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West Pittston woman struck by vehicle in critical condition

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SCRANTON — A West Pittston woman is in critical condition after being struck by a vehicle on Tuesday night.Police say that Nicole Avvisato, 29, was struck by the vehicle at approximately 4:15 p.m. at the intersection of Lackawanna and Wyoming Avenue. Police say the vehicle was being driven by Ralph Scarfo, 46, of Scranton.Avvisato was taken to to Geisinger Community Medical Center in critical condition. No charges have been filed, and the crash remains under investigation.

 

Keystone College names Rosenberg head men’s lacrosse coach

Greg Rosenberg has been named Keystone College’s head men’s lacrosse coach, according to an announcement made today by Dr. Matthew Grimaldi, Director of Athletics.A former assistant coach at the University of Richmond and Randolph-Macon College, Rosenberg will lead the Giants in their first year of competition at the varsity level in the spring of 2015.Rosenberg, who begins his duties on Aug. 1, assumes the reigns of the Giants’ program from Glenn Carte...

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Arts and entertainment calendar, week of July 30, 2014

VISUAL ARTS/PERFORMING ARTSLakeside Wednesday Concerts, held every Wednesday through August 27 at Hillside Park, 6 p.m. to dusk, rain or shine. Features live music, food, canoeing and visual artists. Upcoming musical lineup includes: East Coast Trio, July 30; Whiskey Tango, Aug. 6; Lightweight with special guest Senator John Blake and Friends, Aug. 13; Coal Town Rounders, Aug. 20 and Hitchin’ Cricket, Aug. 27.Dietrich Classic Movie...

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Community calendar, week of July 30, 2014

REMINDERSSouth Side Farmers’ Market, 159 Cedar Ave., Scranton, open every Saturday through October, 10 a.m. - 2 p.m. Hosted by United Neighborhood Centers of Northeastern Pennsylvania’s Elm Street Revitalization Project. Fresh food, baked goods, wine, herbs and other items are available from local vendors. Info: 570-346-6203 ext. 16.

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ARTS Engage Day activities set for August 1

Youngsters, who participate in the Lackawanna County Library System’s Summer Reading Clubs, receive a passport that offers them admittance to a variety of the county’s cultural events.One activity that the passport is good for is the Friday, Aug. 1, ARTS Engage Day at the Electric City Trolley Museum on 300 Cliff St., Scranton, on the property of the Steamtown National Historic Site, from 10 a.m. to noon.Children with a passport will gain free admission to th...

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2nd annual Cody Barrasse 3-on-3 Memorial Basketball Tournament tips off Aug. 9

Graham Public Relations and The Cody Barrasse Scholarship Endowment have announced the Cody Barrasse 3-on-3 Memorial Basketball Tournament, which will be held Aug. 9 with a tip off at 10 a.m. for younger team age brackets. Entry fee for teams is $100 per team and deadline for entry is Aug. 1.The organizers are looking to build upon the success of last year’s event with more teams and more sponsors to remember the life of Barrasse. All proceeds benefit the Cody Barrasse Memori...

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CS woman named to post at Frontier

Elena Kilpatrick, of Clarks Summit, has been promoted to Vice President and General Manager of Frontier Communications Corporation’s Pennsylvania operations. Kilpatrick will oversee field operations, residential and commercial sales, and every aspect of the customer experience in Pennsylvania.

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Pieces of the Abingtons

How well do you know the streets where you live? The Abington Journal puts your powers of observation to the test with our “Pieces of the Abingtons” contest. Every other week within the paper, we’ll feature a photograph of a landmark, architectural structure or other local item in public view in the Abingtons. We’ll ask you to submit a guess as to where the photo was taken and what’s featured in the photo. Then we’ll enter each correct answer in a drawing t...

