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Jenkins Twp. and Pittston Twp. Little Leagues announce the unanimous decision to merge, forming just one league, which will now be called Township Baseball. Registration was held last Saturday, but you can also register online at www.townshipbaseball.com until Feb. 28.

For the 2019 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 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 meetings

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

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

Crime Watch news

The Jenkins Twp. Crime Watch schedules its meetings for the third Wednesday of every month. The next meeting is at 7 p.m. Wednesday, Feb. 20, at the municipal building.

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. 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.

Pittston Twp. meeting

The Pittston Twp. Board of Supervisors meeting will be held at 7 p.m. Monday, Feb. 18, at the municipal building, 421 Broad St., Pittston Twp. The 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.

Tax reminder

The tax office at the Jenkins Twp. Municipal Building, 46½ Main 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.

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.

Happy birthday

Happy birthday this week to Shauna Newhart, Jonathan Timek, Kat Patchoski and Lauren Janoski, Jan. 28; Ronnie Abbott, Justin Karasinski, Patricia Bechtold and Katie Kelley, Jan. 29; Libby Hackel, Jacqueline Cefalo, Alexandria Lee and Stephanie Lombardo, Jan. 30; Jillian Yacovelli Lyons, Lou Cella and Danille Siskovich, Jan 31; Adam Sheridan, Anthony Montini, Myria Dotzman, Ryan Manley and Sara Licata, Feb. 2; Andrew Besecker, Jasmine Waltman, Jennifer Kobolinski, Jasmine Waltman and Jessica Krawczyk, Feb. 3, and Danny Mancini, Feb. 4.

Make it a good one, everybody!

Wise Words of the Week

“We are not makers of history. We are made by history.”— Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.

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.