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10/31/17

By JIM RUMBLE

The Avonworth Antelopes football team secured a spot for the upcoming WPIAL playoffs with a win in their final regular season game last Friday. J.J. Igims rushed for 134 yards and ran for two touchdowns to lead the 'Lopes past the Gladiators on the road 31-20.

"It was a good win for us tonight," said coach Derek Johncour. "Our defense forced some turnovers, we put up 21 points in the first quarter and that helped us out a lot."

10/27/17

On Nov. 7, Bellevue voters will elect a new mayor, choosing between Democrat Emily Marburger and Republican Tom Fodi. Both ran as Democrats in the spring primary, with Marburger winning the Democratic nomination and Fodi picking up enough votes to take the GOP nomination.

10/21/17

By JIM RUMBLE

With two quick scores moving the Avonworth Antelopes football team to an 11-point lead at the half, it seemed as though the team was about to end their two-game slide when they hosted the Shady Side Indians in a non-conference game last Friday. The momentum changed quickly, though, in the second half, where the Indians scored four touchdowns on their way to defeating the 'Lopes 37-28.

"We didn't make the plays we needed to win," said coach Duke Johncour.

10/21/17

Avalon’s new borough engineer gave an update on current infrastructure projects, and also assured officials at Tuesday’s regular council meeting that cost estimates for future projects are the minimum to pay for the work needed.

Engineer Kevin Brett told council that a problem regarding ther paving of Cherry Alley and the slope of the roadway had been resolved with the contractor, and the work should be completed soon. Snags in the repair of a sewer line near the swimming pool also have been cleared and the area should be paved soon.

10/21/17

According to Bellevue Police reports, a juvenile was jumped by two other juveniles on North Sprague Avenue on Sept. 3.

On Sept. 5, an Orchard Avenue resident reported a theft from a vehicle had occurred earlier in the week.

A school on North Jackson Avenue was burglarized overnight, Sept 6-7.

A resident of Orchard Avenue reported an assault on Sept. 7.

On Sept. 8, a Forest Avenue resident reported a theft from her porch.

On Sept. 8, a Highland Avenue resident reported vandalism; the garage had been damaged.

10/21/17

State Rep. Adam Ravenstahl is inviting local residents to participate in a community presentation on the opioid crisis, Wednesday, Nov. 8, 6 p.m. at the Northgate Middle/Senior High School, 591 Union Ave., in Bellevue. Doors open at 5:30 p.m.

“Addiction can happen to anyone, and combatting the opioid crisis will require everyone’s involvement,” Ravenstahl said. “Please join us to learn about the epidemic and what can be done to ease the toll it is taking.”

10/21/17

Police Chief Beaver Micklos asked Ben Avon Council to consider installing cameras in various locations in the borough. He said they are quite sophisticated, and do not involve a lot of cost once they are up. He mentioned in particular an LPR – license plate reader – that focuses on reading license plates.

10/21/17

Emsworth Volunteer Fire Company has a supply of 9 volt batteries that can be used in most smoke and carbon monoxide detectors, that will be given free of charge to any Emsworth resident who either owns or rents property in the borough.

Residents can stop by the fire station bay doors at 171 Center Ave., on Halloween, Oct. 31, 6-8 p.m. to receive their batteries, while supplies last.

Batteries in smoke detectors should be changed at each Standard and Daylight Savings time change of the year.

10/21/17

At the Oct. 11 meeting, Emsworth Council approved several motions concerning operation and maintenance projects toward meeting MS4 (Municipal Separate Storm Sewer System) requirements.

Motions passed to spend an amount not to exceed $10,000 on preventive maintenance; to spend an amount not to exceed $16,000 on spot liners; and to spend an amount not to exceed $10,000 on spot lining repair work. Each motion passed unanimously.

10/21/17

By MEL PERKINS

The Northgate Flames (2-4, 2-5) travelled to Western Beaver (5-2, 6-2) last Saturday afternoon with the hopes of picking up a much needed conference win, but the Golden Beavers' line, averaging almost 300 lbs., dominated the line of scrimmage. The 47 - 12 loss marks a three-game skid for the Flames. After the game, Coach T.J. Wiley said, “As the game wore on, with their size, they just wore us down, and there was nothing we could do.”

10/21/17

Anthony "Tony" Thomas Coppola Anthony "Tony" Thomas Coppola, 57, of Pittsburgh, died Thursday, October 12, 2017. He had a long and fulfilling career in the floor covering industry culminating in his own carpet and floor covering business, Coppola's Carpet & Floor Covering.

