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Pittston City mails

2019-20 trash bills

Pittston City will mail 2019-20 trash bills April 15. Payment is due May 31, 30 days after the issue date. The orange and white stickers can be used through May 31. New pink and white stickers must be used as of June 3.

Bring or mail the bill when making payment.

Residents who do not receive a bill in the mail are responsible to notify the treasurer’s office at 570-654-1090. Bills are sent to the homeowner/landlords. If a tenant is responsible for the payment, landlords must give the bill to their tenant so they can bring or mail the bill when payment is made.

Cost is $150 for 60 stickers. After the initial $150 fee is paid, residents may purchase extra stickers at a cost of $2.50 each. Additional packs of 60 stickers also are available for $150. A $50 late fee will be added after June 3.

If mailing payment, include $5 postage and handling payable to Pittston City and mailed to Tax Office, 35 Broad St., Pittston, PA 18640. If the stickers are to be sent to an address other than the mailing address, specify to whom and where stickers should be mailed. Otherwise, they will be sent to the name and address on the check.

St. John the Evangelist,

St. Joseph Marello list Holy Week schedules

St. John the Evangelist and St. Joseph Marello Parish announce their Holy Week schedules:

Morning prayer is at 8 a.m. daily at St. Joseph Marello Church.

Deanery Penance Service is at 7 p.m. Monday, April 15, at St. John the Evangelist.

Holy Thursday, April 18. Mass is at 7 p.m. at both churches. Adoration in each church continues after Mass until night prayer at 10 p.m.

Good Friday, April 19, morning prayer is at 8 a.m. at St. Joseph Marello. Commemoration of the Passion of the Lord is at 2 p.m. at St. Joseph Marello and at 3 p.m. at St. John the Evangelist. 

Holy Saturday, April 20, morning prayer is at 8 a.m. at St. Joseph Marello Church. Blessing of Easter food baskets is at noon at St. Joseph Marello Hall and at 3 p.m. at St. John the Evangelist Hall. Easter vigil is at 8 p.m. in both churches.

Easter Sunday, Masses are at 8 and 10:30 a.m. at St. Joseph Marello and at 9 and 11:30 a.m. at St. John the Evangelist.

For information, call the church at 570-654-0053.

City plans egg hunt

Pittston City’s Easter egg hunt will be held at 1 p.m. Saturday, April 13, at Jefferson Park, New Street, Pittston. All Pittston City children up to age 12 are welcome. The hunt is sponsored by Pittston City Fire Department, Pittston City Police Department, Greater Pittston Regional Ambulance and Chris Latona.

PA Class of ’69 plans

golden class reunion

Dr. John J. Jerrytone, president, and the officers and executive committee of the Pittston Area High School Class of 1969 invite class members, their families and friends to celebrate the golden class reunion at 6 p.m. Saturday, May 25, at Fox Hill Country Club, Exeter.

Sweet Pepper and the Long Hots will provide music for dancing. Dinner will include a champagne welcome followed by Caesar salad and a choice of one of the following: chicken piccata sauteed in white wine, fresh lemons and caper butter; Haddock ala Duke, which is panko crusted with lemon and herbs in a lemon wine sauce; or an 8 oz. char broiled filet mignon with mushroom caps and bordelaise sauce. All dinners include whipped potatoes and green beans almondine. Strawberry shortcake and ice cream is for dessert.

Reservations are being accepted through April 30. Cost is $55 per person. Checks should be made out to cash with notations of “C” for chicken, “B” for beef or “F” for fish at the bottom left corner. Mail checks to Dr. John Jerrytone, 3120 SW 58th Place, Fort Lauderdale, FL 33312.

St. Michael’s holding

Lenten food sales

St. Michael’s Byzantine Catholic Church, 205 N. Main St., Pittston, is holding Lenten food sales from 4 to 6:30 p.m. Fridays during Lent. Pre-order food items by calling 570-905-7387. Items can be picked up at the back of church. The sale will include Old Forge style pizza, baked or unbaked; halushki, fish sandwich with coleslaw, tuna hoagie with lettuce and tomato, pirohi and homemade soup. Call for the type of soup being offered each week.

Proceeds benefit the church.

Art e Fekts Gallery

offers classes

Art e Fekts Gallery is offering art activity classes for young people Saturdays in April. Taught by local art teacher Kathie Di Maggio, these classes offer area kids an opportunity to produce artistic creations.

“Chocolate Milk, Treats and Burlap Easter Bunny” will be held Saturday, April 13; “Make Your Own Notebook,” Saturday, April 20, and “Mom and Me Beautiful Beaded Garden Wind Chime,” April 27. Pre-registration is required. Registration information can be found on the gallery website,, or on the gallery’s Facebook page, Art e Fekts Gallery.

