DePietro’s Pharmacy Contributes $10K to Heart of Scranton: A Virtual Fundraiser

DePietro’s Pharmacy recently contributed $10,000 to the Heart of Scranton: A Virtual Fundraiser to Help our Neighbors.

The fundraiser, led by Scranton’s Mayor Paige Cognetti in partnership with the NEPA COVID-19 Response Fund at the Scranton Area Community Foundation, started on Thursday, April 30 at 12pm. This fundraiser focuses on food insecurity and will benefit CEO/Weinberg Northeast Regional Food Bank, Friends of the Poor and Meals on Wheels of NEPA. Generous community partners will match funds totaling $100,000.

Tom DePietro, owner of DePietro’s Pharmacy stated, “Our commitment to the community extends well beyond the pharmacy counter. In the wake of the current pandemic, food insecurity is a growing challenge for so many families here in NEPA. Contributing to this fundraiser was an impactful way for DePietro’s Pharmacy to pitch in and help right now. Our team is actively encouraging our families, friends and customers to contribute as well if they are able.”

“This is an incredibly generous donation which will have an extraordinary impact on food insecurity in our communities, and in combination with the match provided through this fundraiser, will generate $20,000 in philanthropic support for this very important cause,” added Laura Ducceschi, Scranton Area Community Foundation’s President and CEO.

WVIA Look for the Helpers Initiative

Mister Rogers once said “When I was a boy and I would see scary things in the news, my mother would say to me, ‘Look for the helpers. You will always find people who are helping.’” Inspired by this idea VIA Public Media is proud to announce the launch of its ‘Look for the Helpers’ initiative.

VIA would like to highlight the stories of people and organizations in our region that are working to take care of their neighbors and communities and recognize them for their good deeds. VIA will then share their stories on-air, online at and across VIA Public Media’s social networks.

Story submissions can be made at

“We live in an amazing and vibrant community. Our hope is that WVIA can shine a light on the good deeds that are still happening throughout the Northeastern and Central Pennsylvania region even during such a tumultuous time” said Chris Norton, Senior Vice President of VIA Public Media

This is the latest initiative launched by VIA in response to the COVID-19 pandemic. Previously announced initiatives include the VIA Learn at Home weekday afternoon programming on WVIA TV, the virtual Town Hall, Keystone Edition: Corona Crisis, additional news and updates on WVIA Radio and Nightly Storytime with VIA on WVIA’s social channels and opening up the entire WVIA original documentary catalog for free online at



Quest Studio to Host Happy Hour and Quarantine Cooking Class

Join Quest Studio for a Free Happy Hour Event on
Friday, May 8 at 6:00 PM for a Quarantine Cooking Class

Join Quest Studio for a FREE Friday night Happy Hour event and enjoy our first Quarantine Cooking Class Friday, May 8 at 6:00 PM! Grab your favorite drink of choice and the ingredients below and join us to have some fun while we chat, cook, and enjoy some healthy but delicious snacks together!

We’ll be making a Curry-Lime Chicken Salad and a Mexican Bean Dip. Below is a list of ingredients needed for both Recipes (Many of the canned goods and seasonings you can gra at the Dollar Tree to save money!) Feel free to pick up for one recipe or both, but we’ll provide cooking instructions for both.

Our Quarantine Cooking class is FREE to the first 100 people!
Reserve your spot HERE

Sky Zone Pittston Offers Curbside Service

Sky Zone Pittston has launched curbside service. ICEE, Cold Brew Coffee, and Pizza Kits will be available for order/pick up starting Monday, May 4 at 12 p.m. Part of the proceeds from the Pizza Kit sales will be donated to two local little leagues: Township Baseball and Greater Pittston Area Little League.

Visit our retail store to purchase your kits, once your order is complete, please call us at -570-316-0500, ext 1 to schedule your pick up.

Delta Medix Reopens for All Patients

These are unprecedented times in our country’s history. In an effort to flatten the COVID-19 curve and keep our patients and staff safe and COVID-free, Delta Medix suspended all elective visits and treatments.

Pennsylvania Governor Tom Wolf has announced the curve is at a point where we can begin to see all patients.

Effective immediately, Delta Medix is scheduling patients for all types of appointments and services.

Please know your safety and health are our primary concern. Delta Medix is following the CDC guidelines for performing elective medical services.

