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June 11. 2013 11:57PM

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Kitchen receives $25,000

Gertrude Hawk Chocolates presented Monsignor Joseph P. Kelly, executive director of Catholic Social Services of the Diocese of Scranton, with a $25,000 check for the St. Francis of Assisi Kitchen on Monday.

The donation was possible after more than 90 golfers and 30 sponsors participated in Gertrude Hawk Chocolate’s 18th annual Charity Golf Classic at The Country Club at Woodloch Springs on June 3. The Weinberg Foundation contributed a matching donation of $25,000 to St. Francis of Assisi Kitchen for the establishment of a Client Choice Food Pantry.


Residents return to Villa

All 63 residents of the Nanticoke Villa returned to their home Monday, a day after they were forced to evacuate the North Walnut Street facility.

The problem that caused their road trip — a burst third-floor water pipe — has been resolved.


United Way distributes $1.6M

The Board of Directors at the United Way of Wyoming Valley recently announced the distribution of $1.6 million to support 46 programs at area agencies during the 2013-14 fiscal year. For the first time in five years, the amount of funding available for distribution by the United Way did not decline from the previous year.

The funding was secured from workplace campaign pledges, individual donations, private grants, corporate gifts and education improvement tax credits.

The funding awarded to the nonprofit health and human service agencies provides needed services in the United Way’s focus areas of education, income and health. A listing of funded programs can be found on United Way’s website at


College department advances

The National Council for Accreditation of Teacher Education has accepted the Teacher Education Department at Misericordia University as a formal candidate for accreditation.

Candidacy status means that the department has met preconditions for accreditation, but is not accredited.


Professor’s book published

A book by Ray Gamache, assistant professor of journalism in the Mass Communication Department at King’s College, titled “Gareth Jones: Eyewitness to the Holodomor,” is being published by the Welsh Academic Press. The book will be available in the U.S. in August.

The book provides insight on Gareth Jones, now recognized as one of the first journalists to reveal the horror of the Holodomor, the Soviet government-induced famine in the early 1930s that killed millions of Ukrainians.

Gamache will begin a European book launch at several June events.


Disciplinary action taken

Secretary of the Commonwealth Carol Aichele on Tuesday announced disciplinary actions taken by the professional-licensing boards of the Department of State’s Bureau of Professional and Occupational Affairs. Actions affecting local individuals or businesses include:

• Tranquility Styling Studio, of Plains Township, was assessed a $1,800 civil penalty by the Board of Cosmetology because it offered cosmetology services in an unlicensed area, changed physical dimensions of the salon area without permission from the board, provided massage services in the salon, and failed to obtain proper permits and to assure compliance with applicable building codes prior to providing services in the basement to the salon.

• Feroz Sheikh, of Mountain Top, was assessed a $5,000 civil penalty by the Board of Medicine based on findings that he altered patient charts and failed to maintain complete and legible patient records.

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