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SUMMER 2010

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SERVING THE RESIDENTS OF MONROEVILLE AND PITCAIRN

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onroeville IN Monroeville Magazine Volume 7 | Issue 2 IN Monroeville is a non-partisan community magazine dedicated to representing, encouraging and promoting the Municipality of Monroeville and the Borough of Pitcairn by focusing on the talents and gifts of the people who live and work here. Our goal is to provide readers with the most informative and professional regional publication in the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania.

Welcome to the summer issue of IN Monroeville. I hope this magazine reaches your mailbox on a clear, warm day. Why? Because the stories we feature here highlight people doing things in your community. They didn’t need good weather to get out and do something that makes a difference. But if you’re like me, having a clear sky is a definite motivator. Being outside, hearing birds chirping, smelling that freshly cut grass and having a nice glass of lemonade gives me the fortification to go above and beyond. We should all aim to do one thing this summer – even if it’s on a rainy day – to benefit those around us or our community as a whole. Not only will you get a great sense of satisfaction for yourself, you will make a difference in someone’s life. I’d like to hear about what you did to make a difference this summer – E-mail our managing editor, Marybeth Jeffries at Marybeth@incommunitymagazines.com with the information of what you did to make a difference. Who knows? You may just end up in the pages of the next IN Monroeville magazine, and read about yourself over a nice glass of lemonade. Have a great summer IN Monroeville.

Wayne Dollard Publisher Summer! I didn’t think it would ever get here. Now that I am able to get out my gardening tools and get busy “out there” it seems to me that many of you are doing the same thing. Getting out there I mean. In this issue you will get to read about the Open Your Heart to a Senior Program which helps seniors in the community get much needed help with household chores and rides to their appointments. Did you know that the Pittsburgh area has one the largest populations of seniors living in our communities? Programs like Open Your Heart to a Senior are much needed and deserved to be recognized for their efforts! We also want to make sure that you know we want to recognize all of the men and women who are serving in our countries military. If you have a family member from the community who is serving, please send us their photo and where they are so that we can honor them! We are very blessed at In Monroeville Magazine to be able to have the opportunity to share such wonderful stories with you, our readers. I hope you will keep us in mind when you run in to someone who is worthy of recognition. You can write to me at the magazine, marybeth@incommunitymagazines.com. Enjoy!!

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IN Monroeville magazine is made possible through partnerships with the Municipality of Monroeville, the Borough of Pitcairn, the Monroeville Chamber of Commerce, Gateway School District and IN Community Magazines, Inc. PUBLISHER Wayne Dollard ASSISTANT TO THE PUBLISHER Mark Berton mark@incommunitymagazines.com MANAGING EDITOR Marybeth Jeffries marybeth@incommunitymagazines.com OFFICE MANAGER Leo Vighetti leo@incommunitymagazines.com WRITERS Jonathan Barnes Kelli McElhinny Pamela Palongue Sandy Trozzo Chris A. Weber GRAPHIC DESIGN Susie Doak Bridget Michael Tamara Tylenda PHOTOGRAPHERS Harry Blackwell Michael Haritan Mandy Kendall Elaine Petrakis Diane Setzenfand Carl Stillitano Garyyonphotography.com WEB DEVELOPMENT DS Multimedia ADVERTISING SALES Linda Mitchell Renee Bennett Tamara Myers Nicholas Buzzell Gabriel Negri Tina Dollard Tara Reis Rose Estes Vincent Sabatini Linda Hall Michael Silvert Jason Huffman RJ Vighetti Brian McKee David Mitchell Copies of IN Monroeville are available at the Monroeville Municipal Building, Monroeville Public Library and Monroeville Senior Citizen’s Center. All rights reserved. Reproduction in whole or in part without written permission is prohibited. Copyright 2010.

Fall Issue Deadline: July 15, 2010 CORRESPONDENCE All inquiries and press releases should be directed to: IN Community Magazines Attn: Editorial 453 Valley Brook Road, Suite 300 McMurray, PA 15317 Ph: 724.942.0940 Fax: 724.942.0968

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2010 MONROEVILLE INDEPENDENCE DAY CELEBRATION INFORMATION HOMES STILL PRICED RIGHT IN PITTSBURGH’S SUBURBS

Performing Arts Around the Corner . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 7 Senior Scene . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 9 Gateway School District . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 22 Pitcairn Pages . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 40 In Kids . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 45 Recreation and Parks Schedule . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 48

industry insights Why Do We Have Two Ears? . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 21

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New Kidney Clinic Location The Monroeville UPMC Kidney Clinic is accepting new patients at our relocated offices. At UPMC Kidney Clinics, all of our doctors have extensive experience caring for patients with chronic kidney disease. JosĂŠ F. Bernardo, MD, MPH, FASN Board-Certified Nephrologist Dr. Bernardo received his medical degree and training in nephrology and internal medicine in Lima, Peru. He completed fellowships at UPMC in nephrology and clinical pharmacology, and also earned a master of public health degree in epidemiology at the University of Pittsburgh Graduate School of Public Health.

Robert M. Denshaw, MD Board-Certified Nephrologist Dr. Denshaw received his medical degree from the University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine. He completed his residency at Rhode Island Hospital in Providence, and completed a nephrology fellowship at UPMC.

Laurence E. Friedman, MD Board-Certified Nephrologist Dr. Friedman received his medical training at the Medical University of South Carolina. He completed an internal medicine residency at Faulkner Hospital in Boston, and a nephrology fellowship at the Cleveland Clinic.

Nitin M. Kamat, MD Board-Certified Nephrologist Dr. Kamat received his medical training in Mumbai, India, and completed a nephrology fellowship and kidney transplant training at the University of Maryland School of Medicine.

Kelly V. Liang, MD Board-Certified Nephrologist Dr. Liang received her medical degree from Jefferson Medical College of Thomas Jefferson University in Philadelphia. She completed her residency and a nephrology fellowship at the Mayo Clinic College of Medicine in Rochester, MN.

Conveniently located in Monroeville, Shadyside, Oakland, McKeesport, and UPMC Mercy, UPMC Kidney Clinics provide comprehensive, one-stop care for adult patients with any stage of kidney function impairment. We offer a welcoming environment and services tailored to the special needs of each patient. To schedule an appointment, or for more information, call 412-802-3043. Our new address: UPMC Kidney Clinic at Monroeville Monroeville Surgery Center, 125 Daugherty Drive, Suite 400, Monroeville, PA 15146, 412-802-3043

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2010 Independence Day Information Monroeville Independence Day Parade The Monroeville Independence Day Parade Committee cordially invites community residents, businesses and organizations to participate in our annual Independence Day Parade. You can make a float, decorate a vehicle, or march with pride to show your community spirit! Children can enter our Decorated Bike Contest! The theme for this year is “Let Freedom Ring.” The parade will be held on Monday, July 5, 2010. The floats are judged. The prizes are as follows: 1st Place: $200 2nd Place: $150 3rd Place: $100

Decorated Bike contest Registration for the Decorated Bike Contest starts at 7:45 a.m. and ends promptly at 8:30 a.m. at the Miracle Mile Shopping Center behind Taco Bell. Judging will be from 8:35 a.m. to 8:45 a.m. First Prize:

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The line-up for the parade participants starts at 7:30 a.m. at Miracle Mile Shopping Center. All participants should be at the Miracle Mile Shopping Center by 8:00 a.m. The parade starts at 9:00 a.m. It will begin at Miracle Mile Shopping Center and proceeds west on William Penn Highway to Mall Blvd. and into the Monroeville Mall parking area to the Grandstand located near the side entrance of Macy’s Department Store.

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Attorney Bruce Dice and Pro Bikes Monroeville sponsor this year’s Decorated Bike Contest. Past winners are invited to participate but will not be judged. At times during the parade, riders have to stop for extended periods of time. Entry forms for the decorated bike contest will be available at the Monroeville Municipal Center, Monroeville Public Library and will also be distributed through the Gateway Elementary Schools.

Fireworks The Fireworks presentation will begin at 9:30 p.m. on Sunday, July 4th, 2010 at the Monroeville Mall.

Bike Contest Rules: 1. Must be current resident of Monroeville or Pitcairn, or enrolled in Gateway School District or at Monroeville Elementary School.

If you would like additional information or an entry form, please contact Evan Karelitz at 412-372-0500, ext 26, or email karele@monroeville.pa.us.

2. Open only for children 6 to 11 years of age. NO EXCEPTIONS! 3. Must have parent's permission through official permission form, which is available at the Monroeville Municipal Center, Library, Gateway Schools or at the Miracle Mile starting at 7:45 a.m. on July 4th. 4. MUST WEAR BICYCLE HELMET AT ALL TIMES.

In Monroeville Honors Our Service Men & Women!

5. Training Wheels, Tricycles, Big Wheels, Scooters, Wagons, Motorized Bikes/Cars are NOT PERMITTED.

Steven Kudrick from Export is presently serving his 3rd tour of duty with the US Navy. Steven was deployed to Afghanistan in January 2010 and is scheduled to return in September. Steven graduated from Kiski Area High School 1998 has been serving ever since. Many thanks to his Dad, Al Kudrick for bringing Steven’s honorable service to our attention.

6. NO decorations shall overly extend from the bike or obscure rider’s view or hinder rider's body. 7. Parent(s) are encouraged to walk with the group of riders as chaperones. 8. NO ROWDY BEHAVIOR before and during the Parade route or at the Grandstand will be tolerated. All riders MUST OBEY chaperones. This is for the protection of all contestants. 9. The winning contestant must consent to pictures the day of the Parade and also the following year, in May, for publicity promotional pictures. 10. The Parade committee will not be responsible for your children. We encourage parents or a responsible adult to walk with your children. Parents must be at the grandstand to pick up their children.

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THE GolDEN RulEand then some...

There is a version of the Golden Rule in every faith tradition along the lines of “Do unto others as you would have them do unto you” called “the Ethic of Reciprocity.” For example, according to Hinduism: This is the sum of duty: Do not do to others what would cause pain if done to you. According to Islam: None of you [truly] believes until he wishes for his brother what he wishes for himself. According to Buddhism: Hurt not others in ways that you yourself would find hurtful. According to Native American Spirituality: Do not wrong or hate your neighbor. For it is not he who you wrong, but yourself. According to Judaism and Christianity: love your neighbor as yourself. (Source: Wikipedia). A story: About 2,000 years ago, a pagan approached a rabbi named Rabbi Shammai and said, “Teach me Torah (i.e. Judaism) while standing on one foot.” Thinking that the pagan was mocking Judaism, he told him to go away. The pagan then approached another rabbi, Rabbi Hillel and said, “Teach me Torah while standing on one foot.” Rabbi Hillel responded, “What is hateful to you, do not do to another person. All the rest is commentary, now go forth and learn.” It sounds more pleasant, more warm and fuzzy, to talk about loving one’s neighbor as oneself, than to use the word “hate.” Yet I submit that many of us are not good at loving ourselves and if we can’t love ourselves first, how can we truly love others?

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We abuse our bodies with excesses. We stay in relationships that stifle us. We choose the quick easy way rather than the better way. We invest in the short term rather than have the foresight to look ahead. We expect our kids to do as we say, and not as we do. And the list goes on. on the other hand, we do know what is hateful to us, or at least what we don’t like or that which makes us uncomfortable. I don’t like when drivers don’t signal when turning. I don’t like when people yell at their kids. I don’t like when people are rude. What don’t you like? If we can acknowledge what we don’t like and avoid doing it to others, the world truly will be more golden. In Mr. Roger’s infamous words, “Won’t you be my neighbor?” Rabbi Barbara Symons was ordained by Hebrew Union College – Jewish Institute of Religion in 1994. She has served congregations in New York, Connecticut and Massachusetts before being called to the pulpit of Temple David in 2006. She helped Temple David celebrate its 50th anniversary in 2008. She is an active member of the Monroeville Interfaith Ministerium, founded in part by Rabbi Emeritus Jason Z. Edelstein, and believes that a synagogue, referred to as a House of Prayer, House of Study and House of Gathering should feel like a home.


Performing Arts Around the Corner Eastern Suburbs By Pamela Palongue

When you speak of community theatre, it likely conjures up fond memories of musicals or comedies that brightened an evening or a Saturday afternoon. They may have taken place outside in an amphitheatre or a park shell, a vintage movie house or a small, makeshift space. But one thing that they all shared in common was a chance to see our friends and neighbors, both up onstage entertaining us and in the audience enjoying the show. It’s a part of our American culture that is deeply rooted in a tradition that began almost a hundred years ago. Despite dire economic times, the survival of our local community theatre is a sign that art is one of the most valued and indispensable parts of our lives. The Cervi School is home to the East End Kids, a professional teen song and dance ensemble, which was founded in an effort to provide young local talent with more professional performance opportunities. The group performs in and around the Pittsburgh area, along with one resort destination show each summer. “The school’s contribution to performing arts in Monroeville and surrounding communities has been deep and lasting. We are interested in fueling a passion in our children to be educated and pursue careers in the performing arts," says Larry Cervi. For more information about the East End Kids, go to www.EastEndKids.org. The Theatre Factory in Trafford, PA is one of these intimate little theatres, seating just 128 people in a local neighborhood. Carol Connelly, public relations coordinator for the theatre says, “It’s very similar to an off-Broadway theatre and has a very friendly atmosphere.” They produce about six main stage shows per season and three children’s shows. In July they will present the passionate musical, “The Light in the Piazza.” Set in Florence and Rome, this winner of six Tony Awards should be a wonderful journey into the world of romance. This fall The Theatre Factory will present the musical “25th Annual Putman County Spelling Bee,” in Sept., the poignant drama, “Agnes of God,” in Oct. and the popular musical “Annie” returns in Dec. For children, Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs will play from June 12 to June 18. This play, based on the Bros. Grimm fairy tale, is a classic for kids of all ages.

As an added incentive for a evening out, The Theatre Factory partners with Parente’s Ristorante, located less than a block away from the theatre for dinner and a show. Despite the theatre’s complete dependence on volunteers and ticket sales, they participate in a program called “Tickets for Kids,” where free tickets are given to children with economic challenges to enable them to experience live theatre. They also work with local schools and scout troops in giving them a behind-the-scenes look at the inner workings of a theatre performance. According to Connelly, the theatre receives no grant money and the royalties for presenting plays and musicals can run as high as $12,000. Once the play has been performed, all the materials must be returned. If the play is to be performed again in the future, the theatre must reapply for the rights and pay again. For this reason, donations and ticket sales are crucial to the survival of the theatre. Also, volunteers are an integral part of the team. Connelly adds that interested volunteers do not need any stage experience. Help is needed for moving props, painting and other simple chores. McKeesport Little Theater just completed its 49th season with the musical “Seussical,” in Dec. which featured a cast entirely made up of children, “Don’t Drink the Water,” a Woody Allen play and “Urinetown,” a musical comedy in May. They offer a program for kids called, “2nd Stage Junior Players,” and also have dinner packages available with their shows. For upcoming shows next season, consult their website at www.mckeesportlittletheater.com. Local theatre offers an opportunity to experience entertainment in its purest state, without special effects or flashy computer-generated scenes. The simple lighting and the flesh and blood of real actors in real time offers by far the most romantic form of entertainment available and it’s right there around the corner from your home. Theatre will not survive without an audience to appreciate it. The show must go on. So support your local theatre by buying a ticket today.

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Monroeville Historical Society’s Busy Summer Schedule Children’s Game Day and Open Houses It is an exciting time for Monroeville Historical Society members when the trees are green again and flowers are showing their colors. They know their busy season of events is near and anticipate seeing old friends, neighbors and newcomers visiting their historical sites. open house events are free with a small charge for Heritage Day crafts. The MHS schedule looks like this: Old Stone Church – During and following the Memorial Day Parade on May 31 and the Independence Day Parade on July 4. McGinley House and McCully Log House – open House tours every Sunday in June, July and August from 1 to 4 p.m. Special Events Gateway School District Fifth Graders’ Historical Houses Tours – April 28, 29 and 30. Antiques Road Show at McGinley House on May 16 from 1 to 4 p.m. $5 first item, $4 for each additional item, with a three-item limit. Children’s Activity Day at McGinley and McCully houses on June 27 from 1 to 4 p.m. Heritage Day Festival at McGinley and McCully house on october 16 from 1 to 5 p.m. Tree Lighting Ceremony & Program at old Stone Church on November 23 at 7 p.m.

For more information on events, call Mary lou Span at 412.245.1527 or e-mail her at Marylou.span@gmail.com. See the Historical Society’s Web site at www.monroevillehistorical.com. Children’s Activity Day – McGinley and McCully houses on June 27 from 1 to 4 p.m. old-fashioned games are planned, including marbles, jacks, hop scotch, plastic horseshoes, and jump rope. There will be a scavenger hunt featuring historical artifacts and prizes. Children will enjoy seeing old-fashioned food preparation demonstrations and participating in hands-on activities to bake bread in an outdoor oven, churn butter, and make ice cream. In addition, a strolling minstrel will provide lively music. Monroeville Historical Society’s Summer Open House – Every Sunday in June, July and August from 1 to 4 p.m. at the McGinley House and McCully log House located on McGinley Road, near Forbes Hospital and across from Health South. Self-Tours of the Historical Houses and Herb Garden, Doll House Collection and Antique Farm Tools. Docents are available for information and to answer questions. Monroeville Historical Society’s officers and committee chairs meet the third Tuesday at 7 p.m. at the Monroeville Public library in the Joseph Markosek Room. The public is welcome to attend and new members are welcome. Call 724.327.6164 or 412-.373.7794 for information. To see historical photos of Monroeville log onto MHS Web site at monroevillehistorical.org.

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Senior Scene Monroeville Senior Citizens Center 6000 Gateway Campus Blvd. (behind the Monroeville Library) 412.856.7825

Lifestyles for Active Adults Staff Tara Gresock, Executive Director Lyda Wiesmore, Administrative Clerk Larry Katis, Custodian Cindra Dale, Bus Driver

The Monroeville Senior Citizens Center offers a world of unique experiences that is sure to capture the hearts and interests of those who visit. Since 1980, the Monroeville Senior Citizens Center has been providing programs and services that enhance the lives of Monroeville and Pitcairn adults 50 and older. We serve the individuals through health, recreation, and educational activities so they can lead active, stimulating, and rewarding lives. Enjoy the benefits of the Monroeville Senior Citizens. Recreation/Leisure Activities From classes to travel groups and volunteer efforts to leisure societies, MSC offers a wide variety opportunities for seniors to maintain busy, fulfilling lives full of fun and learning. Programs include: Social clubs, discussion groups, monthly bingo, monthly luncheons, monthly movies, computer classes, craft classes, activity groups (cards, dominos, Mah Jongg, wood carving, quilting, crocheting), shuffleboard leagues, Wii bowling leagues, trips and tours. Health and Wellness Services Free to all Monroeville and Pitcairn residents 65+, the MSC now has a fitness center. The facility features a great line of senior friendly cardiovascular and strength training equipment. Facility is also available below the age of 65 for a small fee. Silver Sneakers Program The MSC is now a certified site for the Silver Sneakers Program. Not only do members of the program get access to our fitness facility, but we also offer a variety of Silver Sneakers aerobic classes each day. Enjoy taking classes in our new aerobics studio. We offer a wide variety of classes, such as low impact aerobics, total fitness, step aerobics, yoga, tai chi, circuit training, line dancing, strength training, and Zumba classes. These classes are all designed for seniors. Health Screenings Monthly blood pressure checks, annual influenza immunizations, medial tests including screenings for hearing, vision, balance, cholesterol education, diabetes information, and community organizations provide resource information. Information & Referral Services The MSC provides various information and referral services for members. Access to information and individual guidance supports the needs of our seniors. Services include: Free IRS Income Tax Assistance, financial counseling, Medicare counseling, Access and Port Authority registration, forms and applications for rent rebate and handicapped license plates. Transportation Programs An obvious threat to independent living arises when seniors lack the ability to provide for their own transportation and have no affordable, reliable alternatives. The MSC owns a bus and is able to provide free transportation to and from the center. Transportation is also available for shopping trips to local businesses. Call the office for a schedule. Special Events The MSC offers a wide variety of special events each season. This summer, join us for ice cream socials, hot dog roast, strawberry shortcake social, our annual backyard barbeque, and seasonal evening dinner dance. Trips and Tours The MSC takes the road… Need to get away and relax? Come on one of your many exciting trips. Check the MSC monthly newsletter for the 2010 schedule.

