EDITOR JULIE IMEL DISHES THE NEWS YOU NEED TO KNOW
If you were disappointed that photo pages of Scranton StorySlam and the Italian Car Show at Mount Airy did not appear in last week’s edition, please accept our apologies. Due to an error in production, two photo pages did not appear as scheduled. Our fab photographer, Tom Bonomo, was at both events, and we’ve included the missing photos in this week’s edition. Please be sure to check out pages 54 and 55 to see your friends.
Round 2 of Dancing
The ballroom of the Scranton Cultural Center will be hopping once again on Friday, July 13, as local celebrities compete for their spot in the finals in the second round of Dancing with the NEPA Stars. In this round, the brave competitors dancing their hearts out in the name of charity are Ashley Teatum and Michael Colarusso. Here’s the scoop on the contestants:
If her name looks familiar, perhaps it’s because you’ve seen her by-lines in the Times-Tribune, where Teatum is a sports reporter. Teatum, a graduate of The University of Scranton, covers high school soccer and wrestling. She lives in West Scranton, and studied dance for 13 years in her hometown of Staten Island.
The Colarusso name is a familiar one, too, as his family owns several Italian restaurants in the area. A graduate of Johnson & Wales University, Colarusso opened the area’s only coal-fired pizzeria in Dickson City last year. He lives in Lake Township with his wife, Stefanie.
It’s going to be quite a showdown between the chef and the writer, and it’s all for a good cause. You can vote for your favorite dancer online at www.scrantonculturalcenter.org until 5:30 p.m. on July 13. After that, you can vote in person at the event, which starts at 5:30 p.m. Each vote costs $1 and proceeds benefit the Scranton Cultural Center. Good luck to both dancers. We can’t wait to see who makes it into the finals!
It’s finally here — Opening Day of the Cooperative Farmers’ Market of Scranton is Friday, July 13. The market will be open for its 73rd season from noon to 7 p.m. (or until the last farmer leaves). Just off Providence Road and Albright Ave., the market is located at 900 Barring Ave. Those who eagerly await its opening (like the foodies in our office) know just what to expect — 40 stands with everything from fresh fruits, veggies and herbs, to farm fresh meat and dairy products, fresh flowers, baked goods, a food concession stand and more. If buying local is important to you, be sure to stop by on Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays this summer. For more information, visit www.localharvest.org.
Save the date
Speaking of delicious, homegrown food, don’t forget to mark your calendars for a tasty tradition in Susquehanna County — the Montrose Blueberry Festival, Aug. 3 and 4. The event will be held on the Village Green and Library Lawn, and features entertainment, crafts, games, and, of course, plenty of food featuring the star of the festival — the blueberry. There is no admission fee, but proceeds from items purchased at the event benefit the Susquehanna County Historical Society & Free Library Association. For more information, visit www.susqcolibrary.org or call 278-1881.
A special thanks to our friends at Ruby Tuesday’s on Montage Mountain for letting us conduct our interview with this week’s Up Close & Personal, Kimberly McLendon, an hour before the restaurant even opened. While many places would have turned us away, they opened their doors to us and our cameras, notebooks, recorders and props, without question. (They make a mean chicken fresco petite plate, too).
That’s the scoop! Thanks for reading, and I’ll meet you here again next week.
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