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1 The Hampton News January 2016 From the Neighborhoods of Hampton Township, PA Vol. 10 No. 9 More than 500 Bikes for Christmas T here will be new bicycles for over 500 happy children this Christmas thanks to Al Todd of Hampton and the Marines Toys for Tots Program. Al s Bike Drive was created seven years ago and the program has grown tremendously over the years. Bike riding was a big part of Al s life growing up and he loved riding by Gail Scott his bike everywhere. A few years ago, Al attended a luncheon to benefit the U.S. Marine Corps Re- (Continued on page 17) Ashley, Amy, Al, Adam and Abbey Todd surrounded by all the volunteers to help make this annual event a huge success! Band Extravaganza! by Diane Prem The Hampton school district bands hosted their 5 th annual Holiday Extravaganza on Saturday, December 12 th at the high school and offered something for everyone of all ages to enjoy. Visitors shopped at 100 vendor tables at the Holiday Mart, and at the Cookie Walk with its selection of 6,000 homemade cookies. They sampled food from the Band Dads Café, while Hampton student musicians filled the gym with holiday music. It s been really great, and I ve sold out of items. This is my third year, and I will definitely be back next year, said vendor Jan Mekovsky of Jams, Hot Sauces, and Pick- (Continued on page 12) Solid Turnout for Annual Fundraiser for Epilepsy by Gail Scott The 5 th Annual Emma Bursick Memorial Wrestling Tournament was held at the Hampton High School on Sunday, December 6 th. The Hampton Wrestling Association, led by Lori and Brian Olszewski, hosted the event. There was a great turn-out of Hampton fans this year and everyone had a wonderful time. The tournament was split into two levels. The first was the novice competition followed by the open division. The What s Inside Police Log... 4 Real Estate... 6 Library News... 7 Sports Volunteer Fire Department Western Humane Society PA State Rep. Hal English Playground Drive Help Wanted (Continued on page 9) 1

2 3 Hampton Seniors Acknowledged in a Fashionable Way by Gail Scott T he 52 nd Medallion Ball was held in Pittsburgh on November 27 th and three Hampton High School seniors were recognized for their service to the community. Riley Restori, Molly Staszak, and Elizabeth Watson were honored for volunteering 150 hours or more of service in helping others. St. Lucy s Auxiliary for the Blind holds this event every year to honor young women for giving their time and energy. The mission of St Lucy s Auxiliary is to encourage and inspire a lifetime commitment of volunteer service. Their hope is that the participants will realize the positive impact they have had on others and continue their volunteerism in the future. Bishop David Zubik attended the ceremony at the Wyndham Grand Hotel in downtown Pittsburgh. This year there were 112 candidates who collectively worked approximately 24,000 hours in service to others. (Continued on page 18) Pictured above: Hampton Seniors: Elizabeth Watson, Nick Worobij, A.J. DiDonato, Riley Restori, Brendan Gillespie, Luke Lacher, and Molly Staszak. January 7 th,

3 Hampton Christmas Celebration by Gail Scott The anticipation of Christmas started in early December in Hampton when Santa Claus and Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer arrived at the community center. There was a chill in the air on one of the few cold nights last month as children and parents lined up to welcome Santa and Rudolph as they arrived on two Hampton fire trucks. The atmosphere inside the community center was warm and festive as staff members served cookies and hot cocoa. The children were excited to meet Hampton police officers and Hampton fire fighters dressed in uniform as they visited with guests. There were demonstrations by the Depreciation Lands Museum staff in full costume as they turned sheep wool into yarn using a spinning wheel. A very talented gentleman entertained the crowd as he played Christmas carols on a piano. A lot of the guests were there to meet Santa Claus. A long line stretched past the basketball courts as people waited for their turn to meet Santa and get a photo with him. The celebration also included the annual lighting of the decorated Christmas tree in the community center. It was a great night for children and adults and a wonderful time was had by all. Merry Christmas from Hampton Township. Photos by Gina Marie Photography Cali, Camryn, Caleb, Jaime, Richard, Zane, Fiona, Courtney, and Andrew Vinny & Quintin (brothers) with Santa The Aguglia Family The Lange girls with Rudolph Shocking Health News (Consumer Warning): Flushing Money Down Your Toilet Makes You Sicker! Whaaaat? What kind of insane article is this? Why in the world would you flush money down your toilet? If we consider it literally, you wouldn t, but if you re like most Americans, spending upwards of $150 per month on vitamins and nutritional supplements, you re probably wasting a whole lot of money. Vitamins, antioxidants, cold formulas, immune boosters, and cleanses of virtually every organ you ve ever heard of line the shelves of stores in malls, strip centers, and warehouses fulfilling orders for countess websites. The fact is, unless you get the right nutrients ingested and delivered to the cells where they ll be utilized, the bottles of capsules, powders, and liquids are creating very expensive urine and going right down... you know where. selling miracles in bottles. Miracles don t come in bottles. The miracle is nature s ability to heal when the body is treated correctly and the cell is adequately nourished. Stop in and say hi or call for a free no-pressure, noobligation appointment just to get a sense of what true health care should be. You ll find the greatest resource for sound, science-based, nutritional support right in your own backyard. Rediscover your own miracle. Call or visit 2772 Harts Run Road, Allison Park, PA (Next to Commonwealth Bank). advertorial. Thankfully, not all health food stores are alike, and right here in Allison Park resides Revelation Health, a unique facility where experts help you determine precisely what will serve you. Whether you suffer digestive issues, pain, fatigue, hormonal imbalance, inflammation, or a sense of lost youth and vitality, you are easily victimized by those 3

