Carbondale students explore careers

Carbondale Area held its first annual Career Day last month, welcoming presenters from various local organizations and affiliations to talk about possible career paths.

Students heard presentations on colleges, trade schools, work force and military options. Seventh and eighth graders spent the day making a difference while cleaning up around their city. Ninth grade students toured the local Career Technology Center with current Carbondale Area students who attend CTC. Tenth grade students were given the ASVAB. A college fair was also offered.

Some teachers even got involved and offered “adulting classes.” These included making resumes, budgeting, cooking, manners and tire repair.

“Career Exploration Day was a great chance for our students to gain exposure to the wide variety of opportunities that exist outside the walls of Carbondale Area,” said Acting High School Principal Lawrence Gabriel III. “It’s a big world out there. We feel that we have an obligation to introduce our students to various pathways to success, whether it be post-secondary education, such as colleges or universities, trade schools, military opportunities or immediately entering the work force. For our first time providing an experience like this, we’ve received great feedback and we are looking forward to making improvements and providing a great experience for our students.”

Senior Josalyne Livingston, who plans to major in education, said she benefited from the experience.

“Career Day was a great opportunity. I am glad we had it because I met and talked with a lot of colleges as well as Dawn Toolan, owner of Edison Learning Center. After meeting her, I set up an internship with her day care after our holiday break,” she said.

Eighth Grader Clara Crandall spent the day completing community service.

“Cleaning up all the garbage on the trail near the YMCA park was eye-opening as to how poorly people treat the planet, and it showed me that we need to do better as people and as a community,” she said. “I’m proud of my school for giving us all the eye-opening opportunity to learn about things that can help us in the future, and for having us do community service to better our community and planet all at once. I will look back on Career Day as one of my many cherished memories of my 8th grade year.”

Local artist seeking entries

We’ve all driven by abandoned furniture on the side of the road, and a local artist is making a public, participatory project inspired by the sight.

Called Around the Block, the year-long project will include art exhibits, classes and workshops. Constance Denchy, Wendy Mitchko and Rose Nogan founded the project, which aims to expand awareness of the arts.

The abandoned furniture inspired Denchy to launch an art exhibit called dis(CARD)ed, featuring photos of discarded furniture. She has created several art pieces that feature furniture left by the side of the road. Submissions from other artists will be accepted until Jan. 14 and selected prints will be printed onto cards and passed out to the public. An exhibit will be held in February at the the Rossetti Foundation’s Estate in Scranton.

For more information about the project, follow @123discarded on Instagram or at Around the Block on Facebook.

So far, the Chamber Gallery in Carbondale, Old & Brew in Peckville, The Little Wild Refillery in Scranton and the Rossetti Foundation have agreed to host exhibitions or events in 2023. The founders hope other venues will join the project, too.

A small committee of artists has formed to help the project take shape. Anyone interested in joining the project can email Denchy at

Local woman to work for legislator



A Carbondale woman will work with U.S. Rep. Matt Cartwright to help locals navigate government agencies.

Lee Anne Pugliese is the first recipient of a Congressional Gold Star Family Fellowship for Cartwright’s office. She’ll work at the representative’s district offices as a Congressional Advocate. Established by the U.S. House of Representatives, the Gold Star Family Fellows Program provides employment opportunities for families of service members who paid the ultimate sacrifice to our nation.

In 2005, Pugliese’s husband, the late SFC George A. Pugliese, was killed in Ramadi, Iraq, while serving with the Pennsylvania National Guard. In addition to Lee Anne, he is survived by the couple’s three children: Nicholas, Jonathon and Avianna.

“I will forever be grateful for all the support my family has received,” Lee Anne Pugliese said. “One small act of kindness can make a huge difference. I really appreciate this opportunity to work with Congressman Cartwright’s team, where I can be part of making a difference.”

Cartwright added, “To our fallen servicemembers who made the ultimate sacrifice for defending our nation, we promised that we would be there for their families. This fellowship is not only about keeping this promise, but also about adding to our team someone who knows better than most what it means to give back to our country.”

Marywood hosts event

Marywood’s exercise science department will host a day-in-the-life experience for prospective students on Dec. 1 from 9 a.m.-1 p.m. at the Center for Athletics & Wellness on the university’s campus.

In addition to immersive experiential learning sessions in sports rehabilitation and combine-style strength and conditioning assessments, students who register for this free event will meet with faculty, participate in a Q&A student panel and learn more about the exercise science program at Marywood. A complimentary lunch and campus tour will be included.

To register for the event, visit

Learn more about Marywood’s bachelor’s degree program in exercise science at For more information, contact Lindsay Howard, interim department chair, at or 570-348-6211, x 2283.

YMCA receives grant

The Greater Scranton YMCA received a big boost to support capital renovations to their welcome center, commercial and teaching kitchens and more.

Trustees of the Trustees of The Harry and Jeanette Weinberg Foundation awarded the Dunmore facility a $500,000 grant in October, according to a press release from the YMCA.

Construction on the facility’s capital improvements began in September 2021 and ended in March 2022. They also include replacing aging infrastructure and created dedicated community space.

“We are so grateful to The Harry and Jeanette Weinberg Foundation for their incredible generosity in turning our dreams into a reality,” said Trish Fisher, president and CEO of the Greater Scranton YMCA. “Our recently completed capital renovations have allowed our Y to increase the number of healthy meals and snacks we provide the children in our care, provide our members and community with space to convene, ensure for a secure welcome center and address infrastructure concerns.”

For more information about the Greater Scranton YMCA and the capital renovations, contact Fisher at 570-828-3130 or, or visit the Y online at