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ALL IN THE FAMILY by Rob Taylor Jr. Courier Staff Writer
A trip from Pittsburgh to Washington, D.C., is nothing new. Then traveling from D.C. to Hampton University, in Hampton, Va., wouldn’t be considered earth-shattering, either. But taking that trip down to Virginia from Pittsburgh with close friends and seeing a statue of your father...now that’s special. That was precisely the experience for Clarence F. Curry Jr., the highly-educated engineer, professor and management consultant. This past July, Curry, along with members of the historic “FROGS” organization, chartered a bus to D.C. to experience the National Museum of African American History and Culture, then proceeded to the famed HBCU, Hampton University, where he saw the statue of his own father, Clarence “Jap” Curry Sr. Pardon the pun, but the statue of Clarence Curry Sr. pretty much has “cemented” the Curry family at Hampton University forever. But the marriage
between the Currys and Hampton University didn’t start with Clarence Curry Sr. THE CURRY FAMILY and its descendants first had their involvement with Hampton University in the 1800s. John Manley graduated from Hampton in 1892. Manley was Clarence F. Curry Jr.’s great grandfather. Curry Jr.’s grandparents on his dad’s side, Irving and Rowena Manley Curry, graduated from Hampton around 1920. Curry Jr.’s dad, Clarence Curry Sr., graduated from Hampton in 1941. Curry Sr.’s wife, Sadie, graduated from Hampton in 1943. Clarence Curry Jr.’s son, Clarence Curry III, graduated from Hampton in 1991. Clarence Curry III met his wife at Hampton. Their daughter, Jocelyn Curry, now attends Hampton as a junior, in the pre-med program. Clarence Curry Jr.’s sister, Doris Curry Parks, graduated from Hampton in 1967. Ask a Curry who the real “H-U” is, and you know what college they’ll say. Ironically, Clarence CurSEE HAMPTON A8
CLARENCE CURRY JR., right, sits next to a statue of his late father, Clarence “Jap” Curry Sr., at Hampton University.
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THE DR. LARRY E. DAVIS BLACK EXCELLENCE IN THE ACADEMY AWARDS were held, Nov. 3, at the National Aviary. The honorees were, from left, Esa Matius Davis, James P. Huguley, Ed.D., Valerie Kinloch, Ph.D., and Sandra A. Murray, Ph.D. See more photos on Page A11. (Photo by J.L. Martello)
Bethel AME Church Pastor Dale B. Snyder has nothing but love for Epiphany Roman Catholic Church, which has a majority-White congregation, on the corner of Centre Avenue and Washington Place in the Lower Hill District. “But we wish we would have gotten the same exemption as Epiphany Church got,” the reverend proclaimed. Epiphany Church, built in 1902, is still standing. “Big Bethel,” as Bethel AME Church was known, was built in 1906 at Wylie Avenue and Elm Street, also in the Lower Hill. But, as Rev. Snyder said
during a Friday, Nov. 18 news conference, “they took our church by eminent domain. They condemned it.” Sure, other churches were torn down by the City of Pittsburgh and its Urban Redevelop Authority as part of the city’s plan to redevelop the Lower Hill in the 1950s. But Bethel AME Church had a membership of over 3,000. “We were doing everything good for our community,” Rev. Snyder said. “We were the voice of the community, we had everything...boy scouts, girl scouts, lodges, fraternities, sororities, Negro League Baseball team, we opened up the first school to teach SEE BETHEL AME A10
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Smithsonian African American Museum honors Chadwick Boseman’s Black Panther costume in new exhibit by Stacy M. Brown NNPA Newswire Senior National Correspondent
A new exhibition debuting next spring at the Smithsonian’s National Museum of African American History and Culture (NMAAHC) will celebrate Chadwick Boseman’s Black Panther hero costume. “Afrofuturism: A History of Black Futures,” opens on March 24, 2023, and features the late actor’s iconic gear. Black Panther counts as the first superhero of African descent to appear in mainstream American comics, and the film is the first major cinematic production on the character. “Investigating Afrofuturist expression through art, music, activism and more, this exhibition explores and reveals Afrofuturism’s historic and poignant engagement with African American history and popular culture,” Smithsonian officials wrote in a news release. “From the enslaved looking to the cosmos for freedom to popular sci-fi stories inspiring Black astronauts, to the musical influence of Sun Ra, OutKast, P-Funk and more, this exhibition covers the broad and impactful spectrum of Afrofuturism.” Through the 4,300-square-foot temporary exhibition, visitors will view a variety of objects from Afrofuturism pioneers, including Octavia Butler’s typewriter, Nichelle Nichols’ Star Trek uniform as the character Lt. Nyoto Uhura and Nona Hendryx’s spacesuit-inspired costume worn while performing with LaBelle. The exhibition also utilizes select objects to elevate stories that speak to Black liberation and social equality, such as Trayvon Martin’s flight suit from Experience
1897—Self-educated engineer Andrew J. Beard is awarded a patent (#594,059) for an automatic railroad car coupling device—the Jenny Coupler. Prior to this device rail cars were joined manually and hundreds of workers lost fingers, hands and arms. Beard eventually sold rights to his invention for $50,000. 1980—More than 1,000 Blacks from 25 states gathered in Philadelphia, Pa., and formed the National Black Independent Political Party. However, the lack of funding and Black voter allegiance to the Democratic Party doomed the effort.
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1865—Mississippi enacts another set of “Black Codes” designed to control and virtually re-enslave the recently freed slaves. The racist laws made it illegal for Blacks to be called for jury duty, testify against a White person in court, own guns, attend White schools, or own farmland. Several other Southern states immediately attempted to imitate the Mississippi laws. Reconstruction slowed the implementation of the “Black Codes.” But when Reconstruction ended around 1877, the codes were re-instituted. 1868—Scott Joplin is born in Texarkana, Texas. Joplin becomes skilled at the piano and with composing music. As a result of these skills and his energy, he becomes one of the leading founders of a music genre known as “Ragtime,” which was one of the most popular types of music in America for at least 20 years. The most popular “Ragtime” tune was Joplin’s “Maple Leaf Rag” of 1897. Sadly, the talented Joplin died in a New York City asylum at the age of 49. BLACK PANTHER HERO COSTUME Aviation, and his childhood dream of being an astronaut. “Trayvon Martin’s flight suit tells the story of a dream of space flight ended tragically by earthbound violence,” said Kevin Young, the Andrew W. Mellon Director of the National Museum of African American History and Culture. “We are honored to tell more of Trayvon’s story, exploring his love of flight and mechanics and his fondness for science and technology. Afrofuturism charts the joy of a rich, imagined future, often in the face
of injustice.” Since its opening in 2016, NMAAHC has supported conversations, collections and initiatives surrounding Afrofuturism. “Afrofuturism: A History of Black Futures” will be on view in the museum’s Bank of America Special Exhibitions Gallery from March 24, 2023, through March 2024. For more details about the new exhibition and to sign up for additional updates, visit the museum’s Afrofuturism website.
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1841—The 35 survivors of the Amistad Mutiny return to Africa. On July 2, 1839, slaves, led by Joseph Cinque, killed the captain of the Cuban slave ship Amistad, took control and ordered the crew to sail back to Africa. The ship, however, was seized by a U.S. ship. The government wanted to try the slaves for murder. None other than former President John Quincy Adams decided to represent the rebel Blacks. In a surprise decision for its time, a judge ruled that the slaves had been kidnapped and had a right to use violence to free themselves. On this day in 1841, the survivors were allowed to return to Africa. 1949—Luther “Bill” (Bojangles) Robinson dies in New York City. The famed dancer was born on May 25, 1878 in Richmond, Va. Initially, he gained fame on the nightclub circuit performing in musical comedies. Later, he became the toast of Broadway and then Hollywood appearing in 14 motion pictures. He is credited with taking an early style of Black dance called “buck dancing” and turning it into what we know today as tap dancing. Amazingly, the energetic Robinson died of a chronic heart condition. 1955—The Interstate Commerce Commission bans segregation on buses and in waiting rooms involved in interstate travel.
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1873—Macon B. Allen is elected a judge in Charleston, S.C. Allen holds the distinction of being America’s first Black lawyer having been admitted to the bar in Massachusetts on March 5, 1845. During Reconstruction he decided to aid the former slaves in the South by moving to South Carolina and running for judge. 1883—Sojourner Truth dies at
her home in Battle Creek, Mich. Truth was a major figure in the abolition movement fighting long and hard to bring an end to the dreaded institution. After slavery, she became a major voice for Black rights and women’s right to vote. 1895—The National Negro Medical Association is founded. It is now called the National Medical Association and has a membership including 25,000 doctors and health care providers. 1938—Grammy Award-winning singer Tina Turner is born Annie Mae Bullock in Nutbush, Tenn. She (along with her husband, Ike) reaches stardom among R&B music lovers. But after a divorce, she restyles herself and captures an even broader audience. 1970—Benjamin O. Davis Sr., the nation’s first Black general, dies at his home in Chicago. 1970—Charles Gordone receives the Pulitzer Prize for his play “No Place To Be Somebody.”
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1895—Novelist and playwright Alexandre Dumas [Jr. or fils] dies in France. He was the son of the much more famous Alexandre Dumas [Sr.] who authored such works as “The Three Musketeers” and “The Count De Monte Cristo.” However, “junior” was also an accomplished novelist with his most famous work being “La Dame Aux Camelias.” When confronted with French racism, Dumas is frequently quoted as telling his detractors, “My father was a Creole, his father a Negro, and his father a monkey. My family, it seems, begins where yours left off.” 1942—Rock musician Jimi Hendrix is born in Seattle, Wash. Hendrix is considered one of the greatest guitarists to have ever played. Unfortunately, he died of a drug overdose while on tour in Europe.
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1753—Revolutionary War soldier James Robinson is born in Maryland. Historically, like “40 acres and a mule,” Robinson epitomizes the White man’s false promises to the Black man. Robinson, a slave, was promised his freedom for fighting in America’s War of Independence from Britain. He fought so well that he won a medal for bravery at the Battle of Yorktown. However, after the war he was sold back into slavery. But he did live to see the end of slavery. He died in Detroit, Mich., in 1868. 1929—Berry Gordy is born in Detroit, Mich. He founded Motown Records in 1957 and built it into the greatest Black-owned record company in U.S. history. It was later sold to a major White-owned corporation and is now based in Los Angeles, Calif. 1960—Richard Wright, perhaps Black America’s greatest novelist, dies in Paris, France. He was only 52. Wright’s best known works included “Native Son,” “Black Power” and “Black Boy.” Wright’s opposition to American racism led him to join the communist party. He later quit. But he refused to return to America in 1952 as the country was going through an anti-communist witch hunt. 1961—Ernie Davis becomes the first Black man to win college football’s prestigious Heisman Trophy. 1997—Coleman Young, Detroit’s first Black mayor, dies at 79. He presided over his adopted city for an unprecedented five terms.
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A ‘transformational gift’ Urban League of Greater Pittsburgh gets $6 million donation The New Pittsburgh Courier has learned that the Urban League of Greater Pittsburgh is the recipient of a $6 million gift from philanthropist and author MacKenzie Scott. It’s being called a “transformational gift” that will allow the Urban League to magnify the impact of its mission of enabling African Americans to achieve economic self-reliance, parity, power and civil rights. The gift is the single largest contribution in the Pittsburgh affiliate’s 104-year history. “We’re honored and grateful that Ms. Scott and her team have recognized the Urban League’s value and impact to the community,” President and CEO Carlos T. Carter said in a statement,
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Oct. 31. “By placing racial equity and social justice at the forefront of her philanthropic mission, Ms. Scott is shining a much-needed spotlight on the nation’s structural and institutional limitations and helping to build a stronger, more resilient society for everyone.” Carter continued, “The Board of Directors and I acknowledge this contri-
bution as a vote of confidence in the work of the Urban League of Greater Pittsburgh (“ULGP”) and an acknowledgement of the great work done by the ULGP staff who are engaged in executing the heavy lift of opening doors and creating pathways for underserved and marginalized people to achieve economic self-reliance, parity, power and civil rights. The timing is perfect. Thanks to the efforts of past and present staff, Board members, volunteers, and supporters leading up to this moment, we are poised to create meaningful change. Yet, the barriers faced by those we serve remain as high as ever and developing a level playing field requires a robust and sustained
effort. Now more than ever the needs of the community require increased funds to construct bridges to economic self-reliance.” The Urban League of Greater Pittsburgh will determine the most impactful use of the contribution as part of its strategic planning process that is scheduled to begin in January 2023. The Urban League of Greater Pittsburgh is one of 25 Urban League affiliates around the nation who received similar donations from Ms. Scott, who in 2019 signed The Giving Pledge, a promise by the world’s wealthiest individuals and families to dedicate the majority of their wealth to charitable causes.
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August Wilson House’s upcoming programs... This is a Grand Opening Year for August Wilson House, the great playwright’s childhood home at 1727 Bedford Avenue in the Hill District. Major events so far have been the annual Birthday Festival in April; the house completion, presided over by Denzel Washington and Constanza Romero Wilson in August; the co-production with Pittsburgh Playwrights Theatre of “Jitney”; and the community party unveiling 210 Legacy Bricks installed around the house. “We’re pleased to offer this range of programming and engagement,” said Denise R. Turner, acting chief executive of August Wilson House. “You know Mr. Wilson himself wanted the house to be useful, to educate and engage the community and that’s what we’re doing.” Now AWH announces the following continuing programs, free to the public: WRITING WORKSHOPS: Creative Non-Fiction, led by nationally known columnist Tony Norman. Poetry Writing, led by nationally known poet Adriana Ramirez. Both free, in-person workshops begin Tuesday, Dec. 13, 6:00-8:30 pm, and meet monthly through May. To apply, email now firstname.lastname@example.org to receive an application form. AUGUST WILSON HOUSE TOURS:
Starting Saturday, Nov. 26, curator-led hour-long tours continue on most Saturdays and Wednesdays between 10 am and 3 pm, available by appointment only. The 2022 dates: Nov. 26, 30, Dec. 3, 7, 10, 17, 21, 28. (Dates in 2023 TBA.) Email appointment requests to email@example.com. AUGUST WILSON READING ROUNDTABLE: Informal community readings allow you to hear Mr. Wilson’s words come out of your own mouth. Readings are monthly at August Wilson House on Saturdays, 2 pm: Nov. 18 “Two Trains Running”; Dec. 17 “Seven Guitars”; Jan. 21 “King Hedley II”; Feb. 18 “Gem of the Ocean”; March 18 “Radio Golf.” ACTORS TALK AUGUST: Since 2020, AWH has done Zoom interviews with dozens of actors and directors, national and regional, such as Ruben Santiago-Hudson, Wali Jamal, Montae Russell, Phylicia Rashad, Kenny Leon, Mark Southers, Russell Hornsby, etc. New interviews usually appear the first and third Monday of each month at 8:15 pm. Coming Nov. 20 is Pittsburgh favorite Ben Cain, then in December and January are Brandon Dirden and Wendell Pierce. Old interviews are still viewable. Find schedule at https:// w w w. c r o w d c a s t . i o / @ city-of-asylum.
