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Metropolitan Water Reclamation District reduces 2011 tax levy by $21.5 million

Posted by Admin On February - 21 - 2012 Comments Off on Metropolitan Water Reclamation District reduces 2011 tax levy by $21.5 million
Cook County homeowners to receive tax abatement 
When Cook County taxpayers receive their second installment 2011 real estate tax bills, they will be receiving positive news from the government agency responsible for treating wastewater and providing stormwater management.
At its Feb. 16 Board of Commissioners meeting, the Metropolitan Water Reclamation District of Greater Chicago (MWRD) passed an ordinance directing the Cook County Clerk to reduce MWRD’s tax levy for 2011 by $21.5 million. Without the abatement, 2011 adjusted estimated taxes would have been $98.90 for a $100,000 home.  Instead, the adjusted estimated taxes are $94.64 for a $100,000 home.
“Taxpayers are receiving the results of decisions made by a Board of Commissioners that safeguards taxpayer money, holds the line on expenses and asks the hard questions throughout the year,” said MWRD Executive Director David St. Pierre. “Anytime a governmental body can report to its constituents that tax dollars are being handled in a fiscally-responsible manner, the entire community and region has a reason to be proud.”
MWRD is funded primarily through property taxes, which are restricted under a tax cap imposed by the Illinois General Assembly. The MWRD also recovers costs of treating effluent wastewater through a user charge imposed on certain non-residential users of the District’s system. Since 1985, the MWRD has returned nearly $375 million to taxpayers, and has maintained its triple A bond ratings from Fitch, Moody’s and Standard & Poor’s since 2006.
 Established in 1889, the MWRD (www.mwrd.org) is an award-winning, special purpose government agency responsible for wastewater treatment and stormwater management in Cook County, Illinois.

Pfleger: “Whitney Houston brought the world to church"

Posted by Admin On February - 21 - 2012 Comments Off on Pfleger: “Whitney Houston brought the world to church"


Warns: ‘Don’t judge. We all have closets’ 


By Chinta Strausberg


The acclaimed Whitney Houston “brought the world to the church,” said Saint Sabina’s Father Michael L. Pfleger who said last Saturday’s worldwide coverage of her funeral was the “best of what real church was supposed to be, authentic, real, faith and Christ centered.”

“Everybody said that the one thing you had to say about Whitney was her faith was key from her beginning to her end,” Pfleger told his members during the 11:15 a.m. worship service. “ I know people wanted to get focused on her drugs, but ain’t nobody here that don’t have a closet. Some of us got walk-in closets. Ain’t nobody here that don’t have a closet.”

Referring to the 48-year-old singer’s growing up in the public eye and always being under Hollywood’s microscope, Pfleger added, “It’s difficult to grow and mature under public scrutiny.

“Most of us have the opportunity to grow and get your scars, get your lumps and learn privately…,” said Pfleger. “I am just glad that we can center on acknowledging her faults and our faults none that are righteous, no not one. It’s difficult to grow in the public. “

Referring to Houston’s homegoing and the star-studded performers that included Dionne Warwick, who was the masters of ceremonies, Stevie Wonder, R. Kelly, Donnie McClurkin, Clive Davis who discovered Houston, the “BB’s and the CC’s,” he said referring to Bebe Winans and  CeCe Winans, Pfleger said, what he admires most about Houston was that “she was bad and she could sing, too.”

What Pfleger appreciates most about Houston but making it clear he was not condemning other singers is that “today we got to have all the smoke and screens. We got to have all the stuff going off and dancers jumping down and falling off and things happening and all that stuff.”

Referring to the Whitney Houston’s of the world, Pfleger added, “Those kinds of singers all you had to have was a good voice and they blessed you because what those folks did they sang out of their heart.

“It was not to entertain because there are a lot of great singers in entertainment, but I want somebody who can touch me on the inside to create something on the outside of me. Singers in the day, they didn’t have all of that stuff. They had a microphone that worked and sometimes it didn’t but all they could offer was a voice out of a heart and a spirit of which they sang.

“I wish we’d get back to that. That is the stuff we want to hear. That is the stuff we need in churches and even in the entertainment secular world. Give me something that comes out of your love, your spirit and your heart. I thank God for Whitney because she was a gift. She had troubles and I got troubles and you got troubles,” said Pfleger.

