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Yudichak joins "Girls night out"
Yudichak joins "Girls night out"
Sitting Scott Dennis, Sally DeLuca & Lori Denis. Standing Roy Dennis, Ree Ree DeLuca, John Yudichak, Heather Yudichak & Tracey Carey
Yudichak joins "Girls night out"
   Every Friday night, West Pittston resident Ree Ree DeLuca has “Girls night out.”
   This past Friday was no different with one exception, John Yudichak.
   He was Ree Ree’s special guest who she has known for a long time and is “absolutely supporting” him for State Senate.
   Yudichak was best man for Ree Ree’s sister Lori Denis’s, husband, Scott.

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Joe Valenti - Posted: Saturday, April 10, 2010 6:46 pm
Sunshine Law ain't even a paper tiger


 
   This week I had every intention of putting Exeter Solicitor Attorney Peter Moses on the griddle.
   When Exeter resident Mary Pat Colemen questioned council about having a secret non advertised meeting back in 2007 about Wal Mart, Moses was quick to defend his client.
   Coleman passed out a sign in sheet (click here to view)  which had members of council’s signature along with signatures from Wal Mart representatives and the owner of the proposed Wal Mart site, Josey Valenti.
   At which time I thought, “ah the smoking gun.”
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Joe Valenti - Posted: Saturday, April 10, 2010 6:46 pm - 8 opinions posted
Leighton fires up polling
Leighton fires up polling
Yudichak & Leighton
Leighton fires up polling
   It looks like Political Consultant Ed Mitchell is running polling for Senate Candidate Tom Leighton.
   And, in usual Mitchell style, he’s telling his client what he wants to hear, not what he needs to hear.
   This past week I received a call about the senate race.  Sure there were other things like job approval questions on Maryann Petrilla and President Obama, but the lion’s share of the questions were about Senate candidates Tom Leighton and John Yudichak. Read More ...
Posted: Saturday, April 10, 2010 6:46 pm - 1 opinion posted
O'Brien makes stop at Social Club
O'Brien makes stop at Social Club
Congressional CandidateCorey O'Brien (right) talks issues at the Social Club
O'Brien makes stop at Social Club
   A must stop for any candidate who wants to make a dent in Greater Pittston is Pittston’s Southside Social Club.
   City resident Joe Rizzo made sure Congressional Candidate Corey O’Brien had his opportunity.
   This past Saturday, O’Brien sat in the Social Club and listened to the concerns of area residents.
   There was dialogue from everything to health care, jobs to taxes.
   Rizzo has been riding shotgun for O’Brien on the Eastside.  And, if there’s one thing about Joe, once he’s committed, there’s no stopping him.
   O’Brien will be squaring off against sitting Congressman Paul Kanjorski in May.
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Joe Valenti - Posted: Saturday, April 10, 2010 6:46 pm
Both sides voice Wal Mart opinions in Exeter

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Posted: Wednesday, April 7, 2010 8:38 am
BREAKING NEWS: Exeter Council says yes to Wal Mart


   With dozens being denied access to the Exeter Council meeting, Council voted to allow Wal-Mart to build 150,000 square foot big box store where Wyoming Homes once sat.
   It was because the borough building was filled to the maximum occupancy allowed by law that many were turned away.
   “Exeter First” representatives said that it was suggested at the last council meeting that this meeting be held at the high school.
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Joe Valenti - Posted: Tuesday, April 6, 2010 9:40 pm - 1 opinion posted
Final Smoker held at St Rocco's
Final Smoker held at St Rocco's
Jarrett Ferantino
Final Smoker held at St Rocco's
   Considering the final, final Smoker at Saint Rocco’s was held on Palm Sunday, the evening did not go without incident.
   Saint Joseph’s Oblates new Provincial, Father Phillip Massetti, was the featured speaker.  He planned on showing a video how God played a roll with a baseball player.
   After about 15 minutes and still couldn’t get sound out of the DVD player, the FBI Copyright statement came up on the big screen.
   Someone piped up from the crowd, “FBI!” which drew a nice chuckle.
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Joe Valenti - Posted: Saturday, April 3, 2010 8:48 pm
Exeter resident says questions need to be answered in Wal Mart  deal
Exeter resident says questions need to be answered in Wal Mart  deal
Tom Barnard
Exeter resident says questions need to be answered in Wal Mart deal
EDITOR'S NOTE:  Exeter resident Tom Barnard sent this list of questions to us.   He says before the Wal Mart deal can proceed, these should be fully answered.

   I have submitted written questions regarding the Walmart zoning request at the second public hearing and in emails to you on 29 October and November 11.
   It is my understanding that a transcript of the third hearing held on October 27, 2009 is not available.  My questions in this email are based on my notes.
   Much of the discussion at the third public hearing revisited issues that had been raised previously.  However, many are still unresolved.  Testimony and documents presented to the council are incomplete and at times contradictory.  My questions for the third hearing are:
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Tom Barnard - Posted: Saturday, April 3, 2010 8:48 pm - 1 opinion posted
Freddie's gettin' ready
Freddie's gettin' ready
Augello & Pierantoni
Freddie's gettin' ready
   There was a sighting this past week of District Justice Fred Pierantoni having breakfast with County Judge Joe Augello.
   While Pierantoni cannot officially disclose if he plans on a run for the bench next year, all indications are that this is his time.
   Fred has been making his rounds and this sighting with Augello kinda confirms his intent.
   Its clear Pierantoni will have Greater Pittston with him 110%.  Further, with his involvement with the Magistrates up and down the county, Fred will have his ducks lined all the way down to Hazleton. Read More ...
Joe Valenti - Posted: Saturday, April 3, 2010 8:48 pm - 6 opinions posted
"Right to Know" request must be filed for WA Police reports



   The way to get the press or someone to dig into an issue is make who ever wants the documentation or information jump through as many hoops as possible.
   This seems to be the case at Wyoming Area with the monthly police reports.
   At last month’s meeting there was a question on the police report.  A member of the audience wanted to know why only the number of incidents were reported and not and not a breakdown.
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Joe Valenti - Posted: Saturday, April 3, 2010 8:47 pm - 2 opinions posted
Piazza should share a cell with Weidlich
Piazza should share a cell with Weidlich
Weidllich & Piazza
Piazza should share a cell with Weidlich
   “First they’re crooks, then they’re rats.”
   That quote from Pittston City Councilman Danny Argo couldn’t be anymore appropriate than it is now with the sentencing of Jeff Piazza.
   Please recall City resident Bart Weidlich was arrested a few months back for allegedly tampering with a federal witness.
   The witness - Jeff Piazza.
   Reports have it that Piazza was wearing a wire in the presence of Weidlich.. Read More ...
Joe Valenti - Posted: Saturday, April 3, 2010 8:47 pm - 11 opinions posted
Wal-Mart discussed at Exeter Work Session
PART I
 
Part II inside
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Posted: Friday, April 2, 2010 1:45 pm
Wal-Mart wants their piece of the pie

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Posted: Friday, April 2, 2010 1:45 pm - 9 opinions posted
Wal-Mart not a dead issue in Exeter
Wal-Mart not a dead issue in Exeter
Council Reps Tom Shannon & Denise Adams
Wal-Mart not a dead issue in Exeter
   When Exeter Council failed to make a motion to approve or dis-approve the proposed Wal-Mart, Exeter First and those opposing it were celebrating thinking the had defeated the big box store.
   I quickly pointed out that it was neither defeated nor approved.  The only thing that happened was nothing.
   Borough Solicitor Attorney Peter Moses said because of the “non-vote,” the matter was merely tabled. Read More ...
Joe Valenti - Posted: Saturday, March 27, 2010 3:30 pm - 19 opinions posted
DA blinded by PETA, let's reopen turtle case
DA blinded by PETA, let's reopen turtle case
Musto-Carroll & 50 lbs snapping turtle
DA blinded by PETA, let's reopen turtle case
   Well, it looks like our District Attorney, Jackie Musto-Carroll, has wasted another ten grand of our hard earned tax dollars.
   Two weeks ago, a Pittston Twp resident faced a trial by jury because he shot his neighbor’s German shepherd.
   He was found not of cruelty to animals.
   This is reminiscent of the cat case which took place a month prior.
 

