NEPA Scene Staff

Mayors of NEPA unite against consumer fireworks in letter to legislators

Mayors of NEPA unite against consumer fireworks in letter to legislators

From a press release: During the pandemic, Wilkes-Barre Mayor George C. Brown began meeting with other Northeast Pennsylvania mayors to pool resources and work on common issues in the area. On June 24, they joined together under the banner of “Mayors of Northeastern Pennsylvania” to write a letter to express their distress with the increased […]

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Marijuana dispensary Beyond/Hello opens in Hazleton with live performance by hip-hop duo Space Kamp

Marijuana dispensary Beyond/Hello opens in Hazleton with live performance by hip-hop duo Space Kamp

From a press release: Hip-hop fans can wake and bake with Space Kamp this week. Beyond / Hello is introducing a new medical marijuana/cannabis dispensary to Hazleton, and the grand opening on Monday, June 7 will feature a live morning performance by the Allentown-based reggae rappers. The weed-smoking duo have made their support of legalization […]

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Recovery grants for Lackawanna and Luzerne County hospitality businesses open in March

Recovery grants for Lackawanna and Luzerne County hospitality businesses open in March

From press releases: Both Lackawanna and Luzerne counties will release millions of dollars in grants to help restaurants, hotels, and other businesses in the hospitality industry following an exceptionally difficult year. In February, Governor Tom Wolf signed Act 1 of 2021 into law, which set aside $145 million to establish the COVID-19 Hospitality Industry Recovery […]

 Rich Howells

NEPA MUSIC NOTES: Brendan Brisk, Kali Ma, Condition Oakland, Sleeplore, Chris Cashmere, White Witch, and more

NEPA MUSIC NOTES: Brendan Brisk, Kali Ma, Condition Oakland, Sleeplore, Chris Cashmere, White Witch, and more

January may be a slow month for entertainment like movies and television (even slower during a pandemic), but it’s been a busy time for local music, so much so that I have to save a few notes for next week. I even had the pleasure of seeing a band play live in front of a […]

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NEPA Penn State campuses host free virtual programs on entertainment, business, and more from Jan. 25-April 26

NEPA Penn State campuses host free virtual programs on entertainment, business, and more from Jan. 25-April 26

From a press release: Penn State University’s northeast region campuses will host a spring virtual program series featuring topics ranging from movie promotion and the entertainment industry to chocolate and family business, NASA, forensics, bingo, children’s books, current weather, and nature. These free programs are open to the public and will be held in the […]

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Support small businesses in Luzerne County by shopping on new local website

Support small businesses in Luzerne County by shopping on new local website

From a press release: The Chambers of Commerce in Luzerne County have joined forces to create a free online platform to support local small businesses and to encourage the community to safely shop small for the holidays through the Luzerne County Local initiative, which launches on Small Business Saturday on Nov. 28. Each year, over […]

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Luzerne County Chambers launch Project EVOLVE to support businesses affected by COVID-19

Luzerne County Chambers launch Project EVOLVE to support businesses affected by COVID-19

From a press release: The Greater Wilkes-Barre, Greater Hazleton, Greater Pittston, and Back Mountain Chambers of Commerce have launched a new economic development initiative called Project EVOLVE. Project EVOLVE is an initiative designed to identify solutions and align external innovation to assist local businesses as they adjust to, and thrive in, the new post-COVID economy. […]

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Luzerne County concert series drives bands through 6 neighborhoods on flatbed truck every Friday from July 10-Aug. 7

Luzerne County concert series drives bands through 6 neighborhoods on flatbed truck every Friday from July 10-Aug. 7

From a press release: Last year, music filled the air near the Luzerne County Courthouse and brought the community together for the first Rockin’ the River Summer concert series along the Wilkes-Barre River Common. This year, the coronavirus pandemic is keeping people closer to home, but Luzerne County is not going to let COVID-19 stop […]

 Rich Howells

Hazleton folk punk Tedd Hazard declares ‘Marshall Law’ and releases George Floyd protest EP

Hazleton folk punk Tedd Hazard declares ‘Marshall Law’ and releases George Floyd protest EP

With protests against racial injustice, riots tearing cities apart, eroding trust in law enforcement and government, an ongoing global pandemic, a shutdown causing businesses to collapse while unemployment rises, and political division at an all-time high, there may be no better time for some punk rock music. Just two months after releasing the strangely prophetic […]

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Northeastern Pennsylvania Theatrical Alliance announces NEPTA Award winners in online ceremony

Northeastern Pennsylvania Theatrical Alliance announces NEPTA Award winners in online ceremony

From a press release: While the coronavirus pandemic continues to prevent new shows from being staged across the area this year, the Northeastern Pennsylvania Theatrical Alliance was still able to host its 23rd annual NEPTA Awards for 2019 productions online on Sunday, June 7. The NEPTA Awards is usually held as an elegant dress-up event […]

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