Golden Reduces Lead Times on Special Order Power Lift Chairs

Golden Technologies has dropped lead times on builder or special order lift chairs to 15 days. “As part of our continued operational improvement process, we are building more chairs than ever and getting them out faster,” said Rich Golden, CEO of Golden Technologies. “We’re increasing our finished goods inventory. All in an effort to provide our retailers with the quality products they need to increase their revenue during the holiday selling season.”

Products available at these reduced lead times include Golden’s new PR514 MaxiComfort Power Lift Recliner with Twilight Positioning, which represents the next generation in their line of quality power lift and recline chair products. Consumers are able to achieve extreme Zero Gravity and discover new angles for TV watching and lounge positions. MaxiComfort with Twilight cradle technology is a luxury power recliner capable of providing never before seen or felt levels of comfort, thanks to a patent-pending, three-motor mechanism.

Builder or special order chairs will be quoted 15 business days from the time of order.

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University of Scranton Nationally Recognized for ‘Being Green’

The University of Scranton was included in “The Princeton Review Guide to 399 Green Colleges,” published in October. The Loyola Science Center is among the three Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) certified buildings on Scranton’s campus.

The University of Scranton is among the most environmentally responsible colleges in the nation, according to The Princeton Review. Scranton was listed in the 2018 edition of “The Princeton Review Guide to 399 Green Colleges,” which was published in October.

The guide profiles selected schools based on their “Green Rating” scores assessing the “sustainability-related policies, practices and programs” at colleges as complied from data from the Princeton Review’s survey of school administrators. The Princeton Review weighted analysis of more than 25 data points to assign a college’s Green Rating score, which was done on a scale of 60 to 99. Colleges with Green Rating scores of 80 or higher made it into this guide.

According to The Princeton Review’s Editor-in-Chief Robert Franek, college applicants and their parents are increasingly concerned about the environment and sustainability issues. Among nearly 11,000 teen-aged students and their parents The Princeton Review surveyed earlier this year for its 2018 “College Hopes and Worries Survey,” 63 percent overall said having information about a college’s commitment to the environment would “influence their decision to apply to or attend the school.”

Scranton’s long-established sustainability efforts include academics, facilities and community education and outreach. Scranton has infused issues of sustainability in courses across the curriculum, ranging from theology, to business, to the natural sciences, to education, as well as other disciplines. Scranton uses numerous “green” procedures in building maintenance practices, as well as in building design and construction. Scranton currently has three Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) certified buildings: Leahy Hall, the Loyola Science Center and the DeNaples Center, which became the city’s first LEED certified structure in 2008. The University also conducts multiple community educational programs organized through its Office of Sustainability, which include a community garden, an Earth Day Essay Contest, an Earth Day Fair and an Evening of Environmental Science program for area children and families.

University’s community garden, which now occupies nearly three quarters of a city block, was used by nearly thirty families, staff, faculty, clubs and neighbors in the 2017-18 academic year. Biology professor Anne M. Royer, Ph.D., also used an area of the garden for research this summer. Fresh vegetables grown through-out the summer were donated to the University’s Leahy Center food pantry.

In addition, the Sustainability Office began a Work Study Program that engages work-study students in service-learning opportunities to help them grow in knowledge practical applications of sustainability concepts taught in their classes.

In addition to its “Guide to 399 Green Colleges,” The Princeton Review has listed Scranton in its “Best Colleges” guidebooks for 17 consecutive years, also ranking Scranton in its 2019 edition among the nation’s “Best Campus Food” (No. 15) and “Best Science Labs” (No. 16).

Allied Services and Heinz Rehab Transitional Rehab Units Recognized

The U.S. News & World Report recently released the 2018-2019 Best Nursing Homes report. To produce the report and its online Nursing Home Finder tool, U.S. News evaluated more than 15,000 homes nationwide. The ratings draw on data from Nursing Home Compare, a program run by the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS), the federal agency that sets and enforces standards for nursing homes.

Traditionally, nursing homes receive an Overall rating based on measures such as quality of medical care, state-conducted inspections and staffing.  For the 2018-2019 ratings, U.S. News introduced a new Short-Stay Rehabilitation rating for those facilities with sufficient relevant volume. According to U.S. News, the new rating is aimed at providing patients with a clearer view of the quality of care provided by nursing homes to short-stay patients in need of intensive rehabilitation or nursing services before they return home after a surgery, stroke, accident or illness.

Only two facilities within 100 miles of the Scranton/Wilkes-Barre metropolitan area received the survey’s top rating of “High Performing” in either the Overall rating or the Short-Stay Rehabilitation rating. Allied Services Transitional Rehab Unit in Scranton and Heinz Transitional Rehab Unit in Wilkes-Barre both received the title of “High Performing” in both the Overall and Short-Stay Rehabilitation ratings. This double accolade earns these non-profit health facilities the “Best Nursing Home” designation.

