Group helped restore Montgomery Avenue Park with fencing, mulching and general cleanup.

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WEST PITTSTON — Borough Council on Tuesday lauded the efforts of Leadership Wilkes-Barre in restoring Montgomery Avenue Park.

Council members cited such improvements as fencing, mulching and general cleanup.

“Without the help of area organizations, we could not have experienced so much success in recovery from the flood,” said borough Solicitor Mark Bufalino. “Residents are truly taking ownership and being involved in flood recovery.”

Council tabled a motion to allow the Commission on Economic Opportunity to serve free lunches at Morris Park this summer, pending a request for criminal background searches for those serving food.

“The CEO is a great organization and was one of the first to respond during the flooding,” said Councilman Brian Thornton.

In another matter, Ernie Green, North Street, questioned a grant of state gaming funds received by Crown Display Expansion.

Thornton said Crown Display had applied for the grant through the borough apart from other gaming monies received.

Judy Aita, chairwoman of West Pittston Today, said the group continues to sponsor the Federal Emergency Management Agency Corps as it assists in area flood recovery. Aita said the young people have helped in several areas including cleanup and website design.

West Pittston Today will also sponsor a cleanup event at Morris Street Park on Saturdayand encouraged all residents to help.

In another matter, Thornton announced the borough’s annual Fun Walk/Run to be on June 1.

“There is a registration fee, but its well worth it. It’s a time to spend time with our neighbors and to truly have fun,” he said.

The next council meeting will be June 4 at 6:30 p.m.

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