Cars, SUVs and pickups pulled up to a Fine Wines &Good Spirits store in Penn Hills on Monday as residents scrambled to purchase liquor with the opening of most state stores across Pennsylvania for curbside delivery.
U.S. News & World Report has ranked Hampton High School as the number one high school in the Pittsburgh Metro Area and seventh in Pennsylvania, according to a news release from Hampton Area School District.
The decision to allow some Fine Wine & Good Spirits stores to reopen (“Pennsylvania to reopen some liquor stores for curbside sales”) is good news. Common sense is prevailing when it comes to this shutdown. Yes, many businesses can open with enhanced procedures in place.
On Saturday afternoons, the Strip District neighborhood of Pittsburgh becomes a jam-packed hub of old-fashioned shopping. People stride along Penn Avenue, hopping from greengrocer to butcher to fishmonger to Italian market, smiling and gesturing and jabbering as they go.
Hampton Township School District organized “porch concerts” across its municipalities Tuesday night, in which band students — along with their families — performed songs of their choosing for neighbors and passersby.
Hampton Township School District is offering grab and go breakfast/lunch offerings for its students who qualify for free and reduced-price meals 11:30 a.m.-1 p.m. weekdays at Hampton High School, 2929 McCully Road, Allison Park. North Hills Community Outreach will distribute food 5-7 p.m. April 7 and 11 a.m.-1 p.m. April 28 at the Loaves & Fishes Food Pantry, 1975 Ferguson Road, Allison Park.
As schools shut down and businesses either closed or allowed employees to work remotely, folks in the North Hills found themselves with some unexpected time on their hands. Freelance photographer Louis Raggiunti took to North Park on March 20 and found it to be a fairly busy place – though most were practicing social distancing.
Back when the Cold War was still fairly hot, sometime between my first pimple and my first date, I remember sitting in a social studies class learning about the troubles in the U.S.S.R. To paraphrase my teacher, “They (those behind the Iron Curtain) experience bread shortages, heating fuel shortages, even toilet paper shortages.”
Hampton Township School District will be closing for two weeks beginning March 16 following Gov. Tom Wolf’s directive that all Pennsylvania schools observe a closure for 10 business days in an effort to curb the spread of the coronavirus.
In response to coronavirus concerns, officials have postponed SAT testing that was scheduled for March 14 at Hampton High School. When the exam is rescheduled, the district will send out an announcement. For details, go to ht-sd.org.
Blessed Trinity Academy wrapped up the team portion of the Forensics season on March 7 at the finals meet which took place at Butler Catholic. BTA had another outstanding season placing third out of 22 teams for the season and third out of 21 teams at the finals.
The world is always changing, this much we know. Some of us treat change like it’s poison ivy, always trying to see it before contacting it and then, once it’s spotted, hastily moving in another direction.
On March 8, at 5 p.m., Hampton Presbyterian Church is hosting an event called “Love Your Neighbor.” On this night, the Somali Bantu community is cooking the meal for the church’s monthly Second Sunday Supper. Dinner is at 6 p.m. followed by two programs. The first program is an activity where the youth will plays games and get to know each other. The second a presentation for people to learn about the Somali Bantu culture.
In an effort to share information about other cultures, seventh-graders at Hampton Middle School offered presentations about life in other countries in a program called “A Trip Around the World.” The students were given a country to research, learn about and then create a presentation about what life is like there, sharing their difference as well as any similarities with the United States.
Hampton High School has eights seniors who have been named as finalists in the 2020 National Merit Scholarship Program. Those students who have earned this distinction are: Chloe An, Christopher Chengshi, Sonia Fung, Brooke Hathhorn, Sanjay Johnson, Ji Min Oh, Annie Waters and Eric Xu.
Hampton High School’s gymnasium was rocking last week as Hampton’s Unified Bocce team took on Norwin in an exciting back-and-forth match. The Hampton Dog Pound, also known as the student section, came out in full force to support their team. It was a highly contested match that came right down to the wire. In the end, Norwin squeezed out a 3-2 win.
Blessed Trinity Academy is hosting their third annual Pot O’Gold Bash on Saturday, March 7, in Newmeyer Hall (St. Bonaventure Parish). Doors open at 5:30 p.m. with the event kicking off at 6. Tickets are $35 and include dinner, beer/wine, mixers and a lot of fun. There will be $3,500 in cash giveaways raffled off throughout the evening.
