Doin’ Dunmore: A Wish List for 2019

1546096823-finaThis annual New Year’s wish list began with the January 1991 issue of The Dunmorean.

And as the years are flying by quicker, it’s time already for the 29th annual New Year’s wish list. Here we go:

Good health to former Dunmore Mayor Patrick “Nibs” Loughney and his wife Donna…crumb cake from Cwikla’s bakery in Avoca…a cure for cancer…a decrease in the city of Scranton’s garbage fee…a German brownie from the Minooka bake shop…a decrease in real estate taxes…a decrease in the city of Scranton’s wage tax…a solution to the city of Scranton’s financial woes without taking money out of the taxpayers pockets…free parking in downtown Scranton to help both tax payers and local businesses…a major decrease in water bills in both Dunmore and Scranton…Fred “the Crime Dog” McGriff, Edgar Martinez, Mike Mussina, Mariano Rivera, Curt Schilling, Jeff Kent, Larry Walker, Gary Sheffield, Todd Helton, Roy Halladay and Omar Vizquel in the National Baseball Hall of Fame…Kenny Anderson in the Pro Football Hall of Fame…

Former Scranton Mayor Jimmy Connors singing Johnny B. Goode…Dunkin Donuts coffee…Mick Jagger singing “Satisfaction” at 75…Keith Richards alive at 75…reasonable prices to see The Rolling Stones in concert…another season with the New York Giants for Eli Manning…Alyssa Milano anywhere…breakfast with Shellie at Fortisimmo’s in Taylor…Sirius and XM radio is every vehicle…Springsteen at the Stone Pony in Asbury Park…more Adam Sandler movies…Neil Young back at Montage Mountain…less desperate housewives…a decrease in the alarming divorce rate…less potholes…no road rage…Maroni’s Pizza in West Scranton…a classic hoagie from Hank’s in Green Ridge…Tommy Owens playing whiffle ball again…A return to the sidelines and health for Dunmore football coach Jack Henzes…

Dunmore’s Nibs Loughney, Joe Tomko and Paul Nardozzi back in politics…Scranton Knights graduate Ross Zanghi, Jr. showcasing his talents for Keystone College baseball team…Abington graduate Cory Spangenberg winning second base job for Milwaukee Brewers…a return to health from heart ailment, 250th win and 3,000th strikeout for NY Yankees pitcher CC Sabathia…Brett “Gardy” Gardner nailing down leftfield job, stealing 25 bases and scoring 100 runs for NY Yankees…Shania Twain anywhere…

Burritos from Taco Bell…a Taco salad from Wendy’s…a scrambled egg on croissant from Main Street Bagel in Dickson City…Paul McCartney singing “When I’m 64” at 76…another Bob Dylan concert…Taylor Swift at Montage…breakfast at Neen’s Diner in North Scranton…a visit with Tim Wagner at Wagner’s Sporting Goods in Green Ridge…a Carawanna’s chilli burger in Carbondale…a trip to Mace in West Scranton…summer baseball at Dunmore’s Sherwood Park…Happy Days reruns…Cher…another book from Dunmore’s Guy Valvano…another book from Dunmore’s Tony Amico…one more Bob Seger concert…

Soup and salad from the Olive Garden…Ruby Tuesday’s salad bar…Maryland crab bisque soup from Cooper’s Seafood House…more of Valerie Bertanelli…more of Betty White at 98…a Red Robin milkshake for my son Ryan…Nina’s wing bites from Dunmore for my son Dylan…The late Jim Croce in the Rock N’ Roll Hall of Fame…a fresh Blue Moon draft…a trip to Seaside Heights, New Jersey…a day with my boys at the National Baseball Hall of Fame in Cooperstown, New York…

A day in Jim Thorpe with my girlfriend Brenda…a baseball trip with Eddie from Cookie’s Travelers…breakfast at Abe’s Diner in downtown Scranton…good health to Dunmore’s Fran and Santa Burne…more band jobs for my dad with his band, The Fabulous Fortunes…Jack Mead on sax…Jimmy Tigue on keyboards…Tom Gavern on the mike…Vince Parisse, Ed Kasmahl and Roger Finnerty on guitar…Billy Vargas on bass…my dad on drums…A Fabulous Fortunes reunion with my dad, Billy Woelkers, Art Stanton and Johnny Cognetti…Chuckie Morris back on the sax…Bob Barker back on The Price is Right…good health to Scranton’s Bill Hoppel who always looks at the bottle as half full…an elephant back at Nay Aug Park…

Barbara Eden in a Jeanne bottle…Mickey Gannon’s wings…breakfast with my girlfriend Brenda at Katrina’s in Dickson City…the return of the peanut stick at Krispy Kreme…Yankees shortstop Sir Didi Gregorius back from injury at mid season…Matt Kemp and Yasiel Puig slugging 60 plus homers for Cincinnati Reds…An MVP season for Reds first baseman Joey Votto…good health to Dunmorean publisher John Hart and his wife Maureen…Nardozzi’s Pizza in Dunmore…a Dunkin Donuts in Forest City…Sam the Greek back in town with his rice pudding…

