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Best of Greater Pittston 2015
2015 BEST
OF GREATER
Pittston
Readers’ choice
2 Sunday, September 27, 2015
OUR TEAM
EXECUTIVE EDITOR
George Spohr
MANAGING EDITOR
Dotty Martin
EDITOR
Sarah Hando
STAFF
Judy Minsavage
Nick Wagner
Jimmy Fisher
ADVERTISING
Paula Hapeman
DESIGN
Tina Murdock
Jayla Wallingford
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Readers voted, and here are the winners
The awards ceremony
With a community as
was held Tuesday at Brews
diverse and thriving as
Greater Pittston, it’s easy for Brothers to celebrate the
occasion. Business owners
customers to shop local.
received plaques, a
From hardware
round of applause and
stores to dance stua well-deserved night
dios to, of course,
off to enjoy local camapizzerias, Greater
raderie.
Pittston has it all.
Working together is
Readers voted online
a hallmark of this area
and with paper ballots
whether it’s in busiand chose the crème
Sarah Hite —
ness, community serde la crème of everyvice, or even helping
thing our area has to Hando
Staff
out a fellow resident,
offer. The 2015 Best
Columnist
Greater Pittstonians
of Greater Pittston
are always willing to
Readers’ Contest
pitch in to get the job done.
sponsored by the Sunday
Dispatch features winners in Let me tell you a bit about
90 categories — that sounds the group effort it took to
like a lot of satisfied custom- bring this contest to fruition.
Our publisher Doug Olsers.
son leads the entire team,
with Executive Editor
George Spohr, Managing
Editor Dotty Martin and
Advertising Director Tony
Spina managing the editorial and advertising ends of
things, respectively.
Judy Minsavage, Robert
Vanderveken and Renee
Sager take the time to count
all those paper and online
ballots every year to ensure
every vote is accounted for.
Then, Judy joins reporters
Nick Wagner and Jimmy
Fisher in making calls to all
the winners, gathering information for the special section you’re looking at now.
Nick and Jimmy also serve
as photographers, snapping
photos of the winners you
see in these pages.
Greater Pittston’s advertising needs are served by
Paula Hapeman, part of a
sales team that aims for the
highest level of customer
satisfaction, just like the
winners of this contest.
Tina Murdock and her staff
design this publication for
readers to enjoy.
In many aspects of life, it
takes a village. In Greater
Pittston, residents wouldn’t
have it any other way.
Congratulations to our
winners, and thank you for
reading.
Reach Sarah Hite Hando at 570-7043945.
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LOCAL FLAVOR
PHOTOGRAPHER
Bob Dellarte
Bob Dellarte, owner of Golden
Photo Studio on Wyoming
Avenue in West Pittston, has
been chosen best
photographer in
Greater Pittston
for the fourth
year in a row.
“I love what I
do,” Delarte said
when recently
asked how he felt
Dellarte
about the honor.
“I love shooting
sports and working with kids,”
he added. Golden specializes in
wedding photography (ceremony,
reception, candid bride and
groom, wedding party) and
videos; formal and casual senior
photos, indoor and outdoor;
sports, music and dance themes;
video transfers (all formats); and
commercial photography.
ARTIST
Maria Livrone
“It’s great; it’s always wonderful
to be recognized for your
accomplishments,”
Maria Livrone
said about being
chosen Best of
Greater Pittston
in the artist
category. An artist
for approximately
40 years, Livrone
came upon a
Livrone
unique fused glass
technique she
uses in her creations. She also
mixes that technique with metal
to create indoor and outdoor
sculptures. Her husband Bill
does the welding. The couple
are owners of Art On Main in
Pittston.
HIGH SCHOOL TEACHER
Michael Fuller
Michael Fuller, voted best high
school teacher in this year’s Best
of Greater Pittston poll, is in his
12th year teaching ninth-grade
civics and economics at Pittston
Area High School. On winning,
Fuller stated, “I’m very honored and
grateful to have won. It’s humbling
because there are so many great
teachers.” Fuller, who initially
pursued a different career, credits
some “great former educators” for
his decision to change direction. “I
want to thank Mike Carroll Sr., Ned
Linnen and Frank McLane, who
inspired me to pursue a teaching
career.” Fuller really knows when
he has hit home with his students
when he can “make their jaws drop”
upon learning something new, such
as when he recently compared
the state’s prison budget to the
education budget. The difference
between the two was something the
students did not expect.
Michael Fuller teaches his ninth grade civics and economics class at Pittston
Area High School. He won the title of best high school teacher in this year’s Best
of Greater Pittston readers’ choice awards.
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LOCAL FLAVOR
CHILD CARE
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The Cookie Corner, 272 W.
Eighth St., West Wyoming, has
been serving the community for
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by providing a safe, nurturing
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FAMILY FUN
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With two 18-hole miniature
golf courses, a double-decker
driving range, bumper boats,
baseball and softball batting
cages, mini go-carts, an arcade
and and ice cream and food bar,
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the family. The facility is available
for parties and offers group
rates. Plans for the future include
adding a larger version of the
go-cart track, small amusement
park rides, moving the ice cream
bar to front of the building
with an enclosed glass dome
and offering curbside ice cream
service.
FITNESS INSTRUCTOR
Shana Keeler
“I’m excited and surprised
to win the second year in the
row,” Shana Keeler, voted best
fitness instructor, said. Keeler,
who co-owns Crossfit Blarney
Stone with her sister Shandra,
has achieved many records and
honors since she began her career
as a competitive swimmer about
20 years ago. Keeler qualified for
the Boston Marathon three times
and in 2013 completed a 50-mile
ultra-marathon. She is certified
and has taught indoor cycling,
group fitness and shallow water
fitness and holds a degree in
counseling from The University
of Scranton. Keeler believes a mix
of psychology and athletics builds
mental and physical toughness so
necessary in sports and fitness.
BEST KEPT SECRET
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The winner of one of this year’s
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LOCAL FLAVOR
BAZAAR
Sacred Heart of Jesus Church
Shana Keeler, co-owner and head
coach of the facility. Shana, along
with her sister Shandra, oversees
a core strength and conditioning
program at their 4000-squarefoot facility at 77 Foote Ave. in
Duryea. Both offer their athletes
training in gymnastic movements,
Olympic weightlifting, running,
rowing and biking at short
,medium and long distances,
along with a challenging yet
supportive environment as a path
to success.
GOLF COURSE
Fox Hill Country Club
On June 23, 1920, a parcel of
land along the West PittstonExeter border was chosen as a
possible site for the proposed
Fox Hill Country Club. By 1921,
the nine-hole course was “ready
for play.” It wasn’t long before
membership outgrew the course
and it was time to expand. Fox
Hill, chosen by Sunday Dispatch
Fox Hill Country Club in Exeter can
say it has the best golf course in
Greater Pittston.
readers as best golf course, is
considered one of the most
beautiful and challenging courses
in Northeastern Pennsylvania.
Social memberships are available
and the club has a dining hall and
banquet facilities.
Volunteers are the key to the
success of the Sacred Heart of
Jesus Church Bazaar in Dupont.
Many hours are logged not only
working the event, but preparing
a variety of ethnic foods such as
pierogies, sausage and peppers
and haluski. But the one food
item for which the wait time
supersedes the term “long”
are the bazaar’s famous potato
pancakes. It’s widely known the
church goes through two tons or
more of potatoes preparing for the
event.
ORGANIZED EVENT
Pittston Tomato Festival
To say the Pittston Tomato
Festival is the best of Greater
Pittston’s organized events tells
only half of the story. People from
other parts of the country travel
to this event. With over 50,000
people attending the festival
Ed Yablonski, left, Vince O’Hop, center, Joe Justick, right, man the potato
pancake fryers during the Sacred Heart of Jesus Church bazaar. The event won
the title of best bazaar in Greater Pittston this year.
each year, there is virtually
something for all ages. Along
with delicious food, the festival
offers events such as Tomato
Queen, Little Miss and Mister
Tomato, a 5K run and, of course,
the highlight event, the famous
Tomato Fights. Organizers of
this event start preparing for the
next year as soon as the current
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LOCAL FLAVOR
Spotlight Dance Studio, 108 S.
