Greater Pittston Friendly Sons of St. Patrick President Jimmy Clancy announced Atty. Jarret Ferrentino will serve as Toastmaster for the 99th Annual St. Patrick's Day Banquet on March 17.
Colonel Frank Noonan, Pennsylvania State Police Commissioner, will be principal speaker at the Woodlands Inn and Resort. James Jay Duffy will serve as Grand Marshal and William Billy Anzalone is General Chairman.
The Man of the Year award will go to Mark Casper and W. Francis Swingle Award recipient will be former Major League baseball player Andy Ashby.
Ticket prices are $65 for adults and $50 for guests under 21 years of age. Tickets can be purchased from any active member of the Friendly Sons or by stopping in the Knights of Columbus in Pittston any Thursday night from 7 to 9 p.m.
Clancy reminds members of the organization to mail in or drop off membership dues as soon as possible to ensure that you are included in the membership roster that is published each year in the banquet program. Dues remain the same at $5 per member. Members are asked to be sure to include the exact spelling of their names as they would like them printed in the program.
The next regular meeting of the Friendly Sons will be March 7 at the Knights of Columbus home on Main Street, Pittston.
Atty. Ferentino is a principal in the law firm of Pugliese, Finnegan, Shaffer & Ferentino LLC, in Kingston. The firm was originally founded by a group of experienced attorneys who have served Northeast Pennsylvania for decades. Ferentino focuses his practice in litigation representing individuals, families, companies, and government entities.
Ferentino serves as a solicitor to Wyoming Borough as well as the Wyoming Area School District.
Ferentino has been consistently recognized and listed as a Rising Star in Philadelphia Magazine's Super Lawyers annual publication. He has received recognition in the local media and has been the recipient of several awards for his professional and civic work. Ferentino is regularly featured as a media legal expert and has provided analysis in many matters including the Commonwealth v. Jerry Sandusky and related cases for WBRE-TV, WNEP Channel 16 as well as local newspapers.
In 2004, Ferentino joined the Luzerne County District Attorney's Office. He continues to serve as an Assistant District Attorney. He has tried many criminal cases including capital homicides, aggravated assaults and has previously specialized in drug prosecutions. Ferentino is currently on the prosecution team of the upcoming Hugo Selenski trial.
In 2009, he successfully prosecuted Alan Leitzel and Tiffany Simmons for the killing of 3-month old Xavier Simmons. He secured a first-degree murder conviction in Joseph Gacha for the capital murder of Luzerne County Fair Queen Carrie Martin. He has secured two first-degree murder convictions in the domestic violence murder cases against Donnell Buckner and John Stone. He has successfully prosecuted the county's only two homicide by heart attack cases.
In 2003, Ferentino served as a Law Clerk to the Honorable Terrence R. Nealon of Lackawanna County.
He is a former director with the Domestic Violence Service Center, Junior Leadership Wilkes-Barre, Greater Pittston YMCA and the Salvation Army. He is a Past President and Board Chairman of the Wilkes-Barre Chapter of UNICO and remains a member of UNICO's Board of Directors. He previously served as President of St. Rocco's Holy Name Society.
He is a Director at Marley's Mission, a non-profit organization dedicated to helping children victims who are victims of trauma by crime through equine assisted therapy.
Ferentino received his Juris Doctorate from the Dickinson School of Law in Carlisle. He is an honors graduate of Kings College McGowan School of Business, in Wilkes-Barre. He is also a graduate of the Seton Catholic High School.
He is a son of Rose and Charles Grimes, and the late Gary Ferentino. He is married to Dr. Nicole J. Ferentino and the couple has two children, Dominick and Victoria.
What Greater Pittston Friendly Sons of St. Patrick Banquet
When Sunday, March 17
Where Woodlands Inn and Resort
Tickets $65 ($50 for under 21) at Pittston K of C, Main St., Pittston, Thursday nights, 7 to 9 p.m.