Fabby Desir

March 1st, 2011 08:04pm
Tar Heels add junior college LB to football recruiting class
by Brett Friedlander

Butch Davis has added a 26th member to his 2011 football recruiting class at North Carolina with the addition of junior college linebacker Fabby Desir on Tuesday.
Desir, a 6-foot-1, 230-pound native of Scranton, Pa., played the last two seasons at Lackawanna College, where he made 45 tackles and had seven sacks in eight games in 2010. He also recovered two fumbles, including one which he returned 40 yards for a touchdown, forced a fumble and had an interception.
Lackawanna was 9-2 in 2010, and finished No. 12 in the NJCAA rankigs after a 34-20 win over Ellsworth Community College in the Graphics Edge Bowl in Cedar Falls, Iowa.
“This means everything to me,” Desir, who was an all-region defensive back and 1,000-yard running back for Scranton High School as a senior, told the Scranton Times-Tribune newspaper. ”I can start my life now. I am so happy and blessed. It’s very overwhelming. I am going to go and take it very seriously. I am a grown man now, I don’t need a pep talk about how I need to work hard. I know that I have to work hard and I am committed to going to college and getting my degree.”



Former youth center in Westside, now under new management, begins Youth Summer Program to combat local gang activity

Scranton Pa, June 4, 2010: Allisay Ministries, Inc. will host an Open House with live entertainment and refreshments to kick-off the new Summer Youth Program at the new community center on Saturday, June 12, 2010, 12: pm, 1018 Lafayette Street, in Scranton.

The new community center will begin a variety of daily program activities Monday, June 14th with seventy-five registered youngsters between the ages of 5 and 14 years old. Programs will consist of spiritual counseling, sports training/activities, martial arts, music lessons, theater groups, talent shows, educational seminars, recreational trips, afterschool programs, and much more. The center also provides an emergency food pantry to assistance families in need by calling the center anytime for an appointment to come for food they need to feed their family.

Allisay Ministries, Inc. and Lovick Holiness Church, Inc. (a non-profit Organization) formed this youth organization to aid in giving youth a positive, creative outlet to help curve interest in the increasing gang activity throughout the city of Scranton. The center will operate 12 months a year and provide breakfast and lunch programs beginning this summer.

Organizations that have donated money and materials to assist the opening of the community center include The University of Scranton, Slater and Sons Glass Company, Lackawanna County District Attorney Community Service Program, E&A Apparel, and The Steamtown Church. For more information or to make a tax-deductable donation, please contact: Pastor Michelle Bennett at: or call: 570-240-1447.

Immigration Protest countered by Unity Fest! August 30th

From Rod Geredas at:

Dear Friends ~ 

Please join us on Saturday, August 30 for a Unity Celebration as an alternative to the anti-immigration rally being held across town.

This weekend, a group called Voice of the PeopleUSA/PAPundits plans an ‘anti-immigration’ rally in Shenandoah. Although they claim not to be a white supremacist group, they have a very strong following of neo-Nazis, skinheads, white supremacists,  and other such hate groups who will be here with them. This is already drawing national press attention whether we want it or not, and our image to world will be unfairly associated with a swastika.

VOP makes speeches that are meant to stir up fears, create hostility between neighbors and divide us, at a time when we are trying to come to terms with the tragedies that have struck at our hearts. They attract violent and hateful people. Our Mayor, Thomas O’Neill, has publicly stated that  he is very concerned about the impact of the rally on our town. 

Their aim is to gain a foothold here, returning again and again until they are a permanent part of our community. We cannot allow this to happen. We have a choice.

Most of us wish it would all stop so we can try to get back to normal, but wishing won’t make that happen. As much as we might want to ignore it, stay out of it, let it quiet down, be neutral and go back to our everyday lives, we can’t yet. People like VOP make that impossible.

Our silence will look like approval.


So, in response, Shenandoah is doing one of the things we do best:

We’re throwing a party! 

The only proven way to counter their effect is to hold a positive, safe, meaningful and uplifting event at the same time. Stealing their thunder is the ONLY way to get them out and keep them out.  They are using us and our misfortunes for their own agenda .


So this Saturday, August 30th, 6 -7 :30PM,  Kahillat Isreal Non-Denominational Christian Church, 213  W. Oak St, Shenandoah

the Unity Fest is ON!

Bring yourselves, your families, your buddies, your co-workers, your neighbors….well, you get it.

Bring your musical talents, instruments (kazoos are good!), food to share and your peaceful, positive, uplifting spirit! We will have fun stuff for the kids, music, food, movies and a message of hope, inclusivity, and peace within ourselves and our town.

Remember this poem, written about  Nazi Germany?

First they came for the communists, and I did not speak out–
    because I was not a communist;
Then they came for the socialists, and I did not speak out–
    because I was not a socialist;
Then they came for the trade unionists, and I did not speak out–
    because I was not a trade unionist;
Then they came for the Jews, and I did not speak out–
    because I was not a Jew;
Then they came for me–
    and there was no one left to speak out for me.
We must stand now and be counted, affirming our values of community spirit, our affection for our hometown, our neighbors, and our hopes for our future. It is the only way to keep these groups out and clear up any misconceptions about who we are, people who care, people whose spirit makes wonderful things happen, like our Heritage Day Parade and Festival, the SV Alumni Band and so many more fantastic events.

