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.

Revello’s Pizza Small Business Spotlight

Revello’s Pizza of Old Forge was the small business spotlighted at the November 6 Lackawanna County Commissioners meeting. The restaurant has been in business for 53 years in the famed “pizza district.” It recently opened satellite locations on the first floor of The Mall At Steamtown near center court, PNC Field, Mohegan Sun, Kingston and Drums, serving a number of its traditional favorites.

L-r, Commissioner Patrick M. O’Malley, Pat Revello, owner; and Commissioner Laureen A. Cummings.

Office Of Drug & Alcohol Programs Honors Commissioners

The Lackawanna-Susquehanna Office of Drug & Alcohol Programs presented Commissioners Patrick M. O’Malley and Laureen A. Cummings with a plaque in recognition of their commitment to addressing the opioid crisis and creating an awareness the programs and services available to recover from additions to various substances.

L-r, Commissioner Laureen A. Cummings, Commissioner Patrick M. O’Malley and Barbara Durkin, Drug & Alcohol Director.