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Citizens Bank launches Healthcare Practice banking in region
Citizens Bank, with five branches in Monroe County, two in Pike and one Business Center in Lackawanna County that serves Luzerne, Monroe, Pike and Lackawanna counties, has launched of its HealthCare Practice Banking Group in Pennsylvania, New Jersey and Delaware.
The specialized banking group, meeting the financial needs of medical, dental and eye care practices and professionals in other markets, was first introduced in 2013 in Massachusetts, Connecticut and Rhode Island.
“Given the size and importance of the health care sector and our track record of helping health care practices succeed and grow, our HealthCare Practice Banking Group is uniquely positioned to meet the special challenges and financial requirements of medical, dental and eye care practices,” said Quincy Miller, president of Business Banking for Citizens.
Medical, dental and eye care professionals and practices use the products and services offered by the HealthCare Practice Banking Group to:
• Manage cash and increase cash flow flexibility.
• Foster practice growth with short-term working capital and longer-term financing arrangements for equipment purchases, practice acquisitions, start-ups, renovations, expansion and more.
• Optimize personal wealth with a designated Premier Banker to map a financial plan, including a special home purchase program for medical professionals and a low variable rate or fixed rate loan product for refinancing medical school debt.
The new Citizens Bank team serving health care practices in Pennsylvania, New Jersey and Delaware includes seasoned bankers with vast experience in the medical field, and a combined experience of more than 65 years:
“We have realized a lot of success since launching the HealthCare Practice Banking Group last year and I’m excited to be able to expand our footprint,” said Lisa Enright, senior vice president and head of the HealthCare Practice Banking Group. “The new team brings a wealth of experience that will allow us to provide the specialized service that health care practices and professionals need in the Mid-Atlantic region.”
For more information about HealthCare Practice Banking, call 1-860-440-4217.To learn more about Citizens Bank, customers can call the 24/7 customer contact center at 1-800-922-9999, Like the bank on Facebook, follow the bank on Twitter or visit the Citizens Bank website.
Citizens Financial Group Inc. is one of the nation’s oldest and largest financial institutions, with $126.9 billion in assets as of March 31. Headquartered in Providence, he company offers a broad range of retail and commercial banking products and services to individuals, small businesses, middle-market companies, large corporations and institutions and offers mobile and online banking, a 24/7 customer contact center and approximately 3,100 ATMs and approximately 1,200 Citizens Bank and Charter One branches in 11 states in the New England, Mid-Atlantic and Midwest regions.
Citizens operates via subsidiaries Citizens Bank, N.A., and Citizens Bank of Pennsylvania. Additional information about Citizens and its line of products and services can be found atcitizensbank.com.

Pocono Raceway Solar Farm hits milestone
Nearly four years to the day of the original dedication of Pocono Raceway’s solar farm, the total amount of energy produced by the 25-acre facility reached the 15,000,000 kilowatt hour mark. “The Tricky Triangle’s” solar installation consists of 39,960 American-made photovoltaic modules (or solar panels) which will produce an estimated 72 Million kilowatt hours of energy over the next 20 years. The system will offset more than 3,104 metric tons of carbon dioxide annually and will generate enough power, beyond the power needs of Pocono Raceway, to provide the electricity needs for more than 300 homes.
“It is amazing to see the amount of energy produced by the solar farm in this short period of time,” said Pocono Raceway President/CEO Brandon Igdalsky. “To put the amount of energy produced into layman’s terms, the solar farm has saved over 1,215,000 gallons of fuel. This would equal 121,500 trips from New York City or Philadelphia to Pocono Raceway in a vehicle, such as an RV, using 10 miles per gallon of gasoline.
“When I watch the NASCAR Green commercial during race broadcasts, there is a line which asks Greg Biffle, ‘Got solar to power the sport?’ The amount of fuel we have saved would power the top three levels of NASCAR for about two-and-a-half seasons. So, I guess, we really could power the sport.”
The 15 million (kWh) produced has already impacted the environment, with a saving of carbon dioxide to offset equaling 270,000 trees or 443,460 Propane BBQ Grills.
The Raceway has been awarded a number of environmental awards for its sustainable energy efforts, including the Excellence in Renewable Energy Awards, Readers Choice Award presented by RenewableEnergyWorld.com and the Governor’s Award for Environmental Excellence, presented each year by the Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection. These awards highlight the best in environmental innovation and expertise.
The Pocono Raceway Solar Farm is located along Long Pond Road adjacent Pocono Raceway’s 2.5-mile Super Speedway. Pocono Raceway will host the GoBowling.com 400 race Aug. 1 to 3.

ESSA financial report reflects progress from a year ago
ESSA Bancorp, Inc., the holding company for ESSA Bank & Trust, a $1.56 billion asset financial institution providing full service retail and commercial banking, financial and investment services, announced a reported net income of $2.6 million, or $0.24 per diluted share, for the three months ended June 30, 2014. It compares favorably with net income of $1.9 million, or $0.16 per diluted share, for the three months ended June 30, 2013.
For the nine months ended June 30, 2014, the Company reported net income of $6.1 million, or $0.56 per diluted share, compared with net income of $6.8 million, or $0.58 per diluted share, for the corresponding 2013 period. Results for the three and nine month periods ended June 30, 2014 reflect earnings contribution from Franklin Security Bancorp, acquired in April, 2014, a reduced provision for loan losses, declines in the accretion of the fair market adjustments that resulted from the Company’s acquisition of First Star Bancorp, along with lower gains from the sales of investments and loans compared to the three and nine month periods ended June 30, 2013.

Dougherty joins Foley Law Firm’s Scranton office
Attorney Brian J. Dougherty, Esq., of Dunmore has been added to the Scranton office of the Foley Lawn Firm, which serves personal injury clients throughout northeastern and central Pennsylvania from its offices that includes Stroudsburg.
Dougherty was educated in local schools and earned his undergraduate degree at the University of Scranton. He graduated from The Dickinson School of Law at Penn State University. Dougherty is admitted to the Pennsylvania Supreme Court and is certified to practice in the U.S. District Court for the Middle and Eastern Districts of Pennsylvania. He is a member of the Pennsylvania Association for Justice and the Pennsylvania Bar Association.
Prior to joining the Foley team, Dougherty worked as a trial attorney for eight years for an insurance company and has extensive experience in automobile, trucking and insurance bad faith litigation. He is transitioning from the defendant’s side to the plaintiff’s and is well experienced to assist motor vehicle and truck accident victims since his knowledge spans both sides of these cases with his experience and knowledge of insurance law.
The Foley Firm handles a wide range of personal injury cases, including motor vehicle accidents, interstate trucking accidents, workers compensation claims, and medical negligence.

