Pittston police are looking for the public’s help to find the person who abandoned a dog in the city earlier this month. The abused and emaciated pit bull-mix, who officers named Nova, was discovered in the area of Davis Alley after police received a call on June 8. Police have released photos of a vehicle they believe to be involved in Nova’s abandonment. It is a light-colored Ford Escape, believed to be a 2008 to 2012 model with a sunroof and a license plate bracket. It fled east on Butler Street at approximately 4:30 a.m. Pictures of the vehicle are posted on the department’s Facebook page.

Police are asking residents of that area to please check surveillance cameras for the vehicle. Anyone with information is asked to contact the police department at 570-654-2425.

A $1,000 award is being offered for information that leads to the arrest and conviction of anyone involved in the dog’s neglect and abuse.

Nova, who is approximately 8 months old, weighed only 22 pounds when she was found, far below the breed’s 40-pound average. Her condition is improving under the care of the Luzerne County Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals. The police department hopes to adopt the animal as a service dog to comfort children who are victims of crime.

The SPCA is currently housing Nova and is accepting donations for her care at www.spcaluzernecounty.org. Anyone with information also can contact the SPCA at 570-825-4111, ext. 103.

Police did not release any other details as of press time Thursday evening.

Art opening

Helen Lavelle, an artist and advocate and a creator with a cause, will be the featured artist at a gallery reception of her oil paintings at Art E Fekts Gallery, 71 S. Main St. in Pittston, from 6 to 8 p.m. Thursday, June 24. Art sales during the show will help support Art E Fekts Gallery and the local art community.

“I am proud to exhibit my work at Art E Fekts Gallery in Pittston because I believe everyone must do what we can to sustain the local art scene,” Lavelle said in a press release. “I’ve displayed work across the country but I’m thrilled to be able to bring it home to Pittston, where I went to high school at St. John’s. Pittston is so close to my heart. I’m so proud of what Pittston has done. It’s a model of a small-town downtown renaissance and they used art to make that happen.”

Sales of art during the show will help support the gallery and the local art community.

Lavelle is a classically trained, contemporary painter and owner of Lavelle Strategy Group, an advertising firm in Scranton. She studied at Marywood University, Philadelphia’s Moore College of Art and Design, and the Pennsylvania Academy of Fine Arts. As part of the Painter with a Purpose initiative, a portion of the proceeds from online art sales at www.helenlavelleartist.com is donated to causes such as Black Lives Matter, women in recovery, agriculture and the environment, multiple sclerosis, and art and education.

St. John’s wimpie sale

A takeout wimpie sale will be held from noon to 3 p.m. Wednesday, June 23, in the pastoral center.

Wimpie with a roll, macaroni salad, and baked beans will be $10 each with advance payment only. Please call Jane Roche at 570-905-0325 by Monday, June 21, to place an order.

Memorial blood drive

A blood drive in memory of David Kossuth will be held from 1 to 6 p.m. Wednesday, June 30, at St. Joseph Marello Parish hall. Appointments are recommended and can be made by calling 1-800-RED-CROSS or visiting redcrossblood.org and entering RockStreet. The blood drive is cosponsored by Rock Street Music.

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. The event includes cocktail hour, dinner buffet and music by Danny Argo and Friends. More details will follow.

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.

YMCA news

The YMCA is welcoming John Masten as the tennis instructor for summer classes beginning this week. 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 has extended its hours to noon to 7 p.m. Monday and Thursday, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Tuesday and Friday, and 9 a.m. to 2 Saturday.

The library is accepting registrations for its Summer Reading Program, Tails and Tales, which will begin in July. Contact 570-654-9565 or pittstonlibrary@luzernelibraries.org to register. Reading logs are available at the library.

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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