HRC’s Matt Giansanti to Debut at Milford Theater

Matt Giansanti of Milford, PA is slated to appear on the Milford Theater stage April 30th for a rendition of the play, “Death of a Salesman.” The 1949 tragedy written by American playwright, Arthur Miller, centers on the loss of identity and the inability of New Yorker Willy Loman to face change within himself and society. Viewers will be taken on a ride through Willy’s life as a traveling salesman, husband, and father by way of a tumultuous series of montages, dreams, and arguments. The original play won the 1949 Pulitzer Prize for Drama and Tony Award for Best Play, and is considered by many critics to be the best play of the 20th century.

Matt has been involved with the Human Resources Center for many years. He is presently part of the HRC’s Small Group Employment program receiving support from a professionally trained job coach to help assist him when needed. Matt takes great pride in his work at the Pike County Commissioners office and is now set to take stage in an exclusive one-weekend debut! The Human Resources Center provides home, community, and employment services to individuals with disabilities throughout Northeastern Pennsylvania. Matt’s interest in the world of entertainment came to fruition in December of last year when he released a documentary about his brother entitled, “My Brother, My Hero Forever.” The release was a smash success. Matt now turns to his next adventure: live stage acting.

You can catch Matt in “Death of a Salesman” at Milford Theater on Saturday April 30th at 7pm and Sunday May 1st at 2pm. Tickets start at $25 and can be purchased on the Milford Theater’s website at The Human Resources Center would like to congratulate Matt on his latest creative endeavor. Break a leg!

The theater has decided to add an additional showing Friday April 29th at 7pm due to popular demand.

The Story of Us, The Office Mural in Scranton

Do you love The Office TV show as much as we do? Scranton Tomorrow is thrilled to announce its upcoming mural, The Story of Us: The Office’s relationship with Scranton. This one‐of‐a‐kind art piece will capture the relationship between The Best Hometown of The Office and its beloved characters. The design features large‐scale black and white portraits of the seventeen characters, contrasted with a colorful geometric pattern background, imagery, and quotes that represent significant objects and moments throughout the show’s nine seasons. Standing at 30 feet high and 120 feet long, it will be huge!

For  nearly  30  years,  Scranton  Tomorrow  has  served  the  Scranton  community  as  a  non‐profit  economic development organization focused on growth of downtown and enhancing the lives of its residents and visitors. Scranton Tomorrow spearheads numerous projects and initiatives in the Downtown Scranton Business District, including the Electric City Classic, First Fridays, and most recently, the Mural Arts Program. The Mural Arts program has transformed numerous bare walls and building facades into open  air  galleries  featuring  large‐scale  murals  that  express  Scranton’s  history,  culture,  diversity,  and  creativity.

The Story of Us will be hand painted by Philadelphia based fine‐arts muralist Kala Hagopian founder of Hagopian Arts, an independent female‐owned and operated public art initiative. Having received a Certificate in Painting from the Pennsylvania Academy of Fine Arts in 2009, she has worked with a large range of clients, including: nonprofits, corporate developers, small businesses, and personal residences. Scranton Tomorrow is thrilled to have her expertise in capturing photo‐realistic images that are interspersed with bright patterns creating stunning masterpieces. Kala’s featured work includes collaborations with the John Heinz National Wildlife Refuge, Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia, The Philadelphia Women’s Conference, Cancer Treatment Centers of America, The Philadelphia Mural Arts Program, The Philadelphia Marathon,, and many others.
Scranton Tomorrow’s Mural Arts program needs your help to make this massive mural become real! Only through your love of The Office, love of art, and love for The Electric City will this monumental mural get underway. Through your support, you will join us in paying homage to The Office’s enduring popularity and creating a legacy for all to enjoy. Please join us in supporting The Story of Us and donate at Indiegogo today!

Sponsorship opportunities are also available. For more information, contact Rose Randazzo Pizzuto, Chairperson Scranton Mural Arts Program at and 570.575.0666, or Steve Ward, Scranton Tomorrow Mural Arts Program, Team Leader at 570.963.5901. You can also visit Scranton Tomorrow’s website. Scranton Tomorrow and The Story of Us can also be found on Facebook and Instagram.

SWB RailRiders to Participate in MiLB Copa de la Diversión

Minor League Baseball™ (MiLB™) unveiled the schedule of games and the 85 on-field Hispanic identities for this season’s Copa de la Diversión® (Fun Cup™) event series. Continuing its annual expansion into more communities, eight new teams joined Copa de la Diversión (“Copa”) this season, with five teams returning with rebranded personas.

