By Steve Svetovich
Polizzi Kelly Insurance, 203 East Drinker St., Dunmore, is a family business and constant in the borough for 70 years now.
And Suzy Polizzi Moraski, current owner and still only 51, has been a part of it for the past 35 years.
“I started working there every day after school when I was 16,” she said. “And I haven’t stopped since. I have no plans in the near future to stop.”
The business began at the Dunmore home of her late grandfather Michael Polizzi in 1952.
In 1956, it shifted to its current location at Dunmore Corners.
In 1968, said Moraski, her grandfather partnered with Paul Kelly. The partnership lasted until 1984 when the Polizzi family bought it outright, she added.
Her grandfather died in 2006 which resulted in her dad, also Michael Polizzi, taking over that year.
When her dad died in 2018, Polizzi Moraski took over a business she had already spent over three decades working in with her late dad and late grandfather.
As the new owner, she knew all the ropes.
The 1988 Dunmore graduate has been married 23 years to Steve Moraski. The couple has a daughter Marissa, 22, a West Chester University graduate with a bachelor of science degree in elementary education. She is a substitute teacher at Dunmore High School.
Polizzi Moraski received an associate’s degree in business administration from Penn State Worthington in 1990. She worked in her family’s insurance business all through high school and college. She went right into it full force in 1990. “I worked there every day after school, so it was an easy transition.”
Polizzi Kelly Insurance is open Monday through Friday from 9 a.m, to 4 p.m, The business sells homeowners, automobile, property, commercial and small business insurance. The business also deals with tag and title, payroll services and notary services.
Daughter of Grace Polizzi and the late Michael Polizzi, the lifetime Dunmore resident said the business recently had remodeling work completed to make it a more modern office.
“We kept a lot of the old signs though,” she said. “We wanted to keep some of the old history of the building intact.”
Polizzi Moraski’s late dad also taught science for over 30 years at Dunmore Middle School.
Her husband is a supervisor at Canon Business Process Services at Dunmore Industrial Park.
Her cousin is Donna Loughney, wife of former Dunmore Mayor Patrick “Nibs” Loughney.
She talked about the business challenge during the past two years of COVID-19. “There have been a few challenges,” she said. “We don’t see as many customers in the building as in the past. A lot of the business is done over the phone or online. People love to save money, so they shop around. But we try to always accommodate our loyal customers.
“There are a lot of insurance companies in Dunmore, so there is a lot of competition. We don’t have a lot of control over rates, but we do our best to accommodate and provide a better service. We try to keep our same values intact.”
The hard-working Dunmore native said her favorite part of the job is her customers. “We see many of the same customers for many years. We see customers who grew up in this town. We watched them grow up. We know a lot of people in Dunmore. We’ve had generations of customers. Talking to them and helping them is the best part of the job. We love the people and the community.”
All of Polizzi Moraski’s siblings worked in the business too. Her siblings are Michael and Matthew Polizzi and Michelle Rinaldi.
Her brother Michael is affiliated with a mortgage company located on the second floor of the building.
“I want to do this as long as possible,” the long-time business owner said. “I enjoy serving the people in this community.”
By Steve Svetovich
The Dunmore Lady Bucks are always known for a team-oriented approach.
And one of its biggest team players and leaders is senior Mia Blume.
Daughter of Teddy and Grace Blume, Mia is the team’s third option after junior center Ciera Toomey, a Division-I recruit, and senior guard Moriah Murray, who will play basketball at Drexel University next year.
However, the senior guard is making a name for herself as Dunmore’s unsung hero.
Mia scored nine points and added four key assists in Dunmore’s 65-30 win over Scranton High School in the Lynett Girls Memorial Tournament semifinal Monday, Dec. 27, at Lackawanna College Student Union. Toomey scored 30 and Murray added 20 in the semifinal.
Mia contributed four points in Dunmore’s 46-17 win over Scranton Prep to help the Lady Bucks regain the Lynett Tournament title Wednesday, Dec. 29, at Lackawanna College Student Union.
Murray scored 17 and tournament MVP Toomey added 15 points in the Lynett title win.
Mia drew praises for her leadership and poise on the court in both games.
A four-year member and three-year starter on the Lady Bucks, the senior guard is averaging over seven points and about four assists per contest.
Enthusiastic and team-oriented, Mia also is an excellent softball player at Dunmore. She is a second baseman and two-year member of the Dunmore softball team.
The senior scholar-athlete has an impressive 3.7 academic average and is a member of the National Honor Society. She is a member of the Spanish Club, French Club, TACT and SADD.
Mia, with great energy, said she and her teammates were “super excited” in recapturing the Lynett Tournament crown.
Mia plans on attending Newmann University in Aston, PA where she will major in sports management and play basketball.
“I am looking forward to continuing my basketball career there,” she said. “I love the school, too. I am looking forward to the sports management classes too. I want to manage players someday. I want to branch off into that. We worked hard and turned in the right direction.”
Mia praised her parents for influencing her towards basketball. “My parents are huge influences as to why I always played basketball,” she said. “They shaped me into who I am today. They are the reason I started playing basketball. They got me into it at an early age. And I love the game.”
The well-spoken senior said Dunmore basketball coach Ben O’Brien has also taught her a lot. “He is a great coach and we all love him,” she said. “He brings the best in us. He helps us all play to our full potential.”
A consummate team leader, Mia said playing with Toomey and Murray rubs off on her game and makes the team more successful. “Obviously, it is a great experience playing with two elite players like Ciera and Moriah,” she said. “We all have roles on the team. It just helps us come together and have success as a team. We all work together to make a true team. It’s all about teamwork in the end.”
Mia said she enjoys country music and would like to see Morgan Wallen in concert.
She talked about what it takes to excel at the guard position. “It takes a lot of hard work on and off the court,” she said. “You need to put in the extra time. You need to work hard when no one is watching.”
Mia was an honorable mention for basketball at the guard position in her sophomore and junior years.
She is enjoying her senior year at Dunmore. “Our hard work is paying off. Things are going in the right direction for us. I love it here at Dunmore.”