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Articles Posted January 2011

Telecom Pioneers Support Miracle Complex

posted January 05, 2011
Telecom Pioneers Support Miracle ComplexHilda Martino, a 64 year member of the Telecom Pioneers, and her husband John, a Pioneer Partner, presented a check to Kate Cala, Executive Director of East Suburban Citizen Advocacy and Miracle League Athletic Complex committee member. The Martinos, long time supporters of ESCA, requested endorsement for the project through the Fort Pitt Chapter #13 President Marilyn Stevens.

FR Lady Panthers Basketball to Host Clelian Heights Students

posted January 05, 2011


The FR Lady Panthers basketball team and boosters have invited the student and families from Clelian Heights as their guests on Thursday, January 6. The evening will include a scrimmage on the high school court with the Clelian Heights basketball team as well as a special on-court presentation from the FR players at halftime of the Varsity game.

Schedule forthe evening will begin with the junior varsity game at 6 pm, and on-court presentation at 7pm, and the varsity game at 7:30 pm. The Clelian Heights team will take the court at halftime, around 8 pm.

Also to be included is the cheerleading squad from Clelian Heights.

The Franklin Regional Pep Band will also be in attendance.

Kiwanis Club of Murrysville Supports ESCA

posted January 05, 2011
The Kiwanis Club of Murrysville recently presented a check for $500 to East Suburban Citizen Advocacy. Accepting the check are Kate Cala and Rose House.

ESCA Celebrates the Season

posted January 05, 2011
ESCA Celebrates the SeasonEarly in December, over 200 friends of East Suburban Citizen Advocacy gathered for their annual holiday celebration. The local non-profit that finds volunteer supports for individuals with developmental disabilities hosted an afternoon of singing, dancing, and socializing. ESCA student intern, Lauren Cunkelman, said she enjoyed watching the happy interactions of friends coming together and enjoying good company. Highlights of the afternoon were Alex Siegel’s piano concert, the Auberle choir, the Dorsch family hula hoop dances and a visit from Santa and Mrs. Claus.

FR Students Stand Behind Miracle Field Project

posted January 05, 2011
FR Students Stand Behind Miracle Field ProjectVolunteer senior students stood at the doors of the Franklin Regional Senior High School during dismissal recently to distribute the voting information for the Pepsi Refresh Grant Challenge in order to rally the student body in support of the Miracle Field. Shelley Shaneyfelt, Director of Instructional Services and Public Relations for Franklin Regional, contacted other school districts and asked for their added support for the field. She stands behind the project 100% as it fits well with her philosophy. She believes that, “Each student who walks through our doors brings with him, or her, a unique set of gifts, talents, and challenges. We are richer as a school community when we can truly embrace education for all students who reside in our neighborhoods.”
Richard Regelski, Director of Special Education at Franklin Regional, spread the word as well at his last Westmoreland County Special Education Director’s meeting. He said, “I am amazed by the tremendous effort and the collaborative spirit of the students, teachers, administrators, parents and local organizations behind this wonderful community project.”
Kate Cala, Executive Director of East Suburban Citizen Advocacy feels that the Miracle League Athletic Complex will serve a much bigger purpose than just athletics. “It will provide opportunities for everyone to be included in the community,” she says, “the impact it will have on their lives will be tremendous!” She can’t wait for the field to be a reality. Cala, a member of the Miracle Field committee, is pleased with the support of Franklin Regional and hopes the other school districts will follow their lead.
The Franklin Regional students’ efforts paid off. That afternoon, the Murrysville Miracle Field’s ranking shot up two points in the Pepsi Challenge competition. The students want to remind everyone to continue voting all month.

By Lauren Cunkelman, Franklin Regional Student Intern