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Lackawanna County 3 On 3 Basketball Tourney Slated For Downtown Scranton

The heart of downtown Scranton will once again be the basketball center of the northeast when Lackawanna County hosts its annual 3 on 3 tournament on August 7, 8 and 9.

The games will be played on the 100-200 blocks on Wyoming Avenue.  Boys and girls will play Friday and Saturday.  Sunday has been reserved as the rain date.

The action “tips-off” on Friday at 5 P.M.  Games on Saturday will run from 9 AM – 7 PM.  Sunday’s action, if necessary, will start at 9 AM and run through completion.

The tourney will be part of the “First Friday” related events.  It will also provide the perfect opportunity for individuals to enjoy an evening of great dining, shopping and fun.  “Music City featuring Dani-elle” is the musical entertainment for the evening, starting at approximately 7 PM on Wyoming Avenue.

Players of all skill levels and ages are encouraged and invited to participate. The registration deadline is Friday, July 25. The entry fees per team are: $90 for Youth, $110 for Adults, and $90 for the Senior Division (ages 45+), based on a five-man roster.  T-shirts will be given to all participating players, and all teams are guaranteed a three-game minimum. Checks or money orders should be made payable to “LCCVB” – the Lackawanna County Convention & Visitors Bureau.

Once again, a portion of the tournament’s proceeds will benefit local high school basketball programs and Coaches vs. Cancer.

The Lackawanna/Susquehanna Office of Drug & Alcohol Programs will be on site providing a variety of information and resources.  Its message for the weekend will involve discussing the perils of drugs and alcohol abuse.  The department will also take team photos for $1.

The 3 on 3 tournament is being presented by PNC Bank.  Other sponsors include:  Lackawanna County; Fox 56, Lamar Advertising, The Times-Tribune, Lackawanna County Commissioners, Lackawanna County Convention & Visitors Bureau, Lackawanna/Susquehanna Office of Drug & Alcohol Programs, Coaches vs. Cancer, Scranton Tomorrow, City of Scranton, Sweda Advertising, Montage Mountain, The CW, Lackawanna County Parks & Recreation, My TV, Battaglia’s Sporting Goods, Hilton Scranton and Conference Center, and Commonwealth Energy Group LLC.

For more information, call (570) 496-1701 or visit www.visitnepa.org for a brochure and weather information throughout the weekend.  You can also checkout the County’s website at www.lackawannacounty.org for tournament data.

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LACKAWANNA COUNTY DEPARTMENT OF HUMAN SERVICES DRUG AND ALCOHOL SERVICES PUBLIC HEARING NOTICE!

The Lackawanna County Department of Human Services will hold a public hearing to obtain input on drug and alcohol related needs and services from 10:30 AM to 12 Noon on Monday, November 3, 2014 at the Lackawanna County Center for Public Safety, 30 Valley View Drive, Jessup, PA 18434. Service providers, representatives from law enforcement, education, legal and health care services and community members, including those with lived experience regarding drugs and/or alcohol and their families, are invited to give testimony that will assist the Department in developing a comprehensive plan for human services.

Those wishing to testify should email humanservices@lackawannacounty.org, or call 570-963-6790, no later than Wednesday, October 29, 2014.  Individuals presenting are required to provide a written outline of their testimony at the hearing.

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Girls Night Out Mixer

The Lackawanna/Susquehanna Office of Drug and Alcohol Programs is conducting its annual “Girls Night Out.”  This alcohol-free event is an innovative way to get the “prevention” message out to women of all ages.

Jennifer Hameza, a leading prevention specialist from the Lackawanna/Susquehanna Office of Drug & Alcohol Programs, will be the featured speaker at the event on Wednesday, April 30, beginning at 5:30 PM at Pierre’s Fine Clothing & Accessories, 412 Spruce Street, downtown Scranton. Her topic will focus on Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder (FASD).

Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder is an umbrella term that describes the range of effects that can occur in an individual whose mother drank alcohol during pregnancy.

FASD occurs in the United States about 10 per every 1,000 live births or 40,000 babies each year.  It is also the leading preventable cause of intellectual disabilities and birth defects in the U.S.

When it comes to problem drinking, many people assume it mostly involves males. That assumption, however, is false. In fact when it comes to young females, girls not only caught up to boys when it comes to drinking but in many cases have surpassed them. When it comes to women and alcohol, 60% of U.S. Women report having used alcohol over the past year.  13% of these women said they had more than seven drinks per week.

“Girls Night Out” opens with alcohol-free refreshments by Café Trio.  The program will begin at 5:30 PM followed by a fashion show, dessert, shopping and doorprizes.

The program is free and open to the public.  For further information or reservations, contact the Lackawanna/Susquehanna Office of Drug & Alcohol Programs at 570-963-6820.

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