Main St. in Pittston, was voted
best dance studio by Sunday
Dispatch readers for 2015.
DANCE STUDIO
Spotlight Dance Studio
“We are so surprised,”
Mary Paglianite, owner of
Spotlight Dance Studio,
said about being chosen
best dance studio. In
business for four years,
the studio recently moved
to its new location 108 S.
Main St. next to Sabatelli’s.
Students range from 3 years
old to adult. The most
popular dance categories
are ballet, tap and jazz
hip hop, the latter being
the most popular with the
adult students. Boys and
girls perform in two recitals
at Christmas and in the
spring and also belong to
competition groups. Along
with dance, the instructors
teach Zumba and Piyo, a
combination of Pilates and
Yoga. Non-competitive
classes in tumbling and
agility are also offered
and “help greatly in dance
performances,” Paglianite
stated.
HIGH SCHOOL
ATHLETIC COACH
Kathy Healey
Kathy Healey, a previous
winner of the best high
school athletic coach title,
has been coaching girls
basketball for over 38
years. A definite highlight
for Healey was taking
her Pittston Area team
to the PIAA District
12 championships after
winning its first-ever
girls District 2 Class 4A
championship, defeating
Hazleton Area, 50-40 at
Wilkes University’s Marts
Center this past February.
“The girls are working hard.
We lost three important
seniors but they hope to
go for the championship
again,” Healey recently
stated. On winning the best
coach title Healey added,
“It’s incredible. I’ve been
coaching for 39 years now. I
know what it takes to win a
title, (and) I was ecstatic to
bring that to Pittston Area.”
Kathy Healey, best of
Greater Pittston high
school athletic coach,
celebrates after a victory.
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LOCAL FLAVOR
FITNESS FACILITY
Planet Fitness
Offering a “judgement free
zone” where novice exercisers
can begin their fitness regime
in a comfortable atmosphere
is paramount in the services
offered at Planet Fitness,
Greater Pittston’s choice for best
fitness facility. Located at 1850
S. Township Blvd., Pittston,
memberships are affordable and
staff members are friendly and
accommodating to patrons of all
fitness levels. There’s even Pizza
Mondays and Bagel Tuesdays.
BEST PLACE FOR
KIDS’ BIRTHDAYS
Sky Zone
Sky Zone at 525 Keystone
Ave. in Pittston is “the world’s
first indoor trampoline park,”
according to its website. The
company will celebrate its first
year in business at this location.
Voted as best place to hold kids’
Planet Fitness is Greater Pittston’s choice for best fitness facility.
birthday parties in this year’s
Best of Greater Pittston, the Sky
Zone provides a healthy workout
along with a unique way to
celebrate a birthday. The business
also offers group events for
schools, church groups and camps
and activities such as Ultimate
Dodgeball, Sky Slam, Skyfitness
and more for all ages. “It’s nice to
have the recognition and support
of the community,” said owner
Jeff Bowne. “We’re constantly
looking for ways to deliver good
value and a nice experience for
our guests.”
Sky Zone, an indoor trampoline park, won for best place for kids’ birthday
parties this year, as voted by Sunday Dispatch readers.
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DINING OUT
Sunday Dispatch readers voted
Dunkin Donuts as the best coffee
for 2015.
CUP OF COFFEE
Dunkin’ Donuts
It’s coffee on the go, but
according to Sunday Dispatch
readers, it also the “best
coffee.” Dunkin’ Donuts offers
not only flavorful regular and
decaffeinated, but lattes, iced
coffees, cappuccino, frozen
Coolattas and espresso, for that
early morning commute, and
anytime during the day up to 10
p.m. Customers can also purchase
blends they can brew at home.
ICE CREAM
Blue Ribbon Dairy
Longevity in serving the best
ice cream to Greater Pittston and
beyond is one reason Blue Ribbon
Dairy located on Exeter Avenue
in West Pittston won in the best
ice cream category in the Sunday
Dispatch Best of Greater Pittston
poll. The dairy store offers soft
and sugar-free ice cream, ice
cream cakes and frozen yogurt.
Along with quality ice cream,
customer service has long been
the policy of Blue Ribbon as they
deliver to restaurants, schools,
nursing homes and community
groups. Owners Ken Sorick and
wife Ann run the store, which has
been open since 1945.
HOAGIE/SUB SHOP
Valley Meat & Deli
Bill and Ginger Renfer have
owed Valley Meat & Deli at 629
Main St. in Avoca for four years
and are very excited to have won
in the Best of Greater Pittston
Best Hoagie/Sub category. After
all, they are best known for their
delicious uniquely-named hoagies,
already touted as the best in
the valley by their customers.
In addition, the establishment
is known for its “everybody
knows your name,” Cheers-like
atmosphere. Butcher Bill Renfer
mans the meat counter preparing
choice cuts of meat for their many
customers.
SQUARE PIZZA
Savo’s Pizza and Family
Restaurant
Mike Savokinas of Savo’s Pizza
stated, “We feel very fortunate
to have won” another year for
best square pizza. “The sauce is
the same as my grandparents’
recipe — nothing has changed.”
Savokinas’ grandparents, father
and uncle opened the family
restaurant on Main Street 51
years ago. “All family recipes are
the same,” he added. Savokinas
and his brother Art work beside
their mother, Georgia, to bring
Mike Savokinas, of Savo’s Pizza and
Family Restaurant, states that the
recipes for his award-winning square
pizza hasn’t changed in decades.
Sunday Dispatch readers have voted,
and Carol Hilenski at the Pittston
Diner was voted by server in Greater
Pittston.
the same taste experience to their
customers today.
is what led Sunday Dispatch
readers to vote for Carol Hilenski
as the best server in Greater
Pittston. She can be found at the
Pittston Diner, located at 335
Laurel St. in Pittston, where she’s
been serving food and smiles for
the last eight years.
SERVER
Carol Hilenski - Pittston Diner
A smile that can brighten
anyone’s day, a friendly attitude
and just an overall bubbly person
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for voting
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DINING OUT
CATERER
My Sister’s Kitchen
Taking home the award for
best caterer once more is none
other than My Sister’s Kitchen.
Serving their customers with
specialty items with freshly made
ingredients and helping to make
any event planning easy is the
sole mission of owners Gina
Altieri and Janet Altieri Russo.
Everything is homemade and
cooked from scratch. The sisters
cater for executive luncheons
and meetings as well as special
occasions in the home.
TAKE OUT
Fuji Asian Fusion Cuisine
Located on Main Street in
Pittston, Fuji Asian Fusion
Cuisine offers plenty of Asianstyle foods, but its various
combinations of sushi are what
make this the best take out in
Greater Pittston. There’s salmon
sushi, egg custard sushi, octopus
sushi and more. If sushi is not
your thing, there are plenty of
hibachi dinner combinations, as
well.
SEAFOOD
Cooper’s on the Waterfront
My Sister’s Kitchen earns Sunday Dispatch readers’ votes as best caterer, best
breakfast and best burger.
Fuji Asian Fusion Cuisine wins this
year’s best takeout category.
Cooper’s on the Waterfront on
Kennedy Boulevard in Pittston
can boast of winning Sunday
Dispatch’s readers’ nod for best
seafood once again this year.
Cooper’s on the Waterfront takes
home the win for best seafood in
2015.
Located along the Susquehanna
River and with a nautical theme,
its atmosphere seems especially
appropriate for such foods like
lobster tail, scallops, crab cakes
and all things seafood. The
restaurant also acknowledges
younger diners with foods such as
popcorn shrimp on the children’s
menu.
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DINING OUT
B3Q Smokehouse was voted Best
Barbecue again by Sunday Dispatch
readers.
BARBECUE
B3Q Smokehouse
From soup to salad and
everything smoked in between,
the B3Q Smokehouse in West
Pittston has been chosen as the
best barbecue for the fourth time
by Sunday Dispatch readers.
Homemade sauces add to the
delicious selection of pulled pork,
beef brisket, baby back ribs and
chicken. B3Q is also available to
cater events.
