Friends Forever: Where care and learning go hand-in-hand

What makes Friends Forever special? Families say it’s the quality child care offered by a warm, friendly staff. Friends Forever serves families and children from infancy to school age, providing nutritious meals in a newer facility. Friends Forever has a very convenient location at 1101 Hill Street in Jessup. In addition to being a nurturing staff, the center’s teachers are highly qualified, ensuring that learning and caring go hand-in-hand. (read more)

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By Larissa Hoffmann Mary Tellie, owner and founder of Electric City Roasting Company, has a passion for coffee. That passion is demonstrated by the success of her business, which she founded in 2002. Prior to entering the coffee industry, Tellie had no kn


Household heating costs are expected to be lower than previous two winters

Most U.S. households can expect lower heating expenditures this winter (October through March) compared with the past two winters. In most regions, the decline in expenditures is attributed to the combination of warmer weather and lower fuel prices. Accor

Pashinski: Home heating assistance program now available

State Rep. Eddie Day Pashinski (D-Luzerne) on Nov. 5 announced that residents can now apply for Pennsylvania’s Low-Income Home Energy Assistance Program (LIHEAP). LIHEAP is a federally funded program that provides grants to eligible people and families to


Plunging oil prices not due to Chinese slow down The real culprit: OPEC efforts to thwart U.S. natural-gas development

By Dave Gardner China has been insatiable in its demand for crude oil and other valuable commodities, exerting out-sized influence on global supply and demand. As the Chinese economy cools, however, fate of these markets is certain to be affected. The U.S


PBPC issues analysis of tentative state budget framework

The Pennsylvania Budget and Policy Center released on Nov. 12 an analysis of the tentative budget framework being worked out between Republican legislative leaders and the Wolf Administration, based on information about the framework reported in the news

November is American Diabetes Month

By Daelene Long Diabetes is a chronic disease that affects the way your body uses food for energy. When you have diabetes, either your pancreas makes little or no insulin, or the insulin your pancreas does produce is not working the way it should. It’s a

Commonwealth Foundation: Pennsylvanians could face second-highest sales tax in America

Pennsylvanians may soon pay more for nearly everything they buy. Under the latest proposed budget deal, state sales taxes would jump from 6 percent to 7.25 percent—giving Pennsylvania the second-highest statewide sales tax in the nation. According to the

Public banking can help distressed regions

By Howard J. Grossman, AICP Banks have been the mainstay of economic development across this region for decades. They have continued to be in the forefront of regional leadership and deserve the commendation of local, county and other officials and citize

The nation’s electricity grid requires continued attention but do smart meters make it more vulnerable to hacking?

The following is a guest editorial from PASMA, (Public Agency Safety Management Association): The U.S. Government Accountability Office (GAO) published a report (GAO-16-174T) Oct. 21, which stated that the FERC (Federal Energy Regulatory Commission) has n

EU Court invalidates privacy ‘Safe Harbor’ – what does it mean for your business abroad?

By Louis Dejoie and Thomas Markey European Union (EU) law bars companies conducting business in the EU from sending citizens’ personal information outside the EU unless certain guarantees of protection exist. On Oct. 6, the Court of Justice of the Europea

Be a treasure hunter, not an order taker

Small Business Saturday is Nov. 28. Created in 2010 by American Express, Small Business Saturday is held each year the Saturday after Thanksgiving to kick off the holiday shopping season for small businesses. I have to admit — I hate shopping. But that de


By Dr. Emil DiIorio As open enrollment draws near, the skyrocketing cost of health care is a subject on the minds of both employers and employees. In fact, last week I had the opportunity to speak to business leaders throughout northeastern Pennsylvania a

Civic pride creates parks, play areas

By Natalie Gelb The Nay Aug Avenue Natural Play Area and the Lackawanna River Heritage Trail are great examples of what happens when businesses and civic organizations come together for the good of the community. As an example, 65 volunteers rolled up the

Avoiding tax traps in selling, leasing municipal assets Avoiding tax traps in selling, leasing municipal assets

By Timothy J. Horstmann Municipalities, school districts and other governmental entities in Pennsylvania may want to sell or lease their assets for a variety of reasons. For governmental entities facing financial distress, they may sell or lease assets to

Health care consolidations: Complex maneuvers in a high-stakes environment

By John W. Greenleaf III In today’s shifting health care landscape, providers are consolidating and forming strategic partnerships that position them to offer comprehensive, high-quality services at reasonable costs. Motivations vary, but in any merger, a

Guest op-ed: Nearly 75% of merchants at risk without EMV chip-card processing technology

By Michael Collester As of Oct. 1, any business processing a credit card in-person without an EMV (Europay, MasterCard, Visa) chip-card payment process system is on the hook for fraudulent card use. Before Oct. 1, the card issuer held primary liability. T

Governor addresses increased education funding at the Pennsylvania Association of Student Councils Conference

Gov. Tom Wolf made remarks at the Pennsylvania Association of Student Councils 2015 State Conference on Nov. 13 where he discussed the importance of increased education funding in the budget.

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Do motivational quotes and management practice lack congruency?

By Biagio ‘Bill’ Sciacca “When you refuse to see negative things, they will disappear, and you will be surprised to see how you will change. Your mind, body and affairs are the expression of your thoughts, so if you are not happy, change your mental habit

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