Doin’ Dunmore: New Year’s wish list 2023

By Steve Svetovich

It’s time again for the 33rd annual New Year’s wish list for 2023.

With a pandemic lasting three years now, and a year that ended with the passing of legendary journalist Barbara Walters at 93, there is plenty to wish for in 2023.

It began with the 1991 issue of The Dunmorean. So here we go with the 2023 wish list:

A peaceful, happy and healthy year of recovery for Atty. Melanie Naro, former Dunmore Councilwoman stricken with cancer…a reversal of the 23 percent Dunmore tax increase to borough homeowners…an end to the war in the Ukraine with peace and safety for its people…an end to the COVID-19 pandemic and any other variant that mysteriously comes along…the return of the peanut stick at Krispy Kreme…more of the strawberry frosty at Wendy’s…a German Brownie from Minooka Bake Shop…the return of The Sperazza Band…Mickey Gannon’s wings…a classic Hank’s Hoagie in Green Ridge from Tommy Owens…Tommy Owens firing wiffle ball curves…former Scranton Mayor Jimmy Connor’s voice back so he can sing Johnny B Goode…a Dunkin Donuts in Forest City…a tray of pizza from McAlpine Bar and Restaurant in Avoca…Mary Tyler Moore reruns on Hulu…crum cake from Cwikla’s in Avoca…a night at The Roosey in Dunmore…Dunmore’s Joe Tomko back in politics…Barbara Eden in a Jeannie bottle at Coco Beach…Taco Bell…Green Ridge Pizza…Shania Twain anywhere…tickets to Shania Twain at Bethel Woods…a night at the Waldorf Tiki Bar…The Wannabes at the Villa Maria in West Side…less haters…less division in our country…less pot holes…a decrease in the Scranton wage tax…less taxes…breakfast at the Bucktown Diner in Dunmore…Olena serving fresh drafts at The Roosey…Dunmore’s Nibs Loughney back in politics…good health to Dunmorean publisher John Hart and his wife Maureen, editor…Keith Richards alive at 79…Mick Jagger strutting on stage and singing “Satisfaction” at 79…Ringo and his All-Star Band…an Arby’s gyro…Alyssa Milano and Tony Danza on Who’s The Boss reruns…Happy Days reruns…breakfast at Katrina’s Diner in Dickson City…Todd Helton, Jeff Kent and Jimmy Rollins in the National Baseball Hall of Fame…Kenny Anderson and Otis “O.J.” Anderson in the Pro Football Hall of Fame…Dunkin Donuts hot coffee…pizza from the Roosey in Dunmore…a chili burger from Carawanna’s in Carbondale…less divorce…much less crime…a visit with Tim Wagner at his sporting goods in Green Ridge…Rolling Rock beer…Cher…another Bob Dylan concert…Miller Genuine Draft…Bob Barker on The Price is Right at 100…Nardozzi’s Pizza in Dunmore…a night at Legends in Dickson City…Nashville’s Alyssa Lazar with a new CD and back at Crotti’s on Ash, Finnegan’s and the Rockwell VFW…Alyssa Lazar on piano singing Piano Man with my son Ryan on drums…Crown Pizza in Dunmore…my dad’s chili…a special place in music heaven for Dunmore’s Billy Arnold and Art Stanton, former sax player of The Fortunes…more band jobs for my dad, now in his 76th year of performing and leader of The Fabulous Fortunes…Nicholas Pizza in Green Ridge…a hoagie from West Side Flavas…more books written by Dunmore’s legendary Guy Valvano…another successful year for Dunmore’s Bob Walsh, chairman for the Northeast Chapter of the PA Sports Hall of Fame…breakfast at Pinky’s in Carbondale…a fresh Blue Moon draft…Thunder Road…no road rage…Jennifer Lopez anywhere…Valerie Bertinelli back on a TV sitcom…Gomer Pyle reruns…Everybody Loves Raymond…Sirius-XM Radio…more of The Mad Dog on sports radio…wings from Honeychild’s in Dunmore…Maroni’s Pizza in West Side…Laverne and Shirley reruns…Neil Young back at Montage…Brett “Gardy” Gardner getting a coaching job with the Yankees…anything from Crown Chicken in South Side…a Popeye’s chicken sandwich…Lady Gaga…dinner at Ragnacci’s in Dunmore…shrimp or chicken scampi from Joe Macciocco at the Villa Maria in West Side…a Rosanne’s Italian hoagie in West Side…Kelly’s wings in South Side…less desperate housewives…no desperate husbands…no animal cruelty…Roger Finnerty, Jimmy Tigue, Vince Parise and Billy Woelkers back with The Fabulous Fortunes…Jack Meade on sax…Tom Gavern, Firp Edmunds and Jeff Lewis on guitar…my dad on drums…good health to Dunmore’s Crime Watch head Gary Duncan…a special place in Heaven for my beloved