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Pool In Penn. Tells Minority Campers They’re Not Welcome
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Civil rights discrimination lawsuit pending By Danny L. White Despite significant advancements in race relations in America over the past 40 years and although the first family in 2009 is a family of color, racial discrimination still exists in these United States. The most recent reminder unfurled in Huntingdon Valley, Penn., when a bus load of youthful African American and Hispanic campers arrived at the Valley Club in the ritzy suburb. According to published reports in several print media and NBC the Today Show, the Creative Steps Summer Youth Camp in northeast Philadelphia contracted for the 65 children at their day camp to travel to the Huntingdon Valley Club each Monday for several weeks. Shortly after their initial arrival, several members of the Creative Step Summer Youth Camp overheard adults making racial comments. Alethea Wright, one of several Creative Steps camp counselors on the trip reported a couple of the children ran down saying, ‘Miss Wright, Miss Wright, they’re up there saying, “What are those Black kids doing here,” she recalled. Wright reportedly went to talk to the director and members of the club and heard one woman say she would see to it that the group comprised of children in kindergarten through the seventh grade, did not return.
Camper Jabriel Brown and his mother, Christine Pempleton, leave a meeting between camp parents and lawyers. PHOTO: YONG KIM/PHILADELPHIA INQUIRER
“Some of the members began pulling their children out of the pool and were standing around with their arms folded,” Wright said, adding, “Only three members left their children in the pool with us.” According to a report filed by online news services Black Voices the Huntingdon Valley Club initially refunded Creative Steps $1,950 dollars without explanation. However once the story went public, club president John Duesler told local television station WTXF that several club members complained because the children “fundamentally changed the atmosphere” at the pool but that the complaints didn’t involve race. Later on Duesler was reported to have told other news outlets the Creative Steps campers caused a concern for overcrowding. See NOT WELCOME, Pg. 2
Alethea Wright, Creative Steps' founder, announces she had rejected Valley Club's offer to return to the pool. PHOTO: YONG KIM/PHILADELPHIA INQUIRER
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Johnson, Jackson Debate at District 8 Candidate Forum By ArnE Williams Calling the upcoming September 1 Phoenix city election one of the most important, Councilman Michael Johnson and challenger Darlene Jackson debated the fate of the city's future during a Thursday night candidates forum. Johnson is seeking a third term on the Phoenix City Council. He faces two challengers in the Sept. 1 election: Jackson, a 38-year-old nursing student who spent 15 years as a social worker, and Jon Garrido, a businessman who owns several news Web sites. Garrido was invited to Thursday's candidate forum but did not attend. The debate was held at Arizona State University's Walter Cronkite School of
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Rev. Oscar Tillman (center) with Don Harris (2nd. left) Lanette Campbell (right) and members of the Maricopa County NAACP Youth Council attended the national conference in New York City. By Danny L. White (NAACP) held it’s Centennial and Dennis Hayes all brought Convention in New York City, greetings and welcomed the The NAACP, an organization July 10 - July 16. thousands in attendance at this The 2009 Convention com- historic event. that many said and believed was too old and fixed in a time long menced with NAACP president However, it was the arrival past, recently convened in the and CEO Benjamin Todd and address by Barack Obama city of its birth to celebrate 100 Jealous, setting the tone for the that shook the convention ballyears of advocacy that have week during the first session. room as America's first African proven the organization is still New York Governor David American president challenged very much relevant and needed Paterson, only the third African convention attendees to set in 2009, just as it was needed in American to hold the highest higher goals, expect excellence 1909. state office in the history of the from our youth and support his Bold Dreams, Big Victories US, Congressman Charles health care proposal that would was the theme as the National Rangel, and former NAACP ensure all Americans have some Association for the Advance- leaders Rev. Benjamin Hooks, form of health coverage. See NAACP, Page 20 ment of Colored People Bruce Gordon, Kweisi Mfume
Darlene Jackson and Councilman Michael Johnson debated the future of District 8 and the city of Phoenix at a July 16 canditate’s forum.
Journalism and Mass Communication. About 70 people attended. Councilman Johnson said that despite difficult times, he is optimistic. "In District 8, we helped save the services that pro-
vide help and hope to our most vulnerable citizens, made our efficient city government even more responsive, maintained streets and sidewalks and built new parks for our children," said Johnson. See Debate, Page 2
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Phoenix City Council District 8 Candidates Meet In Debate Cont’d. from Page 1 "I've worked with local small business owners who provide the jobs we so desperately need and helped keep police officers and fire fighters on the job in the neighborhoods where we need them most." The fate of Phoenix's publicsafety manager post and the size of Johnson's campaign war chest during were among the topics debated During a series of yes-or-no questions, the candidates were asked about the city's public-safety manager position. The post was created in 2006 when Police Chief Jack Harris retired. In his new position, Harris oversees the police department, homeland-security issues and public-safety functions for several city departments. Both the arrangement and Harris have been criticized by a police union. Both candidates praised Harris' work, but Johnson wouldn't say if he would keep the post. "I can't answer that question yes or no," said Johnson, a 54year-old former police officer. "The public-safety director is a position that was created by the City Council, and it's up to the City Council to make that decision." Voters should have a say, Jackson said. "I would like to see it taken to the residents, and then decided," she said. Earlier in the debate, Jackson criticized Johnson's estimated $94,000 campaign war chest. Jackson has raised about $600, debate moderator Chip Scutari told the audience. "I could have raised that
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amount of money, but I thought that it was awful in economic times like this to pull in that kind of money," said Jackson, who suggested that Johnson donate some of his contributions. Johnson defended his fundraising, saying many of the business people who gave to his campaign give back to the city by rebuilding parks and donating to charities. "Those people who contributed to my campaign contribute to the city," he said. The candidates agreed on several issues. They both praised the Police Department's work and said that Phoenix should have a national search to replace retiring City Manager Frank Fairbanks. Early ballots will be mailed to voters beginning Aug. 1. The last day to register to vote is Aug. 3, the same day early voting begins at City Hall.
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Black Youth Not Welcome At Philly Private Club Pool Cont’d. from Page 1 Wright rejected the overcrowding explanation stating, “The club covers 10 acres with a ‘nice sized’ pool and a separate pool for younger children. The club knew how many youth we were bringing,” she said. Senator Arlen Specter, D-PA, issued a statement calling the allegations “extremely disturbing” and said he was looking into the matter. Cullen Jones, a member of the victorious 4 X 100 gold medal winning US Olympic swim team and the highest-profile African American swimmer today said, “hearing about what happened to those 65 kids is both disturbing and appalling.” Chuck Wielgus, executive director of USA Swimming, the governing body for the U.S. swim team, was stunned at the accusa-
tions. “This is the sort of thing you heard about in 1966, during the height of the civil rights movement, not in 2009, and not in the City of Brotherly Love, of all places,” said Wielgus. Two dozen protesters, the majority white, held signs in the front of the clubs locked gates and chanted slogans including, “Jim Crow swims here.” In the aftermath of protests and calls for a federal investigation, the Huntingdon Valley Club reissued an invitation to Creative Steps to come back and swim at no expense. However, Wright reports her youth does not want to have anything to do with the club at this time. “Our youth are upset and angry,” said Wright adding that some children have asked her if they are “too dark” to swim in the pool.
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COMMUNITY CALENDAR COMMUNITY CALENDAR COMMUNITY CALENDAR COMMUNITY CALENDAR - JULY FRI 24 Free Faces of Diversity Brown Bag Lunch series noon at the city of Phoenix Personnel Department, first floor training room, 135 N. Second Ave. Speaker is Freddie Johnson, cultural specialist at the Phoenix Indian Center, Bring your lunch and enjou a cultural exxperience. No reservation needed. information: 602-261-8242 or 602-5341557/TTY SAT 25 Chocolate Party presented by Square & Compass Social Club 9 p.m. to 2 a.m. at
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MON-TUE 27-28 Desert Invitational Summer Basketball Championships will be held at Camelback High School, 4612 North 28th Street in Phoenix. This invitational is only for elite AAU or club basketball teams from Arizona, Nevada, California, New
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TUE 28 The City of Avondale is hosting a free workshop for residents on landlord/tenant rights, roles and responsibilities at the Avondale City Hall (11465 W. Civic Center Drive) from 6:30 to 8 p.m. The program will include a presentation and a question and answer session with panelists. For information contact the City of Avondale Citizen Liaison at 623333-1601.
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Washington: Asleep on the Jobs
President Obama At The NAACP
It is time to wake up. This KEEP HOPE ALIVE This is truly perverse. country continues to hemPresident Obama is fighting orrhage jobs. The pain is off the worst global economspreading across the country, ic collapse since the Great with young men and Depression. This is the time minorities taking the biggest we need to borrow money to hits. Unemployment, now put people to work. Once at nearly 10%, is still rising. they start working, getting a But Washington seems fixatpay check, gaining confied not on the imperative of dence, spending money, the creating jobs, but on faneconomy will start pumping tasies of a recovery or false again. When the economy fears about future inflation. BY REV. JESSE JACKSON starts working, deficits will It is time to wake up. decline as tax revenues will This country has now lost all of the go up and spending on unemployment jobs gained during the Bush years. More and the like will go down. people were employed in February 2001 And our long term debt problem is than are employed now. Since the begin- almost entirely caused by the projected ning of the downturn in 2007, 6.5 mil- soaring costs of health care. Yet these lion jobs have been lost. But with the same Senators seem intent on eliminating growth of the population as the largest any effective public plan to compete with generation since the baby boom enters private insurance companies and hold the job market, it would take nearly 9 down costs. million new jobs simply to get us back to Washington is still blinded by old and where we were. failed ideas. Congress is still pouring Loss of jobs means lousy wages. money into the banks on the theory it Conservative economists are prating will trickle down to those in pain. But about future inflation, but wages are stag- people are still being forced out of their nant and headed down. There are five homes and are losing their jobs. Trickle people for every job opening. down doesn’t work. And this will get worse. States and Nor does our corporate trade policy. localities are just beginning what will be Trade has collapsed across the world, but brutal job layoffs. Fewer hours worked the US is still running billion dollar daily means lower wages means less consump- trade deficits. Companies like GM that tion. Retail stores are shutting down; are dependent on taxpayers are still shipmalls are boarding up; commercial con- ping good jobs abroad. China is subsidizstruction going belly up. ing its export industries, enforcing “buy And the best jobs are getting hit the China” procurement rules, and pegging worst. Manufacturing lost another its currency below its value – and 136,000 jobs in June (a total of 14% of Washington snoozes, while companies all manufacturing jobs have been lost take our jobs abroad. We have to balance since the beginning of the downturn). A our trade, and revive our own manufaclot of these jobs are not coming back. turing sector. President Obama warned about how We need a second recovery plan, one harsh the recession he inherited would be. that puts people directly to work doing The president pushed for a recovery plan work that needs to be done. We need a that would create 3.5 million jobs by the second financial plan providing relief for end of next year. We’ve lost 6.5 million homeowners and students burdened by already. staggering loans, not to zombie banks and Then the Congress weakened his plan. reckless bankers. And we need action – Republicans turned to obstruction, not to quickly before this gets worse. solution. Conservative Democrats – led In the August recess, every legislator in by Senators Evan Bayh and Ben Nelson – Washington should pledge no junkets worked to cut support for the states and abroad. Go home, stop listening to econlocalities, to reduce the size of the stimu- omists saying the recovery is around the lus, and to add top-end tax cuts that have corner, and talk to Americans about the the least effect in creating jobs. pain that is still spreading. Their cluelessness has gotten worse Put aside the false idols of a failed reacsince then. Now they are warning about tionary time. We can avoid a second the debt we may build up in the future, Great Depression, but only if Washington and pushing for cuts in spending now. wakes up.
