New & Notable July 2014
Jul 24, 2014 05:28PM
By Vanessa Orr
St. Barnabas Golf Tournament Raises $115,083
In June, a team of 180 charitable golfers, Pittsburgh Steelers’ veteran
Andy Russell, dozens of volunteers, and planning committee members
and sponsors worked together to raise $115,083 to benefit the
St. Barnabas Free Care Fund at the 27th annual St. Barnabas Charitable
Golf Open held at Butler Country Club.
Sisters of St. Francis Award $87,000 to nonprofits
The Sisters of St. Francis of the Neumann Communities awarded $87,000 in grants and scholarships from their Portiuncula Foundation in June to nonprofit organizations that advance the health and well-being of people in communities where the Sisters of St. Francis live and work. Nursing scholarships were also awarded.
Free to Breathe Walk Raises Funds for Lung Cancer Research
The 2nd Annual Free to Breathe Walk for Lung Cancer took place in North Park in June and was attended by more than 350 participants. The walk raised more than $32,000 for lung cancer research, awareness and education programs, an increase of more than $10,000 from last year’s total.
La Roche College Named a College of Distinction
La Roche College has been name a College of Distinction for the third consecutive year. The college was recognized within the Pennsylvania College of Distinction and Catholic College of Distinction categories. www.CollegesofDistinction.com.
Jeff Critchlow Auto Body a Gold-Level Service Provider
Jeff Critchlow Auto Body (1798 Babcock Blvd.) has been recognized by AAA’s Eastern Region as a Gold Level Service Provider. The award is part of AAA’s Emergency Road Service Provider of Excellence Award program. Critchlow has been in business for more than 29 years, and has been part of the AAA network for more than 22 years. He received the award at the AAA Automotive Services Conference in Charlotte, NC; this is the fourth time that he has won the award since the program’s inception.
Paserba Earns Finalist Status
Seneca Valley senior Nikkolas Paserba has been selected as a finalist and honor awardee for the 2014 Outstanding Filipino-American Student of the Year Award as sponsored by the Asian American Heritage Committee of the Federal Executive Board of Pittsburgh. He was honored for his achievement during a luncheon at the Sheraton Station Square Hotel.
Mr. McFeely Visits Vincentian’s Rocking for Residents Fundraiser
Mr. McFeely made a ‘speedy delivery’ to City of Pittsburgh Mayor Bill Peduto on June 9 as part of Vincentian’s Rocking for Residents fundraiser. The rock-a-thon raises thousands of dollars for residents at Vincentian Home in McCandless, Vincentian de Marillac in Stanton Heights and Marian Manor in Greentree. Mayor Peduto officially declared June 21st as Rocking for Residents Day in the City of Pittsburgh. www.vcs.org.
FC High School Students Selected for All-State Band
Fox Chapel Area High School junior Jennifer Mountz and sophomore Olivia Van Dyke were selected by audition to perform with the 2014 Pennsylvania Music Educators Association All-State Band. The PMEA All-State Band is made up of approximately 120 of the best student musicians from across the state.
Feikles Named ABCA/Rawlings Third Team All-American
Second Baseman and La Roche College junior Colin Feikles is the first player in the history of La Roche baseball named to the American Baseball Coaches Association/Rawlings NCAA Division III All-America Team. www.larochesports.com.
St. Alphonsus Students Earn Awards at PJAS Competition
At the 80th annual Pennsylvania Junior Academy of Science State Competition held in May, 19 St. Alphonsus students won awards. Students winning first place are eighth-graders Jacob Ball, Natalie Christel, Michael Gemperle, Rylee Kopchak, Lucas Madonna, JonPaul Plesniak, Gabe Schonne and Chris Virostek; and seventh-graders Grant Burnet, Trevor Huddleston, Emily Kavanagh, Krista Kim, Cassandra Moats and Jessie Potter. Students earning second place are eighth-graders Kristine Mihm and Hannah Sturgis; and seventh-graders Jack Martha and Alexis Sestric. Nancy Snyder was the students’ sponsor.
AXA Advisors Welcomes Ward
AXA Advisors Greater Pittsburgh and West Virginia division welcomed Sheri Ward as marketing assistant to Certified Financial Planner Timothy Buggy. 724-766-7836.
Winovich Quaterfinalist for Top Music Teacher
Northgate Middle Senior High School Choral Director Kelly Winovich has been named a quarterfinalist for the National Grammy Award for Top Music Teacher in the Country for the second year in a row. Only eight women in the country received this honor two years in a row.
Orr Named Zonta Public Affairs Honoree
Fox Chapel Area High School 2014 graduate Katie Orr was chosen by the Zonta Three Rivers Pittsburgh North Chapter of Zonta International as this year’s Young Women in Public Affairs Award honoree. She received a $2,000 scholarship and is being considered for Zonta’s international level award.
