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Old Posted Feb 14, 2009, 12:29 PM
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PLY: the St. Peter's Sq. site is a surface parking lot.

The site for the med school's first buildings has no activity but there's a huge med school banner on the side of Tech High.

Sorry, but I don't have a camera...well, I do but it's not digital. I might go shopping today.
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Well, this is how Intermodal Center looks currently, with some random city photos thrown in:








































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I was going to photograph North Main Street gateway too, but then I got somewhat lazy for more walking. Hopefully I'll be able to get to it next week. Now I'm ready to enjoy tomorrow's Daytona 500
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Thanks for the pics Vasiliy. And you must be in your glory this weekend (Daytona of course).
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Updated pictures on the Lackawanna Ave Project...


I think they are at half occupancy if that....although it is a helluva an upgrade from what is used to be.
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Med School

We have lift-off, folks.

Dozers are on site - the site for the first two buildings on Pine between Jefferson and Washington - and it's being cleared.

The Connell Bldg. conversion into apartments downtown is well underway.

Quite a number of renovations are underway on the lower hill. Draw a line from the med school site to the UofS, and convert there... it's HOT.

Gotta get myself a camera.

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I just don't think that this will happen. Folks here are outraged and everywhere I go, there's someone collecting signatures on a petition to keep the school open - and people are lined-up to sign it. It's a beautiful campus in Green Ridge.



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Gov. Rendell Addressed Proposed Closing of Scranton School for the Deaf

At East Stroudsburg University, Governor Rendell sounded off on the proposed closure of the Scranton State School for the Deaf as part of the state's budget plan, a school attended by some Lehigh Valley children. He says the state is facing a $2.3 billion deficit and cuts had to come. Rendell encouraged anyone in the crowd to take action if they don't agree with his proposals. Gov. Rendell: If you're not happy with a cut or the elimination or what I just said, I would urge you to see your legislators, they can negotiate with us and we'll try to reach some compromise, but cuts have to be made.

If the School for the Deaf in Scranton does close, the governor says students will be given an option to attend private schools or Intermediate Units in the area.

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To the PA pol$ add the NY pol$ because the line would extend through Binghampton, up to Syracuse. To get to NYC from Syracuse a line would run through Scranton. But how to connect Wilkes Barre to the existing line? There must be intact rail but no one discusses it. Vasily, do you know of an existing line that runs from WB to the Scranton-Hoboken line? They must have been connected at one time. Who is WB's rep in Washington?

from here: http://www.mcall.com/news/nationworl...,6092665.story

Lawmakers ask Rendell to form train line agency

They are pushing for line from New York to Scranton.

February 26, 2009

WASHINGTON | - Four Pennsylvania lawmakers are asking Gov. Ed Rendell to form an agency to oversee a proposed train line between Scranton and New York City.

U.S. Reps. Paul Kanjor$ki, D-11th District, and Chri$ Carney, D-10th District, and Republican Sen. Arlen $pecter and Democratic Sen. Bob Ca$ey Jr. have written a letter requesting that the governor form a Tri-State Authority with New Jersey and New York.

The letter, released Wednesday, says there is ''a dire need'' for the service to help alleviate congestion on Interstate 80 between northeastern Pennsylvania and New York City.

The letter says the 100-mile system across New Jersey would also make the Poconos and Pennsylvania casinos more accessible.

The rail system is projected to run through Monroe County and the northeastern corner of Northampton County.

The lawmakers say the train proposal has languished the last 20 years, but they hope the Tri-State Authority changes that.

Rendell spokesman Chuck Ardo says the governor supports the project and will review the request.
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Breaking news: Medical school construction under way


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BY DAVID SINGLETON
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Published: Friday, February 27, 2009
Updated: Friday, February 27, 2009 11:59 AM EST
SCRANTON -- Construction is under way at the nation's newest medical school.

Excavators, graders and dump trucks were at work on site preparation Friday at the future home of the Commonwealth Medical College on Pine Street in Scranton.

The medical school marked the occasion with a brief ceremony hosted by Robert D'Alessandri, M.D., dean and president.

Dr. D'Alessandri thanked the individuals and organizations that have had a hand in helping the college start construction, including a consortium of nine local banks.

The medical college will enroll its first class this fall. For the first two years, students will use temporary facilities at Lackwanna College before moving into the new Medical Sciences Building in 2011.
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To the PA pol$ add the NY pol$ because the line would extend through Binghampton, up to Syracuse. To get to NYC from Syracuse a line would run through Scranton. But how to connect Wilkes Barre to the existing line? There must be intact rail but no one discusses it. Vasily, do you know of an existing line that runs from WB to the Scranton-Hoboken line? They must have been connected at one time. Who is WB's rep in Washington?
There very well might be, I'll have to look.
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Excavation is complete at the med school site and they're pouring concrete for the foundations of the first two buildings. Very cool. Interviews - over 600 - are complete for the first class and 120 applicants have received invitations to be part of the first class. The school expects commitments from 60 of that 120.

