Hazleton’s Mayor Yannuzzi to perform wedding ceremonies as part of February Second Friday events

Love is in the air in downtown Hazleton and Mayor Joe Yannuzzi is playing Cupid. As part of the Feb. 13 schedule of events for Second Friday, the mayor has offered to perform wedding ceremonies for anyone who would like to get married or renew their vows on Valentine’s Eve. The lobby of the Hayden Tower at the Markle Building will serve as the backdrop for the ceremonies. Decorations will be going up shortly around the fireplace and sitting area, and The Pines and other downtown restaurants will be offering special deals to anyone who says “I do.” (read more)

  • Hazleton’s Mayor Yannuzzi to perform wedding ceremonies as part of February Second Friday events
  • Hazleton Chamber seeks businesses to participate in annual job fair March 26
  • Benco Family Foundation, Brandon’s Forever Home support foster children; dental distributor’s charitable arm contributes dental kits to ‘Operation Duffel Bag’
  • Tobyhanna wage disparity: Sen. Casey notes ‘some workers receive less pay because they aren’t included in New York labor market’
  • Sanofi Pasteur’s ‘Adopt-a-Family’ Drive: celebrates two decades of delivering essential items to Monroe County Head Start children and families
  • National tour makes its Scranton premiere at the Scranton Cultural Center Jan. 23
  • DEP study shows ‘little potential for radiation exposure’ from oil and gas development


Hazleton Chamber to host ‘Schmooze a’ Palooza’ Feb. 12

The Greater Hazleton Chamber of Commerce will hold a Schmooze a’ Palooza luncheon program on Thursday, Feb. 12 from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. at Bonanza Steakhouse on Route 93 in Hazle Township. This is a structured networking opportunity offered exclusively f


DEP study shows ‘little potential for radiation exposure’ from oil and gas development

The Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) on Jan. 15 announced the results of its TENORM Study, which analyzed the naturally occurring levels of radioactivity associated with oil and natural gas development in Pennsylvania. While the study outlines

Corbett administration announces $23.2 million in grants to protect, improve watersheds

Gov. Tom Corbett announced Jan13 that the Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) will invest more than $23.2 million in 109 watershed protection projects to improve watersheds, reduce stormwater runoff and acid mine drainage (AMD), and support educa


Fitch rates Commonwealth of Pennsylvania’s $1 billion general obligation bonds ‘AA-’; outlook stable

Fitch Ratings has assigned an ‘AA-’ rating to the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania’s $1 billion general obligation (GO) bonds, first series of 2015. The Rating outlook is “stable.” Key rating drivers Fiscal challenges: Pennsylvania’s ‘AA-’ GO rating, below th


Keep healthy vision a priority all year long with these seasonal tips

By Thomas Engle Winter ■ Eat healthy foods. The holidays can be especially tempting for poor diet choices. Make sure you eat plenty of leafy greens, colorful fruits and omega-3 fatty acids for better eye health. ■ Quit smoking immediately. Smoking is harm

How to have a healthy New Year: Manage your mental and physical health

By Daelene Long It’s the beginning of another New Year, and for many, it’s a time to make resolutions. Some of the most popular New Year’s resolutions are losing weight, exercising more, and reducing stress. Fortunately, there are strategies that can help

January is National Glaucoma Awareness month: Time to spread the word about sight-stealing disease

By Thomas Engle Currently, 2.7 million people in the United States older than age 40 have glaucoma. The National Eye Institute projects this number will reach 4.2 million by 2030, a 58 percent increase. Glaucoma is called “the sneak thief of sight” since

What’s next for Pennsylvania after the ‘year of green energy’?

By John Tough Renewably sourced electricity, particularly solar energy, is proving to be an important part of our future. In fact, 2014 was a banner year for renewable energy sources. It’s predicted that by the end of 2014, the U.S. will install an estima

504 loans: The right piece to a financing puzzle

By Barry Reifinger Many business owners are familiar with the federal government's Small Business Administration (SBA) and its popular 7(a) small business loan program. The flagship program is on track to lend out more than $3 billion to nearly 9,000 busi

Choosing a beneficiary for your IRA or 401(k)

By Bill McAndrew Selecting beneficiaries for retirement benefits is different from choosing beneficiaries for other assets such as life insurance. With retirement benefits, you need to know the impact of income tax and estate tax laws in order to select t

Congress can save Affordable Care Act by addressing costs

By Allen C. Minor, D.B.A. What does the future hold for the controversial Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (PPACA) now that the GOP will soon control both houses of Congress? Prior to it becoming law, 50 million people in the United States did n

CPAs: Next legislative session should address financial literacy in the classroom

By Jerry Maginnis, CPA The CPA profession has been championing the cause of financial literacy for more than a decade. Through volunteer programs, the Pennsylvania Institute of Certified Public Accountants (PICPA) has partnered with libraries, schools, lo

Wayne Bank touts its commercial lending

Founded in 1871, Wayne Bank offers an array of services to help both consumers and businesses manage their finances efficiently. Wayne Bank’s 15 community offices are located in four counties including Wayne, Lackawanna, Pike and Monroe. Wayne Bank’s comm

Misericordia University Summer Performing Arts Training Academy offers beginners, established performers opportunity to refine skills

The Department of Speech-Language Pathology at Misericordia University is offering beginners and established regional performers ages 7-17 the opportunity to learn and refine their skillset at the second annual Summer Performing Arts Training Academy from

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New report offers tools and techniques to help build a fraud-resistant organization

Financial reporting fraud can prove costly for investors and other capital market stakeholders. A new report from the Anti-Fraud Collaboration takes a fresh look at best practices for fraud deterrence and detection, highlighting the critical importance of


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