Delays in curbside pickup of recyclables have occurred over the past week as recycling volume nearly doubled due to the Christmas and New Year holidays and bad weather, Mayor Tom Leighton announced Tuesday.
Leighton said compressed holiday schedules, smaller Department of Public Works staffing levels as a result of illnesses, double trash pickup days and severe weather resulted in collection delays.
DPW crews also have been encouraged to take extra breaks from the frigid temperatures during Tuesday’s pickups to avoid frostbite and hypothermic conditions. Leighton said he appreciates the patience of residents as crews work through the recent challenges.
CBS changes air date
of casino episode
The air date for the CBS show Undercover Boss that features former Mohegan Sun Tribal Authority Chairman Bruce “Two Dogs” Bozsum has changed to Jan. 17 on WYOU.
The episode, which features Bozsum in disguise and getting a behind the scenes look at operations at Mohegan Sun’s properties in Plains Township and Uncasville, Conn., was set to air this Friday night. No reason was given for the change.
LCCC art exhibit
opens on Friday
The Luzerne County Community College Schulman Gallery will hold an opening reception for its new exhibit on Friday from 6 to 8 p.m.
“The Art of Illustration” will feature artwork in a variety of mediums by regional illustrators including John O’Connell, Beth Tyrrell, Ted Michalowski, Tiffany Mulhern, Michael Scholl, Megan Marie Tucker and Gerry Stankiewicz.
The exhibit is free and open to the public and will be open Monday through Friday, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., through Feb. 20.
Senators to speak at
property tax event
The Greater Wilkes-Barre Association of Realtors is inviting the public to a property tax seminar titled “No Man Should Lose His Castle” at 7 p.m. Jan. 16 at the King’s College Burke Auditorium, 133 N. Main St.
Featured speakers will be state senators John Yudichak, D-Plymouth Township, and Lisa Baker, R-Lehman Township, the prime sponsor and a co-sponsor, respectively, of Senate Bill 76, proposed legislation that would eliminate school property taxes in favor increasing the state sales tax from 6 to 7 percent and expanding its scope.
Principal speakers will be Chuck Liedike, campaign manager for Real Reform Senate Bill 76, and Dave Baldinger, administrator of Pennsylvania Taxpayer Cyber Coalition.
help to non-profits
The Bon-Ton has announced its Community Days event on Feb. 28 and March 1 to benefit local non-profits and the American Heart Association.
Non-profit groups can sign up now at www.CommunityDayEvent.com to sell Bon-Ton savings booklets for a $5 donation, which the non-profits get to keep. When organizations signs up to sell the booklets online, they receive a unique online selling link that can be emailed to supporters and/or posted on social media.
Customers may purchase a $5 Community Days booklet in stores or online at bonton.com through March 1 and designate their donation to participating non-profits or the American Heart Association. The booklet includes a $10 off coupon, a 30-percent-off shopping pass and more than $500 in exclusive coupons to use at Bon-Ton Stores and at bonton.com during the Community Days event.
Local stores are located at the Wyoming Valley Mall in Wilkes-Barre, the Midway Shopping Center in Wyoming, and The Mall at Steamtown in Scranton.