Daily Archive: December 5, 2012


Business Calendar

Doing Business with the County DEC. 6—The Small Business Development Center of Duquesne University and others will host “Doing Business with Allegheny County” from 8:30 a.m.-12 p.m. at the DoubleTree By Hilton-Monroeville Convention Center, 101 Mall Blvd., Monroeville. This is a free seminar on how to do business with Allegheny County, the second largest county in Pennsylvania. Guest speakers will include John Deighan and Ruth Byrd-Smith. For more information, call Kate Glodek at 412-237-6098.


The Crab Cake Redemption

Hey you’s guys and dolls, this may take a minute so bear with me. I don’t want yaw’ll to get the wrong idea about what I stated regarding Charlie Batch being less than “stellar” when he faced the Cleveland Browns two Sundays ago at Cleveland Stadium. I am not a flip flopper nor am I a band “wagoneer.” I observe athletes on a per game basis because winning and losing is such. I still stick by my opinion that Batch did not deserve an NFL paycheck when he performed horribly against the Browns two Sundays ago. However, he deserved a big fat bonus for his gutsy and victorious performance for punching the Baltimore Ravens in the mouth at their house by the score 23-20.


Batch keeps Steelers in playoff hunt

Charlie Batch’s farewell game was a work of art as he kept the Steelers in the playoff hunt with a 23-20 upset of the AFC North leading Baltimore Ravens, 9-3. REDEMPTION IN BALTIMORE—Pittsburgh Steelers quarterback Charlie Batch congratulates running back Jonathan Dwyer, right, after Dwyer’s 16-yard touchdown run during the second half against the Baltimore Ravens in Baltimore, Sunday, Dec. 2. (AP Photo/Patrick Semansky)


Sisters Saving Ourselves Now: Teaching single moms self-pride, values

Reverend Dr. Judith C. Moore has been on a mission since 2006 to help young, single Black women find their purpose in life and pursue it. “This started because of so many young and older women having babies and feeling trapped, foreseeing no end to their problem or situation,” said Rev. Moore, pastor of the First AME Church in Clairton and founder of Sisters Saving Ourselves Now. GIVE ME A BEAT—The Kuumba Inc. Drummers headed by Beatrice Mitchell, standing right, kick-off the Saturday events during the Sisters Saving Ourselves Now Mon Valley Single Moms Summit. “First, they must learn to love themselves and know that they are somebody and they can make a difference.”



Church Circuit

Rites of Passage DEC. 7—Mt. Carmel Baptist Church, 90 Port Perry Rd., North Versailles, will host its Rites of Passage Celebration at 7 p.m. Minister Justin Hunt of Maryland will be the guest preacher and music will be provided by the Bethlehem Baptist Youth Choir and others. There will also be a Youth Workshop on Dec. 8 from 9 a.m.-12 p.m. The theme is “Youth Maturing into Young Adults.” This is for youth ages 12-20. The presenter will be Jonas McLeod. For more information, call 412-823-2841.


A permanent home for the holidays through adoption

For most, the holidays are a time for fun, great food, and most importantly time with family and loved ones, but for many children in Allegheny County, their holidays will not be the same. While they may have the fun and food, many will be missing a permanent family. WE ARE FAMILY—Verley and Mark Cabbagestalk stand with their newly adopted daughter Dae’Quannna Stevens, Nov. 17, at the Allegheny County’s Children’s Court. (Photo by J.L. Martello) Although many children will be asking Santa for a family, one family received their present early. Dae’Quanna Stevens, 15, lost her mother at an early age. After her mother’s death, she moved in with her grandparents, Mark and Verley Cabbagestalk, who after several years of being her caregivers, she now can call them her parents.


Minority Contracting Department approved by City Council

After the New Pittsburgh Courier reported in June that Pittsburgh’s Equal Opportunity Review Commission was failing to report accurate minority contracting levels, city Councilman Rev. Ricky Burgess sponsored legislation to create a city department that would remedy the problem. REV. RICKY BURGESS City Council has authorized creating a Department of Equal Opportunity, whose director would report directly to the mayor and council. Not only would the new agency collect and report inclusion plans for minorities and women on city contracts, it would monitor them to see that minority subcontractors are actually employed.


Shealey new School Board president

On Dec. 3 the Pittsburgh Public School District Board of Directors elected Sharene Shealey as its new president. Shealey, who has served on the board since 2009, represents District 1, which includes Westinghouse Academy 6-12, Lincoln PreK-5, Faison K-5, Sterrett 6-8, Linden K-5, Obama 6-12 and Pittsburgh Student Achievement Center. SHARENE SHEALEY Outgoing board president Sherry Hazuda, who represents District 6, nominated Shealey. She was elected by a vote of 6-3 with Hazuda, Theresa Colaizzi, Jean Fink, Bill Isler, and Floyd McCrea supporting her.


Glass honored by Women and Girls Foundation

This year, for the first time in history, the Women and Girls Foundation chose to recognize influential men in the Pittsburgh region at their annual Celebrating Women gala. The event on Dec. 1 honored local champions who are helping to advance women’s rights and opportunities. MICHAEL GLASS