Good Turnout for UNICO Open House

UNICO open house #1

Dunmore’s Keystone UNICO conducted an open house at Arcaro and Genell recently was planned by membership director Mary Ann Coviello.

Guests, including Ann Summa, at left, and Cherie Mecca, were encouraged to tack the town or region their families came from on a large map of Italy.

President Nanine Gramigna gave an overview of all the recent and upcoming fundraising events and service projects scheduled, including the High School Chorus Competition, Pig Roast benefitting Dress for Success, and the Golf Tournament benefiting St. Mary’s Villa.


UNICO open house #2

Chapter guests and members pictured at the UNICO open house included, seated from left: Annie Longo, Stefani Longo, Denise Burne, Valerie Amico and Cathy Van Nort, all guests.  

Standing, same order: Nanine Gramigna, chapter president; Natalie Knight, guest; David Martin, University of Scranton Athletic Director, guest speaker; Tony Amico, guest; Mary Ann Coviello, chapter membership director; Ellen Sartori, guest, and Lenore Latarewicz, member-at-large.


UNICO open house #3

Guest speaker for the UNICO open house was University of Scranton Athletic Director David Martin who spoke about the University’s athletic program and its service to the community.  

He also commended Keystone UNICO on their motto of “Service Above Self” and how everyone should always “leave things better than the way they find them.”


UNICO open house #4

Local legend Frank Gervasi entertained the guests at the open house, and the evening’s finale was a tribute to our veterans with a sing-along of patriotic songs ending with “God Bless America.”

BlackOut Design celebrates relocation

BlackOut Design Grand Opening 4.25.16

Guests mingle and enjoy live music by the Coal Town Rounders at BlackOut Design’s grand opening on April 25.

BlackOut Design recently celebrated the relocation of its headquarters with an open house during which more than 100 of the firm’s clients and friends came  together to tour the 1,800 square foot facility located at 527 South Blakely Street, Dunmore. Jack Reager is president of BlackOut.

Spread across three stories, the office space was gutted and renovated to provide efficient, modern work space designed to accelerate decision making and improve communication. While these kinds of offices are the norm for large marketing agencies in metropolitan areas, they are rare in smaller markets like here in Northeastern Pennsylvania.

As part of its commitment to supporting the community, BlackOut Design sourced local talent for both the design and construction of the new space as well as for the grand opening. “From carpenters and painters to musicians and caterers, everyone who helped us through this process has been amazing,” said Reager.

Recently there have been dozens of studies linking the success or failure of personal interactions, performance, and innovation in the workplace to physical space. By combining emerging data with organizational metrics such as total sales or number of new product launches, scientists can demonstrate a workspace’s effect on the bottom line. For businesses like BlackOut, this means no cubicles, beige walls and florescent lighting. Instead, highly networked, shared, multipurpose spaces are the offices of not only the future, but of today.

The new headquarters houses separate areas for both design and development work as well as for strategic planning and business development activities. Each of these designated areas looks and feels differently through the use of varying pieces of furniture (swivel chairs and standing desks versus café tables and benches) but also through the incorporation of different colors, textures and lighting. A client sitting area feels less like a doctor’s waiting room and more like the foyer of a home. And the second floor holds a convertible conference room, designed to ensure when we get around a table with our clients, it feels like home.

“We came to BlackOut with a website that needed to be completely rebuilt from the ground up. Their team’s expertise, innovation, hard work, and patience resulted in modern site that is client-focused and highlights our full-service solutions. We know it wasn’t easy, but they came through in a big way, ” said Borton Lawson Engineering Marketing Manager, Lucy Boardwine.

BlackOut Design is a full service marketing agency with deep experience integrating online marketing with traditional concepts. The agency develops campaigns that span multiple media, all from under one roof.


Calendar of Events: April

Sherwood Park Spring Carnival

The Sherwood Youth Association will be holding their annual spring carnival May 3 through 7 at Sherwood Park in Dunmore. There will rides, games, food and fun compliments of Midway by A.E.B Amusement. The carnival will be a great gathering for the whole family.

UNICO Pig Roast

The Keystone Chapter of UNICO National is sponsoring a Charity Pig Roast as a community fundraiser, with the Voluntary Action Center as the primary beneficiary, on Saturday, April 9, at Fiorelli’s Banquet Facilities, Peckville. Tickets are available for $50 each, and the event is open to the public. This year’s theme is “Denim and Diamonds”.  A suggested choice of attire can be Blue Jeans to Black Tie.  This event will run from 6-10:30 p.m. and will feature a two-hour open bar with hors d’oeuvres during the first hour, and a sumptuous Italian Pig Roast buffet during the second hour. also featured will be raffles, a photo booth; a dance presentation, and entertainment by “E.J. the D.J.” for the entire evening.  Tax deductible sponsorships are available at $100, $50 and $25.  Reservations must be made by calling Jim Mack at 570- 342-7975.  For sponsorships, contact Mark McDade at 570-343-7009.