Cerra, Staneski named to Pocono Health System/PMC board
Carmine Cerra, MD ,and Richard Staneski, former Vvce president of Finance and Administration at East Stroudsburg University, have been named to the Pocono Health System/Pocono Medical Center Board of Directors.
“On behalf of our Board, we look forward to working closely with Dr. Cerra and Mr. Staneski to continue to move this organization forward by always focusing on our patients and their needs,” said W. Andrew Worthington, Ccair of the Pocono Health System/Pocono Medical Board of Directors.
Longtime board members Chuck Hannig, president/Broker of Spread Eagle Realty Inc.; Phil Hosbach, vice president, New Products and Immunization Policy at Sanofi Pasteur; and Gary Olson, president and CEO of ESSA Bank & Trust, have retired from their dedicated service on the board.
Olson also previously served as Chair during a time of exciting transformation with the development of the new Dale and Frances Hughes Cancer Center, among many other notable achievements. Hannig, Hosbach, and Olson continue to be actively involved in many community and civic causes.
The board currently consists of three physicians, seven business and community leaders, and Jeff Snyder, President and CEO, Pocono Health System/Pocono Medical Center.

Bartonsville Healthcare Center earns national accreditation
The Bartonsville Healthcare Center’s Outpatient Vascular Lab under the direction of board-certified surgeons Eric Wilson and David Meir-Levi has been awarded the Intersocietal Accreditation Commission’s accreditation for carotid, peripheral arterial and peripheral venous testing.
“This national recognition demonstrates to our community that the results in our lab are accurate, reproducible, and meet the most stringent quality requirements of ICAVL right here in Monroe County,” said Jeff Snyder, president and CEO, Pocono Health System/Pocono Medical Center.
The onsite lab at the Bartonsville Healthcare Center provides same day testing and easy access.
To learn more about the vascular lab, call 570-426-6800 or visitpoconohealthsystem.org/?id=446&sid=1.

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Wayne Bank partners with BH&G/Wilkins Real Estate

Union will expedite preferred mortgage lending program for homebuying
Wayne Bank has partnered with Better Homes and Gardens Real Estate Wilkins & Associates Independent Family of Home Buying Services.
“We have re-designed our Independent Family of Home Buying Services and have invited a number of quality community banks to join with our Realtors to provide top-flight mortgage services for our buyers,” BH&G CEO Thomas R. Wilkins said. “I am extremely pleased to have Wayne Bank as a member of our family of lenders.”
Wayne Bank is a member of FDIC and is an established Equal Housing Lender.
The bank, affiliated with Norwood Financial Corp., will participate in a preferred mortgage lending program with Wilkins to work with the many buyer/customers and assist them in purchasing a home.
“We’re really excited about the actual partnership,” Wayne Bank senior vice president and retail bank manager John Sanders said. “We have four Pike County offices and it can really help develop those offices and help them grow and five offices in the Monroe area. We’re trying to help all of those offices grow and hope the relationship with Wilkins will be a long lasting relationship. We feel our mortgage products will be able to help Wilkins sell more homes and we feel that we have a professional staff that will be of service. It will solidify the process.”
Wayne Bank, founded in 1871 in Honesdale, has been expanding over the years to 16 community offices in four counties, with community offices in Marshalls Creek, Stroud Mall in Stroudsburg, Stroudsburg, Tannersville and Effort in Monroe County; in Milford, Lords Valley and Shohola in Pike County; in Honesdale, Willow, Hawley, Lakewood and Waymart in Wayne, and in Central Scranton, West Scranton and Abbington in Lackawanna County.
“Wayne Bank’s footprint aligns itself very well with where we intend to expand during the next 24 months,” Wilkins said.
The Independent Family of Home Buying Services that the Wilkins organization offers provides buyers with mortgage services from lenders that the Realtors know and trust, personalized title insurance services from Pennsylvania First Settlement Services and other benefits and courtesies extended buyers when they use Better Homes and Gardens Real Estate Wilkins & Associates to buy their home.
For more information on Wayne Bank, call 1-800-598-5002 or visit waynebank.com. Better Homes and Gardens Real Estate offices are located in Milford, Bushkill, Stroudsburg and Mount Pocono. Visit Better Homes and Gardens Real Estate online at wilkins1.com.

Allstate offices in Monroe get national designation
Allstate Insurance Company agencies from the Monroe County area have been named Allstate Premier Agencies. This award is given to those agencies that are found to deliver an exemplary customer experience coupled with exceptional business results.
Agency owners Debra Colucci of the Debra Colucci Agency, Sharon Grivner of the Sharon Grivner Agency and Joseph Ryba of the Joseph Ryba Agency have been designated Allstate Premier Agencies for 2014.
The Allstate Premier Agency designation is bestowed on less than 48 percent of Allstate’s nearly 10,000 agency owners across the country and 40 percent of Allstate’s Pennsylvania agencies.
Colucci, whose agency is on 1471 N,. 9th St. in Stroudburg; Grivner, whose office is at 2647 Route 940 in Pocono Summit; and Ryba, whose agency is located at 1457 Route 209 in Brodheadsville; have also achieved the distinctive Honor Ring award in 2013. The honor is Allstate’s symbol of outstanding business achievement and honorees have proven to be champions in growing their agencies and serving Allstate customers. Debra Colucci, Sharon Grivner and Joseph Ryba agencies’ dedication to serving customers, consumers and their community has allowed them to achieve this high honor.
The Premier Agency designation is awarded to Allstate agency owners who have demonstrated excellence in delivering an accessible, knowledgeable and personal customer experience, and in achieving outstanding business results.
The Debra Colucci Agency is located at 1471 N. 9th Street in Stroudsburg and can be reached at (570) 421-0117.

Dog training center to celebrate one-year anniversary
Sit, Stay and Play, a dog training center at 1501 N 5th St, in Stroudsburg, will celebrate a one-year anniversary 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Saturday, July 26, with music, pet-related vendors, and rescue groups with dogs available for adoption. Monroe Animal League and Melon’s Gift will also be in attendance to discuss the services they provide.

