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Happy Halloween, everyone!

In the spirit of celebrating, the Pittston Area, Class of 1977, is hosting its 40th class reunion. The reunion is scheduled for Saturday, Nov. 25, at the St. Maria Goretti Parish Banquet Hall, 42 Redwood Drive, Laflin. The evening will consist of a cocktail hour from 6 to 7 p.m., a buffet dinner from 7 to 8 p.m., and partying and dancing from 8 to 11 p.m. with D.J. Charlie Hayes providing music all night. There also will be an open bar from 6 to 11 p.m.

Please respond no later than Tuesday, Oct. 31, and include your name, maiden name if applicable, current address, phone number, email, total number of people attending, and the total amount of money enclosed.

Cost per person is $55. Payment can be made by check or money order, made payable to the “Pittston Area Class of 1977” and sent to 12 Para Drive, Pittston, PA 18640.

The Class of 1977 is looking forward to a great evening of renewing old friendship and creating new ones.

Pittston Twp. leaf collection

Pittston Twp. will have a leaf collection for residents. Leaves will be picked up Tuesday, Nov. 14, and Wednesday, Nov. 15, with the schedule being as follows:

Nov. 14: Upper and Lower Browntown, Cork Lane, including Tedrick and Market streets, just west of the Pittston By-Pass, Stauffer Heights, Center Street, Laurel Street, Doty Street, Mill Street, Horizon Estates and Stauffer Pointe.

Nov. 15: Butler Heights, Route 315, Suscon, Pocono Ridge Estates, Houston City, Glendale, Route 502 and Quail Hill.

All leaves must be in containers or in paper bags.

For information, contact the Pittston Twp. Municipal Building at 570-654-0161.

Jenkins Halloween party

Jenkins Twp. is hosting a Halloween party for all the children of the municipality. The party is scheduled for 10 a.m. to noon Saturday, Oct. 28, at the Jenkins Twp. Municipal Building, 46½ Main St., Inkerman.

Food and refreshments will be available for all those who attend. There also will be prizes for funniest, scariest, most original, ugliest and cutest costumes.

For information, please contact Jenkins Twp. at 570-654-3315.

Pittston Twp. Halloween party

The Pittston Twp. Halloween party is scheduled for 5 to 8 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 28, at St. Joseph Marello Parish, 237 William St., Pittston. All children from Pittston Twp. are invited, from infant up to age 12.

There will be a costume contest for all the kids and food and beverages will be available to all who attend.

For information, please contact the municipal building at 570-654-0161.

Pittston Twp. Crime Watch

Pittston Twp. Crime Watch has cancelled its October meeting and will no longer meet on a monthly basis.

Those interested in the group can still stay current on the group’s activities and happenings in the community through social media. The Pittston Twp. Crime Watch Facebook page has 345 people following it. To build on this interest, Frank Sciabacucchi is going to try and expand on the group’s social media presence. He also spoke with Crime Watch officials from neighboring towns and is trying to form a Crime Watch Alliance.

Pittston Twp. Crime Watch still hopes to hold meetings from time to time. They just no longer will be on a monthly basis. The frequency of the meetings has not been determined.

Registration in the Crime Watch remains open to anyone who wishes to join. For information, please contact Frank Sciabacucchi at 570-954-0092.

Pittston Twp. meeting

The monthly meeting of the Pittston Twp. Supervisors is scheduled for 7 p.m. Monday, Nov. 20, at the municipal building, 421 Broad St.

Leash requirement

Pittston Twp. wishes to remind its residents to always have dogs on a leash and to not leave any waste on any street, sidewalk, passageway, park or any other public area where people congregate, or on any private property.

The dog owner must immediately pick up, remove and dispose of any waste in a sanitary manner.

School taxes

The 2017 Pittston Area school tax bills are now at face value until Nov. 26. The county and municipal taxes are now at penalty value until Dec. 29.

The Jenkins Twp. tax office will be open from 10 a.m. to noon Tuesdays. The tax office is now at the Jenkins Twp. Municipal Building, 46½ Main St., Inkerman. If these hours are an inconvenience, appointments can be made by calling Jenkins Twp. Tax Collector Jean Mudlock at 570-654-9710.

Pittston Twp. Tax Collector Rita Timonte can be contacted at her home office, 12 E. Oak St., or 570-654-8807. Office hours are scheduled for 5:30 to 8 p.m. Mondays.

Payments can be sent anytime in the mail. Postmark will be accepted as the payment date. If a receipt is required, please send a self-addressed, stamped envelope with payment to the tax office. If you are a new property owner and have not received your bill or if you received a bill in error, please contact the tax collector.

Jenkins yard waste

Jenkins Twp. reminds all residents to put their yard waste in the appropriate containers. Yard waste containers can be similar to the Jenkins Twp. recycling containers. The containers must have perforations in the bottom, handles on each side and cannot have a lid on the top. The cans also cannot be on wheels or exceed 20 gallons. Filled containers cannot weigh more than 30 pounds.

These regulations are in place for workers’ safety.

If you have an excessive amount of yard waste or are cleaning a large area to remove small branches, shrubbery clippings, etc. and need to fill a pickup truck, the Jenkins Twp. Department of Public Works will assist with compost preparation. Call the township building at 570-654-3315 for scheduling.

Jenkins Crime Watch

Jenkins Twp. Crime Watch will not meet in November and December. The next meeting is scheduled for 7 p.m. Wednesday, Jan. 17, at the municipal building, 46½ Main St., Inkerman.

For information, contact Chairman Joe Sperrazza at 570-654-3315.

Jenkins seniors

Meetings of the Jenkins Twp. Senior Citizens Organization are held the third Tuesday of each month, with some exceptions. The next meeting will be held at 6 p.m. Tuesday, Nov. 21, at the Jenkins Twp. Hose Company, 2 Second St.

New members are always welcome. For information, please contact Jean at 570-654-9710.

Jenkins meetings

Jenkins Twp. Supervisors will meet at 7 p.m. Wednesday, Nov. 8, in the municipal building.

Jenkins Twp. Planning Commission will meet at 7 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 16, at the municipal building.

Birthday wishes

Happy birthday this week to: Alanna Bartuska, Oct. 30; Terry Lamb and Kelsey Granteed, Oct. 31; John McDermott, Nov. 1; Nick Brown, Emilee Strubeck, Bobi-Jo Stoss, Jeff Anderson and Alexandra Berlew, Nov. 2; Justin Jacek, Nina Struzzeri, Thia Rose Spitzman and Brian Musto, Nov. 3; Matt Zera, Brian Belcher, Talitha Drass and Adam Gillette, Nov. 4; Kira Fawst, Nov. 5. Make it a good one!

Wise Words of the Week

“Love yourself. It is important to stay positive because beauty comes from the inside out.”— Jenn Proske, (Canadian actress, 1987-present).

Nico Rossi writes about Jenkins Twp. and Pittston Twp. every week. To include an item in his column, email nrossi@pittstonprogress.com or call 570-430-1800 or 570-821-2002 by Monday.