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North Hills Monthly

New & Notable, August 2017

Jul 31, 2017 08:38PM ● By North Hills Monthly magazine

Baby Flamingos Make Their Debut

Verizon Employees Celebrate the Stanley Cup 
In celebration of the Pittsburgh Penguins’ winning season and Verizon’s ongoing partnership with the team, approximately 600 Verizon employees, friends and family were invited to see, touch and take photos with the cup on Thursday, June 29. Verizon, which has made a $341 million capital investment in Pennsylvania, including adding additional coverage and capacity, and upgrading the service in the Fort Pitt, Squirrel Hill and Liberty tunnels, was recently named the number one wireless network overall in Pittsburgh according to third-party testing by RootMetrics. Photos by Dave DiCello Photography

BrightStar Care Celebrates 
Fifth Anniversary
BrightStar Care North Hills/Pittsburgh is celebrating its fifth anniversary in business. The organization earned the Joint Commission’s Gold Seal of Approval® for Home Care Accreditation by demonstrating continuous compliance with its performance standards. BrightStar Care of North Hills/Pittsburgh, which has an A+ rating with the BBB, also recently received 2017 Best of Home Care Provider of Choice from Home Care Pulse.

Butler Memorial Hospital Receives Stroke Gold Award
Butler Hospital has received the American Heart Association/American Stroke Association’s Get With The Guidelines® Stroke Gold Plus Quality Achievement Award. The award recognizes the hospital’s commitment to ensuring stroke patients receive the most appropriate treatment according to nationally recognized, research-based guidelines based on the latest scientific evidence.

Schutzman Named Most Positive High School Athlete
Fox Chapel Area High School 2016-2017 sophomore Alexis Schutzman was recently named western Pennsylvania's Most Positive High School Athlete in the sport of girls’ soccer. Former Steelers’ great Hines Ward presented Lexie with a $500 Jeff Boynton Scholarship Fund scholarship.

Seneca Valley Wins Public Relations Awards
Seneca Valley recently earned four awards in the National School Public Relations Association’s (NSPRA) 2017 Publications and Electronic Media Contest and two awards in the Pennsylvania School Public Relations Association’s (PenSPRA) Excellence in Education Communications 2016 Contest. Its Proud of the Past, Committed to the Future video won an Award of Excellence, which is the highest recognition from NSPRA. 

Looking for 1968 Perry High School Graduates
The Perry High School reunion committee is looking for 1968 graduates. The reunion will be in August 2018. Contact Patti Root-Spampinato at 412-734-1750. There will also be a multiyear reunion on Aug. 13, 2017 at the Rose Barn in North Park.

Billmann Named to 2017 REAL Trends Best Agents
Zita Billmann of RE/MAX Select Realty was named one of America’s most productive sales associates as a part of REAL Trends America’s Best Real Estate Agents, the newly issued ranking report produced by REAL Trends and sponsored by Zillow Group. She ranked fourth for the highest sales volume, and 20th for highest number of transactions for the state of Pennsylvania. To qualify for inclusion, an individual agent must have closed at least 50 transaction sides or $20 million in sales volume in 2016.

Hampton HS 2017 Hall of Fame Inductees Named
Eight Hampton High School graduates who excelled in a variety of sports will be inducted into the 2017 Hampton Athletic Hall of Fame and celebrated at a dinner on Sat., Sept. 16 at Wildwood Country Club. The 2017 Hall of Famers are Robert Bosilovic, Kristen Everhart (Lawler), Sean Hennessey, Herb Ludwig, James Miller, Blake Moores, Jordan Paskorz and Melanie Schaffer. The athletes will also be recognized during the pre-game ceremony at the Sept. 15 football game against Moon. Kickoff is 7 p.m. Tickets for the dinner are $40 per person and may be purchased at the High School Athletics Office.

Animal Friends Opens Howard Ash Animal Wellness Center
On July 15, Animal Friends opened its Howard Ash Animal Wellness Center, an $8.5 million, 18,400-square-foot facility located on Animal Friends’ 75-acre campus in Ohio Township. Grand opening festivities included a ribbon cutting, tours of the facility, and visits from dignitaries including Allegheny County Treasurer John Weinstein, Animal Friends’ Board Chair Gina Carlos and Animal Friends' President & CEO David Swisher. Through a commitment to low-cost spay/neuter services and other wellness resources, the Ash Center will improve local communities by supporting the mutually beneficial relationship people have with their pets.

North Hills Principal and Curriculum Spotlighted at National Conference
North Hills High School Principal Beth Williams was selected from nearly 800 speakers to present at the 2017 National Principals Conference in Philadelphia in July. She spoke on Academies of North Hills High School-Personally Preparing College and Career Ready Students to administrators from across the country that are involved with the National Association of Secondary School Principals.

North Hills Sports Hall of Fame to Honor Five Individuals
Five North Hills School District individuals have been selected for induction in the North Hills Sports Hall of Fame. The 2017 inductees include Keith Brown, Class of 1981; Liz Cleary, Class of 2003; Zach Hebda, Class of 2011; Margo Malone, Class of 2012 and Coach Sal Marsico. Inductees will be honored at the annual Sports Hall of Fame dinner on Sept. 21 at 6 p.m. at Rico’s Restaurant in Ross Township and will be recognized at the home football game the following evening at Martorelli Stadium. To purchase tickets to the dinner, contact Chelle Zimmerman at 412-318-1438 or

Baby Flamingos Make Their Debut
On July 21, five flamingo chicks that were recently hatched at the National Aviary made their official debut. They will grow to their full size in approximately 18 months. Members 
of the public can now book a Flamingo Chick Encounter ($40) to learn more about these birds by calling 412-258-9445.