NANTICOKE — LuzerneCounty Community College dedi-cated the Francis S. and Mary GillCarrozza, R.N. Health SciencesCenter on Saturday.Francis Carrozza, of Pittston,recently donated a naming giftfor his wife Mary, who died inFebruary. In addition, the school’snursing and health sciences pro-grams were named for her.She had been the head nurse anddirectorofthesurgicalrecoveryunitat Wilkes-Barre General Hospitalprior to her retirement. She was a1951 graduate of Hughestown HighSchool and a 1954 graduate of theWilkes-Barre General HospitalSchool of Nursing.Her husband saw this an oppor-tunity to honor her, said attorneyPatrick J. Aregood, of Hanover Township. “She always had a pas-sion for nursing and always had apassion to lend a helping hand topeople,” Aregood said. The donated funds will be puttoward scholarships for studentsin the college’s nursing and healthsciences programs and for futureprogram development.Classes began at the facility forthe 2011 fall semester. Areas of study in the health sciences pro-grams include nursing, respiratorytherapy, surgical technology, dentalassisting, dental hygiene and emer-gency medical services. The expansion of the school andits programs is part of the masterplan, said Thomas P. Leary, presi-dent of LCCC. He welcomed gueststo the dedication of the building at38 E. Main St.“Mr. Carrozza’s ﬁnancial supportprovides us with both the scholar-ship funds to help our studentsafford their education as well as theability to explore future programdevelopment in the health sciencesﬁeld for many years,” Leary said.Attorney Barry H. Williams,chair of the community college’sboard of trustees, thanked FrancisCarrozza for the donation. “Weappreciate Mr. Carrozza’s willing-ness to partner with us as we con-tinue to educate our students tohelp meet the region’s health careneeds,” he said. The center recently receivedthe 2013 Pride of Place Award forEnvironmental Enhancement fromthe Greater Wilkes-Barre Chamberof Commerce.
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WILKES-BARRE — Sixalleged drug dealers were arrest-ed in different sections of thecity Friday, according to a pressrelease from city hall.In the Heights neighborhood,two men — Lance Smith, 23,no known address and TerrellWatson, 24, of Philadelphia —were caught by investigatorswho had posed as buyers, policesaid.Smith agreed to sell MDMA,or Ecstasy, to undercover ofﬁ-cers near the Sherman Hillsapartment complex, police said.Police say they captured him ashe tried to ﬂee.Watson was arrested nearHorton and Roosevelt streets,where police say he agreed to sellheroin to undercover ofﬁcers.Police allege Watson was in pos-session of heroin and marijuana. Three people were arrested ina North Main Street apartmentthat they allegedly used as a basefor selling heroin. The apartmentwas subsequently shut downunder the city’s new, one-strikeordinance that orders any rentalunit used for illegal drug or vio-lent activity to be shuttered forsix months.Daryl Minor, 21, of NorthMain Street, agreed to sell hero-in to undercover police near theapartment, police said. He andan associate, Ahmed Hunt, 21, of River Street, were arrested whenpolice arrived. Police searchedthe apartment, where they foundPaul Olivio, 22, who tried toescape, they said.Police allegedly found about$10,00o worth of raw and pack-aged heroin and ﬁrearm ammu-nition in the apartment.Kaitlyn Cleary, 19, of MapleStreet, the sixth suspect, wasarrested on an outstanding arrest warrant on felony drug trafﬁcking charges from a previ-ous investigation, according topolice. The arrests resulted from col-laborated investigations by astate police vice unit and the citypolice drug task force. Mayor Tom Leighton applauded theteams for their efforts, in thepress release, and said he hopeslawbreakers realize they’re notwelcome in Wilkes-Barre.“It sends a strong message notonly to those involved in drug trafﬁcking but also to our goodresidents that we are commit-ted to cleaning up our neighbor-hoods,” Leighton said.
