Moving Checklist

first_imgSix weeks prior to moveContact a real estate agent in the local area. Start by looking in the Military Buyer’s Guide of this publication.Obtain quotes from moving and self-service companies and gather DIY estimates. Decide on the type of move best for your circumstances.Determine employer-covered expenses.Four weeks prior to moveCheck the preregistration procedures to enroll children in school. Get children’s transcripts, textbook list and a copy of their current school’s grading system. Ask teachers to write descriptions of each student’s achievement level, interests and any unusual courses taken.Request that copies of all family members’ medical and dental records and birth certificates be sent to your new home. Don’t forget your pets’ veterinary records.Notify the post office of your new address and obtain a change-of-address kit. Send change-of-address cards to friends, subscription services, creditors, alumni associations, the Department of Motor Vehicles and insurance companies.Begin packing seldom-used items and dispose of unwanted items through charities — get receipts for tax purposes.Contact the IRS for forms and regulations regarding tax-deductible moving expenses.Transfer or arrange for insurance to cover your home, furnishings and automobile.Three weeks prior to moveArrange to have appliances, utilities, newspapers, laundry, phone and cable television disconnected. Check on deposits. Set up connections at your new home.Make travel arrangements.Two weeks prior to moveHandle bills, stocks, investments and banking transfers.Arrange to transport pets and plants. Some states prohibit certain plants, so research before you move.Clean cupboards and plan remaining meals so you can pack what you don’t need.One week prior to moveDiscontinue delivery services such as the newspapers.Clean and sort items in the garage and attic.Clean out your safety deposit box and place all valuables and documents together. If the items can’t be replaced, carry them with you.Two days prior to moveDefrost and dry refrigerators and freezers.Arrange for cash or traveler’s checks for trip expenses and payment to the mover upon delivery.Reconcile and close checking account. Withdraw savings.Conclude any financial matters relating to the lease or sale of your home.Pack luggage. Set aside items you will need immediately upon arrival — a few dishes, pots and pans, towels, soap, bedding, light bulbs, flashlights and toilet paper.Leave a forwarding address with new tenant or neighbor.Moving dayConfirm your delivery date with your mover and provide directions to your new residence as well as primary and secondary contact numbers or email addresses.Pay close attention to the mover’s paperwork. You will need to sign it upon completion of loading and then unloading at your new residence.Supervise the movers to make sure your instructions are understood. Review any damage to your belongings noted by the moving foreman or supervisor.Double-check your residence for forgotten items before leaving.Move-in dayClear and mark paths to all rooms to help the movers place the boxes.Supervise unloading.Note any damage to your boxes or furniture.Review paperwork carefully to make sure all your belongings arrived.last_img read more

The Booker Brigade Boycott is on—sign Kaepernick, now! (Aug. 30, 2017)

