Daily Archive: August 27, 2009



The 3 Cs of Credit

Would you lend $5,000 to a good friend, assuming you have it? If so, what is the time frame you would consider giving your friend to pay you back in full? How will you ensure that your friend pays you back? Will you hold onto something of value from your friend to ensure that your loan is paid? If your friend fell on hard times and had difficulty paying you back, how would you respond? If your friend simply neglected to pay you back, do you think it would put a strain on your friendship? For most of us, we would have to really think it over before we commit to lending a personal friend that kind of money.


Millions face shrinking Social Security payments

WASHINGTON (AP)—Millions of older people face shrinking Social Security checks next year, the first time in a generation that payments would not rise. The trustees who oversee Social Security are projecting there won’t be a cost of living adjustment (COLA) for the next two years. That hasn’t happened since automatic increases were adopted in 1975.


Business Calendar

Business series AUG. 27—The Carnegie Library of Pittsburgh will host their Business Program Series from 12:15-1 p.m. at the Downtown & Business branch, 612 Smithfield St. The topic is “Commuting to Work or School? Now You Have a Choice!” Lisa Kay Schweyer, program developer for the CommuterInfo Program of the Southwestern Pennsylvania Commission, will present this workshop. Representatives from CommuteInfo, the regional ridesharing program of Southwestern PA Commission, and Port Authority of Allegheny County will discuss how they can help you get to work or to school by riding public transit, carpooling, vanpooling and biking, as well as walking. This event is free and open to the public. Call 412-281-7141.



Inside Conditions…‘Young Bucks and the Preacher’

As I watched the Steelers and Redskins slug it out last weekend, a few things came to mind. The “Skins” won the game 17-13, yawn. The first thing that glared at me was this year’s group of young guns attempting to come north with the squad from the Steel City in September when the games have a tad bit more of importance attached to them. Pittsburgh has a very nasty new crew of fellows who seem not to be aware of the fact that they are still supposed to be wet behind the ears and are required to continue to wear a bib while eating and must also request an adult or someone responsible for their care to wipe the Enfamil from the corners of their mouths and to change their messy diapers. AUBREY BRUCE


Midget football roundup…Week two is a wrap

SERIES OF THE WEEK—Homewood (1-3) vs. Braddock (1-3) The atmosphere was set with aromas wafting from the concession stands. Every seat was filled. It was a great day for football in the Homewood community. The scene was reminiscent of a party. The Homewood Bulldogs would respond to the call with heated gridiron completion. They improved tremendously as an organization, posting a 4-0 record in front of the home crowd on Sunday. The defensive effort was tremendous as they allowed a combined two scores in the entire series. CLOSE GAME—The North Side Steelers visited the Hill Disciples Aug. 22, in a battle between two of the Termite teams. The Disciples pulled out a close game that ended 13-0 as the Hill team improved to 2-0 for the 2009 season. Sportsmanship is always on display regardless of the outcome as the Disciples and Steeler players shook hands after the end of this game.



Lifestyles Report…Who knew?

There is so much you can find out but just having a few words with a stranger. Let me qualify that. I only talk to friendly strangers. I was sharing space with a group of people recently at a bookstore. We were all looking at a sale table of books and calendars. All of a sudden I heard one of the men say, “Where is Hershey?” Tour guide that I am I chimed in with all I knew of Hershey, Pa. and picking up on his southern accent I asked where he was from. He hailed from New Orleans and was in Pittsburgh for the American Trucking Association’s National Truck Driving Championships.


Annual FROGS Formal

The FROGS (friendly rivalry often generates success) took their annual formal to Edgewood Country Club in Churchill for yet another successful event. On July 24 more than 300 guests and members attended the gala celebration for an evening of cocktails, dinner, dancing and mixing. This was the last formal with Greg Morris as president. Morris and his wife, Thelma, and everyone’s favorite line dancer Thelma Lovette (Greg’s mom-in-law and Thelma’s mother) relocated to Arizona right after the FROG weekend. Everyone was happy for their somewhat sudden move but they will be missed as a part of the social fabric of Pittsburgh. KISSABLE FROGS—Darryl Robinson, Tom Burley, Kenn Mann, Ira Ritter Sr., Cordell Harris, Greg Morris, Clarence Curry and Jim Williams.


Changing lives through prayerClosing gap between young adults and Christianity

In a time in which Blacks are being murdered at a rate that is seven times that of Whites and unemployment for Blacks is double the rate of their White counterparts, there is hope for the people of the “mosaic generation” to continue the tradition and practice the faith of Christianity through the art of prayer. The hope for the cause is to serve as a model to fight the “mosaic” theory and bring more of that generation to Christ. “Our focus has been to target people within the age group of 18-35 and those who have been estranged from the church at some point,” said Lisa Thorpe-Vaughn, founder and facilitator of City Wide 5 a.m. Prayer that has been held at Northside Institutional Church of God in Christ since 2001. SPIRIT-FILLED— Pastor Lola Thorpe leads a prayer and healing session at the morning service.