Grico’s Restaurant gets the nod this year for most romantic restuarant by
Sunday Dispatch readers.
RESTAURANT ATMOSPHERE/
DECOR
Grico’s Restaurant
The bar has plenty of mirrors,
crafty woodwork and the lights
are dimmed just enough to soothe
the mind. The restaurant is
open from 5 to 10 p.m. Monday
through Thursday and from 5 to
11 p.m. on Fridays and Saturdays.
ROMANTIC RESTAURANT
Grico’s Restaurant
It’s hard to find a good place
to eat with some privacy, but
Grico’s has you covered. Owner
Sunday Dispatch readers voted Tony’s Wine Cellar as the place for the best
casual dining experience.
Pat Greenfield describes Grico’s
Restaurant in Exeter as a great
place to eat with comfort. With
private booths and seating that
has curtains, the restaurant has a
romantic feeling about it.With this
kind of atmosphere, it’s easy to
get lost in your significant other’s
eyes rather than the crowd noise
around you.
CASUAL DINING
Tony’s Wine Cellar
Taking home best casual
dining this year is Tony’s Wine
Cellar, located at 1121 Main
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DINING OUT
This familiarlooking pie
could only be
the product of
Sabatini’s Pizza
in Exeter, which
Sunday Dispatch
readers voted as
the best round
pizza in the area.
St. in Jenkins Township. With
various beers and wines to sip
on and plenty of delicious food,
along with live entertainment on
a nightly basis, it’s no wonder
Greater Pittston residents prefer
Tony’s Wine Cellar for for a
“casual” night out.
FINE DINING
Palazzo 53
Located at 53 S. Main St.
in Pittston, Palazzo 53 is the
signature restaurant of area chef
Chris Barcia and his wife Beth
Dolan Barcia. The couple has
spent the past two decades in the
restaurant industry and Palazzo
53 is the culmination of that
combined experience. Open from
4 to 10 p.m. Tuesday through
Saturday, Sunday Dispatch
readers voted Palazzo 53 as best
fine dining which includes fresh,
seasonal Italian food, fresh fish,
desserts and dozens of wines as
well as house made cocktails.
Sunday Dispatch readers have voted for Palazzo 53 as the best fine dining
experience.
CHEF
Gene Philbin
Peculiar is an intriguing term
to describe food, but add to that
delicious, innovative, exciting
and unique when speaking
about the culinary creations of
Chef Gene Philbin, owner of
Peculiar Culinary Company in
Avoca. Winner of the best chef
category in our Sunday Dispatch
Best of Greater Pittston readers’
poll, Gene is not only changing
the way people feel about
trying different foods, but is
supporting local businesses and
farmers by using locally-grown
produce when supplying menu
items showcased at local events.
In business since 2012, Gene
has over 15 years experience in
the food service industry and
enjoys sharing his passion for
food and tempting local diners
with delicious fare to tempt the
most discriminating palate.
ROUND PIZZA
Sabatini’s Pizza
Sabatini’s Pizza located at 1925
Wyoming Ave., Exeter, has again
been chosen by Sunday Dispatch
readers as the best round pizza.
Owner Lindo Sabatini said it’s
not just about the sauce, it’s
also about the blends of cheese
used to top the pizza. Sabatini’s
grandparents John and Catherine
Sabatini started the restaurant
in 1958, and Lindo is carrying
on the tradition using his
grandfather’s time-tested recipe.
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DINING OUT
SAUCE (TIE)
Café Italia
Café Italia, located on River
Street, Jenkins Township, is that
neighborhood restaurant with
which everyone is familiar. Owner
Sam Marranca likes it that way,
but when it comes to his sauce
recipe, well, that’s a secret. Over
the years, Marranca has credited
his loyal customers for getting
him through some tough times
when hit by the Agnes flood and
then when flooding tore through
Greater Pittston again in 2011.
But then there’s that delicious
sauce that keeps them coming
back.
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and a lot of other dishes. What’s
Greenfield’s secret? She won’t tell.
Sam Marranca, owner of Cafe Italia, was voted for having the best sauce in 2015
by Sunday Dispatch readers in a tie with Grico’s Restaurant. The cafe was also
voted best Italian food by Sunday Dispatch readers.
old recipe she’s been making for a
long time.
The sauce is served on side
dishes like pasta, spaghetti
BREAKFAST
My Sister’s Kitchen
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Grico’s Restaurant
Grico’s takes home two sauce
awards this year as it was also
voted best sauce at the 32nd
Annual Pittston Tomato Festival
this year.
This award-winning sauce,
owner Pat Greenfield said, is an
Pat
Greenfield,
owner of
Grico’s
Restaurant,
was voted
for having
the best
sauce in
2015 by
Sunday
Dispatch
readers in a
tie with Cafe
Italia.
More than offering a morning
cup of coffee, My Sister’s Kitchen
has been voted by Sunday
Dispatch readers as the place to
get the best breakfast. Owners
Gina Altieri and Janet Altieri
Thank you to all our
customers and friends
who voted us
Russo offer a comfortable,
friendly atmosphere to customers
who want to start their day with
a hearty breakfast. New items
added to the already extensive
menu include fall favorites like
pumpkin pancakes and pumpkin
waffles, meat and vegetable
scramblers and My Sister’s French
Toast. Russo commented, “We
are very proud; it is a very high
A special thank you to
our employees for the
great work they do.
Best Auto Repair.
DILEO’S SERVICE CENTER
Celebrating Our 32nd Year in business !
• DOMESTIC • FOREIGN AUTO SPECIALIST • MAJOR — MINOR REPAIRS
• A.S.E. CERTIFIED MASTER MECHANIC • STATE INSPECTION
• AIR CONDITIONING & RADIATOR SERVICE
• 100% TRANSMISSION FLUID FLUSH
570-693-0467
440 Wyoming Avenue, Wyoming
JOSEPH DILEO, Proprietor
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DINING OUT
compliment. To get that award for
best breakfast is a big thing for
Gina and me.”
BURGER
My Sister’s Kitchen
Sisters Gina Altieri and Janet
Altieri Russo, owners of My
Sister’s Kitchen, Main Street,
Duryea, have been serving
customers since 2006. The
restaurant has been voted as
having the best burger by readers
of the Sunday Dispatch. The
popular Colossal Burger consists
of two 1/4 pound patties served
with lettuce, tomato, bacon, onion
and ketchup. Also on the menu is
the Texas cheeseburger, topped
with homemade chili and ketchup;
a mushroom and Swiss burger
with fresh sliced mushrooms;
a bacon cheeseburger; and a
BBQ bacon cheeseburger. A new
menu item is the royal burger,
a cheeseburger with lettuce,
tomato, bacon and crowned with
a fried egg. All burgers are fresh
pressed and served on a soft
Italian roll.
ITALIAN FOOD
Café Italia
Old world goodness and fresh
ingredients are typical fare at Café
Italia, voted by Sunday Dispatch
readers as the place to get the
best Italian food. Owner Sam
Marranca offers his customers
a comfortable place to dine and
enjoy a wide variety of pasta
dishes all made with the freshest
ingredients.
WINGS
Town Tavern
Town Tavern, 815 Foote Ave.,
Duryea was decidedly chosen by
Sunday Dispatch readers again
this year as having the best wings.
With a wide variety of sauces such
as honey garlic, Cajun, garlic, hot
ranch and parmesan to name a
few, customers keep coming back,
especially during football season.
Tuesdays are wing night.
CHEESESTEAK
Bobby-O’s
The recipe for Bobby-O’s
cheesteak sandwich is definitely
Greater Pittston’s choice as best.
At Bobby-O’s, located at 300
Main St., Dupont, sandwiches
are made to order and customers
can request onions, peppers
and various other toppings. The
’50s-themed restaurant carries a
wide variety of steak sandwiches
and a wide variety of other menu
items, but recommends customers
enjoy one of their numerous
flavors of milk shakes along with
their order.
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by Sunday Dispatch readers for 2015.
