Candidate Debates Scheduled

Registered Republicans and Democrats will head to the polls Tuesday, May 21st to vote in their party’s primary. Be an informed voter by attending candidate debates.

The League of Women Voters of Lackawanna County (LWVLC) and cosponsor, the Political Science Department, The University of Scranton, have scheduled candidate debates for the following primaries:

Scranton City Council – Democratic Primary

Wednesday, May 8, 2019, 6:00 p.m.

At the start of this event, attendees will have the opportunity to hear candidates for Scranton School Board Director introduce themselves

Lackawanna County Commissioner – Republican Primary

Thursday, May 9, 2019, 6:00 p.m.

Lackawanna County Commissioner – Democratic Primary

Thursday, May 9, 2019, 7:15 p.m.

All debates will be held at the Moskovitz Theater, 4th Floor of DeNaples Campus Center, Mulberry Street, and are open to the public.

In addition, the public should look for and view videotaped interviews of the candidates for

Scranton School Board and Lackawanna County Controller. Find taped program as of May 13th, at www.lwvlackawanna.org.

 

Boston College Law School Degree Affiliation Established with The University of Scranton

The University of Scranton and Boston College Law School have signed an early admissions agreement that will allow Scranton students who meet program requirements to be eligible for admission to the prestigious Jesuit law school after three years at Scranton. The agreement will take effect beginning with the 2019-20 academic year.

The agreement, commonly referred to as a “3-3 program,” will allow Scranton students to earn a bachelor’s degree from Scranton and a juris doctor (JD) degree from Boston College in six, rather than seven years. After completion of their junior year at Scranton, the agreement allows eligible students to earn up to 30 credits for their bachelor’s degree requirements during the first year at Boston College Law School. First-year law courses would count toward both the student’s law degree and his or her bachelor’s degree at Scranton.

To be eligible for the 3-3 program with Boston College Law School, students must have completed three years of coursework and earned a minimum of 63 credits at Scranton. Student must also have earned a cumulative G.P.A. at the time of matriculation to law school that is equal to or above the median G.P.A. of the prior year’s entering class at Boston College Law School, and have scored at or above the median LSAT score for third-year students of its previous year’s class, in addition to meeting other interview, character and fitness requirements, and remaining in good academic and discipline standing through matriculation at Scranton.

Scranton has a Pre-Law Advisory Program that helps students navigate the law school application process throughout their undergraduate years. The program also offers assistance to Scranton alumni who wish to apply to law school. The University offers a concentration in legal studies. Scranton also has 3-3 program agreements with Villanova School of Law and Duquesne University School of Law.

In the past four years, more than 130 Scranton graduates have received acceptance into more than 50 law schools throughout the United States, including to some of the country’s most prestigious law schools.

For more information, visit Scranton’s pre-law webpage, or contact Matthew Meyer, Ph.D., pre-law advisor and associate professor of philosophy at The University of Scranton, at 570-941-5814 or matthew.meyer@scranton.edu.

 

Horizon Dental Care’s Dentistry from the Heart Event Scheduled

Horizon Dental Care will host the 14th Annual Dentistry from the Heart Event on Saturday, April 27th from 8:00am until 2:30pm, The event provides free dentistry including fillings, cleanings, and extractions at no cost to patients in need.

Every year, access to necessary dental care becomes harder for low-income families to obtain.  Over the past 13 years Dr. Evanish and his team of doctors and dental professionals along with a dedicated group of local volunteers have provided over a million dollars in treatment completely free of charge to nearly 3000 adults who could not otherwise afford dental care.

NorthPoint Development Purchases Land in Jessup

NorthPoint Development has purchased 70.22 acres of land in the Valley View Business Park from the Scranton Lackawanna Industrial Building Company (SLIBCO) for the construction of a new one-million-square-foot speculative distribution facility. SLIBCO is the industrial development affiliate of the Greater Scranton Chamber of Commerce.

“We are very pleased that a renowned developer like NorthPoint Development 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 Archbald Borough, Valley View School District and Lackawanna County for their critical support which made this deal possible.”

