Marywood University and The Center for The Living City Announce Weeklong Observe Scranton Events

Marywood University and The Center for The Living City announce, Observe Scranton, a weeklong program of events. The community festival celebrates Scranton through the eyes of Jane Jacobs, a hometown iconic city activist, on what would be her 105th birthday. Free community exhibits located throughout the city, in collaboration with the Lackawanna County Library, Marywood University, the City of Scranton, other local colleges and universities, and many private community-minded developers, organizations, and businesses, include:

Tuesday, May 4, 2021

  • The festival will kick-off with Jane Jacobs Day & Flag Raising at Scranton City Hall, at 10 a.m., 340 N. Washington Ave., Scranton. Join Sister Mary Persico, IHM, Ed.D., president of Marywood University, Scranton Mayor Paige Cognetti, and the Center for the Living City for the inaugural Jane Jacobs Day Proclamation, a day of community conversations and gatherings, along with the Jane Jacobs flag raising on what would have been her 105th birthday.
  • A book launch will take place at 6:30 p.m., in the theater at Lackawanna College. Author Glenna Lang will give a slide presentation to celebrate the publication of her book, Jane Jacob’s First City: Learning from Scranton, Pennsylvania.

Wednesday, May 5, 2021

  • The Jane Jacobs Walk will take place at the Forest Hill Cemetery, at 2 p.m., at 1830 Jefferson Avenue, Dunmore, Pa. Join the cemetery’s caretaker and archivist, Norma Reese, for a fascinating tour of Scranton’s first landscaped cemetery, founded in 1870.
  • The Architecture and History of Lackawanna Avenue will be explored at the Jane Jacobs Walk, at 5:15 p.m., at The Marketplace at Steamtown, 300 Lackawanna Avenue, Scranton. Architect and local historian, Richard Leonori, will lead a several block walk along Scranton’s main downtown street, laid out as part of the original plan for the city in the 1850s.
  • Book signing at Library Express Bookstore will take place at 6:15 p.m., with author Glenna Lang, who will read passages from Jane Jacob’s First City. The book signing will take place at The Marketplace at Steamtown Mall, 2nd floor, 300 Lackawanna Avenue, Scranton.
  • A Community Conversation: A Scranton City Dialogue will take place from 6 – 7:30 p.m., via Zoom. Those interested can register at An inspired community conversation focusing on questions and themes Jane Jacobs raised in a seminal 1987 letter to the City about “what Scranton is, has been, and can be.” This event is hosted by The University of Scranton and city partners.

Thursday, May 6, 2021

  • From 10 a.m. – 2 p.m. a virtual event, Blue Zone + the Built Environment, will be provided. Those interested can register by emailing with the session the participants plan to attend including:
  • 10 – 11:15 a.m., Built Environment – Government. Discussions targeted to government and planning leaders for public works, economic development, walking and bike infrastructure, public safety, and more.
  • 11:30 a.m. – 12:45 p.m.: Built Environment – Policy Advocates: Discussion targeted to walk and bike advocates, neighborhood associations, chamber of commerce reps, and more.
  • 1 – 2 p.m.: Blue Zones for Elected Officials: Discussions targeted to mayors, city councils, county commissioners, and state and federal representatives, as well as the public.
  • A Book Reading with Glenna Lang and community members will take place at 5:30 pm., at the Lackawanna County Courthouse, across from the iconic Electric City sign. Accompanied by special guests, author Glenn Lang will provide an outdoor book reading of Jane Jacob’s First City, followed by an audience Q&A and book signing.

Friday, May 7, 2021

  • First Friday Scranton, from 5-9 p.m., will feature a wide variety of cultural events found in some of the city’s best restaurants and cafes, as well as galleries, boutiques, and other small businesses.
  • Interactive Exhibit, from 5 -7 p.m., at the Observe Scranton headquarters, 546 Spruce Street, in the Scranton Life Building. During the First Friday event, attendees are encouraged to share their thoughts about the past, present, and future of Scranton.
  • The Inaugural Community Night Light Ride will take place at 8:30 p.m., with registration at 7:30 p.m. Those interested will meet at the corner of Adams Avenue and Spruce Street. A fun evening bicycle ride through the city of Scranton will take place. Attendees are encouraged to decorate their bicycles with lights. Registration can also be made prior to the event, at

Saturday, May 8, 2021

  • A Jane Jacobs Walk will take place from 10 – 11 a.m., at 1712 Monroe Avenue, Dunmore, the childhood home of Jane Jacobs. Architect and longtime Dunmorean, John Cowder, will retrace Jane’s routes to her neighborhood school, the potato chip factory in the alley, and other mom-and-pop stores she and her family and friends frequented.
  • Scranton StorySlam with Scranton Fringe will take place at the Scranton Cultural Center, 420 N. Washington Avenue, Scranton, at 7 p.m. Doors open at 6 p.m. Scranton StorySlam is a celebration of diverse voices, welcoming all to share their stories of triumph, disappointment, humor, and heartbreak with supportive audiences. Featured storytellers include Amber Viola, Chris Kelly, Glynis M. Johns, Gerard Hetman, Laureen M. O’Handley, Terry Thompson, and Jessica Rothchild, Ph.D., as well as many others.

