Daily Archive: May 18, 2011

Opinion

Editorial…Keep printed public notices in newspapers

by Teri Henning Public notices are printed in newspapers and posted on newspaper websites to let you know what government agencies are planning to do. They include meeting notices from school districts, notices about tax increases, school closings, gas drilling activity and more. Some school districts and local governments want to take public notices out of newspapers, saying that they will save money and reach more people by putting the notices on government websites only. Neither of these claims is true.

Opinion

Letter To The Editor…Friday the 13th in Harrisburg

Dear Editor: The Internet is truly illuminating. While surfing my Facebook page, I came across this nugget, posted May 13 on the PA Governor’s Advisory Commission on African American Affairs’ profile: Dear FB Family, our page will soon be taken down. As of the close of business 5/13/11, the staff has been relieved of duty. It has been a pleasure working on your behalf over the years. In a separate email from GACAAA: Please direct any communication that you would normally send to our office to Luke Bernstein, deputy chief of staff. Luke oversees the Office of Public Liaison. According to page E2.1 of the governor’s budget proposal: “The Office of Public Liaison provides advocacy services for the commonwealth’s Latino, African-American and Asian-American communities. The office also advocates for women and girls.”

Entertainment

CAPA student sings at Grammys

Awesome is the word that comes to mind when Angelea Erin Taylor recalls her recent trip to Los Angeles to perform as part of an eight-person Grammy Jazz Ensemble during this year’s Grammy Awards. “I was excited to go to California and perform at the Grammys. That really excited me,” said Angelea, a 16-year-old CAPA High School classically trained junior that resides in Overbook. “We performed at events leading up to the Grammys, including the MusiCares Person of the Year Tribute, which honored Barbara Streisand, and the Grammy celebration after-party. We also recorded at Capitol Studios.” DREAM COME TRUE—Angelea Taylor, right, performed with singers from all over the country at the Grammy Awards this year.

Entertainment

Horoscopes

ARIES You’ll have lots of contact with folks you wanted to hear from this week. Your telephone is your best tool, and you’ll enjoy talking and listening to many supportive and loving friends. A letter may arrive with an invitation. Lucky Numbers: 6, 10, 14.

Entertainment

Out & About with Brotha Ash

This week I visited the Shadow Lounge in East Liberty, Tim’s Bar in the Hill District, CJ’s in the Strip District, and I wanted to show you some pics from the Greater Pittsburgh Homewood Coliseum, Kelly Strayhorn Theater and the Monroeville Convention Center. My first stop was at the Shadow Lounge in East Liberty, where First Fridays Pittsburgh held their annual event called “The Movement” featuring DJ SMI on the 1’s and 2’s. Thomas Agnew of Jenesis Magazine and friends chillin’ at the Shadow Lounge in East Liberty.

Entertainment

Arts & Culture Calendar

Thursday 19 Jazz jam CJ’s Restaurant & Lounge presents “The Roger Humphries & RH Factor Jazz Jam Session” at 8 p.m. at 2901-2911 Penn Ave., Strip District. There will be live jazz and fun every Thursday night. Must be 25-years or older and there is a dress code that will be enforced. No tennis shoes, sweats, or athletic gear. For more information, call 412-642-2377.

Business

Chamber luncheon speaker: More Black engagement needed

In her welcoming remarks at the African American Chamber of Commerce Annual Meeting and Luncheon President and CEO Doris Carson Williams said the organization made gains during the last year because though it has gained the same number of members it has lost, the new members have much greater capacity. She also noted corporate interest had resulted in her forwarding more than 4,000 requests for proposals to chamber members during the last year. MAKING INNOVATION INCLUSIVE—CMU President Jared L. Cohon, receives a crystal key from Chamber President and CEO Doris Carson Williams and Chairman Sam Stephenson after his address for the chamber’s annual meeting and luncheon at the Omni William Penn, May 13. (Photo by J.L. Martello) “Results from our corporate survey reveal that 90 percent of the respondents have contacted chamber members about doing business,” she said. “And all said they would do business with those firms again.” Outreach, she said is improving. Part of that success she credited to the luncheon’s keynote speaker, Carnegie Mellon University President Jared Cohon, who almost immediately upon taking his position 14 years ago, began working with the chamber and in large part helped create the chamber’s Business Institute.

Business

Taking worry out of future finances

More than a quarter of U.S. workers say they’re not confident about their ability to afford a comfortable retirement. That statistic has reached its highest percentage in two decades, according to an Employee Benefit Research Institute report. How confident do you feel? Fundamental to your retirement is to have a plan, and to have it sooner rather than later say financial planning experts at the Pennsylvania Institute of Certified Public Accountants. Take the time now to plan for retirement and monitor your investments. You’ll begin to feel confident, rather than apprehensive, about your future. Also, know that small changes can make a big impact in the long run.

Business

Consumer financial protection bureau under assault

(NNPA)—Less than a year ago, the President signed into law the bipartisan Dodd-Frank Wall Street Reform and Consumer Protection Act. The Consumer Financial Protection Bureau, a cornerstone of this historic law, was created to streamline financial consumer protection regulations and prevent financial crises like the Great Recession from recurring. CFPB is a single new agency whose sole purpose is to protect consumers from the types of abusive, unfair lending practices that sparked the current financial crisis.

Business

Business Calendar

Business series MAY 19—The Carnegie Library of Pittsburgh will host their Business Program Series at 12:15 at the Downtown & Business branch, 612 Smithfield St., Downtown. The topic is “The Road to Credit Recovery.” Todd Miller, an education representative, will discuss the steps one needs to take in order to improve their current credit situation and how to re-establish credit after experiencing financial problems. He’ll also discuss credit reports, credit card scams and how to manage future credit. For more information, call 412-281-7141. This event is free and open to the public. For more information, call 412-281-7141 or e-mail business@carnegielibrary.org.