Now that its halfway through March, believe it or not, Easter is almost here, and the townships are getting ready to celebrate.
The Pittston Township Recreation Board and Pittston Township Board of Supervisors are hosting a children’s Easter party from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday, April 1, at St. Joseph Marello Parish Center, 237 William St. Pittston. The party will be followed by an Easter egg hunt, held at Tony Attardo Park from 1:30 to 2 p.m.
Food, prizes and music will be available for the kids to enjoy.
For more information, please contact the municipal building at 570-654-0161.
Jenkins Township Board of Supervisors will host its Easter egg hunt at 2 p.m. Sunday, April 9, at Spadi Park, Main Street, Inkerman.
For more information, please contact the Jenkins Municipal Building at 570-654-3315.
Celebrity happy hour
Miles for Michael and the Pittston Area Baseball Booster Club want the public to join them for a fun-filled night of food, drinks, basket raffles, and a 50/50 drawing at their local celebrity bartending happy hour.
The event will be held at the Red Mill, 340 S. Main St., Pittston, and is scheduled for Friday, March 31, from 6 to 10 p.m.
There will be a $10 cover at the door, which will include 10 raffle tickets and access to the buffet, including pizza and wings.
The celebrity bartender is still yet to be determined, however all proceeds generated this night will go to benefit the Pittston Area Baseball Booster Club and the Miles for Michael Fund.
Spread the word, invite all of your family and friends, and head out for a night of fun, supporting two great foundations.
For more information, please check the Miles for Michael or Pittston Area Baseball Booster Club’s Facebook pages.
Jenkins Twp. Senior Citizens
The Jenkins Township Senior Citizens group will hold its monthly meeting at 6:30 p.m. Tuesday, March 21, at the Jenkins Township Hose Company, 2 Second St., Jenkins.
This meeting is important because the election of officers will be held and dues will be collected. Stay after the meeting for a game of bingo and refreshments.
Hosts for the meeting are Jerry and Ellen Mondlak. New members are always welcome to attend.
For more information, contact club secretary, Eileen Burns, at 570-212-1053.
Pittston Area class reunion
High school is a rite of passage everyone must go through, and it is quite an accomplishment once completed.
The Pittston Area High School, Class of 1977, Reunion Organization Committee recently met to discuss plans for the upcoming 40th class reunion this year.
The next meeting will be held at 7 p.m. Wednesday, March 29, at Brews Brothers on River Road, Pittston.
All class members are encouraged and welcome to attend to help create and enjoy this most prestigious event.
Jenkins Twp. Little League
Jenkins Township Little League’s opening day is scheduled for Sunday, April 23, with a rain date of Sunday, April 30.
The annual bus trip to the Blue & White Penn State football game is coming up, as well. The day of the game is Saturday, April 22. Prices are $40 per person. There will be two buses going to the game. Attendees will leave the Jenkins Township Little League, 2 May St., Jenkins Township, at 8 a.m. and arrive at Penn State around 10:30 a.m. The game will begin at 3 p.m.
There will be an array of activities and sporting events to catch that day. In addition to the football game, which is free to enter, the university softball team is playing Rutgers University at 5 p.m. and the baseball team is playing Northwestern at 6 p.m.
The buses will leave State College by 8 p.m.
For information, visit www.jenkinstwplittleleague.com or email at email@example.com.
Jenkins Twp. taxes
The 2017 Luzerne County and Jenkins Township tax bills were mailed Feb. 8 to property owners on record.
Office hours during the discount period are from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Tuesday and Thursday and from 4 to 5 p.m. Friday at the Jenkins Township Municipal Building, 46½ Main St., Inkerman.
There will be no evening hours.
Appointments can be scheduled by calling Tax Collector Jean Mudlock at 570-654-9710, if these hours are not convenient.
After April 7, office hours are only from 10 a.m. to noon Tuesday at the Jenkins municipal building.
Payments can be sent anytime in the mail. Postmark will be accepted as payment date.
If a receipt is required, please send a self-addressed, stamped envelope, with payment.
If you are a new property owner and have not received your bill or if you received a bill in error, please contact Mudlock at 570-654-9710.
