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Deaf WrestleFest benefits School for Deaf

Deaf WrestleFest 2010, a fundraiser for Western Pennsylvania School for the Deaf, will begin at 6 p.m. Sunday in the school gym, 300 E. Swissvale Ave., Edgewood.

The main event will feature a tag-team match with David Sammartino and Larry Zbyszko on the same side. Mr. Zbyszko of Penn Hills is a former pro wrestling champion. Mr. Sammartino also is a former pro and the son of ring legend Bruno Sammartino.

The event was organized by Ken Jugan of Glassport, a former pro wrestler with two deaf sons: Blaise, 17, a junior at WPSD, and Adam, an alumnus.

General admission tickets are $15 in advance and will be $20 at the door. A few front-row seats are available for $25. For tickets or more details, go to


Nyia Page Memorial Park cleanup next week

A cleanup of Nyia Page Memorial Park will begin at 9 a.m. next Thursday on Pattison Avenue.

The body of Nyia, 23 months and clad only in a sweater, was found on that site -- an abandoned playground -- on Feb. 4, 2007. Her father, William Page, was found guilty of first-degree murder and aggravated indecent assault after leaving her in the cold overnight.

Donations of fruit trees, flowers, flower pots, birdhouses, bird feeders, picnic benches and park benches are sought. Call police Chief Ryan Wooten, 412-271-1010, or Karen Reed, 412-576-6770.

Financial donations may be made to the Nyia Page Memorial Fund through Citizens Bank.

Squirrel Hill

DVD sale to benefit kosher food pantry

DVDs of more than 7,000 movies will be available from noon to 3 p.m. Sunday and from 3 to 6 p.m. Monday at the Jewish Family & Children's Service, 5743 Bartlett St., Squirrel Hill.

Each DVD will cost $2 minimum; customers who purchase five will get a sixth free. Proceeds will go to the Squirrel Hill Food Pantry, which is run by the JF&CS. Payment should be by cash or check, with identification.

The pantry provides supplemental food and supportive services to income-eligible families and individuals in the 15217 ZIP code. It is the only kosher food pantry in southwestern Pennsylvania and serves anyone in the region keeping kosher.

The Squirrel Hill Food Pantry will move this fall to the former Hollywood Video, 828 Hazelwood.


Westmoreland CCC commencement next week

Westmoreland County Community College's commencement ceremony will begin at 6 p.m. next Thursday in the Founders Hall gymnasium on the Youngwood campus in Hempfield.

College president Daniel J. Obara will present degrees, diplomas and certificates to more than 925 students, the most in WCCC history.

Jennifer Miele of WTAE-TV is keynote speaker.


Jordin Sparks concert switched

Pop singer Jordin Sparks' concert has been postponed from May 11 to June 8 at 7 p.m. at The Palace Theatre, 21 W. Otterman St., Greensburg.

The concert, presented by Elko Concerts, was switched to allow the 2007 "American Idol" winner to expand her Battlefield Tour.

That tour will begin officially on June 1 and will stop in 35 cities instead of 15.

For new dates, visit Some dates are pending.

Tickets for the Palace show are $30, $35 and $40 and may be purchased at 724-836-8000 or

White Oak

Bridge to be dedicated

A dedication ceremony will begin at 11 a.m. Friday for the Milton L. Lebowitz Memorial Bridge, which carries McClintock Road (Route 2033) over Jack's Run Stream in White Oak.

A Korean War veteran, Mr. Lebowitz was a longtime public servant in White Oak.

He served on the borough's recreation board, helping to develop the Heritage Hill complex; was a member of council from 1976-83; and was mayor from 1998 until he died in 2003.

East Region

Carson Scholars recognized

A large group of students from PG East schools are among 166 from Western Pennsylvania who have been named Carson Scholars.

All of them were recognized April 24 at Omni William Penn Hotel, Downtown.

The scholarships -- $1,000 apiece -- are for high academic achievement.

The speaker was Benjamin Carson, a pediatric neurosurgeon, who founded the nonprofit Carson Scholars Fund in 1994 with his wife, Candy.

The 21 first-time winners from the region are: Isla Chapman, Minadeo pre-kindergarten-five; Hannah Collins, Tenth Street Elementary, Oakmont; Ashley Grimm, Sacred Heart; Matthew Hale, Greenfield; Jade Harris, Faith Christian; Zachary Hudak, Serra Catholic; Zoe Husnick, St. Angela Merici; Erin Ibarra, Oakland Catholic; Aleaha Jackson, Woodland Hills Junior High; Chareeni Kurukulasuriya, Allderdice; Ash Lanith, Colfax; David Miller, St. Bede; Christian Modrak, Carmalt; Julianna Nichols, St. Bartholomew; Benjamin Preis, Schenley; Fernanda Ruiz, St. Rosalia; Kausar Shaikh, Arsenal; Zachery Shomo, St. Agnes; Lauren Tedrick, St. Joseph Regional; Erin Yapsuga, Word of God; and Karla Yoney, Norwin High School.

Point Breeze

Salon/spa to open on Saturday

The Fountain of Youth Aveda Salon Spa will have its grand opening from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday at 6739 Reynolds St., Point Breeze.

Spouses Cheri Herold and John Gall are the owners.

For more information, go to


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