Boasting 12 buildings ranging in size to more than 2.5 million square feet, the Jessup Small Business Center and the Valley View Business Park house 22 companies, employing more than 2.000 people. This will be the fifth building in Lackawanna County to be constructed at more than one million square feet in size; other buildings include the former Cinram building, Amazon Logistics, Innovel Solutions (Sears) and Trammell Crow Co. In November of 2018, Trammell Crow purchased 90 acres of land from SLIBCO to construct a one-million square foot speculative distribution facility.

NorthPoint Development is a privately held development firm based in Kansas City. Their focus is on Class A development in the industrial, senior housing and self-storage markets within the central part of the United States.  Currently, NorthPoint Development is active in 16 states including: Kansas, Missouri, Texas, Illinois, Tennessee, Ohio, Indiana, Kentucky, Michigan, Pennsylvania, California, Arizona, Washington, New York, Georgia, and Florida.

Tri-Star Academy Open House Job Interviews

OPEN HOUSE  JOB INTERVIEWS scheduled for Friday April 19th and  Monday April 22nd.

9:00am-5:00pm

Tri-Star Academy

626 Madison Avenue

Jermyn, PA 18433

(570) 876-3040

Tri-Star Academy is currently hiring TEACHERS and ASSISTANT TEACHERS for various full and part time positions for our growing center.

Qualified applicants should possess the minimum of an AA degree in Early Childhood Education or a related field.  A CDA, Students studying Early Childhood Education and experience working in a childcare center will also be accepted.

Individuals will be responsible for overseeing all aspects of a classroom and supervising all daily routines.  Responsibilities include  designing and executing daily lessons plans, parent communication, and collaborating with colleagues to enhance the program’s educational component and health and safety practices.

Interested applicants can submit a resume online, or apply in person at the center.  Additional information will be provided through a face to face interview.

Marion Munley Earns Two National Honors

Munley Law is pleased to announce that Attorney Marion Munley has recently been recognized with two national honors. Munley has been selected to the Lawdragon 500, one of only six Pennsylvania lawyers to earn this distinction. She has also been invited to become a Fellow of the American Bar Foundation.

The annual Lawdragon 500 Leading Lawyers in America is an elite list of attorneys nationwide from across all practice areas. Members are selected by a combination of independent editorial research and individual nominations and recommendations.

The American Bar Foundation (ABF) is a nonprofit research organization dedicated to expanding legal knowledge and advancing justice. The ABF is among the world’s leading institutes for the study of law. The ABF Fellows are judges, lawyers, and legal scholars whose careers have demonstrated outstanding dedication to the highest principles of the legal profession and to the welfare of their communities.

Marion Munley has represented victims of personal injury and heavy truck accidents for more than 30 years. She is the Chair of the American Association for Justice Trucking Litigation Group. Munley has been named among the Best Lawyers in America, and the Top 50 Women Lawyers in Pennsylvania by Super Lawyers. A champion of victims’ rights, Marion devotes her practice to representing individuals and families in personal injury litigation, with a special focus on cases involving commercial truck and tractor trailer accidents. Marion completed her undergraduate degree from the University of Scranton and earned her J.D. from Temple University School of Law.

State-of-the-Art Poconos Fitness Facility Brings Water Safety Awareness Program to Local Community

This spring, the certified swim instructors at the  Woodloch Springs Sports Complex (WSSC) are excited to bring Josh The Otter program to local schools, communities and WSSC itself. The Sports Complex is home to a state-of-the-art indoor and outdoor pool and offers a wide array of group fitness classes and educational workshops.  May is National Water Safety Month, and the Woodloch Springs Sports Complex is dedicated to providing water safety resources to the community. On Saturday, May 4, 11 and 18 at 9:30 am and 10am and Wednesday May 8, 15, and 22 at 4:30 pm and 5 pm, WSSC will be hosting free Josh The Otter presentations. Participate in the educational water safety program and receive a free day pass to the Sport Complex. Parents and children ages three through eight years old are welcome. Bring your life jacket and other personal floatation devices to the presentation, and WSSC staff will properly align them with your child. Registration is required.