4 Police Log The Hampton Township Police Department is dedicated to enhancing the quality of life of our residents and guests by providing the very best in law enforcement services. The twentytwo officers and two civilian clerks take pride in serving the community in a professional and proactive manner. Thank you to the staff for helping to keep our community safe. A summary of noteworthy incidents that occurred between November 6 th, 2015 December 21 st, DUI Arrest On Friday, November 13 th, 2015 at 2:42 a.m., a traffic stop was conducted on Harts Run road due to a traffic violation. The driver was subsequently arrested for DUI. On Sunday, November 15 th, 2015 at 1:31 a.m., a traffic stop was conducted on Route 8 due to observed traffic violations. The driver was subsequently placed under arrest for DUI. On Friday, November 20 th, 2015 at 2:20 a.m., a traffic stop was conducted on West Hardies Road due to observed traffic violations. The driver was subsequently arrested for DUI. On Thursday, November 26 th, 2015 at 3:18 p.m., a traffic stop was conducted on Kirk Avenue as a result of a domestic situation. The operator of the vehicle showed signs of impairment and was subsequently arrested for DUI. On Thursday, November 26 th, 2015 at 3:20 a.m., a traffic stop was conducted on Middle Road due to observed traffic violations. The driver was subsequently placed under arrest for DUI. On Thursday, December 3 rd, 2015 at 2:39 a.m., a traffic stop was initiated on Wildwood Road due to multiple observed traffic violations. The driver was subsequently arrested for DUI. On Sunday, December 6 th, 2015 at 2:45 a.m., a traffic stop was initiated on Elfinwild Road. The driver was subsequently arrested for DUI. On Saturday, December 12 th, 2015 at 2:32 a.m., a traffic stop was conducted on Greenwood Drive after multiple traffic violations were observed. The driver was subsequently arrested for DUI. On Sunday, December 13 th, 2015 at 3:34 a.m., a traffic stop was conducted on East Hardies Road due to an observed traffic (Continued on page 5) owned & operated by NRT LLC. Working with both Buyers & Sellers ROGER RECH, REALTOR Cell x210 Office P L U M B I N G A NOTE FROM THE HAMPTON NEWS As The Hampton News continues to strive to bring you informative and interesting stories, we also continue to welcome your ideas and input. Without the generous business owners help, we would not be able to provide our newsletter on a monthly basis. Please support the business owners that help us provide you with this publication! Production: Laurie Rizzo Editor: Deb Brady Freelance Writers: Gail Scott and Diane Prem P.O. Box 243 Wildwood, PA L L C RESIDENTIAL AND COMMERCIAL Gas Sewer & Water Lines Water Heaters Camera Sewer Inspection and Line Location Electric Eel & Hydrojet Sewer Cleaning Backflow Preventers Faucets Fixtures Dye Tests Storm Drains Frozen pipes thawed 4

5 Police Log (Continued from page 4) violation. The driver was subsequently arrested for DUI. On Monday, December 14 th, 2015 at 1:18 a.m., a traffic stop was conducted on a vehicle on West Hardies Road after multiple traffic violations were observed. The driver was subsequently arrested for DUI. On Tuesday, December 15 th, 2015 at 2:11 a.m., a traffic stop was initiated on a vehicle on Cedar Ridge Road after multiple traffic violations were observed. The driver was subsequently arrested for DUI. Fraud On Wednesday, November 11 th, 2015 at 7:56 a.m., Hampton Township officers responded to Laurel Oak Drive to take a fraud report. The reporting party stated that they received two phone calls from someone claiming to be from the North Hills Police Department requesting a donation. The caller stated that they would come to the residence to retrieve the donation. The reporting party was advised that this was a phone scam and to call 911 if anyone came to the residence looking to collect money. Vehicle Accident On Tuesday, November 10 th, 2015 at 2:51 p.m., Hampton Township officers were dispatched to Mount Royal Boulevard for a two vehicle accident. Two people were transported by ambulance to the hospital, and one vehicle had to be towed from the scene. On Tuesday, November 10 th, 2015 at 5:40 p.m., Hampton (Continued on page 13) Gail Scott Realtor 5048 Route 8, Gibsonia Hampton Office C: (412) JUST LISTED 1138 Links Way in Deer Run $230,000 Enjoy maintenance-free living in this 2 bedroom patio home. The home offers a covered patio, brand new carpet and paint, 2 car attached garage, and a community center with a pool. Present this coupon to THE GREETING GALLERY HAMPTON BUY ONE GREETING CARD GET ONE FREE of equal or lesser value up to $2 In Shopper s Plaza Exp. 1/31/2016 One coupon per customer 5055 Apple Ridge Drive $330,000 This beautiful Hampton home boasts 4 bedrooms, a finished basement, great backyard, and many updates. 5

