County awards grants

Lackawanna County awarded $2,500 grants to dozens of local businesses affected by the COVID-19 pandemic.

Lackawanna County Business Relief Grants can be used to cover rent or mortgage payments, payroll, utilities, product/vendor costs and other general operating expenses. The county used $250,000 in job creation funding carried over from last year to pay for the grants.

Businesses who received grants include Kay’s Pizza, Carbondale Twp.; Balance Pediatrics Inc. Jermyn; Tiddlywinks Boutique, Dunmore; MC Multiservices, Olyphant; Pinky’s Family Restaurant, Carbondale; Magdon Music, Olyphant; The Cutting Crew, Carbondale; SkorpCorp Corp. (Ajs Inn), Carbondale; JAJI Inc., Gold Crown Pizza, Dunmore; Magnum Screening, Olyphant; Coviello’s Diner, Dunmore; World Cup Cheerleading Keystone Inc., Olyphant; New Day Technologies, Dickson City; Fit AF, Carbondale; Nanny’s Eye Care for Kids PC, Dunmore; House of Style by Kim, Blakely; Club 119 Inc., Olyphant; Caradan Inc., Dunmore; Lavender Goose, Blakely; Capra Collina Winery, Blakely; Feel Good Motors Inc., Dickson City; Colarusso Dunmore Inc., Dunmore; JNJ Painting & More, Dunmore; Mariano’s Cucina LLC, Jessup; Tri-Star Academy, Jermyn; Fountain of Youth By Kim, Blakely; TVR Inc., Blakely; Nick’s Excavating & Construction, Carbondale; John W. Farris Roofing & Siding, Dunmore; The Eatery By Jessica LLC, Jessup; Vincent Possanza, OD, Dickson City; Caverna, Jessup; Champions Lounge t/a Bowling Enterprise, Carbondale; The Kimmy, Olyphant; Golden Karat Jewelry Store LLC, Mayfield; Furnish ABC Inc., Dickson City; MJ Cordaro Electric Co. Inc., Dunmore; Ruchinski Enterprises, Dickson City; and Superior Care Pharmacy dba Medicap, Olyphant.

Wright Center awarded grant

The Wright Center for Graduate Medical Education received more than $6 million from the Health Resources and Services Administration’s Teaching Health Center Graduate Medical Education Payment Program, according to U.S. Rep. Matt Cartwright, D-8, Moosic.

While many medical residency programs base training in hospitals, the Teaching Health Center Graduate Medical Education Program trains residents in community-based primary care settings. For the 2018-19 academic year, the THCGME program supported 728 residents in 56 primary care residency programs in 23 states. The Wright Center for Graduate Medical Education has been at the forefront of community-based graduate medical education for more than 40 years, educating over 800 physicians.

“The Wright Center remains a grateful steward of mission-critical funding bestowed by the HRSA and shepherded home to Northeastern Pennsylvania by Congressman Cartwright,” said Dr. Linda Thomas-Hemak, president of The Wright Center for Graduate Medical Education and CEO of The Wright Center for Community Health. “We are very grateful to HRSA and thank Congressman Cartwright for his past and future support of the Teaching Health Center legislation that enables us to train the next generation of physicians while providing comprehensive primary care services to our region’s most vulnerable populations.”

Influential priest dies

An influential area priest who led Catholic Social Services for three decades, founded the St. Vincent de Paul Kitchen in Wilkes-Barre and launched the region’s Ecumenical Enterprises low-income housing network has died.

Monsignor Donald McAndrews died at Allied Services Hospice in Scranton, a spokesman for the Diocese of Scranton said. He was 91.

Bishop Joseph Bambera, leader of the Diocese, described McAndrews as “a selfless priest who devoted his life to bringing God to his people, showing them through word and example just how much God loves them.”

An Archbald native, McAndrews was ordained a priest in June 1954. McAndrews had several pastoral assignments prior to being assigned to St. Aloysius Church in Wilkes-Barre, where he served from 1982 until his retirement in 2004.

Hospital allowing visitors

Wayne Memorial Hospital is being reopened to visitors with restricted hours.

The hospital is allowing one healthy and designated visitor in most units from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. Visitors must use the emergency department entrance after 4 p.m.

All visitors must wear a mask and remain in their designated patient’s room. Each visitor will have their temperature taken before entering the hospital.

Two people are allowed to visit end-of-life, non-COVID patients, and two parents or authorized representatives are permitted in infant/pediatric units.

Visitors to the intensive care and COVID-containment unit will be allowed for care planning activities and end-of-life situations.

Contest to benefit small businesses is announcing a contest to spotlight small businesses that have gone above and beyond to give back to their community.

Winners will receive $1,000 in signage for their business from Winners will be chosen through a crowd voting system based on service to their community, creativity in adapting to change and emotional appeal. To nominate a business, just go to, and click on and fill out the form. The contest will run through June 30; winners will be announced by July 20.

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