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Joe Valenti - Posted: Saturday, March 27, 2010 3:17 pm - 4 opinions posted
Sorry Mr. Bernardi, I'm confused too


   If the Wyoming Area Board hires an assistant coach as per “district policy,” does that policy really exist?
   Well, sort-a.
   Mary Louise Degnan queried the board at last month’s meeting where she received a verbal explanation of the policy.
   With that, she decided to file a right to know request for the policy.
   Degnan says the response she received was “no policy exists.”
   Huh?
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Joe Valenti - Posted: Saturday, March 27, 2010 3:17 pm - 13 opinions posted
Drug testing isn't as simple as it seems
Drug testing isn't as simple as it seems
Board Pres. Mark Singer
Drug testing isn't as simple as it seems
   Our favorite Pittston Area taxpayer, Bob Lampman, asked about drug testing district employees at the last board meeting.
   Board President, Mark Singer, said this was not an option because there is an existing contract in place.
   I spent some time researching this and it seems Singer may actually be correct.
   While some schools in Pennsylvania and quite a few schools throughout the country have tried, once the policy is implemented, a court challenge follows. Read More ...
Joe Valenti - Posted: Saturday, March 27, 2010 3:17 pm - 7 opinions posted
Truly a "Flight of Faith" at Smoker
Truly a "Flight of Faith" at Smoker
Dispatch Editor, Ed Ackerman was the Toast Master
Truly a "Flight of Faith" at Smoker
   Over the years at the annual Mt Carmel Smoker, featured speakers most of the time have a spiritual message or a personal experience.
   This year, we were treated to both.
   Frederick Barretta, author of “Flight of Faith” had everyone sitting on the edge of their chairs while they listened.
   Barretta was a survivor of the plane that went down in the Hudson River last January.
   His book, Flight of Faith takes on two meaning.  First, the faith he had when the jet he was flying crash landed in the Hudson River. 
   Second, his faith with God over the years. 
   I ended buying his book.  And, I haven’t put it down since.
   Anyway, as usual, everyone had a blast.  It’s always good to see all enjoying each other’s company during the celebration of Easter.
   Bona Pasqua!
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Joe Valenti - Posted: Saturday, March 27, 2010 3:17 pm - 1 opinion posted
Thank You “Greater Pittstonian” Ray Musto
Thank You “Greater Pittstonian” Ray Musto
Dr. Joe Leonardi
Thank You “Greater Pittstonian” Ray Musto
by: Joe Leonardi
   The  political season has begun.  Signature verification is done, and in lieu of any challenges, the slate of candidates will begin the battle.  This election year will be the first in my voting lifetime that Ray Musto will not be a candidate.
   I have been a political junkie since I was in the womb. As a youth, I would be the only person my age  following the political happenings in the Sunday Dispatch and Sunday Independent. In a time before cable news and talk radio, the outlets were limited, but the information was not. I was a political groupie. Read More ...
by: Joe Leonardi - Posted: Saturday, March 27, 2010 3:17 pm - 4 opinions posted
Blog Fest draws big crowd
Blog Fest draws big crowd
Area Bloggers Joe Valenti, Tom Brothwick, Dave Yonki, Ben Hoon (Gort 42) & Mark Cour
Blog Fest draws big crowd
   "I'm flabbergasted," said Ben Hoon, better known in the blogosphere as Gort 42. "It shows the power of bloggers."
   That was Gort 42’s quote in the Citizens Voice article when asked about the “Blogger Meet and Greet” held this past Friday at Rooney’s Irish Pub in Pittston.
   With nearly 150 passing through the door, I only have one word – WOW!
   When Gort and I were planning this, we thought we’d get a dozen or two to show up.  As the night progressed, however, it was clear this was going to be much more than we anticipated.
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Joe Valenti - Posted: Saturday, March 27, 2010 3:17 pm - 6 opinions posted
Yonk bribed with Sponge Bob hat
Yonk bribed with Sponge Bob hat
Dave Yonki of LuLac
Yonk bribed with Sponge Bob hat
   The only way I found out that we could get Dave Yonki of the LuLac Letter to show up at our Blogger Meet and Greet was to bribe him with a hat.
   On his web blog he openly admitted he was a hat whore.  And, the only way he showed up to the last blogger meet and greet was the hot Coor’s Lite girl bribed him with a hat.
   So I decided to give him a Sponge Bob hat.
   He graciously said thank you, however, he said I couldn’t compete with the Coor’s Lite hottie.

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Joe Valenti - Posted: Saturday, March 27, 2010 3:17 pm
No smoking is no brainer at PA
No smoking is no brainer at PA
Latona & Singer
No smoking is no brainer at PA
   No smoking.
   It doesn’t get any simpler than that.
   Pittston Area Board President Mark Singer, however, wants to make it complicated.
   Board member Dr. Ross Latona suggested that a smoking ban be placed on all school property.  This would include all buildings and grounds which fall within the district’s domain. Read More ...
Joe Valenti - Posted: Saturday, March 20, 2010 4:17 pm - 20 opinions posted
Goldy has his work cut out
Goldy has his work cut out
Mullen & Goldsworhty
Goldy has his work cut out
   West Pittston Mayor Bill Goldsworthy definitely has his work cut out for him in his bid against State Representative Phyllis Mundy.
   First, Democrats out number Republicans 55% to 45%.
   Next, Tim Mullen, is the Libertarian candidate. 
   While I think everyone is agreement Mullen has an uphill battle, you have to also agree Mullen dips into Goldsworthy’s base. Read More ...
Posted: Saturday, March 20, 2010 4:17 pm - 2 opinions posted
Senate petition challenged
Senate petition challenged
John Yudichak
Senate petition challenged
   I think all are in agreement Greater Pittston will decide the outcome of who will be replacing Senator Musto.
   Right now we have State Rep John Yudichak, Wilkes Barre Mayor Tom Leighton and Pittston Twp resident Michael Saporito.
   My thought is Yudichak and Saporito felt no one from the Third District would be throwing their hat into the ring.
   That was until Saporito reared his head
   Now it looks like Saporito’s petition will have a challenge. Read More ...
Joe Valenti - Posted: Saturday, March 20, 2010 4:17 pm - 8 opinions posted
Names being tossed around for bench
Names being tossed around for bench
Fred Piearantoni
Names being tossed around for bench
   With a little more than a year to go, many are getting their ducks lined for a seat on the bench.
   Some are saying this is the time for District Justice Fred Pierantoni to step up.
   The problem, there are quite a few other names from Greater Pittston whose names have popped up.
   We’ll probably see Attorney Gene Sperazza throw is hat in the ring again. Read More ...
Joe Valenti - Posted: Saturday, March 20, 2010 4:17 pm - 4 opinions posted
"Corruption Award" goes to Lackawanna County
"Corruption Award" goes to Lackawanna County
Republican Lack Cty Commissioners Munchak & Cordaro
"Corruption Award" goes to Lackawanna County
   I finally figured out the difference between Democrats and Republicans.
   When Democrats rob, they take a tailor made suit like Bill Brace
   When Republicans rob, they take bribes to cover the costs of a new Chrysler and GMC Yukon.
   Wow, the crooks in Lackawanna County make the crooks in Luzerne County look like a bunch of pikers. Read More ...
Joe Valenti - Posted: Saturday, March 20, 2010 4:17 pm
Please come to "Blogger Meetup" this Friday
Please come to "Blogger Meetup" this Friday
   Please be sure to stop by Rooney’s this Friday.
   Fellow bloggers will be having a get together from 5 to 7.  We’re hoping candidates for the senate and state house will make an appearance.
   Area bloggers including Gort 42 and Dave Yonki from LuLac will be on hand.  This will be an excellent opportunity to grab our ear.
   I hear Bob Lampman is buying.


