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Sweet heart WA contract will cost over $500K, sets precedence
Sweet heart WA contract will cost over $500K, sets precedence
Pres of Board, John Bolin
Sweet heart WA contract will cost over $500K, sets precedence
   How would you like an annual raise of $7280 with no co-pay on your health insurance?
   Not a bad deal.
   Well, that’s exactly what the Wyoming Area School Board awarded full-time support staff employees at this past board meeting.
   The support staff will receive a $3.50 raise per hour over five years:  $1 an hour the first year retro active to last year; 90 cents an hour the second year (this year); 70 cents an hour the third year and 45 cents an hour in the fourth and fifth year.
   If someone makes $15 an hour, which is probably at the top of the scale, that equates to 4.3% per year / 21% over the term of the contract. Read More ...
Joe Valenti - Posted: Saturday, May 8, 2010 4:31 pm - 10 opinions posted
Heeee's back... |
Heeee's back... |
John LaNunziata
Heeee's back...
   When former Wyoming Area Board member John LaNunziata lost last year two things came to mind.
   One, the district rid a tyrant.  And two, I might be short on material in the years to come.
   Well, both of those scenarios did not happen.
   We have confirmed with several that LaNunziata was at the board meeting.
   One report said, “LaNunziata was walking around the school like he owned it.” Read More ...
Joe Valenti - Posted: Saturday, May 8, 2010 4:31 pm - 13 opinions posted
Meet and Greet set for Leighton for Senate
Meet and Greet set for Leighton for Senate
Tom Leighton
Meet and Greet set for Leighton for Senate
   Friends of Tom Leighton for Senate will be hosting a meet and greet the candidate night this Tuesday, May 11 from 7 to 9.  It will be held at the Gramercy in Pittston.  Refreshments will be served.  All are welcome and it is free.
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Posted: Saturday, May 8, 2010 4:31 pm
Urban bad for the county, bad for the party
Urban bad for the county, bad for the party
Commissioner Steve Urban
Urban bad for the county, bad for the party
   So Steve Urban wants to be Lieutenant Governor.
   My first thought when I heard this was – are you kidding me?
   First, if Gandhi himself ran for statewide office and held an office in Luzerne County, he’d be the laughing stock of the state.
   Next, Urban has proved he has the juice always winning his seat for County Commissioner year after year.
   With that, he should be the face of the Republican party in the county
   But he isn’t. Read More ...
Joe Valenti - Posted: Saturday, May 1, 2010 4:32 pm - 29 opinions posted
How true
How true
   Someone emailed this to me this week.  Not sure where it appeared, but I thought it was kinda funny and appropriate.
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Posted: Saturday, May 1, 2010 4:32 pm - 3 opinions posted
At PA:  Smoking ban: Second thoughts; budget crisis
At PA: Smoking ban: Second thoughts; budget crisis
   It looks like the smoking ban on school grounds in Pittston Area is in the teacher union’s lap now.
   We caught up with member Bob Linskey this past week and he said the support staff union has agreed to it.  He further said they have approached the teacher’s union and are awaiting an answer
   Linskey said rather than the board taking action by implementing a policy district wide, the board though it be prudent to run it by the unions first.
   He said by doing it this way, the board could probably avoid any litigation costs that may arise. Read More ...
Joe Valenti - Posted: Saturday, May 1, 2010 4:32 pm - 6 opinions posted
Singer would be a good fit as Chief PD
Singer would be a good fit as Chief PD
Atty. Mark Singer
Singer would be a good fit as Chief PD
   With Basil Russin stepping down as the Chief Public defender in Luzerne County, it looks like our own Mark Singer is trying to fill the void.
   Singer currently serves an assistant Public Defender.  As one prominent attorney told me this past week, “Mark Singer is as comfortable in the courtroom as you are sitting at your kitchen table.”
   While I have my issues with Singer over the year, I think he’d be a good fit. Read More ...
Joe Valenti - Posted: Saturday, May 1, 2010 4:32 pm - 7 opinions posted
Former WA board members may look to regain seats
Former WA board members may look to regain seats
Bernardi, Wall, LaNunziata
Former WA board members may look to regain seats
   With school board primaries just a little over a year to come, there is already talk about various tickets surfacing in Wyoming Area.