Katie’s Clay Studio Celebrates Anniversary
Katie’s Clay Studio in Allison Park celebrated their second anniversary in June. An arts emporium dedicated to supplying those in Pine-Richland, Hampton, Fox Chapel, Shaler and the North Hills area with all of their creative and artistic needs, Katie’s specializes in getting youth and families
involved in the arts together. www.KatiesClayStudio.com.
Palmieri & Associates Celebrates 25 Years
Joann Palmieri is celebrating Palmieri & Associates 25th year in business for tax preparation, insurance and planning needs. 412-369-7170 www.palmieriandassociates.com.
Thieroff Appointed to North Boroughs YMCA Board
Choice Chiropractic and Healthyworks’ Dr. Shannon Thieroff was appointed to the board of the North Boroughs YMCA. She will support the YMCA’s mission to deliver programs that promote youth development, healthy living and social responsibility.
Hampton MS and HS Receive Governor’s Awards
Both Hampton Middle School (HMS) and Hampton High School (HHS) recently received the Governor’s Award for Excellence in Academics, which acknowledges student academic achievement during the 2012-13 school year. In the School Performance Profile, HMS earned a score of 94.2 percent and HHS earned a score of 91.8 percent.
Cranberry Township Area Lions Club Receives Award
The Cranberry Township Area Lions Club was presented with the Top Dog Award from the Leader Dog Foundation at the PA Lions annual state convention. The Leader Dog Foundation makes it possible for individuals in need to obtain a leader dog. The Cranberry club was one of only four Pennsylvania-based clubs to receive this award. To date, the Cranberry Lions have donated approximately $5,000 to the foundation, solely from money raised at their annual fall mini-golf outing.
SV Students Qualify for 2015 National Merit Program
Seneca Valley has 14 student qualifiers for the 2015 National Merit Scholarship program. They are Jonathan Asseff, Marcin Chrzanowski, Hayley Hoss, Adam Johanknecht, Brendan Kennelty, Kelvin Lalonde, Andrew Lingenfelter, Eric McElhinny, Gregory McKibbin, David Osorno, Lauren Ottaviani, Michaela Palaski, Alexander Park and Amanda Spangler.
Tharun Sunthar Donates to National Aviary
Tharun Sunthar raised $510 for the National Aviary at his eighth birthday and was awarded a free membership as a token of appreciation for this milestone—Youngest Ever Donor Society Member. He gave the checks to Director of Development Desiree Wienand in May.
Sounds of Pittsburgh Chorus Wins Third Place
The Sounds of Pittsburgh Chorus, Sweet Adelines International won third place in the Region 17 competition held in Cleveland, Ohio in May. They competed against 20 other choruses and also placed second in the mid-size chorus category. www.soundsofpgh.org, 724-283-4294.
UPMC Passavant Receive $3,000 Gift for Computers
Passavant Hospital Foundation announced that Seneca Resources has made a $3,000 gift to provide the UPMC Passavant Emergency Department with six tablet computers.
Pollock Begg Partners Named to Pennsylvania Super Lawyers
All five partners of the family law firm Pollock Begg Komar Glasser & Vertz LLC, have been named to the list of 2014 Pennsylvania Super Lawyers. Partners Davis S. Pollock, Todd M. Begg and Brian C. Vertz, celebrate a decade or more in the listings, along with Candice L. Komar and Daniel H. Glasser, who were named to this year’s list. www.superlawyers.com/digital.
Amick New Hampton Assistant Principal
The Hampton Township School District has hired Michael A. Amick as an assistant principal at Hampton High School, starting in July. He replaces Dr. Marguerite Imbarlina, who was appointed to the position of high school principal.
Ogren Featured in National Spanish Magazine
Fox Chapel Area High School Spanish VI student and 2014 graduate Andrew Ogren had his poem featured in ¡ALBRICIAS!, the official magazine of the Spanish National Honor Society.
DMS Music Groups Win Awards at Music in the Parks Festivals
At the Music in the Parks Festival near Cincinnati, OH, the Dorseyville Middle School Combined Honor Choir took second place and was ranked Superior; the DMS Girls Chamber Chorus placed second and earned a Superior rating, and the DMS FoxTones earned first place and a rating of Excellent. The DMS Sinfonia and Philharmonic orchestras won first place Middle School Orchestra with a rating of Superior, second place Middle School Orchestra with a rating of Superior, and first place Overall Orchestra in the middle and high school division. The orchestras were also awarded the Esprit de Corps trophy. The DMS Honors Band earned a second place award, a rating of Superior, and received a trophy for its performance.