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07.18.15

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

07.18.15

Let me start out by saying that I feel bad for Bellevue Council parks and recreation committee chair Lynn Tennant Heffley. She's taking the heat for decisions that are being made by a lot of other people. It's part of the nature of doing anything by committee, which can be both a blessing and a curse. The curse part comes in when, as chair, you have the duty to announce the decisions and reasoning of the whole committee. It's a double curse when the committee is saying stupid stuff, which is the case in the recent decision not to substantially change the rules at Bayne Park.

06.27.15

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.

06.27.15

In the week since the "Incident" in Bayne Park, the social media drama queens and kings have been hard at work expounding on the probability of Bellevue's imminent demise as a town where anyone at all would want to live, shop or worship.

It's time to get a little perspective.

First of all, the incident itself.

06.22.15

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.

05.22.15

The 69th annual Avonworth Community Memorial Day Parade will take place Monday, May 25, beginning at 10 a.m.

Parade division numbers I and II will march along Center Avenue in Emsworth and continue along Church Avenue in Ben Avon. Division III emergency services will line up at the former Shop ‘n Save lot and join the parade there.

Services will begin at 11 a.m. at Lance Cpl. Kenny Field. Robert B. Jones, mayor of Ben Avon and Vietnam War veteran, will be the guest speaker.

In case of rain, services will be held at Sacred Heart Church, in Smith Center.

04.04.15

They weren’t exactly wearing Easter bonnets -- more like earmuffs and mittens -- but dozens of children in Avalon and Bellevue didn’t let frigid temperatures stop them from hunting down Easter eggs last Saturday. Pictured here, the kids at Avalon’s festivities traded in their eggs for prizes from borough manager Harry Dilmore, council member Vicki Donnelly and volunteer Chris Dilmore. Although the egg hunt was held in the California Avenue park, the other planned activities were moved to a warmer location inside the borough hall.

03.29.15

Okay, folks, get comfortable. This is going to take a while. Not nearly as long a while as Tuesday's three-hour Bellevue Council meeting, but there's a whole lot of muddy ground to be covered once your brain thaws out from that experience.

02.23.15

Northgate's annual “Arts Odyssey" will be held next Friday, Feb. 27, 4:30-8 p.m. at the middle and senior high school. Described by assistant to the superintendent Francesca Lattari as "…an evening of free fun and entertainment for the family," the Odyssey will feature artwork, band and choral performances showcasing elementary, middle and high school talent, industrial arts projects and a theatrical performance that will offer a preview of the spring musical, "Mary Poppins" in the high school auditorium following an address there by superintendent, Dr. Joseph Pasquerilla at 6:30.

02.23.15

In debating who should pay the cost of having a school resource officer at Northgate High School, the first question that must be asked is, should anyone pay?

Should Northgate High School have a police officer stationed there full-time during the school year? Do the benefits outweigh the costs?

01.25.15

Avonworth boys’ basketball got back in the win column Tuesday night with a 78-69 victory in an away contest against South Side Beaver. Pictured here, senior Josh Drwal drives in to score in the fourth period, ending the night with 20 points, followed by Adam Joyce with 16. In the first meeting of the teams this season, Avonworth rolled to a relatively easy 82-59 win. Head coach Dan Bradley took the tighter contest in stride. “South Side Beaver is a tough place to play.

12.08.14

Avalon Now will “Brighten the Season” in Avalon on Saturday, Dec. 13, 1-5 p.m. at the borough building.

The festivities will include food, drinks, crafts, raffles, vendors, and a free picture with Santa and Mrs. Claus.

Local author Amy Brooks, who wrote “Unseen Arms,” will attend.

The celebration will end at 5 p.m. with a tree lighting ceremony at Avalon Elementary and free cookies and hot chocolate at Trinity Lutheran Church.

05.18.14

In January, I had the opportunity to meet all of Pennsylvania's Democratic gubernatorial candidates except for Rob McCord. At that time there was a whole herd of them about to stampede to the primary election in May, and it was pretty easy to see that a few were definitely going to fall by the wayside. At that time McCord was considered the front runner, the one to beat.