By Ron Walters, NNPA Columnist Well, despite what we hear to be something of a struggle within his administration about how close President Barack Obama should be to the AfricanAmerican community, he showed up at the 100th Anniversary of the NAACP and showed out. At some points in his speech, I couldn’t tell who Obama was and who Ben Jealous, the new CEO, was, as Obama turned country preacher and got busy giving the organization its marching orders. He said that Blacks had made extraordinary progress, but there are still the barriers of HIV/Aids, disproportionate imprisonment, unemployment and health care. He seemed to understand that in eliminating those structural inequalities, there was a balance between what he could do and what the Black community might do. So, he talked about fixing the economy and health care reform, but featured his initiatives on education. He gave the impression that “No child left behind” was left behind, not mentioning it once, and changed the inference that the state of our school “is not an African American problem” but an American problem that is the responsibility of our leaders. In that vein, he wants to strengthen community colleges to bear more of the challenge of job training, institute a “race to the top” fund to give learning incentive to children in public schools and pilot programs that feature innovative college preparation. I liked his urging for us to elevate more examples of professional excellence in fields other than athletics and entertainment as the basis for educational achievement. True to form, he returned to the familiar theme of personal responsibility. But this time I noticed that the audience seemed somewhat weary. Perhaps it is because most Blacks have climbed up the rough side of the mountain and have mostly been very responsible considering the tremendous odds they have faced. They therefore, may be growing tired of the preaching and expect that someone with a large White House megaphone would also remind America of this fact. Nevertheless, while he presented both halves of the balance of responsibility to energize Black progress, both government the Black community, the private sector seldom gets included (except by those who discuss Reparations) while it has the largest responsibility as providers of critical resources such as housing, employ-
COMMUNITY CALENDAR COMMUNITY CALENDAR COMMUNITY CALENDAR WED 29 Free Equal Employment Opportunity Workshop from 10 a.m. to noon at Phoenix City Hall, assembly room C, 200 W. Washington St. Presented by the city of Phoenix Equal Opportunity Department, this informative workshop will give a basic overview of the I-9 and eVerify processes used to ensure employment eligibility. Other topics include defining what constitutes discrimination, identifying the protected classes covered by the law, preventing sexual harassment and adhering to the Americans with Disabilities Act. For more information, to register or to arrange disability accommo-
dations, call 602-262-7486 or 602-534-1557/TTY.
THU 30 United Negro College
Fund (UNFC) Volunteer Recruitment Open House 10:30 a.m. to1 p.m. at the Hilton Phoenix Airport Hotel at 2435 South 47th Street in Phoenix. Volunteers will have the opportunity to register for the year’s upcoming UNCF workplace campaign ambassadors, faith initiative, and college fairs. Volunteers are also needed to assist in developing and executing new special events. Refreshments will be served and parking is free. For more information call the UNCF Western
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- AUGUST FRI 21 Tucson - The Tucson Loft Cinema will show the movie “Soul Power” starting August 21. Soul Power features performances by music greats like: James Brown, BB King, Bill Withers, and Celia Cruz, among a host of others. In 1974, the most celebrated American R&B acts of the time came together with the most renowned musical groups in Africa for a 12-hour, three night long
ment and wealth. He could have said more about this in reforming the economy, by sending some of that TARP money to community banks to expand credit for depressed neighborhoods. The opportunity to have said more about the private sector responsibility was missed even though Obama’s NAACP speech was given on the very day the Senate was discussing his nomination of Judge Sonia Sotomayor to the Supreme Court and the major highlight of those hearings was the Ricci case featuring Affirmative Action. Although Obama may have been advised to take a pass because his advisers believed that an errant comment by him could have been damaging to the judge, an NAACP audience still needed to hear that Affirmative Action was not dead, that it is still needed and that his Administration was committed to it. I liked the strategy that Obama laid out which gave the NAACP the role of making the White House do what is right, in other words, being the legitimate protagonist for an agenda of civil and human rights. It strikes me that is the right posture, not just for a Black president but for any president, as was discussed during the campaign about his fidelity to the Black Agenda. But being a protagonist at a time when there is a history-making event such as a popular Black man sitting in the White House takes courage and thus far, little courage has been in evidence by any of the Black leadership. Maybe that is because when you attempt to broach the issue of accountability, even by accident, you are disbarred from the black community – ask Rev. Jesse Jackson, Tavis Smiley, and others. Will the NAACP be up to the role of the legitimate protagonist? I don’t know because historically, it has also depended upon access to the White House as a currency of its leadership, and that currency could be eroded by the alienation that naturally comes from strong opposition. So, maybe this is not just a role for the NAACP, but all of our organizations to take seriously the task of “tough love” toward the administration, a role that gives strong support when it is right on our issues and strong opposition when the need is clearly there, but nothing happens. What more can anyone ask? Dr. Ron Walters is professor emeritus at the University of Maryland College Park. Email email@example.com by noon Friday prior to publication date.
concert held in Kinshasa, Zaire. The dream-child of Hugh Masekela and Stewart Levine, this music festival became a reality when they convinced boxing promoter Don King to combine the event with “The Rumble in the Jungle,” the epic fight between Muhammad Ali and George Foreman. For show times, call 520-795-7777. The Loft Cinema is at 3223 E. Speedway in Tucson.
portion of the proceeds from the event will go towards Neutral Zones of America (NZA) to help establish an after-school program in South Phoenix. For more information or to purchase tickets visit www.AlumniClassic.com.
SAT 30 Arizona State University and the University of Arizona alumni will meet in the innaugural Alumni Classic Basketball Game at US Airways Center in downtown Phoenix. Starts at noon. A
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Social Security For People With Disabilities United Negro College Fund Western Region To Launch Volunteer Recruitment Campaign Here Discussed At A.B.I.L. Workshop By Wardell Holder Arizona Bridge to Independent Living (A.B.I.L.), provides technical assistance, disseminates information and answers questions on all aspects of the Americans with Disabilities Act. On July 15, A.B.I.L. invited Jim Pavletich, public affairs officer at the Social Security Administration talked about and explained two important aspects of Social Security: SSI (Supplemental Security Income for groups and organization; and SSDI, (Social Security Disability Income). The event was held at the Disability Empowerment Center at 5025 E. Washington St., Phoenix. Pavletich emphasized that it is important for the person inquiring or applying for Social Security benefits to be specific about what they are applying for. He noted that there are two convenient and secure ways of obtaining information on Social Security: online and by telephone. Online services are at www.socialsecurity.gov
Jim Pavletich, public affairs officer at the Social Security Administrtion, presented an informative session about benefits for persons with disabilities. WARDELL HOLDER/AZI PHOTO
and include information for retirement, spouse’s or disability benefits, estimating your retirement benefits, for requesting a Medicare replacement card, applying for “Extra Help” with the prescription drug program, and help in understanding your Social Security Statement. The second convenient way is by the updated automated telephone service. This is as easy and convenient as pushing the numbers on your home phone (1-800-772-1213). The automated phone
service can help with Social Security card application, proof of your benefit amount, make changes in your address or telephone number, if you receive benefits and a lot more. This number also has a lot of important informational messages for applicants. For more information you contact A.B.I.L, Disability Empowerment Center, 602-256-2245 or A.B.I.L Employment Services, at 602-443-0701. Social Security automated number 1-800-772-1213.
UNCF, United Negro College Fund, the nation’s largest and most successful education organization will host the first of in a series of volunteer kickoff events on Thursday, July 30, as part of a new statewide volunteer recruitment effort to increase fundraising support for historically black colleges and universities (HBCUs) in the west. UNCF will host its Volunteer Recruitment Open House at the Hilton Phoenix Airport Hotel at 2435 South 47th Street in Phoenix. The open house will run 10:30 a.m. – 1:00 p.m. “UNCF has always depended on the assistance of dedicated volunteers to carry out its mission of supporting minority higher education. We here in the UNCF Western Region, are very excited about the new changes that are taking place in the new fiscal year that started April 1. One of the areas that we look forward to growing is the volunteer participation. We look forward to welcoming all of our past volunteers, as well as new ones. In keeping with the community service message of President Obama, we are creating
several opportunities for our alumni and supporters to give back to the greater Phoenix community by supporting minority higher education,” says Harry Fulmore, UNCF Western Region development director. Volunteers will have the opportunity to register for the year’s upcoming UNCF work-
place campaign ambassadors, faith initiative, and college fairs. Volunteers are also needed to assist in developing and executing new special events. Refreshments will be served and parking is free. For information call Fulmore at 213-639-3800 or email harry.fulmore@ uncf.org.
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University Public School Phoenix To Hold July 29 Open House University Public School Phoenix, a new school with a unique partnership will hold an open house July 29, from 4-7 pm. University Public Schools Phoenix, part of University Public School Inc., a public charter school organization, and Phoenix Elementary School District #1 have joined together in a educational endeavor. The new and innovative school just launched in downtown Phoenix is for K-8 students, the open house for parents and children interested in the school who want to learn more, ask questions, meet some of the staff and enjoy a cold soda and hot dog. With its unique partnership, UPSI is also affiliated with Arizona State University; the new school offers a unique education-
al path. Students will have an individualized learning plan. This plan will be followed on a daily basis throughout the school year to focus on each childâ€™s goals and insure success. The learning team will consist of the parent, child and teachers meeting regularly to celebrate and measure success. The school will offer a collegegoing culture according to
officials and will have high academic standards and expectations for every student. UPSI will also offer a safe and secure campus, with highly qualified and certified teachers and a high level of parent participation. They note it will also have gifted educations strategies used for all students and also have before and after school care.
