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Dolores Stapanik Dolores "Dolly" Stapanik died Wednesday, Sept. 9, 2015. She is survived by her sister, Ruth Hardesty; and nieces and nephews. She was preceded in death by her parents, John and Rozalia Stapanik; and four siblings, Mary Louise Wisniowski, John Stapanik, Agnes Kosinski and Helen Westover. Friends were received at Thomas P. Kunsak Funeral Home, North Side. A funeral mass was held in Risen Lord Church on Friday. Joanne Searight Joanne M. Searight, 81, of Brighton Heights, wife of the late Lynn R. Searight, died Saturday, Sept. 12, 2015.


With less than two weeks until election day, voters in Pennsylvania's 16th Legislative District will have to set aside some time from the federal political onslaught to decide who they will send to the state House. In the district that includes only Bellevue of the North Boroughs municipalities, incumbent Democrat Robert Matzie is seeking re-election to a third term, challenged by Bellevue Council member Kathleen Coder, the Republican candidate.


The 2012 election of state officials to represent the North Boroughs will feature a few more candidates than have past years’ slates, as two more people have thrown their hats into the political ring.


Even as local politicians were gearing up to run for state legislative seats in new districts, the Pennsylvania Supreme Court Wednesday struck down the reapportionment plan, completely rearranging the proposed political landscape in areas such as the North Boroughs.


The post-election reorganization of Bellevue Council Monday night was not without incident -- several of them in fact. The meeting began with one council member-elect omitted from the swearing-in, and ended with questions about the legitimacy of the entire process. In between, a new regime took charge of council, and perhaps set the tone for the coming year.


Allegheny General Hospital-Suburban Campus was awarded the Hospital & Healthsystem Association of Pennsylvania's (HAP) Achievement Award for excellence in community education.

AGH-Suburban Campus was among 18 HAP Achievement Award winners chosen from 168 applicants in Pennsylvania.

The Hospital's Community Health and Wellness Program kicked off with the popular Twenty Week Challenge interactive lecture series, which encouraged participants to change their eating and exercise habits gradually over 20 weeks and adopt a sustainable healthier lifestyle.


By a vote of 4-2, members of Ben Avon Council, at Tuesday's meeting, repealed the stolen handgun ordinance that they had adopted last December.

The ordinance, which has undergone much discussion the past two months, required residents to report lost or stolen handguns to the police within 72 hours of their disappearance, or face a large fine and possible jail sentence.

Council member Sue Weiss said that council was "premature in throwing it out." However, council member R.J. White referred to a 2006 Supreme Court and said that the ordinance was not reasonable.


By Lois Thomson

Picking up where they left off last month, Ben Avon Council members at Tuesday's meeting continued a discussion on repealing the gun ordinance that was passed last December.

The ordinance requires residents to report lost or stolen handguns to the police within 72 hours of their disappearance, or face a fine and possible jail sentence.


A tie-breaker conducted by the Allegheny County Department of Elections to decide who will take a seat on Bellevue Council in January may not count after all. A decision by the state's Commonwealth Court could be what determines whether incumbent Democrat Jane Braunlich will lose her seat to Republican challenger David Piet.