NEPA Scene Staff

Lackawanna County offers resource guide for creative community struggling during coronavirus pandemic

Lackawanna County offers resource guide for creative community struggling during coronavirus pandemic

From a press release: The arts and culture sector is especially vulnerable to issues posed by the current COVID-19 crisis by the nature of the work they do. Many artists are self-employed, and small businesses and nonprofits rely on a customer base. Additionally, arts and culture organizations provide programs for the public who are now […]

 Rich Howells

Sylvester Stallone endorses documentary on Scranton Rocky impersonator now trending on Amazon Prime

Sylvester Stallone endorses documentary on Scranton Rocky impersonator now trending on Amazon Prime

“The Pretender,” a documentary that follows the quirky story of a daydreamer from Scranton who became a Rocky Balboa impersonator and tour guide in Philadelphia, has been available to stream on Amazon Prime since last October, but a recent endorsement from Sylvester Stallone himself has caused the movie to trend and find a wider audience […]

 The Conversation

Alcohol sales spike as America drinks through coronavirus crisis, adding more health issues

Alcohol sales spike as America drinks through coronavirus crisis, adding more health issues

In the midst of the COVID-19 epidemic, it has become easier to buy alcohol than toilet paper or eggs. Across the U.S., governors are terming alcohol sales an essential business and loosening restrictions to permit home delivery and carryout cocktails, throwing an economic lifeline to one group of small businesses. Are alcohol sales actually essential? […]

 NEPA Scene Staff

WVIA launches ‘Look for the Helpers,’ seeks stories of caring people during coronavirus pandemic

WVIA launches ‘Look for the Helpers,’ seeks stories of caring people during coronavirus pandemic

From a press release: Mister Rogers once said, “When I was a boy and I would see scary things in the news, my mother would say to me, ‘Look for the helpers. You will always find people who are helping.’” Inspired by the legendary television personality Fred Rogers, VIA Public Media has announced the launch […]

 NEPA Scene Staff

After 50 years, The Aquarian Weekly suspends print publication due to coronavirus pandemic

After 50 years, The Aquarian Weekly suspends print publication due to coronavirus pandemic

From a press release: For the first time in its existence, The Aquarian – the tri-state area’s 50-year-old alt-weekly newspaper based in Little Falls, New Jersey – has temporarily suspended its print edition, moving to an exclusively online format as it finds itself in uncharted waters, swimming against the tide of the coronavirus pandemic. The […]

 Rich Howells

Centralia’s Graffiti Highway is closed and covered with dirt to drive away visitors during coronavirus pandemic

Centralia’s Graffiti Highway is closed and covered with dirt to drive away visitors during coronavirus pandemic

In the past month, Pennsylvania Governor Tom Wolf issued a stay-at-home order and closed non-essential businesses due to the coronavirus, so many people are looking for ways to spend their time. Centralia fire chief and EMA director Tom Hynoski told The Daily Item that large groups have been visiting the Graffiti Highway, a stretch of […]

 NEPA Scene Staff

WVIA partners with Pennsylvania Department of Education for Learning at Home programming

WVIA partners with Pennsylvania Department of Education for Learning at Home programming

From a press release: With Pennsylvania’s schools closed indefinitely, many families will struggle to find a path for continuing their child’s education. WVIA and Pennsylvania Public Television have announced a partnership with the Pennsylvania Department of Education to expand its recently launched Learn at Home initiative to provide instructional programming through the seven PBS member […]

 The Conversation

Why wearing face masks in public is now recommended to reduce spread of coronavirus

Why wearing face masks in public is now recommended to reduce spread of coronavirus

With the coronavirus pandemic quickly spreading, U.S. health officials have changed their advice on face masks and now recommend people wear cloth masks in public areas where social distancing can be difficult, such as grocery stores. But can these masks be effective? President Donald Trump, in announcing the change in the Centers for Disease Control […]

 NEPA Scene Staff

Act Out Theatre Group in Dunmore offers online musical theatre classes starting April 9

Act Out Theatre Group in Dunmore offers online musical theatre classes starting April 9

From a press release: In this uncertain time caused by the coronavirus pandemic, theaters have to get creative in order to deliver the arts to the public. Act Out Theatre Group in Dunmore has decided to get online in hopes to continue producing theatre and sharing the arts with the area’s youth. “With everything going […]

 NEPA Scene Staff

Marketplace at Steamtown in Scranton helps artists and small businesses with ‘Steamtown Live’ stream

Marketplace at Steamtown in Scranton helps artists and small businesses with ‘Steamtown Live’ stream

From a press release: When the going gets tough, the tough get creative. This week, The Marketplace at Steamtown in downtown Scranton is introducing Steamtown Live, a live streaming showcase of local businesses and artists on the Marketplace’s Facebook page and the Scranton Public Market Instagram account. This opportunity to connect to the community is […]