The Citizens' Voice

Mindfulness could have real benefits
Q: I’m looking for new ways to deal with all the stress I feel these days, and a friend keeps talking about “mindfulness.” What is that, exactly? Is there any proof that it actually works? A: We hear a hint of skepticism in your question, and we understand why.

There is hope with Donald Trump
Editor: This is in response to the letter “There is no hope with Donald Trump” (June 22). To believe statistics from the totally biased Washington Post and the liberal mainstream media would leave any rational person with no hope.

Local lawmakers react to Trump’s Twitter remarks
Local lawmakers weigh in on President Trump's tweet that four congresswomen of color should "go back" to their home countries, even though all four are American citizens and three were born in the United States:   “‘Go back to your own country’ is an ugly and deeply xenophobic sentiment rooted in the darkest periods of our history.

W-B fire chief: July 4 was ‘war zone’
WILKES-BARRE — Despite city council enacting an ordinance last year to help protect residents from stray fireworks, the situation got worse this Independence Day, according to the city fire and police chiefs.

W-B Councilman Brooks calls for brick’s removal
WILKES-BARRE — Councilman Tony Brooks on Tuesday called for the removal of a brick advertising a Ku Klux Klan group from a city monument or, in the alternative, the removal of the entire monument from Public Square.

Gilbert condemns relaunch of ‘Women for Trump’
WILKES-BARRE — A local councilwoman was one of four Democratic women to condemn the relaunch of a “Women for Trump” campaign during a media conference call on Tuesday. “The women against Trump are loud. We know how high the stakes are.

Business owner pleads guilty in money-laundering case
The owner of a check-cashing business has pleaded guilty to a federal count of money-laundering conspiracy after being accused of using stolen identities to collect $6.4 million in fraudulent federal tax returns.

Firefighter's family files lawsuit in dump truck crash
The family of a Kunkle Fire Company firefighter who was hit by a dump truck and severely injured last fall has filed a suit alleging the driver and related businesses were negligent in causing the crash.

Here comes the heat
The heat is on. The National Weather Service has issued an excessive heat watch for our area beginning today and extending through Saturday night. The Heat Index Values will range from 100 to 110 due to temperatures in the mid to uppers 90s and dewpoints in the low to mid 70s.

Enter our tomato recipe contest
Does your family rave about your homemade tomato sauce? Do they always want more of your homemade salsa? Then we want your recipes! Share your best tomato-based recipes with us for a chance to win movie passes. One winner will be chosen at random.


Talkback 16: Vandalism, a New Device to Clock Speeders, and Commercial Breaks
In this edition of Talkback 16, viewers sound off about vandalism, a new device to click speeders, and commercial breaks.

Talkback 16: Road Paving, Scranton Signs, and Fair Visits
In this edition of Talkback 16, viewers chime in about oil-and-chip roads, Scranton signs and our Newswatch 16 visits to area fairs.

This App Shows You What You’ll Look like as You Age
Ever wanted to know how you’ll age? There’s an app for that. Launched in 2017, FaceApp isn’t necessarily new. But it’s making headlines again because the app has gotten good — like, eerily good — at showing users what they’ll look like when they age. It’s scary, so use at your own risk. Or, take a spin through Twitter or Instagram to see how others have turned out years into the future. Basketball star Dwyane Wade gave it a go — or, in this case, retired

Hummus Recalled Nationwide Due to Possible Listeria Contamination
Pita Pal Foods has issued a voluntary recall of hummus products made between May 30, 2019 and June 25, 2019. An FDA inspection found Listeria moncytogenes at the manufacturing facility. Listeria monocytogenes is an organism that can cause serious and sometimes fatal infections in young children, frail or elderly people, and others with weakened immune systems. The products have been distributed nationwide and to United Arab Emirates. A full list of the products being recalled can be found here.

Supporting Go Joe 22, Saint Joseph’s Center with Dunkin’
SCRANTON, Pa. — Coffee lovers are taking advantage of free iced coffee on Wednesday. Dunkin’ on Davis Street in Scranton is seeing lots of customers. If you donate at least a $1, you can get a medium iced coffee or iced tea. All of the money raised goes to St. Joseph’s Center that helps disabled children and adults in Scranton.

2019 Dream Game in Lackawanna County Postponed to Thursday
The 85th Annual Scranton Lions Club Dream Game has been postponed due to the possibility of severe weather Wednesday night. It is now set for 7 p.m. on Thursday, July 18, at John Henzes Veterans Memorial Stadium. It was scheduled for Wednesday, July 17. The Dream Game is played with our areas best of high school football. This game is a tradition that dates back to the 1930’s. Proceeds benefit the Lackawanna Blind Association. For the latest on the forecast,

Scranton Times

City hopes 'Baby Shark' song will drive homeless from park

WEST PALM BEACH, Fla. (AP) — Officials in West Palm Beach are hoping a continuous loop of children's songs played throughout the night will keep homeless people from sleeping in a city park.

75 Years Ago - Wind and rain cause damage throughout the Scranton area

July 17, 1944

Fierce storm batters region

A storm with heavy rain, hail and 60-mph winds hit our region. The storm brought down power lines, billboards, trees and fences. Victory gardens were also damaged.

Lackawanna County Court Notes - July 17, 2019


■ Gerardo Juarez-Camacho and Rocio Danica Valencia-Sanchez, both of Scranton.

■ Jeremy James Flannery and Andrea Angelina Kennedy, both of Throop.

