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Re: the Sterling Tower.....Looks like they're not gonna implode it, after all, but there's drama afoot anyway......


11/10/2006
No one hurt when construction vehicle falls two floors at Hotel Sterling project
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A construction vehicle being used to tear down the Hotel Sterling tower in downtown Wilkes-Barre fell from a 12th story concrete perch Monday through two floors below, according to the company handling the project.

The operator of the vehicle, Carlos DeLoa, was not injured and refused treatment after the fall that occurred when a portion of the 12th floor collapsed, the company said in a press release sent Thursday.

However, DeLoa was taken to a local hospital as a precautionary measure and released.

The vehicle involved was a skid-steer loader, commonly known as a “Bobcat,” the company said.

The federal Occupational Safety and Health Administration is investigating.

Monday’s accident shows the poor condition of the structure, the company said.

Tearing down the Hotel Sterling tower is part of a plan to revitalize the former hotel property.

I would imagine a change of pants/underwear was in order for Mr. DeLoa.
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^^^^hahahahhaha. A classic Ex-Ithacan Observation......:

I hear that they lovingly refer to him as "Mr. Bo Dangles"............
Bobcats away, eh?

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^^ Gee, thanks!

("oh yeah....yeah......Livin' the vida loca.......")

Meanwhilst, traffic on the way:

"SLOTS casino opening
Traffic flow considered in planning"

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Posted on Mon, Nov. 13, 2006

The big day is about to dawn


By JERRY LYNOTT jlynott@timesleader.com

PLAINS TWP. – Pay $50 million for gaming license. Done.

Build and furnish casino with nearly 1,100 slot machines. Done.

Hire and train hundreds of people to cater to guests. Done.

Open 10 a.m. Tuesday and wow the crowds.

The last one’s about the only thing left undone for the Mohegan Sun at Pocono Downs.

For over a year, casino staff have been preparing for the opening. The spotlight will shine on the casino as it is the first to open in Pennsylvania since slots machine gambling was legalized.

Given the buildup, advertising and the novelty, the first day’s draw could be huge.

But what if huge turns into humongous? Will there be enough room for everyone? What about food and drinks? Security? Parking? Ice cubes?

“We’re trying to plan for what we anticipate and then some,” said Michael Bean, vice president of administration for Mohegan. No stranger to the gaming industry, Mohegan knows the drill. Still, the first day might hold some surprises. The key, Bean added, is “to adjust as things progress.”

The harness racing season ended Saturday and the areas where customers placed wagers and watched simulcasts will hold overflow crowds, said Bean. “We’re fortunate to have space.”

The racing side raised capacity to 5,000 people from approximately 3,600 in the casino area.

Within the two floors of the 90,000-square-foot casino are the gaming areas, a three-outlet food court and snack bar, bars that serve alcoholic beverages and a patio.

The casino has a 40-member internal security force in contact with one another by radio.

Outside in the parking lots, Mohegan contracted with Allstate Traffic Control to handle the comings and goings of guests by vehicle. There will be 17 traffic controllers and two supervisors on duty, Bean said.

If needed, messages with directions for motorists can be placed on any of four digital highway display boards on site. The boards have wheels and can be positioned throughout the property.

Back indoors, guests can be assured of cold drinks. Bean said he has checked the icemakers and there is enough to go around.

The staff is ready and eager to get to work.

All that’s needed is for people to come through the doors.

“We hope that they will and anticipate they will be greeted and welcomed as guests,” Bean said.


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Here's an article about a building in Scranton which received an Innovation Award from Buildings Magazine:

http://www.buildings.com/Articles/de...ArticleID=3351

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Here's an article about a building in Scranton which received an Innovation Award from Buildings Magazine:

http://www.buildings.com/Articles/de...ArticleID=3351

.... Leave it to you to unearth the obscure, 'EX'....heh... interesting article, but........SISC? ........pronounced 'sissy'?

pardon my mirth....
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You rascal dony. I guess the award didn't take into account the masculinity factor.
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Montage is indeed within Scranton city limits.
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Montage is indeed within Scranton city limits.
'Deed it do, Evergrey..or largel within city limits . Lackawanna Co. stadium is just outside the line.......

**Other Scranton Gnus: City getting EXTRA-ordinary help from fancy architects:***

11/16/2006
Mayor will mingle with top architects
BY STACY BROWN
STAFF WRITER

Mayor Chris Doherty is scheduled to attend an exclusive conference in Washington, D.C., today where he will present revitalization plans for the blighted Cedar Avenue neighborhood to a group of high-profile architects.

