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Downtown in the News

Rockin’ on the River wraps with rockin’ good time

i Jul 27th 2019

By Patrick Kernan, Wilkes-Barre Times Leader WILKES-BARRE — If you missed the final entry in the Rockin’ the River summer concert series, don’t worry; one county official says the plan is to do it all again next year. The concert series, which debuted this month, wrapped up on Friday evening, giving one last summer party…Read More→

Healthy dining options headed downtown

i Jul 25th 2019

By Denise Allabaugh, Wilkes-Barre Citizens Voice WILKES-BARRE — Healthier food and beverage options have come to downtown Wilkes-Barre and more are on the way. A new sushi bar opens today at City Market & Cafe on Public Square. It offers a menu of 84 different items ranging from shrimp tempura rolls and California rolls to…Read More→

Wilkes-Barre city council demands removal of KKK brick from Public Square

i Jul 17th 2019

By Jerry Lynott, Wilkes-Barre Times Leader WILKES-BARRE — City councilwoman Beth Gilbert is calling for the removal of a Ku Klux Klan brick from a city-owned property, legally or illegally. Gilbert took it a step further than three of the five other council members during Tuesday night’s work session in calling for the brick bearing…Read More→

‘Rockin’ the River’ to bring free concerts to downtown Wilkes-Barre today

i Jul 12th 2019

By Patrick Kernan, Wilkes- Barre Times Leader  WILKES-BARRE — Luzerne County Manager C. David Pedri has an idea for what you can do this weekend. This Friday, the county’s “Rockin’ the River” concert series kicks off for the first time at Millennium Circle, the amphitheater located alongside the Susquehanna River in downtown Wilkes-Barre. According to…Read More→

Wilkes-Barre to mark 250th anniversary with Founders’ Day celebration

i Jul 9th 2019

BY Wilkes-Barre Times Leader The City of Wilkes-Barre will celebrate its 250th anniversary with a Founders’ Day celebration on Saturday, Sept. 7 in Kirby Park. “Wilkes-Barre has a proud heritage and a bright future,” Mayor Tony George said. “I invite all residents to Kirby Park for a free family friendly festival followed by fireworks.” The…Read More→

M&T Bank Moving to Public Square

i Jun 12th 2019

WILKES-BARRE, Pa. — Officials at the Greater Wilkes-Barre Chamber of Commerce say M&T Bank will soon be moving to Public Square in downtown Wilkes-Barre. “We are absolutely delighted that they are going to be now a permanent fixture of Public Square,” said Wico van Genderen, President of the Greater Wilkes-Barre Chamber of Commerce Leaders at…Read More→

Study aims to create bicycle, pedestrian network in W-B

i Jun 12th 2019

BY, Bob Kalinowski, Wilkes-Barre Citizens Voice  WILKES-BARRE — Engineers, architects and urban planners walked around downtown Wilkes-Barre on Tuesday as part of a study aimed at creating a bicycle and pedestrian network in the city. “What’s really amazing is Wilkes-Barre has a riverfront. You have open space here,” said Bob Thomas, of the Philadelphia-based Campbell…Read More→

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→