■ Francis Alvin Stewart and Diane Deedra Ranson, both of Carbondale.

Local lawmakers react to statements by Trump many consider racist

“‘Go back to your own country’ is an ugly and deeply xenophobic sentiment rooted in the darkest periods of our history. The fact that our president has used these words is beyond the pale. Once again, his words make us less safe.”

— U.S.

Scranton artist's legacy will live on through statues in the city

From a concert hall in Pasadena, California, to Penn Avenue in Scranton, Lawrence Alan Dutcher’s legacy will live on through his artwork.

The 73-year-old husband, father, grandfather, artist and Scranton native died Sunday.

Namedropper - July 17, 2019

New members

Ty Holmes, Catherine Maschelli and Alita Soulsby joined the NEPA Youth Shelter board of directors, effective July 1.

Holmes is a decorated Army soldier and the only military service member on the board.

Clipboard - July 17, 2019


Night out: Blakely/Peckville Crime Watch & Blakely Borough Police Department hosting Night Out, Aug. 2, parade, 7 p.m., assembly, 6:15, at Blakely Hose Company 2, Second Street, festivities to follow parade at Blakely Borough’s Recreation Complex, 100 Keystone Ave., Peckville, featuring DJ Chris Sheridan, free hot dogs, pizza, cookies, cupcakes, beverages, music, games for kids, face painting.

Free lunches for children offered throughout Scranton

SCRANTON — Auriella Hogen, 9, loves pizza and apples.

Christopher Merchadante, 10, likes crunchy carrots.

Nevaeh Matthews, 8, enjoys chips and salsa.

Across the city each weekday, 750 children receive lunches through the Scranton School District’s summer feeding program.

Flood panel to look at NRS

PLAINS TWP. — The Luzerne County Flood Protection Authority solicitor and executive director will explore allegations regarding Northeast Revenue Service, the firm that collects levee fee revenue for the authority.

KELLY'S WORLD: For Ken Bond 'we' means 'he,' 100%

When cornered, Ken Bond gets downright chatty.

I dropped in on a Tuesday hearing before Magisterial District Judge Alyce Hailstone Farrell. A former tenant sued the city’s most notorious landlord for the return of her security deposit.

Check out these tips to beat the heat

The first summer heat wave is on the horizon, but there are plenty of ways to keep cool in the region.

Temperatures Friday and Saturday will be in the low 90s, roughly 13 degrees warmer than normal, and the heat index will make it feel like it’s between 100 and 105 degrees, said Bryan Greenblatt, meteorologist at the National Weather Service in Binghamton, N.Y.

Times Leader

Homeowner taken to hospital after Wilkes-Barre blaze
WILKES-BARRE — A man was taken to a hospital following a fire at his residence early Wednesday morning. Deputy Fire Chief Alan Klapat said city police reported the fire just after 4 a.m. at 36 [...]

Brace for rain, more heat
A combination of high temperatures and high humidity is expected to descend on much of the state by week’s end, leading officials to warn about the dangers the weather could pose for vulnerable people and [...]

Luzerne County August free-and-clear tax auction postponed
Luzerne County’s main annual August free-and-clear tax auction must be postponed because of issues stemming from a cyber attack on the county earlier this year, according to tax-claim overseer Northeast Revenue Service LLC. A Tuesday [...]

Luzerne County updates school districts on real estate bill mailing date
Luzerne County is still aiming for an Aug. 1 mailing of school real estate tax bills, according to a memo sent to school business managers and administrators this week. The county had informed the 12 [...]

Wilkes-Barre city council demands removal of KKK brick from Public Square
WILKES-BARRE — City councilwoman Beth Gilbert is calling for the removal of a Ku Klux Klan brick from a city-owned property, legally or illegally. Gilbert took it a step further than three of the five [...]

Wilkes-Barre Parking Authority shows profit for first half of year
WILKES-BARRE — The Wilkes-Barre Parking Authority showed positive revenue numbers for June and the first half of the year, according to the monthly report released Tuesday. Net income for June was $23,461 and $191,321 for [...]

LCTA honors hero drivers, pursues Murray Complex eminent domain
KINGSTON — At a busy meeting of the board of directors for the Luzerne County Transportation Authority on Tuesday, two bus drivers who saved a stabbing victim’s life were once again honored, and the LCTA [...]

Pa. Turnpike OKs 6% toll hike for 2020
HARRISBURG — The Pennsylvania Turnpike Commission (PTC) on Tuesday approved a six percent toll increase for 2020 for both E-ZPass and cash customers. The increase is set to start at 12:01 a.m. on Jan. 5, [...]

Local roundup: Pittston Area, Back Mountain National teams win at sectionals
Nick Cerasaro stole four bases to go with a hit and two runs scored as Pittston Area earned a 9-4 win over Abington on Tuesday in the Section 5 Little League junior baseball tournament in [...]

Your view: Free speech must prevail
White power ruled the night. A mob of mostly men, including aggressive white supremacist skinheads, circled the giant wooden cross. Hooded members of the Ku Klux Klan put torches to burlap wrapped at the base [...]

Partly Cloudy and 81 F at Wilkes-Barre - Scranton, Wilkes-Barre / Scranton International Airport, PA
Partly Cloudy
Winds are West at 6.9 MPH (6 KT). The pressure is 1014.9 mb and the humidity is 72%. The heat index is 85. Last Updated on Jul 17 2019, 9:54 am EDT.