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5/12/13

Bellevue Council will vote next Tuesday on whether to amend the ordinance that requires noncontract employees to contribute 7 percent of the cost of their health insurance.

The contribution rate was decreased from 10 percent to 7 percent this year after the borough obtained less expensive insurance that eliminated the need for employees to pay deductibles.

5/12/13

Bellevue will end up paying about $40,000 more than it expected to for this year’s sewer repair work.

Engineer John Rusnak told council members at their meeting last Tuesday that the low bidder for the work had made a mistake and failed to include some work in his bid. Solicitor Patricia McGrail said was sufficient grounds for the contractor to be allowed to withdraw his bid.

The next lowest bidder’s price was about $40,000 more, Rusnak said.

5/12/13

Two members of Bellevue Council are asking to make a last minute revision to the borough’s paving program, with one of them maintaining that the plan sets a bad precedent that would require the borough to pave alleys in the future.

Both Mark Helbling and Kathy Coder asked at the pre-council meeting Tuesday whether money slated to pave certain streets could be switched to other projects before the contract is awarded at next Tuesday’s regular meeting. Helbling wanted to put off paving West Avenue in order to put the money towards paving the parking lot at Memorial Park.

5/12/13

Bellevue’s former public works supervisor, who resigned effective Tuesday, was honored at the council meeting that night with a proclamation presented by Mayor George Doscher.

The proclamation credited Tony Barbarino with 16 years of “outstanding efforts” with the borough’s DPW.

Council members echoed the mayor’s sentiments and wished Barbarino luck in his new job.

5/12/13

Emsworth Council would like to hear from people who live along the borough’s main street business district, where parking restrictions have been proposed.

A borough ordinance currently imposes a two-hour parking limit on the southern side of Center Avenue between North Avenue and Grant Street. A couple businesses in the area have requested changes that could extend the hours of the parking limits, possibly from 8 a.m. until 6 p.m., and shorten the period allowed from two hours to one.

5/12/13

Two members of Emsworth Council will be receiving letters from their colleagues asking them to resign.

Tom Maletick and Ken Kroen are frequently absent from the monthly council meetings due to their work schedules. Kroen’s term in office ends this year, and he has chosen not to run for re-election. Maletick’s term also is up at the end of 2013, but he is seeking re-election.

5/12/13

Rosalie Downs Rosalie "Rowie" Pace Downs of Brighton Heights, wife of the late James Downs, died Saturday, May 4, 2013. She is survived by five siblings, August "Ted" Pace, Jean Cej, Anthony Pace, Mary Lou Melcher and Jerry Pace; and nieces and nephews. She was preceded in death by five brothers, Joseph Pace, Edward Pace, Julius Pace and William Pace and Ronnie Pace.

5/12/13

On Monday, May 6, at its regularly scheduled work session, the Avonworth Board of School Directors, in a unanimous vote, adopted the 2013-14 proposed final budget with revenue of $24,787,833 and expenditures of $25,117,048.

The school board will conduct a public hearing at 7:30 p.m., prior to their work session meeting on June 3, before final approval is given for the spending plan.

5/12/13

By JIM RUMBLE

Last Friday was senior recognition day for the Northgate baseball team, and in a not so memorable season the Flames found a way to finish section play in an impressive fashion.

Trailing 5-0 in the final inning, the Flames battled back against Sto Rox to pull out a 6-5 victory.

"We were able to come together," said first year coach Brandon Hogle. "They fought back and I'm especially happy for those seniors who have been here for the last four years."

5/12/13

Emsworth Borough has entered into an agreement with the Lowries Run Operating Committee (LROC) that will help the borough meet mandated sanitary sewer plans in the future, but officials hope that the plan will become a reality a bit further down the road.

5/12/13

Concrete work for the second phase of construction of the skate plaza in Bellevue’s Bayne Park is expected to begin this week.

Engineer John Rusnak told council members at their precouncil meeting on Wednesday that the existing plaza may be shut down for about 24 hours after the new concrete sections are poured.

5/3/13

By JIM RUMBLE

Although it has been a down year for the Avonworth baseball team, defeating one of the better teams in the section twice would seem to be motivation enough when the Antelopes hosted New Brighton this past Tuesday. After coming from behind to take the lead late against the Lions, the ‘Lopes unfortunately were unable to hang on, and they fell 9-6 to incur their fifth straight loss.

“We’re learning the hard way this year,” said coach Phill Coffin.

5/3/13

Police called to a reported fight at a Monroe Avenue residence on April 26 discovered a burglary in progress and arrested a man for felony aggravated assault. Charged in the incident was Michael Edward Brush, 37.