6 Home News You Can Use.Provided to you by Judy Gifford, Your Real Estate Resource A brand new year! A clean slate on which to write our hopes and dreams. This year: Less time and energy on things; More time and energy on people. All of life s best rewards, deepest and finest feelings, greatest satisfactions, Come from people like you. By Joanna Fuchs Reproduced per permission of poemsource.com Thank you all who participated in our Toys for Tots Collection and Make A Wish Contributions as well participating in our annual Photos with Santa at the Community Center. I look forward to hearing from you! Hampton Home Sales 11/16/ /15/2015 address Sold price address Sold price 3042 Whispering Creek Dr $790, Hampton Valley Rd $230, Swansea Cresc E 460, Walters Rd. 194, Canyon Creek Trail 455, Maplewood Ln. 185, Flat Stone Ct. 399, Sylvan Dr. 177, Flat Stone Ct. 380, Clearview Rd. 162, E Elfinwild Rd. 308, Drake Ct. 148, Tall Timber 293, Bonita Dr. 142, Sunnyslope Dr. 289, Hampton 128, W Hardies Rd. 268, Hemlock Circle 125, Marie Dr. 250,000 This information is supplied from the West Penn Multi-List. It is deemed reliable but not guaranteed Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices, The Preferred Realty Judy Gifford, Hampton Office, 2860 Wildwood Rd Ext., Suite 100, Allison Park, PA , Decks Stained Insured Attorney Hal English Mt. Royal Blvd. Allison Park, PA Free Estimates Gutter and Window Cleaning 6

7 Library News 3101 McCully Road Allison Park, PA Thomas A. Bonidy, D.D.S., P.C. Join us for a new special kind of family evening storytime which will build on the 7 Principles of Early Literacy. Stories, music and activities will fill your little one s evening in this fun interactive storytime! Everyone is invited. Storytime will target 3-5 years old. Tuesday Evenings, 6:30 p.m. January 12 th through March 15 th. Registration is appreciated! Miss Mousie s Babies and Books! Wednesdays at 10:00 a.m. January 13 th through March 16 th. Caregivers who are looking to make new friends, get out of the house and build a foundation in literacy with their babies, this is for you! Stories, songs and interactive play will fill this time together! Make new friends for both you and your baby! Ages newborn thru 3 years old. Registration is appreciated! Pint Sized Picassos- A morning session has been added! Wednesdays at 1:00 p.m. 1:45 p.m. and Thursdays 10:00 a.m. 10:45 a.m. January 13 th through March 17 th. This program combines stories with art and is designed for fun and mess for little artists ages 4 through 6 years of age! Please dress in clothes they may get messy! Registration a must! Please note, that due to the unique nature of this program, your child must be registered to participate in the art part. Fluffy s Famous Friends and Family Storytime! Thursdays, 1:00 p.m. -1:30 p.m. January 14 th March 17 th. Meet Fluffy and some of his famous neighborhood pals each week! Friends include such personalities as Peppa Pig, Daniel the Tiger, Curious George, Pete the Cat, Froggy and so many more. Each week a new friend will be introduced through stories, songs and activites. Everyone is invited, but storytime will be geared towards 3-5 year olds. Registration is appreciated! Color Me Calm: A Coloring Program for Adults! Fridays, Jan. 15 th through Feb. 26 th. 10:30-11:30 a.m. Stressed? Looking for a fun, easy way to beat the winter blues after the holiday craziness? Join us for Adult Coloring! The latest craze is artistic coloring for adults! Adult coloring books have more intricate designs and patterns than those designed for children. Did you know? The meditative process in coloring has proven to calm the mind, lessen anxiety and bring a sense of peace. Try it out for yourself! Coloring pages and pencils will be provided. Murder by the Book! A Mystery Book Club! On Wednesday January 20 th at 6:30 p.m. Join us as we discuss The Winter People, by Jennifer McMahon. Books available at the library. Make new friends, discover new authors, and get a clue! Betty s Book Buzz: Thursday, January 21 st, 1:00 p.m. Join Betty as she gives her opinions, (both good and bad) about Circling the Sun, by Paula McLain. Copies of the book will be available at the library. Make new friends, meet new books!! Providing beautiful smiles in Allison Park for 20 years * Cleaning and Prevention * Cosmetic * Restorations * Implants * Tooth Extractions * Teeth Whitening Most Insurance Accepted Castletown Square North 4290 Route 8, Suite 202 * Allison Park, PA Cooks-N-Books with special guest Frank Mazzotta of Mazzotta Winery on Thursday, January 28 th, New England Dishes 6:30 p.m. 8:00 p.m. Join us as local Hampton resident Mr. Mazzotta shares his journey into the art of wine-making. Cooks-n-Books is a cookbook and food discussion group for people who love to cook and make new friends! No real experience or culinary expertise is needed- just a desire to share recipes and food!! We meet in Great Room A in the Hampton Community Center. Come for the food, stay for the wine!! Please note there will be a $2.00 donation to cover the cost of supplies. Registration Appreciated! Saturday, January 30 th, 1:00 p.m. 4:00 p.m. A Walk in the Woods with Thomas Rudy. Have you ever wondered what it would be like to hike the Applachian Trail? Did you read the book A Walk in the Woods, by Bill Bryson and think, I could do that? Well, here s your chance to experience what it could be like! Hampton resident and thru-hiker Thomas Rudy will be here to present the ins and outs of hiking. Join us for his talk and then stay to watch a special presentation of the movie A Walk in the Woods. Registration Appreciated! Holiday Hours: Closed Friday, January 1 st, 2016 The Library is closed whenever the Hampton Community Center is closed. When the building is closed, please use the outdoor access book drop at the corner of the Community Center Available 24/7! 7

