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Jack Longgrand marshal

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Joseph Longgrand marshal

Greater Pittston Friendly Sons of St. Patrick President Joseph Long recently announced Joseph Long III and Jack Long will be co-grand marshals when the organization gathers Saturday, March 17, at the Woodlands Inn and Resort, Plains Twp., for its 104th annual St. Patrick’s Day Banquet. Brian Parise will be general chairman of the banquet.

Joseph and Jack Long

Joseph Long III is a high honors with distinction ninth grade student at Pittston Area High School. Joseph trains in martial arts at Galli’s Fighting Chance in West Pittston, and this past June, attained his first degree black belt. Joseph was also a member of the Jenkins Twp. Little League.

Jack Long is a high honors seventh grade student at Martin L. Mattei Middle School in the Pittston Area School District, where he is a member of student council. He also was an All-Star baseball player for Jenkins Twp. Little League the past three years. Jack also was chairman of the Junior Members of the Pittston Friendly Sons coat drive.

Joseph and Jack are the sons of Jenny and Joe Long, Jenkins Twp. They have a sister, Julia Rose.

They are the grandsons of Jack and Staton Meade, Jenkins Twp., and the late Joe and Rosemary Long, Wilkes-Barre. They are the great-grandsons of Nancy and the late Raymond Monk, Avoca, and the late John and Josephine Meade, Hughestown.

Brian Parise

Brian Parise was born and reared in Wilkes-Barre, son of the late Eileen Corbett Parise and the late Charles Parise. He attended E.L. Meyers High School and was a member of St. Aloysius Church. Parise completed his undergraduate degree at Bloomsburg University and completed his master’s degree at McDaniel College in Westminster, Maryland.

He has spent his entire professional career in education, teaching at both elementary and secondary levels and currently serving as principal at Selinsgrove Area High School.

Parise said he is honored to be part of this event and to celebrate his lifelong friend and mentor, Joe Long. The incredible influence that Joe and his family have had on his life is immeasurable, he said. This is due in large part to the shared emphasis on the values of faith, family, friendship and service.

Parise resides in Selinsgrove with his wife, Anne, and their three children, Dominic, Abigail and Isabella.

Banquet tickets

Greater Pittston Friendly Sons of St. Patrick will hold their annual St. Patrick’s Day Banquet on Saturday, March 17, at the Woodlands Inn and Resort, Plains Twp..

Ticket prices are $80 per person and $50 for guests under the age of 21. Children’s tickets also are available for $25 for guests under 12. Tickets may be purchased from any active member of the Greater Pittston Friendly Sons of St. Patrick or at the Knights of Columbus on Main Street in Pittston every Thursday night until the night of the banquet. Tickets must be purchased in advance.