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Local resident gets tri-state president post

Wayne Hospital administrator Greco heads tri-state cardiac/pulmonary rehab society
Wayne Memorial Hospital’s Cardiac Rehabilitation Coordinator Nadine Greco, MS, has been named president of the Tri-State Society for Cardiac and Pulmonary Rehabilitation.
Greco was installed to the one-year position in May at the group’s state symposium in Somerset, succeeding Kathy Thumma, RN, BSN. Greco celebrated her unit’s 20th anniversary at the hospital last fall.
The TSSCVPR, which encompasses Pennsylvania, New Jersey and Delaware, is an affiliate of the American Association of Cardiovascular and Pulmonary Rehabilitation.
“I really want to get more students involved in not only my field but in the society,” said Greco. “Professionally I am an exercise physiologist, and one of my goals is to increase our membership with students pursuing a degree in Exercise Science and Cardiac and Pulmonary Rehabilitation.” Greco noted that the TSSCVPR membership is made up of more nurses than exercise physiologists.
Greco was born and raised in Northeast Pennsylvania. She completed her bachelor’s degree and a Master of Science Degree in Cardiac Rehabilitation and Primary Prevention at East Stroudsburg University. Greco went on to acquire a second Master of Science degree in Foods and Nutrition from Marywood University. She joined Wayne Memorial Hospital in 1992 and helped found the hospitals’ Cardiac Rehabilitation program.
“We’re very proud of Nadine’s election to the presidency of the Tri-State Society,” said James Hockenbury, director of Ancillary Services at Wayne Memorial Hospital. “She is truly dedicated to her patients and to her profession.
“Another goal I have is to encourage our New Jersey and Delaware members to visit their state capitals during Cardiac or Pulmonary Rehabilitation weeks,” said Greco. “It’s important that our state representatives and governor understand the relationship between people in our field and the good health of the citizens in our care. There is a positive benefit for everyone when a cardiac patient is able to regain independence and productivity.”
Greco, along with other Tri-State members visited the Pennsylvania state capital this past March. They were recognized by state Sen. Lisa Baker and Rep. Sandy Major, R-111, and their fellow representatives during Pulmonary Rehabilitation Week. The Wayne County commissioners continued their tradition this year as well of proclaiming Cardiac Rehabilitation Week during February (National Heart Month).
In this photo, Greco, right, accepts the gavel from outgoing president Kathy Thumma of the Tri-State Society for Cardiac and Pulmonary Rehabilitation.

The Lodge at Woodloch gets No. 3 ranking
Travel and Leisure magazine ranked The Lodge at Woodloch at No. 3 Readers’ Choie in the Destination Spa category. It was the fourth straight year the Haley resort earned a ranking.
“The Lodge at Woodloch is blessed with loyal guests and dedicated staff that make achievements like this possible,” explains “We have dedicated 2014 as the year of the little things by taking extra efforts to go above-and-beyond the details both big and small. Awards like this show us that the efforts are paying off,” Robert Baldassari, general manager at The Lodge at Woodloch, said.
New and innovative programming of late includes a Chef in Residence Program that brings in celebrity and up-an-coming chefs as guest presenters for cooking demonstrations and guest receptions and Chef Curated Garden Dinner shere Executive Chef Josh Tomson’s two-hour tasting dinners seats up to 10 guests on the deck at the Garden from the latest harvest, paired with the resort’s sommelier-selected wine.

Pocono native Ray Pfeiffer named TCU School of Business associate dean
Accounting Professor Ray Pfeiffer was named associate dean for undergraduate programs for the Neeley School of Business at Texas Christian University in Fort Worth. Pfeiffer, a native of the Poconos who earned a BA in accounting from Moravian College in Bethlehem, Pennsylvania, and PhD from the University of North Carolina, joined TCU’s Neeley School in 2009 as chair of the accounting department and has served as director of TCU’s Professional Program in Accounting since October 2013.
“I look forward to working with TCU’s excellent faculty, staff and students to explore ways to hone the already impressive breadth and depth of the Neeley School’s significant programs, academics and experiential learning initiatives,” Pfeiffer said.
Throughout Pfeiffer’s term as chair of the Neeley School’s accounting department, he significantly improved the function of the Accounting Advisory Board and led the development of a strong strategic plan for the department.
Pfeiffer’s teaching focuses on external financial reporting by business enterprises, including the study of financial accounting practice, financial reporting policy and regulation, the use of financial accounting information in security valuation, and empirical research about the effects of financial reporting on capital markets.
His research has been published several times in top accounting journals, and he has presented at professional meetings, conference and academic institutions around the world.

 Beltone buys Pocono Mountain Hearing Air Center
Eric J Stenersen, BC-HIS has completed the sale of his hearing health care practice, Pocono Mountain Hearing Aid Center to Beltone Hearing Aid Service of East Stroudsburg. Eric has served the hearing impaired in Monroe County since 1994. He also served as a board member for the local deaf/hearing impaired advocacy group, board member of Christmas in April and has also served as a member of The Hearing Aid Advisory Council of Pennsylvania.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Bushkill Falls recognized by TripAdvisor

Pike County destination rated on hospitality, traveler reviews
Bushkill Falls is among 14 locations named by TripAdvisor for a 2014 Certificate of Excellence. The TripAdvisor Certificate of Excellence award acknowledges hospitality excellence and is given only to establishments that consistently achieve outstanding traveler reviews on TripAdvisor, the world’s largest travel site.
Honorees included Lake Tahoe’s authentic paddlewheelers the MS Dixie II, and the Tahoe Queen, as well as Togwotee Snowmobile Adventures of Jackson Hole, Wyo.
Morefield Campground in Mesa Verde National Park, Wahweap Campground at Lake Powell as well as Zephyr Cove Resort at Lake Tahoe and Togwotee Mountain Lodge in Wyoming. Dining locations honored include the Metate Room in Mesa Verde National Park, Lake Crescent Lodge Restaurant and Zephyr Cove Restaurant. Wilderness River Adventures, which offers Colorado River rafting trips through The Grand Canyon and Cataract Canyon, was also a recipient.
Only the top performing 10 percent of businesses listed on TripAdvisor receive the honor. To qualify for the Certificate of Excellence, businesses must maintain an overall rating of four or higher out of five, as reviewed by guests on the popular travel website. The business also must have been listed on TripAdvisor for a minimum 12 months. An additional qualification for the award is the volume of reviews given to the business.
Many, including Bushkill Falls, receive services from Aramark, the food and hospitality partner for national and state parks and other leading leisure and cultural attractions across the country
“It is truly an honor to be recognized by such a trusted source like TripAdvisor,” said Bruce W. Fears, president of Aramark Leisure. “As a company, we are constantly striving to improve the experience for our guests. For so many of our locations to receive the TripAdvisor Certificate of Excellence multiple years in a row confirms that our efforts are well received.
“Our parks and destinations make ideal vacation hotspots for families and friends offering something for everyone. We hope that being awarded this great honor at so many of our properties will provide a sense of security for those planning a trip – they will be treated with superior service and top notch amenities reaffirmed by the many great reviews on TripAdvisor,” said Fears.
Aramark Leisure, a division of Aramark, delivers authentic and memorable experiences at national and state parks, national forests, conference centers, specialty hotels, museums and other tourist destinations throughout the United States. In partnership with its clients, Aramark enriches the guest experience by offering innovative industry-leading hospitality, environmental stewardship and recreational and interpretive programs.

