Ashley N. Johnson - Courier Staff Writer



‘The Gift of Life’: CORE celebrates week of organ donation awareness

ORGAN DONOR ADVOCATE—Donated organ recipient Ron Gooden spends his time passionately speaking about being given a second chance at life through organ donation. (Photo Courtesy of CORE) Hampton High School coach Ron Gooden had always been active. He played football through his college career and even some professional. He knew he had a slightly enlarged heart (dilated cardiomyopathy, an enlarged heart with thick walls and a large pumping chamber), which doctors told him was no real concern, and a family history of heart disease, but never did he think there was a chance he would be out of the game of life so soon. But within a few years he went from coaching on the sidelines, to being sidelined and lying on his deathbed waiting for “the gift of life.”



LAB brings creativity to East End kids

LET’S BE CREATIVE—Jess Gold assists students from the Literary Arts Boom with their creative literary masterpieces. (Photo by J.L. Martello) Creating a safe and fun environment of reading and writing with children, while helping them to find, develop and foster their own creative voices, is what the Garfield based Literary Arts Boom (The LAB) program is all about.



City to host Black law enforcement executives in August

NATIONAL NOBLE PRESIDENT AND PITTSBURGH BUREAU OF POLICE ASSISTANT CHIEF MAURITA BRYANTThe City of Pittsburgh is preparing for a large police presence. While some may think it is due to the various large number of rallies and protests held recently in reaction to the not guilty ruling of George Zimmerman, it is actually because the city is set to host one of its largest minority conferences next week, when it, along with the Pittsburgh Bureau of Police and the Pittsburgh Chapter of the National Organization of Black Law Enforcement Executives welcomes the 37th Annual NOBLE Training Conference and Exhibition on Aug. 3-7 at the David L. Lawrence Convention Center.


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More WIC changes offer more assistance

With new changes to the Women, Infant, Children program, now more families will be eligible for assistance. The Allegheny County Health Department announced this week that effective July 1; there will be an increase in income limits from 1.9 percent to 2.8 percent. As of May 31, WIC, a federally funded program for income and medically eligible pregnant women, postpartum mothers, breastfeeding mother and children under the age of 5, served 16,000 individuals.



Community Calendar 7-17-13

Class ReunionJULY 19—The Peabody High School 30th Class Reunion Committee will host the 30th Class Reunion at 5:30 p.m. at Savoy Restaurant, 2623 Penn Ave., Strip District. There will be a red carpet event, along with a weekend full of other events. For more information, call Terina Hicks at 412-532-6728.



Business Calendar 7-17-13

First StepJULY 17—Duquesne University’s Small Business Development Center will host the “First Step: Business Start-Up Essentials” workshop at Duquesne University, Rockwell Hall, 600 Forbes Ave., Uptown. This free seminar is for individuals without previous experience. Topics that will be discussed are employee issues, business structure and formation, government procurement, major components of a business plan and more. Attendees will have the opportunity to meet with a consultant at a later time. Registration is required. For more information, call 412-396-1633.



Arts & Culture Calendar 7-17-13

Thursday 18 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 30 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.



Church Circuit 7-17-13

Holy Spirit SeminarJULY 17—Greater Works Outreach, 301 College Park Dr., Monroeville, will host the annual Holy Spirit Seminar at 10 a.m. The seminar, which will run through July 20, will include adult sessions, in conjunction with Vacation Bible School and the youth conference. Guest speakers will be Ricardo Sanchez, Bishop Joseph Garlington, Apostle Jane Hamon, Pastor Matthew Brown and more. There will also be sessions held at 2 p.m. and 7 p.m. For more information, call 724-327-6500 or visit



Charges dropped against North Side teacher in Homewood harassment case

CUFFED—Pittsburgh school teacher Dennis Henderson, yellow shirt, and New Pittsburgh Courier photographer Rossano Stewart, front, sit in handcuffs after being harassed by a Pittsburgh police officer for, what many are saying, is “Talking While Black.” (Photo by Elwin Green/Facebook) by Ashley JohnsonCourier Staff WriterCharges will be dropped against Pittsburgh teacher Dennis Henderson, who was arrested last month while talking outside of a community meeting in Homewood with New Pittsburgh Courier photographer Rossano Steweart pending a review by the City of Pittsburgh Office of Municipal Investigations.