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New & Notable, October 2022

North Pittsburgh College Fair Scheduled for Oct. 10 at La Roche

More than 120 colleges and universities will participate in the North Pittsburgh College Fair on Monday, Oct. 10 from 6 to 8 p.m. in the Kerr Fitness & Sports Center at La Roche University’s campus in McCandless Township. Admission and parking are free. Visit to view a full list of participating schools and learn how to register. One of the largest college fairs in western PA, the North Pittsburgh College Fair will host universities, colleges and technical schools from across the country. Presented by La Roche and the Northern Area Counselor’s Consortium, the fair is organized by Avonworth, Deer Lakes, Fox Chapel Area, Hampton, North Allegheny, Northgate, North Hills, Pine-Richland and Shaler Area school districts. For info, call 412-536-1097 or email

Beaver Valley Artists to Host Watercolor Artist Gina Judy

On Oct. 13, 2022, the Beaver Valley Artists will host award winning watercolor artist, Gina Judy, who will present a demonstration of her techniques. She is also inviting members to experiment with mono-printing. The evening will take place in the Merrick Art Gallery at 1100 5th Avenue, New Brighton, PA from 7-9 p.m. The public is invited and refreshments will be served. Judy is a retired Ohio public school art educator and holds an MA and BA in Art Education. In the last eight years, she has exhibited her work in more than 20 states and in more than 35 shows that have had a national or international screening.

La Roche University Ranks Among The Princeton Review’s Best Colleges

According to The Princeton Review, one of the nation’s leading education services companies, La Roche University ranks as a Best Northeastern College. La Roche is one of 224 schools listed as a Best Northeastern College in The Princeton Review’s 2023 Best Colleges: Region by Region web feature. Top colleges are determined by an 85-question survey which asks students to rate their professors, administrators, school services and other aspects of life at their colleges, and to report on their campus and community experiences.

Pittsburgh Law Firm Fiffik Law Group Expands to Suburban Philadelphia Office

After established estate planning and elder law attorney Kevin Frankel joined as Of Counsel to Fiffik Law Group PC, the firm added a suburban Philadelphia office to serve clients throughout Pennsylvania. The group now has three offices in the Pittsburgh and Philadelphia metro areas. Frankel is a member of the National Academy of Elder Law Attorneys (NAELA) and The Pennsylvania Association of Elder Law Attorneys (PA ELA). He is a member of the bar in Pennsylvania and New Jersey. Fiffik Law Group’s suburban Philadelphia office is located at 150 N. Radnor Chester Road, Suite F-200, Radnor, Pennsylvania, 19087.

Dr. John Chapin Receives Crime Victims Research Award

The Office for Victims of Crime, a component of the Justice Department’s Office of Justice Programs, recently presented the Crime Victims Research Award to Dr. John Chapin from Monaca, PA. The award category recognizes individual researchers or research teams that have made a significant contribution to the nation’s understanding of crime victim issues. (Click here for story.)

Butler Health System Celebrates APPs and Fellows

Butler Health System (BHS) proudly employs approximately 230 Advanced Practice Providers (APPs), including Certified Registered Nurse Anesthetists (CRNA), Certified Nurse Midwives (CNM), Certified Registered Nurse Practitioners (CRNP), and Physician Assistants (PA-C). A celebration was recently held in appreciation of BHS APPs and to commemorate the graduation of the Class of 2022 APP Fellows. Among those graduating were Cassidy Fairman, PA-C, Jon Leo, CRNP, Alexus Nubani, PA-C, and April Pryor, CRNP. During the ceremony, Jessica Bruce, PA-C, Ian Hollobaugh, CRNP, and Randy Johns, CRNP, were honored with the APP Clinical Excellence Awards, which recognize individuals who exemplify BHS core values and excel in areas of outstanding patient care, education, mentorship, professional advocacy, humanitarian service, and collaboration. To learn more about the APP Fellowship Program, visit

