Doin’ Dunmore: 30th Annual New Year’s Wish List

By Steve Svetovich

The annual New Year’s wish list is now in it’s 30th year. It began with the January 1991 issue of The Dunmorean.

It’s time for the 2020 New Year’s wish list: 

Here we go: crumb cake from Cwikla’s Bakery in Avoca…breakfast served by Shelly at Fortisimmo’s in Taylor…a scrambled egg on croissant and a medium coffee from Main Street Bagel in Dickson City from my friend Debbie…a German brownie from the Minooka Bake Shop…the peanut stick back at Krispy Kreme…a Dunkin Donuts in Forest City…a special place in pizza Heaven for the late Carmen Pellegrino of Maroni’s Pizza in West Scranton…a chilli burger from the Carawana Diner in Carbondale…more rights for landlords…Mickey Gannon’s wings…Sir Didi Gregorius shining at shortstop for the Philadelphia Phillies…Joe Girardi leading the Philadelphia Phillies into the NL playoffs…breakfast at Katrina’s in Dickson City.

A Hank’s hoagie made by Tommy Owens in Green Ridge…Tommy Owens flinging a whiffle ball curveball like old times…Dunmore’s Joe Tomko, Patrick “Nibs ” Loughney and Paul Nardozzi back in politics…good health to Dunmore’s former First Lady, Donna Loughney…good health to Dunmorean publisher John Hart, Sr. and his wife Maureen…Mike Brunetti’s chilli…good health to Anne Brunetti of Brunetti’s in Green Ridge…my dad’s chilli…a cure for M.S….a lamb and chicken gyro with rice from Crown Chicken in South Side…good health to my great friend and mentor, Bill Hoppel, who always looks at the bottle as half full, and his wife Jean…great health and happiness to my very good female friend, Jeanne Hoppel…lower real estate taxes…a lower Scranton wage tax…much lower water bills…less pot holes…continued work helping the less fortunate from local Pastor Tom Duggan.

More community minded people like Dunmore’s Carol Scrimalli…a special place in Heaven for Dunmore’s Rose “Rosebud” Rinaldi, an avid reader of The Dunmorean, who prayed for everyone in need and never missed the daily mass on TV…Derek Jeter unanimously enshrined into the National Baseball Hall of Fame…Larry Walker, Curt Schilling, Jeff Kent, Todd Helton, Omar Vizquel and Gary Sheffield in the National Baseball Hall of Fame…Kenny Anderson and Cliff Branch in the Pro Football Hall of Fame…an elephant back at Nay Aug Park…Jimmy Connors back in politics and singing Johnny B Goode…Nicholas Pizza in Green Ridge…Nardozzi’s Pizza in Dunmore…a night out at the Waldorf Tiki Bar in East Mountain…Carol Burnett hosting Saturday Night Live…Shania Twain anywhere…soup and salad from the Olive Garden…the salad bar at Ruby Tuesday…Victory Pig Pizza in Kingston…Eva Longoria…Barbara Eden in a Jeanne bottle…meeting Barbara Eden at the Scranton Cultural Center…Robert Plant in concert…a reunion of Plant and Page.

A Keystone Lunch texas wiener from Franco, West Scranton’s biggest Green Bay Packers fan…breakfast at Marie’s Diner in Avoca…a night at The Stone Pony in Asbury Park…Brian Wilson back at the Kirby Center…good health and a break on the positive side to my close female friend Tanya Skurka, afflicted with M.S. but never a complaint from her…just one more Bob Seger concert…breakfast at Neen’s Diner in North Scranton…a hoagie from West Side Flava’s…Cat Stevens in concert…Cher…Larry King doing interviews again.

Dunmore graduate Joe LaTorre shooting hoops at 59…Dunmore’s Shannkn Miele Grippi and her sister Michelle rocking the Waldorf Tiki Bar…the old Howard Stern with Stuttering John and Jackie the Jokeman…Bob Barker back on The Price is Right…Happy Days reruns…Laverne and Shirley Reruns…The Sperazza Band live…one more Lynyrd Skynyrd concert…a bounce back for local Mets fan Steve Gall…Brett “Gardy” Gardner being named Yankees captain…the return of cassettes…a comeback from Bartolo Colon…a Tom Brady and Bill Beli-cheat separation…another season in the NFL for Eli Manning…my dad’s lemon flavored stuffed grape leaves.

Mick Jagger singing “Satisfaction” at 77…Keith Richards alive at 76…Sam the Greek’s rice pudding…Rice pudding from Pappas Pizza…a Pappas Pizza tuna grinder…a trip to Santorini, Greece…a summer night at Johnny Z’s Tiki Bar in West Scranton…Friday night at Legend’s in Dickson City…a trip to Seaside Heights, New Jersey…more government support and funds for autism…better transition programs for adults with autism…Pete Rose eligible for the Baseball Hall of Fame…a Bob Dylan concert…a lower Scranton garbage fee…a Carly Simon concert…Nina’s boneless wings in Dunmore…a night at The Roosevelt in Dunmore…pizza from The Roosey.

