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New & Notable, September 2015

Aug 31, 2015 11:32AM ● Published by North Hills Monthly magazine

Bantam Jeep Heritage Festival Reclaims Guinness World Record

Expedia Ranks Cranberry among Most Comfortable Places
Cranberry Township has been ranked #8 by the online travel site Expedia in its 101 Most Comfortable Cities for Travelers. The recognition is based on survey results from more than 600,000 guests who responded to Expedia’s request for reviews of the community’s accommodations. viewfinder.expedia.com/features/101-most-comfortable-cities-for-travelers

Nathan Vislosky
Vislosky Graduates from Health Career Scholars Academy
Pittsburgh Central Catholic junior Nathan Vislosky recently graduated from the University of Pittsburgh Health Career Scholars Academy. Also known as the Pennsylvania Governor’s School for Health Care, the competitive program is a four-week, intensive, on-campus experience held in June and July at the University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine. The program is designed for students from across the state interested in pursuing careers in medicine.

Aquinas Academy Celebrates 20 Years
In August, Aquinas Academy opened the doors for its 20th year to welcome students from Pre-K through 12th grade. The faculty includes 35 more teachers than the original five and 345 more students than the original 15. Aquinas families will celebrate the jubilee with special events including the Aquinas Academy Speaker Series, beginning with WTAE Anchor Wendy Bell on September 2, and a gala celebrating the jubilee in spring.

Crowd Doubles at 2015 Regatta at Lake Arthur
The 17th Annual Regatta at Lake Arthur more than doubled its 2014 attendance, with more than 20,000 visitors enjoying live concerts and outdoor recreation along the water’s edge at Moraine State Park’s South Shore. Donations raised will help fund projects to enhance the park and support the 2016 Regatta at Lake Arthur.

Breathe PA Launches New Website
Breathe Pennsylvania recently launched a redesigned website at www.breathepa.org. The website serves as a source for residents to access essential lung health information with four key areas that include A Breath of Fresh Air, Events, Programs, and Store.

CCAC to Recognize 50 Distinguished Alumni at 50th Anniversary Gala
In celebration of 50 years, the Community College of Allegheny County will honor 50 distinguished alumni at its 50th Anniversary Gala on November 19, 2016. Alumni, faculty, staff, current and former students and friends of CCAC are encouraged to submit nominations; forms can be found at www.ccac.edu and must be submitted by Dec. 31, 2015. 412-237-6514.

Harris Honored by Veterans Affairs Secretary
Veterans Affairs Secretary Robert McDonald honored VA Pittsburgh Infection Prevention Specialist Patty Harris during a special visit to the VA Pittsburgh Healthcare System. Harris, of McCandless, was recognized for her role in managing one of the most aggressive and comprehensive water safety surveillance programs in health care on VA Pittsburgh’s two main patient care campuses.

Bantam Jeep Heritage Festival Reclaims Guinness World Record
With an official number of 2,420 Jeeps, the Bantam Jeep Heritage Festival has officially reclaimed the Guinness world record for the Largest Jeep Parade. In June, Jeeps from 38 states and Canada converged on downtown Butler during the fifth annual festival to take part in the record-setting event.

Garimella Named Finalist in National Science Competition
Dorseyville Middle School seventh-grader Amulya Garimella has been named a finalist in the 2015 Discovery Education 3M Young Scientist Challenge, one of only 10 students named as a finalist from across the nation. Garimella has had the opportunity to work directly with a 3M scientist during a unique summer mentorship program where she is being challenged to develop an invention that positively impacts the community. She will present her invention during the competition’s final event in October at the 3M Innovation Center in St. Paul, Minnesota.

Cannon Named New Artistic Director of the Pittsburgh Boy Choir
The Pittsburgh Boy Choir will begin its second season with new Artistic Director Craig Cannon. He was appointed by the Pittsburgh Boy Choir board to the position in July, replacing Sarah Wannamaker. www.pittsburghboychoir.org.

Do Wins Young Playwrights Festival for Second Time
North Hills High School sophomore Michelle Do will have another play come to life on stage this fall after her production won the City Theatre 2015 Young Playwrights Festival. This is the second year in a row that she has been selected as a winner. Do’s one-act play, Orchids in Manhattan, topped approximately 360 entries in the 16th annual competition conducted by the City Theatre based in Pittsburgh’s South Side.