Aquinas Academy Girls Varsity Soccer Team Enters New Era with Tom Dongilli

Aquinas Academy of Pittsburgh’s girls soccer team enters a new era this fall under the leadership of Tom Dongilli. Hired in May, Dongilli previously held the head coaching position for Baldwin’s varsity and junior varsity girls high school soccer teams and Our Lady of the Sacred Heart High School’s varsity girls soccer team, where he led OLSH to a quarterfinal run in the 2018 WPIAL playoffs. The father of three, Dongilli has more than 24 years soccer coaching experience and holds a National D soccer coaching license. The Aquinas varsity soccer team, now entering its third season, including returning starters senior Isabella Hite and Palma Serrao, juniors Seraphina Myron and Abigail Stalder, sophmores Ari Buchanan, Ellie BouSamra, and Ashlin Knox. The Crusaders expect a strong freshman class of Caitlyn Abbett, Lucy Flynn, Rebecca Guillen, Francesca Hite, Elliot Keverline, and Maria Ravotti to make an immediate impact, along with junior Sara Sokolski. Dongilli’s coaching staff includes assistant coaches Caitlyn Miocic and Brady Buchanan.

Anodyne Pain and Wellness of Wexford Opens Office

On Sept. 22, Anodyne Pain and Wellness of Wexford held an open house at its new location at 10431 Perry Hwy. Ste. 300, Wexford 15090. The practice’s mission is to provide patients with exemplary whole body care so that they can enjoy healthy, active, fulfilling lifestyles.

PeopleOne Health Opens Office in Seven Fields

On Sept. 14, PeopleOne Health held an open house and ribbon cutting at its new location at 100 North Pointe Circle, Seven Fields, 16046. PeopleOne Health takes a different approach to healthcare delivery, providing primary care office services, insurance assistance, prescription coverage and help to Medicaid members.

Fox Chapel Area Students Named 2023 National Merit Semifinalists/Commended Students

Nine Fox Chapel Area High School seniors have been designated as National Merit Semifinalists and 16 have been named Commended Students in the 2023 National Merit Scholarship Program conducted by the National Merit Scholarship Corporation. The Semifinalists are Elijah Conklin, Aiden Dorneich, Arjun Golla, Lawrence Liu, Silas Owens, Mahitha Ramachandran, Arvind Seshan, Dylan Srodes, and Sasha Tan. The Commended Students are William Fera, Zoe Fitzsimmons, Zachary Gordon, Nathaniel Green, Ananth Kashyap, Paul Kullmann, Matthew Lu, Kevin Quinn, Diya Reddy, Luka Romero, Thomas Selwood, Sophie Shao, Prajval Sreenivas, Blaz Vavpetic, Daniel Wang, and Bowen Williams.

Carnegie Museums Membership Reaches Record High After losing 22 percent of its members during the first year of the pandemic, over the past year Carnegie Museums has added more than 8,270 individuals and families to its member ranks, setting a record of total paid membership of 34,780 individuals and families. This tops the pre-COVID record of 34,000 people, and includes more than 3,000 first-time members who joined at a greatly reduced Family Access membership rate.

Prime Stage Theatre and Nathan Ruggles Honored with National Achievement Award

Prime Stage Theatre and its audio describer, Nathan Ruggles, have been awarded the American Council of the Blind (ACB) 2022 Audio Description Achievement Award in the performing arts/organization and performing arts/individual category. They were recognized for their continued efforts to develop and present audio described performances that bring literature to life for audiences in the Pittsburgh area. Audio description is a service that makes performances accessible for audience members who are blind or who have low vision.

Masters Of Illusion to Perform at The Palace Theatre

Masters of Illusion, a show featuring cutting-edge illusionists performing large-scale illusions, sleight-of-hand, perplexing interactive mind magic, comedy and escapes, will be held on Sun., Oct 2 at 3 p.m. at The Palace Theatre at 21 W. Otterman St., Greensburg, PA 15601. Tickets range from $23-$60. Purchase online at or call 724-836-8000.

