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NEPA Inclusive offers

programs for Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities Month

NEPA Inclusive has announced a series of events to celebrate March as Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities Awareness Month. The agency recently opened a new administrative office at 48 S. Main St., Suite 201, Pittston, and will host an informational seminar on the services it provides at 5 p.m. Wednesday, March 14.

Karen Lugiano, of Massmutual Special Care Division, will host a financial seminar, “10 Basic Steps for Caregivers,” from 5 to 7 p.m. Thursday, March 15, at the Pittston location.

A parent seminar, “Through the Lifespan,” a national Best Practices seminar, will help families plan for the future of their loved one. The seminar will be held from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. Wednesday, March 28, at the Pittston Memorial Library, hosted by Francine Hogan, regional trainer and network adviser for the Vision for Equality in Philadelphia.

Film Inclusive, a series of short films featuring people with disabilities who live and work inclusively in the community, will be held at 6 p.m. Wednesday, March 21, on the second floor of the Tomato Bar in Pittston.

All events are free. Pre-registration is recommended but not required.

NEPA Inclusive is a locally organized charitable organization dedicated to creating and supporting inclusive and sustainable lives for people with disabilities. For information, contact Emily Evanko, 570-947-6372 or email

Small games of chance

rules seminar planned

State Rep. Aaron Kaufer will host a small games of chance seminar from 6 to 9 p.m. Wednesday, March 7, at the Wyoming Hose Company, 70 E. 3rd St., Wyoming.

“If you are a member of an organization that uses a small games of chance license, or your group is interested in learning more about obtaining one, I encourage you to attend this seminar,” Kaufer said. “This is a good way to make sure your group is following current state law, as there have been several changes and updates made in recent years.”

Liquor Enforcement Officer Derrick Devaney, from the Pennsylvania State Police Bureau of Liquor Control Enforcement’s Compliance, Auditing and Gambling Enforcement Unit, will update attendees on the state Liquor Code and how small games of chance regulations are enforced by his bureau.

This primarily affects event organizers of charitable organizations conducting Night at the Races, basket raffles, 50-50 drawings, bingo events and more. Organizers for these types of events may include church groups, school sports clubs, parent teacher organizations, private groups and clubs that conduct any small games of chance.

For information, call 570-283-1001.

Pittston Library will host women’s roundtable

Friends of the Pittston Memorial Library will celebrate the second annual Women of the Round Table at 2 p.m. Sunday, March 18, in the Cosgrove Room, Broad Street, Pittston. The celebration is in honor of National Women’s History Month, which began with a proclamation signed by President James Carter in 1980 celebrating the week of March 8 as Women’s History Week. In 1987, the United States Congress extended the week-long observance into a month.

The Friends implemented the roundtable to offer women an opportunity to gathered to exchange stories, laugh, maybe cry a little, solve problems and enjoy conversation while sipping a cup of coffee or tea.

The theme selected for this year’s event is “My Journey to the Present Day.”

Seven women from the community who will serve as presenters are: Dr. Janet Serino, Barbara Pirrelli Sico, Roseann Ricotta, Judge Lisa Gilb, Lori Nocito, Sister Mary Ann Cody and Carol Coolbaugh,

Friends members serving on the committee are: Palmina Pavlico, Joann McHale, Ann Simko, Ann Tracy, Mary Ann Novitsky, Rosemarie Amico, Rita Mecadon, Joy Greenwald, Ellen Mondlak and Maria Capolarella Montante.

The public is invited, free of charge. Refreshments will be provided. Reservations may be made by calling the library at 570-654-9565.