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Woman allegedly uses her oxygen tank to ram in door, assaults neighbor

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WILKES-BARRE — A woman was arrested Wednesday after she allegedly assaulted a neighbor, left, returned to the neighbor’s apartment and used her oxygen tank to ram in the neighbor’s door and window.Police say Yolanda Hurley, 35, of Sherman Hills, formerly of Philadelphia, got into an argument with her neighbor on North Empire Court at Sherman Hills late Wednesday afternoon because the neighbor accused Hurley’s son of stealing items out of their apartment Tuesday.Police say Hurley forced her way into the victim’s apartment and began to assault her.


4 area banks get bomb threats in connection to robbery attempts

Four banks in the region received bomb threats Wednesday in connection with attempted robberies.A Luzerne County 911 supervisor confirmed that reports of bomb threats “for the place(s) to be robbed” were received from two banks by 911 on Wednesday afternoon.Another 911 supervisor said the calls were received from the PNC Bank at 650 Main St. in Avoca at 12:33 p.m. and from the PNC Bank at 501 Wyoming Ave. in West Pittston at 2:08 p.m.That superviso...

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West Pittston woman struck by vehicle in critical condition

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 invest...

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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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TCMC receives gift From Lackawanna Co. Alliance

Members of the Lackawanna County Medical Society Alliance (LCMSA) donated $2,500 to The Commonwealth Medical College (TCMC) on July 23. For the next five years, the gift will fund a $500 prize to a TCMC student who has contributed the most to the field of women’s health. From left, LCMSA past presidents Nancy Dressel, Leah Rudolph, Fran Livecchi and Taryn Blomain present a check to Steven J. Scheinman, MD, President and Dean of TCMC; and Dr. Linda Berardi-Demo, Associate Dean for Studen...

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Bike ride will benefit Griffin Pond Shelter

Rich Hayes’ fifth annual Pedaling-4-Paws Bike Ride will take place on Aug. 1-2 to help raise funds and awareness of the Griffin Pond Animal Shelter. The ride will show the importance of adopting pets with a special tribute to the local landmarks, parks, and historical sites.Hayes will begin at the Pocono International Raceway in Long Pond where the NASCAR race will take place that weekend. After riding through the Pocono region, he will ride into Lackawanna County and into th...

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Sen. Lisa Baker announces August office hours in Wyoming County

Senator Lisa Baker announced that Field Representative Tom Yoniski will be available for consultation from 10 a.m. to noon on Tuesday, Aug. 5 at the Commissioners’ Office Conference Room inside the Wyoming County Courthouse, 1 Courthouse Square, Tunkhannock.Constituents are encouraged to visit with any questions or problems relating to state matters. Concerns may also be addressed by visiting Senator Baker’s district office at 22 Dallas Shopping Center, Memorial Highway...

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Local businesses donate to Camp Create

The Waverly Community House (Comm), 1115 North Abington Road, is once again offering a specialized, themed, summer day camp for children with special needs.Camp Create is designed to engage children with special needs including physical, cognitive and behavioral challenges.Comm and Camp Create directors Amy Colley and Michaela Moore are grateful for the support received from the Margaret Briggs Foundation, Fibers of the Earth LLC, Gerrity’s Supermarkets, Lackawanna...

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Lackawanna Trail sets dates for fall sports physicals

Lackawanna Trail Athletic Director Harry Powell announced physicals for fall sports will be given at the high school on Aug. 5 at 6 p.m. Forms are available in the main office and must be signed in order for the student-athlete to participate. For additional information, call the high school at 570-945-5153 ext.9 during normal business hours.

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Keystone College program helps vets get back to school

The Dog Tags to Desktops program through Keystone College aims to make the transition from active military duty to civilian life a little easier.Wendy Kramer, Coordinator of Veteran Services at Keystone College, will direct this free program open to any veteran as its first year begins in fall 2014. Kramer’s main priority while directing the program in its infancy is to reach out to local veterans, specifically those not taking advantage of benefits offered through the GI bil...

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Keystone College hosts Camp Connections

Keystone College is hosting Camp Connections July 7 through Aug. 14. Campers learn about principles of science, technology, art, literacy, engineering and math through various fun activities.

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The Abington Journal’s website now faster, easier

If you haven’t visited the Abington Journal’s website lately, you should take a look.Just a few days ago, the Abington Journal unveiled a significant upgrade to our website, making www.theabingtonjournal.com easier to navigate, faster to load and more effective for advertisers.As with the recent redesign of our print edition, the new website is largely the result of feedback from both readers and advertisers over the past several months.Among our i...

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Abington Dirt Devils claim two titles

The Abington Dirt Devils, a Clarks Summit based travel baseball team, continue to reach high levels.The team captured the title at the Joe Rinkunas Memorial Tournament in Scranton in April and May, and then captured the big trophy at the “Battle of the Lake” in Wallenpaupack. With those wins under their belt, the team traveled to The Rock Sports Park in Chester, New York and came close to capturing another title, but fell short against the North Jersey Thunder in the ch...

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Travel softball teams to hold tryouts

The USSSA State Champion Impact Panthers 16/18 (Emmett team) softball has a few spots available and tryouts will be held at 6 p.m. on Aug. 5, 7, 12 and 13 at the Olyphant Fern Hill field. A few spots are available.To pre-register or for more information, e-mail impactpanthers16u@yahoo.com.Tryouts for 18U Impact Panthers White (Baker team) will be held Aug 3. from 1 to 4 p.m., Aug. 7 from 6 to 8:30 p.m., and Aug 10 from 5 to 8 p.m. at the Scott Twp. Call Bruce at 570-852-...

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