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I hope everyone is staying well and healthy as we continue to observe social distancing practices. As has been said so many times, it has been a great challenge to observe these guidelines and remain apart from friends and family in order to stay safe.

What has been a joy to see, and a definite contrast to so much of the bleak news that is being presented so often, are the creative ways people have been able to safely celebrate special occasions with each other. From phone calls to video calls, it’s been encouraging to see the care people have been showing for each other in the efforts they are putting forward in order to stay connected.

One of my favorite trends to safely celebrate have been the numerous “birthday parades” and other drive-by parties that have marked special events for multiple individuals. This is an extraordinary time, and it has been nice to see people finding extraordinary ways to make simple days mean a little more to everyone.

Pittston Twp. Ambulance Association announced it will be joining in with these celebrations, and they will participate in any birthday drive-by parades for any township resident. To request a parade and schedule a day, call the PTAA office at 570-654-4717.

Compost

Effective May 12, Pittston Twp. has begun participating in the Greater Pittston Compost Program at the facility in Dupont.

Pittston Twp. yard waste

Pittston Twp. will provide curbside pickup of yard waste.

On the first and third Tuesday of each month, collection will be in Upper and Lower Browntown, Cork Lane including Tedrick and Market streets west of the by-pass, Stauffer Heights, Center Street, Laurel Street, Doty Street, Mill Street, Horizon Estates and Stauffer Pointe.

On the second and fourth Tuesday of each month, pickup will be in Butler Heights and 315, Suscon, Pocono Ridge Estates, Houston City, Glendale, Route 502, and Quail Hill.

Pickups must be scheduled at least 24 hours in advance by calling 570-654-0161 anytime between 8 a.m. and 4 p.m.

Tree branches must be bundled and tied and be no bigger than 6 inches in diameter and no longer than 6 feet in length.

Other yard waste, such as grass, leaves and debris, must be in containers which do not weigh more than 30 pounds. Do not use plastic bags or waste will not be picked up. Paper bags can be used.

The following items cannot be picked up: rocks, concrete, stone, tree stumps, lumber, plastics, including plastic bags, and ashes.

The next pickup will be for the third Tuesday of the month on May 19.

Pittston Twp. Ambulance Association news

Pittston Twp. Ambulance Association welcomes Andrew Holter and Mark Hunter as two new EMS providers on its staff. Both have completed their orientation period and are now on active duty.

The ambulance association and its staff have received many generous gifts from various businesses and township residents in appreciation for all they do on a daily basis. The PTAA members wish to acknowledge and give thanks to the following:

Pride Mobility in Exeter, which provided food gift certificates.

Mechanical Services on Oak Street and Leo Sperrazza Insurance in Pittston, which provided staff with food for lunch.

A Pittston Twp. resident who sent a sandwich platter and another who sent an additional monetary donation.

Mericle Commercial Properties, which has provided PTAA access to one of its properties in the event PTAA staff needs to decontaminate equipment or staff members need to shower and wash their personal possessions and clothes. On short notice, Mericle stocked the location with bottled water, towels, soaps, body wash, shampoo, a new clothes washer and dryer, laundry detergent, sanitizers and materials to clean PTAA vehicles, and handed over the keys for all PTAA members to use as long as necessary. All emergency service providers in Pittston Twp. have access to this location, if needed.

McDonald’s Restaurant on Route 315, which provided select food menu items for healthcare providers at no charge.

Domino’s Pizza in Pittston for sending pizza.

And to the many township residents who have waved or said hello in passing, or just said a prayer for the PTAA members’ safety.

Residents are reminded the 2020 ambulance memberships, either new or renewals, are to be mailed and paid directly to the ambulance association.

The Ambulance Association has information available via email only that pertains to the current COVID crisis. The information comes from the CDC and is meant to help determine if you may have had exposure to the virus and what steps to take to protect yourself, when to seek treatment, and steps to take at home during self-quarantine. This information can be obtained by email request by contacting info@pittstontownshipems.com.

Jenkins tax reminder

The Jenkins Twp tax office at the municipal building, 46 Main St., is closed until further notice. Taxes can be dropped off at a drop box in the municipal building lobby or at 3 Laflin Road, Inkerman. Payments also can be mailed. If a receipt is required, please enclose a stamped, self-addressed envelope with payment.

For information, please call the tax collector at 570 654-9710.

Jenkins yard waste

Jenkins Twp. yard waste will be collected every Thursday.

Please be aware that the Jenkins Twp. truck is available to haul yard waste. Simply arrange a time for the truck to be left at your property. You are then free to fill the back of the truck with yard waste, which will be hauled away at an agreed upon time. This can be a much better alternative than loading up multiple bags to be left at the curb.

Pittston Twp. tax reminder

In Pittston Twp., Tax Collector Rita Timonte announced tax payments are now only being accepted by mail. Use the window envelope that was included with the tax bills to mail payments. When requesting a paid receipt, include all copies of the bill along with a self-addressed, stamped envelope. One check must be remitted for each parcel. For change of address, mark the bill or include a note with the new mailing address. For information, call 570-654-8807.

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

Brandon Jopling writes about Jenkins Twp. and Pittston Twp. every week. To list an item in his column, email bjopling@pittstonprogress.com or call 570-301-2175 by 5 p.m. Monday.