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Verdekal exits Wilkes-Barre mayoral race, endorses Tony George

Ryan Verdekal, 30, informed the Independent Gazette on Sunday, March 8, exclusively, that he will be ending his campaign for the office of mayor of the City of Wilkes-Barre, citing the entry of too many candidates seeking the Democratic Party nod. Verdekal announced his candidacy in January and said he has collected the requisite 100 Democratic signatures, but will not be handing in his petitions, claiming that he didn’t want to split what he termed the “honest vote.”

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RUNA to return to the Cooperage for another Celtic performance, Saturday, Feb 28

On Saturday, February 28, RUNA will return to The Cooperage, 1030 Main Street in Honesdale. Doors will open at 7:00 p.m. and the show will start at 7:30 p.m. Get ready for another special performance! RUNA is a Celtic roots music band that draws on the diverse musical backgrounds of its band members and offers a contemporary and refreshing approach to traditional and more recently composed Celtic material.

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We, the People: Independent Citizen Review Board forming to investigate the courts

One of the lessons that should have been learned, at least locally with the “Kids for Cash” scandal, was that We, the People, cannot and should not exhibit blind confidence in what is happening in our courts. Yes, the Administrative Office of Pennsylvania Courts (AOPC) issued a review following the Kids for Cash scandal, offering 51 recommendations concerning the family court/guardian ad litem (GAL) system in a glowing 112-page document, letting Us, the People, know that the errors of the courts were on their way to being remedied. It is a review that praised the efforts of one Judge Chester Harhut as well as Attorney Danielle Ross, the former Lackawanna County guardian ad litem (GAL) who pleaded guilty to federal tax charges and is currently serving jail time.

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Zealous parking enforcement along the 60 block of Madison Street? If so, why?

While visiting with an Independent Gazette informant on November 3 along the 60 block of Madison Street, around the corner from the King’s College campus, Gazette editor John DiLiberto received a parking ticket a mere four minutes into the restricted period of Zone 2 parking extending from 7 a.m. to 11 p.m along the block. The time stamp of “7:04” may be clearly seen on the ticket.

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