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The Pittston Twp. Ambulance Association has debuted 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 protect the integrity of its finances and accounts for expenditures. 

All of these topics are available on the web site 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.

The Pittston Twp. Ambulance Associations 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 Area elementary wrestling

Congratulations are in order this for the Pittston Area Elementary Wrestling Patriots. On Jan. 26, the elementary Patriots wrestled in the annual Penn League Individual Wrestling Tournament, hosted by Delaware Valley High School. Thirty-four wrestlers from Pittston Area entered the tournament and 23 of those wrestlers placed in the top four. Ten of them made it to the finals and of those 10, seven won first place. Congratulations to Jake Aftewicz, who took home the Bill Purcell Award, recognizing the most valuable wrestler for the season. Dominic Innamorati was named the tournament’s most valuable wrestler for the junior division.

The Penn League Duals Team Wrestling Tournament is scheduled for Saturday, Feb. 10, at Pittston Area High School, 5 Stout St., Yatesville. Weigh-ins will begin at 8 a.m. with wrestling starting at 9. Good luck!

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 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.

Jenkins Crime Watch news

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 refuse and recycling

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 will be added to the following listed fees. 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.

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 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 and 1 to 3 p.m. Wednesdays. 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.’s office hours for the new tax period have not been announced.

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 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: Danny Mancini, Feb. 4; Mike Parrent, Elizabeth Urbanski and Allie Brozena, Feb. 5; Ross Giarratano, Feb. 6; Sal Shandra Jr. and Brianne Delmar, Feb. 7; Christopher Bevan, Becca Thompson, Katt Sylvester, Tony Angelella III and Robbie Robinson, Feb. 8; Sean Robinson, Maria Rita Tomasello, Chloe Nawrocki and Alyssa Gad, Feb. 9; Saisha Pringle and Joseph Moore, Feb. 10. Make it a good one, everybody!

Wise Words of the Week

“Peace is its own reward.” — Mahatma Gandhi

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.