NeighborWorks NEPA Receives Grant from the Robert H. Spitz Foundation

NeighborWorks Northeastern Pennsylvania (NeighborWorks) is pleased to announce it has received a $17,000 grant from the Robert H. Spitz Foundation, managed by the Scranton Area Community Foundation.

These funds support our Community Services Navigator position, which aids clients from our main direct service programs: Aging in Place, Neighborhood Revitalization, and Homeownership & Financial Services. This position provides assistance to older adults in connecting to other social service opportunities, completing applications for assistance and navigating referrals provided.
“We truly appreciate the generous support from the Robert H. Spitz Foundation” said Jesse Ergott, President & CEO. “This grant will allow us to provide more personalized assistance to our neighbors facing challenges with financial and homeownership stability.”

The grant from the Robert H. Spitz Foundation is one of several funding sources that is being used to increase organizational capacity to establish and maintain the Navigator position. This position ensures the Aging in Place program can continue to provide services to older adults in our community.

The Robert H. Spitz Foundation awards annual grants through a competitive application and review process. NeighborWorks is one of 45 nonprofit grant recipients in Northeastern Pennsylvania to receive funding in the 2021 cycle of grant awards. Priority areas for funding include supporting programs that aim to break the cycle of poverty, remove economic barriers, and encourage independence in adults and children through access to safe, affordable housing, transportation, education, and other important issues.

Mohegan Sun Pocono Hosts Bash In The Ballroom Featuring DJ Tom Macari For New Year’s Eve

WHAT: Guests are invited to ring in the New Year with Mohegan Sun Pocono at the New Year’s Eve Bash In The Ballroom on Friday, December 31st, taking place in the Keystone Grand Ballroom.

WHERE/WHEN: Friday, December 31

    9:00pm – 1:00am

    Keystone Grand Ballroom


IN DETAIL: Dance the night away, and welcome in 2022 while New York City’s own, DJ Tom Macari, spins funk, soul, 80s, Pop, Hip-Hop and more at Mohegan Sun Pocono’s New Year’s Eve Bash In The Ballroom. Guests can bring their best dance moves to the Keystone Grand Ballroom until the clock strikes 1:00am, while enjoying $5 drink specials including Miller Lite, Coors Light, White Claw and Deuces Wild Grey Goose punch. And the diverse musical skill set from Macari, who has shared the DJ booth with some of the world’s biggest stars, including Rihanna, DJ Khaled, Madonna, and Tom Hanks!

The cover charge for this party is $15.00 and can be purchased in advance at the Mohegan Sun Pocono Box Office located at Player’s Club or via starting Friday, December 3rd. Cover can also be paid at the door the night of the event. All guests must be 21+ to attend, valid photo identification is required for entry.

Prior to the New Year’s Eve festivities, guests can enjoy a decadent dining experience at Rustic Kitchen Bistro & Bar or Ruth’s Chris Steak House. Reservations are available and encouraged.

Johnson College Enrolling Students from Rural Areas into Spring 2022 Distance Learning Program

Johnson College is now enrolling for its Spring 2022 Distance Learning Program for high school and adult students in the rural areas of Wayne, Pike, and Susquehanna counties. The program launches on January 18, 2022.  It creates a direct route for students to complete any of Johnson College’s eighteen 2-year associate’s degree programs and ultimately a fulfilling career with family-sustaining wages while staying in their communities. To learn more about this program or to register for courses listed below, please visit or email the Johnson College enrollment team at

Students will have interactive, two-way access to Johnson College faculty and participate in remote education, discussions, testing, and skill demonstrations via high-tech telecommunications equipment in classrooms at Forest City Regional High School, Honesdale High School, Wallenpaupack Area High School, and Western Wayne High School. In addition, Lakeville Library, Newfoundland Library, and Pleasant Mount Library will be equipped with laptops to give community residents access to career exploration services and information about courses at Johnson College. 

In addition to the distance learning opportunity this program provides, students will have access to Johnson College’s full array of on-campus support services including tutoring, counseling, career services, financial aid, internship opportunities, and exposure to industry from day one. Distance learning will help high school and adult students reach their full potential and connect with the region’s essential careers already in demand.

