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Imagine it. Your alarm doesn’t go off in the morning or you pressed snooze one too many times. You barely have time to put the coffee on before getting in the shower. You dress quickly, you grab the coffee and your keys and run out the door. You made it out right in time to not be late to work.

You back out of your driveway and are clipping along nicely. You’re going to make it! Until you get to an unexpected road closure. Now you have to backtrack, find an alternate route and be late to work or class or that meeting.

It’s not very hard to imagine. We’ve all had that experience. It’s infinitely frustrating.

Earlier this week, the West Pittston Police Department sent out a press release advising everyone in West Pittston that the Firemen’s Memorial Bridge will be closed from 7 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday, Feb. 4, through Thursday, Feb. 7, for bridge inspection. On behalf of everyone who needs to get across the bridge every weekday to get to work, I would like to thank the police department for keeping us all informed. This advanced notice should give us all plenty of time to plan accordingly in order to avoid the frustration that comes with unexpected road closures on our morning commute.

Here’s what else is happening around town this week:

Corpus Christi news

At all Masses the weekend of Feb. 2-3, everyone is asked to bring in a can of soup for the parish food pantry and to vote for their favorite team to win the Super Bowl. Participants will earn one point for their team for every can or for every dollar donated. Youth group members will be on hand at all the weekend Masses to accept donations!

All students in grades seven through 12 and their friends are invited to the parish’s board game night from 6 to 9 p.m. Sunday, March 10, in Immaculate Conception Church hall. Pizza, snacks and drinks will be provided. Call JuelAnn Klepadlo at 570-430-1470 or email to let them know you plan on attending.

All boys and girls from elementary through high school are invited to take part in the youth group’s annual production of the Living Stations. Practices are held at 7 p.m. the following Sundays, March 17, 24, April 7 and 14. Mandatory dress rehearsal is at 7 p.m. Wednesday, April 17, followed by a treat at Blue Ribbon. This is a great opportunity for confirmation students to earn service hours. If your son or daughter is interested in participating, contact JuelAnn Klepadlo.

Save the date! Sunday, May 19, Corpus Christi Parish will host a car corral on the grounds of Holy Redeemer Church. The event will feature food trucks, vendors and cars. For information, please contact Carmen or Deb Altavilla at 570-574-4360 or

Communal baptism will be held immediately following the 10:30 a.m. liturgy Sunday, Feb. 24, in Immaculate Conception Church. Members of the baptism ministry will be on hand to welcome the families and present gifts for the children from the Holy Name Society and St. Clare Sewing Ministry. Call the rectory to make arrangements to have your child baptized.

The first planning meeting for Corpus Christi Bazaar 2019 will be held at 6 p.m. Wednesday, Jan. 30, in the rectory. All former chairpersons, as well as anyone interested in helping plan this bazaar, are encouraged to attend.

Trinity Episcopal news

Trinity Episcopal Church offers noon prayer every Wednesday.

Library news

West Pittston Library announces the following upcoming activities:

Maker Monday — Feb. 4, Wyoming Area Act 80 half day, Cardboard and Newspaper Construction. Easy to use tools transform simple cardboard into building fun! With the help of reusable rivets, hinges, saws and more, kids will free-build with cardboard scraps and turn rolled up newspapers into building materials with special connectors to create incredible geometric sculptures. Of course, the library’s vast collection of building toys also will be on hand to keep the kids entertained for hours.

Maker Monday — Feb. 18, Presidents Day Perler Party

Those small, plastic, colorful beads with a hollow center are the guests of honor at this Maker Monday party! Arrange them in a pattern to create your own design, using the provided pegboards and Miss Summer will fuse the beads together with an iron so you can take your project home!

Tea Cup Succulents/ Movie Night — 6 to 8 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 28. The last plant class was so much fun that the library’s doing it again. This time, plant your roots in a sweet tea cup or coffee mug. Feel free to bring your own, but your $10 registration covers all materials. You also can enjoy a snack and watch the evening’s movie “Ghost Town,” with Ricky Gervais.

Registration fees are non-refundable contributions. Please call the library at 570-654-9847, or stop by to sign up for programs.

Cherry Blossom Festival meeting

The West Pittston Cherry Blossom Festival Committee will meet at 7 p.m. Monday, Feb. 4, at Corpus Christi Parish’s school building on Luzerne Avenue in West Pittston.

All committee members must attend and new members are welcome to attend the meeting.


Parks and recreation news

West Pittston Parks, Recreation and Beautification Board holds monthly meetings at 7 p.m. the first Wednesday of each month in the borough building. New members are welcome.


Recycling containers at the Public Works Building on Delaware Avenue are open to the public from 8 a.m. to noon Saturdays.

Curbside collection of recyclables is the first and third Thursday of each month.

The Public Works Department asks that residents place their recyclables in front of their homes Wednesday evening prior to collection Thursday morning.

See you around town.

John Bubul writes about West Pittston every week for Greater Pittston Progress. To include an item in his column, email or call 570-301-2187 by Monday.