friend and former co-worker Leah Cronauer who lost her battle with cancer…successful New York Mets and flea market seasons for my buddy Steve Gall…a night at The Stone Pony in Asbury Park…reasonable prices for Springsteen tickets…good fortune and health to my friend Jeanne Hoppel whose late dad taught me to always look at the bottle as half full… Brian Wilson back at the Kirby Center…Marie Osmond turning back the clock with Nutrisystem…the New York Knicks advancing in the playoffs…a World Series title for Aaron Judge and the New York Yankees…a solid season for the Cincinnati Reds…Dunmore’s Shannon Miele and her sister Michele rocking and dancing at the Waldorf Tiki Bar…Taylor Swift…a Pappas Pizza tuna grinder…a new gig for my son Ryan following the end of The Sperazza Band…another great summer of baseball for my son Dylan in the Tri-Valley League…a trip to Seaside Heights…the Cincinnati Bengals winning the Super Bowl…a Guiness draft…a comeback season for Cincinnati Reds first baseman Joey Votto…a trip to Santorini, Greece…more government support and funds for autism…a trip with my sons to Cooperstown, New York…Carly Simon in concert…Paul McCartney back in Hershey…Rod Stewart crooning, kicking soccer balls, doing back flips and wooing women at 78…good health to Dunmore’s Fran and Santa Burne…singing American Pie…Susanna Hoffs…Cooper’s Maryland crab bisque soup…Eric Sperazza on keyboards and singing John Lennon…Mike Sperazza on guitar singing The Stones…Jenny Sperazza on drums belting out Zeppelin and Janis Joplin tunes…my son Ryan on lead guitar singing “Gold on the Ceiling” and “Psycho Killer”…a successful basketball season for Dunmore’s Moriah Murray at Penn State…success for Holy Cross graduate Kaci Kranson in the University of Scranton basketball program…a great football season for Kevin McHale and his Dunmore Bucks…Success for Carrie Bowen Toomey as new basketball coach for the Dunmore Lady Bucks…Success for former Lady Bucks basketball coach Ben O’Brien as new coach of the University of Scranton Lady Royals.,,Taylor Swift…Lori Loughlin back on the Hallmark channel…Full House reruns…David Letterman back on TV…Welcome Back Kotter reruns…the Hawley Winterfest…Johnny Carson reruns…success and safety to my Godchild Mia as she begins her career in Florida…success to my niece Livy as she pursues her master’s degree…Dunmore’s Paul Nardozzi back in politics and his New York Giants in the playoffs…A return to good health for my great friend Tom Duggan who does great work as a pastor counseling prisoners…Nina’s wing bites in Dunmore…no more inflation…reduction in gas prices and utility bills, especially PA American Water…a Gerrity’s Supermarket ham and cheese hoagie…Madonna…a special place in Heaven for late Dunmore community activists Addie Michalek, Carmel Arnone, Blanche Shaw, Philomena Errico, Fritz Voyeck, Leonard Verrastro, Sam and Tom Cali, Billy Weller, Al Frioni, Sr; and James McHale, Sr….good health to my Aunt Annette…a special,place in Heaven for my Aunt Stella, a caregiver many years for her family who saved many hungry, stray cats…great health and treats for my cat Lola…a special place in a Heaven for my in-laws John and Elva Hoffman…continued recovery for my ex wife Beth, a cancer survivor who is winning the fight…a special place in a Heaven for my Uncles Gus, Art and Wally…a most special place in Heaven for my two grandmothers…a special place in Heaven for my sister-in-law’s parents and brother Nickie Stelmac, gone too soon…a most special place in Heaven to my mom who always told me to take a chance…good health to my brother George, his wife Maria and children George, Livy and Mia…continued success to my son Dylan, a pharmaceutical sales rep and the best center fielder and shortstop I ever saw…Sucess for his girlfriend Tiffini who will graduate from Marywood University this year…continued music success for my son Ryan, the best guitarist and musical talent I ever saw…great health and happiness to my dad and sister Denise…happiness and a new beginning for my special friend Janet…little baby ducks, old pickup trucks, tomatoes on the vine…life is short…enjoy the simple things in life…Happy New Year, everyone…

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