Geraldine B. Hoffman Geraldine B. Hoffman, 88, of Emsworth, died Friday, June 30, 2017. She was the wife of the late Francis P. Hoffman; mother of Donald Hoffman, Karen James (David), Gary Hoffman (Jean), Debbie Whiteford (Douglas) of West Chester, PA, Judy Salem (Pete) and Brian Hoffman; sister of Evelyn Dodd and the late Donald Yokel and Patricia Katterson; grandmother of 16 grandchildren and 32 great-grandchildren. She was preceded in death by grandsons Michael Hoffman and Anthony Bayne.


Drivers passing by Jack and Tracy Ferguson’s Kilbuck residence have no reason to lurch to a stop to observe gardens of bubbling fountains, mesmerizing night lights, intricate floral arrangements. That’s because there aren’t any.


On May 15, a Spring Avenue resident reported gift card fraud.

A West Riverview resident reported vandalism on May 15. While parked on the street, the rear window of a car was broken out. Also on May 15, a Monroe Avenue resident reported a vehicle window had been broken while parked on the street.

A Lincoln Avenue business reported on May 16 that a male had submitted a fraudulent prescription.

A Lincoln Avenue business reported shoplifting by a juvenile on May 17.

A Watkins Avenue resident reported harassment on May 19.


On June 13, Avalon Police received a report of a hit-and-run accident to a parked vehicle on California. Following a traffic stop on June 13 on Ohio River Boulevard, Thomas F. Coran, 30, of Willow Street and Anthony Scott Touchtone, 29, of Allegheny Avenue were each charged with possession of a controlled substance and drug paraphernalia among a variety of other charges.


A proposed amendment to the joint zoning code governing Avalon, Bellevue and Ben Avon would allow urban farmers to add chickens and bees to their back yards.


The Bellevue Police Department made it abundantly clear to Bellevue Council Tuesday evening that its officers are opposed to any restructuring plan that would add part-time officers to the roster.


Bellevue Council member Matt Senvisky has resigned his seat, effective July 1.

Council president Lynn Tennant Heffley announced at Tuesday's regular council meeting that the second ward representative had accepted a new job with a company that did not permit employees to hold public office.

Senvisky's term on council will expire at the end of this year, and he already had chosen not to seek re-election.


Rosemarie Wagner On Sunday, June 25, 2017, Rosemarie (Gatnarek) Wagner, age 89, of Bellevue, wife of the late Stephen Wagner; beloved mother of Glenn (Virginia) Wagner and the late David S. (surviving wife, Marion) Wagner and the late Margaret Wagner; grandmother of Sara Wagner (August Deimel) and Rachel Wagner-Killen (Ryan Killen); great grandmother of Leah and Breanna Killen; sister of late Emma Stewart, Charles, John, George and William Gatnarek.


On May 31, a resident of Ricker Court in Ben Avon filed an ordinance complaint for loud noise in the area.

A customer shopping at a business on Mt. Nebo Pointe Drive in Ohio Township on June 1, reported the theft of a phone.

On June 2, a resident of Roosevelt Road in Ohio Township filed a fraud report.

A resident of Superior Avenue in Emsworth reported a suspicious circumstance on June 2. On June 3, a resident of Ohio River Boulevard in Emsworth reported disorderly conduct.

On June 5, a resident of Brighton Road in Ben Avon filed a harassment report.


Avalon Council has hired two contractors to complete a number of paving and capital improvement projects this summer.

At council's June 20 meeting, Michael Facchiano Contracting was approved for work totaling $247,489, and Shields Asphalt Paving for work totaling $69,828.90. Both were the low bidders on different parts of the specifications advertised by the borough.


On June 1, Avalon Police responded to a two vehicle accident in a parking lot of an Ohio River Boulevard business. There were no injuries.

On June 1, Avalon Police assisted Allegheny County Police and the FBI with an interview.

A victim of assault was treated by EMS personnel on Cleveland Avenue on June 1.

A resident of South Home Avenue reported fraud, a computer scan, on June 3.

Harassment on South Birmingham Avenue was reported on June 3.


Residents of both Clive Street and McKinley Terrace in Avalon asked Avalon Council for help at Tuesday's council meeting, citing poorly maintained properties on both streets.

Residents reported overgrown vegetation, garbage and pests such as insects and raccoons. It was reported that one resident of Clive Street is actually shooting, skinning and eating squirrels from his yard.


