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This weekend was to have marked the return of the Second Friday Art Walks to the city. New this season was plans to show free classic movies at the Slope Amphitheater. Of course, with closures and social distancing due to the pandemic, organizers were forced to cancel.

The city is looking into changing up the art walks into a virtual experience, and are still looking into other ways to hold the art walk, especially since the events bring people into the downtown, which provides a boost for businesses and restaurants.

Speaking of art helping business, Vincent Musto, who is one of the artists featured at Art e Fekts, is selling some of his pieces to benefit those struggling during this time. Musto is donating 60% of the sale price to help small businesses and Meals on Wheels of Greater Pittston. Contact Mary at Art e Fekts at 570-885-2323 for information.

Library news

Pittston Memorial Library is hosting live story times on its Facebook page. The library is hosting some Boredom Busters that include a little activity for kids and parents to do at home. These Boredom Busters are simple and easy to make and follow.

The library also has posted that the Junior Library Guild has extended its free e-book access until Sunday, May 31. Books are available for elementary, middle and high school reading levels. Visit the library Facebook page for a link to find these books and information.

YMCA news

The YMCA is posting daily tips on its Facebook page. Some of the tips last week included some easy and fun meals like rainbow pasta, plus some much-needed parent self-care and some fun spring activities the family can do together.

The YMCA also is posting workouts on YouTube and on its Facebook page.

Downtown businesses

Marc’s Tattooing and Body Piercing posted on its Facebook page that all May appointments will be postponed until further notice. Appointments will be rescheduled when there is a date of opening announced by the government.

The Downtown Pittston Partnership Facebook page has been posting up-to-date information on all closures in the city. These are the latest restaurant updates.

The following restaurants are temporarily closed: Angelo’s Philadelphia Subs, Callahan’s, The Gramercy, Knights of Columbus, The Red Mill, Rikasa and Tomato Bar and Bistro.

China III, DeMuro’s Pizza and Vince’s Pizza, all reopened this past week for takeout and delivery. Fuji, Napoli’s Pizza and Vito’s Bistro also recently reopened for takeouts. Napoli’s and Vito’s also offer delivery.

Arcaro’s The Next Generation is offering delivery and curbside pickup.

Curry Donuts, Donut Connection and Dunkin are open for pickup.

Lizza’s Mezzo Mezzo is open for curbside drop and go and delivery.

The Majestic is open for pickup only.

Sabatelle’s Market is open for walk-ins and delivery.

Morgan’s Butcher Shop is open for curbside pickup.

Pittston Diner announced it is open for curbside pickup and takeout.

Katie Kelly writes about Pittston every week. To list an item, email kkelly@pittstonprogress.com or call 570-821-2002 by 5 p.m. Monday.