Monthly Archive: April 2010



At what age do you want to retire?

“Thank God it’s Friday!” “Oh, God it’s Monday!” These are expressions I hear quite often from working people. We all dream of the glorious day when we’ll clock out for the very last time. Imagine waking up when you’re good and ready. Imagine, vacationing when you’re good and ready. Imagine staying up to the crack of dawn just because you wanted to watch the sun rise. Imagine spending quality time with your loved ones and not being distracted by work-related proposals, deadlines, quotas, customer complaints and office politics. Have you dreamed of the life of leisure during your retirement days? At what age have you determined that you’ll hang up your working shoes?


Tax planning for 2010

April 15th has passed and if you are like me, you have filed your tax return and are breathing a sigh of relief. However, before you put your tax files away, take a little time to start planning for your 2010 taxes. By taking a little time now, you may be better able to manage your tax burden and save some tax dollars. When it comes to taxes, procrastination is your biggest enemy.


Beware the strengths, liabilities of business structure

(NNPA)—Whether you are launching a home-based sole proprietorship, partnership or expanding a corporation—beware of your legal business ownership structure’s strengths and liabilities. The ability to rapidly make competitive market decisions and raise investment money is often directly related to the legal structure of the business. From the start consider the primary legal business structures that work best to achieve your financial goals. Research the business characteristics, asking questions of entrepreneur mentors or attorneys, always searching for the ideal solution.


Business Calendar

Business series APRIL 28—The Carnegie Library of Pittsburgh will host their Business Program Series at 12:15-1 p.m. at the Downtown & Business branch, 612 Smithfield St. The topic is “How Feng Shui Can Positively Influence Your Business and Your Home.” Yvonne Phillips of Creative Color and Design will share color and design principles that will create a peaceful and profitable work environment. This event is free and open to the public. For more information, call 412-281-7141.


Antonio hopes to replace Santonio as Steelers ‘pounce’ on 10 new rookies

An off season that began with the Steelers missing the playoffs. Trading Super Bowl MVP receiver Santonio Holmes to the New York Jets and franchise quarterback Ben Roethlisberger getting suspended for six games by Commissioner Roger Goodell for violating the league’s personal conduct policy. Many fans could understand why the Steelers were looking forward to pouncing on this year’s draft. ANTONIO BROWN The Steelers entered the draft needing help on the offensive line. A line that had allowed nearly 150 quarterback sacks over the last three seasons. Filling their most pressing need, the Steelers selected center/guard LaShawn Maurkice Pouncey, who is 6-5, 305 pounds, from Florida with the 18th pick overall. Pouncey earned All-American honors and also won the Rimington Trophy, given to the nation’s top center.


They call him ‘Ace’ as in No. 1

“Ace” is the name that he most answers to but his full name is Averill Pippens. However, he is recognized by numerous other titles. Son, dad, brother, coach…Now that includes football coach Ace, basketball coach Ace, baseball coach Ace, and AAU Coach Ace…well, you get my point. ‘ACE’ PIPPENS But let’s start at the beginning. An Oliver High School grad and star triple-threat athlete in football, basketball and baseball he was a star in track too, but it sounds so much cooler when you say triple-threat. Pippens was named to the All-City Baseball Team, Kenny Durrett High School All-Star Basketball Classic and received the Distinguished Athlete of the Year award from the U.S. Marine Corps., among many other awards.


Bargain hunters

Rollback prices, bargain basement, lemon laws, all of the aforementioned can be used to describe the flurry of activity to describe the so-called wheeling and dealing of the Pittsburgh Steelers in regards to the juggling of players during the past month or so. The actual 2010 draft will end up secondary in regards to who steps on the field to compete for the Black and Gold. The Steelers “dun” good by selecting junior center Maurkice Pouncey from Florida in the first round. They finally got it but as I have previously stated they should have concentrated on the offensive and defensive line starting with the 2008 draft. That year, (2008) Pittsburgh drafted a slightly above average running back, Rashard Mendenhall in the first round and a projected slightly above average wideout Limas Sweed in the second.


Bolt dazzles at Penn Relays

PHILADELPHIA (AP)—They began filling up the streets around the University of Pennsylvania’s Franklin Field hours before, a sea of black, green and yellow. Thousands of Jamaican track and field fans had come to see their star, three-time gold medalist Usain Bolt, live up to his fitting last name, and dazzle in his return to Philadelphia. IMPRESSIVE SPRINT—Jamaican sprinter Usain Bolt smiles after crossing the finish line to win the 4×100 relay at the Penn Relays athletics meet, April 24, in Philadelphia. Bolt dazzled them all with a lightning fast final leg of the 400-meter relay, taking the baton in a near dead heat, then overtaking USA Blue’s Ivory Williams to win the event at the Penn Relays.


Jets’ Clowney going to Ghana after helping Haiti

by Dennis Waszak Jr. NEW YORK (AP)—Tears welled up in David Clowney’s eyes as he watched a group of Haitian children roam the streets of Port-au-Prince with no­where to go. Shoeless, shirtless and homeless, they made the New York Jets wide receiver think about his little brother, Jordan. DAVID CLOWNEY “Just seeing how these kids who had no families were living was devastating,” Clowney told The Associated Press. “I have a 10-year-old brother and I just can’t imagine him living that way.” Clowney, who had 14 catches and a touchdown last season, spent three days in Haiti last month as part of a missionary group that included Jets teammates James Ihedigbo and Vernon Gholston and former cornerback Ahmad Carroll. They worked with members of Yele Haiti, musician Wyclef Jean’s charity, to help with the relief and recovery efforts following the earthquake that killed an estimated 230,000 and left 1.3 million homeless in January.



‘What chu talkin’ ’bout, Willis?’

The first time I saw Todd Bridges it was on the show “Fish,” with Abe Vigoda. “Fish” was a spinoff of “Barney Miller.” I didn’t realize until I read the book “Killing Willis: From Different Strokes to the Mean Streets to the life I always Wanted” that Bridges was also featured on “The Waltons” and “Little House on the Prairie” and the landmark series, “Roots.” If you don’t remember Bridges from these shows you may remember him from “Different Stokes” where he played the older brother to Gary Coleman. Todd was the subject of the popular catch phrase “What chu talkin’ ’bout Willis?”