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06.26.17

Avalon Council filled its final vacancy Tuesday night as Mayor Brigitte Jackson swore in J.P. McFeeley of Cityview Avenue.

McFeeley takes the seat left vacant by the resignation of John Vetterly, whose term expires at the end of the year.

The new council member, pictured below taking the oath of office with Jackson, is a teacher in the Seneca Valley School District, where he also coaches football. He formerly coached at Allegheny College, his alma mater, as well.

03.06.17

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.

07.18.15

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

06.27.15

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.

06.22.15

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.

01.17.14

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.

01.11.14

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.

11.17.13
07.06.13

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.

01.19.13

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.

12.02.12

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.

10.26.12

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.

09.02.11

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.

03.18.11

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.

07.23.10

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.

09.17.17

A number of motions pertaining to personnel were unanimously passed by the Avonworth School Board at the Monday, Sept. 11 meeting.

The resignation of Michelle Watkins, elementary school health campus aide, retroactive active to Aug. 15.

Hocelyn Puskar as the health aid (LPN) at the elementary school campus, effective Sept. 22, at an annual salary of $35,000.

Jamie Shaulis and Angela McDowell as part time food service workers retroactive to Aug. 22.

Linda Williams as elementary school cafeteria lead, at 6.25 hours/day, retroactive to Aug. 22.

09.17.17

Some long-awaited construction projects are about to get underway in Bellevue.

Engineer Ben Gilberti told Bellevue Council at its pre-council session on Tuesdaythat work will begin next week on the West Riverview Avenue retaining wall. The collapse of the wall closed a major artery into Bellevue for several years until funding for the project was available.

09.17.17

The commemoration of Bellevue’s sesquicentennial may stretch far and wide, as council approved a motion by council member Tom Hrynda to donate leftover t-shirts to an organization providing disaster relief in Texas and Florida.

The borough also will donate several boxes of t-shirts purchased years ago for an event canceled due to bad weather.

09.17.17

Bellevue is about to receive nearly $200,00 from a combination of grants that will continue the renovation of the Bayne Park playground.

According to director of administrative services Ron Borczyk, the borough has been awarded a $115,000 DCNR grant, a $60,000 CDBG grant, and expects abnother $15,000 Kaboom grant next month.

Council president Lynn Tennant Heffley said that five new pieces of playground equipment will be purchased with the funds.

09.17.17

The planned large group instruction / STEM room project at the Avonworth high school/middle school received financial approval at Monday night’s school board meeting.

The contract for general construction was awarded to Arcon Contracting, Inc., in the amount of $816,000.

The contract for HVAC construction was awarded to R&B Mechanical, in the amount of $75,700.

The contract for plumbing construction was awarded to Shipley Brothers Construction, in the amount of $108,000.

09.03.17

On Aug. 4, a Kendall Avenue resident reported vandalism had occurred the previous day.

A Lincoln Avenue pharmacy reported shoplifting on Aug. 4.

A Kendall Avenue resident reported vandalism on Aug. 6.

On Aug. 7, a Lincoln Avenue resident reported the theft of personal property the previous day.

On Aug. 8, a Division Avenue resident reported vandalism.

On Aug. 11, a North Sprague Avenue resident reported an assault.

A Burnside Avenue resident reported the theft of personal property from a vehicle on August 13.

09.02.17

Northgate Middle School will be among 50 schools joining the pilot year of the Dynamic Learning Project, a national program supported by Digital Promise, EdTech Team, and Google. The program will work to improve education equity by empowering teachers to utilize technology in more powerful ways.  

Northgate Middle School was selected for the program by Digital Promise based on need, existing technology infrastructure, and innovative leadership committed to helping their teachers succeed.

08.18.17

When the Northgate Flames football team talks about home field advantage this season, they won’t be talking about Alumni Field on Sheridan Avenue. To keep playing under lights on Friday nights, the team will move its games to J.C. Stone Field in North Park.