Good Morning North -- the Second Cup

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Help build the trail

Volunteers are needed to help break ground for the Dragonfly Interpretive Trail from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Saturday in North Park.

The trail, planned to be about 1,500 feet long, will be built through the wetland site and include raised boards, educational signs and benches. It will be accessible to people with disabilities.

The North Dakota picnic shelter, near Pearce Mill and Kummer roads, will be converted into an education pavilion that will provide historic information on American Indians, North Park and the biodiversity of the wetlands.

Money to build the trail and convert the picnic shelter came from a $100,000 grant from the Pennsylvania Turnpike Commission.

Other opportunities to volunteer will be available until the project is completed in fall 2011.

Public and private service groups, Scouts and others interested in learning how to help can attend Saturday or call North Park's Latodami Environmental Education Center at 724-935-2170.

Art teacher is outstanding

An art teacher at North Hills Junior High School has been named the 2010 Outstanding Middle School Art Teacher by the Pennsylvania Art Education Association.

Matt Simon will be recognized during the association's annual conference Oct. 28-31 in Pittsburgh.

"Mr. Simon's artistic ability, creativity, personality, past experiences, eagerness to grow professionally and drive to achieve continued success as an educator are attributes commensurate with the expectations for the Outstanding Middle School Art Educator recognition," said John Kreider, principal of North Hills Senior High School and former junior high principal.

Mr. Simon holds a degree in fine arts from Indiana University of Pennsylvania and certification in art education from Carlow University. He is a resident and graduate of the North Hills School District and previously worked as a graphic designer.

In addition to teaching, he has helped with curriculum development. He serves as the fine arts department representative on the district grading committee and collaborates with arts colleagues for community events that feature the arts, such as the annual Arts Alive and Empty Bowls programs.

Artwork designed by Mr. Simon was selected this year for the Pennsylvania Art Education Association 2010 conference logo.

Get rid of old electronics

Shaler will host an electronics recycling collection from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Oct. 23 at Kiwanis Park off Wetzel Road.

These items will be accepted: computer towers, laptop or notebook computers, printers, copiers, fax machines, scanners, telephone equipment, radio equipment, cables, hard drives, disk drives, mouses, speakers, keyboards, servers, cell phones and batteries and appliances that do not contain freon.

Participants will be charged $5 for computer monitors and $1 per diagonal inch for televisions.

The roundup is being conducted by JVS Environmental under agreement with the township.

New places to eat

A pizza kitchen is coming to Ross Park Mall, and Cranberry is getting a new wings restaurant.

California Pizza Kitchen Inc., which bills itself as "home to the Original BBQ Chicken Pizza and other innovative hearth-baked pizzas," plans to open its first full-service restaurant in the Pittsburgh region Oct. 25 at Ross Park Mall.

The 5,000-square-foot restaurant is next to L.L. Bean. Patrons will be able to eat inside or place takeout orders.

The new restaurant plans to donate 100 percent of all dine-in pizza sales during regular business hours Nov. 2 to Junior Achievement, a youth development organization that focuses on work readiness, entrepreneurship and financial literacy.

The chain has 263 restaurants.

In Cranberry, Buffalo Wild Wings Grill and Bar will open at the site of the former Hollywood Video in the Cranberry Shoppes plaza along Route 19.

Interior renovation of the building is to begin in November, and a February grand opening is anticipated.

About 60 employees will be hired initially.

Some of the preliminary work for the site involves the transfer of a liquor license from Butler Township to Cranberry, a proposal that drew no objections at a public hearing Sept. 30.

According to plans submitted to Cranberry, the restaurant will have indoor seating for 264 and an outside patio with seating for 60.

The company, based in Minneapolis, has about 680 locations in 44 states.


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