Program turns cars into books for library
Here’s a riddle for you: How can you turn a car in-
Answer: If you participate in the “Cars for Books” program that benefits the Valley Community Library.
Donate your old car, truck or camper to the library by the end of the year and you can claim a tax deduction equal to the gross proceeds the library receives from the sale of the vehicle. The Cars for Books program began in 2004, the same year Valley Community opened, according to Genie Lupini, who started the charity in honor of her late husband, Jessup tax collector Ron Lupini.
“Ron and I always discussed this kind of program as a fundraiser for the library,” Genie Lupini said. “My husband was always involved with antique cars and it seemed like a per-
The funds chairwoman, Genie Lupini, has teamed up with volunteer Eugene Scagliotti to work with this ongoing fundraiser. Vehicles donated will be taken to Auction or Highway Auto who is helping with this project. All proceeds will benefit the Valley Community Library Building Fund.
To date Cars for Books has brought in 21 vehicles from the surrounding communities. For more information, contact Library Director Michelle Georgetti at 570-489-1765, ext 3.
United Way volunteers help fundraising campaign
Properly masked, appropriately distanced and all sharing the willingness to give back, four people with the United Way’s Retired & Senior Volunteer Program collated campaign materials earlier this month.
United Way of Lackawanna and Wayne Counties continues to celebrate their 100th year in the Great Northeast. A core group that helps the United Way make such a large impact on the community is their band of volunteers, including RSVP.
The program recruits volunteers who are 55 and older and who are interested in volunteering their time and talents to address community needs.
“In the past RSVP has focused on areas such as education, literacy, economic opportunity and healthy futures,” Diane Brown, RSVP director of the United Way of Lackawanna and Wayne Counties said in a press release.
If anyone is interested in finding out more about RSVP and/or general volunteer opportunities should contact Brown at firstname.lastname@example.org or call 570.343.1267 x312.
Johnson College to host open house
Johnson College will hold an in-person Open House on its campus on Nov. 7.
The event, held from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., will include discussions about the admissions process, financial aid for those who qualify, and student services such student life, student support, and career services.
Same day acceptance will be available, if students bring their high school or college transcripts. Tours of each technical area will be conducted and department chairs will be available to review the specifics of their programs. Social distancing and sanitization guidelines will be followed and face coverings must be worn at all times while on campus. Attendees will receive a limited edition Johnson College face covering.
PennDOT resumes issuance of RealID
The Pennsylvania Department of Transportation has resumed issuing REAL IDs at reopened Driver License Centers offering driver license services throughout the state.
PennDOT paused REAL ID issuance throughout the state out of an abundance of caution and in the interest of public health, due to COVID-19. Additionally, the federal Department of Homeland Security postponed the enforcement date for REAL ID to Oct. 1, 2021 in response to COVID-19 and the national emergency declaration.
REAL ID is optional in Pennsylvania. There is no requirement that any resident obtain a REAL ID; PennDOT continues to offer standard-issue driver’s licenses and photo IDs.
REAL ID is a federal law that affects how states issue driver’s licenses and ID cards if they are going to be acceptable for federal purposes. A federally-acceptable form of identification — a Pennsylvania REAL ID driver’s license or ID card, a valid U.S. Passport/Passport Card, a military ID or the like — must now be used on and after Oct. 1, 2021 as identification to board a commercial flight or visit a secure federal building that requires a federally acceptable form of identification ID for access.
Customers can obtain a REAL ID by presenting documents for verification and processing at any driver license center. Federal regulations require that to be issued a REAL ID-compliant product, PennDOT must verify the below documents:
- Proof of identity: Examples include original or certified copy of a birth certificate filed with the State Office of Vital Records/Statistics with a raised seal/embossed or valid, unexpired, U.S. Passport.
- Proof of Social Security Number: Social Security card, in current legal name.
- Two Proofs of current, physical in-state address: Examples include a current, unexpired PA driver’s license or identification card, vehicle registration or a utility bill with the same name and address.
- Proof of all legal name changes if current legal name is different than what is reflected on proof of identity document: Examples include a certified marriage certificate issued by the County Court for each marriage, court order approving a change in legal name or amended birth certificate issued by the State Office of Vital Records/Statistics. If current name is the same as what is reflected on proof of identity document (usually birth certificate or passport), a customer does not need to show proof of legal name changes.
Customers may order their REAL ID online if they have been pre-verified and their REAL ID product will be mailed to them within 15 business days. They can visit any PennDOT Driver’s License Center that is open for driver license services, have their documents verified and imaged, and their REAL ID product will be mailed to them within 15 business days. Or they can visit one of 12 REAL ID Centers and receive their REAL ID product over the counter at the time of service
For a full list of opened driver license centers and their services, please visit the PennDOT Driver and Vehicle Services website.
When a customer gets their first REAL ID product, they will pay a one-time fee of $30, plus a renewal fee. The expiration date of their initial REAL ID product will include any time remaining on their existing non-REAL ID product, plus an additional four years, unless the customer is over 65 and has a two-year license. After the initial REAL ID product expires, the customer will pay no additional fee, beyond regular renewal fees, to renew a REAL ID product.
Since March 1,2019, PennDOT has processed about 4 million customers, with more than 912,000 individuals choosing to opt in to the REAL ID program.