For additional information about Observe Scranton events with Center for The Living City and Marywood University, please visit

JFS Mae S. Gelb Food Pantry Receives Donation

The Temple Israel of Scranton Donates $1,450 to the Jewish Family Service of Northeastern Pennsylvania Mae S. Gelb Food Pantry.

The Temple Israel of Scranton Mitzvah Committee, consisting of Suzy and Rick Jacobson, Karen and Robby Pollock, Marian and Gary Beckhorn, Victoria Geyfman, Annie Monsky, Rabbi Miriam Spitzer, Paulette Okun and Geordee Pollock provided 85 Mishloach bags to area Congregants. Proceeds from the purchased bags were donated to the Mae S. Gelb Food Pantry at JFS!

Marywood University Announces “The Counselor Next Door Podcast”

Marywood University’s Counseling and Student Development Center (CSDC) is offering its podcast, titled “The Counselor Next Door,” each Friday through the conclusion of the semester on Friday, May 7, 2021. The podcast’s aim is to present thoughtful conversations to support wellness, drawing from the experience of Marywood’s community.

Each episode of “The Counselor Next Door” covers a topic related to health and wellness from a counseling perspective, discussed by a counselor from Marywood’s CSDC, as well as a member of the University’s community. The topics are varied, ranging from equity and equality to art therapy, spiritual wellness, and more.

Episodes air every Friday, at To learn more about Marywood’s Psychology and Counseling programs, visit, or call the Office of Admissions at (570) 348-6234.

LIFE Geisinger Wilkes-Barre opens May 3

Older adults in Luzerne County can get the help they need to continue living independently at home as LIFE Geisinger, a day program for seniors, opens its newest location Monday in south Wilkes-Barre.

Located at 592 S. Main St. in Wilkes-Barre, the new facility provides comprehensive health and medical care to adults age 55 and older who would otherwise be confined to a nursing home.

“LIFE Geisinger has served Luzerne County residents for several years at Geisinger South Wilkes-Barre and we are excited to be able to expand those services with a brand-new facility,” said Dr. Richard Martin, LIFE Geisinger medical director. “During this pandemic, it’s important that seniors not only get the medical care they need, but also have access to frequent social activity to enhance their quality of life. LIFE Geisinger provides participants with all that and more.”

The new 14,200-square-foot facility includes primary care services with full exam rooms, recreational space, a rehabilitation gym, bathing facilities, a laundry room and a serving kitchen. This triples the capacity of the program in Wilkes-Barre to 150 participants.

Previously, LIFE Geisinger operated a small, satellite program at Geisinger South Wilkes-Barre with 55 participants, who will transfer to the new location.

H. Joyce Morano, M.D., will serve as staff physician at the LIFE Geisinger senior center in Wilkes-Barre as well as at the center located at 2300 Adams Ave. in Scranton. At full operation, LIFE Geisinger Wilkes-Barre will have about 50 full-time employees.

For more information about LIFE Geisinger, call 570-808-4780 or visit

Planned Community Events Observe Scranton Jane Jacobs Festival

The Center for the Living City, with community partner organizations including The University of Scranton, will offer a series of events for the Observe Scranton Jane Jacobs First City Festival. 

On May 5 from 6 to 7:30 p.m., Scranton community members are invited to attend for a special event, Community Conversation: A Scranton City Dialogue. This Jane Jacobs inspired community conversation will focus on questions and themes she raised in a seminal 1987 letter to the City about “what Scranton is, has been, and can be.” This community dialogue event will be held via Zoom. For more information, please visit Registration is required for this event at

This community dialogue is sponsored by The University of Scranton and The Center for the Living City in partnership with United Neighborhood Centers of NEPA, NeighborWorks of NEPA, Scranton Tomorrow, Valley in Motion, the Greater Scranton MLK Commission and the Scranton Area Ministerium.

This special virtual dialogue event is a part of the Observe Scranton “Jane Jacob’s First City Festival,” a weeklong celebration of Jane Jacobs’s life and legacy hosted by The Center for the Living City.  Festival events will take place in Scranton, PA and virtually from May 4, 2021, through May 8, 2021. Highlights include the Book Launch of Jane Jacob’s First City: Learning from Scranton, Pennsylvania and a Story Slam. In-person events will follow all Covid safety protocols. For more information about Observe Scranton and the festival events and exhibits, please visit

The Observe Festival will also offer a variety of events as a part of the First Friday Scranton offerings this May 7 from 5 – 9 p.m.  At the Observe Festival HQ, community members are invited to participate in an interactive art exhibit that will allow participants to share their thoughts about the past, present and future of Scranton. This event will take place at 600 Spruce Street and is sponsored by The University of Scranton in partnership with The Center for the Living City and United Neighborhood Centers of NEPA.

