The Northgate school district’s 2013-14 calendar will have to be revised to accommodate recently announced training requirements for the Keystones to Opportunity program.

Superintendent Dr. Joseph Pasquerilla said that at least two or three Act 80 days, during which students are off while staff participates in training, will have to be added to the calendar.

The board is expected to vote on the revised calendar in May.


Lynn Searight Jr. Lynn R. Searight, 83, of the North Side, died Tuesday, April 2, 2013. He is survived by his wife, Joanne M. Searight; four children, Lee and Tim Searight, Lisa M. Blauch and her husband Victor and Sherri L. Searight-McKinney and her husband Bob, all of Pittsburgh; two siblings, William F. Searight and his wife Virginia and Geraldine M. Searight; six grandchildren; a great-grandchild; and nieces and nephews. Friends were received at McDonald-Linn Funeral Home, Avalon, where a blessing service was held on Friday.

Vernon Connell


The Avonworth School Safety Committee will take on the issue of student pick-ups at the elementary school after addressing a number of safety-related matters in the district’s schools.


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.


The Bellevue Fire Marshal’s Office would like to remind everyone who enjoys recreational fires in Bellevue that an open burn permit is required to legally burn in the Borough of Bellevue.

For those who have a permanent grill, a permit also is required under this ordinance. Before receiving a permit, an inspection of the open fire, fire pit or permanent grill location is required. This is a free, one-time inspection.

Contact the Bellevue fire marshal at (412)766-7455 to schedule a site inspection.


Bellevue Police are investigating several burglaries and thefts.

Burglaries were reported on Tingley Avenue on March 26, and on Forest Avenue on March 27.

A copper downspout connected to a house on North Howard Avenue was reported stolen March 25.

An Orchard Avenue resident reported March 26 that items had been stolen from a garage and the garage had been damaged sometime since Jan. 5.

Multiple vehicles on South Harrison Avenue were found broken into on March 28.


The fissure at the construction site of the future Avonworth primary center has been plugged.

Officials report that more than 60 cubic yards of concrete and 45 cubic yards of limestone were poured into the hole, which was 18 - 24 inches wide and 48 feet deep. As the fissure was surrounded on both sides by solid rock, the opening posed no long-term complications, they said, however engineers wanted the void filled.


Area firefighters made quick work of extinguishing a fire that had traveled through all floors of a three-story duplex on Grant Avenue in Bellevue about 3 p.m. Tuesday.


By the time Avonworth middle and high school students return to classes next fall, the school library will have been transformed into what the district is calling a “21st Century Collaboration Center.”

A $170,000 grant from the Grable Foundation will allow the district to reconfigure the library space, taking advantage of adjacent office and classroom space to add new opportunities for education.


M.L. "Petey" Hager On Dec. 27, 2012 Petey passed away quietly at the age of 89 in Sykesville, MD. Her energy, enthusiasm and spirit for life will be incredibly missed. A memorial service will be held on Saturday, April 6, at 2 p.m. at Community Presbyterian Church of Ben Avon, 7501 Church Ave., followed by a social gathering in the fellowship room to celebrate her life.

William Smith Jr. William Claney Smith Jr., 84, of Franklin Park, died Tuesday, March 26, 2013.


Avonworth High School senior Moriah Eck has received a four-year volleyball scholarship to Wittenberg University.

This year Moriah broke Avonworth’s record for most volleyball kills. The middle hitter, who was voted first-team All-WPIAL, first-team All Section and selected for the All-State team, hit a new school record with 673 kills.

Eck has had a storied career with the Avonworth Antelopes, entering the starting line-up her freshman year. In addition to her success on the court, Eck maintains a 3.95 GPA.


Kilbuck Township property owners who want to pay their real estate taxes in person will be able to do so on May 30.

Jordan Tax Service will be at the Avalon borough hall, California Avenue in Avalon, that day to receive payments.


Susan Banas Susan M. Benko Banas, wife of the late Joseph B. Hlister and Vincent P. Banas, died Wednesday, March 20, 2013.