8 A Skier's Delight! by Deb Brady Happy New Year Skiers and snowboarders from novices to experts are fortunate to have a top-notch headquarters for all of their equipment needs right here in Hampton Township. Peak Ski and Snowboard, located at 5061 William Flinn Highway, Gibsonia, not only has gear and clothing from top brands such as Rossignol, Head, and Bench, but also specializes in boot and board fitting. Owner Jim Jacobs, who himself started skiing at a year old, says, People come from all over the country to have one of our three certified boot fitters take care of them. The Jacobs family has been in the sporting goods business since They are experts in the field. Peak Ski not only sells all the equipment one needs for a day on the slopesit offers rentals as well, including an excellent seasonal rental package. For just $99.00, you can rent skis, boots, bindings and poles for the entire winter! This represents not only a cost savings, but a time savings-when you get to your ski destination you can get right out there without waiting in those long rental lines! In addition to the store here in Gibsonia, there is a second location near Boyce Park, where Peak Ski will sponsor a Quarter Pipe Snowboard Championship on January 30 th, as part of Boyce s 2016 Snowfest. No matter your age or skill level, the staff at Ski Peak can help you enjoy the winter weather that is sure to be around the corner! 5061 Route 8 * Gibsonia, PA * Center Rd., Monroeville, PA * Slagel Insurance insurance with a personal touch Auto * Home * Business * Life We ll help you determine the products and coverages to protect what s yours. And we re backed by a company known in the industry for its financial strength and superior service. Call Today for a Free Quote. Not all companies are licensed to operate in all states. Not all products are offered in all states. Go to erieinsurance.com for company licensure and territory information Mt. Royal Blvd. * Allison Park, PA *

9 Hampton results from the EMMA BURSICK "NOVICE" TOURNAMENT ( Open Results on page 10) 1 st Place: Kieran Bullington, 8U 55; Mason Stebler, 8U 75; Caleb Rihn, 10U 65; Kawood Lamm, 12U nd Place: Jake Moser, 8U 60; Nate Glock, 10U 100; Gryffin Keller, 10U 110; Nick Gianuzzi, 12U 65; Logan Schwartz, 12U rd Place: Jacson Michalek, 6U 45; Dustin Kerr, 8U 55; Alan Danner, 10U 70; Jonas Keller, 12U 150 Photo by Gina Marie Photography Some of the Hampton Junior Wrestling Novice Tournament Place Winners Emma Bursick (Continued from page 1) novice competition consists of wrestlers with 0 to 2 years of experience. The open division competition consists of any wrestler under the age of 15 who has more than 2 years of experience in the sport. Having a novice tournament gives the beginner a fair chance to compete against opponents with the same experience and to introduce them to tournament competition. We had close to 350 kids (male and female) from 3 different states and from ages 5 to 14 competing, stated Brian Olszewski. The Olszewskis would also like to thank Pasquale s Pizza for their continued generosity! The proceeds from both tournaments are split evenly between the Hampton Wrestling Association benefiting all levels of wrestling to help defray the costs associated with competing in this great sport and the Emma Bursick Memorial Fund ( The Emma Bursick Fund donates money to SUDEP (Sudden Unexpected Death in Epilepsy). SUDEP funds research, emergency medication and other epilepsy related items. You can find more information about Emma at emmabursick.org. Additional results are on page

10 Some of the open Junior wrestling winners From Left to Right: Jonas Keller, Jayden Resch, Logan Scwhartz, Alan Wolfe, Kawood Lamm, Gryffin Keller, Keaton Teller, Nick Gorman, and Kieren Bullington Hampton's Emma Bursick "OPEN" Tournament Place Winners: 1 st PLACE: Kaden Hoolahan, 10U 105; Christian Liberto, 12U 95; Jayden Resch 12U 115; Conrad Harold, 12U 125; Tyler Kocak, 14U 90; Johnny Rizzo, 14U 110; Zach Wright, 14U 122; 2 nd PLACE: Zach Danner, 8U 75; Nick Gorman, 10U 75; Alan Wolfe, 12U 95; Nick Gorman, 12U 75; Gage Galuska, 14U 100; Steven Carr, 14U 122; Justin Hart, 14U rd PLACE: Cameron Rakar, 14U 90; Joe Liberto, 14U 115; Corey Sherer, 14U 130; Conrad Harold, 14U 130; Dawson Dietz, 14U th PLACE: Tony Imbarlina, 8U 50; Devin Rakar, 8U 55; Evan Tillman, 8U 70; Michael Morgano, 12U 95; Luke Matson, 14U 110; Michael Berarducci, 14U

11 Hampton Basketball Cheer Clinic for K-5 students! Basketball Champions! The Lady Talbots are a young group of girls that enjoy playing the game of basketball. The team was formed less than a year ago and they are on the road to a great winter sport season. The Talbots won over Fox Chapel, Norwin, North Allegheny and for the championship won against McKeesport The game against Norwin was especially close. Norwin was leading In the last five seconds Meghan Murray took the steal and recovered it to Julia Hermann for the final winning shot with one second left in the game! The Lady Talbots won 21-20! The coaches are Pat Murray-head, Fred Hermann and Keith Hoehler. Come cheer with The Hampton Cheerleaders at the January 15 th Varsity basketball game Hampton vs Knoch. Practice will be held the Thursday prior to the game. All participants will receive a T-shirt, hair bow, tattoo, and a treat bag. They will learn cheers and chants from the HHS cheerleaders to perform during the first half of the game. Registration forms will be sent home from school, with the school online newsletters and on the school website. Cost is $30 for 1 child with discounts for multiple siblings. Please call or Karen Morrison with any questions at or Hope to see you there! Threading The Needle LLC 4960 William Flynn Hwy * Shopper s Plaza Allison Park, PA Hours: M-F 9:00am to 5:00pm Sat-10:00am to 2:00pm Our craftsmanship is on display in: A+ RATING ANGIES LIST & B.B.B Check us out! Retail locations all over the United States & Canada, including a Flagship store in Times Square Several schools, banks and Laundromats in the Pittsburgh area Executive offices in Warrendale & Pittsburgh TIM WILLIAMS * * years experience * Insured & Licensed PA#