Normal Hours of Operation Monday–Friday, 8:30 a.m.-4:30 p.m.

Ongoing Activities BINGO: ($500 Jackpot) 1st Saturday of the Month @ 1 p.m. (smoke free)

Come try your luck at Bingo! Ages 18 and over are permitted. Entry Fee: $12 for 23 games. lunch is available at noon for an additional cost.

Special Summer Events ICE CREAM SOCIAL: Thursday May 20th @ 12:00 p.m. Rep. Joe Markosek is joining us again this year! Start your summer off right... Come make your own sundae & enjoy a game of bingo! This event is free! Ticket Deadline: Friday, May 14th STRAWBERRY SHORTCAKE SOCIAL: Wednesday June 16th @ 12:00 p.m. When strawberries are at their best... Come join us for some homemade strawberry shortcake made from scratch. Nick Fiasco will be back! Nick blew us all way last year performing all of our favorite hits from Frank Sinatra, Dean Martin, Tony Bennett, and more! $3 per person. Ticket Deadline: Friday, June 11th HOT DOG ROAST: Wednesday, August 4th @12:00 p.m. Come cool off from the summer heat and join us for our 4th Annual Hot Dog Roast. Enjoy a good meal and a game of bingo. Transportation will be provided! MENu: (lunch will be served at noon) Hot dogs, sauerkraut, potato salad, baked beans, ice cream sundaes, and refreshments. $4 per person. Ticket Deadline: Wednesday, July 28th

The MSC prints a bi-monthly newsletter… You may view our newsletter and monthly calendar on the municipal website – www.monroeville.pa.us or stop by the center and pick one up today! IN Monroeville | Summer 2010 | incommunitymagazines.com 9


MONROEVILLE PUBLIC LIBRARY Serving Monroeville since 1964

Monroeville Public Library 4000 Gateway Campus Blvd. 412-372-0500 Children’s Room: ext. 3 Teen Librarian: ext. 18 Adult Reference: ext. 4 www.monroevillelibrary.org Hours of Operation: Monday – Thursday: 9:00 a.m. – 9:00 p.m. Friday – Saturday: 9:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m. *Sunday: 2:00 – 5:00 p.m. (Labor Day – Memorial Day) *Closed Sundays, Memorial Day – Labor Day* Christy Fusco, Director Friends of the Library “Take a Book on Vacation” Used Book Sale Whether your summer vacation plans include a trip to Paris, relaxing at the beach, or lounging poolside— Remember to take along a good read. Choose from mysteries, romance, and fiction starting at 50 cents. Proceeds benefit the Monroeville Public Library. The Book Sale hours are: Thursday, May 20: 2:00 – 8:00 p.m.

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With the READ-To-ME club for children in Kindergarten and younger, and the Summer Reading Club for students in first through fifth grades, children can “MAKE A SPlASH” by keeping track of the books they read over the summer. There will also be activities, like the weekly “Find the Fish” contest, a cooking class, science program and our annual Treasure Hunt. A complete schedule of events will be available online and at the library by the end of May.

Makes Waves @ Monroeville Public library Teen Summer Reading 2010 kicks off this year on Monday, June 7. Be one of the first 15 students to register and win a t-shirt, tote bag, or travel mug! our programs this year include Twilight parties, gaming tournaments, and a Wizard Rock concert, along with our Chinese auction of prizes and end-of-summer party. Be sure to check out our website or Facebook Page for upcoming news and events.

The Teen Book Club meets the second Monday of each month from 3:30 - 4:30 p.m. in the Conference Room. Check the Teen Page for book titles.

Tot Time 10:00 – 10:30 a.m. in the Gallery Space These story times for one to three-year-olds with an adult are held the second and fourth Wednesday of each month in the Gallery Space. Registration begins one week before each program. upcoming dates are: May 12, 26, June 9, 23, July 14, 28.

Family Craft Nights Family Craft Nights, held in the Program Room are fun for the entire family. Space is limited, so register early!

Patriotic Family Craft Night Tuesday, June 22 in the Program Room 7:00-8:30 p.m. Registration begins June 14

Christmas in July Family Craft Night Tuesday, July 27 in the Program Room 7:00-8:30 p.m. Registration begins July 19

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ADulT PRoGRAMS AND SERvICES Summer Reading Join us again this year for Adult Summer Reading. Join your kids or your grandkids in this challenge to “Water Your Mind!” Anyone 18 or older with a valid Monroeville library card can enter. Stop by or call the Adult Reference Desk (412-372-0500 ext. 4) for more information.

Monthly Book Discussion Groups Third Thursday 1:30 – 3:00 p.m. Fourth Wednesday 7:00 – 8:30 p.m. our Reading Clubs meet each month in the Conference Room to discuss the novels and non-fiction books chosen by our members. Being a member can help you, as a reader, discover new ways to enjoy reading. You’ll have the opportunity to share your love of reading with others and discover new ways of interpreting a book through our discussions.


DISPlAYS AND ExHIBITS Display Case The library has an upright display case to showcase special collections. Exhibits are usually changed monthly. If anyone in the community has a special collection or hobby and would like to share it by setting up a display, please contact Evan Karelitz at 412-372-0500, x26. We thank the following for sharing their collections: May - Nancy Drew Books – Tara Rotuna June - Bride Dolls – Janet Balas July - owl Collection – Elaine Carter August - Western PA Memorabilia – Barry Rudel

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All Monroeville Public library patrons are invited to join Monroeville Public library News, an electronic mail group designed to keep you informed about upcoming programs at the Monroeville Public library. Members will receive occasional e-mails with information about local history programs; Armchair Adventures travel slide shows, readings by local writers, science programs, health lectures and more.

Send a blank e-mail message to mplnews-subscribe@yahoogroups.com. to join. Within a few minutes you about will receivedrug an e-mail with instructions Call or go online to learn more for joining the group. If you have any questions about joining the and alcohol addiction treatment: Monroeville Public library News group, contact Mark Hudson, Adult Services librarian, at 412-372-0500, ext. 13. 1-800- 472-1177 or www.GatewayRehab.org

Reference Assistance Not sure where to start? our friendly staff will be happy to help you find what you’re looking for. Professional reference librarians are available to answer all types of questions and to assist with research. Reference assistance is available at the library, by phone at 412-372-0500 ext. 4 or by clicking “Ask a Reference librarian” from our Webpage.

Gallery Space is operated by the Friends of the Monroeville Public library, an association of people interested in libraries and the promotion of the services of the Monroeville Public library. The Friends help with library projects in addition to operating the Gallery Space. Income from sales of art works is the main fundraiser of this group. Most exhibits have an opening reception. Check the library’s web site for dates and times. Art makes a great, unique gift! May - Watercolors by Sue Foster June - Watercolors by Susie Coburng July - Mixed Media on Glass by Joseph R. Holtz, Jr. August - Acrylics by C.M. Wencel

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onroeville proudly announces Real Estate in Monroeville a comprehensive look at the Monroeville market. In this section, you’ll find interesting information about creating beautiful spaces to live in, choosing a real estate professional to help you buy or sell a home as well as other interesting facts about your community.

Homes Still Priced Right in Pittsburgh’s Suburbs By Jonathan Barnes While other metropolitan areas of the u.S. saw sharp declines in home values as a result of the recession, Pittsburgh’s housing continued to gain value through the economic downturn. And although the federal tax incentives for home-buyers dry up at the end of April and most don’t expect them to be extended, it is still a very good time to buy a home in this region or even to sell one, regional real estate experts said. The local housing market again is in a boom period and is much stronger than last year, said Howard “Hoddy” Hanna of o’Hara-based Howard Hanna Real Estate, which has 40 offices in Southwestern Pennsylvania.

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The local housing market is up 34 percent from last March, Hanna said, noting that low interest rates and affordable housing costs make it the ideal time for people interested in buying their first home or for those looking to upgrade to a pricier home. “Housing prices are a lot more realistic, in relation to people’s income [than in other areas],” Hanna said.

Comparing Values Because there is a relative shortage of homes in the $250,000 and below first-time buyer segment, owners of homes in that range (and even up to around $300,000) might consider selling their house if they think they would like to upgrade to a more expensive house, Hanna said. These home owners might get a better price than they think for their house, because their house happens to be in a bracket caught in a seller’s market. Such lower-priced homes are selling very quickly right now because there are many buyers for them and not as much inventory, while higher-priced homes in Pittsburgh have fewer buyers interested in them and can be bought for very competitive prices, Hanna said. “Single-family houses are tough to buy in that $250,000 and below price range,” Hanna said. continued on next page


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Hanna isn’t worried that the lack of tax incentives for home-buyers will have a detrimental effect on the local market. overall in Southwestern Pennsylvania, we have an eight-month supply of housing inventory, he noted, versus an average inventory supply of seven to nine months. “If our unemployment and interest rates remain the same, the lack of tax incentives won’t make a difference,” Hanna said. Making the right decision in buying a home in the first place is not a choice to be taken lightly, experts warned. Those looking to buy a home first must thoroughly assess their financial situation. Knowing whether they can afford to buy a home, or whether they should try to do so at this time, is at the crux of a home-buying decision. Considering one’s current credit status and one’s budget are a good place to start in determining whether it is the right time to buy a house, said Debra lorenzato Fabian, a mortgage banker with American Financial, located in upper St. Clair. The average Pittsburgh first-time home-buyer purchases a house in the $80,000 to $150,000 price range. In the region, that price range will buy a lot of house, even in more affluent neighborhoods such as Mt. lebanon, which has homes priced as low as $90,000 or as high as $2.2 million, Fabian said. These days, she is writing more Federal Housing Authority loans than anything else, she said. Because Federal Housing Authority mortgages require just a 3½ percent down-payment, more people are applying for them these days. That 3½ percent down-payment can even be a gift from a relative or friend. But there are limits on the amount of the loan in this program, though, which caps out mortgages at $327,500. By comparison, Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac require a 5 percent down-payment on the home. That down-payment must be a prospective home-buyer’s own money. Even so, real estate experts said the investment in a home in this region is one that will likely slowly gain in value over the years. “This market is so conservative and always has been, and it benefitted us through this housing downturn, which really didn’t affect us,” Fabian said.

Overcoming Perceptions Inventory in the $300,000 to $600,000 housing segment is still plentiful and not at all tight, said Steve Fink, marketing director for Paragon Homes, a Robinson-based custom home builder that constructs homes ranging in price from $200,000 to $2 million.

“Pittsburgh has always been a good place to be and a solid market,” Fink said. “our biggest challenge was the perception that it wasn’t a good time to buy a home.” That view has changed among most people and more buyers are looking at homes these days. Those house searches are especially focused on added values, such as energy-efficient features in homes. “Many people are looking for more energy-efficient homes, with green features built into them. They also are looking for homes that fit their lifestyle,” Fink said. “There is a trend toward smaller homes, with less extravagant designs.” Many of those energy-efficient features are available in all of the houses that Paragon Homes builds, Fink said. using such features properly is important, he noted. Having the correct “R” value in insulating a home—and having the right R-value in the proper places—is essential to ensuring a house’s energy efficiency. “Picking the right builder is important when considering building an energy efficient home,” Fink said, adding that all builders don’t have the same sound building practices. Mt. lebanon-based Prudential Preferred realty agent Mona Colichie said that while inventory in the mid-priced range is not tight, in some areas such as in Mt. lebanon, inventory is low. Competition between buyers is especially tough in the first-time home-buyer’s price range, she said. “These days, it’s a hot market for sales. My agents are incredibly busy,” Colichie said. “There are now often multiple bids [placed by buyers] on a property.” Nonetheless, deals are available, Colichie said. Foreclosures can sometimes be a good deal for a first-time home-buyer, she said. “Foreclosures are part of the business, like it or not,” Hanna said. “In the past, we never had the abundance of foreclosures that we do now.” In addition to potential bargains to be found in some foreclosed homes, short sales of homes also are a possible option for some buyers, Hanna said. Short sales are when a home owner sells the home for less than the amount owed on the mortgage and the bank takes a loss on the sale.

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Adding Curb Appeal Can Make a Home

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Spring and summer are a gardener’s time of year, when pruning, cleaning, planting and maintenance of a landscape are most laborintensive. For green-thumbed folks the work is a loving labor, though feeling alone won’t bring success when the task is enhancing a landscape in a smart way. Figuring out how to make a home’s frontage “pop” can be a task best left to professionals, but for the savvy homeowner, a few good tips can make a noticeable difference. Whether it is a front yard’s harder features, its plants or its overall design, adding curb appeal often comes down to bringing something of interest to the space to make it stand apart from the others around it. To achieve outstanding curb appeal, homeowners should take a second look at how their front yards are functioning, experts throughout Pittsburgh’s suburbs recommend. Are the yard’s design elements working harmoniously together, so aspects of the home’s construction and particulars of its landscape are given correct exposure? If not, things probably should change, but how? Asking and answering such questions can help a homeowner to enhance their property’s frontage, but it also can open them to the possibility of other notions for improving their yard. Such ideas can go far in helping to make a home the property that neighbors stop and tarry in front of, admiring its contours and colors.

Water or Stone? Making a space less linear is one place to start when redesigning a front yard, said Jeff Blunkosky, chief operations officer of McDonaldbased Pittsburgh Stone and Waterscapes. For example, a straight concrete walkway leading to the home could be replaced with a curved walkway composed of paving stones. “Adding an earth tone hardscape can bring everything together,” Blunkosky said, noting that some manufactured pavers are stronger than many driveways. Because of this, some homeowners are choosing to replace their driveways with pavers, he noted. While concrete contractors will give up to a 1-year warranty on their work, manufactured pavers can last decades, Blunkosky said.

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When planning a major change to a front yard’s hardscape such as a new walkway, choosing the right color is essential. A new walkway should be comprised of a material with a color that is complementary to the house. “A red brick house doesn’t need a red brick walkway. You want to use a brown paver,” Blunkosky said. “You always want to use a secondary color, not the main color… Using the main color for a hardscape can be overwhelming [to the eye].” Adding stones to incorporate a feeling of the natural landscape in the front yard also can add spice to the space. Incorporating some sort of rocks into the yard’s flowerbeds, be it a grouping of boulders at the front of the lot or an edging of colored rocks in the flowerbeds, also helps to add interest. “We incorporate a little rock work with the flowerbeds, to complement the plants and the colors in the house and hardscape,” Blunkosky said. Avoiding straight lines in other hardscape features, such as retaining walls, can be a smart idea, too. Replacing a tired straight retaining wall with a new colorful wall with a curved edge can make the yard more interesting. The cost of such improvements isn’t always small. Paver walkways can run from $16 to $22 per square foot (depending upon the type of paver, placement of the walkway and the size of the walkway), while concrete walkways made of exposed aggregate or made of stamped concrete run about the same price. Blunkosky isn’t a big fan of stamped concrete. “Why do they stamp concrete? To make it look like a superior product,” he said.

Creating Focal Points People who aren’t trained in landscaping or who didn’t grow up gardening can become overwhelmed when trying to decide what to do with a worn-out looking landscape. Sometimes, less is more— that is, adding just one more design element could make a noticeable difference. Some homeowners are using topiaries more often these days to add such interest, said Randy Soergel, who along with his wife Beth co-owns Soergel’s Orchards Garden Center in Franklin Park. “You don’t put [the topiary] in and forget about it,” Soergel said, adding that two rules apply to landscaping. “Don’t plant vegetation where there won’t be good drainage. And if a plant dries out just once, it’s done.” Until a plant’s roots can find their own water, regularly watering it is essential. Some plants take up to two years to establish their roots, Soergel said. Most homeowners are rejuvenating their yards at this time of year, rather than planting new landscapes altogether. An older-looking landscape can be spruced up by pruning some plants such as overgrown bushes near the home, and by removing other plants that are too large and out of proportion with the space.






 Incorporating one focal point for the yard, with a topiary, a Japanese maple tree, a sitting area, a small pond or even a particular stone or groundcover, can give the space more energy. Since the front yard is the first part of a home, creating interest is  important to making the space inviting. Caring for the plants also is important in creating a beautiful landscape, but some homeowners are afraid to prune plants because they fear they’ll kill the plant, Soergel said. “We try to teach people how to maintain the landscaping they have, including when and how to prune,� Soergel said.



The garden center offers free classes to people interested in learning more about how to maintain their yards. At 7 p.m. every Tuesday night in April and May, Soergel’s Orchards Garden Center hosts a do it yourself class teaching about landscaping and yard care. Those interested in attending a class are asked to register by calling the garden center at 724.935.2090, or emailing randysoergel@gmail.com.





Curve Appeal One of the most prominent trends in re-imagining front yards with existing landscapes is changing the yard’s contours.  Many homeowners are replacing their straight concrete paver and wood-tie walls with colored concrete block walls that are laid down without mortar and are pretty easy to install, said Tony Verrico, owner of Verrico Landscape Supply in Penn Hills. The local supply yard carries 10 hues of the Versa-Lok wall material, as well as different types of pavers to enhance a yard. The walls can last up to 40 years, Verrico said. “We’re seeing a lot of concrete driveways being removed and replaced with pavers,� he said. Straight retaining walls are being replaced with curved walls, which sometimes have a planter incorporated into them at the front of the yard, Verrico said, adding that he is seeing more straight steps replaced by new curved steps as a way to make the yard more interesting. Making simple improvements to a yard, such as adding a tree, can make a big impact, Verrico said. Trees such as dogwoods and other flowering ornamentals, are good choices to consider as accent plantings. Planting hardy bushes such as boxwoods also can bring more definition to a front yard space, he said.

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New vs. Existing Homes It’s All a Matter of Preference

Joe Yates, Sr., manager and associate broker with RE/MAx Monroeville, said new homes carry a warranty, which is a big bonus, but because of banks keeping a more watchful eye on who they lend to, new home construction has slowed down in the market.

Buying a house creates a lot of decisions that need to be made. First and foremost is whether or not you are going to opt for a new home or buy an existing home. While that decision may be made by your budget, it can also be made by your quality of life needs. The good news is that, according to those in the industry, Western Pennsylvania has no shortage of homes to choose from. one of the benefits to a new home is the fact that the demand for empty-nesters has driven their design, making them ideal for those who are looking to scale down or prepare for their golden years. Many newly constructed homes are single level, offer amenities for a graying population such as included maintenance, and are built in convenient locations that are close to shopping, services and entertainment venues. Anthony Cimino, owner of RE/MAx Heritage in Murrysville and former president of the Realtors Association of Metropolitan Pittsburgh said the market for home sales across the board is coming back and competition is driving the buyer’s decision to buy new or existing homes. “It depends on price ranges. In some areas, new sales are up. In various market segments, some of the plans that may appeal to seasoned adults, one floor, easy lifestyle, those types of communities have appeal. The resale market is extremely important for people trading up. Some folks simply like older homes versus newer homes.”

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“You have to present your property in its most favorable light to beat the competition,” he said. “In new construction, builders are looking for those features that are very appealing currently to market to the buyer. It’s competition. You want to be better than the competition if possible.” Yates agreed, adding that existing homes do have warranties and are ready to move into. “on existing homes, you can get a warranty, but they cover bits and pieces or they limit what they cover. Plus, some people don’t want to wait five months to have a home built. They want to move in right away,” he said. ultimately, Cimino said that it’s safe to say that every house will have a buyer. “A lot of it comes down to pricing, but the seller can control the presentation and the pricing,” he said. “What determines how quick and how much a home sale is the basic supply and demand of the business. You have to absolutely be the best in presentation and price. It’s safe to say that there’s a buyer for just about every home out there.”

