Dunmorean of the Month: Tim McGrath

By Steve Svetovich

Tim McGrath, Dunmore, has been involved in politics and business his entire adult life, so he should have no problem shining in his new venture.

McGrath, 56, is the new Executive Director of COLTS Bus in the Lackawanna County Transit System.

He begins his duties Monday, Nov. 8.

Married 24 years to the former Heather Perrone, the couple resides with their three children on Jefferson Avenue, Dunmore. 

He worked for the past 20 years as General Manager of the Viewmont Mall, Dickson City. 

 “It should be an easy transition for me,” he said. “Retail is very challenging. Staffing is always challenging and especially during a pandemic. You have competition from online shoppers. But we overcame the challenges and strived even during tough times.

“I am very excited to get involved in the Lackawanna County transit system with COLTS at this critical time. Of course, we will have competition from the Ubers of the world, but we want to serve the people of this county in the best possible manner.”

McGrath is on the Board of Directors of both Goodwill Industries of NEPA and the Greater Scranton Chamber of Commerce.

He has also been on the Board of Directors of the Lackawanna County Convention and Visitors Bureau from 2002 to 2018.

He received a bachelor of science degree in communications from the University of Scranton in 1990. He also attended Arizona State University in Tempe, AZ, from 1983 to 1985. McGrath was raised in Florida, graduating from Pompano Beach High School in 1983.

McGrath served as Assistant to the Chairman for President  Clinton’s Summit for America’s Future in 1997; as Events Coordinator for the Steamtown National Historic Site Grand Opening in August 1995; as Events Coordinator for Gov. Robert Casey’s Inaugural Committee in January 1991; as Field Coordinator for Pat Casey for Congress in 1998, and as Statewide Field Coordinator for Robert Casey for Auditor General in 1996 and 1997.

Dunmorean of the month Tim McGrath is shown with his family, including from left: wife Heather, daughter Mary Grace, and son Timothy. In front is son Robert.

The Dunmorean also campaigned for Bob Casey for Governor in 1985-86 and 1989-91, and for U.S. Senator Harris Wofford in 1991-95. 

Additionally, McGrath was Regional Officer for the Muscular Dystrophy Association of NEPA in 1997; Deputy Clerk for the Lackawanna County Recorder of Deeds Office in 1998, working under Evie McNulty, and was Community Development and Events Coordinator for the Springwood Group in 1995-96. McGrath was also director of the Lackawanna Trolley Museum for two years in the late 1990’s.

Most importantly to him, he is a family man who takes great pride in Dunmore and surrounding areas. 

He and his wife are proud parents. The couple’s son Timothy, 22, is a student studying sports management at Lackawanna College. A daughter Mary Grace, 20, is in the general studies program at Saint Joseph’s University and wants to become a forensic psychologist. Another son Robert, 13, is a student at Saint Paul’s Elementary School in Green Ridge. 

“Given the climate of retail,” he said, “I think we had great success during my 20 years at the Viewmont Mall in Dickson City. It was a great experience and a very fulfilling 20 years. It was very challenging at times. I am proud of the success we had as the premier shopping center in the region.

“I want to transfer that feeling of success and fulfillment to my new position at COLTS. There will be some similarities. I will be able to draw from my previous experience. I am very excited about this new opportunity to serve the public. I am very much looking forward to this new opportunity.”

Ballet Theatre of Scranton’s “The Nutcracker” Marks 46 Years

Ballet Theatre of Scranton will present it’s 46th annual performances of The Nutcracker at the Theater at North on new dates this year! 

Kick off the holiday season with this traditional gift to the community.

Free public performances will be held on Nov 26, 27,and 28 at 2 and 7:30 pm.

Free tickets are required in advance by visiting thetheateratnorth.com. Tickets will be available after Nov. 10.

Pictured left is Celia Eagen, a 2021 Dunmore High School graduate, a BTOS alumna, and currently a trainee at Philadelphia Ballet, who will perform as Clara.

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Dunmore resident Amelia Ingargiola (shown right) will perform as the lead Spanish dancer in Act 2 of Ballet Theatre of Scranton’s upcoming production of The Nutcracker.

Additionally, the professionally filmed 2020 production of the ballet will be shown on local FOX affiliates from Dec. 23-26.

Joanne Arduino, artistic director is also a Dunmore resident. For more information, call 570-347-2867 or visit http://www.balletscranton.org.

SAGE Award Winners to be Announced November 12th

The Greater Scranton Chamber of Commerce Fall 2021 SAGE Awards, the Scranton Awards for Growth and Excellence, will be announced on Friday, Nov. 12, at the Chamber Gala, a black-tie optional event held safely at the Hilton Scranton & Conference Center and presented by Fidelity Bank.. The SAGE Awards honor outstanding local businesses for their talent, creativity, and innovation.

In addition, all award finalists can also win the People’s Choice Award, where the winner will be chosen by a community wide online vote, available on www.scrantonchamber.com from Monday, Nov. 1 through Friday, Nov. 5.

More than 80 applications were received for this year’s awards and 50 community leaders and professionals volunteered to review applications and select finalists. The finalists, which include nominees from Dunmore, include :

BEST PRACTICES IN COMMUNITY INVOLVEMENT

• Pioneer Construction Company Inc.

• Posture Interactive

• Scranton Area Community Foundation

BEST PRACTICES IN CUSTOMER SERVICE

• Center City Print

• Hilton Scranton & Conference Center

• theKIMMY

BEST PRACTICES IN MARKETING AND COMMUNICATIONS

• Fidelity Bank 

• Horizon Dental Care

• The Honesdale National Bank

BUSINESS OF THE YEAR

• FNCB Bank

• Golden Technologies

• Posture Interactive

HOMETOWN STAR

• Children’s Advocacy Center of NEPA

• Scranton Jazz Festival

• Scranton Tomorrow

IMPACT: COMMUNITY OUTREACH

• Friends of the Poor

• NeighborWorks of Northeastern Pennsylvania 

• The University of Scranton

IMPACT: PEOPLE AND CULTURE

• Golden Technologies

• Hematology & Oncology Associates of Northeastern Pennsylvania, PC

• The Settlers Inn

IMPACT: PRODUCTS AND SERVICES

• Friends of the Poor

• Montage Mountain Resorts

• One Point, Inc.

NEW AND EMERGING BUSINESS OF THE YEAR

• CTB Studio

• Epic Revenue Consultants

• Reed Advisory Group

NON-PROFIT ORGANIZATION OF THE YEAR

• Agency for Community EmPOWERment of NEPA

• Miller-Keystone Blood Center

• Treatment Court Advocacy Center of Lackawanna County

SMALL BUSINESS OF THE YEAR

• Center City Print

• Noteology

• Quest Studio