Thanks to everyone who voted us
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GOODS AND SERVICES
founded the company in 1980
as an in-house plant catering to
single-color printing. Assisted
by his sons, Lou Jr. and Jim,
Lou Sr. has grown his company
to 30 employees operating three
shifts, with 5-color sheet-fed
presses. Lou Jr. has been the
sales manager since 1986. Jim
Ciampi has served as customer
service supervisor since 1993.
Independent Graphics’ services
include digital printing, direct
mail, bindery services and design.
purchase, Plaza Beverage is the
place to go to get that refreshing
after-work-sitting-in-yourrefrigerator beverage.
NURSING/RETIREMENT HOME
Wesley Village
Plaza Beverage takes home Best Beer
Distributor once again in 2015.
BEER DISTRIBUTOR
Plaza Beverage
Beer as far as the eye can see
is what makes Plaza Beverage
the best beer distributor in the
Greater Pittston area for the
fourth year, as voted by Sunday
Dispatch readers. With a variety
of 12 and 24 packs available for
Wesley Village again joins the
ranks of the best in caring for
area senior citizens, according
to Sunday Dispatch readers.
The Wesley Village Campus of
the United Methodist Homes is
located on 98 acres and offers
residents a variety of care options
that are flexible and change
as needs arise. Compassion is
number one, along with offering
choices in lifestyle options to
senior citizens.
HOME HEALTH AGENCY
Bayada Home Health Care
Bayada Home Health Care is
located in the Pittston Commons
and includes nurses, therapists,
home health aides, medical social
AUTO REPAIR
Dileo’s Service Center
Wesley Village won Best Nursing/Retirement Home in 2015 as voted by Sunday
Dispatch readers.
workers, and other health care
professionals who help clients
at every level of care. Bayada
caters to both pediatric and adult
clients.
PRINTING AND GRAPHICS
Independent Graphics
Independent Graphics is a
family-owned and operated
business. Lou Ciampi Sr.
Need a basic brake service?
How about a smog inspection?
Perhaps a manual transmission
service? Dileo’s Service Center
in Wyoming is the place to go.
Various other services include
air conditioning, headlight
restoration, as well as lube, oil
and filter service. Call them at
570-693-0467 for pricing.
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GOODS AND SERVICES
REAL ESTATE AGENCY
Atlas Realty
Charlie Adonzio, president of
Atlas, said all of his 22 agents
are from Greater Pittston. “We
know the people and we know
the market,” Adonzio said. He
said Atlas has been around for 25
years, but Adonzio’s been working
in real estate for 40 years. And in
those years, he said the company
has sold more real estate than
anyone else. He said the key to
success is getting the word out.
“We do a lot of advertising and we
do a good job with the listings,”
he said. “If you have something
to sell, you can’t keep it a secret.
We blast it out there.” He said his
group has a strong community
network. “We’re the hometown
realtor.”
EMBROIDERY SHOP
Mad Tees
Located at 34 Main St. in
Dupont is Greater Pittston’s
Mad Tees was voted by Sunday
Dispatch readers as Best Emroidery
Shop once again.
source for custom apparel of the
highest quality at a reasonable
price. With a wide variety of
of high-end apparel such as
uniforms, jerseys and custom
shirts, Mad Tees can create a
unique order in a few simple
steps. A vast array of items
offered can bear a logo or a
message, promote a business,
school, team or organization. The
Sunday Dispatch readers voted for
Gerrity’s as the Best Grocery Store
in 2015.
possibilities are endless when
it comes to screen printing and
embroidery at Mad Tees.
GROCERY STORE
Gerrity’s
Founded in 1895 by William
Gerrity, Gerrity’s has been known
to make many of the items it
sells from scratch such as bread,
sausage and pasta salads. The
store also supports local vendors,
THANK
YOU
Independent Graphics Ad
for voting us B est Printing
& Graphic Company
C. Audrey & Daughter Vintage & Consignment was voted Best Consignment
Shop in 2015 by Sunday Dispatch readers.
including Tomalis Provisions and
Eastern Produce. Gerrity’s is now
owned by the Fasula family, which
partnered with William Gerrity’s
son, Joe, but eventually purchased
the company in 1974.
CONSIGNMENT SHOP
C. Audrey & Daughter’s
Vintage & Consignment
Once located in Berwick
and then Kingston, C. Audrey
and Daughter’s Vintage &
Consignment has found a home
in Exeter, and Sunday Dispatch
readers agree its service is worth
being named best consignment
shop. Hours are 11 a.m. to 4
p.m. Tuesday, Wednesday and
Saturday; 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. On
Thursdays and 11 a.m. to 6 p.m.
on Fridays.
Thank You For Voting
deQuevedo Chiropractic
“Best Chiropractor”
In Best of Greater Pittston 2015
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A gathering of the greatest
Lindo Sabatini chats before receiving
the Best of Greater Pittston Readers’
Choice Award for best round pizza.
Miranda and Gene Philbin arrive at the 2015 Best of
Greater Pittston Readers’ Choice Awards.
Photos by Bill Tarutis | For Sunday Dispatch
Multiple award winners John and Jeanne Zinkavich hold their plaque for best happy hour for Town
Tavern in Duryea.
Award recipients
and their guests
line up at the
Brews Brothers
buffet.
Maria Livrone accepts her Best of
Greater Pittston Readers’ Choice
Award for best artist.
Vincent and Annette Peck of Fino’s Pharmacy arrive at the
Best of Greater Pittston Readers’ Choice Awards.
The 2015 Best of
Greater Pittston
Readers’ Choice
Awards sponsored
by the Sunday
Dispatch.
Atty. Girard Mecadon receives his
award.
Donna Brenner, right,
accepts the best childcare
program award for Cookie
Corner Childcare Center
from Sunday Dispatch
advertising representative
Paula Hapeman.
Times Leader
circulation director
Mike Barnum, left,
and office manager
Renee Sager chat
before the start of
the Best of Greater
Pittston Readers’
Choice Awards at
Brews Brothers in
Jenkins Township on
Tuesday evening.
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2015 BEST OF GREATER PITTSTON
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Christa
and Girard
Mecadon,
right, chat
with Sunday
Dispatch office
manager Judy
Minsavage
at the
registration
table as
reporters Nick
Wagner and
Jimmy Fisher
look on.
Multiple award recipient Janet Russo, right, accepts the awards for best breakfast/brunch and best
burger for My Sister’s Kitchen from Sunday Dispatch advertising representative Paula Hapeman.
Award winner and Pittston Area girls basketball coach Kathy
Healey chats with friends.
Award recipients and their guests listen and watch the 2015
Best of Greater Pittston Readers’ Choice Awards sponsored by
the Sunday Dispatch.
Guests Dan and Sondra Stokas of West Wyoming pose for a photo
at the 2015 Best of Greater Pittston Readers’ Choice Awards.
Donna Brenner of The Cookie Corner, left, and Bob Dellarte of
Golden Photo share a laugh before receiving their awards.
Award winner Jane Sabatelle, right, shares a laugh with Ann Marie
Webb during the Best of Greater Pittston Readers’ Choice Awards.
Vincent Peck of Fino’s Pharmacy, left, accepts the best
pharmacy award from Sunday Dispatch advertising
representative Paula Hapeman.
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GOODS AND SERVICES
Sabatelle’s Market was voted Best Butcher by Sunday Dispatch readers for
The Midway Garden Center was voted
2015.
by Sunday Dispatch readers as the
Best Garden Nursing Center.
GARDEN NURSING CENTER
Midway Garden Center
Sunday Dispatch readers
have voted for Midway Garden
Center as the best garden nursing
center once again for 2015. The
business is located on Highway
315 near the Oblates of St. Joseph
Seminary in Laflin.
BUTCHER
Sabatelle’s Market
will celebrate 39 years in business
during October of this year.
To say that Sabatelle’s
is a staple in Pittston is an
understatement. With its wide
variety of meats cut to perfection
by Jason Sabatelle, it’s no wonder
the market was voted best butcher
shop. Also selling a wide variety
of other deli products, Sabatelle’s
HOME IMPROVEMENT CENTER
Petro’s Hardware and Supply
made Sunday Dispatch readers
vote for it for the third year in a
row. The store offers hardware,
paint, tools, electrical and
plumbing equipment as well as
building supplies and nuts and
bolts. It has been affiliated with
ACE Hardware since 1981.
