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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)

2/17/17

The Northgate School Board has joined other districts and Allegheny County to make sure foster children are getting the educational opportunities they need.

2/17/17

David H. Lawhead David H. Lawhead, 82, of Avalon, died Wednesday, Feb. 8, 2017 at UPMC Passavant Hospital.

2/17/17

Emsworth will apply for grant funding to turn the Marmo Park tennis court into a Pickle-Ball court.

The USA Pickle-Ball Association describes Pickle-Ball as “a fun sport that combines many elements of tennis, badminton and ping-pong,” played by “singles or doubles, on a 44' x 20' court, using a paddle and a plastic ball with holes.”

2/17/17

Emsworth Borough has three openings for residents who are interested in serving on advisory boards.

Two residents are needed to represent Emsworth on the Avonworth Advisory Board and one resident is needed to serve on the Avonworth Municipal Authority. Positions are appointed by Emsworth Council.

Any interested resident can submit a letter of interest, or email, to the borough office. The term of office for the Avonworth Advisory Board is generally one calendar year ending in December. The Avonworth Municipal Authority term is for five years

2/13/17

By NANCY WHYTE

The Avonworth School District has two new administrators, as a result of motions unanimously approved by the school board.

At the Monday, Feb. 6, school board meeting, William Battistone was hired as elementary school principal at the salary of $85,000 with benefits, commencing April 3.

Additionally, David Thomas was hired as middle/high school assistant principal at the salary of $74,500 with benefits, commencing not later than March 6, 2017.

Battistone arrives from Iowa, where he served as the assistant principal at Regina Elementary School in Iowa City.

2/13/17

On Jan. 18, Bellevue Police received a report that an individual had been robbed at gunpoint on Lincoln Avenue by an unknown person.

On Jan. 20, an unknown male with a gun robbed a store on Ohio River Boulevard.

A service station on Ohio River Boulevard was robbed at gunpoint by a male with a gun on Jan. 30

Vandalism was reported at the Davis Avenue ballfield on Jan. 20. The door of a press box was found kicked in.

Police were dispatched and a report was filed on Jan. 20 concerning a possible child luring on Lincoln Avenue.

2/13/17

By NANCY WHYTE

Emsworth residents and other local travelers will soon be facing an extended period of detours.

Weather permitting, the Emsworth Bridge on Center Avenue, which connects two portions of the borough, will be completely closed on Monday, Feb. 13, as the Port Authority begins a long-anticipated rehabilitation project of the structure.

2/13/17

By MEL PERKINS

Northgate (0 – 13, 4 – 17) played host to Sewickley Academy (11 – 2, 16 – 4) last Friday night, and it was tough sledding for the Flames who are still winless inthe section. The Panthers were coming off a 60 – 58 loss to the first place Crusaders from Canevin, and the Flames were unfortunately next in line, getting topped by the panthers 72 – 25.

2/13/17

James A. Donovan James A. Donovan, 90, of Avalon, died Tuesday, Jan. 31, 2017.

2/13/17

Ohio Township Police said recently there have been several thefts from vehicles reported in the Ben Avon and Emsworth areas. All of the reported thefts had no forced entry; they were from vehicles that were left unlocked or could not be locked. Police ask that owners be diligent in remembering to lock their vehicles.

On Jan. 25 a resident who lived on Lyndhurst Drive in Ohio Township filed a fraud report.

A criminal mischief report was filed by a resident of Orchard Avenue in Emsworth on Jan. 25.

2/13/17

By JIM RUMBLE

The Avonworth boys’ basketball team finished up section play when they hosted undefeated section leader North Catholic this past Tuesday.The Antelopes, who held one brief lead early on, gave it one heck of an effort but fell short in the end 59-57.

“It was a great game – we battled back but we came up a little short,” said ‘Lopes coach Dan Bradley.

Despite the loss, Avonworth has already clinched a spot for the WPIAL play-offs and will finish off the regular season with two non-section games.

2/5/17

Three people have been charged with homicide. and a fourth possibly remains at large, after a shooting on Spruce Run Road in Ben Avon late last Thursday night that resulted in the death of an 18-year-old man.

Police say that Kyle Stauber, of 309 Spruce Run Road, was able to identify his shooter after suffering a gunshot wound to the chest. He died later at the hospital.

Avalon and Ohio Township Police responded to a report of shots fired on the remote street that begins in Avalon and winds down to the railroad tracks and Ohio River in Ben Avon.

2/5/17

By JIM RUMBLE

After losing by a total of three points in consecutive section games, the Avonworth boys’ basketball team got back on track when they hosted Freedom this past Tuesday. The teams exchanged leads four times early in the first quarter before the Antelopes powered ahead on their way to a lopsided 92-44 victory.

"I'm very pleased at how we came out after the first minute," said 'Lopes coach Dan Bradley. "After that we played 31 minutes of good basketball."