Pfleger said he loved her songs especially the one entitled, “I Love The Lord,” from “The Preacher’s Wife.” When Pfleger hears those words he said,  “It reminds me in the midst of my own difficulties that there is a place I can go…that there is a throne I have access to and there is a God who says come to me. My burdens are light and my yoke is easy.” He asked Saint Sabina’s choir member Theresa McCall to sing this song.

He called Houston “a gift” and said “Yes, she had trouble” and looking out over the congregation said “and so do others.”

The Rev. Jesse L. Jackson, Sr. attended the funeral and while he sat in a prominent place, he did not speak.

Chinta Strausberg is a Journalist of more than 33-years, a former political reporter and a current PCC Network talk show host. You can e-mail Strausberg at: Chintabernie@aol.com.

2012 Black Doctorates Conference to be held in Miami, Florida on June 29-30

Posted by Admin On February - 21 - 2012 Comments Off on 2012 Black Doctorates Conference to be held in Miami, Florida on June 29-30

Picture collage from previous conferences

Miami, FL (BlackNews.com) — The company that produces Black Ph.D./Ed.D Magazine will be hosting the 2012 Black Doctorates Conference this summer on June 29 – 30, 2012, in Miami, Florida. The theme this year will be “Black Doctorates: Building Our Future / What’s Next?”, and the conference will fulfill a two-fold purpose:

1. To discuss a plan of action on how to increase the number of Black doctorates.
2. To expose Black youth to Black doctorates as a motivational tool to earn a doctorate and make a difference in the lives of others.

The event will be held at two different locations on different days:

First, on Friday, June 29th, a Lapel Pin Ceremony will be held (at a local church to be announced later) with Doctorates in their full doctoral regalia. The Lapel Pins (Ph.D. and Ed.D) have a hard enamel with a clear stone (shipped in a black velvet box), and were designed by Velma Hepburn, the conference organizer.

In addition, doctorates who earned the degree between the ages of 20 – 37 will be recognized at the ceremony as a motivational factor.

Secondly, on Saturday, June 30th, at Don Shula’s Hotel in Miami Lakes, Florida, there will be two panel discussions on the conference’s theme with strategies that attendees can implement.
Send a payment of $40.00, via PayPal or via postal mail to Black Ph.D. / Ed.D. Magazine, 5235 N.W. 7th Avenue, Miami, Florida 33127. Checks or money orders should be made payable to Black Ph.D./Ed.D. Magazine.

The deadline to register is March 15, 2011

For more details, visit www.blackphdeddmagazine.com or send an email to blackdoctorates33142@yahoo.com or call 786-231-9820.

Reely Teeny Weeny film spectacular: Cinema/Chicago’s Junior Board announces Film Contest Call for Entries

Posted by Admin On February - 21 - 2012 Comments Off on Reely Teeny Weeny film spectacular: Cinema/Chicago’s Junior Board announces Film Contest Call for Entries

CHICAGO, IL – The Junior Board of Cinema/Chicago and The Chicago International Film Festival, the oldest competitive film festival in North America, last week announced the Call for Entries for The Reely Teeny Weeny Film Spectacular. This contest, in which filmmakers will create a one-minute homage to their favorite film or film scene, accepts entries through April 13, 2012. It is open to amateur and professional filmmakers.

“The Junior Board truly believes in and supports the mission of Cinema/Chicago. This event not only celebrates film and creativity, but it also celebrates the Junior Board and the hard work they put into our organization each year. We can’t wait for what is sure to be an exciting and entertaining night!” said Rebecca Fons, Education Program Manager of the Chicago International Film Festival and staff liaison to the Junior Board.

“The Junior Board is extremely excited and pleased to present the Reely Teeny Weeny Film Spectacular! By screening our winner at this year’s Junior Board event at the Festival in October, one film enthusiast, film student and/or future film extraordinaire will be able to showcase his or her work in an international setting. You never know who’s sitting in the audience…” added Hanna Soltys, Junior Board Co-President.

Approximately 15 films will be selected by the Junior Board and screened at a party on Monday, April 30 (location TBD). Tickets to the event will be $25 and will be available for purchase in April at http://www.chicagofilmfestival.com/catalog/. The audience will then vote for their favorite film, which will be shown before the Junior Board screening at the 48th Chicago International Film Festival (October 11-25, 2012). The winning film is not an official selection of the Chicago International Film Festival nor does the film’s director receive Festival benefits or accreditation. 