BORINO TIRE
& AUTO CENTER
Thanks to the patrons and staff for making
Sky Zone Scranton Great and for
Voting us as Best Place for a Kids’ Birthday!
Over 50 Years of Quality Service
Thank you to all our loyal customers
and employees
BORINO
TIRE to whom we owe our
appreciation
for this award!
BORINO
TIRE
Have Fun,
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Over 50 Years of quality Service
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• RVS • Domestic & Import Cars • Brakes
• Tune Ups
STATE INSPECTIONS
EMMISIONS TESTING
• Four Wheel Vehicles
• Front&
End
• Engine Repairs
RVS • Domestic
& Import
Cars • •
Brakes
• Tune
••
Struts/Shocks
• Exhaust
Systems
Four Wheel Alignment • A/C
• Ups
Transmission Service
• Four Wheel Vehicles
$5.00
$5.00
OFF
OFF
• Front End
$10.00
$10.00
OFF
OFF
• Struts/Shocks • Exhaust Systems • Four Wheel Alignment • A/C
Premium 5 Quart
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Sky Zone Scranton
Indoor Trampoline Park
525 Keystone Avenue, Pittston
570-316-0500
Open Tuesday through Sunday
Expires 9/30/13
Expires 9/30/13
BORINO
BORINO TIRES
TIRES
655-2295
655-2295
80629234
• Birthday Parties
• Sky Slam Madness
• Open Jump
• Ultimate Dodgeball
• Foam Zone
• SkyFitness
• Toddler Time
• Corporate Events
Petro’s Hardware and Supply was voted as the Best Home Improvement Store.
Located in Jenkins Township,
Petro’s Hardware and Supply has
everything the big guys, such as
Home Depot and Lowe’s, have.
It’s the customer service that
$99
$99
(reg. $129)
• RVS • Domestic & Import Cars • Four Wheel
Alignment
(reg. $129)
• Four Wheel Vehicles
•Fuel
A/C Injection
Front
or 4 Wheel
Fuel
Injection
•Front
Struts/Shocks
•
Tune
Ups
or 4 Wheel
Alignment
Service
Alignment
Service
• Exhaust
Systems
• Engine
Repairs
Expires
9/30/13
Expires
9/30/13
Expires 9/30/13
Expires 9/30/13
BORINO
TIRES
TIRES
•BORINO
Brakes
•BORINO
Transmission
Service
TIRES
BORINO
TIRES
655-2295
655-2295
655-2295
655-2295
• Front
End
Mon.-Fri.,88toto 5 • Sat.
Mon.-Fri.,
Sat.88totoNoon
Noon
3600N.N.Township
Township Blvd.
3600
Blvd.••Pittston
Pittstonby-Pass
by-Pass
(Next to
(Next
to Auto
AutoZone)
Zone)
• Engine Repairs
• Transmission Service
80679624
www.borinotireandauto.com
www.borinotire.com
www.borinotire.com
655-2295
655-2295
570-
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GOODS AND SERVICES
Customized Pedicure. Their most
unique service is the Abyhanga
Massage, a four-hands massage
performed on one person and
done simultaneously on each
half of the body for maximum
therapeutic and relaxation benefit,
a technique they describe as
totally blissful.
BANK
PNC
Sapphire Salon & Destination Spa was voted Best Hair Salon and Best Day Spa
in 2015 by Sunday Dispatch readers.
DAY SPA
Sapphire Salon & Destination Spa
The Sapphire Salon and
Destination Spa, located at 247 S.
Main St. in Pittston, opened its
doors in November 2001. Owners
Angie and Larry Morgan, along
with their staff, offer a wide range
of services to their customers
but admit their most popular are
the Sapphire Facial, the Sapphire
Couples Massage and Sapphire
Sunday Dispatch readers chose
PNC Bank as the best bank in
Greater Pittston. In business
since 1852, PNC Bank is not
only committed to offering its
customers fast and efficient
service in all their banking and
investment needs, it is dedicated
to preserving the history of
banking. The company’s Legacy
Project is designed to honor,
document and preserve the
history of predecessor banks,
employees and officers. The
philanthropic PNC Foundation
funds programs through
grants, trusts and charitable
sponsorships. The corporation’s
Building Green program has
been nationally recognized for its
commitment to preserving the
environment.
FLORIST
Carmen’s Flowers and Gifts
A staple in Exeter for over 95
years, Carmen’s Flowers and Gifts
has been voted best florist for
the first time by Sunday Dispatch
readers for 2015. “I’m happy that
it happened,” said owner Carmen
Mauraello. “We’ve been here a
long time and have served the
area for a long time. It’s always
great to be recognized.” Carmen’s
specializes in flowering events
such as weddings and other
special occasions.
JEWELER
Village II Gold and Silversmtih
In business since 1989, the
business started out as a repair
Sunday Dispatch readers selected
Village II Gold and Silversmith as
Greater Pittston’s Best Jewlery Store
once again.
shop and has grown to a full
-ervice jewelry store with an
extensive line of everyday jewelry,
religious jewelry, watches, sterling
silver and custom made pieces
get well soon
Voted Pittston’s
Best Pharmacist
FREE
DELIVERY
Joseph Albert RPh
201 S. Main Street • Pittston, PA | Phone: 570-299-5150 | Fax: 570-299-5155
Mon.-Fri. 9 to 6 • Sat. 9 to 1 • Closed Sun. | www.albertspharmacy.com
80675749
“I am humbled and honored you have chosen
me as one of Pittston’s Best.
Thank you for your trust and confidence.”
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GOODS AND SERVICES
at its location on Wyoming
Avenue, Wyoming. The business
is currently run by Ron and Paula
Sorick.
PHARMACY
Fino’s Drugs
Open from 9 a.m. to 9 p.m.
Monday through Thursday and
from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday
through Sunday, Fino’s was voted
best pharmacy in 2015 by Sunday
Sunday Dispatch readers have
selected Fino’s Drugs as Greater
Pittston’s Best Pharmacy for 2015.
Dispatch readers, making this the
second time Fino’s has earned this
award. What makes Fino’s unique
is its free delivery service which
has employees drop off and pickup
prescriptions for those unable to
leave their homes. If someone has
a prescription form at their house,
a Fino’s employee will pick it up
and return with the prescription
at no charge.
HAIR SALON
Sapphire Salon & Destination Spa
With 20 stylists available to
create styles and techniques for
men and women of all ages and
specializing in Aveda products
and technical skills, the Sapphire
Salon and Destination Spa has
been chosen number one by
Sunday Dispatch readers. Services
range from stress-relieving scalp
massage and haircut, dimensional
Aveda hair color and highlights,
textural transformation to relax
the hair or to curl the hair, clipin pieces or keratin-infused hair
toenails sparkly clean. Call the
salon at 570-655-9357 to schedule
an appointment.
extensions, high fashion hair
color and corrective hair color.
The Sapphire Salon is proud
to announce it has a certified
Ouidad hair stylist to assist you
with all your curly/wavy/kinky
hair cutting, coloring and styling
needs.
TANNING SALON
Bronzed Bunz
Exquisite Nails takes home the award
for Best Nail Salon in 2015.
Bronzed Bunz is a full-serviced
tanning salon on Main Street in
Duryea. Boasting three levels of
tanning bed exposure, this familyowned business is a one-stop
tanning shop. Bronzed Bunz also
offers a hydration station, a sauna
and the services of master spray
tan technicians.