Medication was reported stolen from a South Howard Avenue residence on April 24.

Also on South Howard Avenue, police were called when two unknown white males were reported to have entered an unlocked vehicle on April 28. Police say nothing was stolen and the vehicle was not damaged.

5/3/13

By JIM RUMBLE

The Avonworth softball team finished up with section play, getting back into the win column with a sweep against Quaker Valley this past week.

On Tuesday the Lady 'Lopes traveled to Quaker Valley and defeated the Quakers 6-1. Although he seemed happy about the win, coach Chris Knox noted that his team had only three hits and committed quite a few errors.

5/3/13

Carl Trimber Carl E. Trimber, 79, of Ross Township, died Tuesday, April 23, 2013. Mr. Trimber was retired as a teacher and coach at Northgate High School for more than 34 years. He was a U.S. Army veteran of the Korean Conflict. He was an avid runner. He is survived by his wife, Bette Nazzaro Trimber; two daughters, Sharon and Lisa Trimber; his sister, Margaret Dalzell; and nieces and nephews.

5/3/13

Although school violence in the North Boroughs is pretty much nonexistent beyond the occasional fistfight, the tragedy in Newtown and other events have shown how suddenly a nightmare can descend on small town America. Operating under the theories of “better safe than sorry” and “practice makes perfect,” local police departments spent last Saturday participating in active shooter training at Northgate high School.

4/26/13

Leveling accusations against borough council members for creating a “hostile work environment,” Bellevue’s public works supervisor has submitted his resignation.

DPW supervisor Tony Barbarino submitted a letter of resignation to individual council members at committee meetings held Tuesday evening.

In the letter, Barbarino says that four members of council created a “harassing and hostile work environment” and questioned his integrity, prompting him to resign after 16 years with the department.

4/26/13

Items were reported stolen from a vehicle on Lincoln Avenue on April 8.

On April 18, a Greenough Avenue resident reported items stolen from his home.

A package was reported stolen from a South Harrison Avenue apartment building on April 18.

Police were called to a Lincoln Avenue apartment on April 16 after a man reportedly broke into his girlfriend’s apartment and assaulted her.

A swastika was found spray-painted on the sidewalk in front of 613 Lincoln Ave. on April 20.

4/26/13

By JIM RUMBLE

It was a game that seemed headed for the loss column in this irregular season when the Avonworth softball team hosted Our Lady Of the Sacred Heart in an all-important section match-up on Wednesday, April 17.

Trailing by five runs heading into the final inning of play, the Lady ‘Lopes showed their character as they fought back from behind to claim victory in extra innings, 9-8.

"This should go down as one of the top two or three wins in Avonworth history," said coach Chris Knox.

4/26/13

By MEL PERKINS

On March 11, Northgate entered a new era of Flames football when Brandon LaDonne took over as the new head coach.

LaDonne played his high school career at Aliquippa, and played his college career at Cal U. He was the offensive coordinator at Moon the past two seasons, and before that was an assistant at Quaker Valley and Aliquippa.

LaDonne brings with him a youthful but experienced staff.

4/26/13

Lois Thomas Lois T. (Logue) Thomas, 83, long-time resident of Avalon, born in "Old Allegheny,” Sept. 14, 1929, passed away April 16, 2013. Lois had been a corporate executive secretary and a home maker.

4/26/13

Ohio Township has been named a 2013 “Banner Community” by the Allegheny League of Municipalities.

"The Banner Community Program recognizes municipalities that implement best practices in all aspects of their operations and that govern in an inclusive, collaborative manner," said Allegheny County Executive Rich Fitzgerald, who is chairman of the ALOM. "These are cities, boroughs and townships that understand fiscal accountability, customer service and civic responsibility."

4/26/13

As in every tragedy that is covered by 24-hour news channels, Twitter, Facebook, the Vine, as well as by newspapers struggling to keep up, the information output following the bombing in Boston became repetitions, overwhelming, confusing, sometimes perfectly accurate, but often missed the voice of the average Bostonian living through days of fear and frustration.

However, such a voice could be found in former local resident Dawn Anderson.

In an e-mail to a friend who shares it with "The Citizen," she writes:

4/26/13

By JIM RUMBLE

Hoping to bounce back after a shellacking at the hands of Quaker Valley last Friday, the Avonworth baseball team kept it close against Freedom, but could not overcome some mistakes in the final inning, losing 5-3 this past Monday.

"They [Freedom] deserved to win," said coach Phil Coffin afterwards. "They hit with men in scoring position and we didn't."

The loss could be detrimental to the team's chances of earning a spot in post season play. Realizing the implications of the loss Coffin said, "It's going to depend on what other teams are doing."