05.04.14

The Bellevue Avalon Girls Athletic Association dedicated its opening day to Bob Loch, one of the league’s founders and the man who led the organization to reclaim a borough dump and turn it into an athletic field that has hosted thousands of girls over the past three decades. Pictured above, Loch threw out the ceremonial first pitch to kick off a new season for BAGAA. He was presented with a proclamation by former state representative David Mayernik, who helped secure grant funding for the project.

03.22.14

Northgate Middle-High School will stage what has come to be called the All-American musical, "Oklahoma!" as this year's spring production, with a staff/senior citizen preview at 6 p.m. this evening, and with opening night Saturday, March 22. Additional performances are scheduled for Friday, March 28, and Saturday, March 29, all with a 7:30 p.m. curtain time, and a children's show, which has "special" activities, beginning at 4:45 p.m. on Thursday, March 27.

02.24.14

In the political arena, the old saying about the duck seems appropriate far too often. You know the one...If it looks like a duck, and it quacks like a duck...well, it’s probably a duck. We’ve used this to draw attention to political hypocrisy more than once, and unfortunately must do so again.

We’ve also written before about the state open meeting law, known as the Sunshine Act. This law is designed to make sure the public is informed of meetings held by elected officials so that citizens can attend these meetings or at least have some idea that one is taking place.

02.24.14

The Avonworth/Northgate wrestling team will be well represented at the WPIAL Individual Championship Tournament this evening and tomorrow at Chartiers Valley High School, where 35 schools will be represented. Qualifiers (weight bracket following each name) include (front row) Isaac Eames, 113; Anthony Trimmer, 138; Darion Trimmer, 132; and (second row) Ken Azzarello, 126; Ka'Dale Coles, 285; Brandon Wasko, 195. Back row: Head Coach Tim Giel with assistants Chris Branchen, Curtis Branchen and Brian Letters.

02.01.14

A couple weeks ago my blog "And they're off..." noted that both Ben Avon and Emsworth councils had started the new year by abandoning procedures designed to make sure that taxpayers get the most for their money. In Ben Avon, the new council hired a solicitor without obtaining rates or proposals from other law firms. In Emsworth, the new council switched its legal advertising to a daily paper, which threatened to add some $11,000 to the borough's budget this year.

01.11.14

Every two years, on the first Monday in January, we at The Citizen are challenged to be at four municipal reorganization meetings within an hour and a half. By now, we pretty much have this down to a science, as we start in Emsworth and move up river to Bellevue in half-hour increments.

Historically, we breeze through Emsworth, Ben Avon and Avalon to get to the fireworks in Bellevue, where an obviously tainted water supply has made officials testy at best, and downright nasty at other times.

01.11.14

People who would like to help celebrate the 100th anniversary of Andrew Bayne Memorial Library in Bellevue are invited to get involved.

A celebration is being planned for May, 100 years after the announcement in 1914 that two rooms of the former Amanda Bayne Balph and Jane Bayne Teece home would be opened to the public as a library.

01.11.14

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.

11.17.13
11.10.13

Northgate choral students are continuing their North Boroughs' Rotary Club association, with seniors Jessica Obriot and Sabrina Patak serving as Junior Rotarians, and several other students being involved in Rotary activities. Pictured above are: seated -- Madison Conley, Kayla Mayhugh, Jessica Obriot, Sabrina Patak, Rachael Banyas, Taylor Grinage; standing -- Samuel Sesti III and D.J. Powers. Choral director Kelly Winovich said that the connection with Rotary all began when her concert choir first sang for the YMCA's "Tree of Lights" celebration.

09.21.13

In his new book, “Civil War in Pittsburgh: Forge of the Union,” Ben Avon resident and Post-Gazette reporter Len Barcousky describes events in Southwest Pennsylvania during the Civil War. The public is invited to a free event to hear Barcousky tell these stories originally chronicled in Pittsburgh's major newspapers of the era.

Signed copies of the book will be available for purchase.