Stewartsville student attends Misericordia University Career Exploration Camp

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Misericordia University hosted high school students for the Communications and Media Career Exploration Camp in June. Participating in the annual camp, are Emily Silvi, Moscow, Pa., and Sarah Dunne, Nazareth, Pa.; Monica McManus, Binghamton, N.Y.; Jonathan Adams, Dallas, Pa.; Noah McClain, Gambrills, Md., and Rylee Longenbach, Allentown, Pa.; Dan Kimbrough, assistant professor; Melissa Sgroi, Ed.D., chair, Department of Communications; Lindsey Foster, Gambrills, Md.; Nick Cenci, Stewartsville; Matt Gromala, Pittston Twp., camp ambassador; Taryn Talacka, Dallas, camp ambassador; Mike Gombita, Equinunk, Pa., and Samantha Meyers, Northvale.

Pittston police pension fund distressed

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The state auditor general found Pittston owes nearly $300,000 toward its mandatory police pension payment for 2014 and declared the fund distressed. “Pittston’s pension obligation has grown by 81 percent since 2009,” Auditor General Eugene DePasquale said in a statement Wednesday.

Pittston police pension fund distressed

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The state auditor general found the City of Pittston owes nearly $300,000 toward its mandatory police pension payment for 2014 and declared the fund distressed. “Pittston’s pension obligation has grown by 81 percent since 2009,” auditor general Eugene DePasquale said in a statement Wednesday.

Pittston Area employee claims discrimination in suit

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A Pittston Area School District employee has filed a federal lawsuit alleging she was targeted for demotion in an attempt to cut costs because she is a woman. The lawsuit, filed by Philadelphia-based attorney Sidney L. Gold, says Carol Bauman has worked in the cafeteria since 1993 and that she was demoted from being a supervisor in September 2012, making her ineligible for post-retirement benefits.

LCCC

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The Luzerne County Community College Diversity Council and social science/history department recently hosted a guest speaker on the subject of childhood literacy. Anne Hogya, director of the Pittston Memorial Library, held an interactive presentation discussing how adults who are reluctant readers can learn to effectively read to their children, and how adults can use language activities to promote childhood language and literary development.

Luzerne County police seek robber with deer hoodie

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A robbery suspect struggles with a clerk in the Turkey Hill at Rutter Avenue and Bennet Street in Kingston early Monday. Police say the man – wearing a purple bandana over his face – robbed the Turkey Hill store at Rutter Avenue and East Bennett Street in Kingston just after midnight and then later held up Joe’s Kwik Mart in Pittston Twp.

Luzerne County restaurant inspections: June 22-26

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According to the agency: “any inspection is a ‘snapshot’ of the day and time of the inspection. An inspection conducted on any given day may not be representative of the overall, long-term cleanliness of an establishment.

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COURTESY OF BILL BARR State police at Hazleton said Gerald L. Sweitzer, 57, of Weatherly, and Keith R. Frick, 38, of Pittston, were killed during a one-vehicle crash in Foster Township on Saturday night. State police at Hazleton identified the driver as Gerald L. Sweitzer, 57, of Weatherly, and his passenger as Keith R. Frick, 38, of Pittston.

Weather, traffic hurt attendance totals for annual Northeast Fair

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Susanne Brenner of Pittston and Conrad Chapple of West Pittston. The 49th annual Northeast Fair was held during the last weekend in June near Pittston.

Former deputy sheriff sues Lackawanna County, co-worker

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A former Lackawanna County deputy sheriff claims a co-worker illegally seized the man’s gun and forced him to strip in front of his neighbors, according to a federal lawsuit. Thomas W. Davies says Sgt.

Antonacci-Shewczyk

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Mr. and Mrs. Joseph Antonacci of Dupont announce the engagement of their daughter, Alexandria Antonacci, to Nicholas Shewczyk, son of the Rev. David and Sharon Shewczyk of Wilkes-Barre.

Pepperling-Feldmann

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The bride-to-be is the daughter of Thomas Pepperling, Pittston and Renita Fennick, Kingston. She is the granddaughter of the late Elmer and Ruth Pepperling and Adolph and Theresa Fennick.

Arson suspect withdraws guilty plea

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A West Pittston man accused of helping a friend torch a house after being ejected from a party has withdrawn a guilty plea on arson charges and will face trial in September. Wayne Tilley Jr., 34, previously pleaded guilty to arson and reckless burning, but on Friday was allowed to withdraw his plea.