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Can I Qualify for a Mortgage? By Karen Ferrieri

People are talking these days about whether or not banks are actually lending money. The housing market in Pittsburgh is still a fairly strong one and people are trying to take advantage of programs out there to give first home buyers tax credits of up to 10% of the total selling price of the house, up to $8,000. Or, if you currently own a home but want to buy another home that would now be your primary residence, you could also receive a tax credit of up to $6,500. And, of course, people are scrambling to take advantage of the high foreclosure market right now. So, with that in mind, they are wondering, “Can I qualify for a mortgage?” Sally Minnock, Home Mortgage Consultant for First Commonwealth Home Mortgage, a Joint Venture with Wells Fargo Bank and First Commonwealth Bank, stated that, “Yes, banks are lending, however, the process has become a lot stricter in that there is a lot more documentation and paperwork necessary to verify everything before the loan application is completed and reviewed. The days of obtaining ‘limited documented loans’ are over. They don’t exist anymore. Now, everything has to be documented for proof. We are now underwriting the way it was done thirty years ago.”

According to Ms. Minnock, interest rates are still determined based on credit scoring. You can get a great interest rate with a credit score of 740. However, if your credit score is below 740 your rate will likely increase with a conventional loan. However, if you are applying for a FHA loan, having a credit score in the 620s will enable you to still qualify for a loan, although 3.5% of the selling price of the house is still needed on a FHA loan as a down payment. When you talk to your mortgage consultant for the first time, they will most likely punch in to an automated system your name, address, social security number and credit score to determine what interest rate you’d be eligible for. For first time home buyers, this entire process can be confusing. However, Ms. Minnock suggests working with your real estate agent and a mortgage consultant to help guide you through the process. They can look at whether or not you are ready to buy a house based on many factors, including your income, current financial situation, and your credit score. They will need a lot of personal information to be able to guide you effectively, but it is worth doing a lot of the work upfront before you start searching for a house. Finding all of the necessary paperwork that you will need during the final application process where the documentation is absolutely necessary, will help you avoid putting yourself in a stressful buying situation. Plus, you will know exactly what you qualify for or what you will need to do to get to the point of actually getting the loan. Obtaining a loan and your dream house is not impossible if you are willing to be patient, organized and go through the steps to qualify before you start searching for the perfect home.

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Open Your Heart to a Senior When McCandless resident Mary Allshouse needs a ride to the store or elsewhere, she’s got a group of helping hands at her service, thanks to a new initiative geared toward keeping seniors living in their homes as long as they are able. Allshouse, 90, had a nice outing recently with Dee, one of the open Your Heart to a Senior volunteers. She took Allshouse shopping and Allshouse returned the favor, buying lunch for the two of them. “It was very enjoyable,” said Allshouse. “The volunteers are very lovely people, very enjoyable.” The program, a one-year partnership of North Hills Community outreach (NHCo) and Family Services of Western Pennsylvania, is made possible through funding from the united Way of Allegheny County. The necessity of the initiative was determined through a study by the university of Pittsburgh Graduate School of Public Health which was funded by the united Way of Allegheny County, said Nancy Jones, North Boroughs outreach Manager for NHCo.

Monroeville Assembly of God For several years both NHCo and Family Services have had outreach programs geared toward helping seniors in their homes. From the university of Pittsburgh study, the united Way identified the care of frail, home-bound seniors as one of the most serious issues in the region. The united Way also learned that both NHCo and Family Services’ programs were struggling to get enough volunteers to help seniors. “The initiative is designed to help recruit more volunteers,” Jones said. “The idea is to let the community know there are seniors who need a ride to the grocery store or to the doctor’s office, or a visit or a friendly call.” Those interested in volunteering to help a senior in need are welcome to join the effort. They help by providing transportation for seniors to medical appointments, pharmacy visits, yard work or simply helping them with correspondence or bills. For more information on the open Your Heart to a Senior program, email seniors@nhco.org, or call 412.307.0071 or toll-free 866.467.0888.

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Special NeedS TruSTS Many persons with disabilities are receiving or are eligible for means-tested public benefits such as SSI, Medicaid, Section 8 Housing and other benefits under state or federal programs. These disabled individuals can only receive these benefits if their income and assets do not exceed certain limits. Special needs trusts enable disabled persons to receive inheritances, equitable distribution, alimony, child support, and personal injury settlements while still remaining eligible for their means-tested benefits. There are three basic types of special needs trusts: third party trusts, self settled trusts and pooled trusts. The main difference between the third party trust and the self settled special needs trust is the source of the funds. If the assets funding the trust are not the assets of the beneficiary but belong to a third party (Mom wants to put some of her money away for the disabled child) then the trust is a third party trust. If the assets funding the special needs trust are assets of the disabled beneficiary, then the trust is a self-settled trust. A pooled trust is managed by a non-profit organization that pools all of their client’s trusts for more effective management. Each of these trusts is created to supplement the means tested benefits that the disabled person is receiving. If you have a loved one under 65 who is receiving these government benefits you should contact Attorney Laura Cohen to discuss how to proceed with an estate plan that includes a Special Needs Trust. IN Monroeville | Summer 2010 | incommunitymagazines.com 19


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Why Do We Have Two Ears? Binaural hearing means that we are hearing with both of our ears. Can we hear with just one ear? Yes, but our brain is receiving only half of the sound picture. This makes it more difficult to process and understand speech, especially if there are other competing sounds occurring in the background at the same time. We could somewhat compare this to peeling a banana with only one hand. one is able to accomplish this task with some difficulty, but it would be so much easier to do so with the use of both hands. Nature gave us two ears and two hands for a very good reason. When a hearing loss presents itself in both ears, the question is often not, “Do I need a hearing aid?” but “Should I wear one in both ears?” The benefits of aiding both ears are better sound discrimination and improved understanding of speech. Many sounds of speech are very similar, and when heard with only one ear, can sound the same. When they are heard well with both ears, however, they are more easily identified. An example of this would be the similarity between the words cup and cut, and wish and with. When speech is presented equally to both ears, our brain combines both inputs and we sense a single sound picture. With one ear hearing better than the other, the brain has incomplete and different information coming from each side, which makes speech much more difficult to interpret.

Another advantage of binaural amplification is improved localization of sound and speech. our brain finds a sound source by measuring minute differences in duration and intensity of sound as it arrives at each ear and we know instantly its location. When only one ear is hearing the sound, it is much more difficult to know that location and often the source is perceived to be on the better hearing side, when it may actually be on the reduced hearing side. Finally, listening with one ear can be physically tiring and stressful. This is less often the case when utilizing the best possible hearing in both ears, and the need to always turn a “good ear” toward the speaker is also eliminated. The decision to wear one or two hearing aids when there is hearing loss in both ears is a personal decision. Many factors enter into that decision. These are just a few thoughts to consider. If you are noticing some difficulty hearing, now is a good time to schedule an appointment for a hearing check-up. This Industry Insight was written by Dolores Y. Payne, M.A., CCC-A, Audiologist, owner of Allegheny Hearing Instruments.

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Superintendent’s Message

Dr. Joseph A. Petrella Substitute Superintendent, Gateway School District

The pursuit and promotion of practices that are intended to bring about improved academic achievement must include practices and strategies that address and attempt to optimize student behavior. Accordingly, key stakeholders at Gateway High School have spent this school year improving academic and behavior outcomes for students by ensuring that all students have access to the most effective and accurately implemented instructional and behavioral practices and interventions available. Through a vital partnership with the Allegheny Intermediate unit, administrators and members of a select, school-wide team have worked diligently throughout the course of the current school year to enhance the educational climate by instituting a research-based program known by practitioners as School Wide Positive Behavioral Interventions and Supports (SWPBS). Simply stated, SWPBS is a decision making framework that better guides the selection, integration, and implementation of the best evidenced-based academic and behavioral practices for improving important academic and behavior outcomes for all students. SWPBS emphasizes four integrated elements that must be used in tandem. The four elements include the use of data to inform decision making and validate progress, the measurement of desired and specified outcomes, the adoption of evidence-based practices to support the attainment of desired outcomes, and the expansion and enhancement of systems that effectively support implementation of evidence-based practices. These elements are guided by the following six principles that support the aforementioned elements: • The development of a continuum of scientifically-based behavior and academic interventions and supports • The use of data and a data integration warehouse to make decisions, quantify results, and solve problems • The creation of learning environments that prevent the development and occurrence of problem behavior • The use of instruction and pedagogy to encourage prosocial skills and behaviors • The implementation of evidence-based behavioral practices with fidelity and accountability

• The use of assessment tools and universal screeners to monitor student performance and progress continuously The decision to adopt the SWPBS framework was made based on its success and its applicability to secondary (high school) settings. Research has proven that schools that establish systems with the capacity to implement SWPBS with integrity and durability have teaching and learning environments that are reflective of the following: • learning environments are less reactive, aversive, dangerous, and exclusionary. • The school climate is more engaging for students, responsive, preventive, and productive. • Teachers, administrators, and support staff are able to efficiently and effectively address classroom management and disciplinary issues (attendance, tardiness, antisocial behavior). • There is an improved capacity to design supports for students whose behaviors require more specialized assistance (e.g. emotional and behavioral disorders, mental health). • Academic achievement and participation in the learning process is maximized for all students. The creation of a continuum of services for students is the keystone of the SWPBS framework. Almost identical in theory to the academic continuum of services that has been strategically utilized at the elementary level for years, SWPBS provides for a three-tiered intervention model in which schools organize their evidence-based behavioral practices and systems into an integrated collection or continuum in which students experience supports based on their behavioral responsiveness to a given intervention. At the lowest tier of the structure, all students and staff receive support and education that is aimed at prevention and awareness. The vast majority of behaviorally related issues should be greatly deterred at the primary tier level if implemented correctly and with fidelity. For some students, however, more support is needed. For those students, the model provides for increasingly intensive supports in smaller settings, as well as highly individualized plans for students who are high-risk and warrant specialized assistance. continued on page 23

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Gateway High School Hosts uruguay Teachers In terms of effectiveness, early indicators appear to show positive results. Mr. William Short, Principal of Gateway High School, claims that SWPBS has significantly improved the school climate in his building. Citing recent data, Mr. Short depicted a 40% decrease in student fights and negative behavior, compared to last school year. Moreover, an overwhelming number of stakeholders, including security personnel, staff, and students, have indicated that the corridors/hallways are much more orderly than in recent years. Mrs. leanna lawson, the District’s consultant from the Allegheny Intermediate unit charged with working with the Gateway High School staff, has stated how impressed she has been with the entire Gateway High School community. Mrs. lawson went on to say that true gains have been made within the high school and that she looks forward to future successes. What needs to be reinforced is the fact that there is no quick fix to school reform. Despite the merits of SWPBS, or any of the practices/strategies that are currently being employed, true reform takes several years to be fully realized. Regardless, a constant focus on the strategies and practices that are proven to make a difference in schools needs to be embraced and supported by everyone to ensure incremental growth over time. Moreover, school leadership must be relentless in reinforcing the processes that truly do make a difference in the lives of students. Although the process doesn’t always evolve as quickly as some would like, the process for systemic reform is a process, nonetheless. Accordingly, the initiatives that are being undertaken are geared toward streamlining the avenues for reform and examining the effects on student achievement. This proactive approach will responsibly and scientifically bring about the change that is needed in Gateway High School and throughout the District. Thank you for your time, interest, and commitment to our students.

The World language Department at Gateway High School was chosen by the u.S. State Department as a host site for the 2010 uruguay Teacher and Principal Educational Seminar Exchange Program. Thanks to the efforts GHS Spanish Teacher, Mrs. Jaclyn Blash, Gateway High School recently hosted two uruguayan educators who traveled to learn about the American educational system and to share information about their country's system. Additionally, Mrs. Blash will travel to uruguay this summer to share the same experience. The guest educators from uruguay were Maria Elisa Roldan and Claudio Sosa. The pair worked with the World language Department faculty and students to gain knowledge of how students are educated in America.They were also recognized by Substitute Superintendent Dr. Joseph Petrella and the Gateway Board of School Directors during the February Board meeting. The 2010 uruguay Teacher and Principal Educational Seminar Exchange Program is designed to provide an opportunity for schools to collaborate with a uruguayan educator in the united States, for approximately two weeks. The program also offers a unique opportunity for educators to share teaching experiences, develop classroom methodology, and increase international understanding with uruguayan and American educators. The u.S. Department of State’s Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs is the primary funding source and sponsor of this program. American Councils administers the program in partnership with the Commission for Educational Exchange between uruguay and the united States. Pictured are: Jaclyn Blash (Gateway Spanish Teacher), Claudio Sosa, Maria Elisa Roldan (Uruguay Teachers), and Natalie Puhala (Gateway Spanish Teacher).

Sincerely,

Dr. Joseph A. Petrella

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New Marimba Makes Debut at High School The Gateway High School Band has a new musical instrument that has been added to their collection. The Gateway Band Boosters generously agreed to purchase and donate a new marimba for the High School band program. Students pictured with the new marimba are Brandon Kandrack, Kelly McMasters, Jess Haley, and Brea Hogan.

Steward Elementary Celebrates Seuss’s Birthday with Style Students at the Dr. Cleveland Steward, Jr. Elementary School in the Gateway School District celebrated Dr. Seuss’s Birthday by conducting a week-long celebration that included exploring Dr. Seuss story themes in reading and writing. During the week, fifth grade language Arts students in Mr. Heath Shrum’s room at Moss Side Middle School also visited to read original writing creations based on the whimsical language of Dr. Seuss. Students spent the day reading their stories to the students in grades K-4. The culminating activity for grades K-4 was a Dr. Seuss student assembly that included a performance of musical excerpts from ‘Seussical the Musical’ by the third grade and a visit from the none other than the Cat in the Hat (a.k.a. Scott Barrows—a student teacher for 4th Grade teacher, Mrs. Jean Conners) who read the ultimate in Seuss story favorites— ‘The Cat in the Hat’. Pictured at the assembly are first grade students, Timothy Bennett, Ashia lovelace, and Bailey Pascarella. Miss Pascarella is holding a Star Reading Student certificate that she earned, along with other students in the school, for reading more than 200 books. The students are shown with The Cat in the Hat (Mr. Barrows) and Acting Principal, John Fournier.

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PMEA Region Band Picks Five Gateway High School music students were selected for PMEA Region Band. The students pictured are (from left, seated) lauren Abel and Emilly Kinnunen, and(from left, standing) Michael Kelly, Andrew Dotterer, and Ryan Abel.


Gateway Geo Bowl Team Takes Third Place Gateway High School's Geography Bowl team recently earned third place in the ESSPA Geography Bowl competition held at Hempfield Area High School. The team of Will Randall, Josh Phillips, Yatindra Patel, Achal Channarasappa, Kris Pomiecko, and Ryan Donnelly performed exceptionally well against 15 other teams from around the region.

Gateway Students Sweep Two Competitions

L-R Vivek Rajkumar, Sam Becker, Will Randall, Josh Phillips. Not pictured: Kelly Guerrieri.

Recently the Gateway High School 2010 Academic Challenge team earned first place at the ESSPA Academic Challenge competition hosted by West Mifflin High School. The Gateway team of Will Randall, vivek Rajkumar, Josh Phillips, Sam Becker, and Kelly Guerrieri finished first among 15 other teams. Also, Josh Phillips earned third highest individual score and Will Randall earned the second highest individual score. In addition, Gateway’s AIM students won second place at the Academic Challenge conducted at McKeesport Junior High School. Winning team members included Sam Passalinqua, Joey Beiter, Brenden Hamilton, Patrick Harah, and Spencer Randall. Passalinqua was also the third place individual winner, and Marie Hormanski was the first place individual winner.

Gateway Celebrates Computer Fair Winners Congratulations goes to Demetri Dilucenti, Devon Webb, and Nikko Bernard for their outstanding accomplishments at the Pennsylvania High School Computer Fair - Regional Competition held at the Carnegie Science Center on March 17th. The three person team representing Gateway High School earned first place in Graphic Design, second place in Multimedia Presentations, Curriculum-Based Web Page Design, Text-Based Desktop Publishing, Information-Based Web Page Design and third place in Animation and Digital Movie. Their first place finish in the Graphic Design category earned them a trip to the State Competition on May 25th at Dickinson College. IN Monroeville | Summer 2010 | incommunitymagazines.com 25


Gateway Robotics Team Captures Second Place The Gateway High School Robotics Team competed in the 2010 FIRST Robotics Competition - Pittsburgh Regional on March 12 and 13 and took second place. The team, which is comprised of 21 students and is shown with their awards, received a pair of Finalist trophies and all team members were awarded Silver medals. This year's team overcame incredible odds during the robot construction process, including several winter storms and multiple school closings. Students lost 12 days of building time, yet still managed to complete their robot on time to earn one of the top three awards. The staff advisor for the event was Sean McMahon.

Gateway High School Garners Top Awards at the FBlA Regional Competition The following Gateway High School students took top awards at the recent 2010 Future Business leaders of America (FBlA) Regional Competition. The students advanced to the FBlA State Competition in Hershey in April where they competed against 3,000 FBlA members across the state.

GATEWAY BOARD OF SCHOOL DIRECTORS

James Rosipal President

Scott Williams Vice President

Dawn Neilly

Dan Nowak

William Bailey

Steve O’Donnell

David Magill

Janice Rawson

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First Place: Kiona Trifanoff (Accounting I) Sandesh Raj (Accounting II) Haley Clinton (Business Communications) Shivani Patel (Client Service) Ellen Parker (Cyber Security) Josh Phillips & Dom Zappa (Desktop Publishing) Cyrus Ramavarapu (Economics) Stephanie Hinkes, Jisun Kim, Apeksha vora (Entrepreneurship) Anny Park (Intro to Business Communications) Dela Khakimova (Word Processing I)

Second Place: Sakshi Kaul (Accounting II) Meredith Kearns (Sports Management) Third Place: Sohin Shah (Accounting II) Patrick Glass (Cyber Security) Awaiz Khan (Help Desk) lauren Anderson (Marketing) Andrew Episcopo (Intro to Parliamentary Procedures)


FBlA Winners Congratulations to the following Gateway High School students who received awards at the FBlA State Competition in Hershey April 11-14. There were 4,000 students from across the state in attendance.

How Sweet It Is ... Haley Clinton, Second Place, Business Communications and Delafruz Khakimova, Second Place, Word Processing I (Qualified to attend the FBlA National Competition in Nashville, TN in July)

other awards received are listed below: Accounting II, Eighth Place Sakshi Kaul

CyberSecurity, Ninth Place Ellen Parker

Accounting II, Seventh Place Sandesh Raj

Desktop Publishing, Fifth Place Josh Phillips Dom Zappa

American Enterprise Project, Fourth Place Rishi Patel Yatindra Patel Client Service, Eleventh Place Shivani Patel

Students at Evergreen Elementary are running in the door at a fast pace. They can’t wait to get inside Evergreen to start their day. They are excited to be there, but their enthusiasm is not, at least for the moment, focused on books and computer labs. Instead the excitement surrounds the purchase of scrumptious lollipops to help raise funds for Autism Speaks. under the guidance of Evergreen teacher Janine Bruni, students are permitted to purchase lollipops in the mornings for $1 each and enjoy them in class during the day. Evergreen teachers have backed the initiative and allowed students the luxury of eating these in class because they believe that the money raised goes to a very worthwhile cause. Every morning a long line of students—tall and small, boy and girl—winds through the front hallway as anxious students posture for a chance to get lollipops in flavors like bubblegum, banana split, cherry cheesecake, cherry lemonade, cotton candy, strawberry cream, sour blackberry, vanilla cherry cola... just to name a few. Now in its fifth year, this annual fund-raiser for Autism Speaks has raised over $7,000. Student organizers pictured with their lollipop sale items are: Sammy Smith, Rahkale Banks, Nick Hribal and Sean Powell.

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SUMMER 2010

Health and Wellness News You Can Use For residents of eastern communities

Hot Tips for a Cool Summer: Stay safe and healthy with the simple Don’t Do’s on page 3.

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What You Don’t Do Can Mean a Healthier You World-Class Ear, Nose, and Throat Care Close to Home

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Play It SafeThis Summer Don’t Let Outdoor Activities Get the Best of You Who doesn’t love summer? It’s the perfect time for outdoor home repairs, getting back into shape after a long winter, and planning fun in the sun for the kids. But doctors at the UPMC Center for Sports Medicine say there are right and wrong ways to approach summer activities. “We see a real spike in injuries during the summer — most of which can be avoided with common sense,” says Susan Jordan, MD, assistant professor of orthopaedic surgery.

