Daily Archive: June 27, 2012


Taking care of those who take care of us

(NNPA)—Ai-Jen Poo, a powerful and passionate advocate for the rights of domestic workers, leads the National Domestic Workers Alliance. Who are these folks? They are the private household workers (maids) who propped up inept women in the movie, “The Help.” They are the home health aides who take care of our elders when they are ill or disabled, bringing them meals, bathing them and accompanying them to medical appointments. They are the nannies that care for children when parents are working. In some ways, they are a backbone of our economy, and yet they often have neither voice nor money.


Former Courier intern publishes novella

What would you do if you lived next door to someone featured on “America’s Most Wanted,” a burglar, or someone who committed suicide? These are questions that Paige K. Mitchell, 21 from Penn Hills, asks in her 60-page mystery novella, “Secret Shadows.” PAIGE K. MITCHELL (Photo by J.L. Martello)


Arts & Culture Calendar

Thursday 28 Art in the Park The Borough of Wilkinsburg and the Wilkinsburg Community Development Corporation presents Wilkinsburg’s 2012 Art in the Park from 6-8:30 p.m. at the Penn Avenue Parklet, 743 Penn Ave., Wilkinsburg, Every Thursday there will be food, music vendors and fun for the whole family. There will also be live entertainment.


Out & About with Brotha Ash

This week I visited the August Wilson Center for African American Culture in Downtown, Pittsburgh, CJ’s in the Strip District, Galaxy Lounge in Homewood, Savoy Restaurant in the Strip District, Greater Pittsburgh Coliseum in Homewood and the Shadow Lounge in East Liberty. Comedian Rodney Perry and hip-hop legend Tuffy Tuff at Savoy Restaurant in the Strip District.


East End communities receive green facility

At one time words like efficient, eco-friendly, energy conservation and community engagement were not utilized in the same sentence when discussing the Lincoln Larimer community. Today, those words and many more describe a unique and welcome project in the community. “The residents of Larimer are pleased to have the Environment and Energy Community Outreach Center housed in our neighborhood,” said Carolyn Peeks, a resident and Larimer Consensus Group/Green Team member. Her words were shared during the June 21 Ribbon Cutting Ceremony of the EECO Center. READY FOR BUSINESS—Community leaders and residents surround PCSI officials, Mayor Luke Ravenstahl and State Sen. Jim Ferlo during the official opening of the EECO Center located at Larimer Avenue and East Liberty Blvd. (Photos by Diane I. Daniels) After years of planning, the corner of Larimer Avenue and East Liberty Boulevard, what once existed as a vacant gas station and the lot next to it will exist as a state-of-the-art green facility.


Breaking the ‘ice’ with Indianapolis Public Schools

The Hoosier Minority Chamber of Commerce was in a groove. We defeated the discriminatory game played by United Air Lines and the State of Indiana. Our relations with Indianapolis Mayor Stephen Goldsmith were great. Contracting for Black owned businesses in the city was growing immensely. I had to think hard as to what might be the next opportunity. Then we got the news Dr. Shirl Gilbert was going to become superintendent for Indianapolis Public Schools District. He would be the first Black school superintendent in the city.


Business Calendar

Silver Lining for Business JUNE 27—The University of Pittsburgh’s Institute for Entrepreneurial Excellence will host “Cloud Computing: The Silver Lining for Your Business” from 7:30-10 a.m. at the Rivers Club, 301 Grant St., Downtown. Tim Fitzgerald, of Matrix Solutions, and Mark Talton, of Virtual Officeware, will facilitate this seminar and share their experiences on how the Cloud is enabling their businesses to grow. Attendees will learn how the Cloud can make IT systems more manageable, cost comparisons of Cloud computing versus conventional technologies and more. The cost is $49 and registration is requested. For more information, call Tara Gerek at 412-648-1389 or email ieeregistration@katz.pitt.edu.



LBJ gets a better seat among NBA’s greats

by Jim Litke Some of the NBA’s greatest players ever didn’t need to see a championship ring to count LeBron James in their ranks. In what amounts to a game of “musical chairs”—and that’s what ranking “the greatest anything” comes down to—a few sounded prepared to give up their seats. But if James wants to occupy the last one, if it’s important to him to be the best of the best, the ring he picked up last Thursday night better not be his last. He has a lot of ground to make up. CHAMPION—Miami Heat small forward LeBron James holds the Larry O’Brien NBA Championship Trophy after Game 5 of the NBA finals basketball series against the Oklahoma City Thunder, June 2, in Miami. The Heat won 121-106 to become the 2012 NBA Champions. (AP Photo/Lynne Sladky) Michael Jordan, who stubbornly kept trying to win a championship by himself, got his first ring in his seventh season in Chicago and won six before he retired—the second time. Ever competitive, he still refuses every offer to comment on any other player, let alone compare them to you-know-who.