This program is funded in part by a grant from the United States Department of Agriculture’s Distance Learning and Telemedicine Grant Program. 

Courses at Honesdale High School

WTC 151-1 – Shielded Metal Arc Welding – Mondays & Wednesdays, 5 p.m. – 5:50 p.m.

WTC 152-1 – Shielded Metal Arc Welding Lab – Mondays, Tuesdays & Wednesdays, 6 p.m. – 9 p.m.

WTC 155-1 – Gas Metal and Flux Coed Arc II – Tuesdays, 5 p.m. – 5:50 p.m.

WTC 156-3 – Gas Metal & Flux Coed Arc Lab II – Thursdays, 5 p.m. – 9 p.m.                            

Courses at Wallenpaupack Area High School

PRG 103-1 – C Sharp – Thursdays, 3 p.m. – 5:50 p.m.                            

DAT 201-1 – Database: Principles & Applications – Thursdays, 6 p.m. – 8:50 p.m.                      

BUS 105-1 – E-Commerce – Online, Available Anytime                                                                                                            

Courses at Western Wayne High School

VMR 151-1 – Introduction to Vehicle Maintenance – Online, Available Anytime                        

IET 101-1 – Introduction to Automotive & Diesel Electronics – Wednesdays, 5 p.m. – 6:50 p.m.              

MATH 105-1 – Math for Transportation Division – Thursdays, 5:30 p.m. – 8:30 p.m.

Courses at Forest City Regional High School

BUS 101-4 – Introduction to Business – Tuesdays, 5:30 p.m. – 8:30 p.m.

LOG 192-1 – Transportation Management – Online, Available Anytime                                                 

CDT 101-1 – Introduction to Civil Design – Tuesdays, 5 p.m. – 7:50 p.m.

SCI 160-1 – Sustainability Design – Online, Available Anytime

NEPIRC Hiring Lean Continuous Improvement Engineer

Share your expertise with other organizations by joining a regional provider of world-class manufacturing training and consulting. We are looking to add an Industrial or Mechanical Engineer with manufacturing and Lean Continuous Improvement experience to our staff of experts.You will work with clients on consultative engagements designed to address their unique Lean Enterprise challenges and maximize their results of Lean Enterprise implementations.

In return you’ll receive competitive wages, a comprehensive benefit package, Bonus and Commission incentives and an excellent work environment with a great deal of flexibility. This full-time position requires minimal overnight travel, supports continuing professional education and certifications, and provides exposure to variety of different clients each year.


  • Provide educational seminars and workshops in coordination with our Business Development team, sufficient to generate demand for Lean Enterprise consulting services and secure client engagements.
  • Work collaboratively with Business Development professionals to properly scope Lean Enterprise engagements, prepare and present client proposals, and secure engagement commitments.
  • Provide hands-on facilitation and implementation of Lean Enterprise engagements to regional manufacturers, which may include the application of a number of traditional Lean Enterprise tools –6S, TPM, Value Stream Mapping, Automation, Cellular Manufacturing, SMED, Lean Enterprise training, and so forth.
  • Coordinate and deliver training and educational courses on Lean Enterprise tools and methodologies to manufacturing professionals in a team-based learning environment, which may occur on the shop floor or in a classroom setting.
  • Accurately identify engagement scope, resources needed, time frame for performance and expected benefits and outcomes of each engagement and communicate such information effectively to client base.


  • A minimum of ten (10) years of manufacturing experience, preferably involving managing teams and some levels of P&L responsibility.
  • A minimum of five (5) years of Lean Enterprise implementation experience within a manufacturing environment.
  • Experience with Automation a plus.
  • Prior training, teaching or presentation skills.
  • Bachelor’s degree from four-year college or university in Engineering discipline, with Industrial or Mechanical Engineering preferred.
  • Six Sigma Black Belt certification or other formal certifications in Lean Enterprise is highly preferred.
  • Food Safety and Defense training and certifications a plus.

