Re-Elect Judge Bengel
Because there is no Substitute for Experience
Because there is no Substitute for Experience
Hello, I am Judge Carolyn "Carrie" Bengel and I have been serving the residents of Brackenridge, East Deer, Fawn, Harrison & Tarentum since 1994.
It has been my pleasure to serve the residents of our community for the past 30 years and I am asking for your support this year. It has always been my goal to treat everyone with fairness and compassion while at the same time working to keep our communities safe.
I would like to ask for your support and help this year as I truly believe that there is no substitute for experience and I hope that you will support me once again.
District Judge Carolyn Bengel imparted a wise bit of advice to Highlands fifth graders during a school assembly Friday afternoon.
“Dance like no one’s watching,” she told the group of preteens at the Harrison middle school.
What that means, she said, is don’t seek recognition for being their best selves.
“Be the person who follows the rules and makes other people feel good, even if no one notices,” Bengel said.
The magistrate is host of the district’s Everyday Hero program, sponsored by the Optimist Club of Allegheny Valley. In its 28th year, the event honors one boy and girl from each of the district’s seven fifth grade classrooms for being respectful, responsible and kind.
The honorees are voted on by their peers.
This year, the Optimist Club voted to change the name of the program to reflect someone Bengel called a model citizen: the late Brackenridge police Chief Justin McIntire, who was killed Jan. 2 in the line of duty.
“We can honor the chief by being the best person we can be all the time,” Bengel said.
McIntire is recalled by many for getting out of his police car and playing with kids, chatting with residents and not seeking the limelight.
His widow, Ashley, was on hand to congratulate the students for their honor. Brackenridge police Sgt. Mike Duffy also was there to recognize his late friend and boss.
Principal Rebecca Bragan said honoring the chief exemplifies the core values of the program and gives the students admirable qualities to strive for.
“I think it’s great that at fifth grade, they recognize the good qualities in each other and support one another,” she said. “We’re honored to be a part of this.”
School leaders noted that the awards are driven by student votes, not those of teachers or administrators.
The recognized students are
Nora McCorkle and Elijah Irvine, from Shawn Bennis’ homeroom;
Kymberlie Nguyen and Timothy Connelly, from Scott Cale’s homeroom;
Kaliyah Walker-Linnen and Sam Kuhn, from Amanda Coulter and Bridgette Jodon’s homeroom;
Sha’niyah Castro and Emmett Johnson, from Jennifer Hartle’s homeroom; \
Rylie Fox and Remy Carnahan, from Kevin Mason’s homeroom;
Faith Yonkoske and Mason Shaffer, from Kylie Shield’s homeroom;
Isabelle Richards and Luca Chiusano, from Jaime Zolinas’ homeroom.
Bengel asked the audience to shout out the qualities of the students they honored with their selections.
They answered with “pays attention,” “follows the rules,” “has good manners” and “does all their work.”
“You sure didn’t pick a bully, or someone who’s unkind, did you?” Bengel asked.
“You picked someone who makes you feel good and someone you would want to be stuck on a deserted island with.”
Tawnya Panizzi is a Tribune-Review staff writer. You can contact Tawnya by email at firstname.lastname@example.org or via Twitter .
The everyday Hero Program, was started by Judge Bengel and the Optimist Club. Hundreds of Students have been recognized over the years.
One of Judge Bengel's favorite programs, "Red Ribbon, Drug Awareness Program", teaches elementary students the dangers of drugs and Students Pledge to be "Drug Free".
Judge Bengel, along with Clayton Faulkner and members of our community helped to spearhead the restoration of our WW II memorial.
With the support of the Administrative Office of Pennsylvania Courts, the Fifth Judicial District formed a working group including representatives from the Veterans Administration Justice Outreach Program, Duquesne University School of Law, Magisterial District Judges, and Judge John A. Zottola, to develop and implement the Magisterial District Court Veterans Diversion Program. This program provides for a coordinated approach by workgroup partners for diversion of qualified veterans with summary cases to treatment based services in coordination with the Veterans Administration/Veterans Justice Outreach Program.(1)
District Judge Carolyn Saldari Bengel played an important role in the Veterans Court Diversionary Program at the Magisterial District Judge level in Allegheny County.
A working group was established in 2016 with the help of the Administrative Office of Pennsylvania Courts, four Magisterial District Judges, Representatives from the Veterans Administration Justice Outreach Program, and the Duquesne University School of Law.
This program was instrumental in setting protocol and establishing a Veterans Court Diversionary Program at the Magisterial District Judge level for non-violent offenders charged with summary offenses.
In recognition of her legal expertise and qualifications, Judge Bengel was selected as one of the four District Judges from Allegheny County to serve on the committee responsible for developing and implementing the program. She was chosen from the 46 District Judges in Allegheny County at that time.
Judge Bengel's involvement in this program highlights her commitment to helping those who have served our country and her dedication to finding alternative ways to help veterans who may be struggling with legal or mental health issues.
(1)The fifth Judicial District of Pennsylvania, 2016 Annual Report