   Ree Ree DeLuca said she is definitely running.  The jury still out on whether she’ll get a ticket together.
   Toni Valenti’s, Sammy Aritz’s, Nick DeAngelo’s, Estelle Campenni’s and Dave Alberigi’s terms are up
   I’m not exactly sure on what sitting director Estelle Campenni will be doing.  My thought is she’ll run again. Read More ...
Joe Valenti - Posted: Saturday, May 1, 2010 4:32 pm - 13 opinions posted
Aufiere & Gianfarcaro have nice turnout for Yudichak
Aufiere & Gianfarcaro have nice turnout for Yudichak
Bob Linskey, Charlie Hatchko, Phil Gianfacaro, Danny Argo, Joe McLean, John Yudichak, Mike Aufiere & Stan Rovinski
Aufiere & Gianfarcaro have nice turnout for Yudichak
   Mike Aufiere’s restaurant on South Main Street doesn’t hold a lot of people.  But when he had people standing on the side walk because of the overflowed crowd who came in support of John Yudichak for State Senate, he was quite pleased.
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Posted: Saturday, May 1, 2010 4:32 pm - 9 opinions posted
Mayor Coyne benefit set
Mayor Coyne benefit set
Mayor Cassandra Coleman with her Grandfather the fomrer Mayor Joe Coyne
Mayor Coyne benefit set
   Mayor Cassandra Coleman will be hosting the 2nd Annual Joseph F. Coyne III Softball Tournament Sunday, May 16, 2010 beginning at 9am, at the Exeter Little League Field.
   Last year they were able to raise over $5,000 for a family whose daughter was battling brain cancer. This year, they are raising money for a senior at Wyoming Area who was diagnosed with MS, and since has developed lesions on her brain and spine.
   Last year there were 12 teams who battled it out. Congratulations go out to TEAM CINDY who was able to take home the trophy, and are currently the reigning champs! Read More ...
Posted: Saturday, April 24, 2010 5:30 pm - 1 opinion posted
Bernardi only needs one more to make "five"
Bernardi only needs one more to make "five"
DeAngelo, Valenti, Aritz & Dominick
Bernardi only needs one more to make "five"
   In Wyoming Area politics, Sammy Agolino maintains, “The first one to five wins.”
   This couldn’t be any more relevant as it is right now with a three year extension on Ray Bernardi’s contract.
   While some Wyoming Area Board members are in denial that District Superintendent Ray Bernardi is going to get a three year extension on his contract, allow me to put the pieces of the puzzle together.
   First, however, let me say that I’m not taking a position on this.  If Bernardi, through political means, can muster up five votes for an extension, good for him. Read More ...
Joe Valenti - Posted: Saturday, April 24, 2010 4:47 pm - 17 opinions posted
Musto's woes get a bit worse
Musto's woes get a bit worse
Senator Ray Musto
Musto's woes get a bit worse
   “Keep in touch.”
   I betcha Senator Ray Musto didn’t say those three words after the feds searched his house a few weeks back.
   Next, as the old saying goes – where there’s smoke there’s fire.
   As each day passes, and the feds are scoping Pittston Twp like Doc Fasciani giving me a prostate exam, things aren’t looking too good for the soon to be retired Senator. Read More ...
Joe Valenti - Posted: Saturday, April 24, 2010 4:47 pm - 15 opinions posted
Feds have it pretty nice too
Feds have it pretty nice too
Yalick Farm townhome
Feds have it pretty nice too
   Don’t for one second think those who have been robbing the county are the only ones living in the lap of luxury.
   It looks many of the federal agents who have been working here have been living a lavish style as well.
   We have received word that about a dozen agents, courtesy of your tax dollars, are being put up at Yalick Farms (click here to view).
   With condos starting at $209,000, their web site touts, “Yalick Farms is bringing luxurious homes with gorgeous architecture, quality construction and virtually maintenance free living.” Read More ...
Joe Valenti - Posted: Saturday, April 24, 2010 4:47 pm - 5 opinions posted
Board Presidents colluding
Board Presidents colluding
Bolin & Singer
Board Presidents colluding
   There were two happy School Board Presidents this past week.
