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Charges against Rev. Philip Altavilla of Scranton dismissed

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SCRANTON — A judge dismissed corruption of minors and indecent assault charges against the Rev. Philip Altavilla Friday morning.Attorney Paul Walker said Luzerne County Judge Michael Barrasse threw out the charges because the statute of limitations on them had passed.“We thought we could win on the merits, too,” Walker said, but he added he’ll gladly accept victory based on statute of limitations to keep his client out of court.However, the publicity Altavilla faces in the wake of the case may make it difficult for him to move on, Walker said.


Tom Hesser Nissan pulls into new home

DUNMORE — After calling Scranton home for the past 11 years, Tom Hesser Nissan recently moved to a brand new, state-of-the-art facility in Dunmore.With a sleek, modern look, the 29,000-square-foot facility features a five-acre lot, extended hospitality and customer lounge areas, an expanded parts department and a showroom three times the size as that of previous 6,000-square-foot location.Located just off Interstate 81 on the O’Neill Highway, the dealership f...

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Lackawanna/Wayne Ambulance recognized for pediatric care

Lackawanna/Wayne Ambulance was recently recognized by the Pennsylvania Pediatric Voluntary Recognition Program for its pediatric care.In order to ensure that EMS agencies within Pennsylvania are prepared for pediatrics, the Pennsylvania Emergency Medical Services for Children program, in partnership with the Department of Health, Bureau of EMS and the Pennsylvania Emergency Health Services Council, has created the Pediatric Voluntary Recognition Program to recognize EMS agencies th...

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Abington National advances in City County tournament

Abington National defeated Olyphant, 13-1, in the second round of the District 17/32 City County Little League baseball tournament July 31.Winning pitcher Ryan Gabura struck out six batters and contributed a single, double and triple at the plate. Also for Abington National, Gavin Armbruster had a single and double, Evan Dempsey contributed a single and double, Brendan Colleran hit two doubles, and Andrew Maddock had a double.Michael Miller contributed a single and tripl...

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Scranton Cultural Center to hold auditions for ‘The Happy Elf’

Although it’s still summer in Northeastern Pennsylvania, it’s beginning to look a lot like Christmas at the Scranton Cultural Center at the Masonic Temple as it gears up for its production of Harry Connick, Jr.’s “The Happy Elf.”The SCC will host a series of auditions throughout the month of August.Open auditions will take place on Aug. 4-5, as well as Aug. 18-20, and will be organized according to grade/age beginning with kindergarten....

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Motorcycle safety program set for this weekend at Pocono Raceway

Live Free Ride Alive (LFRA), PennDOT’ s comprehensive motorcycle safety program aimed at reducing the number of motorcycle crashes and fatalities on Pennsylvania roadways through education and interaction among riders, will sponsor a booth at Pocono Raceway Aug. 1-3.Riders at the event can access the program’s interactive website designed specifically for motorcyclists, www.LiveFreeRideAlive.com, by stopping by the LFRA booth. The website challenges riders to accept per...

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Basketball tournament to close several Scranton intersections

The Lackawanna County 3-on-3 Basketball Tournament will be conducted on the 100 – 200 blocks of Wyoming Avenue on Friday and Saturday, August 1 and 2. Sunday, August 3, has been reserved as a rain date.The intersections affected by the event will be closed from 8 a.m. Friday through Sunday evening, if necessary.COLTS pickup and discharge will be done in the 100 block of Franklin Avenue on Friday and Saturday, August 1 and 2.The areas affected are the int...

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Pet of the Week: Meet Squeaky

Name: SqueakyAge: AdultSex: MaleCost: $15About me: Come in and meet me to see how I got my name.Remember to contact the Griffin Pond Animal Shelter at 570-586-3700 if your pet is lost or goes astray.The Griffin Pond Animal Shelter, 967 Griffin Pond Road, South Abington Twp., is open for the adoption of pets from noon to 4:30 p.m., six days a we...

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Oakwood Terrace to host “Topping Your Thursdays” ice cream events

The Oakwood Terrace memory care community in Moosic is preparing for its August “Topping Your Thursdays” events.The Loughney family were their official taste testers and enjoyed hot fudge sundaes.The event is each Thursday in August at 2 p.m. and features samples of different flavors of ice creams and yogurtswith toppings. The event is free and open to the public. Guests can enter to win a “Sweet Tooth Basket” door prize. Space is limit...

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

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 Tues...

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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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