Lackawanna County Schedules Arts Reception

The annual arts and culture grants ceremony will be held on Wednesday, January 16, beginning at 5:30 pm with a reception in Shopland Hall, fourth floor, at The Scranton Cultural Center. 

The organizations that receive annual funding from Lackawanna County will be recognized.  The 2013 Arts & Culture Community Project Grants’ recipients will also be announced. 

Representatives from The Pocono Arts Council will also be on hand to unveil the 2012-13 Lackawanna County Pennsylvania Partners in the Arts grantees. The awards will be made to individuals and organizations that offer various quality of life programs in our community.   

The event is open to the public.  If you would like to attend, please contact Maureen McGuigan, the County’s Deputy Director of Arts & Culture, at 570-963-6590, ext. 102 or by email at, to make a reservation.

The Lackawanna County Arts and Culture Department was created in 2005 to support the arts and culture in our community and to provide access to the arts for all residents. The department offers: grants, free programming, workshops, and training for artists and arts organizations.  The work of the department is supported through an arts and culture fee, which generates approximately $1.3 million annually.

Commonwealth Honors Veterans With New License Plate

Pennsylvania residents now have an opportunity to recognize and support the State’s veterans who have done so much to safeguard our freedom and defend our nation in times of war.

A brand new blue, white and yellow license plate, featuring a bald eagle with an American flag backdrop and the phrase “Honoring Our Veterans” centered along the bottom, has been designed and is available for purchase.

The cost of the plate is $35. It is available for purchase by all Pennsylvania residents, especially immediate family members and friends of veterans. A portion of the proceeds from the plate, $15, goes to The Veterans Trust Fund.

The fund is used to support Pennsylvania veterans and their families. It is also utilized for grants to the Pennsylvania Veterans Foundation and other non profit veterans service organizations.

The law, passed last year to create the new plate, also enables Pennsylvania residents to donate $3 to the Veterans Trust Fund when applying for or renewing their driver’s license, identification cards or vehicle registration.

To apply for a veterans plate, go to Penn DOT’s website,, and complete Form MV-914, which is the “Application For Honoring Our Veterans Special Fund Registration Plate.

Pennsylvania State Police Launch New “See Something, Send Something” App to Help Fight Terrorism

Pennsylvania State Police Launch New “See Something, Send Something” App to Help Fight Terrorism

Harrisburg– A new smartphone application has been developed to help the Pennsylvania State Police receive reports regarding suspicious activity that may be linked to terrorism.

The new See Something, Send Something app allows suspicious activity to be captured as a photo or written note and sent to the Pennsylvania Criminal Intelligence Center (PaCIC).

“This App provides concerned citizens with an effective communications and reporting tool,” State Police Commissioner Frank Noonan said. “The See Something, Send Something mobile app, developed by My Mobile Witness, sends terrorism-related tips directly to PaCIC where tips are evaluated by analysts and assigned for investigation as warranted,” Noonan said.

The application, which is available at no cost for iPhone and Android phone users, also includes information on what to look for and when to report suspicious activity, along with how to receive important alerts.

“No one knows what goes on in your neighborhood better than you,” Noonan said.  “You may see or hear things that seem out of the ordinary and raise your suspicions — if you see something suspicious taking place, report it.”

“One tip from an alert citizen can prove valuable and protect Pennsylvania from a potential terrorist act,” Noonan said.

My Mobile Witness uses patent-pending privacy protection software for safeguarding the integrity of tips and citizens’ personal information.  The system allows the PaCIC to engage citizens without tracking location or storing of personal information.  Submitted tips are immediately removed from the mobile device and purged from the My Mobile Witness system once delivered to the intelligence center for analysis.

Factors such as race, ethnicity, national origin, or religious affiliation alone are not suspicious activity.  For that reason, the public should report only suspicious behavior and situations (e.g., an unattended backpack or briefcase in a public place) rather than beliefs, thoughts, ideas, expressions, associations, or speech unrelated to terrorism or other criminal activity. Only reports that document behavior reasonably indicative of criminal activity related to terrorism will be shared with local, state and federal partners.

“Prevention is everyone’s responsibility,” Noonan said. “We are one neighborhood, one state, one nation; and it is the responsibility of all to remain vigilant and to report suspicious behavior — one report can make a difference.”

In addition to the new mobile app, people can call the toll-free State Police Terrorism Tip Line at 1-888-292-1919 or email to report suspicious individuals or activity.

The Pennsylvania State Police have been receiving terrorism-related tips from the public since 2003.

In the case of an immediate threat or emergency, call 9-1-1 immediately.

Media contacts: Maria A. Finn or Tpr. Adam Reed, 717-783-5556