NEPA Scene Staff

Honoring Fred Rogers, Pennsylvania declares May 23 ‘1-4-3 Day,’ encourages acts of kindness

Honoring Fred Rogers, Pennsylvania declares May 23 ‘1-4-3 Day,’ encourages acts of kindness

From a press release: Governor Tom Wolf has proclaimed Thursday, May 23 as “1-4-3 Day” in Pennsylvania in honor of television personality Fred Rogers’ favorite number and has issued a challenge to all Pennsylvanians to show neighbors more kindness to one another. Pennsylvania native Fred Rogers, best known as Mister Rogers, regularly used 1-4-3 as […]

 Jason Riedmiller

PHOTOS: The Roots, YWCA Temple Guard, and Bluestone at Gov. Tom Wolf Inaugural Celebration, 01/15/19

PHOTOS: The Roots, YWCA Temple Guard, and Bluestone at Gov. Tom Wolf Inaugural Celebration, 01/15/19

After a formal afternoon ceremony on Tuesday, Jan. 15 where Governor Tom Wolf and Lieutenant Governor John Fetterman were sworn in and delivered speeches, the newly elected (and, in Wolf’s case, reelected) Democrats were able to let loose a bit that night at the Moving Pennsylvania Forward Inaugural Celebration at the Pennsylvania Farm Show Complex […]

 NEPA Scene Staff

Philly hip-hop legends The Roots perform at Gov. Tom Wolf’s inaugural celebration in Harrisburg on Jan. 15

Philly hip-hop legends The Roots perform at Gov. Tom Wolf’s inaugural celebration in Harrisburg on Jan. 15

From a press release: Today, the Wolf Inaugural 2019 Committee announced that influential and critically acclaimed Philadelphia hip-hop band The Roots will perform at Governor Tom Wolf’s Moving Pennsylvania Forward Inaugural Celebration at the Pennsylvania Farm Show Complex and Expo Center in Harrisburg on Tuesday, Jan. 15 from 7 p.m.-11 p.m. Tickets for the inauguration […]

 NEPA Scene Staff

Pennsylvania offers free naloxone on Dec. 13 to help stop opioid overdoses

Pennsylvania offers free naloxone on Dec. 13 to help stop opioid overdoses

From a press release: Governor Tom Wolf’s administration will provide naloxone for free to any Pennsylvanian who wants it at nearly 80 locations across the state, primarily at state health centers and county/municipal health departments, on Thursday, Dec. 13 from 11 a.m.-7 p.m. as part of Pennsylvania’s ongoing effort to reduce the number of opioid […]

 The Conversation

Marijuana is on the ballot in four states, but legalization may soon stall, researchers say

Marijuana is on the ballot in four states, but legalization may soon stall, researchers say

The midterm elections could loosen marijuana restrictions in the United States as four states put ballot initiatives on legalization to a vote. Voters in Utah and Missouri will choose whether patients should gain access to medical marijuana. In Michigan and North Dakota, where medical marijuana is already legal, residents will decide whether to allow it […]

 NEPA Scene Staff

Pennsylvania Partners in the Arts grants now available to NEPA artists of all kinds, deadline is June 20

Pennsylvania Partners in the Arts grants now available to NEPA artists of all kinds, deadline is June 20

From a press release: The Pennsylvania Partners in the Arts program, a regrant initiative of the Pennsylvania Council on the Arts administered in Northeastern Pennsylvania by the Pocono Arts Council in Stroudsburg, is now accepting applications for Project Stream grants for art projects in Lackawanna, Luzerne, Monroe, Pike, and Wayne counties. Arts-related and community-based nonprofit […]

 Rich Howells

PHOTOS: March for Our Lives protest in Washington, D.C., 03/24/18

PHOTOS: March for Our Lives protest in Washington, D.C., 03/24/18

Wherever you stand on the prevailing issue of gun control, there’s no denying that history was made with the massive March for Our Lives protest in Washington, D.C., on Saturday, March 24. Organized by students after a mass shooting with an AR-15 at Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Florida on Feb. 14 took the […]

 NEPA Scene Staff

Lackawanna County Arts & Culture roundtable series produces Art for Community Progress report

Lackawanna County Arts & Culture roundtable series produces Art for Community Progress report

From a press release: Today, the Lackawanna County Arts and Culture Department and the Scranton Area Community Foundation jointly released Art for Community Progress, a report generated from a series of Art for Social Change roundtables sponsored by the two organizations and conducted in mid/late 2016 in Scranton. The report provides a series of recommendations […]

 Rich Howells

Despite Commissioner Cummings’ disapproval, Scranton Fringe Festival receives county arts grant

Despite Commissioner Cummings’ disapproval, Scranton Fringe Festival receives county arts grant

Despite one Lackawanna County Commissioner’s vocal disapproval, the Scranton Fringe Festival accepted a $2,400 grant during the Lackawanna County Arts and Culture Department’s annual awards ceremony at the Scranton Cultural Center last night, surrounded by supporters while its biggest critic was absent from the event. Republican Minority Commissioner Laureen A. Cummings sparked a debate with […]

 Rich Howells

Arts community rallies as Lackawanna County Commissioner Laureen Cummings looks to cut and control arts funding

Arts community rallies as Lackawanna County Commissioner Laureen Cummings looks to cut and control arts funding

Lackawanna County Commissioner Laureen A. Cummings is coming under fire for her public comments once again, this time regarding the county’s annual arts and education tax. Cummings, who founded the Scranton Tea Party before being elected the Republican minority commissioner in 2015, said at yesterday’s bi-weekly commissioners meeting in Scranton and in a Times-Tribune interview […]