Located at the southeast corner of 7th Street and Fillmore in Phoenix, UPSP also affiliated with the Arizona State University, partners with select school districts and educational service providers to deliver innovation and achievement to Pre School through grade twelve. The Phoenix Elementary School District #1 has been serving preschool through eighth grade since 1871. Located in the heart of downtown Phoenix has a long history of tradition and heritage. It offers a number of special programs and is dedicated to the total development of each student by setting high expectations and fostering academic leadership. For more information visit upsi.asu.edu or call 480-727-1612.
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How Today’s Economics Affects Defendants In Judge Ronald Wilson’s Courtroom By Bobby Burns TUCSON - With so many people trying to survive in this bad economy, some low-income people resort to petty crime to make ends meet. The unemployment rate is reaching nearly 10 percent in this country and it seems desperate times causes some people to make desperate choices. Judge Ronald A. Wilson a presiding judge of the municipal court in South Tucson sees desperate people come into his courtroom daily. Seen as a compassionate judge, he offers his observations on crime and poverty. Q: What type of defendants do you typically see in your courtroom? A: I see single parents living with their small children in cars, under bridges, in alleys; unemployed people who have lost their homes; and homeless veterans suffering from mental illness and co-occurring substance abuse problems. The worsening economic conditions have significantly impacted this population.
Judge Ronald A. Wilson Q: What percent of crimes are committed by people living in poverty in South Tucson? A: Approximately 90 percent. Q: What are some of the goals the judicial branch of government in South Tucson would like to see happen? A: I think we want to improve collections, increase alternatives to incarceration, provide better access to the courts, build bridges to community stakeholders, and improve the administration of justice.
Q: Can you share the relationship between crime and poverty? A: The consequences of poverty are often crime. Those living in poverty are faced with difficult choices. Often, the impoverished are forced to make decisions that are “deviant.” When starvation or survival is an issue, the law often takes a back seat. When people are unemployed, uninsured, uneducated, and homeless, they often become depressed, suicidal, or homicidal. The will to survive overwhelms them. Laws are a luxury that they cannot afford. Q: How have you tried to change future criminal behavior from the bench? A: I make it a point to talk with defendants about their crimes. I speak with them about their conduct and the reasons behind their choices. I also attend recovery, sobriety, or reentry meetings on a regular basis. One thing that I have learned is that every poor person is not a criminal, every crime has a victim, certain crimes are directly linked to poverty, and there are many alternatives to incarceration.
Q: How do you view yourself as a judge? A: My approach has allowed me to become more efficient at imposing sentences that hold people accountable, that rehabilitate, and that strive to make the victim whole. Q: Can you describe the type cases you see? A: The cases brought to me involve a different kind of shoplifter. My shoplifters steal food, toilet paper, deodorant, diapers, aspirin, bug spray, bandages, flashlights, soap, blankets, and beer. They also steal small toys, stuffed animals, music, and small electronics. Q: How can the courts better respond to the poor who end up in court?
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Hot Chocolate Live: Internet Radio and TV For Business and Pleasure Story and photo By Wardell Holder There is a radio and TV station as close as your lap-top or home computer. Hot Chocolate has been around for 38 years, under one owner, Jon Dupuy. Dupuy traveled to Washington D.C. to see and be a part of the inauguration of President Barack Obama. After hearing Obama say, “I invite everyone in their community to get involved in their community and the small businesses to build up assets in your own community” Dupuy started Hot Chocolate Show Live in February. “Hot Chocolate Live is a TV and radio show that brings community news, world news, health and safety, and family information in your community and the people who make a difference,” says Dupuy. The Hot Chocolate Show Live, at www.hotchocolateshow.com, airs every Monday, and the radio show is on seven days a week 24 hours a day. The TV live on Monday is broadcast globally in 44 different countries, including China, Canada, Russia, and Austria and in Africa.
JULY C0ALITION CALENDAR American Legion Post #65 – 602-268-6059 – 1624 E. Broadway – Sunday night Karaoke with cash prizes and dancing, 8 p.m. until closing. Gino on the Wheels of Steele. Monday is Blue Monday, MJ on the grill, PhillG 3 spinning the sounds. Tuesday join us for Chicago Style Stepping on Broadway from 7 to 10 p.m. Backyard grilling. Wednesday is Pool Tournament night hosted by Paulette. Ms. Phyllis in the kitchen. Line dancing classes (free) 6 to 8 p.m. Wednesday is also Ole School Wednesday. Thursday games night – cards, dominoes, pool, D J. Gino playing and Phyllis in the kitchen. Friday and Saturdays are regular DJ and party nights. D J 8 until 1 a.m. Kitchen open. Join us for First Fridays. Games, raffles, music, food available and lots of fun. The post is open during renovation - “Please pardon our dust.” AMVETS Post #15 – 602-268-3331 – 4219 S. 7th Street – Monday and Tuesday. drink specials, open pool. Kitchen open with Michele. Wednesday is Karaoke from 8 p.m. DJ Moreece Cutler is your host. Kitchen open with Alto. Cards and pool are played nightly. DJ Moreece on Thirsty Thursdays with drink specials, poetry, rap, comedy and fun. Friday nite, DJ Correct, kitchen open. Saturday nite, DJ Micko, kitchen open. Brunch with Michelle every Sunday at 11 a.m. Please contact Shirley Cheatham at 602-268-3331 to schedule parties or events. Dance to the music of the Huney Brown band on July 25.
Jon Dupuy, preparing the music and commercials for the radio show.
The radio station plays Motown, jazz, oldies, and R&B. The TV broadcast at this time is reaching about 35% of Arizonans and 65% is global says Dupuy. Dupuy believes his kind of exposure for a small business in retail or any other product line could mean extra exposure for a company far beyond its local clients. If you go to the site, you will see a section on coming events, like the annual Chocolate Party at Club Central, presented by Square and
Compass Social Club on July 25. The proceeds go to a special scholarship award for students. You can also be hooked up on Hot Chocolate Live Link site for more exposure, and while you are doing that you can listen to steaming hot music. For more information e-mail Hot Chocolate at email@example.com, or do what I did, go to the site, www.hotchocolateshow.com and enjoy a new experience in the community.
AMVETS Post #65 – 602-257-9016 – 1303 W. Grant – Happy Hour 12 – 6 p.m. Mon-Fri. Mondays members night; Drink specials from 6 p.m. Tuesday night is steak and game night from 7 p.m. music by DJ Ray Dollars $$$. Thursday night Karaoke from 7 p.m. until closing with DJ Ray $$$$. Drink specials from 7 p.m. Friday and Saturday are party and jamming nights with DJ Louie, Louie 8 p.m. to 2 a.m. July 3 join Commander’s Holiday Special – 11:30 till 4:30 p.m. Mesquite grilled chicken with two sides and several drink specials. Call in orders. Deliveries available. Start your holiday weekend right. Auxiliary Elks Lodge #477- 602-254-1772, 1007 S. 7th Avenue – Thursday is games night – cards and dominoes, 7 p.m. Food available. Friday Happy Hour with free food and DJ Calvin McCowin - 5 until 10 p.m. Saturdays are party nights with music by various D Js. Stop by the Elks Café every Monday through Friday from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. with Iwana and Rosalyn for brunch or lunch. 2nd Tuesday is Buffalo Soldiers’ Night. Every Tuesday is members’ night. Come by the Elks and socialize after the meetings. Food, fun and music. Wednesdays Step to the music of DJ Mike, hosted by Ms. Tina. Every 2nd and 4th Sunday steak dinner. Sportsman Social Club - 943 W. Watkins Road- 602-252-7153 – Birthday parties every Saturday during the month; Back Yard Boogie cookout every Sunday starting at 4 p.m. Ladies night every Thursday with drink specials and the sounds of DJ Mo Reece; Friday start your weekend off at the Sportsman. VFW Post 1710 - 602-253-6409- 1629 E. Jackson – Tuesday is games night – cards and dominoes. Tuesday night is Open Grill. Chicago style stepping lessons from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. Pinochle games on Wednesday afternoons starting at 1 p.m. Ladies Night every Wednesday from 7 p.m. Ladies free, drink specials, pool tournament, music and food available. Old School Thursday nights 5 to 7 p.m., three of the hottest DJs in town, pool tournament with cash prizes, Old School CDs given away during the night. Fridays Happy Hour 5 to 7 p.m. All organizations invite the public to book your birthday, anniversary or other special event at their posts. Call for details.
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ASLEEP ON THE JOB? Lil Wayne is being sued B E H I N D T H E S C E N E S about 7:40 p.m. Monday when a 74-year-old by a Bahamas promoter, who accused the woman in a 2006 Scion turned left in front of Lights Out rapper of happily taking a huge him. Acosta says the cars collided. Burton's advance to perform in the tropical paradise vehicle then hit a parked car, leading to a only to wind up missing the gig because he chain reaction that damaged two other parked was catching some Z's in his hotel room. Talk cars. Acosta says both drivers complained of about sleeping on the job. The complaint, pain, then were examined at Cedars-Sinai filed June 29 in New York Superior Court on Medical Center behalf of Red City Entertainment and and released. obtained by E! News, claims the company Nobody was paid Lil Wayne a total of $432,000 to be the ticketed. headliner at the Poppin' Bottles Concert held Burton, 52, was at the Bristol Wine and Spirits grounds on in the TV minisSept. 26, 2008. Red City's attorney, Glenn BY ANTRACIA MOORINGS eries "Roots," Gitomer, tells "Star Trek: The E! News that his client paid Next Generation" and was the the hip-hopster a $210,000 longtime host of "Reading advance. But not only did he Rainbow." not show up, Red City didn't get its money back. "There BRIEFLY: Production began in Beijing on the update to the were a lot of expenses 1984 hit "The Karate Kid" from Will Smith's Overbrook incurred and he shows up in the Bahamas for this concert. Entertainment, Columbia Pictures and the state-run China He arrives late on the 26th and...complained about sound Film Group. “Kung Fu Kid," directed by Harald Zwart, stars and lighting, and my client agreed to postpone the concert Smith's son Jaden in the starring role originated by Ralph till the 27th, at which point he just didn't show up." The pro- Macchio, while Jackie Chan plays the kung-fu master/menmoter eventually called Nassau's finest to check on Lil tor who trains the bullied boy to be an accomplished fightWayne, real name Dwayne Michael Carter Jr., at which er…."The Seventh Seal," the longpoint Gitomer says they found him conked out in his hotel anticipated album by rap legend room. "He said he wasn't going to perform," added the legal Rakim, is slated for release in the eagle. "Not only did Red City pay for a warm-up band, facil- fall. The rapper -- best known as half ities and all the other concert expenses but also paid of the rap duo Eric B. & Rakim -$210,000 for his attendance and $33,000 for the accommo- signed with Dr. Dre's Aftermath label dations for he and his people," in addition to thousands of in 2001. Featured on the 2002 top 10 dollars in other expenses. Embarrassed organizers later R&B single "Addictive" by Aftermath had to apologize to fans, vendors, venue workers, police, labelmate Truth Hurts, Rakim later sponsors and media for the foul-up, not to mention refund parted ways with Dre and Aftermath, thousands of dollars in tickets and exercise major damage and his album was never released. control to save their good name. As a result, Red City's tak- Rakim has not released a new studio album save for 2008's ing Weezy to the cleaners in a bid to recoup its losses, mostly live set, "The Archive: Live, Lost & Found.” claiming Lil Wayne didn't live up to his contract FINALLY: Isaiah Washington is featured in a new PSA in FENDER BENDER: Los Angeles police say actor LeVar Burton support of gay marriage rights. The NO H8 campaign, which was involved in a five-car accident but wasn't seriously was launched by photographer Adam Bouska and partner injured. Detective Judy Acosta says Burton's 2006 Jeff Parshley is in opposition to the passage of Proposition Mercedes was on Beverly Boulevard in West Los Angeles at 8, which banned gay marriage in California.
