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New & Notable, August 2015

Jul 30, 2015 01:37PM ● Published by North Hills Monthly magazine

Shaler Area Students Learn Spanish Culture First-Hand

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Katherine Platt
Platt Excels on Trig-Star Test
Upcoming Seneca Valley School District senior Katherine Platt earned the best time in the state of Pennsylvania on a regional exam for the Trig-Star mathematics competition held at SV in May. Platt was one of 16 SV students to take the test and was the only one to complete all questions correctly in 54 minutes.

Pearson, Holtzman and Stanasolovich make Best Financial Advisors List
Legend Financial Advisors, Inc.®, announced that Diane M. Pearson, CFP®, PPCTM, CDFATM, James J. Holtzman, CFP®, CPA, and Louis P. Stanasolovich, CFP®, have been named in Dental Products Report magazine’s 2015 “Best Financial Advisors for Dentists in America” list. Fifty advisors were selected nationwide and this marks the fourth time that all three Legend advisors have been awarded with this honor.

Chatterjee and McCosby Bring Home Gold, Silver
Seneca Valley Class of 2015 members Eric Chatterjee and Callee McCosby were recently awarded national recognition at the Scholastic Art and Writing Awards in New York City. Chatterjee won a national gold medal for his mixed media piece titled Abstract Self-Portrait, and McCosby was awarded a national silver medal for her ceramics and glass piece entitled Shoe.

Tyner Wins National Recipe Challenge
Sydney Tyner was among 55 children across the country whose recipes were chosen to be served at a Kids State Dinner hosted by First Lady Michelle Obama at the White House in July as a winner of the nationwide Healthy Lunchtime Challenge. Tyner recently finished the fifth grade at McIntyre Elementary School.

Harger Recognized as a 2014 Piton Award Winner
Linda Harger, the owner of Sunbeam Travel in Cranberry Township, was recently recognized by the Saint Lucia Tourist Board as a 2014 Piton Award winner, which she received as one of the 27 top-selling North American Travel Agents for the island in 2014. 724-776-5477.

La Roche Named a College of Distinction for Fourth Consecutive Year
La Roche College has been named a College of Distinction for the 2015-16 school year in the Pennsylvania College of Distinction and Catholic College of Distinction categories. The college is one of nine institutions in Pennsylvania to receive the Catholic College of Distinction honor and the only institution within the Pittsburgh region. www.CollegesofDistinction.com.

CTCC Firefighter Initiative Concludes
Cranberry Township Community Chest’s 2015 project, an initiative designed to boost fire safety training and firefighter recruitment countywide, concluded with the dedication of a new fire safety trailer at Butler County Community College’s fire training facility in July. The project raised more than $350,000 to date, which will fund more than a dozen firefighter scholarships to BC3, along with twin fire safety trailers for use in recruitment and instruction throughout Butler County.

Shaler Area Students Learn Spanish Culture First-Hand
A dozen Shaler Area students traveled to Spain this summer to experience Spanish culture and language. Students experienced Spanish culture, tasted authentic foods, and conversed with locals. Shaler Area Spanish high school teacher Rachel Anton organized the trip.

BHS and Wellbe Awarded HHS Grant
As part of the Rural Health Care Services Outreach Grant Program to support diabetes self-management using online patient engagement, the U.S. Department of Health & Human Services has awarded a $200,000 grant to Butler Health System and Madison-based Wellbe.

Northway Shoes & Repair Opens on Babcock Boulevard
Co-owners of Northway Shoes & Repair, Tony and Danny DeMarco, opened their store in a new location at 6200 Babcock Boulevard in July. They celebrated with a grand opening event with proceeds benefiting North Hills Community Outreach. The store is now more than 1,000 square feet larger than their previous space at the Shoppes at Northway.

NA Superintendent Gualtieri Announces Retirement
North Allegheny board members approved an extended leave of absence and letter of resignation for Superintendent Dr. Raymond Gualtieri in July. In addition, the board appointed Dr. Robert Scherrer, assistant superintendent of K-12 Education, as the substitute district superintendent.

BHS Receives Chest Pain Center Accreditation
This spring, Butler Health System’s Chest Pain Center received full accreditation with Percutaneous Coronary Intervention from the Society of Cardiovascular Patient Care. The program has received a three-year accreditation and is subject to an ongoing process of performance improvement.

WearWoof Opens in New Location
In July, WearWoof opened at its new location in McIntyre Square on McKnight Road. The shop will continue to feature new and gently worn better women’s fashion, and has expanded to include juniors’ fashions. The store will also be carrying handcrafted jewelry and accessories from select local artists and shelter and rescue partner-branded merchandise. www.wearwoof.org, 412-315-5441.

Construction Underway on a new Kiddie Academy®
In early 2015, a new Kiddie Academy® Child Care Learning Center will open in Cranberry at 1044 North Boundary Road. Dave and Mona Bhatia, a franchisee of Kiddie Academy®, will own and be the onsite operators. This will be the second Kiddie Academy location for the Bhatias; they also own Kiddie Academy of Wexford at 140 Swinderman Rd. Construction is expected to take approximately six months. mona@kiddieacademyofwexford.com

Davies Recipient of Ketteler Award
Beth Davies, member of the Congregation of Notre Dame, will be presented with the 2015 Ketteler Award for Social Justice at the annual assembly of the Sisters of Divine Providence for her exemplary service and dedication to the people of Appalachia. The public is invited to the awards ceremony on Sunday, August 2, at 7 p.m. in Providence Heights on 9000 Babcock Blvd.