Strange sight in downtown Scranton: a crane. It's at the Connell Bldg on Washington which is being converted into apartments.

The 500 block of Lackawanna is looking good.

Still nothing underway at St. Peter's Square and there's just a hole and no activity across Wyoming at Linden, where the corner was cleared to make way for a new apartment building. It's fenced but there's no rendering posted on the fence.
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Parade Day

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St. Pat's Parade features record 11,000 marchers

BY BORYS KRAWCZENIUK
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Published: Friday, March 13, 2009
Updated: Friday, March 13, 2009 2:15 PM EDT

A record-long succession of more than 11,000 people will march through downtown Scranton in Saturday’s St. Patrick’s Day Parade.

With a forecast of sunny skies and temperatures in the 50s, the 48th annual tribute to Ireland’s famed saint will step off at 11:45 a.m.

Billed as the one of the largest in the country, the Scranton St. Pat’s parade attracts a contrasting audience: families who revel in its floats, bands and bagpipers and partiers who prefer soaking in the beer flowing from downtown bar taps.

Parade committee President Michael Harrity emphasizes family. “To see people and families downtown, this is sort of our Mardi Gras or our rite of spring passage,” Mr. Harrity said. “And it’s for the kids.”

This year will include the return of Timbo the Clown after a two-year absence. He’s the clown who rides on a hot dog cart, followed by live dachshunds — wiener dogs — popular with kids.

Timbo will be among more than 200 marching units, including 11 high school bands, 13 bagpipe bands, two string bands and the 55-member Pennsylvania National Guard 28th Division Infantry Band from Hollidaysburg.

The invitation to the Guard band is part of an effort to highlight the military, Mr. Harrity said. The parade’s military presence will include three units of the 55th Brigade, based at the Watres Armory.

“It’s a show of respect for the soldiers who have been in Iraq,” he said.
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Mulberry Place blooming

BY JAMES HAGGERTY
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Published: Saturday, March 14, 2009
Updated: Saturday, March 14, 2009 4:14 AM EDT

A $7 million renovation project that will create new jobs and clean up an eyesore intersection leading into downtown Scranton is moving forward.

“Mulberry Street is going to be completely cleaned up,” George Semian, broker and owner at Semian & Gress Real Estate, predicted after a group he heads completed the purchase Thursday of the former Crystal Soda Water Co. headquarters at 421 Franklin Ave., for $695,000. Paperwork on the sale was filed Friday.

Plans call for development of Mulberry Place, which will house Mr. Semian’s real estate agency and its 30 employees, a bank branch, a restaurant, a florist, an orthodontist and possibly a physicians’ group, Mr. Semian said.

“It’s a great concept. It’s going to work,” said Mr. Semian, whose firm will relocate from the Mellon Bank Building at 400 Spruce St., in November after the redevelopment is complete. “There will be 100-plus people working there.”

Mr. Semian’s group, Mulberry Place LLC, plans to demolish about 9,000 square feet of warehouse space at the rear of the 24,000-square-foot soft-drink company to add 30 more parking spots for a total of about 150 on the site.

He said the group also has an agreement to buy an adjoining property at 119 Mulberry St., that most recently housed North American Warhorse, a motorcycle dealership. Earlier, the building was an Allied Services facility and it had housed Duke Tire Co. for many years.

“We’ve already negotiated the terms” on the acquisition of the Warhorse building, Mr. Semian said. Dunmore businessman Louis DeNaples owns the structure, Mr. Semian said, though he would not disclose a purchase price.

The development will be announced formally on March 27, Mr. Semian said.

The investment will help create a new look at the western approach to Central City. The Warhorse building has been empty for years and a lot housing a long-vacated gas station at Mulberry and Mifflin Avenue is being converted into a Dunkin’ Donuts.

“The Semian building is going to be a real jewel anchoring the entrance to the city,” said Austin Burke, president of the Greater Scranton Chamber of Commerce, which stands across the street from the site. “The whole Mulberry corridor is a major thoroughfare through Scranton.”

Crystal Soda Water Co., which makes Crystal Club beverages, had owned the Franklin Street site since 1965. It will consolidate operations at its production facility at 104 Poplar St., company president Louis Kahanowitz said.

Crystal, which employs about 20 people, has undergone some changes in recent months and its products are scarce at regional grocery stores.