Sax Man Richard Elliot To Join Jazz Attack! At Aug. 7 Celebrity Theatre Concert Date
Veteran R&B and jazz Saxophonist Richard Elliot, known as “James Brown of contemporary jazz,” will appear with Jazz Attack! August 7 at the Celebrity Theatre in Phoenix. Having recently released his latest solo effort entitled Rock Steady, Elliot, a triple threat- a seasoned musician, entrepreneur and pilot, indeed lives his life to its fullest. Calling upon his deep R&B roots, on Rock Steady, Elliot has developed an unparalleled sound by fusing together R&B and jazz, creating an intense soulful groove. Performing as part of the mega group Jazz Attack!, Elliot will join with Jonathan Butler and Rick Braun at the Celebrity Theater. Elliot first found his musical voice on tenor sax as a teenager when he landed his first professional gig touring with Natalie Cole and The Pointer Sisters. He also played in the adventurous fusion band Kittyhawk and participated in some dream recording sessions with his Motown heroes Smokey Robinson, The Four Tops and The Temptations. On Rock Steady, Elliot successfully delves into his soul roots on Curtis Mayfield’s “Move on Up,” along with a revamped version of the Queen of Soul Aretha Franklin’s classic “Keep On Truckin’.” Celebrity Theatre is at 440 North 32nd Street in Phoenix. The show is Friday, August 7 starting at 9 p.m. Tickets are available at the Celebrity Theatre box office or online at www.celebritytheatre.com.
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3,000 Kids Get Backpacks At Arizona Rod & Classic Car Club Giveaway Story and photos By ArnE Williams Thousands of kids will start school next month with new backpacks full of supplies thanks, the Arizona Rod & Classic Car Club who gave away more than 3,000 backpacks Saturday at their Annual Backpack Giveaway for the south Phoenix Community. The free event was held at the South Mountain Community Center. Backpacks were given to school aged children accompanied by an adult. The event also includes free food, a car show and community fair featuring social service agency booths.
Demonstrating the car club's investment in community families and youth, the Arizona Rod & Classic Car Club has sponsored the Backpack Giveaway event in south Phoenix for over 13 years. "We want to ensure that students in the community have “backpacks” and the supplies – paper, pencils, etc. - they need to start the school year," said Jerry Clark, president of the Arizona Rod & Classic Car Club. He said the club collaborated with the Roosevelt School District nine years ago in an effort to reach more residents while promoting unity within the community.
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New Twists on Traditional Grilling Favorites FAMILY FEATURES
s the weather gets warmer and the days get longer, thoughts turn to the great outdoors, picnics and parties. Summer is the perfect time to make any meal a celebration with fun and informal get-togethers. But before you fire-up the grill, consider these tips to put a new twist on traditional barbecue fare:
Add variety to your favorite foods: If you serve a dish that has become a classic, try enhancing the recipe. For instance, put some “kick” into your deviled eggs by adding a new spice such as chili powder or red pepper flakes. For dessert, try strawberry flavored-marshmallows instead of regular to create “berry” special s’mores.
Substitute a meatless option: If you are growing tired of serving the same old burgers and hot dogs, try a meatless option like MorningStar Farms Grillers or Veggie Dogs.
Add sizzle to dessert: Since the grill is already fired-up, take advantage of the hot coals and create desserts that will tempt your guests’ taste buds. For example, put some pineapple on the grill, then serve it topped with vanilla ice cream and coconut flakes for a Caribbean-inspired treat. Or, skewer your favorite fruits and make grilled fruit kabobs.
Try a new side dish: An interesting new side is a fun and creative way to add flair to your barbecue. This Warm Italian Sausage, Potato and Arugula Salad — made with new MorningStar Farms Veggie Italian Sausage — is a unique alternative to traditional potato salad. The Spicy Black Bean Dip can be served instead of guacamole. To take some of the mess out of outdoor eating, try the Avocado Salad in Lettuce Wraps instead of a tossed salad. For more recipes and fun food ideas, visit www.morningstarfarms.com.
Warm Italian Sausage, Potato and Arugula Salad Prep Time: 30 minutes Time to Table: 30 minutes Yield: 6 cups; 4 servings 3 tablespoons cider vinegar 2 tablespoons spicy brown mustard 4 teaspoons olive oil 1/2 teaspoon sugar 1 clove garlic, minced 1/4 teaspoon coarsely ground black pepper 3/4 pound small new red potatoes 1 package (9 ounces) MorningStar Farms Veggie Italian Sausage 4 cups torn arugula leaves or baby arugula leaves 1/4 cup chopped red onion 1. In small bowl whisk together vinegar, mustard, oil, sugar, garlic and pepper. Set aside. 2. Scrub potatoes. Halve potatoes or quarter any large potatoes. Cook, covered in boiling water, for 15 to 18 minutes or until just tender. Drain. 3. Meanwhile, cook veggie sausage according to package directions. Cool slightly. Cut into bite-size pieces. 4. In large bowl, toss together warm potatoes, warm veggie sausage pieces, arugula and onion. Drizzle with vinegar mixture. Toss just until coated. Serve immediately.
Avocado Salad in Lettuce Wraps Prep Time: 10 minutes Time to Table: 10 minutes Yield: 12 servings 1/2 cup fat-free mayonnaise 2 teaspoons lime juice or lemon juice 1 teaspoon chili powder 1 avocado, pitted, peeled and finely chopped 1/4 cup finely chopped celery 10 cherry tomatoes, quartered 6 MorningStar Farms Veggie Bacon Strips 1/4 cup chopped walnuts, toasted 12 small butterhead lettuce leaves or leaf lettuce leaves 1. Combine mayonnaise, lime juice and chili powder. Stir in avocado, celery, tomatoes, veggie bacon strips and walnuts. 2. Spoon scant 1/4 cup salad into center of each lettuce leaf. Wrap leaf around salad. Secure with wooden pick. Serve immediately.
Spicy Black Bean Dip Prep Time: 10 minutes Time to Table: 3 hours 10 minutes Yield: 10 servings 1 package MorningStar Farms Spicy Black Bean Veggie Burgers 1 package (16 ounces) light processed cheese product, cubed 1 package (8 ounces) Neufchatel cheese, cubed 1 jar (16 ounces) medium thick and chunky salsa 1/2 cup water 2 tablespoons chopped cilantro 1. Chop veggie burgers and place in crock pot. 2. Add remaining ingredients except cilantro. 3. Cook on low about 3 hours or until hot and thoroughly combined, stirring occasionally. 4. Mix in cilantro and serve with hot celery sticks or baked tortilla chips.
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Bill Of Rights For Children And Youth In Foster Care Act Goes To Governor Children in foster care are one step closer to having their rights clarified in state law now that a bill has passed the state legislature with bipartisan support and has been transmitted to the Governor. Sen. Leah Landrum Taylor sponsored SB 1209, the “Bill of Rights for Children and Youth in Foster Care Act” to20ensure children’s rights are confirmed in law. “Children in the foster care system are at an extremely vulnerable stage in life whereby they might be moved from house to house without knowledge of their full rights. This piece of legislation would enumerate the rights of children in foster care, so there is less confusion on what they are permitted by law,” said Sen. Leah Landrum Taylor. The list of 22 rights
includes items such as the right to live in a safe environment, the right to know why the child is in foster care and case plans and the right to speak with a caseworker (if over six years of age). In addition, children are allowed to participate in age appropriate service planning or may request someone to participate on their behalf or in support and to attend their court hearing and speak to a judge. Children over age 16 are afforded an additional list of seven rights including the ability to attend adult living classes, to a transition plan with career planning and assistance, to be informed of educational opportunities, to assistance in obtaining an independent residency once the child is too old to remain in foster care, to request a court hearing to
Sen. Leah Landrum Taylor
determine medical consent to care and to receive personal information within thirty days of leaving foster care (birth certificate, immunization records, education portfolio and health passport). A number of these actions are currently afforded by Child Protective Services in their children’s service manual, which provides a guideline. There is not currently a state law that affirms the list.