12 Band Extravaganza (Continued from page 1) les. Dads Band Café s Bob Bollinger concurred, We were really busy and sold out of a lot of menu items. Lisa Wagner, Cookie Walk Chair, added, There were 25 people in line when we opened, and the lady locks were gone in an hour - people bought multiple boxes. Mr. and Mrs. Claus heard wishes and posed for photos with children. Visitors also enjoyed making ice cream sundaes, the roving snow princesses, and crafts. The snowman craft is unique and we can t wait to hang it on our tree, boasted Braeden Setttnek and Brennan Murray, ages 10 and 11. We love Jingles the reindeer he looks just like Rudolph, exclaimed Alex and Andrew Mitterer, ages 9 and 7. This event raised thousands of dollars that will be split between the Hampton elementary, middle, and high school bands. Many thanks go out to the volunteers, the bakers, and businesses who made this day possible. And a big thank you to the Hampton community for coming out to support this worthwhile event! Braeden Settnek and Brennan Murray The Dads Band Café Volunteers Amanda Gaydos and Ana De Niz, grades 10 and 9, helped Ryan Edinger and Brynn Rodgers, ages 5 and 4, make snowmen. 'The Saxabone Quartet' - Seniors Caleb Martin, Nick Hutchison, Matt Ramsey, and Wes Weidenhamer. Nick Pisani Jr Seniors Alexa Aurednik as a 'Snow Princess,' and Justin Vasil as 'Jingles,' with Alex and Andrew Mitterer. 12

13 Hiking the Appalachian Trail Through the Eyes of Thomas Rudy by Gail Scott T he Hampton Community Library will host an event about hiking on Saturday, January 30 th from 1 to 4 pm. Long-time Hampton resident Thomas Rudy will share his experience of hiking the Appalachian Trail and give advice about long distance hiking. The movie A Walk in the Woods will accompany the lecture. Rudy, 63, has always loved the outdoors. In his 20s he was a wilderness guide in Colorado for Outward Bound. He bicycled one summer coast-to-coast from Vancouver to Boston (3900 miles). Rudy got busy with a career and was a professor in the Medical School at the University of Pittsburgh for 25 years. Tom decided to retire early at 55 and pursue his love of the outdoors while he still was able. Tom commented, I wanted more time than more money. I have hiked around 4,000 miles since retirement. He has hiked the Colorado Trail from Denver to Durango, parts of the Continental Divide Trail, the Appalachian Trail, and many trails in Pennsylvania. He said, My motto is start where you are, any distance, any speed. It's all good." For the lecture, Rudy plans to wear hiking clothing and show some equipment. He will talk about how to train for hikes and give handouts of great backpacking trails in Western PA. The discussion will cover what Tom has learned from his years of hiking and recommendations for those who want to try this fun hobby for themselves. Registration for this special event is appreciated. Call the library at Police Log (Continued from page 5) Township officers responded to Wildwood Road for a two vehicle accident. Both vehicles were able to be driven from the scene. On Wednesday, November 11 th, 2015 at 6:32 p.m., Hampton Township police responded to Wildwood Road for a vehicle versus pedestrian accident. The pedestrian was transported to the hospital for further evaluation. On Thursday, November 12 th, 2015 at 5:56 p.m., Hampton Township officers responded to Route 8 for a two vehicle accident. One individual was transported by ambulance to the hospital, and both vehicles were towed from the scene. On Sunday, November 15 th, 2015 at 11:26 p.m., Hampton Township officers responded to Route 8 for a single vehicle accident involving a business sign. The driver was transported by ambulance to the hospital and the vehicle was towed from the scene. On Wednesday, November 18 th, 2015 at 2:20 p.m., Hampton Township officers were dispatched to the intersection of Ferguson Road and Mount Royal Boulevard for a two vehicle accident. Both vehicles were able to be driven from the scene. On Saturday, November 21 st, 2015 at 2:36 p.m., Hampton Township officers responded to West Hardies Road for a two vehicle accident. Both vehicles were able to be driven from the scene. On Saturday, November 28 th, 2015 at 5:17 a.m., Hampton Township officers responded to Wildwood Road for a two vehicle accident. Both vehicles were able to be driven from the scene. On Monday, November 30 th, 2015 at 11:12 a.m., Hampton Township officers responded to Mount Royal Boulevard for a two vehicle accident. One vehicle was towed from the scene. On Tuesday, December 1 st, 2015 at 8:25 a.m., Hampton Township officers were dispatched to Clearview Road for a two vehicle accident. One vehicle had to be towed from the scene and one operator was taken to the hospital by personal vehicle. On Wednesday, December 2 nd, 2015 at 9:30 a.m., Hampton Township officers responded to Hardt Road for a two vehicle collision. One vehicle was towed from the scene. On Friday, December 4 th, 2015 at 3:19 p.m., Hampton Township officers responded to Cedar Run Road, at Middle Road, for a two vehicle accident. One vehicle was towed from the scene. Continued on page 16 Night at the Races* At Hampton VFD #1 January 30, 2015 $25 per person (includes buffet, beer/wine and soft drinks) More Info/Tickets: Todd Probeck *Benefits: 13