first_imgMASTER SGT. MICHAEL BOOKER:10—U.S. Air Force Master Sgt. Michael Booker, a man who has served both his country and community well, not to mention corporate America, is in a perfect position to set the wheels in motion here in Pittsburgh for what is clearly sweeping the country. A nationwide boycott against all NFL football until Colin Kaepernick is given a fair and deserved opportunity to earn a living playing quarterback in the league. If you don’t know the Kaepernick story, shame on you for being the least-informed rock in the pile…Google it, man! But you need to know about Sgt. Booker. A track man out of Wilkinsburg during the glory days of the late ‘60s and ‘70s who decided to serve his country, and serve he did, up close and personal in Iraq and other conflicts. Homecoming became marriage to the lovely Charmaine, two great kids and the lifelong addiction to basketball, highlighted by his legendary role as the voice of the nationally-recognized Connie Hawkins Pro/Am Summer Basketball League (when he wasn’t playing and coaching in the little time he had available.). All that being said, not a greater Steeler fan has been born on Earth, but his love for the Black and Gold and all other parts of the NFL stops “Right Here…Right Now!” Booker is boycotting the NFL, the Steelers and you for that matter until, and I quote, “This unfair, racist, hypocritical and planned blackballing of Kaepernick comes to an end!” I, for one, am joining the brigade and here’s why. No. 1, Kaepernick is no bum. He was in Super Bowl XLVII against the Ravens. No. 2, he was exercising his first amendment right to speak or, if you will, not stand for something! No. 3, what he was protesting against was important and meaningful. No. 4, he’s better than 75 percent of the backup quarterbacks in the NFL. No. 5, he said if he signed, he would not protest again. Hey, where’s that Rooney rule when you need it? I’m just askin’!:09—OK, here we go with your Steeler report. Ya know you want it. You love it. You want more of it. No. 1, James Harrison is still the miracle man. No worries there at all. I share your same concerns. When oh when, dear football gods, will we ever have a defensive secondary that can stop the pass. If we don’t pick up Kaepernick, then Dobbs is your backup. Speed solved a multitude of problems. No. 2, don’t worry, Le’Veon Bell is coming. He watches TV. He sees James Conner running just like me and you. No. 3, you just gotta love Ryan Shazier…nuff said! Hey, they lost to a good, not great, Indy team (Aug. 26), but again, it’s only preseason.:08—The fight was OK. No surprises. Mayweather did what he do. Control the tempo of the fight, smart, in shape, pinpoint. McGregor, not used to long rounds, ran out of gas. A 40-year-old legend beat a nobody to the boxing world…it was OK. That’s all I can give ya.:07—But all you old school cats know you miss the conventional old school boxing game. Ali, Frazier, Holmes, Foreman, Moore, Sugar Ray, Hearns, Hagler, Duran. C’mon man!!!:06—I don’t care about “no stinkin” Cavaliers. And LeBron’s a bum. (The greatest bum on the planet, but a bum nonetheless. That being said, Kyrie Irving is gone and will make Boston the second-best team in the east. That remains true until they beat Cleveland in playoffs. I’m not sure Isaiah Thomas can play second fiddle to LeBron without issues. He’s a scoring guard. Should be OK. We’ll see.:05—The Pirates beat the Cincinnati Reds Sunday (Aug. 27), 5-2, which means you still have to hold on. They’re not dead yet.:04—All I can tell ya is if you weren’t at D. Law and Chandra’s house for the “Just Friends” summer get-together, you didn’t only miss the good conversation, turkey ribs and the yams, you missed the summer breeze on the deck. Man, that’s worth the ride out to…none of your business! Job well done, “House of Law!”:03—Get ready to get ready. Next week we will release the names of the finalists for this year’s Pittsburgh City League All Sports Hall of Fame Inductees. But in the meantime, know this so you don’t get left out again like you did last year. Friday, October 6, pre-reception party at the fabulous Savoy, 6 p.m. until, $5 cover benefits the H.O.F., free parking, cash bar, cash kitchen, ultimate meet-and-greet reunion, 17 states represented coming home. Saturday, Oct. 7 is the H.O.F. awards, 6 p.m. reception, 7 p.m. awards show, $50 adults, $25 youth 12 and under, street and lot parking. Dress to impress, afterparty at the Savoy, 10 p.m. until – no cover – cash bar – free parking, honoring the 1966 and 1971 Schenley City League and State Champion basketball teams, along with 25 of the greatest living legends in City League athletics history. For more information, call Achieving Greatness Inc. at 412-628-4856.:02—Look back to the fight game a minute. I got Sugar Ray Leonard top welterweight over Mayweather, Hearns, Duran and Hagler, when they were all at their best in that class. My old man puts Mayweather over everybody, but Sugar Ray Robinson. What say you? Text me at 412-628-4856.:01—Wednesday, Aug. 30! You still have time to get your ride together, go deep in your summer closet for your best black and white combo, and have you and your significant other come on down to the Old School Black and White party/Car Cruise and Show at the top social spot in town…The fabulous Savoy. B&W rolls on from 4 to 9 p.m., inside and out, rain or shine. The car show in the Savoy lot 4 to 7 p.m. Registration is $10 for car show or party admission, proceeds benefit the City League Hall of Fame awards – cash bar – cash kitchen – free patron parking – First, second, third place large trophies for best car on site. No categories – Black and White people, black and white attire. Let’s bring the peace, love and good looks! Call 412-628-4856 for info. Do it. Do it now! (Oh, by the way, free back to school bookbags for the first 50 registered cars.):00–GAME OVER. Like us at @NewPghCourier on Twitter read more

This time, the Steelers were the “Bird Catchers” in their 26-9 win over the Ravens (Oct. 4, 2017)