A walk at McDade Park in West Scranton…Rolling Rock beer…my dad’s pizza…Dunkin Donuts coffee…Alyssa Milano anywhere…Paul McCartney back at Hershey Park…a Springsteen concert, one of the greatest peak experiences in life…XM-Sirius station 89, all baseball talk…a fresh Guiness draft…more band jobs for my dad and his band, The Fabulous Fortunes…my dad and my son Ryan on drums…Jack Mead on sax…Ed Kosmahl on guitar, Firp on bass, Vince Parise on guitar with 100 percent return to good health…my dad playing his 73rd consecutive New Year’s Eve gig…My son Ryan playing his eighth consecutive New Year’s Eve gig…a reunion of the original Fabulous Fortunes with my dad, Billy Woelkers, Johnny Cognetti and Art Stanton…a special place in Heaven for the beloved Kris Stanton.

Chuckie Morris back on the saxophone…Roger Finnerty back on guitar…Jimmy Tigue back on the keyboards…a visit with Tim Wagner at his sporting goods store in Green Ridge..,good health to Dunmore’s Fran and Santa Burne, forever friends…pasta at Soriano’s in Peckville…breakfast at Denny’s…Daydream Believers…Betty White back on TV at 98…Mary Tyler Moore reruns…Singing American Pie…Everybody Loves Raymond…New York Giant tickets for former Dunmore Counciman Paul Nardozzi…Cooper’s Maryland crab bisque soup…hot fries for my son Ryan…a Boston Celtics game for my son Dylan…a summer night outside by the fire with a fresh beer in Springbrook with close friends Brian and Cheryl Bosley.

A happy retirement for legendary Dunmore football coach Jack Henzes…Continued success with Dunmore Crime Watch program and all his other ventures for Dunmore’s Gary Duncan…a special place in Heaven for late Dunmore community activists Addie Michalek, Carmel Arnone, Blanche Shaw, Fritz Voytek, Sam and Tom Cali, Leonard Verrastro, James McHale, Sr.; and Al Frioni, Sr….Late Dunmore DJ Billy Weller spinning discs in Heaven…Starbucks coffee…a Red Robin chocolate malt for my son Ryan…Granteed’s Pizza for my son Dylan…the Hawley Winterfest…a trip to Jim Thorpe…Green Ridge Pizza…Medicare at 60…lower college education costs…another Adam Sandler movie…Jennifer Lopez anywhere…a Bob Dylan concert…a Rod Stewart comeback…a trip to Yankee Stadium with JZ Tours.

A trip to Cooperstown with my boys and great friends Jim and Jake Decker…Chris DiMatteo singing Sinatra…good health to my Aunt Stella…good health to my Aunt Annette…The Wannabes at The Taurus Club…an honestly fresh Straub’s beer…Teri Hatcher…less desperate housewives…less desperate husbands…the return of David Letterman…a great start in post college life for my son Dylan who last month graduated with honor’s from Marywood University with a master’s degree in Health Care Administration…a break in the music industry for my talented son Ryan…Thunder Road…a dramatic decrease in the divorce rate…a Neil Young concert…Paul McCartney singing “When I’m 64” at 78…another book from Dunmore’s Guy Valvano.

The New York Yankees retiring the number of Paul O’Neill…pasta at Fratelli’s in North Scranton…Yankee baseball on YES…a Yankees World Series title…Vince Carter in the NBA dunk contest…the return of Bartel’s beer…breakfast at Abe’s Diner in downtown Scranton…a less expensive and easier parking system in downtown Scranton that will not affect local businesses…football success for West Scranton’s Matt McGloin…baseball success for the Abington’s Cory Spangenberg…less road rage…less hate…clean, sparkling, fresh water to cleanse the system…toasted tuna sandwiches with a pickle…little baby ducks, old pickup trucks and tomatoes on the vine…success at Penn State for my niece Livy…success at East Stroudsburg University for my niece Mia…success for my nephew George, president of his eighth grade class at Northeast Intermediate.

Health and happiness for my brother George and his wife Maria…a special place in Heaven for Maria’s late dad, Nick Stelmack, and her late brother Nickie…good health to Maria’s mom…a special message of love and kisses in Heaven to my late grandmothers and to my former in-laws and Uncles Gus and Wally…continued health, happiness and contentment to my sister Denise, the Mallory of Family Ties…great health and happiness to my dad, the leader of The Fabulous Fortunes…a most special place in Heaven to my late mom who always told me to take a chance…my son Ryan on guitar, drums and piano…my son Dylan stealing bases and chasing down fly balls in center field while still playing the summer game he loves…great success, happiness, peace and love to both of my boys and to their mom, Beth who is courageously fighting a year long battle with cancer…the very best of health to Beth

Peace, love and hope. Life is short. Enjoy the simple things in life. Nothing ventured, nothing gained. Time is your most valuable asset .We are all still Running Against the Wind.

Happy New Year, everyone!

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