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Downtown in the News

Paving the way: WB seeks bids for six street projects

i May 7th 2019

By Pat Kernan and Roger DuPuis, Wilkes-Barre Times Leader WILKES-BARRE — Six city streets, including a bumpy stretch of South Main in the downtown area, have been put out to bid for paving and milling this summer, officials said Monday, with another round to be bid out in the near future. Parts of North Sherman,…Read More→

Demolition to breathe life into dormant WB development plan

i May 6th 2019

By Jerry Lynott, Wilkes-Barre Times Leader WILKES-BARRE — After what seemed like years of inactivity at a proposed downtown development, a contractor has begun removing asbestos from one of the vacant buildings on site. The work focused on the former Frank Clark Jeweler property at 63 S. Main St., where Mayor Tony George said the…Read More→

Downtown WB business group elects officers, hears downtown report

i May 4th 2019

By Bill O’Boyle, Wilkes-Barre Times Leader WILKES-BARRE — The Downtown Wilkes-Barre Business Association Friday elected officers and board members and heard a glowing report on the upward trajectory of the city’s downtown. Larry Newman, executive director of the Diamond City Partnership, presented details and statistics to support his claim that the downtown is moving in…Read More→

Newman: Downtown Wilkes-Barre on a positive trajectory

i Apr 28th 2019

By Bill O’Boyle, Wilkes-Barre Times Leader WILKES-BARRE — To appreciate just how far downtown Wilkes-Barre’s revitalization efforts have come, all you need to do is to remember what it looked like in the year 2000. “By then, we had been hemorrhaging businesses for almost two decades,” said Larry Newman, executive director of the Diamond City…Read More→

Wyoming Valley Art LeagueBringing art, culture to the community

i Apr 28th 2019

BY Geri Gibbons, Wilkes-Barre Times Leader WILKES-BARRE – The Wyoming Valley Art League has served as an asset to the community for more than 60 years, providing benefits that go far beyond simply the appreciation of fine arts hanging on its wall, but also in community outreach, performance art and the written word. The organization…Read More→

Circles on the Square: A Public Square staple since 1985

i Apr 28th 2019

By Ed Lewis, Wilkes-Barre Times Leader  WILKES-BARRE — Circles on the Square has mainly stayed the same with its crazy and delicious offerings while outside, Public Square has seen many changes since the delicatessen and emporium opened nearly 35 years ago. Nestled behind a table in the back kitchen doing paper work next to a…Read More→

At 130, still a vital resource

i Apr 28th 2019

By Marcella Kester, Wilkes-Barre Times Leader The Osterhout Free Library truly defines the phrase “something for everyone.” The library opened its doors on Jan. 29, 1889, as one of the first libraries in Northeastern Pennsylvania. It’s named after real estate mogul Isaac Smith Osterhout, who funded much of its inception through his estate following his…Read More→

Residents upbeat about living downtown

i Apr 28th 2019

By Jerry Lynott, Wilkes-Barre Times Leader WILKES-BARRE — Eileen Kenyon walks the walk and talks the talk about the downtown. It’s home to the 73-year-old retiree and has almost everything she needs. “I always swore I would come back,” Kenyon said. She returned to her birthplace 10 years ago after working in New Jersey and…Read More→

Live bands will perform at free River Common concert series in July, Pedri announces

i Apr 3rd 2019

By Jennifer Learn-Andes , Wilkes-Barre times Leader Luzerne County will be holding a free evening concert series at the county-owned River Common recreation area the last three Fridays in July featuring yet-to-be-named bands, county Manager C. David Pedri said Wednesday. The performers will be both local and national bands, possibly “professional quality tribute bands,” similar…Read More→

Jones acquires former GUARD buildings on South River Street

i Apr 1st 2019

By Bill O’Boyle,  Wilkes-Barre Times Leader WILKES-BARRE — Local entrepreneur Kristopher B. Jones Monday said he is focused on making the city a tech hub. “It’s an ambitious goal, but I believe the model I have works,” Jones said. Jones announced the acquisition of properties located at 16 and 24 South River St., formerly owned…Read More→