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LUZERNE COUNTY COMMUNITY PHOTO Representatives from the City of Pittston, M&T Bank and Luzerne County Community College held a ceremonial groundbreaking for LCCC’s new college campus at the former M&T Bank Building on Main Street, Pittston, on Oct. 26. At left, LCCC President Thomas Leary offers remarks about the new campus, which is set to open this summer, with classes starting in the fall.

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Luzerne County Community College President Tom Leary offers remarks at a groundbreaking ceremony Thursday where Luzerne County Community College joined with local M&T Bank representatives and Pennsylvania state leaders to break ground on the upcoming Luzerne County Community College M&T Bank Educational Center. The property, formerly an M&T Bank branch, was donated by the bank’s Northern Pennsylvania region, and will offer classroom and study space for Luzerne County Community College students.Mark Morancv27lcccp1

The new year will bring new development and events in the Pittston area, according to local officials.

Downtown Pittston should see the opening of several new additions that have been in the works for some time, a branch of Luzerne County Community College among them.

Pittston’s new mayor Mike Lombardo said the campus should open “sometime in early summer, with classes starting in the fall.”

“Having the ability to have a facility like that ... is a game changer,” he said. “You’ll see a whole range of different students taking advantage of that.”

Lombardo also hoped to finish an addition to the city’s public spaces by completing an amphitheater and children’s playground near the Pittston Memorial Library in time for the 2018 Tomato Festival.

“Mid-summer to late summer that should be done,” he said. “I’d like to do some programmatic things for the festival.”

Lombardo said the city should also complete renovations at the Sullivan Little League Park this year.

“All the demolition is already done up there,” he said.

He said the renovations will create a second, usable field at the park, a walking path, basketball courts and other amenities.

“I’m hoping to partner with the Y to do a big three-on-three tournament there at some point,” he said. “It’s our intent to make the Little League park our flagship park.

Lombardo said residents can also look forward to new art and sculptures coming to the downtown and neighborhoods in 2018.

City event coordinator Sarah Donahue has her eye on introducing new components to the city’s events in 2018.

The city’s fifth annual St. Patrick’s Parade will be held Saturday, March 3, and Donahue said this year’s parade will feature a Little Miss and Little Mister Pittston Leprechaun contest.

“We’re very excited to add another kid-friendly aspect to our parade festivities,” she said.

The city’s calendar will also include a Columbus Day ceremony, a new tradition started last year when the city re-dedicated the Christopher Columbus statue just before the holiday in the historical figure’s honor.

“We look to keep growing new and family-friendly seasonal events,” Donahue said. “Residents and visitors can still expect to participate in all of our now annual events and hopefully a few more.”

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