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When Drivers Ignore Posted Signs, Bad Things Can Happen

February 7, 2019

I have always believed that each new year can be the beginning for new hope, good luck, happiness, and hopefully, reaching for the great endeavors that we would like to attain in the new year; however, this new year has begun with a bad experience when my life could have changed very drastically in just a split second several days into the new year. I could have been either seriously injured, or perhaps something even worse could have happened, when a driver in a white vehicle had completely ignored the two large “Do Not Enter” signs which are posted on opposite poles at the corner of North Empire Street and New Market Street in the city due to only one-way traffic from that intersection toward Coal Street. I was about to make a left turn from Dock Lane onto North Empire Street (which is in the one-way zone) in order to park across the street from my beautician’s salon on North Empire. A car was parked at the intersection which completely blocked my visibility of the road, so I hesitated a moment before pulling out. I never expected that a driver would have ignored the two posted signs and drive his vehicle the wrong way on the one-way street at that very exact moment that I was going to pull out of Dock Lane. The careless driver would have hit me on my driver’s side if I had pulled out, but fortunately, and for some unknown reason, I didn’t pull out of Dock Lane when the driver sped right past me. If I had pulled out just a split second sooner, it would have been an entirely different outcome for me. After I regained my composure, I thanked “whoever” was watching over me that day! Several days later, I received a tearful phone call from my niece in Frederick, Maryland, that her mother, (my sister, Teresa) had suddenly passed away in her sleep. It was a terrible shock for me as my sister and I were very close and would keep in touch by phone every day for years. I miss her daily calls very much. Hopefully, the remainder of the year will be much better. Police responded to 5,946 calls in 2018 Police Chief Ron Smith announced the township police department responded to 5,946 calls for service for the 2018 calendar year. Of those calls, 519 incidents are classified under the UCR Part 1 offenses, including five robbery offenses, two assault offenses, 16 burglary offenses, five motor vehicle theft offenses and 490 theft offenses. Another 637 incidents are classified under the UCR Part 2 offenses, including 21 fraud offenses, 51 criminal mischief offenses, 23 weapons violations, 29 DUI offenses, 19 public drunkenness offenses and 351 disorderly conduct offenses. Incidents cleared through arrest for both Part 1 and 2 offenses totaled 458 adults and 25 juveniles, including the following: 279 thefts, five frauds, 66 drug violations, 29 DUI offenses, two robbery offenses and 47 disorderly conducts. Uniform Crime Report (UCR) statistical information for Wilkes-Barre Twp. for 2018 shows that UCR Part 1 offenses decreased 4.47 percent and Part 2 offenses have increased 9.28 percent in comparison with statistics from 2017. Arrests have decreased 5.95 percent over 2017. The total crime rate for Wilkes-Barre Twp. increased 2.68 percent. Senior citizens news The Wilkes-Barre Twp. Senior Citizens will be celebrating their Valentine’s Day party on Wednesday, Feb. 13, in the township community room. Sue Pohutski, chairwoman of the annual Ash Wednesday fish dinner, announced that the catered haddock dinner will be held on Wednesday, March 6, in the township community room. The cost is $8 for members. The club’s $6 yearly dues are payable to Sue Pohutski, treasurer. The seniors welcome new members into the club. Seniors meet every Wednesday (weather permitting) at 10:30 a.m., break for lunch at noon and play bingo until 3 p.m. Township residency is not a requirement to join the group. Skate With a Cop The Skateaway roller skating rink, in the township will be “the place to be” where your child/children can “Skate With a Cop” from 6 to 9 p.m. tonight. Your child/children will have the opportunity to meet and skate with local police officers, state police and local K-9 officers. The inaugural “Skate With a Cop” event was created by Brian Feist and local business owner DJ Donnie Evans, who organized the skate night as a fundraiser. They stated the purpose of the roller skating night is to provide our local police departments with ballistic shields which will be raffled off to attending law enforcement officers. There will be gift baskets, gift certificates and T-shirts will be sold for $15 and hoodies for $25 imprinted with “I Skated With a Cop.” Admission is $2 and skate rentals are $2. For information, call Evans at 570-655-4004. Our Lady of Hope news The Christian Women of Our Lady of Hope will meet at 6:30 p.m. Wednesday, Feb. 27, in the parish rectory. All women of the parish are invited to attend. Holy Oil will be administered to parishioners this weekend at all Masses. Holy Oil will be marked on hands and foreheads. A special prayer for the healing of our minds, hearts, body and soul will be made. Monday, Feb. 11, is designated as “World Day of the Sick.” Parishioners will be able to enjoy a hot bowl of soup following the Stations of the Cross on Fridays during Lent at the Marymount Parish Center. Volunteers are needed to help prepare the soup and tables. Contact the rectory at 570-824-7832 to help. The parish will reimburse for any expenses incurred. St. John B.C. Church news St. John’s parishioners will bake their delicious nut, poppyseed, apricot and lekvar rolls for the Easter holiday. Cost is $10 per roll. Call Ethel at 570-824-1970 to place your order starting March 2 to March 16. No orders will be taken after the March 16 deadline. Baking will take place the first week of April when volunteer help is appreciated and needed. Roll pickup dates will be Friday, April 5, from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m., and Saturday, April 6 from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. at St. John’s hall, 756 E. Northampton St., Wilkes-Barre Twp. Donations toward the purchase of supplies for the rolls are appreciated. Contact George Daru at 570-825-4416. The parish is also in need of banana boxes and beer flats for the rolls. Bernadine Elick writes “Wilkes-Barre Twp. Talk” every other Thursday. Contact her at elickbern59@aol.com or 570-823-7540.

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