Northeast Cancer Institute Releases Latest Local Cancer Surveillance Report

The Northeast Regional Cancer Institute, a local community-based nonprofit organization, has released the latest report on cancer, “Cancer in Northeastern Pennsylvania: Incidence and Mortality for Common Cancers”.  The report is available at:  

This unique, locally focused report was compiled by Cancer Institute Director of Cancer Surveillance, Karen Ryczak, RN and Medical Director, Samuel Lesko, MD, MPH. The report documents that both incidence and mortality rates for cancer are significantly higher in NEPA than the U.S. It also identifies those cancer sites for which there is a disparity in either incidence or mortality. In NEPA, we continue to see statistically significantly higher incidence rates for lung and other tobacco related cancers, in both men and women, compared to the U.S. Of note, lung cancer screening is available and has shown to reduce mortality from this cancer.  The use of lung cancer screening is slowly increasing but remains low.  Individuals with a smoking history should discuss lung cancer screening eligibility, benefits and risks with their primary care provider. 

The goal in sharing these data is to raise awareness across the community and to promote collaborative efforts to reduce the risk of select cancers through healthy lifestyle choices and adherence to proper screening guidelines. The report offers important insight for Northeastern Pennsylvania residents, health professionals, and government leaders. 

For additional information or if you would like a hard copy of the full report, please feel free to contact the Northeast Regional Cancer Institute at (570) 904-8808 or

Rep. Boback Announces State Funds for Lackawanna Trail School District Building Project

The Lackawanna Trail School District today was awarded $500,000 for a major building project through the Redevelopment Assistance Capital Program (RACP), announced Rep. Karen Boback (R-Lackawanna/Luzerne/Wyoming) who played a key role in securing the state funding. 

“I am a strong supporter of this community improvement project and am pleased the governor approved it for funding,” said Boback. “The Lackawanna Trail School District has always been a hub of activity for the area, sponsoring various events to benefit students, as well as nonprofit organizations. This multi-purpose facility will enhance the district’s ability to continue that important community outreach and I look forward to its completion.”

Specifically, the RACP grant will go toward the construction of a free-standing, energy-efficient educational facility at the high school complex. It will consist of a technology center, physical education classrooms, exercise rooms and educational support rooms for the community that lacks adequate broadband and technology infrastructure. The building will use energy efficient lighting, HVAC and building envelope materials to satisfy green technology standards.

Funding for this RACP grant and others was authorized by lawmakers in the Capital Budget Project Itemization Act. RACP is a Commonwealth grant program administered by the Office of the Budget for the acquisition and construction of regional economic, cultural, civic and historical improvement projects with a focus on job creation.

John Mulaney Announces 2022 From Scratch Tour, Will Kick Off in Wilkes-Barre

WHO: John Mulaney

WHAT: John Mulaney: From Scratch

Produced by Live Nation, the 33 city tour kicks off on Friday, March 11th at Mohegan Sun Arena in Wilkes-Barre, PA making stops across the U.S. in Austin, Saint Paul, and New York before wrapping up in Chicago at the United Center on July 14th.

