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The Northgate School Board is facing quite the decision, but may have already stacked the deck against themselves and their ability to make meaningful change in the district by presenting what failed miserably at being the dog and pony show that was needed.

The first thing anyone attempting to govern needs to learn is that seeking opinions from the public on an idea that is, at best, half formed, is suicide. People will have questions about anything new, and inevitably will opt for the status quo when those questions cannot be answered. The drama that will ensue is hardly productive.


Students at Bellevue Elementary School welcomed area veterans for a special program in their honor on Tuesday, Veterans Day. The children sang songs and recited poetry thanking the veterans for the military service to the country. The program was held in lieu of the borough’s traditional ceremony in Bayne Park.


Northgate High School will kick off the football season with a tailgate party at the Bellevue Elementary playground on Friday, Aug. 31, 5-7 p.m.

The party is being sponsored by the football and cheerleading boosters, and will feature music, a bake sale, games, and refreshments. Prizes will be awarded for the best dressed fan.

In case of rain, the party will move into the school gym.

The Northgate Flames will play Riverview at the Northgate Alumni Field at 7:30 p.m. Elementary school students will be admitted to the game free of charge.


An open gathering will be held at Bellevue United Presbyterian Church, 457 Lincoln Ave. (next to Bellevue Elementary School) on Wednesday, May 9, at 7 p.m.

Wednesday Gather-ings are a time of discussion and fellowship. In May, the group will be tackling the controversial topic of forgiveness in the context of conflict between Christianity and Islam. How does the Christian belief in forgiveness direct relationships with those who are so different and whose beliefs are difficult to understand?

All are welcome to attend, and should use the side door.


The annual "Kindergarten Roundup" will be held Thursday, March 1, at 6:30 p.m. in the Avonworth Elementary School cafeteria.

This event provides necessary information for anyone wishing to enroll a child in kindergarten for the 2012-13 school year.

Children who have attained age 5 before Sept. 1, 2012, are eligible to enroll.


The North Suburban Chamber of Commerce will hold its annual Halloween Parade on Saturday, Oct. 29.

The parade starts at 11 a.m. at Avalon Elementary School and travels along California and Lincoln avenues to Bayne Park in Bellevue. It is open to all North Boroughs residents.

Registration begins at 10 a.m. at Avalon Elementary. Cash prizes will be awarded for the best costumes in preschool through sixth grade, adults and combined group categories.

A fall festival will be held in Bayne Park immediately following the parade.


The Bellevue Elementary PTO is sponsoring a faculty staff all star basketball game on Thursday, Feb. 24, 6-8 p.m. in the Bellevue Elementary School gym.


The one part of this job that I enjoy the most is when I get to take photographs of kids for the paper. They get such a kick out of seeing their pictures and names in this little weekly newspaper that their excitement is actually contagious. It quickly spreads to me, and to their parents and grandparents.

Every now and then we hear from people who remember the time, many years ago, when their pictures were printed in The Citizen. It still means something to them, and that's pretty cool.


Bellevue Elementary School kindergartener Isabella Rose, assisted by PTO volunteer John Stiber, puts the final touches of duct tape on principal John Primrose, who volunteered to become a decoration in the gym as an incentive for students selling candy to raise funds for the school’s PTO. Once the taping was complete, volunteers cheerfully removed the crate from beneath the principal’s feet.


A spaghetti dinner will be held on Election Day, Nov. 2, at Bellevue United Presbyterian Church, 457 Lincoln Ave., next to Bellevue Elementary School.


For the third consecutive school year, the parents of members of the Class of 2026 have appealed to the Northgate School Board to alleviate large class sizes by hiring another teacher. Unlike past years, however, school officials seemed disinclined to grant the request.


The thermometer last Saturday was inching toward 80 as the starting time of 8 a.m. approached, and the humidity almost matched, but the 132 participants in the Bellevue YMCA's eighth annual 5-K Walk/Run fund-raiser didn't seem to notice.

They were there for a good time and to support a good cause: fitness programs sponsored by the Y.


The Northgate School Board recently gave permission for three events to be held on school property.