This will be a secure, non-violent event, a gathering of good people who want peace and prosperity for our town. 
Please forward this to your family, friends, neighbors, churches, scout troops, volunteer groups, fire companies, co-workers, businesses…  Have some fun while making an important difference.

The more the merrier! The stronger our numbers, the stronger our impact. 


 Saturday, August 30th, 

6 to 7:30PM,

 Kahillat Isreal Non-Denominational Christian Church

213 W. Oak St

Shenandoah, PA


The Unity Fest is ON!

      We’ll see you there!

































Thalo Kersey – –  570-640-4612
Lou Ann Pleva – – 570-462-0411
Rev. Maria Navarro – – 570-590-8860





Note:  The following story is not available (as of this writting) on the Wilkes-Barre Times Leader web site. 

Witness to the event, Eileen Burke: ”I came back from the city. I moved here and I cannot believe there is so much hatred to do a beating like this,” said Eileen Burke. She is a retired Philadelphia police officer and witnessed part of the beating. “What this did was brutal to me. It was brutal.”

PORT CARBON — Eleven days after a Shenandoah man died from injuries he suffered in an assault, two teenagers were charged Friday with homicide — exposing them to possible life sentences — and an 18-year-old man was charged with less serious offenses.

Colin J. Walsh, 17, and Brandon J. Piekarsky, 16, both of Shenandoah Heights, were charged in connection with the death of Luis E. Ramirez Zavala, 25, an illegal immigrant from Mexico who was assaulted July 12 in the area of Vine and Lloyd streets. Ramirez died two days later at Geisinger Medical Center in Danville.

Another person allegedly involved, Derrick M. Donchak, 18, of Shenandoah, was not charged with the most serious offense, criminal homicide.

Walsh and Piekarsky were each charged with criminal homicide, aggravated assault, recklessly endangering another person, simple assault and ethnic intimidation. Piekarsky also was charged with criminal solicitation to hinder apprehension and purchase or consumption of liquor.

Landmark Amusement Park Rocky Glen, Honored

Rocky Glen, Avoca PA

Rocky Glen, Avoca PA

The Rocky Glen amusement park was conceived and  built by Arthur Frothingham in 1886. Located in Moosic, the park was a popular recreational venue that featured special ethnic celebrations reflecting the region’s diversity. For many years, the park was a favorite stop on the Laurel Line electric trolley system. The park closed in 1987 after 101 years of operation. Little remains today, and the site is part of Glenmaura National Golf Club. The site has been recognized by the Pennsylvania Historical and Museum Commission (PHMC) for its historic significance with a public marker. The Lackawanna Historical Society will unveil the Rocky Glen Pennsylvania Historical Marker on Saturday, August 9th during a day of special events. The marker will provide a permanent reminder of this important part of our local heritage.  The Society will host a “Day of Amusement” to observe the dedication of the new marker. From 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the Catlin House, a festival will feature a special sale on maps, books, and other interesting ephemera, as well as a twenty percent discount on all items in the Society’s gift shop. At 2 p.m., the Society will hold the official marker dedication ceremony at Rocky Glen. The day will conclude with a reception at the Electric City Trolley Museum to celebrate a new exhibit on Rocky Glen. The exhibit features the original bronze plaque from the park’s Swiss Cottage. The plaque was donated to the Society in June.

 For additional information, call the Lackawanna Historical Society at (570) 344-3841








4th Annual Unity Festival

Unity FestivalSaturday, August 2, 2008 9:00 am until 9:00 pm at Nay Aug Park, 1900 Mulberry Street, Scranton PA

This multicultural celebration continues to demonstrate the diversity of Northeast Pennsylvania and more specifically Lackawanna County.  We anticipate thousands of attendees throughout the day coming from all over to enjoy the all-day festivities in the beautiful surroundings of Nay Aug’s Pavilion by The Everhart Museum.


CONTINUOUS family entertainment:  The festival kicks off at 9: am and ends at 9: pm.  The event is marked by music provided by a local radio DJ; stage performances by local entertainers; Hip-Hop Step Teams; amazing ethnic dance troupes; games, arts & crafts displays by local artisans; Periodical  African Art Tours at the Everhart Museum; unique merchandise by local vendors; and a host of delicious ethnic cuisines supplied by our food vendors.


MORE for families—Non-Profit organizations and educational exhibitors from Lackawanna County get to demonstrate and share information about their services and programs that are available to the community. Families can come out and meet face to face, the people who work hard to provide a better quality of life in Northeast Pennsylvania and spend the day learning about the many opportunities in the area and how they can benefit from them.

Vendor Opportunities:  Food Vendor – $125  Merchandise Vendors $75  Market Vendors $25  call (570) 341-6762 for Application.