Be a Neighbor
By NeighborWorks Northeastern Pennsylvania
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Be a NeighborMar 24, 2023
#8: From Bottling it... to Selling It
In this episode, hosts Parker Dorsey and Gerard Hetman chat with special guest Allison "Poomie" Novak, the owner and CEO of Poomie's Luzerne Street Market & Deli. We were excited to get her insight about her personal and professional background and how it lead her to open the deli, what inspired the name, what prompted her to open the deli in West Scranton, what the community reception has been like, and where her plans are for the deli in the future.
#7: That First Win
In this episode, hosts Parker Dorsey and Gerard Hetman chat with special guest Jake Manetti, West Scranton High School head football coach. We were excited to get his insight about his personal and professional background, the culture of the school community and how it impacts his daily work, his coaching philosophies and guiding principles, his plans for the football program in the future, and how the community can continue to support the program.
#6: The (Still Undefeated) NeighborWorks Kickball Team
In this episode, hosts Parker Dorsey and Gerard Hetman chat with special guest Marissa Duffy, the Scranton Parks & Recreation director. We were excited to get their insight about their personal and professional background, the City's park study and how it will shape investment and development in the parks system going forward, how plans for parks such as Allen Park & Clover Field will increase quality of life in West Scranton, and the upcoming West Scranton Fall Festival.
#5: Irishmen Have No Rhythm
In this episode, hosts Parker Dorsey and Gerard Hetman chat with special guest Thom Welby, state representative of Pennsylvania's 113th District and former broadcaster. We were excited to get his insight about his personal and professional background, his early life in Scranton, his time serving the community as Senator Marty Flynn's chief of staff, and his experiences with NeighborWorks.
In this episode, hosts Parker Dorsey and Gerard Hetman chat with special guest Rob DeLuca, principal of West Scranton High School. We were excited to get his insight about the history of the high school, the story behind the "Invaders" nickname, notable West Scranton alumni, and how the high school has grown and evolved over the past decades.
#3: Forget Yourself Not
In this episode, hosts Parker Dorsey and Gerard Hetman chat with special guest Koni Bennett, the owner of one of the only boutique salons in the area (and one of the first) servicing a multiethnic clientele: V A N I T Y Boutique Salon. We were excited to get her insight about being a business owner, her time in West Scranton and why she chose to start a business here.
#2: A Bar on Every Corner
In this episode, hosts Parker Dorsey and Gerard Hetman chat with special guest Annette Palutis, a former teacher at North Scranton for 27 years, a West Scranton icon, and member of our West Scranton steering committee. As a lifelong West Sider and community pillar, we were excited to get her insight about her time in West Scranton, memories of the community, and hopes for future development in West Scranton.
#1: Welcome to the Neighborhood
Welcome to the first episode of Be a Neighbor, the official podcast of NeighborWorks Northeastern Pennsylvania.
In this episode you will meet your hosts: Parker Dorsey and Gerard Hetman, as we discuss a little bit about ourselves and our roles at NeighborWorks, and why connecting with the community is important.
We provide a brief history of NeighborWorks, and how we are committed to revitalizing neighborhoods and creating opportunities for individuals and families to improve their lives through quality housing and financial guidance. We also discuss our three main program areas: the Homeownership Center, Aging in Place and Neighborhood Revitalization.
Parker and Gerard also outline the vision for the podcast for the next few episodes: highlighting the West Scranton community (the people, businesses, history and more), and by proxy, our West Scranton Neighborhood Plan.