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Avonworth School District's superintendent is the recipient of the Distinguished Educator Award.The University of Pittsburgh's Tri-State Area School Study Council has honored Tom Ralston -- pictured above with middle school students Cooper Groll, Olivia Perry, Natalie Grillo and Jackson Southern -- for leadership contributions to the school district, community, and/or educational research or publications. Ralston will be honored at Tri-State's 69th annual banquet on March 9 at the Edgewood Country Club.


Emsworth Council has a new member. Pictured here, Mayor Dee Quinn swears in new council member Jolene Bennett. Bennett takes over for former council member Geoff Barnes, who moved out of the borough recently. Bennett was chosen from among two applicants for the seat. The term of office will end in January, when the seat will be filled by the results of the November general election, or a new appointment for a two-year term.

Photo by Nancy Whyte for The Citizen


Four Bellevue Police officers were honored at the Bellevue Council meeting on Tuesday for their efforts to save two Dollar General employees and apprehend a robber.


Emsworth's Gibson Street Bridge project is nearing completion.

At the June meeting of Emsworth Council, Dan Lenz, chairman of infrastructure projects, said that a guide rail still needs to be erected. If the custom-designed guide rail is not finished, a temporary guide rail will be put up, he said.

After a guide rail is in place, Beech Construction will remove the temporary bridge, including about two feet of abutment on each side, Lenz said.


The Avonworth boys’ basketball team is proving itself to be the one to beat, as the Antelopes are in first place in their section, and taking out their opponents right and left as the season hits the midpoint. Pictured at left, Eric Gallupe (No. 31, red) is unstoppable during the team’s visit to Northgate Tuesday night.


Avalon Council gained some new members and new officers at its reorganization meeting Monday evening.

Taking the oath of office were new members Lee Nelson, William Pascale and Ryan Neal, who were joined by re-elected members Tom Lloyd and John Vetterly, and tax collector Ed Klicker. Pictured above being sworn in by solicitor Megan Ott are, from left, Neal, Nelson, Vetterly, Pascale, Lloyd and Ed Klicker.


New Bellevue director of administrative services Ron Borczyk, pictured above at center with council president Linda Woshner and vice president Jim Viscusi, is quickly settling in to his new job with the borough. Borczyk, who comes to Bellevue after working as the borough manager in Springdale, has a background in accounting and human resources in the private sector, as well as municipal government experience.


Avalon Police Chief Tom Kokoski (right) welcomes the borough’s newest full-time police officer. Chris Brown, who has been working as a part-time officer in Avalon for a couple years, was hired at Tuesday’s Avalon Council meeting in a unanimous vote. Brown is a former Marine who served in Iraq.


And you think you get a headache trimming your Christmas tree? A crew decorating the Bellevue Christmas tree Wednesday afternoon ran into a slight problem when the evergreen decided to topple over. The tree was soon upright, however, and firmly attached to the former Central Methodist Church building on Lincoln Avenue. Donated by WPAHS, the tree was the centerpiece of festivities sponsored by the North Suburban Chamber of Commerce Friday night.


Visitors to Bellevue’s business district have seen a dramatic transformation take place over the last few weeks, as the Central Methodist Church building is prepared to house a private event venue. The property has been purchased by Amos Harp Jr. of the North Side, better known as Professor Amos, whose cleaning products are featured on the Home Shopping Network. Once renovations and restoration are complete, the building will be used for weddings and banquets.


Big rigs used to be able to travel through the North Boroughs without too many concerns, due to the lack of a police officer certified in tractor-trailer inspections and safety. That is no longer the case. Avalon Police Officer Sean Khirley set up shop on Route 65 Wednesday, putting into practice the training he has received recently in an effort to make the highways safer and possibly even prevent some road damage in the borough.


Avalon officials showed their appreciation this week for two police officers injured during the pursuit of a suspected drug dealer earlier this year. Working in plainclothes along with Police Chief Tom Kokoski, Officers Sean Khirley and Walt Johnson pursued the fleeing suspect through a 20-foot jump and over a fence, finally nabbing him and recovering a quantity of suspected heroin. Both officers and the suspect were hospitalized after the chase. While Khirley has returned to duty, Johnson remains off-duty with a leg injury.


For the first time since March, the Borough of Bellevue has a director of administrative services on the job in the borough hall. Former Crafton manager Doug Sample began work Monday. The position has remained vacant since Connie Flasher resigned last spring.


Several personnel items were approved by the Avonoworth School Board during the March 13 meeting.

The board accepted the resignation of Barbara Clark, substitute food service worker, retroactive to Feb. 27.

The board approved Katie Libbon as a fourth grade day-to-day elementary school substitute for the remainder of the 2016-17 school year, at $140/day with no benefits, retroactive to Feb. 27.


Ben Avon Council member Ken Opipery reminded his colleagues at Tuesday’s council meeting that the borough must deal with two different sewer mandates in the coming months, and will rely on Gateway Engineers for assistance.

One is renewing a storm water permit – the current five-year permit is nearing its end, and in September, Ben Avon will have to express its intent to apply for a new five-year one.


Emsworth Borough is declining to accept an ALCOSAN grant due to the large amount of money the borough would have to contribute.

Emsworth applied for a grant to cover most of the $227,289 cost of improvements to lessen the amount of storm water entering the sewage system. In the grant application, Emsworth had anticipated ALCOSAN would pay 85 percent of the project with the borough paying the 15 percent remainder of $34,093.



The meeting room of the Kilbuck Township Municipal Building building was crowded with about 25 individuals comprising elected officials of both Kilbuck Township and Ohio Township and residents attending the March 22 meeting to discuss the procedures that would be involved in the possible joining of the two communities.

Several factors might ease a merger or consolidation. Both townships are in the Avonworth School District. Both use the Ohio Township Police department. Residents regularly drive through each other's communities.


At their Monday, March 13 meeting, the Avonworth School Board approved creating five new positions, one of which will be half-time.

New positions for the 2017-18 school year include: a sixth grade elementary teacher, a seventh grade math teacher, a half-time music teacher, a media center specialist, and an instructional technology specialist.


A business on Mt. Nebo Point Drive in Ohio Township reported two retail thefts: one on March 11 and a second on March 14.

On March 17, a business on Mt. Nebo Pointe Drive in Ohio Township reported a retail theft.

A patron shopping at a business on Ben Avon Heights Road in Ohio Township reported criminal mischief to a vehicle on March 18.


A number of staff members from the Avonworth School District will be attending out-of-state events as a result of motions approved by the school board at the March 13 meeting.

Keera Dwulit and Gabrielle Swaney were to attend a DML 6 Playlists for Learning Workshop in Chicago March 20-22. This is part of the Digital Media & Learning grant awarded to Avonworth. They will present on digital badging and playlists for students, specifically associated with the Galleries Projects.


On March 1, Avalon Police received a report of criminal mischief from a resident of an apartment in a building on California Avenue. The resident reported that upon returning from walking the dog, pry marks near her apartment’s door were found. The police observed the marks and said they had been able to walk directly into the apartment building, although the doors were supposed to be locked. They advised the tenant to notify the building manager concerning the unlocked entry doors.


A resident of Madison Avenue reported a burglary on March 4. Items were missing from the residence.

A resident of Grant Avenue reported terroristic threats on March 6.

On March 8, a resident of Lincoln Avenue reported a burglary.

On March 8, a burglary that occurred between Feb. 28 and March 5 was reported by a resident of North Fremont Avenue.

A resident of Hallett Place reported on March 11 that overnight a rock had been thrown through a car window.

On March 13, a resident of Teece avenue reported internet fraud.