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Firefighters and EMS had to maneuver around live electrical wires to rescue the driver of a vehicle who barreled into a utility pole on Route 65 in Emsworth last Monday afternoon.

The one-car accident occurred about 1:30 p.m. near the North Avenue intersection, and close Ohio River Boulevard to traffic for an hour.


Bellevue Council president Tom Hrynda reported at Tuesday’s pre-council meeting that he had received a resignation letter from council member Tom Fodi.

Fodi announced recently that he was planning to move from Bellevue to live closer to family. His four-year term on council ends this year, and he did not seek re-election.

Fodi said Tuesday that his Bellevue home has sold and although it is not known precisely when he and his family will be moving, he thought it best to submit his resignation effective July 31.


The current exhibition at Bellevue’s John Hermann Museum 318 Lincoln Avenue presents visitors with an art form with which most may not be familiar, either in style or in name.

Since 2008, Kathrynn Carr has been experiment with the German art form of paper cut art, Scherenschnitte (pronounced Schee-REN-schnitte, emphasis on REN).


The Lincoln Avenue streetscape project will continue for another year, according to Bellevue Director of Administrative Services Ron Borczyk.

Borczyk announced Tuesday that the borough received notification that a $300,000 grant has been awarded for Phase VII.



One of the most important questions asked during Bellevue Council’s discussion of the mayor’s pet WizardVue project came repeatedly from council member Glenn Pritchard and remains unanswered: “How do we stop this from happening again?

Council may have put procedures in place to prevent private organizations – not to mention individual elected officials – from taking over public property and doing it at taxpayer expense, but it has not solved the larger problem at the roots of WizardVue: arrogance, ignorance, entitlement and privilege.


Heavy rains Thursday morning took their toll locally. Lowries Run, in the area of Avonworth Community Park, overflowed its banks with rapidly moving waters pictured here.

Flooding also was reported on Route 65 in Avalon and Ben Avon, where stormwater runs down from the adjacent streets. The low area of Union Avenue, near Northgate High School, also appeared to be in danger of flooding.

Photo by Caroline Penrod


Wed, 2019-06-12 - Wed, 2019-07-31

The 2019 Summer Concert series begins Wednesday, June 12, 7-9 p.m. at Bayne Park in Bellevue.

June 12: “Told Ya So” performing pop rock and reggae.

June 19: “Ridgemont High” performing 80s music.

June 26: Chris Denem playing the music of Neil Diamond, Johnny Cash and others.

July 3: “Bandruptcy” performing classic rock.

July 10: “Uptown Rhythm & Brass” playing blues, funk, jazz and soul

July 17: “Ruby Claire’s Dead Flowers” playing classic rock and music from the Grateful Dead.

July 24: “The Wise Guys” performing 70s, 80s, and 90s classic rock.

Mon, 2019-06-10 - Sat, 2019-08-10

Summer lunch programs will begin Monday, June 10, in both Avalon and Bellevue, providing a free lunch each weekday to anyone age 18 and younger.

Both programs operate from 11 a.m. until 1 p.m.

In Avalon, lunch will be served in the California Avenue park next to Avalon Elementary School.

In Bellevue, The Shepherd’s Door will offer lunches in Bayne Park along with programs for children. The charity also will offer food that can be taken home for weekend consumption.