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09.12.15

By NANCY WHYTE

Emsworth Borough is facing an expensive, unanticipated repair job that could cost up to $72,500. The emergency situation was discussed during Wednesday night's council meeting.

A storm sewer line -- which runs from a manhole along Route 65, travels down the steep hill toward the Ohio River and eventually under the Norfolk Southern railroad track -- needs to be replaced.

07.27.15

By NANCY WHYTE

The Emsworth Zoning Hearing Board plans to announce a decision next month on whether to grant the variances needed to build a cell phone tower on property along Camp Horne Road.

Crown Castle wants to build a larger cell tower to replace Emsworth's current cell tower. The proposed tower would be nearly twice as tall, would hold antennas for as many as five carriers, and it would be relocated to a site that would provide increased coverage along the Camp Horne Road corridor.

07.13.15

By NANCY WHYTE

The only cell tower in Emsworth may be relocated and enlarged, if the variance requests of a tower company are granted by the Emsworth Zoning Board. The board will hold a meeting next week to hear more comments from the public.

A zoning hearing was held Thursday, June 11, at the Emsworth Borough Building, during which Crown Castle, a company that owns more than 50,000 towers across the United States, sought relief from permitted use and property setbacks in accordance with Emsworth Zoning Ordinance No. 925.

06.22.15

By NANCY WHYTE

Emsworth property owners who got a reprieve from weed-cutting last summer won’t be so lucky this year.

Last July, more than 20 Emsworth residents attended the council meeting to object to the borough’s announcement that the publioc works department would no longer be cutting weeds along the sides of roads abutting private property. Those weeds were determined to be the responsibility of the individual prioperty owners, who could be cited and fined if the weeds weren’t cut down.

06.16.15

By NANCY WHYTE

"This little organization is the best kept secret in the city," said Ann Heckel, a retired art teacher who volunteers at the North Boroughs YMCA Community Center. Located at the corner of California and South Home Avenues in Avalon (in the former Church of Epiphany), the Community Center is an extension of the North Boroughs YMCA, and is the go-to place for seniors seeking companionship, socialization, mental stimulation, physical exercise, delicious home-cooked meals and an overall good time.

06.16.15

By NANCY WHYTE

"This little organization is the best kept secret in the city," said Ann Heckel, a retired art teacher who volunteers at the North Boroughs YMCA Community Center. Located at the corner of California and South Home Avenues in Avalon (in the former Church of Epiphany), the Community Center is an extension of the North Boroughs YMCA, and is the go-to place for seniors seeking companionship, socialization, mental stimulation, physical exercise, delicious home-cooked meals and an overall good time.

06.08.15

By NANCY WHYTE

The Avonworth School Board will consider partnering with the Allegheny County Department of Human Services to address problems with student absenteeism and tardiness.

05.10.15

By NANCY WHYTE

Lower costs and sizeable savings in the Avonworth School District have resulted in a proposed final budget for the 2015-16 fiscal year that includes no increase in the property tax millage rate.

The district was permitted under state law to increase taxes by 1.9 percent, or .35 mills. Avonworth also was granted exceptions by the Pennsylvania Department of Education that allow the district to exceed this state index and further increase the millage rate.

05.02.15

By NANCY WHYTE

Cancer survivor Dawn Reinhart of Ben Avon has been named chairperson of this year's “Race for the Cure” in Pittsburgh. As chair, Reinhart, a 16-year breast cancer survivor, becomes the "ambassador and face of the race," which takes place Sunday, May 10, at Flagstaff Hill in Schenley Park.

Reinhart has been active with the Susan G. Komen race since 2001. She finds gathering with other breast cancer survivors to be empowering.

03.29.15

By NANCY WHYTE

Last Saturday at Avalon Library, young readers had the opportunity to read aloud to a therapy dog. Butterscotch, a trained therapy dog, along with her handler Maggie Dobbins, visited the library’s children’s room, where a number of children petted “Butters” and read a favorite book to her.

03.23.15

By NANCY WHYTE

A number of residents attended Tuesday night’s Ben Avon Council meeting complaining about traffic problems on their residential streets.

02.16.15

By NANCY WHYTE

Avonworth school board members and administrators are taking a look at the district’s grading system, and expect to present their findings to the community at the board’s work shop meeting next month.

Issues regarding the system were highlighted at the board’s Feb. 9 meeting when parent William Penrod, of Ben Avon Heights, questioned the rationale behind the grading scale used by the school district. Penrod said that the scale places Avonworth graduates at a marked disadvantage when being considered for college admission and merit scholarships.

