January 28th, 2009

Lack Cty Dept. of Arts & Kultcha is on the Twitter


July 24th, 2008

Scranton’s on the right track with infrastructure investments

That’s nice to hear, now that I’m an official Scranton resident, again. Room to grow, things to fix, challenges to face, as always….


July 17th, 2008

ECR tell us that

The Office Games are coming to Scranton on July 19 to announce the release of The Office DVD Board Game and The Office Trivia Game.

The event will be hosted by Mindy Kaling (The Office’s Kelly Kapoor) and begins at 9 a.m. with a 2K Fun Run on Wyoming Avenue. Prizes will be awarded for Best Dressed, Best Character Look-Alike and Fastest. Following the Fun Run will be an Office Trivia Challenge at 10:30 a.m. and a Beet Eating Contest at noon. The first 125 customers to purchase either game at Boscov’s will receive tickets to meet Kaling and get her autograph from 1:30-2:30 p.m.

I’m not a regular TV watcher, and I’ve seen more of the UK episodes than American, despite living in the setting. Remind me to put up a wiki page with local office links…

People can get pretty crazy about a TV series — there’s always a lot of local buzz, and people came from all over (as far as New Zealand?) for the “Office Convention” last fall.


July 17th, 2008

numbers game


May 2nd, 2008


Tearing things down, to build them up again. Bits and pieces are left-over. The sign, above, was awoken from its slumber, but there are no more auctions, and it will be gone by the end of the month.

Elsewhere, more houses will be vanquished. Which is a good thing.

Just as long as we don’t end up looking like down-town Wilkes Barre, or Flint, Michigan!


March 12th, 2008

Scranton Times Letter to the Editor, 02/12/2008

Torture Cell

Editor: I have a great tip for some smokers who are having a hard time giving up the weed. Maybe you’re tired of the smelly clothes and car, the sore throats, the morning hacking and wheezing, loss of appetite, shortness of breath, tobacco breath, etc., but you just can’t stand not being able to annoy people anymore. Here’s your answer — buy a cell phone.

You can annoy far more people in far more places without impairing their health or yours. They are allowed in far more places than cigarettes, and even if they’re not allowed, “so what!” And if you don’t want to give up the thrill of flirting with death with each coffin nail you stick in your mouth, not to worry. Use the cell phone while you’re driving. And, just like with the smokes, you might take a few people with you.

The cell phone is just about the same size as a pack of cigarettes, and you can “light it up” anywhere you like: church, the courtroom, restaurant, movie theater, bus seat, plane seat. You get the idea.

Why, just the other night while I enjoyed a fabulous Northeastern Pennsylvania Philharmonic Motown concert at the Scranton Cultural Center in the big-bucks seats, a woman several seats away was, during half the concert, text messaging. In a dark theater, to those around her, that little light became an annoying beacon. She, oh so sweetly, shushed the man who told her to turn the phone off and leave it off. So chuck the butts and “sprint” on down to grab the latest model of this LSMFT — legal safe means for torture. LOL, cu.



Sadly, I have recently — and against my will — joined the ranks of the be-cell-phoned. Work requirement. :::sigh:::


December 14th, 2007

The Times-Tribune – Opinion – 02/18/2006 – Apparently truth, like art, is in eye of the beholder

Arthur Byron Phillips

more Phillips

Everhart Cartoon

I collected the above links nearly 1.5 years ago. I’m sure I wanted to add some more context, but context (or time for context) has not been forthcoming. So: no context!


December 12th, 2007

Diocesan review looms:

The Diocese of Scranton in January will begin an evaluation process of its 224 parishes as part of a large-scale restructuring plan that will include consolidating and closing churches.

“We need to assess the realities of our population,” said William Genello, a spokesman for the diocese. “Many of our parishes are facing financial difficulties.”

Yes. That’s all well and good. But….

Ann Marie Davis, office manager at St. John Neumann, said she thinks many parishioners were upset about the closings and consolidations.

“Some people, I think, have stopped coming to church altogether because they are so upset,” she said.

Hrm…. If they were such weak Catholics they they stopped going to church when churches consolidated through financial need, then they weren’t particularly strong Catholics to begin with.

Yes, yes, the Church welcomes all into its fold, and the Lord loves the sinner who returns (prodigal children, and all that).

But these people do not make good neighbors.


September 19th, 2007

Carbondale man charged in nude store robbery

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July 24th, 2007

Black mold target of City Hall cleanup

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July 12th, 2007



February 25th, 2007

Olyphant steamed over colliery fire

The fire started in July 2004 when someone set a stolen car on fire and the fire spread to a coal refuse pile then moved underground. The U.S. Office of Surface Mining plans to isolate the 8-acre fire by digging a trench around it and allowing the fire to burn itself out.

See Also: Sinkhole in Guatemala City


January 25th, 2007

Scranton decay'd b&w

Scranton decay'd in color

Take your pick. My only regret is that Mr. Griffith did not feature the Coney Island with the best tasting wieners (yah, we’ve got two of em!). But it does look the best.


December 23rd, 2006

12 Scranton Days of Xmas


December 20th, 2006


BY ROGER DUPUIS II – 12/20/2006

Six decades after retirement, a century-old Scranton trolley car made a short but important trip Tuesday.

It went inside.

After years spent resting under a tarp outside the maintenance barn at McDade Park, Scranton Transit Car 324 was unwrapped and carefully eased into the county’s new trolley restoration shop next to Lackawanna County Stadium. There, it will remain safely under cover until crews can begin the multiyear process of restoring the vehicle to working order.

Of 23 cars in the museum collection, only two have been in regular service since museum operations began about five years ago — most needing a fair bit of TLC before they can carry passengers again. And of those, several could be returned to service much easier than 324, which spent its hibernation years built into a Gouldsboro restaurant and bar.

“It would probably not be a candidate for full restoration, but it is one of only three Scranton trolleys known to be in existence,” said Rich Foley a county carpenter who works on trolley restoration.

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October 7th, 2006

Immigrant Law” examined for Scranton, or, Hazleton, exported.

Immigrant law in city explored

There are 46 miles of hard road and heavy-duty truck traffic between downtown Hazleton and the heart of Scranton, but City Council President Judy Gatelli would have you believe that it’s a smooth ride for illegal immigrants.

Interestingly, Mrs. Gatelli has a strong voice echoing her contention that there’s an exodus heading north on Interstate 81 now that Hazleton has passed an ordinance that says businesses can not employ or sell goods to illegal immigrants and landlords can not rent to them.

“We’ve watched people pick up in the middle of the night and move away, and, from what I understand, they’ve moved to Scranton,” said Hazleton Mayor Lou Barletta, who has found himself in the national spotlight since introducing the ordinance, which he recently signed. “If they were legal, they wouldn’t pick up like that and move.”

Admittedly, Mrs. Gatelli has neither hard numbers nor official estimates of the number of illegal immigrants in the city. However, she does have a feeling they are here, and she wants to do something about that.

“I have asked that we get a copy of Hazleton’s ordinance and review it because the illegal immigrants are coming here from Hazleton,” she said. “I know that they are doing this because I’ve spoken to some of them and have asked them where they are from, and they’ve told me that they’re coming here from Hazleton. (That) is wrong, and it must be stopped.”

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September 7th, 2006

it’s time to move


September 2nd, 2006



August 24th, 2006

mine subsidence


July 29th, 2006

When we say Scranton, we mean Northeastern Pennsylvania, but saying Northeastern Pennsylvania is the center of the universe sounds clunky.

Scranton is the center of the universe.

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