NAIL SALON
Exquisite Nails
FAMILY MARKET
Sabatelle’s Market
CREDIT UNION
UFCW
Serving its members for over 50
years, UFCW Community Credit
Union is a non-profit financial
institution whose members have
access to a wide range of quality
services and benefits. With 24/7
online account access and helpful
staff who always have their
customers’ financial well-being
as their priority, it was easy for
Sunday Dispatch readers to vote
for UFCW. Greater Pittston is
also blessed to have two UFCW
locations, one at 377 Wyoming
Ave. in Wyoming and another at
46 S. Main St. in Pittston.
Quality prices and a variety of
options to help nails look great is
what prompted Sunday Dispatch
readers to vote Exquisite Nails
as 2015’s best nail salon. With
pedicures, manicures, mani-pedis,
fake nails and nail art all available,
Exquisite Nails is the place to
go to get your fingernails and
Sabatelle’s has been serving the
finest Italian meat and cheeses in
the Greater Pittston area for over
35 years. The folks at Sabatelle’s
pride themselves on customer
service, operating an oldfashioned butcher shop in which
they will make any cut of meat or
cheese special for their customers.
Thank you everyone for your trust and vote!
-Leo Sperrazza
21 Broad St., Pittston
570-603-0664
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GOODS AND SERVICES
Sunday Dispatch readers selected
Borino Tire & Auto Center as the Best
Tire Store for 2015.
They also offer a vast menu of
hot, home-style foods everyday,
including an assortment of
platters suitable for any occasion.
TIRE STORE
Borino Tire & Auto
Borino Tire & Auto Center
first opened for business in
1951 and is a locally owned and
operated automotive repair center
and tire dealer that focuses on
customer trust and safety. With
an experienced service staff
that possesses an abundance
of knowledge on auto repairs
and tires, Borino’s also carries a
selection of quality tires from tire
brands like Cooper, Goodyear
and Mastercraft. Located at 3600
N. Township Blvd. in Pittston
Township, Borino’s is open from
8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through
Friday and from 8 a.m. to noon on
Saturday.
UNIQUE GIFT SHOP
Live With It
Live With It, winner of the
Sunday Dispatch Best of Greater
Pittston’s Unique Gift Shop
category, is relatively new to
Pittston but not to the gift shop
business. Twenty-five years
ago, owner Lora Hobbs started
her blend of “service and gifts”
business in Peckville and just last
year expanded to a new location
at 33 N. Main St. in Pittston,
operated by her daughter
Alicia (Hobbs) Musial. Lora,
along with her husband Dave,
specializes in “all kinds of gifts”
for all occasions and for the home.
Service includes wrapping of
each purchased gift and an extra
added benefit to those planning
a wedding, bridal registry gifts
are wrapped and delivered to or
displayed at the shower location
free of charge.
EYE CARE CENTER
Dr. John Fischer, OD
Dr. John A. Fischer is the
owner and operator of his eye care
center at 247 Main St., Duryea.
Dr. Fischer has over 20 years
experience providing eye care to
the Greater Pittston residents.
If you’re in need of new eyewear
or just need an appointment, call
Aimee Balchune sets up the glasses
display at Fischer’s Eye Care Center.
The business won best eye care
center this year.
570-296-3300. Dr. Fischer and
his staff can help you with what
you need. Most insurances are
accepted as are most major credit
cards.
The Peter J. Adonizio Funeral Home,
located on William Street in Pittston,
was voted best funeral home by
Sunday Dispatch readers this year.
FUNERAL HOME
Peter J. Adonizio
In 2001, Peter J. “PJ” Adonizio
opened his first funeral home on
Susquehanna Avenue in West
Pittston. The business moved
to the former Adonizio Funeral
“A Sincere Thank You”
To our devoted customers and friends for selecting
Sabatelle’s Market- Pittston, PA.
Best Family Market,
Best Butcher
We are extremely proud to be part of the Greater Pittston
Community. From the bottom of our hearts
“Thank You To One and All”
Sincerely, Rocky, Jane and Jason Sabatelle
SABATELLE’S MARKET
2012, 2013,
114-116 S. Main St., Pittston, PA 18640 • 654-4616 • 654-4617
2015
We really believe we have been
blessed with the “Best” customers in
the Greater Pittston Area!
Thank You for Voting
Fino’s
Pharmacy
32 N. Main Street, Pittston
570-655-1489 or 570-655-1480
Hours: Mon. - Thurs., 9 to 9; Fri. and Sat., 9 to 5 ; Sun. 9:30 to 1
Bill and GinGer renfer
20 different varieties of 12 inch hoagies packed
with meat and cheese starting at $5.75
3-4 Soups, MADE fresh daily
80681149
for Best Local Pharmacy
in the Greater Pittston Area
THANK YOU TO ALL OUR WONDERFUL
CUSTOMERS FOR VOTING FOR US AS
THE BEST HOAGIE/SUB SHOP IN THE
GREATER PITTSTON AREA!
Hours: Tues.-Fri. 9-5; Sat. 9-4; Sun 7-1
629 Main St, Avoca
570.457.0488
FAX 570·457·2196
80680832
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GOODS AND SERVICES
Home at 251 William St. in
Pittston after flooding devastated
the West Pittston location. The
Adonizios have over 20 years of
experience in the business and
offer all services pertaining to the
mortuary business.
HEALTHCARE MOBILITY
PRODUCTS
Pride Mobility
The best way to get around is
with the help of Pride Performance
Mobility. Pride Mobility offers
a variety of ways to help wheel
around those unable to journey
by foot with wheelchairs, scooters
and other forms of transportation.
For those with bad backs, the
business also have Pride Lift
Chairs, a recliner that allows lifts
up off the floor and tilts forward a
bit to help the user stand up. Pride
Performance Mobility is the best
way to get from point A to point
B without putting strain on your
knees or back.
From left, Dave
Nayavich, Liz
McHugh and
Stevi Nayavich,
of Maxwell’s
House, pose
with a furry
friend. The
boarding and
grooming
facility won for
best pet care
center this
year, as voted
by Sunday
Dispatch
readers.
Valley
Refrigeration
won in the
category
of best
heating/air
conditioning
service this
year, as voted
by Sunday
Dispatch
readers.
TOWING SERVICE
Lokuta’s Towing
In operation since 1964,
Lokuta’s Garage on Suscon Road,
Pittston, is in its third generation
of a family-owned business. The
business was started by Joseph
Lokuta Sr. in 1964. In 1986,
Joseph Lokuta Jr. took over the
business and still works there to
this day. Joseph Lokuta III (Jay)
took over the business in 2010.
The company is AAA-certified
and offers 24-hour
emergency towing and repair for
light- and medium-duty vehicles.
“We have always tried to treat
people the way we would want
to be treated,” Joseph Lokuta Sr.
said.
AIR CONDITIONING/HEATING
SERVICE
Valley Refrigeration
Valley Refrigeration has been
family-owned and operated by
the Sutkowski family since 1972.
Located on Laurel Street near
the Pittston Bypass, the company
specializes in air conditioning,
refrigeration, HVAC among
other things. The company also
does duct work and provides
installation services.
PET CARE SERVICES
Maxwell’s House
Maxwell’s House in Pittston
has been open for just six months.
Since then, however, the business
has flourished and was voted
this year’s best pet care services.
Owned by Liz McHugh and her
finance Dave Nayavich, Maxwell’s
Thank You
For
Voting
The #1 Pet Care Service in the Greater Pittston Area
Boarding
Grooming
Daycare
10 Tunnel St. Pittston PA
570-655-1406
Facebook.com/MaxwellsHouseResort
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GOODS AND SERVICES
House offers boarding, grooming
and day care. The grooming
business is run by Dave’s sister,
Stevi. The business is named
after the couple’s Husky, Maxwell.
Maxwell’s House is known for
its luxury boarding suites. The
animals are treated with the
utmost care, and a television is
provided for each animal
PHYSICAL THERAPY CENTER
Cawley Physical Therapy and
Rehabilitation Center
Owners Frank and Courtney
Cawley opened their business
at the Waterfront in Plains in
2003 and moved to Pittston just
two years ago. Since then, the
business at 33 N. Main St. has
provided everyday orthopedics to
the folks of Greater Pittston and
beyond. Frank is a 1991 graduate
of Pittston Area and grew up
in the Port Griffith area. “What
makes this a great place is our
staff and employees,” Frank said.
HEATING OIL COMPANY
Mecadon
Mecadon Oil Company is
located at 53 E. Oak St., Pittston.
