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Downtown in the News

Wilkes University launches $1.5M streetscape improvement project

i May 23rd 2017

By Denise Allabaugh, Wilkes-Barre Citizens’ Voice WILKES-BARRE — Wilkes University launched a $1.5 million streetscape improvement project at a “sidewalk breaking” event on Monday morning in front of the Henry Student Center on West South Street. The project will include repairing sidewalks and installing new ones, adding street lighting and curb ramps, and planting trees…Read More→

Fine Arts Fiesta keeps party going to very end

i May 21st 2017

By Katie Pugh, Wilkes-Barre Times Leader WILKES-BARRE — Sunday was the final day of the Fine Arts Fiesta, an annual staple that kicks off summer with live entertainment, a wide selection of food, dozens of vendors and, of course, several tents of student and adult art. Public Square was filled with life as singers and…Read More→

Wilkes-Barre Family YMCA programs maximize health, elevate mood for seniors

i May 18th 2017

By Mary Therese Biebel, Wilkes-Barre Times Leader WILKES-BARRE — If anybody thinks the Wilkes-Barre Family YMCA is just a place for children to take swimming lessons, think again. “This gets me out of the habit of lying in bed,” said 70-year-old Jan Lohmann, from Harveys Lake, who takes an EnhanceFitness class at the Y to…Read More→

Sun shines on 62nd annual Fine Arts Fiesta

i May 18th 2017

By Bill O’Boyle , Wilkes-Barre Times Leader WILKES-BARRE — You can find just about anything artsy and crafty at the 62nd annual Fine Arts Fiesta on Public Square — paintings, drawings, jewelry, photographs, scarves, T-shirts, hats, food for all tastes, ice cream, lemonade, pizza — and brooms. Yes, brooms. John Warren, of Countrybrooms of Gilbertsville,…Read More→

Preparations finalized for 62nd Fine Arts Fiesta in Wilkes-Barre

i May 17th 2017

By Bill O’Boyle, Wilkes-Barre Times Leader WILKES-BARRE — Brian Benedetti was sitting in a tent Wednesday going through his papers and notes as he answered a reporter’s questions, when a gust of wind came up and knocked over one side of the tent. Benedetti never hesitated. He’s used to weather issues when it comes to the…Read More→

Volunteers’ love of art, community help make Fine Arts Fiesta run smoothly

i May 14th 2017

By Brigid Edmunds, Wilkes-Barre Times Leader WILKES-BARRE — Starting Thursday, thousands of area residents will descend on Public Square to listen to music, peruse art, enjoy some tasty food and even possibly purchase a few unique items from artists from throughout the East Coast. The first signs of life of this coming weekend’s Fine Arts…Read More→

Deal near on sale of last property for site of downtown Wilkes-Barre hotel project

i May 12th 2017

By Jerry Lynott, Wilkes-Barre Times Leader WILKES-BARRE — A deal is near for the sale of the property that’s been holding up the proposed $28 million hotel/conference center downtown. The attorney for the developer Sphere International LLC and the daughter of the property owner Friday confirmed they’re close to an agreement for the purchase of…Read More→

Wilkes-Barre riverfront group reunites people with nature

i May 7th 2017

By Joe Dolinsky, Wilkes-Barre Times Leader WILKES-BARRE — The sun broke through the clouds and sparkled off the waters of the Susquehanna River one blustery day last month while one of the waterway’s most vocal supporters gushed over the progress made in the past decade along its banks. John Maday, head of the Wilkes-Barre Riverfront…Read More→

Big plans from Luzerne County’s big three colleges

i May 6th 2017

By Mark Guydish, Wilkes-Barre Times Leader Protein research that could treat spinal cord injuries, new business leadership degrees, and a century-old building renovated to teach future engineers. All are prominent examples of how Luzerne County’s big three institutions of higher learning are transforming to meet a dramatically different future. Asked to tout their most compelling…Read More→

Wilkes-Barre 18701: hot property downtown

i May 6th 2017

By Jerry Lynott, Wilkes-Barre Times Leader WILKES-BARRE — The dizzying array of figures delivered by Larry Newman fell into place in his explanation of what’s happening with the growing number of people living downtown. • 112, 7 and 5. • $9.4 million. • 38, 35 and 18701. • 46, 37, 28 and 22. The biggest…Read More→