01.26.15

By NANCY WHYTE

By donating their time, energy and talents, volunteers play an important role at a variety of local organizations. At the Avalon Library, volunteers perform various duties in assisting the library staff, helping patrons, and in fund-raising activities.

Two of the Avalon Library’s volunteers are particularly well-known to library director Rania Sullivan -- her parents. Both Linda and Andrew Halcoussis enjoy spending numerous hours each year volunteering at the library.

12.08.14

By NANCY WHYTE

Avonworth Primary Center principal Scott Miller presented information to the school board on Monday, Dec. 1, concerning the testing of students.

Students in kindergarten, first and second grade are assessed three times a year by NWEA (Northwest Evaluation Association) tests. According to Miller, the recent change to trimester from quarterly report cards was made in part to better align with these fall, winter and spring benchmark scores.

11.29.14

By NANCY WHYTE

More than 130 people attended a town hall meeting held in the Community of Presbyterian Church of Ben Avon Nov. 19. Hosted by Allegheny County Clean Air Now (ACCAN), the purpose of the meeting was to allow area residents to hear from and address representatives from the Allegheny County Health Department (ACHD) regarding concerns and complaints about Neville Island's Shenango Coke Works.

11.17.14

By NANCY WHYTE

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.

05.18.14

By NANCY WHYTE T hree district positions -- among them the primary center principal -- were staffed and other personnel decisions each received unanimous approval by the board during during the May 12 meeting of the Avonworth School Board.

Scott Miller will become principal of the opening-this-fall primary center, effective July 1, at an annual salary of $73,500 with benefits.

Miller has been with the district for the past nine years, serving as the assistant principal of Avonworth Elementary since 2010. Previously, he taught sixth grade mathematics.

05.10.14

By NANCY WHYTE

The Avonworth School Board plans to raise taxes as high as legally permitted and still will need to tap into reserve funds to balance the proposed 2014-15 budget.

With $26,414,268 in anticipated revenue and $27,185,633 in expected expenses, the budget indicates a shortfall of $771,365. According to Brad Waters, director of fiscal management and support services, the district is planning to use fund balance monies to cover the difference between revenues and expenses.

05.10.14

By NANCY WHYTE

Next week, the Andrew Bayne Memorial Library celebrates its 100th anniversary. The history of this local institution is fascinating and is just one of the aspects to be enjoyed when library staff, patrons, and community residents of all ages join in the May 16 and 17 celebration.

04.27.14

By NANCY WHYTE

The Northside Easter Sunrise Service at Riverview Park, a celebration that has become an annual Easter tradition for many North Borough families, is observing its 80th anniversary on Sunday, April 20.

Each Easter morning, religious leaders and worshippers from a wide variety of denominations gather together to celebrate their Christian beliefs. The service, as usual, will be held at 6:30 a.m. in Riverview Park, in front of the observatory.

04.05.14

By NANCY WHYTE

On Sunday, March 24, longtime Emsworth resident Richard R. Waldron was posthumously inducted into the Hall of Valor at Soldiers and Sailors Memorial Hall in Pittsburgh. More than 15 family members and friends attended the formal, military presentation. Adam Armendariz, the oldest of Waldron's seven grandchildren, accepted the plaque on Waldron's behalf.

"It was an honor to represent my granddad today." Armendariz later posted on his Facebook page. He was "a quiet hero who loved his family, his country, and his community selflessly."

03.10.14

By NANCY WHYTE

Looking for “closure,” the Avonworth School Board voted at its work session Monday to approve the retirement of a teacher facing criminal charges for the non-school-related sexual assault of a minor.

02.15.14

By NANCY WHYTE

Salt is well-known for its warming powers to melt snow and ice, but based on the discussions during Emsworth Council’s meeting on Wednesday night, salt as a topic can get people warmed up as well.

Voices were raised and heated words exchanged during conversations about Emsworth’s need for a larger salt storage facility.

Emsworth’s current salt storage capacity is between 70 and 100 tons. At a cost between $5,000 and $7,000, a new facility could triple the amount of storage by holding more than 300 tons of salt.

02.15.14

By NANCY WHYTE

After a lengthy and sometimes heated discussion during Wednesday night’s meeting, Emsworth Council voted to apply for a CITF grant to cover the cost of relocating a water line near the Gibson Street bridge.

New member Geoff Barnes abstained, Kevin Yurkovick voted no, and the rest of the council members voted affirmatively.

The pre-vote discussion raised several questions.