The 387-game event series will kick off April 9 in Hillsboro, Oregon, with Nationwide returning as the Official Insurance Partner of the Copa initiative.

The Scranton/Wilkes-Barre RailRiders are pleased to once again be a part of this tremendous outreach program. The Vejigantes return to the field four times during the 2022 season.

The eight MILB teams joining Copa for the first time include the Fort Wayne TinCaps, Frisco RoughRiders, Great Lakes Loons, Quad Cities River Bandits, Somerset Patriots, St. Paul Saints, Syracuse Mets and Wichita Wind Surge. Two teams – the Corpus Christi Hooks and Winston-Salem Dash – return with all-new identities, while the Fresno Grizzlies, Lehigh Valley IronPigs and South Bend Cubs are back with updated looks.

Copa de la Diversión is the centerpiece of MiLB’s “Es Divertido Ser Un Fan™” (“It’s Fun to be A Fan™”) Hispanic fan engagement initiative, which was created in 2017. Through the success of the Copa program, now in its fifth season, MiLB has solidified its commitment to the long-term growth of its U.S. Latino communities and its diversity and inclusion efforts across the country.

“It is important to our organization and all of Minor League Baseball that we continue to embrace everyone in and around our communities through the Copa initiative,” said Frisco RoughRiders President Victor Rojas. “We are excited to honor our rich and diverse Latino culture in hopes of creating a deeper connection to our community on a year-round basis.”

During the first four seasons of the initiative, Copa-designated games had a nearly 20% higher average attendance than non-Copa games, and participating teams saw significant increases in merchandise sales, partnerships, and concessions revenues. Extending their reach into local communities, teams partnered with more than 200 local Latino organizations on various events and charitable endeavors.

“The continued growth of the Copa de la Diversión initiative reinforces the importance of connecting with our Latino fans and the Latino community nationwide,” said Kurt Hunzeker, MLB’s Vice President of Minor League Business Operations. “Our teams continue to authentically connect with the Latino population in their communities, leading to a deeper and more meaningful fan experience.”

At the end of the season, MiLB’s Latino Leadership and Community Growth Council, comprised of industry experts and civic leaders, will recognize the top-performing teams in several categories, including ballpark experience, community engagement, and philanthropic impact, and one team will be named the overall Copa de la Diversión champion. Previous winners include the Mariachis de Nuevo México (2018 and 2019) and the Wepas de Worcester (2021).

For more information on Minor League Baseball’s Copa de la Diversión initiative, visit To purchase tickets and official merchandise, visit

University of Scranton Announces Additional April Events

The following is a list of University of Scranton events planned in the month of April 2022. 

Apr. 9-10
2 p.m. and 3:30 p.m. sessions on Saturday and Sunday. Pysanka workshops to teach the art of decorating Ukrainian Easter eggs with traditional folk designs using a wax-resist method. Smurfit Arts Center. $25 fee will be donated to humanitarian aid in Ukraine via World Central Kitchen. Registration required at Call 570-941-4419 or email  

Apr. 20
6 p.m. Earth Day “Evening of Environmental Science” with University student-run interactive science experiments and exhibit of University of Scranton Earth Day Essay Contest submissions. Essay contest awards will be announced at the event. Loyola Science Center. Free. Call 570-941-6267 or email  

Apr. 21
7:30 p.m. Lecture by renowned American climatologist and geophysicist Michael Mann, Ph.D., author of “The New Climate War: The Fight to Take Back Our Planet.” McIlhenny Ballroom, DeNaples Center. Free. Call 570-941-6267 or email  

Apr. 25
5:30 p.m. Art show address by environmental artist Laura Kern. Loyola Science Center. Free. Call 570-941-6267 or email  

Apr. 28
5 p.m. Take Back the Night. Event includes a pre-rally with information booths and the Clothesline Project display from 5 to 7 p.m.; followed by a march at 7 p.m. and a speak out at 7:15 p.m. Dionne Campus Green. Free. Call 570-941-7902 or email

Note: Access to the campus is currently limited to members of the University community, invited guests and others as listed in the Royals Back Together plan. Campus access and other health and safety information will be updated throughout the semester and can be seen on the Royals Back Together webpage

Lackawanna College Receives BHE GT&S Grant

Lackawanna College has been awarded a $15,000 grant from BHE GT&S, a Berkshire Hathaway Energy company, to finance technology upgrades at the College’s satellite center in Towanda, Pa.

