Pittston Twp. Police are warning the public about phone scams involving persons posing as the Internal Revenue Service, PPL Electric, or family members in distress. The callers are demanding money and saying it must be paid through a pre-paid debit card, an I-Tunes card or through a wire transfer.
If the victim refuses to cooperate, the scammers, who claim to be agents of the IRS, PPL Electric or law enforcement, threaten the victims with arrest or loss of electrical service. In many cases, the caller becomes hostile and insulting.
The callers may know a lot about their targets and they usually alter the caller ID to make it look like the IRS, PPL Electric or a law enforcement agency is calling. Callers use fake names and bogus IRS identification badge numbers.
Residents should be suspicious of unsolicited telephone calls. The best protection is to just hang up the phone when called by someone requesting personal or financial details. Talk to a family member or call your local police department before giving up money or personal information. In all of these scams, it is very difficult to recuperate lost funds. In addition to calling your local police, IRS scams can be reported to the Treasury Inspector General at 1-800-366-4484.
Crime Watch run/walk
Jenkins Twp. and Yatesville Borough Crime Watch groups are hosting their inaugural 4-mile run.
Scheduled for 9 a.m. Saturday, May 5, the race will begin and end at the Pittston Area High School, 5 Stout St., Yatesville. There also is a 1-mile walk option at the high school.
The pre-registration fee is $15 until April 11. After this date, the registration fee is $20. The registration fee is non-refundable and a short sleeve T-shirt is included for the first 50 registrants. Race day registration is $25 and will be accepted from 8 to 8:45 a.m. The race will begin at 9 a.m. and continue until 11.
Awards will be given to the overall male and female winners, as well as to the top three males and the top three females in the following divisions: 9 and younger, 10-19, 20-29, 30-39, 40-49, 50-59, 60-69 and 70-plus.
Checks can be made payable to Jenkins Twp./Yatesville Borough Crime Watch. Proceeds from this event will be used to help rebuild the honor roll memorial on East Saylor Avenue in Jenkins Twp.
If you have any questions about the race or need any information, please contact Wendy at the Jenkins Twp. Municipal Building at 570-654-3315 or email email@example.com.
Children’s Easter party
Pittston Twp. Board of Supervisors and Recreation Board will sponsor a children’s Easter party from 3 to 5 p.m. Sunday, March 4, at St. Joseph Marello Parish Center, 237 William St., Pittston. There will be music, food, prizes and a visit from the Easter Bunny. For information, contact the municipal building at 570-654-0161.
A committee is being formed to erect a veterans memorial monument in Jenkins Twp. A meeting to discuss this project is scheduled and all residents are invited.
The meeting will be held at 11 a.m. Sunday, March 4, at the Jenkins Twp. Municipal Building, 46½ Main St., Inkerman.
All suggestions are welcome. For information, please contact the municipal building at 570-654-3315.
Pastor Stanley Oschman’s Plaid Community Church usually meets Thursdays at Original Italian Pizza near Heather Highlands from 6 to 8 p.m. for dinner and Bible study.
The church also has “Church on the Road” with visits to homes and arenas to play music. One show is scheduled from 10:30 a.m. to noon Saturday, March 10, at the Mountain View nursing home.
The church also has a fundraiser scheduled from 6 to 9 p.m. Saturday, April 21, at the Heather Highlands community room, dedicated to the crisis group Pathway, a group for women in crisis. All proceeds from the dinner and show go to those women in need. Tickets are $25.
Jenkins Twp. Crime Watch
Jenkins Twp. Crime Watch will meet at 7 p.m. Wednesday, March 21, at the municipal building, 46½ 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.
Jenkins Little League
Jenkins Twp. Little League is accepting online registrations for 2018 until March 1. Children, ages 4-12 who reside within Jenkins, Inkerman, Yatesville and surrounding territories, are eligible to join by registering at jenkinstwplittleleague.com until March 1.
Cost for majors, minors and coach pitch registration is $80, and $50 for tee ball.
There will be a free giveaway for all registrants.
New registrants must provide a birth certificate and proof of residence or school attendance. Also, boys and girls signing up must turn 4 before Sept. 1, 2018.
For information, please contact firstname.lastname@example.org.
County and municipal taxes bills were issued Feb. 12.
Jenkins Twp. Tax Collector Jean Mudlock will be collecting taxes at the Jenkins Twp. Municipal Building, 46½ Main St., Inkerman, from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. every Tuesday and Thursday. She will not have evening hours.
Pittston Twp. Tax Collector Rita Timonte will have office hours from 5:30 to 8 p.m. Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday at her home office, 12 E. Oak St., Pittston Twp., until the end of the discount period.
Discount period ends April 11. Face period ends June 11 and the penalty phase ends Dec. 31.
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.
Anyone who does not received a tax bill within two weeks of the mailing date, please contact your tax collector.
Pittston Twp. meeting
The monthly meeting of the Pittston Twp. Supervisors is scheduled for 7 p.m. Monday, March 19, at the municipal building, 421 Broad St.
For information, please call the Pittston Twp. Municipal Building at 570-654-0161.
Jenkins refuse and recycling
The 2018 refuse payments were due Jan. 31.
A $10 late fee has been added to the cost. If payment is not made by May 31, all delinquent accounts will be sent a citation.
If you have any questions, please call the municipal building at 570-654-3315.
Jenkins Twp. meetings
The Jenkins Twp. Board of Supervisors has rescheduled its regular monthly meeting. It will be held at 7 p.m. Wednesday, March 21, at the municipal building, 46½ Main St., Inkerman.
Planning commission meetings are the third Thursday of every month. The next meeting is at 7 p.m. Thursday, March 15, at the municipal building.
Jenkins Twp. Senior Citizens Organization usually schedules its meetings for the third Tuesday of each month, with some exceptions.
The organization does not meet in January or February, so 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 about the group, please contact Jean at 570-654-9710.
Happy birthday this week to: Jamie Connors, Feb. 26; Daniel Martin, Laura Giacometti, Matt Benedetto and Mike Miller, Feb. 27; Caitlin Black and Samantha Soy, Feb. 28; Mikal Nolan, March 1; Lindsay Dunn, Sam Benfante and Adam Kabacinski, March 2; Anthony Melf, Jacob Baker, Brandon Dolan, Kendra DeOrio, Steve Romanecz and Kasey McConnell, March 3; Rosie Fasciana, Daeka Barbini, Jeannie Keller Hymes and Jessica C. Morris, March 4.
Make it a good one!
Wise Words of the Week
“An intellectual is someone whose mind watches itself.” — Albert Camus, French Philosopher (1913-1960.)
Nico Rossi writes about Jenkins Twp. and Pittston Twp. every week. To include an item in his column, email email@example.com or call 570-430-1800 or 570-821-2002 by Monday.