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North Hills Monthly

New & Notable, November 2016

Nov 01, 2016 07:34AM ● By North Hills Monthly Magazine
Goldberg Chosen for Study Trip to Poland
Dorseyville Middle School art educator Nanci Goldberg was selected for a special summer study seminar to Poland, where she and 76 other teachers and students spent 10 days with Classrooms without Borders. The group, accompanied by a Holocaust survivor, focused on the history of the Holocaust.

North Hills Seniors Named Commended Students

Seniors Kristen Collins, Eric Crownover, Alec Duquette, Madeline Evans, William Huffmyer, Kaitlyn Kurz, Nathaniel Salopek and Hannah Schilpp have been named 2017 National Merit Scholarship Program Commended Students. They are among only 34,000 commended students throughout the nation to be recognized with this academic accolade, having scored in the top 5 percent of the 1.6 million students who entered the 2017 competition.

Ember & Vine Woodfire Oven and Social Bar Now Open
DoubleTree by Hilton Pittsburgh-Cranberry has undergone extensive renovations since the rebranding of the hotel. Ember & Vine Woodfire Oven and Social Bar, located in the atrium, will be open daily for breakfast, lunch and dinner and is planning on a variety of special offers and entertainment. Chef Sam Castrale developed menus with recipes that showcase his ‘scratch cooking’ philosophy.

Tape-A-Teacher Fundraiser at Shaler Middle School
Madison Ballew wanted to give back to the neonatal intensive care unit where she spent the first few weeks of her life, so for her 13th birthday she asked for donations of preemie clothing and gift cards. With support of the Shaler Area Middle School community, she and a group of her friends also organized a "Tape a Teacher" event on September 30 where students could purchase duct tape and tape a volunteer teacher to the wall. Thanks to the support of Home Depot, which donated materials for the event, the school raised more than $400 to be donated to the West Penn NICU.

ARCpoint Labs of Pittsburgh North Now Open
ARCpoint Labs is a local, woman-owned business offering accurate, reliable, and confidential drug, alcohol, DNA and clinical lab testing for both companies and individuals. Offerings also include wellness solutions and background screening. Located at 8158 Perry Highway in McCandless. Call 724-906-4086 or visit

Welsh Selected as Presenter for Three Rivers Conference
North Hills Middle School American history teacher Joe Welch has been chosen to showcase his ed-tech knowledge at the upcoming Three Rivers Educational Technology Conference. He will present a professional development session to teachers and K-12 administrators on “Interpreting Primary Sources with Stop Motion” befitting the conference’s Reimagining Technology in Learning theme.

Get Healthy at La Roche
Funded by a $10,000 grant from the Passavant Hospital Foundation, La Roche College will initiate a free program called Get Healthy at La Roche in January. The goal of the program is to assist participants in losing weight, educate them about the necessary measures to achieve a healthy lifestyle, and provide a comfortable and supportive environment. To be eligible, participants must have a pre-existing health condition and be one of the following:  an employee or patient of UPMC Passavant Hospital; a student or staff member at La Roche College; a resident of northern Allegheny County or southern Butler County. Up to 50 participants will be accepted. Registration deadline Nov. 4. Contact

Baierl Athletic Complex Dedicated at La Roche College
On Tuesday, Oct. 11, La Roche President Sister Candace Introcaso, CDP, Ph.D., officially named the Baierl Athletic Complex at La Roche College and publicly expressed the college’s gratitude to college trustee Lee Baierl and Baierl Automotive for their support and extraordinary generosity. The event was attended by college students, faculty and staff as well as Kathryn Jolley, chair of the La Roche College board of trustees, U.S. Congressman Rep. Keith Rothfus, PA General Assembly member Rep. Mike Turzai, Sen. Randy Vulakovich and Kim Zachary, McCandless Ward 1 council member.

Business Honor Society Earns STAR Status
For the second consecutive year, the Eta Psi chapter of Delta Mu Delta at La Roche College earned STAR chapter status from the International Honor Society in Business. STAR Chapters meet and exceed the society’s standards for managing a chapter and its activities. Of the 300 chapters eligible each year, only a small portion meet the requirements for STAR recognition. The organization promotes higher scholarship in developing business acumen and recognizes scholastic attainment in the business discipline.

Northwest Bank Receives J.D Power Award
Northwest Bank recently received the highest numerical score among retail banks in the Mid-Atlantic in the J.D. Power 2016 Retail Banking Satisfaction Study, based on 76,233 responses from 29 banks measuring opinions of consumers with their primary banking provider.

Fairview Elementary School Named One of Best in Nation
Fairview Elementary School in the Fox Chapel Area School District has been named a 2016 National Blue Ribbon School. Fairview was one of among 279 public and 50 private schools from across the nation selected to receive this honor.

Fox Chapel Crew Members Named to Honor Roll
Four members of the Fox Chapel Crew Team were recently named to the 2016-2017 USRowing Scholastic Honor Roll.  The students are seniors Sarah Hamilton, William Marsh, Alan McIvor and Elizabeth Woodwell. They are four of only 36 students from across the nation who earned spots on the honor roll, and were chosen from 120 nominations received from athletes representing 64 clubs and school programs across the U.S. Applicants are selected based on high GPAs and test scores, as well as their rowing accomplishments.

La Roche College Named A Best Northeastern College 
The Princeton Review, a nationally renowned education services company, has listed La Roche College in the Best in the Northeast section of its “2017 Best Colleges: Region by Region” website feature. For 11 consecutive years, The Princeton Review has ranked La Roche as one of the region’s best colleges for students to earn undergraduate degrees.