At Poff, Wyland and Central Elementary Schools, Carl Good, the school resource officer, annually does a program called Checkpoint Charlie with second graders. The program is geared toward helping children live safe lives by learning some important rules to follow. The program also included a coloring contest. Prizes for the coloring contest were donated by the township police and local businesses and included: Hampton Township Jr. Police T-shirt, $5 Bruster’s gift card, Vocelli’s Pizza Gift package, a police badge, and pencil holder case.
On Feb. 19, from 7 to 8:30 p.m., the Depreciation Lands Museum will host a program about George Washington. The lecture is called “Eager to Serve: The Indomitable George Washington His Seven Trips to Western Pennsylvania.”
After having just 4 inches of snow during January, sled riders got to take advantage of winter’s first real snow fall Feb. 8 at Hartwood Acres. But it was short-lived as warm temperatures and rain quickly melted the snow the next day.
In what Aquinas Academy geography teacher Mike
Flynn called one of the greatest GeoBee finals in the 18-year history of the event, Michael Greppi, a fifth grade student at Aquinas Academy, emerged victorious and has qualified to move on to the state geography bee competition.
North Park Skating Rink was the site of the “Give Hockey a Shot” program on Jan. 25 where children had the chance to learn the basics of hockey. Former Pittsburgh Penguin and Stanley Cup champion Tyler Kennedy was on hand to offer instruction and encouragement as kids of all skill levels were able to learn more about the game. The event was sponsored by the Penguins Foundation. In addition to Kennedy, other coaches and hockey players were on hand to share their knowledge.
Throughout our lives, each of us will periodically need professional assistance. For example, most of us will require legal counsel and all of us will need medical care. Many times upon receiving those services we lambaste the service provider for overcharging and ‘ripping us off.”
On Jan. 18, Wildwood Highlands hosted an auction where the community could bid on items in the now closed facility. All of the equipment, including games, miniature golf items, rides, kitchen items, tables and chairs, arcade games and more were up for sale.
Folks looking to take their game room or man cave to envy-of-the-neighborhood status won’t want to miss the public auction happening at the recently shuttered Wildwood Highlands entertainment center in Hampton on Jan. 18.
The Western Pennsylvania Model Railroad Museum will be open through Jan. 12, 2020. Founded in 1938, it’s the oldest model railroad organization in the country. The feature display is set in 1952, partially due to the fact that in that post-war era, railroads were at their busiest. The display features more than 6,000 feet of track.
A Christmas concert titled “Let Your Heart Be Light” was held at the Kearns Spirituality Center on Dec. 7 and 8. The North Hills Chorale performed this special concert in the Visitation Chapel to help the community get into the spirit of the season. The event was free and open to the public.
Poff Elementary held its annual Thankful Luncheon on Nov 26. Students and their families were invited to enjoy a Thanksgiving-style meal during the special event. Poff holds the event each year as a thank-you to the school community for its support throughout the year.
Every defense has its quarterback — the veteran tasked with relaying the calls from the sideline, getting players in position, understanding coverages and rotations. Rarely is that player a sophomore or a first-year starter.
A Friendship Dinner will be held at Nativity Lutheran Church, 4517 Mt. Royal Blvd., Allison Park, on Saturday, Nov. 16, at 5 p.m. All are welcome. Enjoy turkey and all the fixings. Dinner is free. A donation for charity will be accepted.
The 19th annual Epworth Church Children’s Gift Making party will be held Dec. 8, beginning at 11:30 a.m. with a pizza lunch. It’s a time for children ages 3 to 12 to make 10 handcrafted gifts to give during the holiday season. The cost for each child to attend is $5 and each is asked to bring along a photo of themselves that is no larger than 4-inches-by-4-inches.
The youth at Bakerstown United Methodist Church hosted an election day spaghetti dinner at the church on Nov. 5, 2019. Voters were invited to come in before or after voting for a meal and conversation.
Blessed Trinity Academy welcomed Linda Fischer and Jeanne Bittner back for a second year of reading enrichment. The two retired teachers visit BTA once a month and meet with the kindergarten through fifth grade classes to enhance the language arts program. This year they are focusing on examining different story characters for the kindergarten through third grade students and exploring a variety of genres with the fourth and fifth graders.
