Dateline Pittsburgh: 05/10/06

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Young Chefs Academy, a cooking school created just for kids, opened in McMurray. This is the first franchise to open in southwestern Pennsylvania. Visit the Web site,

Frederick B. Goldsmith and E. Richard Ogrodowski announced the formation of Goldsmith & Ogrodowski LLC, which will focus on admiralty and maritime, insurance coverage, personal injury, and commercial litigation. Located at 247 Fort Pitt Blvd., 4th floor, Downtown.

RedPack Network Inc. announces the opening of its corporate offices at 640 Osage Road, Mt. Lebanon.

Augusta Systems Inc., a provider of sensor intelligence solutions, opened an office in the former Westinghouse Building at 11 Stanwix St., Suite 1411, Downtown.

House to Home Fireplace & Pool Shoppe announces the opening of a Monroeville location at 100 McClure Road. House to Home Fireplace & Pool Shoppe is a BioGuard Insignia Pool & Spa Care Center, offering a variety of pools as well as pool and spa chemicals, supplies, computerized water testing and more. Owner Walter Sedlock, also owns a second House to Home Fireplace & Pool Shoppe in Jeannette.


Burns & Scalo Roofing Co. announced the contract award for Millvale Community Outreach from general contractor, Landau Building Co. The project includes installation of 10,900 square feet of Carlisle .060 EPDM fully adhered system, and 3,300 square feet of ATAS Belvidere Series metal wall panel system. Architect is Ross Schonder Sterzinger Cupcheck.

Noah Development L.L.C. and its sister company, Noah Homes Inc., have selected Elisco Advertising as its agency of record. Elisco Advertising will develop a variety of marketing communications pieces such as corporate identity, television and radio for upcoming projects such as Noah's new Baldwin development, Copperleaf Estates.

Blackfish Interactive, the digital affiliate of LarsonO'Brien Advertising and Public Relations, has been selected to develop a series of eLearning courses for Baker Installations, a telecommunications outsourcing company based in McMurray.

Blackfish will present seven eLearning courses for the recruitment and continuing education of Baker Installation employees. Course content includes a job preview, orientation, technical training, customer service and job safety.


Highmark Blue Cross Blue Shield provided Bethlehem Haven with a $20,000 grant to support its Striving Toward Authentic Recovery (STAR) and Step-Up programs, which offer transitional housing and support services for Allegheny County homeless women seeking recovery from substance abuse. The STAR program provides supportive housing and professional drug and alcohol counseling for women who have made a decision to deal with their substance abuse. The program provides family reunification, follow-up case management, a private room and life and job skills support.

The National Character Education Foundation received a $5,000 "Students for Good Character" grant from Columbia Gas of Pennsylvania. The gift from Columbia Gas was given to support the work of The National Character Education Foundation.

The NCEF is a state and federally funded nonprofit organization founded in 2003. Using professional athletes, media figures, musicians, business leaders and military personnel, the NCEF creates an impact with presentations that connect with today's issues facing students, teachers and communities.


Yvonne Cook, president of the Highmark Foundation and vice president of Highmark's, Community & Health Initiatives, was recognized by the Pennsylvania Commission for Women as one of six women who have consistently influenced their communities and inspired hope and possibility across the Commonwealth. The Pennsylvania Commission for Women serves as an advocate for women's rights and works to ensure that women and girls have equal opportunity and treatment in all aspects of life. Ms. Cook was honored at its Women's History Month Celebration in Harrisburg. She was recognized for her involvement with the August Wilson Center for African American Culture; contributions made as a previous program officer of the

Pittsburgh Foundation where she supported women's arts initiatives; service as vice chair of the city of Pittsburgh's Minority, Women and Disadvantaged Business Enterprise Program; and leadership as president of the Highmark Foundation that funds programs such as "Mending Broken Hearts," which over the next two years plans to screen more than 10,000 women over the age of 50 for heart disease.

Sydney Schwartz-Hardiman and Susan Miller of The Women's Business Network's Points North Chapter were honored at the Make the Connection Awards Luncheon, sponsored annually by the Greater Pittsburgh Chapter of the National Association of Women Business Owners (NAWBO). Both honorees were recognized for their support and commitment to the Pittsburgh-based Women's Business Network Inc., which through its 17 chapters supports the growth of women business owners and professionals throughout southwestern Pennsylvania. They, along with 35 other nominees, were recognized as volunteers whose efforts and commitment have exemplified the vision of the organizations they represent and whose service recognizes their connection between volunteerism and economic stability to make our communities viable and prosperous. Ms. Schwartz-Hardiman is the owner of The Silken Scissor and Ms. Miller is the owner and operator of the Pittsburgh Candle Company.

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