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Laflin Borough Assistant Solicitor Passes Away
Funeral will be held at 10 a.m. on Tuesday, Oct. 29, from Hugh B. Hughes & Son Inc. Funeral Home, 1044 Wyoming Ave., Forty Fort, with the Rev. Dr. William Lewis officiating. The interment will be at Memorial Shrine Cemetery, Carverton.
Family and friends are asked to call from 4 to 8 p.m. on Monday, Oct. 28, at the funeral home. A Masonic service will be conducted on at 7:30 p.m. Monday evening by Masonic Lodge No. 395, F&AM.
Memorial contributions can be made to Old Friends at Cabin Creek, 483 Sandhill Rd., Greenfield Center, NY 12833.
For more information or to send the family an online condolence, please visit the funeral home website at www.hughbhughes.com.
Prominent local attorney Bruce Phillips dies
JAMES HALPIN, THE CITIZEN’S VOICE / PUBLISHED: OCTOBER 25, 2019
Bruce Phillips, a prominent solicitor and personal injury attorney, died after suffering a fatal heart attack at his home in Dallas on Thursday night. He was 62.
“Bruce was an attorney of the utmost character and integrity,” Luzerne County President Judge Richard M. Hughes III said. “He represented his clients zealously and with absolute professionalism. He was a man who had an infectious smile and was a friend to all. He will be truly missed.”
A graduate of Pennsylvania State University who earned his law degree from Duquesne University in 1982, Phillips served as solicitor for a number of municipalities, including Wilkes-Barre Twp. and Laflin. He specialized in personal injury and civil rights litigation at the firm Wetzel, Phillips, Rodgers & Falcone.
“He was never afraid to take on cases for the little guy, whether it was going to pay off or not,” said Luzerne County First Assistant District Attorney Sam Sanguedolce, a longtime friend. “He just wanted to see what was right done.”
Sanguedolce said he first met Phillips in 1992 through his affiliation with other young people getting involved in politics. Phillips helped Sanguedolce throughout law school and put him in touch with former district attorney Jerry Cohen, who encouraged Sanguedolce to become a prosecutor, he said. Phillips also encouraged the current district attorney, Stefanie Salavantis, to run for office.
“He really was the one that encouraged me to do it, and really believed in me at a time when no one really knew who I was,” Salavantis said. “There are a lot of heartbroken people today, me being one of them. He means a lot to a lot of people throughout this county and all over.”
U.S. Rep. Matt Cartwright, D-8, Moosic, said he and his wife Marion Munley were devastated by the loss of Phillips, who was a good friend. “As lawyers, Bruce and I were in so many tough fights together, we ended up as close as two brothers,” Cartwright said.
“I’ll always remember him for his unfailing good humor, his constant loyalty to his friends, and his abiding love of truth and decency. This really hurts.”
Pennsylvania Superior Court President Judge Emeritus Correale F. Stevens, a Luzerne County native, also described Phillips as a good friend. “Bruce Phillips loved our area, our people and was a positive influence on everyone he met,” Stevens said. “We will miss his infectious optimism and kind, caring treatment of others.”
Phillips was an avid Cleveland Browns fan who attended games whenever possible — a tradition that began because his father was friends with some local residents who were on the team many years ago, Sanguedolce said. “He was always traveling around to go see his Browns play,” Salavantis said. “No matter how terrible they did, he was always very supportive and always rooting for them. He never backed down and would argue with people who would say, ‘How can you be a Browns fan?’”
Phillips was also a devoted horse-racing fan who had attended every Kentucky Derby, Belmont Stakes and Preakness Stakes since the turn of the century, Sanguedolce said. He was part owner of a racehorse, Tiz the Law, that is currently in line to appear in the 2020 Kentucky Derby. “After years of losing every single horse race he bet on,” Sanguedolce said with a laugh. “If Bruce had a tip, you knew not to bet on that horse.”
Surviving are Phillips’ wife, Margaret; father former county commissioner Jim Phillips; brother John Phillips; and sister Katharyn Elms.
Laflin Borough Takes Delivery of a NEW 2019 Ford F550 Plow Truck
Laflin Borough replaced the sold 2010 F550 this past winter with a new 2019 Diesel DEF F550 plow truck.