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THE FROGS TRIP, with other family and friends, to Hampton University this past summer.
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ry Jr., the 30-year member of the FROGS, the former engineer at Westinghouse Electric from 1965-70, the man who taught marketing and entrepreneurship at the University of Pittsburgh from 1975-1999, did not attend Hampton University. His high school, Phenix
High, was actually located inside a building on the Hampton University campus. “The good students, we were allowed to leave our building, and we were supposed to go straight to the campus library and come straight back,” Curry Jr. told the New Pittsburgh Courier in an exclusive interview, Nov. 17. “But
of course, we were all over the campus...trying to talk to the girls.” Curry Jr. wanted to go into engineering after high school, and Hampton did not have an engineering program at the time of his graduation in 1961. Thus, with a little maneuvering, Curry Jr. “came north of the promised land,” in his words, and attended Lafayette
CLARENCE CURRY JR. speaks to those who went on the trip... College, about 75 miles north of Philadelphia. After obtaining his degree in metallurgical engineering from Lafayette College, Curry Jr. was recruited by Westinghouse Electric, in Pittsburgh. Curry Jr. took the job, and Pittsburgh has been his home since 1965. Curry Jr. later earned an MBA from Pitt and a Master of Science in Industrial Administration from Carnegie Mellon University. In 1999, Curry started his own company and became a consultant with the Sports & Exhibition Authority of Pittsburgh and Allegheny County, a position he still holds. Curry’s primary job with the SEA is to monitor the contracts SEA signs for minority business participation. The FROGS ‘Hop on the Bus’ The extreme cold that the Pittsburgh area has been under for the past week is in stark contrast to the hot weather Pittsburgh had when the FROGS hopped on the charter bus, bound for Washington, D.C., and Hampton University. July 29 is when the fellas in their trademark green blazers left town, a trip that was to last
about three days. The National Museum of African American History and Culture is a haven for tourists. It opened in September 2016, and reached the one million visitor mark just four months later. Some of the people on the bus trip had never been to the museum, including those on the bus who were not FROGS members. After the D.C. portion of the trip, Curry Jr. and the FROGS headed to Virginia, specifically “The Train Station.” No, the FROGS weren’t getting on a train—that’s the name of the Blackowned restaurant in Newport News, Va., a staple in the “Hampton Roads,” the area in Virginia where cities like Virginia Beach, Norfolk, Newport News and Hampton are located. The restaurant is located in Newport News. Hampton University is about 15 minutes away, the famed HBCU whose motto is, “The Standard of Excellence, an Education for Life.” While on campus, Curry Jr. spotted the statue of his late father, dressed to impress on a bench with a football in his right hand, the name “Clarence ‘Jap’ Curry”
to his left. Everyone on the trip took photos of the statue, some taking photos with the statue, especially Curry Jr. Curry Sr. received a Bachelor of Science degree from what was then known as Hampton Institute in 1941, and completed further educational studies at Virginia Polytechnic Institute and The George Washington University. He worked with the U.S. Postal Service for 43 years, including station manager. Clarence Curry Jr. loves to tell the story about how much his father loved music. In 1948, Curry Sr. formed his own band, Jap Curry’s Blazers, which traveled the country backing legendary artists like Sam Cooke, The Drifters, Marie Simon and Big Joe Turner. Curry Sr. also performed on live television with Johnny Mathis and Jackie Wilson. In 1962, a musicians’ convention was held at the old Civic Arena in Pittsburgh. Curry Sr. and his wife were there. Curry Jr. is sure of this, because as he did research for the Sports & Exhibition Authority some years ago, he found SEE HAMPTON A9
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a photo of four African Americans walking towards the Civic Arena entrance for the convention. The two people on the right were his parents, Curry Sr. and Sadie. Clarence “Jap” Curry Sr. died three years ago at age 99. In 2021, Hampton University erected the statue for “Jap,” along with another major Hampton contributor, Dr. May T. Christian. Curry Sr. was a faithful supporter of the Hampton Chapter of the National Hampton Alumni Association Inc., and the Pirates’ Booster Club. Curry Sr. and Sadie endowed a scholarship for music majors, donated a collection of big band jazz arrangements, and for Curry Sr., was a fix-
THE FROGS, with Clarence Curry Jr. on the far left...
A THREE-DAY TRIP TO D.C. AND VIRGINIA... ture at Hampton football and basketball games. On Jan. 23, 2011, Curry Sr. received the Presidential Citizenship Award at the 118th Founder’s Day Celebration. “I always thought that Dr. Christian and Mr. Curry were two of the most loyal, supportive, and dedicated graduates of this world-class institution. We commend the positive impact, good work and faithful efforts made by these two individuals,” said Dr. William R. Harvey, Hampton University President, in a statement from 2021. “We honor both Dr. Mary T.
Christian and Mr. Clarence F. ‘Jap’ Curry, for their service to the community and the world, as well as their support of their alma mater, Hampton University. For years, people’s lives were aided by their endeavors. For these reasons and others, it is my pleasure to unveil these new statues.” You never know, there could be more Currys who decide to attend Hampton University one day. It could be Hampton or another historically Black college. Curry Jr. told the Courier that he encouraged his children to attend HBCUs. They both graduated from All-
derdice High School. His son, Clarence Curry III did attend Hampton. His daughter attended Spelman College, in Atlanta. “They did well at Allderdice, but there were very few minorities in the scholars program which they participated in,” Curry Jr. said. He added that he felt his children “needed the HBCU experience to round out their education, to see more African Americans not only as student-peers, but also as faculty and administrators.”
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Blacks how to read (in Pittsburgh)...” These days, a significantly smaller Bethel AME Church sits at the corner of Webster Avenue and Morgan Street in the Middle Hill. At that location, the “New Bethel,” was where Rev. Snyder spoke for his press conference, demanding that the Pittsburgh Penguins give back a piece of land in the Lower Hill, called Parcel F, that the church said is rightfully theirs. The Penguins ulti-
mately secured the rights to the land of which the old Civic/Mellon Arena sat. There’s now an agreement to redevelop the land into the new headquarters for First National Bank (a 24-story structure currently being built), along with an indoor music venue. The arena, now called PPG Paints Arena, where the Penguins play, sits across the street. Parcel F includes the land where Bethel AME’s famed church once sat from 1906 to
1957. Reverend Snyder said the church wants to build affordable housing on the site, but Kevin Acklin, president of business operations for the Penguins, told the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette that the land in question is under an existing road and/or slated to be open space. “This is our lot,” Rev. Snyder said. “It’s not under a freeway, it’s not under a highway. We want our historical land back.” It’s unclear if there will be a “mediation-style”
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people over 65 who remember the church’s sky-high frame, a structure that Mother Nature dare not mess with, a towering structure that could only be demolished by the city’s excavators. Reverend Snyder discussed the historic church of yesteryear, noting its true significance. “If Black people can build a structure like this, there was nothing that was impossible for our people,” he said at the press conference. He added: “We’re asking the Penguins to do what they said they were gonna do...correct an egregious wrong.”
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Make the most of your money during inflation (NewsUSA)—Financial inflation, whether you have experienced it before or this is your first time, can seem frightening, and the rapid rise in prices of gas, groceries and consumer goods in the past year threatens to throw off the best-planned budgets. The inflation currently affecting the United States and elsewhere is caused by many factors, including government stimulus, increased consumer demand, COVID-19 and supply chain issues. Although you may feel that inflation is spiraling your personal finances out of control, keep in mind that this period will pass. You can weather the storm with some smart money management strategies. The first rule of surviving inflation is not to panic, says Joseph Kelly, a CERTIFIED FINANCIAL PLANNERTM professional. In fact, the best strategy to combat inflation is to focus on financial basics. “Know what you’re spending your money on, have a long-term investment plan and consider ways to reduce your debt,” he explains. Try these tips to make the most of your money during tight times: • Spend less. It seems obvious, but small savings add up. Some easy ways to get more money back in your budget include seeking less- expensive options for internet and phone service, as well as for homeowners and car insurance. Cut gym memberships, and look for free exercise classes online, at least for now. Look for deals on groceries, and choose store brands or generics. If you drive to work, ask for more opportunities to work from home, or consider public transportation or carpooling. • Earn more. Depending on the nature of your job, the current environment of remote work makes it possible for many people to add a side business, such as freelance consulting in your area of expertise, or selling things on eBay, Craigslist, Etsy or other online venues. Other options include seasonal or part-time in-person work. Choose somewhere you like to shop, and you may get an employee discount, too. • Curb debt. Don’t let inflation lure you into the trap of putting more on credit cards. Instead, try to reduce your debt by consolidating any current credit card debt on one card; this can reduce your overall interest rate while you make payments. Other debt-reduction strategies include paying the card with the highest interest rate first, or the account with the smallest balance first. No matter what strategies you use to save money, remember that periods of inflation are temporary. A CERTIFIED FINANCIAL PLANNERTM professional can provide additional guidance and help you stay on track with your short-term and long-term financial goals. Visit LetsMakeAPlan.org for more information.
Has Black Friday lost its luster? Depends on whom you ask by Stacy M. Brown For New Pittsburgh Courier (NNPA)—According to a survey conducted in October, nearly 70 percent of consumers plan to skip Black Friday and holiday shopping altogether this year. While some believed retailers manipulated shoppers, a relatively large amount (18 percent) said they won’t shop because of large crowds. Despite the relatively small sample size in the survey, a growing number of shoppers said Black Friday had lost its appeal. “While Black Friday sales provide a great opportunity for brands to keep customers coming back for more, it also presents noteworthy risks for shoppers around buying too much,” said Michael Podolsky, CEO, and co-founder of PissedConsumer.com, which conducted the survey. “Consumers are now savvier with their purchases and how much they spend. That is not just inflation causing the shift in consumer behavior,” Podolsky stated. “The survey revealed that 85 percent of shoppers now rely on online reviews when buying as they intend to avoid general unhappiness with shopping.” Small business growth expert
Despite declining sales and enthusiasm from many corners of the nation, some still enjoy the tradition of leaving the dinner table early to stand in the long lines that often accompany Black Friday sales. Stephanie Scheller of Grow Disrupt said there’s little question that the days of getting excited about the day after Thanksgiving shopping sprees have ended. “While there are still ‘doorbusters’ at some places that are worth participating in, most places offer great deals online or are starting so early that it’s not worth the fight for Black Friday beyond tradition,” Scheller offered. “I think that the problem with this is that we’ll end up diluting the power of the concept, and while overall shopping numbers might be okay, the one-powerful-day for generating sales for the holiday season concept is likely to fade.” According to Adobe Analytics, Black Friday 2021 raked in $14.04 billion in online sales, with $8.9 billion spent on Black Friday and $5.14 billion on Thanksgiving. The spending represented a .63 per-
cent decrease from 2020 when Black Friday sales raked in $14.13 billion in online sales. At the height of the coronavirus pandemic in 2020, 100 million consumers shopped online, while in-person Black Friday shopping fell 37 percent from 2019. “Digitalization has encouraged the growth of online stores, due to which special deals and offers remain no more exclusive,” said Matt Gillman, founder of SMB Compass. “People prefer online stores more than regular stores, which affects Black Fridays. And this is because of the perks online stores offer at the same costs. So, along with the low prices, we can focus on providing a better shopping environment.” Despite declining sales and enthusiasm from many corners of the nation, some still enjoy the tradition of leaving the dinner table early to stand in the long lines that often accompany Black Friday sales. “I usually think of shopping as therapy; therefore, I always look forward to Black Friday for the excellent prices,” said Sean Harris, managing editor at Family Destinations Guide, which provides information and reviews of resorts, hotels, and global SEE BLACK FRIDAY B2
How to avoid debt while Christmas shopping this year Can you believe it’s almost the month of December already? It’s beginning to look a lot like Christmas. Retailers are open extended hours seeking to claim the money in your wallet. Every charitable organization known to man is soliciting you for money. Friends and family are dropping hints about certain gifts that they would enjoy this year. People in the office are asking you to chip in on a gift for the boss. Your church is passing around an extra offering plate for a present for the pastor. You believe in your heart that “it’s better to give than to receive” but in the back of your mind you’re thinking, “give me a break.” “No can do,” says the mortgage, car note, student loan, credit cards, lights, gas, cable, house phone, cell phone, internet, insurance, and Uncle Sam. “We understand that you’re in a giving mood but don’t forget you have bills to pay!” As a financial adviser I sit as the proverbial fly on the wall and listen to the conversations you’ve been having with yourself and your significant other. I heard you cry out in a moment of stress—“the paycheck doesn’t stretch far enough to feed, shelter, and clothe the family, provide basic utility and transportation for the family while at the same time give to charitable causes and save for future needs, wants, and goals.” I know that you’re doing the best you can to make ends meet. You’d like to avoid using credit cards. You don’t want to rob Peter and Paul to play Santa. You’d like to set up a Christmas fund to save a small portion each month starting in January every
year so that when Christmas is here you have the money to shop for gifts. The reality is you’re having a tough enough time trying to meet the financial demands of today. You don’t have the space in your mind or the funds in your wallet to worry about Christmas in January. Here we go again. Christmas has snuck up on us! Christmas is upon us. You frantically wonder how you’re going to come up with the money to do your Christmas shopping. You’ve thought long and hard. You’ve concluded that you’ll get the money you need for Christmas one of two ways: 1.You’ll skip various bills this month and pay them when you get your tax refund. 2. You’ll reluctantly use a credit card with the intention to pay it off within the next 6 months. Caught up in the emotion of the holidays, it may not have dawned on you that this is exactly what you did last year, the year before and the year before. That plan isn’t working. Below are some ideas that will help you enjoy Christmas and avoid debt this holiday season: • Set a spending limit and track your spending—If you can’t measure it, you can’t manage it. Before you do any shopping, decide how much you’re going to spend for Christmas. Keep track of how much you’re spending so that you don’t go over your limit. Only use
cash or debit cards when shopping. • Make a list and check it twice—If it’s good enough for Santa Claus, it’s good enough for you. Make a list of all the people you plan on buying gifts for this season. You now know how much you plan on spending and who you’re purchasing gifts for. Check your list not twice but three times. As you review your list the third time, write a dollar amount on how much you’re going to spend on each person on the list. • Keep your guard up—Don’t be tempted by your existing creditors attempting to defer payments on your loans and the merchants attempting to offer you discounts should you open and use a store credit card. They have one of two things in mind—get you to spend money you don’t have or force you to pay interest you can’t afford. • Look for great deals—Make it a goal to get discounts on every gift you purchase. This will help the money you’re spending on Christmas go further. • Limit discretionary spending— Temporarily reduce or eliminate spending on entertainment, dining out, and other activities you do for pure joy and amusement. It’s better to give than receive, right? Sacrifice something you enjoy doing and use the money you normally spend to purchase gifts.
