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It’s the most wonderful time of the year ...

It’s (almost) finally here!

In just a few day’s time, we’ll be rushin’ the kids to bed in a rush of excitement and anticipation. We’ll be watching Santa’s progress on the news, and we’ll all be having a hard time falling asleep.

We’ll be surrounded by family members, great food, and amazing sweets. We’ll be carefree and happy. There’s just something so special about the holidays.

No matter the holiday you celebrate this time of year, I wish you and yours the happiest of all. Enjoy time spent with those you may only see this time of year, and eat a little extra. You deserve it. Merry Christmas and happy holidays!

Council news

Council thanks everyone involved in making the Hughestown Hose Company Breakfast with Santa a great success! The food was delicious and Mr. and Mrs. Claus did a great job. Santa’s tour around the borough for canned good items to be donated to Meals on Wheels in Pittston also was a great success!

A special meeting will be held at 6:30 p.m. Wednesday, Dec. 26, to approve the tax increase to 1.9 mills. At that meeting the final reading of the 2019 budget will be read, and a borough office manager will be also announced.

Police Chief Jim Halford leads 24-hour police protection in Hughestown. New equipment has been placed in cruisers, including a gun rack and internet service.

Residents who attended a recent borough meeting noted water run off on Center and Parsonage streets. Hedges that were too high were also discussed, and an issue with a Parsonage Street property is being looked into. More information is to come.

A second year of bulk item and trash service with Mascaro will start 2019. Council reported residents have said they are happy with their services. More information is to come on garbage, recycling, garden debris, and ashes to be picked up weekly.

Council wishes everyone a merry Christmas and happy holidays and is looking forward to another great year in 2019.

Holiday trash collection

The following changes to trash and recycling collection will take place Christmas and New Year’s week:

Tuesday recyclables will be collected Wednesday and the Wednesday collection of ashes will be collected Thursday.

No collections will be made Christmas or New Year’s Day.

Crime Watch

If you’d like to get involved with the Hughestown Neighborhood Crime Watch, the group meets at 7 p.m. the first Monday of every month in the Hughestown Borough Building.

The next meeting will be held Feb. 4. No meeting will be held in January because of the holiday.

All residents are encouraged to attend.

Birthday wishes

Council sends special happy belated birthday wishes Bill Kossuth, who celebrated Dec. 18, and to Councilwoman Barbara Gatto, who celebrated Dec. 19.

Kayleigh DeMace writes about Hughestown every week for Greater Pittston Progress. To include a community announcement in her column, email kdemace@pittstonprogress.com or call 570-821-2004 by 5 p.m. Monday.