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New year under way with new businesses opening in Carnegie, Bridgeville

| Wednesday, Jan. 15, 2014, 9:00 p.m.

Shabby Chic Boutique has opened at 509 Washington Ave., Bridgeville, in the former Liberty Tax location. The store features vintage furniture pieces that have been stripped, refinished, painted and “shabby chic'd.” Stop in or call 412-760-4214 for details.

Reopened in Carnegie

Krakoff Communications Inc. has reopened and in business at 302 East Main St., Carnegie.

Former senior director of public relations firm Burson-Marsteller, owner Jeff Krakoff and staff are working with a variety of manufacturing, higher education, financial and energy clients. For information, call 412-200-2579 or visit

Financial services

Reliant Funding Group has opened at 212 Washington Ave., Bridgeville. It provides mortgage services.

• Fee Simple Settlement, providing title settlement services, has opened at 7045 Clubview Drive, Bridgeville.

• Nephtech, which designs, develops and markets nephrology-related software and predictive modeling software, has opened at 1597 Washington Pike, Suite A-22, Bridgeville.

Unusual company

The Proud Company since 1993 has made Bridgeville “proud” by guiding customers to the best solutions for automation needs with robotics, motion control, remote site monitoring products and more, using decades of engineering and application expertise. They are located at 600 Bursca Drive and can be reached by calling 412-838-0230.

Star power

The Knights of Columbus Council 11143 of St. Elizabeth Ann Seton Parish, Carnegie, has earned the distinction of Star Council, one of the organization's top awards, for the 2012-13 fraternal year.

The award recognizes overall excellence in the areas of membership recruitment and retention, promotion of the fraternal insurance program, and sponsorship of service-oriented activities.

The Knights of Columbus is the world's largest Catholic lay organization, with more than 1.8 million members in more than 41,000 councils around the world.

DAV dance

Col. Samuel D. Foster Chapter 76 of the Disabled American Veterans will hold its annual Valentine dinner dance and officer installation on Saturday, Feb. 15, at the Double Tree by Hilton Hotel, 500 Mansfield Blvd., Green Tree.

The DAV is a national veteran's organization chartered by the U.S. Congress. Chapter 76 received its charter in 1945. The Department of Pennsylvania DAV operates a hospital transportation program that transports veterans to various VA hospitals for medical appointments and its DAV Mobile Service Office makes stops at different locations and assists veterans and family members with filing claims for VA disability compensation.

The dance has been held for 50 years at various Pittsburgh locations and, for the last 40 years, in the Green Tree area at a variety of hotels. The funds raised at the dance will help support the noted programs.

Tickets are $40 per person and include a hot buffet dinner at 7 p.m. (doors open at 6 p.m.), two complimentary drink tickets, music, dancing, and prizes. A limited number of tickets are available. Overnight lodging at the hotel is also available at a discounted DAV rate.

For dinner dance tickets or for further information about DAV Chapter 76, call 412-999-7078.

Charlotte Smith is a contributing writer for Trib Total Media and can be reached at 724-693-9441 or

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