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North Hills Monthly

New & Notable, October 2016

Oct 01, 2016 02:09PM ● By North Hills Monthly magazine
AHN Express Care Now Open
Allegheny Health Network (AHN) Express Care is now open at the Wexford Health + Wellness Pavilion, providing walk-in convenience for people who require treatment for minor injuries and illnesses. AHN Express Care is open Monday through Thursday from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m., Friday from 7 a.m. to 5 p.m. and Saturday from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Care is provided by certified registered nurse practitioners, who are able to write prescriptions that can be filled at the Wexford Pavilion’s on-site pharmacy.

Sounds of Pittsburgh Chorus Earns Spot at International Competition
Sounds of Pittsburgh Chorus recently earned a spot in the 2017 Sweet Adelines International Chorus Competition. This is the second International competition in two years for the chorus, which qualifies it to compete in the 2016 Harmony Classic AA Division Invitational in Las Vegas in October. The division is open to the top five scoring choruses in the world with membership between 35-60 people.

Townsend Named Interim Principal at Jeffery Primary
Shaler Area School District has appointed JoAnne Townsend to serve as interim principal at Jeffery Primary School. She has been involved in education for more than 20 years, first as a teacher and then as the assistant principal at Shaler Area High School for the past 12 years.

Stein Joins BHS Medical Staff
Dillon Stein, DO, has joined the Butler Health System’s Palliative Care program. Dr. Stein earned his undergraduate degree from Alfred University and his medical degree from the West Virginia School of Osteopathic Medicine. He completed his internal medicine residency and chief residency at Western Pennsylvania Allegheny Health System in Pittsburgh, and completed a hospice and palliative medicine fellowship at the University of Pittsburgh Medical Center. Dr. Stein is a certified osteopathic physician and has passed the American Board of Internal Medicine exam.

Smoothie King Opening in Wexford
Smoothie King will open in October at 11199 Perry Hwy, adjacent to Pine Center in Wexford. The store will offer both walk-in and drive-thru service, serving made-to-order smoothies as well as healthy snacks and supplements. Because each smoothie is made from scratch, they can be customized and almost all allergies and dietary restrictions can be accommodated. Everything on the menu is gluten-free. This Smoothie King is the first of its kind in the Northeast.

Darn Yarn Needles and Thread to Compete in Spinzilla 
Lisa Krack, owner of Darn Yarn Needles and Thread, has assembled a team to compete in Spinzilla, a global event where teams and individuals compete in a friendly challenge to see who can spin the most yarn in a week. Stop by the shop, located at 253 Mercer St. in Harmony, the week of Oct. 3-9 to see how much yarn they’ve spun.

Northern Communities Receive $22 Million in Benefits from UPMC Passavant
For more than 50 years, UPMC Passavant has been caring for the people of the North Hills and northern Allegheny County. To date, it has provided $22 million in community benefits, including $11.6 million in charity care and unreimbursed amounts for programs for the poor; $6.2 million in community health programs and donations, and $3.7 million in medical research and education.

Phipps Conservatory Named Finalist for Regenerative Business Prize
Phipps Conservatory has been named the finalist in the not-for-profit stream for the Regenerative Business Alliance’s first annual Regenerative Business Prize. This new prize recognizes businesses that draw on the regenerative principles of living systems to advance practices in their fields. Only one organization was named in each of seven streams. The Alliance will honor Phipps, as well as announce the 2016 Regenerative Business Prize Global Honoree, at its summit in October in Seattle, WA.

Men’s Soccer Team Wins Avonworth Lopes Cup
The Saint Joseph High School men's soccer team won the 2016 Avonworth Lopes Cup by defeating Bishop Canevin 3-0 on Sept. 3, and Avonworth 1-0 on Sept. 4 in the championship game. MVPs for the game were Vincenzo Schiano diCola, Nicholas Ammon, Jack Farrell, Mitchell Kuczynski and Austin O'Hara.

Second-Grader Donates Hundreds of Items to Backpack Initiative
Lindsay Taylor, a second-grader at McIntyre Elementary School, requested that guests at her eighth birthday party donate food items in lieu of presents, and collected 266 items for her fellow students in the North Hills School District’s (NHSD) Backpack Initiative program. Approximately 180 NHSD families across the district rely upon the program each week for individual care packages and family sized bags of food.

North Allegheny AFJROTC Earns Accreditation
North Allegheny School District’s Air Force Junior Reserve Officer Training Corps (AFJROTC) program earned accreditation from the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Council on Accreditation and School Improvement (SACS CASI), an accreditation division of AdvancED. SACS CASI provides nationally recognized accreditation to schools that have demonstrated continuous improvement focused on increasing student performance.

La Roche Ranks among Nation’s Best
La Roche College has been ranked as a Best Regional College and a School with the Most International Students in 2017, according to U.S. News & World Report. La Roche ranked 23rd on the list of Best Regional Colleges in the North and also ranked second on the 2017 list of Regional Colleges in the North with the Most International Students. The list recognizes the largest proportions of international undergraduates during the 2015-16 academic year.

Seniors Named Semifinalists in 2017 National Merit Scholarship Program
Seneca Valley seniors Isabelle Biase, Lucy Geronime, Urvi Gupta, Anupama Jayachandran, Danielle Matz, Dominic Panzino and Matthew Sloan have been named as semifinalists in the 62nd annual National Merit Scholarship Program. They will continue in the competition for 7,500 National Merit Scholarships worth more than $33 million that will be offered next spring. About 90 percent of the semifinalists are expected to attain finalist standing, and about half of the finalists will win a National Merit Scholarship.