We’ve all been there. In the middle of a snowstorm we’re wondering if there are any parking restrictions. We all want to keep our Garden Village as safe as possible and if something ever occurs in our community that puts the safety of residents at risk, it would be beneficial to everyone if they signed up for a very useful service that the borough offers its residents that takes the guess work out of any emergencies. It’s called CodeRED.

CodeRED is 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 have access to the CodeRED 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.

To sign up, visit the West Pittston Police Facebook page. Required information includes contact name, address, city, state, zip code, phone number and whether the property is a residence or business.

For registration help, call 1-866-939-0911.

CodeRED is a very useful service that we have been using in my house for quite some time. Last Sunday afternoon, when the big snow storm was just getting started, we received a very simple automated phone call that told us all we needed to know about parking restrictions, when the streets would be cleaned, and when the street parking ban would be lifted. While the days are getting longer, we’re probably due for at least one — if not a few — big snow storms this winter. When the next one hits, don’t be left wondering if you should be parked on the street or not. Just complete the very simple registration process for CodeRED and be among the first to know about any emergency alerts in town.

Here’s what else is happening around town:

Cherry blossom meeting

West Pittston Cherry Blossom Festival Committee will meet at 5 p.m. Sunday, Feb. 21, at the Corpus Christi school building on Luzerne Avenue. All committee members are asked to attend and new members are welcome. Face masks must be worn and social distancing will be in place.

Corpus Christi news

This year only, students in second grade who are preparing to receive the sacraments of First Reconciliation and First Eucharist have the choice to attend Corpus Christi Parish’s religious education classes on site. All other grades have the option to homeschool. Students in grade eight, who are preparing to receive the Sacrament of Confirmation, are attending virtual classes taught by Deacon Jim Meizanis.

Students enrolled in second and eighth grade in a public school must be registered in the parish’s virtual religious education program to be eligible to receive the sacraments. 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.com to be eligible to receive the sacraments.

Valley Alliance Church

Valley Alliance Church conducts Sunday morning worship from 10:30 a.m. to noon. In addition, Junior Church, a time of contemporary worship, prayer and sound Biblical instruction, occurs concurrently with Sunday Service. Nursery also is available during services.

Prayer and Bible study is held from 6:30 to 8 p.m. Wednesdays. During this mid-week service, the church comes together in a time of worship, prayer and Bible study. Instruction is intended to help build and strengthen families.

Library news

West Pittston Library lists the following events:

Woven Art — 6 p.m. Tuesday, Feb. 16. All ages are invited to discover fun patterns and textures with these three easy and whimsical projects woven on burlap, popsicle sticks and cardboard. Register for your take-home kit to get all the supplies. There will be a part two of the program coming in March.

Personal Care with Essential Oils — 6 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 18. Learn how to use essential oils in your daily life with personal care products from people who love simplified routines and healthier alternatives. Make easy switches for items in your daily routine. Leave with lots of information and a few samples to start you off right. Registration is required. Cost is $5, which covers all materials and instructions. Stop in or call 570-654-9847.

Book Making — 6 p.m. Tuesday, Feb. 23. Who doesn’t love a brand new, blank book ready to collect your thoughts, drawings, and found things? This workshop will demonstrate a few techniques using different materials to make your own portable, little books to fill as you wish.

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

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