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Let me start out by saying that I feel bad for Bellevue Council parks and recreation committee chair Lynn Tennant Heffley. She's taking the heat for decisions that are being made by a lot of other people. It's part of the nature of doing anything by committee, which can be both a blessing and a curse. The curse part comes in when, as chair, you have the duty to announce the decisions and reasoning of the whole committee. It's a double curse when the committee is saying stupid stuff, which is the case in the recent decision not to substantially change the rules at Bayne Park.


The Community at Holy Family Manor will host a Family Fun Day with activities for all ages on Saturday, July 30, 1-5 p.m.

The celebration commemorates the 40th anniversary of Mt. Nazareth Learning Center and the 45th anniversary of Holy Family Manor.

Those who attend will have the chance to learn about the programs available to the community, tour the facilities and see what services are provided.


I have done a good bit of traveling in the southern United States, Mexico and the Carribbean. In addition to the beautiful scenery and points of interest, there is a rhythm in these areas that draws you in. It doesn't take long before you find your heart rate slowing, your blood pressure dropping, your movements becoming more languid and relaxed.

It's not just being on vacation, you know. The way of life along the tropical beaches of this hemisphere is slower, life is more casual, the pace of everything becomes a relaxing crawl.


Working from home, I've found, has both its pluses and minuses, and is not for those lacking in self discipline.

On the plus side, I get a lot more work done in a shorter period of time because I don't have the phone calls or visitors I would have in the office. And unless you count Arthur and a couple cats, I really don't have any coworkers to chat with during the day. Arthur -- the ultimate couch potato -- snoozes all day, and the cats -- well, the cats do present their very own unique challenge to productivity.


Bellevue Christian Church will present a concert by Rhubarb on Friday, Aug. 13, at 6 p.m.

Area residents should bring a chair or blanket to enjoy the music on the back lawn of the church, located at the corner of Lincoln and North Starr avenues.

Those attending should bring a nonperishable food item for admission. Donations benefit the North Hills Community Outreach Food pantry.



The mystery as to the cause of storm water backing up with enough force to lift the 200 pound lid off a manhole has been solved, and the emergency repairs have been completed at a high cost to Emsworth Borough.


Bellevue Council will consider a suggestion to outsource much of the borough’s accounting work, although some officials question whether Bellevue really will get its money’s worth from the move.

The suggestion comes from council’s finance committee. Committee chair Kathy Coder introduced Tom Joseph of Bookminders at Tuesday’s pre-council meeting.

According to Joseph, the company handles accounting work for about 400 nonprofits and small businesses from offices in both Pittsburgh and Philadelphia. Municipalities, including Munhall Borough, also are among the company’s clients.


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.



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.


In the only contested primary election race in the North Boroughs for local government, incumbent first ward Bellevue Council member Linda Woshner is being challenged for the Democratic nomination by Susan Schafer.

Schafer ran unsuccessfully for council twice before, and has only just returned to the Democratic voter registration rolls after a stint as a Republican.



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.


Bellevue will focus on cleaning up Lincoln Avenue this spring and summer, according to council public works committee chair Linda Woshner.

Council has approved a motion by Woshner to purchase a new "billy goat," a type of sidewalk vacuum cleaner, at a cost not to exceed $2,500. The machine will be used by the public works department to pick up litter along the main street business district.

She and public works supervisor Joe Olczak said that some of the borough's seasonal help may be hired early this year, and assigned to the borough's main street business district.


Bellevue Borough will be advertising for bids for a limited spring street paving project, while officials consider putting off another major project in hopes of getting some help paying for the work.

Director of administrative services Ron Borczyk told officials at Tuesday’s pre-council meeting that almost all of the available capital improvement funds will be eaten up by the repaving of two of the three blocks of South Bryant Avenue.


Bellevue Council will consider a proposal that would ban smoking in all of the borough’s parks.

Parks committee chair Lynn Tennant-Heffley said the idea had been proposed by the Friends of Bayne Library group as a way of keeping children from being exposed to second-hand smoke. Heffley, however, along with council member Linda Woshner, saw the proposed ban as being unenforceable. Heffley said that officials were constantly being told that police were available to address other problems at the park only on a limited basis. “We can’t control [marijuana] smoking at the park,” she said.


Bellevue Council’s safety committee announced at Wednesday’s pre-council meeting that members were considering closing the borough’s popular off-leash dog park rather than salt the entrance over the winter.

Committee chair Jim Scisciani said that, with another bad winter anticipated, the borough would need to save road salt for streets, and could not salt the approximately 60 feet of driveway leading to the gates of the Bellevue Dog Woods at Memorial Park.


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.


The brass bucket beside Mary Helene Fader's comfy chair in her sunroom holds copies of "Archaeology" magazine, Wellesley College publications, issues of "The New York Times." Many friends and relatives may not recognize the Mary Helene reference, and so she will be referred to throughout this story as Diz, the nickname bestowed upon her by her sister many years ago, the name that has stayed with her throughout her life.


The president and chief executive officer of Holy Family Institute has been chosen as the new chair of the board of trustees of Catholic Charities USA.

Sr. Linda Yankoski had served on the board for six years prior to being selected as chair. She has been with Holy Family since 1975.

Catholic Charities is one of the nation’s largest networks of faith-based social service providers.


Two Bellevue government veterans will face off in the Democratic nomination for mayor in the May 21 primary.

Under Bellevue's home rule charter, the mayor's primary duties are to present a budget to council, and to oversee the police department.

Democrats will choose between current council member Jane Braunlich, and former mayor and current borough treasurer Paul Cusick. Braunlich now holds one of the first ward council seats formerly held by Cusick for two terms, before he was elected mayor for two terms. Braunlich has been a member of Bellevue Council for the past six years.


Increasing tensions among members of Emsworth Council got in the way of several efforts at Wednesday’s regular council meeting, ultimately erupting in accusations, threats and a failed attempt to unseat council president Paul Getz.


Bellevue Council president Linda Woshner announced changes in the chairs of two of standing committees.

Woshner announced at Tuesday's regular council meeting that the public works committee would be chaired by former safety committee chair Jim Viscusi, while former the DPW chair Jane Braunlich takes over the safety committee.

Woshner also named Kathy Coder as the borough's delegate to the Quaker Valley Council of Governments, with Mark Helbling as the alternate.


Bellevue officials will keep the public works department painting yellow lines at the entrances to driveways, even though the "no parking" rule suggested by the lines cannot be legally enforced.

Public works committee chair Jane Braunlich reported at Tuesday's pre-council meeting that both the police and DPW had recommended that the painting be stopped because the law requires a sign be posted if police are to write tickets for parking along a yellow line. Some residents have been repainting the lines themselves, Braunlich said, and police want that practice to stop as well.



At around 8:30 p.m. this evening [July 2], I was stopped at the light at Brighton/Lincoln and witnessed a man in a small electric wheelchair trying to get up the sidewalk ramp at South Bryant/Lincoln Avenue. He had been riding down South Bryant in the street, and one of our police officers pulled up beside him and told him to ride on the sidewalk. He told the officer he would if he could get his chair up the small bump in the ramp. His chair was not one of the high powered types.

The officer did not get out of the car, but pulled away, leaving the man to struggle.