Irish Boxing Club Anniversary

For 30 years, the Irish Boxing Club has done “Good Works” to provide a home for individuals to learn the fight game. The Club provides equipment to boxers at the club and doesn’t charge a fee to be a member of the organization. It offers the perfect venue for people that want to spar, fight or just work out.

L-r, Commissioner Jerry Notarianni, Gene Reed, Boxing Club President; Commissioner Patrick M. O’Malley, and Commissioner Laureen A. Cummings.

Commissioners Honor Karissa Ghigiarelli For Tennis Championship

The Lackawanna County Commissioners presented a proclamation to Riverside High School sophomore Karissa Ghigiarelli, center, in recognition of her winning a State Championship in the Class 2A Girls Single Tennis division. Ms. Ghigiarelli, a decorated athlete, is the first Riverside and Lackawanna Tennis League player to win the gold. Her march through the tournament was impressive, including defeating the No. 1 ranked sophomore in Pennsylvania.

L-r, Joyce Ghigiarelli, Commissioner Patrick M. O’Malley, Ms. Ghigiarelli, Dr. Chad Ghigiarelli, Kristy Ghigiarelli, and Robert Ghigiarelli, Sr.

Carbondale Joins The Lackawanna County Land Bank

The City of Carbondale became the fifth municipality to join the Land Bank. The organization, founded in 2015, has been a vital economic development tool in fighting blight and returning properties, homes and land parcels back on the tax rolls to generate valuable revenue for the County and the respective municipalities.

Principals at the October 31 ceremony were, front, l-r, Carbondale Councilwoman Mary Lagana, Carbondale Mayor Justin Taylor, Commissioner Patrick M. O’Malley, Michele Bannon, Carbondale City Clerk; and Ralph Pappas, Land Bank Staff. Back row, from left, Carbondale Councilman Jerry Arnese, Carbondale Councilman Walter Martzen, Henry Deecke, Land Bank Board Member; Carbondale Councilman Joe Connor, and NeighborWorks of NEPA President Jesse Ergott.

Olyphant Freedom Fighter Committee

Through the “Good Works” of the Olyphant Freedom Fighters Committee, a stainless steel statue will be erected directly across from The Queen City Train Station flagpole in downtown Olyphant. It will portray a Gulf War solider, saluting all who served in the conflict. Donations and grants are covering the cost of the $60,000 project.

L-r, Mark Zinskie, statute artist; Commissioner Patrick M. O’Malley, Kim and George Atkinson, committee; and Commissioner Laureen A. Cummings.