PennDOT Extends Expiration Dates for Driver Licenses & ID Cards

pennDOT-logoThe Pennsylvania Department of Transportation (PennDOT) announced  that expiration dates for driver licenses, identification cards, and learner’s permits, will be extended for Pennsylvania residents in response to statewide COVID-19 mitigation efforts.

Effective July 23, expiration dates for driver licenses, photo ID cards and learner’s permits scheduled to expire from March 16, 2020 through August 31, 2020, have been extended until August 31, 2020. These extensions are in addition to those announced on June 25.

 A camera card is considered a driver’s license, so it is covered by the same terms and conditions extending other driver’s license products. Camera cards with expiration dates within this timeframe are also extended through August 31, 2020. 

 Additionally, limited services are available at some Driver License and Photo License Centers. For a list of open driver license and photo license centers and the services provided, as well as their hours of operation, please visit  

 Customers may continue to complete various transactions and access multiple resources online at Driver and vehicle online services are available 24 hours a day, seven days a week and include driver’s license, photo ID and vehicle registration renewals; driver-history services; changes of address; driver license and vehicle registration restoration letters; ability to pay driver license or vehicle insurance restoration fee; driver license and photo ID duplicates; and schedule a driver’s exam. There are no additional fees for using online services.

 PennDOT will continue to evaluate these processes and will communicate any changes with the public.

 More COVID-19 information is available at For more information, visit or



Colleges Plan Reopenings Amid Pandemic

marywoodMarywood University

Marywood University has developed an expansive, yet versatile, plan to move forward into a successful academic year. Understanding that public health circumstances are continually developing, Marywood’s Ready. Set. Forward! Plan is not static — it is built to both prepare for and adapt to these unpredictable times. 

 Marywood’s HyBridge Education Model is the key to the University’s plan, designed to provide students with options and choices. This blended model of learning incorporates remote, interactive instruction, and in-person experiences that enhance student learning, preserving both the safety of students and faculty and delivering a high-quality educational experience. This model ensures the continuity of learning, even if circumstances demand a pivot to entirely remote instruction at any point in the semester.

 With the dedicated collaboration of many people throughout the University, Marywood developed a thorough approach to monitor the health, safety, and well-being of the entire Marywood community, while creating a deep culture of care. Marywood is committed to adhering to these criteria as well as the guidelines set forth by governmental and public health agencies.

 The extensive protocols and options outlined in Marywood University’s Ready. Set. Forward! Planwill serve to guide the University through its intended, best-case scenario of on-campus learning, but also will adjust as needed to changing conditions. 

 For additional information about Marywood University’s Ready. Set. Forward! Plan, please visit For additional information about the University’s HyBridge Education Model, visit

Lackawanna College

Lackawanna College announced its reopening plan today for the fall semester, which begins Monday, Aug. 31, at all locations. The plan includes implementing new safety protocols and adjusting some course formats with the safety of students, faculty and staff in mind. 

lackawanna collegeThe College will welcome students back to campus, but students will be given the option to choose all online classes for the semester. Students who elect to take in-person classes will receive hybrid courses—with most on-ground classes meeting in person once per week.

Select classes requiring hands-on instruction such as the Division of Health Sciences and the Police Academy will continue with in-person instruction. Campus offices will open with minimal staff, with many employees continuing to work remotely. 

Lackawanna President Dr. Jill Murray says the plan will remain flexible and is subject to change based on public health guidance or other developments. 

“A hallmark of a Lackawanna College education is our genuine interest in helping each and every student succeed by providing a welcoming, engaging, relevant academic experience that motivates, inspires, and meets students wherever they are on their educational journey,” said Dr. Murray. “COVID-19 has made us more committed than ever to our mission. The physical, emotional, social, and intellectual well-being of our students remains our utmost priority.”

Students, faculty, staff and visitors will be required to wear face masks, participate in daily temperature screenings and adhere to social distancing guidelines outlined by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). 

To access the Lackawanna College Academic reopening plan, visit

St. Francis of Assisi Kitchen Resumes Evening Meal Service

assisi kitchenDuring the COVID-19 pandemic, Saint Francis of Assisi Kitchen has continued to provide a hot, nutritious meal to individuals and families in need seven days a week. The daily meals, served between 11 a.m. and noon, are distributed in take-out containers on the Vine Street side of the building. 

Beginning Tuesday, July 28, Saint Francis of Assisi Kitchen has resumed its evening meals three nights a week. The evening meals will be served on Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday from 5 until 6 p.m. The evening meals will also be distributed in take-out containers on the Vine Street side of the building. 

“Saint Francis of Assisi Kitchen would not be able to serve so many of our brothers and sisters in need without the hard work and dedication of our staff, volunteers and the kindness and generosity of the community. Thank you to everyone who has supported our critically important mission in God’s vineyard,” Rob Williams, Executive Director, Saint Francis of Assisi Kitchen and Food and Clothing Pantry, said. 

The Saint Francis Food Pantry remains open on Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday from 11 a.m. until 2 p.m. Food bags are distributed at the door. 

While the Saint Francis of Assisi Free Clothing Store remains closed at this time, needs of the community are still being met on an individual basis. At this time, the facility is not currently in a position to receive clothing donations. 

Due to the ongoing health crisis, Saint Francis of Assisi Kitchen is not currently accepting food or clothing donations from individuals at the door until further notice. 

Financial contributions may be made by check or online at