Tips for Do-It-Yourselfers Mowing the lawn, cleaning the gutters, and sprucing up your house with a fresh coat of paint are typical summertime activities for homeowners. But they can lead to unexpected aches and even serious injuries. The most common problems include strained backs, shoulders, and elbows caused by lifting heavy objects, reaching overhead, doing repetitive activities like hammering, and doing too much at one time. Lawnmowers and ladders lead the list of serious summer injuries. No one should do yard work, especially mowing, without wearing sturdy shoes, stresses Volker Musahl, MD, assistant professor of orthopaedic surgery. Young children should stay away from lawnmowers — one of the most dangerous tools around homes. “And when it comes to ladders, some projects are better left to professionals. We see many bad fractures due to falls, including painful broken bones in the feet and damaged spines,” says Dr. Musahl. Falling from a ladder near electrical lines also can result in electrocution.

A Plan for Getting Physical Running, tennis, cycling, and golf are great ways to stay in shape. Without proper conditioning, though, they also can be the cause of sore muscles, sprains, tendonitis, and torn ligaments. Dr. Musahl, who is also a marathon runner, recommends starting slow and cross-training, alternating between high-impact activities like running and low-impact activities such as bicycling and swimming. “Switching it up a little gives your body a break and gym work helps strengthen your core,” he says.

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Having the proper equipment and the right fit can go a long way toward preventing many aches and pains. If your bike is too big, you can’t control it. If it’s too small or poorly adjusted, it can put stress on your knees, back, or shoulders. An incorrect grip on your tennis racquet or golf club can cause elbow tendonitis or rotator cuff injury. Running and walking shoes wear out. To avoid problems, replace them at least once a year or every 250 miles. Dr. Musahl also recommends running on trails. “Running on asphalt is hard on the joints,” he says.

Playground Precautions While summer is a great time for kids to play outdoors, parents should take active measures to avoid serious injuries. Children should wear helmets when riding bikes or anything on wheels to prevent head trauma. They also need to be traffic savvy and know the “rules of the road,” says Dr. Musahl. Both doctors warn parents to be wary of monkey bars and trampolines — both notorious for causing broken bones, and head and neck injuries. “My advice is to stay off trampolines. Anything can happen and it can be very serious,” says Dr. Jordan. “And monkey bars are the most common source of pediatric fractures — and these often require surgery.”

Stay Active — and Safe — This Summer • Wear protective gear: Wear shin guards for soccer, helmets for baseball/softball and biking, and sturdy shoes for yard work. • Use the right equipment: That means having the correct grip on a tennis racquet or golf club, avoiding worn-out running/walking shoes, and choosing the appropriate size bike. • Always warm up and stretch before/after any activity. • Take breaks and replenish fluids during and after activity. • Pay attention to your body and rest as needed.


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What You Don’t Do Can Mean a Healthier You Whether you’re heading to the beach or planning a “staycation” this year, here are some “Summer Don’t Do’s” that might surprise you: Don’t eat your fruits ‘n veggies until you wash them thoroughly. Consider going organic when purchasing produce that sustains high levels of pesticides even after washing. The “dirty dozen” includes apples, cherries, grapes, nectarines, peaches, pears, raspberries, strawberries, bell peppers, celery, potatoes, and spinach. Don’t pet Fido if he’s been playing in poison ivy. Rashes from poison ivy, oak, or sumac can be picked up from the urushiol — the substance found in the sap of plants — that sticks to clothing, shoes, tools, toys, and even pets. Surprisingly, it can’t be spread from person to person or by scratching. Wash your skin thoroughly after working or playing outside, particularly if you suspect you’ve come into contact with poison ivy. You might need to wash your gardening gloves, tools — and even the dog!

Don’t shower, don’t wash the dishes, and don’t do laundry during a thunderstorm. Keep the kids away from video games, too. Lightning can travel through wires or pipes extending outside, so it’s important to avoid contact with plumbing and electrical wires during storms. If someone is struck by lightning, call 9-1-1 for immediate medical care. Remember, lightning strike victims carry no electrical charge, so you can attend to them immediately. Don’t hold the mayo at summer picnics and cookouts. You won’t get food poisoning from eating potato salad, chicken salad, and other food just because it contains mayonnaise. The real culprits are the bacteria that flourish on foods containing protein at temperatures between 40º and 140º F. To prevent illness, keep hot foods hot (140º F or above) and cold foods cold (40º F or below). Discard all perishables left at room temperature longer than two hours — one hour if the temperature is 90º or higher. When in doubt, throw it out!

Don’t leave grandma, the kids, or the dog waiting in the car. A car can heat up quickly even when it’s relatively mild outside. On a summer day, temperatures inside a vehicle can climb more than 40 degrees in just an hour! Be careful with outside activities, too. Young children and the elderly are particularly vulnerable in hot, humid weather. Prevent overheating by reducing activities. Wear light, loose-fitting clothes and drink plenty of water or sports drinks before, during, and after physical activity. Anyone showing signs of heat illness should lie down in a cool place with legs elevated. Loosen or remove clothing. Use water, wet towels, and fanning to promote cooling until help arrives. For a complete list of our summer “don’t do’s,” including treating bee stings and drinking water, visit us online at www.upmc.com/today.

World-Class Ear, Nose, and Throat Care Close to Home What do sleep apnea, swimmer’s ear, and tonsillitis have in common? They’re all cared for by medical specialists known as otolaryngologists, who treat diseases and illnesses of the ear, nose, and throat (ENT). With the July 1 opening of a new outpatient practice at UPMC at Daugherty Drive in Monroeville, residents now have access to world-class ENT physicians close to home. University Ear, Nose & Throat Specialists is part of the renowned Eye & Ear Institute at UPMC. The state-of-the-art practice offers a full range of ENT care, allergy testing, hearing aids, and listening devices.

“We are pleased to bring the expertise of our renowned faculty physicians to Monroeville,” says Jonas T. Johnson, MD, chairman, Department of Otolaryngology. “Our specialized services in snoring and sleep apnea are unmatched in western Pennsylvania.” Area residents can go to UPMC at Daugherty Drive in Monroeville for treatment of: • Allergy testing • Aural rehabilitation and hearing aids • Balance disorders including vertigo • Hearing loss and earaches • Otitis media and swimmer’s ear

• Sino-nasal disorders, including chronic sinusitis and polyps • Snoring and sleep apnea • Swallowing disorders • Thyroid disorders • Tinnitus (ringing in the ears) • Tonsillitis • Voice dysphonia and hoarseness

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Heads Up on Helmet Safety Most children don’t like to wear helmets when biking. But the facts show that helmets work. A properly fitted bicycle helmet can reduce your risk of head injury by 85 percent and reduce the risk of brain injury by 88 percent, according to a study published in the New England Journal of Medicine. Getting children in the “helmet habit” helps protect their brains from serious injury. Even professional bike riders know that bike crashes or collisions can happen at any time. In three of four bike crashes, the biker usually suffers some sort of injury to the head. Each year in the United States, about half a million kids are seriously injured in bicycle-related accidents; between 45 percent and 88 percent of bicycle-related brain injuries would be prevented with the use of a helmet. A well-fitted helmet gives your child added protection from injury, so take a few minutes to learn the basics: • The helmet should sit flat on the head — make sure it is level and is not tilted back or forward. If the helmet leans forward, adjust the rear straps. If it tilts backward, tighten the front straps. • The front of the helmet should sit low — about two finger widths above the eyebrows to protect the forehead. • The straps on each side should form a “Y” over the ears, with one part of the strap in front of and one behind — just below the earlobes. • The chinstrap should buckle securely at the throat so that the helmet feels snug and does not move up and down or from side to side. Head injuries aren’t just limited to bikers. Crashes during other outdoor activities such as rollerblading, skateboarding, ice skating, and skiing can also result in head injury. So use your head to protect your child’s. Make helmets required gear for all family members when participating in these activities. Sources: Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (www.bam.gov) and Kidshealth.org

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Be Sun Smart This Summer Think twice before basking on the beach or slipping into a tanning booth this summer — that perfect tan comes with a price tag. Last year, more than a million Americans of all ages were diagnosed with some form of skin cancer. “Indoor and outdoor tanning are equally risky because both expose you to ultraviolet radiation in the form of UVA and UVB rays,” says John Kirkwood, MD, director of the Melanoma and Skin Cancer Program at the University of Pittsburgh Cancer Institute. Both have been shown to increase your risk of skin cancer. “UV rays increase your risk for skin cancer because they trigger mutations, and also knock out the immune response that enables the body to protect itself,” says Dr. Kirkwood. Skin cancers caused by UV rays may not appear for years — lulling people into thinking that tanning and sun exposure are safe and even healthy.

Are You at Risk? Not just sun worshippers are in danger. You can be, too, if you have: • An increased number of moles • A personal or family history of skin cancer • A sensitivity to the sun or freckling tendency that makes you work extra hard to tan • Had two or more serious sunburns before age 18 • A job or recreational activity that regularly puts you in the sun

What Can You Do? Avoid tanning beds, and work at reducing your exposure to strong sources of UV light, such as natural sunshine. Choose a broad-spectrum sun protection product that has a high SPF to protect against UVA and UVB rays, such as one that contains micronized zinc oxide or titanium oxide. And be sure to alert your doctor to skin changes such as itchy, scaly patches, wounds that won’t heal, an increased number of moles, or new, changing, or unusual moles.


Innovation at UPMC

Digital Mammography Saves Lives Improves the Early Detection of Breast Cancer When Sherry DelGrosso turned 40 in February, she followed her doctor’s advice and scheduled a routine mammogram. Although she’d had a scare with a benign, atypical growth nine years earlier, she was considered a low-risk patient with no family history of breast cancer and had little reason for concern. But her digital mammogram revealed a tiny growth in her dense breast tissue that she was unable to find through self-examination. Her April 9 diagnosis, which came on her husband’s birthday, confirmed she had infiltrating ductal carcinoma. As the mother of a four-year-old daughter, she decided to attack the cancer aggressively by undergoing a bilateral mastectomy at Magee-Womens Hospital of UPMC in May. Ms. DelGrosso says the digital mammogram enabled doctors to detect her cancer early so she could begin treatment. “This technology absolutely saved my life. It caught my cancer early before it could spread or metastasize. It means so much to me to know I will be here for my beautiful daughter,” she says.

Digital mammography is a “wonderful first” in a promising new era of technology, says Dr. Zuley. “It’s a very exciting time to be in breast imaging. We have so many new tools for diagnosis.” “The earlier we detect breast cancer, the lower the stage and the greater the survival rate. That means less need for radical surgeries, lymph node dissection, and systemic chemotherapy. Reducing treatment with earlier detection helps the patient.” Traditional film

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Margarita Zuley, MD, director of Breast Imaging at Magee, says the new technology is better at detecting cancer in women under 50 and women with dense breast tissue. Research also indicates digital mammography is better able to detect Stage 0 breast cancer.

Digital mammography also provides newer and better technology for capturing the image and transferring it to a computer. While digital mammography uses x-rays — the same technology used in traditional mammograms — the images are collected on a digital detector and stored on a computer rather than collected and stored on film. Viewing the images on a computer gives doctors a closer look at the structures in the breast, helping them to diagnose potentially life-threatening breast tumors. Another benefit of digital mammography is that it can offer women instant feedback. Once the mammogram is complete, the image is available for doctors and radiologists to view immediately and in the same room.

Kandace McGuire, MD, assistant professor of surgery at Magee, says the cutting-edge digital mammography available to doctors at UPMC is helping them catch cancer in its very early stages, which means a better chance of survival for breast cancer patients. “Digital mammography catches cancer earlier. It is saving lives,” says Dr. McGuire, the breast surgical oncologist who performed Ms. DelGrosso’s mastectomy.

Newer and Better Technology Provides a Closer Look

A Clearer, Closer Picture Digital mammography is helping doctors at UPMC catch cancer in its very early stages, which means a better chance of survival for breast cancer patients. Pictured above are examples of both traditional and digital films.

Digital mammography is currently offered at most UPMC locations. Talk to your physician to determine if a digital mammogram would be preferable based on such factors as age and family history. Above all, never put off having a regular mammogram. For more information about digital mammography or any of UPMC’s imaging services, call 1-800-533-UPMC, option 1. Ms. DelGrosso’s treatment and results may not be representative of all similar cases.

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Are You Ready?

The Freedom of Independent Living Mow the lawn. Wash the windows. Pay the bills. There’s an endless list of tasks that comes with owning and maintaining a home. But after a lifetime of raising a family and working hard, is it time for a change in your life? For a growing number of Pittsburgh seniors, the answer is decidedly “yes!” as they discover the benefits of independent living. It’s a lifestyle choice. “The biggest reason you should consider independent living is the freedom it offers to both you and your family,” says Kitty Collins, a vice president with UPMC Senior Communities. “Residents in our independent living communities often say they wish they had moved earlier, because they’re now free to pursue their hobbies and interests in the company of other like-minded adults.” Interested in the theater? Love to shop? Fanatic about Pittsburgh’s athletic teams? Wish you could be part of a book club, walkers group, or volunteer organization? These are just a sampling of the activities you’ll find as an independent living resident.

Independent Living Means Choices “Today’s support network for seniors is very different than it was 20 years ago,” explains Ms. Collins. “For young families in which both spouses must work, there’s just not enough time to keep up their own home, tend to their children’s activities, and help a parent.”

You’re ready for independent living if:

Many families of independent living residents at UPMC find that they no longer spend their weekends running errands and assisting with home chores. Visits mean quality time spent together; there are even rooms for family parties and game rooms for grandchildren to enjoy billiards, a hand of cards, or watch movies.

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Some seniors worry that independent living means “giving things up.” At UPMC Senior Communities, the emphasis is on providing residents with the kind of valued amenities and support seniors want in their lives. These include: • Weekly housekeeping and laundry services • Onsite dining with freshly prepared meals (and the option of making their own) • Transportation services for shopping and appointments “Our residents find that great flexibility awaits them at our independent living residences — from bringing their beloved family pet and having their car on-site, to furnishing their residence with their favorite furniture and decorating it with their own signature style,” says Ms. Collins.

With locations in neighborhoods throughout the Pittsburgh area, UPMC Senior Communities also gives independent living residents the opportunity to stay connected to friends and neighbors, and remain active in their faith and community organizations.

Making the Move Easier Surprisingly, the hardest part of leaving a home for most seniors isn’t the memories they’ll leave behind. As one UPMC independent living resident says,“Memories are easy to bring along with you.” But preparing to put your home up for sale can be daunting. In response to requests from prospective residents, UPMC Senior Communities has developed a variety of partnerships with reputable and high-integrity organizations that specialize in helping seniors organize, stage, and sell their homes, explains Ms. Collins. “These professionals help eliminate the hurdles and worries everyone faces when moving.”

You’re ready for independent living if: • You value your privacy and independence • You enjoy spending some time in the company of other adults your age • You feel more comfortable with the added security and safety offered in a community setting • Arthritis, vision problems, or other physical limitations sometimes complicate living at home • You welcome the thought of “hassle-free” living In addition to independent living residences, UPMC Senior Communities also offers assisted living and skilled nursing options for seniors who need added care.

Want to learn more? For more information, call 1-800-324-5523 or visit www.upmcseniorcommunities.com.


Care You Can Trust — Whenever You Need It UPMC After Hours Primary Care Clinic–Murrysville

Fast Facts About UPMC After Hours Primary Care Clinic –Murrysville When is After Hours Primary Care open? Weeknights: 5 to 9 p.m. Weekends: 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Where is it located? Can’t take time off from work to see a doctor for a bad cough or sinus infection? Sprained your ankle while getting ready for a night out on the town? Injuries or illnesses that happen in the evening or over the weekend no longer have to wait for regular office hours to get prompt medical attention. UPMC After Hours Primary Care Clinic – Murrysville is here to help! Located on William Penn Highway, After Hours Primary Care provides convenient, quality medical care later in the evenings and on weekends. “We’re a busy society and no one wants to miss work or school. We provide what the community wants and needs — convenient health care after normal office hours for things that come up throughout the day,” says Grant Shevchik, MD, medical director of After Hours Primary Care in Murrysville. “You don’t need an appointment and you don’t need to be a UPMC patient to be seen. If you get home and your child is sick, you have a bad back, or you’ve stepped on a nail and need a tetanus shot — just walk in.”

Community Response is Strong The clinic has grown steadily since it opened, attracting patients mainly by word of mouth from throughout the Murrysville and Monroeville area, Penn Hills, Churchill, Greensburg, and Jeanette, and as far away as Blairsville and New Kensington. Patients range in age from four weeks to mid-90s. “After Hours Primary Care offers real advantages to everyone who comes to us for care,” says Dr. Shevchik. “For UPMC patients, we’re able to provide continuity of care. Our use of electronic medical records gives us access to their medical history, medications, and previous test results. We also follow up with their primary care physician electronically after treatment. Patients who aren’t part of the UPMC system receive quality medical treatment from board-certified physicians and receive copies of test results, which they can share with their personal physician.”

4614 William Penn Highway, Murrysville

How long will it take to be seen? • Patients are seen on a first-come, first-served basis. • Waits normally range from 15 minutes to a half hour. • The first hour we are open is usually the busiest.

Who will treat me? After Hours Primary Care is staffed by a rotating corps of board-certified physicians, who are qualified to treat children and adults, along with medical assistants and office staff.

When should I go? For basic injuries and illnesses that would benefit from prompt medical care, including: • Back pain • Flu • Cough • Poison ivy • Cuts, bumps, • Sinus pain bruises • Sore throat • Earache • Sprain

What tests are available? • Blood work (results not immediate)

• EKG • Rapid mono

• Rapid strep • Sugars • Urinalysis

More comprehensive testing, such as CT scans and x-rays, are referred to UPMC Monroeville Imaging Center at Oxford Drive.

Welcoming New Physicians Please visit www.upmc.com/findadoctor or call 1-800-533-UPMC (8762) for more information about any of our physicians.

UPMC is pleased to welcome the following new physicians with offices in our eastern communities: Deepinder Dhaliwal, MD Ophthalmology

Andrew Eller, MD Ophthalmology

Andres Gelrud, MD Gastroenterology

Andrea Lewis, MD Otolaryngology

Ryan Soose, MD Otolaryngology

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Medical School: University of Mississippi Medical Center

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UPMC Today is published quarterly to provide you with health and wellness information and classes and events available at UPMC. This publication is for informational purposes only and should not be taken as medical advice or replace a physician’s medical assessment. Always consult first with your physician about anything related to your personal health.

Even the smallest discovery is important. Doctors rely on quality images to make accurate diagnoses and treatment decisions for their patients. UPMC is a leader in creating and adopting cutting-edge technologies to enhance medical imaging and improve patient care. In fact, some of the most innovative advances in the field of radiology have happened in our hospitals, such as the invention of PET/CT — a combined technology that can help to detect cancer in its earliest stages. And our state-of-the-art computer system allows imaging scans to be quickly accessed and viewed by physicians across our network — with just the click of a mouse. Our advanced technology and expert radiologists can make a real difference in your care. Whether you need an x-ray or advanced radiology testing, trust UPMC Imaging Services. For more information or to schedule an appointment, call 1-800-533-UPMC, option 1, or visit UPMC.com/Imaging.


BUSINESS SPOTLIGHT

LARRY CERVI

SCHOOL OF THE PERFORMING ARTS In the East Suburbs, we have our very own patron for the arts. His name is larry Cervi, and for decades, he has instilled in our children a love of the performing arts, directed our musicals, and entertained our communities. In partnership with Kim Meyers Merge and Jennifer Probola, he is the founder of the larry Cervi School of the Performing Arts located in the Parkway Building.

The Cervi School is also home to the East End Kids, a professional teen song and dance ensemble, which was founded in an effort to provide young local talent with more professional performance opportunities. The group performs in and around the Pittsburgh area, along with one resort destination show each summer. For more information about the East End Kids, go to www.EastEndKids.org.

