Staples of downtown Pittston, like the library and the YMCA, are beginning to reopen and anticipated summer events are making their way back onto the calendar.
Pittston Memorial Library
Pittston Memorial Library is gradually preparing to offer library services again and will announce plans on an individual basis, following the framework for a phased reopening set out by the Office of Commonwealth Libraries. Most libraries in Luzerne County will not accept donations of books or similar items until further notice. Check back for details.
The library also is still posting chapter reads on its Facebook page and offering recipes to spice up your cooking during quarantine.
The library will host a free webinar at 6 p.m. Tuesday, July 7, presented by Heather Hulse, on Special Education Rights During COVID-19.
While the library’s major fundraiser’s have been canceled due to the pandemic, you still can donate to the library on nepagives.org.
Downtown events back on
Second Friday Art Walks will start back up in July. The first art walk of the season is scheduled for Friday, July 10, from 5 to 9 p.m.
The Pittston Farmers Market is set to begin Tuesday, July 7, from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. The market will continue every Tuesday until Nov. 24.
Art e Fekts Gallery reopened June 18. Please check the gallery’s Facebook page for updates.
The Banks Water Front is getting ready to open and is taking bookings for 2020 and 2021. Call 570-892-0034.
Gypsy Angel Row and Company’s Coming reopened this past week and are operating their normal schedule, from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Wednesday to Friday and 11 a.m. yo 4 p.m. Saturday.
The Sapphire Salon opened June 19. Guests who had appointments scheduled during the closure are being contacted first. If you would like to be put on the guest list for an appointment, call 570-602-7700 and leave a message.
Downtown business fund
The Downtown Pittston Partnership has created a way to help provide financial assistance to local businesses that have been affected by the COVID-19 pandemic. Progress Through Partnership is a crowdfunding campaign that is looking to raise $30,000 for small businesses in need. The partnership will use the money that is donated to create grants of equal amounts to be distributed to qualifying businesses in the City of Pittston.
Sole proprietors with 10 or fewer employees are encouraged to apply online. Businesses must meet the following criteria: be located within the boundaries of Pittston City, be a business that requires face-to-face or in-person contact and be in one of the following categories: retail, personal care, restaurants/bars. The business also must not be a franchise or not-for-profit.
The grant can be used to pay rent and utilities, pay to re-tool or adapt services that will allow them to function during quarantine, such as delivery, online store or curbside service; to buy inventory or goods to resell, or to pay other businesses expenses.
Greater Pittston YMCA
Greater Pittston YMCA will begin its phased reopening Monday, June 22.
“We have been preparing for this re-opening for over two months. We hope upon their return, our members will notice we have been working on making improvements throughout the facility,” said Janelle Drach, executive director.
“We received over 175 member responses to our re-opening survey and the overwhelming majority of members said they were ready to re-start their wellness journey with us and believed in our ability to provide a safe and welcoming environment once again,” she added.
The YMCA’s childcare program has reopened and anyone interested in enrolling can reach out to Bri Dugas, childcare director, at 570-655-2255, ext. 103. Its children’s Summer Scholars program and the Summer O.F.F. Program also have begun.
The Y has begun taking pool lane reservations. Aquatics Director Andrea Butchko is finalizing plans for members to make reservations. The lanes can be used for any purpose you wish, like exercise, laps or small family swims. Call or text 570-763-9051 to make reservations no more than a week in advance.
The Y is looking for an outdoor space for fitness classes while in the yellow phase. When moved into the green, the facility will be open with classes again.
“Our staff have done an outstanding job while facing many obstacles — furloughs, working from home, requirements for new safety measures. They have taken it in stride and have been diligent in preparing to offer our programs and opening up our facility spaces again. Additionally, without our board members and membership support, this re-opening process would have not been a manageable one,” Drach said.
The YMCA, in collaboration with Wyoming Area and Pittston Kiwanis clubs and the Rotary of Pittston, are asking for help to supply youth in our community with “playful supplies” this summer. New or gently used supplies in clean and working condition can be donated. Paypal donations are also being accepted with the note “Summer Play” at firstname.lastname@example.org. You can drop off donations at The Greater Pittston Y’s Cron Street entrance from 1 to 4 p.m. Saturday, June 20, and Sunday, June 21. Sports supplies of all kinds, including balls, jump ropes, bikes, trikes, skate boards, lawn games, water activities, bubbles, sidewalk chalk, art packs and gardening supplies are requested. For information, contact Tiffany Callaio at email@example.com or Janelle Drach at firstname.lastname@example.org. Families interested in receiving items can fill out a form online.
There will be a blood drive in the aerobic room from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Thursday, June 25. Scheduled appointments are recommended by calling 1-800-733-2767 or visiting RedCrossBlood.org.
PA class ring found
Ilene D’Angelo DeMola was walking on William Street recently when she found a 2003 Pittston Area class ring sitting on the curb across the street from St. John the Evangelist Church. The ring, which looks to be a girl’s ring, has a purple stone and the initials JMK engraved on it. The high school couldn’t find a match in their yearbook for the initials, but Ilene is asking anyone who might know who the ring belongs to to call her at 570-655-0297.
“If someone still was wearing the ring, it carries a lot of sentimental value,” DeMola said. “Someone must be looking for it.”