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11/22/15

Ben Avon Council unanimously accepted borough secretary Carmella Hallstein's notice of retirement at Tuesday's meeting.

Council member Julian Wynnyckyj was absent.

The official date of Hallstein's retirement is Dec. 24, but she will be taking vacation the final week, so her last day of work is scheduled for Dec. 17.

11/22/15

Emsworth Borough residents will face higher sewer bills in 2016, in addition to the 11 percent increase that will be levied by ALCOSAN..

At the Nov. 11 meeting, council announced plans to institute a flat quarterly usage fee of $13.78 plus an additional fee of $10.96 for each 1,000 gallons of water usage for each meter in the borough.

According to council member Kevin Yurkovich, even with the proposed change, revenues still won't cover the costs. The proposed 2016 Emsworth budget faces a shortfall of more than $48,000 in the sewage category, Yurkovich said.

11/22/15

The Northgate School Board has officially agreed to limit any potential property tax increase for 2016-17.

Under state law, school districts can agree to raise taxes no more than the state-determined index for each particular school district, or they can seek exceptions from the Pennsylvania Department of Education that would allow tax increases to exceed the index to cover a limited number of specific costs. The PDE exceptions allow districts to avoid obtaining voter approval of higher tax increases through a referendum on the primary election ballot.

11/16/15

By JIM RUMBLE

In their WPIAL first-round game played at Beth-Center last Friday, the Avonworth Antelopes football team overcame a slow start with a dominating second half to dispose of the Bulldogs 27-12.

The Antelopes had a difficult time in the first half containing Beth-Center's Anthony Welsh, who rushed for 152 yards early on, but was neutralized in the second half.

11/16/15

Members of the Avonworth School Board are considering two possible calendars for the 2016-17 school year, which were distributed at Monday night's meeting.

In the first proposed calendar, the first day of school for students would be Aug. 23, and graduation and the last day of school for students would be June 2. In the second version, the first day would be Aug. 30, with graduation held and the last school day for students on June 9.

11/16/15

Marie Wehner Marie Marion A. Wehner, 96, of McCandless, formerly of Spring Hill and Avalon, died Friday, Nov. 6, 2015. Ms. Wehner was retired from US Steel after 44 years of service. She is survived by her sister, Clara Freel; and nieces and nephews. She was preceded in death by two brothers, John Wehner and Robert Wehner. A funeral mass was held in St. Ambrose Church, Holy Wisdom Parish, North Side, on Monday. Arrangements were made by Sperling Funeral Home.

Patrick McGivern Patrick J. McGivern of Reserve Township died Thursday, Nov. 5, 2015.

11/16/15

On Nov. 4, Ohio Township Police officers responded to a disturbance at a Hilands Avenue in Ben Avon residence.

A disturbance report was taken from an Ohio River Boulevard business on Nov. 4.

On Nov. 5, a report was taken concerning two males possibly going through a dumpster behind one of the businesses in Mt. Nebo Pointe in Ohio Township. Officers searched the area, and no one was found.

On Nov. 7, a trespassing complaint was taken from a resident living on Camp Horne Road in Emsworth.

11/16/15

Although no one seems quite sure how to make it happen, Bellevue Council members are in agreement that the fee charged for the inspection of apartments and commercial rental properties should increase from $35 to $40 per unit.

The recommendation for the slight fee increase came after council’s finance committee considered several options, including outsourcing the inspections.

11/16/15

The Northgate School District will continue with its program of repairing roofs on schools.

School board buildings and grounds committee chair Brigitte Jackson reported at the Nov. 9 committee of the whole meeting that one of the small roofs at Bellevue Elementary would be replaced by the end of November at a cost of about $3,000.

11/16/15

There were tears, hugs, and an abundance of gratitude as the area’s newest tribute to military veterans was unveiled Saturday on the front lawn of American Legion Post 116 in Avalon.

11/15/15

Firefighters from throughout the North Boroughs and Ross Township quickly extinguished a fire in a Bellevue apartment building Sunday morning.

The fire was reported to have broken out in a couch in a second floor apartment in the building at 60 Sumner Ave. The flames grew to reach the ceiling, causing it to collapse.

All of the residents were evacuated safely, and, as of Sunday night, have been unable to return to the building. The Allegheny County fire marshal was called to investigate.

11/6/15

By MEL PERKINS

Northgate and Avonworth met last Friday night in a thriller on Halloween's Eve, and all those who were in attendance witnessed a western style shootout, with all of the bushwhacking and gun slinging you could ever imagine.

The game see-sawed back and forth in the fourth quarter as the lead changed three times, and when the smoke cleared the Flames had come up short on the wrong side of a 50 - 49 heartbreaker.

11/6/15

On Oct. 23, Avalon Police received a report of criminal mischief. Someone had stepped in freshly-poured wet concrete on North Chestnut Avenue.

A McKinley Avenue resident reported on Oct. 23 that a bicycle valued at $200 had been stolen from the front porch.

Avalon Police responded to a disturbance at a Jackman Avenue residence on Oct. 25.

Following a traffic stop on Orchard Avenue on Oct. 27, Zachary Bryan Vasbinder, 23, was cited for disorderly conduct.

11/6/15

Following a post-season 2-0 win against Bishop Canevin and a 4-3 upset of the Sewickley Academy Panthers, Avonworth's boys' soccer team has advanced to a WPIAL finals match-up that will be played against Seton-La Salle, with kick-off at noon tomorrow at Highmark Stadium, located on West Station Square Drive in Pittsburgh.

The victory over the Sewickley team, with a history of wins that include being state runner-up last year and WPIAL champs and state champs in 2013, came with a formidable fight.

11/6/15

Oct. 30, 2015 Photo by Tom Steiner for The Citizen Final score: 50-49, Avonworth

11/6/15

Oct. 30, 2015 Photo by Tom Steiner for The Citizen Final score: 50-49, Avonworth

11/6/15

Oct. 30, 2015 Photo by Tom Steiner for The Citizen Final score: 50-49, Avonworth

11/6/15

Oct. 30, 2015 Photo by Tom Steiner for The Citizen Final score: 50-49, Avonworth

11/6/15

Oct. 30, 2015 Photo by Tom Steiner for The Citizen Final score: 50-49, Avonworth

11/6/15

Oct. 30, 2015 Photo by Tom Steiner for The Citizen Final score: 50-49, Avonworth

11/6/15

Oct. 30, 2015 Photo by Tom Steiner for The Citizen Final score: 50-49, Avonworth

11/6/15

Oct. 30, 2015 Photo by Tom Steiner for The Citizen Final score: 50-49, Avonworth

11/6/15

Oct. 30, 2015 Photo by Tom Steiner for The Citizen Final score: 50-49, Avonworth

11/6/15

Oct. 30, 2015 Photo by Tom Steiner for The Citizen Final score: 50-49, Avonworth