Daily Archive: November 21, 2012


Granada housing moves forward

The same day it authorized its final piece of funding for the Centre Heldman Plaza project, the Urban Redevelopment Authority of Pittsburgh board gave site control of twelve Hill District lots to New Granada Housing LP for a project that will revamp both the Wylie and Centre Avenue corridors. The company is a joint venture between the Hill District Community Development Corporation and Ralph A Falbo Inc., which will act as the construction manager.


Board members respond to State of District

The Pittsburgh Public School’s State of the District 2012 event on Nov. 15 gave the public an update on the district in the areas of achievement, effectiveness, equity and satisfaction. However, it also provided a unique environment for parents, teachers, education scholars and administrators to have an honest conversation about the district’s progress and direction. Following a live interview between PPS Superintendent Linda Lane and KDKA-TV personality Lynn Hayes-Freeland, the audience heard from a panel comprised of a teacher, a parent, a scholar and a nonprofit director. The panelists addressed issues and answered questions from the audience and those watching at home about parent engagement in schools and how to educate all students regardless of race or socio-economic status.



How to improve state of Black Pittsburgh

According to a 2002 study by the Southwest Educational Development Laboratory, parental engagement in education correlates with higher grade point averages among students. This is one of many statistics regarding the impact parents have on their children’s future success. ESTHER BUSH The importance of parenting was the focus of the Urban League of Greater Pittsburgh’s 2012 State of Black Pittsburgh, themed “Raising Champions.” Along with the event’s main feature where guests heard from Pittsburgh Steelers players and their parents, there were also a series of sessions for adults about effective parenting.


President Moss 2002-2012 final remarks at NAACP Sunday

M. Gayle Moss who was president of the Pittsburgh NAACP from 2002-2012 gave her final speech to the congregation of Ebenezer Baptist Church on NAACP Sunday, Oct. 14. M. GAYLE MOSS Serving as the president of the Pittsburgh Unit #2285 of the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People has been a tremendous honor and a labor of love. In fact, I broke the glass ceiling by being the first woman to serve as president of this great Unit since 1915 when it first began. I have worked diligently in the Unit for 36 years. I felt I had much to offer to the leadership tier as many as 26 years ago.


Community Calendar

Holiday Market NOV. 24—The Pittsburgh Downtown Partnership will host the Peoples Gas Holiday Market at 11:30 a.m. at Market Square. The event, which will follow the Macy’s Day Parade, will run through Dc. 23 and feature local dance groups, choirs and carolers, to showcase the city’s rich cultural heritage and ethnic diversities and create a jolly holiday atmosphere. For more information, call Ida Derrico at 412-325-0153 or email iderrico@downtownpittsburgh.com.



Congratulations to new NAACP leaders

Well it’s over. We have a new president. Oh, sorry. I’m not talking about President Obama, but the Pittsburgh NAACP. Yes, I supported Deborah Walker, because I thought, and still think she would have been an outstanding president moving them into the 21st century. But she lost to Connie Parker, 171 to 146, so now I know how Mitt Romney supporters feel. So I’m telling myself what I’ve been telling Romney followers. Get over it. Move on, and do what you can to help the new president.


Democracy on trial

(NNPA)—On Election Day, I found myself thinking about Venezuela. In the context of a hotly contested race for the presidency of the country, all reports indicated that the Venezuelan elections were handled smoothly with very few problems. This was true despite constant warnings in the U.S. media that the Venezuelan elections would somehow be undermined by the incumbent administration of President Hugo Chavez.


The scam that stole Thanksgiving

(NNPA)—When I think of Thanksgiving Day, I think of family, gathered around a table that groans with turkey and dressing, green beans and candied yams, mac and cheese or whipped potatoes, and lots of other goodies. I look forward to seeing folks I haven’t seen in a while, savor the food and fellowship, bring in the late evening over coffee and pie. Nobody is rushing out to go shopping—most people save that for the Friday after Thanksgiving, often called, Black Friday, because many stores find themselves in the black after the profligate shopping that day.


Guest editorial… Court must not limit voter rights

The Supreme Court said it will consider eliminating the government’s strongest weapon against racial discrimination at polling places since the 1960s. The high court said Nov. 9 that it will hear a constitutional challenge to a strict provision of the Voting Rights Act of 1965, known as “Section 5,” that requires 16 states with a history of discrimination in voting to get federal approval before making any changes in the way they hold elections.



There is so much to be thankful for

This is a very special time of year for me, and as a columnist I have been afforded an opportunity to publically explain why I am so thankful. In fact, this column can be applied to an astronomical number of readers who are not able to write a column.