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NEPA music and entertainment venues receive $10.7 million in COVID-19 relief funds

NEPA music and entertainment venues receive $10.7 million in COVID-19 relief funds

From a press release: Last week, State Representative Matt Cartwright (D-Moosic) announced that 12 venues in Pennsylvania’s 8th District will receive a total of $10.7 million from the Shuttered Venue Operators Grants program. Cartwright voted to establish the program through the bipartisan COVID-19 relief package passed in December of 2020, then enhance it by helping […]

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Free Rockin’ the River concert series begins July 16 and continues on Friday nights through July 30 in Wilkes-Barre

Free Rockin’ the River concert series begins July 16 and continues on Friday nights through July 30 in Wilkes-Barre

From a press release: Announced last month, the free Rockin’ the River concert series returns to the Wilkes-Barre River Common this Friday, July 16. It is the first in a series of three consecutive Friday evening performances. The community is invited to bring a chair or a blanket to the Millennium Circle Portal (92 N. […]

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Free Rockin’ the River concert series returns to Wilkes-Barre River Common July 16-30

Free Rockin’ the River concert series returns to Wilkes-Barre River Common July 16-30

From a press release: During the summer of 2019, music filled the air for three Fridays near the Luzerne County Courthouse as people enjoyed an evening of good music and food along the beautiful Susquehanna River. It was the first year for the Rockin’ the River concert series and proved to be a major success. […]

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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 […]

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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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Wilkes-Barre expands computer science education for young Luzerne County students

Wilkes-Barre expands computer science education for young Luzerne County students

From a press release: The CSforALL movement to bring computer science to all U.S. students marked a major growth milestone today. Along with 126 organizations, Wilkes-Barre Connect has made a new commitment to advance computer science education access and opportunity for youth across the United States at the 2020 CSforALL Commitments Showcase. “Our team here […]

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PHOTOS: Jon Bon Jovi acoustic at Joe Biden rally at Dallas High School, 10/24/20

PHOTOS: Jon Bon Jovi acoustic at Joe Biden rally at Dallas High School, 10/24/20

Luzerne County has hosted its share of drive-in concerts and political rallies over the last few months, but both came together for a unique event at Dallas High School on Saturday, Oct. 24. Rock and Roll Hall of Famer Jon Bon Jovi joined former Vice President and current Democratic presidential candidate Joe Biden and his […]

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Small businesses can ‘test drive’ retail locations for Wilkes-Barre Holiday Pop-Up Market, opening Nov. 28

Small businesses can ‘test drive’ retail locations for Wilkes-Barre Holiday Pop-Up Market, opening Nov. 28

From a press release: Applications are now open for small businesses interested in test driving a retail location as part of downtown Wilkes-Barre’s 2020 Holiday Pop-Up Market, which will open on Small Business Saturday, Nov. 28. Since 2018, the Downtown Wilkes-Barre Holiday Pop-Up Market has provided local independent retailers, whether they are established or just […]

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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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Wilkes-Barre Ghost Walks reveal scary Luzerne County history on Oct. 23-24

Wilkes-Barre Ghost Walks reveal scary Luzerne County history on Oct. 23-24

From a press release: After a one-year hiatus, the Downtown Wilkes-Barre Ghost Walks will return in October, just in time for Halloween. The Luzerne County Historical Society will once again host the popular guided tours on Friday, Oct. 23 and Saturday, Oct. 24, with eight tours running each night. Walk through the downtown historic district […]