St. Michael’s Byzantine Catholic Church will hold a drive-thru dinner for its feast day from 1 to 3 p.m. Sunday, Nov. 15. The price is $10 per dinner.

The dinner will include chicken parmesan, ziti, salad and dessert. The church is served by the Rev. Andrii Dumnych and is located at 205 N. Main St.

YMCA dinner

In place of the annual sit-down dinner, the YMCA is hosting a grab and go dinner at PAZZO from 5 to 6:30 p.m. Tuesday, Nov. 10. Dinner includes choice of entrée, salad, roll, Susquehanna Brewing Company beer and dessert.

Tickets are $50. If you order four or more dinners together, you will receive a bottle of wine from Mucciolo Family Wines.

Pickup is at PAZZO, and the dinners will be delivered to your car that night by a YMCA volunteer.

The meal options are Rigatoni ala Buttera, a spicy local Italian sausage, peas, rosemary and tomato cream sauce, or Chicken Cinzano, a sautéed chicken breast, diced imported prosciutto, wild mushrooms, shallots, Marsala sauce, whipped potatoes and sautéed spinach.

To place an order, visit the Y’s website and click on the “Support Us” tab.

Santa Squad

The Greater Pittston Santa Squad will be hitting the road during November and December. If you’re looking for a way to help families in need during this holiday season in a safe way, the Santa Squad will be at various businesses for a few hours Saturdays and Sundays in November and early December.

The times and places coincide with the ornaments on the post on the squad’s Facebook page. During these days, please consider visiting one of the drop-off locations and donate monetarily or donate toys for newborns through high school ages.

This week’s locations sites are: Saturday, Nov. 7, Kitchen by Nikki, 1303 Wyoming Ave., Exeter, 11 a.m. to 2 p.m.; Sunday, Nov. 8, Capozucca Brothers Plumbing and Heating, 801 S. Township Blvd., Pittston Twp., 11 a.m. to 3 p.m.; Saturday, Nov. 14, Donut Connection, 1601 Wyoming Ave., Exeter, 11 a.m. to 3 p.m.; Sunday, Nov. 15, Graziano Funeral Home, 700 S. Township Blvd., Pittston Twp., 11 a.m. to 2 p.m.

Chamber breakfast

Greater Pittston Chamber of Commerce is hosting an autumn drive-thru breakfast event Friday, Nov. 13, at Grico’s Restaurant, Wyoming Avenue, Exeter. The event will be from 7:30 to 9 a.m. and will be $20 per person. You must pre-order online at the chamber’s website. The breakfast includes an egg and cheese breakfast sandwich on a croissant, fried breakfast potatoes and country sausage links. You will also get your choice of Electric City Velvet Roast Coffee or orange juice.

Salvation Army holiday help

The Salvation Army on North Main Street in Pittston is providing Christmas assistance to residents of Pittston, as well as West Pittston, Duryea, Wyoming, West Wyoming, Exeter, Harding, Hughestown, Yatesville, Inkerman, Avoca, Dupont, Falls and Jenkins Twp. Anyone in need is encouraged to sign up for food and toys. Toys are available for ages 12 and younger. Be sure to bring birth certificates for all the children in the household, picture identification for all adults in the household, a current utility bill and proof of income. Dates are: 10 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. Nov. 9-13, and 5 to 7 p.m. Nov. 12.

Holiday decorating

The Downtown Partnership has announced the date for its Light Up Downtown Pittston effort. From 9 a.m. to noon Saturday, Nov. 21, you can help a group of volunteers install the decorations for the upcoming holiday season. Volunteers are needed to help prepare and hang wreaths and banners on downtown lampposts.

If you are involved in a group that would like to help, or if you and your friends would like to help, please confirm your participation by emailing mkroptavich@cityofpittston.org with your intent to volunteer as a group. Individuals can also come and show up at any time. If you have a ladder, you are encouraged to bring it. Wear sneakers and be aware of the weather for that day.

All volunteers are asked to meet at the lower festival parking lot. Refreshments will be provided. You must adhere to local and state health guidelines and requirements while volunteering.

Mayor honored

Congratulations to Mayor Michael Lombardo, who was elected second vice president of the Pennsylvania Municipal League at the league’s 2020 annual summit, which was held virtually.

Mayor Lombardo previously served on the executive board as the legislative co-chairperson.

The league is a nonprofit, non-partisan organization that was established in 1900 as an advocate for third-class cities in Pennsylvania. The league represents participating cities, boroughs, townships, home rule communities and towns in Pennsylvania that share the league’s municipal policy interests.

The board of directors oversees the administration of a wide variety of municipal services, including legislative advocacy, both state and federal; publications designed to educate and inform, education and training certification programs, membership research and inquiries, consulting-based programs and group insurance trusts.

Police chief retires

Congratulations to Chief Robert H. Powers on his retirement from the Pittston City Police Department. Chief Powers served the community for 25 years. He is a respected leader who always put the men and women he served under first. Thank you for all you have given to the community.

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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