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Now that Valentine’s Day is over, it’s time to put away the paper hearts and bring out the shamrocks. Exchange the color red for lots of green as the annual St. Patrick’s Day Pub Crawl kicks off the sixth annual Pittston City St. Patrick’s Day celebration.

The St. Patrick’s Day Pub Crawl will kick off the shamrock season with festivities beginning at 5:15 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 23, with three Pittston establishments participating. The Knights of Columbus, the Tomato Bar and the Red Mill all will be a part of the pub crawl. There is no charge to participate, however everyone in attendance is responsible for their own food and beverages.

This year, the pub crawl will begin at the Knights of Columbus from 5:15 to 6:45 p.m. Then participants will head over to the Tomato Bar from 7 to 8:30 p.m. After which, everyone will conclude the night at the Red Mill from 8:45 until 10:15 p.m.

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, one must 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.

Once the rebate period is over, face period for payment is April 4 through June 3. Penalty period is June 4 through Dec. 31.

To report a change of address, please mark the bill accordingly or include a note with the new mailing address.

Jenkins Twp. meeting

The 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.

Jenkins Crime Watch news

The 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 has a new website. The new site got a complete upgrade and a new look from the old one, which was developed in 2012 to replace the association’s original 2007 design.

The new website has all the same information, but in a newer, brighter, user-friendly navigation presentation, along with a live scanner audio link. The ambulance association will continually update information such as adding to the photo album. In the near future, a number of other features will be added, such as live chat and a live video feed.

The web development company Market Genius, of Dunmore, designed the new website.

Residents who subscribe to the Community Emergency Notification Systems have been receiving emails over the past month pertaining to operations of the ambulance association and programs offered. Three emails were sent in January pertaining to recruiting EMS providers for the association, public relations programs offered and how the ambulance association protects the integrity of its finances and accounts for expenditures.

Information about all of these topics are available on the website and the public is invited to visit the site and check it out for themselves. The web link is www.ptaa-ems.com.

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

Ambulance membership

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 the office at 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.

Township Baseball

Jenkins Twp. and Pittston Twp. Little Leagues announce the unanimous decision to merge, forming one league, which will now be called Township Baseball. You can register online at www.townshipbaseball.com until Feb. 28.

For the 2019 baseball season, T-ball registration is free and the first 50 T-ball players who register will receive a free Rawlings baseball glove. Registration fees are as follows: coach pitch, $40; minor league, $60; major league, $60. Family fee is not to exceed $110 per family.

There will be a full skill evaluation and player draft, which will give each player the opportunity to play on a team that is created equally.

Games will be played at the Jenkins Twp. and the Pittston Twp. fields. As the organization continues to invest back into its facilities, new safety break-away bases are being installed at both complexes, as well as other safety and complex upgrades.

Jenkins Senior Citizen

Organization meeting

The Jenkins Twp. Senior Citizen Organization is getting ready to resume activities after not meeting in January or February.

The group 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 always welcome.

For information, please contact Jean Mudlock at 570-654-9710.

Jenkins Twp. Planning

Commission meeting

The Jenkins Twp. Planning Commission meets the third Thursday of every month.

The next meeting is scheduled for 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 items are not accepted: tires, building materials, automobile parts and electronics.

J.P. Mascaro & Sons announced that due to the growing problem of bed bugs, all mattresses and box springs must be wrapped in plastic before collection.

For information about the refuse fee or any of the township collections, please contact the municipal building at 570-654-0161.

Pittston Twp. meeting

The Pittston Twp. Board of Supervisors will meet at 7 p.m. Monday, March 18, at the municipal building, 421 Broad St., Pittston Twp. 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.

Pittston Twp. reminds residents that no one, under any circumstances, may dispose of electronic devices or their components with their municipal solid waste. Electronics include desktop computers, laptop computers, video game consoles, microwave ovens and especially televisions.

For information, call 570-654-0161.

Happy birthday

Happy birthday this week to: Shaun Quick, Bobby Schwoyer, Rob Davis, James Heal, Erik Briggs and Ariel Zurad, Feb. 25; Jamie Conners and Sophia Maopolski-Brown, Feb. 26; Daniel Martin, Devaney Paseur, Megan Barnett, Matt Benedetto and Mike Miller, Feb. 27; Kelsey Lynn Fisch, Caitlin Black and Samantha Soy, Feb. 28; Mikal Nolan, March 1; Lindsay Dunn, Sam Benefante and Adam Kabacinski, March 2; Brandon Dolan, Jacob Baker, Kendra DeOrio and Kasey McConnell, March 3; Rosie Fasciana, Daeka Barbini, Jeannie Keller Hymes and Jessica C. Morris, March 4; Vincent Budzyn and Terri Gorman, March 5.

Make it a good one, everybody!

Wise Words of the Week

“It’s always too early to quit.” — Norman Vincent Peale

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