“We have issues, but we’re still in business,” Mr. Kahanowitz said.

Contact the writer: jhaggerty@timesshamrock.com
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I just don't think that this will happen. Folks here are outraged and everywhere I go, there's someone collecting signatures on a petition to keep the school open - and people are lined-up to sign it. It's a beautiful campus in Green Ridge.



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Gov. Rendell Addressed Proposed Closing of Scranton School for the Deaf

At East Stroudsburg University, Governor Rendell sounded off on the proposed closure of the Scranton State School for the Deaf as part of the state's budget plan, a school attended by some Lehigh Valley children. He says the state is facing a $2.3 billion deficit and cuts had to come. Rendell encouraged anyone in the crowd to take action if they don't agree with his proposals. Gov. Rendell: If you're not happy with a cut or the elimination or what I just said, I would urge you to see your legislators, they can negotiate with us and we'll try to reach some compromise, but cuts have to be made.

If the School for the Deaf in Scranton does close, the governor says students will be given an option to attend private schools or Intermediate Units in the area.

I hope this doesn't happen. My Grandmother use to work at the school for many years (Kind of a floor Mother for the students). I remember going to visit her with my parents when I was a youngin'. When I stopped in Scranton on a trip a couple of years ago, I met up with MetroJunkie for a tour of the city. We actually drove by the school, and I got a bit nostalgic. Funny (though not unusual), the place didn't look as big as I remembered it.
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Exclusive: Obama endorses rail projects; Scranton-NYC line may find support

BY ROBERT SWIFT
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Published: Tuesday, March 24, 2009
Updated: Tuesday, March 24, 2009 4:18 PM EDT

WASHINGTON — President Barack Obama said in a White House interview Monday projects like the long-sought Scranton-to-New York City commuter rail line will have a shot for federal funding when the next federal transportation funding bill is taken up by Congress.

Meeting in the Roosevelt Room with regional reporters representing a half-dozen news organizations, including Times-Shamrock Newspapers, Mr. Obama also said he is trying to build long-term economic growth in Northeast Pennsylvania and elsewhere with a change-oriented $3.6 trillion proposed federal budget.

Civic leaders in Northeast Pennsylvania view the long-sought Scranton-to-New York City commuter train and development of the Commonwealth Medical College to train physicians in Scranton as bringing the type of long-term economic development Mr. Obama is talking about.

Mr. Obama said projects like the commuter train will spur economic development and will get consideration in Washington.

While not specifically addressing the medical college, Mr. Obama suggested one of the goals of his health care agenda is to have the medical profession focus more on the prevention of illness and disease.

“We are going to need more nurses and family practitioners who are providing preventive care,” he added.
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Good to see you again MJ. I stop by once in a while, but I haven't seen dony in ages. Vasiliy, Bucks and others are keeping the thread going, and adding good info/pics. I do feel guilty about not checking here often enough. I'll try to check it out more often.
Well, I surely owe the pages some more frequent visits. It's a shame dony's not around anymore. His insights were always very worthwhile.

Good to see the groundbreaking for TCMC. It's becoming more real instead of a dream. Very exciting.

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The med school couldn't come at a better time. HIring good paying jobs, I just hope some of the employees choose to live in the City.


Hear the University is buying more property in the hill section as well.


Happy Spring to you Metro!
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Unfortunately I did not have my camera with me to photograph this(), but today the huge crane from Intermodal Center was dismantled and hauled away. I wonder what project it might get to work on next....
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There very well might be, I'll have to look.
Well. I've been looking, hopefully I'll be able to post some maps soon.
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Today was Aviation Exploration Day at Wilkes-Barre/Scranton International Airport. Perfect opportunity for some picture taking. They even had plane rides for only $5!

Wilkes-Barre/Scranton International Airport (KAVP/AVP)
The gateway to NEPA:


After that I promptly proceeded to buy a ticked for the ride. By some fortunate circumstances, I was able to cut to the front of an insanely long line.
A short briefing, and off we go.

The airport from high above:


City of Scranton:


Downtown Scranton looking nice from high above. Anyone got a better angle?


In the middle of turn to align for final on RW 22:


Touchdown on Runway 22. Here is our new terminal:


The old and the new:


Continuing down on RW 22:






Control tower and the old terminal:


A De Haviland Dash 8 being serviced:




After getting out, I immediately started to regret not buying TWO tickets, by that time they were sold out

So, it was on to the static aircraft on display. This is Geisinger's Life Flight:


Some general aviation aircraft:




A Fed Ex plane:


Front view of the old terminal with the ATC control tower:


And now a view of the new terminal:


KAVP cargo ramp:


Some usual panos:




Hope you enjoy.
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