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Real estate firm earns award

Lewith & Freeman has been awarded the Website Quality Certification from Leading Real Estate Companies of the World, a global community of 565 high-quality independent real estate firms in over 70 countries. The certification was presented in recognition of excellence in website design, content and functionality.

Lewith & Freeman’s website, www.Lewith-Freeman.com, received high marks in a variety of critical areas relating to website performance, including usability, design, content, interactivity, customer service and mobile responsiveness. The evaluation was conducted by Virtual Results LLC, a real estate internet and social marketing firm selected by Leading Real Estate Companies of the World to review the websites of participating members.

The specific measurements for the WQC are updated each year to reflect the most current online marketing strategies, as well as evolving consumer preferences. Companies must be recertified every two years to maintain the certification.

Retailer opens Dickson City store

Ocean State Job Lot, a leading discount closeout retailer headquartered in Rhode Island with stores throughout New England, New Jersey, New York and Pennsylvania, opened its newest store, located at 401 Scranton Carbondale Highway, on March 18.

The 39,061-square-foot location, a former Toys R Us, marks the retailer’s second store in Pennsylvania. The opening creates more than 40 new jobs. OSJL is fully stocked with supplies, including pantry staples, paper goods, hand soap and hand sanitizer, disinfectant wipes, and a wide array of cleaning products.

Local agency offers assistance

Due to the uncertain times during the coronavirus crisis, Halibut Blue LLC, a full-service advertising agency based in NEPA, is offering their services at no cost to any nonprofit organization that needs help getting information out.

The service is on a first-come, first-served basis. Contact the Halibut Blue team using the form on their homepage, halibut (blue.com.

Marywood program earns accreditation

Marywood University’s Respiratory Therapy Program was recently notified that its Bachelor of Science degree in respiratory therapy has been provisionally accredited through the Commission on Accreditation for Respiratory Care.

Under provisional accreditation, the students subsequently admitted to and graduated from Marywood’s Respiratory Program will be recognized by the National Board for Respiratory Care as being eligible to sit for the appropriate credentialing examinations, if all other requirements for admission to the examinations are met by the graduate.

Employment numbers for respiratory therapists have been increasing. According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, employment of respiratory therapists is projected to increase much faster than average, with approximately 27,900 respiratory therapist jobs being added from 2018 to 2028, an increase of 21%.

Marywood launches program journal

Marywood University’s doctoral program in strategic leadership and administrative studies recently launched its flagship scholarly peer-review journal, the Journal of Applied Professional Studies. The new journal emphasizes applied fields of study with a strong interdisciplinary component and practical experience.

Marywood University students, faculty and researchers can begin submitting their research articles, defended dissertations, successful qualifying papers and completed theses for publication in JAPS. The journal values the need for interdisciplinary approaches as key to reviving and incorporating both theory and practice and will be the main focus of the journal.

Law firm opens

Managing partner attorney Howard A. Rothenberg has announced that Rothenberg & Campbell, a full-service civil and criminal defense law firm, opened its doors effective April 1. Its main office is located at 345 Wyoming Ave., Suite 210, Scranton, with satellite offices in Honesdale and Stroudsburg. Formally known as Howard Rothenberg & Associates, Rothenberg & Campbell is a full-service civil and criminal defense law firm specializing in personal injury, premises liability, family law, subrogation, real estate litigation, business litigation and criminal defense.

Since being admitted to the bar in 1983, Rothenberg has extensive experience and success litigating all types of civil matters, including personal injury, products liability, premises liability, family law, custody, divorce, partnership dissolutions, corporate dissolutions, real estate litigation, estate issues and will contests.

Partner attorney Ryan P. Campbell has vast experience litigating all types of civil matters, including personal injury, products liability, premises liability, family law, child custody, divorce, real estate transactions and litigation, as well as estate administration and litigation.

Geisinger outlines donation process

The health system would like to remind any individuals, groups or organizations that would like to make charitable donations in this time of need to schedule those donations through the donation website, Geisinger.org/fightcovid, or by calling 800-739-6882.

In addition, the health system is asking that individuals and groups refrain from making food donations at this time. They can only accept individual, prepackaged meals/food that are prepared in a commercial kitchen, such as a restaurant, with a current food license. They can also accept food in original unopened packaging, such as pretzels, chips and protein bars.

People who want to make an impact are asked to make a monetary donation instead.

Foundation making relief donations

The PPL Foundation will donate $300,000 to a dozen agencies providing COVID-19 relief efforts across central and eastern Pennsylvania, including the Harrisburg, Lancaster, Lehigh Valley, Poconos and Susquehanna Valley regions.

PPL Foundation and its sister foundation in Kentucky, the LG&E and KU Foundation, have pledged more than $1 million combined in support to customers and communities served by PPL’s Pennsylvania and Kentucky utilities. This includes PPL Foundation’s $500,000 contribution in March to Operation HELP to support PPL Electric Utilities customers dealing with this crisis.

Agencies that will be receiving contributions as part of PPL Foundation’s announcement are: Clinton County United Way, Columbia Montour United Way, Greater Susquehanna Valley United Way, Luzerne Foundation, Lycoming United Way, Pocono Mountains United Way, Schuylkill United Way, Scranton Area Community Foundation, United Way of Berks County, United Way of Capital Region, United Way of Lancaster County and United Way of the Greater Lehigh Valley.

Marywood launches program journal

Marywood University’s doctoral program in strategic leadership and administrative studies recently launched its flagship scholarly peer-review journal, the Journal of Applied Professional Studies. The new journal emphasizes applied fields of study with a strong interdisciplinary component and practical experience.

