Content about Employment Relation


Bellevue officials got word this week that the borough will receive another $300,000 in grant funds to continue the Lincoln Avenue streetscape program.

Between the Allegheny County Economic Development office and a new awareness by borough officials, the fourth year of streetscape funding may be without some of the problems and debates of past years.



Avonworth and Northgate met on the baseball field last Tuesday to continue the lasting rivalry between the two schools. While Northgate was defeated 7-2, they will have another shot at the Antelopes when they meet up again later in the season.

The pitching for the two teams included Chris O'Malley and Brach Herzig for Avonworth and Xavier Rowsey for Northgate.

Northgate's two runs came early in the first inning with Evan Helbling and Cam Kosak each bringing in a run. The team took the lead early and didn't give it up until the fourth inning.


Esmark Industrial Group of Sewickley has named Avonworth senior John Gould an Esmark All-American, based on John's academic and athletic achievement, as well as his community service

Esmark's High School "All-American" recognition program, aimed at recognizing outstanding athletic, academic, and community service achievements among all high school student-athletes across the U.S. in 16 major varsity sports programs spanning five geographic regions.


Even though she never sought the top spot of Ben Avon Borough government, Claire Wilwohl served three terms as the mayor, deciding not to run for a fourth term in 1998, but having compiled a list of accomplishments that ranged from procuring grants for new street lighting to officiating at the weddings of 25 couples, to helping the "Lorenzo's Oil"crew with any needs during the several months of filming the movie in the borough.


The perfect marriage of fire and ice has resulted in new educational opportunities for students at three local elementary schools. The Pittsburgh Penguins Foundation has presented 20 Kindle Fire tablets, as well as all the necessary apps, to each of the three local schools: Avalon and Bellevue elemnentary in the Northgate School District, and Avonworth Elementary in the Avonworth School District. Avalon Elementary students received their new Fires directly from the foundation Thursday morning.


Ben Avon Council asked borough solicitor Anne Sweeney at Tuesday's meeting to review the terms of both the Shade Tree Ordinance, which is part of Ben Avon's Code of Ordinances, and the Shade Tree Commission Ordinance, as a few questions had arisen about whether some of the content was lawful.



First Student district manager Phil Eades attended Monday night's meeting of the Avonworth School Board to answer any questions arising from the district's decision to cancel school on Tuesday and Wednesday during last week's extremely cold temperatures.



Psychologists call it a “flashbulb memory,” that special, autobiographical memory that is seared into one’s mind upon seeing or hearing something emotionally traumatic. For many individuals aged 55 or older, the assassination of President John F. Kennedy often evokes such a carefully-preserved memory. A lot of people can provide a detailed description of where they were when they heard that tragic news.


Ben Avon Fire Chief Jim Rupert told the borough council at last week’s meeting that the department's new firetruck will be picked up Thanksgiving weekend.

At the October meeting, council approved the purchase of a multi-purpose fire truck from a company in Mendham, NJ. According to Rupert, the truck will be able to provide complete coverage for the borough, whereas 25 percent of Ben Avon streets are currently unreachable by Bellevue's bigger and bulkier ladder truck.


While Bellevue may have had the most contentious races in the 2013 general election, some of the most surprising results came in the neighboring boroughs of Emsworth and Ben Avon. All vote totals are unofficial until certified by the Allegheny County Elections Department.

Northgate School Board


Ben Avon solicitor Charles Means had received a question about the legality of the borough's current solicitation ordinance, which permits solicitation only from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m., Monday through Saturday. He researched the constitutionality of regulations restricting it to certain hours, and advised council of its options.



With the usual weather related delays to the start of baseball season behind them for now, the Avonworth Antelopes played their home opener last Thursday, when they hosted the Northgate Flames.

Getting a solid pitching performance from freshman Brach Herzig in his debut, the Antelopes notched their first win of the season, downing the Flames 12-6. Herzig surrendered one hit while striking out four and walking four through the first four-and-a-half innings.