The funds will be used to replace outdated TeamBoards (interactive whiteboards) and projectors with state-of-the-art, wall-mounted televisions in three classrooms and a computer lab.

“The BHE GT&S grant will improve classroom instruction and support our priorities of aligning our teaching methods with today’s technical capabilities,” said Brad Reid, Center Director of Lackawanna College—Towanda. “With the support of the Berkshire Hathaway Energy Company, we can enhance faculty-student interactions and help students make an impact in their chosen field.” Lackawanna College—Towanda offers affordable, career-focused online, in-person and hybrid courses. With 16 bachelor’s and associate degree programs and four certificate programs in health sciences, the satellite center currently serves over 100 students in Bradford county

The Wright Center Joins CEOs Against Stigma Campaign

To promote the well-being of its employees, The Wright Center announces it will participate in an initiative that seeks to shatter stigma in the workplace surrounding mental health issues and encourages the timely treatment of conditions such as depression and anxiety.

Dr. Linda Thomas-Hemak, president and CEO of The Wright Centers for Community Health and Graduate Medical Education, has joined the CEOs Against Stigma campaign – a project of the National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI)’s state organization to prioritize mental health in the workplace.

The Wright Center’s executive team will follow the campaign’s guidance, using a six-step toolkit to closely examine and address factors commonly associated with employee depression, anxiety and burnout.

This new collaboration with NAMI Keystone Pennsylvania – the official state organization of the NAMI – is part of The Wright Center’s ongoing effort to become an optimal employer as well as to respond to the increased mental health challenges resulting from the prolonged COVID-19 pandemic.

“This partnership will help us more effectively understand and address the whole-person health needs of our employees and also the patients, families and communities we are privileged to serve,” Thomas-Hemak said.

Owen Dougherty, The Wright Center for Community Health’s recovery supports manager and behavioral health community liaison, will help to implement the campaign across the organization’s multiple sites and departments. Dougherty has served as president of NAMI’s Northeast Region Pennsylvania chapter.

“We are confident that our engagement in this initiative will empower our executive team, providers, staff, residents and fellows to be better equipped and proactive in optimizing their personal well-being, interpersonal and cross-departmental relationships, and the care we provide to patients and families,” Thomas-Hemak said.

Depression is a leading cause of disability, costing the U.S. economy an estimated $210.5 billion per year in medical costs, absenteeism and lost productivity, according to NAMI. During any given year, one in five workers will experience some form of mental illness, such as depression or anxiety. Many of those people won’t seek treatment because of stigma. Others simply won’t know where to turn.

The CEOs Against Stigma campaign seeks to correct those system failures so that workers and their families don’t suffer in silence. The Wright Center’s participation in the campaign is one of a number of steps the health center is taking across its primary care practices and training sites to strengthen employee resiliency and job satisfaction.

PennDOT Accepting Unsolicited Public-Private Partnership Proposals

The Pennsylvania Department of Transportation (PennDOT) Office of Public-Private Partnerships (P3) announced today that it is accepting unsolicited proposals for transportation projects from the private sector through April 30.

The submission period applies to PennDOT-owned projects, infrastructure, and services. During this period, the private sector can submit proposals offering innovative ways to deliver transportation projects across a variety of modes including roads, bridges, rail, aviation, and ports. Proposals can also include more efficient models to manage existing transportation-related services and programs.

Unsolicited proposals are being accepted through 11:59 PM on April 30. Instructions on how to submit a project and information on the unsolicited proposal review process can be found on the state’s P3 website,

PennDOT holds an unsolicited proposal period in April and October each year.

The private sector may also submit applications for non-PennDOT-owned assets directly to the P3 board during this time. Transportation entities outside of the governor’s jurisdiction, such as transit authorities and the Pennsylvania Turnpike Commission, may establish their own timelines or accept proposals year-round.

The state’s P3 law allows PennDOT and other transportation authorities and commissions to partner with private companies to participate in delivering, maintaining, and financing transportation-related projects.

As part of the P3 law, the seven-member Public Private Transportation Partnership Board was appointed to examine and approve potential public-private transportation projects. If the board determines a state operation would be more cost-effectively administered by a private company, the company will be authorized to submit a proposal and enter into a contract to either completely or partially take over that operation for a defined period of time.

The next unsolicited proposal acceptance period will occur in October. To learn more about P3 in Pennsylvania, including active projects, visit

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