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Before we get into the news for this week, I have a confession to make. I completely forgot about Mother’s Day until Friday night of last weekend. I was so excited that Agolino’s was reopening that I completely forgot what the real story last weekend was. Mothers. Particularly mine.

She and I have been quarantine buddies. I see her for a little while in the morning. Periodically she brings a snack up to the attic where I’m working. Whenever my lunch hour is, whether it be 3 or 4:30 p.m., a hot meal is always ready for me when I walk downstairs. Frankly, I don’t know how she does it. And she deserves more than to be playing second fiddle to a restaurant reopening for takeout service. Although I am still very excited about Agolino’s reopening. I’d like to belatedly thank my mom and all other moms for all that they do.

Hopefully next year we wont be in a quarantine for Mother’s Day and I’ll have a grasp of how time is working and what month it is.

Thank you moms. Your hard work never goes unnoticed.

Another group in our area whose hard work does not go unnoticed and that has been busier than ever during the pandemic has been the Salvation Army West Pittston Corps, which has been working in tandem with the Rotary Club of Pittston to deliver food boxes to individuals who can’t leave the house, including seniors, veterans and high risk individuals. The Salvation Army Corps is also giving out “Family Packs,” which include juice boxes, snacks, art materials, and even a board game for the family to play. This can help keep the children occupied and help families bond during this difficult time.

The Salvation Army is committed to offering care and compassion to those in need throughout this pandemic and beyond. To give to the Salvation Army you are encouraged to visit the Salvation Army Virtual Food Pantry at

Here’s what else is happening around town:

Corpus Christi news

Corpus Christi Parish has cancelled or postponed the following events: the Holy Name breakfast will be rescheduled for a later date, and all tickets will be honored at that time. If you prefer a refund, call the rectory at 570-654-2753.

Twilight Bingo will be held at a later date, so anyone who sent in sponsorships and those who purchased tickets are advised tickets will be good for the new date and sponsorship money also will be rolled over for the new date. If you prefer a refund, please call the rectory at 570-654-2753.

Also cancelled are Heart Saver Class, religious education classes, confirmation classes, Soup & Scripture, First Eucharist retreat, Communion to the homebound and soup to the homebound.

In an effort for parishioners to stay connected to each other and to their faith, Deacon Jim will be offering a virtual Bible study using the Zoom application. The application can be used on smartphones or laptops. The group will meet at 6 p.m. Wednesdays for approximately one hour. Each Wednesday, participants will discuss the following Sunday’s readings. If you are interested, contact Deacon Jim at 570-239-2783 or And since it is virtual, snacks are on your own!

Sunday Mass is now on the website and Facebook at corpuschristiparishpa.

Library news

The Office of Commonwealth Libraries and the Pennsylvania Department of Education have instructed libraries to extend their closures. Therefore, the West Pittston Library, along with all of the libraries in the Luzerne County Library System, will remain closed until further notice.

Books can be returned to the library book drop. No overdue fines will be charged on any checked out library materials during this time.

Keep checking back for updates.

Honor a veteran

If you or your family would like to purchase a banner for a friend or loved one who is a West Pittston veteran, past or present, you are encouraged to apply on West Pittston Tomorrow’s website at

The banner is made of heavy vinyl and is 30 inches wide by 60 inches tall. The initial cost per banner is $200 and that cost includes the production, installation and removal and storage of the banner. Annual renewal fee of $25, which will go toward putting up and taking down the banners, also will be charged. Plans are for the banners to be put up for Memorial Day and be taken down in November, to be stored until the next year.

To purchase a banner, fill out an application online.

Community garden spaces

Attention gardeners, West Pittston Tomorrow is accepting applications for its community garden. Three plot sizes are available, a small 4-by-4-foot plot for $10, a medium 4-by-8-foot plot for $20 and a large 6-by-12-foot plot for $40. To participate, make a check payable to West Pittston Tomorrow and send it to 555 Exeter Ave., West Pittston, PA 18643.

John Bubul writes about West Pittston every week. To list an item, email or call 570-301-2187 by Monday.