The school was founded in 1986 at The Factory in Point Breeze, and has relocated to a much more expansive space in Monroeville. The school will celebrate its 20th anniversary this September. In addition to teaching a variety of dance styles, the school offers musical theater education and private instruction in voice, and acting.

Many of those who train at the larry Cervi School go on to have leads in their high school musicals and major in musical theater and dance at universities such as Point Park, Penn State and NYu. In preparation for college auditions, the Cervi School provides intensive dance and vocal training, as well as help with acting and monologue development.

The professional training students receive is due to the excellent credentials of the faculty. Mr. Cervi received his B.A. in Education and M.A. in Theatre Arts from the university of Pittsburgh. He taught Speech and Drama at Churchill Area High School for 21 years, where he directed their theater productions. Since retirement, he has continued to direct and garner numerous Gene Kelly Award nominations. Most recently, he directed Gateway High School’s musical “les Miserable,” and this year’s production of “Guys and Dolls.”

Many of these students have found work in the industry and perform on Broadway. The school’s contribution to performing arts in Monroeville and surrounding communities has been deep and lasting. While public schools are cutting funds for arts education, the larry Cervi School is fueling a passion in our children to be educated and pursue careers in the performing arts. This institution has established a legacy that will be part of the fabric of our communities, and beyond, for many years to come. For more information regarding the larry Cervi School of Performing Arts, go to www.cervi-school.com.

Many of these students have found work in the industry and perform on Broadway.

Ms. Merge graduated summa cum laude from Point Park university, and she performed on Broadway and with touring companies across the country. She has danced with the Pittsburgh Clo, the Pittsburgh Ballet Theatre and the Pittsburgh opera. Her energies are now directed toward teaching, and choreographing the musicals at Gateway and Franklin Regional Middle and Senior High Schools. Ms. Probola received her B.A. in dance from Point Park university, and has performed with American Entertainment, osbourne Productions, and latshaw Productions. She began her teaching career in New York at the Nazareth Academy. She continues to teach, as well as choreograph area musicals, show choirs and dance teams, including Franklin Regional’s Pantherettes. Five other professional arts educators complement the staff. IN Monroeville | Summer 2010 | incommunitymagazines.com 37


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visitors to New Monroeville Convention Center Can Reach out and Touch Monroeville Area Chamber of Commerce Members Touch Screen Kiosk System Adds More value to Chamber Membership — Benefits local Business The Monroeville Area Chamber of Commerce (MACC) is pleased to announce the launch of new technology systems: A new MACC website, interactive touch screen kiosks, and an ambient video system (AvS). The three components are at the heart of an effort by MACC to provide more robust exposure and a competitive advantage for the eastern Allegheny and western Westmoreland counties’ business community. Since early last year the Chamber has been working behind the scenes alongside visitMonroeville and the new Monroeville Convention Center with Monroeville-based technology development firm, omniprox, and Murrysville-based consulting and software development firm, IQ Inc., on a project that redefines the standard for Chamber of Commerce member contact systems. Chamber members can now update their business profile on the new MACC website, www.monroevillechamber.com, by posting information about their business, photos and/or coupons for their business on the site, which links directly to interactive kiosks. The kiosks are interactive touch screen computers that have been placed in the new Monroeville Convention Center where over 500,000 people will visit each year. The kiosks allow users to find things in the area, such as restaurants or lodging or other local business, by touching the screen. The kiosks will pull up all of the requested businesses in the area that are MACC members. The user can print, text message, or e-mail a company’s profile information, including coupons, right on the spot. The AvS system is a series of large screens (movie theater size), that are also housed at the Monroeville Convention Center and are available for mass promotion of upcoming events and local businesses. MACC President Chad Amond said, “The Chamber is thrilled to offer these new technology systems to our members. It is our pleasure to support local businesses in the Monroeville area and surrounding suburbs. I believe we have re-defined what businesses should expect from being part of their local chamber.” At a time when most every business is looking for ways to better deploy their marketing dollars and gain additional brand recognition, membership in MACC just became an even better investment. The enhanced market exposure offered through the new system is provided as an additional member benefit at no cost. For a limited time, MACC is waiving the standard membership application fee of $25 for new members as an incentive to those local businesses that are not part of MACC to take advantage of this great new tech-based member benefit. For more information on joining the MACC, contact Debbie Iszauk, Director of Membership Services at 412.856.0622 or diszauk@monroevillechamber.com.

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The key to the technology is how we connect and deliver targeted information and incentives in real-time to the active shopper or visitor,” said Bob DiGioia, Co-Founder of omniprox, llC – the company that developed the kiosk system for the MACC. “The main idea behind the MACC web site, kiosk, and AvS network was to integrate a complete proximity marketing system for the Monroeville Area that repurposes digital content and dynamically reaches receptive consumers based on their location with timely incentives.” Monica Robinson, vice President and Commercial loan officer at S & T Bank and Chairman of the Board of Directors at the Monroeville Area Chamber of Commerce said, “New website, interactive kiosks, these are just a few examples of the innovative thinking at the Monroeville Area Chamber of Commerce. Adding value to Chamber memberships, creating marketing opportunities, and enhancing the business community are the focus of the MACC. I couldn't be more pleased with the services provided by the Chamber and its staff.”

Don’t let a broken bone keep you dry this summer! If you‘ve had the misfortune of breaking something, fear not, you can still participate in water activities all summer long even if you are wearing a cast. Our pharmacy offers a variety of affordable and reliable cast covers to waterproof your cast so that you can swim, spend time at the beach, shower and bathe without worrying. The covers are durable, come in sizes to fit just about everyone and are easy to use. The staff at Primary Care Pharmacy Services can help fit you for a waterproof cast cover today! Stop by our location on the 2nd floor of the Monroeville Medical Arts building and check out our selection. Don’t miss out on all summer has to offer. Keep your cast dry and make a splash!



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Pitcairn

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From its early beginnings in 1952, (four channels for a $1.00 a month), Pitcairn Community Cable has come a long way. New improvements and additional channels will help make your television viewing experience even better.

Pitcairn Borough will once again be sponsoring a Summer Lunch Program

Pitcairn Cable is now offering High Definition service and is also adding additional channels to its cable system. A channel lineup with eight new standard channels and sixteen new Hi-Def channels will be up and running soon.

It will start on June 21, 2010 and will run through August 13, 2010. It is for children 18 years old and younger. Any children under the age of 7 will need a parent to stay with them. There will be activities for the children to participate in during the day, including games and crafts. We are also looking into offering a breakfast program. Details will be made available at a later date. Watch Channel 4 for additional information. Information can also be obtained by calling the Borough Office at 412-372-6500.

The new standard channels being added include the NFl Network, Game Show Network, lifetime Movie Network, MSNBC, PBS KIDS Sprout, RFD-Tv, Biography, and the Tv Guide Channel. These stations will be included in the basic cable rate at no additional charge. We are also adding sixteen (16) High Definition channels to the system. They include all of the local ‘over the air’ networks (KDKA, WTAE, WPxI, WPGH, WQED) and the premium channels (HBo, Showtime and Cinemax). For sports fans, ESPN, FSN, The Golf Channel, NFl Network and versus will be available in Hi-Def. Also, E-Entertainment, Fx Network, HD-NET, and universal HD will be available for a wide variety of programming sure to please everyone. HDTv is the next generation of Tv viewing. A digital signal for noise-free crystal clear images, a sharper picture offering approximately 2 million pixels compared to analog Tv’s Ω million pixels means crisp, clear images, and wide screen formatting so there is less cropping of the screen and more of the movie to enjoy. There will be an additional charge for the Hi-Def channels and different packages are available to discount the rates when combining Pitcairn Cable and Pitcairn Internet services. Stop by the borough office and pick up a new channel guide and fee schedule for more information. Remember that Pitcairn Community Cable is one of a handful of municipally owned cable systems in Pennsylvania and we strive to be competitive with the other cable providers in the area. Also know that cable revenues stay here in Pitcairn and don’t go to some large ‘mega-corporation’, which in-turn helps to keep your taxes down. We offer local technical support and can handle most service calls in a few hours rather than waiting days. Give us another look and see how Pitcairn Community Cable stacks up against the big guys. I think you’ll be surprised by how far we’ve come! John Prucnal v.P. Pitcairn Council

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Government Information Borough Manager: Patty Logo Available at the office: Permit and inspection information Park Building or Sugar Camp rental information

Elected Officials State Senator Sean Logan 412.380.2242

State Representative Joseph Markosek 412.856.8284

Mayor and Council 412.372.6500

Borough Meetings 7 p.m. in the Pitcairn Borough Council Chambers Council Agenda Workshop: Second Tuesday Council Business Meeting: Fourth Tuesday

Community Day The Pitcairn Boro officials, along with the Pitcairn Recreation Board are planning our annual Community Day. This event is scheduled for September 19, 2010. The festivities will start at 2 p.m. and continue till 9 p.m. We have a full day of activities planned, for everyone of all ages. The kids can look forward to enjoying blow-up slides, games, pony rides, a climbing wall, and crafts. There will be no fee for these activities. For the adults, there will be free entertainment! There will also be chuck-o-luck, bingo tickets, and informational booths. We will have a wide variety of food available for purchase throughout the day too. We plan to end the evening with fireworks! The reason our community days have been so successful in the past, is because of all the organizations, volunteers, and donations we receive. our group volunteers their time to help sell raffle tickets, and put on a mystery dinner to raise money. Then they volunteer their entire day working at Community Day. I would like to thank everyone in advance for volunteering their time, their donations, and anything else you did or are planning on doing, to make this Community Day a success too. Community Day is for our town, so come out and support and

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Pitcairn Borough Community Events Advertised on Pitcairn Community Station–Ch. 4: Easter Egg Hunt Harvest Festival Spring/Fall Clean-Up Community Day Summer Lunch Program Fireman’s Fair Summer Recreation Program Old Fashioned Christmas

Pitcairn Directory Police/Fire Emergency 911 Police Non-Emergency 412.856.1111 Pitcairn Police Department 412.372.6505 Chief: Dennis Hockenberry 412.372.6505 Fire Non-Emergency Pitcairn Hose No. 1: 412.372.7040 Chief – Henry Farally Pitcairn Hose No. 2: 412.856.5630 Chief – Chris Fouser Ambulance Pitcairn Ambulance 412.856.6432 Gateway School District 412.372.5300 Tax Collector Sally DiRobbio 412.372.3009 Wage Tax Collector EIT Collector 412.856.1045 Borough Engineer EADS 412.754.0801 Borough Solicitor Bruce Dice and Associates 412.733.3080 Magistrate Jeffery Herbst 412.372.1125 Animal Control Triangle Pet 412.771.7387 Trash Waste Management 724.864.5166 Utilities Wilkinsburg Penn Joint Water 412.243.6200 Equitable Gas Company 412.395.3050 ALCOSAN Sewage 412.766.6696 Verizon Telephone 800.660.2215 Pitcairn Borough Electric/Cable Department Pitcairn Power 582 Sixth Street, Pitcairn, PA 15140 412.372.6500 Office Hours: 8 a.m. to 4 p.m., Monday-Friday Monthly bills include electric usage, cable, garbage and sewer maintenance fees. Bills are sent out approximately the 15th of each month, and are due the fifth of each month. There is a drop off box on the front door of the Borough building for payments after office hours. Trash Days: Trash may be put out after 6 p.m. on the day before collection.

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Spotlight on Pitcairn Businesses

lucia’s Italian Kitchen

lucia’s Italian Kitchen is a family-owned and operated business that opened its doors in Pitcairn in December 2009. We are located at the corner of Center Avenue and Second Street next to Dan’s Floral Designs. The building that we occupy housed the Mellon Bank many years ago. The original vault is still intact and we are in the process of making it into an office. Many of our customers jokingly ask us if we keep our ‘Secret Recipes’ in there! on any given day you can find several members of the Ciocco family working together to make great pizzas, pastas and hoagies. All of our food is homemade using recipes that were handed down from our grandparents and great grandparents. lucia’s was named after my great grandmother, lucia Carrier, who immigrated from Italy to Pitcairn in the early 1900s and lived in the house that we still occupy on the corner of Ninth and Brinton. Because of this, we are committed to Pitcairn and making it a better place.

Lucia’s Italian Kitchen, LLC 500 Second Street Pitcairn, PA 15140 412-373-1137

Delivery, Take-Out & Catering Gift Certificates Available We have weekly specials See our full menu on Facebook Hours: Monday - Thursday 11:00 a.m.- 11:00 p.m.

Friday &Saturday 11:00 a.m. - 12 p.m. Sunday 4:00 p.m. - 10:00 p.m.

The shop has become quite well known for its ‘Homemade’ hoagie buns that are baked daily by our son Rob. They are just one of the things that set lucia’s apart from the competition. We also make one of the largest Party Pizzas around. It’s so big that you need an Suv to pick it up! our grandson Jimmy has become quite good at tossing 30� of dough in the air to make a perfect pie. We have just begun baking homemade goodies. The Reese’s Peanut Butter Cup Brownie and Big Chocolate Chip Cookies seem to be two of the favorites. our family invites you to stop in any time and taste all of our great food. We’re easy to find; just follow your nose to the great aromas that fill the air around our shop! our work is a labor of love and we think it shows!

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BUSINESS SPOTLIGHT

A Mid-Year Financial Review:

More Time to Plan Mid-year is an ideal time to take a look at your finances, because the demands on your time may be fewer, and the planning opportunities greater, than if you wait until the end of the year.

If you’re already retired, take a new look at your retirement income needs and whether your current investments and distribution strategy will continue to provide enough income.

Here are a few tips to get you started:

Investment Planning

Identifying your needs Financial plans often need to be modified when personal circumstances change. Answering these questions can help you identify the financial issues you want to address within the next few months. • Are any life-changing events coming up soon, such as marriage, the birth of a child, retirement, or a career change? • Will your income or expenses substantially increase or decrease this year? • Are you concerned about the performance of your investment portfolio? • Do you have any needs or concerns that you would like to address?

Tax Planning Completing a mid-year estimate of your income tax liability can reveal tax-planning opportunities. You can use last year’s tax return as a basis, then make any anticipated adjustments to your income and deductions for this year. Check your withholding, especially if you owed taxes when you filed your most recent income tax return or if you received a large refund. Doing that now, rather than waiting until the end of the year, will help you avoid a big tax bill or having too much of your money tied up with uncle Sam. If necessary, adjust the amount of federal or state income tax withheld from your paycheck by filing a new Form W-4 with your employer. one of the easiest things you can do right now to help avoid missed tax-saving opportunities for the year is to set up a system for saving receipts and other tax-related documents. This can be as simple as dedicating a folder in your file cabinet to this year’s tax return so that you can keep track of important paperwork.

Retirement Planning If you’re working and you received a pay increase for this year, don't overlook the opportunity to increase your retirement plan contributions by asking your employer to apply a higher percentage of your salary. This year, you may be able to contribute up to $16,500 to your retirement plan at work ($22,000 if you’re age 50 or older). If you have a traditional IRA, you may also want to weigh the benefits of converting it to a Roth IRA this year, when you may be able to take advantage of a special deferral rule that applies only to 2010 conversions. This deferral rule gives you the option of reporting half of any resulting taxable income that results on your 2011 tax return and half of the income on your 2012 return.

Have you recently reviewed your portfolio to make sure that your asset allocation is still in line with your financial goals, time horizon, and tolerance for risk? Though it’s common to rebalance a portfolio at the end of the year, if the market is volatile, you may need to rebalance more frequently.

Insurance Planning Do you know exactly how much life and disability insurance coverage you have? Are you familiar with the terms of your homeowners, renters, or auto insurance policies? If not, it’s time to add your insurance policies to your summer reading list. Insurance needs frequently change, and it’s possible that your coverage hasn’t kept pace with your income or family circumstances. This Industry Insight was provided by Timothy J. Gardner, Senior Financial Advisor with Gardner & Associates, An Ameriprise Platinum Financial Services® Practice located in One Monroeville Center. You can reach him at 412.374.7400 ext. 200 or e-mail him at timothy.j.gardner@ampf.com.

A Roth IRA conversion may be one of the best retirement gifts you give yourself.

Whether you’re years away or about to retire, you can still give yourself one of the best retirement gifts of all. Starting Jan 1, 2010, everyone is eligible to convert their traditional IRA or employer-sponsored retirement plan to a Roth IRA. Converting to a Roth when your retirement account balance is down means a smaller tax bill. And after you convert, your new Roth IRA balance can grow federal income tax free*. Call me for a New Perspective review to learn if a Roth IRA conversion is right for you.

Timothy J. Gardner Senior Financial Advisor, CRPC® Chartered Retirement Planning Counselor Gardner & Associates An Ameriprise Platinum Financial Services® Practice 3824 Northern Pike, One Monroeville Center, Suite 850 Monroeville, PA 15146 412-374-7400 Financial planning services and investments available through Ameriprise Financial Services, Inc., Member FINRA and SIPC. Your meeting will include a review of your existing financial situation and potential opportunities, gaps, or general strategies. You will not receive a comprehensive review or financial planning services for which fees are charged. *As long as you leave the money in the account for ast least 5 years and are 59 1/2 or older when you take distributions or meet another qualifying event, such as death disability or purchase of a first home. © 2010 Ameriprise Financial, Inc. All rights reserved.

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Adopt a Pet: Precious his little cat’s story is a great example of how a little love goes a long, long way. Precious was initially found as a stray and rescued off the streets by a kind gentleman who gave her a wonderful loving home. For years she lived happily with her new family and feline roommate, until her owner became ill. With no one else to care for them, he sadly brought these dear cats to Animal Friends. Precious did not have an easy adjustment. She missed her owner miserably and no matter how much kindness the staff and volunteers showed her, this sad little cat would not let anyone near her. She was just not a happy cat. But we knew that there was wonderful cat hiding in that sad little face. And we were right! Precious went home with a foster family who just gave her a little love and within days we saw

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the sweet gentle personality we knew was hiding under the sadness. Today, this sweet little cat will come up to you and show her affection by rubbing against you and giving you long deep purrs. She is great with using both the scratching post and litterbox and loves to spend her days watching everything going on outside the window. She even gets along with the family dog! All it took was a little bit of love. Please contact Animal Friends to set up a meet and greet with Precious. Call Animal Friends at 412.847.7002.

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Top Tech Words You Should Know! 1. Download - To download a file is to get it from someone else’s computer, over a network, and save it on your own computer, CD, or memory dvice. Example: Let’s download the photo of George Washington for the history project. 2. Pixel - A pixel is a tiny dot of light on the monitor. It is the the smallest part of every image you see on the computer monitor. Example: How many pixels does that photo have in it? 3. Modem - A device that links a computer to the internet through a telephone line, or a DSL or cable connection. Example: Our modem needs to be replaced. Our computer is downloading this photo slowly! 4. Browser - A software program that lets you explore the internet to let you discover things like graphics, sound, movies, games, and more. Example: Open a browser and search for George Washington for your President of the United States history project.

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Monroeville Recreation & Parks 2700 Monroeville Boulevard | Monroeville, PA | 15146

412.856.1006

www.monroeville.pa.us Contents

Dear Monroeville Resident: I want to introduce the Recreation & Parks Advisory Board (R&PAB) to you and let you know what we do. •

We are a volunteer board of nine members with one resident appointed from each of the seven wards, one member from Borough Council and one member from the Gateway School District Board. We also have a Senior liaison and two Student liaisons.

We are here to listen to you, the citizens of Monroeville about any concerns you might have about recreational activities and facilities in the Municipality.

We are here to make plans for the improvement and maintenance of an adequate system of parks and recreational facilities and activities and to make recommendations to Municipal Council.