• Give the gift of time—Quality time with loved ones is perhaps the best gift you can give. It’s FREE and INVALUABLE. In this fast-paced society we live in, we rarely get to spend quality time with loved ones where there’s no distraction. Make an earnest effort to spend time with someone you care about. The memories you’ll gain from the experience will be more valuable than any gift you can purchase. • Give a helping hand—Offer to babysit, shovel snow, mow the lawn, or prepare a meal as a Christmas gift to someone you know who can use a break. • Get a part-time job—If you’re still short on money, consider a part-time job or side hustle to fully or partially pay for your Christmas purchases this year. There are plenty of part-time jobs available during the holiday season. It’s better to work a couple extra hours now and pay cash for your Christmas gifts than to neglect bills or accumulate debt and work extra hard the entire year trying to catch up on bills and pay off debt you’ve created during the holidays. • Remove adults from the list—You did all the above and you’re still contemplating whipping out the credit card. Time to trim the list. It’s been said that Christmas is for the kids. Your adult family and friends will understand when you say that you spent your entire Christmas budget on the kids this year. (Damon Carr, Money Coach can be reached @ 412-216-1013 or visit his website @ www.damonmoneycoach.com)
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Take back your finances, seriously this time by Sherri Kolade For New Pittsburgh Courier Working well past the point of retirement. Graduating from college in debt with no plan of action to pay off the student loans despite looming interest rates. Having to foreclose on your home due to a lack of funds. Don’t let a worst-case financial scenario bring you to the brink of financial destruction. Before it’s too late, becoming more financially astute starts with being aware of what condition one’s finances are in and taking control of those funds—saving, prioritizing, budgeting and removing what’s not needed. From maintaining good credit to building a nest egg—saving savvy doesn’t have to be a chore and it can happen at any age. Savings is a foundational piece to financial health since research has found that unexpected expenses, like car repairs, can become a hardship when people don’t have access to emergency savings funds. “When it comes to saving, the most important thing to do is simply to start. Whether it’s $1 a day or a few every month, it is important to have a plan. Talking to someone with experience can help others see things from a different perspective. One of my favorite conversations to have with customers is to know what they are saving for and helping them figure out how to get there,” said JPMorgan Chase’s Detroit Community Manager, Gail Taylor. Engaging in conversations about money is a good way to get feedback, advice and suggestions on your approach to savings. No matter your goal,
seeking advice can help you build skills, create a plan that can be adjusted along the way and get help and support to achieve it. A great way to start a conversation is by reviewing your budget and savings goals with an expert. USA Today reports that financial planning doesn’t happen by accident but through well thought-out and intentional steps toward success. Experts agree. It’s important to periodically review one’s financial plan to determine if adjustments are needed, particularly given the economic and personal impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic. “If your circumstances have changed, your financial plan may need to change, too,” the article reported. If a person needs a fi-
When it comes to projecting one’s best- and worst-case financial scenarios, map out financial forecasts to scope out the impact of changes in strategies and tactics in pursuit of your business goals. nancial refresh to get there, consider seeking the help of a certified financial planner professional who can help you set and achieve goals, like: • Affording a comfortable retirement. • Taking advantage of saving and investing op-
portunities as you age, estimating your expenses in retirement, and preparing to have enough money to cover those costs for your lifetime. • Buying a home. For more information visit LetsMakeAPlan.org to find a CFP professional.
Forbes noted in an article about How To Create Your Worst-Case Scenario Budget, that the pandemic taught people about planning in case of an emergency and budgeting for themselves and their families. This includes being abundantly clear on fixed expenses and knowing how to spend a certain amount of money each month as opposed to blowing it on fun funds beyond the budget. Some fixed expenses include: • Rent/mortgage • Utilities • Debt/loan payments • Subscriptions • Insurance • Healthcare costs, such as co-pays and prescriptions Also, knowing which expenses can be removed goes a long way, too, and
weighing flexible spending options is just as important. The article defines flexible spending as something that people have more control over with fluctuating costs like food, transportation and shopping. The article added that one needs to exercise self-control in these flexible spending areas, which will help people learn how to cut or reduce their spending completely. Ascent, a free learning platform for women entrepreneurs, echoed similar thoughts, especially for business owners. When it comes to projecting one’s best- and worst-case financial scenarios, map out financial forecasts to scope out the impact of changes in strategies and tactics in pursuit of your business goals. It is recommended that people wanting to spruce up their budget do so by identifying multiple scenarios in order to: • Plan for expected financial returns or losses. • Stay proactive in business decisions. • Mitigate risk by planning for worst-case scenarios. “Most often, business owners will plan for a few different scenarios: base [or regular] case, best case and worst case,” Ascent noted. “Your basecase scenario is the average financial outcome that is most likely to happen if you make no real changes. Your best-case scenario is the best possible financial outcome if everything goes according to plan. Your worstcase scenario is the most unfavorable possible financial outcome for your business.”
Keep quality employees with quality benefits (NewsUSA)—Small business owners know that one of the secrets to success is hiring quality employees and keeping them. One of the best ways to keep your best employees happy is by offering a robust benefits plan. In fact, 11 states now mandate that most small businesses offer employees a retirement plan, according to Value Point Associates (VPA), a national Employer Member Association that specializes in offering “large-company” benefits to small and medium-sized businesses. VPA leverages the size of its membership to negotiate affordable rates on top-notch employee benefits plans. These plans can be tailored to the needs of a range of small business models. “VPA’s association model is likely the easiest employee benefits arrangement in the country for small businesses,” says Michael Schifferle, director of sales and marketing for VPA. Some of the distinctive benefits of a VPA membership plan include: – Less stress. VPA handles the benefit package administration and design, and small businesses can choose from several programs to select the best fit. – More money. Many small employers feel they can’t offer a 401k plan to employees because of the high cost. With VPA’s incredibly reasonable rates, small businesses can offer the retirement savings plans that employees want, which helps them compete with larger businesses for top talent. – Less paperwork. VPA also assists its members with admin-
istrative tasks and services, including benefit package administration, coordination with payroll services, audits, and Form 5500 preparation and filing. – More security. Small business owners appreciate that VPA membership reduces personal ERISA fiduciary liability. By contrast, a larger employer offering a 401k plan serves as the plan’s sponsor itself, which increases liability. In addition to retirement plans, VPA offers affordable options for employee health insurance. Employers can explore both traditional group insurance and non-traditional coverage that provide the most flexibility and savings of time and money. VPA helps small businesses stay competitive on the
health insurance front by offering employees ICHRA (Individual Coverage Health Reimbursement Arrangement), QSEHRA (Qualified Small Employer Health Reimbursement Arrangement), and other HRAs, as well as Health Savings Accounts and Flexible Spending Accounts. Visit valuepointassociates.com for more information.
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destinations. “Black Friday not only allows me to fill my closet with the newest styles at discount prices, but it also makes it possible for me to find some excellent offers on electronics and books,” Harris exclaimed. “I primarily rely on gadgets to simplify my life as a tech-savvy individual. Therefore, I require everything, from an air purifier to a coffee foaming machine. “As a result, Black Friday will never lose its appeal to me because I can obtain incredible
electronics discounts online. “The same is true for books, which are a staple of mine and are available in bulk in specially curated best-seller collections every Black Friday Sale.” Emily Saunders, Chief Revenue Officer for eLuxury, noted that Black Friday always loses its luster during an economic downturn, but she said she’s skeptical about whether those declines are permanent. “Brick-and-mortar retail is fading, but Black Friday still has a strong heartbeat when eco-
nomic times are good,” Saunders asserted. “It recovered with a vengeance once the Great Recession was over, and online shopping had become an established alternative. “I equate it to network television. Everything aired on major networks is being watched by far fewer people compared to the pre-streaming days, but you’d never know that on Super Bowl Sunday. It still elicits around 100 million viewers each year.” (Stacy M. Brown is NNPA Newswire Senior National Correspondent)
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GUEST EDITORIAL Blacks, Jews and anti-semitism Recently, anti-Semitism has again reared its ugly head. It started, or re-surfaced, when Ye, formerly known as Kanye West, made some controversial statements about Jewish people that have caused him to lose boatloads of money. Basically, Ye has accused Jews of dominating the entertainment industry and allowing the production of music that has had a deleterious impact on the Black community. Apparently, Ye miscalculated, at one point saying that Adidas couldn’t do anything to him. He was apparently very surprised when they severed ties with him, catapulting him out of the realm of billionaire-land. Other companies followed suit. Eventually, Ye ended up apologizing. On the heels of Ye’s debacle, another Black man has come under fire as a result of spreading information about Jewish people. Apparently, Kyrie Irving, a basketball player and member of the New York Nets team, shared controversial anti-Semitic information in a book and film. The book in question, The Thirteenth Tribe written by a Jew, Arthur Koestler, says the Jews who call themselves Jewish adopted the religion at some point in the past and were therefore not the original Jews. A film with anti-Semitic content was also promoted by Kyrie, who has since been suspended from his team. All of this plays right into the anti-Semitic musings of a lot of people. Interestingly, the Jews have been maligned and persecuted for many years. Everyone knows about the pogrom against the Jews that fueled World War II. (A pogrom is an organized, often officially encouraged massacre or persecution of a minority group, especially one conducted against Jews). A similar situation occurred in Russia. In spite of persecution, or maybe because of it, the Jewish people have achieved success far out of proportion to their numbers. They have dominated in many areas and can boast about accomplished pioneers who have helped shape society. Moreover, they seem to have a penchant for economic dominance that may be a source of hatred and envy. During World War II, the Jews’ domination of the German economy allegedly caused the pogrom against them. The relationship between Blacks and Jews is complex, but more importantly, ironic since both groups have been subjected to prolonged persecution. Complicating issues even further is the fact that many Black people consider themselves to be the original Jews. In fact, there is a whole community of American Blacks who have settled in Dimona Israel, asserting they have that right because they are legitimate Jews. People point to the fact that there were 12 tribes of Israel, but to date there are only two that people can identify, the Ashkenazi Jews and the Sephardic Jews. What this means is that there are 10 tribes of Judah that are lost. What is certain about Jewish people is that they have had some incredible accomplishments, as pointed out earlier. Black people, who have also been persecuted, have not yet had the same successes that Jews have had. This can be seen in different responses to oppression. The Jewish people seem to have been able to unify to such an extent that any attacks on the community serve as catalysts for them to collectively fight their enemies. Black people, on the other hand, seem to have taken the opposite approach. There is a lot of self-loathing in the community, as demonstrated by the incidents of Blackon-Black crime. Black people have not been able to pull together effectively in order to overcome the curse of slavery and oppression. It is important to note that Blacks and Jews have been staunch allies in the past. Particularly, Jewish people have served as fighters for Black liberation. And though there are pundits in the Black community who believe that Blacks and Jews are enemies because Jewish people participated in the slave trade, it can be pointed out that there were Black people who also owned slaves. Ultimately, it can be seen to be extremely counter-productive for Black people to jump on the White supremacist bandwagon of anti-Semitism. Instead, the Black community should take a page from the Jewish playbook and unify against enemies of the community. It is only natural for this to happen, which is why it is counterintuitive for Black people to attack Jews for their reaction to anti-Semitism. Ultimately, the Black-Jewish schism seems orchestrated by other unseen forces in a divide-and-conquer strategy. Who would benefit from this schism? This is a question that Black people, in particular, need to answer. A Luta Continua.
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The choice is yours (TriceEdneyWire.com)—Our voting responsibilities ARE NOT finished! Our obligation to the ancestors requires us to engage in one more election this season. We must vote— with either our ballots or our contributions. I most certainly won’t tell you who to vote for. I won’t even directly recommend a candidate to you. The only thing I WILL ASK is that you vote. I have given reasons for voting more times than I can remember, but I will add one more time that too many people, figuratively and literally, gave their lives for us to attain that right. I WILL ALSO present the facts about the candidates as I know and believe them to be. Any voting decision you make will be determined by your critical assessment of the information I present and the synthesis of that information with other information you may have received from other media sources. Some will ask, “Why are you bringing up voting now after the elections are over?” My response is, “We have one more election to go before we are finished. Although the Senate majority has been determined, the outcome of this election will exemplify the type and quality of leadership we expect and demand for the next six years.” Of course, I am referring to the Georgia run-off election between incumbent Senator Raphael Warnock and Herschel Walker. In a time when politics was more civil and the candidates we elected ‘generally’ put national interests
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Commentary ahead of local interests and political parties, there was less of an imperative to assert that we all have a vested interest in out-of-state political races. With the current acrimony between Republicans and Democrats, the warfare-style, mortal enemy attitude between the parties, and the “always say Never!” position to opposing viewpoints, we must intelligently and actively consider the outcome of every election so as to protect the positions that are near and dear to us. That’s a clear reason that we see an increase in the nation-wide solicitation of campaign contributions. It has been suggested that most voters choose candidates who most closely match their character, philosophy, interests, and aspirations. Logic informs us that anyone running for public office would want to present the most complimentary image of her/himself as possible. For some, this means telling the truth, the whole truth, and nothing but the truth. Others must embellish the truth to present themselves as more qualified or worthy. The rest must LIE to cover a myriad of indiscretions, lapses in judgment, hypocrisies, moral failures, unsavory associates, or criminal intent.