14 Launching a Search for Hampton s Next Superintendent As of December 8 th, 2015 the Hampton Township Board of School Directors is about to begin a search for the District s next superintendent. The board will be assisted in this effort through the consulting services of TEMPLETON Advantage, a project overseen by leadership strategist and executive search consultant, Tom Templeton. The selection of TEMPLETON Advantage was +approved at a regular meeting of the Board on December 7 th. We chose TEMPLETON Advantage because of Mr. Templeton s reputation as a search consultant, and the board s collaboration with him during the previous search that brought Dr. Hoover to the District. As a former school director himself, and one who has interacted with thousands of school leaders throughout Pennsylvania and beyond for over 15 years, we are confident that TEMPLE- TON Advantage is the right partner for us to find the next superintendent of the Hampton Township School District, said Bryant Wesley, II, Esq., President of the Hampton Township Board of School Directors. Dr. John Hoover, the district s current superintendent, is anticipating retirement at the conclusion of the current school year, after a 10-year tenure of outstanding service to the district. As a board, we understand our obligation to conduct a thorough and responsible search on behalf of the Hampton Community. Dr. Hoover has established an exceptional leadership culture throughout the District, and we are looking for the next leader with the skills to advance that legacy, Wesley added. The first steps in the process involve establishing all the logistics of the search, from advertising and recruiting to the search timeline, candidate interview protocols and communication strategies to keep all parties appropriately informed throughout the search. I m excited to get to work for the Hampton Township School District. My intention is to provide the kind of professional service that is unmatched in the marketplace. I am passionate about helping boards find great leaders, and to provide the strategies that will accelerate their growth as a governing team, said Tom Templeton. Best breakfast in town served all day! All foods available all day. Do you want an omelet for dinner and an Italian sub for breakfast? We can do that! Tues./Wed. 6:30 a.m. - 2:30 p.m. Thursday 6:30 a.m. 7:00 p.m. Friday 6 a.m. 8 p.m. Sat. 7 a.m. - 2:00 p.m. Sunday 8 a.m. 1:30 p.m. s 14

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16 St. Ursula s Talent Band students in the Northern Area auditioned for the April Honors Band Concert at CWNC (Cardinal Wuerl North Catholic). Five St. Ursula students will be among those honored. Congratulations to Maya Bianco, Annessa Donato, Adam Larson, Anna Norman, and Hannah Valenty who will be among the 100 students performing. Cookies With Santa A beloved tradition at St Ursula. Students in 7 th and 8 th grade created the games and were here to run them on Saturday, December 5 th. Santa came early to meet the kids and have a cookie or two. The day was fun for the young children and for the older students who helped. Even some alumni stopped in to help! Police Log (Continued from page 13) On Saturday, December 5 th, 2015 at 12:59 p.m., Hampton Police responded to Duncan Avenue, at Mount Royal, for a three vehicle accident. One vehicle was towed from the scene and one operator was transported to the hospital. On Sunday, December 6 th, 2015 at 12:35 p.m. Hampton Police responded to Route 8 for a two vehicle accident. Both vehicles were able to be driven from the scene. On Monday, December 7 th, 2015 at 4:28 p.m., Hampton Police responded to Middle Road at Wildwood Road Ext. for a two vehicle crash. One vehicle was towed from the scene. On Tuesday, December 8 th, 2015 at 10:42 a.m., Hampton Police responded to (Continued on page 19) 16

17 Al with Gunnery Sargent Kevin Geppert, Chief Dan Kuny and other volunteers Al s Bikes (Continued from page 1) serve Toys for Tots Program. The program gives toys to needy families and children for the holidays. He learned that the Marines can only purchase a toy for a child worth $30 or less with the monetary donations that they collect. Thirty dollars is not enough money to buy a bike to give to a child. Al saw a real need in the program and wanted to find a way to give children a new bike for Christmas. He created Al s Bike Drive that first year and they were able to donate 31 bikes that Christmas. Since then, through the support of family, friends, community and coworkers, the bike drive has grown to incredible proportions. This year Al s Bike Drive donated 511 bikes to the Marines Toys For Tots Program. Todd credits great support from the people around him for the wonderful turn-out this year. Donating the bikes is not just about collecting money. He and his friends spend a lot of time and energy picking up the bikes and delivering them by a caravan of vehicles to the Marines. Al said, Thanks very much to all who donated, volunteered and spread the word. I'm overwhelmed with all the support we've had. Hundreds of people from seven states helped make the program happen this year. I am amazed how much things have grown every year. It's been terrific. Walmart in Gibsonia helped put the bikes together this year. Thrivent supported the bike drive by donating a bike helmet, water bottle and backpack to go with each bike. December 10 th was delivery day and over 100 people showed up to volunteer. There were 50 cars and trucks in the procession driving the bikes to the Strip District on distribution day. The group had an escort from Hampton, North Hampton, West Deer and Richland fire departments along with Hampton and Northern Regional police as the caravan drove to the Strip District. Al and his friends can all share a big smile this Christmas morning as they picture 511 happy children finding a shiny new bike from Santa and his wonderful helpers. 17

