Monthly Archive: January 2011

Metro

Rev. Barr in serious auto accident

After a tragic car accident near the Robert Morris University campus in Moon Township, Rev. Jason Barr Jr. is under observation at an undisclosed hospital in the Pittsburgh area. “He is in the step down unit of the hospital, under observation,” said Elder John Holloway, a representative of the family and Macedonia Baptist Church in the Hill District, where Barr serves as the senior pastor. “The family is asking for prayers and that you continue to keep him (Rev. Barr) and their family in prayer.” REV. JASON BARR The Step-down unit is for individuals who were once in an intensive care unit, but who need less monitoring than critical patients.

Metro

Strickland appointed to White House council

One of Pittsburgh’s own has been selected to serve on the recently formed White House Council for Community Solutions. Manchester Bidwell Corp. CEO Bill Strickland will serve on the 25-member council with other representatives from around the country. “The purpose of the council is to try to identify leading best practices in the country to solving community issues,” Strickland said. “The president was interested in finding programs around the country that are getting results for youth particularly.” BILL STRICKLAND Strickland has had a long history of working with youth through his leadership over Manchester Craftsmen’s Guild, Bidwell Training Center, and National Center for Arts and Technology. He has also played a key role in the creation and maintenance of MBC’s operational affiliate centers in Cincinnati and Cleveland, Ohio, Grand Rapids, Mich., and San Francisco, Calif.

Metro

Pioneering business wins lawsuit

Five years ago, Dr. Jerome Canady, helped contribute to a revival in McKeesport when his company Canady Technology, LLC brought nearly 50 jobs to the area, with the potential to double that number in two years time. Three years later, Canady was forced to shut down operations in McKeesport as a result of a series of costly lawsuits, choking his business’ resources. JEROME CANADY “We shut down the operation in December 2008,” Dr. Canady said. “There was no money to spend on inventory or running the company because it was going to litigation. It cost us $4 million.” Now Dr. Canady sits on the tail end of a litigation victory that dragged his company in and out of court for patent infringement. On Dec. 9, U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit ruled against ERBE Elektromedizin GmbH and ERBE in favor of Canady Tech.

Metro

Gateway Medical gives kids head start

Devaughn McNary wants to be a doctor when he grows up. Though he isn’t exactly sure what type of doctor he will be, he and the 11 other 7th grade boys in the Gateway Medical Society Youth Mentorship Program are well on their way to achieving their goal. “One thing I learned is there are many different types of physicians. The type of physician I want to be is either a pediatrician or an obstetrician,” McNary said. “All of the things I learned will help me one day be a doctor and help those in need.” LEADERS AND MENTORS—Back row, from left: David A. Anderson, DDS, MDS; Mark Brentley, Morris Turner, Chentis Pettigrew Jr., EdD. Front row, from left: Rhonda Moore Johnson, MD; Jan Madison, MD; Annette Edwards, MD; Helen A. Davis, MD; Margaret D. Larkins-Pettigrew, MD and Carmen Anderson. (Photos by Rossano P. Stewart) Before they even reach high school, young boys in the GMS Youth Mentorship Program will have a head start on other youth hoping to enter the medical field. The program pairs them with doctors in various specialties to show them the ins and outs of the profession and how to get there.

Metro

Workforce developers react to job report

As the New Pittsburgh Courier reported last week, the Three Rivers Workforce Investment Board analysis of jobs posted in the greater Pittsburgh area found that most available jobs require more than a high school diploma, but less than a college degree. The top occupational clusters in the study; Management; Computer and Mathematical; Sales and Related; Office and Administrative Support; and Healthcare Practitioners and Technical, all offer average wages well above the $28,500 considered to be a family-sustaining wage. SALEEM GHUBRIL With these unfilled positions in several fields requiring, in some cases, no more than on-the-job training, and in others less than even a two-year degree, the Courier asked workforce developers if their job counseling and training efforts should alter their focus and if so, how.

Entertainment

Adem stars in ‘Cirque Dreams Holidaze’

Abdurazak Reshid Adem is excited to be showcasing his unique talents as a juggler to Pittsburgh audiences during the “Cirque Dreams Holidaze” show at Heinz Hall this week. “People can expect to see some really different things that are based on the holidays. People will really be surprised,” said Adem, 27. Adem, who is one of two jugglers in the show, will be playing a lumberjack ornament in the show. ABDURAZAK RESHID ADEM

Entertainment

‘Are We There Yet’ Crews discusses fathers

Athlete-turned-actor Terry Crews is confident that the TBS sitcom, “Are We There Yet?” will be on the list of Classic African-American comedies like “The Cosby Show,” “Living Single,” or “A Different World.” “This show is a throwback to comedies that have gone before. This is just a new DNA change. It crosses generational boundaries,” explained Crews who plays the lead role of Nick Parsons. “TV has changed in a lot of different ways. There are not a lot of sitcoms on. There’s been a space in the genre and I told myself not to shun the change but to go with it.” CAST—From left: Teala Dunn, Essence Atkins, Terry Crews and Coy Stewart.

Entertainment

Merry Christmas to everyone from Brotha Ash!!!

by Ashley G. WoodsonFor New Pittsburgh Courier This week I visited the Greater Pittsburgh Homewood Coliseum in Homewood, the Shadow Lounge in East Liberty, Montage in Wilkinsburg and the Red Onion in the Hill District. My first stop was at the Greater Pittsburgh Homewood Coliseum where the Allegheny Old-timers held their annual Basketball Cabaret. Everyone came out to reunite, eat great food and have a good time. Medina and Chuck celebrating their birthdays at the Red Onion in the Hill District.

Sports

Clairton rallies to claim 2nd straight Class 2A title

by Malik Vincent For New Pittsburgh Courier At 6-foot-5 and 230 pounds, Desimon Green is a large human being. But his game time presence for Clairton over the course of the past football season—according to its coach, Tim Nola, has been even larger at times. Ironically, it was not a one-man show when Clairton (16-0) climbed back from being down 24 points in the first half and rallying to claim their second consecutive Class AA PIAA football championship, 36-30, at Hersheypark Stadium in Hershey. SOPHOMORE SENSATION—Clairton’s Tyler Boyd, center, dives into the end zone for a touchdown past Riverside’s Nick Rossi, left, and Kyle Walsh, right, during the first half of the Class A Championship football game at the PIAA High School Football Championships in Hershey, Pa., Dec. 17. (AP Photo/Matt Rourke)

Sports

City League roundup

by Malik Vincent For New Pittsburgh Courier Both the Allderdice boys and girls sit atop the City League standings last week marked the beginning of conference play. The boys currently have an undefeated mark (3-0) with two wins in the city. The girls are currently 3-1 with one nonconference loss to Vincentian Academy in the Serra Catholic tournament on Dec. 11.