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Costumes just part of the fun at Ball



BY JOAN MEAD-MATSUI Abington Journal Correspondent

SCRANTON - The wearing of medieval costumes and masks to the upcoming Children’s Advocacy Center of Northeastern Pennsylvania’s (CAC/NEPA) Masquerade Ball Oct. 27, is strongly encouraged. Organizers of the event invite the public to immerse themselves in an evening of magic, royalty and fun at Camelot Restaurant and Inn, 17 Johnson Road, Clarks Summit, 6 to 11 p.m., while helping raise money for the CAC/ NEPA, Scranton, which provides services to children and adolescents who have been sexually and/or physically abused and/or neglected. According to Elizabeth Pascal, CAC/NEPA, development coordinator, the CAC/ NEPA provided services to 843 children from Northeastern Pennsylvania in 2011, and the center anticipates serving more than 1,000 children by the end of this year. “So support from the community is essential,” said Pascal. She added, “Since the mission of the CAC/NEPA is, ultimately, about hope and truth telling, the notion and

image of Camelot (“a symbol of hope, truth and of loyalty to another above self ”) is particularly appealing. “It speaks to our vision of a community where children are heard, supported and safe.” Planning for the masquerade event was conducted with the support of volunteers and student interns. Tickets for the event are $70 for adults and $35 for students. This includes an evening with a complimentary cocktail hour; drink specials, live music/DJ, prizes for costumes, complimentary Tarot card readings by Angie Scalzo, roving entertainment, musical selections performed by University of Scranton students, a buffet menu of chicken, rice pilaf, Mediterranean vegetables and pasta with an assortment of sauces and cake, coffee and tea for dessert. A selection of brews will be provided by Oskar Blues Brewery, Colorado. A cash bar will also be available. Seating is limited, but tickets will be available at the door. Reservations can be made by calling 570.969.7313.

ABOVE: Vampire Queen, Olivia Turner, 9, Blakely, with dog, Henry the baby. AT LEFT: Captain America, Cooper Cottell, 3, Clarks Summit snuggles with his mom during the ABPA Fall Fun parade.

Sarah Gunnels of Clarks Green and her threeyear- old son Michael prepare for ABPA Fall Fun Day costume parade.


Jordin Giovagnoli, 9, Waverly, gets in to character during the Child and Pooch costume parade during ABPA Fall Fun Day Oct. 20 in downtown Clarks Summit.

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Shown, from left, event planners and Children’s Advocacy Center of Northeastern Pennsylvania staff members Kaitlin Giunta, Cindy Pintha, Eli Pascal, Julie Rudolf and Lindsay Fulton.

EPA database to provide cleanup information BY GERARD E. NOLAN Abington Journal Correspondent

GLENBURN TWP.- Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) officials will exhibit a new online database that displays information on continuing efforts to clean up contamination at the Precision National Plating Superfund site, Glenburn supervisors announced at a meeting Oct. 15. The demonstration will take place 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. Nov. 1 at the township’s municipal building, 54 Waterford Road, Dalton. The database, a public resource, will provide extensive information on the history of cleanup efforts at the site in addition to current data. Included will be updates on ongoing measures taken to combat hexavalent chromium contamination, including the results of tests at government wells around the site. Hexavalent chromium, a toxic compound that can cause cancer in humans, was leached into the soil during operations. The plant shuttered for good in 1999. “EPA will present a short demo on the viewer and then will have several people available to assist in a hands-on session,” said Ann DiDonato, EPA on-site coordinator for the Precision site. In other business, Glenburn supervisors signed on to a newly-formed coalition of 30 Lackawanna County municipalities united against the City of Scranton’s recently-passed commuter tax increase. The coalition—named S.T.O.P., or Scranton Taxing Our People— launched its first attacks in the fight against the tax: setting up

a legal fund to fight the tax in court and urging all municipalities to pass resolutions requesting that the state amend regulations that allow financiallydistressed municipalities to assess levies on nonresident workers’ earned incomes. Supervisor Bill Wicks, who was appointed to the group’s legal committee, said the tax would saddle nonresident workers with an undue burden. “They already pay one percent to Glenburn Twp.,” he said of Glenburn residents who work in Scranton. “They’re being asked to double their tax.” Wicks noted that opposition to the tax had been mounting before it was even passed. Now, however, “the sense of urgency is a little bit greater,” he said. The board unanimously approved allocating $200 to S.T.O.P.’s legal fund and adopted a resolution requesting that the state amend the rules governing distressed municipalities’ taxing power. In other business, the board issued a “memorandum of understanding” to the Abington Regional Wastewater Authority to help secure a loan from the Pennsylvania Infrastructure Investment Authority for upgrades to the authority’s facilities. Solicitor Malcolm McGregor called the memo a “very general agreement— more of a statement of interest to proceed” with the process of drafting a formal agreement between the township and the authority to treat wastewater. The ARWA secured a $9.7 million loan Oct. 23 from the Pennsylvania Infrastructure Investment Authority at a one percent interest rate.

ids in search of free Saturday fun were able to visit downtown Clarks Summit and Heritage Baptist Church Oct. 20. Pony rides, scarecrow making and giant pumpkin carvings were only part of the offerings at Fall Fun Day, organized as a gift to the community by the Abington Business and Professional Association (ABPA) and Heritage Baptist Church. Neil Trimper, of Sculpted Ice Works, with a Event sponsors included Everything pumpkin he carved in front of an audience Natural, My Gym, Summit Frameat The Abington Journal Oct. 20 during works and The Abington Journal. Fall Fun in the Abingtons.

Ava Ramsey, 7, South Abington, Lorelei Ancherani, 5, Clarks Summit and Hailee Kinney, 3, Clarks Summit play in the hay at Heritage Baptist Church Oct. 20 during ABPA Fall Fun Day.

Morgan Hiza, 5, of Clarks Summit puts the finishing touches on her UFO at the ABPA Fall Fun activities. UFO craft was hosted by Girl Scout Cadet Troop 50-273

Superhero brothers, Gage, 1, Clark, 4 and Bryce Defendorf, 3, choose a treat from Anne Armezzani’s tray on behalf of the Abington Area Community Classroom during ABPA Fall Fun in the Abingtons. Joseph Morrow, 7, Madeline Morrow, 4 with their aunt, Danielle Palumbo of Clarks Summit during ABPA Fall Fun Day at Heritage Baptist Church.

Ferocious dragons Tom Scott, 8, of Scranton and Diego.

Grace Bennett, 4, of Newton Township gathers a handful of hay to stuff her scarecrow at Heritage Baptist Church.

Emma Standley, 7, of Clarks Summit smiles at her mother before her pony ride at Heritage Baptist Church Oct. 20.

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