The Greater Pittston Police Regionalization Study Group is making headway and has a target date of July 1.
The only municipalities involved are Jenkins Township, Pittston Township and Dupont Borough.
All three municipalities have passed their ordinances and are moving forward. Now there are sub-groups running numbers and looking at readjusting staffing levels to meet the needs of the residents.
Proponents of regionalization say it will provide more efficient service to all participating communities.
“None of the towns will be without service,” said Girard Mecadon, solicitor.
Also, the Department of Community and Economic Development has given its recommendation that a regionalized force could work in this area.
The next meeting has not been scheduled yet.
For information, call Chairman Bob Linskey at the Jenkins Township Municipal Building at 570-654-3315.
Lions Club pastie sale
Jenkins Township Lions Club is hosting its annual pastie sale. Pasties are available with or without onion, and the price will remain the same at $6.
All orders must be placed by Tuesday, April 18. To place your order, please call Lion Stephen Vitek at 570-655-5307.
Orders will be picked up from 4 to 5:30 p.m. Wednesday, April 26. The venue is yet to be determined. For information, please contact Vitek.
Crime Watch news
Jenkins Township and Yatesville Borough Crime Watch members are hosting their first dinner.
The event is scheduled for Saturday, April 1. Take out will be from 4 to 5 p.m. and dine-in service will be from 5 to 7 p.m.
The menu will consist of haluski with bow-tie noodles, pierogi and kielbasa.
The dinner will take place at Jenkins Township Hose Company, 2 Second St.
Tickets will cost $10.
According to the official invitation, the Crime Watch would also appreciate any monetary donation, as they are a community-minded organization.
For information about the Jenkins Township Crime Watch, please contact Chairman Joe Sperrazza at 570-654-3315.
The Jenkins Township Administrative Office will be closed Friday, April 14, 2017, in observance of Good Friday.
Jenkins zoning meeting
The Jenkins Township Zoning Hearing Board will meet at 7 p.m. Monday, March 20, at the municipal building.
Jenkins board meeting
The Jenkins Township Board of Supervisors will meet at 7 p.m. Wednesday, April 12, at the municipal building, 46½ Main St., Inkerman.
Jenkinstownship.net is a new website for the township with new features that include an interactive calendar, a contact us section, and a mobile-friendly layout, be sure to check it out.
Pittston Twp. meeting
The Pittston Township Board of Supervisors meeting will be held at 7 p.m. Tuesday, March 20, at the municipal building, 421 Broad St.
Pittston Twp. Crime Watch
The Pittston Township Crime Watch meeting for March has been cancelled due to accumulation of snow.
The next Crime Watch meeting is scheduled for Wednesday, April 19, at 7 p.m. at the Pittston Township Municipal Building, 421 Broad St., Pittston Township.
Jarrett Ferentino, assistant district attorney, will be the guest speaker at this meeting.
Registration for the Crime Watch is always free and ongoing.
For more information about the Crime Watch, please contact Pittston Township Crime Watch President Frank Sciabacucchi at 570-954-0092.
Happy birthday this week to Matt O’Dell, Giovanna Corridoni, Thomas Ross and Frank Slusher, March 20; George Bidwell, Julie Bidwell, John Watson, Ricky Davis, Chelsea Serino, Brianna Dushok, Cat Grudzinski and Georgiann Mulreany Anderson, March 21; Josh Gardner, Michael Malesky and Dylan Prescott, March 22; Justin Healey, Cortney Day, Jane Smith and Bryna Sudul, March 23; Jonathan Garinger, Kris Gratalo and John Haas, March 24; Danny Charette and Meghan Carita, March 25; Matthew and Eddie Doran, Matt Flannery, Ryan Bauman and Brianna Dunn, March 26.
I wish, you all a very special happy birthday! Make it count!
Wise Words of the Week
“Healing is a matter of time, but is sometimes also a matter of opportunity.” — Hippocrates, Greek scientist, 460-357 BC
Nico Rossi writes about Jenkins Township and Pittston Township every week for Greater Pittston Progress. To include an item in his column, email firstname.lastname@example.org or call 570-430-1800 or 570-821-2002 by Monday.