JFSNEPA Installs New Officers

JFS Press Release 7-13-16 - JFSNEPA Installs New Officers and Directors

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Saber Healthcare Group Golf Tournament


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Catch Pokémon With the RailRiders!

Moosic, Pa. – Gotta catch ‘em all! The SWB RailRiders (Triple-A/ New York Yankees) will celebrate the release of the Pokemon GO app with “Pokemon Day” on Sunday, July 24, when they take on the Durham Bulls. Pokemon GO, the newest, hottest app for mobile devices, allows people to collect Pokemon in a scavenger hunt fashion.

“The Pokemon GO app has created a national buzz,” RailRiders General Manager Jeremy Ruby said. “It’s an activity that is fun for all ages and can be played anywhere.”

PNC Field will be a hot spot for Pokemon trainers. First, trainers will be allowed to enter PNC Field at 11:30 a.m. to go on a free Pokewalk around the ballpark in search of more pokemon. There will also be a pokestop and a gym on the concourse.

Trainers can use the link below and type in the promo code POKEMON for $5 lawn tickets for the game on July 24.


Players can also receive the same ticket deal at the box office by showing they play the game on their mobile device.

At 56-35, the RailRIders own the best record in Triple-A and sit atop the International League’s North Division by four games. SWB returns home to host the Durham Bulls for four games, July 21-24, and the Buffalo Bisons for three, July 25-27. For tickets to upcoming games or more information, please call 570-969-BALL (2255) or visit swbrailriders.com.


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Crystal Windows Featured on HOME FREE

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“Zen for Friends” Event


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Addiction Awareness Rally Scheduled

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Bevan Returns to Clarks Summit University as Vice President



Clarks Summit University has selected Thomas Bevan to be the new vice president for business administration and finance. Bevin, who will assume his role later this month, worked at the university from 2011 to 2014 as the executive director of the BBC Foundation, which provides financial planning options to benefit both the investor and CSU students.

He is eager to return to the university, “because of the vision I see there and the burden I have never lost to be a part of that vision.” He considers it a privilege to return in this strategic way.

Bevan, who has career experience in both business and ministry, was most recently the vice president and planned giving officer at The Master’s Seminary in Sun Valley, California. He has more than 11 years of experience in financial services, specifically in insurance-funded business-succession models and related estate-planning and inheritance-equalization strategies. His overall performance led to inclusion in the President’s Forum of top national producers. He also served in pastoral roles for more than 22 years.

Bevan also has a 20-year tenure in emergency medicine as a practitioner, researcher, developer and marketer in cardiac resuscitation, which ultimately involved the early development of automated defibrillators. At what became two Fortune 500 settings, he served in senior leadership roles, overseeing sales teams and financial operations and helping to complete financial and operational assessment of targeted business acquisitions.

He was also approved by the BBC Foundation Board to become president of the foundation dedicated to helping university students. “Having these two roles joined together allows for a seamless representation to our constituency both the university’s stewardship efforts and what the Foundation’s distinct capabilities are to help augment the resources we have been entrusted with through its strategic, tax-favored gift designs,” Bevan notes.

“Tom’s broad base of experience, combined with his commitment to our mission, make him an ideal choice for this time in our university’s life,” notes CSU President Dr. Jim Lytle.

Bevan is eager to again work with the Foundation family of strategic partners and investors, stating, “I am humbled to accept the mantle once again of leading the Foundation forward in this new era at Summit University.  I look forward to sharing some fresh new ideas that, first, serve them in their needs, while, secondarily, preserving their desire to enrich the work the Lord is doing here.”

Bevan has studied at Michigan State University, Tennessee Temple University and Rhodes State College. He is licensed in Life Insurance and Annuities in six states.

About Clarks Summit University

Clarks Summit University offers Christ-centered academic distinction and practical, real-world experience in an exceptional mix of on-campus and online options for undergraduate, graduate and seminary students. Fully accredited programs span from high school dual enrollment to more than 40 undergraduate majors, customizable master’s programs and terminal degrees. A pioneer in accredited online biblical education, Clarks Summit University also offers fully online programs and accelerated degrees. To learn more, visit ClarksSummitU.edu or call 570.586.2400.



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Grant from Scranton Area Community Foundation Supports Shelter for Homeless

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Diocese of Scranton Catholic Social Services officials accept grant award from the Scranton Area Community Foundation to support St. Anthony’s Haven, an emergency shelter in Scranton that serves homeless men and women. From left: Cathy Fitzpatrick, Scranton Area Foundation Grants Administrator; Stephen Nocilla, Diocesan Director of Housing/Residential Services and Bridget M. Haggerty, Assistant Director; and Laura Ducceschi, Scranton Area Foundation President/CEO.

The Scranton Area Community Foundation has awarded a grant to Catholic Social Services of the Diocese of Scranton to support the agency’s efforts to provide shelter to the homeless.

The $5,000 grant will help to fund the operation of St. Anthony’s Haven, an emergency shelter in Scranton that has been serving homeless men and women since 1987.