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Led By Coleman, Arizona Youth Qualify For National Junior Olympic Championships By Danny L. White The 43rd Annual USATF National Jr., Olympic Outdoor Track and Field Championships are scheduled for July 28, through August 2, in Greensboro, North Carolina. Youth from across the country representing hundreds of track and field clubs and organizations will compete for track supremacy in two age divisions - 10 and under, and up to 17-18, broken down by year of birth. Arizona will be well represented at nationals as members of the Mustang Track Club recentlyreturned from the Regional Championships in Provo, Utah with individual and team gold medals in several events. Rising eighth grader, Orlando Coleman, Jr., brought home three gold medals and a silver in the Youth Division by taking first place in the 100 meters with a winning time of 11.53; a silver in the 200 meters with a time of 24.02 and he anchored the 4x100and 4x400 meter relays to victory as well. “I have been running since I was six years old,” said Coleman the oldest of three children being raised by his father Orlando, Sr., a single parent whois also a coach for the Mustang Track Club. Coleman,who attends Percy L. Julian Elementary and members of the Mustang Track Club sweep the relays in Provo and are looking to do the same at the national championship in Greensboro. A foursome comprised of Coleman, Dallas Harrington, Domanick Page-Whitaker and Priest Willis posted a season best in the 4 x 100 winning in an impressive time of 46.5. Nathan Simpson joined the prior three runners for the 4 x 400 relay (better known as the milerelay) and the results were the same, the Mustangs won in 3:53.12. To cap the evening, the Mustangs won the 4x 800 relay over the Texas Orlando Coleman, Jr poses with his father Orlando Sr. after one of the races in Shooting Stars in 10:20.03. PHOTOS COURTESY COLEMAN FAMILY the Junior Olympics qualifying meet. A rivalry is developing and Arizonans would be wise to keep Williams and Deena Kastor. University. I also want to study law their eyes on Coleman and Damian USATF stress lifelong fitness by when I go to college,” said Coleman. Grayer of the Arizona Cheetahs living healthy drug free lives. Living Just an eighth grader, Coleman Track Club. with integrity by competing fair and has a few years before the verdict or Coleman edged Grayer in the setting goals is the cornerstone of the future unfolds on those goals. 100, however, it was Grayer who organization. However, the immediate future would nipp Coleman in the 200 by “We are so proud of Orlando, looks very bright for this talented winning in 23.95. Alex Turner of the actually both Orlando’s,” said E.J. young man and the verdict is defiTucson Elite was third in the 200 in Reynolds mother and grandmother nitely in his and the Mustangs favor 24.29. to the O’s. to bring home more gold from The USATF National Jr., “There are so many things that North Carolina. Olympic Outdoor Track and Field can get in young peoples way today. Championships is the most visible Orlando is doing well in school, he Note: Orlando Coleman, Jr., needs youth athletic development program is active in a number of clubs at your support to make it to the 43rd Nat’l in the world according to informa- Julian and he loves sports, but he Championships in Greensboro, North tion posted on their website with realize it will take a good education Carolina, the total cost is $2000 and nearly 70,000 youth athletes com- to make it in life. although he has raised close to half the peting each year in track and field “It does take a village today to funds, he still needs your help. and cross country. Donations can be made to the Mustang raise a child. We have to show our Many of today’s great Olympic youth we areconcerned and care Track Club, in C/O Orlando Coleman, Jr. runners began their careers as youth enough to be there for them,” said and can be mailed to 4602 S. 16th Place, running in USATFsanctioned Reynolds. Phoenix, 85040. Calls or inquiries can meets, the list includes: Jeremy “Track is great, I also enjoy play- also be made directly to E.J. Reynolds at Wariner and Sanya Richards in the ing football and someday I would (602) 465-1576 or Coach/Dad Orlando, 400 meters, Bryan Clay, Lauryn like to attend USC or Florida State Sr., at (602) 518-4402.
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Uproar over “Black Olympics” video on YouTube Dallas Cowboys’ tight end Martellus Bennett and his brother, Seattle Seahawks undrafted rookie defensive lineman Michael Bennett, have created a stir with their video playing on YouTube called “The Black Olympics”. In the video, which goes straight into stereotypical views of Black eating habits by the KKK (that’s Ku Klux Klan for the younger readers), the brothers see who can eat fried chicken the fastest, who can drink the most Kool-Aid, and who can eat the most watermelon in a specified period of time. For the older Bennett, this is not the first time he has been in trouble with the Cowboys for a spot that aired on YouTube. Martellus has been fined previously by Dallas for releasing a profanity filled rap video on YouTube under his so-called television channel “Marty BTV”. With this second controversial video showing on YouTube, it’s obvious that Martellus doesn’t care what the Cowboys, or anyone else, think of his behavior. At one level that’s not a bad thing. You have to stand for something or you’ll fall for anything, as the saying goes. And you certainly can’t go through life trying to please other folks because you’ll never be able to do it. But Bennett should have more respect for the sacrifices that tens of thousands of African-Americans have made so that he can do and say whatever foolish things on Marty BTV. I’m not talking only about the sacrifices by people we hear about all the time, such as the Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., Rosa Parks, and Malcolm X, SPORTS EDITOR DIGEST but the anonymous folks who held sit-ins and organized marches and protests so that the young kids of today can freely interact with a kaleidoscope of races at any public pool they like on a hot Phoenix summer day. Clearly, the Bennett’s lacks this respect. BY VINCENT CRAWFORD Maybe they’re just young and dumb. But when you’re young and rich it’s easy to give folks the finger. When your superior athleticism has caused you to be cuddled much of your life, it’s easy to make light of stereotypes. Now, some of you will ask what’s the big deal with the video because you found it amusing. Or harmless. You’ll talk about how Barack Obama being the first African-American president is an indication of how far our country has come, which is true, but we have so much further to go. You’ll say the Bennett’s were just having a little fun. You’ll say I just need to get over it. Whatever. I’m sensitive to the issue because my parents grew up in a farming community outside of Reklaw, Tex., during the height of the civil rights movement. They attended segregated schools, had to enter the back of restaurants. To me, the civil rights movement is real not something that happened 100 years ago, seen today only on black-and-white images inside a dusty picture frame on a mantle. To me, the civil rights movement is more than a PBS special or an HBO documentary. To me, it’s about real people. Perhaps the Bennett’s don’t realize the civil rights movement was just a generation ago for many of us. Two generations at the most. We’re still talking about a country where many African-American families are celebrating their first generation of college graduates. Is there more opportunity than ever for African-Americans to succeed? Of course, but let’s not act like discrimination doesn’t exist. That’s just dumb – kind of like the Bennett’s video about the Black Olympics. Hopefully, these guys sit down with some of their elders that survived the struggles of segregation and learn a little something because this video clearly shows they have a lot to learn.
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It Was a Spiritual Week The 138th playing of the Open Championship concluded Sunday afternoon on the Links of Turnberry on the crags high above of the Firth of Clyde. A gentle giant by the name of Stewart Cink earned his first Claret Jug by winning the event and was named the Champion Golfer of the Year. But the story didn’t begin there; it began with the awesome effort of 59 year old Tom Watson who held the viewing public on the edges of their seats in anticipation of him winning his sixth Open Championship. It didn’t happen. Watson began the day with a one shot lead and battled mightily throughout his round and managed to forge a one shot lead with only one hole to play. After a magnificent tee shot found the fairway on the final hole, he opted to hit an 8-iron to the green. (He later lamented that he started to hit a 9-iron). The shot was struck cleanly and looked good from where Watson stood over 175 yards away but after the ball landed on the rock hard surface, it began to run and eventually rolled through the green into a tough position in the rough. From there he failed to get up and down for par and finished with a bogey that dropped him into a tie with Cink who had drained a 15-foot birdie putt one hour earlier. Both golfers finished at 2-under par 278. The four hole playoff DEAN’S DUFFERS was no contest as Cink posted 4-3-4-3=14 (-2) while Watson posted 5-37-5=20 (=4) that included two bogeys and a double. He played like a tired old golfer in the playoff after squandering his chance to win the event outright. Watson appeared as if the missed 10-foot putt to BY MICHAEL A. DEAN win the tournament on the 72nd hole drained him of his spirit and he began botching shots that he nailed during the regular round. Cink on the other hand looked fresh and ready to rumble and his play showed it. He missed one shot on the opening playoff hole that landed in a greenside bunker. He blasted out and made the par saving putt and never looked back. It was the 36-year old golfer’s first major championship after many attempts. Both golfers spoke about the spiritual nature of the game and finding faith. Watson often talked about the week being spiritual for him. Turnberry was the site of his duel with Jack Nicklaus in 1977 that saw the game’s best two golfers battle each other over the final 36-holes with Watson pulling out a one-shot victory. Cink spoke of the changes in his game and the win is his proof that the changes are working. He also spoke of family support and how they helped him find his faith, he is a devout Christian. All of that worked this week as the two players, Watson and Cink rose to a higher level in the game’s history. Watson for his sterling play in this event where no one believed that anyone his age could compete (He was 1000 to 1 odds coming in). Cink will always be called the Open Champion of 2009 after his brilliant play in the playoff. Other Teebits: Andy Walker participated in the Canadian Tour Players Cup last week in Winnipeg, Manitoba and finished T13 with a score of 282 (-2) for the week. The event was hosted by the CPGA Tour at Pine Ridge CC and was won by countryman Graham DeLaet who posted 276 (-8) after rounds of 69-72-6669. DeLaet earned $32,000 for his second win and fourth Top 10 finish this season. Walker posted rounds of 69-73-69-71 earning $4,000 for his effort. David Bradford of Maryland had a tough third round of 85 after making the cut. He finished 60th in the field.
Until next time, “Keep on Strokin”
Mercury Guard Temeka Johnson Receives WNBA Cares Community Assist Award Last Friday the WNBA honored Phoenix Mercury guard Temeka Johnson’s commitment to the community with its Community Assist Award for June. Johnson plays a leadership role in the team’s community outreach initiatives, including the Mercury’s Adopt-ATeam program, and supports youth development, health, and wellness year round through her foundation, Meek’s H.O.P.E. (Heaven Opens People’s Eyes). The Mercury’s AdoptA-Team program provides learning and development opportunities for young female basketball players both on and off the court. In June, as the newly appointed lead mentor for the program, Johnson visited with this year’s adopted team at Carl Hayden High School and shared her own experiences as a young athlete and what it took to get to where she is today. The program seeks to increase confidence, teach life skills, and encourage healthy living, as well as provide the team with much-needed equipment, uniforms, and more. “I love to inspire youngsters and show them that with hard work and dedication, they can achieve anything in life,” Johnson said. “It feels great to have my work in the community recognized and I really hope that this award encourages others to lend a helping hand where they can.” Off the court, Johnson spends time helping youth, families, and communities reach their goals through Meek’s H.O.P.E. Johnson launched her
ABOVE: Temeka Johnson (2nd from left) is congratulated by her teammates after making a game winning jumper against the Sacramento Monarchs. On Friday, Johnson received the WNBA Cares Community Assist Award for June.
