Daily Archive: August 13, 2010


Out & About with Brotha Ash

This week I visited the August Wilson Center for African American Culture, the Montage in Wilkinsburg, the Wyndham Hotel Ballroom in Oakland, the Shadow Lounge in East Liberty, Kelly’s Place in East Liberty, CJ’s in the Strip District, Melange’s Bristol Bar in Downtown Pittsburgh, and Ujamaa Collective’s Market Place in the Hill District. My first stop was the Montage in Wilkinsburg where Schenley High School held their reunion for the class of 1970. It was a great turnout and everyone was glad to reunite and have a great time. Here are some of the members from the Ujamaa Collective Market Place in the Hill District. The grand opening was a major success.


Eight great start-up essentials

(NNPA)—Sorry to be the bearer of bad news, but this shouldn’t come as a surprise: brilliant inventions and good intentions are not enough to make you rich. The missing word is ACTION. To that end, let me share my Great 8 Start-up Essentials: 1. An idea: It should be fleshed out because you’ve done the knowledge and have identified a potential market.


Advice to consumers: Say no to high-cost overdraft fees

(NNPA)—As parents everywhere prepare for their children to return to school, spending for clothing, school supplies and equipment can mount up in a hurry. Amid the harried and hurried rush to get students ready for new school terms, one particular time-sensitive insert to bank statements may not receive a thoughtful review. Anyone who has an active checking account is affected. Starting Aug. 15 banks and credit unions will no longer be able to charge overdraft fees on debit card transactions unless consumers have chosen to specifically accept this kind of overdraft coverage. In an effort to preserve these revenue-rich fees that generate nearly $24 billion annually on an average charge of $34 per transaction, financial institutions are aggressively using a combination of mailers, telephone calls, Web advertising, ATM screens and more. The marketing message is to “hurry up and enroll.” Wiser minds would advise consumers to “slow down and read the fine print.”


Club 4-Life gives new life to 35-year-old Connie Hawkins League

The basketball gods were shining on the Connie Hawkins Summer Basketball League as it returned to the indoor facilities of The Club 4-life in Monroeville to celebrate its 35th anniversary. For nearly four decades the league was the gold standard in which Pittsburgh’s great basketball players were tested. The league has been nationally recognized and was once named one of the top 10 best summer leagues by the Atlanta Journal-Constitution. It is the fifth-longest running league in the country. ‘TEAM HAWK’—From left: John Krchmar, Terry Smith, Munz Abdulla, Devante Goudy, Bill Neal, B B Flenory, Kevin Corlew, and Karlton Griffin.



Serve yourself

BYOB. No, this is not the acronym for bring your own bottle. It stands for bring your own bag. If you bring your own bag to the grocery store you help save the environment. Frankly, I think this is a ploy to sell more of the cloth-like bags that you should bring with you. You get to the end of the checkout and realize that you didn’t bring a bag so you buy one and the next time you forget that one, too. Try leaving them in the car. Better yet, write yourself a note and put it on the dashboard and hopefully you will remember.


The FROGS Club marks 100 years

On July 24 at Heinz Field The FROGS (Friendly Rivalry Often Generates Success) Club held their centennial celebration. More than 300 members and guests attended the gala black tie event and enjoyed catching up with FROGS and friends. The evening began with a reception with time for plenty of photo ops. Professional photographer Ahmad Sandidge was on hand to capture the moment for many couples and groups who wanted to have a special souvenir of the evening. After dinner and celebratory remarks from President Darryl Robinson, the FROGS queen and her court were presented. QUEEN AND HER COURT—Jettie Fields, Carrington Motley, David Motley, Renee Motley, Lillie and Tom Motley, Maria Gonzalez and Chris Motley Jr.


Combined church picnic promotes unity in Clairton

Duquesne resident Kenya Owens enjoyed the joyous music delivered by the choir, the camaraderie between the people in attendance and the uplifting word of God that was delivered during the sixth annual Clairton Community Picnic. Owens, who attended the yearly gathering at the invitation of his girlfriend, Clairton resident Twila Boswell, was glad to participate. ORGANIZING COMMITTEE—The committee for the Churches United in Clairton picnic,from left: Wandra Sparks, Wanda Davis, Sharon Gressem, Kim Jackson, Wendy Rice, Robin Prince, Paulette Bradford and Pamela Kelley.


I am in love with my brother. I’m Afraid to tell him!

(NNPA)—Dear Gwendolyn: I have a problem. In high school I missed going to my junior and senior prom because there were no boys I wanted to go with. I guess you can assume that I have never found an interest in anyone except my brother. I am adopted and my brother was also adopted. At the time of my adoption I was six months old and my brother was adopted at birth. I always felt something was wrong. Neither one of us ever knew until two years ago while helping my mother discard papers from the attic. Now that explains why I have feelings for my brother.—Jill


We’re No. 1! UGA tops party schools ranking

ATLANTA (AP)—The University of Georgia won a national title this year—top party school. The Princeton Review announced Aug. 2 that Georgia is the No. 1 party school on its now infamous annual ranking. The school of about 30,000 students has been on the list 10 times since the ranking was created in 1992, but this is the first time the university has taken the top spot. MASCOT—Uga VII, the seventh English bulldog mascot for the University of Georgia team, who died last football season, keeps to the sidelines in Tempe, Ariz.