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Parishioners of St. Joseph Marello have begun planning the annual summer picnic. The event will take place from 5 to 10 p.m. nightly, Thursday, July 12, through Saturday, July 14, on the church grounds, 237 William St., Pittston.

The picnic will feature different ethnic foods, from sausage and peppers to haluski. The event also will feature children’s games, a large indoor flea market, basket raffles and a cash prize raffle. The cash prize raffle will be drawn Saturday night with four prizes awarded: a $1,000 cash prize, a $500 cash prize, and two $250 cash prizes.

The event has nightly entertainment featuring Sweet Pepper and the Long Hots on Thursday, Flaxy Morgan on Friday and Pop Star Drive, formerly known as AM Radio, on Saturday.

For information, please contact the rectory at 570-654-6902, or for cash prize raffle tickets, please contact Frank Sciabacucchi at 570-954-0092.

Wesley Village open house

United Methodist Homes, Wesley Village Campus, announces plans for the expansion of its independent living cottages. The new cottages will offer an open floor plan with modern kitchens, upgraded amenities and fixtures, safety features, covered patio or sun room options, oversized garage and several upgrades and flooring options. This gives the resident the chance to make the cottage their own idea of home.

An open house to showcase the new cottages will be held from 3 to 5 p.m. Wednesday, July 11, on campus in the Irene Raeder Community Center. To set an individual appointment, arrange a tour, or RSVP to the open house, please contact Brian Palma at 570-655-2891, ext. 5209 or visit for information.

Jenkins Twp. Little League coach pitch tournament

Jenkins Twp. Little League is hosting its 17th annual coach pitch tournament July 13-20. This is a double elimination tournament and regular season game rules apply. Players must not be older than league age 8 for the spring season and must have been on the roster for a regular season coach pitch team. Unfortunately, minor players will not be allowed to participate. All teams must have a minimum of nine and maximum of 14 players.

Cost is $125 per team. Checks can be made out to Jenkins Twp. Little League. All team rosters must be submitted to tournament director Mike Shannon at 570-262-4894, or

There is a mandatory tournament meeting at 6 p.m. Monday, July 9, at the Little League, 2 May St. All teams must be present.

Jenkins Twp. announcements

Jenkins Twp. announced work is progressing on sports fields in the township. Diamond Tex playing surface has been applied to the infields and a new waterline has been installed at the soccer fields.

The township also wishes for all residents to know the Department of Public Works employees are working diligently to respond to all of the road repair requests. There are 17 square miles of roads within the township and only three department employees. They appreciate your patience and understanding as they work to make repairs.

The township’s zoning and building department reminds anyone making improvements and additions that they must obtain proper permits. Call the municipal building at 570-654-3315 for information.

The township also reminds all residents who have alarm systems, they will receive a letter notifying them payments are due.

Tax reminder

A reminder to all residents of Jenkins and Pittston townships, the county municipal tax face period ended June 11. Penalty period will be through Dec. 31.

For Pittston Twp., contact Rita Timonte, tax collector, at 570-654-8807. For Jenkins Twp., contact Jean Mudlock, tax collector, at 570-654-9710.

Pittston Twp. all-class reunion

Pittston Twp. All-Class Reunion Committee met recently to formulate plans for the reunion, which will be held from noon to 6 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 1, at Anthony (Tony) Attardo Municipal Park on Bryden Street, Pittston Twp. The reunion is open to anyone who attended Pittston Twp. schools at any time or anyone who lives in Pittston Twp.

The next planning meeting is at 6 p.m. Monday, July 16, at Perkins Restaurant.

For information, call planning committee members: Connie Toole, 570-655-3681; Ida Lafratte, 570-654-3209; Ruth Ann Dominick, 570-655-1870; Carol Casciani, 570-654-7735; Rose LaBrutto, 570-654-8030; Rosaria Aita, 570-655-3495; Elizabeth Cosgrove, 570-654-0955; Charles Valenti, 570-655-2162; Frances Marrinetti Price, 570-589-1104; Josephine Nesgota, 570-655-0765, Jean McCracken, 570-693-4655; Frances Musto, 570-655-5076; Anita Panzetta, 570-654-3426; Barbara Granahan, 570-654-6452; Kathleen Sabetta, 570-654-4507 or Joe Sperrazza, 570-654-2081.