“I love to inspire youngsters and show them that with hard work and dedication, they can achieve anything in life.” foundation last summer to provide assistance to underserved young people and families across the country with a special focus on self-esteem, physical activity, and the community. Through Meek’s
H.O.P.E., Johnson adopted a school in her home state of Louisiana to which she lends financial and hands-on support, established the Jewel Johnson Teacher Scholarship (in honor of her grandmother, a teacher) to assist aspiring
educators, and was the first female athlete to join the United Negro College Fund’s efforts to help young people gain access to college. Johnson now serves as one of the program’s Athlete Ambassadors for Education. In addition, Johnson supports the Mercury’s Score for Kids Foundation, which gives young girls positive role models to emulate by offering them the chance to attend Mercury games, meet players, and more. The WNBA Community Assist Award is presented monthly to the player who best reflects the league’s passion for making a difference in the community. In recognition of Johnson’s charitable efforts, the WNBA is donating $5,000 to Meek’s H.O.P.E on her behalf.
Rattay Football Camp Geared For 5th-9th Graders To Hit Laveen By Floyd Alvin Galloway Jim Rattay is a high school football coaching legend in Arizona. July 28-30 he will disseminate his football knowledge at his annual football camp to be held at Cesar Chavez High School, 3921 W. Baseline Road in Laveen. The camp is geared for players in the 5th to 9th grades. The purpose of the camp is to give football players an opportunity to improve their skills during the summer camp. Conducted and run by trained high
school coaches, the camp will also feature some ex-NFL football players. During the camp the staff will stress the fundamentals and promote a positive attitudes and habits. Players will work on drills that they will utilize in their upcoming season. Sessions each day will include the physical and mental aspects of football, as well as sportsmanship, team concept discipline and academic excellence. Rattay has won seven state championships since 1976, coaching in
Ohio and metro-Phoenix schools such as Desert Vista, Mesa, Phoenix Christian and now in his second year at Cesar Chavez. Camp officials encourage youth coaches to come and watch practice and demos for free. The camp is open to all 5th and 9th graders and will run from 6:00 to 9 p.m., and participants will receive a t-shirt, but are responsible for bringing their own tennis shoes, cleats or football shoes. For more information call 480-225-2612
IN RELIGION Family of Praise Holds Anniversary Musical
Story and photos By Florence Darby The 112 degree heat did not deter a large number of Valley area residents from attending the Family of Praise Third Anniversary Musical at Antioch Missionary Baptist Church in Phoenix where the Reverend Isaac Pitre, Sr. is the pastor. The sound of good gospel music filled the sanctuary and spilled out to the parking lot where a number of persons were seen hurrying to enter the church. Deacons M. Carrison, Joseph A. Ford and Richard Hassle were the devotion leaders and Deacon Richard Hassle was outstanding as The Family Of Praise celebrated its third musical with choirs from throughout the master of ceremony. His pleas- the Valley. antness added a joyful note to the Each group gave a stellar performwell-planned program. Sister Barbara Collins' very warm and cor- ance with high energy. After an invidial welcome and Sister Reed's nice tation to discipleship by Pastor Pitre, response were the openers for an the audience joined in the singing of "The Lord Bless You and Keep You." unforgettable musical celebration.
ABOVE: Sonja Campbell’s solo was compelling. BELOW: Deacon Richard Hassle and Sister Loretta Allen
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— JULY — FRI 24 Elder Jerome L. Ferrell and the “Next Level” Present a Free “Live” Gospel Recording Session. The session will feature Dr. Erral Wayne Evans of St. Louis, Missouri. The session will begin at 7pm at First Institutional Baptist Church Sanctuary located at 1141 E Jefferson St. Phoenix 85034. For information call 877798-7297 or visit www.qwestmusicentertainment.com FRI-SAT 24-25 Pilgrim Rest Baptist Church Singles’ Conference. Worship service Friday 6 p.m. Speaker, Minister Tyron Ivy. Saturday from 8 a.m. – 2 p.m. workshops on numerous topics. Closing speaker Bishop Alexis A. Thomas. Call 602-258-0831 or www.pilgrimrestphx. org. Registration is available online. Women with a Sharper Image conference with Dr. Meekness LeCato, Evangelist Adena Dean and Evangelist Renee Smith. Featuring Vickie Winans at the Ritz Carlton. For more info, please go to www. shabachworldministry.com or call 602-279-2701.
SAT 25 KEYS Commuity Center Ebony House Fish Fry 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. at 2452 East Broadway Rd. In Phoenix. Call 623-202-5150 to pre-order. Del-ivery for orders of four or more available
SUN 26 Happy Birthday Party for the poor and homeless 11a.m. at the Margaret T. Hance Park (east of the Burton Barr Library), 2nd Street and Moreland in Phoenix. Sponsored by Rev. Dorothy Wellington and the Once-AMonth Church. Donations for gifts can be made at http://homelessloveadoptionproject.blogspot.com, For more information call 602-593-5903.
Pastor Isaac Pitre and Mrs. Pitre (center) are joined by Loretta Allen (left) and Katrina Kemp.
The program began with two selections from Antioch's adult choir and one from the youth choir. New Creation sang "One More Chance" from their upcoming CD, Sister Tracy Jones sang what may well be her signature selection, "To God Be The Glory" and The McKwen Sisters from Maricopa sang to the audience's delight, "I'm Going To Take A Trip." Then, the honorees entered the stage. After a brief history of the group, they said it’s not about us, although it’s our third anniversary together, but it's all about God and now let us tell you why we are here.
— AUGUST — TUE 11 Gilbert Christian School will be opening the doors to the public for their annual Pie and Praise backto-school event from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. on the Gilbert Christian campus near the San Tan 202 Freeway and the Agrotopia Loop in Gilbert. Family and friends are invited to commemorate the new school year in a fun and relaxing social setting, where guests are invited to sample a variety of pies, meet new friends and learn about the exciting events coming up for the faith-based Gilbert School. For more information call 480-279-1366.
Three of the four McKwen Sister from Maricopa
A baby dedication was also conducted. Baby Aaliyah was presented by her parents to be blessed and dedicated to the Lord. Pastor Pitre offered the prayer of blessing and dedication. The celebration ended as the audience sang together, "There's A Sweet-Sweet Spirit in This Place." Those who were present will testify to the truthfulness of that song at that time. Congratulations to the Family of Praise. Your theme, "Giving God the Praise," was a true indication of your program.
The New Creation Singers performed a selection from their upcoming CD
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Murph Community A.M.E. Church Rev. Teresa Nelson - Pastor 602-246-3951 • 6702 N. 27th Ave., Phoenix, AZ 85017
Sunday Church School at 8-9:20 am Praise and Worship at 9:30 - 9:45 am Divine Worship Service at 9:45 am • TRANSPORTATION WILL BE PROVIDED • Wednesday - Bible Study at 6 to 7pm Saturday - Men's Bible 8:30-10am Youth Church 9am-3pm (2nd and 4th Sat.) Women's Bible Study 9-11am (1st and 3rd Saturday)
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W O R L D H A RV E S T M I N I S T R I E S CHRISTIAN FELLOWSHIP COGIC 2950 W Fairmount Ave, Phoenix, AZ 85017 602-248-0636, 602-266-1227 fax
For Information call 602-257-9300 Mt. Calvary Baptist Church 1720 E. Broadway Road Mesa, AZ 85204 Mailing Address: P.O. Box 4242 Mesa, AZ 85211 Ph. (480) 964-5048 FAX (480) 964-5711
BEACON LIGHT SEVENTH DAY ADVENTIST CHURCH Dr. W. Don Edwards 2602 N. 51st Ave. Phoenix, Arizona 602-285-9391
Wednesday Prayer Meeting 7:00 - 8:00 p.m. Saturday Sabbath School 9:30 a.m. Morning Worship 11:00 a.m. Everyone Welcome
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www.mcbcmesa.org Reverend David L. Wade Pastor
The Glory of the Lord is in This House
Pastor & First Lady Horne
SCHEDULE OF SERVICES Sunday Morning Prayer . . .9:00 am Sunday School . . . .9:30 am Morning worship .10:45 am Wednesday Bible Study . . . . . . .7:00 pm 1st Fridays - Prayer and Pastoral teaching 7:00 pm
Impacting and empowering lives with the Word of God Making Disciples, Maturing Christian, Multiplying Saints
Listen to the Harvest Time Radio broadcast Sunday 6pm 1280 AM KXEG Visit us on the web at: www.Whministries.com
Schedule of Services Sunday Monday Night Church School 8:30 a.m. Brotherhood 7:00 p.m. Morning Service 10:00 a.m. 1st & 3rd Senior Mission 7p.m. 1st & 3rd Men’s Chorus 8:00 p.m. Tuesday Wednesday 2nd - 4th Young Adult 7 p.m. Noon Day Bible Study 12 p.m. 3rd Tuesday Ushers 7 p.m. Family Prayer & Bible Study 7 p.m. Thursday Senior Choir 7:30 p.m.
Saturday Youth & Children Choir 10:00 a.m. 2nd Pastoral Support 12:00 p.m. 3rd Saturday Food Care Distribution 8:00 a.m.
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WILLOW GROVE MISSIONARY BAPTIST CHURCH
Gideon Missionary Baptist Church A church on the move Come move with us! Rev. John R. Powell, Pastor First Lady Sis. Anita Powell
4401 S. 7th Place Phoenix
“Therefore go and make desciples of all nations...” Services Held Sunday at Windmill Inn Suites 12545 W. Bell Road Surprise, AZ 85374
Bible Study Wednesday Night Various Locations - Call 623-875-1525
First Institutional Baptist Church
Mailing Address: P.O. Box 91003 Phoenix, AZ 85066-1033
Pastor Darryl T. Henry
Greater Love Deliverance Church 1523 E. Wood Street, Phoenix, AZ 85040
1141 East Jefferson Street, Phoenix, AZ 85034 Dr. Warren H. Stewart Sr., Senior Pastor
Church (602) 243-7119
www.fibcaz.org (602) 258-1998 FAX: (602) 256-2957
Scriptural Foundation: Exodus 3:12-15; I Peter 2:9; Romans 12:3-5; 8:31-37 (NLT)
Putting on the Armor of God Wednesdays at 7:30 p.m.
Sunday Morning Worship 7:30 a.m. & 11:00 a.m. Church School 9:30 a.m.
School of the Bible Fridays at 7:30 p.m. Sundays Sunday School at 9 a.m. Morning Worship 10:45 a.m.
Wednesday Prayer, Worship and the Word on Wednesdays
Dr. Lee E. Wells & First Lady Elder Deborah Wells
Office Hours: Tuesday-Saturday, 8:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.