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Posted: Saturday, March 20, 2010 4:17 pm - 7 opinions posted
PA Student to obtain EMT certification
PA Student to obtain EMT certification
Zack Smith
PA Student to obtain EMT certification
   Pittston Area senior Zachary Smith, is in the process of obtaining his EMT Certification at Kings' College. He not only attends classes at PA in the day, but 4 nights a week, he also goes to King's.
   Zack is presently on Pittston Twp. fire dept., and EMS with Pittston Twp Ambulance. Zachary is also a student at Wilkes-Barre Area Career & Technical Center in the Law Enforcement class. He plans on entering the United States Marines after graduation.



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Posted: Saturday, March 13, 2010 4:18 pm
Joe Valenti will be missed
Joe Valenti will be missed
Joe Valenti
Joe Valenti will be missed
 This past week Greater Pittston lost a great guy.  Joe Valenti passed away at the young age of 45.
   While we shared the same name, I didn’t know Joe very well.  One thing I did know, he was a gentleman.
   We’d cross each other’s paths every now and then and he always affectionately say “Hey, Joe Valenti.”
   Joe went to LCCC.  I did as well. Read More ...
Joe Valenti - Posted: Saturday, March 13, 2010 4:01 pm - 3 opinions posted
Libertarian enters 120th race
Libertarian enters 120th race
Tim Mullen
Libertarian enters 120th race
   This past November unbeknownst to many and slipping under the radar until last month was the first campaign efforts in the 120th state house district. Tim Mullen Libertarian, Registered Nurse and retired Army Reservist from Kingston Township began calling or knocking on the doors of over 200 registered Libertarians and Ron Paul supporters within the district. According to Tim the response was very enthusiastic about the prospects for several Libertarian candidates to appear on the ballot in selected local state house and senate races. Read More ...
Posted: Saturday, March 13, 2010 4:01 pm - 4 opinions posted
Goldy makes announcement
Goldy makes announcement
Bill Goldsworhty
Goldy makes announcement
   To a room of about 75 family, friends and supporters, West Pittston Mayor Bill Goldsworthy announced he’d be a candidate for State Representative in the 120th District.
   After reciting the Boy Scout Oath and Law, Goldsworthy said, “This is how I live my daily life.  And, this how I will serve the voters of the 120th.”
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Joe Valenti - Posted: Saturday, March 13, 2010 4:01 pm - 11 opinions posted
Blog Fest to be held in Pittston
Blog Fest to be held in Pittston
   Fellow Blogger Gort 42 called this past week.  He said he was concerned and received quite a few emails asking if I were the Joe Valenti who passed away.
   During out conversation he suggested we get together for a few adult beverages and invite our readers to join us.
   At first I suggested Pat Patte's.  That didn't go over too well so I suggested Rooney Irish Pub on Main Street in Pittston.  We’re looking at Friday, March 26 around 5PM.
   Gort along with Dave Yonki of the LuLac Letter will be on hand along with other area bloggers.
   Hopefully candidates and other politicos will show.
   Hope to see you there.

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Posted: Saturday, March 13, 2010 4:01 pm - 6 opinions posted
Talking media and politics at Wyoming Area
Talking media and politics at Wyoming Area
Sean Kenney, who played our pizza shop owner (Sean’s Old Forge Style Pizza) and Joe V along with Sean’s pizza makers Christina Kyle, Cheyenne Shimko, John Martin, Kyle Rodgers and Cassie Serino
Talking media and politics at Wyoming Area
   I had the pleasure of speaking to Barbara Bullions’ Wyoming Area Sociology classes this past week
   Mrs. Bullions actually invited yours truly after I was concerned there was only one point of view being presented.
   Believe it or not, Mrs Bullions actually let me have free rein.  I was allowed to speak on what ever I wanted and the floor was completely mine. Read More ...
Joe Valenti - Posted: Saturday, March 13, 2010 4:01 pm - 5 opinions posted
Fleming doesn't file, Carroll will have race in fall
Fleming doesn't file, Carroll will have race in fall
Mike Carroll & Luddy Fleming
Fleming doesn't file, Carroll will have race in fall
   A few weeks ago we confirmed Pittston City resident Luddy Fleming’s intentions to run against Mike Carroll for State Representative.
   Fleming said he had switched to Republican and was looking forward to squaring off against Carroll, a Democrat, in the fall.
   The problem, Fleming never filed.
   We caught up with him and he said while he had every intention of putting his name on the ballot, timing isn’t right at this time.
   Carroll, however, won’t have a free ride. Read More ...
Joe Valenti - Posted: Saturday, March 13, 2010 4:01 pm - 2 opinions posted
Watch your language
Watch your language
   I came across this sign in my travels this past week.
   I found it kinda amusing.
   I guess profanity is OK just as long as it is not “Extreme Profanity.”
   My only question is who decides if it is “Extreme Profanity” or just “Light or OK Profanity.”

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Posted: Saturday, March 13, 2010 4:01 pm
Kanjo gets it
Kanjo gets it
Congressman Paul Kanjorski
Kanjo gets it
   In a conversation with a friend this past week, he said he didn’t quite understand the mess the country was in until he read and heard the clip of Congressman Paul Kanjorski I featured here a few weeks ago.
   He was referring to the article where I featured Glen Beck commending Kanjorski for his honesty to the American people and the financial melt down that could have happened.
   So it got me thinking…
   Right now I believe we are on the cusp of a financial crisis since the great depression.
 
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Joe Valenti - Posted: Saturday, March 13, 2010 4:01 pm - 1 opinion posted
Council protects Exeter with non vote
Council protects Exeter with non vote
Council Pres Rich Muroski & Secty Debbie Serbin
Council protects Exeter with non vote
   After digesting what happened with the non-vote for the proposed Wal Mart, allow me to analyze what transpired.
   Actually, who ever came up with the non-vote idea is pretty ingenious.
   As we all know, Wal Mart does not have the go ahead to erect a big box store because a motion to approve or deny the big box retailer never made it to the floor for a vote for lack of a motion and or a second. Read More ...
Joe Valenti - Posted: Saturday, March 6, 2010 5:31 pm - 2 opinions posted
WA Student Run Credit union falls within "polciy"
WA Student Run Credit union falls within "polciy"
Frank Cassarella
WA Student Run Credit union falls within "polciy"
   Wyoming Area Board member Frank Cassarella asked the District Solicitor to review district policy “Use of School Facilities.” (click here to view)
   After hearing Cassarella ask for the review, I initially thought the school code would have prohibited Wyoming Area to allow the credit union use of district facilities.
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Joe Valenti - Posted: Saturday, March 6, 2010 5:31 pm - 4 opinions posted
Fleming needs Best's support against Carroll
Fleming needs Best's support against Carroll
Best, Carroll & Fleming
Fleming needs Best's support against Carroll
   If there is one thing we know about incumbents who running for state office, local councils and boards usually supprt them.
   This has been the case with State Representative Mike Carroll.
   As we know, Carroll defeated Terry Best four years ago.
   Carroll also easily defeated Best’s son, PJ, two years ago.
   While it doesn’t look like Carroll will have a fight in the primary, we have confirmed Luddy Fleming will be challenging him in the fall. Read More ...
Posted: Saturday, March 6, 2010 5:31 pm - 3 opinions posted
Goldy sits down at Kitchen Table, talks politics


   West Pittston Mayor, Bill Goldsworhty, sat down at m “Kitchen Table” this past week.  He’ll be challenging State Representative Phyllis Mundy in the fall.
   Please check this out.  We chatted about quite a few things from taxes to politics.
   You will also note a new wide screen high def video format we’re using here for the first time.
 