Jenkins yard waste

Yard waste bins are on sale for $11 each. Yard waste will be picked up in Jenkins Twp. every Thursday. Residents are reminded to put yard waste in the appropriate containers.

Containers must have perforations on the bottom, handles on each side and cannot have a lid on top. They may not have rims on the top, wheels on the bottom, or exceed 20 gallons.

The filled containers cannot weigh more than 30 pounds. If there are branches in the container, they must not be more than 3 feet long, and they must be bundled and tied together for manageable pickup.

If you have any questions or for information, please call the township at 570-654-3315.

Jenkins seniors

Jenkins Twp. Senior Citizens Organization usually meets the third Tuesday of each month, with some exceptions. The July meeting is at 6 p.m. Tuesday, July 17, at the Jenkins Twp. Hose Company, 2 Second St. New members are always welcome. For information, please contact Jean Mudlock at 570-654-9710.

Pittston Twp. refuse and

recycling reminders

Pittston Twp.’s refuse permit and garbage bag sale has concluded. Anyone who hasn’t purchased a permit should contact the municipal building at 570-654-0161.

Garbage collection days are Friday of each week for all of Pittston Twp.

Recycling days will continue to be Friday of alternating weeks.

For information, please contact the municipal building at 570-654-0161.

Jenkins Lions broom sale

Jenkins Twp. Lions Club is selling long-handle corn brooms for $10 each. Brooms can be picked up at the Jenkins Twp. Municipal Building, 46½ Main St., Inkerman, Monday through Friday during regular business hours.

For information, please call the municipal building at 570-654-3315.

Pittston Twp. sewer bills

Pittston Twp. Sewer Authority reminds residents the sewer bills can now be paid by calling 877-830-0596.

Residents also are reminded they must obtain a sewer permit before starting to excavate for connection to the new sewer main. Furthermore, the tap-in and connection fee must be paid in full in the amount of $1,432.

Office hours are 11 a.m. to noon Monday through Friday. If these hours are an inconvenience, please call 570-655-8747 for an appointment.

Pittston Twp. meeting

The monthly meeting of the Pittston Twp. Board of Supervisors is scheduled for 7 p.m. Monday, July 16, at the municipal building, 421 Broad St. For information, please call the municipal building at 570-654-0161.

Jenkins Twp. meetings

The next Jenkins Twp. Board of Supervisors meeting is at 7 p.m. Wednesday, July 11, at the Jenkins Twp. Municipal Building, 46½ Main St., Inkerman. The board meets the second Wednesday of each month.

Planning commission meetings are held the third Thursday of every month. Therefore, the next meeting is at 7 p.m. Thursday, July 19, at the municipal building.

Crime Watch meeting

The next Jenkins Twp. Crime Watch meeting is at 7 p.m. Wednesday, July 18, at the municipal building. Meetings are held the third Wednesday of every month.

Birthday wishes

Happy birthday this week to: Bonita Figliomeni, Sue Sovitch, Dave Donnora, Jenn Goas and Jamie Fleming, July 9; Chris Sledzinski, Ashley Acernese and Ryan Charles Patrick Rachilla, July 10; Joshua Thomas, Rich Minuski, Yen Chyou, Josh Berresford, David Laurence, Tara Lynn Wilbur and Liz Masserwick, July 11; Michael Ortiz, Danielle Wilson, Lou Scatena, Chris Dalessandro, Lauren Fornataro, Janelle Jesikiewicz, Nina Cusumano and Megan McMahon, July 12; Leslie Seiberling, Katie Parsnik, Bob Shannon, Briana Parette, Keith Kolesa and Kevin Bednarzyk, July 13; Bree Romanczuk, Justin Freeling, Thomas Melone and Amanda Tufano, July 14; Timmy Bathurst, Steven Norkaitis, John Walsh, Will Thomas and Kristine Kenny, July 15.

Wise Words of the Week

“The best way to find out if you can trust somebody is to trust them.” — Ernest Hemingway

Nico Rossi writes about Jenkins Twp. and Pittston Twp. To include an item in his column, email or 570-821-2048 by Monday.