first_imgAUBREY BRUCECOURIER STEELERS CENTRALSame approach must continue against Jaguars, Oct. 8“Once upon a midnight dreary, while I pondered, weak and weary, over many a quaint and curious volume of forgotten lore. While I nodded, nearly napping, suddenly there came a tapping, as of someone gently rapping, rapping at my chamber door. ‘Tis some visitor,’ I muttered, ‘tapping at my chamber door; only this, and nothing more.’” (Excerpt from “The Raven” by Edgar Allan Poe)BALTIMORE—In the not so distant past, the Pittsburgh Steelers would journey to M&T Bank Stadium to face the Baltimore Ravens and more often than not the “bird catchers” from the Steel City were transformed from bird catchers into bird watchers, helplessly watching as the net that Pittsburgh set for their feathered adversary, more often than not became a method of self-entrapment for…themselves.The city of Baltimore and their football team seemed gleeful, reminding everyone that would read or listen that the Ravens had defeated the Steelers 8 out of the last 10 games before the 26-9 thrashing that the Steelers administered to the “birds from Chesapeake Bay” on October 1.“Once upon a midnight dreary, while I pondered, weak and weary, over many a quaint and curious volume of forgotten lore.”Trying to scare children with ghost stories generally only works during their preschool and pre-K years. It is difficult to give young men of today’s football industry pause by relying on the exploits of the past, especially when millions of dollars are at stake. Remember all of the hogwash? Eh, Ravens head master John Harbaugh is a better coach than the Steelers head coach, Mike Tomlin. Harbaugh was hailed by many as the “Belichick” of the AFC North. The Steelers were not disciplined enough to stay the course. The game plan of Steelers offensive coordinator Todd Haley was just too predictable for the defensively talent-laden Ravens squad. When all of the great success was experienced by the Ravens, one thing was painfully obvious; Baltimore had the “horses.” They had teams that featured players with names like: Jonathan Ogden, Ray Lewis, Michael, Oher, Ray Rice, Anquan Bolden, Ed Reed, Todd Heap and Jacoby Jones. I could go on…However, If I were the Ravens, I might be more concerned with these next few tidbits that I am about to offer up as opposed to the past nastiness of Ray Lewis and the former flashiness of former Ravens standout safety Ed Reed. According to the Steelers postgame notes, the Steelers yielded nine points to the Ravens, the ninth time in regular-season series history they held Baltimore to nine points or less. The Steelers also held Baltimore scoreless in the first half for the third time in regular-season series history.My father once said, “You can have the greatest trainers and the greatest jockey in the world but if you enter a mule in the Kentucky Derby to compete you’ll never stand in the winner’s circle at Churchill Downs.”There have been many years that the Steelers were not outcoached or outplayed, they were simply outmanned. There were many theories in regards to the failures of the Black and Gold but last Sunday the B-More Ravens brought a bunch of docile homing pigeons to a cockfight and you can guess the outcome of that competition. The Steelers must remember that the tapping that they hear on their window is not the Ravens trying to get in the house; The “dirty birds” are trying to get out.There is no time to relax for Pittsburgh because, this Sunday, Oct. 8 at Heinz Field, the Steelers are set to face the “Sacksonville Jaguars,” the name that some of the Jacksonville Jaguars’ defense have given themselves. The Jaguars are tied with the Houston Texans and the Tennessee Titans for the jumbled lead of the AFC South division.Beware of the Jags. Presently the Jaguars’ starting QB, Blake Bortles, is the best signal caller that the Pittsburgh defense has faced to date. Let’s hope that this is not another trap game for Antonio “I need the ball” Brown. Remember “Da Bears” game? Brown lead the Steelers in catches and receiving yards but Pittsburgh lost.Remember, Antonio; team first…me second. Like us at @NewPghCourier on Twitter read more

It’s back! …Courier’s ‘Men of Excellence’ Awards 2017 (Nominate a ‘Man of Excellence’ now!)

first_imgEditor’s Note: If you cannot read the questions and other information on the nomination form above, please refer to the information below, and E-mail the information and answers to —- —- For questions concerning the 2017 Men of Excellence Awards, call managing editor Rob Taylor Jr. at 412-481-8302, ext. 135.Nominee’s InformationNAMEAGETITLE/POSITIONSCOMPANY/AFFILIATIONYEARS IN INDUSTRYADDRESSCITY/STATE/ZIPPHONE NUMBERE-MAILQuestionsDescribe specific accomplishments that demonstrate nominee’s excellence? For those doing the nominating, please provide your contact information belowNAMETITLEFIRM/ORGANIZATIONADDRESSCITY/STATE/ZIPPHONE EMAIL Email the above information and answers to Click on image to fill out nomination form. How has the nominee mentored others?center_img Andy Williams famously sang, “It’s the most wonderful time of the year…”Little did people know that he was referring to the New Pittsburgh Courier’s “Men of Excellence” Awards…For nearly a decade, the Courier has bestowed honors upon local African American men who have exemplified extraordinary strength and commitment to their profession and to the community. They are fathers, leaders, executives, business professionals, educators, etc., and they belong to an exclusive society—A New Pittsburgh Courier Man of Excellence.FILL OUT FORM ONLINE AT: this Dec. 13 at the Fairmont Hotel, Downtown, the time will be right to induct another group of Pittsburgh-area men into this exclusive classification.Emmy Award winner Emmai Alaquiva. Curator/activist Paradise Gray. EQT supplier diversity manager Lance Hyde. Former Steelers star-turned business owner J.T. Thomas. Strong Cleaners owner Eric Strong. Classic Events! Executive director Ralph P. Watson.They’re just some of the men who have been named New Pittsburgh Courier “Men of Excellence.”“I am still honored and humbled as one of the personal/professional accolades of my career, receiving the 2014 New Pittsburgh Courier Men of Excellence recognition,” Watson told the Courier. “While it is always a great experience to be recognized, I remember leaving the event feeling empowered to continue the plight of civic engagement and inclusion for the underserved.”Thus, the nomination process has officially begun. To make a nomination, please adhere to the following guidelines: Nominees must be a male at least 21 years old who resides in the Greater Pittsburgh area; nominees must be active in his career or profession; selections will be made by the New Pittsburgh Courier Men of Excellence Selection Committee based on local African American business executive or entrepreneur, proven success in career/profession, positive role model, and demonstrative community service.Questions to be completed by those nominating include: Describe specific accomplishments that demonstrate nominee’s excellence; describe nominee’s community service activity/organizational involvement; and how the nominee has mentored others. Those nominating should include nominee’s name, age, profession, years in industry, along with nominee’s address, phone number and E-mail. Those nominating should provide their own contact information, as well. Photos of the nominee are not needed during the nomination process.FILL OUT FORM ONLINE AT: can also be sent via E-mail to or via U.S. mail, “Men of Excellence,” 315 E. Carson St., Pittsburgh, PA 15219. Deadline for nominations is Monday, Nov. 6, at 4 p.m. Describe nominee’s community service activity/organizational involvement?last_img read more

