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Law firm makes contribution

The team at O’Donnell Law Offices of Kingston is helping families by contributing to the local Volunteers of America baby pantry. The pantry was started by Bill Jones, who headed Volunteers of America in the early 2000s. He is now the president and CEO of the United Way of Wyoming Valley.

Funeral home honored nationally

Jennings-Calvey Funeral and Cremation Services Inc. of Clarks Summit was recently recognized by the National Funeral Directors Association as the Best of the Best. They are one in only five firms to be awarded the national honor. The firm was recognized for an innovative program they began and are continuing to fund at the Abington Senior Center called Good Grief Art. The program enables those who experience some sort of grief, whether it be the loss of a pet, family member, friend or even house, to translate a photo onto canvas via painting. The program is led by local artist Mary Ann Chibirka.

Local company earns awards

Incisal Edge placed first in three categories and received an honorable mention in nine categories during the 2019 FOLIO: Eddie & Ozzie Awards that celebrate excellence in journalism and design across all sectors of publishing.

The nation’s premier dental lifestyle magazine — Incisal Edge, published by Benco Dental since 1997 — is recognized for its offerings across digital and print media, as well as video. Winners from B2B, consumer, association and regional publishing brands were announced during a celebratory gala Oct. 30 during the FOLIO: Show at the Hilton Midtown in New York City.

Incisal Edge is a previous recipient of an Ozzie Award for in the category of Site Design in 2018.

Fragrance company makes changes

Note Fragrances Inc. has now been rebranded as Noteology. The local business, with locations in Scranton and Clarks Summit, has made some significant changes besides the name.

Danielle Fleming is founder and CEO of Note Fragrances Inc., a patented inventor of a system for creating custom fragrances, and now CEO of Olfactif, a niche fragrance discovery platform.

She and her husband and co-owner, Mark Bonfiglio, are also expanding their Scranton store by taking over the adjacent shop on Spruce Street, formerly occupied by Altier Jewelers.

The shop will feature more than 20 brands of niche fragrances and will have a rotating selection of new ones added each month, as well as bringing indie perfumers from around the world to Scranton.

Geisinger opens urology clinic

The health system recently opened a clinic specializing in urology in Lackawanna County. The clinic, named Geisinger Urology — Scranton, is located at 475 Morgan Highway, on the Allied Services Rehab Hospital campus.

Board-certified urologists Jerald B. Gilbert, M.D.; Brian Kapp, M.D.; Ira J. Kohn, M.D.; J. Robert Ramey, M.D.; and James Stefanelli, M.D.; will provide care for adult patients for benign prostatic hyperplasia, erectile dysfunction and male infertility, kidney and urinary tract stones, Peyronie’s disease; and prostate, bladder, kidney and testicular cancers. They will also offer vasectomies, vasectomy reversals and treatment for male and female incontinence. They’ll be providing surgical care at Geisinger Community Medical Center and the North East Surgery Center.

College signs transfer agreement

Lackawanna College and Shepherd University have signed a transfer agreement that will offer students who transfer to Shepherd from Lackawanna a 25% tuition discount as long as they have earned an associate degree and possess a cumulative grade point average of 2.8.

Students who qualify for the transfer admissions tuition discount will receive it for a maximum of six semesters. In addition to the tuition discount, students can apply for merit and need-based financial aid and scholarships. Students with a 3.5 GPA can apply for Shepherd’s Scholars Program, with benefits that may include honors housing and honors scholarships.

Bank accepting program applications

The bank is currently accepting applications for its Management Development Program. This program prepares participating associates to assume mid-level professional roles inside of NBT at the completion of this 12-month training process.

The Management Development Program is ideal for recent college graduates looking for a way to fast-track their career development with direct, guided access to technical and soft skill training, cross-divisional work experiences, performance coaching, mentoring and special projects that include community involvement.

Qualified candidates will hold a bachelor’s degree in finance, accounting, economics, business administration or a related degree with prior work and volunteer experience desired.

Bank donates to veterans

FNCB Bank recently presented a check for $670 to the Voluntary Service Office at the Wilkes-Barre VA Medical Center raised through a bankwide “Jeans for a Cause” dress-down day.

The Voluntary Service Office at the Wilkes-Barre VA Medical Center supports veterans in need by providing them with clothing, home items, hygiene items, food and gas gift cards plus a variety of other goods and services.

FNCB’s monthly fundraising effort encourages employees to make small donations in exchange for the opportunity to wear jeans to work.

Senior community earns award

Belle Reve Senior Living Community has been selected as one of the 2020 Best of Senior Living Award winners on, the largest ratings and reviews site for senior care and services in North America and Canada. is in its seventh year of hosting the Best of Senior Living Awards.’s Best of 2020 Award winners represent the best of the best of in-home care, assisted living and other senior living providers, based on the online reviews written by seniors and their families. This exclusive designation honors the top 2-3% of senior care providers across the United States and Canada.

Belle Reve is the only winner from Pike County.

Company supports violence victims

This holiday season, Ideaworks Marketing decided to give back to the community in a fun and creative way. The agency’s Christmas tree, otherwise known as the Giving Tree, was decorated in support of the Domestic Violence Service Center, located in Wilkes-Barre. Various items like toiletries, lip balm, travel shampoo and conditioner adorned the branches, while stockings were filled with goodies — all donated by the Ideaworks team.

PPL supports U of S program

The power company contributed $10,000 through the Educational Improvement Tax Credit Program to support the University of Scranton’s University of Success, a multiyear, pre-college program for high school students designed to develop the skills needed to successfully gain entrance to college.

Students enter the University of Success at the completion of the eighth grade and continue through their high school years. The program offers enrichment courses in study skills, SAT prep, public speaking, math, science, art and cultural activities, as well as financial aid and wellness seminars. The ultimate goal is for University of Success students to be accepted into a four-year college or university.

The University of Success, offered free of charge to participants, is funded almost entirely by corporate and foundation grants.

Bank offers loan repayment program

NBT Bank has launched its own Student Loan Repayment Program to help reduce the outstanding balance on qualifying student loans for full-time employees as part of its financial wellness initiatives.

The company has also reevaluated and updated several other employee benefits, including a new paid family leave policy that will provide mothers and fathers paid time off at 100% of pay following a birth, adoption or foster placement.

Waste company wins bids

Local waste service company J.P. Mascaro & Sons, a solid waste industry leader in the regional area, continues to grow its business in the municipal sector. Mascaro was awarded approximately $3.4 million in competitively bid municipal waste collection and recycling contracts to serve the residents of the boroughs of Clarks Summit and Avoca.

Both municipalities will be serviced out of Mascaro’s Wyoming Valley Division.