   Yup, I’m sure John Bolin and Mark Singer breathed a sigh of relief  and were a bit delighted when they didn’t see my smiling face in the front row at this past week’s school board meetings.
   You see, with spring, comes the start of my golf league.  And, if I didn’t know any better, I would think


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Joe Valenti - Posted: Saturday, April 24, 2010 4:47 pm - 1 opinion posted
Meet the candidate nite set
Meet the candidate nite set
Yudichak & Aufiere
Meet the candidate nite set
   Phil Gianfarcaro and Mike Aufiere will be hosting a “Meet John Yudichak” night this Thursday, April 29th at 7PM.  It will be held at Aufiere’s Restaurant located at 109 S. Main St., Pittston.  Both are encouraging everyone from Greater Pittston to attend. Read More ...
Posted: Saturday, April 24, 2010 4:47 pm - 4 opinions posted
With Wal-Mart you cannot put the toothpaste back in the tube
With Wal-Mart you cannot put the toothpaste back in the tube
Council members Shannon & Adams
With Wal-Mart you cannot put the toothpaste back in the tube
   As a precaution, Exeter Council plans on re-voting the Wal-Mart deal this coming Friday.
   As many know, Exeter First filed a lawsuit claiming Exeter Council violated the Sunshine law by preventing residents access to the meeting because the capacity of the meeting room was filled.
   While I highly doubt those council members who voted in favor of the Wal Mart deal will change their mind, here’s something to ponder.
   What if you’re wrong on some of the issues and those who oppose it are right.
   For example, what if Hick’s Creek cannot handle the increased runoff? Read More ...
Joe Valenti - Posted: Saturday, April 24, 2010 4:47 pm - 6 opinions posted
WAL MART UPDATE:  Exeter 1st files complaint
WAL MART UPDATE:  Exeter 1st files complaint
Nancy Dolan from Exeter 1st
WAL MART UPDATE: Exeter 1st files complaint
EDITOR'S NOTE:  We just received this from Exeter First.  It has not been edited for content and appears as written.
   The Exeter Borough Council meeting which was held on April 6, 2010, where Council voted to approve the two WM amendments was INVALID due to the fact that it was in violation of the Pa. Sunshine Act. The violation was the fact that Exeter Borough Council locked people out of the meeting.
   This means that the vote at that meeting to enact the WM amendments was INVALID.
   Note: At the EB Council Work Session on March 30, 2010, an Exeter resident requested that the April 6 meeting be held at a larger place because of the anticipated large crowd. Obviously, this fell on deaf ears.
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Posted: Thursday, April 22, 2010 9:56 am - 8 opinions posted
Bernardi will get three year extension, 18 teaching jobs will be leveraged
Bernardi will get three year extension, 18 teaching jobs will be leveraged
WA Super Ray Bernardi
Bernardi will get three year extension, 18 teaching jobs will be leveraged
   The politics and back room deals that are going to be played in Wyoming Area in the next three months will make your head spin.
   Allow me, your humble political analyst, to connect the dots.
   First, there are will be no less than a dozen in a half teaching jobs up for grabs this summer.
   For those looking to land a teaching job, I hope you followed “Joe Valenti’s guide on How to Land a Teaching Job.”  (click here to view)
   Next, its no secret that some who ran, and those who supported some of the candidates in the past election, wanted Ray Bernardi’s head on the platter.  With less than a year to go on his contract, many are smelling blood.

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Joe Valenti - Posted: Saturday, April 17, 2010 1:17 pm - 15 opinions posted
Will Yudichak continue to embrace Musto?
Will Yudichak continue to embrace Musto?
Yudichak & Musto
Will Yudichak continue to embrace Musto?
   When John Yudichak first announced his intentions to run for Senate, many thought, including himself, he had the blessing of Senator Ray Musto.
   And, that was a good thing.
   While Musto said he’d sit this one out and not support anyone, Yudichak was probably one of the first the senator called to inform him of his retirement.


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Joe Valenti - Posted: Saturday, April 17, 2010 1:17 pm - 4 opinions posted
As the feds gathered, some had to check their shorts
As the feds gathered, some had to check their shorts
   When the feds raided Mark Development in Kingston, they gathered in a parking lot of a nearby office building.