Mount Airy opening two new dessert venues
This summer, Mount Airy Casino Resort unveils two deliciously tasty treat venues for guests of the resort. Launching today is the nationally celebrated Red Mango Frozen Yogurt Café and Juice Bar. Nostalgia Candy Store will debut later this summer.
Located on the casino floor, the Red Mango Frozen Yogurt Cafe and Juice Bar debuts on the property to bring one of the fastest-growing chains in America to guests who want a healthy and delicious indulgence.
Unlike other desserts that contain artificial ingredients and excessive calories, Red Mango frozen yogurt is all-natural, nonfat or low fat, full of probiotics, kosher and certified gluten free. Offered with fresh fruits, crunchy nuts and berries or other super-foods, the Red Mango menu offers guests a decadent treat without the guilt. In addition, the Red Mango Frozen Yogurt Cafe at Mount Airy Casino Resort will offer a menu of fresh cold-squeezed juices, made-to-order from garden-fresh vegetables and seasonal fruits for a great meal replacement and energy boost.
Located just above the Front Desk on the Casino level, Nostalgia is a whimsical interpretation of a turn of the century Candy Store. Its colors, tempting delicacies and seductive aromas will lure guests to indulge in a sweet treat. Once inside, guests will find themselves surrounded by old-fashion candy jars full of caramels, bright hard candies, handcrafted chocolate bars, truffles, brittles, hedgehogs and so much more for a trip down memory lane.
Executive Chef Jean-Francois Bonnet has brought his globally recognized style to Nostalgia where his products will be on display in Mount Airy Casino for all to enjoy.
“We’re delighted to offer our guests these two delicious venues to indulge themselves,” said John Culetsu, Mount Airy’s Executive Vice President and General Manager. “Whether our guests desire a healthful frozen treat or sweets reminiscent of days past, Mt. Airy Casino Resort has something for everyone’s appetite.”

Serving food in a genuine experience like Big Mama’s a key to success
While unveiling online and in print new restaurants and eateries, I have always tried to sample some of them first.
I’m rarely disappointed, sometimes pleasantly surprised.
I’ve come to learn that the key factor along with taste is one word “genuine.” How true is the restaurant to its business plan? Is it the real deal?
I have a few restaurants in the area that I would fit into that category. If you like creole or cajun food, the Buckwood Bistro just across the Delaware Water Gap Bridge on Route 46 in Delaware Township, N.J.. Jean Luis Todeschini school in Conte, France many years ago, learning how important seasonings and sauces are to that type of food and making the most of the opportunity. When you eat it, you feel you could be sitting in a New Orleans cafe.
Mikuna Kitchen in Smithfield Township has been gaining traction and presence at festivals for its South American style food. INTI in Smithfield Township also is a great spot for Peruvian styled cuisine. If you like Mexican food, Marita’s Cantina in Stroudsburg and Las Tres Amigos in Middle Smithfield are hot spots. For French food, I’m told la Persil in Stroudsburg has been genuine for that type of food. Zen Fusion in Delaware Water Gap is a great blend of Haitian and Asian, a blend that tastes as unique as it sounds.
All of these succeed because they stay true to their culture, the dining experience is genuine.
I tried a new one at its grand opening and it was love at first bite — Big Mama’s on Route 611 in Stroudsburg. Again, it’s genuine — it brings the south to your table. The prices are average but you don’t leave hungry The chicken and waffles was a first time trial for me and I would order it again. My family enjoyed the flounder and when it comes to that part of the menu, you can’t fake fish — either it’s good or it’s not, which is why some restaurants shy away from the challenge. But what makes it is the batter which co-owner Anthony Gaynor said was a two-year-long endeavor.
Gaynor, one of the co-owners with his brother — Kenyatta Brown — wanted to bring back the experience he had at his family’s restaurant in southern Georgia and the hearty soul food kitchens of New York City neighborhoods. In my way of looking at it, he succeeded and the packed house is a testament. I feel it will continue to do well.
Big Mama’s has a fastfood setting of small tables and brisk service made to order for people on the run. You can read more about it in my Sunday Business feature this Sunday in the Pocono Record.

NEPA Management Associates adds Libecap, changes approach
Dawn Libecap has joined NEPA Management Associates as an Administrative Assistant and Reservationist for the Corporate and Timeshare Rental Department.
Prior to joining the Wilkins organization, Libecap was a real estate Salesperson for Toll Brothers in Country Club of the Poconos. Her job responsibilities included sales, creating marketing plans and organizing home owner events. Libecap worked for Toll Brothers between 2005 and 2013.
Prior to Toll Brothers, Libecap was a real estate salesperson from 1996 to 2005 with LTS Builders. She assisted in creating direct mail promotions, training and management of staff in the model homes and assisted in acting as interior designer for custom residential homes and sales.
Libecap’s graduated from the Fashion Institute of Technology in New York with an Associate’s Degree in Buying and Merchandising. She attended Northampton Community College from 2004 to 2005 where she concentrated on Interior Design classes.
Amy Evans, sales manager, Rental department, said, “While Dawn may not have specific experience in Corporate and Vacation rentals, Dawn’s customer service skills have been a spring-board for her becoming a very valuable asset to me in the vacation, corporate and long-term rental department. Dawn is quick learner and between Tom’s (Wilkins) ability to market along with my skills as a supervisor, will ensure the success of our Property Management Department.”
Wilkins, CEO, said the Wilkins organization is changing its vacation rental division to include corporate and timeshare rentals. A corporate rental is defined as a unit, typically a townhome, that’s rented anywhere between three to nine months to a professional or company that has a specific purpose for being in the Poconos.
“We’re handling, through our Corporate rental department, a number of the contractors coming in for the Camelback and Kalahari projects. In addition to that, Sanofi-Pasteur has a number of consultants coming in to the Poconos at any given time and we’ve successfully captured a large percentage of their business. Tobyhanna Army Depot, Pocono Medical Center and other larger scale projects or employers in the Poconos have also started utilizing our services.”
Wilkins said he works with the timeshare’s association and/or resort owner to rent delinquent accounts and turn the money over to the association as payment towards an owner’s account or rent unsold weeks. “It gives us an unlimited supply of units without a lot of the challenges we may have while representing individual owners,” Wilkins said.
Wilkins recently opened a Better Homes and Gardens Real Estate Wilkins & Associates office at the Historic Upper Mill in Milford and that office also will be utilized by NEPA Management Associates and Pennsylvania First Settlement Services. Christine Serpico, Senior Property Manager, said hat office will handle Milford Landing, a 125-unit townhome community. “The primary reason we got the job was that we had a location in Milford; so Tom’s idea of combining services under one roof works,” Serpico said.

