FREE SELF-DEFENSE CLASS WITH SELENA AND NORTHEASTERN JU-JITSU
What would you do if someone attacked you? Ever wish you knew how to escape a forceful advance at a bar? This FREE self-defense class will teach simple moves for these scenarios and more!
For women, ages 13+
There is limited space,
Please RSVP: with Selena…click RSVP below!
include your email; contact phone/cell number, and names & age(“-ish!”) of all participants
Date: Saturday, September 24, 2011
Time: 10am - Noon ***PLEASE ARRIVE BY 9:50 AM TO SIGN IN ***
Where: Northeastern Ju-Jitsu, 1047 Main St. Swoyersville, PA 18704
(intersection of Owen and Main)
Office phone: 714-3839
Attire: comfortable clothes; we'll be barefoot or in socks, your choice!
Click RSVP to reserve your spot in our free class!
This is a FREE class, thanks to instructors Chuck Litchkowski of Northeastern Ju-Jitsu, and all the instructors who are volunteering their time for our safety.
Directions from 81..
Take 81 to exit 170B (Cross Valley)
Take Exit 4 (Forty-Fort/Kingston)
Stay in Right Lane
At Stop Sign Make Left Go One Mile to Wyoming Ave.
Make Right Onto Wyoming and Go 3 Lights
make LEFT onto Owen St.
Go 7/10 of a Mile to Owen & Main St.
Northeastern is on the Left.
Is that actor Ryan Gosling breaking up a fight on the streets of NYC? "Is it....is it?!"
Voyeuristic bystanders tape a fight over a painting, and out of nowhere comes Gosling, strolling home from grocery shopping (nice shirt, man). One of the girls exclaims:
"It's the guy from The Notebook!"
I found this in my national prep this morn, and I thought it sounded familiar after watching WNEP News...
SHOOTING CRAPS ... LITERALLY!
A Pennsylvania man was arrested for a shooting that occurred inside a bar -- and the victim was a perfectly innocent toilet!
Â Police received a report that Leroy Smith shot up the toilet at Shooter's Bar in Wilkes-Barre, causing hundreds of dollars in damages.
After the shooting, Smith walked out of the bar and returned five minutes later.
Cops recovered the gun, which turned out to be stolen, under the seat of a stranger's car.
Smith maintains his innocence in the matter.
Source: Philadelphia Inquirer
Here's the more "serious" report:
Police: Pa. man shot toilet in bar named Shooters
The Associated Press
WILKES-BARRE, Pa. -- Authorities say a man is charged with using a stolen handgun to shoot a toilet in a northeastern Pennsylvania bar named Shooters.
Police say they received a report of a toilet being shot in the men's room at the Wilkes-Barre bar early Tuesday.
Police say 41-year-old Leroy Michael Smith walked out of the bar after the gunshot and returned five minutes later. Investigators believe Smith hid the gun in the seat of a vehicle. Police say they later recovered the weapon.
Smith told investigators he didn't shoot the toilet. He has been released from jail after posting $5,000 bail. It's not clear if he has an attorney.
He's charged with reckless endangerment, receiving stolen property and other counts.
Trio steps out for Scranton Cultural Center fundraiser 'Dancing with the NEPA Stars'
BY CAITLIN HEANEY (STAFF WRITER)
Published: July 28, 2011
Butch Comegys / Staff Photographer From left, Roger Munchak, Rose Broderick, Brian Fulton, Missy Zaroda, Selena and Mike Walton strike a pose at Step By Step Dance Studio as they prepare for "Dancing with the NEPA Stars."
They have rehearsed for hours each week for more than a month, learning step-by-step how to groove across the dance floor like a professional.
And this weekend, The Times-Tribune library manager Brian Fulton, Froggy 101 radio host Selena and Advanced Imaging Specialists executive Rosemary Broderick will show the public how far they have come after weeks of hard work.
The performers will take to the stage at the Scranton Cultural Center at The Masonic Temple on Friday night for the second round of "Dancing with the NEPA Stars." The winner will face Justin Brown, the first-round champion, in the Aug. 19 finale.
Based on the television show "Dancing with the Stars," the competition pairs local dancing newcomers with experienced performers to raise money for the Cultural Center through votes, which can be cast in advance online for $1 on the Cultural Center's website, www.scrantonculturalcenter.org, and at the event. The dancer who raises the most money wins the round.