18 A Plea from the Western PA Humane Society by Carrie Nardini I s your home missing the pitter patter of furry feet? Or possibly four more furry feet? There are adoptable pets waiting to find their forever homes right now at the Western PA Humane Society. One look online and some people are smitten, ready to adopt a friend right away, but it is always a good idea to bring the whole household in to meet a new family member before going home. This ensures that a pet is the absolute right fit for your home. We encourage you to visit wpahumane.org and check our available adoptable pets and also to spend some time at WPHS with our adoption counselors. We are waiting to see you! If you can t adopt right now you can still get involved at WHPS. We rely on donations from individuals so we can care for homeless pets all year long. Consider making a contribution, or learn about volunteering. There are many types of activities you can do to help including dog walking, cat cuddling, bunny romping, events, single day of service visits, fostering and more. Killian is at the Western PA Humane Society at 1101 Western Avenue Pittsburgh, PA Like us on facebook: North Hampton Volunteer Fire November 2015 Chief John Schwend s Monthly Report Monthly Incident Summary: Appliance Fire 1 Brush Fire 2 CO Alarm No Ill Effects 4 Commercial Fire Alarm 6 Gas Leak / Smell of Gas 1 Odor of Smoke in Residence 1 Other 3 Residential Fire Alarm 2 Vehicle Accident No Entrapment 7 Wires Down / Transformer Problem 5 Total Incidents for the Month 32 Total Incidents for Noteworthy incidents: NHVFD was dispatched along with mutual aid to the report of a stove on fire on Thanksgiving. Units arrived to find the fire was extinguished by homeowner. Crews checked for extension. New Membership: We can always use new members who are interested in firefighting, fire police or as drivers only. There is a place in the department for anyone who is interested in helping. Please contact an officer at , or visit our website at Medallion Ball (Continued from page 2) Also attending as their escorts were Hampton residents Nick Worobij, A.J. DiDonato, Brendan Gillespie, and Luke Lacher. The girls wore long white gowns and after the ceremony they were all treated to an evening of dinner and dancing. Hampton High School Student Council Accepting Nominations for 2016 Distinguished Alumni Award The Hampton High School Student Council is accepting nominations for the 2016 Distinguished Alumni Award. Nominees must be a Hampton High School alumnus who has served as an inspiration in their community, the workforce or the private sector. The recipient will attend the Hampton High School graduation ceremony and present a 3 to 5 minute speech to the graduating class. Recipients must be able to attend the graduation ceremony in order to be named the Distinguished Alumni. Nomination forms are available on the Hampton Township School District website. Copies of the forms also are available in the Hampton High School office. Forms must be completed and returned no later than February 1 st, For questions, please contact Kevin Green at or by calling

19 Churn ing out Delicious Treats! by Gail Scott T here is a delightful new store on Route 8 called Churnbe sure to stop in and say hello to owner and Hampton resident Kelley Costa. Churn offers homemade ice cream and homemade gourmet coffee blends, lattes, Chai tea, frappes, Italian sodas, hot chocolate, and iced coffees on their coffee bar. The ice cream is offered in many traditional flavors as well as unique combinations. You can also put in a request for a favorite flavor that you want them to make in the future. The atmosphere is warm and inviting at Churn and you can sit on a comfortable sofa or chair and enjoy your drinks while visiting with other local residents. The store has been very busy since its opening day on October 30 th, with great support from the local Hampton and Richland communities. The homemade ice cream flavors change daily and are made on-site. Yummy pastries created by local bakers and other food items are also available. Once you try Churn, you will never be able to drive by without stopping. When you want a fabulous coffee drink, ice-cream treat or pastry, go to Churn and support our local community! The store s website is: Churn is located at 5330 William Flinn Highway in Gibsonia across from the Richland Mall. Hours of operation are Monday - Friday 6 A.M. - 9 P.M. and Saturday & Sunday 7 A.M. - 9 P.M. You can also contact the store by phone at advertorial Police Log (Continued from page 16) Mount Royal Blvd at Route 8 for a two vehicle accident. Both vehicles were able to be driven from the scene. On Thursday, December 10 th, 2015 at 5:41 p.m., Hampton Police responded to East Hardies Road at Turner Road for a two vehicle accident. One vehicle was towed from the scene. On Thursday, December 10 th, 2015 at 5:42 p.m., Hampton Police were dispatched to Wildwood Road at Talley Cavey Road for a three vehicle accident. One vehicle was towed from the scene. On Friday, December 11 th, 2015 at 8:31 a.m., Hampton Police responded to Duncan Avenue for a two vehicle accident. Both vehicles were able to be driven from the scene. On Saturday, December 12 th, 2015 at 9:03 a.m., Hampton Police were dispatched to Mt Royal Blvd and Craighead Road for a single vehicle accident. The vehicle was towed from the scene, and the operator was transported to the hospital. On Monday, December 14 th, 2015 at 2:45 p.m., Hampton Police responded to Route 8 at Mount Royal Blvd for a two vehicle accident. One vehicle was towed from the scene. On Wednesday, December 16 th, 2015 at 5:50 p.m., Hampton Police were dispatched to Harts Run Road at Route 8 for a two vehicle accident. Both vehicles were able to be driven from the scene. end 19

