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6/22/19

Avalon’s 2019 street paving program should be underway soon, as the borough council voted unanimously at its meeting Tuesday to award a contract to T.A. Robinson Asphalt Paving, Inc.

6/22/19

Northgate’s youngest students are responding well to a literacy program introduced in 2016, according to the principals of Avalon and Bellevue elementary schools.

6/22/19

The deadline for the 2018 Pennsylvania Property Tax/Rent Rebate Program has been extended to Dec. 31, 2019.

The rebate program benefits eligible Pennsylvanians age 65 and older; widows and widowers age 50 and older; and people with disabilities age 18 and older. The income limit is $35,000 a year for homeowners and $15,000 annually for renters, and half of Social Security income is excluded. Spouses, personal representatives or estates may also file rebate claims on behalf of claimants who lived at least one day in 2018 and meet all other eligibility criteria.

6/15/19

As expected, at Monday night’s meeting, the Avonworth School Board approved the final budget for the 2019-20 school year in the amount of $34,339,313.00.

Additionally, Resolution 061019-A was approved establishing the millage rate at an increased level of 19.53 mills for the 2019-20 school year.

The board also approved purchasing the Carnegie Learning Math Program for grades 6-8 at a cost of $65,000.

6/15/19

Bellevue mayor Emily Marburger’s latest misstep with regard to the WizardVue festivals will cost a nonprofit group a significant chunk of their proceeds, but could result in a more organized event procedure that will impact both officials and groups wanting to stage events in the borough.

6/15/19

The Northgate School District will welcome a new director of curriculum, as the school board voted unanimously Monday night to hire Dr. Christopher Caton for the position.

Caton will replace Shawn Tomaszewski, who will leave Northgate at the end of the month to take a position as principal of Baldwin High School.

The new director is coming to Northgate from the Moon School District, where he has been the director of curriculum since 2014.

6/15/19

Back in the day -- way back in the day -- William Shakespeare relied upon the iambic pentameter format style when composing his plays.

Remember in your senior year of high school? The teacher’s introduction to the 10-syllable lines, such as the famous line that begins the play, “Richard III”: “Now is the winter of our discontent…”?

6/15/19

Although it won’t stop the Northgate School Board from increasing taxes this year, the board has agreed to work with a local real estate broker to figure out why steadily increasing home sale prices are not automatically resulting in higher tax revenue for the district without an increase in millage.

6/15/19

Bellevue Police are looking for any information that could lead to the arrest of an armed robber who hit the Lincoln Avenue CoGo’s convenience store just before 10 p.m. last Sunday, June 9.

Police believe the assailant, who forced the lone female clerk to give him money from the register and back office, is a black male, although head-to-toe clothing prevented any type of detailed description.

Police say he used a small semi-automatic handgun that appeared to be a Glock-style weapon with two-toned coloring (brown and black).

6/8/19

The Northgate Class of 2019 received diplomas this week, with 72 students from Avalon and Bellevue graduating. At the very top of the Class of 2019 in terms of academic achievement were, pictured at right, Claire Ishiyama, salutatorian, Owen King, valedictorian, and Madalyn Abramowicz, valedictorian at A.W. Beattie Career Center.

Owen is the son of Christine and John King of Bellevue. He is headed to Temple University in the fall where he plans to study computer science.

6/7/19

Not only is Pittsburgh the first U.S. city to have been selected for an international spotlight on education innovation by global non-profit HundrED, which seeks and shares inspiring ideas in K-12 education with the goal of scaling them worldwide, but a program developed by students at the Avonworth Primary Center is one of only 12 Pittsburgh initiatives that will be shared with the world.

6/7/19

The Avonworth High School Class of 2019 is expected to graduate 125 seniors during commencement ceremonies at Lenzner Field Friday evening. The class is led by (pictured at left) salutatorian Owen North and valedictorian Patrick Wiley Bozada.

Owen, the son of Ray and Pam North, will attend Grove City College where he will pursue a business degree.

Wiley, as he is known to classmates, is the son of Patti Bozada. He will attend Case-Western Reserve to major in math and computer science.

Photo by Tom Steiner for The Citizen

6/7/19

The Bellevue Community Herb Garden is here for the community. As you enter the garden in front of the YMCA on Lincoln Avenue you are invited to “Pinch what you need. Use what you pinch.” From the inception of the garden four years ago, that philosophy of taking just what you need and leaving the rest for others has worked. If you haven’t yet used any of the herbs, do try it this year.

6/7/19

By NANCY WHYTE

The phenomenon has many names, and none of them is favorable: brain drain, summer slide and summer learning loss, to list a few. It is the decline of skills and academic achievement that typically occurs while children are out of school during summer vacation. Basically, it is evidence of the “use it or lose it” cliche. The good news is that not only can it be prevented, but with some planning and effort on both the part of the parents and the children, a student can begin his or her next school year academically ahead of where they were at the end of the previous term.

