On behalf of all Laflin Borough Officials, we would like to extend a warm welcome to you.

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Laflin Borough Council Meeting (7:00pm) and
Work Session (6:30pm):
Tuesday, August 8, 2017 at 7pm
WORK SESSION to discuss Fire Driver position

Click here for copy of meeting agenda

Click here for copy of proposed Ordinance #2 of 2017




Wyoming Valley Sanitary Authority (WVSA) hereby gives notice of the 30-day public comment period for its National Pollutant Discharge Elimination (NPDES) Stormwater Discharges from Small Municipal Separate Storm Sewer Systems (MS4) Pollutant Reduction Plan (PRP). Best management practices (BMPs) are proposed in the regional Plan to satisfy PRP requirements for the Chesapeake Bay and local stream impairments.

The public is invited to review this document and provide written comments to the Executive Director.
James B. Tomaine, P.E. –
P.O. Box 33A
Wilkes-Barre, PA  18703

The 30-day public comment period begins August 1, 2017 and ends August 31, 2017.

The Plan will be discussed at a public meeting on August 10, 2017 starting at 4PM at the offices of WVSA.

The municipalities participating in the regional Plan include the Cities of Nanticoke, Pittston, and Wilkes-Barre; the Boroughs of Ashley, Courtdale, Dureyea, Edwardsville, Exeter, Forty Fort, Hughestown, Kingston, Laflin, Larksville, Luzerne, Plymouth, Pringle, Sugar Notch, Swoyersville, Warrior Run, West Pittston, West Wyoming, Wyoming, and Yatesville; and the Townships of Hanover, Jackson, Jenkins, Lehman, Newport, Pittston, Plains, Plymouth, and Wilkes-Barre.

Web Link to the WVSA Web Site and The  Regional Pollutant Reduction Plan:


Laflin Borough Road Resurfacing

Willow Grove Paving will start road milling and resurfacing work next week. Sprucewood Drive, Cedarwood Drive and lower Haverford Drive are scheduled to be milled and paved. This will be a two week project.

During the milling phase base repairs will be completed and stormwater catch basins will be adjusted. Asphalt curbing will be installed to complete the work. This work schedule is weather sensitive and could change.

Lower Haverford Drive will be closed to traffic due to the replacement of a deep culvert pipe and the installation of an additional stormwater catch basin inlet. Access will be available to the townhouse parking lot.

Access to your driveways, although limited at times, will be available during this process. No vehicle will be allowed to be parked on the street while this work is being done and vehicles should be off the street by 7:00am.

Borough residents may need to adjust the location of mailboxes to meet the specifications of the U.S. Postal Service. The distance from the curb to the face of the mailbox may need to be adjusted to allow for proper access.

If you have any questions regarding this project, please contact the borough office at 654-3323.


Laflin Neighborhood Crime Watch and Laflin Volunteer Fire Dept.

Presents “America’s Night Out Against Crime”

TUESDAY, AUGUST 1, 2017   from 6:00PM – 8:00PM

Behind the Laflin Borough Building
47 Laflin Road, Laflin PA 18702



Food4Kids CEO Food 4 Kids Summer Program  – Hunger Doesn’t Take A Summer Vacation

Laflin Borough Summer Camp program will be hosting a Food 4 Kids site.    Any child up to the age of 18 is welcome.

9:30am Breakfast
11:30am Lunch

Mondays – Wednesdays – Fridays
Runs until 7/28/17

Many children who receive breakfast and lunch during the school year do not receive the same nutritional support over the summer, leaving thousands of local kids at risk of hunger and malnutrition. The Food 4 Kids Summer program served more than 70,000 meals during the summer of 2015. The Program provides 1,800 meals each day to children at 100 different sites in three counties. Some locations also serve snacks.


More Than 1 Million Homes Could Be at Risk of Mine Subsidence 

New and updated maps of coal mines in Pennsylvania are now available on the DEP Mine Subsidence Insurance website – – and homeowners and businesses are encouraged to check to see if they could be at risk for mine subsidence.

Mine Maps are available at the Laflin Borough building to view.


