K-9 Jax is joining the Hughestown Police Department and a T-shirt sale and touch-a-truck and skating events are planned to help with the cost of his purchase and training.

Hughestown Borough Police Department recently invested in a new police K-9 named Jax and they’re asking for donations from businesses and community members in Hughestown to help offset the cost of the purchase and training program.

An estimated total cost to obtain a dog, receive specialized training and outfit a police cruiser to transport the K-9 on patrol is $25,000 to $30,000, but these K-9s play an integral part in keeping the community safe by specializing in the apprehension of suspects, detecting illegal narcotics and explosives, and searching and rescuing endangered persons.

There are a number of ways to support the local police department and Jax:

Send checks payable to Hughestown Borough Police Department with “K-9 JAX” in the memo and mail to Hughestown Borough, 42 Center St., Hughestown, PA 18640.

Attend a Skate with a K-9 event at The Skateaway in Wilkes-Barre from 6 to 9 p.m. Thursday, Aug. 5. More information will be announced.

Buy shirts or sweatshirts online at https://embroideryfactory.net/hughestownk9/shop/home.

Attend the Hughestown Borough Touch-A-Truck event on Sunday, July 18. This event will be held in Robert Yaple Park from noon to 4 p.m. This family-friendly event offers an up close and personal opportunity to explore all different vehicles that are usually seen but are not usually able to be touched. There will be all types of vehicles on display as well as raffles, a dunk tank, food trucks and more.

Council news

Construction work is still being done on Stauffer Heights. Paving will take place once all ramps are completed.

Council reminds residents that building permits are needed for work done to homes. Permit forms can be obtained in the borough office from 9 a.m. until 1 p.m. Monday through Friday. You can also call Jeff Pisanchyn at 570-237-6686 for information.

If you’re interested in renting the Centennial Pavilion, contact the borough office for information at 570-654-2061.

Pool water regulations

Property owners should be mindful that pool water is not allowed to be aimed at streets or roadways, where it will ultimately end up in streams and rivers and harm aquatic life.

Instead of directing pool or hot tub water onto roadways, release it onto grassy areas of your property. Guidelines from the Wyoming Valley Sanitary Authority are available at the borough building.

NAT schedule

The NAT sweep that was to be held on July 8 will be held Thursday, July 22. Streets included are Drake Street, Kenley Street and Renfer Street.

The Neighborhood Action Team will continue to perform sweeps to improve the neighborhoods and quality of life and remind residents of their obligation to maintain their properties in a safe manner that is compliant with existing borough codes.

Any property owners who receive notices from the NAT are required to contact code enforcement within 24 hours of receiving the notice. Anyone with a code-deficient property should call code enforcement at 570-654-4188.

Waste collection

Newspaper, magazines and cardboard are collected Monday and should be put out in paper bags, not plastic bags. Tuesday is cans and plastic collection, and Wednesday is yard waste in an open container. Branches must be bundled and be no larger than 3 feet long and 3 inches in diameter. No logs will be accepted. Trash, styrofoam and glass are not allowed. No shredded paper or plastic bags should be included. Boxes for recycling must be broken down and newspapers go in a brown bag or a bin. Recyclables must be clean and rinsed and empty of leftover food. There is a 30-pound limit on all bins. Place items out the night before pickup.

J.P. Mascaro’s pickup day for regular garbage is Monday. Households are allowed two containers. One bulk sticker per month is allowed. Stickers are available at the borough office. Mattresses must be encased in plastic.


Council sends condolences to the family of Mary Petro for their loss.

Kayleigh DeMace writes about Hughestown every week. To list an item, email kdemace@pittstonprogress.com or call 570-821-2004 by 5 p.m. Monday.

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