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Avalon Council filled its final vacancy Tuesday night as Mayor Brigitte Jackson swore in J.P. McFeeley of Cityview Avenue.

McFeeley takes the seat left vacant by the resignation of John Vetterly, whose term expires at the end of the year.

The new council member, pictured below taking the oath of office with Jackson, is a teacher in the Seneca Valley School District, where he also coaches football. He formerly coached at Allegheny College, his alma mater, as well.


Avonworth School District's superintendent is the recipient of the Distinguished Educator Award.The University of Pittsburgh's Tri-State Area School Study Council has honored Tom Ralston -- pictured above with middle school students Cooper Groll, Olivia Perry, Natalie Grillo and Jackson Southern -- for leadership contributions to the school district, community, and/or educational research or publications. Ralston will be honored at Tri-State's 69th annual banquet on March 9 at the Edgewood Country Club.


Emsworth Council has a new member. Pictured here, Mayor Dee Quinn swears in new council member Jolene Bennett. Bennett takes over for former council member Geoff Barnes, who moved out of the borough recently. Bennett was chosen from among two applicants for the seat. The term of office will end in January, when the seat will be filled by the results of the November general election, or a new appointment for a two-year term.

Photo by Nancy Whyte for The Citizen


Four Bellevue Police officers were honored at the Bellevue Council meeting on Tuesday for their efforts to save two Dollar General employees and apprehend a robber.


Emsworth's Gibson Street Bridge project is nearing completion.

At the June meeting of Emsworth Council, Dan Lenz, chairman of infrastructure projects, said that a guide rail still needs to be erected. If the custom-designed guide rail is not finished, a temporary guide rail will be put up, he said.

After a guide rail is in place, Beech Construction will remove the temporary bridge, including about two feet of abutment on each side, Lenz said.


The Avonworth boys’ basketball team is proving itself to be the one to beat, as the Antelopes are in first place in their section, and taking out their opponents right and left as the season hits the midpoint. Pictured at left, Eric Gallupe (No. 31, red) is unstoppable during the team’s visit to Northgate Tuesday night.


Avalon Council gained some new members and new officers at its reorganization meeting Monday evening.

Taking the oath of office were new members Lee Nelson, William Pascale and Ryan Neal, who were joined by re-elected members Tom Lloyd and John Vetterly, and tax collector Ed Klicker. Pictured above being sworn in by solicitor Megan Ott are, from left, Neal, Nelson, Vetterly, Pascale, Lloyd and Ed Klicker.


New Bellevue director of administrative services Ron Borczyk, pictured above at center with council president Linda Woshner and vice president Jim Viscusi, is quickly settling in to his new job with the borough. Borczyk, who comes to Bellevue after working as the borough manager in Springdale, has a background in accounting and human resources in the private sector, as well as municipal government experience.


Avalon Police Chief Tom Kokoski (right) welcomes the borough’s newest full-time police officer. Chris Brown, who has been working as a part-time officer in Avalon for a couple years, was hired at Tuesday’s Avalon Council meeting in a unanimous vote. Brown is a former Marine who served in Iraq.


And you think you get a headache trimming your Christmas tree? A crew decorating the Bellevue Christmas tree Wednesday afternoon ran into a slight problem when the evergreen decided to topple over. The tree was soon upright, however, and firmly attached to the former Central Methodist Church building on Lincoln Avenue. Donated by WPAHS, the tree was the centerpiece of festivities sponsored by the North Suburban Chamber of Commerce Friday night.


Visitors to Bellevue’s business district have seen a dramatic transformation take place over the last few weeks, as the Central Methodist Church building is prepared to house a private event venue. The property has been purchased by Amos Harp Jr. of the North Side, better known as Professor Amos, whose cleaning products are featured on the Home Shopping Network. Once renovations and restoration are complete, the building will be used for weddings and banquets.


Big rigs used to be able to travel through the North Boroughs without too many concerns, due to the lack of a police officer certified in tractor-trailer inspections and safety. That is no longer the case. Avalon Police Officer Sean Khirley set up shop on Route 65 Wednesday, putting into practice the training he has received recently in an effort to make the highways safer and possibly even prevent some road damage in the borough.


Avalon officials showed their appreciation this week for two police officers injured during the pursuit of a suspected drug dealer earlier this year. Working in plainclothes along with Police Chief Tom Kokoski, Officers Sean Khirley and Walt Johnson pursued the fleeing suspect through a 20-foot jump and over a fence, finally nabbing him and recovering a quantity of suspected heroin. Both officers and the suspect were hospitalized after the chase. While Khirley has returned to duty, Johnson remains off-duty with a leg injury.


For the first time since March, the Borough of Bellevue has a director of administrative services on the job in the borough hall. Former Crafton manager Doug Sample began work Monday. The position has remained vacant since Connie Flasher resigned last spring.


In response to questions and concerns about Bellevue’s Lincoln Avenue streetscape project, the borough council met with the project landscape architect at Tuesday’s pre-council meeting.


Bellevue Police think they may have solved a series of vehicle break-ins reported over the last two weeks with the arrest Oct. 9 of a 22-year-old homeless man.

Police have charged Jacob Seth Hines with two counts of theft from a motor vehicle, three counts of receiving stolen property, and one count of criminal attempt.


Leaf collection in Ben Avon Borough will begin in late Oct. Residents are asked to not put leaves on the curb before then.

In late October, residents should rake leaves to the curb. No twigs, branches, mulched material, grass or other debris will be collected.

A final pass will be made on each street during the last week of November. Collection of leaves on Ohio River Boulevard will occur the first week of December.


Bellevue officials and residents got a reminder of how difficult it is to address blighted properties in the borough, but also heard at Tuesday’s meeting about a program that might provide a new tool in the ongoing battle.


Bellevue officials and residents got a reminder of how difficult it is to address blighted properties in the borough, but also heard at Tuesday’s meeting about a program that might provide a new tool in the ongoing battle.


The Marian Hall Home soup sale will run through Friday, April 20, 2018.

Each week, three soup varieties will be offered, each for $5 per quart. The selections repeat every six weeks.

Orders must be called in by noon each Thursday at (412)761-6004, for pick up on Friday beginning at 1 p.m. at Marian Hall, on the campus of Mount Assisi Convent in the Bellevue/Ross area. For GPS, use 1515 Quaill Ave., Pittsburgh, PA 15202.

Proceeds benefit programs at Marian Hall Home.


There will be a number of new names on the ballot and lots of offices to be filled by voters on election day, Nov. 7.

Vacancies created by resignations will have to be filled, adding several new seats to the ballot, and primary election write-in votes have created a potentially confusing array of choices for the municipal election voter. Avonworth

Voters in Ben Avon, Emsworth, Ben Avon Heights, Kilbuck Township and Ohio Township will elect four members to the Avonworth School Board. All are running for four-year terms.


A visitor to an apartment building on Crawford Avenue reported being pushed by a tenant on Aug. 16.

A vehicle parked on Orchard Avenue was reported to have been struck by an unknown driver on Aug. 16.

On Aug 17, a South Starr Avenue apartment resident reported a burglary had occurred sometime between Aug. 14-16.

On Aug. 19, a North Fremont Avenue apartment resident reported the theft of household items on July 12.

An employee reported on Aug. 21 that a Lincoln Redbox machine had been damaged the previous day.