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It’s officially shamrock season. Now that Valentine’s Day is over, it’s time to exchange the paper hearts for shamrocks. And remember to wear lots of green as Pittston City’s sixth annual St. Patrick’s Parade kicks off the Irish season Saturday, March 2.

Parade day morning starts off with a special Mass, to be held at 9 a.m. at St. John the Evangelist Church, Williams Street, Pittston.

Parade lineup starts at 10 a.m., in the south end of town near the Turkey Hill and Jack Williams Tire. The parade starts at noon from Turkey Hill.

There are just over 100 entries this year, and the highlights include a giant, inflatable shamrock balloon, four pipe and drum bands, local mascots, dancing groups, local businesses, animal groups and much more.

The parade travels north on Main Street to the coal miner statue and then loops onto Kennedy Boulevard and ends at Cooper’s Seafood.

For information, please visit www.pittstonstpatricksparade.org/.

Tax reminders

County and township taxes have been sent out and are in the rebate period through Wednesday, April 3.

During the rebate period, Pittston Twp. Tax Collector Rita Timonte will have office hours from 5:30 to 8 p.m. Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday at her home office, 12 E. Oak St., Pittston Twp. The tax office at the Jenkins Twp. Municipal Building, 46½ Main St., will be open from 10 a.m. to noon Tuesdays and 1 to 3 p.m. Wednesdays.

Special arrangements may be made by calling Jenkins Twp. Tax Collector Jean Mudlock at 570-654-9710 or Pittston Twp. Tax Collector Rita Timonte at 570-654-8807. If paying by mail, postmark is acceptable. When requesting a paid receipt when paying by mail, include all copies of the tax bill with a self addressed, stamped envelope. One check should be written out for each parcel.

If you are a new property owner and have not yet received your bill, or if you received a bill in error, please contact your tax collector. To report a change of address, please mark the bill accordingly or include a note with the new mailing address.

Face period for payment is April 4 to June 3. Penalty period is June 4 through Dec. 31.

Jenkins recycling advisory

Jenkins Twp. residents are reminded to clean their recyclables before putting them out to be picked up. In single stream recycling, all materials collected are separated out at the material recovery facility. Because materials come into contact with one another in these streams, it’s more likely that liquids and foods will spill onto paper products. This can contaminate paper and force the recycling facility to divert the product to the landfill. Rinsing out bottles and cans reduces the likelihood that recycled materials will be sent to the trash.

Jenkins board meeting

Jenkins Twp. Board of Supervisors will hold its monthly meeting at 7 p.m. Wednesday, March 13, at the municipal building, 46½ Main St., Inkerman. The meeting is open to the public.

Crime Watch meeting

Jenkins Twp. Crime Watch will meet at 7 p.m. Wednesday, March 20, at the municipal building. The meeting is open to the public.

Ambulance association news

The Pittston Twp. Ambulance Association’s 2019 membership drive is now underway. Annual membership is $35 per residence.

Any resident who did not receive a membership mailing, please call 570-654-4717. Memberships also may be obtained between 9 a.m. and 3 p.m. Monday through Friday at the business office, 24 Bryden St., Pittston Twp.

The ambulance association has debuted a new website at www.ptaa-ems.com. The new website has all the same information, but in a newer, brighter, user-friendly navigation presentation, along with a live scanner audio link.

Jenkins seniors meeting

Jenkins Twp. Senior Citizen Organization normally meets the third Tuesday of every month, with some exceptions. The next meeting will be held at 6:30 p.m. Tuesday, March 19, at the Jenkins Twp. Hose Co., 2 Second St., Pittston. New members are welcome. For information, please contact Jean Mudlock at 570-654-9710.

Jenkins planning meeting

Jenkins Twp. Planning Commission meets the third Thursday of every month. The next meeting is at 7 p.m. Thursday, March 21, at the municipal building.

Jenkins refuse and recycling

Residents are advised payment for the 2019 Jenkins Twp. stickers for refuse and recycling services through County Waste is now past due. As of Feb. 1, a $10 late fee has been added to the following listed fees.

If payment is not made in full by May 1, another $10 late fee will be added. Anyone who hasn’t paid their 2019 fee at that time will be sent a final notice and may face legal action. June 1, all unpaid charges or balances will be sent to the Jenkins Twp. Police Department for enforcement and issuance of a citation and/or filing of a municipal lien for noncompliance to the Refuse and Recycling Ordinance.

The sticker prices are based on the size of the bin the resident owns. A small bin, 35 gallons, is $120; medium bin, 65 gallons, is $240, and a large bin, 95 gallons, is $280. All prices have an additional $10 late fee. Bulk stickers also are available for purchase. Residents must purchase a full sheet of six stickers for $30.

Jenkins Twp. now accepts payment by Visa, Master Card, American Express and Discover credit cards. If you choose to pay with a credit card, a consumer fee of 3 percent will be applied for each transaction.

Anyone who wishes to upgrade their service to the next size may do so by bringing proof of the current sticker for the bin size and a copy of the paid invoice to the Jenkins Twp. Municipal Office, 46½ Main St., Inkerman.

For information, contact the township at 570-654-3315.

Residents are advised they no longer have to schedule a pickup with County Waste for bulk items. Just place items out Monday evening or by approximately 6 a.m. Tuesday for bulk sticker items to be picked up. The following are not accepted: tires, building materials, automobile parts and electronics. Mattresses and box springs must be wrapped in plastic.

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

Pittston Twp. Easter events

A children’s Easter Party will be held from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday, April 6, at St. Joseph Martello Parish Center, 237 William Street Pittston. An egg hunt will be held from 1:30 p.m. to 2:30 p.m. at Tony Attardo Park, 79 Bryden St., Pittston Twp. For information, call 570-654-0161.

Pittston Twp. meeting

Pittston Twp. Board of Supervisors will meet at 7 p.m. Monday, March 18, at the municipal building, 421 Broad St. Board meetings are held the third Monday of every month.

Pittston Twp. snow removal

Pittston Twp. residents are reminded the placement of portable basketball goals or stands on any township roadway is strictly prohibited between Nov. 1 and March 31. Township road maintenance trucks have been damaged during snow plowing operations due to collisions with these types of equipment on township-owned roadways.

Pittston Twp. refuse and recycling reminders

Pittston Twp.’s garbage collection days are Friday of each week for all of Pittston Twp. Recycling days will continue to be Friday of alternating weeks. No electronics will be accepted. For information, call 570-654-0161.

Happy birthday

Happy birthday this week to: Vincent Budzyn and Terri Gorman, March 5; Dale Zyck, Rachelle Yatko, Amanda Nayavich and Steve Spigarelli, March 6; Richard Poluka and Todd Hoffman, March 7; Christopher Popp, Buddy Piccolini, Nicole Scoble and Tyler Serbin, March 8; Marc Endress, Mark DeStefano, Kile Melvin, Lisa Marie Margaravage, Seher Cangoz and J.P. Kearney, March 9; Sarah Scinto, Jolene Chiampi Lazecki, Ian McLeod, Caitlin Shannon, Greg Allen, March 10; AJ Benfante, Ben Wiley, Thomas M. Shubilla, Nathan Machey, Maria LoBrutto Adonizio and Rebecca Cavill, March. 11. Make it a good one, everybody!

Wise Words of the Week

“A cloudy day is no match for a sunny disposition.” — William Arthur Ward

Nico Rossi writes about Jenkins Twp. and Pittston Twp. every week. To include an item in his column, email nrossi@pittstonprogress.com or call 570-348-9100, ext. 5202 by Monday.