More than 120 gathered at The Abington Journal Readers Choice Awards for 2013 April 24. The Best of the Abingtons were spotlighted as voted on by readers via the newspaper and at area libraries and community centers throughout the month of March.
Ramada, Clarks Summit served as host location for the event with arrays of forsythia arranged to celebrate the arrival of Spring. Host for the evening Ed Ackerman delivered the awards with a side of humor. Ackerman, a local columnist, recently received the 2013 Jean Yates Award from the Pittston Memorial Library. The former Abington area resident works as a professor at Luzerne County Community College and as Editor of the Sunday Dispatch in Pittston.
A slideshow of winners was among the visual displays to fete the winners. In addition, all in attendance were presented with plaques by Abington Journal Editor Kristie Grier Ceruti, among other prizes presented by Abington Journal staff members Trixie Jackson, Jill Andes, Robert Tomkavage, Elizabeth Baumeister and Arielle Kovalich. Executives from Civitas Media, parent company of The Abington Journal, were in attendance, including CEO and President Prashant Shitut.