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North Hills Monthly

New & Notable, December 2016

Dec 01, 2016 07:42AM ● By North Hills Monthly magazine
Breathe PA Offers Free Cold Weather Masks
Breathe Pennsylvania is offering free cold weather masks to residents within the 10-county service area of Allegheny, Armstrong, Beaver, Butler, Fayette, Greene, Indiana, Lawrence, Washington and Westmoreland counties. The breathable foam mask, developed by Breathe Pennsylvania over 30 years ago, restricts the flow of cold air to and from the lungs of those suffering from respiratory illnesses. To order, call 800-220-1990 or

Shaler Area to Benefit from Safe Schools Grant
The PA Department of Education Safe Schools Initiative has awarded a $60,000 targeted grant to the Shaler Township Police Department to fund the continuation of the School Resource Officer program in the Shaler Area School District. Since the 2014-15 school year, Shaler Township Police Officer Frank Spiker has been a uniformed police presence in all the Shaler Area schools and a direct connection between the school district and area police department resources.

Scoletti Breaks Lift Record
On Nov. 4, 2016, Matt Scoletti of Hampton Township broke the Record Holders Republic world record for lifting 1 million pounds in 8 hours 57 minutes at Anytime Fitness in Shaler. The financial advisor beat the record by 1 hour 33 minutes and plans to continue advocating fitness as an essential lifestyle.

Gannon Receives Woman of Courage Award
Mary Lee Gannon, ACC, CAE was recently presented with the Honorary Woman of Courage Award by Pennsylvania Women Work. Gannon is the president of St. Margaret Foundation and founder of, an executive coaching firm, and she gives back to the community by providing pro-bono consulting services to a number of organizations.

Seneca Valley Students Accepted into Mattress Factory Program
Seneca Valley art students—seniors Shelby Perry and Zofia Chrzanowska and junior Erin Piotrowski—were recently accepted into the Mattress Factory’s new Teen Art Cooperative program where they will work closely with local artists and museum staff to learn about contemporary art in a direct, hands-on way, developing new skills, exploring creative resources and careers, building future pathways and planning events for their peers.

Michael and Yacamelli Honored with Outstanding Educator Awards
North Hills School District English and online curriculum teacher Holly Michael and Fox Chapel Area High School math teacher Kristine Yacamelli have each been honored with an Outstanding Educator Award from the University of Chicago because of their exceptional dedication to the education and personal development of their students. Each year, the university invites entering first-year students to nominate an educator who has influenced them, challenged them or helped them along the path toward intellectual growth. Anna Aguiar Kosicki nominated Michael for the honor, and Anja Schempf nominated Yacamelli. Both nominators are Class of 2016 graduates and University of Chicago freshmen.

Mark Conklin Named New Pastor
Dorseyville Alliance Church has welcomed new pastor Mark Conklin, his wife, Stephanie, and four sons to the Pittsburgh area. For the past 13 years, Conklin served as pastor of Emporium Alliance Church, as well as served as a chaplain for the Emporium Barracks of the Pennsylvania State Police. Conklin also has experience in addiction ministry.

Sr. Ann Carville Honored with Servant Leadership Award
Sr. Ann Carville, Ph.D., a Sister of St. Francis of the Neumann Communities, received the Father Matthew Jankola Lifetime Commitment to Servant Leadership Award from the Sisters of Saints Cyril and Methodius. Sr. Ann was recognized for her outstanding qualities of compassion and service in the field of elder care. For more than 40 years, Sr. Ann has successfully facilitated planning processes, including comprehensive plans for retirement, in a variety of settings for national and international congregations.

Alpha Students Place in Postcard Contest
Providence Heights Alpha School students in 6th-8th grade participated in the Pennsylvania Alliance for Geographic Education’s 2016 Geography Awareness Week Postcard contest this November by creating postcards that adhered to the theme of "Explore the Power of the Parks." Three Alpha students received awards, with seventh-grader Oleg Hartman placing first in the 6th-8th grade category, and Gigi Corcoran (grade 7) and Macy Worrall (grade 8) receiving honorable mentions.

Providence Heights Alpha School and St. Ursula Unify Basketball Team
With the success of the 2015-16 soccer merger between Providence Heights Alpha School and St. Ursula Catholic School, the athletic associations of both schools are pursuing another merger for the 2016-17 basketball season. Students from St. Ursula will join the Alpha Eagles to form the varsity girls’ team, which will give students a chance to compete in the Diocese league alongside Alpha School’s developmental and junior varsity teams. The team will be named Allison Park United to honor both schools. 

Canine Kingdom Opens in Beaver County
Canine Kingdom, conveniently located off the Midland exit of I-376 in Vanport, opened its doors in November. The business offers half and full days of dog and cat daycare, boarding, grooming and training all in one facility.

Waffles INCaffeinated Opens in Wexford
In November, Gordon Sheffer opened the third location of Waffles INCaffeinated at 10339 Perry Hwy. in front of North Allegheny High School. The business offers gourmet breakfast, lunch and coffee drinks featuring waffles and omelets including “design your own” and gluten/dairy free options. Customers can use the NoWait mobile app to enter the seating queue before arriving at the restaurant; hours are Monday thru Friday 8am-2pm and Saturday-Sunday 8am-3pm.

Women’s Center Receives Check from Verizon
In November, HopeLine from Verizon presented the Women’s Center & Shelter of Greater Pittsburgh with a $40,000 grant to help the organization continue their mission of providing a safe haven for victims of domestic violence. The check presentation took place at the grand opening of the North Hills Verizon Wireless Smart Store at 7290 McKnight Road and will help to fund crisis intervention services including the center’s emergency shelter and 24-hour hotline. Darren Webster, director of retail sales at Verizon Wireless presented the check to Kristin Brown, development director of the Women’s Center & Shelter of Greater Pittsburgh.