Road Milling and Paving Work Scheduled in the Borough

Road paving work will commence in the borough, weather permitting, this month. The following roads are scheduled for paving starting the week of  May 15th and will be funded by way of  casino grant funds awarded to the borough by the Dept. of  Community & Economic Development (DCED).    The award was for $125,000.00.

Laurelwood Drive  ♦  Redwood Drive  ♦  Oakhill Drive  ♦  E. Ashwood Drive

The second phase of milling and paving will be completed this June by a separate paving contractor.  The roads in the second phase:

Cedarwood Drive  ♦  Sprucewood Drive  ♦  Lower Haverford Drive

During the milling phase base repairs will be completed and stormwater catch basins will be adjusted.  Asphalt curbing will be installed to complete the work.  This work schedule is weather sensitive and could change.

Access to your driveways, although limited, will be available during this process.  No vehicle will be allowed to be parked on the street while this work is being done and vehicles should be off the street by 7:00am.   We apologize in advance for any inconvenience this project may cause and thank you for your continued cooperation and support in making Laflin a better place.  If you have any questions regarding this process, contact the borough office at 654-3323.

Mailbox Adjustments due to Curb Installation

Due to curb replacement and new curb installation, borough residents may need to adjust the location of mailboxes to meet the specifications of the U.S. Postal Service.   The distance from the curb to the face of the mailbox may need to be adjusted to allow for proper access.  These specifications can be found on the Laflin Borough website
under notices at


Jamie Andrews is Appointed to Laflin Borough Council

Jamie Bartolotto Andrews was sworn in as Laflin Borough Councilperson.   She will replace Michael Flanagan who has recently resigned.   Jamie has an outstanding background for this position.  She has been a resident of Laflin for 35 years.   She is a special education teacher at Dodson Elementary School.   She has a B.S. from East Stroudsburg University specializing in elementary and special education.   She has a M.S. in Curriculum Instruction from University of Scranton.   She is married to Joseph Andrews, Jr. a Pennsylvania State Police Trooper.   She has two sons, Joseph Andrews III and Jonathan Andrews.   She is a member of the Laflin Volunteer Fire Department for 13 years.   She is Fire Dept. Secretary, a Firefighter and has trained as an EMT at Luzerne Community College.   She has been a member of The Neighborhood Crime Watch for 10 years, was a Recreation Board Member for 3 years, and was a Laflin Camp Counselor for 2 years.   She is pictured above being sworn in by Laflin Mayor Dorothy Shea Yazurlo.

Congratulation Councilwoman Andrews and Best of Luck!


WVSA Regional MS4 Stormwater Management Information

For more information on understanding the regional approach to stormwater management as mandated by the Federal Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and the Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection:


Laflin Rec Board Annual Summer Camp – June 26th to July 28th

Laflin Rec Summer Camp will begin the last Monday of June.   Registration forms will be available at the borough office and library.   Forms can be emailed upon request or downloaded here.

All children and grandchildren of Laflin residents ages 5-12 are welcome (children under 5 must have a guardian present).   The cost is $20 per camper.  Camp days are Monday, Wednesday, and Friday from 9am to 12pm.   Camp will take place at the park behind the Laflin Borough Building.   Children will be provided breakfast and lunch daily.   They will also have the opportunity to participate in arts & crafts, games, sports and socialize with other kids this summer.

Advanced registration is required.   Hope to see you there!

For more information or to obtain an application, contact the borough office at (570) 654-3323 or email

Laflin Recreation Board
Summer Camp Counselors

The Laflin Rec Board will be accepting applications for part-time, paid summer camp counselors to assist at our annual day camp starting June 26th.   Interested candidates can submit their applications and required clearance certificates (PA Child Abuse History Clearance; PA Criminal Records Check; FBI Criminal Background Check) to the Laflin Borough office prior to June 13, 2017 to be considered.   Applicants must be 18 yrs. of age or older.

The camp accommodates approximately 30 to 40 boys and girls ranging in age from 5 to 12.   We are looking for fun, enthusiastic and mature individuals who can teach and assist in all areas of fun (arts & crafts, sports and many other programs).

