The LuLac Edition #2209, September 27th, 2012
The Matt Cartwright for Congress campaign is hosting its first annual Fall Festival this weekend at Nay Aug Park in Scranton. The event will take place on Saturday, September 29th from 1 – 3.30 PM. The family friendly event will feature live entertainment from the Jeanne Zano Band, a BBQ dinner featuring whole roast pork, as well as a moon bounce and pumpkin decoration for children. A suggested donation of $20 will be accepted in advance or at the door. Those looking to purchase tickets in advance can do so at www.cartwrightcongress.com , or by calling 570.371.3870. All proceeds will benefit Matt’s bid to become the 17th district’s next Congressman.
Today, Phil Scollo's campaign manager released a memo complete with comparative polling data and other developing information regarding the current state of the race for Pennsylvania's 10th Congressional District. The entire memo can be viewed here: http://scollocongress.com/home/wp-content/uploads/STATE-OF-THE-RACE-MEMO-TO-MEDIA.pdf Businessman Phil Scollo said, "Nobody expected that we would out-raise the incumbent last quarter among individuals and think folks will be even more surprised to see how much momentum we have built on the ground. I am just thrilled with the support we are receiving all over the district. Republicans, Democrats and Independents everywhere are fed up with politicians who refuse to answers questions, who hide behind staff and who don't stand up for honest hard-working families who are simply trying to make ends meet. "I'll fight for families. I'll fight to save Medicare - not vote to essentially end it twice as the incumbent has and I will always fight to protect jobs in our region and keep Social Security as the cornerstone of dignified retirement for our workers. Those are things the people of Northeastern and Central Pennsylvania can count on and I am proud to be gaining ground in this race everyday and proud to be asking for their support." The Italian American Democratic Leadership Council (IADLC), the voice of Italian Americans in the Democratic Party, endorses Phil Scollo for Congress in Pennsylvania. Phil is a second generation Italian American. All four of his grandparents immigrated from Sicily at the turn of the 20th century, coming through Ellis Island. His paternal grandparents Giovanni and Gracia came from Taormina. His maternal grandparents, Fillippo and Angelina Sfraga lived in Marsala and Trapani, respectively. Giovanni fought with the United States Army in World War I and Fillippo was an artisan cabinet maker. Angelina became a charter member of the International Lady Garment Workers Union. Phil's mother, a homemaker, and father, a New York City Firefighter, raised Phil in New York City. Phil was the first in his family to attend college and paid for his education by working at the Macy’s loading dock in New York City. He graduated from St. John’s University and then entered the insurance industry where he worked his way up to a management role. In 1998, Phil moved his family to Pennsylvania and bases his business out of Milford. As a husband, father, and small business owner Phil understands the challenges many families are facing and will fight to protect jobs, Medicare, and Social Security. “We are happy to support yet another Italian American for Congress and hope that with this endorsement, Italian Americans in Pennsylvania will throw their support behind Phil Scollo,” said Bob Blancato, Chairman of the IADLC. Phil Scollo is challenging Congressman Tom Marino, who was elected in the 2010 Republican wave. Scollo’s campaign claims that Marino has not represented his constituents well; he voted for a $606 billion defense bill that would eviscerate funding for the Tobyhanna Army Depot - the largest employer not only in his district but in all of Northeast Pennsylvania, which has lead to hundreds of layoffs. Phil is a small business owner and advocate for jobs in his community. Visit www.scollocongress.com to learn more about Phil’s background and commitment to Pennsylvania. For almost twenty years, the Italian American Democratic Leadership Council has been the national voice of Italian Americans in the Democratic Party -- the national political action committee supporting candidates for Congress and major statewide offices, reaching out to Italian American voters for their presidential candidates, and promoting the appointment of Italian Americans at the national level. To learn more about the IADLC visit www.italianamericandemocrats.net.