Can we run the risk of electing a known liar or of lies being told when circumstances might impact our safety and security? The candidate who willingly lies to you once is telling you that he/she will lie again, and we know to believe a person who tells us who they are the first time. If you are willing to accept factual reversals, suspicious ‘spinning,’ blatant lies, and misrepresentations of facts in the face of opposing credible evidence, then this election offers you your candidate of choice. Those are the characterizations that have been verified by a family member of one of the candidates. Temperamental instability and demonstration of violence are traits of character that are unsuitable for a candidate and/or a sitting senator. Documented facts show this type of behavior to be true of one of the candidates. A candidate who would accept special consideration for him/herself while holding constituents to a rigid and dogmatic standard of conduct is unsuitable for election. Again, one candidate in Georgia offers you that choice. Citizens are not well-represented by those who have shown themselves to be hypocrites or liars. Your choice is to decide who and what you believe by your vote. (Dr. E. Faye Williams is President of The Dick Gregory Society (thedickgregorysociety. org; firstname.lastname@example.org) and President Emeritus of the National Congress of Black Women)
Black excellence needs examples (TriceEdneyWire.com)—During the rise of Michael Jordan’s popularity in the summer of 1991, Gatorade ran an advertisement featuring the then 29-year-old future Hall of Famer. The advertisement aired immediately after he won his first of six total NBA championships. The purpose of the ad was to focus on young adults who are dreaming big and want to become this great athlete while becoming a great person. They wanted to show that Michael Jordan is the dream that every kid wants to be. With this goal in mind, Gatorade created the “Be Like Mike” campaign. It shows that any person of excellence is a positive influencer who lifts others by showing their commitment to a deep work ethic, inner integrity, and passion. We don’t have to be Michael Jordan in order to believe in ourselves, set realistic high goals, keep learning and growing in our skills, to challenge ourselves outside of our comfort zone while always seeking to be around the best people. We just need to relate with him in such a manner where his example of excellence can be accepted and duplicated. While the Philadelphia Phillies and the Houston Astros are competing in the 2022 World Series, it becomes the first time since 1950 that there will not be a single American-born Black player on either team’s 26-person roster. “I don’t think that’s something that baseball should really be proud of. It looks bad,” Astros manager Dusty Baker told the Associated Press. “It lets people know that it didn’t take a year or even a decade to get to this point.” Compare 2022 with 1979 when Willie Stargell and Dave Parker were among 10 Black players on the “We Are Family” Pittsburgh Pirates championship team. Long considered America’s National Pastime, baseball was helpful in leading the way to integration in 1947 with Jackie Robinson becoming the first African American to play Major League Baseball (MLB). This occurred years before the Brown v Board of Education decision which ended legalized racial segregation in public schools. Robinson not only transformed baseball with diversity, but his excellence on the field introduced the Brooklyn Dodgers to a prototype player who blended speed with power. His example paved the way for future players with similar attributes
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Commentary to be acquired by all MLB teams. Today, baseball is not the game of choice for most inner-city youth. The choice easily basketball or football. Baseball is mainly a White suburban sport which is supplemented on the professional level by foreign labor. We can not dismiss how important it is for youth of any race to have someone in the home who has a love for baseball and for that love to be passed down. Regarding African American families, when there are few players who they can relate to on television as examples, then the disparity in the number of African American, White, and Latin players will be difficult to close. This disparity was decades in the making. On December 18, 2019, shortly after signing his nine-year, $324 million dollar contract to pitch for the New York Yankees, Gerrit Cole stood at a podium at Yankee Stadium and thanked Curt Flood. Just as Jackie Robinson was a Black player who forever changed the sport of baseball, the same was true with Curt Flood. There was a period of time when most players had jobs during the off-season to make ends meet. When Hall of Fame pitcher Nolan Ryan broke into the major leagues in 1966, he spent the winter months working at a gas station. Every MLB player had in his contract what was known as ‘the reserve clause,” which bound players to their teams. Contracts, which were limited to one season, “reserved” the team’s right to retain the player for the next season. The players, even superstars, had no leverage to negotiate better deals. After the 1969 season, the St. Louis Cardinals decided to trade Curt Flood to the Philadelphia Phillies, but he refused to move to what he called “the nation’s northernmost Southern city.” Flood wrote to MLB Commissioner Bowie Kuhn explaining why he refused to accept being traded. “I do not feel that I am a piece
of property to be bought and sold irrespective of my wishes,” Flood wrote. “It is my desire to play baseball in 1970 and I am capable of playing. I have received a contract offer from the Philadelphia club, but I believe I have the right to consider offers from other clubs before making any decisions. I, therefore, request that you make known to all the major league clubs my feelings in this matter, and advise them of my availability for the 1970 season.” Kuhn denied the request. Knowing he would be blacklisted as a player and as a future coach or manager, Flood still made the decision to sue Kuhn and MLB arguing that the league’s control over players’ employment violated federal antitrust law and workers’ rights. Over the next few years, the Supreme Court ruled against Flood in a 5-3 vote. In 1975, a loophole was found in the reserve-clause language that didn’t require going to court. As a result, an arbitrator ruled in favor of the players which meant the end of the reserve system and the beginning of what we now know as free agency. Thanks to Curt Flood’s bold courage and sacrifice, players’ wages, benefits, pensions and working conditions dramatically improved. When baseball free agency increased players’ salaries, one response by MLB teams was to increase their efforts in other countries such as the Dominican Republic, Venezuela and Cuba when seeking the Jackie Robinson-type players with who possess the same combination of speed and power The Latin American pipeline provides MLB with a lucrative investment opportunity because they have historically been able to sign players who are desperate and see baseball as their only means of escaping poverty. In other words, it’s a source of cheap labor. While MLB Diversity Development programs such as the PLAY BALL Initiative and the Reviving Baseball in Inner Cities (RBI) program are designed to steer children from underserved and diverse communities in the U.S. toward baseball, the love of basketball and football will always be tough to overcome. (David W. Marshall is the founder of the faith-based organization, TRB: The Reconciled Body, and author of the book God Bless Our Divided America. He can be reached at www.davidwmarshallauthor.com.
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Now that the election is over Founded 1910
Rod Doss Editor & Publisher Stephan A. Broadus Assistant to the Publisher Allison Palm
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Now that the election is over, this is a good time for reality checks. First, we must take a close look at the messages sent by all voters on election day. On the Conservative Right, we find people running for and getting elected to offices at all levels who clearly stated that they are “election deniers” in terms of the election of President Joe Biden. Those same people have said they will not accept current election results unless they win the offices for which they are running. Such people are behind the voter suppression laws instituted around the country. Those who agree with them but not running for office have made their positions known by the re-election of such people as Governor Greg Abbot in Texas,
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Commentary Governor DeSantis in Florida, Senator Marco Rubio in Florida over Congresswoman Val Demings, and a number of other such elections around the country. The Conservative Right is now the Republican Party. The Democratic Party, expressing concern for democracy and the rule of law, regardless of who wins, is in danger of losing our precious rights, even
though they have made progress in this election, in some cases beyond what was expected. “We The People” have demonstrated our faith in the democratic process by our record breaking turnout at the polls, with more votes to yet be counted. Now, “We The People” must actively get engaged at all levels of government because those against whom we struggled in this election will not stop because this election is over. The key is not to lose sight of our local issues while fighting to protect our national interests. The issues of homelessness, inflation, unemployment, gas and healthcare must remain priorities with all of us. The bottom line, we must stay engaged. This battle is ongoing.
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Why the pundits and junk polls got the Midterm elections wrong (TriceEdneyWire.com)—“I am angry at the chorus of armchair pundits who created a dominant media narrative around the red wave with little evidence of it. I’m furious about that because for those of us who do the work on the ground to persuade [people] to vote, it was actually a challenging narrative environment when voters and all of us are being told, “This is going to be a red wave or a red tsunami,” as if, for instance, women voters had amnesia from the summer around the overturning of Roe v. Wade and were just focused on the economy and inflation. Not true, it turns out. Or Black voters, yet again, basically the conscience of America, turning out and showing up and really voting our values around racial justice and freedom and resilience.” – Dorian Warren, co-president, Community Change and Community Change Action A little over two weeks before Election Day, New York Times columnist David Brooks helpfully explained Why Republicans Are Surging. The only problem: they weren’t. And they didn’t. Brooks wasn’t alone. Fox News hosts Jesse Watters and Jeanine Pirro bet Geraldo Rivera $1,000 the GOP would win the Senate and the House. CNN’s Chris Cillizza offered up the following headlines: Why the midterms are going to be great for Donald Trump, Why Republican attacks on crime have been so devastating for Democrats, and The bottom is dropping out of the 2022 election for Democrats. They weren’t, they haven’t, and it didn’t. While a few House races remain too close to call, President Biden’s party has lost at least six seats, giving control of the chamber to Republicans. “However, Democrats flipped one Senate seat and pending the outcome of Georgia’s runoff, may increase
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To Be Equal their majority.” It was hardly the 20- to 30seat Republican gain in the House many forecasters predicted, and decidedly not “great” for Trump-endorsed candidates in competitive races, about 70 percent of whom lost with six races yet to be called and two headed to runoffs. It was also the first midterm election since at least 1934 that the President’s party hasn’t lost a state-legislative chamber; in fact, Democrats took complete control of three new state governments—Michigan, Minnesota, and Vermont—and flipped the Maryland and Massachusetts governorships and the Pennsylvania state House. Predicting a loss for the President’s party in a midterm election usually is a safe bet. The President’s party has lost seats in Congress in every election except two since World War II. The only exceptions have been 1998, when the President’s party gained five seats in the House and lost no seats in the Senate, and 2002, when the President’s party gained eight seats in the House and two seats in the Senate. Postwar, control of the House has flipped eight times and control of the Senate 10 times. How did some of the most prominent voices in the media get it so wrong? One mistake is relying on outlier polls and unreliable polls, as David Brooks did. On October 20, the day his “Republicans are Surging” column appeared, an average of “generic ballot” polls showed Republicans with an advantage of just one tenth of one percentage point, and Democrats ahead in the four key Senate races. Brooks based his analysis on a single poll that found a four-point Republican advantage. Closer to Election Day, however, even these polling averages shifted in favor of Republicans, thanks to what political strategist Simon Rosenberg called “a ferocious campaign GOP campaign right now to flood the zone with their polls, game the averages, declare the election is tipping to them.” Political data specialist Tom Bonier noted that many of these polls assumed “an older, whiter, more male electorate.” Rosenberg told MSNBC’s Joy Reid, “This is an unprecedented massive campaign by the Republicans to game the polling average. And it’s disappointing to me this wasn’t caught earlier by many of the people that do this that are on TV and do this for a living.” A bigger problem was this polling mirage served to confirm some pundits’ pre-existing biases, underestimating motivating factors like reproductive rights and the threat to democracy, that were not important to them personally, and overestimating the role of inflation and the false narrative of rising violent crime. The American electorate is changing, growing more racially and ethnically diverse. Our pundit class—those whose opinion columns are published by major news organizations and who are given network and cable tv platforms to wax political— does not reflect this diversity. Until it does, it will continue to suffer from the blind spots that not only skewed predictions about the election, but potentially sabotaged it.
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Roe v. red wave When the Supreme Court reversed Roe v. Wade, abortion wasn’t banned nationwide. The reversal lets each state decide the legality of the procedure without federal intrusion. Pro-choice advocates complained that the Supreme Court’s decision banned federal protection for women from male-dominated state legislators that would outlaw abortion, with no exceptions. The religious-right, which fought for fifty-years to strike down Roe, embraced the Supreme Court’s decision as the dawn of a new pro-life era in America. On the other hand, the non-religious-right viewed Roe’s reversal as a constitutional victory that reinforced federalism but understood it wasn’t a pro-life mandate to criminalize abortion. The non-religious-right cautioned red states to avoid extreme anti-abortion legislation because it would jeopardize the “red wave” expected during the 2022 midterm election. Midterm elections are referendums on the president’s party. If voters believe the country is headed in the wrong direction, then the president’s party normally loses dozens of congressional seats and control of Congress. In 2010, Obama was in charge of an economy that was struggling and had a high unemployment rate. That led to a “red wave” in which Republicans won more than sixty seats. In 2018, Trump’s administration had low approval ratings because of pointless fights with a Republican-controlled Congress. As a result, Democrats won 40 congressional elections in a “blue wave.” Since the Biden Administration oversaw a post-pandemic economy that was hurt by the highest inflation rates in 40 years, the religious-right and state legislators in red states trusted history, thought a “red wave”
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Check It Out was inevitable, and wrote anti-abortion laws without the slightest worry about a Democratic response. It didn’t take long before the media revealed an ugly consequence of a state’s swift anti-abortion law. The Washington Post recapped, “When the Indianapolis Star published about a 10-year-old rape victim from Ohio who was forced to travel to Indiana for an abortion because of new restrictions in her home state, it sparked a national frenzy. An indignant President Biden cited the story a week later as an example of extreme abortion laws, and his political opponents pounced. They suggested it was a lie or a hoax. The Wall Street Journal’s editorial board concluded it was ‘too good to confirm,’ and The Post’s Fact Checker cautioned it was ‘a very difficult story to check.’ Ohio’s attorney general went further, calling it a ‘fabrication.’ Meanwhile, local journalists went digging … Reporters in Ohio and Indiana proved that the horrific story no one wanted to believe was indeed true.” The non-religious-right knew abortion was a political liability, and cases such as the 10-year-old rape victim made the Republican Party look retrograde and authoritarian. But the religious-right doubted that the American people would vote against their own economic interests and expected midterm history to repeat itself. The overcon-
fidence of the religious-right made them blind to the details that separated this midterm from previous midterm elections. Since former President Trump’s Supreme Court appointments were responsible for reversing Roe, Trump endorsed many Republican candidates, and Trump still seeks the presidency in 2024, the 2022 midterm turned from a referendum on the sitting president; to a rejection of the former president’s party. More importantly, the religious-right wrapped up economic issues with rent and gas prices but failed to realize abortion was an economic issue too. Stacy Abrams, Georgia’s Democratic nominee for governor, suggested that the abortion debate shouldn’t be reduced to the culture war. It was a question of whether some women will end up in poverty if forced to carry unwanted pregnancies. The religious-right ridiculed her for reducing a matter of morality to an economic outcome. All the ridicule didn’t change the fact that Abrams was right. On the day of the election, exit polls showed that for half of voters under 50, abortion was more important than the economy in battleground states. The Republicans reclaimed control of the House by a razor-thin margin, but the “red wave” that was supposed to derail the president’s party never materialized. Matt Birk, the Republican candidate for lieutenant governor in Minnesota, who lost on election day, spoke for the entire religious-right when he said, “If we lost because of abortion, an issue that was not on the ballot, if we lost because I believe every life has dignity, I’m OK with that.” But the non-religious-right wasn’t OK with that and knew the “red wave” was aborted the moment a 10-year-old rape victim had to cross state lines.
