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Organizations and businesses are keeping you connected online by offering exercise and wellness classes, children’s activities, cooking demonstrations and other programs.

Pittston Memorial Library has been going live on its Facebook page daily with different age levels of books being read by staff members.

They also have been posting short biographies of staff members as the weeks go on, including their favorite book genre and favorite book.

Another item the library has been posting is quarantine cooking recipes. The recipes are posted on the library Facebook page with all of the instructions and ingredients attached. If you would like to submit a recipe to the library, you can message a link to the page.

The library is hosting a learning about financial resources program online from Monday, April 27 until Friday, May 1. Videos and links will be posted after the event. The library will cover some websites and resources like finance for kids, career resources, online banking basics, financial planning and more.

The YMCA has been posting a daily tip sheet that includes activities to do with your family, an exercise, some tips on how to keep your kids entertained, and recipe ideas. The tip sheets have four tips each and are being posted every day with different tips and tricks included.

The YMCA also is posting videos on its page of some of the instructors doing easy to follow workouts.

Leverage Fitness Studio also has been posting weekly schedules of Zoom classes they are providing. The classes include several different workouts taking place on Zoom at varying times during the week. Everyone is welcome to join. Look for the links on the studio’s Facebook page to join.

They are also participating in the Shirt Off Our Backs movement through AxelRad Screen Printing, which supports local businesses through the purchase of a shirt with the business’s name on it. Shirts are $15.

Hair help

Sapphire Salon is offering a hair color survival kit. Call the salon between 10 a.m. and 5 p.m. Monday through Friday and talk to one of salon’s experts who will put together a hair color survival kit just for you. They also are offering shipping to your doorstep.

For information, call 570-602-7700.

State of emergency updates

Council unanimously enacted two emergency ordinances that extend the state of emergency in the City of Pittston to Wednesday, May 20. City hall, the public works department, fire department and library will remain closed to the general public in accordance with the state and federal guidelines.

Council also unanimously voted to extend the 2% discount payments of 2020 city property taxes through Friday, May 29. City property tax payments must be post-marked by Friday, May 29, or received in the red drop box in front of city hall by the close of business that day at 4 p.m.

The new garbage stickers are tentatively scheduled to be available beginning in early May. This will be adjusted as necessary. Please continue to use the pink stickers for now.

All playground equipment will remain restricted.

Yard waste collection will continue as scheduled.

Please continue to practice social distancing and try to limit your travels outside of your homes.

If you have any questions or concerns, please call 570-654-0513.

Business updates

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, China III, DeMuro’s Pizza, Fuji, The Gramercy, Knights of Columbus, The Red Mill, Rikasa, Tomato Bar and Bistro, Vince’s Pizza and Vito’s Bistro.

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

Curry Donuts is open for pickup and drive-thru.

Donut Connection is open for pickup and drive-thru.

Dunkin is open for pickup and curbside.

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

The Majestic is open for pickup only.

Napoli’s Pizza is open for pickup and delivery.

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

Outside of downtown, Pittston Diner announced it is open for curbside pickup and takeout.

Morgan’s Butcher Shop is open for curbside pickup.

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