BLAKE ANNOUNCES FORUM
Senator John Blake is pleased to announce that on Wednesday, October 10, I will host local government officials and transportation leaders from across the region for a transportation forum at Genetti’s Manor in Dickson City. Pennsylvania has nearly 8,500 miles of roads in poor condition; we have the 4th oldest bridge inventory in the nation; and, of our 25,000 bridges, over 5,000 are structurally deficient. In Lackawanna County alone, nearly 100 of our 480 bridges have structural problems; six have been forced to close; and 28 others have posted weight restrictions. The numbers are even worse for Luzerne and Monroe Counties with a combined 231 structurally deficient bridges. Transportation infrastructure, particularly here in Northeastern Pennsylvania, is need of an upgrade and we need to be mindful of how all modes of transportation – rail freight, airports and public mass transit – contribute to the economic vitality of our region. This forum will present a great opportunity to discuss the transportation needs of NEPA with local and regional stakeholders regarding the future of transportation infrastructure and services in our region. The Honorable Barry Schoch, P.E., Secretary of the PA Department of Transportation is scheduled to serve as the keynote speaker for this event.
ANDY WILLIAMS DIES
Singer Andy Williams died yesterday at the age of 84. Williams went home to his house in Branson a few weeks ago to die from bladder cancer. If you a around in the mid 60s, one Christmas gift you always got was the Andy Williams sweater. You know the kind, a cardigan that the singer wore during his Christmas specials. His show was a must see every week but oh those Christmas specials. Coupled with Perry Como’s, if you didn’t have the Christmas spirit after watching them, well then you were just plain heartless. Mrs. LuLac and I saw Williams at the Kirby when he brought one of his Christmas specials to town. Like so many stars., Williams was discovered by Steve Allen landing a spot as a regular on Tonight Starring Steve Allen in 1954, he was signed to a recording contract with Cadence Records, a small label in New York run by conductor Archie Bleyer. His third single, "Canadian Sunset" reached No. 7 in the Top Ten in August 1956, and was soon followed by his only Billboard No. 1 hit, in February 1957, "Butterfly" – a cover of a Charlie Gracie record on which Williams imitated Elvis Presley's style of singing. More hits followed, including "The Hawaiian Wedding Song" (U.S. #11), "Are You Sincere" (U.S. #3 in February 1958), "The Village of St. Bernadette" (U.S. #7 in December 1959), "Lonely Street" (U.S. #5 in September 1959), and "I Like Your Kind Of Love" with Peggy Powers (U.S. #8 in May 1957) before Williams moved to Columbia Records in 1961, having moved from New York to Los Angeles and gaining another hit with "Can't Get Used to Losing You" (U.S. #2). In terms of chart popularity, the Cadence era was Williams' peak although songs he introduced on Columbia became much bigger standards. Two top-ten hits from the Cadence era, "Butterfly" and "I Like Your Kind of Love", were apparently believed not to suit Williams' later style; they were not included on a Columbia reissue of his Cadence greatest hits of/from the 1960s Williams was a political activist supporting the campaigns of the late Robert Kennedy and George McGovern. It was Williams who sang “Ave Maria” at the assassinated Senator’s funeral in 1968. Williams is one of a passing parade of great solo singers that have left a legacy of great entertainment and great music.
AND NOW FOR SOMETHING COMPLETELY DIFFERENT
ECTV Live hosts Tom Munley and David DeCosmo will begin their Fall season with a program that combines a bit of Halloween fun with area history! Their guest for the week of October 1st will be Julie Esty who will highlight plans for the annual Dunmore Cemetery Tour! The event, which is offered Free of charge to the public, will be held on October 7th and again on the 14th this year. ECTV Live is a Public Affairs presentation of Electric City Television and can be seen each day at Noon and Midnight with additional showings at 6PM on selected days. It is telecast on Comcast Ch 19. The Public Access Station is also producing a new edition of "People, Places, and Things" which will feature an exhibit of photographs about the September, 2011 flood and recovery efforts in the days immediately following the incident taken by photographer/artist Jamis Smith in West Pittston. The program is currently being edited and will be scheduled in the near future. Electric City Television's schedule is available by searching ectvschedule on the web.