Pittston City is establishing the Monthly Matters program. Monthly Matters is a commitment on the part of the city administration to dedicate one full work day per month of facilities, staff and volunteers to a selected community volunteer project, such as cleaning up a cemetery or aiding a senior citizen or disabled individual with basic outdoor maintenance.

The projects will be selected by a committee and submitted by application. The application will be available online and in the treasurer’s office in city hall starting in July.

More information on this project will be coming soon.

Coming this summer

Blend Natural is a juice and smoothie bar with all natural fruits and vegetables. They will be located on the first floor of the Cooper’s Co-op building at 350 Kennedy Blvd.

There are also new apartments coming to 14 S. Main Street. If you’re interested in more information about them, please contact robbbres@me.com.

Downtown Pittston Partnership

Downtown Pittston Partnership will host community cookouts in September with events planned from noon to 2 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 4, at Sullivan Park, and Saturday, Sept. 25, at Albert West Park.

There will be food, refreshments, music, games and entertainment. There also will be activities provided for children. Bring your own chair or blanket.

For information, email Mary at mkroptavich@cityofpittston.org or Cara Wenngen at cwenden@pittstoncity.org.

St. Rocco’s reunion

Plans have been finalized for the St. Rocco’s School all-class reunion, which was postponed last year due to COVID concerns. The reunion will be held from 6 to 9 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 4, Labor Day weekend, at The Gramercy Ballroom. The event includes cocktail hour, dinner buffet and music by Danny Argo and Friends. More details will follow.

Jacquelines officers

The Jacquelines Auxiliary of Knights 55 will hold its monthly meeting and installation dinner at 7 p.m. Tuesday, June 15, at the Knights 55 building, 55 Main St., Pittston. Installation of the following officers for 2021-22 will take place: President Deb Monteforte, Vice President Joanna Fusco, Recording Secretary Kim Orkwis, Corresponding Secretary Kristina McHale and Treasurer Jenny Long.

Slope Amphitheater

This year’s movie lineup at the Slope Amphitheater has been announced. For information about the movies visit the Downtown Pittston Partnership’s Facebook page. The movies are free to the public and there will be popcorn and drinks provided. Movies will begin at 8:45 p.m. Saturday, June 19; Saturday, June 26; Saturday, July 3; and Friday, July 23; at 8:30 p.m. Thursday, Aug. 5 and Saturday, Aug. 28; at 8:15 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 11, and Saturday, Sept. 25; and at 7:45 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 2.

The band Burn the Jukebox will return to the Slope on Saturday, Sept. 11, and Saturday, Oct. 2, at 6 p.m.


The YMCA is welcoming John Masten as the tennis instructor for summer classes. He will be using USTA-approved training focused on fun and skill building.

Tennis classes will be held at the Pittston Area Middle School tennis courts. The classes will include beginners classes for ages 5 to 8 and for ages 9 to 12, intermediate classes for ages 9 to 12 and 13 to 18, and an advanced class for ages 13 to 18. The classes are free with a family membership, $40 with a membership, and $90 for non-members. Registration is now open on the Y website.

The YMCA will open a new Child Care and Early Learning Center on Oak Street this fall. It will have 15 classrooms, serving children from infant to 5 years old. There will be before and after care with transportation to and from the Pittston Area Intermediate Center. Pre-registration is now open. For information, call Brianna Dugas, child care director, at 570-931-3795.

Bernie’s Run 2021 registration is open. The traditional course is being run in-person on Sunday, July 4, for the 38th year. You also can join the run virtually from Thursday, July 1, until Saturday, July 3. The children’s half-mile run also will be back for these days. Registrations for in-person participants must be done online by Monday, June 28, through the link on the YMCA Facebook page.

Library news

Pittston Memorial Library’s new hours are noon to 7 p.m. Monday and Thursday, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Tuesday, and 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Friday and Saturday.

Katie Kelly writes about Pittston every week. To list an item, email kkelly@pittstonprogress.com or call 570-821-2002 by 5 p.m. Monday.

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