“In the midst of a constantly changing landscape in healthcare, our nursing service delivery model is anchored in best practice and theory which enables our patients to achieve the best outcomes” comments Chris Minich, OTR/L, NHA, Administrator, Heinz Transitional Rehab Unit. “Our fast track rehab program boasts a multitude of therapists who are certified in the latest rehab technology and treatment techniques enabling our residents the ability to return home in a shorter amount of time”

Allied Services Transitional Rehab Unit and Heinz Transitional Rehab Unit have consistently earned top marks for their patient care, receiving the US News & World “Best Nursing Home” title 5 years in a row. In October 2018, Heinz Transitional Rehab Unit increased its capacity to 45 beds in response to a growing community need for short-term rehabilitation.

More information about the data or methodology behind the ratings and the online Nursing Home Finder tool is available at

Lackawanna College to Hold Fall Open House

Lackawanna College will host an open house for prospective students and their families on Saturday, November 17  beginning at 9 a.m. at Angeli Hall, 501 Vine Street, Scranton. The event highlights the application process, resident housing, life on campus, and academics.

The open house is an opportunity for prospective students and their families to tour the campus, attend individual academic sessions, and meet with admissions and financial aid representatives. Coaches from the Athletics Department will also be available.

Open House is free and walk-ins are welcome, but advanced registration is preferred. To register, visit For additional information, contact Lackawanna College Regional Admissions Manager, Tom Bogush, at 570-955-1509.

Tomorrow’s Leaders Today Class of 2018-2019 Announced

From left, front row: Emma Dwyer, Kylie J. Loughney, Najuk A. Patel, Simal Sami, Nina S. Sampogne, Danyelle Tech, Rachel Saxton, Caitlin Pagnotti, Fione Evans, Abbie O’Brien and Meredith Santiago. Middle row: Makenna Thorpe, Mikenna Lee, Caroline Cadden,Melony A. Mitchell, Mariana Leo, Taylor M. Seprosky, Alyssa Iovacchini, Jenna Patel, Abigail J. Dalton, Angelina Bellucci and Sydney R. Peet. Back row: Collin Kneiss, Ryan W. Turlip, Nicholas Tomassoni, Brendan Fitzsimmons, Colin Gilmartin, Dylan Howanitz, Daniel E. Cummins Jr., Jakob R. Quanbeck, Isaac Vierling, Leslie O’Connor, Lydia R. McConlogue, and Abygale Bergamino.


Leadership Lackawanna’s youth program, Tomorrow’s Leaders Today (TLT), recently met for its first session, which included an orientation, leadership basics and a variety of STEAM related activities. This session was sponsored by Penn State Scranton; however, the entire program is made possible by the support of NBT Bank, the official TLT 2018-2019 Corporate Program sponsor.

Leadership Lackawanna’s seven-month Tomorrow’s Leaders Today program develops the leadership, interpersonal and managerial skills of high school juniors while giving them an enhanced understanding of northeastern Pennsylvania as well as the opportunity to explore teamwork. Participants learn collaborative decision making, explore different communication styles and engage in problem solving techniques. The challenges and opportunities of northeastern Pennsylvania are discussed as participants meet community leaders and other high school students.

The 2018-2019 Tomorrow’s Leaders Today participants include:

Angelina Bellucci, Dunmore High School

Abygale Bergamino, Old Forge High School

Caroline Cadden, Holy Cross High School

Daniel E. Cummins Jr., Abington Heights High School

Abigail J. Dalton, Lackawanna Trail Jr./Sr. High School

Emma Dwyer, Western Wayne High School

Fione Evans, Scranton High School

Brendan Fitzsimmons, Western Wayne High School

Colin Gilmartin, North Pocono High School

Dylan Howanitz, Valley View High School

Alyssa Iovacchini, Western Wayne High School

Collin Kneiss, Riverside Jr./Sr. High School

Mikenna Lee, Lackawanna Trail Jr./Sr. High School

Mariana Leo, Dunmore High School

Kylie J. Loughney, Abington Heights High School

Lydia R. McConlogue, Scranton High School

Melony A. Mitchell, Western Wayne High School

Abbie O’Brien, West Scranton High School

Leslie O’Connor, Holy Cross High School

Caitlin Pagnotti, West Scranton High School

Jenna Patel, Abington Heights High School

Najuk A. Patel, Dunmore High School

Sydney R. Peet, Western Wayne High School

Jakob R. Quanbeck, Abington Heights High School

Simal Sami, Valley View High School

Nina S. Sampogne, Abington Heights High School

Meredith Santiago, Scranton High School

Rachel Saxton, Lackawanna Trail Jr./Sr. High School

Taylor M. Seprosky, Valley View High School

Danyelle Tech, Dunmore High School

Makenna Thorpe, Abington Heights High School

Nicholas Tomassoni, Valley View High School

Ryan W. Turlip, Valley View High School

Isaac Vierling, Lackawanna Trail Jr./Sr. High School

Leadership Lackawanna’s Tomorrow’s Leaders Today Program accepts applications from sophomores who attend high school in Lackawanna County or in the Lackawanna Trail and Western Wayne school districts. Tomorrow’s Leaders Today began in 1997 under Skills in Scranton, an affiliate of The Greater Scranton Chamber of Commerce, and merged with Leadership Lackawanna in 2011.

