Dr. Susan Summerton Announced As Empower Conference Speaker

The Greater Scranton Chamber of Commerce has announced Dr. Susan Summerton as a speaker for this year’s Empower conference.

Dr. Susan Summerton is a native of Philadelphia, where she graduated with honors from Temple University. She went on to receive her Doctorate of Medicine from Temple University Medical School and completed an internship at Cooper Hospital in Camden, New Jersey, where she received the Outstanding Teacher award. Dr. Summerton completed her diagnostic radiology residency at Albert Einstein Medical Center in Philadelphia, where she was Chief Resident.  In the nearly 25 years spent as a teacher at Albert Einstein Medical Center, Dr. Summerton was Section Chief of GI Radiology and Director of Medical Student Education. Board Certified in Diagnostic Radiology, Dr. Summerton’s expertise includes breast and body imaging, and she has worked with 3D mammography (tomosynthesis) for nearly a decade.

Mary Erwine Announced As Empower Conference Speaker

The Greater Scranton Chamber of Commerce has announced Mary Erwine as a speaker for this year’s Empower conference.

In 1993, Mary Erwine set out to create a health care organization that was committed to both state-of-the-art medical technology and compassionate, personalized care that focused on the needs of each individual.  Erwine Home Health was the first of three of her companies.  The second phase was Erwine Private Duty Healthcare established in 1995, and the third phase was the Hospice division, added in 2004. Serving ten counties and employing more than 100 people, Erwine Home Health and Hospice, Inc. and Erwine Private Duty Healthcare have remained true to Mary’s original vision and commitment.

Serving Seniors, Inc Scheduled to Host Pre-St.Patrick’s Day Cocktail Party

Serving Seniors, Inc. will host their annual Pre-St. Patrick’s Day Cocktail Party on Friday, March 1, at Glenmaura National Golf Club, 100 Glenmaura National Blvd., Moosic, PA from 5:30 to 8:00 pm.

The cost is $40.00 per person. Come and enjoy an Open Bar, Hors d’oeuvres, Live Jazz Music and Basket Raffle. Please call 570-344-3931 ext. 1 or email us at servsen@epix.net for tickets.

Proceeds of this event will benefit the programs of Serving Seniors, Inc.

Job Order Contracting Networking Fair Has Been Scheduled

Greetings DGS Self-Certified and Verified Small Business and Small Diverse Business Owners!

The JOC Program has an annual estimated value of small business construction opportunities totaling $50 – $70 Mil annually! Here is An Opportunity To Do Business with the Commonwealth!

The PA Department of General Services (DGS) has identified your company as a DGS Self-Certified and/or Verified construction contractor, supplier or design professional, or maybe you are a small or small diverse firm considering doing business with the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania. We are excited to extend an invitation for your firm to participate in upcoming Job Order Contracting (JOC) Networking Fairs.

Participation will afford attendees the opportunity to network and market their goods and services directly to the awarded JOC program general construction, HVAC, plumbing, and electrical prime contractors for each of the six regions of the commonwealth. The JOC program will provide prime and subcontracting opportunities in construction (all disciplines) and professional design for agencies undertaking construction, renovation and maintenance projects with a total value of $300,000 or less.

We are including some helpful tips to assist in your efforts to connect with awardees at this event (see the attached document).  Please come prepared with marketing materials and be prepared to discuss your goods and services in a five-to-seven (5-7) minute pitch with prime contractors!  All events will start promptly at 10 a.m.

All Small and Small Diverse Businesses that are interested in attending must register!

Please access the Regional “Invitation Links” below to ascertain information about the JOC event and to begin the registration process through Eventbrite:

South Central (Tuesday, March 12th):


South Eastern (Wednesday, March 13th):


North Eastern (Thursday, March 14th):


South Western (Monday, March 18th):


North Western (Tuesday, March 19th):


North Central (March 21st, Thursday):


There is on-site, off-street parking, several garages and/or metered parking near all site locations listed. Please feel free to google parking sites as warranted.

During the registration process, you will need to rank the prime contractor(s) with whom you wish to share your five-to-seven (5-7) minute marketing pitch. A list of prime contractors in addition to a map of the regions defining the counties has been included in the Eventbrite.  If you have questions regarding your registration, please contact the Bureau of Diversity, Inclusion and Small Business Opportunities at RA-GSBDISBOConst@pa.gov.

For more information on the JOC program, please contact the Bureau of Diversity, Inclusion and Small Business Opportunities at 717.783.3119, or email Paula Murphy, Construction Liaison at pmurphy@pa.gov or Audrey Smith, Procurement Liaison at audresmith@pa.gov.


United Cerebral Palsy of NEPA Raised $12,000 at Holiday Gift Wrap Fundraiser During the 2018 Holiday Season

With the help of almost 200 volunteers, UCP of NEPA’s Holiday Gift Wrapping stand in the Viewmont Mall raised $12,074.34 during the 2018 holiday season from November 23 to December 24. Proceeds from the event will benefit Early Intervention (EI) services at UCP of NEPA. EI provides therapy and education support to infants and toddlers with disabilities or developmental delays.

This is UCP of NEPA’s 38th year wrapping presents and their most successful yet. “It is our largest fundraiser of the year,” says Sarah Drob, executive director of UCP of NEPA. “We are very grateful to all our dedicated volunteers, patrons, donors, board of directors, Viewmont Mall and all our community partners for their continued support.” Drob also notes that some volunteers have been with them all 38 years wrapping presents.