DEPARTMENT NEWS ............................................................. 49 Welcome, Registration Hours, and Table of Contents

MONROEVILLE COMMUNITY POOL ................................... 50 AQUATIC PROGRAMS....................................................... 51-52 Learn to Swim Program, Parent and Child Aquatics, Preschool Swim, Aquacise, Water Kickboxing, and ARC Lifeguard Re-Certification Training

INSTRUCTIONAL PROGRAMS .............................................. 53 SAT Prep, High School Study Skills, Basic Math Review, Help your Child, College Funding Workshop, and Drivers Education

SUMMER DAY CAMPS ..................................................... 54-56 Monroeville Day Camp, Safety Town, Camp Chipewee, Pet Parade Ceramics Camp, Princess Dance Camp, Musical Theatre Dance Camp, Mad Science Camps, Abrakadoodle Youth Art Camps, Young Rembrandts Art Camps, Fun in the Sun Camp, Little Linguists Camps, So-Long Summer Camp, and Bead Bedlam Camp

SPORTS LEAGUES AND CLINICS ......................................... 57 Youth and Adult Tennis Programs, Youth and Adult Golf, Bike and Skateboarding Clinics, and Youth Volleyball Clinics

HEALTH AND FITNESS PROGRAMS............................... 58-59 Bootcamp Fitness, Bootcamp Kids, Family Fitness, Zumba, Mommy and Me Yoga, Yoga in the Park, Cardio-Kickboxing, Floor, Core and More, and Be a Cowboy

Say Good-bye to Cold and Hello to Warm! This brochure has many things to offer for all ages. We are especially proud of all the work that is being done at our community pool. The staff at BelAire Pool has been busy preparing the pool so the residents of Monroeville can enjoy carefree days just relaxing in the sun. Fun activities have been organized from swim lessons to social get-togethers. Plan on coming out and enjoying the benefits of your community pool.

ARTS AND CRAFTS ................................................................. 60

We, on the Monroeville Recreation & Parks Advisory Board and the Citizens’ Board at BelAire are deeply concerned about the future of BelAire Pool. We want it to be your destination on hot summer days. Show your support for one of the great things to do in Monroeville so that it will be here for many years to come.

Kids in the Kitchen, Ceramic Workshops, Young Rembrandts Cartooning for Kids, and Adult Watercolor Workshop

For more information go to www2.monroeville.pa.us/pool

SPECIAL EVENTS..................................................................... 61

Have fun and enjoy!

DANCE PROGRAMS................................................................ 59 Ladies Latin Dance, Wedding Dance Workshop, and Children’s Ballroom Dancing

Monroeville Summer Series, Movies by Moonlight, Kids Flea Market, and Neighborhood Park Program

REGISTRATION INFORMATION AND FORM ..................62-63

Sincerely, virginia Finnegan, Chair The Monroeville Recreation & Parks Advisory Board

DISCOUNT TICKET SALES.......................................................64

SPECIAL EVENING

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WEEKEND

R EG I ST R AT I O N

Having trouble getting here during business hours? The Monroeville Recreation Department offers one evening and one weekend per session when you can come in and sign-up for programs. The following times and dates have been set for the spring session

THURSDAY, JUNE 3: 6:30-8:30 p.m. SATURDAY, JUNE 5: 9:00-11:00 a.m. REGISTRATIONS WILL NOT 2010 BE TAKEN OVER THE PHONE. IN Monroeville | Summer | incommunitymagazines.com 49


MONROEVILLE

(412) 372-6110 HOURS OF OPERATION (subject to change)

COMMUNITY POOL

POOL OPENS SATURDAY, MAY 29, 2010 MAY 29 – JUNE 4 12:30 – 7:00 pm (weekends & Memorial Day) 4:00 – 7:00 pm (weekdays) JUNE 5 – AUGUST 29 12:30 – 7:00 pm (weekdays and weekends) AUGUST 30 – SEPTEMBER 6 TBA

MEMBERSHIP POOL PASSES

FAMILY MEMBERSHIPS

Season Passes can be purchased at the Monroeville Recreation Department Offices through Friday, May 28th. From Saturday, May 29th throughout the remainder of the summer, passes will be available for purchase at the pool.

All pass holders must reside in the same household. Proof of IRS documents MUST be shown for all children whom do not share the same last name as the primary household. Child MUST be claimed as a dependent on IRS documents to be a part of a family membership.

Monroeville Residents Season Pass Prices: • An Adult MUST accompany children under the age of 13 yrs.

MEMBERSHIP TYPE

RESIDENT RATE

NON-RESIDENT RATE

Senior Individual (65+)

$45

$70

Senior (Family of 2 – 65+)

$70

$105

Individual (13+)

$90

$135

Individual (13+) Disabled

$45

N/A

Family of 2

$150

$225

Family of 3

$165

$245

Family of 4

$185

$280

Family of 5 (Max of 8 people)

$200

$300

Nanny (18+ Must be bought $75 in Conjunction with family membership)

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$75

Monroeville Resident Daily General Admission Prices: Youth (3-17 yrs) Adult (18-64 yrs) Senior (65+) Under 2 yrs

$4 $5 $4 FREE

Non-resident Daily General Admission Prices: Youth/Senior (3-17 yrs/65+) Adult (18-64 yrs) Under 2 yrs

$6 $7 FREE


AQUATIC PROGRAMS LEARN-TO-SWIM PROGRAM

CLASS DESCRIPTIONS

The American Red Cross Learn-to-Swim Program consists of six levels for children ages 6 years and up, which helps them develop their swimming and water safety skills. It is designed to give students a positive learning experience. The objective is to teach people to swim and be safe in, on, and around the water. No parents or siblings of swimmers in Level 1 through 6 are allowed on the pool deck during lessons. Classes held for two weeks Monday through Thursday. Make-up days will be scheduled on Fridays if needed.

LEVEL 1: INTRODUCTION TO WATER SKILLS This level helps children feel more comfortable in the water. Children will learn to enjoy the water safely through submerging, floating, and elementary swimming skills. Program offered to children ages six and up.

WHICH CLASS? To ensure your child’s success and safety in the Learn-to-Swim Program it is important to sign them up for the appropriate level. Recently, the American Red Cross has made revisions to its Learn-to-Swim Program in an effort to more effectively teach needed skills. These changes basically only affect children ages 4 and 5 years old. The revisions stipulate that children ages 4 and 5 years should be enrolled in some level of Preschool Swim, not moving into Level 1 until reaching 6 years of age. In an effort to meet the various swim levels of these children, the American Red Cross has divided Preschool Swim into three levels: Preschool Level 1, Preschool Level 2, Preschool Level 3. In turn, depending upon a child’s age, it may be necessary to move a child to a level other than which they had been enrolled in the past. Other than children ages 4 and 5 years, all others who have participated in the Learn to Swim Program should register according to the last class taken, based on successful completion. Each child should pass a particular level before proceeding to the next level. If you are new to the program, please see the course descriptions for each level. PASSING CLASSES All children learn in different ways. It is natural for participants to develop motor skills and become comfortable with water at a different pace. It is not unsuccessful for a child to return to one particular level several times before masterful completion. All children are tested to make sure that they are in the appropriate class level on the first day of class. MISSED CLASSES Classes missed for vacation, injury, sickness or any other reason can neither be made up, nor are they refundable. Every effort will be made to reschedule classes cancelled by the Recreation, Parks, and Human Service Department; rescheduling is not guaranteed. LOCATION: Monroeville Community Pool (1100 Abers Creek Road) COST: $45 per session

LEVEL 2: FUNDAMENTAL AQUATIC SKILLS Children will learn fundamental skills of swimming through combined front and backstrokes, rotary breathing, gliding, underwater swimming, and treading water. Children must be able to demonstrate entering and exiting the water unassisted, bob five times to chin level, walk or swim along the gutter, and front float assisted for three seconds upon entering this level. LEVEL 3: STROKE DEVELOPMENT This level helps to build on the skills learned in level 2 by providing additional guided practice. Children will learn skills such as front and back crawl, diving, breast and butterfly strokes. Children must have completed and passed Level 2. LEVEL 4: STROKE IMPROVEMENT This level builds students confidence and performance of the swimming strokes learned in level 3 by providing additional guided practice. Children will learn deep-water skills, endurance and distance swimming. They will also begin to learn basic water safety techniques. Children must have completed and passed Level 3. LEVEL 5: STROKE REFINEMENT This level builds on skills learned in level 4 by providing additional guided practice. Children will learn surface diving, turns, survival swimming, and how to increase endurance and the length of distance using previously learned strokes. Children must have completed and passed Level 4. LEARN-TO-SWIM PROGRAM SCHEDULE: SESSION I: Monday, June 14 – Thursday, June 24 (8 classes) CODE LEVEL 100010-12 Level 1, 6 & Up 100010-21 Level 2 100010-22 Level 2 100010-31 Level 3 100010-32 Level 3 100010-41 Level 4 100010-51 Level 5

TIME 11:30-12:15 pm 10:00-10:45 am 10:45-11:30 am 10:00-10:45 am 10:45-11:30 am 10:00-10:45 am 10:45-11:30 am

REGISTRATION DEADLINE: Monday, June 7 SESSION II: Monday, July 12 – Thursday, July 22 (8 classes) CODE LEVEL 100020-12 Level 1, 6 & Up 100020-21 Level 2 100020-22 Level 2 100020-31 Level 3 100020-32 Level 3 100020-41 Level 4 100020-51 Level 5

TIME 11:30-12:15 pm 10:00-10:45 am 10:45-11:30 am 10:00-10:45 am 10:45-11:30 am 10:00-10:45 am 10:45-11:30 am

REGISTRATION DEADLINE: Monday, July 5 SESSION III: Monday, July 26 – Thursday, August 5 (8 classes) CODE LEVEL 100030-12 Level 1, 6 & Up 100030-21 Level 2 100030-22 Level 2 100030-31 Level 3 100030-32 Level 3 100030-41 Level 4 100030-51 Level 5

TIME 11:30-12:15 pm 10:00-10:45 am 10:45-11:30 am 10:00-10:45 am 10:45-11:30 am 10:00-10:45 am 10:45-11:30 am

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AQUATIC PROGRAMS PARENT AND CHILD AQUATICS

AQUACISE

This water adjustment class is filled with songs, games, toys, and lots of fun! This program helps develop swimming readiness by leading parents and their children in water-exploration activities with the objective of having fun and becoming comfortable in the water. Children will experience such skills as water entries and exits, blowing bubbles, front kicking and back floats. Parents will learn holding positions and basic safety skills.

Aquacise provides fitness and fun for people of all ages and abilities. The class will incorporate activities in both the shallow and deep water. Thirty minutes of water aerobics is equivalent to two hours of land aerobics. Not only will you be burning off those calories, but you’ll also be improving your cardio-respiratory fitness, flexibility, and strength. So jump into the fitness routine with our water aerobics program. Equipment provided.

CODE: 100020-01/100030-01 SESSION 1 1

DAY(S)

TIME

Mon.-Thurs. 11:30-12 pm Mon.-Thurs. 11:30-12 pm

AGES: 6 months – 3 years

TIME

COST

START DATE

SESSIONS

LOCATION

DEADLINE

$40 $40

Thur.

7-7:45 pm

$40

July 12

6

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July 5

July 12 July 16

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WATER KICKBOXING

Preschool Level 1: This level will introduce your child to basic skills and help them feel more comfortable in the water. CODE: 100000-01/02 01 02

DAY(S)

AGES: 4-5 years TIME

Mon.-Thurs. 11:30-12 pm Mon.-Thurs. 11:30-12 pm

CODE: 100100 - 01

$40 $40

DAY(S)

TIME

COST

START DATE

SESSIONS

LOCATION

DEADLINE

Wed.

7:15-7:45 pm

$40

June 16

6

MCPool

June 9

CODE: 100000-03/04 03 04

DAY(S)

July 12 July 26

8 8

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AGES: 4-5 years TIME

Mon.-Thurs. 11:30-12 pm Mon.-Thurs. 11:30-12 pm

COST START DATE SESSIONS LOCATION DEADLINE $40 $40

July 12 July 26

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Preschool Level 3: This level is for the most advanced preschoolers. These youngsters will review skills previously learned, and will also be challenged by more difficult skills requiring longer endurance such as treading using arm and leg actions in shoulder-deep water. Skills may be adjusted for even more advanced swimmers as needed. CODE: 100000-05/06 CODE 05 06

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AGES: 4-5 years TIME

Mon.-Thurs. 11:30-12 pm Mon.-Thurs. 11:30-12 pm

All the benefits of kickboxing class without impact on your joints. We utilize the water as resistance to tone and tighten your arms, legs, butt and thighs. All the exercises performed at a heart pumping pace without damaging your knees, back or hips. Class is held in shallow water.

COST START DATE SESSIONS LOCATION DEADLINE

Preschool Level 2: This level will continue to help your child become comfortable in the water, as well as introduce more advanced skills such as gliding, basic floating, and swimming using combined arm and leg actions.

CODE

AGES: 16+

DAY(S)

PRESCHOOL SWIM INSTRUCTION

CODE

CODE: 100070 - 01

COST START DATE SESSIONS LOCATION DEADLINE

COST START DATE SESSIONS LOCATION DEADLINE $40 $40

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AGES: 15+

AMERICAN RED CROSS LIFEGUARD RE-CERTIFICATION COURSE This course is designed for lifeguards who have current lifeguard certifications and need to be re-certified. Participants challenge the course by completing all written and water skill exams with only a brief review session. Participants can opt to only take the CPR section. CODE: 300090 – 01

AGES: 15+

DAY(S)

TIME

COST

START DATE

SESSIONS

LOCATION

DEADLINE

Sun.

8:30 am– 12 pm

$30

May 23

1

MCPool

May 13


INSTRUCTIONAL PROGRAMS SAT PREP

COLLE GE FUNDING WORKSHOP

Going to college? Then you are going to be taking the SATs. Not quite sure what to expect? This four-week, twelve hour course will strengthen student’s math, critical reading and writing skills which are all a part of the SAT Exam. In addition to classroom instruction, students will do practice tests and receive instructor feedback. Optional take home study materials and practice tests will be available. Give your student the tools they need to succeed!

For many parents, providing a college education for their kids is one very important goal. Paying for that education however, has never been easy. The time between now and high school graduation is crucial for laying the groundwork for a successful college funding plan. This valuable college funding workshop focuses on the unique needs faced by parents, as well as strategies to maximize the amount of financial aid their child is eligible to receive. Special strategies on how to pay for college when a family is not eligible for aid will also be covered. Each family will receive a handbook ($14.95 value) which is included in the registration fee. Student with adult is free.

CODE: 101210-01

AGES: 14-18 years

DAY(S)

TIME

COST

Tues. & Thurs. 10:00-11:30 am $90

START DATE July 13

SESSIONS LOCATION DEADLINE 8

GHS #1124 July 6

HIGH SCHOOL STUDY SKILLS High school can be difficult. Let this four-week class help prepare you to succeed in next year’s classes. Learn what study methods work for you. Find out about your learning style and ways in which to improve it. Learn some tricks on keeping organized, taking notes, outlining, and especially studying for tests. CODE: 101210-03

AGES: Students entering grades 9 through 12

DAY(S)

TIME

Wed.

COST

10:00-11:00 am $35

START DATE July 14

SESSIONS LOCATION DEADLINE 4

GHS #1124 July 7

BASIC MATH REVIEW

CODE: 101190 -01

AGES: All Ages

DAY(S)

TIME

COST

START DATE

Thurs.

6:45 – 8:30 pm

$20

July 29

DRIVERS EDUCATION - THEORY ONLY “Buckle Up”! The Easy Method Driving School will be offering a PA Department of Education approved, certified driver-education program. The class will only cover 30 hours of theory. Students may register for the on-the-road training program through Easy Method Driving School separately. Upon completion of both courses, participants may be eligible for insurance discounts. For information regarding class content and on-the-road training rates, contact Easy Method Driving School at 412.243.3279. CODE: 101040-01

Keep your child’s math skills “on track” this summer! This practice and review course covering addition, subtraction, multiplication and long division will help reinforce skills already learned, as well as will give your child added confidence. A firm foundation of these skills will help your child as they progress into more advanced math. CODE: 101210-02 DAY(S)

AGES: Students entering grades 3 through 6 TIME

Mon & Wed 9:30-10:30 am

COST

START DATE

$45

July 12

SESSIONS LOCATION DEADLINE 6

MES

July 5

HELP YOUR CHILD This workshop (with optional one-on-one training) will provide you with the skills and knowledge you need to help your child manage homework, prepare for tests, become enthusiastic about school, and reach his/her highest potential. This workshop will get you and your child off to a good start for the 2010-11 school year. CODE: 100110 - 01 DAY(S) Mon

TIME

SESSIONS LOCATION DEADLINE 1 MMB/CC July 22

DAY(S)

TIME

Thurs.

10am – 4pm

AGES: 15+ COST START DATE SESSIONS LOCATION $120

July 26

5

DEADLINE

GHS #1132 July 19

DRIVERS EDUCATION - THEORY + ON THE ROAD TRAINING The Easy Method Driving School will be offering a PA Department of Education approved, certified driver-education program. The class will consist of 30 hours of theory and six hours of practical on-the road training. Upon completion of both courses, participants may be eligible for insurance discounts. For information regarding class content, contact Easy Method Driving School at 412.243.3279. CODE: 101040-02 DAY(S)

TIME

Mon.-Fri. 10am – 4pm

AGES: 15+ COST START DATE SESSIONS LOCATION $435

July 26

5

DEADLINE

GHS #1132 July 19

AGES: 18+ COST

7-8:30 pm $15 workshop only

START DATE Aug 16

SESSIONS LOCATION DEADLINE 1

MMB/CCR Aug 9

$35 workshop + 1 hour private training session (optional)

LOCATION ABBREVIATIONS EV= Evergreen Elementary • GHS = Gateway Senior High School • GHS/DS = GHS Dance Studio • GMS/AR = Gateway Middle Art Room • Integral/BALL = Integral Ballroom Dance Studio LL = Little Linguists • MCGC = Maple Crest Golf Course • MCP/AMP = Monroeville Community Park Amphitheater • MCP/East = Monroeville Community Park East MCPool = Monroeville Community Pool • MCP/West = Monroeville Community Park West • MES = Mosside Elementary • MMB/CC = Monroeville Municipal Bldg Council Chambers MSMS = Mosside Middle School • MSMS/AR = Mosside Middle Art Room • MSMS/Cafe = Mosside Middle School Cafeteria • MCP/Valley = Monroeville Skate Park @ Valley VS = Victory Stables

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SUMMER DAY CAMPS MONROEVILLE SUMMER DAY CAMP

CAMP CHIPEWEE

Come join us for the best outdoor fun this summer... Camp activities include craft projects, recreational activities, athletic games, swimming days at the Monroeville Community Pool, and a weekly fieldtrip to local area attractions. Children will have fun learning to appreciate and enjoy the outdoors while having the opportunity to interact with others in a recreational setting. Themes and activities will vary each week. Parents must provide children with their own lunch and snacks daily. Two or more children from the same immediate family qualify for a reduced rate. All children will receive a camp t-shirt the 1st week that they attend. Campers can receive a swim lesson on Fridays at the pool for an additional $5 per camper per week.