Eva Longoria…hot fries for my son Ryan…Pete Rose eligible for the Baseball Hall of Fame and back on Fox as a baseball analyst…continued work reforming prisoners from Pastor Tom Duggan…pasta with my girlfriend Brenda at Fratelli’s in Bulls Head…Seinfeld reruns…breakfast at Marie’s Diner in Avoca…more community minded people like Dunmore Councilwoman Carol Scrimalli…more great work from Gary Duncan, head of Dunmore’s crime watch…a walk at McDade Park in West Scranton…a fresh MGD draft…a trip to The Bog in downtown Scranton…Mary Tyler Moore reruns…a summer Friday night at The Waldorf Tiki Bar…the Sperazza Band anywhere…Jennifer Lopez…fresh water…one more base hit from Ichiro…Brian Wilson back at the Kirby Center…my dad’s chilli…my dad’s pizza…my dad’s Greek spinach pie (spinakopeta) and stuffed grape leaves…a gyro from Ganghi Pizza in Throop…gyro with rice from Crown Chicken in South Side…the return of cassettes…Carly Simon in concert…an end to domestic violence and child abuse…an end to animal abuse…a Keystone Lunch Texas wiener from Franco in West Scranton…8-tracks…the return of the Ford Pinto…Starbucks coffee…

A special place in Heaven for late Dunmore community activists Addie Michalek, Carmel Arnone, Fritz Voytek, Blanche Shaw, Leonard Verrastro, Tom Cali,  Al Frioni, Sr. and James McHale, Sr….Late Dunmore DJ Billy Weller spinning discs in Heaven…a Pappas Pizza grinder…Nicholas Pizza in Green Ridge…Dunmore’s Chris DiMatteo singing Sinatra…The Wannabes at The Taurus Club…a solid season for long time New York Mets fan Steve Gall…Thunder Road…American Pie…more of Vince Carter…Larry King doing interviews again…Laverne and Shirley reruns…a nice plate of salmon for my girlfriend Brenda…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…Bob Seger’s “Against the Wind” on the jukebox…good health and continued happiness to my West Scranton friends Bob “Whitey” and Kathy White, Jim and Laura Decker and John and Anna Mae Martinelli…tickets to the Jethro Tull reunion…good health to my Aunt Stella and to my late mom’s best friend, Annette…a Subway hoagie…a successful J.V. baseball coaching season at North Pocono for Dunmore’s Anthony “Dutch” Duchnowski and his dad, Tony, who is his assistant…a strong year for Dunmore baseball coach Sid Hallinan…the New York Yankees retiring Paul O’Neill’s number…good health to Old Forge friends Pete and Mary Valenta…

Good health to Dunmore buddy Jimmy Burne…a night at The Roosevelt in Dunmore…a night at Legends in Dickson City…Straub’s beer…Green Ridge Pizza…another Elton John concert…a Guiness draft from Andy Gavin’s…Gold Crown Pizza in Dunmore…a West Side Flava’s hoagie…a break for my son Ryan in the local music scene…continued success in graduate school for my son Dylan as he pursues his M.S. in health care administration…Alyssa Lazor at Crotti’s on Ash…Lori Loughlin…a Full House reunion…Everybody Loves Raymond reruns…David Letterman back…more Johnny Carson reruns…a Friends reunion…

Pasta at Soriano’s in Peckville with my girlfriend Brenda…playing time, points and assists for my niece Livvy at Scranton High…a beautiful high school graduation for my niece, Livvy…a continued successful freshman year at East Stroudsburg U for my niece and godchild Mia…success and base hits this summer for my nephew George, president of his seventh grade class, and special place in Heaven for his late best friend Zach…health and happiness to my brother George and his wife Maria…a special place in Heaven for Maria’s late brother Nickie and late dad, Nick…and good health to Maria’s mom…a special place in Heaven to my former in-laws, John and Elva Hoffman…health, happiness and contentment to my sister Denise…continued good health to my dad…many special evenings creating memories with my girlfriend Brenda, beautiful inside and out…a special place in Heaven for Brenda’s late son, Daniel, and to her late mom…good health and happiness to Brenda’s son, Michael…a quick and healthy recovery for Brenda and her injured leg…a special place in Heaven for my late Uncles Gus, Art and Wally…a message of love and kisses to my two grandmothers in Heaven…

A most special message of love and place in Heaven to my mom who always told me to take a chance…less hate…no racism…little baby ducks, old pickup trucks, tomatoes on the vine…my son Ryan bringing down the house on drums, piano and guitar…my son Dylan listening to the cheers stealing bases and chasing down fly balls in centerfield…great success, happiness, love and peace to both my sons…and health and happiness to their mom…experiences, love and relationships are worth much more than material things…

Life is short. Enjoy it to the fullest. Savor the moments. Happy New Year, everyone.

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