PA grad earns Dr. of Chiropractic degree


First Posted: 2/24/2013

Patrick J. (PJ) Connors, son of Patrick and Tina Connors of Laflin, received a Doctor of Chiropractic degree from New York Chiropractic College on Dec. 1.

Dr. Connors is a 2005 graduate of Pittston Area High School. While there he lettered in football, baseball and track and field. He was a member of the National Honor Society.

Dr. Connors attended St. Lawrence University in Canton, NY for two years where he lettered playing football. He then transferred to King’s College where he continued his football career and completed his studies with a Bachelor of Science degree in Biology in 2009. Dr. Connors plans on opening his practice at DeMinico Chiropractic Offices.

Back in the U.S.

Army Chief Warrant Officer 3 Joseph Mazza has returned to the U.S. after being deployed overseas at a forward operating base to serve in support of Operation Enduring Freedom.

Operation Enduring Freedom is the official name given to anti-terrorism military operations involving U.S. troops and allied coalition partners. Active duty and reserve component members from all branches of the U.S. armed forces have been deployed to support the war against global terrorism outside the borders of the United States.

U.S. troops serve in South, Southwest and Central Asia, the Arabian peninsula, the Horn of Africa, islands in the Pacific, and Europe.

Mazza is a senior electronics system maintenance technician assigned to the 4th Airborne Brigade Combat Team, 25th Infantry Division at Joint Base Elmendorf-Richardson, Alaska. He has served in the military for 19 years.

He is the son of Diane Orn of Wyoming Avenue, Wyoming. His wife, Tanya, is the daughter of George and Christine Gould of Shabbona Grove Road, Shabbona, Ill.

The warrant officer three is a 1993 graduate of Wyoming Area High School, Exeter.

Named to Dean’s list

Linnae Homza, of Exeter, and Ashley Zielen, of Harding, have been named to the fall 2012 dean’s list at University of the Sciences. Homza is a biology student and Zielen is a doctor of pharmacy student.

Selection for this award is based on completing and passing all assigned courses with no grade below a C and attaining an academic average of at least 3.4 for courses taken in the fall of 2012.

Kenneth Sorick, of West Pittston, earned Dean’s List honors at Saint Joseph’s University for the Fall 2012 semester. Sorick is majoring in Finance at the University. Students must achieve a grade point average of 3.5 or above, a B or greater in all their classes, and complete at least 15 credits to earn Dean’s List status for a semester.

Student teaching

Amanda Fasciana, of West Pittston, is student teaching kindergarten and special education at Dana St. Elementary School and Northeastern Education Intermediate Unit #19.

Fasciana is a senior at Wilkes University, majoring in elementary education.

She is the daughter of Francis and Joanne Fasciana.

Birthday wishes

Happy birthday to Jim Jones of Dupont who will be celebrating his 80th on Feb. 26. Special greetings from family and friends at the Dupont V.F.W.

Happy birthday to James Alfano Jr. who turns 20 on Feb. 23.

Also to Hughestown residents Pat Acierno who celebrated on Feb. 22; Sharon Purdy celebrating today, Feb. 24; Lisa Ann Pisano, celebrating on Feb. 28; and Briana Purdy celebrating on Feb. 28.

They’re brand new

Births at Geisinger Wyoming Valley:

Michelle and Charles Crane, Inkerman, a boy, Feb. 18.

Tammy and Chris Silinskie, Duryea, a girl, Feb. 9.

Sharon and Angelo Serino, Pittston, a boy, Feb. 4.

Samantha and Corey Cortese, Duryea, a girl, Feb. 2.

Melissa Reynolds and Joseph Appel, Wyoming, a girl, Feb. 1.

Volunteer tax helper

Kaitlin Chase, of Avoca, was one of the volunteer accounting students at Wilkes University’s Jay S. Sidhu School of Business and Leadership who offered free tax assistance to the public through the Volunteer Income Tax Assistance (VITA) Program. The program was held throughout the month of February on campus at Wilkes University.

The Volunteer Income Tax Assistance Program offers free tax help to people with household incomes of less than $51,000 who file basic federal, state, and local tax returns.

After school meals

Hot and nutritious meals are offered at the Pittston Memorial Library free to all children up to age 18. Dinner is served Mondays and Thursdays 4-5 p.m.; snacks Tuesdays, Wednesdays, and Fridays 4-5 p.m.

Everything is free. No registration required.

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