Business consultant to discuss networking at Chamber’s Women in Business luncheon
Bill Skinner of Paramount Business Development will discuss “Networking 24/7 on the Greens and Beyond” at the Greater Pocono Chamber of Commerce’s next Women in Business meeting at noon on July 8 at the Terraview at Stroudsmoor Country Inn. Members pay $20 and nonmembers $40 for the event.
Reservations are required with pre-payment by calling the Chamber at 570-421-4433.

Boucher & James engineer gets bridge safety inspector certification
Justin Geonnotti, P.E., of Boucher & James Inc. has been certified as a bridge safety inspector by the Pennsylvania Department of Transportation. Geonnotti, who resides in Trevose, is certified to inventory and inspect bridges in accordance with the requirements of the National Bridge Inspection Standards. As a Professional Engineer, Geonnotti is also eligible to supervise inspection teams.
With approximately 25,000 state owned bridges, Pennsylvania has the third-largest number of bridges in the nation, but also leads the nation in the number of bridges classified as “structurally deficient.” The average age of bridges on the state system is more than 50 years old. As a certified bridge inspector, Geonnotti can evaluate the general condition of a bridge, identify the problems and deficiencies and discuss common causes of deterioration. He can write comprehensive inspection reports which include appropriate PennDOT Inspection Forms and determine appropriate recommendations. Geonnotti can also determine when it is necessary to close bridges and recognize the consequences of improper inspection and inadequate inspection frequency.
Boucher & James Inc. is a multi-disciplined Engineering and Environmental Consulting Firm with its corporate office headquartered in Doylestown with an office in the Pocono Mountains, providing technical services to all levels of government, as well as private industry and individuals throughout southeastern and northeastern Pennsylvania.

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Two restaurants open in Monroe County

Fairway Grille at Buck Hill Falls undergoes $500,000 refurb, expanded menu
The Fairway Grille at Buck Hill Falls has undergone a $500,000 renovation over the winter and has reopened with a new expanded kitchen offering bistro and dining menu, locally grown produce, an international wine list and a selection of craft beers.
“We needed to double the size of the kitchen to better serve our community, our golfers and the many local patrons that frequent the Fairway Grille.” stated Mike O’Shea, president of the Buck Hill Falls Company. “Our challenge was to preserve the warmth of the interior design of the existing restaurant while modernizing to better serve our customers. Buck Hill has a rich cultural history; the design committee wanted to capture and highlight artifacts from the history of the community while modernizing the existing restaurant.”
Buck Hill called upon professionals from Barrett Township and Monroe County at large to custom craft interior and exterior work for the building including Walker Plumbing, Emerald Painting and Hartman Electic.
Located in Stroudsburg, Artisans of the Anvil, worked with the Buck Hill community volunteer committee to design all of the interior and exterior lighting. The lanterns at the entrance to the grille are copies of the historic lanterns from the 1921 stone pillars at the community entrance. The lanterns match the “new” lanterns on Hunter’s Notch Bridge integrating the community in a cohesive, historical way. Donated by a resident Buck Hill cottager, the vintage fixture that graces the interior entryway at the Grille was created for the Buck Hill Inn between 1910 and early 1920s. The pine tree sconces throughout the grille are copies of ones that hung on the Exchange Floor of the inn and its original design was for gaslights before Buck Hill made its own electricity.
Barrett Township resident and third generation stonemason Corey Seese’s work can be seen all around the grille. Seese used native creek stone to enhance the entranceway and outdoor dining area. He matched his masonry to the original stone 1911 fireplace that the building was originally built around, and it is the only part of the old dining room that exists today. Seese noted, his ancestors may have built the fireplace in 1911.
The wallpaper was designed and made by Buck Hill’s nationally know designer Ann Mitchell. It can be seen in the trophy case in the front entrance and in the restrooms. A rhododendron trunk bench, located in the entranceway, was made by Brad Oliver, a metal and wood artisan from Mountainhome. Art from the Buck Hill Falls Art Association collection is hung throughout the restaurant.

Big Mama’s Soul Food has grand opening on Saturday
Chicken and waffles, collared greens, fried pork chops, all staples of good Southern cooking, will be served during the grand opening of Big Mama’s Soul Food in Stroudsburg on Saturday from 1 to 4 p.m. East Stroudsburg resident Anthony Gaynor, who helped operate a southern style family restaurant in Gerogia, has partnered with Kenyatta Brown for the venture on 1539 Route 611, across from Major Hyundai.
“It’s the only one of its kind around here,” Gaynor said. “We put a lot of love and detail into it. We want to make it a fast food, soul food experience in which people can be served delicious food quickly.”
The menu also includes fish selections soul, tilapia and flounder.
The restaurant, which had a soft opening on June 19, is open 11 a.m. to 9 pm. Monday through Saturday but closes early on Sunday at 6 p.m.
Call 570-242-3776 or check it out on Facebook and Instagram.

PMC Chief Medical Exec. Charles Herman rated among top NYC doctors
Dr. Charles K. Herman, Chief Medical Executive and Chairman of Surgery at Pocono Medical Center and Clinical Professor of Surgery at The Commonwealth Medical College, was recently recognized as part of the New York Super Doctors 2014. This list ran in the May 18 New York Times as part of the New York Times Magazine to recognize top doctors in New York City. Herman is one of only a select number of plastic surgeons recognized in the entire New York City area.
The magazine listed top physicians across 41 specialties and the selections were made by a peer vote looking at who the doctors would choose for their own medical care or their families as well as a committee that researched professional recognition. Herman is an author of more than 40 textbook chapters and journal articles and is also a board-certified plastic surgeon who performs cosmetic surgery of the face, breasts and body, as well as reconstructive surgery of the face and breasts. In addition to his PMC Physician Associates office in East Stroudsburg, he also has an office on Fifth Avenue in New York City right near the Metropolitan Museum of Art.
“We are very fortunate to have physician leaders like Dr. Herman here providing care to the patients of our community and I would like to take this time to again recognize him for being one of the top physicians in the entire nation within his discipline,” commented Dr. Bill Cors, Vice President and Chief Quality Officer, Pocono Health System/Pocono Medical Center.
In recent years, Herman was named Top Doctor in Plastic Surgery by the US News and World Report and that selection was also based on peer reviews and done by a physician-led research panel. For more information on PMC’s Plastic and Reconstructive services, call Herman’s office at 570-420-6220 or visit charleshermanmd.com.