Hampton Township will observe treat-or-treating from 6 to 8 p.m. Oct. 31. Homes wishing to participate are encouraged to leave their porch lights on. Trick-or-treaters are asked to only go to homes with the lights on during the two-hour designated trick-or-treat time.
The Hampton High School Marching Band will compete in the Pennsylvania Interscholastic Marching Band Association (PIMBA) Championships on Oct. 26, at Gateway High School, 3000 Gateway Campus Blvd, Monroeville.
Forty students from the University of Pittsburgh were in Hampton to remove invasive species from Crouse Run Nature Preserve. The volunteers then planted native shrubs and berry bushes on Oct. 19 to improve the health of the preserve . It was part of the 12th annual Pitt Make A Difference Day where thousands of students volunteered to help their community in a variety of ways.
Hartwood Acres hosted its fourth annual Punkin’ Chunkin’ event. The event included a plethora of pumpkin events, including pumpkin carving and decorating, ax throwing, crafts, games, food and beverages, as well as the always popular pumpkin launching. SHARP Robotics from the Sarah Heinz House helped prepare a traditional catapult to see who could launch a pumpkin the furthest.
On Oct. 5, the Hampton Alliance for Educational Excellence (HAEE) held its 27th annual 5K run/walk. Every dollar raised goes to help improve education to students in Hampton Township School District. The HAEE is a volunteer-run non-profit that grants thousands annually to be used by Hampton schools to enrich the learning experience.
Perfect autumn weather helped make The Hydref - a Fall Festival and Market Faire, a success at the Depreciation Lands Museum on Oct. 5 in Hampton Township. Skilled 18th century re-enactors portrayed what life was like with demonstrations, entertainment, food, activities and more.
Hartwood Acres bid farewell to summer and welcomed fall with its annual Hay Day on Sept. 21. This event had food, a petting zoo, games, face-painting, shows and a variety of activities for the whole family.
The Talbot Tailgate was full of activities prior to the homecoming football game on Sept. 20, at Fridley Field. The Hampton faithful were in high spirits even though the home team came up on the wrong end of a 16-13 score.
Before the Hampton Community Pool closed for the season, township officials offered one last splash that encouraged four-legged swimmers to enjoy the water. The first-ever Dog Day at the pool was held Sept. 8 and it was well received and may become an annual event.
The CMU User Experiences Design Team of Monica Chang, Janet Peng and Kade Stewart came to Hampton High School this week. They were there to evaluate how the curriculum CMU provided to Hampton for its Computer Programming I class is working and if there are any adjustments that should be made. They observed class, and then talked with students about their experiences using the curriculum.This one semester course is an introduction to programming with an emphasis on critical thinking, problem solving, and creativity. Specific topics include functions, variables, expressions, conditionals, loops, strings, lists, graphics, and animations, as well as top-down design, testing and debugging.
The Hampton faithful came out in full support as the Talbots christened their newly-installed turf on Fridley Field with a hard-fought 31-28 gridiron win over crosstown rival Shaler Area on Sept. 6. Hampton’s football team improves to 2-0 in conference play (2-1 overall). The Talbots will try to stay unbeaten in conference action as they travel to North Hills on Sept. 13 for a 7:30 p.m. kickoff.
The International Day of Peace will be observed in the North Hills with a festival on Sunday, Sept. 15, from 3 to 6 p.m. at Point Grove on Lakeshore Drive in North Park. This year’s theme is “Global Peace Starts with Us.” The goal is to come together with people of all ages to celebrate cultures, diversity, and community while promoting peace, safety, and respect for all.
Hampton High School’s Back to School Bash is organized by the Student Council as campus was shut down from 12:30 to 2:15 p.m. for students to enjoy a variety of fun activities both at the school and in the Hampton Township Community Park across the street. The Hampton Township Police Department provided extra traffic control and safety for the students during this annual event.
Luke Lindgren ran for 107 yards and a touchdown while teammate Ian Andersson rushed for 102 yards and another TD as Hampton earned a 30-12 victory over Armstrong (1-1, 0-1) in the Class 5A Northern Conference on Friday night.