We have put strict infection control procedures in place to ensure your safety:

  • Prior to your visit you will receive a screening telephone call from Delta Medix where you will be asked questions. If you have no symptoms related to COVID-19 your appointment will be confirmed. If you are showing COVID symptoms you will be advised to seek care with your PCP.
  • Please arrive wearing a mask. Any patient or family member/friend accompanying you must also wear a mask. This will be strictly enforced.
  • Patients can only be accompanied by one additional person.
  • Upon arrival you will be screened to assess your risk for COVID. You will be asked questions and your temperature will be taken.
  • We have instituted precautions including social distancing in our waiting area. We have expanded the area to allow people to distance.
  • We are limiting the number of patients we see per day, thereby reducing any wait times to a minimum.
  • All Delta Medix employees have their temperatures taken as they report for work.
  • All common areas are cleaned and sanitized daily.

Please call Delta Medix at 570-342-7864 to schedule a visit with one of our providers or for a diagnostic study.

Your health and safety as well as that of our community is critical to us. Please stay safe and feel free to reach out to us with any questions.

Martz to Resume Service on Limited Schedule May 11

Martz Group plans to resume service on limited schedules for essential workers on May 11, according to Martz Group President Scott M. Henry. Affected schedules include Scranton, Wilkes-Barre, Philadelphia, Delaware Water Gap, Mount Pocono, and Port Authority. Martz service from Wilkes-Barre and Scranton will only operate into Philadelphia and will not include service to New York.

Please check for an update on scheduled service.

Scranton Chamber Part of the Regional Recovery Task Force

Elected officials at the state, county and local level today announced the formation of the bipartisan Regional Recovery Task Force (RRTF).

The following is a joint statement from the members of the RRTF:

“Across our region and around the globe, we are facing an unprecedented public health and economic crisis – the depth and complexities of which we’ve never seen and we’ve never known. COVID-19 has changed the way we live, the way we work and the way we communicate. It does not, however, diminish our resolve to come together to see our communities and our residents through this global pandemic.

Today, we are announcing the formation of a Regional Recovery Task Force (RRTF) to ensure we are ready for the eventual reopening of our economy and that we are positioned to aggressively pursue and obtain any additional state or federal funding that should be invested in our communities and our people. This bipartisan Task Force will be a unified and collective voice on behalf of Lackawanna County residents and businesses.

The Task Force will meet frequently and routinely, and we will be planning and setting forth near- and long-term goals. The health and safety of Lackawanna County residents will, however, remain our top priority. We will continue to monitor the guidelines and policy directives set forth by Governor Tom Wolf, the Pennsylvania Department of Health and the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

The Regional Recovery Task Force includes our state Senator; five state Representatives who represent portions of Lackawanna County; three Lackawanna County Commissioners; the Mayor of Scranton; and the President of the Greater Scranton Chamber of Commerce.  The Task Force will actively engage a number of other business leaders in our financial services and health care industries as well as public safety and community and economic development professionals.

The Regional Recovery Task Force will focus the attention of experts and stakeholders via six separate work groups to address critical and interrelated sectors of our economy. These work groups include: Public Health, Workforce, Business Assistance/Finance, Education, Strategic Planning and Marketing.

We look forward to working together on behalf of all residents of Lackawanna County to ensure that our region, our businesses and our residents are prepared to act when directives and guidelines for reopening are issued.

It will be a long road to recovery, but together, we will lead our communities and our people back to a place of health and prosperity.”

Members of the Regional Recovery Task Force include:

  • State Senator John P. Blake, 22nd Senatorial District
  • State Representative Kyle Mullins, 112th District
  • State Representative Marty Flynn, 113th District
  • State Representative Bridget Kosierowski, 114th District
  • State Representative Karen Boback, 117th District
  • State Representative Mike Carroll, 118th District
  • Jerry Notarianni, Lackawanna County Commissioner
  • Debi Domenick, Lackawanna County Commissioner
  • Chris Chermak, Lackawanna County Commissioner
  • Paige G. Cognetti, Mayor of Scranton
  • Bob Durkin, President, Greater Scranton Chamber of Commerce

SLHDA: Community Needs Assessment


Scranton Lackawanna Human Development Agency (SLHDA) is conducting a Community Needs Assessment  for employers to help determine the needs of our low to moderate income population.

SLHDA is responsible for helping our low to moderate income population attain self-sufficiency and provides free services to those in need, with the hope of helping people gain employment so they will no longer need our services.  Your feedback is important. Sharing your ideas and experiences will help us to ensure we are providing services that meet children and families’ needs. We are looking at childcare, transportation, education, job training, housing, etc.