Doin’ Dunmore: Wishes for the New Year

nyBy Steve Svetovich

The annual New Year’s wish list began with the January 1991 issue of The Dunmorean.

It’s time for the 28th New Year’s wish list…

Here goes: an elephant back at Nay Aug Park…Maroni’s pepperoni pizza in West Side…good health to Carmen, proprietor of Maroni’s Pizza…a chili burger from Carbondale’s Carawana Diner…breakfast at Katrina’s in Dickson City…a German brownie from Minooka Bakery…crumb cake from Cwikla’s in Avoca…Mickey Gannon’s wings…a Hank’s hoagie in Green Ridge made by Tommy Owens…

Tommy Owens flinging a whiffle ball like old times…the return of the peanut stick at Krispy Kreme…Aaron Judge and Giancarlo Stanton slugging over 100 homers for the New York Yankees…Yankees shortstop Sir Didi Gregorius as an all-star starter…Dunmore’s Joe Tomko back in politics…health and happiness for Dunmore outgoing mayor Patrick “Nibs” Loughney and his wife Donna…good health to Dunmorean publisher John Hart and his wife Maureen…a Dunkin Donuts in Forest City…

Nicholas Pizza in Green Ridge…Nardozzi’s Pizza in Dunmore…New York Giant season tickets for former Dunmore councilman Paul Nardozzi…good health to my friend Stella Nardozzi of Dunmore…Former Scranton mayor Jimmy Connors singing Johnny B. Goode…a special place in Rock N’ Roll Heaven for Tom Petty, David Bowie and Chuck Berry…Sam the Greek back in business…Sam the Greek’s rice pudding…a Friday night at Legends in Dickson City…Eva Longoria…Eynon’s Gary Ruby back in baseball…Mick Jagger singing “Satisfaction” at 76…Keith Richards alive at. 76…

Pete Rose eligible for the Baseball Hall of Fame…breakfast served by Shelly at Fortissimo’s in Taylor…Jim Thome, Chipper Jones, Omar Vizquel, Edgar Martinez, Vladimir Guerrero, Trevor Hoffman, Mike Mussina, Curt Schilling, Jeff Kent, Larry Walker, Billy Wagner, Gary Sheffield, Johnny Damon and Fred “Crime Dog” McGriff in the National Baseball Hall of Fame…Kenny Anderson in the Pro Football Hall of Fame…a Bob Dylan concert…Shania Twain anywhere…continued work reforming prisoners from Pastor Tom Duggan….lower real estate taxes…less pot holes…a lower Scranton wage tax…a lower Scranton garbage fee…more community minded people like Dunmore councilwoman Carol Scrimalli…no domestic violence…Carly Simon at the Kirby Center…

Nina’s boneless wings in Dunmore…breakfast at Marie’s Diner in Old Forge…a Keystone Lunch Texas wiener from Green Bay Packers fan Franco in West Side…a trip to MACE in West Side…a Coney Island hot dog…the return of cassettes…a walk at McDade Park…a hoagie from West Side Flava’s…a fresh Blue Moon draft beer…good health for my great friend and mentor Bill Hoppel who always taught me to look at the bottle as half full and nothing ventured, nothing gained…

Peckville’s Chuck Morris back on the saxophone…more band jobs for my dad and his band, The Fabulous Fortunes…my dad on drums…Jack Meade on sax…Billy Vargas on bass…Ed Kosmahl, Vince Parise, Tom Gavern and Roger Finnerty on guitar…Jimmy Tigue on the keyboard…a reunion of the original Fabulous Fortunes with my dad, Art Stanton, Billy Woelkers and Johnny Cognetti…more band jobs for my son Ryan’s band, The Feels…a CD with original recordings from The Feels…my son Dylan in the outfield for the Marywood University baseball team…

An omelet from Marty at the Brunch House in West Pittston…West Scranton’s Nick Ivanoff healthy and playing college baseball…Mike Brunetti’s chilli…my dad’s chilli…my dad’s pizza…a gyro from Ganghi Pizza in Throop…chicken and gyro with rice from Crown Chicken in South Side…soup and salad from Olive Garden…Dunkin Donuts coffee…Cat Stevens in concert…Cher…Barbara Eden in a Jeannie bottle…

A summer Friday night at the Waldorf Tiki Bar…a trip to Asbury Park, New Jersey…a night at The Stone Pony in Asbury Park… Robert Plant in concert…another season for Bartolo Colon…Alyssa Milano anywhere…a trip to Greece…Brian Wilson back at the Kirby Center…my dad ‘s Greek stuffed grape leaves…at least five more years at the helm for Dunmore football coach Jack Henzes…

Cooper’s Maryland crab bisque soup…a walk in the Plot in Green Ridge…a special place in Heaven for late Dunmore community activists Addie Michalek, Carmel Arnone, Blanche Shaw, Fritz Voytek, Al Frioni, Sr.; James McHale, Sr. and Leonard Verrastro…Late Dunmore DJ Billy Weller spinning discs in Heaven…a Pappas Pizza grinder…Starbucks coffee…a trip to The Creamery in Old Forge…The Hawley Winterfest…Happy Days reruns…Lori Loughlin…a visit with Tim Wagner at his sporting goods store in Green Ridge…The Wannabes live…Jennifer Lopez…The Sperazza Band live…Twilight Zone marathons…

Green Ridge pizza…Laverne and Shirley…Betty White back on TV at 97…Mary Tyler Moore reruns…a bounce back season for local Mets fan Steve Gall…a return to health from back ailments for former U of S tennis star Paul “Saki” Wysocki…good health to my Aunt Stella and my late mom’s best friend Annette…Paul McCartney back at Hershey Park…a Springsteen concert anywhere…Thunder Road…Bob Seger live…another Rolling Stones tour…

Breakfast at Neen’s Diner in North Scranton…a trip with my boys to the Baseball Hall of Fame in Cooperstown, NY…another season for Ichiro…Brett Gardner being named Yankees captain…more of Vince Carter and Manu Ginobli…a Sirius-XM Radio in every vehicle…MLB talk radio…Dan Patrick back with Rob “The Nasty Boy” Dibble on sports talk radio…Larry King doing interviews again…Carol Burnett hosting Saturday Night Live…Stuttering John and Jackie the Jokeman back with Howard Stern…

Southside Johnny and the Asbury Jukes back at the Scranton Cultural Center…playing time, points and assists for my niece Livvy at Scranton High…a beautiful high school graduation for my niece and Godchild Mia…success for my nephew George as president of his sixth grade class and a special place in Heaven for his late friend Zach…health and happiness for my brother George and his wife Maria…a special place in Heaven for Maria’s late brother, Nick…less road rage…less hate…no racism…little baby ducks, old pickup trucks and tomatoes on the vine…lots of clean, cold spring water to cleanse the system…

A message of love to my late grandmothers, former in-laws and uncles Art, Gus and Wally in Heaven…health, happiness and contentment for my sister Denise…great health and happiness to my dad, the leader of The Fabulous Fortunes…a most special place in Heaven for my late mom who always told me to take a chance…many nights out creating memories with my special female friend, Brenda Cavalier…a special place in Heaven for Brenda’s late son, Daniel…my son Ryan on guitar, drums and piano…my son Dylan stealing bases and chasing fly balls in center field…great success, happiness and love to both of my sons and to their mom…peace, love and hope.

Life is short. Happy New Year, everyone.

 

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