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Senator Camera Bartolotta Visits the Residence at Hilltop

Senator Camera Bartolotta Visits the Residence at Hilltop photo

Walt Young listens as Senator Bartolotta and retired schoolteacher Marge Farr discuss education.
(November 23, 2015 - Carroll Township, Pa.)

It was almost as if she was attending a family reunion when Senator Camera Bartolotta recently toured the Residence at Hilltop. Making her way from the foyer to the dining room, she cheerfully greeted a number of residents including Dolores Mascara, widow of former U.S. Representative Frank Mascara and longtime friend of the Bartolotta family; Michael "Chummy" Lignelli, Donora's former mayor; and Marge Farr, a retired Monessen English teacher and former president of the Monessen Teacher's Union. It wasn't until she noticed Betty Huzway, who was the first babysitter to the senator's daughter, that she was moved to tears. The senator even paused to take a "selfie" with Mrs. Huzway to share with her daughter after the visit.

Sen. Bartolotta was visiting the Residence at Hilltop at the invitation of Walter Young, who is the administrator of the Carroll Township personal care community and a member of the Board of the Pennsylvania Health Care Association (PHCA).

"It is very important for our legislators to be able to put a face on long-term care," said Mr. Young. "As issues come up in the legislature, we want to serve as a resource for Sen. Bartolotta."

During her visit, the senator toured resident rooms, the Aviary, Nickelodeon theatre and the newly furnished dining room. As she walked the halls, Sen. Bartolotta reminisced about her own family members who had lived at the Residence.

"This is a nice place to be," the senator said. "It is really one of the very best. It's beautiful here."

Also participating in the tour were PHCA staff Brandon Smeltzer, who serves as director of Personal Care and Assisted Living, and Zach Shamberg, director of Advocacy and Legislative Affairs. They joined the senator and representatives from the Residence's management staff for lunch in the Community Room.

Following the meal, Sen. Bartolotta addressed the group. "As you can see, I know quite a number of people here and it is especially important to me to see that they receive exceptional care. I know that this facility is one of the very, very best available."

The Residence at Hilltop is one of the largest personal care homes in the area. The staff helps residents maintain their independence and dignity balancing comfort and security.

To learn more about the Residence at Hilltop, contact Walt Young at 724-258-8940 or

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