1248 East Roeser Road Phoenix, Arizona 85040 Church Phone 602-268-5930 FAX 602-268-1501
Elder Dr. Julian E. Turner, Pastor
G R E AT E R S H I LO H
ADENA DEAN INTERNATIONAL MINISTRIES INC. Evangelist Adena Dean, Th.B.
202 N. M L King Circle Phoenix AZ 85034 602-254-1576 I can do all things through Christ which strengtheneth me - Phil 4:13
Missionary Baptist Church
901 W. Buckeye Road, Phoenix, AZ 85007
REV. ROY L. FITZPATRICK, PASTOR Telephone (602) 253-0219 • Fax (602) 253-2772 “Jesus Christ Is Lord To The Glory Of God The Father.” Phil. 2:11 (b)
Praise & Worship Services Prayer Service Tuesdays at 7:30 p.m.
“YES, GOD IS! YES, GOD HAS! YES, WE ARE! YES, WE WILL!”
Church of the Living God (C.W.F.F.)
Service Times Sunday School.........9:15 a.m. Morning Service..........11 a.m. Bible Class Wednesday...7 p.m.
Church School 9:30 a.m. Morning Worship 11 a.m.
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Building people of ... Purpose, Power, Praise, Prayer and Excellence
Sunday Morning Worship – 10:00 a.m. Sunday School – 9:00 a.m. Prayer Meeting and Bible Study: (Wednesdays) – 6:00 p.m. - 7:00 p.m. Lord’s Supper – (1st Sunday only) For additional information, please call: (602) 253-0219
A Ministry of Excellence!
Gethsemane Park Apostolic Church 111 N. Sun Valley, Mesa, Arizona 85207 Order of Weekly Services Sunday School ........................9:15 a.m. Elder Michael C. Newman Morning Worship.................10:30 a.m. Pastor KXEG AM1280 Broadcast.....4:30 p.m. (480) 641-PARK (7275) Evening Worship....................6:00 p.m. Wednesday Bible Class ...........7:30 p.m. Mailing Address: P.O. Box 6699 Mesa, AZ. 85216 Web Address: www.angelfire.com/az2/gethsemanepark “The church controlled by the Spirit of God!”
Pilgrim Rest Baptist Church 1401 E. Jefferson, Phoenix, AZ 85034 (602) 258-0831
Bishop Alexis A. Thomas, Senior Pastor LINING UP SUNDAY Morning Worship . . . . . . . . . . . .7:45am & 10:45am Sunday School . . . . . . . . . . . . .9:30am Broadcast KXEG Radio 1280 AM........9:30-11:00pm WEDNESDAY Prayer & Praise . . . . . . . . . . . . .6:00pm Family Cluster Bible Study . . .6:30pm
AMOS METROPOLITAN CME CHURCH “Together We Can” 2804 E. MOBILE LANE PHOENIX, AZ 85040
SUNDAY SCHOOL - 9:00 A.M. SUNDAY SERVICE - 10 A.M. WEDNESDAY BIBLE STUDY 7 P.M. TRANSPORTATION AVAILABLE 602-486-7861 REV. HURLEY
THEME FOR JULY: “Hearers Of God’s Word”
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U N I T E D F E L LOW S H I P C H U RC H 4210 E. Main St. (suite 10 & 11) Mesa, AZ 85205 480-779-6444 • www.unitedfellowshipchurch.com
Wednesdays at 7 p.m. Saturdays at 4 p.m. Overseers Brian & Yolanda Ewing Pastors Joshua & Tamela Farr
Chur ch of Chr ist
1101 W. Tonto St., Phoenix, AZ 85007 Weekly Services Sunday Morning Bible Class ........................... 9:15 a.m. Worship...............................10:30 a.m. Sunday Evening Bible Class (All Ages) ............5:00 p.m. Worship ................................6:00 p.m. Wednesday Evening Bible Class (All Ages) ............6:30 p.m.
Church: 602-252-7852 Res: 602-268-6275
2766 East Marguerite Ave., Phoenix, Arizona 85040
602-268-8076 or 276-5902 PASTOR CHARLES R. JOHNSON Saturday Sabbath School 10 a.m. Saturday Worship 12 p.m. Sunday Night Service 7: 30 Tuesday/Thursday Bible Study 7:30
Bethesda Community Baptist Church 906 E. Jones Ave. - P.O. Box 8442 Phoenix, Arizona 85066 Sunday School: 9:30am Sunday Morning Worship: 11:00am Tuesday Womens Ministry: 6:00pm-7:00pm Tuesday Mens Ministry: 7:00pm-8:00pm Tuesday Outreach Ministry: 7:00pm-8:00pm Wednesday Hour of Prayer: 6:00pm-7:00pm Wednesday Bible Study: 7:00pm-8:00pm Wednesday Youth Ministry: 7:00pm-8:30pm Thursday Music Ministry: 7:00pm-9:00pm
Pastor James N. Preston, Pastor/Teacher Telephone - 602-276-1006 * Fax - 602-276-4526
Southminster Presbyterian Church 1923 E Broadway Road, Phoenix, Arizona 85040 • P.O. Box 8764, Phoenix, Arizona 85066 Telephone (602) 276-2582 • Fax (602) 276-7160 • E-mail email@example.com
Elder Reginald Ragland Commissioned Lay Pastor Weekly Community Worship every Sunday at 10am Weekly Prayer and Bible Study every Thursday at 6pm
FIRST PENTECOSTAL CHURCH, INC. 2701 E. Marguerite Ave., Phoenix, AZ 85040 Church: 602-268-0348 or 276-9075 David Eddings, Pastor
“…faith, hope, love abide, …the greatest of these is love.” 1 Cor 13.13 RSV Sunday: Sunday Morning Prayer......... 8:30 a.m. Sunday School ................... 9:15 a.m. Morning Worship .................10:30 a.m. Evening Worship ................ 5:00 p.m. Tuesday: Bible Study ........................ 7:30 p.m. Thursday: Worship ............................ 7:30 p.m. All are welcome!
Youth and Adult/Church School is each Sunday: Children 3-6 years of age meet at 9:00am Children 7-12 years of age meet at 9:00am Teens and adults meet at 11:30am The Chancel Choir meets every Thursday at 7:00pm Youth Choir meets every other Saturday at 2:00pm
Merlon M. Thompson
Fisher Chapel African Methodist Episcopal Zion Church 1607 EAST SOUTH MOUNTAIN AVENUE PHOENIX, ARIZONA 85040
Sunday School. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 9:45 a.m. Morning Worship. . . . . . . . . . . . . 11:00 a.m. Tuesday Bible Study......10:00 a.m. and 7:00 p.m. “Come Worship With Us” Rev. Gina R. Casey, Pastor firstname.lastname@example.org Church: 243-5913
Phillips Memorial C.M.E. Church 1401 E. Adams Street Phoenix, AZ 85034 602-253-7156
Rev. Felix Jones, Pastor Sunday School . . . . . . . . . . 9:15 AM Sunday Services . . . . . . . . 11:00 AM ............6:00 PM Bible Study Wednesday . . . . . . . . . . . 7:00 PM
Sunday Mornings .8 a.m. – 9 a.m. Sunday Mornings . . . . . .9:15 a.m. Sunday Mornings . . . . .10:45 a.m. 1st Sunday Mornings Wednesday Mornings . .9:30 a.m. Wednesday Evenings . .6:30 p.m.
Rev. C.R. McDuffy South Phoenix Missionary Baptist Church 2006 East Broadway Road • Phoenix, AZ 85040 Study: 268-2512 or 276-6237 Weekly Services Sunday School . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 9:15 a.m. Morning Worship . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 11:00 a.m. 1st Sunday Communion . . . . . 7:30 p.m. Wednesday Teacher’s Meeting . . . . . . . . . 6:30 p.m. Mid-Week Service . . . . . . . . . 7:30 p.m. Bible Study . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 8:00 p.m. Dr. Bernard Black, Pastor “This is the Church Where Everybody is Somebody”
UNION INSTITUTIONAL BAPTIST CHURCH 2760 East Mobile Lane Phoenix, Arizona Phone: 602-276-6871 Fax: 602-314-6421
Rev. Lenten Jackson, Jr. Pastor Church Schedule Sunday School............ 9:30 a.m. Worship Service ..........11:00 a.m. Prayer Meeting .. Wed. 6:00 p.m. Bible Study ..........Wed. 6:30 p.m.
Canaan Missionary Baptist Church
F a i t h Fa m i l y Community C h u rc h Sunday Services Conducted at Hope Community Church 7901 East Sweetwater (Sweetwater & Hayden) Scottsdale, AZ 85260 9:00 a.m. to 10:30 a.m.
1428 So. 13th Avenue, Phoenix, AZ 85007 Phone: 602-252-5344 • Fax 602-252-1478 Breakfast Ministry Sunday School Morning Worship Communion Prayer & Bible Study Prayer & Bible Study
“Come Visit With Us Where You Are A Stranger But Once”
THE FREE CHURCH OF GOD IN CHRIST IN JESUS NAME, INC.
St. John Institutional Baptist Church
931 S. Stapley Dr. Mesa AZ 85204 www.mycmbc.org 480-835-6320 Dr. Gene James Pastor
Wesley United Methodist Church 750 E. Southern Ave. Phoenix, AZ 85040 P. O. Box 8508, Phoenix, AZ 85066 Phone: (602) 268-9461 Fax: (602) 305-9424 www.wesleychurchphoenix.org. Experience the fellowship of caring Christians.
A warm welcome awaits you.
REV. KARL M. CLARK Worship Services PASTOR Early Morning Worship . . .8:00 a.m. Sunday School . . . . . . . . .9:30 a.m. Morning Worship . . . . . . . .11:00 a.m. Wednesday Bible Study . .Noon & 6:30 p.m.
SHILOH MISSIONARY BAPTIST CHURCH 56 S. Robson, Mesa, AZ 85210-1344
480 844 2687 OTTLEY W. HOLMES, JR. PASTOR
Touching Hearts and changing Lives by The Power of His Word Luke 4:18,19 SUNDAYS: 9am- Sunday School 11am- Morning Worship 4 pm - BTU/CBT Christian Bible Training MONDAY: 6pm - Intercessory Prayer Meeting WEDNESDAY: Prayer Meeting– 5:30pm Bible Study - 7pm www.smbcmesa.org E-mail: email@example.com
SUNDAY WORSHIP AND BIBLE STUDY Early Worship - 7:50 a.m. Morning Worship - 10:20 a.m. Sunday School - 9:20 - 10:25 a.m. BIBLE STUDY Tuesday Evening: 7 - 8 p.m. Wednesday: noon - 1 p.m.
