First NightScranton, the alcohol-free, family-friendly event will take place for the 13th year Saturday, Dec. 31 at 6 p.m. on Courthouse Square, offering an alternative to the traditional alcohol-soaked ideal of the holiday.
“There aren’t many options for families and younger people to do things on New Year’s Eve,” said Doug Smith, entertainment chair of this year’s event. “You can either go to a bar and there’s alcohol and all that stuff, or you just stay home and then you’re not going out to do anything. So it’s a great thing for families to do and for teenagers to be able to do on their own.”
First Night is a trademarked event held all over the country, promoting arts, culture and family activities. First Night Scranton was established in 1998 by Scranton Tomorrow and was turned over to the city in 2008. Now, it’s a nonprofit run by volunteers that relies on fundraising and corporate sponsors.
The J.C. Penney outlet store at Franklin Mills mall was one of 19 outlet stores closed by J.C. Penney. In March of 2012, J.C. Penney is coming back to Franklin Mills as a full-line department store. The new 100,000 square-foot store will occupy the same space but feature an updated design.
The temperature isn’t the only thing freezing in Pennsylvania:
Gov. Tom Corbett’s Budget Secretary, Charles Zogby, said today state revenues are on track to miss projections that the current budget was built on by $500 million this fiscal year.
That revenue shortfall, Zogby said, has led Corbett to task him with drawing up options for a mid-year freeze on some state spending to try to keep the overall $27.1 billion general fund budget in balance. He also said it creates a scenario in which there will likely be scant resources for any spending increases in fiscal year 2012-13, which begins July 1.
The newly appointed state receiver for Harrisburg, David Unkovic has been given an extension by Commonwealth Court to develop a plan to bring Harrisburg back from the brink of financial ruin. The Harrisburg Authority’s failed retrofit of the city’s incinerator plunged the state capital $317 million dollars in debt.
Harrisburg entered Act 47 as a first step to recovery. The Harrisburg City Council and Harrisburg Mayor Linda Thompson have been at odds with the Act 47 team and each other. Failure to follow the Act 47 team’s suggestions or come up with their own plan, the Governor of Pennsylvania appointed a receiver to take control of the city’s finances and come up with a plan to untangle Harrisburg from the incinerator debt.
The deadline has been extended from January 2nd until February 6th. We applaud the wisdom of this decision. Allowing sufficient time for the receiver to formulate the best possible plan is a “no-brainer”. Harrisburg didn’t get into this situation over night and rushing to get out could make things worse.
With so many natural disasters continuing to occur around the world and the need for assistance ever-increasing, Cedarville United Methodist Church has chosen to reach out to an area that has slipped out of the current headlines but continues to be in need.
The Central Gulf Coastof the United States was devastated in 2005 by the Hurricane Katrina disaster. Today, the people in that area are still hurting and there continues to be much work that needs to be done. Gulfport, Mississippi will be the destination of Cedarville’s 2012 Adult Mission Trip. In Gulfport alone there were 29,970 homes that were destroyed, 3,600 sustained major damage and 1,800 had minor damage.
To help in our mission of sharing the love of God in ways that make a Christian difference, we are raising funds thru a Pork & Sauerkraut Dinner on January 1, 2012. Worship service will be at 10:00 a.m. on January 1st. The meal will be served from 11:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. and all are welcomed to either or both. Dinner tickets for Adults are $8.00 and Children under 10 are $4.00. Advanced dinner reservations are being taken by contacting (484) 944-4751 and tickets will be sold at the door.