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Posted: Saturday, March 6, 2010 5:31 pm - 15 opinions posted
Goldy to make it official, will announce Monday
Goldy to make it official, will announce Monday
WP Mayor Bill Goldsworthy
Goldy to make it official, will announce Monday
   Bill Goldsworthy will hold his official campaign kickoff on Monday, March 8 at 7 p.m. at the Black Diamond Post 395 American Legion, 386 Wyoming Avenue in Kingston.  Goldsworthy is seeking the Republican nomination for State Representative of the 120th District of Pennsylvania.  This event is open to the public and complimentary refreshments will be served.
   Goldsworthy has been the Mayor of West Pittston for13 years and serves on such committees as the Wilkes-Barre Chamber of Commerce Board of Directors and the Wilkes-Barre Chamber Government Committee.  Goldsworthy has also been a member of the Pennsylvania Economy League since 1987 and in 1995 he was appointed to the Luzerne County Board of Assistance by Governor Robert Casey.  He was also appointed to the Municipal Police Officers Training and Education Commission in 2002 by Governor Tom Ridge. Read More ...
Posted: Wednesday, March 3, 2010 7:12 pm
No Wal-Mart in Exeter, for now


 
   Tuesday night, Exeter Council said no to a proposed Wal-Mart.
   Well, sort a.
   For lack of a motion on the floor, Wal-Mart has not received the go ahead to erect a big box store where Wyoming Homes once sat.
   Many from the “Exeter First” group were celebrating, however, it was later pointed out that the issue is not dead. Read More ...
Joe Valenti - Posted: Tuesday, March 2, 2010 11:03 pm - 12 opinions posted
WA solicitor says vote was valid


 
   First, it looks like the Wyoming Area Board majority has thrown out “Robert’s Rule’s” and made up their own.
   Robert’s Rules is used to follow procedure and protocol when conducting meetings.
   Next, I have a message for the Wyoming Area Board majority along with any other elected official – it’s OK to make a mistake.
   All you need to do is come clean, apologize and fix it.
   The folks will understand.
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Joe Valenti - Posted: Saturday, February 27, 2010 4:01 pm - 2 opinions posted
Toole won't be returning to City Hall
Toole won't be returning to City Hall
Wil Toole
Toole won't be returning to City Hall
   There was a wild rumor floating on the eastside this past week.
   I received about a dozen calls that Pittston was going to rehire Wil Toole as City Clerk.
   We confirmed this was just a rumor and to quote someone very much in the know, “Over my dead body.”
   While Wil Toole found a discrepancy in the budget, I can assure everyone he won’t be returning to city hall.
   He may be shooting his mouth of that he has cut a deal, but, trust me, he hasn’t. Read More ...
Joe Valenti - Posted: Saturday, February 27, 2010 4:01 pm - 4 opinions posted
WA gets hit with another federal Civil Rights lawsuit
WA gets hit with another federal Civil Rights lawsuit
Bernardi, Wall & LaNunziata
WA gets hit with another federal Civil Rights lawsuit
   Here we go again.
   It looks like Wyoming Area along with its nine board members have been slapped with another federal civil rights lawsuit (click here to view).
   This past week the Times Leader reported Bill Simmons has filed in federal court.
   According to the Times Leader the suit alleges Simmons “was a victim of improper nepotism and that the exceptionally cruel and outrageous mistreatment he suffered caused painful and emotional distress that forced a constructive discharge upon him,” and that “the violations of his rights persist.” Read More ...
Joe Valenti - Posted: Saturday, February 27, 2010 4:01 pm - 15 opinions posted
Beck commends Kanjo for speaking the truth


 
   You might be surprised to know that Glen Beck actually praised our own Congressman, Paul Kanjorksi.
   This past week, Beck, again referenced Kanjo on his daily show on Fox.
   I couldn’t find this past week’s actual clip, but I did manage to dig up the above.
   Beck said of Kanjorksi who was on CSPAN, “Someone in congress (Kanjo) who
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Joe Valenti - Posted: Saturday, February 27, 2010 4:01 pm - 1 opinion posted
PA swimmer breaks ten year old record
PA swimmer breaks ten year old record
Samantha Scialpi & Amy Hazlet
PA swimmer breaks ten year old record
   A record that stood at Pittston Area for the past ten years has been broken.
   Pittston Area swimmer Samantha Scialpi recently swam the 100 yard back stroke in one minute and 6.67 seconds.
   The record previously had been held by Carly Testa.
   “Most swimmers can’t swim free style that fast,” Scialpi’s coach, Amy Hazlet said. 
   At this past Pittston Area Board meeting, Hazlet had a special presentation honoring Scialpi.

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Posted: Saturday, February 20, 2010 8:02 pm - 2 opinions posted
Who'll get all that action
Who'll get all that action
Pat Patte's Sports Bar
Who'll get all that action
   If you’re still wondering why the feds finally busted Pat Patte’s Sport Bar, I finally figured it out.
   Who’s going to get all that action now?
   Mohegan Sun.
   You see, with the economy in the crapper, tax revenues are in the crapper as well.
   Well, considering the amount of cash that flowed thru Pat Patte’s place, all that action now has to go to Mohegan Sun.
   Thus, into the coffers of the government. Read More ...
Joe Valenti - Posted: Saturday, February 20, 2010 8:01 pm
Goldy is "Gold Jerry, Gold"
Goldy is "Gold Jerry, Gold"
Bob Lampman & Bill Goldsworhty
Goldy is "Gold Jerry, Gold"
   Hey Bob Lampman, in the words of the Soup Nazi, “No more soup for you.”
   And, that includes fruit baskets.
   Why?
   Because Goldy is “Gold Jerry, gold.”
   Last week’s article about West Pittston Mayor Bill Goldsworthy having to carry Exeter if he wanted to beat State Representative Phyllis Mundy had a whopping 54 posts. Read More ...
Joe Valenti - Posted: Saturday, February 20, 2010 8:01 pm - 1 opinion posted
Who will pay for the flaw in PA's building project?


   Who’s going to end up paying for the botched up HVAC system in the Pittston Area building project? (between you and me, you, the taxpayers, are the one who are going to pay)
   That was the highlight of this past school board meeting.
   As you know, the CEE Group, who designed the HVAC system, filed for bankruptcy.
   The design flaw cost, to me, still seems to be up in the air.
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Joe Valenti - Posted: Saturday, February 20, 2010 8:00 pm - 4 opinions posted
The Kanjo - O'Brien triple top secret deal
The Kanjo - O'Brien triple top secret deal
O'Brien & Kanjorski
The Kanjo - O'Brien triple top secret deal
  The theory I’m about to explain may have most of you thinkin’ I’ve been smokin’ crack.
   Remember when Congressman Paul Kanjorski beat Hazleton Mayor Lou Barletta?
   Barletta won Luzerne County and I believe he was up until Lackawanna County’s numbers came in.
   Kanjo won Lackawanna County by (I think) 13,000 votes.
   We wrote here Kanjo cut a deal with Lackawanna County Commissioner Corey O’Brien.  That deal being O’Brien would deliver Lackawanna County and O’Brien would be next in line to succeed Kanjo. Read More ...
Joe Valenti - Posted: Saturday, February 20, 2010 8:00 pm - 9 opinions posted
Who'll get all that action
Who'll get all that action
Pat Patte's Sports Bar
Who'll get all that action
   If you’re still wondering why the feds finally busted Pat Patte’s Sport Bar, I finally figured it out.
   Who’s going to get all that action now?
   Mohegan Sun.
   You see, with the economy in the crapper, tax revenues are in the crapper as well.
   Well, considering the amount of cash that flowed thru Pat Patte’s place, all that action now has to go to Mohegan Sun.
   Thus, into the coffers of the government. Read More ...
Joe Valenti - Posted: Saturday, February 20, 2010 7:51 pm
BREAKING NEWS:  Former Pittston Area engineer files for bankruptcy
BREAKING NEWS:  Former Pittston Area engineer files for bankruptcy
Joe Oliveri
BREAKING NEWS: Former Pittston Area engineer files for bankruptcy
   The Times Leader is reporting the CEE group will be filing for bankruptcy.
   Please recall this was the engineering firm that messed up big time on Pittston Area’s heating and ventilation contract under the recent high school renovations.
   At one meeting, former Pittston Area Board member, then President, Joe Oliveri said the district would have had to pay the extra amount anyway if it were sized and designed correctly.
   Pittston Area settled for $725,000 to cover the repairs to the system.  The firm also agreed to forgive $40,000 still owed by the district.