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The Intercollegiate Athletics Department at ASU has several openings. Instructional Specialist Student Athlete Development seeks Instructional Specialists to assist in teaching subject matter in one or more related areas. Salary: $10.35/hr. Job Id# 22741 Instructional Specialist Senior Student Athlete Development seeks Instructional Specialist Seniors who will provide academic mentoring support to a select group of student-athletes. Salary: $12.54/hr. Job Id# 22742 Security Officer Athletic Operations & Facilities seeks Security Officers to provide Security within Sun Devil Stadium. Salary: $9.67/hr. Job Id# 22743 Event Attendant-Stadium Control Attendant Athletic Operations & Facilities seeks Event AttendantsStadium Control Attendants who assist with maintaining crowd control & facility rules. Salary: $9.00/hr. Job Id# 22744 Event Attendant-Usher/Ticket Taker Athletic Operations & Facilities seeks Event AttendantsUsher/Ticket Takers who provide various guest services during sporting events. Salary: $9.00/hr. Job Id# 22745
New East Valley Women’s Center Holds Open House Story and photos By Floyd Alvin Galloway The Lighthouse Women’s Resource Center held its expo July 11 introducing the community to an array of services and programs of the non-profit organization. Currently housed at Shield of Faith Christian Center with the blessings of Pastor William Hudson, the LWRC is a subsidiary of Women of Power International Ministries founded by his wife Pastor LaDawnna Hudson. Opened on July 6, the center is already making an impact in the community. According to LWRC officials it is the only center of its kind specifically dedicated to women and their empowerment in the East Valley and an increasing number of individuals are using the facility. “We offer emergency assistance, education services, career development and personal growth programs along with mentoring and selfesteem improvement programs,” said Ricole Juniel, LWRC board
Pastors LaDawnna and William Hudson and board member Ricole Juniel
member. Based on Christian biblical principals the center also helps women be more self-reliant by offering courses on budgeting, relationship building, and overcoming challenges. Other programs include computer skills development, a library service that participants can check out books ranging from cookbooks to novels to self-improvement and
Sales Assistant (Part-Time) Athletic Ticket Office seeks Sales Assistants who assist customers at windows of the Athletic Ticket Office with ticket sales & will-call. Salary: $9.04/hr. Job Id# 22746 Initial application deadline is 7/22/09 at 11:59pm Arizona time. Applications will continue to be accepted and reviewed every week until the search is closed. AA/EOE. For qualifications/ application info, see specified Job Id# at www.asu.edu/asujobs.
PUBLIC NOTICE Lighthouse Women’s Resource Center library has a range of books for women to check out to assist in their growth and development.
REQUEST FOR PROPOSALS (RFP) 10-001 THEATRICAL PRODUCTION SERVICES The City of Phoenix, Phoenix Convention Center Department (PCCD) is seeking proposals from qualified firms experienced in Theatrical Production Services. The work includes, but is not limited to exclusive theatrical production services to assist with maintenance of PCCD production systems and equipment at all PCCD venues, including Phoenix Convention Center, Symphony Hall, Orpheum Theater and Herberger Theater Center, under direction of PCCD Production Services Section. Proposer shall also provide exclusive theatrical production services for operation of City owned theatrical equipment for events at the Orpheum Theater and Symphony Hall, and nonexclusive services for theatrical production technicians at Orpheum Theater and Symphony Hall. The RFP will be available on or about Wednesday, August 5, 2009. Firms that would like a copy of the RFP shall make their request to the following: Celeste Mims, Contracts Specialist II City of Phoenix Convention Center 100 North 3rd Street, Phoenix, AZ 85004 (602) 495-5307 firstname.lastname@example.org When making your request, please include a name, address, telephone and fax number, email address, and state whether you prefer a hard copy or electronic copy of the RFP. The deadline for proposal submission is Friday, September 4, 2009. A Mandatory Pre-proposal conference will be held Wednesday, August 19, 2009, at the Phoenix Convention Center, North Building, Room 125A, 100 North 3rd Street, Phoenix, AZ 85004, beginning at 10 a.m. Phoenix local time. *Note: All interested firms must call or email to reserve their space at the Pre-proposal conference. When calling or emailing, please indicate how many attendees from your firm will be present. The meeting room is subject to change depending on the total number of attendees.
Nana’s House Child Watch program were children are supervised in a safe environment while mothers are using the center’s resources. The LWRC also provides clothing assistance for women going on job interviews. “We have a variety services to assist women whether in a crisis or those that are just looking to improve aspects of their lives,” expressed Juniel. The LWRC is the dream of Pastor LaDawnna Hudson, CEO of WOPIM who dreamed of a place in the east valley were women could get help and gain the skills needed for women to transition to a more positive and successful life. “There are a number of facilities in the Phoenix area, but the resources are limited, but very much needed in the east valley,” said Hudson. Lighthouse is located at 540 W. Iron Ave. suite 118, in Mesa. For more information call 480-7334348 or visit www.wopim.org.
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The City of Phoenix Parks and Recreation Department will accept proposals to operate a parking concession at Encanto 9-Hole Golf Course, 2300 North 17th Avenue. The parking concession will be operated during the Arizona State Fair and, if necessary, for other events requiring parking administration. Prospective proposers may secure additional information by contacting Recreation Coordinator III Laura Soldinger at (602) 262-5088. thru 7/22 This is not an offer for employment. Articles of Organization have been filed in the Office of the Arizona Corporation Commission for AMAZENG, LLC L-1533432-7. The address of the known place of business is 1833 E. Beautiful Lane, Phoenix, AZ 85042. The name and street address of the Statutory Agent is Kenneth Mazze, 1833 E. Beautiful Lane, Phoenix, AZ 85042. Management of the limited liability company is vested in a manager or managers. The names and addresses of each person who is a manager AND each member who owns twenty percent or greater interest in the capital or profits of the liability company are Kenneth Mazze, 1833 E. Beautiful Lane, Phoenix, AZ 85042. (manager). Arizona Informant editions 7/8, 7/15, 7/22
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ARIZONA INFORMANT B A C K PA G E Valley NAACP Leaders Take National Region One Posts President Obama Encourges Young People “...To be more...”
WEDNESDAY, JULY 22, 2009
Cont’d. from Page 1 "I like Lebron and I have nothing against lil Wayne, but we have to encourage our youth to aspire to be more. We want to see more doctors, lawyers, engineers and teachers," said Obama, who recalled the great challenges and victories of the NAACP in shaping equal and civil rights in America. Arizona was well represented, as a large delegation from across the state was lead by NAACP State Conference president Wilbert Nelson and local branch presidents from Fort Huachuca/Sierra Vista, Phoenix, Yuma, and the East Valley. Also in attendance were the College and Youth Divisions from Mesa Community College, Phoenix College and Maricopa County. Rev. Oscar Tillman, president of Maricopa County NAACP was elected by Region One delegates to serve on the NAACP National Board of Directors. Chanette Campbell, youth president of the Maricopa County NAACP was elected to the National Youth Work Committee for Region One, a first for the local branch.
Jeff Johnson, Judge Greg Mathis and Dr. Cornell West. The Spingarn Medal, the highest service award given by the NAACP was presented to Julian Bond, chairman of the NAACP board of directors. Bond became the 94th recipient of this treasured award. "We didn't change our name. People said we were out of date and some of those organizations no longer exist," said Hazel Dukes, president of the New York State Conference of the NAACP, in an article carried in the spring issue of the Crisis Magazine. "We have staying power," said Dukes.
NAACP Region One Youth Council officers include (l to r) Chanette Campbell (Ariz.), vice chair; Tatyana Minafee (Ariz.), secretary; Johnathan King (Ala.), chair; Zephani Smith (Calif.), youth and college represenative; and Amber Sullivan (Calif.), assistant secretary.
The Maricopa County NAACP youth council was awarded the Lucille Black Award for 3rd place for youth chapter activism and membership. This award is presented to only three youth councils each year.
Members of the Phoenix College NAACP/BSU attending the convention share a moment with Youth Freedom Fund Awards Dinner keynote speaker Dr. Cornel West (center). Pictured are (l-r) Chanel Harley, Dr. Camilla Westenberg, Tyra Young and Alena Joyner.
President Obama took the stage at the NAACP convention saying, "... I like Lebron and I have nothing against lil Wayne, but we have to encourage our youth to aspire to be more. We want to see more doctors, lawyers, engineers and teachers..."
struggle, the challenges they faced and the victories. That was remarkable. "It was equally important and critical for our students (those from PC and MCC) to network with other college students and experiences the richness of our history. For our students to see, hear, and experience all of this where it began 100 years ago was major," said Westenberg. Four students from MCC attended the annual convention with State College and Youth Division director Dr. Karen Harden. Tony Isom led the delegation from Sierra Vista. As with each annual convention, thought provoking and timely workshops were presented. This year’s topics included: health advocacy, legislation, criminal justice, membership, and voter registration.
An impressive list of prominent speakers came before the national convention. Some of those who spoke included: actor and author Hill Harper, New York's own Kevin Powell and
Note: The local branch and members of the Youth Council would like to extend a "Special thanks" to the dedicated sponsors and supporters who made it possible for the nineteen youth members of the Maricopa County NAACP to attend the Centennial Convention. Thanks for your support: Starwood Hotel and Resorts, Art Hamilton Group, LLC, UPS, United Phoenix Firefighters Association, Inc, Bashes’ Foundation, Diana Gregory, Jadine Bowen, Donald & Doris Campbell, Honorable Donald Harris, Arizona State NAACP and Maricopa County NAACP.
There was fun to be had in “The Big Apple” as this group of Valley young folks found on a walk through Times Square.
Rev. Oscar Tillman, president of Maricopa County NAACP was elected by Region One delegates to serve on the NAACP National Board of Directors. Region One encompasses several states, Arizona, Utah, Nevada, California, Idaho, Alaska, Washington, Oregon, and Hawaii. "This was my first national convention and it was simply magnificent," said Dr. Camille Westenberg, sponsor of the Phoenix College BSU and NAACP, who attended the conference along with three students from PC and a parent chaperone. "One of the most important aspects of the convention was hearing former presidents and TV’s Judge Mathis meets with Maricopa County NAACP Youth Council members. The Maricopa County NAACP those that have worked long and Youth Council was awarded the Lucille Black Award for 3rd place for youth chapter activism and memberhard speak first hand of the ship. This award is presented to only three youth councils each year at the annual convention.