Daily Archive: July 3, 2012


And the truth shall make you free

by Daryl Gale If you’re a partisan party politician, you don’t have to disgrace your office to elicit a gasp of horror from your colleagues. You just have to tell the truth—even by accident. House Majority Leader Mike Turzai of Allegheny County spouted just such an inconvenient truth June 23 at a meeting of the Republican State Committee in Hershey. Turzai was thumping his chest over the Republican-led accomplishments of the state House and Senate when he got caught up in the moment.


Westinghouse ‘Fame Jr.’

The Kelly-Strayhorn Theater’s hot summer season of affordable entertainment rolls on with a partnership with Westinghouse High School, Homewood Children’s Village and NBC/ iTheatrics to present “FAME JR., Westinghouse High School’s first theatrical production in 10 years. THE FAME CAST (Photos by J.L. Martello)


Out & About with Brotha Ash

This week I visited the Racquet Club in Monroeville, CJ’s in the Strip District, Tim’s Bar in the Hill District, Savoy Restaurant in the Strip District and the North Side Elks in the Hill District. My first stop was at the North Side Elks, where the one and only birthday girl, Shirley Watts, celebrated her birthday in style with family and friends. Brothers Mike and Vernard havin


Arts & Culture Calendar

Thursday 5 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.


County MBEWBE Department reestablishes radio show

Saturday mornings just became more informative. Early in June, the Allegheny County Minority Woman Disadvantaged Business Enterprise Department, headed by Ruth Byrd-Smith reestablished hosting a 30-minute business oriented radio show called, “Taking Care of Business.” Airing every Saturday from 11:30 a.m. to noon on WGBN Radio, 1150 AM, the show focuses on issues and topics that inform the small business community. FULL OF INFORMATION—A For the People Insurance agent, William Hawthorne and Allegheny County Minority Woman Disadvantaged Business Enterprise Department, Director, Ruth Byrd-Smith dispel information during her radio show, “Taking Care of Business” (Photo Diane I. Daniels)


Business Calendar

Strategies For Women In Business JULY 10—The University of Pittsburgh’s Institute for Entrepreneurial Excellence will host “Let’s Make A Deal: Effective Negotiations Strategies for Women In Business” from 11:30 a.m.-1:30 p.m. at the Rivers Club, One Oxford Centre, 301 Grant St., Downtown. This seminar is for individuals who want to better leverage the skills they already have and who wants to get past negotiation anxiety. MJ Toochi will discuss negotiations from the unique perspective of women entrepreneurs, tips for identifying negotiation opportunities and how to gain more confidence in one’s ability to successfully negotiate. The cost is $25 and registration is requested. For more information, call 412-648-1389 or email ieeregistration@katz.pitt.edu.


Revis Camp: Leadership, education, respect, dedication, achievement

by Joby BrownFor New Pittsburgh Courier Darrelle Revis, New York Jets All-Pro cornerback, former Pitt and Aliquippa superstar, stressed the value of giving back to the community you came from at his football camp in his hometown of Aliquippa. “It’s very valuable to give it back, you can’t go halfway. You have to give one hundred percent,” he said. “You have to put your whole heart into this when you give back. This has been on my heart for a couple of years, starting a foundation, trying to focus on a certain avenue to attack, and its kids for me. LOOKING TO PASS—Darrelle Revis looks over the defense as he plays QB in a 7 on 7 drill.


Songs of freedom

“My country, ’tis of thee, sweet land of liberty of thee I sing. Land where my fathers died land of the pilgrims’ pride; from every mountain side let freedom ring.” (Patriotic Devotional Hymn) When you pick up the NPC on July 4th; you will most likely be celebrating the emancipation of America from the shackles of British Colonialism in 1776. Will you do me a favor? Pick up an extra case of Old E and marinate the ribs for a day with fresh not powdered garlic and “Morton’s Tender Quick” because that’s just the way that I like em.