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Above, among the volunteers at the recent Jenkins Twp. children’s Christmas party, from left, are Kaylee Copp, Bobby Romanski, Sydney Copp, Bella Romanski, Robert Linskey, secretary/treasurer; Wendy Sartin, clerk; Santa Claus, Joseph Sperrazza, vice chairman; Cindy Romanski and Stanley Rovinski, chairman. At left, are JoElle Dougherty, zoning officer; Wendy Sartin, clerk, and Barbara Fairchild, manager.

Jenkins Twp. Board of Supervisors Chairman Stan Rovinski wrote a statement thanking everyone involved with the township’s children’s Christmas party, which was held Dec. 15 at the Jenkins Twp. Volunteer Hose Company.

“The event was a great success and a good time was had by all,” Rovinski said. “A crowd of over 200 people attended with over 100 children visiting Santa Claus. We would also like to thank Santa for visiting Jenkins Twp.”

The township also wishes to thank everyone who volunteered to make the day one to remember. “Thanks to Joey Sperrazza, Don Sartin, Joe Santee and Dan Kosisky Jr., for decorating and cleaning up,” Rovinski said. “Also a thank you to Chief Mudlock and Officers Brandon Cole and Chris Purcell for their assistance with prizes.”

“A tip of the hat as well to the kitchen staff, who were very busy. Barb Fairchild and Wendy Sartin did a yeoman’s job with the food,” Rovinski said. “Bryan Tonte decorated his DJ equipment and Joelle Dougherty was the perfect cheerleader. Photographer Curtis Solonick took individual pictures of attendees with Santa that are available to everyone at the municipal building at no extra charge,” Rovinski said.

According to Rovinski, a special kudos is to go out to Cindy “Mother Hen” Romanski and her family, Kellie, Kaylee and Sydney, for all of their hard work.

“And last but not least, special recognition goes to Libby and Robby ‘Slim’ Linskey for organizing the toy distribution,” Rovinski said. “Also, to Patti Prociak of Prociak Associates. Thanks again to everyone on the team.”

Residents may pick up pictures at the municipal building, 46½ Main St., Inkerman.

Jenkins Seniors

The Jenkins Twp. Senior Citizen Organization will not meet 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 notices

The next Jenkins Twp. Board of Supervisors meeting is scheduled for 7 p.m. Wednesday, Feb. 13, at the municipal building.

The Jenkins Twp. Municipal Building will be closed Monday, Jan. 21, due to Martin Luther King Jr. Day.

Jenkins tree collections

Christmas trees will be picked up Thursdays in January, weather permitting. No fake trees will be collected. Plastic bags placed over the trees will not be accepted.

Jenkins refuse and recycling

The 2019 Jenkins Twp. stickers for refuse and recycling services through County Waste are now available for purchase.

Pricing remains the same as 2018. 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. Bulk stickers also are available for purchase. Residents must purchase a full sheet of six stickers for $30.

All transactions must be complete by Jan. 31 or residents will face penalty fees.

There is a $40 discount for property owners who are 65 or older as of Dec. 31, 2018 or for anyone who can provide proof of a disability.

Jenkins Twp. now accepts 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.

A new payment plan is being offered. Residents who choose to make payments are advised the final payment must be made by the Jan. 31 deadline.

Any resident failing to pay in full by the deadline will face a $10 late fee, effective Feb. 1. A delinquent notice will be sent out to the resident and 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 of the Refuse and Recycling Ordinance.

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

Ambulance drive

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.

Pittston Twp. meeting

The Pittston Twp. Board of Supervisors meeting will be held Tuesday, Jan. 22, this month, as the municipal building is closed Monday, Jan. 21, due to Martin Luther King Jr. Day.

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.

Tax reminder

The tax office at the Jenkins Twp. Municipal Building, 46½Main St., will be open from 10 a.m. to noon Tuesdays. Special arrangements may be made by calling Jenkins Twp. Tax Collector Jean Mudlock at 570-654-9710. Payments also can be sent anytime in the mail or dropped off at 3 Laflin Road. The postmark will be accepted as payment date. If a receipt is required, send a self-addressed, stamped envelope with payment.

Pittston Twp. Tax Collector Rita Timonte will have office hours from 5:30 to 8 p.m. Mondays at her home office, 12 E. Oak St. Appointments also may be made by calling 570-654-8807.

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.

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.

Pittston Twp. wishes to remind its 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: Katelyn Pugliese, Regina Linskey and Kristen Tetlak, Jan. 21; Laura Boone, Erin Dougherty, Meghan Limongelli, Josh Renfer, Zac Fetch and Sami Lynn Amico-Stem, Jan. 22; Greg Morgan, Katie Wiesel, Nicholas Kaminski and Alyssa Almodovar, Jan. 23; Eddie Rudensky and Cathy Richards, Jan. 24; Taylor Nicole Trombly, Aaron “Buck” Joyce and Mike Hodak, Jan. 25; Kate Logan, Britney McDermott, Kristy Rosiak and Pat O’Malley, Jan. 26; Chris Tonte, Jan. 27. Make it a good one, everybody!

Wise Words of the Week

“Wherever there is a human being, there is an opportunity for a kindness.” — Lucius Annaeus Seneca

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