The complete Rules and Regulations for the Reely Teeny Weeny Film Spectacular can be found at: http://www.cinemachicago.org/about_us/jr_board.php

Formed in 1989, the Junior Board has hosted fundraising events that have become highlights of the Festival’s year-round programs. Events have included 2009’s screening and after-party for The Hangover (attended by Bradley Cooper), 2011’s Noir Night at the Fedora Lounge, and the screening and after-party for Take Me Home (attended by the film’s writer/director Sam Jaeger) at the 47th Chicago International Film Festival.

The Media Sponsor for the Reely Teeny Weeny Film Spectacular is Time Out Chicago.


Cinema/Chicago is a not-for-profit cultural and educational organization dedicated to encouraging better understanding between cultures and to making a positive contribution to the art form of the moving image. The Chicago International Film Festival is part of the year-round programs presented by Cinema/Chicago, which also include the International Screenings Program (April-September), the Hugo Television Awards (April), CineYouth Festival (May), Intercom Competition (October) and year-round Education Outreach and Member Screenings Program.  

Black History Photo Exhibit in San Francisco Area

Posted by Admin On February - 21 - 2012 Comments Off on Black History Photo Exhibit in San Francisco Area
When Hope Finds A Home: Images, Film and Conversation

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San Francisco, CA (BlackNews.com) — The Hannah Project Partnership for Academic Achievement is sponsoring: When Hope Finds a Home: Images, Film and Conversation in celebration of Black History Month in Marin City. On February 12th the Hannah Project opening festivities featured a photo exhibition of well-known photographer, David S. Johnson, best known for documentation of the San Francisco Fillmore District during the 1940s and 1950s, a vibrant center of African American jazz. Johnson also photographed such talent as Ella Fitzgerald, Duke Ellington, Billie Holiday and Nat “King” Cole.

This exciting exhibition is a behind the scenes look at Black life and culture during the infamous “Negro Removal” which permanently displaced 20,000 residents. Ongoing viewing of the exhibit can be seen at the Gateway Shopping Center, 170 Donohue Street (next to Best Buy) in Marin City. The exhibition runs now through February 29th.

The retrospective poses significant ideas about the trajectory of African Americans in San Francisco and the Bay Area region. Throughout the month of February several themes will be explored in a series of conversations and interactive discussions. Themes include Family Night events, a community song fest/open mike and karaoke, a community house party, card games, community discussions, and rebuilding a community without space. For more information about u events during Black History Month in Marin City, visit their website at http://bit.ly/hannahevents.

The Hannah Project Partnership for Academic Achievement is a community-based college and career preparatory program that equips youth and their families with the knowledge, skills, and strategies that build academic proficiency, develop character, and prepare students for school, college, and career success.

For more information on the Hannah Project, please call 415-419-1605 or visit their web site at www.hannahproject.org. To schedule an interview with team members, please contact Mikael Wagner at 415-786-0428.

Popular animated series Young Justice coming to video games for the first time with Young Justice: Legacy

Posted by Admin On February - 21 - 2012 Comments Off on Popular animated series Young Justice coming to video games for the first time with Young Justice: Legacy

Young Justice: Legacy Xbox360 PS3 WII DS more to come

Fan Favorite DC Comics Franchise/Animated Television Series From Warner Bros. Animation Set to Make Videogame Debut in a Multiplayer Action RPG


Rancho Santa Margarita, CA – Little Orbit, a worldwide game publisher, announced that it has entered into a licensing agreement with Warner Bros. Interactive Entertainment for the Young Justice: Legacy video game set to ship in early 2013 for PlayStation®3 computer entertainment system, the Xbox 360® video game and entertainment system from Microsoft, Nintendo’s Wii(TM) system, and the Nintendo DS(TM) hand held system.

New episodes of the Warner Bros. Animation series Young Justice will air beginning Saturday, March 3, at 10:30 a.m. ET/PT on Cartoon Network as part of DC Nation, the network’s brand-new one-hour block of exclusive kids’ television programming and shorts based on DC Comics characters.  In Young Justice, teenage heroes Robin, Aqualad, Kid Flash, Superboy, Miss Martian and Artemis are tasked by the Justice League to act as their covert operations team. Armed with superior skills, weaponry and powers, the team must do battle against a wide array of villains from the DC Universe while trying to prove to themselves, and to their superhero mentors, that they too have what it takes to be a hero. Their journey is further complicated when they face the many unpredictable obstacles that arise in their path from inexperience and youth.