Voters make an important down payment on democracy’s future (TriceEdneyWire.com)—A lot of good news came out of this month’s elections— and enough bad news to remind us that we can never let our guard down when freedom and democracy are at stake. This year, democracy itself was on the ballot, and voters made an important down payment on its future. In 2020, Americans voted not to give President Donald Trump a second term. He wasn’t willing to accept his loss, and tried to overturn the election. The anger he fostered with lies about election fraud let to a violent attempt to stop Congress from affirming Joe Biden’s victory. What did that have to do with this year’s elections? Trump tried to get his people in power as governors and secretaries of state so they could pull off in 2024 what they were not able to do in 2020. Voters weren’t having it. The “Red Wave” that Trump was counting on was blocked. Most of the secretary of state candidates running on Trump’s election lies were defeated, which means that important guardrails against future assaults on our democracy remain in place. To further resist the threat of authoritarianism, we must lift up young leaders who will be democracy’s champions for this and future generations. People For the American Way’s Young Elected Officials Network is celebrating the election of young leaders as new members of Congress from across the country: Greg Casar from Austin, Texas; Emilia Sykes from Akron, Ohio; Maxwell Frost from Orlando, Fla.; Summer Lee from Braddock, Pa.; Robert Garcia from Long Beach, Calif.; Sydney Kamlager from Los Angeles, Calif; and Jasmine Crockett from Dallas, Texas. Dozens more were elected
Commentary to local and state offices, building a crucial leadership pipeline. One bright spot was Pennsylvania, where voters elected state attorney general Josh Shapiro as governor, rejecting a far-right promoter of Trump’s election lies, and voted to send Lt. Gov. John Fetterman to the U.S. Senate rather than Trump’s hand-picked celebrity con man. What has gotten less attention is the exciting news about who will replace Fetterman as lieutenant governor: state Rep. Austin Davis, an impressive young Black man who has devoted his life to community and public service since he was a teenager. There were other bright spots. Democrats will hold a majority in the Senate, so Republicans will not be able to stop President Biden from building on his excellent record of naming brilliant federal judges who are committed to justice for all. Voters in Los Angeles elected Karen Bass as mayor and dumped Sheriff Alex Villanueva, notorious for overseeing an abusive department. Voters in several states protected access to abortion. Far-right attempts to build a national “Red Wave” with racist fearmongering about crime and bigoted smears of transgender people didn’t work, though they did enough damage to keep some good people out of office.
One bit of bad news came with the narrow victory of Kris Kobach as Kansas attorney general. Kobach made a name for himself with attacks on immigrants and relentless attempts to restrict voting. Voters previously rejected his bids for governor and Senate, but, sadly, he’s back. So is Trump, who officially launched his campaign to get back into the White House just a week after voters said “no thanks” to his most high-profile allies. It’s a reminder that in politics, no victory is final. The struggle is never over. In fact, even this election isn’t over, as Georgia voters must return to the polls for a crucial runoff between Sen. Raphael Warnock and Trump’s candidate Herschel Walker. Citizenship is a responsibility that requires constant recommitment. On that front, I’d like to share a bit of exciting personal news. Next year, I will continue my advocacy for a more just and sustainable world in a new role as executive director of the Sierra Club, the nation’s most influential grassroots environmental group. I am delighted that my successor as president of People For the American Way will be Svante Myrick, who is just the kind of young leader our nation needs. He was elected to the city council of Ithaca, New York, while still a student, and at age 24, he became the city’s first Black mayor and the youngest mayor in the state. He was reelected twice by huge margins, and now he’s bringing his leadership and passion for defending democracy to the national level. Much to be grateful for. Happy Thanksgiving, everyone. (Ben Jealous serves as president of People For the American Way and Professor of the Practice at the University of Pennsylvania.)
Crazy Town There is a borderless community that is growing by leaps and bounds. Across the United States millions of people are surging into political sub-divisions in locales called Q-Anon, Oath Keepers, Storm Front, American Renaissance, National Socialist Order and many, many others. These communities are largely segregated and occupied by a self-identified elite. The streets of these communities were paved with White supremacy centuries ago. Builders include national political leaders, aggrieved citizens, wealthy (beyond rich) folks and Hershel Walker (who was invited as a garden ornament). Crazy Town is appropriately named. There are many residents who have little understanding of the depths to which their neighbors will descend to Make America Great Again. By rewriting and retelling knowable history through distorted lenses, the architects of Crazy Town turn victims into predators. Although farcical, the lessons of the Nazi Regime are proven to work. Big lies, repeated with energy and conviction can overwhelm truth and logic. What follows below are a sample of the beliefs of Crazy Town leaders (people believe this stuff): * John Kennedy Jr. will rise from the dead and join Donald Trump’s campaign as the Vice-Presidential candidate in 2024 * Black and brown people are part of a Great Replacement effort to drive Whites into permanent subservience within the
Commentary United States. * Hillary Clinton and other “liberal” Democrats are secretly grooming children to be sex slaves in the basements of pizza parlors. * Adolph Hitler was a great leader who recognized the treachery of the Jewish race. * The January 6 storming of the U. S. Capital Building was no more than tourists exercising their right to walk the halls of the “People’s House” Residents of Crazy Town walk among us, sometimes masking their beliefs. Often, in a sudden and explosive manner, Crazy Town residents announce their presence by * Entering the Tree of Life Synagogue to slaughter Jewish worshippers * Marching boldly through the streets of Charlottesville, VA with torches to proclaim White supremacy * Storming a Buffalo, NY supermarket to kill African Americans because of a belief in Replacement Theory
* Claiming Donald Trump won the election for president * Supporting democracy by making access to voting more difficult * Enslaving Africans improved their lives and the Africans appreciated being removed from their homeland. * Waiting for Ronald Reagan and John F. Kennedy Jr. to rise from the dead (really!) These beliefs are CRAZY! I acknowledge my prejudice. If you believe the Q-Anon beliefs above, I doubt your sanity. Reader, please understand there are examples of shallow and incomprehensible logic outside of Crazy Town communities. The desire of reallocate available funding to enhance law enforcement effectiveness make great sense; the phrase Defund the Police throws red meat in the lion’s den of resistance. Woke as a definer of sensitivity and awareness of human difference is bomb; woke as a tool to hammer Dave Chappelle and Condoleezza Rice makes no sense. Great work must be done to bridge the national divide. I will write more about this in the future. But, the growth of borderless Crazy Towns, founded on featherbeds of windblown nonsense, defies science and logic. Crazy is as crazy does and Crazy Town is right around the corner from you right now! (Ron Porter is a consultant, writer and speaker based in Pittsburgh, Pa. Contact at email@example.com)
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Fall into fitness to improve balance and mobility (BPT)—Falling is a common concern among seniors, particularly as a fall has the potential to be more devastating for an older adult than the small scrape or bruise many might expect. While Fall Prevention Awareness Month was in September, it’s always a good time to learn more about these very real risks and ways to reduce them. A simple step like joining a senior fitness program can significantly reduce the impact of falls or even prevent them entirely. Not only are these programs effective, but as members will tell you, they’re lots of fun, and you may already be eligible to participate. SilverSneakers, the nation’s leading fitness program for older adults, is available to more than 18 million Americans through select Medicare plans. The gravity of falls Falls have been a fact of life for each of us, ever since we took our first steps as infants. While often embarrassing and sometimes painful, as we get older, they may become more frequent with
more serious consequences, including broken bones and hospitalization. More than one in three people aged 65 years or older falls each year, according to the National Institutes of Health’s National Institute on Aging. Falls are the second leading cause of unintentional injury deaths worldwide. Many factors increase fall risk. Some may be obvious such as poor vision, unsupportive footwear and hazards in the home including stairs or surfaces that easily become slippery. But other factors may seem unrelated or change so slowly that we don’t notice the danger. These include difficulty hearing, single or combined medications that cause dizziness, and decreased lower body strength and ankle mobility. Some of these issues are best addressed by a medical professional, but exercise can dramatically reduce the risk of falls and the consequences. By engaging in activities that improve balance and build strength, you can become less vulnerable to falls. Fortunately, senior fitness
programs prioritize those very things. Developing stronger seniors While anyone can begin exercising at any time, it can be difficult to know where or how to start. Which activities are best? How do you know if you’re performing them correctly? Fitness programs are a great solution because they offer a variety of ways to get active, but senior fitness programs offer the guidance that you need—the right activities at the right pace to maintain interest and prevent injury, where, when and how you want. As seniors, you have a unique set of physical and emotional needs, making activities that are offered in convenient community locations or from the comfort of home especially appealing. For older adults, the social component is often just as important and beneficial as the physical. SilverSneakers offers members a network of up to 23,000 fitness locations across the nation as well as live online fitness classes and on-demand work-
The leaves are falling, but your proactive health measures don’t have to—protect yourself against pneumococcal pneumonia (BPT)—There are many things to enjoy about fall. From cooler temperatures to the colors of the leaves, and all the fun activities that come with the changing of the season, it is the perfect time to enjoy the outdoors with friends and family. But along with the changing seasons and a slight chill in the air, come the looming days ahead of increased respiratory infections. This fall, don’t let pneumococcal pneumonia get in the way of taking in all the things this season has to offer. Here are some fun, health-oriented activities to try this fall: * Take long walks outside: One of the best ways to stay active as the weather changes is taking a long walk to enjoy the fresh, crisp air. * Pick your own apples: Enjoy a healthy snack full of fiber and antioxidants by picking apples at a local ap-
ple orchard. * Hit the farmer’s market: Take advantage of fresh, organic fruits and veggies at your local farmer’s market, while supporting local businesses and farms. * Find out if you’re at risk for pneumococcal pneumonia and learn about vaccination to help prevent it. Pneumococcal pneumonia can strike any time of year, and pneumococcal vaccination is available yearround. While you’re getting vaccinated against flu this season, don’t forget to ask your doctor or pharmacist about pneumococcal pneumonia vaccination. Even if you’ve already had a previous pneumonia vaccine, your healthcare provider may recommend it for additional protection. What is pneumococcal pneumonia? Pneumococcal pneumonia is a potentially serious bacterial lung disease that can disrupt your life for weeks.
In severe cases, it can put you in the hospital and even be life-threatening. Who is at risk? The risk for pneumococcal pneumonia increases for adults 19 or older with certain chronic health conditions, including asthma, diabetes, COPD, and chronic heart disease, among others. People aged 65 or older are also at increased risk for pneumococcal pneumonia, even if they’re generally healthy, because the immune system weakens with age. Talk to your doctor or pharmacist No matter the season, it’s important to think about what you can do to help protect your health. Don’t wait—talk to a doctor or pharmacist about pneumococcal vaccination. To learn more about the disease, risks, symptoms and more, visit KnowPneumonia.com.
outs that can be joined virtually. The program features classes and exercises that focus on improving balance and building the strength necessary to prevent falls, including yoga, bodyweight exercises, Pilates and more. Tai Chi has been shown to help with balance and flexibility, making it a popular option among seniors. Mild weight-bearing activities, such as walking or climbing stairs, also build strength and may even slow bone loss from osteoporosis. “The activities a program like SilverSneakers offers are designed with one demographic in mind seniors,” explained Maria Granzotti, Chief Medical Officer at Tivity Health. “As a result, they prioritize areas that become vulnerable with age, often without us even realizing it until something happens, like a fall. SilverS-
neakers instructors ensure these programs are appealing, accessible, safe and fun, increasing the likelihood members will participate and helping them to improve strength and balance, which decreases the risk of falls.” SilverSneakers’ offerings target the unique needs of seniors, but they are also designed based on member feedback. The program regularly surveys its members to ensure it is offering members the activities they enjoy in the ways that work best for them. And if proof was ever needed that these are the activities seniors want, on Aug. 31, it was provided. In honor of its 30th Anniversary, SilverSneakers set a Guinness World Records™ title for the most viewers of a dance fitness live stream on Facebook with 3,075 viewers in attendance.
Finding the perfect senior fitness program With the right Medicare Advantage plan, joining a senior fitness program is easy. SilverSneakers is offered at no additional cost to members and serves members in all 50 states from more than 70 health plans. And, with 30 years of experience serving the senior population and offering classes for every fitness level, it’s an excellent way to get fit, stay engaged, reduce falls and be healthy. Medicare Advantage members can visit silversneakers.com to determine eligibility. If you aren’t currently on an MA plan, the annual Medicare Enrollment Period between Oct. 15 and Dec. 7 is a perfect time to review plans and find one that includes SilverSneakers. Visit silversneakers.com to learn more
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Rep. Karen Bass proclaimed first Black female mayor of Los Angeles by Stacy M. Brown
NNPA Newswire Senior National Correspondent When Rep. Karen Bass (D-Calif.) announced her candidacy for mayor of Los Angeles last year, she knew the race wouldn’t be easy. But the former Congressional Black Caucus Chair also believed that her beloved city faced a crisis, and that others that had (or were likely to) declare their candidacy, probably wouldn’t live up to the challenge. “I’ve spent my entire life bringing groups of people together in coalitions to solve complex problems and produce concrete change—especially in times of crisis,” Bass declared in September 2021. “Los Angeles is my home. With my whole heart, I’m ready. Let’s do this—together.” On Wednesday, Nov. 16, more than a week after voting closed in the City of Angels, Bass was declared the winner in a tight race that pitted her against billionaire developer Rick Caruso.