Camp Chipewee is back again to provide some summer fun for the mentally and physically handicapped youth ages 6 to 21 years of the Monroeville area. The major goals of the camp are to provide the children with a summer of recreational and leisurely fun. Each week we provide the children physical activities, arts and crafts, fun games, recreational swimming, and field trips. Campers in wheelchairs need to provide their own transportation for field trips. Themes and activities will vary each week. Parents must provide campers with a lunch each day. AGES: 6-21 years

CODE: 100600

AGES: 6-12 years

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WEEK

DATES

TIME

COST

01 02 03 04 05 06 07 08

1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8

June 14-18 June 21-25 June 28-July 2 July 12-16 July 19-23 July 26-30 August 2-6 August 9-13

8 am-4:30 pm 8 am-4:30 pm 8 am-4:30 pm 8 am-4:30 pm 8 am-4:30 pm 8 am-4:30 pm 8 am-4:30 pm 8 am-4:30 pm

$125 $125 $125 $125 $125 $125 $125 $125

LOCATION

WEEK

DATES

TIME

1

June 14-18

10 am-2 pm

2

June 21-25

10 am-2 pm

CODE: 309160-01 DAY(S)

3 June 28-July 2

10 am-2 pm

4

July 12-16

10 am-2 pm

TIME

COST

LOCATION

$55

MSMS

REGISTRATION DEADLINE August 2

PET PARADE CERAMICS CAMP Dogs, and Cats, and Frogs, oh my! This week we will be making projects all about the pets we hold near and dear to our hearts. CODE: 107020 - 05 DAY(S)

5

July 19-23

10 am-2 pm

6

July 26-30

10 am-2 pm

July 12-16

10 am-12 pm

COST

LOCATION

REGISTRATION DEADLINE

$90 MCP(West)

July 5

PRINCESS DANCE CAMP This camp will include jazz, “princess” ballet, ballerina storytime, as well as a crown and wand craft. Princesses will share what they learned at camp in a performance for family and friends at the Tall Trees Amphitheater on a scheduled evening. CODE: 100150 - 01 DAY(S)

AGES: 4-6 years TIME

June 21-25 10:30 am-12:30 pm 54

COST

LOCATION

$55

GHS/DS

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July 5

$11 per day MSMS/AR July 12 Monroeville Resident $22 per day Non-Resident $11 per day MSMS/AR July 19 Monroeville Resident $22 per day Non-Resident

MUSICAL THEATER DANCE CAMP Do you love to dance to musicals? Then this camp is for you! Campers will learn and perform dance routines to songs from popular musicals. Jazz and ballet will be emphasized. Campers will perform their dance routines on stage at the Tall Trees Amphitheater for family and friends on a scheduled evening. Campers will need ballet and jazz shoes. CODE: 100150 - 02

AGES: 5+

TIME

$11 per day MSMS/AR June 21 Monroeville Resident $22 per day Non-Resident $11 per day MSMS/AR Monroeville Resident $22 per day Non-Resident

AGES: ENTERING KINDERGARTEN FALL 2010

August 9-13 9-11:30 am

DEADLINE

$11 per day MSMS/AR June 14 Monroeville Resident $22 per day Non-Resident

SAFETY TOWN Safety Town is for children entering kindergarten in the fall of 2010. It is a safety awareness program designed to protect children by teaching them safety skills and allowing them to practice these skills in a safe environment. In addition, children will have the opportunity to interact with public safety officials in a positive, fun learning environment.

LOCATION

$11 per day MSMS/AR June 7 Monroeville Resident $22 per day Non-Resident

DEADLINE

MCP/East June 7 MCP/East June 14 MCP/East June 21 MCP/East July 5 MCP/East July 12 MCP/East July 19 MCP/East July 28 MCP/East August 2

COST

DAY(S) Mon-Fri

TIME

AGES: 7-13 years COST START DATE SESSIONS LOCATION

9:30 am-12:30 pm $65

July 12

5

GHS/DS

DEADLINE July 5


ABRAKADOODLE YOUTH ART SUMMER CAMPS Art Education Classes for Children (www.abrakadoodle.com) “Beach Party” Camp Hey artists, get ready for some summer sun and sandy fun. Each day children will create different “beach” art, do crafts, sketch in their personal sketchbook, move to the music and enjoy summer themed games. Art lessons will address contemporary artists from throughout the world, ecology, geography, and fun on the run. Surf’s up; let’s go! All art materials included.

MAD SCIENCE CAMPS Crazy Chemworks Shake up a flask of fun in the lab as a junior chemist! This hands-on and interactive program of chemistry for children is packed solid with cool reactions. Students put on goggles and change liquid to solid and back again. They get to handle laboratory tools, build and break molecules, and pick up some tricks on chemical changes.

CODE: 100170 - 01 AGES

DAY(S)

TIME

SESSIONS

3 yrs.-thru June 21-24 10 am-12 pm kindergarten 6-12 yrs. June 21-24 12:30-2:30 pm

COST

LOCATION

DEADLINE

4

$85

MSMS/AR

June 14

4

$85

MSMS/AR

June 14

CODE: 100160 - 01 AGES

DAY(S)

TIME

SESSIONS

9-12 yrs June 28-July 2 9:00 am-12 pm 5 5-8 yrs. June 28-July 21 12:30-3:30 pm 5

COST

LOCATION

DEADLINE

$140 $140

MSMS MSMS

June 21 June 21

“Garden Art Safari” Camp

NASA: Academy of Future Space Explorers

What’s in the garden? More than you think! From soil to bugs and blooms, each art activity will inspire individual creativity while developing a better understanding of garden environments. Art lessons focus upon elements in a garden and artistic styles and techniques that lend themselves to that environment. Students use a sketchbook to practice sketching and remember ideas. This is a wonderful art and science program in which the art is all about nature and its amazing value! All art materials included.

From our Earth’s atmosphere to the outer reaches of our solar system, this hands-on program for children sends them on a quest for exploration! Comets, planets, stars and more are all waiting to be discovered. Learn about the four forces of flight, the challenges of space travel, and even participate in a rocket launch! CODE: 100160 - 02 AGES

CODE: 100170 - 02 AGES

DAY(S)

3 yrs.-thru July 12-15 kindergarten 6-12 yrs. July 12-15

TIME

SESSIONS

COST

LOCATION

DEADLINE

10 am-12 pm

4

$85

MSMS/AR

July 5

12:30-2:30 pm

4

$85

MSMS/AR

July 5

DAY(S)

TIME

SESSIONS

9-12 yrs June 28-July 2 9:00 am-12 pm 5 5-8 yrs. June 28-July 21 12:30-3:30 pm 5

COST

LOCATION

DEADLINE

$140 $140

MSMS MSMS

June 21 June 21

YOUNG REMBRANDTS ART CAMPS

“Art Rocks” Camp

Fashion Camp

The stage is set for rock artists everywhere! “Art Rock” combines fun music and energetic art for a wildy creative adventure. Artists will make arty musical instruments, listen to rhythms, and maybe create some music of their own! Each artist will design a poster promoting a concert, create a unique label for a new CD, and have a rocking good time. Join us in the spotlight! All art materials included.

If you love fashion, learn to draw your unique fashion designs and accessories. Learn about color, style and matching.

3 yrs.-thru kindergarten 6-12 yrs.

DAY(S)

TIME

AGES: 5-12 years COST START DATE

Mon.-Thurs. 10 am-12 pm $75

CODE: 100170 - 03 AGES

CODE: 100180 - 01

DAY(S)

TIME

SESSIONS

COST

LOCATION

DEADLINE

Aug 9-12

10 am-12 pm

4

$85

MSMS/AR

Aug 5

Aug 9-12

12:30-2:30 pm

4

$85

MSMS/AR

Aug 5

July 5

SESSIONS

LOCATION

DEADLINE

4

MSMS

June 28

LOCATION ABBREVIATIONS EV= Evergreen Elementary • GHS = Gateway Senior High School • GHS/DS = GHS Dance Studio • GMS/AR = Gateway Middle Art Room • Integral/BALL = Integral Ballroom Dance Studio LL = Little Linguists • MCGC = Maple Crest Golf Course • MCP/AMP = Monroeville Community Park Amphitheater • MCP/East = Monroeville Community Park East MCPool = Monroeville Community Pool • MCP/West = Monroeville Community Park West • MES = Mosside Elementary • MMB/CC = Monroeville Municipal Bldg Council Chambers MSMS = Mosside Middle School • MSMS/AR = Mosside Middle Art Room • MSMS/Cafe = Mosside Middle School Cafeteria • MCP/Valley = Monroeville Skate Park @ Valley VS = Victory Stables

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SUMMER DAY CAMPS SPORTS CAMP

INDIANA JONES CAMP

Popular sports action drawing camp which includes hockey, soccer, football, etc.

Have fun trying to solve mysteries, playing games, drawing ancient tombs, optical illusions, and other mysterious activities.

CODE: 100180 - 02

CODE: 100190 - 01

DAY(S)

TIME

AGES: 5-12 years COST START DATE

Mon.-Thurs. 10 am-12 pm $75

July 5

SESSIONS

LOCATION

DEADLINE

DAY(S)

4

EV

June 28

Tuesday

AGES: 5-10 years

TIME

COST START DATE

10 am-1 pm $25

SESSIONS

LOCATION

DEADLINE

1

MES

July 27

Aug. 3

ME AND MY DOLL CAMP

FUN IN THE SUN CAMP

Bring your doll with you as you learn to draw her in different outfits and settings. Afterwards, you and your doll will attend a light brunch together!

Plunge into wet and wild fun! We’ll have water balloon games and sponge relays, and dig for treasures in the sand. Wear your swim suit or favorite beach attire for some “Fun in the Sun”. Children must be potty trained.

CODE: 100180 - 03 DAY(S)

TIME

Tuesday

AGES: 5-10 years COST START DATE

10 am-1 pm $25

July 13

SESSIONS

LOCATION

DEADLINE

CODE: 100200 - 01

1

MES

July 6

DAY(S)

AGES: 3 ½-6 years

TIME

COST

SESSIONS

LOCATION

DEADLINE

4

MCPool

July 12

July 19-23 10 am-12 pm $45

LITTLE LINGUIST CAMPS Total Language Immersion Camps Pick a language, come all day, or only half. Come one week or all six. Each camp will conduct the sessions completely in the target language integrating games, crafts, music and lots of interaction! A snack will be provided for those attending half day camps, with a snack and lunch provided for those attending the full day camps. Camps will be broken down into 2 categories: Pre-K through 1st Grade (Pre-K must be potty trained) and 2nd through 5th Grade. CODE: 100210 CODES 01 02 03 04 05 06 07 08 09 10 11 12 13 14 15 16

GROUP

LANGUAGE

DAY(S)

TIME

COST

START DATE

SESSIONS

LOCATIONS

DEADLINE

Pre-K-1st Grade 2nd-5th Grade Pre-K-1st Grade 2nd-5th Grade Pre-K-1st Grade 2nd-5th Grade Pre-K-1st Grade 2nd-5th Grade Pre-K-1st Grade 2nd-5th Grade Pre-K-1st Grade 2nd-5th Grade Pre-K-1st Grade 2nd-5th Grade Pre-K-1st Grade 2nd-5th Grade

French-Full French-Full French-Half French-Half Spanish-Full Spanish-Full Spanish-Half Spanish-Half German-Full German-Full German-Half German-Half Chinese-Full Chinese-Full Chinese-Half Chinese-Half

Mon-Fri Mon-Fri Mon-Fri Mon-Fri Mon-Fri Mon-Fri Mon-Fri Mon-Fri Mon-Fri Mon-Fri Mon-Fri Mon-Fri Mon-Fri Mon-Fri Mon-Fri Mon-Fri

9:30 am - 3:30 pm 9:30 am - 3:30 pm 9:30 am - 12:30 pm 9:30 am - 12:30 pm 9:30 am - 3:30 pm 9:30 am - 3:30 pm 9:30 am - 12:30 pm 9:30 am - 12:30 pm 9:30 am - 3:30 pm 9:30 am - 3:30 pm 9:30 am - 12:30 pm 9:30 am - 12:30 pm 9:30 am - 3:30 pm 9:30 am - 3:30 pm 9:30 am - 12:30 pm 9:30 am - 12:30 pm

$375 per wk $375 per wk $187.50 per wk $187.50 per wk $375 per wk $375 per wk $187.50 per wk $187.50 per wk $375 per wk $375 per wk $187.50 per wk $187.50 per wk $375 per wk $375 per wk $187.50 per wk $187.50 per wk

June 14 June 14 June 14 June 14 June 14 June 14 June 14 June 14 June 14 June 14 June 14 June 14 June 14 June 14 June 14 June 14

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BEAD BEDLAM

SO-LONG SUMMER CAMP

This one-day camp is set in just the right time before you go back to school. This camp can improve your fashion style by showing you how to make various stylish beaded jewelry to wear back to school.

Don’t want summer to end? It doesn’t have to yet! Come join us and “beat the heat” with a fun-filled week of of swimming, games, and crafts at Monroeville Community Pool. Parents must provide children with their own lunch and snacks daily. Two or more children from the same family qualify for a reduced rate.

CODE: 100190 - 01 DAY(S)

TIME

Wed. 10:00 am – 12 pm

AGES: 5-10 years COST START DATE

$8

August 18

SESSIONS

1

LOCATION

DEADLINE

MCP/West August 11

CODE: 107310 - 01 DAY(S)

AGES: 6-13 years TIME

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COST

LOCATION

DEADLINE

$105

MCPool

August 9


SPORTS LEAGUES AND CLINICS YOUTH TENNIS INSTRUCTION

B I K E & S K AT E B O A R D I N G C L I N I C

Keep your child physically entertained this summer with tennis. Children will learn the fundamental skills of tennis. Instruction will include beginner and advanced beginner skills, such as backhand, forehand, ball control, and rules. Participants must provide their own racket.

Learn the basics of skate park BMX biking and skateboarding. Learn how to handle the ramps, master obstacles, and maybe even pick up a few tricks! These camps will help beginners, as well as those more advanced to gain confidence and improve skills. It might not be the X-Games, but it’s a start! All participants must have and wear helmets. BMX bikers and skateboarders will be separated to work on specific skills. (T-shirt included.)

CODE: 101060 - 01 DAY(S) Sat.

TIME 10:00-10:45 am

AGES: 8-17 years COST START DATE SESSIONS LOCATION $45

June 12

6

DEADLINE

MCP/West June 7

CODE: 102200 – 01/02 DAY(S)

Learn the fundamental skills necessary to become successful in the sport of tennis. Backhand, forehand, ball control, rules and courtesy on the court are some of the basics you will learn in the beginner’s course. Participants must supply their own tennis racquet. CODE: 101070 – 01 Sat.

TIME 9-9:45 a.m.

AGES: 18+ COST START DATE SESSIONS LOCATION $45

June 12

TIME

COST

June 14-18 9:-10:00 am – Bike Clinic $60 June 14-18 10-11:00 am – Skateboard Clinic $60

ADULT TENNIS INSTRUCTION

DAY(S)

AGES: 8-16 years

6

DEADLINE

MCP/West June 7

LOCATION

DEADLINE

MSP/Valley June 7 MSP/Valley June 7

YOUTH VOLLEYBALL CLINIC This weeklong camp is designed for beginners and first year players. A typical camp consists of basic instruction in the skills of volleyball integrated with team play. The camp will also feature a four-person team tournament format. CODE: 102000-01 AGES: GRADES 6, 7, & 8 (Entering in Fall 2010) DAY(S) June 14-18

TIME

COST

LOCATION

DEADLINE

9:00 am-2:00 pm

$50

MCPool

June 7

YOUTH GOLF INSTRUCTION Golf is a great activity for kids! Introduce your child to this wonderful game with proper technique so they can excel for a lifetime. Instructions provided by Maple Crest Golf Course. Rules and etiquette will be taught with the strongest emphasis on having fun! Program includes all “on course” fees consisting of six one-hour lessons. Four free rounds of golf included. CODE: 101080-01 DAY(S) Sat.

TIME 9:00-10:00 am

COST START DATE SESSIONS LOCATION

DEADLINE

$60

June 4

6

MCGC

The goal of this weeklong camp is skill training and improvement. The camp will consist of advanced level training involving individual techniques as well as team play. CODE: 102000-02 AGES: GRADES 9, 10, 11, &12 (Entering in Fall 2010)

AGES: 10-16 years June 12

YOUTH VOLLEYBALL CLINIC “ADVANCED”

DAY(S) June 21- 25

TIME

COST

LOCATION

DEADLINE

9:00 am-2:00 pm

$50

MCPool

June 14

ADULT GOLF INSTRUCTION Get out and get active this summer! Fundamentals of golf at Maple Crest benefits beginners & intermediates. Gain confidence by learning the basics of the short and long game, as well as pitching, putting, and etiquette. With individual attention, you’ll discover how enjoyable the game of golf can be. Four free rounds of golf included. CODE: 101090-01 DAY(S)

TIME

Mon.

6:30-7:30 am

AGES: 17+ COST START DATE SESSIONS LOCATION

DEADLINE

$60

June 7

June 14

6

MCGC

LOCATION ABBREVIATIONS EV= Evergreen Elementary • GHS = Gateway Senior High School • GHS/DS = GHS Dance Studio • GMS/AR = Gateway Middle Art Room • Integral/BALL = Integral Ballroom Dance Studio LL = Little Linguists • MCGC = Maple Crest Golf Course • MCP/AMP = Monroeville Community Park Amphitheater • MCP/East = Monroeville Community Park East MCPool = Monroeville Community Pool • MCP/West = Monroeville Community Park West • MES = Mosside Elementary • MMB/CC = Monroeville Municipal Bldg Council Chambers MSMS = Mosside Middle School • MSMS/AR = Mosside Middle Art Room • MSMS/Cafe = Mosside Middle School Cafeteria • MCP/Valley = Monroeville Skate Park @ Valley VS = Victory Stables

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HEALTH & FITNESS PROGRAMS BOOTCAMP FITNESS Outdoor bootcamp style workouts that incorporate military style calisthenics with functional bodyweight exercises to burn fat and build muscle more efficiently. Class will focus on exercises that increase agility, balance and coordination. Different exercises will be introduced each week along with strict guidance and adherence to form and technique to not only make your workout more safe, but more fun as well. Workouts are suited for all ability and fitness levels. Participants should wear clothes they are not afraid to get dirty, bring lots of water, a buddy, and resistance bands if desired. CODE: 100140 - 01 SESSION DAY(S) 1 2 3 4

AGES: 18+ TIME

Mon & Wed Sun Mon & Wed Sun

COST START DATE SESSIONS LOCATION DEADLINE

11-11:45 am 10-11:15 am 11-11:45 am 10-11:15 am

$45 $27 $45 $27

June 21 June 27 July 19 Aug 1

8 4 8 4

MCP/WestJune 14 MCP/WestJune 21 MCP/West July 12 MCP/West July 26

ZUMBA AEROBIC FITNESS Zumba …. The latest craze in fitness! Are you looking for a change in your regular workout? Or perhaps you want to try something new? Why not dance your way to fitness? Zumba is an intense dance-aerobics workout with pulsating Latin music that is high energy and motivating. No special equipment is needed, but participants should wear basic or dance sneakers – not running shoes. Don’t forget to bring a water bottle, towel, and light hand weights (optional). CODE: 101230 - 01 DAY(S)

BOOTCAMP KIDS

Wed.

Outdoor bootcamp style workouts for kids! Focus will be on balance, coordination, and speed for active play through fun games and activities to enhance physical fitness levels. Children will be introduced to human anatomy, nutrition, and disease prevention through agility training and workouts; kids will have so much fun won’t even realize they are learning! Children should wear comfortable clothing for free movement and are encouraged to bring a water bottle. CODE: 100140 - 02 DAY(S)

TIME

Mon

10-10:45 am

AGES: 6-10 years COST START DATE SESSIONS LOCATION $18

June 21

4

DEADLINE

MCP/West June 14

CODE: 100140 - 03 DAY(S)

TIME

AGES: Parent + Child 2-6 years COST

START DATE SESSIONS LOCATION

Wed 10-10:45 am $27 per couple June 23

4

START DATE SESSIONS

9:00-10:00 am $40

June 23

6

LOCATION

DEADLINE

GHS/DS

June 16

This yoga class is designed as a fun way for mothers with young children to practice yoga asanas (poses) together. Studies have shown that yoga assists in both physical and mental development in children. Participants will learn basic poses, as well as partner poses that you can practice with your child. Wear movement friendly clothing and bring an extra layer to wear during relaxation. Bring a yoga mat for yourself. For children a large towel can be used in place of a mat. Namaste! CODE: 101250 - 02 TIME

Tues 10:00-11:00 am

Family fitness is a fun exercise program geared towards parents and their children. Together, children and parents will learn fun games and exercise routines that the entire family can participate in. We will work on balance, coordination, learning directional commands, following instructions, and sight word/picture recognition; all in a fun outdoor environment. One child per parent please; children must be able to walk, run, and jump on their own. All participants should wear free moving clothing and are encouraged to bring a water bottle.

AGES: 16+ COST

ME AND MOMMY YOGA

DAY(S)

FAMILY FITNESS

TIME

AGES: 3-5 years Accompanied by an Adult COST

START DATE SESSIONS LOCATION

$60

June 22

8

DEADLINE

MCP/West June 15

YOGA IN THE PARK Stiff as a board? About as flexible as a steel beam? This classical Hatha Yoga style class develops flexibility with relaxation and breathing techniques, progressing from pre-Yoga poses to basic Yoga poses. We will work at a gentle pace gaining a deeper and more alive experience in our bodies. Students from new beginners to advanced who are wishing to revisit the foundations are all welcome. Wear movement friendly clothing, as well as bring a yoga mat and a small blanket. Optional equipment: block and strap.