You can reach them at 570-6559711.
Sunday Dispatch readers voted Smith
& Miller Roofing Inc. as the best
roofing company.
ROOFING COMPANY
Smith & Miller Roofing Inc.
Smith & Miller Roofing Inc.
specializes in all types of roofing
for residential and commercial
properties. It also installs siding
and replacement windows.
Located in West Pittston, owner
Robert Smith’s motto is to give a
good job at a fair price. Smith &
Miller is the only Owens Corning
Preferred Platinum contractor
within 50 miles from Greater
Pittston.
YOGA
Sapphire Salon & Destination Spa
“We are so honored and feel
blessed to have been awarded
best yoga. We look forward to
continuing to offer an array
of innovative classes featuring
cutting edge material related to
yoga, meditation and mindfulness
practices. Our commitment is to
your peace,” stated Dr. Christine
E. Kiesinger, yoga instructor
and wellness educator. Sapphire
Salon & Destination Spa was
voted as having the best yoga
class by Sunday Dispatch readers.
The Yoga Sanctuary at Sapphire,
Pittston, offers an eclectic blend
of yoga and meditation styles
infused with the very best in
Thanks for voting us
Best Physical Therapy Facility
in the Best of Greater Pittston.
Cawley
Physical Therapy & Rehabilitation
33 N. Main St. Pittston
570-208-2787
aromatics and sound therapy.
Classes are unique opportunities
for exceptional self-care and
pampering. Dr. Kiesinger has
been teaching yoga since 1992.
She has taught and led workshops
extensively nationwide. She
teaches yoga to all levels and
her classes are beginner-friendly.
Children and teen yoga classes
will be offered this winter.
Classes meet each Monday and
Wednesday evening 7 to 8:30
p.m. Sapphire offers special event
yoga classes and monthly wellness
workshops.
HEARING AID CENTER
Professional Hearing Aid Service
The Caprari family has
operated the Professional Hearing
Aid Service for nearly 50 years.
Located in the old Duchess
Factory Outlet at 75 William St.,
the hearing aid center started
when Samuel Caprari opened
the business in 1967. His son,
Sunday Dispatch readers voted for
Professional Hearing Aid Services for
best hearing aid center in 2015.
Paul, has since taken over the
business. One of the business’s
best attributes is the program it
has installed to help low-income
individuals afford hearing aids.
“It’s a thrilling experience when
you can help someone out,” Paul
said. The center works closely
with the Scranton School for the
Deaf, as well. Paul believes it’s
the longevity of the business that
keeps people coming back. “The
door is open to everyone,” he
said.
A BIG Thank You to everyone who voted me
Best High School Teacher
in the Greater Pittston Area!!
Michael Fuller
Social Studies Teacher
Pittston Area High School
Thank you for voting us best towing
service in the Greater Pittston Area!
LOKUTA’S
GARAGE
Other Locations:
• Nanticoke • Dunmore • Kingston • Scranton
818 Suscon Rd.
Pittston, PA
570-655-1900
80681712
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PROFESSIONALS
has been serving his constituents
in Lackawanna and Luzerne
counties in the Pennsylvania
House of Representatives since
2007. A graduate of Pittston Area
High School and The University
of Scranton, he serves on several
house committees and has
sponsored many bills. He and his
wife, Kelly, have three children,
McKenzie, Ali and Matt.
State Rep. Michael Carroll notes the
importance of Veterans Day earlier
this year in Dupont. He was, once
again, voted Best Elected Official.
ELECTED OFFICIAL
State Rep. Mike Carroll
“It’s the highest of honor
to serve the people of Greater
Pittston; it’s humbling to receive
this wonderful award,” state Rep.
Mike Carroll said about being
selected best elected official by
Sunday Dispatch readers. Carroll
DENTIST
Shawn Casey, DMD
A 1987 graduate of Wyoming
Area High School, Dr. Shawn
Casey began his studies at Wilkes
University before realizing his
dream of practicing dentistry in
the Wyoming Valley. He received
his degree at the University of
Pittsburgh Dental School and,
in 1994, opened a solo dental
practice. In 2005, he expanded his
dental facility to a multi-doctor
practice and, in 2009, he opened
a special needs dentistry center
dedicated to his aunt Mary Casey.
“The team at Casey Dental,
including our staff members,
dental hygienists, dental
assistants and doctors, appreciate
this award,” said Casey. “It’s been
our pleasure treating patients for
their dental needs for over 20
years in the Greater Pittston Area.
We thank you!”
DOCTOR
Luigi Spagnolini,
MD
Geisinger
Healthcare
physician Dr.
Luigi Spagnolini
Spagnolini
was born and
raised in Italy,
where he
earned his medical degree at
the Universita Degli Studi Di
Padova, Facolta Di Medicina E
Chirurgia in 1992. He completed
his residency at the New York
Medical Center/St. Joseph’s
Hospital in 2004. Spagnolini’s
family practice moved to a larger
facility on North Main Street in
Pittston earlier this month.
ATTORNEY
Atty. Girard J. Mecadon
family law, real estate, estates,
bankruptcy, serious injury and
Society Security disability. This
is the fourth time Mecadon has
been selected by Sunday Dispatch
readers.
Atty. Girard J. Mecadon grew
up in the Cork Lane section
of Pittston
Township. His
office is located
at 363 Laurel St.,
not far from his
family homestead.
Mecadon
has shown a
dedication to
his community
Mecadon
through his
involvement in
numerous civic and community
organizations. A Seton Catholic
graduate, he has practiced law
for more than 20 years. Mecadon
offers a variety of legal services
with an emphasis on business and
VETERINARIAN
Exeter Animal Hospital
Two paws up for twin Drs.
Barbara and Debra Dymond
of Exeter Animal Hospital.
Dymond has a thriving business
on the West Side. Most of their
patients, or their owners, have
been with them for decades and
are extremely loyal. Barbara said
she was “very pleased” to be
considered the best vet in Greater
Pittston.
PEDIATRICIAN
Michael Imbrogno, MD
Dr. Michael Imbrogno has
practiced out of an office in
Laflin since 1988 and many of
his patients are Pittston area
Thank you to my constituents &
everyone who voted me Best Elected
Official of the Greater Pittston Area
The Village II
Gold & Silversmith, Inc.
“Thank You To All Our Loyal Customers
For Voting Us Best Jeweler
In Greater Pittston”
~ Ron and Paula
Gold & SIlver Jewelry IncludInG:
Michael B. Carroll
Member, 118th
Legislative District
PA. House of
Representatives
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42 Center Street
Hughestown, PA 18640
Phone: 570-655-4883
Phone: 1-800-894-0960
Fax: 570-655-9110
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2015 BEST OF GREATER PITTSTON
“Creating Smiles One Family at a Time.”
The team at Casey Dental including; our Staff members,
Dental hygienists, Dental assistants, and Doctors, appreciate
this award. It’s been our pleasure treating patients for their
dental needs for over 20 years in the Greater Pittston Area.
We thank you!
Shawn M. Casey D.M.D
Laura B. Holena, D.D.S.
Walter J. Novelli, D.M.D.
Laura B. Holena, D.D.S.
Walter J. Novelli, D.M.D.
Leigh Jacopetti-Kondraski, D.M.D. Brian Kerr D.M.D,
Leigh Jacopetti-Kondraski, D.M.D.
Brian Kerr D.M.D,
Anthony Kuprionas, D.D.S.
Robert Lindner D.D.S
Deep Shah, D.M.D.
Robert Lindner D.D.S
Deep Shah, D.M.D.
Randy R. Nolf, D.D.S.
Marina Castellino, D.M.D.
Randy R. Nolf, D.D.S.
Marina Castellino, D.M.D.
New Patients Welcome!
570-654-4141
1073 Oak Street, Pittston PA 18640
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PROFESSIONALS
children. He also volunteers at
the Care and Concern Ministry
in Pittston. He and his late wife,
Sharon, started the free health
clinic in 2010 to provide health
care, immunization and social
services through a social worker
to children who don’t have access
to a pediatrician. The clinic is
open two days a month, but Dr.