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Joe Valenti - Posted: Monday, February 15, 2010 10:49 pm - 23 opinions posted
Kanjorski certainly has his critics
 

Found this on YouTube Saturday night from a Goolge Ad.
Not sure who put it together but it is funny stuff
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Posted: Sunday, February 14, 2010 2:41 am
Let's continue "On the Lighter Side"
Let's continue "On the Lighter Side"
Joe Valenti
Let's continue "On the Lighter Side"
   Last week we ran a piece entitled “Locals celebrate wine making.”
   We put it under the heading “On the Lighter Side.”
   While PittstonPolitics.com mostly centers around local politics, we do like to do features like this.
   Surprisingly, last week's feature received quite a few hits.
   That’s why we’d like to continue it. Read More ...
Joe Valenti - Posted: Saturday, February 13, 2010 12:10 pm
Exeter will be key in State Rep's race
Exeter will be key in State Rep's race
Coleman, Goldsworthy & Mundy
Exeter will be key in State Rep's race
   I’ve been thinking (that’s a scary thought). 
   How does West Pittston Mayor beat Phyllis Mundy for State Representative?
   The numbers are certainly on his side considering there are more Republicans than Democrats within the district.
   Goldswothy is a Republican and Mundy is a Democrat.
   But can he win with just that?


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Joe Valenti - Posted: Saturday, February 13, 2010 12:01 pm - 54 opinions posted
Carroll may see fight in the Fall
Carroll may see fight in the Fall
Mike Carroll & Luddy Fleming
Carroll may see fight in the Fall
   It looks like State Representative Mike Carroll may have some competition.
   Not in May, however. 
   While we haven’t heard any names being tossed around on the Democratic side, he’ll most likely have to square of against a Republican in the fall.
   Terrance O’Connor, a Monroe County Attorney, has confirmed he’s interested in entering the race as a Republican.



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Joe Valenti - Posted: Saturday, February 13, 2010 12:01 pm - 6 opinions posted
Connecting the dots with Patti Patte
Connecting the dots with Patti Patte
Frank Pizzella
Connecting the dots with Patti Patte
   If you’re wondering how the Patti Patte gambling charges are connected with the ongoing Luzerne County federal corruption probe, it’s easy.
   Frank Pizzella.
    As you know, Pizzella was indicted and eventually pled guilty to corruption charges.
   Pizzella claimed he was the bagman and only passed a bribe to a Wilkes Barre school director in return for a teaching job.
   We also heard Pizzella was working for a local engineering firm and was seen going in and out of a local school district.


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Joe Valenti - Posted: Saturday, February 13, 2010 12:01 pm - 1 opinion posted
"Agenda-gate" upsets some WA board members
"Agenda-gate" upsets some WA board members
Board Pres. John Bolin
"Agenda-gate" upsets some WA board members
   It seems some Wyoming Area board members were a bit incensed that I posted the January agenda prior to the meeting on my web site.
   I was “called out” at the meeting on this after I asked the board how long they had proposal for a student run credit union.
   “You had it before us,” exclaimed some board members.  “We got it off your web site.”
   “No” I replied.  “All I posted was the agenda.”
   So why are some board members, and probably the superintendent, so upset that I laid my hands on the agenda?
   After all, it is a public document.





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Joe Valenti - Posted: Saturday, February 13, 2010 12:01 pm - 4 opinions posted
Waiting to hear from WB Mayor, Greater Pittston battle ground for Senate race
Waiting to hear from WB Mayor, Greater Pittston battle ground for Senate race
WB Mayor Tome Leighton
Waiting to hear from WB Mayor, Greater Pittston battle ground for Senate race
   Nothing irks me more than placing a phone call and not getting a return call back.
   This past Friday at noon we reached out to Wilkes Barre Mayor Tom Leighton who has expressed interest in running for State Senate.  His secretary said he wasn’t available and she said she would have him return my call.
   So here it is Saturday, and no return call.
   I know, he’s just really busy running the city and didn’t have the time. Read More ...
Joe Valenti - Posted: Saturday, February 13, 2010 12:01 pm
Locals celebrate wine making
Locals celebrate wine making
Mark Miscavage, Paul Savakinas, Charlie Adonizio, Ron Wellington, Sandy Gubbiotti, Sam Alba, Leo Sperrazza, John Pischotti
Locals celebrate wine making
   For the past decade, local wine maker come together to celebrate their unique talent.
   This year was no different.  The 11th Annual Amateur Wine making Competition was held on Friday, January 29th, 2010.
   A great turnout by the Greater Pittston winemakers who participated and all who attended had a great time!
MORE PHOTOS INSIDE!
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Posted: Saturday, February 6, 2010 2:28 pm - 2 opinions posted
Reader comments on WA Credit Union
Reader comments on WA Credit Union
UFCW will launch a student run credit union in the district
Reader comments on WA Credit Union
by Roger H. Stout
President, Credit-U-Comp
  On January 26th, the Wyoming Area Board of Education – note, that’s EDUCATION – held their monthly meeting as usual.  When item #10 was discussed, the approval of a credit union office in the high school, the meeting deteriorated to what is best described as a farce very rapidly.  Thanks to PittstonPolitics.com, I was able to be there without ever leaving my computer! 
   I previously thought that school directors were elected to ensure our children would receive the best possible education.  After this meeting, I’m convinced that many of the Wyoming Area Directors have other agendas.  The approval of item #10 must be looked at as merely allowing an outside vendor to do business inside the high school.
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Roger H. Stout - Posted: Saturday, February 6, 2010 1:46 pm - 2 opinions posted
What was Jackie thinking in cat case?
What was Jackie thinking in cat case?
District Atty Jackie Musto-Carroll
What was Jackie thinking in cat case?
   UPDATE. Monday, February 8, 2010:  This case was so ludicrous is was actually featured on Saturday Night Live's Weekend Update. 

    $10,000 - that’s approximately how much it cost to prosecute the woman who pierced her cat.
   First, I love animals.
   Growing up in West Pittston, we had a dog and a cat.
   But the circus in the Luzerne County Courthouse this past week prosecuting this was outrageous.
   With how our courts are backed up, I am absolutely amazed that our District Attorney, Jackie Musto-Carroll, allowed this to proceed. Read More ...
Joe Valenti - Posted: Saturday, February 6, 2010 1:46 pm - 1 opinion posted
With Lombardo out, who will step up
With Lombardo out, who will step up
Mike Lombardo
With Lombardo out, who will step up
   While former Pittston City Mayor Mike Lombardo won’t be in contention for the upcoming Senate race, rest assured someone from northern Luzerne County will.
   In fact, you may see someone from Lombardo’s inner circle step up to the plate.
   As of this writing, we cannot disclose who this may be, but he or she will be as strong, if not stronger than Lombardo in the third and fifth districts. Read More ...
Joe Valenti - Posted: Saturday, February 6, 2010 1:46 pm
Open forum, Bob Lampman, Mark Singer & Punxsutawney Phil
Open forum, Bob Lampman, Mark Singer & Punxsutawney Phil
Bob Lampman, Mark Singer & Punxsutawney Phil
Open forum, Bob Lampman, Mark Singer & Punxsutawney Phil
   With the exception of Joe Oliveri's sentencing, it’s been kinda quite on the East Side this week. 
   With that, we’re going to have a Free for All/Open Forum this week.
   First, I’d like to say “Happy belated Ground Hog Day” to Mark Singer.
   Next, I only have two words – BOB LAMPMAN.
   Finally, remember, keep in above board and all posts will be screened and monitored by yours truly.