“Providing a warm, safe shelter for those who have no home of their own is among the works of mercy that our faith calls us to perform,” said Bishop Joseph C. Bambera. “Pope Francis reminds us to be attentive to the cry of the poor and come to their aid, at all times and especially during this Jubilee Year of Mercy that he proclaimed. We are certainly grateful to the Scranton Area Community Foundation for their generous support of this mission.”

St. Anthony’s Haven provides separate sleeping and shower areas for men and women over 18 years of age, with 6 beds available for women and 20 beds available for men. It is the only men’s and women’s shelter in Lackawanna County open 365 days a year. The shelter provides a place to sleep and share companionship; snacks and laundry services are also available. Working individuals are provided with a bag lunch and may request that a bed be held for them .

St. Anthony’s Haven provided services to 656 homeless individuals (503 men and 153 women) in fiscal year 2014/2015. Staff is onsite every night for 13 hours to ensure a safe and orderly environment.

In addition, staff assesses and coordinates the delivery of individualized services to meet the needs of shelter residents. All residents are provided the opportunity to participate in various programs and case management services provided by Catholic Social Services, and they are introduced to the housing and supportive services in the area that can enable them to achieve self-sufficiency.

Coordination  of services occurs with United Neighborhood  Centers, Community Intervention Center, Catherine McAuley Center, Veterans Administration, Drug and Alcohol Treatment Services (DATS), Scranton Counseling Center, and St. Francis of Assisi Kitchen.

“The Scranton Area Community Foundation is proud to be able to support the important work of St. Anthony’s Haven, which provides such a critical service for the most vulnerable people in our community,” said Laura Ducceschi, President & CEO, Scranton Area Community Foundation.

Pennsylvania is one of 16 states that have experienced an increase in homelessness in recent years. Also, many people (not counted as homeless) are living with family and friends, described as doubled up. Living doubled up is the most common, prior living situation of people who become homeless.

Nationally, the number of persons in poor households living doubled up increased by 3.7%. Pennsylvania increased by 8.5%. Nationally, 37% of people experiencing homelessness were part of a family unit; 45% of people experiencing homelessness in PA (and 59% in Scranton) were part of a family unit.

One wage earner making the state’s minimum wage would need to work 81 hours per week, 52 weeks per year to afford a two-bedroom apartment at fair market rate.

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Employment Opportunities at Great Wolf Lodge

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Lackawanna College Introduces First Bachelor’s Degrees


Lackawanna College announced today that it will offer the first-ever bachelor’s degree program in its 122-year history beginning in the Fall 2017 semester. Keeping in line with its mission to provide quality educational programming at a cost accessible to regional families, Lackawanna College designed a bachelor’s degree that is innovative, student-centered, accelerated, flexible, and affordable. Harkening back to its earliest roots as the Lackawanna Business College, the first program offered will be a bachelor’s of science degree in Business.

With tuition under $15,000 per year for at least the next three years, Lackawanna has positioned the Business bachelor’s degree as the most affordable regional option.  Students will have the opportunity to take part in an accelerated program and graduate in just 3 years by utilizing summer and intersession classes which feature reduced tuition rates. Based on feedback from current students and alumni, the degree fulfills the request of many interested students who have overwhelmingly sought an opportunity to pursue a higher level degree at Lackawanna.

The College began exploring the opportunity to offer bachelor’s degrees in 2015 with the support of its Board of Trustees. A faculty committee formed the plan for the business degree that was also approved by the Board in March 2016. College officials submitted their request to offer its first bachelor’s-level degree to Middle States in April and gained approval in July.

Lackawanna College remains committed to offering associate degrees in programs ranging from Communication Arts, Early Childhood Education, and Liberal Studies to specialty programs like Culinary Arts, Physical Therapist Assistant, and the technology-related majors offered at the School of Petroleum & Natural Gas. Most degree programs will remain at the associate level, and the College is committed to continuing its strong relationships with other educational institutions that accept its associate degree graduates. The College will remain an open-enrollment institution; however, new admissions criteria will be applied to aspiring bachelor’s degree applicants to ensure their success after graduation. Potential bachelor’s degree applicants who do not meet admissions criteria will be welcomed into associate degree programs with the option to transfer into the bachelor’s degree program.

Additionally, current students or recent graduates in the College’s existing business-related degrees – Accounting, Business Administration, Business Studies, and Sport Management – can easily transfer into the bachelor’s degree path should they desire to continue their studies at Lackawanna.

Each year, more than 50% of Lackawanna’s graduating student body expresses their intent to transfer to a bachelor’s degree program. The College’s introduction of those degrees allows them to remain close to home and in an environment with unparalleled academic and social support for its student population.

Since its founding in 1894, Lackawanna College has evolved to meet the needs of the local residents in all of the communities it serves.

Planning continues for additional bachelor’s-level programs to be announced in the fall of 2016.

The College will celebrate the historic milestone with a ceremonial ribbon cutting at Angeli Hall, 501 Vine St., Scranton, Pa., on Tuesday, July 19 at 9 a.m.

Prospective students wishing to obtain more information should contact the Admissions Office at (570) 961-7814 or by visiting www.lackawanna.edu/bachelors.

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