Luzerne County Community College will offer an EMT program in Pittston for the first time beginning in the spring semester, which begins Feb. 1. The EMT program from the Mary Gill Carrozza, R.N., School of Nursing and Health Sciences at LCCC includes more than 250 hours of lecture, practical and clinical sessions. Students who complete the program are eligible to take the National Registry Practical and Written Certification Examinations. Classes will be held at the college’s M&T Educational Center in Pittston. For information, call 570-740-0628 or 800-377-LCCC, ext. 7628. First row, from left, are Emmett Thomas, Kingston, EMT, instructor, and Stephen Fish, Scranton, EMT, class coordinator. Second row: Pittston Councilman Michael Lombardo; Mark Ercolani, Laflin, director, EMS, LCCC; Lisa Babbish, West Nanticoke, EMS assistant, LCCC, and Pittston Mayor Michael Lombardo.

St. Joseph Marello Parish is hosting a takeout pasta dinner Sunday, Feb. 14, from 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. The menu includes choice of pasta or polenta, sauce, meatballs, salad, garlic bread and dessert. All food is homemade.

Tickets are $10 for adults, $5 for children, and free for children younger than 5.

Please contact the parish at 570-654-6902 or office@sjmparish.org by Tuesday, Feb. 9, with your name, phone number and your order.

Pickup will be at the parish center doors.

Library news

Pittston Memorial Library was closed most of last week and online programing was cancelled as well. The library has reinstituted porch pickup as of Jan. 28. Call 570-654-9565 to reserve materials or log into your account online. Check the library’s Facebook page for updated program listings.

YMCA news

Greater Pittston YMCA reminds members to use the website wvymca.org to register for classes from now on. Registration is required for all classes due to social distancing regulations. Both Zoom and live classes require registration. If you don’t have an account, call 570-823-2191 or email mmecadon@gretaerpittstonymca.org for assistance with registration.

The YMCA will host a blood drive from 10:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. Tuesday, Feb. 2. Appointments are required.

The Youth Basketball Clinic will take place Sundays, Feb. 7 through March 14, in the Pittston YMCA gym and will include a 45-minute session of dribbling, passing, shooting, offensive play and zone defense, along with fun clinic style drills. Players of all experience levels are welcome. Players must keep masks on during play and when they are unable to socially distance. Parents are asked to drop off the kids in the gym and return when the session is over. Children should bring their own water and are welcome to bring their own basketballs. The program will be held for children 5 and 6 years old from 9 to 9:45 a.m., 7 and 8 years old, 10 to 10:45 a.m., and 9 to 11 years old, 11 a.m. to 11:45 a.m. Cost of the program is $5 for YMCA members, $35 for non-members. Register on the website. For information, contact Brandon Hampton at bhampton@greaterpittstonymca.org or Ashlee Rittenhouse at Ashlee.Rittenhouse@wbymca.org or call 570-970-5039.

Soup Bowl Challenge

Miller-Keystone Blood Center is hosting a Soup Bowl Challenge from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 6, at the center, 400 Route 315, Pittston Twp. Customers will vote on their favorite soup and awards will be given. Local restaurants are encouraged to participate. Space is limited. For information, contact Kathy at krowinski@giveapint.org. All proceeds benefit Keystone Mission.

Chamber raffle

Greater Pittston Chamber of Commerce has moved its raffle drawing to award a glass sculpture as part of its 100th anniversary celebration to its annual dinner in August, instead of at the anniversary celebration in April. Raffle tickets can be purchased until August at the chamber office on Kennedy Boulevard or online at pittstonchamber.org.

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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