An inquiry about renting part of the Kilbuck municipal building could lead to a more complex process than landlords normally face.

The inquiry came from township supervisor Jean Sebastien Valois, who said that the limited area available might be a good spot for his start-up company.

Solicitor Chuck Means said that the township could rent to Valois, but only after advertising the space for rent and researching the rental market for rates. He also urged the township to get an advisory opinion from the state ethics commission.


Nearly five massive dumpsters were filled by residents of Avalon, Bellevue and Kilbuck Township who took advantage of the opportunity presented by the annual “Dumpster Day,” held last Saturday.

Organized several years ago by Avalon officials, the day has grown to include neighboring municipalities and is held once or twice a year to encourage residents to clean up their properties and dispose of items that aren’t normally collected during weekly trash pick-ups.


Kilbuck officials are waiting to receive plans for the latest stabilization measure proposed at the Walmart property on Route 65, the scene of a massive landslide several years ago.

Township engineer Shawn Rosensteel said that engineers for the corporation will erect a large retaining wall as a safety measure, to stabilize the area for future work to prevent another landslide. The wall, which will be buried, will measure 20 to 30 feet deep and some 840 feet long, Rosensteel said.


Ask "Mo" Salman why he opened his restaurant in Bellevue and he'll give you an obvious answer.

"I have a passion for good food."

The newest chef in the North Boroughs believes "There is a lack of good, healthy food in the Pittsburgh area, especially being offered late at night."


Avalon Elementary students learned about the importance of healthy eating while also developing their culinary skills, thanks to education partner Sodexo -- the school district's cafeteria food provider --and its "Future Chefs: Health Salad Challenge."

The national program, now in its third year, was created to get students thinking about making healthy food choices while also encouraging them to get active and creative in the kitchen.


Avalon officials think they have a plan to rid the borough of uncollected garbage, and it involves citing residents who have not paid their garbage bills.

More than a year ago, the borough got out of the garbage collection billing business that left Avalon trying to collect unpaid invoices and lien properties in the hopes of someday getting what it was due. Like most area municipalities, Avalon’s contract with Waste Management had the borough paying the company to collect from most residential properties, and then billing the property owners itself.


Avalon is looking at a hefty price tag to solve a landslide problem on North Birmingham Avenue that is continuing to threaten the stability of the steep roadway.

Engineer Shawn Rosensteel said that the hillside has fallen significantly in the recent wet weather, already dropping some two-and-a-half feet, and the problem will only get worse as spring rains arrive.

“Something needs to stop the earth moving on Birmingham,” Rosensteel said.

Borough manager Harry Dilmore said that cracks are already beginning to reappear in the asphalt.


Northgate’s Keystones to Opportunity grant will fund the purchase of a new literacy series of books for some elementary school classes.

The school board voted Monday to purchase the Journeys 2014 edition for students in grades K-2 with current year grant funds, and for sixth graders with the 2014-15 grant funds.


Rita Lepore Rita D. Parey (Parisi) Lepore, 82, wife of the late Robert A. Lepore, died Wednesday, March 13, 2013.


A car chase involving several local police departments ended Monday night with a crashed vehicle and a suspect in custody.

The pursuit began on Union Avenue and involved Bellevue, Ava-lon and Ross Township police cars trying to stop the man driving a stolen vehicle.

The pursuit traveled through Bellevue and into the City of Pitts-burgh, where, according to Bellevue Police Chief Matt Sentner, the pursuit itself was discontinued but officers continued to search the area for the vehicle.


Avalon officials are concerned that street department employees apparently ran up a $1,300 bill at a South Side uniform store recently.

Streets committee chairman John Vetterly said that he did not have the details, but was concerned that employees may not have been authorized to make the purchases. Borough manager Harry Dilmore said that the borough had been meeting with other uniform suppliers to get lower prices than the Pittsburgh store.

Council agreed to pay the bill, but to look into possibly recouping some of the cost from the employees.