With her victory, Bass will become the first Black woman to lead the city during a time when Los Angeles faces an ever-growing homeless crisis and a myriad of other issues left behind by her predecessor Eric Garcetti. “We are in a fight for the soul of our city,” declared Bass, who counted among those on President Joe Biden’s short candidate list for the vice presidency that ultimately went to fellow-CBC alum Kamala Harris. “We are going to build a new Los Angeles,” she said. With extensive experience in Congress and as a California Assembly leader, Bass said she understands the fight ahead. After all, she emerged from an intense battle in which her opponent spent more than $100 million. Projections had Bass winning more than 53 percent of the vote to Caruso’s 47 percent. The Associated Press said Bass enjoyed the advantage of being a lifelong Democrat “in a
city where Republicans are almost invisible.” Last week, Vice President Harris campaigned in Los Angeles with Bass, and many high-profile Democrats backed her candidacy. The news service noted that Bass would become the first woman and second Black person to hold the job after former Mayor Tom Bradley held the post from 1973 to 1993. She’ll also attempt to cool the figurative fires that have been stoked internally among city leaders, including a racial scandal that’s rocked City Council. Further, the city has more than 40,000 individuals who are homeless, and crime has unnerved even the upper-class areas of Los Angeles. “Congratulations to our Mayor-Elect,” superstar entertainer and Bass supporter John Legend tweeted. “Angelenos chose someone who has devoted her life to helping her community become healthier, safer, and more just.”
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by Dr. Froswa Booker-Drew As I get older, I recognize that feelings are real and yet, they can be dangerous. Our feelings, if unchecked, can wreak havoc and confusion. Just last week, I received a voicemail from an angry lady. She was livid about something that happened to her and spewed frustration about what others had done. I immediately called her back, and she began to apologize for being in her feelings and reacting too quickly. I called to inform her that it wasn’t something I was responsible for and after listening to the situation, I immediately informed her that she needed to reach out to a totally different entity. She continued to apologize after realizing that she had gotten upset without having clear information. She’s not alone—it is commonplace to witness individuals immediately respond based on how they feel. Many of our decisions are rooted in how it makes us feel. We immediately respond often without thinking things through and truly assessing what is going on. Relationships have been destroyed, trust broken, and jobs terminated because of the need to respond. If more people paused and thought of the consequences of their actions, they might be more apt to do things differently. According to Dr. Bryn Farnsworth, “…feelings are the conscious experience of emotional reactions. Originating in the neocortical regions of the brain, feelings are sparked by emotions and shaped by personal experiences, beliefs, memories, and thoughts linked to that particular emotion. Strictly speaking, a feeling is the side product of your brain perceiving an emotion
and assigning a certain meaning to it.” Your feelings become thoughts which can then become an action—they are all connected. Assumptions are the worst because they lead us down a path of no return because we can assign the wrong meaning to the emotion we are experiencing. Without having complete information and knowledge, we can make decisions that have far reaching consequences that began in our thoughts and our emotions. In Luke 15:11-32, we see an example of a young man who thought he knew more and requested his inheritance from his father. He probably allowed his feelings to validate his decision and instead of staying in a place of stability and comfort, he squandered his finances with nowhere to live. “17 When he came to his senses, he said, ‘How many of my father’s hired servants have food to spare, and here I am starving to death! 18 I will set out and go back to my father and say to him: Father, I have sinned against heaven and against you. 19 I am no longer worthy to be called your son; make me like one of your hired servants.’ 20 So he got up and went to his father.” His feelings, based in bad thinking, resulted in destructive consequences. When we make rash decisions, we are like this young man. Instead of consulting God (represented by the Father in this passage), we allow our feelings, bad information, and other people’s opinions to sway us into choices that are not in our best interests. We make assumptions that others have it better than we do and if we just do it ‘our’ way, things would be better. So much grief could have been
avoided if he had spoken with his father first. Are you talking to God about your emotions and feelings before acting? Are you allowing the presence and Word of God to inform your decisions, your feelings, and your thoughts before reacting or seeking the advice of others? The Bible speaks about emotions and their power. “Be angry and do not sin; do not let the sun go down on your anger and give no opportunity to the devil. (Ephesians 4:26-27 ESV) It is okay to experience our feelings because they are a gauge. We cannot allow our feelings to control us in such a way that we make decisions that harm us and others. It’s not that you don’t pay attention to how you feel. You should but you cannot allow your feelings to be the sole indicator in your decision making. It is about listening to God to direct you, seeking wise counsel, and taking an inventory of what is going on objectively. “Do not be anxious about anything, but in everything by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known to God. And the peace of God, which surpasses all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus.” Philippians 4:6-7. Our emotions and feelings are real. They are data. And just as data doesn’t tell the entire story, your feelings don’t either. (Dr. Froswa Booker-Drew is the Founder and CEO of Soulstice Consultancy, Specializing as a Partnership Broker and Leadership Expert for companies and organizations to thrive with measurable and meaningful impact. She also is the VP of Community Affairs and Strategic Alliances for the State Fair of Texas.)
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DOROTHY CHEATOM, deceased, of Pittsburgh, No. 7345 of 2022. Beverly Cheatom, Petitioner, has filed a Petition to Determine Title to Real Estate at 610 Montooth Street, Pittsburgh, PA 15210, pursuant to 20 PA § 3546, Peter B. Lewis, Neighborhood Legal Services, 928 Penn Ave., Pittsburgh, PA 15222, Counsel. Estate of DAVID EDWARD CIMAROLLI, Deceased of Bridgeville, County of Allegheny, Pennsylvania, No.02-22-06193, Justine Cimarolli, Administrator, 632 Bank Street Bridgeville, PA 15017 or to Robin L. Rarie, Atty; BRENLOVE & FULLER, LLC., 401 Washington Avenue, Bridgeville, PA 15017 In the Court of Common Pleas of Allegheny County, PA, Orphans Court Division, Estate of RUFUS D. SMITH SR., deceased. Case No. 022206772. Notice is hereby given that on October 18, 2022, a Petition was filed by Rufus D. Smith Jr. to terminate the interests of the heirs and devisees of Rufus D. Smith Sr., deceased in the real estate located at 3610 Centralia St, Pittsburgh (20th Ward), PA, 15204 and to determine that fee simple title be in Rufus D. Smith Jr. If no exceptions to the Petition are filed within 60 days of the date of this Notice, Rufus D. Smith Jr. will seek an Order adjudging that Decedent’s title is in him. Estate of MAHMOUD RAHIM, Deceased of Mt. Lebanon, Allegheny County, Pennsylvania, No. 02-22-0747, Omar Rahim, Executor, 4993 Adah Drive, Manlius, NY 13104 or to TODD A. FULLER, Atty, BRENLOVE & FULLER, LLC. 401 Washington Avenue, Bridgeville, PA 15017
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In the Court of Common Pleas of Allegheny County, PA, Orphans Court Division, Estate of JANET L WILLIAMS, deceased. Case No. 02-22-6479. Notice is hereby given that on October 6, 2022, a Petition was filed by Gordon Williams to terminate the interests of the heirs and devisees of Janet L Williams, deceased in the real estate located at 2701 Brackenridge St, Pittsburgh (5’th Ward), PA, 15219 (County Tax Parcel No. 10-44-00194) and to determine that fee simple title be in Gordon Williams. If no exceptions to the Petition are filed within 30 days of the date of this Notice, Gordon Williams will seek an Order adjudging that Decedent’s title is in him.
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OFFICIAL NOTICE BOROUGH OF THORNBURG PROPOSED BUDGET Notice is hereby given that a proposed budget detailing expenditures from revenue sources for the year 2023 has been prepared by the Council of the Borough of Thornburg. The proposed budget may be reviewed and/or full copy may be obtained by contacting the undersigned at 545 Hamilton Road, Borough of Thornburg, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania 15205 or firstname.lastname@example.org. Written or oral arguments concerning the proposed budget will be received by Council at its regular meeting to be held on December 5, 2022 at 7:00 PM. It is intended that a final budget will be adopted by Council at said meeting. Dorothy Falk Borough Secretary/Treasurer Borough of Thornburg OFFICIAL ADVERTISEMENT THE BOARD OF PUBLIC EDUCATION OF THE SCHOOL DISTRICT OF PITTSBURGH Sealed proposals shall be deposited at the Administration Building, Bellefield Entrance Lobby, 341 South Bellefield Avenue, Pittsburgh, Pa., 15213, on December 6, 2022, until 2:00 P.M., local prevailing time for: Pgh. Old Roosevelt PreK-1, Pgh. Roosevelt 2-5, Pgh. Phillips K-5, Pgh. Mifflin Pre-K-8, and Pgh. Concord K-5 Whiteboard Installations General Prime Pgh. Student Achievement Center Elevator Construction & Renovations General, Plumbing, Mechanical, Electrical, and Asbestos Abatement Primes Project Manual and Drawings will b e avai l able f or pur c has e o n November 14, 2022, at Modern Reproductions (412-488-7700), 127 McKean Street, Pittsburgh, Pa., 15219 between 9:00 A.M. and 4:00 P.M. The cost of the Project Manual Documents is non-refundable. Project details and dates are described in each project manual.
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November 23, 2022 City of Pittsburgh – Office of Management and Budget 414 Grant Street Room 501 Pittsburgh, PA 15219 412-255-2211 This notice shall satisfy two separate but related procedural requirements for activities to be undertaken by the City of Pittsburgh. REQUEST FOR RELEASE OF FUNDS (1) – RENTAL ASSISTANCE DEMONSTRATION (RAD) PROGRAM PROJECT On or about Tuesday, December 13, 2022, the City of Pittsburgh will submit a request to the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) to release Federal funds under the federal Rental Assistance Demonstration Program (RAD) under the United States Housing Act of 1937, as amended and/ or The Consolidated and Further Continuing Appropriations Act of 2012, Public Law 112-55 and/or H-2019-09 PIH-201923 (HA) for New Pennley Place, located at 5601 Penn Avenue (Main address) and 108, 116, 124,132, 204, 210, 216, 222 North Negley Avenue, and 5611, 5616, 5620, 5621, 5630, 5631, 5640, and 5641 Broad Street in Pittsburgh, Allegheny County, Pennsylvania 15206. New Pennley Place Phase I (AMP PA-01-64) is a 102-unit existing property comprising thirty-eight (38) low income public housing units, thirty-eight (38) Project Based Rental Assistance (PBRA) units, and 26 unrestricted market rate units. The Community Builders, Inc. (TCB; the Developer and Owner of New Pennley Place Phase I) and the Housing Authority City of Pittsburgh (HACP) intend to convert all thirty-eight (38) low income public housing units to Project Based Voucher (PBV) units under the Rental Assistance Demonstration (RAD) program. Upon conversion to RAD, these 38 units will utilize Small Area Fair Market Rents. This proposed RAD conversion is part of a larger resyndication effort, which will include New Pennley Place Phase II. New Pennley Place Phase II, also owned by TCB, is an existing contiguous property, comprising thirty-four (34) units and does not include any public housing units. The combined total of the two phases equals 136 units. TCB plans to combine New Pennley Place Phases I and II under one owner entity, and the RAD conversion will occur simultaneously with a resyndication closing in order to rehab these properties. By combining these two properties, TCB and HACP hope to achieve an economy of scale in both development and construction-related costs and in operational costs on an ongoing basis enabling the two properties to leverage more debt in order to afford the much-needed improvements. In order to support the combined project HACP will also provide five (5) non-RAD PBV’s in what is currently the Phase II portion of the development. Immediately following the conversion to RAD, the units will undergo moderate rehabilitation to include, but may not be limited to: - Kitchen cabinets and countertops upgrade - Kitchen appliances repair or replacement (if not recently replaced) - Bathroom cabinets, tub/shower, toilet, hardware upgrade - Painting, flooring, lighting, plumbing fixtures upgrade - Removal of carpets - Roof repair or replacement (if not already replaced) - Furnace repair or replacement (if not recently replaced) - Water heater repair or replacement (if not recently replaced) As part of the financing, which includes equity from acquisition credits, the two properties will be sold to a new owner entity controlled by TCB. Project financing will likely include, but will not be limited to, 4% Low Income Housing Tax Credits (LIHTC), Tax Exempt Bond debt along with assumed debt including HACP Moving to Work (MTW) funds currently in the amount of $8,761,908, and Urban Redevelopment Authority (URA) funds in an estimated amount of $2,574,341 of a subordinate soft loan. A portion of the existing debt from the projects’ original financing will be forgiven. The permanent loan would most likely be a balance sheet loan from a bank, a Fannie/ Freddie loan, or a first mortgage from the Pennsylvania Housing Finance Agency. FHA or HUD insured debt is not anticipated at this time. HACP will use Moving to Work funds (MTW) for all HACP-related transactional and legal fees in the estimated amount of $100,000.00. The total cost of the project is approximately $25,559,958.00 USD. FINDING OF NO SIGNIFICANT IMPACT (2) – RENTAL ASSISTANCE DEMONSTRATION (RAD) PROGRAM PROJECT The City of Pittsburgh has determined that the project will have no significant impact on the human environment. Therefore, an Environmental Impact Statement under the National Environmental Policy Act of 1969 (NEPA) is not required. Additional project information is contained in the Environmental Review Record (ERR). The ERR will be made available to the public for review either electronically or by U.S. mail. Please submit your request by U.S. mail to City of Pittsburgh, Office of Management and Budget, 414 Grant St, City County Building Room 501, Pittsburgh, PA 15219 or by email to Whitney.Finnstrom@pittsburghpa.gov. PUBLIC COMMENTS Any individual, group, or agency may submit written comments on the ERR to: Whitney Finnstrom City of Pittsburgh, 414 Grant Street, Room 501 Pittsburgh, PA 15219 (412) 255-2211 OR Whitney.Finnstrom@pittsburghpa.gov All comments received by Thursday, December 8, 2022 will be considered by the City of Pittsburgh prior to authorizing submission of a request for release of funds. Comments should specify which Notice (Request for Release of Funds 1 or Finding of No Significant Impact 2) they are addressing. ENVIRONMENTAL CERTIFICATION The City of Pittsburgh certifies to HUD that Ed Gainey in his capacity as Mayor, City of Pittsburgh, consents to accept the jurisdiction of the Federal Courts if an action is brought to enforce responsibilities in relation to the environmental review process and that these responsibilities have been satisfied. HUD’s approval of the certification satisfies its responsibilities under NEPA and related laws and authorities and allows the Urban Redevelopment Authority of Pittsburgh and the Housing Authority of the City of Pittsburgh to use development funds. OBJECTIONS TO RELEASE OF FUNDS HUD will accept objections to its release of funds and the City of Pittsburgh certification for a period of fifteen (15) days following the anticipated submission date or its actual receipt of the request (whichever is later) only if they are on one of the following bases: (a) the certification was not executed by the Certifying Officer of the City of Pittsburgh; (b) the City of Pittsburgh has omitted a step or failed to make a decision or finding required by HUD regulations at 24 CFR part 58; (c) the grant recipient or other participants in the development process have committed funds, incurred costs or undertaken activities not authorized by 24 CFR Part 58 before approval of a release of funds by HUD; or (d) another Federal agency acting pursuant to 40 CFR Part 1504 has submitted a written finding that the project is unsatisfactory from the standpoint of environmental quality. Objections must be prepared and submitted in accordance with the required procedures (24 CFR Part 58, Sec. 58.76) and shall be addressed to the HUD Field Office of Public Housing in Pittsburgh at PittsburghPIH.ER@hud.gov regarding the Section 8 PBV funds and Moving to Work (MTW) funds, or to the HUD Field Office of Community Planning and Development in Pittsburgh at Phillip.E.McKeough@hud.gov / (412) 644-5846 regarding HUD HOME funds. Potential objectors should contact the HUD Field Office of Public Housing in Pittsburgh via email or Community Planning and Development in Pittsburgh via email or phone as given above to verify the actual last day of the objection period. Ed Gainey Mayor City of Pittsburgh CLASSIFIEDS GET RESULTS!