Each year, eight mayors nationwide are invited to attend the conference, which is hosted by the National Endowment for the Arts and the Mayors’ Institute on City Design. Architects also are invited and offer free consultation on pending renovation projects presented by attending mayors.

“It’s a privilege to have been invited,” Mr. Doherty said Wednesday. “This conference will have some of the country’s top architects, who would cost an untold amount if we had to hire them to prepare a report for us.”

Architects from Ferrell Madden Associates and the Kane Group, as well as the University of Maryland and the University of Pennsylvania, will advise on such questions as how the Cedar Avenue project should be managed.

Sprucing up Cedar Avenue has long been a goal of city officials. Two years ago, the city paid $25,000 for a study of Cedar Avenue by Philadelphia consulting firm Wallace, Roberts and Todd. Completed earlier this year, the report offers an array of findings, including that the main problem lies in the fact that 65 percent of the property in lower South Side is occupied by renters. The goal for a healthy neighborhood is to have about 65 percent of houses occupied by owners, said Wayne Evans, South Side neighborhood association president.

Mayors from Allentown; Asheville, N.C.; Frederick, Md.; Hallandale Beach, Fla.; Hampton, Va.; Hollywood, Fla.; and Parkersburg, W. Va., also are scheduled to attend.

Contact the writer: sbrown@timesshamrock.com
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I would not have imagined putting Liz Taylor and Hazelton PA in the same sentence, but the hazleton campus of PennState will be getting money from LA Liz.....

Here's how:

Palance Memorial Benefits PSU Hazleton

The family of late actor Jack Palance asked that memorials be given in his name to Penn State Hazleton.

Wednesday, November 15, 5:04 p.m.
By Bob Reynolds

The memory of a Hollywood legend will live on through students in one part of our area. the family of film icon Jack Palance is making it all possible.

Students will tell you paying for a college education is not easy. That includes students on the campus of Penn state Hazleton.

"My parents took out a loan to get me through school. Mostly I go home every weekend and work at the Olive Garden. I am a server there. Basically through tips I support my apartment, expenses, anything that I need, food, etc," said Adam Smith of Factoryville.

Jack Palance knew all about work. He became a Hollywood star and his recent death saddened the world but his memory will live on at Penn State Hazleton, which is near his hometown. His family wants memorial gifts to be funneled to the school.

"People from around the world and we've heard from Liz Taylor's office with respect to this offer and I think it's an encouraging statement about how important this campus is to the community," said Kevin Salaway with Penn State Hazleton.

"It will make a Penn State education more accessible for students who come here," said John Madden.

The money will go to deserving students to help with tuition.

"Students will take advantage of this, especially on this campus because I know a lot of people here need the financial aid, myself included," said Nathan Wagner of Williamsport.

For more information, go to the Penn State web site.
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A truly gung-ho Wilkes-Barrean: Guy's bought several DT properties,,,some for a buck....is prepared to create a 'niche' museum in one of them......

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Downtown redevelopment
A break for W-B culture?
Stockbroker, with artifacts for possible site, eyes tax aid. Activist: City needs guarantees before deal.

By KEVIN AMERMAN kamerman@timesleader.com

WILKES-BARRE – Patrick Gildea’s clients are treated to a museum of ancient artwork, weapons of past wars, and historic local antiques every time they visit the stockbroker’s North Main Street office.

Gildea wants more people to appreciate his unique collection, which sits in a lounge next to his office.

He envisions the creation of a privately owned, downtown cultural center that would provide a setting for the artifacts and a place where poets may perform and chess and bridge players can compete.

The proposed cultural center at 71-75 S. Main St., is just one of several ideas Gildea has for properties in the city.

He’s asking local government to help make the ideas become reality by granting tax forgiveness, or at least some form of a tax break, on the site of the proposed cultural center and on other properties recently purchased by Gildea.

He said his properties on South Main Street, North Street, and North Washington Street had back taxes totaling about $147,000 when he bought them at a bankruptcy sale. He wants to renovate all of the properties, and plans to donate one to the community for a child-care center.

At one of the properties he bought -- a vacant building on North Washington Street near Coughlin High School -- Gildea said he found the remnants of what he believes is a drug house. Police did not comment Friday on his allegations.

Among the treasures in his office that he’d like to share with the public are African warrior swords, American Indian “skull crushers,” German World War II knives, a sword from the 1600s, slave shackles and a combination tomahawk/pipe.

Gildea also has a 300-year-old ceremonial Chinese rifle that features a design of a wolf’s head with real wolf’s teeth. He has what he believes is an original copy of the Gettysburg Address and letters written by Civil War generals. He claims the Jamaican Rum bottle he has was recovered from Adolf Hitler’s basement by American troops.