Ben Avon Council voted unanimously at Tuesday's meeting to award a contract for road work in the borough to Mele & Mele & Sons, Inc.

Of the five bids the borough received, the company's came in the lowest at $97,899.28. Public Works foreman Dale Regrut said the engineer had estimated a cost of $97,600.

Repairs will be made to portions of Perrysville Ave., Western Ave., and Juniper Way, but the date the work will begin is not yet known.


Eicher Road in Emsworth will soon be improved, with Emsworth Borough “piggy-backing” on a contract already awarded by Kilbuck Township.

Kilbuck Township has negotiated with a company to have a PennDOT-approved process conducted on the township’s portion of Eicher Road. A motion was made at the June Emsworth Council meeting to have the Emsworth section of Eicher similarly-improved at the same time.


The Northgate School Board voted Monday to approve the district's final 2017-18 budget in the amount of $22,625,626.

The property tax millage rate will remain the same at 24.7867 mills.


Northgaste School District superintendent Caroline Johns told school board members at their June 19 meeting the administrators would like to change the initial contact the district has with incoming kindergarten students and their parents.

Administrators want the first contact to be “warm and friendly,” Johns said, which was accomplished last year with a spaghetti dinner held for students, parents and teachers and administrators. Children were much more comfortable in this type of setting, Johns said.


An Emsworth resident asked Emsworth Council at its regular meeting what was being done about bands of kids that hang out by the borough building after hours. According to some reports, the loiterers, often referred to as the “Emsworth Posse,” are being rude and making disrespectful comments to nearby homeowners or passers-by. “The situation is getting out of hand,” she complained.


The vacancy on the Northgate School Board left by the resignation last month of Brigitte Jackson was filled at Monday evening's regular board meeting.

With only one applicant for the position, which lasts only until December, the board appointed Christine King to the seat. She was not present at the meeting to be sworn in, but will be able to take the oath of office before the board meets again in August.

King already is a candidate in the general election for a four-year term on the school board.


Francis P. “Junie” Klein Francis P. “Junie” Klein, 79, of Avalon, formerly of the North Side, died Thursday, June 15, 2017. He was the husband of Helen M.; stepfather of Michael, Gregory (Barb), Christopher (Charmaine), and Terry (Stephanie) Musser, Christine (Michael) Skirda; stepgrandfather of 14; and stepgreat-grandfather of six; son of the late Francis and Elizabeth Klein; brother of Richard (Dolores), Paul, John (Irene) Klein, Ann (Bob) Gaertner, Patty Aland, Elizabeth (Tom) Poole, and Gerry Klein. He was an avid baseball player and coach.


Northgate teacher Jennifer Tusick will remain in the school district next year, but in a different position. She was named by the Northgate School Board to the technology coach position funded through the Digital Promise Technology Fellow grant.

Tusick will spend the next school year coaching fellow teachers on the use of technology in the classroom, according to superintendent Caroline Johns, and will return to her teaching position the following year.


Emsworth’s Department of Public Works will soon be receiving some new traffic-control equipment.

At the June 14 council meeting, a motion was made to purchase 32 reflective-type cones and four eight-foot barriers. At a recent accident on Ohio River Boulevard where a vehicle ran into a building, the first responders did not have enough traffic control devices to handle the rush hour heavy traffic on Route 65.


At Monday night’s meeting of the Avonworth School Board, a number personnel motions were unanimously approved.

The district secretary was re-elected, resignations were accepted; new staff members were hired; summer tutors were named; student summer workers were hired; assignment changes were granted; summer ESY staff was authorized and motions granting permission for summer work were passed.

Cindy Donovan will continue serving as secretary for the Avonworth School Board. She was re-elected to a four-year term commencing July 1, 2017 through June 30, 2017.


The Northgate School Board voted Monday to approve a new five-year contract with the Northgate Education Support Professionals Association, which represents the district’s paraprofessionals such as teacher aides.

Superintendent Caroline Johns said that there were no major changes in the terms of employment, and that the workers will receive a salary increase of 3.26 percent over the five-year term of the agreement.


After many months without a supervisor, Bellevue’s public works department should have a new person in charge by the end of the month.

Todd Giammatteo was hired by Bellevue Council at its pre-council meeting on Tuesday.

Giammatteo, of Gibsonia, is a volunteer firefighter and EMT for Richland Township, and since 1992 has worked for Allegheny Installations, Cement Masons Local 526, as a foreman.