This energetic classroom program promotes water safety and drowning prevention through the Josh The Baby Otter book. The book was written to teach children to “stay away from water unless with an adult and to always swim with a buddy.” It is an engaging presentation for children in preschool through second grade.

This program is made possible through a partnership with the non-profit drowning prevention organization, the Joshua Collingsworth Memorial Foundation (JCMF) of Lincoln, Nebraska:

The Joshua Collingsworth Memorial Foundation was created in July of 2008 to serve as a catalyst to strengthen water safety awareness and create an early childhood education program.  Their goal is to empower children to be safe in and around all bodies of water to prevent similar tragedies. The Josh The Otter Water Safety and Awareness Project is dedicated to teaching young children about water safety through the use of Josh The Otter a book written by Blake Collingsworth.

The book has been translated into twelve languages and has been published in Spanish, Urdu, and Portuguese, with the hopes of expanding its reach even further. The Foundation and its partners have distributed nearly 250,000 books and have reached over one million children. The program has been presented in classrooms, community centers, zoos, aquatic centers, and childcare facilities around the world.

The International Life Saving Federation cites the statistic that 1.2 million people around the world die by drowning every year. That is more than two persons per minute. Drowning is preventable. Spreading information about water safety and awareness is a must in preventing tragedies. Being proactive as a community is a neccessity.

For further information on the program, visit www.joshtheotter.org. To learn more about the Woodloch Springs Sports Complex program, visit www.woodlochsportscomplex.com

Hospice of the Sacred Heart Awarded CHAP Accreditation

Community Health Accreditation Partner, Inc., (CHAP) announced today that Hospice of the Sacred Heart has been awarded CHAP Accreditation under the CHAP Hospice provider Standards of Excellence. Accreditation is for a three year period.

CHAP Accreditation demonstrates that Hospice of the Sacred Heart meets the industry’s highest nationally recognized standards. The rigorous evaluation by CHAP focuses on structure and function, quality of services and products, human and financial resources and long term viability. Simply stated, adherence to CHAP’s standards leads to better quality care. “By achieving CHAP Accreditation, Hospice of the Sacred Heart has shown a commitment to excellence,” said Karen Collishaw, CHAP President and CEO. “This is the 11th year Hospice of the Sacred Heart has achieved CHAP Accreditation, and we are excited to continue our partnership by offering support in its commitment to providing quality care and continuous improvement.”

Hospice of the Sacred Heart provides a variety of hospice services to patients and their families in a nine county region of Northeastern Pennsylvania. Their main office is located in Wilkes-Barre and they operate an Inpatient Unit in Dunmore and a Center for Education in Moosic.

CHAP is an independent, not-for-profit, accrediting body for community-based health care organizations. Created in 1965, CHAP was the first to recognize the need and value for accreditation in community-based care. CHAP is the oldest national, community-based accrediting body with more than 9,000 agencies currently accredited nationwide. Through “deeming authority” granted by the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS), CHAP has the regulatory authority to survey agencies providing home health, hospice and home medical equipment services, to determine if they meet Medicare Conditions of Participation and CMS Quality Standards. CHAP’s purpose is to define and advance the highest standards of community-based care.

“We are forever grateful for our caring and dedicated staff, who advance our mission every day and make us worthy and proud of our CHAP Accreditation. This is a key benchmark for measuring quality and gives our organization an opportunity to distinguish our strengths and establish areas for improvement,” said Diane Baldi, CEO, Hospice of the Sacred Heart.

For more information about the CHAP Accreditation process, please visit the CHAP website at www.chapinc.org. For additional information on CHAP, please contact Nathan Constable, Senior Manager, Communications and Industry Affairs, at 202-467-1716, or nconstable@chapinc.org.

For additional information, contact Diane Baldi, RN, CEO at Hospice of the Sacred Heart at 570-706-2400.

The mission of Hospice of the Sacred Heart is to provide comfort, care, hope and choice to patients and their families, while guiding them through their end of life journey.