Monthly Archive: December 2009

Business

CJ’s celebrates 5 years of business giving customers a touch of class, style

While most places stay open for a year or two, CJ’s in the Strip District has achieved a milestone of five years by offering class, style and sophistication to Pittsburgh. The five-year anniversary event was a four-day tribute to its customers who have come out and supported CJ’s over the years. The Roger Humphries Band, there every Thursday night, kicked off the celebration. Hubbs Groove, a band from Cleveland, also joined in the celebration. DJ Nick Nice was there on Friday. SHOWING THEIR SUPPORT—Musicians throughout the city led by bassist Dwayne Dolphin joined forces to show their support for CJ’s in a musical tribute.

Business

Empowerment project aims to build economic strength

by La Risa LynchFor New Pittsburgh Courier CHICAGO (NNPA)—John and Maggie Anderson were celebrating their wedding anniversary and chatted about the social ills impacting the Black community. They discussed how Black purchasing power is nearing a trillion dollars, but that money rarely circulates back into the community. Then the bill came. “Wow, we just spent a couple hundred dollars on our dinner, and we were discussing these issues and then going back home and really nothing happens substantially,” said John, a financial adviser with a Harvard University degree and a MBA from Northwestern University. FAMILY—John and Maggie Anderson with their daughters.

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Business

Resolve to evolve spiritually, physically, financially in 2010

A new year is upon us. Practically everyone on Planet Earth will be making a new year’s resolution. The ultimate goals we strive for every year can be grouped into four categories—better health, more wealth, quality relationships and more efficient use of time. Better health: Lose weight, exercise more, eat healthy, quit smoking and quit drinking. More wealth: Get out of debt, save more, buy real estate and seek better employment. Quality relationships: Find a love mate, strengthen marriage, spend more time with family and friends, enjoy and appreciate life and enhance your relationship with God. More efficient use of time: Get organized, work less and play more.

Business

Holidays surviving poverty in America

(NNPA)—Traveling across America on speaking engagements this holiday season, I talked to many of the 14 million kids now living in poverty. In the past eight years child poverty rates have sky-rocketed over 80 percent and high school dropout rates hit 68 percent in many communities. Currently, America is undergoing a national crisis with 20 percent of all children living in poverty. These findings are supported by organizations such as The National Center for Child Poverty and The Kenneth Allen Youth Foundation.

Business

Business Calendar

Networking luncheon JAN. 5—The Comfort Inn & Conference Center will host “Comfort Zone Networking Lunch” from 11:30 a.m.-1 p.m. at 699 Rodi Rd., Penn Hills. This is a networking opportunity with lunch. Reservations are requested by Jan. 4. The cost is $10. For more information, call Sharon Pranis at 412-349-1622.

Sports

Goliath versus Goliath

There was multi-layered hype leading up to the Pittsburgh Steelers versus the Baltimore Ravens game. The winner of this game would just delay the victor from getting the first thing “smoking” out of town opposite of any route leading to the post-season. My next few columns will focus on a few issues that the Steelers have to address. Let’s begin with the defense.

Sports

Sounds of violence: sports deaths in 2009

by Fred LiefAssociated Press Writer Sports in 2009 looked down the barrel of a gun. From Tennessee to Georgia to Nicaragua, gunfire crackled in July. The causes differed—a romance gone wrong, a robbery botched, a self-inflicted wound—but the outcome did not. A gun was the weapon of choice, and all were dead: a former star quarterback and two ex-boxing champions. Tennessee Titans quarterback Steve McNair looks for a receiver during the Titans’ 22-16 playoff win over the Buffalo Bills in Nashville, Jan. 8. McNair, 36, was killed in July 2009, a year after he left the NFL.

Sports

Playoff hopes still alive…Ravens’ penalties give game to Steelers

The Baltimore Ravens had a chance to secure a spot in the playoffs Sunday but instead of playing inspired ball they played one of the their worst games of the season, making numerous unforced errors leading to a 23-20 defeat at the hands of the Steelers. Baltimore has won only once in Heinz Field (2006) since 2001. The Ravens gave up 113 yards on 11 penalties that extended drives for the Steelers, and on the other side of the ball two flags negated touchdowns as did a dropped ball by sure-handed Derrick Mason in the end zone. But despite all this, they still almost came back from a 20-10 halftime deficit as they scored 10 points in the third quarter to tie the game at 20. But they were unable to score in the fourth quarter partly because of outstanding defense by the Steelers but mostly because of themselves. The total lack of discipline that led to all the penalties actually cost them the game. RISING TO THE OCCASION—Steelers defensive lineman Nick Eason lays a hit on Ravens quarterback Joe Flacco Dec. 27 at Heinz Field.

Sports

Pitt edges North Carolina 19-17 in Meineke Bowl

by Mike CranstonAssociated Press Writer CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP)—Pittsburgh hasn’t won this many games since Dan Marino was the quarterback. The only player in school history to rush for more yards in a season than freshman sensation Dion Lewis is somebody named Tony Dorsett. Thanks to a late-game rally in front of a hostile crowd, the Panthers made a strong case they’ve returned to prominence. BIG WIN FOR PROGRAM—Dion Lewis (28) and Jason Pinkston (77) celebrate after Pitt’s 19-17 win over North Carolina in the Meineke Bowl in Charlotte, N.C.

Sports

City League basketball preview…Westinghouse girls hope to continue reign

Schenley lost one of the most talented girls high school players in the nation in Markell Walker to graduation. The McDonald’s All-American is now attending UCLA and is a freshman guard on their women’s basketball team. This opens the door for London McCoy and Shaunice Lightfoot standing at 5-8 and 5-9 respectively to do some damage for the Lady Spartans this year. They hope to match an excellent season in 2008-09 in which they tied a league-high 21 wins. MICKITA WHITE of Westinghouse plays tough defense against Brashear’s ASHLEE ALBRIGHT.