Another First Friday and festival offering is coordinated by the Northeast Art Project (NEAP) the “Light the Night Ride,” a community bicycle ride and contest, to Scranton. Community members can participate by either coming down to enjoy the incredible display or register in advance to participate. For more details or to register your bike for Light the Night Ride, visit NEAP’s website,, contact via email at, or follow Northeast Art Project on Instagram and Facebook.

Marywood University Students, Alumni, and Staff Volunteer to Spring Clean at Nay Aug Park in Scranton

Marywood University students, alumni, staff and family members volunteered this past weekend to help clean up Nay Aug Park, Scranton, Pa. Organized by The Greenhouse Project, and Debbie A. Frable Welby and Paul Welby, Memorial Rose Garden chairpersons, Scranton, Pa., Marywood volunteers assisted with work on two areas for new flower beds and benches. The volunteers cleaned, weeded, raked, and bagged more than sixty bags of leaves, and they spread two truckloads of red mulch.

Pictured (left to right) are: Logan Casebolt, family member; Mary Errico Casebolt, Marywood University alumna; Ann O’Brien, assistant director of Service-Learning and Community Service; Sarah O’Brien, (front) family member; Tommy Flynn, undergraduate student; Sister Rachel Terry, IHM, campus ministry associate; and Courtney Loughlin, graduate student.

PennDOT Survey Seeks Pennsylvanians’ Feedback on Automated Vehicles

On behalf of Pennsylvania’s Highly Automated Vehicle (HAV) Advisory Committee, the Pennsylvania Department of Transportation (PennDOT) today announced the launch of a survey designed to gain an understanding of Pennsylvanians’ perceptions and knowledge of automated vehicles.

The HAV Advisory Committee was established by Act 117 of 2018 and is a partnership between public and private key stakeholders that has the power to advise and consult the Secretary of Transportation on each aspect of connected and highly automated vehicles. This includes developing technical guidance, evaluating best practices, and reviewing existing laws, regulations, and policies.

The committee is making strides in preparing for this transformational technology, and seeks to gauge Pennsylvanians’ understanding of the technology, level of comfort and expectations.

“Automated vehicle technology is rapidly advancing, and many features are already available in newer vehicles,” said PennDOT Secretary Yassmin Gramian. “It is important that the department understands how Pennsylvanians feel about this technology, to help us shape our education and communication focus going forward.”

The survey is available at this link, and takes and takes less than 10 minutes to complete.

For more information on PennDOT’s efforts in the realm of automated vehicles visit the Automated Vehicles page on PennDOT’s website.

Subscribe to statewide PennDOT news and traffic alerts at or choose a region under “Regional Offices.” Information about the state’s infrastructure and results the department is delivering for Pennsylvanians can be found at Find PennDOT’s planned and active construction projects at

Museum Adventure Weeks to Return to Everhart this Summer

Museum Adventure Weeks are back this summer at the Everhart Museum. Three (3) sessions of summer camp are planned with two unique options for young explorers, both encouraging learning, exploration, and discovery. Adventures in the Museum campers will have the opportunity to explore the indoor and outdoor environments at Nay Aug Park while participating in socially distanced activities when in the museum. Adventures at Home is a week-long adventure toolkit, including all
materials for campers to explore the museum collection from home. Adventures at Home include the option to participate in LIVE virtual classes, tours, and activities with Museum staff on designated virtual weeks. The Museum uses Google Classroom for all virtual participation.

WHAT: Museum Adventure Weeks
WHEN: June 21st-July 30th
GRADES: Kindergarten through 6th
COST: Adventure in the Museum: $180 member, $200 non-member
Adventure at Home: $40 member, $45 non-member
Registration; Opens on May 3rd

Museum Adventure Weeks center on the creative exploration of the Everhart Museum collection and the Nay Aug Park environment. Each week, campers will experience a new topic or theme that uses both art and science in a hands-on, multi-modal approach to learning. Instructors will use visual thinking strategies and inquiry-based learning to talk about art and art objects from around the globe.

Adventure at Home Dates: June 21st-25th
Adventure in the Museum Dates: June 28th-July 2nd

Adventure at Home Dates: July 5th-9th
Adventure in the Museum Dates: July 12th-16th

Adventure at Home Dates: July 19th-23rd
Adventure in the Museum Dates: July 26th-30th

To learn more about Museums Adventure Weeks or to register, parents and guardians are encouraged to visit Summer at the Everhart on the Museum’s website or email Museum Adventure Week is funded in part by Arts Engage!, Lackawanna County, Pennsylvania Council on the Arts, Educational Improvement Tax Credit (EITC), the Overlook Estate Foundation, and the Maslow Family Foundation.