10/21/17

A Bryson Avenue resident reported a civil dispute on Oct. 11.

A resident of West Division Street in Ben Avon reported harassment on Oct. 11.

On Oct. 11, a Park Avenue in Ben Avon resident reported public drunkenness.

On Oct. 12, a Cliffside Drive in Emsworth resident reported a suspicious person.

A Ben Avon Heights Road in Ohio Township business reported an attempted retail theft on Oct. 16.

On Oct. 17, a Bear Run apartments resident reported a theft.

A Mt. Nebo Pointe Drive in Ohio Township business reported an attempted retail theft on Oct. 17.

10/21/17

Ben Avon Council voted unanimously at Tuesday’s meeting to adopt an ordinance that will allow volunteer firefighters and other emergency service providers to receive tax credits for their local earned income tax.

The service providers would reach out to their community of residence to apply for the credit. Ken Opipery was absent.

10/21/17

Move over “Nightmare on Elm Street.” There is a very scary competitor in Bellevue at the “Nightmare 2 on North Sprague!” 63 N. Sprague, to be precise.

Created by Ken Azzarello and wife, Susan Vesch -- along with help from sons Dennis and Zade -- the fright site consists of a meandering walkway that leads brave visitors through a maze of monsters staffed (appropriately) by Northgate cheerleaders and football players.

10/14/17

By JIM RUMBLE

It was a knock-down, drag-out affair when the Avonworth Antelopes football team went on the road to play conference leader East Allegheny last Friday. The Antelopes had a chance to tie the game late in the fourth quarter, but went for the upset and failed to convert on the two-point try as they fell to the Wildcats 14-13.

"We were just one play away," said coach Duke Johncour. "It was a great football game."

10/14/17

In response to questions and concerns about Bellevue’s Lincoln Avenue streetscape project, the borough council met with the project landscape architect at Tuesday’s pre-council meeting.

10/14/17

Bellevue Police think they may have solved a series of vehicle break-ins reported over the last two weeks with the arrest Oct. 9 of a 22-year-old homeless man.

Police have charged Jacob Seth Hines with two counts of theft from a motor vehicle, three counts of receiving stolen property, and one count of criminal attempt.

10/14/17

Leaf collection in Ben Avon Borough will begin in late Oct. Residents are asked to not put leaves on the curb before then.

In late October, residents should rake leaves to the curb. No twigs, branches, mulched material, grass or other debris will be collected.

A final pass will be made on each street during the last week of November. Collection of leaves on Ohio River Boulevard will occur the first week of December.

10/14/17

By MEL PERKINS

The Northgate Flames were looking to get back into the win column last Friday night when they met up with the Greyhounds from Monessen. The Flames came out of the gate on fire for their homecoming game, and the pace was quick. Northgate went up 19 - 0 in the first quarter, but ran out of gas as the quarter ended. The Flames cooled and Monessen gained the momentum to hand Northgate a 34 - 25 loss, their second in a row.

10/14/17

The Northgate School District will be adding some programs to its existing arsenal in an attempt to improve students’ learning and test performance, and to increase the district’s performance ranking both locally and across the state.

10/14/17

Bellevue officials and residents got a reminder of how difficult it is to address blighted properties in the borough, but also heard at Tuesday’s meeting about a program that might provide a new tool in the ongoing battle.

10/14/17

Bellevue officials and residents got a reminder of how difficult it is to address blighted properties in the borough, but also heard at Tuesday’s meeting about a program that might provide a new tool in the ongoing battle.

10/14/17

The Marian Hall Home soup sale will run through Friday, April 20, 2018.

Each week, three soup varieties will be offered, each for $5 per quart. The selections repeat every six weeks.

Orders must be called in by noon each Thursday at (412)761-6004, for pick up on Friday beginning at 1 p.m. at Marian Hall, on the campus of Mount Assisi Convent in the Bellevue/Ross area. For GPS, use 1515 Quaill Ave., Pittsburgh, PA 15202.

Proceeds benefit programs at Marian Hall Home.

10/9/17

There will be a number of new names on the ballot and lots of offices to be filled by voters on election day, Nov. 7.

Vacancies created by resignations will have to be filled, adding several new seats to the ballot, and primary election write-in votes have created a potentially confusing array of choices for the municipal election voter. Avonworth

Voters in Ben Avon, Emsworth, Ben Avon Heights, Kilbuck Township and Ohio Township will elect four members to the Avonworth School Board. All are running for four-year terms.