Around The Towns 1/9/2019
At the meeting of the Rotary Club of the Abingtons on Dec. 20, each member who participated in the gift giving for North Scranton Head Start delivered their presents.
Every year, Rotarians adopt one or more children from two Head Start classrooms. The child’s first name, size, gender, age and wish is provided to the adopting Rotarian. Hundreds of gifts arrived wrapped, tagged and ready for each deserving child.
— CLAYTON OVER
@ClaytonOver on Twitter
Jenny’s Kloset is raising money with hot wings.
The Midvalley charity, which provides clothing and food for children and families in the Valley View School District, is hosting a hot wing eating contest Saturday at JAK’s Pub and Eatery, 410 Fourth Ave., Jessup. Doors will open at 5 p.m., with the wing-eating contest at 6, said Jenny’s Kloset founder Tina Jezuit. There will be a $5 cover charge to get in, she said.
After the contest, local band Hot Coffee will perform, she said.
During the contest, 10 competitors, including Valley View administrators, principals and school directors, will have 10 minutes to eat as many mild wings as possible. JAK’s is donating all of the wings, she said.
Two trophies will be awarded: most wings eaten and most money raised through sponsors, Jezuit said. Supporters can sponsor any of the competitors, either choosing a specific amount or paying by the wing, she said.
JAK’s will also turn its bar over to Jenny’s Kloset with eight “celebrity bartenders” consisting of Valley View administrators, faculty, coaches, directors and other familiar faces. All tips will go to the charity, Jezuit said.
As one of its services, Jenny’s Kloset volunteers deliver boxes of food to families in need in the school district. To date, they have delivered 2,156 boxes, Jezuit said. She is hoping to raise $2,156 from the event.
To donate to Jenny’s Kloset or obtain a sponsorship form, visit facebook.com/jennyskloset or jennyskloset.com. A full list of competitors and bartenders is also available on the charity’s Facebook.
— FRANK WILKES LESNEFSKY
@flesnefskyTT on Twitter
Lackawanna County commissioners will conduct a ribbon-cutting ceremony Tuesday to mark the official opening of the county’s new government center at the former Globe store on Wyoming Avenue.
The ceremony is scheduled for 11 a.m. in the lobby area of the historic former retail hub, which already houses several floors of county government departments and agencies. Additional departments and offices are expected to relocate to the Globe later this month.
A brief program will be conducted as part of the ceremony, followed by a reception open to members of the public. The Lackawanna County Government Center at the Globe is located at 123 Wyoming Ave.
— JEFF HORVATH
@jhorvathTT on Twitter
Michael Hanley, the reserved but dynamic longtime leader of United Neighborhood Centers of Northeastern Pennsylvania, will retire Feb. 1 after 30 years at the nonprofit agency — but not without a heartfelt goodbye and a celebration.
A committee of members of UNC’s board and the nonprofit community is planning a retirement party/
fundraiser to honor Hanley’s long tenure.
Proceeds from the event will be used to establish an endowment fund in Hanley’s name to support UNC, which provides a wide variety of programs and services for low-income and senior citizens.
Hanley expanded UNC’s reach in more than two decades as its chief executive officer.
He began 30 years ago as a director of youth programs at the Bellevue Center on Emmett Street in Scranton and program director for Project Hope, a summer camp for low-income youth.
Committee members planning the retirement party/fundraiser include Phil Condron, Sister Mary Persico, I.H.M., Rose Broderick, Laura Ducceschi, Amy Hlavaty Belcher, Jill Eidenberg, Monsignor Joseph Kelly, Jude McDonough, Debra Trickel, Lisa Durkin and chairwoman Betty Burns.
Durkin, also a longtime UNC employee who rose through the ranks, will succeed Hanley as CEO.
The retirement party/fundraiser will be held at the Radisson at Lackawanna Station hotel on Jan. 31, with a cocktail hour at 5:30 p.m. and dinner at 6:30.
Tickets, which cost $100 each, can be purchased by contacting Eidenberg at 570-346-0759.
— JIM LOCKWOOD
@jlockwoodTT on Twitter
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