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WILKES-BARRE —articipants at the 21stnnual Cancer Survivorselebration celebrated thestrength of a circle” onaturday afternoon as 50urvivors, caretakers andedical professionals gath-red to share their stories.Attendees, hand inand, formed a “Circle of urvivors” as each told theirtories of faith, courage andratitude as they battledancer. The event wasponsored by the Northeastegional Cancer Institute.Laura Toole, director of ommunity and patient ser-ices at Northeast, remind-dattendeesthat“nothingistronger than a circle.”Pat Lawless opened theime of sharing by likening aith, so important to manyf those faced with the dis-ase, to a seamstress whos able to repair lives thatight seem broken. Manyttendees also emphasizedhe importance of their faiths they made it from diag-osis to treatment and, ulti-ately, recovery.Joe Ferguson, co-chair-an and cancer survivor,aid he was grateful thevent provided an oppor-unity to spend time withthers whose lives hadeen affected by cancer.lthough having cancer cer-ainlymeansadditionalchal-enges, he said, it is also anpportunity to grow.Jeff Thomas, an esopha-eal cancer survivor, saidhe quality of his life hasmproved since he was ﬁrstiagnosed. He has beenotivated to improve hishysical health and to buildalued relationships withthersurvivors.Thejourneyhad made him a more com-passionate person, he said. Thomas, a facilitator of the YMCA’s Livestrong program, said the programoffers physical activity andwell-being programs forthose whose lives havebeen affected by cancer. Hestressed the importance of “caring for the caregivers”as a means of achieving healthy lifestyle for survi-vorsandtheirfamiliesinthelong term.Kathleen Zahorsky saiddealing with cancer wassimply a “pothole of life.”She credited the medicalcommunity,familymembersand the fellowship of othersurvivors with helping hermove forward in spite of challenges.Many attendees sharedthat, although grateful forrecovery and the opportu-nity to get to know others,the treatment itself was dif-ﬁcult and the recovery pro-cess sometimes slow andfrustrating. They found thesupport provided by survi-vors events invaluable.“The experience of hav-ing cancer and now being a survivor taught me howto truly live,” said JeanConnolly, Plymouth, “Itruly enjoy everything about every day.” The circle concluded witha moment of silence forthose people who had beenlost to the disease, with theringing of bells by those par-ticipating.Northeast RegionalCancer Institute is a non-proﬁt, community-basedagency focused on support-ing those impacted by can-cer. The institute partnerswith other area entitiesincluding Geisinger MedicalCenter and Wilkes-BarreGeneral Hospital.
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Ann Marie Stanton, 76, of Mountain Top, a 20-year cancer survi-vor, enjoys something to eat at the 21st annual Cancer SurvivorsCelebration held Saturday at Kirby Park,Wilkes-Barre.
Finding peace on mom’s shoulder
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Zarie Holcumb lays his head on his mother Karen’s shoulder Saturday during the International Day of Peace candlelight vigilin downtown Wilkes-Barre. The service was sponsored by the Wyoming Valley Interfaith Council and Interfaith Peace andJustice Center.The Day of Peace, first celebrated in 1982, is an annual event promoting the end of war and violence.
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Benefactor Francis Carrozza, right, is overcome with emotion and his niece GraceMorgan consoles him after the unveiling Saturday morning of the dedication plaque forthe Francis S. and Mary Gill Carrozza, R.N. Health Sciences Center at Luzerne CountyCommunity College in Nanticoke.His late wife had been head nurse and director of thesurgical recovery unit at Wilkes-Barre General Hospital.
— Arthurutton of Wilkes-Barre wasrrested and charged withriving under the influencend providing a false report toolice after his Ford Mustang rashed onto its roof on Southain Street early Friday morn-ng, police said.Police say they found the carat 1:30 a.m., but the driver wasnot at the scene.Sutton called LuzerneCounty 911 to report his carwas stolen, police said. Whenthey arrived to speak withhim, police say, they noticedglass fragments on his shirtand face. He allegedly exhib-ited signs of alcohol impair-ment. Sutton also had the car’skey fob in his pants pocket,police said.He was taken to GeisingerWyoming Valley MedicalCenter for a blood alcohol test.
—Shmoopy’s Bar & Grill wasrobbed early Friday morning,city police said. The thief orthieves stole an undeterminedamount of money and dam-aged a jukebox.
—Donald Jedrick of Irving Placewas issued a citation for pub-lic drunkenness around 6 p.m.Friday after police said theysaw him urinating in bushesnear Gildersleeve Street.Jedrick was intoxicated to adegree that he was a dangerto himself and others, policesaid. He was taken into cus-tody and cited.