Wednesday, June 30, 2010

In Memory of Lisa Styles

Here is a post from Tom Moertel at Blog Lebo regarding donations in memory of Lisa Styles:

A friend of the Styles family wrote to say that if readers are interested in making a donation in Lisa's name, there are two good options:
Make a contribution to The Autism Society of America in Lisa Styles's name

Or, if you want to give directly to the Styles family in this time of distress, you may donate to "Children of Lisa Styles Trust" at Dollar Bank


The vigil for Lisa Styles, the Mt. Lebanon mom who was tragically killed by a car while jogging with her children, will be held tomorrow, July 1, at 7:30 PM at the location of the accident - Washington Rd. at Beadling. Our thoughts and prayers go out to the family...

Candlelight Vigil for Lisa Styles

A candlelight vigil is being planned following the death of a local mother who died one day after she was struck by an SUV while jogging with her children in Mount Lebanon. Lisa Styles, 36, was pushing a stroller with her 1-year-old daughter and 3-year-old son inside Monday when police say she was struck by an SUV driven by 20-year-old Benjamin Cope. According to police, he did not stop at a stop sign and struck Styles as she was crossing the street at Beadling Road and Washington Road.Officials with the Medical Examiner's Office said Tuesday that Styles died at UPMC Mercy Hospital.Cope is now facing charges."We're specifically charging him with the controlled substances section of the DUI vehicle code violation. So, we're saying he had controlled substances in his system at the time of the accident," Lt. Aaron Lauth said. "We're suspecting marijuana at this time."The children were not seriously hurt, but Styles had a major head injury. A candlelight vigil is being planned for Thursday to remember Styles and remind people to slow down while driving in that area.

Monday, June 28, 2010

Helping Our Community

Mt. Lebanon's website keep a running list of volunteer opportunities in our great community. Below is that very list - take a look! Summertime is a great time to get out in the community and make a difference while having fun too!

St. Clair Hospital Seeking volunteers for clerical work, event planning, fund-raising, information desk, escorts, gift shop and snack bar. 1000 Bower Hill Road. 412-344-6600 ext. 1650.

St. Winifred Food Bank Services Provides services to people with limited income or resources. 412-343-3320.

Mt. Lebanon Library Seeking volunteers for typing, telephoning, shelving new books, stuffing envelopes, mailing, programs, creating book lists and making homebound deliveries. 16 Castle Shannon Boulevard. 412-531-1912.

Meals on Wheels To help prepare or deliver meals, call Lutheran Service Society at 412-734-9330.

Asbury Heights/Asbury Place Seeking volunteer escorts and clerks for the country store. 412-571-5150.

Baptist Homes Seeking volunteer escorts, help for outings and special activities, van drivers and gift shop help. 412-563-6550.

Contact Pittsburgh This crisis and suicide hotline is looking for nonjudgmental listeners to provide immediate emotional support to adults and teens. Classes for the 30-hour training course are available periodically. Upon completion, volunteers are asked to work eight to 12 service hours per month. 412-820-0100 or,

Hospital Outreach in the Neonatal Intensive Care Units
Parent Resource Network, 5151 Penn Avenue, seeks parent volunteers who have experienced the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit to provide outreach to other families currently in the hospital. Comprehensive, free training is available. Apply online at or call (toll free) 877-647-4373 ext 705.

Mt. Lebanon Volunteer Fire Company seeking volunteers. Mt. Lebanon Fire Department, 555 Washington Road. 412-343-3402.

Friday, June 25, 2010

Neighbors Helping Neighbors

As some of you already know, Christopher Marshall, 13,
was suddenly diagnosed with acute lymphoblastic leukemia, also known as ALL, over Memorial Day weekend. He was immediately admitted to Children's Hospital of Pittsburgh of UPMC, where a wonderful team of doctors and nurses have been giving him the best possible care. Chris has received chemotherapy and transfusions of red blood cells and platelets, as an
important part of his treatment. He will continue this
treatment for the next three years.

Chris is the son of Dean and Nancy Marshall, of
Mt. Lebanon, and has an older brother, John, 14,
and a younger sister, Lindsey, 11. Chris just finished
the 7th grade at Mellon Middle School. The family
attends Beverly Heights Presbyterian Church.
The community is encouraged to donate blood at
this special blood drive to help replenish the community
blood supply from which Chris is using and in
support of his journey back to health. Please donate
blood in honor of Chris!

Central Blood Bank is the not-for-profit organization
that supplies the blood products and transfusion related
services to more than 40 hospitals in western
Pennsylvania, northern West Virginia, and eastern
Ohio, including Children’s Hospital.


Tuesday, July 6, 2010
1:00 pm to 7:00 pm

Beverly Heights Presbyterian Church
Social Room
1207 Washington Road

To schedule an appointment,
please log on to and
enter sponsor code ZRTN0681
or email Lauren

Saturday, June 19, 2010

Let's Hear It For the Girls!!!

Way to go, ladies!!!