Emporio Announces New Location in Wexford
Sienna Restaurant Group has announced the expansion of Emporio: A Meatball Joint, by finalizing a long-term lease in the Village of Pine. The new restaurant, which will open this fall, will be a replica of the existing Emporio located on the first floor of Sienna Mercato in the Cultural District in downtown Pittsburgh. This marks the first expansion for the Sienna Restaurant Group.

NeTech Launches Business Mobility Unit
In July, Netech Corporation announced the launch of their new Business Mobility Practice, which will be led out of the Cranberry Township office. Powered by VMware’s industry leading End-User Computing solutions, Netech will offer VMware business mobility solutions to individual vertical markets.

WearWoof Grand Opening a Success
On Thursday, Aug. 20, the WearWoof Shop held a special grand opening celebration at its new location in the McIntyre Square shopping plaza. The resale boutique, which features better and designer women’s fashion, as well as new and gently worn canine fashion, has raised more than $35,000 to date to support animal shelters and rescues.

Knit and Crochet Festival to Merge with Creative Arts Festival
The Pittsburgh Knit and Crochet and The Pittsburgh Creative Arts Festivals are merging, and will be held at the David Lawrence Convention Center’s Spirit of Pittsburgh Ballroom on March 4-6. Event Organizer Barb Grossman is also establishing the Creative Open Studio, an innovative new concept that will offer a place to try out new machinery. www.pghknitandcrochet.com

CCAC to Recognize 50 Distinguished Alumni at 50th Anniversary Gala
In celebration of 50 years, the Community College of Allegheny County will honor 50 Distinguished Alumni at its 50th Anniversary Gala on November 19, 2016. Alumni, faculty, staff, current and former students and friends of CCAC are encouraged to submit nominations; forms can be found at www.ccac.edu and must be submitted by Dec. 31, 2015. 412-237-6514.

Harris Honored by Veterans Affairs Secretary
Veterans Affairs Secretary Robert McDonald honored VA Pittsburgh Infection Prevention Specialist Patty Harris during a special visit to VA Pittsburgh Healthcare System. Harris, of McCandless, was recognized for her role in managing one of the most aggressive and comprehensive water safety surveillance programs in health care on VA Pittsburgh’s two main patient care campuses.

Kiddie Academy of Cranberry Township Breaks Ground
Construction is underway on a new Kiddie Academy Child Care Learning Center located at 1044 North Boundary Road in Cranberry Township. Kiddie Academy franchisees Dave and Mona Bhatia, who also own Kiddie Academy of Wexford, will own and be onsite operators of the new location. It is expected to open in early 2016.

WBN Names 2015-2016 Officers and Board Members
The Women’s Business Network has announced its 2015-2016 board of directors. They include President Margaret “Peggy” Bianchi, New Steps Rehab, Inc.; Vice President Rose Morozowich, The Pampered Chef; Treasurer Lisa Allen, First Commonwealth Bank; Recording Secretary Janis Lipinski, Creative Care Solutions, LLC; Corresponding Secretary Becca Arabia, Miche; and Past President Jennifer Bibb, First Commonwealth Bank. Board members include Sallie Dunn, Security One Lending; Amy Fauth, Westmorland County Chamber of Commerce; Michelle Kinzel, Melaleuca-The Wellness Company; Jo Luncher, Anywhere Travel Service; Marcia Miller, Sewing, Alterations & Home Décor; and Marcie O’Brien, Metal Photo Service Inc. The board services coordinator will be Tracy Eisenman.

SSA Students & Graduates Earn AP Scholars Awards
In recognition of their exceptional achievement on AP exams, a total of 19 current students and recent graduates of Shady Side Academy Senior School have earned 2015 AP Scholar Awards. Rising SSA seniors Connor Colombo and Roy Navid earned the designation of National AP Scholar. Navid, Colombo, 2015 graduate Zachary Kosbie, and rising senior Isak Liden earned the AP Scholar with Distinction Award. Earning the AP Scholar with Honor Award were 2015 graduates Naveen Jain and Ryan Wagner, and rising senior Yuting Xiong. Those who qualified for the AP Scholar Award included 2015 graduates Phillip King, Sylvie Lee, Benjamin Skinner, Kevin Vellanki, Michelle Wolf, and Chloe Zack; rising seniors Nicholas Bodkin, Noah McDaniel, and Alisa Pugacheva; and rising juniors Yumeng Du, Rakesh Ravi, and Ananya Satyawadi. www.shadysideacademy.org.
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