6/7/19

By JIM RUMBLE

The Avonworth girls’ softball team reached a new milestone with their first ever victory in the PIAA playoffs when they defeated Fort LeBoeuf 8-1 in a first round game played at North Allegheny this past Monday.

The Lady ‘Lopes broke open a tightly contested game with an explosion of offense and tallied 14 hits, while pitcher Sarah Helffrich kept the Bisons’ bats in check, surrendering just three hits and two walks while striking out five.

6/7/19

If you see smoke in Bellevue, it probably isn’t coming from the dragon perched atop Bellevue Elementary, but from Bellevue Council chambers.

Just days after council ordered an investigation into the unapproved expenditure of nearly $10,000 in tax monies for WizardVue last August, officials found that the public works crew had been used to cover the Route 65 “Bellevue -- Live, Worship, Shop” sign with an advertisement for WizardVue Two.

6/7/19

By NANCY WHYTE

This fall, Avonworth middle school students will most likely be using a new curriculum for their math lessons.

During last Monday night’s work session, assistant superintendent Jeff Hadley presented the school board with detailed information about the Carnegie Learning Math Program, which he is recommending that the board approve purchasing next week. The program is designed for grades 6-8 and employs a problem-based approach to learning math. It is aligned to the recent shifts in core standards, unlike the Glencoe program currently used.

6/7/19

The Northgate Class of 2019 received diplomas this week, with 72 students from Avalon and Bellevue graduating. At the very top of the Class of 2019 in terms of academic achievement were, pictured here, Claire Ishiyama, salutatorian, Owen King, valedictorian, and Madalyn Abramowicz, valedictorian at A.W. Beattie Career Center.

Owen is the son of Christine and John King of Bellevue. He is headed to Temple University in the fall where he plans to study computer science.

6/1/19

Some 10 months after Harry Potter fans gathered in Bellevue for WizardVue, and just weeks before WizardVue Two is set to take over the borough’s main street, Bellevue Council is calling for a formal investigation of the unapproved expenditure of nearly $10,000 in tax dollars for last year’s event.

6/1/19

By JIM RUMBLE

Good things are worth waiting for and that’s what occurred when the Avonworth girls’ softball team faced Keystone Oaks in the WPIAL 3A championship game that began this past Wednesday at Peterswood Park in Venetia, PA.

Bad weather forced a stoppage of play and the game was continued on Thursday, but that didn't slow down the Lady ‘Lopes as they finished strong to shut-out the Eagles convincingly 12-0.

Pitcher Sarah Helffrich earned the win on the mound, surrendering just four hits in a game that was shortened to five innings with the mercy rule in effect.

6/1/19

Maria Meyer of Bellevue, a member of the Boston College Class of 2019, was presented with the University’s most prestigious graduation honor at Commencement on May 20: the Edward H. Finnegan, S.J., Award, given to the graduating senior who best exemplifies Boston College’s motto, “Ever to Excel.” She was chosen for this honor out of a class of some 2,200 students. Meyer is a 2015 graduate of North Catholic High School in Cranberry Township.

6/1/19

Ruth F. Pavlik Ruth F. Pavlik, 90, formerly of Emsworth, died Monday May 27, 2019. She was mother to John Pavlik (Diane), James Pavlik, Rosemary Conroy (Patrick), David Pavlik (Ursula), and Laura Taschner (Jeffrey); grandmother to six grandchildren and five great-grandchildren. She was preceded in death by her parents, Anthony and Helen (Geist) Schweiger; husband, John Pavlik; and a sister, Dolores Bednar. Ruth was a member of Sacred Heart Catholic Church and the Ladies Auxiliary. Ruth worked at Allegheny General Hospital as an LPN.

6/1/19

To nobody’s surprise, Avonworth/Northgate track team senior Hayden Robinson finished her career with a Pennsylvania Interscholastic Athletic Association (PIAA) Class 3A state title in the 100m dash, running in state competition last week at Shippensburg University. While there, she also grabbed a PIAA silver medal for her second place finish in the 200m dash.

5/25/19

Following a traffic stop on May 15, Richard H. Smallis, 26, of New Brighton, was arrested for possession of suspected marijuana.

On May 16, a motor vehicle accident occurred at North Starr and Union avenues. No injuries were reported.

Jeremy M. Flood, 43, of Evans City, was arrested on May 17 for driving under the influence of a controlled substance.

Galen Hampton Gray, 32, McKees Rocks, was arrested on May 17 for driving under the influence of a controlled substance.