In Young Justice: Legacy fans can look forward to an original storyline set in between Seasons 1 and 2 of the television series, written in collaboration with show writers Greg Weisman and Brandon Vietti.  The game is packed with fan favorite playable characters, cameo appearances by popular Justice League heroes and villains, and includes online multiplayer as well as local multiplayer modes.

“The TV series is a fantastic combination of compelling writing, witty humor, iconic art, and exciting action sequences. The creators have done an amazing job blending over 180 DC Comics characters into their show filtered through a new, youthful perspective,” said Matt Scott, CEO of Little Orbit. “The new video game contains a slew of cool features and a large playable cast of familiar heroes, but our core mission is to create a unique experience that fits seamlessly into the world of the show and offers a new way to interact with these popular DC Comics characters.”

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Join us: http://www.facebook.com/youngjusticelegacy

Young Justice art available here: http://www.youngjusticelegacy.com/yj_pr_2012-02_assets.zip

About Little Orbit

Little Orbit is a worldwide video game publisher formed in January 2010 with a focus on creating family friendly entertainment products. The company’s emphasis is on creating engaging, easy to play game content based on highly visible brands for all gaming platforms. Little Orbit has a unique history assisting major entertainment and product companies to leverage their brands through emerging game channels to help grow and engage consumers.

Founded by industry veterans and key development, sales and marketing personnel, Little Orbit is focused on three primary channels of distribution including traditional game retail, non-traditional retail channels, and digital download over the various platform networks.


About Warner Bros. Interactive Entertainment

Warner Bros. Interactive Entertainment, a division of Warner Bros. Home Entertainment Group, is a premier worldwide publisher, developer, licensor and distributor of entertainment content for the interactive space across all current and future platforms, including console, handheld and PC-based gaming for both internal and third party game titles.

About DC Entertainment:

DC Entertainment, home to iconic brands DC Comics (Superman, Batman, Green Lantern, Wonder Woman, The Flash), Vertigo (Sandman, Fables) and MAD, is the creative division charged with strategically integrating its content across Warner Bros. Entertainment and Time Warner.  DC Entertainment works in concert with many key Warner Bros. divisions to unleash its stories and characters across all media, including but not limited to film, television, consumer products, home entertainment and interactive games. Publishing thousands of comic books, graphic novels and magazines each year, DC Entertainment is the largest English-language publisher of comics in the world. In January 2012, DC Entertainment, in collaboration with Warner Bros. and Time Warner divisions, launched We Can Be Heroes-a giving campaign featuring the iconic Justice League super heroes-to raise awareness and funds to fight the hunger crisis in the Horn of Africa.

About Warner Bros. Animation

Warner Bros. Animation (WBA) is one of the leading producers of animation in the entertainment industry, with an innovative and talent-rich roster boasting some of the most accomplished writers, producers and artists working today. The studio is on the cutting edge of animation technology and has both CG and traditionally animated projects in current production and development. For TV, WBA produces series such as Green Lantern: The Animated Series, The Looney Tunes Show, MAD, Scooby-Doo! Mystery Incorporated, ThunderCats and Young Justice, for Cartoon Network. WBA also produces series and additional original content for Cartoon Network’s multiplatform branded DC Nation programming block, which debuts in March 2012. In addition to TV programming, WBA produces theatrically released CG cartoon shorts featuring iconic Looney Tunes characters, rendered in stereoscopic 3D. WBA also creates the highly successful series of DC Universe Original Animated Movies for DVD. Producing for multiple platforms including TV, digital and home entertainment both domestically and internationally, WBA is highly respected for its creative and technical excellence, as well as for maintaining the Studio’s rich cartoon heritage. It is also the home of the iconic animated characters from the DC Comics, Hanna-Barbera, MGM and Looney Tunes libraries. One of the most-honored animation studios in history, WBA has been honored with six Academy Awards®, 35 Emmy® Awards, the George Foster Peabody Award, an Environmental Media Award, a Parents’ Choice Award, the HUMANITAS Prize, two Prism Awards and 20 Annie Awards (honoring excellence in animation).

“PlayStation” is a registered trademark of Sony Computer Entertainment Inc.

Xbox, Xbox 360, and Xbox LIVE are either registered trademarks or trademarks of Microsoft group of companies.

Wii and Nintendo DS are trademarks of Nintendo.

YOUNG JUSTICE and all related characters and elements are trademarks of and © DC.

WB SHIELD: TM & © Warner Bros. Entertainment Inc.


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