La Roche Student Group Receives AAUW Award
La Roche College student organization One Youth received the Gateway to Equity Award from the North Hills-McKnight branch of the American Association of University Women. One Youth serves to empower, inspire and enable the younger generation to acquire leadership by targeting and addressing the needs of local youth in struggling communities. The award was presented the La Roche College alumna and president of One Youth, Jalyn Evans.

FC Rotary Announces Grants of $25,000+
The Rotary Club of Fox Chapel Area announced cash awards totaling more than $25,000 to 10 local charities and the international organizations that Rotary supports. A grant of $11,000 was presented to the Backpacks for Hunger program. Nine other local charities will receive grants for $1,000 each, including Aspinwall Meals on Wheels, Beechwood Farms Nature Reserve, Boyd Community Center, Boy Scouts Camp Guyasuta, Cooper Siegel Library, North Hills Community Outreach, St. Margaret Foundation, St. Vincent de Paul, and Volunteers of America/All of Us Care. Fox Chapel Rotary’s International Fund received $2,700; TracChairs for Veterans received $1,000; and Rotary International’s Polio Plus Campaign received $1,500. Rotary president George Dull said all of the money was raised at the Rotary Golf Classic outing and raffles held in May.

National Aviary Honors Flinn
National Aviary long-term board member and supporter Mike Flinn was honored by the organization in July at a special reception where they unveiled a plaque in his name and named a new bald eagle in his honor. Flinn first joined the board in 1992 and also served as the board’s first president from 1992-97 and again from 2007-10.

La Roche Board Announces New Chair and Vice Chair
The La Roche College board of trustees has elected Kathryn Jolley ‘81, ASID, LEED AP, as board chair and Brad Franc, Esquire, as vice chair. Jolley joined the board in 2006 and is the first alumna to be elected as chair. Franc has been a board member since 2010.

SASD Selects Administrative Team for New School Year
Shaler Area School District has made some changes to its administrative team: Dr. Vic Morrone will temporarily replace Superintendent Dr. Wesley Shipley, who resigned in June. Dr. Bryan O’Black, current director of curriculum and technology, will temporarily replace Assistant to the Superintendent Kara Eckert, who resigned in July. Mitch Stivason, current computer network technician, will oversee technology operations.

Cowan Makes Baseball Team
Saint Joseph High School sophomore Brodey Cowan made the Valley News Dispatch Baseball All-Star Second Team.

Piacentini Receives Urban Green Council Award
Phipps Executive Director Richard V. Piacentini recently won the Urban Green Council award, and was honored at the organization’s EBies award ceremony at the Hard Rock Café’s LIVE Theater in New York.

Crowley’s Poem to be Included in Anthology
Saint Joseph High School Class of ‘15 graduate Christian Crowley’s poem, Streetlamps and Hungry, has been selected for publication in the 2015 Ralph Munn Creative Writing Anthology.

Singh Joins Butler Health System Medical Staff
Electrophysiologist Madhurmeet Singh, DO, has joined the Butler Medical provider practice of Dr. Jonas Cooper. He will see patients in Butler at 127 Oneida Valley Road.

FC Graduates and Students Chosen for Special Orchestras
Fox Chapel Area High School 2014-15 junior Mark Calandra was selected by audition to perform with the 2015 Pennsylvania Music Educators Association All-State Orchestra in March. Selected by audition to perform with the PMEA 2015 Western Region State Orchestra 2 were 2015 FC graduates Gerry Chen, Jennifer Mountz and Eli Ziff, and 2014-15 juniors Mark Calandra and Olivia Van Dyke. Selected by application to perform with the PMEA District 1 Orchestra were 2015 FC graduates Gerry Chen, Jennifer Mountz and Eli Ziff, and juniors Mark Calandra and Olivia Van Dyke.

NA Superintendent Gualtieri Announces Retirement
North Allegheny board members approved an extended leave of absence and letter of resignation for Superintendent Dr. Raymond Gualtieri in July. In addition, the board appointed Dr. Robert Scherrer, assistant superintendent of K-12 Education, as the substitute district superintendent.

Berdik Wins First in National Leadership Conference
Shaler Area High School upcoming senior David Berdik placed first in the Desktop Application Programming category at the Future Business Leaders of America’s National Leadership Conference held in Chicago in July. He competed against 34 students from 12 states in his category.

Luciana Makes Post-Gazette’s Softball Team
Saint Joseph High School upcoming senior Jeana Luciana has made the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette’s Class A Section 3 All-Section softball team.

BHS and Wellbe Awarded HHS Grant
As part of the Rural Health Care Services Outreach Grant Program to support diabetes self-management using online patient engagement, the U.S. Department of Health & Human Services has awarded a $200,000 grant to Butler Health System and Madison-based Wellbe.

Career Training Academy New Location

CTA celebrated the grand opening and ribbon-cutting ceremony of its new location in West View Shopping Plaza, 1014 West View Park Drive, Pittsburgh, PA 15229.  Pictured are Dr. Kimberly Rassau, Interim President, the Honorable John Henry, Mayor of the Borough of West View and Carla Ryba, Campus Director.


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