Leadership Lackawanna Executive Program Class of 2018 Graduates

From left, front row: Lisa M. Imbriaco, Abington Heights High School; Wendy K. Miller, Benco Dental; Brian Daubert, MCR Design Group; Suzanne O’Donnell, H.W. Roever, Inc.; Charles Curtin, The Honesdale National Bank; and James M. Brown, Marywood University. Back row: Nicole Morristell, director, Leadership Lackawanna; Glenn Layaou, III, Kronick Kalada Berdy and Co.; Allan S. Karaffa , Kronick Kalada Berdy and Co.; James J. Wisnewski Jr., Tobyhanna Army Depot; Richard Rogalewicz, Post Acute Medical Specialty Hospital of Wilkes-Barre; Nick Serniak, NJS Systems and Controls; Matthew R. Kalinchok Commonwealth Health; and Robbie Risley, Quadrant EPP and Leadership Lackawanna board chair. Dr. Antoinette Hamidian of The Aaron Center, Inc. is also a member of this year’s class.


Leadership Lackawanna announced its 2018 Executive Program graduates during a recent celebration at The Scranton Cultural Center at the Masonic Temple.

The Executive Program assists professionals in becoming more engaged in the community, broadens their social network and increases their overall knowledge of the Greater Scranton region

The 2018 Executive Program graduates include:

James M. Brown, Marywood University

Charles Curtin, The Honesdale National Bank

Brian Daubert, MCR Design Group

Dr. Antoinette Hamidian, The Aaron Center, Inc.

Lisa M. Imbriaco, Abington Heights High School

Matthew R. Kalinchok, Commonwealth Health

Allan S. Karaffa , Kronick Kalada Berdy and Co.

Glenn Layaou, III, Kronick Kalada Berdy and Co.

Wendy K. Miller, Benco Dental

Suzanne O’Donnell, H.W. Roever, Inc.

Richard Rogalewicz, Post Acute Medical Specialty Hospital of Wilkes-Barre

Nick Serniak, NJS Systems and Controls

James J. Wisnewski Jr.,  Tobyhanna Army Depot

Participants met key business and community leaders as they received overviews of Lackawanna County’s history and culture, economic and political structures, community events, civic groups, recreational activities and non-profit organizations.  Sessions were held one evening per week for five weeks at various locations.

Trammell Crow Company to Deliver New Jessup Facility

Trammell Crow Company recently purchased a 90-acre site in the Valley View Business Park from the Scranton Lackawanna Industrial Building Company (SLIBCO), for the construction of Valley View Trade Center, a new, one million-square-foot speculative distribution facility. SLIBCO is the industrial development affiliate of the Greater Scranton Chamber of Commerce. This land sale marks SLIBCO’s largest since its creation.

“We are very pleased that a renowned developer like Trammell Crow Company has chosen to invest in our region—with our quality workforce, prime location and access to major markets— to create jobs and address the demands of the growing e-commerce industry,” said Bob Durkin, president, The Greater Scranton Chamber of Commerce. “We thank Jessup Borough, Valley View School District and Lackawanna County for approving the LERTA tax abatement program in order to make this deal possible.”

The state-of-the-art building, which is scheduled to be completed 3Q 2019, will feature 40’ clear height, 190’ deep truck court with opposing trailer storage, ESFR fire protection, 311 trailer parking spots, 277 car parking and 159 dock positions, expandable to 209. The project will also provide economic and tax incentives, qualifying as a Keystone Opportunity Expansion Zone (KOEZ) and for the Local Economic Revitalization Tax Assistance (LERTA) program. In addition, the project will serve as a Qualified Opportunity Zone (QOZ) to encourage long-term investment in the area.

“We are pleased to be working on this exciting project in Jessup Borough,” said Andrew Mele, Managing Director of Trammell Crow Company’s NE Metro Business Unit.  “In addition to best-in-class design quality, the project will enjoy proximity to a strong, vibrant labor force and a strategic location with access to over 80 million consumers within an overnight drive.”

William Wolf, Max Wolf and Sean Bleiler with CBRE Allentown will handle the leasing and marketing of the project.