“People come in here and see value. I just see history,” said Gildea, a 53-year-old Wilkes-Barre native who lives in Bear Creek Township. “I really believe our country needs to remember where we came from or we’re going to go back.”

Without a tax break, Gildea said it would be difficult to establish the cultural center.

“I’m at the go or no point,” said Gildea, who noted he has already completed $200,000 worth of renovations in the South Main Street buildings.

Gildea is seeking tax relief from the Wilkes-Barre Area School District and city council.

At least one opponent has emerged.

“What’s to stop the guy from getting tax forgiveness and leaving the property to sit there?” asked city activist Walter Griffith.

If the city grants Gildea’s request, it could “set a precedent that anyone can get tax relief,” possibly opening the city to a lawsuit if someone else is denied, Griffith said. The city should set conditions, such as a deadline, for the completion of the project before deciding to grant any type of tax relief, he said.

“I think it’s good to encourage businesses to come there, but there should be some kind of contract,” Griffith said.

Wilkes-Barre Mayor Tom Leighton said the city is reviewing the request and would need a “solid development plan” and assurance that funding to complete the project is in place before considering a tax break.

“The city is very careful who we forgive taxes for,” Leighton said.

Besides displaying artifacts at the proposed cultural center, Gildea said he’d like to have yoga there and acupuncture therapy. He said there would most likely be membership fees to join. He also wants a large painting on the side of the building showing what the city looked like in the 1800s.

Gildea bought the properties on South Main Street in bankruptcy court for $1 a piece, but had to pay about $8,800 in purchasing taxes for the properties, according to their fair-market values, county records show. Gildea also bought the North Washington Street properties for $1, according to county records.

Tenants occupy most of the 35 properties Gildea owns in the city, he said, noting that the city will benefit from any dilapidated buildings that he restores.

His office at 730 N. Main St., was built in 1913 and used as a bar and boarding house until the 1950s. It was in ruins before he renovated it.

The original bar in the building, which stretches across the room that Gildea has turned into a mini museum, has been restored. Antique bar items, like the original cash register, sit on top of it, along with modern devices such as a large-screen television and stereo system. Around the bar, Gildea displays antiques from Planters Peanut, the former Reichard and Weaver Brewery in Wilkes-Barre; a former city whiskey company and Stegmaier Brewery.

“My form of creativity is restoring buildings,” Gildea said. “It feels good to take a building that was dead and now you’re sitting in it.”


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11/16/2006
County may sell concert venue
BY ROGER DUPUIS II
STAFF WRITER

Next up for bid: One gently used amphitheater, ideal for hosting big-name musical acts. Price to be negotiated.

Lackawanna County wants to pursue talks to sell the Toyota Pavilion at Montage Mountain, majority Commissioner Robert C. Cordaro confirmed Wednesday. While disposing of the amphitheater isn’t necessarily his first choice, Mr. Cordaro said current lessee Live Nation Inc. has expressed an interest in acquiring the property, and he feels it’s a discussion worth having.

“They want to buy it. They want to have full control of the venue with no continuing obligations,” the commissioner said.

Calls to Live Nation were referred to a California-based spokesman, who could not be reached Wednesday.

Mr. Cordaro and fellow majority Commissioner A.J. Munchak suggested such a large asset sale could have a positive impact on their proposed $51 million capital budget for 2007, which includes about $13 million that would be paid for from unspecified asset sales.

Talks with Live Nation are in the earliest stages, Mr. Cordaro said, and no formal proposal has been received to date. “We’re in no hurry.”

He also declined to say what price the county might ask for the facility, adding that no appraisal has been performed. “If I give a number out I’m never going to get as much for it,” he said.

Opened in 2000, the amphitheater cost about $12 million to build, Mr. Cordaro said. Contemporary news reports pegged the number at $7 million.

While the numbers could not be independently confirmed, Mr. Cordaro said he believed Live Nation pays between $867,000 and $877,000 to lease the amphitheater each year. The county pays out a little less than that in debt service on the property, he said, calling its operation “about break-even.”

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Starring Scranton! Thespian Sorvinos film slated

11/19/2006
Locals answer casting call for Sorvino movie
BY ELIZABETH PIET
STAFF WRITER

Hollywood is coming to Scranton, and a familiar face or two could show up on the silver screen.

Local casting directors for actor Paul Sorvino’s “The Trouble With Cali” were at the Hilton Scranton and Conference Center on Saturday auditioning extras to be in several scenes to be shot between Nov. 28 and Dec. 22.

By 3 p.m., more than 100 hopefuls had smiled for the camera in hopes of a little bit of stardom, including Nanda Palissery, an attorney from Dallas who was asked to read a few lines.

