Daily Archive: April 15, 2011


Symphony brings Disney classics to life

Andrew Johnson has always been a Disney kid at heart. “My parents made sure we had the latest Disney movies when they came out. The music is very human and it appeals to everyone. The music is timeless and you are going to be affected by Disney music no matter what age group or nationality you are,” Johnson said. So when he got the chance to audition for “Disney In Concert: Magical Music From the Movies,” he jumped at the chance. ANDREW JOHNSON “Auditions were held in Los Angeles with 40 or 50 invitation-only people who have done Broadway theatrical shows before,” said Johnson, 24 who has toured with the show since 2009. “Disney is some of the most beautiful music to sing and with an 80-piece live orchestra; it was an opportunity that was too good to be true.”


My daughter’s father is refusing my request!

(NNPA)—Dear Gwendolyn: My daughter is 5 years old. Last week, I ran into her father and told him there was going to be a father/daughter dance. I have seen it on television and read about the event in newspapers. Different from similar dances, this is for little girls ages 4 to 12. I would so much like to see him take her to the dance. He has never too much acknowledged her. We never married. He said flatly I am not interested and said it in a rough tone.



The numbers don’t add up!

Some time ago, I’d read an article in “O” The Oprah Magazine entitled “Debt Diet”. You’d have to be living in a cave under a rock if you’re not familiar with “The Debt Diet” given the fact that an entire week of “The Oprah Show” was centered on this very subject. It comes as no surprise to me that most Americans are living paycheck to paycheck, hand to mouth struggling to make ends meet. What caught my attention as I was reading this article is the fact that all of the families that were profiled in the article made more than $100,000 per year. Over the next couple of months, similar articles appeared in magazines published by “Black Enterprise”, “Smart Money”, “Kiplingers”, and “Consumer Reports”. All of these articles shared a similar story—high-income people struggling to get by financially. In a “Money Magazine” publication the lead story on the cover was “Scrapping by on $150,000 per year”. Each article shared some helpful ideas on how to regain control of your money. However, all of them fell short of illustrating what I’m about to point out in this article.


Economy takes the right steps

The U.S. economy continues to take the right steps as it recovers from the worst recession since the Great Depression. The stock market, as measured by the S & P 500 index, advanced 5.4 percent for the first quarter in spite of civil unrest in the Middle East, an earthquake and tsunami in Japan and bad winter weather here at home. The unemployment rate, while still historically high, continued to decline to a two year low of 8.8 percent in March. First quarter GDP numbers will come out late in April, but are forecast to be in the 3 percent growth range.



by Bill NealFor New Pittsburgh Courier :10 Shame on you Pittsburgh. Shame…Sham…Shame!! Shame on each and every one of you that did not attend Nate Smith’s funeral. And you know who you are. And don’t tell me, “I couldn’t make it to the funeral so I went to the viewing.” Everybody knows that you go the viewing, so you have an excuse to not go to the funeral…C’mon man, you all know it. Here’s the sports analogy of those who should have been there: BILL NEAL


Lightning preparing as if Crosby will play

PITTSBURGH (AP)—Will he or won’t he? That’s the question that everyone wants to know as the Pittsburgh Penguins prepare to take on the Tampa Bay Lightning in the first round of the Stanley Cup playoffs. Will injured captain Sidney Crosby return to the ice for the Penguins? Considering he still hasn’t been cleared for contact, it would seem unlikely that Crosby, who missed 41 games with a concussion, will play. Coach Dan Bylsma has reiterated, countless times, the length of the recovery process, and that Crosby is still some steps away.



Don’t sleep the coupons

Finally a reality show on extreme couponers. I don’t think couponers is a word but there is going be a show on people who clip coupons. Like many documentary-style reality shows, this one has chosen to document people who go above and beyond what many would consider “normal.” Not only does the title indicate this (the word “extreme” is your tip-off here), but let’s face it, we’d get bored pretty quickly watching your average, everyday coupon clipper save a few bucks at the grocery store. The show debuted April 6 and comes on Wednesdays at 9 p.m. on TLC. For example, some of these folks are able to collect thousands of newspaper inserts that contain coupons. Combining those with store sales, they can actually make money while shopping. One woman bought 1,000 boxes of noodles and made a profit of $100 in doing so. Yes, you read that correctly.


Annual Bon Ami Temple No. 49 Dinner

On March 26, at the Olympia Banquet Facility in East Pittsburgh, Bon Ami Temple #49 (Improved, Benevolent, Protective Order Elks of the World) held their annual dinner honoring members of the community. BON AMI #49 MEMBERS—Betty Burton (seated), Carole Alexander, Audrey Harris Smith, Suzette Fulton and Mary Louise Robinson, chaplain. After a scrumptious meal and welcome by Brother Johnny Jiggetts (Past Grand Exalted Ruler) and Daughter Arlene Galmer (Daughter Ruler), plaques were presented to three community honorees. Kelly Allen and Patricia Hester, owners of Divine Hair Studio in Penn Hills received the Entrepreneur of the Year Award. The Community Service Award was presented to Rev. Glenn Grayson, Senior Pastor of Wesley Center AMEZ Church and The Civic Service Award went to Terri Baltimore, program director of the Hill House Association.



County provides dresses for Prom Dreams

One of the most memorable moments in a woman’s life is her high school prom night. There is nothing like the feeling a teenage girl feels when she finds the prom dress of her dreams, the one that fits right and makes her look and feel like a princess. That is the feeling that the Allegheny County Department of Human Services gave to more than 200 high school girls during their annual Project Prom Dress Giveaway, March 29-31 at Century III Mall. FAIRY GODMOTHERS—Miyoshi Anderson and Ondrea Burton stand with students DeArra Moore, left, and Monique Paige, right. “Words cannot express the gratitude of seeing the smiles on the girl’s faces, and the expressions from the parents, especially the mothers,” Ondrea Burton of the DHS Office of Community Relations and the events and donations manager for Project Prom. “It was just overwhelming.” Since 2003 Project Prom has been providing free prom dresses to eligible high school girls who may find it hard to purchase a dress from other vendors. Eligible students must live in Allegheny County and have a caretaker receiving unemployment benefits; receive or be eligible to receive free school lunch; or receive or have a member of their family currently receiving services through DHS.