Dunmorean of the Month: Jerry Ferrario

By Steve SvetovichFerrario

Dunmore’s Jerry Ferrario is a local real estate developer who uses his skills to better the community.

Ferrario, 57, a Dunmore High School and Villanova University graduate with a bachelor of science degree. in finance, has been a real estate developer for the past three decades.

Married to his grade school friend and high school sweetheart, the former Nadine Lucas, the couple has three children: Jerry, 22, a graduate in economics from the University of Pennsylvania Wharton School; Thomas, 21, a senior business major at the University of Miami; and William, a computer science major at Saint Joseph’s University in Philadelphia. All are Scranton Prep graduates. 

Ferrario and his brother Joe, 56, also a Dunmore graduate, rented the space and are the real estate developers of Monroe Plaza, the site of the old Price Chopper in Dunmore. His brother graduated from the University of Scranton with a bachelor of science. in business management.

The Ferrario brothers are equal business partners. Michael Marion, Scranton, is a minority partner in the Monroe Plaza development. 

Jerry’s focus for the past 30 years has been on commercial development in Dunmore. The lifelong Dunmore resident takes great pride in the this community. He regularly focuses on projects for the betterment of the borough.

Michele Neary, vice president of marketing for United Gilsonite Laboratories, works close to the Monroe Plaza. “Jerry has his focus on the betterment of the community,” she said.

“A true testament to that are the beautiful townhouses on Sherwood Avenue which was previously an abandoned building. Jerry is the developer there.

“We are blessed to have residents who want to bring lucrative businesses to Dunmore and beautify the community.

“As a member of the local business community, it is refreshing to have a business leader like Jerry who gives back double what he receives.”

After graduating from Villanova, Ferrario came back home and joined Ferrario Insurance and Real Estate which his late grandfather, Angelo, started and ran until his dad took over. He and his brother Joe operated the business after his late dad Jerry, Sr.

But real estate development and improving the Dunmore community was in his veins.

He developed 10 townhouses on Sherwood Avenue in 2008-2009. Currently nine are occupied and one is available. There is approval to build another six, he said. 

The Monroe Plaza is 44,000 square feet, of which 32,000 square feet are occupied, he said.

“There is 12,000 square feet vacant, but we have some interested tenants,” Ferrario said.

The current tenants of Monroe Plaza include Traditional Home Health Care, Great Wall Chinese Restaurant, Saint Joseph’s Day Care Center, Podiatrist Elmo Baldassari, Brian Clark Architecture, a mortgage company and the Haggerty, Hinton and Cosgrove Law Firm.

“My goal is always to help make Dunmore a better community,” Ferrario said. 

“I take a lot of pride in living in this community. We have really good people here. My brother is an equal partner. And Michael Marion is a big help as a minority partner. We are always looking to improve the Dunmore community.” 

Dunmore High School Class of 2020 Valedictorian: Bell Pendon

DHS Valedictorian - Bell PendonBy Steve Svetovich

The reality is still setting in for Dunmore graduating senior Bell Pendon. 

Daughter of Janet and Reynold Pendon, Dunmore, Bell said she feels “humbled” after learning late last month she is the Dunmore High School valedictorian.

“At first when I was told,” she said, “it didn’t feel like it was real. It took me a while to take it all in. Now I am getting used to it.

“I feel very humbled and grateful.”

Bell, 18, will be attending Bucknell University next year on a Dean’s Scholarship. She will study psychology.

Bell, who has an infectious giggle, said she wants to become a psychiatrist eventually. She will combine the sciences with psychology. The Dunmore scholar said her best subject is English, but she likes science the best.

“I am going to study psychology,” she said, “because I always wanted to help people. I have seen first hand how mental health issues affect people’s lives and I want to be in a profession to help.”

Bell loves to be active and play a big part in school activities which is evident by her membership in numerous clubs. She is a member of the Student Council, Yearbook staff, Drama Club, Newspaper Club, Earth Club and is a football cheerleader. 

Bell enjoys acting and was in various plays at Dunmore High School. “That was a lot of fun,” she said. “It is nice to be involved in a lot of clubs at school. I thought drama was great.” 

She talked about her experience at Dunmore. “It was such a welcoming experience. The teachers and my fellow students supported me so much. They made me who I am today. I am very grateful.”

Bell said she enjoys baking and her favorite musical artist is Taylor Swift.

She has two sisters, Cessna, 21, and Marchete, 19, both Dunmore graduates. Cessna attends the University of Pittsburgh and Marchete goes to the University of Chicago. Higher learning obviously runs in the family. Her sisters have been very positive influences on Bell.

Born in the Phillipines, Bell came to Dunmore with her family when she was in the fourth grade. She talked about the differences in two countries. “Well, it is warmer in the Philippines,” she said, “but here there are many more opportunities. There were certainly a lot of clubs to join in at school. I made many friends.”

Humble in nature, Bell said she learned “perseverance and kindness” from her parents. She said her Dunmore teachers always taught her “to be curious.”

Bell said she spent the past several months studying at home, spending a lot of time with her family and practicing “social distancing” during the on going COVID-19 pandemic. 

Bell said she is excited about attending college at Bucknell. “I am very excited about meeting new people and taking on higher education learning. It will be a different kind of learning with college professors. My experience at Dunmore will help me. 

“My goal is simply to lead a happy life.”