Shown at the documentary debut are, from left: John and Rae D. Baldino, Baldino Digital; Meghan Loftus, president and CEO, Friends of the Poor; Sister Maryalice Jacquinot, president, St. Joseph’s Center; Toni Ann Divizio, Angeline Manci, and Michael Colangelo, director of dining services, Chartwells, at OLP Residence and IHM Center.
Over 120 family and friends recently gathered at the IHM Center in Scranton for the debut of the documentary Marra: Priest & Prophet, honoring the life of the late Monsignor Anthony C. Marra.
The film was produced by Baldino Digital, Scranton. The premiere event accepted donations to benefit the Monsignor Anthony C. Marra Memorial Fund at Friends of the Poor, Scranton. Over $3,900 was raised in support of the fund used to provide activities for underprivileged children in the area.
Marra: Priest and Prophet examined the life of the late monsignor from his earliest days at Our Lady of Grace, Hazelton, through his retirement as Pastor Emeritus of St. Anthony of Padua Church in Dunmore.
As pastor of St. Anthony’s, he commissioned the paintings of modern day saints before many were even canonized including Saint Mother Teresa of Calcutta and Saint Oscar Romero.
The documentary was narrated by Kim Supon Kelly and featured family members, Angeline Manci, sister of Monsignor Marra; his niece Toni Ann DiVizio, and close family friend, Sister Maryalice Jacquinot, IHM.
Friends of the Poor, founded in 1986 by the late Sister Adrian Barrett, IHM, works to ease the burden of those living in poverty and to enhance the quality of life for all who live in low to moderate income communities.
Copies of the documentary are available on DVD for a cost of $12. Orders are being accepted online at BaldinoDigital.com/Marra.
Who you gonna’ call? Dustbusters! Shelley Nardozzi and Nessa Franko had an idea 32 years ago and put it to work.
“Nessa was newly married and I had three little kids,” said Shelly Nardozzi of Dunmore. “We both wanted to work flexible hours and loved to clean. So we started our own cleaning business.”
And so Dustbusters Cleaning Team was formed.
Currently in its 33rd year, Dustbusters now has Nardozzi and Franko as administrators and 38 employees under them. Dustbusters is a cleaning operation for commercial businesses in the Dunmore and Scranton area.
Nardozzi, 63, moved to Dunmore in the beginning of eighth grade and is a 1974 Dunmore High School graduate. Her late parents, Daniel and Elizabeth Nardozzi, are from Dunmore.
“My parents always taught me to work hard and be honest. Treat people the way you would want to be treated. Nessa and I try to apply that code of ethics to our business.”
Nardozzi has three children: Rob Swartz, 41, Dunmore; Danielle Lingo, 41, Connecticut, and Lauren Malecki, 29, Philadelphia.
Her significant other of 18 years is Keith Bedford.
Nessa, 59, is married to Joe Sulz. She is a 1978 graduate of Tunkhannock High School, but has lived in Dunmore for 35 years.
The couple has one child, Corey Miles, 30, of Jessup.
Nardozzi, who worked previously as a dental hygienist for 10 years, and Franko started Dustbusters doing all of the work by themselves. However, the business started to thrive and grow with employees working under them. Now they serve strictly as co administrators for the Dustbusters Cleaning Team. The business is well known and respected throughout the Dunmore community and Scranton.
The business partners said serving their customers honestly and satisfactorily and treating people right are always the goals.
Nardozzi and her partner love serving the Dunmore community and surrounding Scranton area. “Dunmore is a small town,” Nardozzi said. “People help each other out. We all have each other’s backs. Nessa and I like to give back to the community. We contribute to all the charities we can.”
During the Thanksgiving season, Nardozzi and Franko contribute to Family to Family, the Christmas Mission Homeless Center, and Saint Francis of Assisi Kitchen.
The Dunmore business partners also contribute during the Christmas season to Adopt a Family and by providing monetary donations for children in need at the Dunmore Elementary School.
