The Economics of Immigration

By John L. Moore Many news people have an incorrect notion of the impact that immigrants have on wages, according to a leading economist. “Most journalists,” said Dr. David Card, “believe that if you have more people, wages will fall, and so, to them, it’ (read more)

Immigration reversal is confounding

By John L. Moore At some point after Inauguration Day — Friday, Jan. 20 — the lid will finally get pried off the can of worms labeled “Immigration.” Immigration, with its many different aspects, became one of the hottest issues of the 2016 presidential el (read more)

Economic Forecast 2017: Manufacturing and Trade

By Dave Gardner President-elect Donald Trump is not backing away from his pledge to create large numbers of high-paying jobs and in the process, reduce the nation’s annual trade deficit that now exceeds $530 billion. Trump also is committed to an expansio (read more)

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UofS graduate family nurse practitioner program awarded grant to improve rural health

The University of Scranton’s graduate nursing program was awarded a federal traineeship grant from the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, Bureau of Health Professions, for $348,500 for the 2016-2017 academic year. The grant funds will be used t (read more)

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Small Business Spotlight: Essential Beauty Treatments Salon and Spa

Clarks Summit(570) 586-0700essentialbeautytreatment.comMember since 2015 When you feel happy and healthy — it shows. Essential Beauty Treatments Salon and Spa seeks to help clients find enjoyment and relaxation after a busy day or as a special treat. Owne (read more)

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Personnel File: Education

EDUCATION KEYSTONE COLLEGE Keystone College Assistant Professor of Sport and Recreation Management, Mac Ross, Ph.D., Tunkhannock, has co-authored a chapter in the recently released book, “The Routledge History of American Sport.” The chapter, co-authored (read more)

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COLUMBIA COUNTY Bayview Loan Servicing LLC. Property Location: Briarcreek. Seller: Richard E. and Diane S. Aikey Jr. Price: $5,273.10 f-m-v $131,725.62. Bloomsburg Town Center LLC. Property Location: Bloomsburg. Seller: Burham Contracting Inc. aka Burkham (read more)

TCMC receives $50,000 gift to support behavioral health

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The Margaret Briggs Foundation, a Scranton-based charitable organization, recently announced that it has bestowed a $50,000 grant upon The Commonwealth Medical College (TCMC). The gift will assist two important initiatives of the college’s Behavioral Heal (read more)

Geisinger study: War on Terror vets not suffering more mental health disorders than Vietnam, Gulf War vets

A new Geisinger Health System study, funded by the U.S. Department of Defense, has found that recently deployed National Guard and Reserve veterans returning from the Global War on Terrorism (GWOT) — military campaigns that started after the September 11 (read more)

Geisinger and Regeneron study finds life threatening genetic disorder is substantially underdiagnosed

A study conducted by Geisinger Health System in collaboration with the Regeneron Genetics Center (RGC) has found that a life-threatening genetic disorder known as Familial Hypercholesterolemia (FH) is both underdiagnosed and undertreated. It was published (read more)

TCMC preventive medicine lecture examines nutrition's role in health

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The Commonwealth Medical College (TCMC) and the advisory board for its Preventive Medicine Program followed up on the success of the program’s inaugural event in April with another free offering to the public that examined the myriad ways proper nutrition (read more)

Penn Foster graduates more than 1,000 through workforce board partnerships

Penn Foster, a leading skills solutions organization, based in Scranton, and focused on providing competencies, credentials, career pathways and employment matching for today’s evolving workforce, announced it has graduated more than 1,000 opportunity you (read more)

Giant Mktdonates to local education

Giant Food Stores and Martin’s Food Markets announced a $100,000 donation to 17 Pennsylvania educational foundations which support local schools. The $100,000 donation is part of the company’s participation in Pennsylvania’s Educational Improvement Tax Cr (read more)

ESU launches undergrad certificates

A new initiative at East Stroudsburg University (ESU) of Pennsylvania focuses on offering certificate programs that will help students and professionals advance in their careers. Certificate programs are concentrations of courses designed to enhance knowl (read more)

America's youth suffers from history deficit

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Those “gotcha” moments on TV when young passersby are asked to name the first president of the U.S. and respond with quizzical looks may be funny. But, they expose the fact that American youngsters suffer from a history deficit. “It’s the reason the Grate (read more)

UofS graduate family nurse practitioner program awarded grant to improve rural health

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The University of Scranton’s graduate nursing program was awarded a federal traineeship grant from the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, Bureau of Health Professions, for $348,500 for the 2016-2017 academic year. The grant funds will be used t (read more)

Our regional economic power

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By Howard J. Grossman. AICP Events, venues and natural resources empower this region to achieve goals and objectives for the benefit of the one million or so people who live here. Some of these attributes that make the region a powerful influence in meeti (read more)

A year in the life of the Lackawanna Heritage Valley

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By Natalie Gelb In honor of the 25th anniversary of the LHV, volunteers organized a series of special events, projects and programs, starting with the Heritage Explorer Golf Tournament at Pine Hills Country Club in June and culminating with the 25th anniv (read more)

Project Management: Ways to build a team

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By Larry Puleo There are lots of small things you can and should do to build stronger and more productive relationships within your team. I know this sounds unimaginative, but when was the last time you thanked someone for a job well done or asked your te (read more)

Locally built brands may have to switch strategies to expand their reach

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By Dave Taylor If your business sells T-shirts on the internet, you probably aren’t dependent on a few key customers or limited by geography, although you have to compete with every other online T-shirt provider with a website. But if your business requir (read more)

