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North Hills Monthly

New & Notable, November 2017

Chick-fil-A Opens in Wexford
With the Oct. 25 opening of a new Chick-fil-A in Wexford, Ron Trout became the market’s first operator to own two stand-alone Chick-fil-A restaurants. He celebrated Oct. 24 by hosting a grand opening road trip, with approximately 100 participants being transported on an interactive service field trip to earn a year’s supply of Chick-fil-A meals. The new restaurant at 12101 Perry Hwy. will bring upwards of 85 new jobs to the area. Online applications available at

Fox Chapel Student’s Artwork Chosen for National Tour
Fox Chapel Area High School junior Sofia Porter Bacon has had her original artwork selected for the Art.Write.Now. Tour 2017-18. Her artwork, entitled How Aliens Return the Cows they Abducted, was also named a national gold medal winner in the Scholastic Art Awards of 2017. Only 50 of the best works from the national competition are selected for the traveling exhibition.

Edwards Joins Tri Rivers Musculoskeletal Centers
Orthopedic foot and ankle surgeon Christopher T. Edwards, MD, recently joined Tri Rivers Musculoskeletal Centers. He is accepting new patients at the Cranberry/Mars and North Hills offices, and specializes in reconstructive foot and ankle surgery, treatment of degenerative foot and ankle conditions, including ankle replacement, and minimally invasive arthroscopic techniques for foot and ankle injuries including sports-related injuries.

WW II POW Veteran Honored with Quilt of Valor
Irene Kierski of Wilkins Township, the oldest living female POW from World War II in the Pittsburgh area, was honored with a Quilt of Valor from North Pittsburgh Quilts of Valor in October. The quilt, along with other quilts from the region, will be displayed at the 2018 Pittsburgh Creative Arts Festival in April 2018, an annual event held at the David L. Lawrence Convention Center. 

Two Shaler Schools Receive Title 1 Distinguished Schools Designation
Jeffery Primary School and Reserve Primary School are two of only 123 Title I schools in Pennsylvania to be named  Title I Distinguished Schools for the 2016-2017 school year. Both Shaler Area primary schools received High Achievement status by meeting all four annual measurable objectives, and performing in the top 5 percent for English, language, arts and math proficiency on the Pennsylvania System of School Assessment (PSSA) test.

PYGF and The Woodlands Partner on Adaptive Course
The Pittsburgh Youth Golf Foundation uses golf as a therapeutic educational tool for students between the ages of 18-21 within the Pittsburgh Public School system. They play at an adapted par-3 golf course on The Woodlands’ 52-acre campus that is specifically designed to provide individuals with disabilities the opportunity to learn, play and appreciate the game of golf. The nine-hole course is the only facility of its kind in the region. 

Extreme Loomers Raise Money for Hurricane Relief
A group of fourth-grade girls at Aquinas Academy who call themselves the Extreme Loomers recently raised funds to help the Houston victims of Hurricane Harvey. The students used their recess time to make and sell hook, peg loom, and stretch rainbow-colored rubber band bracelets and raised $328. That same day, a team of Aquinas Academy eighth-grade girls sold more than $200 in baked goods to aid in hurricane relief.

Shady Side Academy Students Launch New Mobile App
A team of Shady Side Academy students has developed and launched a new custom mobile app for iOS and Android that helps Senior School students manage and share their class schedules and more. Students enter their schedules into the app once and it automatically generates each day's class schedule based on the calendar date and cycle day. The app automatically adjusts on special schedule days and auto-populates weekly events such as assemblies and advisory group meetings. The most popular feature is the ability for students to share their schedules with friends.

North Hills Hires Interim Assistant Principal for Elementary Schools
Michelle Spingola has been hired as the new interim assistant principal for the North Hills School District’s four elementary schools. Her office is located at McIntyre Elementary School, where she will assist McIntyre Elementary Principal Amy Mathieu in day-to-day operations.

Riverstone Books Opens in McCandless Crossing
Riverstone Books, an independent bookstore with a curated selection of fiction, nonfiction, mystery, cookbooks and children's titles, opened in McCandless Crossing in October. The store, which has a large focus on local authors and authors who have lived in Pittsburgh, plans to coordinate several book clubs and to host author events. On Nov. 2, Hope Toler Dougherty, author of Rescued Hearts, will be at the store, followed by Walter Stahr, author of Stanton: Lincoln's War Secretary, on Nov. 14.

Seneca Valley Hires Assistant Principals
At Seneca Valley’s school board meeting in October, board members approved the appointments of Ashley Porter to serve as assistant principal at Haine Elementary School in Cranberry Township and Andrew Teti to serve as assistant principal at Evans City Elementary School in Evans City.

SV Business Manager Receives Professional Registration
Seneca Valley Business Manager Lynn Burtner has been approved for renewal status as a Pennsylvania registered school business administrator by the board of directors of the Pennsylvania Association of School Business Officials. In gain professional registration status, a school business official must meet high personal, ethical and professional standards established for the registration program, including formal education, experience and continuing education.

Fox Chapel Teacher Awarded Grant
Fox Chapel technology teacher Ken Grimm has been awarded a $6,000 grant from the Gene Hass Foundation. The majority of the grant will be given as a post-secondary scholarship to a student in the technology arena, and can also be used to help pay for students to attend competitions where technology educations/CNC machining is highlighted.

Cranberry Afternoon Rotary Supports Lifesteps’ Program
A donation of $500 was made to Lifesteps’ Child Check program which provides free developmental screenings for children birth to age 5 and autism screenings for children beginning at 18 months. These screenings provide families with the ability to secure necessary resources if developmental delays are detected. For more information or to schedule a free screening, call1-800-225-2010 or visit