In addition to EI, UCP of NEPA services for children include Pennsylvania’s only remaining Lekotek and Compuplay programs. The organization also provides adult day training, residential community and independent living arrangements and assistive technology resources, as well as advocacy through a home services program, for adults with disabilities.

UCP of NEPA is a private, nonprofit agency chartered in 1953 and operated by a volunteer board of directors. The agency provides services to children and adults with disabilities and their families.

To learn more or donate to UCP of NEPA, visit www.ucpnepa.org, call (570)347-3357 or email info@ucpnepa.org.

Meet the RailRiders returns to the Hilton Scranton

The Scranton/Wilkes-Barre RailRiders, Triple-A affiliate of the New York Yankees, will host their annual “Meet the RailRiders” event on Tuesday, April 2, at the Hilton Scranton and Conference Center and tickets are on sale now.

Click here to purchase tickets.

“Meet the RailRiders” will begin at 5 P.M. with an autograph session in the Electric City Ballroom.  At approximately 6:30, dinner and the program will begin with a welcome from Josh Olerud, the RailRiders Team President and General Manager, and Jay Bell, the new Scranton/Wilkes-Barre manager for the 2019 season.  After the initial 2019 roster is introduced, dinner will be served in the Hilton’s Casey Grand Ballroom.

Following dinner, a question and answer session with Bell and several players will take place in the ballroom as well as the presentation on the 2019 SWB Honors Award.  2019 marks the anniversary season for the franchise, which moved from Maine for the 1989 season.

WNEP-TV will broadcast live on WNEP2 with Jim Coles and Landon Stolar leading the fans through introductions to the new and familiar players, features and stories to watch during the upcoming season.

Adult tickets are $55.00 each while tickets for children 12 and younger are $30.00 apiece.  RailRiders season ticket holders will be extended a discounted promotional rate for the event.  Each ticket includes dinner and select beverages. Autographs will be limited to a one-item-per-person basis and there will also be a cash bar.

The Hilton Scranton and Conference Center will host the event for the second straight year and will serve as the hotel for International League clubs visiting Scranton/Wilkes-Barre this season.  To purchase tickets or for more information regarding the “Meet the RailRiders” event, please contact the front office at (570) 969-BALL.

Misericordia University to Hold Open House for High School Students and Parents

Misericordia University is holding an open house program for high school students and their parents on Saturday, April 6. The program offers a tour of the more than 124-acre campus, meetings with Misericordia students, faculty and coaches, as well as information sessions with admissions and financial aid counselors.

Registration begins at 9 a.m. in the Anderson Sports and Health Center. A special “Meet the Coaches” session will be available from 9-10 a.m. The open house program runs from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. The schedule includes campus tours, a faculty session and lunch, and meetings with representatives of student services, athletics and financial aid. An informational session also will be available about the Alternative Learner’s Project for students with learning disabilities.

Misericordia will offer an “Instant Decision Session” from 9-10 a.m. for high school seniors who are interested in admission beginning with the fall semester that begins in August. To be considered, students must have already submitted an application and need to bring official, sealed transcripts and test scores if they have not already provided them. The “Instant Decision Session” does not apply to high school juniors or occupational therapy, physical therapy and speech-language pathology applicants.

Misericordia University offers a liberal arts curriculum with academic programs leading to bachelor, master and doctoral degrees. The university has more than 2,600 undergraduate and graduate students in full- and part-time academic programs.

The university recently introduced an entry-level occupational therapy doctoral program beginning with the 2019 fall semester. Misericordia’s newest doctoral program in the health sciences allows students to complete both a Bachelor of Science in Occupational Science and a Doctorate in Occupational Therapy in a little more than six years. Students who begin their studies with the fall 2019 semester will also have the option of a five-year master’s degree leading to professional licensure.

The university also recently added three academic programs in support of the nation’s growing health care industry. The Medical and Health Humanities program is for students who are interested in the humanities fields, as well as health care and medicine. Misericordia features the region’s only entry-level Bachelor of Science degree in Diagnostic Medical Sonography and the Bachelor of Health Science with a Specialization in Patient Navigation degree leads to careers in the emergent fields of patient advocacy, health education, wellness and community health.

In addition, a new statistics major is available in the College of Arts and Sciences, featuring specialized courses in mathematics, computer science and statistics designed to lead students to a variety of career choices in business, government or graduate school.

During the open house program, prospective students also will have an opportunity to tour numerous buildings, including the 40,000-square-foot John J. Passan Hall. Passan Hall houses state-of-the-art simulator laboratories and classrooms in the nursing, occupational therapy, physical therapy and speech-language pathology programs of the College of Health Sciences and Education.

The tours will also offer a look at athletic facilities, including Tambur Field, the home to Cougars Baseball, and John and Mary Metz Field House, adjacent to Manglesdorf Field. Misericordia University is an NCAA Division III school and participates in the MAC Freedom Conference.

The Athletics Department recently announced esports as a coed varsity activity beginning with the fall semester. Esports involves teams competing head-to-head in multi-player games online through gaming broadcasters. Misericordia will be the seventh team in the MAC to offer esports and brings MU’s varsity offerings to 26.

For more information about open house or to register, please contact the Misericordia University Admissions Office at (570) 675-4449 or 1-866-262-6363, or by e-mail at admiss@misericordia.edu. Students can also visit Misericordia University online at www.admissions.misericordia.edu/openhouse.