20 Current Events Christmas Tree Recycling Program The Allegheny County Department of Parks is again offering its Annual Christmas Tree Recycling Program this holiday season. Residents of the county can drop off their Christmas trees beginning on Saturday, December 26, 2015 through Saturday, January 16, 2016 at all nine regional parks during regular hours of operation (dawn to dusk). All lights, decorations, tinsel and stands must be removed from trees prior to drop-off. The trees will be mulched and used in Allegheny County s nine regional parks. Trees may be dropped off from dawn to dusk at Deer Lakes: Parking lot by Veterans Shelter, Hartwood Acres: Parking lot at the mansion, or North Park: Parking lot at the swimming pool. Speak With State Representative Hal English Residents in the 30 th Legislative District will have the opportunity for a one-on-one meeting with Representative English. If you would like to share your concerns or ideas with Rep. English, he will be available at the Cooper-Siegel Community Library, 403 Fox Chapel Road, Pittsburgh, on Thursday, January 14 th from 10:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Thursday, January 21 st from 4:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m. Thursday, February 4 th from 1:00 p.m. to 3:00 p.m. Hampton Township Community Center, 3101 McCully Road, Allison Park, Friday, January 15 th from 2:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m., Thursday, January 21 st from 9:00 a.m. to 11:00 a.m. and Friday, February, 5 th from 2:00 pm to 4:00 p.m. Northern Tier Regional Library, 4015 Dickey Road, Gibsonia, on Thursday, January 14 th from 4:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m. and Thursday, February 4 th from 5:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. Shaler North Hills Library, 1822 Mt. Royal Blvd., Glenshaw, PA, on Friday, January 15 th from 10:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m., Friday, January 22 nd from 2:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m. and Friday, February 5 th from 10:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. State Representative Hal English and staff will be hosting Women Revitalize Now, an evening for women to discover their purpose, passion and career direction. Featuring distinguished keynote speaker, Mary Lee Gannon, ACC, CAE, certified coach and president of on Friday January 29 th from 6:30 p.m. to 9:00 p.m. at Shaler North Hills Library, 1822 Mt. Royal Blvd., Glenshaw, PA. Light refreshments will be served. Registration is requested. For more information or to register please call the district office at

21 Playground to Arrive by Summer The Hampton Community Park will be getting a new playground this summer. The playground will have two sets of slides and climbing apparatus for ages 2 to 5 and another set for ages 5 to 12. The layout for the playground is very large and it is full of different types of equipment. It promises to provide hours of fun for Hampton community families! The Hampton Community Association (HCA) has been hard at work for three years raising funds for the new playground. The old playground was deteriorating and it was in need of replacement. The new playground will be located between the pool area parking lot and Hardt Pavilion. The HCA in partnership with the Township of Hampton has received a matching grant of $98,000 from GameTime, a playground system equipment company. The Hampton Council voted on October 28 th to commit $50,000 to match the same amount raised and contributed by the HCA toward the purchase. Township Manager Chris Lochner informed council members at the township meeting that he recently learned about and successfully applied for the GameTime Playground Grant program, which offers 100 percent in matching funds for new community playground park projects if booked before November 15 th. Hampton Council voted to accept the offer by GameTime to cover $98,000 of the $197,000 cost of the two new GameTime playground systems. Well Child Care Same Day Sick Appointments Saturday Hours Pediatrician on-call 24/7 Complimentary Prenatal Visit Jennifer Romero, M.D. Hannah Sahud, M.D. Sarah Schroeder, M.D. Jane Soung, M.D. Rachel Pokorney, M.D Hartwood Towne Centre, Saxonburg Blvd, Glenshaw The playground will be shipped in early 2016 but the township and the HCA will still need to raise an additional $100,000 needed for excavation, drainage construction, base preparation (gravel, sheeting and bark Fox Chapel Division mulch) for the equipment area and landscaping. Hampton has approximately 7000 families in the township and the HCA hopes that if all the families donate this winter then the $100,000 can be raised (Continued on page 23) 21

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23 Dear Friends and Neighbors: Playground (Continued from page 21) Exciting news has come my way in and the playground can be installed. If so, the past few months! I ve been accepted into a program through Ad- summer of If each family out of the the playground will be ready for use in early ventures in Missions called The 7,000 Hampton families donates $14.25, World Race Gap Year mission trip then the goal of $100,000 will be met to occurring in August of 2016, Route 2. excavate the playground area. If 1000 I will set forth on an adventure of a Hampton families donates $100 each, then lifetime serving God s kingdom every the $100,000 can be raised. step of the way! My squad and I will be visiting Guatemala, Cambodia, and South Africa. During those 9 months abroad, I will be working in local orphanages, schools, and churches. My goal during this time is to work with those in need around the world and to discover what God created me to do in this life. I will face many challenges throughout the World Race, but as I prepare for my departure, one of my greatest challenges is my financial support. Over the next few months I will be fundraising a total of $13,805. I am currently selling raffle tickets for a cash prize of $10,000 at only $20 a ticket! If you have any questions please me at You can also visit my blog at meganhart.theworldrace.org to find out more about my journey! Yours in Christ, Megan Hart Please consider making a donation to help install our new playground and the kids can be playing on it in May or June. Gift donations can be deducted from your taxes. Donations can be made in cash, checks or at: gofundme.com/hamptonplayground. Questions can be answered at Also, H.C.A. is a United Way recipient and their contribution number is Help Wanted/Classified COUNTER HELP needed for Ruby s Dry Cleaners, part-time in the following 3 areas: Rt.8 (near turnpike), Ingomar and Cranberry Area. Please call Senior Care Consultants NEEDED to work locally with the older adult(s). Empty Nesters encouraged to apply or anyone who may find gratification working with older adults. We only hire the best for our clients and would love caring, nurturing individuals to be able to join our quality team. Apply to: Holistic Aging*4284 Route 8*Suite 103*Allison Park PA or resume to: Now hiring full & part time stylists at Capelli Dio Salon. We are looking for experienced stylists with a clientele. Please call us at (724) or you may us at Goodwill now hiring for several positions. Simply complete the online application: Goodwill is an EOE and a drug-free workplace. 23

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