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Joe Valenti - Posted: Saturday, February 6, 2010 1:46 pm - 42 opinions posted
What...there was a MARCH?
What...there was a MARCH?
Hundreds of thousands showed up at the March for Life in DC
What...there was a MARCH?
by Donna Starinski-Valenti
Guest Columnist
  Lack of media coverage of the March for Life in the nation’s capital was one of the motivating factors in writing this article. A substantial number of people from this area were involved in the March, signifying great interest in the respect for life cause, surely newsworthy.
   Unfortunately, I did not attend the March, but I heard wonderful thing about it at the 27th Annual Respect Life Prayer Breakfast, held last Saturday, January 30th, at St. Mary’s Center in Scranton. I was impressed by the more than 400 people in attendance, which included Attorney Thomas Marino, Dave Madeira, Lou Barletta, and AJ Munchak. Also in attendance were multiple clergy and youth. Prayer was offered by representatives of both the Jewish and Christian faiths, all united with the cause of respecting human life.
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Donna Starinski-Valenti - Posted: Saturday, February 6, 2010 1:46 pm - 1 opinion posted
GOP honors Solano, Ridge keynote speaker
GOP honors Solano, Ridge keynote speaker
GOP Chair Terry Casey presents Solano with award
GOP honors Solano, Ridge keynote speaker
   “Pat Solano has always been my 911 when I needed advice,” former Pennsylvania Governor Tom Ridge told a crowd of over 500 at this year’s Lincoln Day dinner.
   The former Governor was the keynote speaker at the GOP’s annual event.
   Hughestown resident Pat Solano was the organization’s recipient of the Henry Hoyt Award for Lifetime Achievement.
   Guest speakers who gave accolades to Solano included Mayor Lou Barletta, GOP Chair Terry Casey, Attorney General Tom Corbett’s wife Susan Corbett and Senator Lisa Baker.
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Joe Valenti - Posted: Saturday, February 6, 2010 1:46 pm
Oliveri gets a year and a day
Oliveri gets a year and a day
Joe Oliveri
Oliveri gets a year and a day
   A year and a day.
   That’s the amount of time former Pittston Area School Director Joe Oliveri will have to spend in a federal prison.
   He will also have to pay a $3,000 fine.
   He pleaded guilty to accepting a $1,500 bribe from a district contractor.  In exchange Oliveri would give his support for a contract worth more than $100,000.
   He actually got off fairly light considering he faced a maximum sentence of ten years and a $250,000 fine. Read More ...
Joe Valenti - Posted: Monday, February 1, 2010 12:04 pm - 28 opinions posted
PittstonPolitics.com launches "Online Chat"
PittstonPolitics.com launches "Online Chat"
   PittstonPolitics.com is adding a new feature this week, online chatting.
   As you know, the Internet is interactive.  We have shown this with our readers being able to post or blog to articles.
   We’d like to take it to the next level.
   For the next two weeks, we are launching and will test “PittstonPolitics.com Online Chat.”
   If successful, we will continue the feature.


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Posted: Sunday, January 31, 2010 12:03 pm
State of the Government
State of the Government
Atty. Harry Skene
State of the Government
by Harry Skene, Esq.
Guest Columnist
   I am one of the masses who have become discontented with the government.  From the top down or the bottom up, local, state and federal they all leave much to be desired.  It is sad, but I do not feel comfortable standing for the Pledge of Allegiance.   I love our country and our people, but the nonsense in government is unacceptable and has turned me off.  As an attorney, I swore an oath to uphold the United States Constitution.  I have taught Constitutional law and respect the document greatly.  However, since I have taken that oath I have seen the constitution battered around by its guardian, the United States Supreme Court.
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Harry Skene, Esq - Posted: Saturday, January 30, 2010 11:26 pm - 2 opinions posted
WA credit union deal lacks transparency; vote to approve was not valid


Above is the motion and open discussion
on student run credit union


Above is a question about credit union agreement.
Gil Dominick becomes irate with John Bolin
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   If Wyoming Area Board President John Bolin was alone in a forest and motion was made, did that motion pass?
   I’ll get to that point later in this article
   Next, Wyoming Area Board President John Bolin could have been a hero at this past school board meeting.
   The board approved to have a student run credit union placed inside the school.  Or did it?
   The vote was 5-4 with Bolin, Toni Valenti, Nick DeAngelo, Sam Aritz and John Marianacci voting in favor; Gil Dominick, Estelle Campenni and Frank Casseralla voted no while Dave Alberigi abstained.
   This vote went through after a motion to table the credit union failed.
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Joe Valenti - Posted: Saturday, January 30, 2010 12:01 pm - 17 opinions posted
The Saga of Luzerne County

Found this on YouTube.
Thought our readers would appreciate it
*I wonder if my
"Irish Mc breakfast Friend"
will have any comments:-)
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Posted: Saturday, January 30, 2010 12:01 pm - 3 opinions posted
Musto delivered when the chips were down
Musto delivered when the chips were down
Senator Ray Musto
Musto delivered when the chips were down
   With the retirement of Senator Ray Musto, some are saying “Thank God.”
   The good Senator has had his detractors over the years.  Most all saying he couldn’t deliver on a job.
   So what?
   Other than that, Musto has been good for Greater Pittston.
   Musto is one of the few politicians who ALWAYS returned my calls and ALWAYS delivered on what I asked.
   And, I never asked for a job.  I never needed to.  And, wouldn’t expect it. Read More ...
Joe Valenti - Posted: Saturday, January 30, 2010 12:01 pm
And the next Senator is.....
And the next Senator is.....
Yudichak & Lombardo
And the next Senator is.....
   With Musto not seeking re-election, who will be stepping up to the plate?
   First, Musto seemed to make it clear when we spoke with him that he’ll sit on the sidelines in this election.
   “I don’t know who’ll do the choosing.  At this point, I think I’ll be a statesman and stay out of it.” Musto said from his Harrisburg office this week.
   Three names surfaced quickly – State Representative John Yudichak, County Commissioner Steve Urban and Wilkes-Barre Mayor Tom Leighton.



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Joe Valenti - Posted: Saturday, January 30, 2010 12:01 pm - 10 opinions posted
Goldy looks at challenging Mundy
Goldy looks at challenging Mundy
WP Mayor Bill Goldsworhty
Goldy looks at challenging Mundy
   Rumors have been running rampant that West Pittston Mayor Bill Goldworthy would be challenging Phyllis Mundy.
   Mundy is a Democrat and Goldy, a Republican.  would square off against her in the General election.
   We got a chance to speak with Goldy and he said he is giving it serious consideration. 
   “I’m in the exploratory phase right now,” Goldy said.  “I hope to have a final decision by mid February.”
   The politics behind this will make this a great race. Read More ...
Joe Valenti - Posted: Saturday, January 30, 2010 12:01 pm - 12 opinions posted
Father Paul will stay in the "Exotic town of Laflin"
Father Paul will stay in the "Exotic town of Laflin"
Father Paul McDonnell
Father Paul will stay in the "Exotic town of Laflin"
   There was an announcement recently that a new priest would be coming to The Oblates.  Some rumors have been circulating and my wife emailed Father Paul asking him if he was leaving, Actually, this is the best news I've heard in the past year. 
   Here is his response. 
   "Thanks for your concern and I know the rumor mill of Greater Pittston is in full motion with the nomination of Father Philip Massetti as the new Oblate Provincial.
   I believe I will be staying right here at the seminary and continue in my duties as seminary rector and probably help Fr. Phil behind the scenes in his role as provincial.
   So, although people have me going to Australia, Rome, Haiti and California….I’ll most likely be staying right here in the exotic town of Laflin!!!
   God bless & have a great day!"