Bellevue’s property tax millage rate for 2013 was set Tuesday night with adoption of two ordinances designed to accommodate the increased property values resulting from Allegheny County’s recent reassessment.

The millage rate in Bellevue will drop from 7 to 4.89 mills this year. Whether individual property owners will pay more, less or the same depends on the change in assessment of their properties.


Elsie Scialabba Elsie L. Macaluso Scialabba, 100, of Cohasset, MA, formerly of Metowers in Avalon and wife of the late Sam Scialabba, died Wednesday, Jan. 9, 2013 in Sunrise Assisted Living in Cohasset. Mrs. Scialabba was a longtime member of the Church of the Assumption.



In a game categorized as a “must win,” the Avonworth football team got back on track when they hosted Springdale last Friday. Taking control in the fourth quarter, the Antelopes managed to survive a late rally by the Dynamos to earn a 28-22 victory.

Head coach Duke Johncour who was pleased with the win, said, "It puts us in a good spot for the playoffs. We have to win-out basically, and see where it all ends up."


Tristan Grande Tristan L. "Pete" Grande, 85, of Ben Avon, died Tuesday, Oct. 9, 2012. Mr. Grande was a U.S. Army veteran of World War II and a retired U.S. Postal Service employee.



Preparing for Apollo Ridge, the Eastern Conference's newest member, Avonworth football coach Duke Johncour warned his team about the high caliber team they were about to face. Both teams battled through four quarters of play at Apollo Ridge last Friday but the game ended with a loss for the Antelopes, defeated in overtime 28-21.



Although the Avonworth football team's offense might be characterized as run-oriented, they picked a good time to take to the air against Leechburg last Friday.

Freshman quarterback Zach Chandler stepped up his game, throwing three first-half touchdown passes and leading the Antelopes to a 35-0 win over the Blue Devils.

"We thought we could exploit some of their weaknesses in the defense," said coach Duke Johncour. "They wanted to pack the box a little bit, and we wanted to take what they were giving us."



The Northgate Flames finished 4-4 in the Eastern Conference last year, and 5-5 overall, making their first WPIAL playoff appearance in eight years. T.J. Wiley returns for his second year as the Flames' head coach, and says, "The kids are excited because they know what type of potential we have."

The Flames lost some key players from last year, and Wiley has the formidable task of re-configuring the offense after losing the WPIAL Class A's leader in passing yardage, Jon Girvin. But Wiley and his staff have been stoking the fire all summer.


The biggest show in town last weekend was the 22nd annual Kelly Awards, named for legendary local performer Gene Kelly. Staged at the Benedum Center, high schools from across Allegheny County showcased their 2012 musical productions, which ranged from standards such as "Bye, Bye Birdie" to the more contemporary "Curtains.'




The Northgate School Board gave special recognition to retiring attendance and child accounting secretary Carol Lipke, who is retiring. Lipke has worked for the district since 1981.

Also during Monday's regular meeting, the board accepted the resignations of head girls' softball coach Michael Bichko and assistant softball coach Nicole Smith.

The board also accepted the resignation of part-time Avalon Elementary custodian John Stiger, and hired Amanda Sedell and Daniel Silvester as substitute custodians.


Government officials usually are criticized for giving jobs to their relatives, but it was the lack of nepotism involved in summer hiring that resulted in an explosion at Bellevue' s pre-council meeting on Tuesday.

Before storming out of the meeting in a rage because his son was not selected to be a public works laborer this summer, Mayor George Doscher disparaged members of council, told one to shut up, and refused to cede the floor and stop yelling when council president Linda Woshner called him out of order.


Bellevue Council member Kathy Coder has her work cut out for her between now and November.

Coder easily defeated Jeremy Angus of Harmony Township in the Republican primary for the 16th Legislative District, with votes accrued in Allegheny County carrying her over a slight deficit in the Beaver County portion of the district.

In Allegheny County, Coder received 1,443 votes, according to the unofficial election results released by the Allegheny County Department of Elections. This was compared to a mere 399 votes Angus picked up in Allegheny County.