Swingin’ on Vine

The seventh annual Swingin’ On Vine for the Albright Memorial Library is a block party that will take place in front of the Library on the 500 block on Vine St. in downtown Scranton. This year’s event is on Friday, May 27, from 5-8 p.m. and all proceeds benefit the Library. Music will be by Paul LaBelle and The Exact Change, with beer, wine, margaritas,  raffles and food from local businesses and restaurants. Guests must be 21 or older. Tickets are $15 in advance and $20 at the door. Tickets can be purchased at the Albright Memorial Library, Nancy Kay Holmes Library and the Lackawanna County Children’s Library.

Italian language classes

SIAMO will host an Italian conversation hour on Sunday, April 24, at the Taylor Community

Library, 710 S. Main St., Taylor, beginning at 2 p.m. For more information, call (570) 290-7212,

email or visit

Anxiety screenings

Marywood University’s Psychological Services Center will offer free, confidential anxiety screenings on Thursday, April 7, from 9 a.m.–7 p.m., in the McGowan Center for Graduate and Professional Studies, on the University’s campus. The free screenings are open to the public and to all ages. The anxiety screenings at Marywood University will include an educational presentation and written self-test, a private meeting with a mental health professional, and, if appropriate, a referral. For additional information, please visit, or call the Psychological Services Center at Marywood University, at (570) 348-6269.

Spring book swap

Marywood University’s spring book swap will take place on Tuesday, April 12, from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., in the Learning Commons Lobby. This event is free and open to the public. Those attending can swap old books for new ones or purchase books ranging from 50 cents to $1.

A wide selection of titles and genres will be available. The book swap is sponsored by the English Club and library services. Book donations are being received by Annette Fisher, associate professor of library services, Room 172, in Marywood’s Learning Commons. For additional information please call Sr. Christine Mihelich, assistant professor of English at Marywood, at (570) 348-6219, ext. 2978, or email

Radical book fair

Marywood University will host the 2016 Scranton Radical Book Fair on Saturday, April 9, 2016, from noon – 9 p.m., in the Nazareth Student Center, on the University’s campus. This event is free and open to the public.

The Scranton Radical Book Fair aims to promote the ideas of social, environmental and economic justice in the Scranton area. The book fair will include an exposition of lectures, demonstrations, books, zines, pamphlets, art, video and other cultural and political creations. The event will conclude with a poetry reading by local poets Amanda J. Bradley, Brian Fanelli, Maggie Gilbertson, Sarah Zane Lewis and Daryl Sznyter. For more information, visit

Garden workshop

Penn State Extension will host a garden workshop on alternative techniques to help with places where you couldn’t garden before on Saturday, April 9, at Penn State Worthington Campus, Dawson Building, Room 14, with sign-in at 9 a.m. and session at 9:30. Cost is $5 per person. Pre-registration is required by calling (570) 963-6842 or email: Topics will include Container Gardening, Lasagna Gardening, and Pollinator Gardening.

Encyclical lecture

Marywood University’s campus ministry office, the science department, and the theology department will host the third lecture in the series on Pope Francis’s Encyclical Letter, Laudato Si (Praised Be You): A Conversation on the Care of “Our Common Home,” on Wednesday, April 20, at 7:30 p.m., in the McGowan Room, in the Swartz Center for Spiritual Life. During the third lecture, Care for the Earth, a panel will discuss issues including: greenhouse gas emissions, global warming, and pollution. This event is free and open to the public. For additional information, please contact Mary Ann Smith, lab instructor in the science department at Marywood University, at (570) 348-6211, ext. 2528, or email

Undergrad open house

Marywood University will hold an undergraduate open house on Saturday, April 16, for high school students and their parents. The program will begin with registration at 9 a.m., in the Fireplace Lounge in the Nazareth Student Center, on the university’s campus. The event will include an informative tour of the campus, as well as the opportunity to meet with current Marywood students, faculty, and coaches. Information sessions with admissions and financial aid counselors will also be available. For more information, call Marywood University’s undergraduate admissions office, at (570) 348-6234, or visit

Family Fun Day

On April 9 a Family Fun Day will be held at Friendly’s restaurant for In Pursuit Of Grace from 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. with.  20 percent of your total bill donated to In Pursuit Of Grace, a 501 (c) 3 non profit animal based community outreach organization. Vouchers are required. Contact for a voucher.

On May 7, the third annual Basket Bingo fundraiser for In Pursuit Of Grace will start at 1 p.m at the Fraternal Order Of Eagles 439 Meridian Ave., Scranton. Coffee and desserts are included in the $2 admission, plus cost of cards (card prices $5-$20). A cash bar will be available and the kitchen will be open for food purchases.