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Five members of a Bellevue family have now been confirmed dead as a result of a fire in their Roosevelt Avenue duplex Friday night.


It was 40 years ago yesterday that the North Boroughs became home to a new weekly newspaper. Most people probably wouldn’t have bet money on the paper surviving for long in the highly competitive newspaper market of 1976. At the time the local news was already covered by the North sections of two daily newspapers, a bi-weekly in the North Hills, and a weekly paper with offices right in Bellevue. All of them had corporate roots that provided tremendous resources.


Edward Swidal Edward W. Swidal, 87, of Pittsburgh, husband of the late Elizabeth "Betty" Swidal, died Wednesday, March 30, 2016. Mr. Swidal was a decorated Korean Conflict veteran.


Ohio Township Police recently responded to the following:

A Cliffside Drive in Emsworth resident reported a hit and run accident on March 30.

An Ohio River Boulevard resident reported a civil dispute on March 30.

A Kensington Drive in Ohio Township resident reported harassment on March 30.

A Cobblestone Drive in Ohio Township resident reported a civil dispute on March 31.

Ohio Township Police responded to a disturbance at a residence on Laurel Avenue in Ben Avon on April 1. Charges are pending.



This past weekend, as I constantly updated The Citizen’s Web site in response to the changing circumstances of the fire in Bellevue, I remarked to a friend, “Sometimes being in the news business is not a lot of fun.” That same statement is true for most of us who live within this small, fairly close-knit community of the North Boroughs, sometimes being so connected to the people of your community is not a lot of fun.


Avonworth-Northgate track team senior Kenny Baurle finishes first in the 100-yard dash, with a time of 11.2 seconds. The home opener for the track and field team saw victories over Aliquippa and Eden Christian for both the boys' and the girls' teams. Speaking of Baurle's finish, Coach Brian Veshio said, "Kenny's time is better than where he was at this time last year. His 51.0 in the 400 on Tuesday is more impressive, as we worked out hard on Monday and it is still very early in the season."


Sat, 2016-04-30

Ohio Township will host its annual Touch-a-Truck event Saturday, April 30, 11 a.m.-2:30 p.m., at the Ohio Township Community Park.

Admission is free. Local food truck vendors will be selling food.

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Sat, 2016-04-23

New Life Community Church, 45 North Fremont Ave. in Bellevue, will hold an event celebrating women on Saturday, April 23, noon-3 p.m.

Women must be at least 18 years old. Attendees should use the North Howard Avenue entrance.

There is no cost to attend the event, which includes lunch, worship, gifts and pampering.

To register, call (412)352-6453.