What are you thankful for this year? Sometimes, that’s a question before dinner that can put you on the spot. But for me, it’s a no-brainer this year. It’s family. Getting married this year means my family officially grew. A lot. And it’s something I’m so thankful for.

The holidays can be hard for many, so if you’re spending it surrounded by family but know someone who might be alone, make sure you reach out if you can. Let them know you’re thankful they are in your life. Hearing that someone is thankful for you can make the biggest difference in their day.

This year, I’m also thankful for all of you. I’m creeping up on eight years of writing this column, and without you reading it every weekend, it wouldn’t be as great an experience as it has been. So thank you, and happy Thanksgiving to you and your family!

Toy donation boxes

The Greater Pittston Santa Squad and Toys for Tots boxes are at the borough building.

These boxes give you the opportunity to bring joy to a child (or children) this holiday season. By donating an unwrapped toy, you’re making holiday cheer possible for children in need.

So, when you’re out holiday shopping for your friends and family, consider buying a little extra to donate this season. And if you do, you can drop off your unwrapped toy donations in either box weekdays between 8 a.m. and 4 p.m. Council thanks you in advance for your donations.

Home rehabilitation assistance

Hughestown residents can apply for assistance from the multi-municipal limited housing rehabilitation COVID-19 program through the City of Pittston.

Eligible properties include owner-occupied single family homes, double blocks and townhouses located within the limits of the City of Pittston, boroughs of Avoca, Dupont, Duryea, Exeter, Hughestown, Laflin, Taylor, West Pittston and Wyoming, and Jenkins and Pittston townships.

To be eligible for the program, you must own and occupy the home as your primary residence and meet certain income limits. All property taxes, sewer, maintenance, garbage fees, and other municipal fees must be current. The program is designed to help people bring their properties up to code so that seniors, the disabled and those with health conditions can stay there safely.

For information, including the types of work that can be included, income limits and what forgiveness you may receive, visit the Hughestown Borough Building from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Monday to Friday. To apply for assistance, contact Cindy Ferraz at 570-654-4601 or by email at cferraz@pittstonrda.com.

Waste collection schedule

Council reminds residents to put trash and recyclables out for collection the night before. The garbage and recycling collection schedule in Hughestown is as follows:

Monday: paper and cardboard. Do not put items in plastic bags.

Tuesday: Plastic, aluminum and tin. No glass will be collected.

Sound the Alarm, Save a Life Campaign

The Hughestown Hose Company has been a proud partner with the American Red Cross for the Sound the Alarm, Save a Life Campaign for the past three years.

As a Hughestown resident, you can request an appointment for the fire department to come to your home to evaluate the need for smoke alarms. If needed, new smoke alarms will be installed by the fire department at no charge to you. The hose company encourages all residents to take advantage of this partnership and schedule an appointment today. Take this step to protect yourself, your family and your loved ones year round.

You can make an appointment by messaging the hose company on Facebook or by calling 570-654-4188 and leaving a message.

Kayleigh Kester 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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