The summer camp program will run from the last week of June 26th to July 28th and is held at the borough building park.    For more information or to obtain an application, contact the borough office at (570) 654-3323 or

Laflin Borough is an Equal Opportunity Employer.


Mayor’s Report

The Osterhout Free Library publication “Word Fountain” seeks to publish emerging and established writers of fiction, creative non-fiction, flash fiction and poetry.   Laflin citizens interested can get information on
All citizens are encouraged to attend the Neighborhood Crime Watch meetings held the first Monday of each month in the Laflin Borough Library at 7:00pm.   Chairperson is Council President Glen Gubitose.

Our neighbor Pittston Township reports an increase in burglaries and vehicle break-ins.  We remind all citizens to keep the perimeter of their homes well lighted and be sure to lock their vehicles at all times they are not in use.  A scam has been reported by the Kingston police. A con man who poses as a utility worker and shows identification with a card around his neck will seek entrance to check the water or electricity.   Homeowners are encouraged to report any such incidents.

Mayor Dorothy Shea-Yazurlo


Laflin Borough 2017 Sewer and Refuse Collection Statements

The sewer maintenance ($160.00/yr.) and trash collection ($240.00/yr.) invoices were mailed to residents on January 31st.   As in past years, both statements were mailed together to reduce costs.  Please contact the borough office with questions.  (570) 654-3323.

Refuse Collection Fee:
$230.00 due until 3/31/2017
$240.00 if paid by 6/30/2017

Two Payment Plan Option:  First Installment of $120.00 due by 3/31/2017
Second Installment of $120.00 due by 6/30/2017

Sewer Maintenance Fee:
$152.00 due until  4/30/2017
$160.00 if paid by  7/31/2017

Two Payment Plan Option:  First Installment of $80.00 due by 4/30/2017
Second Installment of $80.00 due by 7/31/2017


Plains Ambulance Association Annual Subscription Drive 2017

UPDATED: 5/4/17  Plains Ambulance will be issuing subscription notices for 2017 soon.   They will run from July 1st to June 30th.


Mr. Boyd –

Please be aware that the Plains Volunteer Ambulance Association’s annual subscription drive mailing is set to be distributed within the next few weeks.  All residents, regardless of prior subscription status, will be treated as subscribers to ensure that every opportunity has been made for them to respond to the 2017 membership.

-Angela L. Patla, Operations Manager
Plains Volunteer Ambulance Association


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Scam Activity Update

Utilities across the country – including electric, gas, and water – continue to see scammers trying to fleece customers.

Scam artists vary their tactics but usually pretend to be your utility.  They may claim you have a delinquent account and threaten to immediately shut off service if you don’t pay a certain amount by prepaid debit card.  Another recent tactic was to attempt entry into your house under the pretense they are there to change a meter and then demand a payment for installation.

Don’t be fooled.   The Utility companies don’t conduct business like this.  There are never on-the-spot demands for money.

If you suspect a scam, hang up.  Then check with your utility company.
PPL  1-800-342-5775
PAWC 1-866-641-2131
UGI Gas 1-800-276-2722

If it turns out to be a scam attempt, call the Pennsylvania State Police at (570) 697-2000.
PPL, PAWC and UGI continue to work with law enforcement on this issue.


                        J. P. Mascaro & Sons 2017 Collection Calendar  

For entire J.P. Mascaro & Sons newsletter Click Here:  Mascaro 2017 Collection Calendar


New Dump/Plow Truck in Service for Laflin Borough



Laflin Borough adds a new 2016 Ford F550 plow and salt spreader truck (right) for the 2016 / 2017 winter season.

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Laflin Borough Elected Official Donates to Laflin Library


Pictured with our Laflin Librarian Nancy Coassolo is Councilwoman Sandra Falcone (right), who is donating her borough salary to the Laflin Library as a way to give back to the community.   Sandra has been associated with the library for many years, serving on the library board as well as teaching origami classes to the children.  Sandra is a world traveler spending several months each year in India teaching children English.  She and her late husband Ray Falcone operated Birney Beverage.  She has a son Carmen and two grandchildren, Zaria and Maxim who reside in Boston.