New 3D mammography at PMC Bartonsville center
Pocono Health System/Pocono Medical Center is offering 3D mammography at the Bartonsville Health Care Center on Route 611.
Breast tomosynthesis produces a three-dimensional view of the breast tissue that helps radiologists identify and characterize individual breast structures without the confusion of overlapping tissue. This facility is the first in Northeastern Pennsylvania north of Interstate 80 to have 3D breast tomosynthesis.
The center’s Selenia Dimensions breast tomosynthesis system is made by Hologic, a world leader in digital mammography The unit also includes the new ground-breaking C-View synthesized 2D option which preserves important details from the 3D tomosynthesis slices reducing both patient compression time and radiation dose.
Breast tomosynthesis will benefit all screening and diagnostic mammography patients, and is especially valuable for women receiving a baseline screening, those who have dense breast tissue and/or women with a personal history of breast cancer. Breast cancer screening with tomosynthesis when combined with a conventional 2D mammography has a 40 percent higher invasive cancer detection rate than conventional 2D mammography alone.2-4 Tomosynthesis technology gives radiologists increased confidence with up to a 40 percent reduction in recall rates.
The tomosynthesis screening experience is similar to a traditional mammogram. During a tomosynthesis exam, multiple, low-dose images of the breast are acquired at different angles. These images are then used to produce a series of one-millimeter thick slices that can be viewed as a 3D reconstruction of the breast. By offering women the latest and more accurate technology in mammography, Pocono Health System expects to increase the number of area women who will be routinely screened. Breast cancer is the second leading cause of cancer death among women, exceeded only by lung cancer. Statistics indicate that one in eight women will develop breast cancer sometime in her lifetime. The stage at which breast cancer is detected influences a woman’s chance of survival. If detected early, the five-year survival rate is 98 percent.

Navy vet Barry joins BH&G/Wilkins
Jason Barry, Realtor, has joined Better Homes and Gardens Real Estate Wilkins & Associates as a full-time salesperson who will be based in the 404 Park Ave., Stroudsburg office.
Barry, a September 2013 graduate from the Pocono Real Estate Academy, successfully took the courses and passed the Pennsylvania Real Estate exam to receive his Salesperson’s license. Barry served in the U.S. Navy from 1999 to 2003. Said Dennis A. Mooney, Company Recruiter and Sales Manager, “Being local, Jason will have good opportunity to use his networking skills to succeed in the real estate business. I’m excited to have him on board.”
Originally from Lords Valley, Barry has lived in the Poconos for 29 years.
Better Homes and Gardens Real Estate Wilkins & Associates have four offices in the Pocono Mountains. All offices are open seven days a week.

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Pocono happenings get new exposure

Internet marketing launches website on dining, events
M3 Internet Marketing has released its new Pocono Mountains’ Web site VisitPoconos.com, a tourist and local’s handbook on activities, attractions, lodging and events in the Pocono region.
David Good, president of M3 Internet Marketing, wanted to create an easily accessible, easily navigated website for the Poconos that would serve both the local community as well as for tourists, a full resource for the Poconos. It announces events, dining, and other interests for residents and for visitors and vacationers coming to the Poconos.
The new website boasts an Attractions Page, that enhances the Pocono community by highlighting local businesses and events to further create buzz about the Poconos and strengthen the Pocono market.
For more information about M3 Internet Marketing, call 570-470-8013 or visit m3internetmarketing.com.

Business consultant to discuss networking at Chamber’s Women in Business luncheon
Bill Skinner of Paramount Business Development will discuss “Networking 24/7 on the Greens and Beyond” at the Greater Pocono Chamber of Commerce’s next Women in Business meeting at noon on July 8 at the Terraview at Stroudsmoor Country Inn. Members pay $20 and nonmembers $40 for the event.
Reservations are required with pre-payment by calling the chamber at 570-421-4433.

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Allegiant flying high over three-peat in performance poll

Lehigh Valley Airport carrier gets national ranking again
Allegiant, a Las Vegas-based airline that includes service with Lehigh Valley International Airport focused on linking travelers in small cities to world-class leisure destinations has been named the Top-Performing Airline in North America by Aviation Week magazine for the third consecutive year.
The company ranks second overall top-performing airline worldwide, just 0.3 points behind the top spot, and is top-performer worldwide in the Small Carrier category for the second consecutive year.
Allegiant was recognized by Aviation Week for executing a profitable niche business model “extremely well,” and being a leader among U.S. carriers in the use of ancillary fees and selling additional travel services. The company also has the best five-year average score of any airline worldwide at 76.9, more than 5 points higher than the second-ranked carrier.
In 2013, Allegiant swept the Top-Performing Airline rankings, taking the number one spot for overall top-performing airline worldwide, top-performing airline in North America, top-performing small carrier, as well as having the top five-year average score. The company was first recognized in Aviation Week’s ranking in 2010.
Aviation Week’s Top-Performing Airline study is based primarily on metrics with input from industry leaders to include scores in five categories: liquidity, financial health, fuel cost management, earnings performance and asset utilization. The scoring can be viewed at aviationweek.com.

Norwood/Wayne Bank report quarterly share dividend
Norwood Financial Corp and its subsidiary — Wayne Bank — announced that the Board of Directors declared a $.30 per share cash dividend payable August 1, to shareholders of record as of July 23, which represents a 3.5% increase over the cash dividend declared in the second quarter of last year.
Norwood Financial and Wayne Bank President and CEO Lewis Critelli said the dividend ”reflects the company’s financial strength and strong capital position, which has contributed to a solid performance while operating in a very challenging economic environment.”
Norwood Financial Corp, through its subsidiary, Wayne Bank operates 16 offices in Northeastern Pennsylvania. As of March 31, Norwood had total assets of $703.2 million, loans outstanding of $496.0 million, total deposits of $540.1 million and total capital of $94.2
million. The company’s stock is traded on the Nasdaq Global Market under the symbol “NWFL”.

BH&G/Wilkins Realtor earns associate  broker’s license
Jennifer Lynn Amantea, Realtor with Better Homes and Gardens Real Estate Wilkins & Associates has been issued an Associate Broker’s license by the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania.
Amantea has been with the Better Homes and Gardens brand for almost three years. Throughout her career, she has been a Top Ten Salesperson with Better Homes and Gardens Real Estate Wilkins & Associates, a multi-award winning Realtor and a Top Producer of the Mount Pocono office.
Better Homes and Gardens Real Estate Wilkins & Associates have four offices in the Pocono Mountains. All offices are open every day. Visit wilkins1.com or on Facebook page at http://www.facebook.com/BHGWilkins.