UEFA Euro 2020 qualifying groups

first_img 02/12/2018 GRUPO I Upd. at 17:07 GRUPO H GRUPO C GRUPO F Switzerland Denmark Ireland Georgia Gibraltar GRUPO G GRUPO B GRUPO H Croatia Wales Slovakia Hungary Azerbaijan IN SPORT.ES UEFA did a draw on Sunday in Dublin to ascertain the qualifying groups for Euro 2020: Belgium Russia Scotland Cyprus Kazakhstan San Marino GRUPO E CET GRUPO A Spain Sweden Norway Romania Faroe Islands Malta England Czech Republic Bulgaria Montenegro Kosovo Poland Austria Israel Slovenia Macedonia Latvia France Iceland Turkey Albania Moldovia Andorra RELATED STORIES Spain’s UEFA Euro 2020 qualifying group draw Portugal Ukraine Serbia Lithuania Luxembourg Holland Germany Northern Ireland Estonia Belarus Italy Bosnia and Herzegovina Finalnd Greece Armenia Liechtenstein GRUPO D Los grupos de la fase de clasificación de la Eurocopa 2020last_img read more

Grant to help fund gang enforcement

first_imgPALMDALE – A $500,000 state grant will pay for expanding anti-gang law-enforcement efforts and mentoring programs aimed at keeping youngsters out of gangs in the Antelope Valley. A continuation of annual grants received for several years by Lancaster, the state Office of Emergency Services funding this year will be used around the Antelope Valley for anti-gang police sweeps as well as for education and gang-prevention programs, officials said. “It enables us to do some proactive things we may not (otherwise) be able to do, to go after a particular gang or look for people on warrants,” said Capt. Carl Deeley, the Lancaster sheriff’s station commander. More than 60 street gangs have been identified as active in the Antelope Valley and some 3,500 ex-convicts are on parole in the Antelope Valley. sheriff’s officials said. AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREGift Box shows no rust in San Antonio Stakes win at Santa Anita Many of the parolees are gang members who continuously recruit youngsters to join gangs, officials said. Every year, more than 400 high school students are identified as belonging to local gangs, sheriff’s officials said. The Gang Violence Suppression grant money will be shared, as have past grants, among the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department, the Los Angeles County District Attorney’s Office and Probation Department, the Antelope Valley Union High School District, and the private youth counseling service United Community Action Network. The Sheriff’s Department will get nearly $188,000, of which the majority will go to pay gang-detail detectives and other deputies’ overtime for working special anti-gang operations, and the District Attorney’s Office will get $165,000 for a local prosecutor to concentrate on hard-core gang cases. The Probation Department will get $68,000, and the high school district and UCAN $64,500. The high school’s money will be used to expand a mentoring program called Project LINK at local high schools. Los Angeles County supervisors are scheduled to vote Tuesday on accepting the grant. “The supervisor has made gang suppression one of his top priorities,” said Tony Bell, an aide to Supervisor Michael D. Antonovich, whose district includes the Antelope Valley. Charles F. Bostwick, (661) 267-5742 chuck.bostwick@dailynews.com160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!last_img read more