Nardozzi and Franko put a lot of time into their Dustbusters business. A 60-hour work week is not uncommon for them, but the two Dunmore women love what they do. They love cleaning and helping people.
Nardozzi and Franko have a common theme when it comes to their faithful customers. The hard-working and community-minded Dunmore women said they believe in not taking anything for granted, not overcharging people, being kind and helpful, and helping those in need.
It’s a mind set that has worked for over three decades. And the successful business partners have no plans of retiring soon.
Both agree that there is nothing better than serving and helping and giving back to the community.
He is 74 and showing no signs of slowing down. He doesn’t have time to celebrate, but the Dunmore community will celebrate him.
The Dunmore Cross Country Reunion will celebrate Dunmore High School cross country coach Vince Fedor’s 50th year of coaching Friday, November 29, at La Buona Vita, 200 Reilly St., Dunmore. There will be a buffet dinner and cash bar at $25 per person. The event will be held from 6 to 10 p.m.
Fedor’s Dunmore Junior High cross country team has gone 22-0 to remain undefeated for the fall season. Additionally, the boys were the overall winners at the Vince Fedor Junior High League Championship meet held Oct. 19 at Mountain View High School.
“He has been there a very long time and is very dedicated to what he does,” said Gary Duncan who served for several years as a volunteer coach under Fedor.
“He instills a love of running to his students. He is very deserving of this honor.
“As a parent of two daughters and uncle of two nieces and a nephew who were part of his program, I was able to be in his presence.
“Coach Fedor was and is an inspiration to all those runners who were a part of his teams. He taught one and all about the importance of teamwork, as well as the benefits of being in top physical condition. My daughters, nieces, nephews and many runners in his program continue running to this day.”
Fedor was inducted into the Northeast Chapter of the Pennsylvania Sports Hall of Fame in November of 2014.
The veteran Dunmore cross country coach has been active as a participant, organizer and coach in the local running community for the past 50 years.
He retired after 35 years as a Dunmore Elementary School teacher in 2004, but continued as the Dunmore High School cross country coach. He has no plans of retiring soon from that position.
The Mansfield University graduate did not run cross country at Dunmore High School where he graduated in 1963. There was no team. The Dunmore High School cross country program started two years after his graduation.
Fedor returned to Dunmore as the cross country coach in 1970. He has held the position ever since and takes the position very seriously.
Fedor began running marathons in the early 1970’s. He is a founding member of the Scranton Organization of Area Runners. He organized the Father’s Day Race in Dunmore and became a founding committee member of the Steamtown Marathon.
Vince Fedor is pictured, top row, with members of the boys junior varsity cross country team. Shown middle row, from left to right: Nathan McMynne, Lucas Urban, Cory Domiano, Anthony Bonavoglia, Christopher Padula and Connor Mullaney. Bottom row: AJ Santarsiero, Max Hunt, Conor Toole, Tommy Clark, Cullen Smith, Gabe Franek and Joseph Lucas. Team members absent from photo: Jack Maloney, Kieran Hinton and Giulian Morrel.
The 50-year coach has been very successful at the helm of the Dunmore cross country program. Many members of his very first teams and beyond are still runners.
His Dunmore cross country teams have won several Lackawanna League and District titles and individual District 2 boys’ titles. He has coached numerous individual state medal winners. Fedor is a well respected coach at Dunmore and continues to help local race directors in organizing events.
Mike Deignan, a 1979 Dunmore High School graduate, was a cross country runner for Fedor and competed in the sport at Villanova University. He praised his former coach.
“Vince has coached teams and individuals, young men and women, to league and district championships and qualifying for state championships while being a role model beyond reproach.
“He has inspired many of his runners to continue competing post high school for NCAA teams. His positive influence on runners and the regional community in general cannot be overstated.”
Fedor himself, who shuns publicity, did recently tell reporters at Newswatch 16, that he doesn’t see an end in sight.
“I love what I’m doing. I can still do it. I have a great relationship with the kids I think. We all get along. We have fun the whole season… I am truly enjoying it, and that’s why I am hanging in here,” Fedor said.