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Cove Haven gets top national ranking

Poconos tri-resort syndicate hailed as a romantic destination
Cove Haven Entertainment Resorts in the Pocono Mountains, one of the leaders in the romance destination industry complete with private pools, heart-shaped whirlpools and saunas, earned a No. 1 ranking in Best Bride 101 magazine.
Originally a honeymooners-only resort destination (guests were actually required to show their marriage certificates), they now cater to newlyweds and vacationers alike and have kept the adults-only standard.
From the one-of-a-kind suites to the romantic all-inclusive activities, Cove Haven Entertainment Resorts ensures that every couple is made to feel like they’re on their honeymoon. Numerous indoor and outdoor activities featured throughout the three properties are all designed to keep couples engaged with one another and bring them closer together.
The Pocono Mountains were labelled the original Honeymoon Capital of the World and uphold that title. The recent boost of the Mini-Moon, a shorter, more localized honeymoon for newlyweds, has been a growing trend at the three resorts in Lakeville, Pocono Palace in Middle Smithfield and Paradise Stream resort in Mount Pocono. Cove Haven Entertainment Resorts hosts over 150 weddings on average each year.

PMC cancer center gets national accreditation for radiology
Pocono Health System’s Dale and Frances Hughes Cancer Center recently was recognized for achieving the highest level of quality and patient safety in radiation oncology, earning a three-year accreditation by the American College of Radiology.
The accreditation involved a third-party, impartial peer review and evaluation of patient care. This included a rigorous review of the personnel, equipment, treatment-planning, treatment records, patient-safety and quality-control procedures.
“At Pocono Health System, our ultimate goal since 1988 has been to provide our patients with the safest and most advanced radiation treatment for their specific type of cancer as well as compassionate care,” said Dr. Michael Greenberg, Medical Director and Radiation Oncologist, Dale and Frances Hughes Cancer Center at Pocono Health System/Pocono Medical Center.
The Dale and Frances Hughes Cancer Center provides a full line of cancer treatment services to patients and their families. The team also pays close attention to the medical, emotional, financial, nutritional, and psychologically needs of each patient and their family.

DWG borough prepares for Founders Day
Main Street businesses will put their best foot forward for the annual event on June 28.
Deer Head Inn will have a lineup of entertainment and will continue its heralded Saturday and Sunday breakfast buffet there called “The Morning Cure” regarded by many as the best breakfast in the Pocono Mountains for visitors and guests staying at its bed and breakfast upstairs. Village Farmer and Bakery will offers its usual fare of lunches and fruit pies and will have its heralded duck races again. Castle Inn’s retail area is fully occupied with vendors selling home decor items, crafts and memorabilia. Its banquet room is nearing completion.
Zen Fusion offers a blend of Haitian and Asian cuisine and other local restaurants will be open, from Doughboys Pizza to Sycamore Grille to the exquisite Antelao. Hobo Chic offers a selection of trans-generation memorabilia.
I’ve learned that the borough has its own business committee with 30 businesses represented who do a great job of cross-marketing their business plans with other businesses in the area, most serving a niche market.
Their plan has been endorsed by Pocono Mountains Visitors Bureau President and CEO Carl Wilgus and Chuck Leonard of the Pocono Mountains Econiomic Development Corp., which teams with the business committee to set up a successful Taste of the Town walking tour of the borough held recently.

Bizzy Awards deadline set for June 16
Deadline is June 16 to submit nominees for the Greater Pocono Chamber of Commerce’s ninth annual Bizzy Awards gala on Sept. 18 at the Chateau in Tannersville.
The competition, which had its biggest turnout last year at the Chateau, has a new category: Best Supportive Staff Person. The award recognizes an employee whose work has made a difference in the performance of the company.
Also this year, requirements for Best Medium Business have changed. It’s now for businesses with 10 to 50 employees, while the Best Large Business category has changed to those with more than 50 employees.
Check with the Greater Pocono Chamber of Commerce at 570-421-4433.
Go to BizzyAwards.com to file an online entry or print out a form and send it in to the office at 556 Main St., Stroudsburg, 18360.
The Bizzy Awards is open to all members of the Greater Pocono Chamber of Commerce.

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Vigon honored at Impact Award luncheon

Smithfield Twp. company gets award in export category after $11.4M rise since 2011
The Pennsylvania governor’s office recognized Smithfield Township company Vigon International during the May 30 Impact Awards luncheon in Hershey.
Vigon received the Export Impact Award as its export sales have increased from $8.2 million in 2011 to $19.6 million, a 139 percent increase. Over that three-year period, the company shipped to 48 different countries.
Fifty companies from throughout the state were hailed in five categories: Community Impact, Entrepreneurial Impact, Export Impact, Jobs First Impact and Small Business Impact.
Nominations were made by the NEPA Partnerships for Regional Economic Performance comprised of 14 community and economic development organizations in NEPA. The NEPA PREP Region processed 39 award nominations.

Bizzy Awards deadline moved to June 16
Deadline is June 16 to submit nominees for the Greater Pocono Chamber of Commerce’s ninth annual Bizzy Awards gala on Sept. 18 at the Chateau in Tannersville.
The competition, which had its biggest turnout last year at the Chateau, has a new category: Best Supportive Staff Person. The award recognizes an employee whose work has made a difference in the performance of the company.
Also this year, requirements for Best Medium Business have changed. It’s now for businesses with 10 to 50 employees, while the Best Large Business category has changed to those with more than 50 employees.
Check with the Greater Pocono Chamber of Commerce at 570-421-4433.
Go to BizzyAwards.com to file an online entry or print out a form and send it in to the office at 556 Main St., Stroudsburg, 18360.
The Bizzy Awards is open to all members of the Greater Pocono Chamber of Commerce.
“This is business versus business competition on several levels.” said Bob Phillips, President/CEO of the Greater Pocono Chamber of Commerce. “It’s always fun and it gives the winners bragging rights and a coveted Bizzy Award.”
You can also follow on twitter @bizzyawards and facebook.
Winners will be announced at a red-carpet black-tie awards banquet televised on Channel 13.

Chamber’s Women in Business luncheon set for June 10
Carol Sitroon of Monroe Career & Technical Institute will talk about “Crucial Conversations: Tools for Talking – The Right Thing to Say” at the Greater Pocono Chamber of Commerce’s Women in Business luncheon on June 10 at Grace Park Seniors Living Well in Stroudsburg. The noontime event costs $20 each for chamber members and $40 for nonmembers. PNC Wealth Management is sponsor. Reservations will not be accepted without prepayment. Call the chamber office at 570-421-4433 foe detailsand Grace Park at 570-424-8166 for directions.