The Art e Fekts Gallery, a non-profit artists’ cooperative founded in 2018, is open noon to 7 p.m. Thursdays, 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. Fridays, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturdays and noon to 4 p.m. Sundays. For information, visit, contact Mary Kroptavich, director, at 570-299-5954 or follow the gallery on Facebook.

Pittston Memorial Library lists events

Pittston Memorial Library will host its Furry Tails Reading Program from 10 to 11:30 a.m. Saturday, April 13. Call the library to register.

Pittston Memorial Library announces Tiebrary at the Library. Tiebrary is a new initiative sponsored by the Tom and Dianne Tigue literacy program. The mission of Tiebrary is to make available ties for those in the community who may need them for job interviews and special occasions. The ties are checked out just like a book. A large variety of ties have been donated. The ties come complete with illustrated instructions on how to tie a standard knot.

The library is selling Grammar Pencils which feature common grammar mistakes. Pencils cost $5 for a pack of five.

The library will hold its annual Jean Yates Dinner at 6 p.m. Saturday, April 13, at Fox Hill Country Club. This year the honoree is Howard Grossman. The community award will go to Ken and Amanda Wrazien.

A Red Cross blood drive will be held in the John P. Cosgrove Center at the library from 1 to 6 p.m. Thursday, April 18. Register online at the Red Cross page, or by calling 1-800-RED CROSS (1-800-733-2767). If registering online, go to the website, click on “Find a Blood Drive” under the tab “Give Blood”.

The library will host a spring book sale in the Cosgrove Center from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Friday, April 26, and Saturday, April 27. New and used books, DVDs and CDs will be available.

Sons of Italy plan annual pasta dinner

The Sons of Italy Gloria Lodge 815 of Old Forge will hold its annual penne pasta dinner from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Sunday, April 28, at the bocce courts of Arcaro and Genell’s on Main Street in Old Forge. The dinner is takeouts only with drive through pickup available. Dinners are $10 and include penne pasta, meatballs, salad, roll and dessert. For tickets, call 570-498-0178. Walk-ins are welcome. In addition to the dinner, sauce can be ordered for $6 per quart and meatballs are $6 per pint. This event benefits the group’s scholarship program.

Pittston U.M. Church plans theater trip

United Methodist Church of Pittston will sponsor a bus trip to Hunterdon Hills Playhouse on Wednesday, May 15, to see “Over the River and Through the Woods.” Bruce Weitz, who portrayed Sgt. Mick Belker on “Hill Street Blues,” leads the cast of this comedy classic. Price of the trip is $110 and includes bus, show, lunch and driver tip. Lunch includes choice of entree, a mixed garden salad plus dessert buffet. For additional information or to make a reservation, call 654-3755 or 655-2189. The trip is sponsored by the Women’s Group of the church.

Kaufer’s office offers assistance programs

State Rep. Aaron Kaufer (R-Luzerne) reminds residents that his office offers assistance events to veterans, persons with disabilities and small business owners each month.

From 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. the third Thursday of each month, Brian Stolarski, department service officer with the American Legion, is at Kaufer’s office to assist veterans, their spouses and their dependents with a range of issues including compensation, pensions, death benefits, education and health care, as well as many other veteran-related issues.

The fourth Wednesday of each month from 2 to 5 p.m., Bob Fox, from the Center for Independent Living (CIL), will be available for the Disability Advocacy Program to assist persons with disabilities, 18 and over. Fox can assist with skills training, information and referral to additional services, peer counseling, home modifications, attendant care and community integration, and deaf and autism services.

The second Thursday of each month, a counselor from the Wilkes University Small Business Development Center (SBDC) is available during Small Business Development Center Outreach to help existing business owners grow their business, explore new markets, plan strategically and operate with confidence. The outreach event is held from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Appointments for events must be made in advance by calling Kaufer’s office at 570-283-1001.

Kaufer also provides services to residents at three area satellite offices. Due to Good Friday, the dates of the Exeter Twp. and Exeter Borough satellite hours have been changed to the fourth Friday for April. Hours are: Exeter Twp., 2305 State Route 92, 9 to 11 a.m. Friday, April 26. Exeter Borough, 1101 Wyoming Ave., from noon to 2 p.m. Friday, April 26. Also, office hours are held in Kingston Twp., 180 East Center St., the second Friday of each month from 9 a.m. to noon.

For information, contact Kaufer’s district office in Luzerne located at 161 Main St., by calling 570-283-1001. Information can also be found online at or

Yatesville announces tax payment change

Due to the death of Yatesville Tax Collector Helen “Elaine” Centi, borough residents wishing to make payments in person must do so at the borough building, 33 Pittston Ave., from 9 a.m. to noon Monday through Thursday. For information, call 570-654-2455.