Action Pittsburgh is asking Bellevue Council to adopt several ordinances that specifically target puppy mills.

1/26/19

Once again, the Northgate-Avonworth swim team has compiled the “winningest” record for any sport played by interscholastic athletes of the two schools.

How good is the record? As of last week’s North Catholic meet, both the boys’ and the girls’ teams were undefeated.

Coach Jesse McKelvey could not be happier for her team.

1/20/19

Brandon Chavez, 22, of Ambridge, was arrested for possession of suspected marijuana following a traffic stop on Jan. 8.

Following a dispute on Jan. 8, George Schaffner, 52, of Avalon and Janice Niedbala, 57, of Sewickley, were arrested.

A motor vehicle accident occurred on Jan. 9 at South Birmingham and Taylor avenues when a car slid into a fire hydrant. Police say no one was injured, but the vehicle had to be towed from the scene.

On Jan. 10, Michael McGuire, 42, of Carnegie, was arrested for possession of suspected marijuana.

1/20/19

Bellevue vehicle owners are being warned that a rash of thefts from vehicles has occurred recently. Police Chief Matt Senter is warning residents that multiple cars had been entered and items stolen throughout the borough this week. He urged residents to make sure their vehicles were locked and valuables removed. Additionally, he requested that if anyone had seen anything suspicious or had video footage of people looking at vehicles or trying car doors to contact the police department.

A non-forced burglary occurred at a Lincoln Avenue business on Dec. 3.

1/20/19

By MEL PERKINS

The Northgate Flames continue to struggle and matters didn’t get any better when the Flames hosted the Vikings from Sto-Rox (6-1, 8-5) on Tuesday night. The Vikings entered the game tied for first place with Summit Academy, but Northgate would test them early. However, the pace of the game would take its toll and the Flames would fold late in the game, losing by the score 79- 52.

1/20/19

By JIM RUMBLE

With the first half of the regular season in the books this week, the Avonworth girls’ basketball team remains in a three-way tie atop their section after hosting Freedom on Monday.

The front court duo of Hayden Robinson and Kat Goetz combined for 46 points and 22 rebounds as the Lady ‘Lopes ran past the Bulldogs 68-47.

"We played with a lot of intensity, communicated well on defense and played with a lot of energy," said Avonworth coach Mark D'Alessandris.

1/20/19

Simon James Matela Simon James Matela, 20, died suddenly on Thursday, Jan. 10, 2019, after a brief illness. He was born in Sewickley on June 18, 1998, to Abigail Matela and Christopher Kitner. Simon was a 2016 graduate of Avonworth High School and was studying Creative Writing at Chatham University. He was a compassionate friend and devoted to his family. Simon had an immense heart and always had the consideration of others in mind. He was wise, funny, extremely resilient, and his unique voice and perspective shone in his brilliant writing.

1/20/19

Beginning this week, Pennsylvania school students and others will have a new method of alerting officials to possible threats.

During his report to the school board Monday night, assistant superintendent Jeff Hadley said that students were getting training for “Safe 2 Say Something,” a Web site and app where individuals will be able to anonymously report tips about issues of concern including social media posts or talk about threats of school violence or suicide.

1/19/19

Bellevue Council is being asked to allow an increase in the number of bars permitted in the borough.

1/19/19

Bellevue Council is giving Mayor Emily Marburger and the Friends of Bayne Library tentative approval to hold another Harry Potter festival in town this year, but making it clear that there will be more council oversight this time around.

1/12/19

On Jan. 2, Mya Arthur, 20 and Javon Thomas, 21, both of Pittsburgh, were arrested for possession of a firearm.

On Jan. 7, Avalon Police officers were dispatched to Belva Street for a hit and run traffic accident.

Samuel Sadowski, 31, of Ben Avon, was arrested on Jan. 7 for trespassing on real property and possession of a controlled substance.

1/12/19

By PATRICK GANNON

The Avonworth boys’ varsity basketball team got back in the win column last Friday with a 70-47 victory over Keystone Oaks.

The ‘Lopes started off hot, running out to an early 12-0 lead. KO followed with a run of their own, coming within three of the Antelopes, the quarter closing with Avonworth on top by a score of 14-11.

1/12/19

If the Avonworth School Board decides to increase property taxes to fund the district’s 2019-20 budget, it will not be increasing them any more than the index percentage allowed by state law.

During the first meeting of the 2019 calendar year, the newly reorganized Avonworth School Board discussed the real estate tax rate for the 2019-20 school year and anticipates passing a resolution at their next meeting to limit the real estate tax rate to the Act 1 Index.

1/12/19

April 2 has been set as the date of the special election in Pennsylvania’s 37th state Senatorial District, which includes all of the Avonworth communities except Ben Avon.

A special election is required because the incumbent senator, Republican Guy Reschenthaler, was elected to the United States Congress in November and resigned his state seat prior to being sworn in as the representative for the 14th Congressional district earlier this month.

1/12/19

By JIM RUMBLE

The Avonworth girls’ basketball team was in position to solidify their spot at the top of Section 1 (3A) when they hosted Neshannock this past Monday. Unfortunately for the Lady ‘Lopes, things didn't play out as they had hoped, with the Lancers rolling to a 61-42 victory.

"It was two good teams and we had to answer the bell," said 'Lopes’ coach Mark D'Alessandris. "They [Neshannock] showed up, brought their A-game, and we didn't have our best game."

1/12/19

By MEL PERKINS

Northgate (0-5, 1-10) entered Tuesday night's game on an eight-game slide, and beating the Knights from Summit Academy (4-1, 5-3) would not be an easy task. The Flames fought hard and managed to put a scare in the Knights in the fourth quarter, but were unable to pull off the upset, losing 50-45.