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Columnist Erin Baehr gets top 100 national rating

Financial planning blog earns BrightScope Social Influence Rank

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Pocono Record business columnist Erin Baehr, a certified financial planner and enrolled agent and owner of Baehr Faily Financial in Stroudsburg, has made the inaugural list of the Top 100 Most Social Financial Advisors in the United States, as ranked by BrightScope’s Social Influence Rank.
Baehr is 65th based on her blog “Purposeful Money.”
“I’m honored to be included in this list. Many advisors on this list are those I follow and read on a regular basis; it’s an honor to be included with them,” Baehr said. “My approach with clients is to educate and collaborate, and my blog, as well as my column here at the Pocono Record, is a natural extension of that. I’m grateful for the opportunity to share my insights and help readers make good financial decisions.”
She also has moved her office from Ann Street in Stroudsburg to nearby 25B North Eighth St., Stroudsburg.
“It has been reported that nearly half of investors would like to interact with advisors online but they cannot find them. Social media has become a required communication tool and BrightScope wants to recognize advisors taking advantage of the impact a robust digital profile can have on an advisor’s practice,” said Mike Alfred, co-founder and CEO of BrightScope. “By shining a light on social media best practices within the financial services industry, BrightScope hopes more professionals will actively use all types of communications tools to benefit themselves and investors, especially in light of the SEC’s recent guidance on social media.”
The BrightScope Social Influence Rank aggregates information on advisors actively engaging with current and prospective clients using digital media channels and measures how their efforts stack up against their peers. The Rank considers several individually weighted data points around an advisor’s Twitter profile and blog, such as Followers, Tweet activity, Moz Page Authority and more. BrightScope components also make up a small portion of the overall rank.
For advisors who have not yet taken advantage of these channels, the ranking helps them identify top advisors who are models of how to use social media to grow a successful advisory business and a personal brand in the marketplace.
Baehr can be reached at 570-223-1550 or at Facebook.com/YourMoneyEverday.

Holahan honored by Greater Pocono Chamber of Commerce
John Holahan, president of Liberty Homes Custom Builders, Pocono Lake, was the recipient of The Chairman’s Business Award, from the Greater Pocono Chamber of Commerce at its recent annual award event at Terraview of Stroudsmoor Country Inn.
More than 180 guests attended the Pocono Chamber’s Annual Awards Dinner, held at Terraview, Stroudsmoor Inn, on April 30.
Robert Phillips, president and CEO of the Chamber, presented the awards. In addition to Holahan, six business leaders were honored at the event.
Special recognition was offered from Gov. Tom Corbett and State Senator Patrick Toomey, in addition to a citation presented by State Representative Mario Scavello and the 176th Legislative District.
“It is with great honor to be recognized by the Greater Pocono Chamber of Commerce and accept the Chairman’s Business Award,” said Holahan, who serves on numerous community and trade industry posts.
Founded in 1978, Liberty Homes Custom Builders has been chosen by thousands of homeowners who desire an award winning year-round vacation or retirement home in the greater Pocono region of Pike, Monroe, Carbon and Wayne counties. In addition to Luzerne, Lackawanna, Northampton and Lehigh Counties. For more information about Liberty Homes Custom Builders, visitwww.libertyhomespa.com.

Local Home Instead Senior Care owner Vielee honored
Pocono area business owner Robert Vielee recently was honored for outstanding business performance recently at the Home Instead Senior Care network’s annual international convention held in Omaha, Neb.
The Home Instead Senior Care network is the world’s leading provider of non-medical in-home care and companionship to older adults with offices worldwide including Monroe, Pike and Wayne counties.
Vielee was recognized with a Presidential Achievement Award at the April 23-26 event. The award is presented for superior sales and service satisfaction.
“I am pleased to be honored for serving this area’s older adults who represent such an important legacy to our community,” Vielee said. “We share this honor with our dedicated staff and CAREGivers and thank them for their tireless service.”
With more than 1,000 independently owned and operated franchises in 18 countries, including the U.S., the Home Instead Senior Care network is the world’s largest provider of non-medical in-home care and companionship services for seniors.
The network’s 65,000-plus CAREGivers, including those in Monroe, Pike and Wayne counties, provide more than 50 million hours of client service each year through activities that include companionship, meal preparation, medication reminders, light housekeeping, errands and shopping.

Toll Brothers accepts another national builder award
Toll Brothers, the nation’s leading builder of luxury homes based in Horsham, has been honored as Builder of the Year by Builder magazine, the leading media brand in residential construction.
This award was given in recognition of Toll Brothers’ excellence in successful business strategy, its achievements and its corporate leadership.
Douglas C. Yearley, Toll Brothers’ chief executive officer, accepted the award on May 12 during the Builder 100 Awards Ceremony held at the 2014 Housing Leadership Summit in Dana Point, Cal.
Yearley said: “We are thrilled and honored to be chosen for this esteemed award. Since 1967 Toll Brothers has balanced prudent financial management with extraordinary customer service and a dedication to building homes of quality and value, and communities that will always sustain our legacy. Most importantly, this is a reflection of the ingenuity, hard work, and dedication of each and every one of our colleagues and associates at Toll Brothers.”
“The company’s up-market price-point, lifestyle segmentation positions, and its best-of-breed execution set it apart from competitors as one of housing’s most powerful and promising brands,” said Builder editorial director John McManus in presenting the award. “Toll Brothers one day will be a globally recognizable luxury housing and hospitality trademark along the lines of Four Seasons or Ritz-Carlton.”
Toll Brothers’ ability to thrive through five recessions figured in its selection of the company as Builder of the Year. McManus said “Even while weathering the recession, Horsham, Pennsylvania-based Toll Brothers has transformed itself into a national multi-threat real estate power brand, with a complement of suburban, closer-in, and urban options for affluent home buyers and renters. The company’s success stems from its ability to raise capital, acquire land, and create value in new residential communities.”
This award follows Toll Brothers’ recent award for Builder of the Year by Professional Builder magazine — the other major publishing resource in the home building industry.

Chamber’s Women in Business luncheon set for June 10
Carol Sitroon of Monroe Career & Technical Institute will talk about “Crucial Conversations: Tools for Talking – The Right Thing to Say” at the Greater Pocono Chamber of Commerce’s Women in Business luncheon on June 10 at Grace Park Seniors Living Well in Stroudsburg. The noontime event costs $20 each for chamber members and $40 for nonmembers. PNC Wealth Management is sponsor. Reservations will not be accepted without prepayment. Call the chamber office at 570-421-4433 foe detailsand Grace Park at 570-424-8166 for directions.

Feleccia joins BH&G/Wilkins Real Estate
Richard Feleccia, 1991 graduate of the Pocono Real Estate Academy, has joined the Mount Pocono office of Better Homes and Gardens Real Estate Wilkin s& Associates.
Feleccia has been in the real estate industry for the past 20 years. Feleccia brings his expertise in sales and marketing with experience in fractional ownership with Resort Condominium International and Interval International. As an agent with Wyndham Resorts in Shawnee, Feleccia was in charge of training of the sales staff and productivity and customer satisfaction.

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