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THE WILKINS TOWNSHIP BOARD OF COMMISSIONERS PUBLIC HEARING The Wilkins Township Board of Commissioners shall hold a public hearing beginning at 6:30 PM on Monday, December 12, 2022 at the Municipal Building, 110 Peffer Road, Turtle Creek, PA 15145 for the purpose of hearing public comments on the proposed condemnation and demolition of the following properties: Physical Address: Lot/Block No.: 909 Stevendale Drive, Pittsburgh PA 15221 372-R-202 606 Brown Avenue, Turtle Creek, PA 15145 373-D-195 LEGAL ADVERTISING
INVITATION FOR BIDS Sealed bids for the Marion Township Sanitary Sewer Project consisting of Contracts No. 2022-S-1, 2022-S-2 and 2022-E-1 will be received at the Butler County Controllers office 124 West Diamond Street, 5th Floor, PO Box 1208, Butler, PA 16001, on or before 2:00 pm prevailing time, December 20, 2022. Bids will be opened and read aloud on December 21, 2022 at the Butler County Commissioners Meeting. All Bids must be plainly marked Bid for Marion Township Sanitary Sewer Project on the outside of the envelope. Contract Descriptions: Contract 2022-S-1 consists of the installation of 18,000 LF of low-pressure sanitary sewer line, approximately 2,500 LF of gravity sewer lines, service connections, 85 grinder pumps and all related appurtenances. Low pressure sewers will be installed using trenchless technology. Contract 2022-S-2 consists of the installation of a Recirculating Sand Filter (RSF) treatment plant and decommission of the existing lagoon treatment facilities. The proposed plant will include underground tanks, pumps, piping, gravel access, perimeter fencing, surface sand filter, chlorine contact, dechlorination, influent and effluent samplers and flow meters, and all appurtenances. Contract 2022-E-1 consists of all electrical work related to the construction of the RSF treatment plant.The project is located in Marion Township, Butler County, Pennsylvania The Issuing Office for the Bidding Documents is: The EADS Group, Inc. (Engineer), 15392 Route 322, Clarion, PA 16214; telephone number (814)764-5050. Contract Documents and Plans are to be purchased from The EADS Group, Inc. for the nonrefundable fee of $300.00 for one hard copy set or for the nonrefundable fee of $25.00 for the electronic format set of contract documents and plans. Shipping is an additional $25.00. To access the electronic format the bidder must have a valid email address and will require an internet connection. All checks shall be made payable to “The EADS Group, Inc.” Bidders must purchase the Contract Documents and Plans (in either format) from The EADS Group, Inc. to be eligible to bid this project. This project is being financed by a federally funded grant from a Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) administered by the County of Butler Economic Development and Planning Office and as such, the obligations imposed on the Owner by the financing agency(s) shall apply to and be acceptable to the successful bidder(s) and contractors assigned to the project. Davis-Bacon wage rates and other federal requirements apply and are included in the bid documents. Contractors will be required to use their best efforts to afford small businesses, minority and women’s business enterprises the maximum practicable opportunity to participate in the performance of this contract. The bidders must submit documentary evidence of Section 3 Business Concerns and Minority and Women Business Enterprises (MBE/WBE) who have been contacted and to whom commitments have been made in their bidding process. Documentation of such solicitations and commitments shall be submitted concurrently with the bid. Marion Township and Butler County are an Equal Employment Opportunity and Affirmative Action Employer (EEO/AA). Contractors and subcontractors will be required to comply with all related laws, amendments and regulations of the Federal and State governments as they relate to equal employment opportunity and affirmative action. Notice is hereby given that this is a Section 3 Project under the Housing and Urban Development Act of 1968. Regulations can be found at: https://portalapps.hud.gov/Sec3BusReg/BRegistry/BRegistryHome Notice is also hereby given that this project is regulated under Executive Order 11246 - Equal Employment Opportunity and related contract specifications apply. Regulations can be found at: www.dol.gov/agencies/ofccp/executive-order-11246 Bidders must comply with all State anti-bid-rigging regulations pertaining to work associated with this project and will be required to submit an executed non-collusion affidavit with the bid Each proposal shall be accompanied by a bidder’s bond, or certified check or cashier’s check, in favor of the County of Butler, in the amount of not less than ten percent. The Owner and the County of Butler reserves the right to reject any or all Bids, including without limitation, nonconforming, nonresponsive, unbalanced, or conditional Bids. The Owner and the County of Butler also reserves the right to waive all minor informalities not involving price, time, or changes in the Work and to award the contract as may be deemed in the best interest of the Owner. No bid may be withdrawn for a period of sixty (60) days. The contract documents contain requirements addressing prevailing labor wage rates, labor standards, nondiscrimination in hiring practices, goal for minority and female participation, MBE and WBE participation, participation by Section 3 residents and businesses and related matters. A non-mandatory pre-bid meeting will be held at the Marion Township offices 2275 West Sunbury Road, Suite B, Boyers, PA on Tuesday, December 6, 2022 at 10:00 AM. BOARD OF BUTLER COUNTY COMMISSIONERS Leslie A. Osche, Chairman Kimberly Geyer Kevin E. Boozel Attest: Lori Altman Director of Human Resources/Chief Clerk
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PORT AUTHORITY OF ALLEGHENY COUNTY D/B/A/ PITTSBURGH REGIONAL TRANSIT (PRT) Electronic Proposals will be received online at the Port Authority of Allegheny County d/b/a/ Pittsburgh Regional Transit (PRT) Ebusiness website (http://ebusiness.rideprt.org). Proposals/bid submittals will be due 11:00 AM on December 13, 2022 and will be read at 11:15 AM., the same day, at Pittsburgh Regional Transit’s Heinz location (345 Sixth Avenue, Third Floor, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania 15222-2527) as well as through your web browser via Microsoft Teams video conferencing, for the following: Electronic Proposal - Ebusiness website (http://ebusiness.rideprt.org) Bid Number
Fire Alarm System Testing and Certification Service
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To join by Microsoft Team video conference: • bit.ly/3sLWOfg To join by Microsoft Teams call-in number: • 412-927-0245 United State, Pittsburgh (Toll) • Conference ID: 220 898 412# No bidder may withdraw a submitted Proposal for a period of 75 days after the scheduled time for opening of the sealed bids. A Pre-Bid Conference will be held via tele-conference on each of the above items at 10:00 am November 29, 2022, as well as through your web browser via Microsoft Teams video conference. To join by Microsoft Team video conference: • bit.ly/3WkVjCr To join by Microsoft Teams call-in number: • 412-927-0245 United State, Pittsburgh (Toll) • Conference ID: 484 820 987# Attendance at this meeting is not mandatory, but is strongly encouraged. Questions regarding any of the above bids will not be entertained by Pittsburgh Regional Transit within five (5) business days of the scheduled bid opening. These contracts may be subject to a financial assistance contract between Port Authority of Allegheny County d/b/a/ Pittsburgh Regional Transit (PRT) and the United States Department of Transportation. The Contractor will be required to comply with all applicable Equal Employment Opportunity laws and regulations. Contractor is responsible for expenses related to acquiring a performance bond and insurance where applicable. All items are to be FOB delivered unless otherwise specified. Costs for delivery, bond, and insurance shall be included in bidder’s proposal pricing. Pittsburgh Regional Transit (PRT) hereby notifies all bidders that it will affirmatively insure that in regard to any contract entered into pursuant to this advertisement, disadvantaged business enterprise will be afforded full opportunity to submit bids in response to this invitation and will not be discriminated against on the grounds of race, color, or national origin in consideration for an award. The Board of Port Authority of Allegheny County d/b/a/ Pittsburgh Regional Transit (PRT) reserves the right to reject any or all bids. NOTICE TO PROPOSERS The Sports & Exhibition Authority of Pittsburgh and Allegheny County (SEA) will receive proposals for Design Services for East & West Lobby Renovations at the David L. Lawrence Convention Center. The contracts for this work will be with the Sports & Exhibition Authority. The Request for Proposals may be obtained after the date identified below f r o m L u c a s K i s t l e r, D i r e c t o r o f F a c i l i t y S e r v i c e s , E m a i l : email@example.com, Telephone: 412.325.6179. This Advertisement applies to the following Request for Proposal: Project: Design Services for East & West Lobby Renovations RFP Available: Tuesday, November 29, 2022 Pre-Proposal Meeting: 10:00 am, Friday, December 2, 2022 (Non-Mandatory) DLCC – East Lobby 1000 Ft Duquesne Blvd. Pittsburgh, PA 15222 Time/Date/Location for Proposals: 2:00 pm, Wednesday, December 14, 2022 DLCC – East Lobby 1000 Ft Duquesne Blvd Pittsburgh, PA 15222 firstname.lastname@example.org ADVERTISEMENT Bids are hereby solicited for the Community College of Allegheny County, 800 Allegheny Avenue, Pittsburgh PA 15233 on the following: RFP 3135 - ORGANIZATIONAL AND OPERATIONAL ASSESSMENT AND COMPENSATION PLAN ANALYSIS Due date: 2:00 P.M. Prevailing Time on Friday January 13, 2023 Any bid or proposals received after this deadline will be considered as a “late bid” and will be returned unopened to the offerer. Proposals may require Bid Bonds, Performance Bonds, Payment Bonds, and Surety as dictated by the specifications. No bidder may withdraw his bid or proposal for a period of ninety (90) days after the scheduled closing time for receipt of bids. The Board of Trustees reserves the right to reject any and all bids. The Community College of Allegheny County is an Affirmative Action/ Equal Employment Opportunity Employer and encourages bids from Minority/Disadvantaged owned businesses. For more information, contact Michael Cvetic at email@example.com.