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Joe Valenti - Posted: Saturday, January 30, 2010 12:01 pm - 1 opinion posted
Musto won't seek re-eleciton, the deal that happened six years ago
Musto won't seek re-eleciton, the deal that happened six years ago
Senator Ray Musto
Musto won't seek re-eleciton, the deal that happened six years ago
   Senator Ray Musto will be retiring and will not seek re-election.
   He said after 40 years its time to retire from the senate.
   While this is big news, the story behind the story is who will be the chosen one to step into Musto’s shoes.
   Word on the street is State Representative John Yudichak will have the blessing of the Democratic party and the Third District fits into this picture big time. Read More ...
Joe Valenti - Posted: Wednesday, January 27, 2010 3:09 pm - 36 opinions posted
Singer says "The system works very well"
 

 
   “The system works very well.”
   After I heard Pittston Area Board President Mark Singer say that about the possibility of having a work session on a separate evening than the regular meeting, I had to go and replay the video.
   Yes, even after what Pittston Area has been through, with the arrests of Ross Scarantino and Joe Oliveri, Singer actually said, “The system works very well.”
   Huh?
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Joe Valenti - Posted: Saturday, January 23, 2010 12:01 pm - 28 opinions posted
PA should have students more involved
PA should have students more involved
John Lombardo
PA should have students more involved
by John Lombardo
Pittston Area Student
   During the Pittston Area School Board meeting this week, Pittston mayor Jason Klush and Council member Joe Chernouskas announced a new project to get students involved with the city. The project involved the creation of a “Parks Committee” that would have one student member.
   First of all, I think that’s a great idea! Getting the students involved in the local government, even if it is a parks committee, is a great thing. Read More ...
John Lombardo - Posted: Saturday, January 23, 2010 12:01 pm - 7 opinions posted
At WA:  The Feds & Credit Unions
At WA: The Feds & Credit Unions
   Wyoming Area rumors have been running rampant over the last two weeks.
   I probably received around half a dozen calls all claiming the feds stopped by Wyoming Area.
   My initial thought was – where there’s smoke there’s fire.
   Nope, not this time.
   District Solicitor Ray Hassey said if the feds paid a visit to Wyoming Area, he was unaware of it.
   Next, we heard some rumblings that the board might be voting to bring a new credit union into the school.
   We were able to confirm this with the up coming agenda (click here to view) on page 10. Read More ...
Joe Valenti - Posted: Saturday, January 23, 2010 12:01 pm - 14 opinions posted
Gov Ridge tabbed for Lincoln Day Dinner, Solano to be honored
Gov Ridge tabbed for Lincoln Day Dinner, Solano to be honored
Joe Valenti (20 lbs lighter) & Gov Ridge at a Pat Solano gathering
Gov Ridge tabbed for Lincoln Day Dinner, Solano to be honored
   Former Pennsylvania Gov. Tom Ridge will deliver the keynote speech at this year’s Lincoln Day Dinner hosted by the Luzerne County Republican Party. The event will be held at 6 p.m. Feb. 5 at the Ramada Hotel on Public Square.
   Ridge, a two-term governor and first Secretary of Homeland Security, will present an award to Patrick J. Solano, a longtime party worker and former GOP County Chairman.
   County Republican Chairman Terry Casey said the organization is “thrilled” that Ridge will join the group for its annual fundraiser. Republicans across the United States traditionally hold Lincoln Day events to honor the Feb. 12 birth of Abraham Lincoln, the first Republican president. Read More ...
Posted: Saturday, January 23, 2010 12:01 pm - 1 opinion posted
County has bigger fish to fry
County has bigger fish to fry
The County will longer provide an operator for callers
County has bigger fish to fry
   Voice mail hell.
   That’s what you get when you call the Luzerne County Courthouse.
   This past week the commissioners voted to layoff 13.  Of those 13, one was the courthouse operator.
   Their rationale was because there was an automated phone system in place an operator is no longer needed.
   Technology is great.  I love technology.
   But calling the Courthouse is akin to calling the IRS. Read More ...
Joe Valenti - Posted: Saturday, January 23, 2010 12:01 pm - 6 opinions posted
Carpet bagging Judge no stranger to domestic problems
Carpet bagging Judge no stranger to domestic problems
Judge Charles Joseph Rehkamp escorted by State Trooper
Carpet bagging Judge no stranger to domestic problems
   It looks like Judge Charles Joseph Rehkamp who was arrested for roughing up his wife is no stranger to domestic disputes.
   Rehkamp, who is actually from Perry County, was appointed to help out Luzerne County in their back log of court cases.
   According to Pennlive.com, “A Perry County senior judge will not be required to pay his ex-wife what she claimed was more than $24,000 in back alimony payments plus interest, a Chester County senior judge has ruled. At the same Judge C. Joseph Rehkamp will not receive more than $32,500 he claims his ex-wife Kerry Rehkamp owes him.”

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Joe Valenti - Posted: Sunday, January 17, 2010 11:22 pm
Lescavage still helping out Garden Village
Lescavage still helping out Garden Village
Former WP Councilman Kevin Lescavage still helping out
Lescavage still helping out Garden Village
   When I saw West Pittston Council members Pete Albano, Pete Musinski, Brian Thornton and Jim Rose taking down the town’s Christmas decorations I was pleased.
   When I saw former councilman Kevin Lescavage, however, lending a hand, now that surprised me.
   As you know, Lescavage lost his bid for re-election this past November.  I wrote that I was disappointed to see him off council because I thought he was a good councilman. Read More ...
Joe Valenti - Posted: Saturday, January 16, 2010 2:54 pm - 17 opinions posted
New year brings more lawsuits at WA
New year brings more lawsuits at WA
District Super Ray Bernardi
New year brings more lawsuits at WA
   If you thought the new year and the new school board brought an end to the lawsuits at Wyoming Area, you were mistaken.
   And, it looks like this new board will be paying for the sins of the previous board for years to come.
   Over the Christmas season, the district was served with yet another lawsuit by Robert Micheletti.
   Does that name sound familiar?
   You betcha.  
   Micheletti was part of the “Tri-Fecta,” the federal lawsuit he along with PJ Pribula and Jim Zarra had against the district.  There was a $500,000 award for the trio. Read More ...
Joe Valenti - Posted: Saturday, January 16, 2010 2:46 pm - 3 opinions posted
Why "Home Rule" will fail
Why "Home Rule" will fail
   Many have asked me my thoughts of a new form of government for Luzerne County.
   First, I thought the Study Commission would pass overwhelmingly when placed on the ballot.
   Next, if the Study Commission does happen to come up with a new Charter, it will pass as well.
   My thought, however, the members of the commission will never come to terms.
   History proves this. Read More ...
Joe Valenti - Posted: Saturday, January 16, 2010 2:46 pm - 1 opinion posted
The ghost of Ross will live on at PA
The ghost of Ross will live on at PA
Scarantino, Singer & Linskey
The ghost of Ross will live on at PA
   On Tuesday, the Pittston Area Board will have their meeting.
   And, as past protocol would have it, Ross Scrantino’s legacy will live on when nine members of the board have their work session and then proceed right into their meeting.
   Pittston Area Board President Mark Singer will call the work session to order and run down a list of items to be voted on at the regular meeting. Read More ...
Joe Valenti - Posted: Saturday, January 16, 2010 2:46 pm - 3 opinions posted
Rumor Mill kicks off for 2010, attorneys next target |
Rumor Mill kicks off for 2010, attorneys next target
   Remember that rumor mill last year and the year before?
   I especially like the one that claimed Ciavarella and Conahan were to going be indicted in 2008. 
   For the last six months of 2008, the rumor was the “Juvie Brothers” would be going down on Tuesday.  Not a specific Tuesday, just Tuesday.
   Well, Tuesday never came in 2008 and it happened on a Monday in 2009. Read More ...
Joe Valenti - Posted: Saturday, January 9, 2010 4:46 pm - 4 opinions posted
New year, new faces may bring change in Pittston City


   Pittston City’s new mayor, Jason Klush, didn’t waste any time getting down to business after he was sworn in this past week.
   After viewing the agenda, Klush requested the reappointment of city administrators be pulled which included the reappointment of sitting City Clerk Ron Mortimer.
   We also understand this had the blessing of Councilman Mike Lombardo.
   With three new faces sitting at the board table in Pittston, we might see some changes.
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Joe Valenti - Posted: Saturday, January 9, 2010 4:46 pm - 9 opinions posted
Feds poking around in Jenkins & Pittston Townships
Feds poking around in Jenkins & Pittston Townships
Greg Skrepnak
Feds poking around in Jenkins & Pittston Townships
   For those of you who thought its been awfully quiet with the feds, its not.  We’re at the end of the beginning.
   This past week they were poking around in Jenkins Twp and Pittston Twp. 
   We’re not exactly sure what they were looking for, but my thoughts are it has something to do with TIF’s and KOZ zones.
   Please recall former County Commissioner Greg Skrepnak was indicted recently and it had something to do with a new development in Jenkins Twp.
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Joe Valenti - Posted: Saturday, January 9, 2010 4:46 pm - 5 opinions posted
Lampman says taxpayers should be more involved
Lampman says taxpayers should be more involved
Bob Lampman
Lampman says taxpayers should be more involved
   EDITOR’S NOTE:  Bob Lampman blogged this last week and I thought it was very pertinent to what is going on at Pittston Area.  Consequently, I’m posting it as an article. 

