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Mended Hearts Garner “Good Works”

Jack Walsh, inside right, a survivor of five cardiac events, created the Mended Hearts Inc. Scranton Area Chapter 276 support group to help area residents cope with the various cardiovascular episodes that they have faced in their life. Mended Hearts Inc., established in 1996, is a volunteer organization whose members visit cardiac patients, provide information, support and encouragement, and offer advice to family caregivers. To date, the group has made 41,000 visits to some 15,000 patients. The Lackawanna County Commissioners presented Mr. Walsh with a Certificate of Recognition for his assistance to others.

L-r, Commissioner Edward G. Staback, Commissioner Jim Wansacz, Mr. Walsh, and Commissioner Patrick M. O’Malley.

C.A.S.U.A.L Day In Lackawanna County

The Lackawanna County Commissioners issued a proclamation to recognize the impact the Northeast Regional Cancer Institute’s 12th annual C.A.S.U.A.L Day has on the fight against colon cancer in our region. Established by the family of the late Helen Phillips, the event, held on March 26, urges residents to get screened for early detection of colon cancer and also highlights the medical breakthroughs that have saved lives.

L-r, Commissioner Edward G. Staback, Commissioner Jim Wansacz, Karen Saunders, Cancer Institute President; and Commissioner Patrick M. O’Malley.

Commissioners Take Landmark Steps to Collect Delinquent Child Support

Lackawanna County got its delinquent child support and made history in the process.

Through the persistence of the Lackawanna County Commissioners, the Domestic Relations Department and a local attorney, a check for $39,772.65 in delinquent child support was collected for Anita Vadala and her family from her ex-husband Jeffrey Borsheski, bringing to a close a six-year saga.

Mr. Borsheski was on the Lackawanna County’s list of “Most Wanted” for outstanding child support.

“This puts everyone on notice that Lackawanna County will take all actions, including selling property, to collect delinquent child support and make sure all families have the resources to take care of themselves,” explained Lackawanna County Commissioner Jim Wansacz, who served as the driving force on the matter.  “I would also like to commend Atty. Frank Tunis and Patrick Luongo our Director of Domestic Relations for their efforts.”

“Persistence paid off,” said Commissioner Patrick M. O’Malley.  “The money, which is rightfully Ms. Vadala’s, will certainly be a big help to the family.  This will bring some closure so that they can get on with their lives.”

Atty. Frank J. Tunis handled the case for the County.  He credited the Commissioners for their persistence and allowing him to pursue all legal options to accomplish this, including the landmark step to force a sale of real estate property owned by Mr. Borsheski.  He also credits Mr. Luongo for providing him with the assistance and resources needed to bring this matter to its successful conclusion.

Atty. Tunis had every intension of utilizing State law to force a sale of Borsheski’s Scott Township property to pay his child support.

In an effort to avoid a forced sale, Mr. Borsheski transferred the property to his new wife and stepson, a transaction Atty. Tunis alleged to be fraudulent under Pennsylvania law.  Mr. Borsheski had also skipped town and a contempt of court warrant was issued for his arrest.

However, due to the lawsuit and a recently scheduled hearing to void the sale, arrangements were made by Borsheski’s current wife to pay in full the delinquent support.

According to Mr. Luongo, this was the biggest collection of child support arrears in the history of Lackawanna County.  He also believes, if the property had been indeed sold, it would have been the first forced property sale means of enforcement in the State.

Mr. Luongo credits Commissioner Wansacz for “being behind everyone on this matter.”  He also credits Atty. Tunis for keeping the defendant’s “back to the wall” for several months through the legal process.

In the end, justice was truly served through the persistent and diligent efforts of all involved.