Diesel Exhaust Fluid (DEF) is a non-hazardous solution, which is 32.5% urea and 67.5% de-ionized water. DEF is sprayed into the exhaust stream of diesel vehicles to break down dangerous NOx emissions into harmless nitrogen and water. Diesel Exhaust Fluid (DEF) is an environmentally friendly solution that is used in diesel vehicles to help protect the environment.
Municipal Plow Truck Sold
2010 Ford F550XL Super Duty Regular Cab, 8′ bed, 4×4 Power Stroke Diesel, Non-DEF System w/14,875 miles. Meyer’s 9′ Power Angle Snowplow and Stainless Steel Dump Body with Tailgate Salt Spreader. Automatic Transmission.
LAFLIN BOROUGH SNOW / INCLEMENT WEATHER PARKING BAN ORDINANCE
Inclement Weather Parking Ban Ordinance #1 of 2009 click here
Residents are reminded to remove vehicles from street side parking during inclement weather. Street-side parking shall not be permitted alongside any street in the borough whenever roadways have any accumulation of wintry precipitation, including, but not limited to snow, sleet or ice that requires plowing of roads or spreading of salt.
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Laflin Borough has announced the following schedule for Regular Monthly Council Meetings for 2019. Meetings will be held at the borough bldg. at 47 Laflin Road, Laflin, PA 18702.
Meetings will be held on the Second Tuesday of each month at 6:00pm, except as noted below. If necessary, Work Sessions will be held as needed at 5:30pm prior to the regular mtg.
Contact the borough office with any questions.
Meeting Dates for 2019:
January 1/8/19 July 7/9/19
February 2/12/19 August 8/13/19
March 3/12/19 September 9/10/19
April 4/9/19 October 10/8/19
May 5/14/19 November 11/12/19
June 6/11/19 December 12/10/19
Special meetings of Borough Council will be advertised as needed. Any person with a disability requiring special accommodations to attend the meetings should notify the borough office prior to the meeting. Laflin Borough is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer. All Laflin Borough Council Meetings are open to the public.
Laflin Borough Public Park Curfew and Over-Night Parking Restrictions
Laflin Borough Council approved and adopted a new public park curfew that closes both public parks at 10:00pm every night. The ordinance also prohibits over-night parking on both borough properties.
To read the entire ordinance click here: Ordinance #4 of 2018 Park Curfew and Parking Restrictions.
Matt D’Elia, Laflin Borough Junior Council Person receives his Associates Degree while attending High School
Matt D’Elia (17 yr.) Laflin Borough Junior Council Person received his associate degree while attending high school. He earned 60 course credits from Lackawanna College in Business Studies. He will receive his high school diploma and college diploma this spring. Matt plans on continuing his education to attain a bachelor degree and eventually a law degree to become a Judge Advocate Officer (JAG Officer) in the U.S. Air Force.
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New 32gal. Recycling Containers Delivered to Residents
Laflin Borough delivered new recycling containers to borough residents on Thursday, 7/19/18 to be utilized in the Single-Stream Recycling program. Laflin collects recycling materials on the 1st and 3rd Tuesday of the month. The borough receives DEP performance grant money based on the tonnage recycled. Laflin received $5,641.00 in 2017 from DEP.
Laflin Borough Council Reorganizational Meeting
Tuesday, January 2, 2018
New council seated:
The Honorable Judge David W. Lupas gave the oath of office to newly elected officials.
MUNICIPAL WEBSITE NOTICE
NOTICE OF PUBLIC PARTICIPATION FOR CHESAPEAKE BAY POLLUTANT REDUCTION PLAN
Wyoming Valley Sanitary Authority (WVSA) MS4 Pollutant Reduction Plan 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. – email@example.com
P.O. Box 33A
Wilkes-Barre, PA 18703
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: http://wvsa.org/stormWaterPosting.pdf
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 – www.pamsi.org – 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.
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 www.LaflinBoro.com.
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 Borough 2019 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 3/31/2019
$240.00 if paid by 6/30/2019
Two Payment Plan Option: First Installment of $120.00 due by 3/31/2019
Second Installment of $120.00 due by 6/30/2019
Sewer Maintenance Fee:
$152.00 due until 4/30/2019
$160.00 if paid by 7/31/2019
Two Payment Plan Option: First Installment of $80.00 due by 4/30/2019
Second Installment of $80.00 due by 7/31/2019
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.
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.
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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