   I hope people stay on the subject here.  I have been yelling about the same facts from last week’s article for months.
   The thing here is that people don't really care.
   Yes, they sit around complaining about this or that, but when it comes time to stand up they sit down.
   Yes, look at what has happened with our school district over the last 15 years. Millions and Millions of dollars have been wasted and who ends up paying? YOU AND I. Read More ...
Bob Lampman - Posted: Saturday, January 9, 2010 4:46 pm - 26 opinions posted
Stankus says Garden Village off to a Rocky Start
Stankus says Garden Village off to a Rocky Start
District Justice Joe Carmody (left) swears in Barry Stankus, Barry Hosier, Pete Musinksi & Brian Thornton
Stankus says Garden Village off to a Rocky Start
   Newly elected West Pittston Councilman Barry Stankus isn’t too pleased only a week after he took office.
   “They made the decision to appoint Brian Thornton Council President long before reorganization,” Stankus claimes.
   He said proof of this was that the agenda (click here to view) which was given to him in December, before the first meeting, had Thornton listed as “President.” Read More ...
Joe Valenti - Posted: Saturday, January 9, 2010 4:46 pm - 5 opinions posted
Hobbs will be missed
Hobbs will be missed
Eddie Hobbs
Hobbs will be missed
   The East Side lost a good friend this past week with the passing of Eddie Hobbs.
   Simply put, Eddie was a great guy.
   I first met Eddie back in the 90’s when I owned the Pittston Gazette.  Right from the start we hit if off.
   To say he was a supporter of mine would be an understatement.  That was, and will, always be greatly appreciated.
   Hobbs served three successfully terms on the Pittston Area School Board.
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Joe Valenti - Posted: Saturday, January 9, 2010 4:46 pm - 3 opinions posted
West Wyoming investigation may come to a close
West Wyoming investigation may come to a close
West Wyoming Boro building
West Wyoming investigation may come to a close
   EDITORS NOTE: With the passing of the former West Wyoming Borough Manager, the investigation into wrong doings may come to come to a close.  Chief of Police Stanley Sipko sent the following letter which was read at the past council meeting.

   On December 17th, 2009 I, Chief Stanley Sipko was contacted by Corporal  Gerald Williams of the State Police at Wyoming regarding the State Police investigation into the discrepancies that were found by Carver and Associates in mid October of 2009. At this time Corporal Williams requested that I meet him at the State Police Barracks on Friday December 18th, 2009 at 10:00 am to talk about the investigation. Read More ...
Posted: Saturday, January 9, 2010 4:46 pm - 1 opinion posted
Musto to become Court Administrator
Musto to become Court Administrator
Former County Judge Joe Musto
Musto to become Court Administrator
   The following was reported by fellow blogger Dave Yonki’s LuLac Letter (click here to view).  While we have been hearing this, Yonk sums it up perfectly
   “Even though Joseph Musto’s second tour as a Luzerne County Common Pleas Judge ended on Monday with the swearing in of Bill Amesbury and Tina Gartley, we heard on very good authority that Musto will be appointed Court Administrator under the dome. While many will say this is business as usual, Musto will bring to the position a great deal of experience as a litigator, Judge, Master and Arbitrator. Plus his knowledge of the court system from every side will make him unparallelled in his qualifications.”

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Posted: Saturday, January 9, 2010 4:46 pm - 9 opinions posted
Judge Muroski invovled in accident, leaves the scene
Judge Muroski invovled in accident, leaves the scene
Judge Chester Muroski
Judge Muroski invovled in accident, leaves the scene
   Just when you thought things couldn’t get any worse for the third floor in the courthouse, it does.
   After celebrating a new day for Luzerne County when a new President Judge was selected and two new judges were sworn in, questions again plague the courthouse.
   Monday evening, on his way home, former President Judge Chester Muroski was involved in an accident.
   Reports from The Times Leader and Citizens Voice say Murowski had “one or two drinks.” Read More ...
Joe Valenti - Posted: Tuesday, January 5, 2010 6:44 pm - 2 opinions posted
Obama is one sharp cookie
Obama is one sharp cookie
Obama
Obama is one sharp cookie
   You know our President.
   Yea, President Barack Obama.
   He’s so freakin smart it scares me.
   This past week, all by himself, he figured out that Al Qaeda was responsible for the Christmas day attack.
   Or, should I say, as Obama put it, “alleged attack.”
   Golly, this guy is so sharp.
   Careful too.
   Up until this past Friday he used “alleged” any time he referred to the terrorist.  Read More ...
Joe Valenti - Posted: Saturday, January 2, 2010 8:18 pm - 14 opinions posted
There is another option for Luzerne County
There is another option for Luzerne County
Ubran, Petrilla & Cooney
There is another option for Luzerne County
   The way many see it there are only two ways to get Luzerne County out of the mess we’re in.
   One, raise revenues/taxes
   Two, cut expenses.
   There is a third, which I will get to later
   No one understands the mess we’re in better than our newest County Commissioner Tom Cooney.
   You see, Cooney has been in private business for quite a while running one of the leading architectural and engineering firms in the valley.
   Cooney, year after year, understood that if his firm could not bring in the revenues to support the expenses, he was left with two choices.
   One, cut expenses.  Or two, borrow money Read More ...
Joe Valenti - Posted: Saturday, January 2, 2010 8:18 pm - 1 opinion posted
New WA majority playing their cards
New WA majority playing their cards
Alberigi, Marianacci & Bolin
New WA majority playing their cards
   Remember the line in Godfather III:  “Keep your friends close but you enemies closer.”
   This could sum up how things are playing out on the Wyoming Area Board.
   Many in the Gil Dominick and Frank Cassarella camp weren’t too pleased Toni Valenti was appointed Secretary of the board.
   In fact, Casarealla abstained on the appointment.
   During this past election there were at least four factions:  LaNunziata; Aufiere; Bolin and Marianacci; and Dominick and Casarella.
   All four were concerned with getting themselves elected.  It was only at the end when LaNunziata was trying to parley the Bolin and Marianacci votes into his own. Read More ...
Joe Valenti - Posted: Saturday, January 2, 2010 8:18 pm - 2 opinions posted
PA Board needs to rid black eye
PA Board needs to rid black eye
Oliveri, Scarantino, Singer & Linskey
PA Board needs to rid black eye
   I was disappointed at December’s Pittston Board meeting.
   I really thought Bob Linskey would have attempted to push through his idea to have the work session on a different evening than the regular meeting.
   What’s the worst that could have happened?  The vote could have gone down majority/minority lines.  And, if that happened, what a great issue for the next election.
   As we wrote a few weeks back, this is actually a good idea. 
   Like it or not, Pittston Area has a black eye.  This black eye will haunt the district for decades.
   This black eye isn’t about Tony Rostock and a football coach.
   This black eye is about a couple of crooks who sold out the district to the highest bidder who would line their pockets. Read More ...
Joe Valenti - Posted: Saturday, January 2, 2010 8:17 pm - 17 opinions posted