PIAA Softball: 'Perfect' Badolato leads Mt. Lebanon to state title
Saturday, June 19, 2010
By Michael Sanserino, Pittsburgh Post-Gazette
Matt Freed/Post-Gazette
Mt. Lebanon players lift their trophy after defeating Central Bucks South in the PIAA Class AAAA Championship in Shippensburg Friday.
SHIPPENSBURG, Pa. -- Neon orange fingernails dug into a bright yellow ball as Mt. Lebanon pitcher Geena Badolato stared down her 21st batter.
Facing a 3-2 count, Ms. Badolato was one strike away from a perfect game -- and one ball away from a near miss.
"I know I have a perfect game, but, if I walk her ..." Ms. Badolato said, her voice trailing.
That "if" will remain hypothetical.
Ms. Badolato capped her perfect game with a strikeout as Mt. Lebanon beat Central Bucks South, 1-0, to win the PIAA Class AAAA softball championship Friday at Shippensburg University.
She struck out 11 batters for Mt. Lebanon's first state title and the first perfect game in PIAA softball championship history.
"I'm just so at a loss for words," Ms. Badolato said. "It's definitely something I've worked for. One of my goals was to put a banner up at my school."
Ms. Badolato received the only run she needed in the first inning, when No. 3 hitter Tess Apke drilled a home run over the right-center field wall.
"I just saw the ball in and did my best," said Ms. Apke, who also hit the deciding homer in a 1-0 victory against Shaler in the PIAA quarterfinals.
Mt. Lebanon coach Nicole Fajtak was not sure the run would stand, but Ms. Badolato made her a believer.
A Robert Morris recruit, Ms. Badolato quickly worked through the South batting order. Only 10 balls were hit in play, and none left the dirt infield.
The game's defensive gem came in the top of the fifth. South third baseman Morgan Decker smashed a line drive toward the hole between second and third, but Mt. Lebanon third baseman Kathleen Mathison lunged left and snagged the low liner out of the air.
"That actually takes some of the pressure off Geena because she knows she has a great defense behind her," Ms. Fajtak said. "I think that's what makes her throw as well as she does."
Ms. Badolato had pitched several no-hitters in her career, but never a perfect game. She said the distinction belonged to her whole team, since they could not commit an error in order for it to happen.
"If I have it on the mound, everyone else has to have it behind me," she said. "And I knew they had it today."
Once the Blue Devils got out of the fifth, the murmurs of a perfect game started to grow.
In the stands, Ms. Badolato's sister, Leah, and father, Frank, stayed silent.
"I was thinking it the whole time," Leah said. "I didn't want to say anything to jinx it."
In the midst of a no-hitter or a perfect game, superstition prohibits anyone involved from talking about what might happen. For a few innings, it was the elephant in a crowded Mt. Lebanon dugout.
"We looked at each other in the sixth inning," Ms. Fajtak said, "and none of us said anything because none of us speak of it."
Ms. Badolato sat at the end of the dugout -- as she always does -- and casually talked to teammates about opposing pitcher Francesca Carrullo, who also was pitching a gem.
But when Ms. Badolato and the Blue Devils walked on the field at the top of the seventh inning, the nerves reached a crescendo.
Before every inning, Ms. Badolato throws three warmup pitches to catcher Jen Bahm, who throws to second base. But, as Ms. Badolato prepared to throw the most important inning of her life, Ms. Bahm jumped the gun, throwing the ball to second base after only two warmup pitches.
"It scared me," Ms. Badolato said. "We always do three pitches."
Ms. Bahm said she did not mean to break tradition; she was just a little distracted.
"I was nervous," she said. "I knew we had a good shot [at a perfect game], but it was still nerve-wracking."
Ms. Badolato quickly retired the first two batters of the inning, but with one batter separating her from a perfect game, she ran the count to 3-2 for the third time all game.
"You want the win," Ms. Fajtak said, "but, for Geena, I wanted her to go out the way that she deserved to. I was looking for that strike three like no other."
Ms. Badolato threw a fastball over the plate, and when South second baseman Haileigh Stocks swung and missed, the Mt. Lebanon dugout erupted.
"She deserved that," Ms. Fajtak said. "That was the best way. If I could write a story, that's how I would write her leaving the softball field."
The pitcher has painted her fingernails neon orange during Mt. Lebanon's run through the postseason. Chips force her to repaint them before every game. But she won't paint over that paint job, even if it chips soon.
"I'll keep it on for awhile now," Ms. Badolato said. "I'll just let this one wear off."
She does not want to wash away any memory from this game, which was some cap to her high school career.
"It was just the perfect way," she said, pausing for a moment to recall what she just said. "Literally."
Michael Sanserino: 412-263-1722.Read more:

Thursday, June 17, 2010

Music in the Air

Our very own Mt. Lebanon residents, Raul and Jennifer Faure, comprise two-thirds of the wonderful Faure String Trio. I wanted to take this opportunity to let you know about two exciting events that they will be offering. The first one is a concert at the Michael Berger Gallery on the South Side. This FREE concert will take place on June 26 at 7:30 PM. Their other showcase event is geared more towards the children of our community. The trio will be hosting a String Chamber Music Camp at Southminster Presbyterian Church from July 12 - 16. Check out their cool website for more details:

Sunday, June 6, 2010

Mt. Lebanon's Relay for Life

This past weekend's first annual Mt. Lebanon Relay for Life sure was proof that this community is a great one. As a first-time event the goal of the Relay was to round up 20 teams and raise $25,000 . Well...Lebo had 76 teams signed up and we collectively raised over $150,000 for the fight against cancer!!!!! That's what I call coming together for the common good. We broke an all-time record for $$ raised in Allegheny county! We even broke a national record for most $$ raised at a first-time event!! I was so proud to participate with my family and friends. We were on Team Roycroft with other friends and neighbors from our street. Kudos to Jennifer Cooney for organizing our troops! I was even more proud of our community - a little teamwork goes a long way!! I feel so fortunate to live in such a great place. Thanks to all who participated!

In the words of my son:

Haiku for Life

The Relay for Life,
Fighting cancer by walking,
I know we can win.

Thursday, June 3, 2010

Now If Only The Pirates Would Sign Them...

Hats off to the Mt. Lebanon Girls Softball Team!  The good news from the MTLSD Twitter stream below.

Girls' Softball Win WPIAL
June 3, 2010
The girls' softball team just won the WPIAL Championship this afternoon beating Shaler 7 -2!! Congratulations to Coach Fajtak and all of the girls for a terrific year. The girls will start their state playoff run on Monday.