The cheerleader boosters will conduct a cheer clinic in the Avalon Elementary School gym on Sept. 23

The boosters also will hold a "Breakfast with Santa" on Dec. 5 in the Bellevue Elementary gym.

Avalon PTO will hold a rummage sale at the school on Aug. 15 or 22


Craig Dickson Craig Bruce Dickson, 63, of Emsworth, died Tuesday, May 19, 2015. Mr. Dickson was a 1970 graduate of Avonworth High School. He enjoyed music, cars, motorcycles and a good cheeseburger. He is survived by his partner, Jeanne McMahan and her daughter, Lesley Allison and her husband Harry; and his brother, Joel Dickson and his wife Carolyn. Friends were received at McDonald-Linn Funeral Home, Avalon, where services were held on Saturday. Memorial contributions are suggested to the American Diabetes Association, 100 West Station Square Dr., #1900, Pittsburgh, PA 15219.


Many people can attest to the great lessons to be learned from Mother Nature, but the experience can be a bit hit-or-miss. You have to be in the right place at the right time, which can be a challenge for students and teachers.

Now Avonworth Elementary School students in grades 3-5 will increase their odds of interacting successfully with nature, as the district celebrates the grand opening of the CARE outdoor learning classroom.


In what Northgate School Board president Gary Paladin described as “the highest elective expenditures we have done” since he’d been on the board, the board Monday to spend more than $350,000 on three capital projects.

First, the board accepted a bid from Maffei Strayer Furnishings in the amount of $64,300 to remove the existing chairs and install new chairs in the Bellevue Elementary School auditorium. Board member Jennifer McWilliams voted “nay,” explaining that she was not against the purchase of chairs, but did not like that the chairs selected are plastic.


James Malloy James Regis Malloy, 94, of Emsworth, died Monday, April 6, 2015. Mr. Malloy was a U.S. Army veteran of World War II. He was retired from Duquesne Light Co. after 44 years of service. He is survived by his wife, Dorothy R. Gastner Malloy; and three children, Bonnie Bass and her husband James, Diane Barr and her husband James and Ronald Regis Malloy. He was preceded in death by his sister, Sister Mary Sheila Malloy. There was no visitation and services and burial were private. Arrangements were made by the Orion C. Pinkerton Funeral Home, Avalon.

Frances Doerschner


Northgate will set aside, for now, any plans to re-align the school district's elementary schools. Instead, officials will look at better addressing some current issues highlighted by the recent discussion over re-alignment.


James G. Weigand James “Jim” G. Weigand, 74, of Pittsburgh, formerly of Emsworth, died Sunday, Feb. 1, 2015. He is survived by his daughters Terri Tuma and her husband Jeffrey; LaVerne Weigand and her fiance Marc Tatton; LaTawnia Kershaw and “son-in-law” Steve Shuljak; his grandchildren Bobbie, Nicholette, Casey and Benjamin; six great-grandchildren, siblings Albert Weigand and Mary Andrews, and 23 nieces and nephews.


The Northgate School District will be seeking input from the community on a proposal to align its elementary school populations by grade level rather than geography. If all the details are worked out in the coming months, the proposal could go into effect as early as the next school year.



Avonworth’s elementary school principal was in the hot seat Monday evening, as some members of the school board let it be known that they were less than pleased with the school’s state test performance.


It's never too early to teach kids the benefits of healthy eating, but it's not too often that the kids show the grown-ups some yummy recipes that are easy to prepare, that kids like and that are (of course) healthy.


Students and staff were evacuated from Avalon Elementary School due to bomb “threat” Monday afternoon.

The children were taken to the Avalon borough hall and Trinity Lutheran Church while police searched the building, but found no bomb.

Avalon Police Chief Tom Kokoski said that the threat clearly was a hoax involving students at the school, who wrote on a bathroom stall.


Planning to improve the infrastructure in Avonworth school buildings, at Monday night’s meeting, the school board approved the architect/engineering firm of HHSDR to design and write specifications for the elementary school electrical upgrade.

Also, the board voted to accept the proposal from Johnson Controls for the upgrade of the Metasys Control System in both the high school /middle school and elementary buildings at a cost not to exceed $23,180 which will be paid from the Capital Projects Fund.