Three Dog Night to Perform at The Palace Theatre

Marking more than 50 years on the road, Three Dog Night continues to grow its fan base by keeping up a full schedule of concerts. The band will be playing The Palace Theatre (21 W. Otterman, Greensburg, PA 15601) on Sun., Oct. 9 at 7 p.m. Tickets range from $58-$128. Purchase online at or call 724-836-8000.

Buffalo Bill’s House Celebrates One Year Anniversary With Opening of the Well

Buffalo Bill’s House, the iconic home to the cinematic serial killer of the same name in the five-time Academy Award winning film, The Silence of the Lambs, is celebrating its one year anniversary. The celebration will include the official opening of the much anticipated ‘well,’ which was designed by artists from the world famous Tom Savini’s Special Make-Up Effects Program at the Douglas Education Center in Monessen, PA. Brave guests can actually physically enter into the well for gruesome photo ops. Buffalo Bill’s House is located in the Laurel Highlands in Perryopolis, PA.

Fox Chapel Area School District Receives $480,000 Grant

The Fox Chapel Area School District was recently named a recipient of a $480,000 PAsmart Advancing Grant through the Pennsylvania Department of Education to help support quality educational opportunities and experiences for students in computer science and STEM (science, technology, engineering, and math) disciplines. Through the grant, the district will partner with six other western PA school districts including Aliquippa, Duquesne City, Freeport Area, Grove City Area, Leechburg Area, and New Kensington-Arnold. Through the initiative, STEM teachers at the elementary level will receive professional development sessions in next-generation concepts aimed at creating a cohort of educators proficient in the effective facilitation of STEM learning ahead of the rollout of new science education standards in PA. The STEM A.C.E.S. initiative is expected to encompass nearly 200 educators and more than 5,600 students in the region.

Greater Pittsburgh Civil War Roundtable to Meet Oct. 17

On Oct. 17 at 7 p.m., Michael Schaffer will present In Memory of Self and Comrades: Corporal Thomas W. Colley, First Virginia Cavalry at Hampton Township Community Center, 1301 McCully Road, Allison Park. The lecture is free and open to the public. Masks are required.

Sewickley Academy Seniors Receive National Recognition for Academic Honors Four students in Sewickley Academy’s Class of 2023 have earned academic honors from the College Board National Recognition Programs. Daniel Torres of Moon Township, Isaac Ulloa Antonio of Pittsburgh, and Lucas Mendonca of Mars (Pine-Richland) have all been recognized with the National Hispanic Recognition Award, and Jaeden Dorsett of Aliquippa received the National African American Recognition Award. These national recognition programs grant underrepresented students with academic honors that can be included on college and scholarship applications and connect students with universities across the country, helping them stand out during the admissions process.

La Roche University and Messiah University Announce Articulation Agreement

La Roche University and Messiah University recently entered an articulation agreement for a bachelor’s + 2 Master of Science in Athletic Training (MSAT) enrollment partnership. The program will allow La Roche students who complete a bachelor’s degree and maintain a 3.0 to move into Messiah’s MSAT program. Students may pursue any undergraduate degree as long as they successfully complete Messiah’s MSAT prerequisites. La Roche is currently accepting students into the program. For more information, email or call 412-536-1272.

October Events for Adults at Northland Library

Registration is required, where noted, to attend these free virtual and in-person programs. For more information and to register: or call 412-366-8100, ext. 113.

  • Thurs., Oct. 6 at 6 p.m.: An Evening with Author Lee Goldman Kikel

  • Thurs., Oct. 13 at 2 p.m.: Meditative Hand-Stitching

  • Fri., Oct. 14 at 7 p.m. in the Learning Garden: Terrifying Tales by the Fire

  • Tues., Oct. 18 at 11 a.m.: Talk Before They Hashtag

  • Fri., Oct. 21 from 6:30 to 10 p.m.: Genealogy Lock-In

  • Mon., Oct. 24 at 6 p.m.: Scary Stories With Haunted Pittsburgh

  • Thurs., Oct. 27 at 6:30 p.m.: Northland Radio Hour: The Black Figurine Of Death

  • Thurs., Nov. 3 at 6 p.m.: Keeping It Real: Building Worlds With Words

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