Imbrogno carries a clinic phone
with him in case he is needed.
PHARMACIST
Joseph Albert,
R. Ph.
Bishop Joesph Bambera talks with Dr. Michael Imbrogno, and his wife Sharon,
after blessing the new Care and Concern Pediatric Clinic in the old Seton
Catholic High School building in Pittston Weds. evening.
80680305
Maria Livrone
Whimsy & The Welder
Bill Zack & Maria Livrone,
Owners, Art of Main
Thanks for Voting us
BEST VETERINARIAN
4 years in a row
ExETER ANImAl hoSpITAl
Making it a four-peat as
best chiropractor is Dr. Nestor
DeQuevedo. He has been in
business for well over a decade
and provides physical therapy,
muscle therapy and offers state
Department of Transportation
(DOT) physicals for truck drivers.
He graduated from New York
Chiropractic College in 2002.
Dr. Nestor DeQuevedo was named
Best Chiropractor for the fourth
straight year.
"I want to thank
everyone from
the bottom of my
heart for voting me
Best High School
Athletic Coach."
BEST CONTEMPORARY ARTIST!
Studio located inside
ART ON MAIN
71 South Main Street, Pittston
570-332-3082
Hours: Thurs. 12-6; Fri. & Sat 11-4
CHIRPRACTOR
Dr. Nestor DeQuevedo
Joseph
Albert was born
and raised in
the Greater
Pittston area. A
Albert
1992 graduate
of Temple
University’s pharmacy school,
Albert found an interest in the
THANK YOU to everyone who voted for me as
sciences while in high school.
Four years ago this October, he
opened Albert’s Pharmacy at 201
S. Main St. in Pittston. “So far, so
good,” he said. Albert worked in
Pittston for almost two decades
before opening his own business.
The people of Pittston have
grown to love him because “it’s
nice to see a familiar face,” Albert
said.
- Kathy Healey
Pittston Area
Girl's Basketball Coach
Dr Michael Imbrogno of Wyoming Valley
Pediatrics would like to thank his patients
and friends in voting him
Best Pediatrician of Greater Pittston.
Also a special thank you to his
staff at Wyoming Valley Pediatrics
for making it possible.
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To The People Of
Greater Pittston
PROFESSIONALS
INSURANCE AGENT
Leo Sperrazza
When Leo Sperrazza isn’t
tending to his award-winning
wine, he sets up shot on Broad
Street as an All State insurance
agent. A 1978 graduate of
Wyoming Area, Sperazza was
originally a Prudential agent
working out of Exeter. Almost
20 years ago, when he switched
to All State, Sperazza made
the move to Pittston — first
on Main Street and now at his
Broad Street location. “I like the
fact that we’re a very integral
part of helping people out,” he
said.
BARTENDER
John Couperus - Tomato Bar
Stop by the Tomato Bar in
Pittston to see John Couperus do
his thing! The Tomato Bar and
Bistro is open from 4 p.m. to 2
a.m. Monday through Saturday.
Sunday, September 27, 2015
Leo Sperazza was voted Best Insurance Agent for the first
time.
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In Greater Pittston
Thanks To All Our
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NIGHTLIFE
HAPPY HOUR
Town Tavern
from high-end imports to your
everyday domestics at the shop.
“There is really nothing like this
in the state,” Sabatini said. And if
you’re a beer connoisseur, “This is
your heaven.”
The Town Tavern has been
a staple in the Best of Greater
Pittston awards for several years
now. This time, the bar’s happy
hour took home top honor. The
happy hour runs from 4 to 6 p.m.
weeknights. The bar is located at
815 Foote Ave. in Duryea.
LOCAL BAR
Tomato Bar and Bistro
Owner Lindo Sabatini recently opened the Sabatini’s Beer Bar and Bottle Shop
in Exeter, which won best beer selection at a bar this year.
BEER SELECTION AT A BAR
Sabatini’s Beer Bar
and Bottle Shop
If you’re looking for a certain
beer, you can most likely find it
at Sabatini’s Beer Bar and Bottle
Shop. Open since May of this
year, Sabatini’s Beer Bar features
between 2,500 and 3,000 different
beers at any given time. Owner
Lindo Sabatini’s establishment,
located at 1925 Wyoming Ave.,
Exeter, also has 23 different beers
on tap. You can find anything
For the second year in a row,
the Tomato Bar and Bistro
owned by Andy and Michael
Partash has been chosen best bar.
Reminiscent of the early 1900s,
the bar features tasty lunch and
dinner menus, along with an
extensive variety of imported
and craft beers which include
three varieties from Susquehanna
Brewing Company in Jenkins
Township and one from Breakers
in Wilkes-Barre. The patio is
“the place to be” during the
warm summer months, especially
during the Tomato Festival when
patrons can enjoy watching the
festivities in comfort. An upstairs
PLACE FOR NIGHT TIME
ENTERTAINMENT
Tony’s Wine Cellar
Tomato Bar and Bistro in Pittston
won best local bar and best martinis
in this year’s Sunday Dispatch Best
of Greater Pittston readers’ choice
awards.
room is available for parties. The
establishment is open from 4
p.m to 2 a.m. Monday through
Saturday.
Upstairs patrons at Tony’s
Pizza in City Line Plaza where
Pittston meets Port Griffith enjoy
Tony’s famous round pizza with
a cold soft drink or maybe a beer.
Downstairs in Tony’s Wine Cellar,
they enjoy the same pizza with
the same beverages but may also
look over an extensive wine list.
Victor Giuliano opened the wine
cellar a few years back and has
enjoyed tremendous success.
The cellar frequently offers live
The Tomato Bar & Bistro features a splendid menu of numerous tomato recipes that will surely accomodate any appetite.
When seeking a delicious dinner with some tomato flair - there is something for everyone including burgers,
sandwiches, appetizers, dry rubbed ribs, mac ‘n’ cheese and more.
If you’re a beer connoisseur, this is your place to be in Northeast, PA! Featuring a HUGE variety of import and craft beers,
The Tomato Bar & Bistro features a multiple 24-tap system.
THANKS FOR VOTING US THE BEST...
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NIGHTLIFE
entertainment and sometimes it’s
Victor himself drumming with the
band Sweet Pepper and the Long
Hots.
BAR FOOD
Town Tavern
The Town Tavern located at
815 Foote Ave. in Duryea has a
lot of “Bests” under its belt. In
2008, it won the Best of Fest at
Sno Mountain Wing Festival and
in 2012, it won in a total of five
categories in the Best of Greater
Pittston. This year, Town Tavern
wins again in the Best Bar Food
category. Over 30 variety of wings
and other a variety of other tasty
items keep hungry customers
coming back.
MARTINIS
Tomato Bar & Bistro
This place has only been open
for about a year. But it’s already
catching on with the locals. The
best martinis in Greater Pittston
Tony’s Wine Cellar won for best night time entertainment, as voted by Sunday
Dispatch readers this year.
belong to the Tomato Bar. But
what’s so special about those
martinis? Well, the bar offers four
house martinis: the Mangotini,
Lemon Drop Martini, Chocolate
Martini and the Banana Cream
Pie Martini. Each is sure to light
up your taste buds.
CORNER BAR
Town Tavern
Another “Best” for this local
bar in the Corner Bar category.
Not many corner bars are still in
existence, but the Town Tavern
has flourished over the past
several years.
The wings aren’t the only tasty offerings found at Town Tavern in Duryea. The
bar and eatery is the best corner bar and has the best bar food and the best
happy hour, according to Sunday Dispatch readers.
Located at the corner of Foote
Avenue and Hooven Street, the
bar is open from 11 a.m. to 11
p.m. Monday through Saturday
and from noon to 10 p.m. on
Sunday.
The bar offers dine in or take
out with a full bar. Contact them
at 570-451-1200.
tHanK You
for Voting Us
Best
Funeral
Home
Peter J. Adonizio Funeral Home
251 William Street, Pittston, PA 18640
570-654-8683
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Thank you everyone in the
Greater Pittston Area for voting
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Best Fitness Instructor,
and for voting for us
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