   This office building houses quite a few attorneys and even an elected official.
   About half a dozen black SUVs pulled into the parking lot, about a dozen in a half federal agents got out of their vehicles, dressed themselves with “Federal Agent” garb and proceed to the Mark Development building.
   This took all of about 10 or 15 minutes.
   Just think what could have been going through everyone’s mind in that office building as they peered out their windows and witnessed the feds do their thing.
   I’ll betcha they had to restock the bathrooms with quite a bit of toilet paper. 



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Posted: Saturday, April 17, 2010 1:17 pm - 1 opinion posted
Red may be looking to take over Third District
Red may be looking to take over Third District
O'Brien & Best
Red may be looking to take over Third District
   It’s no secret there is no love between Pittston Area Board member Terry Best and Luzerne County Recorder of Deeds Red O’Brien.
   Both have been at odds dating back to when O’Brien was a member of the Pittston Area Board.
   Now, word on the street, is that there is a move by Red to take over the Third District and the Pittston City Chair which is held by Best.  Tony Paglinite is chair of the Third District.



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Joe Valenti - Posted: Saturday, April 17, 2010 1:17 pm - 6 opinions posted
Vote tallies will be telling in St. Committee race
Vote tallies will be telling in St. Committee race
Bolin & Coleman
Vote tallies will be telling in St. Committee race
   Two West Side politicos have thrown their hat into the ring for State Democratic Committee.
   Exeter Mayor Casandra Coleman and Wyoming Board President John Bolin are both looking to land a seat on the committee.
   This should actually be quite interesting to observe.
   First, Mayor Coleman.
   While, we have not been able to confirm where she stood on the proposed Wal-Mart in Exeter, many speculated she supported it because her late Grandfather, former Mayor Joe Coyne helped spearhead the project. Read More ...
Joe Valenti - Posted: Saturday, April 17, 2010 1:17 pm - 3 opinions posted
Here we go again, WA Tri-Fecta to be retried
Here we go again, WA Tri-Fecta to be retried
Bernardi, Bolin, Marrianaci, Wall, LaNunziata & Valenti
Here we go again, WA Tri-Fecta to be retried
   There is good news for Wyoming Area Board members Toni Valenti, John Bolin, Nick DeAngelo, John Marrianaci along with former members John LaNunziata and Gerry Wall and District Superintendent Ray Bernardi.  The half a million dollar verdict against them in the federal lawsuit from last year was thrown out.
   The bad news – there’s going to be a new trial.
   In the ruling (click here to view) Judge Caputo, wrote that he erred on giving instructions to the jury.
   What does all this mean? 
   Here we go again Read More ...
Joe Valenti - Posted: Saturday, April 10, 2010 6:46 pm - 1 opinion posted
Notables show up in support of Leighton
Notables show up in support of Leighton
Tom Leighton
Notables show up in support of Leighton
   There was a final four party held this past week.  Or we can say there was a rally in support of Wilkes Barre Mayor Tom Leighton for Senate.
   While I didn’t have the opportunity to attend, here is a list of notables: Tom Leighton, County detective Mike Dessoye, Atty. Joe Vullo, County detective Jim Noone, Bill Joyce, FBI Agent Joe Noone, Toni Valenti, Frank Noone, Read More ...
Posted: Saturday, April 10, 2010 6:46 pm
More questions than answers with Musto
More questions than answers with Musto
Musto along with photos (from The Times Leader) of contents being carried out of Musto's house.
More questions than answers with Musto
   Ray, say it ain’t so.
   With the feds rummaging through Senator Ray Musto’s house, some are dancing in the streets.
   I, for one, however, am not.
   First, when this broke, I was in Philadelphia and that’s why I didn’t have something on it until now.
   Next, I truly thought the Senator was beyond reproach.  Please recall when the feds tried to entrap Musto in the ABSCAM scandal when he was a congressman in the 80’s. Read More ...
Joe Valenti - Posted: Saturday, April 10, 2010 6:46 pm - 12 opinions posted
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.
   There are actually two sections within the code that may come into play here Read More ...
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!
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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