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It’s October, and the cool, crisp air is here (some days) and in a few short weeks Halloween will be here as well. Pittston Twp. wants the children of the municipality to celebrate with cool, creepy and innovative costumes.

The township will host a party from 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.

Jenkins paper shredding

Jenkins Twp. is continuing to do its part to help the environment. The township is hosting a paper shredding and recycling event from 9 a.m. to noon Saturday, Oct. 14, in the garage of the Department of Public Works, behind the municipal building, 46½ Main St., Inkerman.

This is a free event for the residents of the township who have any paper documents in need of shredding or shredded materials in need of recycling. It is a responsible way to get rid of any unwanted or old documents.

For information, please call the township at 570-654-3315.

Jenkins sewer projects

Sewer projects will soon begin in Jenkins Twp. Originally announced in July, the project will start with a sewer line replacement on Fordham Road, Fairfield Road and Old Mill Road. Work is slated to begin this week.

The contractor in charge of the line replacement will notify any homeowners who may be impacted.

For information, please contact the municipal building at 570-654-3315.

Pittston Twp. Crime Watch

The September meeting of the Pittston Twp. Crime Watch has been rescheduled to 7 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 18, at the municipal building, 421 Broad St., Pittston Twp.

Registration for the Crime Watch remains open. To register, or 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, Oct. 16, 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.

Jenkins alarm ordinance

Jenkins Twp. wishes to remind its residents of an old ordinance, originally adopted by the township supervisors in 1994. Commonly referred to as the “Alarm Ordinance,” the rule requires any Jenkins Twp. resident who has a burglar or fire alarm installed in their home or who has a home with a pre-existing alarm to register the alarm with the township. A $20 fee is due prior to installation, as well as a $20 yearly fee.

The township announced the fee for the 2017-18 year is due now. This year’s permit runs through June 30, 2018.

For information, please contact the municipal building at 570-654-3315.

Hose Company fund drive

Jenkins Twp. Volunteer Hose Company is conducting its 2017-18 fund drive. Approximately 70 percent of the operating budget is supported by donations from the residents of Jenkins Twp. and Yatesville Borough, as well as from local businesses. It is through these donations the hose company is able to continue operating.

If you haven’t received a mailer yet, please contact the hose company at 570-655-5045 and leave your name and address.

School taxes

The 2017 Pittston Area school tax bills have been mailed to property owners.

The tax office will be open from 10 a.m. to noon Tuesdays and Thursdays and from 1 to 2 p.m. Fridays. The tax office is now at the Jenkins Twp. Municipal Building, 46½ Main St., Inkerman.

There will be no evening hours. However, if these hours are an inconvenience, appointments can be made by calling Jenkins Twp. Tax Collector Jean Mudlock at 570-654-9710.

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.

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. Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday, or by special appointment.

The discount period expired as of Sept. 26.

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.

Pittston Twp. yard waste

Pittston Twp. residents are reminded in order for yard waste to be picked up, you must call the office the day before the scheduled collection.

Yard waste will be picked up the first and third Tuesday of each month, until the end of October, from residents of Upper and Lower Browntown, Cork Lane, including Tedrick and Market streets west of the bypass; Stauffer Heights, Center Street, Laurel Street, Doty Street, Mill Street, Horizon Estates and Stauffer Pointe.

The second and fourth Tuesday of each month, collection will be for residents of Butler Heights and Route 315, Suscon, Pocono Ridge Estates, Houston City, Glendale, Route 502 and Quail Hill.

Yard waste must be in containers which do not weigh more than 30 pounds. Do not use plastic bags or the yard waste will not be picked up. Paper bags can be used.

Yard waste consists of only grass, leaves and garden debris. Tree branches must be bundled and tied and be no longer than 6 inches in diameter and no longer than 6 feet in length. The following cannot be picked up: rocks, concrete, stone, tree stumps, lumber, plastics, plastic bags and ashes.

For information, call 570-654-0161.

Jenkins Twp. Seniors

Meetings of the Jenkins Twp. Senior Citizens Organization are held the third Tuesday of each month, with some exceptions. The next meeting is at 6 p.m. Tuesday, Oct. 17, at the Jenkins Twp. Hose Company, 2 Second St. New members are welcome. For information, contact Jean at 570-654-9710.

Jenkins Crime Watch

The next Jenkins Twp. Crime Watch meeting is at 7 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 18, at the municipal building, 46½ Main St., Inkerman. For information, contact Chairman Joe Sperrazza at 570-654-3315.

Jenkins Twp. announcements

The Jenkins Twp. Planning Commission will now meet the third Thursday of every month at 7 p.m.

The next meeting is scheduled for 7 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 19. The meeting will be held at the municipal building, 46 ½ Main St., Inkerman.

Jenkins Twp. Board of Supervisors will meet at 7 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 11, at the municipal building, 46½ Main St., Inkerman.

Birthday wishes

Happy birthday this week to: Nathan Klimek, Keith Polerecki, James Tokarski and Jordan Knot Simon, Oct. 9; Jordan Thomas, John Mishanki and Cassie Lombardo, Oct. 10; Chris Price and Tiffany Hahn, Oct. 11; Ashlyn Mott, Sean Gaffney and Corey Hodick, Oct. 12; Michael Pilato, Wayne Gyle, Liz Lynch and Renee Terez, Oct. 13; Leslie Lenchak, A.J. Gromala, Jami Benfante, Robert Fahey, Deona Erbacher and Jeffrey John, Oct. 14; Patti Romano, R.J. Dixon, Elizabeth Avery Shaw, Leonard Manso and Lori Ferentino, Oct. 15.

Wise Words of the Week

“Life isn’t about finding yourself. Life is about creating yourself.” George Bernard Shaw—(Irish dramatist, 1856-1950).

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