Month: February 2013

Feb. 2013 – Letter from our Editor

020113GTP is pleased to put the focus on Black History Month with a very special, poignant visit with Dr. Gilbert Mason, Jr. who journey’s back in time during the turbulent 50’s and 60’s.

We honor the many accomplishments of Sam Bailey, who is the Public Transportation Director for the Biloxi School System. This Mover and Shaker keeps the buses running in tip top form and keeps your kids safe in their travels to and from school.
Our dear friend, JoAn Niceley of Pink Hearts Fund is at it again with a spectacular “Evening In Pink” on February 23. Read all about it here and do all you can to support her wonderful, generous wig program for cancer patients. You can make a real difference!
Who doesn’t love pizza? Well, how bout a pizza that is as big as a card table! Tastebuds takes you to Toarmina’s Pizza for an Italian feast fit for a king!
The battle for NFL supremacy will be fought this month. The Coast has a very special young man to cheer for during the Superbowl who plays for the San Francisco 49ers. Please be sure to give it up for our own Tramaine Brock, # 26! Tramaine was born in Gulfport and went to High School in Long Beach!
And the next time you are at Barnes and Nobles or Books-A-Million, or checking out Amazon online, be sure to get a copy of “Raiders! The Story of the Greatest Fan Film Ever Made.” It is the hugely entertaining, true story of two Ocean Springs boys (Eric Zala and Chris Strompolos) and their lifelong friendship. During adolescence they remake Raiders of the Lost Ark – every shot, every line of dialog and every stunt. This little home made movie takes on a life of it’s own and has been delighting audiences all over the world. Steven Spielberg has called it “The best piece of flattery George Lucas and I have ever received,” and soon “Raiders” will be made into a major motion picture!
Have a happy Mardi Gras everyone!

Nancy Marchbanks
Executive Editor

Remembering the Struggles and Looking Back With Dr. Gilbert Mason, Jr.

The people of the State of Mississippi have long been known for their tenacity, strength and fortitude. In honor of Black History Month, we look back on some of the struggles that were hard fought and hard won by the African American people of Mississippi. (more…)

Biloxi Public School System’s Transportation Director, Sam Baily

transWe see them go by every day and think nothing of it. The big yellow buses that transport our kids to and from school, sporting events, and field trips. They are everywhere, in every city of our nation and they are responsible for keeping our children safe and sound as they travel from place to place. But if it weren’t for a very dedicated team of professionals, who maintain these huge vehicles, day in and day out…our children’s safety would be at risk. The city of Biloxi boasts an exemplary record for the past 6 years of being recognized for achieving the highest standards in automotive excellence. It is called the “Blue Seal of Excellence Recognition” and it is the only school district in the entire state of Mississippi to earn this distinction. (more…)

7th Annual D’Iberville BBQ Throwdown & Festival

the-mantuary-smoked-spare-ribsCalling all lovers of barbeque and fun! The 7th Annual D’Iberville BBQ Throwdown & Festival will be held February 23rd at the D’Iberville Town Green from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Whether your personal preference is dry rubbed or sassy and saucy, this ‘Free to the Public’ event will feature ribs, brisket and chicken that promise to be some of the best in the country. (more…)

An Evening in Pink with the Pink Hearts Fund

logo For those who have cancer, there is a place to turn where the vision and love of one woman and her friends has made the scary journey a little more bearable. JoAn Niceley, owner of JoAn’s Hair Studio in Long Beach, has been a cancer survivor for years. It is her self-proclaimed mission in life to make those going through cancer find their inner beauty and strength by providing them with something we all too often take for granted; hair. In case after case, JoAn finds that a simple wig can make a huge difference to an adult or child who is battling the greatest fight of their life. (more…)