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North Hills Monthly

New & Notable, Sept. 2014

Aug 29, 2014 09:00PM ● By Anna Ricciardi
SSA Alumnus Coslov Establishes Scholarship
Nick Coslov, Shady Side Academy class of 1992, has committed to donating $500,000 to the school to establish the William DeTillo Scholarship Fund, named in honor of the former SSA Middle School English teacher who passed away Aug. 1, 2014. Alumni, family and friends can make a gift to the fund online at or visit for mailing information.

Hope Hut Opening at Miracle Field
The grand opening and ribbon cutting ceremony for the Hope Hut at Miracle Field in Graham Park in Cranberry Township will be held this month. The Hope for Autism Foundation constructed the Hope Hut Pavilion to serve as a sensory refuge for players and families of the Miracle League of Southwestern PA who are in need of sensory breaks before, during and after games.

Sewickley Academy Completes Renovation of Science Building
Sewickley Academy recently completed its renovation of the Oliver Science Building, which now includes 1,100 sq. ft. of lab space with floor-to-ceiling windows, a large robotics lab for students in Pre-K through grade 12, individual science project rooms, new equipment, an outdoor terrace classroom and flexible furnishings.

Cranberry Highlands Honored for Environmental Excellence
Cranberry Highlands Golf Course has retained its designation as a Certified Audubon Cooperative Sanctuary, part of a program for golf courses created by Audubon International. Cranberry Highlands originally attained certification in 2009 and participating golf courses need to be recertified every two years. Cranberry Highlands is one of 29 courses in Pennsylvania to receive the designation. Free group tours are available with advance reservation by calling 724-776-4806 x 1129.

Dr. Bridget Chufo Opens New Weight Loss and Wellness Center
Dr. Bridget Chufo recently opened a new Weight Loss and Wellness Center at 11279 Perry Highway, Suite 302, in Wexford, where she will offer one-on-one coaching and group coaching; supplements, including herbs, vitamins and minerals; appetite suppressants and energy boosters and the i-lippo, a laser spot reduction, red infrared sauna, and vibrating plate for fat reduction. A physician is also on staff. 1-800-900-THIN.

Smetana Joins Achieve Realty
Now entering her 25th year in the real estate industry, Mary Beth Smetana has joined Achieve Realty in Wexford after a period in the mortgage sector. She is a veteran of large-acreage development and sales, foreclosures and repurposed houses and is a past recipient of Pittsburgh’s regional Outstanding Agent of the Year award. Achieve Realty is a full-service real estate brokerage and is owned and operated by Lawton and Kristen Stokes, Esquire. 724-316-7728,

Gillner Receives PA Technology Innovator Award
Cathie Gillner, Dorseyville Middle School gifted education teacher, was chosen as a Keystones Technology Innovator and has received the 2014 Keystone STAR. She is one of only 100 educators selected to receive the award this year and was invited to participate in the Keystone Technology Innovators STAR Summit this past July at Kutztown University, sponsored by the Pennsylvania Association for Educational Communications & Technology with the support of Eduspire.

La Roche President and Vice President Take Ice Bucket Challenge
La Roche College President Sister Candace Introcaso, CDP, Ph.D. and Howard Ishiyama, Ph.D., vice president for academic affairs and academic dean, accepted the Ice Bucket Challenge in support of ALS from the college’s student resident assistants. They took the challenge on August 22 at the end of the school’s convocation ceremony, wearing full academic regalia.

Slowpitch Softball Tourney Team Undefeated this Season
The 8U IFPAA Slowpitch Softball Tournament team (Ingomar Tigers) finished its season with a victory in the 11-team Kennedy Township tournament, marking the second consecutive season that the team has reached the undefeated milestone. The girls finished with a 15-0 record and three tournament championships. The winning team includes Gianna Aguglia, Sydney Very, Kellie McConnell, Rozalyn Zielinski, Jocelyn Smith, Ella Zimmer, Lauren Kardos, Arianne Marnich, Brielle Marnich, Carlyn Vaupel, Megan Manesitotis and Violet Johnson. Coaches are Tim Aguglia, Dennis Very, Brian Johnson, Mark Marnich and Eric Vaupel.

ACHD WIC Program New Income Guidelines for 2014-2015
The Allegheny County Health Department Women, Infants, and Children Program has issued new income guidelines for its federal nutrition program that provides nutrition education, breastfeeding support and vouchers for free healthy food to families who qualify. For information, call 412-350-5801 or visit

La Roche College Seeks Nominations for 2015 Distinguished Alumni Circle
Through Tues., Sept. 30, La Roche College will accept nominations to honor graduates of the school who have achieved outstanding professional success, demonstrated a significant dedication to community service, and whose lives reflect a strong commitment to the values embodied in the mission of La Roche College. Submit nominations at

Deadline to Apply for Property Tax/Rent Rebate Program Extended
The deadline to apply for the state’s 2013 Property Tax/Rent Rebate program is being extended to Dec. 31. Age and income eligibility limits. Applying for the program is free. Property tax/rent rebate claim forms are available at 412-369-2230 or

Allegheny Land Trust Adds New Board Members and Staff
Allegheny Land Trust recently reappointed and added new board members and added a new stewardship coordinator to its staff. Those reappointed include Damon Weiss, board secretary; Ken LaSota, board member; Karen Ranick, board treasurer; Jess Mooney, board member; Jeaneen Zappa, board member; Sue Broughton, board member and Fred Brown, board member. New board members include Christine Graziano and Steve Schlotterbeck. Robin Hummel-Johnson was appointed as new board vice-chair; Caitlin Seiler as new stewardship coordinator and Steve Quick as new board chair.

Cranberry Township Celebrates New Parks & Recreation Guide
In August, Cranberry Township released a new Parks & Recreation guide, listing all of its programs, activities and special events planned through December. Cranberry Parks & Recreation staff also held a Fall into Fun information fair at the township’s North Boundary Park Waterpark in August to highlight its programs.

Colaizzi’s Wins Two Awards
Colaizzi’s Hair Styling, located in McCandless, received the Angie’s List Super Service Award. Only the top 5 percent of qualifying business per category, in each market, receive the award. In addition, Colaizzi’s was also named to the 2014 Pittsburgh Business Hall of Fame.

Sr. Betty Sundry Honored as Literacy Council’s Volunteer Tutor of the Year
Sister Betty Sundry, director of social concerns for the Sisters of Divine Providence, was recently presented with the Outstanding Volunteer Tutor Award from the Greater Pittsburgh Literacy Council (GPLC). Shirley Derbis, GPLC North Hills program coordinator, nominated Sr. Betty for the award. Now in her 70s, Sr. Betty has taught more than 100 students over the past 20 years. She teaches English as a Second Language (ESL) to GPLC’s growing waiting list of immigrants and refugees who need English language skills and conducts classes throughout the summer when many volunteers go on vacation.