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REQUEST FOR QUALIFICATIONS Notice is given that the County of Butler, is seeking proposals for construction phase engineering services, Project Management Engineer, and Resident Project Representative for the Marion Township (Boyers) Sewer System Project using Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) funds. Details are included in the Request for Qualifications which is available by contacting Butler County Planning Commission, 124 W. Diamond St, Po Box 1208, Butler, PA 16003. Phone: (724) 284-5303 or firstname.lastname@example.org. The Butler County Controller’s Office, 124 W. Diamond St, PO Box 1208 Butler, PA 16003 will accept sealed proposals with “RFQ for Boyers Sewer Project Management” clearly on the outside of the envelope until 2:00 p.m., on Tuesday, December 20, 2022. Opening will be at 10:00 a.m. Wednesday, December 21, 2022 at the Commissioner’s public meeting. Specifications for the proposal may be obtained from the Butler County Planning Commission Office at the above address, or by calling the office at (724) 284-5300. The County of Butler will assign a weight for MBE/WBE and Section 3 business participation for each Request for Qualifications. This weight will be included as one of the criteria for selection for each RFQ. BOARD OF BUTLER COUNTY COMMISSIONERS Leslie A. Osche, Chairman Kimberly Geyer Kevin E. Boozel Attest: Lori Altman Director of Human Resources/
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INVITATION FOR BIDS Sealed bids for the Marion Township Grinder Pump Purchase Contract 2022-P-01 will be received at the Butler County Controller’s office 124 West Diamond Street, 5th Floor, PO Box 1208, Butler, PA 16001, on or before 2:00 pm prevailing time, December 20, 2022. Bids will be opened and read aloud on December 21, 2022 at the Butler County Commissioners Meeting. All Bids must be plainly marked Bid for Marion Township Grinder Pump Purchase on the outside of the envelope. Contract Descriptions: Contract 2022-P-01 consists of the purchase of 87 grinder pump package systems and lateral packages and 5 grinder pump cores as specified in the contract documents. Equipment to be delivered to Marion Township, Butler County, PA for future installation The project is located in Marion Township, Butler County, Pennsylvania The Issuing Office for the Bidding Documents is: The EADS Group, Inc. (Engineer), 15392 Route 322, Clarion, PA 16214; telephone number (814)764-5050. Contract Documents are to be purchased from The EADS Group, Inc. for the nonrefundable fee of $25.00 for the electronic format set of contract documents. To access the electronic format the bidder must have a valid email address and will require an internet connection. All checks shall be made payable to “The EADS Group, Inc.” Bidders must purchase the Contract Documents and Plans (in either format) from The EADS Group, Inc. to be eligible to bid this project. This project is being financed by a federally funded grant from a Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) administered by the County of Butler Economic Development and Planning Office and as such, the obligations imposed on the Owner by the financing agency(s) shall apply to and be acceptable to the successful bidder(s) and contractors assigned to the project. Contractors will be required to use their best efforts to afford small businesses, minority and women’s business enterprises the maximum practicable opportunity to participate in the performance of this contract. The bidders must submit documentary evidence of Section 3 Business Concerns and Minority and Women Business Enterprises (MBE/WBE) who have been contacted and to whom commitments have been made in their bidding process. Documentation of such solicitations and commitments shall be submitted concurrently with the bid. Marion Township and Butler County are an Equal Employment Opportunity and Affirmative Action Employer (EEO/AA). Contractors and subcontractors will be required to comply with all related laws, amendments and regulations of the Federal and State governments as they relate to equal employment opportunity and affirmative action. Notice is hereby given that this is a Section 3 Project under the Housing and Urban Development Act of 1968. Regulations can be found at: https://portalapps.hud.gov/Sec3BusReg/BRegistry/BRegistryHome Notice is also hereby given that this project is regulated under Executive Order 11246 - Equal Employment Opportunity and related contract specifications apply. Regulations can be found at: www.dol.gov/agencies/ofccp/executive-order-11246 Bidders must comply with all State anti-bid-rigging regulations pertaining to work associated with this project and will be required to submit an executed non-collusion affidavit with the bid The Owner and the County of Butler reserves the right to reject any or all Bids, including without limitation, nonconforming, nonresponsive, unbalanced, or conditional Bids. The Owner and the County of Butler also reserves the right to waive all minor informalities not involving price, time, or changes in the Work and to award the contract as may be deemed in the best interest of the Owner. No bid may be withdrawn for a period of sixty (60) days. The contract documents contain requirements addressing, goal for minority and female participation, MBE and WBE participation, participation by Section 3 residents and businesses and related matters. BOARD OF BUTLER COUNTY COMMISSIONERS Leslie A. Osche, Chairman Kimberly Geyer Kevin E. Boozel Attest: Lori Altman Director of Human Resources/Chief Clerk
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REQUEST FOR QUALIFICATIONS ALLEGHENY COUNTY SANITARY AUTHORITY PUBLIC NOTICE The Allegheny County Sanitary Authority (ALCOSAN) is accepting Letters of Interest and Statements of Qualifications from Professional Companies who wish to be considered for the following: Professional Services Wet Weather Pump Station Final Design Project (S-489) Ten (10) hard copies of sealed Submittals and one electronic copy (on a USB) are required. Submittals must be received no later than 2:00 p.m. (EST) January 4, 2023, at the ALCOSAN Procurement Department office. Allegheny County Sanitary Authority 3300 Preble Avenue Pittsburgh, PA 15233 Attention: Suzanne Thomas Procurement Officer All questions shall be submitted, in writing, to Ms. Thomas at email@example.com An informational meeting will be held on-line via Microsoft Teams on December 14, 2022, at 11:00 a.m. (EST). All parties interested in attending the informational meeting shall send an email to Suzanne Thomas before COB December 13. Once the emails are compiled, ALCOSAN will email a Microsoft Teams meeting invite. This meeting is not mandatory, but all interested parties are strongly encouraged to attend. ALCOSAN intends to award the services to one team to perform all services. All submittals must be received no later than 2:00 p.m. ( EST) January 4, 2023. I t is Consultant’s responsibility to ensure the documents have been received. Late submittals will not be considered. Additional information and instructions may be obtained by visiting: https://www.alcosan.org/workwith-us/planned-and-active-bids ALCOSAN encourages businesses owned and operated by minorities, disadvantaged and women’s business enterprises to submit qualification statements or to participate as subcontractors or suppliers to the selected Consultant/Firm. The Party selected shall be required to utilize minority, disadvantaged, and women’s business enterprises to the fullest extent possible. The goals of the ALCOSAN’s Minority and Women Business Policy are listed on the ALCOSAN website at www.alcosan.org. Kimberly Kennedy, PE Director, Engineering and Construction
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PORT AUTHORITY OF ALLEGHENY COUNTY ADVERTISEMENT Separate sealed Bids for the Work as listed hereinafter will be received at the Purchasing and Materials Management Department of Port Authority of Allegheny County (Authority), Heinz 57 Center, 345 Sixth Avenue, Third Floor, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, 15222-2527 until 1:30 p.m. on Monday, December 19, 2022 (Please call David Hart at (412) 566-5415 prior to arriving at this location – all participants – IF UNVACCINATED AGAINST COVID-19 - must provide and wear a mask at all times and practice minimum social distancing of 6 feet between other individuals) and will be opened and read at 2:00 p.m. via teleconference at: (toll free phone number: 1-855-453-6957 and conference ID #4485786). Each Bidder shall be solely responsible for assuring that its Bid is both received and time stamped by a representative of the Purchasing and Materials Management Department at or before the advertised time for submission of Bids. Bidders submitting bids via FedEx, UPS, USPS or other carrier must immediately provide tracking information to the assigned contract specialist via e-mail. Upon delivery, bidder will notify the assigned contract specialist with an e-mailed receipt. Bids received, or time stamped in the Purchasing and Materials Management Department after the advertised time for the submission of Bids shall be non-responsive and therefore ineligible for Award. EAST LIBERTY AND WILKINSBURG ELECTRICAL UPGRADES CONTRACT NO. SYS-22-07 G CONTRACT NO. SYS-22-07 E The Work of this Project includes, but is not limited to, the furnishing of all electrical service upgrades and equipment upgrades for Battery Electric Bus (BEB) charging at East Liberty Garage and Wilkinsburg Park and Ride. Bid Documents will be available for public inspection and may be obtained on or after Friday, November 18, 2022, at Authority’s offices at the following address (If you are picking up bid documents, please call David Hart at (412) 566-5415 prior to arriving at this location – all participants - IF UNVACCINATED AGAINST COVID-19 - must provide and wear a mask at all times and practice minimum social distancing of 6 feet between other individuals): Port Authority of Allegheny County d/b/a Pittsburgh Regional Transit Purchasing and Materials Management Department Heinz 57 Center 345 Sixth Avenue, Third Floor Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania 15222-2527 Bid Documents are available for purchase as follows: Bid Documents are available in an electronic form on USB Storage Drive upon payment of $15 per USB drive. Payment shall be by check or money order (NO CASH), payable to “Port Authority of Allegheny County d/b/a Pittsburgh Regional Transit.” No refunds of payment will be made. Upon request, Bid Documents can be mailed upon receipt of payment in full. Should the purchaser wish to have the Bid Documents delivered via special delivery, such as UPS or Federal Express, the purchaser shall provide its appropriate account numbers for such special delivery methods. This Project is subject to financial assistance contracts between Authority and County of Allegheny, Commonwealth of Pennsylvania and the Federal Transit Administration (FTA) of the U. S. Department of Transportation (DOT). Authority, in compliance with 49 C.F.R., Part 26, as amended, 74 Pa. C.S. § 303, as may be amended, implements positive affirmative action procedures to ensure that all Disadvantaged Business Enterprises (“DBEs”) and certified Diverse Businesses (“DBs”) have the maximum opportunity to participate in the performance of contracts and subcontracts financed, in whole or in part, with federal and state funds provided for this Project. In this regard, all Bidders shall take all necessary and reasonable steps, and make good faith efforts, in accordance with 49 C.F.R., Part 26, to ensure that DBE’s, and in accordance with 74 Pa. C.S. § 300, to insure that DBs, have the maximum opportunity to compete for and perform contracts. Bidders shall also not discriminate on the basis of race, color, religion, creed, age, disability, national origin, sexual origin, gender identity or status as a parent in the award and performance of DOT-assisted contracts. It is a condition of this Contract that all Bidders shall follow the DBE and DB required procedures as set forth in the Bid Documents. If aid is required to involve DBEs and DBs in the Work, Bidders are to contact Authority’s DBE Representative, Sue Broadus at (412) 566-5257. The Bidder’s attention is directed to the following contacts for Bidder’s questions: Procedural Questions Regarding Bidding: David Hart – Authority DHart@rideprt.org (412) 566-5415 All other questions relating to the Bid Documents must be submitted by mail or email to: Port Authority of Allegheny County d/b/a Pittsburgh Regional Transit Heinz 57 Center 345 Sixth Avenue, Third Floor Pittsburgh, PA 15222-2527 Attn: David Hart email: DHart@rideprt.org In addition, the Bidder’s attention is directed to the following schedule of activities for preparation of its Bid: 9:00 am Pre-Bid Conference will be conducted via teleconference at: November 28, 2022 Toll free phone number: 1-855-453-6957 Conference ID #4485786 (Attendance is not mandatory, but strongly recommended) 9:00 a.m. Pre-Bid East Liberty Garage Site Tour November 29, 2022 Contractors to initially meet at: East Liberty Garage Guard Booth 6831 Fifth Avenue Pittsburgh, PA 15206
All participants must provide and wear class 2 safety vests and appropriate foot wear; all participants - IF UNVACCINATED AGAINST COVID-19 - must always provide and wear a mask and practice minimum social distancing of 6 feet between other individuals. (Attendance is not mandatory, but strongly recommended.)
1:30 p.m. Bids Due December 19, 2022 Purchasing and Materials Management Department Please call David Hart at (412) 566-5415 prior to arriving at the Heinz 57 location – all participants - IF UNVACCINATED AGAINST COVID-19 - must provide and wear a mask at all times and practice minimum social distancing of 6 feet between other individuals.
ACCOUNTING ASSISTANT – AFCS Pittsburgh Regional Transit is seeking an Accounting Assistant – AFCS to be responsible for maintaining all aspects of Automatic Fare Collection System billing. Essential Functions: • Responsible for distributing all of the media fare throughout Allegheny County and creating the corresponding invoices from the PeopleSoft Financials system. This includes being responsible for the fare media in the vault, maintaining and reconciling quantities on hand, as well as processing and verifying orders received. • Scheidt & Bachman (S&B) Corporate Web Portal 1. Maintains customer database. Includes initial set up for each customer, training of users, troubleshooting technology issues and keeping customers informed of any changes and/or systems alerts. 2. Reconciles PeopleSoft Financial billings with S&B web portal far product orders. 3. Assists customers with lost and malfunctioning ConnectCards, including blocking, deactivating and replacing cards with fare product and/or stored value. Job requirements include: • Associate degree in Accounting or related field from an accredited school. Equivalent experience may be substituted for education on a year-for-year basis. • Minimum of two (2) years accounting experience within the past five (5) years. • Valid driver’s license. • Demonstrated ability to use Windows, Microsoft Word and Excel. • Effective and professional communication skills. Preferred attributes: • Familiarity with account classification. • Experience using PeopleSoft Financials. • Familiarity with fare instruments and pricing.
We offer a comprehensive compensation and benefits package. Interested candidates should forward a cover letter (with salary requirements) and resume to: Glenn Huetter Employment Department 345 Sixth Avenue, 3rd Floor Pittsburgh, PA 15222-2527 GHuetter@RidePRT.org EOE
WORKERS COMPENSATION SPECIALIST Pittsburgh Regional Transit is seeking a Workers Compensation Specialist to investigate work-related injuries/disabilities by collecting and compiling information gathered from internal and external sources. Review factual evidence and prepare information necessary to determine the acceptance, denial, termination, modification or suspension of workers’ compensation benefits; provide case management from the initial filing of a claim through return to gainful employment or settlement. Essential Functions: • Investigates facts and information regarding employee work-related injuries and disabilities by interviewing employees through a telephone conversation, at the employee’s home, or in the Workers’ Compensation office; interviewing witnesses, medical providers, attorneys and others to determine nature and degree of injury and/or disability; completes required forms and investigation reports. (Such work requires operation of company vehicle and qualification on Port Authority of Allegheny County Right-of-Way.) • Reviews claim information to identify compliance conditions for acceptance, denial, termination, modification or suspension of workers’ compensation benefits; corresponds with employee to explain determination and claim status. • Provides case management services; assumes responsibility for managing the claims to closure, including determining the need for medical management, vocational rehabilitation, surveillance, etc., as needed, and tracking cases on a timely basis. Job requirements include: • Associate Degree in Business or related field from an accredited school. Related experience may be substituted for the education on a year-for-year basis. • Minimum of four (4) years of claims handling and investigative experience in either workers compensation or general liability in the last 10 years, including experience compiling and reviewing medical records. • Valid PA driver’s license. • Professional and effective communication skills. • Demonstrated ability in the use of Windows and Word. Preferred attributes: • BA/BS Degree in Business Administration, Human Resource Management or related field from an accredited school. • Interviewing skills. • Accident investigation experience. • Ability to use Excel, Access, and Claims Management Software.
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EMPLOYMENT OPPORTUNITIES GATEWAY SCHOOL DISTRICT in Monroeville, PA is accepting applications for Elementary Principal, Payroll/Benefits Coordinator, General Maintenance Worker, Staff Nurse, Custodians, Paraprofessionals, Food Service Workers and School Police. For a complete job description, and how to apply, please visit our website at www.gatewayk12.org • Human Resources/Personnel Tab • Employment Opportunities. Gateway School District is an Equal Opportunity Employer.
Missy Ramsey Employment Department 345 Sixth Avenue, 3rd Floor Pittsburgh, PA 15222-2527 MRamsey@RidePRT.org EOE
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2:00 p.m. December 19, 2022
Bid Opening will be conducted via teleconference at: Toll free phone number: 1-855-453-6957 Conference ID #4485786
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ARTICLE 2 – PRE-BID CONFERENCE A Pre-Bid Conference may be held with prospective Bidders to review the Bid Documents and generally discuss the Project. The time and place will be specified in the Advertisement. All Bidders are encouraged to submit their questions in writing to the respective individuals listed in the Advertisement prior to the time specified in the Advertisement for the Pre-Bid Conference. A response may be provided during the Pre-Bid Conference or by Addendum thereafter. ARTICLE 3 – PRE-BID TOUR If a site tour is to be conducted covering the area(s) of the Work, it will be held at the date and time indicated in the Advertisement. ARTICLE 4 – PUBLIC OPENING OF BIDS Bids will be publicly opened and announced at the advertised time and place set for such Bid opening.
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