Dunmore Police Install Wheelchair Lift for Young Student

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Cayden Orr, in front, is shown with members of the Dunmore Police Department and Moreland Collective. From left: Mike Igoe, Dunmore Police Department; Nicole Sullivan, Moreland Collective, Cayden’s father, James Orr; Tom Richardson, Dunmore Police Department; Mayor Tim Burke of Dunmore; Meghan Lennox Gagorik and Melissa Lennox, both of Moreland Collective.

Throughout the month of December, the Dunmore Police Department, with the assistance of local marketing agency Moreland Collective, hosted a fundraising event for local children in an effort to provide a merry holiday to all.

During the fundraising efforts, it was brought to the attention of the department that a wheelchair-bound student at Dunmore School District was living without a much-needed chairlift at home. After a very successful month, the department raised enough funds to install the lift and called upon various local businesses to help with the installation.

Edwards Concrete Company, DPW workers, and AmeriGlide teamed up with Dunmore Borough Council, Mayor Tim Burke, and Borough Manager Vito Ruggerio to install the lift, each one playing an integral role in the installation process. Monetary donations from area sponsors Keystone Sanitary Landfill, DePietro’s Pharmacy, and Fidelity Bank helped fund the project.

James Orr, father of Cayden Orr, who required a lift, says, “ I would like to thank the Dunmore Borough and their departments, especially the Police Department and Captain Tom Richardson for all their work, generosity and help with getting my son, Cayden, his lift.

“You have no clue how appreciative my family is for the lift. It has helped greatly getting Cayden to his school van and my vehicle. We would not have been able to afford such a lift, or even get it approved by insurance.”

Mr. Orr, adds, “The borough has come up extremely big for my family. I extend my sincere gratitude to all who helped.”

Dunmore Police Officer Thomas Richardson states, “It was brought to our attention by the school district that this student’s father was carrying him to and from the vehicle each day while also caring for his other children. Our officers unanimously agreed that this was a project we wanted to take on knowing that ultimately, we would be giving a child more freedom. I don’t believe there is any better feeling than that.”

Dunmore Pharmacist Recognized for “Good Works”

DePietro's Pharmacy Good Works Pix

Tom DePietro and his pharmacy are community driven.  For his “Good Works” and charitable efforts, he was recognized by the NE Chapter of the Association of Fundraising Professionals.  Mr. DePietro accomplished his dream of owning a pharmacy and serving customers with the latest technology.

Tom is also actively involved with insurance companies, helping them to stop drug abusers and thereby creating a safer environment for pharmacists, doctors and patients.

Shown from left: Commissioner Jerry Notarianni, Tom DePietro, Eugenia DePietro, Sandy DePietro, Commissioner Patrick M. O’Malley, Danielle Cole, and Commissioner Laureen A. Cummings.


Dunmoreans honored with 2016 Sage Awards


Various Dunmore businesses and organizations were honored when the Greater Scranton Chamber of Commerce has announced the winners of the 2016 SAGE Awards (Scranton Awards for Growth and Excellence), which honor outstanding local businesses for their talent, creativity, and innovation. The winner of each award category was publicly announced at The Chamber Gala in November at The Theater at North.

More than 100 applications were received. A group of community leaders and professionals teamed up to review applications and select finalists. The Chamber is proud to honor businesses that are making valuable contributions to the region and contributing to our overall quality of life.  


This year’s winner from the borough of Dunmore included:

  • DePietro’s Pharmacy – Best Practices in Community Involvement
  • The Greater Scranton YMCA – Non-Profit Organization of the Year
  • Marywood University’s Learning Commons, Pride & Progress – New Construction.