“Acting is a side thing for me,” he said. “I love to do it.”

Between 60 and 100 local people could have parts in several restaurant scenes and a “New York model party,” said casting director John Pivovarnik of Fortune Casting in Scranton.

About 95 percent, and maybe more, of the film will be shot in the Scranton area, from Factoryville to Pittston, Mr. Pivovarnik said.

The plot involves 15-year-old Cali Bluejones, played by actress Laurence LeBoeuf, who tries to escape her dysfunctional family’s drama. Mr. Sorvino, his son, Michael, and daughter, Mira, all have roles in the movie, which was written by Mr. Sorvino’s other daughter, Amanda.

Mr. Pivovarnick estimated the film will be in the theaters in 18 months.
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Jack Palance was a legend, and it's good to see his good works will continue near his hometown.

That tax break situation (for Gildea) sounds like it could be a sticky wickett. Hope the right decision is made.

I guess the sale of the amphitheater is a good idea, as long as the city continues to get taxes paid on the place.

As far as the last item goes, I expect to see MetroJ in a major role when that film comes out.
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^^ I hear Mira Sorvino was askin' for ya, EX
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11/21/2006
Sorvino crew seeking sites to film movie
BY ROGER DUPUIS II
STAFF WRITER


She has “beauty spun from fairy tales and a heart that bleeds for love,” according to the producer’s synopsis — and $500,000 of Lackawanna County funding.

With such arrows in her quiver, Cali Bluejones is ready for the big time, and she’s looking to bring Northeastern Pennsylvania with her. Cali, of course, is the title character of Paul Sorvino’s new film, “The Trouble with Cali,” slated to begin filming in and around Scranton on Nov. 28.

This week, Mr. Sorvino and his team will be touring numerous locations in the area in preparation for the shoot, of which 95 percent will be done in the area, officials said.

The plot involves 15-year-old Cali, played by actress Laurence LeBoeuf, seeking to escape from her dysfunctional family into the world of fashion modeling. Mr. Sorvino, his son, Michael, and daughter, Mira, all have roles in the movie, which was written by Mr. Sorvino’s other daughter, Amanda.

“I have to tell you, they’ve been absolutely wonderful,” Paige Balitski, executive director of the Greater Scranton Film Office, said of the Sorvino team.

Ms. Balitski has reason to be pleased. Her agency, funded by state grants, is responsible for marketing the area to filmmakers and hooking them up with local resources when they arrive.

Among area venues will be Clay Avenue in the Hill Section, Connell Park in South Scranton, the University of Scranton, Scranton Cultural Center, Lackawanna College’s Mellow Theater, Dunmore Cemetery and a horse stable in Factoryville. Among the first shooting sites will be the cemetery, Ms. Balitski said.

Not only has Mr. Sorvino opted to film at local sites, he has stacked the production crew with many area names, from casting to technical services.

Dunmore resident John Pivovarnick, casting director for Scranton firm Fortune Casting, was hired to work on “Cali” after Ms. Balitski put the company in touch with the Sorvino crew.

Founded a few years ago, Fortune Casting has worked on a few projects, including “Kickball! The Movie” and “A Night in the Hill,” but this is their largest assignment to date.

“It’s a big deal, for us and for Scranton,” Mr. Pivovarnick said. “We want the city to come out looking good, so other productions will see this and want to come here.”

Between 60 and 100 local people could have parts in several restaurant scenes and a “New York model party,” and he dubbed a Saturday casting call at the Hilton Scranton & Conference Center a success, though more work remains.

“A lot of that gets done a day or two before we need them,” he said.

Contact the writer: rdupuis@timesshamrock.com
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Cool stuff dony, way to go Scranton.

On a side note. I was wondering if you saw the 60 minutes piece on sunday with the mayor of Hazelton?
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^^^ No I didn't. I understand that Barletta was interviewed.......I'd gone to the movies to see "Babel"......quite a movie, I might add.....

Was anything interesting or new forthcoming from the Hazelton 'piece'?
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The piece seemed to let one draw their own conclusion. Presented both sides, and did let the mayor answer all the criticisms that have been leveled against him. Also showed a woman who was an illegal alien and what the results have been for her (she has had to move after losing her job). The upshot of the spot was that the Hispanic population of Hazelton has been dropping steadily since the council passed the proposal, and this in turn has had a detrimental affect on downtown. Many of the Hispanic businesses which had occupied downtown space have gone out of business since 1/4 of the Hispanic residents have left. Might try to catch it if they have it on the 60 minutes website (I'm pretty sure there's one).
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