DEADLINE

MCP/West June 16

CODE: 101250 – 01 DAY(S)

TIME

Tues.

6:30-7:45 pm

AGES: 18+ COST START DATE SESSIONS LOCATION $63

June 22

8

DEADLINE

MCP/West June 15

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DANCE PROGRAMS CARDIO-KICK BOXING

LADIES LATIN DANCE

Are you seeking to improve your muscle tone and cardiovascular endurance? Then this fun, high intensity exercise class designed for beginners and advanced is for you! It’s sure to provide an excellent cardiovascular workout with intervals of high and low impact, and will incorporate Tae Bo like kicks, boxing type punches and light body sculpting. Want to challenge yourself a little more? Bring along #1, #2, and #3 weights. Participants should wear movement friendly clothing and sturdy sneakers. Don’t forget your water bottle and a towel.

No partner? No problem! This 60 minute ladies dance class is designed for women without dance partners who want to experience the fun of Latin Dancing. In this class, ladies will learn a variety of low impact Latin style dances, including Samba, Cha Cha, Salsa, Rumba, Swing and more! No partner is required, and the choreography is not only a good core workout, but will also introduce participants to Latin technique and following skills. Traditional Latin as well as contemporary music will be used throughout the course.

CODE: 101260 – 01 / 02

DAY(S)

DAY(S)

TIME

AGES: 15+ COST START DATE SESSIONS LOCATION

Mon & Wed 6:30-7:30 pm $70 June 21 $80 with weights Wed 8:30-9:30 am $42 June 23 $52 with weights

DEADLINE

12

MCP/AMP June14

6

MCP/AMP June 16

CODE: 100130 - 01 Wed.

TIME

AGES: 18+ COST START DATE SESSIONS

10:00-11:00 am $36

June 2

CODE: 100130 - 02 DAY(S)

TIME

COST START DATE SESSIONS LOCATION

Mon & Wed 7:35-8:15 pm $30 Wed 9:35-10:15 am $25

June 21 June 23

12 6

DAY(S) DEADLINE

Sat.

TIME

TIME

AGES: 18+ COST START DATE SESSIONS

4-6 p.m.

START DATE

SESSIONS

LOCATION

DEADLINE

6:30-7:30 pm $96 June 7 6 Integral/BALL June 1 per couple 3731 Wm. Penn Hwy. Murrysville

This 10 week series of classes will focus on three American Style Smooth dances, Foxtrot, Waltz, and Tango, as well as four American Rhythm/Latin dance styles; Cha Cha, Samba, Rumba, and Swing. Two lessons in Hustle and Salsa will also be made available. Techniques for posture, leading, following, and basic partner dance movement will also be taught. No partner necessary. Students should wear comfortable clothing and either tennis shoes or jazz shoes. CODE: 100130 - 03 DAY(S)

TIME

Mon.

4:30-5:30 pm

AGES: 6-12 COST START DATE SESSIONS $80

June 7

AGES: All ages welcome COST

LOCATION

BALLROOM DANCING - CHILDREN & TEENS

Would you love to learn more about horses? Pick a Saturday, bring the family; come with friends, or come alone. Any age can attend to see, touch and tour the largest horse facility in the area that is only 10 minutes from Monroeville. There are many different varieties of horses and ponies, all sizes, colors and breeds. Watch a live demonstration of horse behavior, and our very own students will demonstrate their horses in amazing performances! Afterwards saddle up, as you can experience riding in our indoor arena. Weather permitting you can also tour the farm, as well as visit with our llamas! ALL AGES WELCOME.

DAY(S)

Mon.

MCP/AMP June 14 MCP/AMP June 16

RIDE A HORSE - BE A COWBOY 101

CODE: 309150-01

6 Integral/BALL May 26 3731 Wm. Penn Hwy. Murrysville

Getting married or going to a wedding soon? Then let us help prepare you for your wedding dance! You will learn the Nightclub Two Step, which is compatible with most romantic ballads and love songs and is by far the most popular dance taught to wedding couples because of its elegance and easy-to-learn footwork. Plan ahead and make arrangements now so you can look and dance your best on your wedding day. No prior dance experience necessary. Couples only.

Floor, Core and More! is a 30 minute abdominal and core workout that uses just your own body weight and a mat. The exercises are designed to strengthen your core muscles while increasing the flexibility and endurance of your lower back. When your core is strong your overall body’s strength will improve without having to lift heavy weights. Improve your overall body strength - try abs and more. Remember to bring a towel and mat. Don’t forget the water bottle!! Wear loose comfortable clothing and sneakers. AGES: 15+

DEADLINE

WEDDING DANCE WORKSHOP

FLOOR, CORE AND MORE!

CODE: 101260 – 03 / 04

LOCATION

DEADLINE

$25/person June 5 1 VS 2 days prior $40/family (1132 Camp to usage (4 or less) Nancy Rd., Apollo) through (Vouchers must be purchased for specific date) Aug 28

CODE: 100130 - 04 DAY(S)

TIME

Mon.

5:30-6:30 pm

LOCATION

DEADLINE

10 Integral/BALL June 1 3731 Wm. Penn Hwy. Murrysville AGES: 13-17

COST START DATE SESSIONS $80

June 7

LOCATION

DEADLINE

10 Integral/BALL June 1 3731 Wm. Penn Hwy. Murrysville

LOCATION ABBREVIATIONS EV= Evergreen Elementary • GHS = Gateway Senior High School • GHS/DS = GHS Dance Studio • GMS/AR = Gateway Middle Art Room • Integral/BALL = Integral Ballroom Dance Studio LL = Little Linguists • MCGC = Maple Crest Golf Course • MCP/AMP = Monroeville Community Park Amphitheater • MCP/East = Monroeville Community Park East MCPool = Monroeville Community Pool • MCP/West = Monroeville Community Park West • MES = Mosside Elementary • MMB/CC = Monroeville Municipal Bldg Council Chambers MSMS = Mosside Middle School • MSMS/AR = Mosside Middle Art Room • MSMS/Cafe = Mosside Middle School Cafeteria • MCP/Valley = Monroeville Skate Park @ Valley VS = Victory Stables

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ARTS & CRAFTS PROGRAMS ADULT WATERCOLOR PAINTING WORKSHOPS

CERAMIC WORKSHOPS by The Crafty Shack

Paint your day away. Come to this hands-on painting workshop for five hours of instruction and demonstration for beginners to advanced painters. You will learn techniques using salt, paper towels, sponges and much more. A photo for you to paint will be supplied. You will have the opportunity to complete a painting the same day. Bring all watercolor supplies you have accumulated. Come find the inner artist you have always wanted to be. Bring a bag lunch for break time.

PATRIOTIC FIRECRACKER

DAY(S)

TIME

CODE: 107090 – 01

Mon.

11 am-12 pm

DAY(S) Sat.

TIME 8:45 am-2 pm

AGES: 16+ COST START DATE SESSIONS LOCATION

DEADLINE

$17

May 28

June 5

1

GMS/AR

CARTOONING FOR KIDS

DAY(S)

TIME

Tuesdays 11 am-12 pm

$75

July 13

6

MSMS

DEADLINE July 6

Fun workshops for young chefs wanting to learn the art of cake decorating. JUST FORE DAD For Father’s Day decorate a mini golf ball cake with fondant (sugar dough) tees and golf balls. Learn to ice a cake and print a message. Apply these skills to any cake you decorate.

DAY(S)

TIME

Tues. 11:00am-12:00 pm

AGES: 8-14 years COST START DATE SESSIONS LOCATION $18

June 15

1

DEADLINE

MSMS/Cafe June 8

UNCLE SAM MINI CAKE Decorate a July 4th Uncle Sam mini cake with icing hat, hair, mustache and beard. Learn to feel comfortable using icing bags and tips to make future celebration cakes. Also make marshmallow firecrackers to give to your friends and family. CODE: 100120 – 02 DAY(S)

TIME

Tues. 11:00am-12:00 pm

60

AGES: 8-14 years COST START DATE SESSIONS LOCATION $18

June 29

1

DEADLINE

MSMS/Cafe June 22

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COST START DATE SESSIONS LOCATION

DEADLINE

$14

June 14

June 21

1

MSMS

WHIMSICAL TIKI MUG Come color wash a tiki mug for your very own or for a gift. Mugs will be washed with wild colors and fired. Instructor will provide date that project can be picked up at the municipal building.

DAY(S)

TIME

Tues.

11 am-12 pm

AGES: 5+ COST START DATE SESSIONS LOCATION $17.50 July 20

1

MSMS

DEADLINE July 13

Join us to create a one-of-a-kind picture frame. We will be painting our frame and tag-alongs to attach to make a scene.

KIDS IN THE KITCHEN

CODE: 100120 – 01

AGES: 5+

SUMMERTIME PICTURE FRAME

AGES: 6-12 years COST START DATE SESSIONS LOCATION

CODE: 107020 – 01

CODE: 107020 – 02

Welcome to Young Rembrandts! Learning to draw can be fun, especially when we create silly characters, funny expressions and drawing sequences that tell a joke! This delightful program combines Young Rembrandts’ innovative, step-by-step drawing method with light-hearted subject matter that engages children, their sense of humor, and their vivid imaginations. CODE: 107030 – 01

Get a bang out of the 4th... Come make a tinsel topped firecracker. This shelf sitter will be painted, glittered, assembled and ready to take home after class.

CODE: 207100-03 DAY(S)

TIME

Wed.

11 am-12 pm

AGES: 5+ COST START DATE SESSIONS LOCATION

DEADLINE

$24

Aug. 11

Aug. 18

1

MSMS


SPECIAL EVENTS NEIGHBORHOOD PARKS PROGRAM The Summer Series is being sponsored by UPMC in association with the Municipality of Monroeville and the Monroeville Arts Council

MONROEVILLE SUMMER CONCERT SERIES Date

Entertainment

Location

Time

June 13 June 20 June 27 July 11

8th Street Rox The Holidays The Benny Benack Band Rick Purcell Band featuring Shari Richards Community Band South Donna Bailey Jazz Poor Yorick’s Players (A Midsummer Night’s Dream) Poor Yorick’s Players (A Midsummer Night’s Dream) Poor Yorick’s Players (A Midsummer Night’s Dream) Kellie Lynne Glen Pavone and the Cyclones Dr. Zoot

Tall Trees Amphitheater Tall Trees Amphitheater CCAC-Boyce Auditorium CCAC-Boyce Auditorium

6:30-8:30 pm 6:30-8:30 pm 4:00-6:00 pm 4:00-6:00 pm

CCAC-Boyce Auditorium Tall Trees Amphitheater Tall Trees Amphitheater

4:00-6:00 pm 6:30-8:30 pm 7:00-9:00 pm

Tall Trees Amphitheater

7:00-9:00 pm

Tall Trees Amphitheater

7:00-9:00 pm

Tall Trees Amphitheater Tall Trees Amphitheater

6:30-8:30 pm 6:30-8:30 pm

Tall Trees Amphitheater

6:30-8:30 pm

July 18 July 25 July 30 July 31 August 1 August 8 August 15 August 22

Summer fun available all day throughout the summer. Come and enjoy traditional playground activities including arts and crafts, recreational games, sport activities, and much, much more! So, come join your neighborhood park leader each day to see what fun activities they have planned for you. A special coordinator will also visit your park each week for additional excitement; see schedule below. The Neighborhood Parks Program is informal with minimal structure. The program is structured as a walk-in, walk-out program. Parent’s supervision is required for children under the age of 9. The program will not be held on rainy days. Please call our recreational hotline at 412.317.5070 for cancellations. DATES: Monday, June 14 – Friday, August 13 (No Program the week of July 5th) TIMES: 9:30 am – 4:00 pm (Monday – Friday) AGES: 6 – 12 years LOCATIONS: Alpine, Beechwood, Bellwood, Evergreen, Ferndale, Hawkeye, Overlook, & Pioneer Parks.

MOVIES BY MOONLIGHT at Monroeville Community Park (West) Tall Trees Amphitheater Make Sundays your “Family Fun Night” for the summer. Get the kids together; grab a blanket; some snacks and head on over to the amphitheater at Monroeville Community Park (West). “FREE” Movies In The Park will be held Sunday evenings throughout the summer months following most stage performances. Come and see new, as well as old time favorite family movies for kids of all ages. Pre-packaged snacks and drinks will be sold. Alcohol, glass bottles and/or containers are not permitted. To provide all participants with the same viewing quality we ask that you do not bring chairs.

Date

Movie

Rating

June 13 June 20 June 27 July 11 July 18 July 25 August 8

Spykids The Princess Bride Hotel For Dogs Night At The Museum Home Alone Dr. Doolittle The Tale of Despereaux Ink Heart UP

PG PG PG PG PG PG13 G

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KIDS FLEA MARKET Hey Kids... Want to make some money off of those toys you no longer play with? This flea market is designed just for kids. What a great opportunity to sell those unwanted toys, books and clothes. The sale of new or packaged items or household goods (includes candy, food, baseball cards, etc.) is not permitted. No Fee. Pre-registration is required. Registration forms are available through the Neighborhood Parks Program. Dates Wednesday, July 14, 2010 Wednesday, July 21, 2010

Location Evergreen Park Beechwood Park

Times 10 am to 2 pm 10 am to 2 pm

SCHEDULE FOR SPECIAL EVENT COORDINATOR: Alpine Park Wednesday 10:30 am – 1:00 pm Beechwood Park Thursday 10:30 am – 1:00 pm Bellwood Park Tuesday 10:30 am – 1:00 pm Evergreen Park Monday 10:30 am – 1:00 pm Ferndale Park Wednesday 1:30 pm – 4:00 pm Hawkeye Park Monday 1:30 pm – 4:00 pm Overlook Park Thursday 1:30 pm – 4:00 pm Pioneer Park Tuesday 1:30 pm – 4:00 pm SCHEDULE FOR CRAFT SPECIALIST: Alpine Park Tuesday 1:30 pm – 4:00 pm Beechwood Park Monday 1:30 pm – 4:00 pm Bellwood Park Friday 10:30 am – 1:00 pm Evergreen Park Thursday 1:30 pm – 4:00 pm Ferndale Park Tuesday 10:30 am – 1:00 pm Hawkeye Park Thursday 10:30 am – 1:00 pm Overlook Park Wednesday 10:30 am – 1:00 pm Pioneer Park Friday 1:30 pm – 4:00 pm SCHEDULE FOR SPORTS COORDINATOR: Alpine Park Tuesday 10:30 am – 1:00 pm Beechwood Park Monday 1:30 pm – 4:00 pm Bellwood Park Wednesday 10:30 am – 1:00 pm Evergreen Park Friday 10:30 am – 1:30 pm Ferndale Park Thursday 10:30 am – 1:00 pm Hawkeye Park Tuesday 1:30 pm – 4:00 pm Overlook Park Wednesday 1:30 pm – 4:00 pm Pioneer Park Thursday 1:30 pm – 4:00 pm

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REGISTRATION 4 WAYS TO REGISTER ONLINE REGISTRATION THE BEST WAY! You can now register and pay for recreational programs and classes online! Visit us at www.monroeville.pa.us/parks To get started you… The Monroeville Recreation and Parks online registration website is secure, which is why users must establish Accounts and obtain PIN numbers ahead of actual class enrollment. If you have previously enrolled for a program through the department, you already have an account. You can get your account information by calling the office. First time users please contact the recreation office for information on how to set up an account. Only one application is needed per household. MAIL-IN Please complete the registration form located on page 63. Mail along with check, credit card information, or money order to: 2700 Monroeville Boulevard, Monroeville, PA 15146 FAX-IN Complete the registration form located on page 63, including credit card information, and fax to: 412.856.2353 WALK-IN Registrations are held at the Monroeville Recreation and Parks Department which is located in the Monroeville Municipal Center (main entrance) 2700 Monroeville Blvd. Payment is accepted with Visa, MasterCard, Discover, checks (payable to “Municipality of Monroeville”) or cash.

REGISTRATION HOURS: Monday-Friday: 9 a.m.-4 p.m.

REGISTRATION INFORMATION • As soon as you receive this brochure you can register. • Classes fill on a first come first serve basis and fill quickly… register early! • If your desired program is full, ask to be placed on a waiting list. • Pre-registration is required for all programs unless otherwise noted. • Payment must accompany all registration forms. • Attend the first class as scheduled; confirmation is not mailed. HOW TO REGISTER If you have not participated in an activity sponsored through the department you must complete and sign the “Household Information Form”. Please provide all information requested on the form. Your registration will not be processed until all information is provided. Mail or fax your Household Information Form along with your Program Registration Form with payment to the Recreation, Parks, and Human Services Department. Registration forms are now available online at www.monroeville.pa.us PAYMENT No registrations will be accepted without full payment of fees. Cash, personal check, money orders, and credit cards will be accepted. Checks or money orders must be made payable to: “Municipality of Monroeville” REGISTRATION DEADLINES All programs have been assigned a deadline date. All registrations submitted after this time will not be guaranteed admittance into the program, and will be charged a $10 per person/per program late fee. LATE FEES A $10 late fee will be assessed to all registrations received after the assigned deadline date. Late fees apply to all registrations, regardless of residency. NON-RESIDENT FEES Nonresidents must pay a surcharge of $10 for each registration. A nonresident fee will not be charged to Pitcairn residents for any activity held at a Gateway School facility. CLASS CANCELLATIONS/WEATHER POLICY The Monroeville Recreation, Parks and Human Service Department reserves the rights to cancel, postpone, or reschedule any class due to lack of enrollment, inclement weather, or causes beyond our control. In the event of inclement weather please call our information hotline at 412.317.5070 for cancellations or early closing of facilities. If the Gateway School District is closed or will be closing early, all recreation programs held at the Gateway School facilities will be cancelled. Every effort will be made to reschedule sessions missed due to unanticipated cancellations or postponements encountered during a program. Rescheduling is not guaranteed. REFUND POLICY The decision to hold classes is based on enrollment. Refunds for recreation programs will be processed upon request in accordance with the following policy: • Full refunds/credit will be issued if the MRPD cancels a program. • All refunds must be requested before the first day of class. • Cancellations prior to the deadline date will be given a full refund less a $10 processing fee. • After the deadline date, program voucher will be issued on a case-by-case basis. • No refunds will be given after the first day of class. • Participants assume the risk of changes in personal affairs or health.

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PHOTO INFORMATION We may take your picture during recreation programs, at events, or at various park facilities. Photos may be displayed at the department office, on our website, on Monroeville cable channel (TV 15), in the IN Monroeville magazine, or on department flyers.


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Discount Ticket Sales LOCATION

Monroeville Recreation & Parks 4 1 2 . 8 5 6 . 10 0 6 PRICE

SAVINGS

TBA TBA

TBA TBA

$32 $21

$ 9.99 $ 1.99

$42 $30

$10.95 $ 1.95

HERSHEY PARK (Hershey, PA) Adult (9-54) Child (3-8)/Sr. (55-69)

SAVINGS

$28

$ 7.99

$9

$ 4.00

PITTSBURGH ZOO (Pittsburgh, PA) SANDCASTLE WATERPARK (Homestead, PA) Adult (4+)

$23

$ 6.99

$48

$8.92

$20

$9.95

$20

$ 3.45

SESAME PLACE (Langhorne, PA) General Admission (2+)

SNO COV (Scranton, PA)

IDLEWILD PARK (Ligonier, PA) Adult (3+)

Adult (3-54, over 46”) General Admission (2+)

DORNEY PARK (Allentown, PA) Adult (48” & taller) Junior (3+under 48”)/Sr. (62+)

PRICE

KENNYWOOD PARK (West Mifflin, PA)

CEDAR POINT (Sandusky, OH) Adult (Ages 3-61, 48” & taller) Junior (3+ 48”/Sr. (62+)

LOCATION

$25

$ 4.99

General Day Pass

WALDAMEER PARK (Erie, PA) Combo Pass (48” & taller)

Check the Monroeville Recreation Website for updated programming information. www.monroeville.pa.us

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