Marywood University students, faculty and researchers can begin submitting their research articles, defended dissertations, successful qualifying papers and completed theses for publication in JAPS. The journal values the need for interdisciplinary approaches as key to reviving and incorporating both theory and practice and will be the main focus of the journal.

Law firm opens

Managing partner attorney Howard A. Rothenberg has announced that Rothenberg & Campbell, a full-service civil and criminal defense law firm, opened its doors effective April 1. Its main office is located at 345 Wyoming Ave., Suite 210, Scranton, with satellite offices in Honesdale and Stroudsburg. Formally known as Howard Rothenberg & Associates, Rothenberg & Campbell is a full-service civil and criminal defense law firm specializing in personal injury, premises liability, family law, subrogation, real estate litigation, business litigation and criminal defense.

Since being admitted to the bar in 1983, Rothenberg has extensive experience and success litigating all types of civil matters, including personal injury, products liability, premises liability, family law, custody, divorce, partnership dissolutions, corporate dissolutions, real estate litigation, estate issues and will contests.

Partner attorney Ryan P. Campbell has vast experience litigating all types of civil matters, including personal injury, products liability, premises liability, family law, child custody, divorce, real estate transactions and litigation, as well as estate administration and litigation.

Geisinger outlines donation process

The health system would like to remind any individuals, groups or organizations that would like to make charitable donations in this time of need to schedule those donations through the donation website, Geisinger.org/fightcovid, or by calling 800-739-6882.

In addition, the health system is asking that individuals and groups refrain from making food donations at this time. They can only accept individual, prepackaged meals/food that are prepared in a commercial kitchen, such as a restaurant, with a current food license. They can also accept food in original unopened packaging, such as pretzels, chips and protein bars.

People who want to make an impact are asked to make a monetary donation instead.

Foundation making relief donations

The PPL Foundation will donate $300,000 to a dozen agencies providing COVID-19 relief efforts across central and eastern Pennsylvania, including the Harrisburg, Lancaster, Lehigh Valley, Poconos and Susquehanna Valley regions.

PPL Foundation and its sister foundation in Kentucky, the LG&E and KU Foundation, have pledged more than $1 million combined in support to customers and communities served by PPL’s Pennsylvania and Kentucky utilities. This includes PPL Foundation’s $500,000 contribution in March to Operation HELP to support PPL Electric Utilities customers dealing with this crisis.

Agencies that will be receiving contributions as part of PPL Foundation’s announcement are: Clinton County United Way, Columbia Montour United Way, Greater Susquehanna Valley United Way, Luzerne Foundation, Lycoming United Way, Pocono Mountains United Way, Schuylkill United Way, Scranton Area Community Foundation, United Way of Berks County, United Way of Capital Region, United Way of Lancaster County and United Way of the Greater Lehigh Valley.

Marywood to hold virtual info session

Marywood University’s physician assistant program will hold a virtual information session on Wednesday from 5 to 7 p.m. To register for the session, visit Marywood.edu and Admissions/Physician Assistant Register. The event is free and open to anyone interested in pursuing a physician assistant degree.

The physician assistant virtual information session will offer attendees the opportunity to interact with physician assistant faculty and current students, to learn more about the admissions process and to participate in a question-and-answer session.

Marywood University’s physician assistant program is committed to excellence in the training of students to provide primary care and specialized health care in a variety of health care settings. The program provides students with the foundation for professional growth through personalized attention and diverse clinical experience.

For additional information about Marywood University’s physician assistant program, visit marywood.edu/pa-program/index.html or call the office of admissions at 570-348-6234.

VIA looking for ‘helpers’

VIA Public Media announced the launch of its “Look for the Helpers” initiative. It is inspired by Mister Rogers, who 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.’ ”

VIA will highlight the stories of people and organizations in the region that are working to take care of their neighbors and communities and recognize them for their good deeds. VIA will then share their stories on-air, online at wvia.org and across VIA Public Media’s social networks.

Story submissions can be made at wvia.org/helpers.

Leadership group seeks candidates

Leadership Lackawanna, the premier community leadership and professional development affiliate of the Greater Scranton Chamber of Commerce, is now accepting applications for its Tomorrow’s Leaders Today, Leadership U and Core programs.

The Tomorrow’s Leaders Today Program is accepting applications from high school sophomores attending school in Lackawanna County and the Lackawanna Trail and Western Wayne school districts. The seven-month program helps students develop their leadership, interpersonal and managerial skills by providing them with real-world experiences.

Leadership U is accepting applications from high school juniors currently attending school in Lackawanna County, Lackawanna Trail and Western Wayne school districts with a grade point average of 3.0 or higher. The program helps students gain leadership and community engagement skills. Participants will receive three college credits to Penn State upon completion of the program.

The Core Program is accepting applications from candidates who live or work in Lackawanna County. Participants in this program will gain leadership, interpersonal and managerial skills, as well as gain understanding of relevant facets of the Scranton region.

The deadline to apply to Tomorrow’s Leaders Today and Leadership U is May 15. The Core Program application will remain open until July 31. Apply by May 15 for early bird savings. To apply for each program, visit www.leadershiplackawanna.com.

Firm offers social distancing decals

Brand Graphic Solutions, a family-owned, Plymouth-based company that manufactures floor stickers, signage and other products, is trying to help enforce compliance of social distancing by offering free floor stickers to remind people to do their part to flatten the curve. “We keep hearing stories from our clients about customers’ lack of compliance with public health recommendations, and offering free floor stickers is something we can do to help,” said Brian Vnuk of Graphic Solutions.

Representatives of interested companies are asked to contact Brand Graphic Solutions at 570-779-4343 to request free floor stickers. Brand Graphic Solutions will ship packets of 50 stickers per store, while supplies last. Stickers will be shipped via overnight carriers for immediate use.

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