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Avalon Borough is putting some grant funds to use, upgrading a neighborhood park as well as the borough’s sytem for GIS mapping.

At Tuesday’s regular council meeting, council approved payment of a $14,596.31 bill for playground equipment for the South Birmingham Avenue parklet, and a payment of $6,500 to the borough engineer for services related to that park project.

This was the borough’s second approved payment for playground equipment. Avalon received a grant of $54,000 for the project.


Lisa Wright’s Bellevue garden is not quite what many -- non-gardeners, in particular -- might consider to be spectacular, as “spectacular” gardens go.

No bubbling fountains, no unique statuary, no exotic plants blooming.

But it takes just a moment for gardening hobbyists, as well as for seasoned gardeners, to size it up and to describe it for what it is: a gardener’s garden.


Municipal swimming pools often have to hire additional personnel and circumstances change over the season, and Avalon officials are very pleased that they hired Nathaniel Hardiman as a lifeguard.

Avalon Council approved the hiring, retroactive to June 8, at council’s regular meeting Tuesday. Borough manager Lorraine Makatura reported that within his first day or two on the job, Nathaniel saved a struggling youngster in the pool.


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.



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.


Emsworth mayor AmySue Lillie issued two proclamations on behalf of the Borough Council during the July 10 meeting.

The first recognized Regis Costello on attaining his upcoming 90th birthday on July 29.

Costello married his wife Ruth on Sept. 8, 1951 at Sacred Heart Church, and they have been life-long residents of Emsworth ever since. They raised two children, have five grandchildren and two great- grandchildren.


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.