Group looking for award-winning lights

The Jessup 21st Century Association wants to award some prizes to the brightest houses in the borough.

Starting Dec. 6, the association will award gift certificates for local restaurants to randomly selected homes decorated for Christmas. The awards will be given weekly through Dec. 23. The group’s goal is to support Jessup restaurants while bringing borough residents some Christmas cheer.

Carbondale Area announces FBLA officers

Seven seniors at Carbondale Area High School will serve as officers for the school’s Future Business Leaders of America club.

The officers were announced by Licia Olivetti, FBLA advisor. Amelia Muta will serve as president; Sarah Tolerico, vice president; Alyvia Schiavone, treasurer; Maria Cerra, secretary; Amelia Esgro, parliamentarian; Bayley Grizzanti, historian; and Aiden Kelly, governor.

“I am excited to be named FBLA President,” said Amelia, a three-time state qualifier. “I hope to help plan virtual events “for the club and a fundraiser so we can hopefully go to states again. I was upset about missing it last year and hope we can make it up this year because it is our senior year.”

Secretary Maria Cerra, who has been to the state competition twice, echoed those same sentiments.

“I want to get to states again for my senior year,” she said. “I hope we can still do a fundraiser even though we are virtual at the moment. I hope this can still be a fun experience for my last year given the circumstances. We will make the best of it.”

County to award grants to small businesses

Lackawanna County Commissioners approved $4.725 million in federal Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security Act funding to provide grants to more than 200 Lackawanna County businesses that applied for assistance through the COVID-19 Relief Statewide Small Business Assistance program.

“Small businesses are the backbone of both our local and national economy,” county commissioners said. “The pandemic has severely impacted the operations of our area’s small business community. We funded the Small Business Assistance Program to invest in our companies and to help strengthen their future. We want to assist them in keeping their doors open to provide all types of services to residents up and down the valley.”

MetroAction, the small business affiliate of the Greater Scranton Chamber of Commerce, will provide technical assistance to those chosen for grant awards on behalf of Lackawanna County.

Santa goes virtual at trolley museum event

Kids can take a ride on a historic trolley and have a virtual visit with Santa later this month.

The Electric City Trolley Station and Museum is hosting a holiday event on Dec. 5, 6, 12, 13, 19 and 20. Seating is limited on each ride and reservations must be prepaid. Masks are required.

Rides are available on each day at 10:30 a.m., 11:30 a.m., 12:45 p.m., 2 p.m. and 3:15 p.m. Tickets fore adults are $12; seniors pay $11. Tickets for children age 3 to 17 are $10 each and children under 2 ride free.

Contact the museum at 570-963-6590 to make a reservation or for more information.

Marywood launches new council

Following months of reflection, dialogue, and planning, Marywood University announced the formation of the Athletics Council for Diversity, Equity and Inclusion.

Patrick Murphy, director of athletics and recreation at Marywood University, commissioned a team of staff members and student leaders to spearhead the department’s dedication to diversity and inclusion initiatives moving forward, according to a press release from Marywood.

The council consists of John Velasco, men’s soccer head coach; Julie Trott, field hockey head coach and student-athlete affairs coordinator; Jennifer Carleton, women’s basketball head coach; Rob Ahrens, cross country and track and field head coach; Jay Monahan, assistant director of sports information; and Hayley Gaines, cross country and track and field student-athlete.

“We here at Marywood University are committed to equality and diversity, as well as maintaining a safe environment where our student-athletes can excel and reach their full potential on the courts, on the field, and in the classroom,” Murphy said in a press release. “I am very proud of our coaches and staff for embracing and leading with this initiative.”

Since beginning conversations prior to the fall semester, the council has achieved four initiatives, including establishing a framework for the development of a strategic DEI plan in coordination with the Office of Institutional Equity and Inclusion; surveying more than 100 student-athletes regarding diversity and inclusion issues in athletics; discussing diversity recruitment strategy with admissions; and creating a Student-Athlete Council for Diversity and Inclusion.

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