TICKETS: Tickets on sale starting Friday, December 10th at 10am local time on


Fri Mar 11 — Wilkes-Barre, PA — Mohegan Sun Arena

Sat Mar 12 — Louisville, KY — KFC Yum! Center

Sun Mar 13 — Cincinnati, OH — Heritage Bank Center

Fri Mar 18 — Portland, ME — Cross Insurance Arena*

Sat Mar 19 — Ledyard, CT — Foxwoods Resort Casino*

Sat Mar 19 — Ledyard, CT — Foxwoods Resort Casino (LATE)*

Thu Mar 24 — Austin, TX — H-E-B Center

Fri Mar 25 — Dallas, TX — American Airlines Center

Sat Mar 26 — Houston, TX — Toyota Center

Fri Apr 01 — Savannah, GA — Enmarket Arena

Sat Apr 02 — Charlotte, NC — Spectrum Center

Sun Apr 03 — Birmingham, AL — Legacy Arena at The BJCC

Thu Apr 07 — Sacramento, CA — Golden 1 Center

Fri Apr 08 — San Jose, CA — SAP Center

Sat Apr 09 — Salt Lake City, UT — Vivint Arena

Sun Apr 17 — Denver, CO — Red Rocks Amphitheatre

Fri Apr 22 — Omaha, NE — CHI Health Center

Sat Apr 23 — Saint Paul, MN — Xcel Energy Center

Fri Apr 29 — Berkeley, CA — Greek Theatre

Thu May 12 — Orlando, FL — Addition Financial Arena

Fri May 13 — Hollywood, FL — Hard Rock Live

Sat May 14 — Hollywood, FL — Hard Rock Live

Sun May 15 – Tampa, FL – MIDFLORIDA Credit Union Amphitheatre

Fri May 20 — Columbus, OH — Schottenstein Center

Sat May 21 — Norfolk, VA — Scope Arena

Sun May 22 — Raleigh, NC — PNC Arena

Thu June 9 — Springfield, MA — MassMutual Center*

Fri Jun 10 — Saratoga Springs, NY — Saratoga Performing Arts Center

Sat Jun 11 — Buffalo, NY — KeyBank Center

Sun Jun 12 — Syracuse, NY — Upstate Medical University Arena

Fri Jun 17 — Atlantic City, NJ — Hard Rock Live at Etess Arena

Thu Jun 23 — New York, NY — Madison Square Garden

Thu Jul 14 — Chicago, IL — United Center

* Not a Live Nation Date

About John Mulaney

John Mulaney is a two-time Emmy and WGA award-winning writer, actor, and comedian,

In 2018, he traveled the United States with sold out Kid Gorgeous tour, which was later released as a Netflix stand-up special and won the Emmy for Outstanding Writing in a Variety Special; In 2015, he released The Comeback Kid, also a Netflix original, which The AV Club called the “best hour of his career;” In 2012, his Comedy Central special New In Town had Ken Tucker of Entertainment Weekly hailing him as “one of the best stand-up comics alive.”

Solidifying himself as a fan favorite, John Mulaney has been invited to host Saturday Night Live four times. He began writing for SNL in 2008 and created memorable characters such as ‘Stefon’ with Bill Hader and appeared as a “Weekend Update” correspondent. He has written for IFC’s Documentary Now! and Netflix’s Big Mouth, on which he voices the character of Andrew.

He’s also starred on Broadway in the runaway hit written and performed alongside Nick Kroll in Oh, Hello On Broadway. The duo have since released a Netflix special of the same name, as well as Oh, Hello: The P’dcast, based off their characters Gil Faizon and George St. Geegland.

In December 2019, the critically acclaimed and Emmy nominated musical variety special John Mulaney & The Sack Lunch Bunch debuted on Netflix. It was recently announced that festivities will continue with a pair of holiday themed Sack Lunch Bunch specials coming to Comedy Central in the near future.

The Wright Center for Graduate Medical Education Resident Physicians Presenting Scholarly Research in Puerto Rico

Dr. Navharsh Sekhon
Dr. Anshul Patel
Dr. Shams Tasnim
Dr. Yamini Patel

Four resident physicians at The Wright Center for Graduate Medical Education have had their scholarly research abstracts accepted for presentation at the Society of Critical Care Medicine’s 51st Critical Care Congress Meeting in San Juan, Puerto Rico, in February.

Dr. Yamini Patel will present, “Recurrent Bowel Angioedema Diagnosed Retrospectively after Oropharyngeal Angioedema,” and “Double Trouble Presentation of Lung Cancer: Superior Vena Cava Syndrome and Cardiac Tamponade.” Both abstracts are based on case reports.

Dr. Shams Tasnim will offer the scholarly presentation, “A Case Report on Human Babesiosis in a Nonendemic Region.”

Dr. Anshul Patel will share his abstract, “Unmasking Babesiosis in a Cirrhotic: A Diagnostic Dilemma,” which is based on a case report.

Dr. Navharsh Sekhon will present, “Hemorrhage into Neurofibroma with Anticoagulant use in Neurofibromatosis Type I.” It is based on a case report.

The Society of Critical Care Medicine’s annual meeting is the largest critical care event. It brings together members of multiprofessional teams to explore the latest in critical care.

Overall, resident physicians in The Wright Center for Graduate Medical Education have had 71 scholarly abstracts, written on a wide array of topics in medicine, accepted for presentation at professional conferences during the 2021-22 academic year.