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Two local women celebrate 104th birthdays

Two Abington area residents celebrated their 104th birthdays within a month of each other this summer.Helen Lisk Norton, of Dalton, turned 104-years-young on June 21, and Esther Keisling, of Clarks Summit, on July 24. Although not acquainted with each other, both were born and raised in the Northeastern Pennsylvania region.Norton, along with her twin sister Evelyn, sister Peg and brothers Charles and Roger, graduated from Dalton High School. She then married Willard Nort...

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Editor’s note

The photo caption of the Queen Victoria’s Court photo in last week’s edition was misleading.The group was raising money for the Eckley Miners Village, not their group.

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The Friends of The Arc Auxiliary to hold Membership Mixer at McDade Park Aug. 14

The Friends of The Arc Auxiliary is holding a Membership Mixer Thursday, Aug. 14 at McDade Park in pavilion #2, from 5 to 7 p.m.Entertainment will be provided by Bill Frye, and the food will be catered by Accentuate.The cost for Auxiliary members is $5, and guests get in for $15, which includes a one-year membership. To RSVP, call The Arc at 570-346-4010 by Aug. 8.

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Free train rides available for kids to downtown Carbondale

The Lackawanna Heritage Valley’s (LHV) “Heritage Explorer” program will return on Saturday, August 16, with an excursion to Carbondale’s Pioneer Days - Ethnic Heritage Festival.

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Downtown Scranton to host movie series

The Lackawanna County Commissioners join Scranton Tomorrow, City of Scranton and PNC Foundation representatives to promote Scranton Tomorrow’s Drive-In Downtown Movies Series. The outdoor program, held on Lackawanna County Courthouse Square, has already featured “Frozen” and “Despicable Me 2” and will continue on August 7, August 21 and September 4, which is College Night.A community vote will take place until Thursday, July 31, for the August 7 showin...

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Faster, easier website unveiled today

The Abington Journal is today unveiling a significant upgrade of its website, making www.theabingtonjournal.com easier to navigate, faster to load and more effective for advertisers.As with last week’s launch of our redesigned print product, the new website is largely the result of feedback from both readers and advertisers over the past several months.Among our improved and upgraded features are:• Easier to read headlines with one-click accessibil...

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Abington Heights to play football game at PNC Field in October

According to Abington Heights Athletic Director Randy Hanyon, the Oct. 4 Valley View at Abington Heights football game will be played at PNC Field at 7 p.m.Hanyon added the game may be moved back to Comets Stadium if there is inclement weather in the days leading up to the game.“We took a hard look at it and it’s something unique and different,” Hanyon said. “It’s a once in a lifetime opportunity for the kids.”

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Scranton Tennis Club holds Mixed Doubles Championship

One day after knocking out the top seeds, North Pocono’s Zac Lehman and his partner Angie Kluss edged Bob Cullen and Marion Reese 6-7(7), 7-6(8), (10-7) to win the Scranton Tennis Club Mixed Doubles Championship. Lehman’s serve and all-court game paired with Kluss’ baseline play enabled them to pull off the upset win over the defending champions.The new champions had a tough road to the final, defeating three strong challengers along the way, including a 6-7(6), 7...

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B&B Family Restaurant donates funds to Oak Leaf Therapeutic Horsemanship Center

B&B Family Restaurant donated proceeds from the day’s meals July 25 to the Oak Leaf Therapeutic Horsemanship Center, Inc., Nicholson. This was the fundraiser’s third year. Loretta Dragon, the center’s director, was on hand during the day to explain the goals of the program, which provides therapeutic riding for children and adults.

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Jazz, food, spirits to highlight Scranton Jazz Festival 10th Anniversary Aug. 9-10

The 10th Anniversary of the Scranton Jazz Festival will be held Aug. 8 through 10 at the Historic Radisson Lackawanna Station Hotel, 700 Lackawanna Avenue, Scranton.Featured musicians include, among others:The multi-Grammy award winning The Manhattan TransferJazz legend Bucky PizzarelliThe Chris Parker Band with saxophone icon Chris VadalaThe Eric Mintel GroupFrench jazz vocalist Ilona KnopflerTrumpet great Nate BirkeyCl...

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