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In a very close vote Monday night, the Northgate School Board opted not to include a property tax increase in the district’s proposed 2018-19 budget. Taxpayers, however, could see that decision change before the final budget is adopted in late June.

The Northgate School District currently ranks eighth highest in property taxes in Allegheny County, with a millage rate of 24.7867 mills. That means property owners pay nearly $25 for every $1,000 in assessed value. For a property assessed at $100,000, the owner would pay the Northgate School District nearly $2,500 per year.


Council member Ken Opipery presented an invoice to Ben Avon Council at Monday's meeting for emergency sewer repairs that had been done at the corner of Church and Forest avenues. The invoice, from State Pipe & Supply Inc., was for $11,940, and payment was unanimously approved by council.


When the 2018-19 school year begins in August, students and staff will be seeing some new faces, because during the May 14 meeting, the Avonworth School Board approved creating six new positions for the upcoming 2018-19 school year.

The new positions will be for a literacy coach, an elementary assistant principal, a half-time art teacher, a half-time computer teacher, a full-time kindergarten teacher and a full-time eighth grade math teacher.



Nobody expected the Northgate girls’ softball team to win a WPIAL title this season, but after 20-plus years of being on the outside looking in, this year’s participation in the playoffs is something to be proud of.

Having to play a tough Chartiers-Houston team in the first round was a tall order for the Lady Flames, who were defeated 15-0 in a game played at West Allegheny this past Wednesday.

“It’s nice to be here,” said second year coach Rob Abramowicz.“I told the girls it was a pleasure coaching them this year.”



I am a child of the 1970s, an era of dramatic change and activism. Which is not to say that everyone who came of age in that decade was an activist, or even aware of what was going on in the world around them. Even those who were aware did not grasp the concept that they could have an impact on the world. They saw themselves as victims of the status quo, powerless and voiceless.


The annual Avalon Apple Blossom Festival managed to get hours of entertainment in before the storms hit last Saturday.In addition to music, vendors, raffles, food and a pie-eating contest, the festival also included this classic car show. The event is sponsored by Trinity Lutheran Church and Avalon Borough.


Sun, 2018-06-10

Assumption Parish will celebrate 105 years of Catholic education at Assumption School during a noon mass, Sunday, June 10.

Following the Mass, the parish will have a closing celebration with a community picnic, held in the parking lot. Additionally, there will be a final walk-though the school hallways for alumni, families, parishioners and all others are welcome.

Mon, 2018-05-28

The 72nd annual Avonworth Community Memorial Day Parade, sponsored by Avonworth Post #866, will take place Monday, May 28, beginning at at 10 a.m.

The parade route begins at the intersection of Center and Pennsylvania avenues in Emsworth, continues to Church Avenue in Ben Avon and ends at the Lance Cpl. Patrick Kenny Field on Ohio River Boulevard.

Memorial services, to honor Avonworth veterans, begin at 11 a.m.

In case of rain, services will be held at 11 a.m. in the Smith Center at Sacred Heart Church