GREATER PITTSTON
Parking issues causing grief for some Avoca businesses

AVOCA — Parking restrictions are impacting local businesses on Main Street, and one shop owner brought his concerns to council Thursday. John Simyan, owner of Patty’s Subdivision hoagie shop, told council members he hasn’t been getting many customers since the private parking lot across the street from the old borough building was closed off. “I […]

Comments - 9:05 pm

Pittston wants LCB hearing on noise rules

PITTSTON — Council members Wednesday approved requesting a hearing with the state Liquor Control Board to extend an exemption from the LCB’s rules on music. According to city solicitor Sam Falcone, the city enforces noise violations for liquor licensed establishments within the business district of the city — which ranges from Kennedy Boulevard to Main […]

Comments - 11:49 pm

Avoca honors police chief for decade of service

AVOCA — Marking a decade as the borough’s police chief, Dave Homschek was recognized by council Thursday. Homschek was presented with a plaque by Mayor Robert Mullen and council president John Boone. The recognition came as a complete surprise to Homschek, but he knew something was going on when his family walked into the room. […]

Comments - 9:44 pm

LCTA to hold Public Transit Rider’s Forum

PITTSTON — Luzerne County Transportation Authority will hold a Public Transit Rider’s Forum at 2 p.m. Tuesday at the Greater Pittston Chamber of Commerce, 104 Kennedy Blvd., Pittston. The monthly forums, held on the third Tuesday of each month at 2 p.m., are rotated monthly between Wilkes-Barre, Pittston, Nanticoke and Dallas. Transit riders are encouraged […]

Comments - 9:57 am

County Council to discuss proposed tax break for plastic-bin manufacturer

A proposed real estate tax break is coming before Luzerne County Council. While such breaks often prompt criticism, officials in Hazle Township already supported the proposal because a portion of real estate taxes will be paid and the plastic storage bin company — IRIS USA — is creating 95 manufacturing jobs, township Supervisor Jim Montone […]

Comments - 7:45 pm

West Pittston residents upset over late truck traffic

WEST PITTSTON — Several borough residents aired concerns to council Tuesday about activity at a property owned by Blue Ribbon Farm Dairy that is causing them major headaches. The residents, who live in the area of Miller and Jenkins streets, say the Tunkhannock Avenue-based business has been causing them to have sleepless nights with late […]

Comments - 11:23 pm

Pittston Tomato Festival finishes with fun, food, friendly competition

PITTSTON — Little Mister Pittston Tomato has a favorite vegetable, and it’s not tomatoes. When Abel Krawczuk, 4, made his way confidently across the stage of the Little Miss and Little Mister Pittston Tomato contest and, when asked was asked his favorite festival food was, proudly replied: “Carrots!” The response drew laughter from the more […]

Comments - 9:03 pm

Community shows love for the late Dr. Jen Sidari at ride, block party

PITTSTON — It’s been a little over four-years since the loss of Dr. Jennifer Sidari, but the love of her family and community continues, and was evident Sunday afternoon the fifth annual Dr. Jen’s Hope Memorial Ride & Block Party at Cooper’s Banquet Facility. Sidari was a newly degreed physician in 2013 from the charter […]

Comments - 9:01 am

Fruit or vegetable? Fun facts in advance of the Pittston Tomato Festival

In advance of the Pittston Tomato Festival this week, here are some fun facts about tomatoes: • The word is pronounced “toe-MAY-toe.” • Fruit or vegetable? Botanically speaking, a fruit. Horticulturally (and legally), a vegetable. In 1893, the U.S. Supreme Court legally classified the tomato as a vegetable because it’s used as one. • Cold […]

Comments - 6:22 pm

Miles for Michael Pittston Tomato Festival 5K and Fun Walk to see most of Greater Pittston on Aug. 19

PITTSTON — The city’s Main Street has a knack for hosting some of the area’s best run/walks, and Miles for Michael is no exception. The 19th Annual Miles for Michael/Pittston Tomato Festival 5K run will be held at 10 a.m. on Saturday, Aug. 19 in downtown Pittston. The run is 3.1 miles, but if you’re […]

Comments - 4:47 pm

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