Why smart manufacturing is a dumb idea

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By Steven L. Blue Someone asked me recently about my thoughts on smart manufacturing — the so-called IT revolution in the factory. They couldn’t believe that I didn’t see smart manufacturing as the salvation of American manufacturing. Don’t misunderstand (read more)


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20 Under 40: JenniferDessoye

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Dr. Jennifer Dessoye is assistant professor of occupational therapy at Misericordia University and owner of Bright Beginnings Early Learning Academy (BBELA). Discontent with the early education curriculum and understanding of human development and neurolo (read more)

20 Under 40: Amy Hlavaty Belcher

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Amy Hlavaty Belcher, 39, owner and artistic director of Abrabesque Academy of Dancing, believes that for those who have been given much, much is expected. “I just try hard to do my best,” she said. I have been blessed with many opportunities and many gift (read more)

20 Under 40: Christopher Hetro

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Chris Hetro, 33, works hard and plays hard. “A strong work ethic is important, but finding balance outside of work is important because life is too short and you need to enjoy it,” he explained. As an electrical engineer and project manager at Borton-Laws (read more)

20 Under 40: C. David Pedri

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For attorney C. David Pedri, 37, it’s all about a combination of qualities that contribute to success. “My philosophy is simple: be open and honest, treat people the way you would want to be treated, with respect, and work hard to attain your dreams. The (read more)

20 Under 40: Ed Frable

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Ed Frable, 28, believes “if I work hard and stick to my word, good things will happen. My crew will not be deterred. We will re-evaluate our game plan and not give up until the job is complete,” explained Frable, the owner/operator of Ed Frable Constructi (read more)

20 Under 40: William H. Bender II

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William H. Bender II, CFP, CIMA, CRPC, loves what he does. “I’m lucky. I come to work every day excited to help the people and institutions we work with,” explained Bender, 34, first vice president at Bender Wealth Management Group, Merrill Lynch. The fam (read more)

20 Under 40: Angelo Venditti

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Angelo Venditti, 38, heard a call to the helping professions early on. Geisinger Northeast’s chief nursing officer answer was to volunteer for his local fire company. After high school, he became a paramedic, then enrolled in nursing school. Three years a (read more)

20 Under 40: Donald Mammano

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At 20, Donald Mammano began his own company, while attending the University of Scranton. Mammano, now 33, and president of DFM Properties, recalls, as a youngster, holding a flashlight while his father fixed the kitchen sink. “From that point on I was fas (read more)

20 Under 40: William J. Fennie III

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William J. Fennie III, 27, is always knocking on the proverbial door, because he knows one day, one will open. As an investment specialist with Integrated Capital Management (iCM) he cannot take “no” for an answer. “I make cold calls every day to invite f (read more)

20 Under 40: Marcus Magyar

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As an advisor at CAPTRUST Financial Advisors, Marcus N. Magyar, CFP, 30, provides comprehensive wealth management and investment portfolio services to business owners, executives, families and high-net worth individuals. His multi-disciplinary team of pro (read more)

20 Under 40: Heather Davis

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Heather M. Davis, 33, director of marketing and communication, is responsible for creating, overseeing and implementing a strategic marketing and comprehensive communications plan for The Commonwealth Medical College (TCMC). She is also responsible for pr (read more)

20 Under 40: Alexandria Duffney

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Alexandria Duffney, 30, is competitive by nature and loves a good challenge. These qualities have led her to her position as associate director of graduate admission at Wilkes University. Here she works with prospective students interested in enrolling in (read more)

20 Under 40: John Culkin

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John Culkin’s tenets inform: “Less haste equal more speed; the same boiling water that softens the potato hardens the egg, it is all about what you are made of, not the circumstances surrounding you; and don’t ask someone to walk a mile in your shoes, bef (read more)

20 Under 40: Conor O'Brien

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“What could be worse than getting to the end of your life and realizing you hadn’t lived it,” mused Conor O’Brien.” As co-founder and executive director of the Scranton Fringe Festival, O’Brien, 25, is responsible for leading the development of the overal (read more)

20 Under 40: Jessica Siegfried

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Jessica Siegfried, 38, is senior designer with BlackOut Design Inc., where she is responsible for all creative design at the full-service agency, from traditional branding and print to collateral and front end web design. “I’ve always had an interest in t (read more)

20 Under 40: David Johns

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David Johns’ career path has been shaped by his diverse experiences. As director of structural engineering at Greenman-Pedersen Inc., Moosic, Johns, 39, ensures that his engineering and consultant teams provide clients with their best effort. “We complete (read more)

20 Under 40: Robyn Jones

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Robyn Jones, 38, president of ReferLocal LLC, has learned just as many lessons from her business successes as she’s had from her failures — and she believes it’s important to share that knowledge with her employees. After graduating from American Universi (read more)

20 Under 40: Nisha Arora

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Nisha Arora, 36, tries to be the best version of herself every day. As general counsel for ERA One Source Realty Inc., she realized she cannot control other’s behavior so “I try to focus on myself and how I can be better,” she explained. Arora’s responsib (read more)

20 Under 40: Justin Sandy

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Starting at a young age in Hazleton, Justin C. Sandy, 33, found a passion for running. He became a member then a coach for Misericordia University’s cross country and track and field programs. “It was at Misericordia that I also garnered the profound sati (read more)

20 Under 40: Dr. Ariane Conaboy

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As a doctor of internal medicine at Physicians Health Alliance, Dr. Ariane M. Conaboy, 34, realizes the importance of human life and how fragile it can be at times. Conaboy graduated from Scranton Prep and the University of Scranton with a double major in (read more)

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