On Saturday, Aug. 31, St. Catherine of Sweden Parish, located at 2554 Wildwood Road, Allison Park, will be hosting a Food Truck Festival from 5 to 8 p.m. Enjoy live music from Second Breakfast, craft beer from Hop Farm Brewing, small batch wine from Mazzotta Winery and food from five food trucks: Mission Mahi, Bado’s Pizza, BRGR, Pittsburgh Smokehouse and Pittsburgh Halal. Top of the evening with ice cream from Brusters.
Greybrooke Garden Club, whose members reside in various communities of Pittsburgh’s North Hills, will meet Sept. 11 in the fellowship hall of Parkwood Presbyterian Church, 4289 Mt. Royal Blvd., Allison Park.
Clearview Road, between Harts Run Road and Hartswood Drive, will be closed during working hours while the Hampton Shaler Water Authority relocates a water line in the area prior to the Township doing some roadside stabilization. Clearview Road will re-open every evening during this project. The work is expected to last approximately one week.
Who wants to cook during the dog days of summer? No worries – head to Hampton Township Park this evening and bring your appetite! From 5-9 p.m. in the pool parking lot, Ash & Kris Kitchen, Call Keith Catering, Franktuary, PGH Crepes and Kona Ice will be serving up dinner, snacks, dessert and more.
The North Hills Squares is a western square and round dance club with events year round. The group is always looking for new participants. On
Sept. 3, the club will be hosting an open house for possible new members to come and see what it’s all about, featuring professional square dance caller Brad Dilbert. The event is free with complimentary refreshments. No experience is needed and casual clothing with comfortable shoes is all you need.
Hampton Township’s Farmers Market is held every Wednesday from 3 to 7 p.m. through Oct. 16 in the Hampton Community Center parking lot. In addition to getting farm fresh produce, jarred goods and meats, there is a wide range of other items available weekly, such as soups, sandwiches, wine, juice and other goods.
I own a beagle named Dozer. He’s a great dog — loyal and friendly. But, he’s lazy and not real sharp. Dozer doesn’t play fetch or do tricks and, despite his award-winning pedigree, Dozer is no hunter. Except, that is, when it comes to chipmunks A.K.A. “chippys” or “grinnies.”
Mornings are the peaceful time of the day, especially after you prepare a brunch buffet that emphasizes summer food. Bring out the beauty of the morning with a perfect egg bake accompanied by a sour cream coffee cake that lets you entertain with complete satisfaction.
With temperatures reaching the 90s and humidity levels that are off the charts, the Hampton Community Pool is the place to be. After a slow start to the summer with unseasonably cool, rainy conditions, summer has struck with a fury.
In it’s continued effort to introduce people to the outdoors, L.L. Bean Outdoor Discovery Schools hosted basic paddle boarding in the lake at North Park last week. Hosted year-round around the nation, L.L. Bean offers courses in kayaking, archery, fishing, snowshoeing, cross-country skiing, biking, canoeing, bird watching, outdoor fitness & yoga, hunter safety, hiking, camping, paddle boarding, children’s camps and much more.
There is a new “sensory walk” at Wyland Elementary, located outside the first-grade classrooms, which will be open to all students. The purpose is to give students the opportunity to move throughout the day as part of the school’s “brain breaks” so they can concentrate better on their school work. The sensory walk also is great for helping students to improve their coordination and gross motor skills.
Immediately following Hampton Township School District’s 2019 graduation ceremony, workers began the monumental task of replacing the track and field surface at Fridley Field. The target date for completion is Aug. 15 as to not impact the fall sports season at the school.
The Depreciation Lands Museum recently held its first Heritage Day, which allowed guests to explore the Depreciation Lands Museum Cemetery in Allison Park and the Pine Creek Cemetery in Gibsonia. The self-guided tours afforded attendees an opportunity to learn about the area in the 18th and 19th centuries.
Aquinas Academy of Pittsburgh graduate Margaret (Molly) Maglio qualified as a finalist for the National Merit Scholarship Program, which ranks her as one of the top 15,000 finishers of the more than 1.6 million entrants who took the Preliminary SAT/National Merit Scholarship Qualifying Test.
PRO BIKE + RUN and Cannondale Bicycles hosted Brews, Bikes and BBQ in North Park on
June 15 and 16. There was a bike ride, bike demonstrations, food trucks, draft beer and more. This annual event gives riders the opportunity to meet other cycling enthusiasts.