On a rare occasion, businesses in a community become something more than a business. They become a staple of the community. They become, as cliché as it may sound, the place where everybody knows your name. The Garden Village lost one of those businesses just last week when West Side Auto, that staple on Wyoming Avenue, closed when owner Ron Gitkos retired.

For the past 47 years, residents of our town went to get their gas there, and also had their cars serviced there. From inspections to oil changes and everything in between, residents of West Pittston knew they would always receive quality service at West Side Auto.

While the services at West Side Auto will certainly be missed, I would like to take this opportunity to wish Ron a happy and well earned retirement. Thank you for all that you have done for the community.

Here’s what else is happening around town:

Recycling change

West Pittston Borough advises residents of important changes to recycling collection. Recycling will now be picked up on Wednesdays and Thursdays. Wednesday collection will be on Montgomery Avenue, both sides, south to the Exeter line. Collection for the remainder of town will be on Thursdays.

Corpus Christi news

Boys and girls in second grade who are preparing to receive the sacraments of first reconciliation and first Eucharist in Corpus Christi Parish have the choice to attend classes on site. All other grades will be homeschooled this year. For those who are homeschooling your children, the Gospel weekly lessons through March 7 can be picked up at the rectory from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday through Thursday.

Students in eighth grade who are preparing to be confirmed are attending virtual classes taught by Deacon Jim Meizanis. Students enrolled in eighth grade in a public school must be registered in the parish’s virtual religious education program to be eligible to receive confirmation. Students attending a Catholic school do not have to attend classes through the parish, but must contact Joyce at 570-654-2753 or jcecconi50@gmail.comto be eligible to receive the sacrament of confirmation. As of now, a date for this sacrament hasn’t been set.

The parish is offering drive-up Masses at both of its churches. You can remain in your car and listen to any of the weekend liturgies. Whether you choose to attend 4 p.m. Mass on Saturday or 7:30 or 10:30 a.m. Masses on Sunday at Immaculate Conception Church or the 5:30 p.m. Mass on Saturday or 9 a.m. Mass on Sunday at Holy Redeemer, you can do so by remaining in your car. To listen to Mass from the Immaculate Conception Church parking lot, tune your radio to FM 90.3. To listen to Mass from the Holy Redeemer Church parking lot, tune into FM 89.3. At the conclusion of Mass, you will be directed to receive Holy Communion without having to enter the church.

Corpus Christi Parish is offering a new opportunity to help financially support the parish through MyEOffering. You no longer have to write checks or remember to bring cash every Saturday or Sunday when you attend Mass. Simply log into the service on the parish website and set up your offering. You can set the donations to match your pay periods and can even send one-time donations to the special offerings the church may have from time to time. This service allows you to give any amount, at any time, with your computer or mobile device. Visit the church website at www.corpuschristinepa.com and look for the green computer mouse icon. That button will take you to the MyEOffering page.

For information or help signing up, contact Lori at the parish office at 570-654-2753 or email her at lkasisky1@epix.net.

Library news

West Pittston Library announces the following upcoming events:

Foam Mandalas — 6 p.m. Tuesday, Jan. 26, for ages 7 and older. Learn about radial symmetry while creating a foam mosaic mandala by choosing colors, shapes and your own unique design. Register for your take-home kit full of all the supplies needed to participate.

Take and Make: Paper Succulents — 6 p.m. Thursday, Jan. 28. Jump on the trend with everyone’s favorite houseplants reimagined in paper form to create even lower maintenance little plants. Registration is required and there is a $5 fee that includes all materials. Pickup dates start Jan. 25. Stop in or call to register at 570-654-9847.

Take & Make: Pet Silhouette — 6 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 4. Commemorate your favorite stay-at-home companions with a silhouette project of your dearest pet. Registration required. Please stop in or call 570-654-9847. Pickup begins Feb. 1.

Cherry Blossom news

The West Pittston Cherry Blossom Committee will meet at 6 p.m. Monday, Jan. 25, at the school building of Corpus Christi Parish. All committee members are asked to attend. New members also are welcome to attend.

CodeRED notifications

West Pittston residents are encouraged to sign up for CodeRED, an emergency notification service that allows borough officials to notify residents and businesses by telephone, cell phone, text message, email and social media regarding time-sensitive, general and emergency information.

Only authorized officials can access the system.

Any message regarding the safety, property or welfare of the community will be disseminated using CodeRED. These include AMBER alerts, hazardous traffic or road conditions, water boil advisories, evacuation notices or community events.

For registration help, call 1-866-939-0911. Required information includes contact name, address, city, state, zip code, phone number and whether the property is a residence or business.

John Bubul writes about West Pittston every week for Greater Pittston Progress. To list an item, email jbubul@pittstonprogress.com or call 570-301-2187 by Monday.

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