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CHRISTOPHER DOLAN / STAFF PHOTOGRAPHER IN PITTSTON: John Dawe of Kingston, left, listens as NEPA Rainbow Alliance treasurer Paul Strunk of Scranton speaks to members of the media during Friday’s celebration at the Tomato Bar. Joseph Bartoletti of West Pittston, left, chats with Corey Farley of Wilkes-Barre, center, and Kevin Edwards of Madison Twp.

Kung Fu Drummer Adrian Tramontano Sits-In With PTF

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Phish/Pink Floyd/Talking Heads tribute act Pink Talking Fish brought their tour to The Northeast Fair in Pittston, Pennsylvania for a two-set headlining show last night. Making for a special evening of cover tunes, Kung Fu drummer Adrian Tramontano joined the tribute band for their entire performance.

Bill suggests slots at W-B/Scranton airport

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Passengers at the Wilkes-Barre/Scranton International Airport could someday play slots while waiting for flights if a newly introduced House bill becomes law. The measure, sponsored by Rep. Nick Kotik, D-45, Coraopolis, would authorize slots at the six international airports in Pennsylvania, including Wilkes-Barre/Scranton International Airport in Pittston Twp.

Limo Service Faces Fines, Sanctions

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One of our area’s largest limousine companies is in trouble. State regulators are taking steps to pull Nasser Limousine’s license, and hit the business in Moosic with record fines.

Pittston Area National Honor Society students conduct clothing drive for Kids Clothes Closet

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Pittston Area National Honor Society students recently conducted a clothing drive at Nativity Of Our Lord Parish in Duryea to benefit the Greater Pittston Kids Clothes Closet. The Closet is part of the Care and Concern Ministry of St. John the Evangelist Parish in the former Seton Catholic High School in Pittston and is open to families in the Greater Pittston area who are in need of children’s clothing from size newborn to ages 14 through 16. From left, are David Tigue, Nativity of our Lord Parish; Brandon Winn, Michael Gutowski , Matthew Klein and Rev.

Pittston Area High School Class of 1975 holding 40th anniversary class reunion on Aug. 29

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The Pittston Area Class of 1975 will hold its 40th anniversary class reunion from 7 to 11 p.m. on Saturday, Aug. 29 at St. Joseph Marello Parish Hall, 237 William St., Pittston. Cost will be $35 per person, $70 per couple, and RSVP’s can be made to Mary Lou Forshee at paclassof75@yahoo.com.

Court notes 6/25/15

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Michael James Abates and Pauline Marie Abate and Abate Family Trust to William Bovian and Patice Bovian for $76,000; Pittston. Jeffrey J. Triola and Heather M. Triola and Heather M. Turnbaugh to David Rosengrant and Jenny Rosengrant for $152,000; Plains Township.

Wyoming Area School Board approves $33.6M budget

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The Wyoming Area School Board approved a $33.6 million budget that increases taxes on Luzerne County properties by 2.3 percent and on Wyoming County properties by 5.1 percent. The amounts of the tax increases differ because of an equalization process used when a school district includes municipalities from different counties with different assessment systems and values.

Tax defaulters lose bid to buy Luzerne County back-tax properties

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Three prospective buyers of Luzerne County tax-delinquent properties owe back taxes themselves, prompting county council to reject their purchase offers. Such purchases would be prohibited by state law, and county tax-claim operator Northeast Revenue Service LLC conducts fresh searches to ensure there are no tax-delinquent buyers before it turns over deeds, the company’s head, John Rodgers, has said.

In Focus: Brawny Buffo clowns around as Northeast Fair debuts

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Mackenzie Sheatler, 11 of Hamlin, meets Buffo the World’s Strongest Clown on Tuesday at the Northeast Fair in Pittston Township. Looking on is Mackenzie’s mom, Jessica.

Police: Exeter man threatened to blow up house, fought with cops

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An Exeter man barricaded himself in his basement and threatened to cut the gas line to blow up the residence when police moved in on him, according to police. Exeter police were dispatched to 508 Laurel Court around 4 a.m. Monday for a report of a physical domestic, arrest papers said.

Namedropper, Nov. 23, 2015

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Committee members gather at a planning session for Scranton’s Technical and Central high schools classes of 1973 60th Birthday Bash, scheduled Saturday, July 11, from 11:30 a.m. to 7:30 p.m. at the Waldorf Tiki Bar on East Mountain. Seated in front, from left: Joanne Scacchitti Eutizi and Kay Lamm Calvey.