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The new year is officially here and with this time comes a clean slate. A fresh start to try and make this year even better than the last.

Pittston and Jenkins townships are doing their part to cleanup, having scheduled Christmas tree collections.

If you still have your Christmas tree and wish to dispose of it, you may schedule a pickup by calling the Pittston Twp. Municipal Building at 570-654-0161, between 8 a.m. and 4 p.m. Collections will begin Monday, Jan. 8.

Jenkins Twp. started picking up Christmas trees Jan. 4.

Jenkins Twp. Crime Watch

Jenkins Twp. Crime Watch meetings will return this month after a short break in November and December. The Crime Watch meeting is scheduled for 7 p.m. Wednesday, Jan. 17, at the municipal building, 46 ½ Main St, Inkerman. All members are encouraged to attend and new members are always welcome.

For information, please contact Chairman, Joe Sperrazza at 570-654-3315.

PA baseball/softball

purse bingo

Pittston Area’s baseball and softball teams are raising money by hosting a designer purse bingo. The event is scheduled for Sunday, Jan. 28, at Eagle McLure Hose Company, 375 Milwaukee Ave., Old Forge. Doors open at 11:30 a.m. and bingo games being at 1 p.m.

Tickets are $25 each and are available at Joyce Insurance, 9 N. Main St., Pittston. You may also call Kristy Rosiak at 570-479-0031.

There also will be special games, a basket raffle, a bake sale, food and refreshments.

Don’t miss it!

Greater Pittston

Ambulance drive

The Greater Pittston Regional Ambulance Association has announced its 2018 membership drive. Letters should be in the mail the first week of January. The ambulance association wishes to thank all for the support during previous drives.

For information, please contact the Greater Pittston Ambulance at 570-654-1202.

Pittston Twp. Crime Watch

The Pittston Twp. Crime Watch Group will no longer hold meetings on a monthly basis.

However, the Pittston Township Crime Watch Facebook page has 345 people following it. As a result, Frank Sciabacucchi is going to try to expand on the group’s social media efforts. He also spoke with Crime Watch officials from neighboring towns and is trying to form a Crime Watch Alliance.

From time to time, a Pittston Twp. Crime Watch meeting may be held at any time, just no longer on a monthly basis. The frequency of the meetings is still unknown. However, registration will remain open to anyone who wishes to join.

For information, please contact Sciabacucchi at 570-954-0092.

Pittston Twp. meetings

The monthly meeting of the Pittston Twp. Supervisors is scheduled for 7 p.m. Monday, Jan. 15, at the municipal building, 421 Broad St.

For information, please call the Pittston Twp. municipal building at 570-654-0161.

Pittston Twp. snow

removal advisory

Pittston Twp. wishes to remind its residents the placement of any portable basketball hoops, sports goals or stands on any township-owned roadway is prohibited between Nov. 1 and March 31.

Township road maintenance trucks have been damaged during snow plowing operations due to collisions with these objects.

If you have any of these objects on a township road, please remove it as soon as possible.

For information about this regulation, please contact the municipal building at 570-654-0161.

Taxes past due

The 2017 Pittston Area school tax bills, county and municipal taxes are all at penalty value. The tax collectors can no longer accept payments.

New office hours will be announced when the taxes for 2018 are sent out. If payment still needs to be made, they can be sent to Northeast Revenue at the Luzerne County Courthouse.

For information, please contact Jenkins Twp. Tax Collector Jean Mudlock at 570-654-9710 or Pittston Twp. Tax Collector Rita Timonte at 570-654-8807.

Jenkins refuse and recycling

Letters to inform Jenkins Twp. residents about the 2018 refuse/recycling are being mailed. The 2018 stickers went on sale Dec. 4. More information about the stickers and the collections is detailed in the letter.

For information, please contact the municipal building at 570-654-3315.

Jenkins meetings

The Jenkins Twp. Board of Supervisors will hold its regular meeting at 7 p.m. Wednesday, Jan. 10, at the municipal building.

The reorganization meeting will be held at 6 p.m. Tuesday, Jan. 23, at the municipal building.

Jenkins seniors

Jenkins Twp. Senior Citizens Organization usually schedules its meetings for the third Tuesday of each month, with some exceptions.

The organization will not meet in January or February. Therefore, the next meeting will be held at 6:30 p.m. Tuesday, March 20, at the Jenkins Twp. Hose Company, 2 Second St.

All seniors in the area are invited to attend and new members are always welcome.

For information, please contact Jean at 570-654-9710.

Birthday wishes

Happy birthday this week to: Taryn Tolerico, Jan. 8; Erica Peck, Justin Rowlands, Kaci Lynn Jones, Brianne Leigh and Jamie Chiampi, Jan. 9; Paul Tierney, Carmella Gubbiotti and Alysia Kosmach, Jan. 10; Jessica Vadella, Denzel Morgan and Mike Prado, Jan. 11; Mike Opiela and Francesca Manso, Jan. 12; Josh Munoz and Kiesha Keller, Jan. 13; Chris Emanski, Michael Somareli, Ryan Tucker, Kristen Gurbisz and Santino and Gino Ardo, Jan. 14.

Make it a good one!

I would also like to wish a very special happy birthday to my beautiful mother, Mary Rossi, celebrating on Jan. 9. I love you to the moon and back and this week’s wise words are dedicated to you.

Wise Words of the Week

“A man can love different people in his life. But, the love he has for his mother is timeless.” — Unknown.

Nico Rossi writes about Jenkins Twp. and Pittston Twp. every week. To include an item in his column, email nrossi@pittstonprogress.com or call 570-430-1800 or 570-821-2002 by Monday.