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Students in Lynn Tennant Heffley’s second grade class at Bellevue Elementary took some time to recall the stories behind the Thanksgiving holiday, donning Pilgrim and Indian garb to spread the message of peace, generosity and gratitude. That message will continue to spread over the next few weeks, as communities throughout the North Boroughs celebrate the holiday season.


Bellevue Elementary second graders in teacher Lynn Tennant Heffley’s class led the way in a school-wide coin collection to benefit the Bellevue Dog Woods, an off-leash dog park being built with private funds in Bellevue’s Memorial Park. In one week, the school raised nearly $800, with the second graders pictured here bringing in a heavy 30.8 lbs. of coins to lead the primary grades and the entire school. In the upper grades, two fourth grade classrooms -- taught by Gail Bernauer and Wendy Santelli -- tied with 17.8 lbs. collected by each.


Bellevue officials unhappy with a council decision to hire the borough’s engineering firm to develop a plan for the town’s parks decided to strike out on their own, resulting in a heated exchange at the pre-council meeting last Tuesday.


Bellevue will not be entering into a contract to outsource its bookkeeping work, at least not right now.

A representative of Bookminders spoke at the pre-council meeting two weeks ago, estimating that it would cost the borough about $25,000 a year to hire the company to take over data entry work being done by the borough's financial clerk. Finance committee chair Kathy Coder said this would free up the clerk for more important work.

At that time, neither the clerk nor director of administrative services Ron Borczyk had reviewed the company's written proposal.


Bellevue Council is expected to consider the final reading of an ordinance that would ban smoking in Bayne Park, but park-goers may not see much else in the way of change to the park rules.

Parks and recreation committee chair Lynn Tennant Heffley reported at Tuesday’s pre-council meeting that the committee had reviewed the park rules and had decided that no major changes should be made, as some “tweaking” of the current rules would suffice.


Even as Bellevue celebrated being named one of 241 “Playful Cities 2015” nationwide, borough officials committed themselves Tuesday to making sure that Bellevue’s parks continue to be “playable.”

Bellevue was one of a relatively small number of towns and cities across the country determined to offer recreational opportunities to all children. The announcement was made by KaBOOM!, a national non-profit organization “dedicated to ensuring that all kids get a childhood filled with the balanced and active play needed to thrive.”


Bellevue Mayor Paul Cusick broke a tie vote among Bellevue Council members Tuesday night to reject a proposal to hire an independent actuary to review the borough’s pension plans.

Although council voted in December to hire a new actuary, according to council member Linda Woshner, Tuesday’s vote on the matter came to a 4-4 tie, with Woshner, Jim Scisciani, Vence Menosky and Lynn Tennant Heffley in favor, and opposition from Kathy Coder, Matt Senvisky, Mark Helbling and Henry Lenard.


Miscommunication and misunderstanding, along with a splash of politics, led to a tidal wave of problems as Bellevue Council attempted to prepare Tuesday for the opening of the Memorial Park swimming pool.

An effort to hire personnel revealed several procedural problems that may have been overlooked during the transition to a new council at the beginning of the year.

Parks committee chair Lynn Tennant Heffley announced that the pool manager this year would be subject to a new job description, which already had been explained to manager Maureen Grant, Heffley said.


Bellevue's Doughboy statue in Bayne Park will undergo restoration.

Bellevue Council parks committee chair Lynn Tennant Heffley reported that an expert from Soldiers & Sailors Hall had estimated that the price will be between $500 and $2,000. Heffley said that the statue had been restored in 1999, but had not been properly maintained since then.

Council members questioned whether special funds set aside for the statue's upkeep could be used to fund the project.


Three Bellevue Council seats left undecided after the primary election will be filled by voters who go to the polls on Tuesday, Nov. 5.

In the borough’s first ward, two seats are open, and only one incumbent is on the ballot.Current council member Kathy Coder is joined on the Republican ballot by Megan Swackhammer. The Democratic ticket features Henry Lenard and Mike Braunlich. In The third ward, incumbent Democrat Lynn Tennant Heffley is running against Republican Grant Saylor. first ward


Top Readers at Bellevue Elementary School helped the school score an amazing 20,580 points in the past year’s accelerated reading program run by teacher Lynn Tennant Heffley. Pictured above from left are the top readers in each class.


The Bellevue Council meeting came to a screeching -- literally -- halt not long after it started Tuesday evening, with a recess called as a final effort to stop yet another tirade by the borough’s mayor.

The incident started calmly enough when Mayor George Doscher asked why he had not been informed in advance of an executive session held by council last Monday to discuss a personnel matter.

Executive sessions are meetings from which the public is excluded, held to discuss only a handful of subjects as defined by state law, among them litigation and personnel matters.


After a heated discussion that had more to do with airing past grievances than debating the merits of hiring a new solicitor, Bellevue Council voted to replace the solicitor that has represented the borough for the last three years.


Students at Bellevue Elementary School celebrated the accomplishments of some voracious readers, who topped the school’s annual accelerated reading program directed by teacher Lynn Tennant Heffley. Throughout the year, students in K-6 receive points for the books that they read, with more difficult materials worth more points.


Barely 24 hours after Bellevue Council appointed a new third ward representative, Emsworth Council accepted the resignation of one of their own.

Lynn Tennant Heffley was chosen in a unanimous vote by Bellevue Council Tuesday to fill the third ward council seat left vacant when Mark Panichella resigned after two years on council.

A lifelong resident of Bellevue who lives on North Jackson Avenue, Heffley is a teacher at Bellevue Elementary School.