This year's show follows the theme of "A Night at the Movies," but organizers are keeping secret which films they are incorporating into the dances. Ms. Broderick will perform a rumba and West Coast swing with Roger Munchak, while Selena will do a foxtrot and cha-cha-cha with Mike Walton. Mr. Fulton will perform a hustle and swing with Missy Zaroda.
Debbie Koshinski-Urban, owner of Step By Step Dance Studio in Scranton, choreographed the routines and picked them "to kind of go with (the competitors') personalities." She also has trained them over the last several weeks, an experience she described as hectic but fun.
"They're really doing a great job," she said.
Mr. Fulton, whose only formal training before entering the competition was a dance class for gym in college, said his parents and friends watch the television show and are excited for him to participate in the local version. He is looking forward to showing the audience "what we learned (and) what we did in this short amount of time," and added that it also is a fun way to raise money.
"You get the added benefit of exercise and learning how to dance," Mr. Fulton said. "There's a little more to it than (just) having a fundraiser."
Selena has wanted to participate in the show for several years. She loves to dance, but her previous training also was limited to a college ballroom dance class. People have called the radio station to find out if she really was participating in the show, she said, because they thought it was a joke.
"Everyone at work ... thinks I'm a bad dancer," Selena said. "I wanted to do this to prove them wrong."
Learning to dance requires a lot of discipline, Ms. Broderick said, acknowledging her dance partner for being patient. And she laughed when pointing out that she has dropped a clothing size since starting training.
"I have a renewed respect for ballroom dancers," Ms. Broderick said. "When you see it on TV, it looks so easy."
Jack Martin of Dance Craze DJs again will serve as the show's DJ and master of ceremonies. Audience members also can learn some moves themselves from a professional dance instructor while there.
If you go:
What: "Dancing with the NEPA Stars," second round
When: Friday, 5:30 p.m.
Where: Scranton Cultural Center at The Masonic Temple, 420 N. Washington Ave.
Pets can take it just as hard as kids in a breakup. How do you decide who gets the furry buddy?
Christine writes The Wake Up Call:
Dear Eric and Selena,
My boyfriend and I just broke up over the weekend. We’ve been living together for about a year, and now we have to go through the hard part of dividing things up. Our personal items like the tv and furniture are pretty much figured out, but we can’t agree on one big thing: our dog.
We got our pug Chewy when we started living together. It was our first big decision we made together. We both love and take care of the dog equally. I think Chewy should stay in his familiar setting – in the apartment with me (it was my place before we started dating). My ex doesn’t think it’s fair – if he has to move out, he feels he should get the dog.
How do we decide? Are we seriously going to have to have doggy visitation rights?
We recently sashayed our way into a rehearsal at Step by Step Dance Studio in Scranton with Dancing With the NEPA's Stars contestant Selena to catch a glimpse of her routine before the big competition at the Scranton Cultural Center on Friday, July 29. We are sworn to secrecy about the music you'll hear, and why Selena's boa must be pink - really, we haven't a clue - but we can tell you this: after watching Froggy 101's Morning Show host in action, this competition is sure to be fierce. She wants to prove to her co-workers that she really can dance, in spite of what they think, plus she wants to raise lots of money for the Cultural Center. Every vote in the contest costs $1 and all proceeds benefit the SCC. If you love waking up with her on Froggy, and you laughed with her when she was a panelist on The View with a Scranton Attitude: Let's Hear it from the Girls, you won't want to miss her Fox Trot and Cha Cha. Growing up in the suburbs of Philadelphia, Selena always thought she'd be an English teacher, but (lucky for us) her gift of gab and sparkling personality led her to the 570 for a career on the air waves. She and her husband, Ethan, live in Pittston, where they jam to all kinds of music, from Ella Fitzgerald to Tupac, as well as Selena's country favorites, including Zac Brown Band and Keith Urban. Dancing to a movie night theme at Dancing With the NEPA Stars, it's time to meet the fabulous Selena...
You look fabulous today! Tell us why you're all dressed up.
I always walk around like this! (Laughs) I've always wanted to do this and I finally got a chance. I'm finally taking part in Dancing With the NEPA Stars. It's quite an honor. I didn't realize how much work it is, so I'm in my dress rehearsal costume with the sequins and the gloves now. Wouldn't it be great to be able to walk around like that all the time? (Laughs) I feel like Audrey Hepburn.
What dance will you perform?
I'll be doing Fox Trot, and because they couldn't make it easy, they're throwing the Cha Cha in there, too. Why not? So a little medley of both.
Have you ever done the Fox Trot or Cha Cha before?
In my mind I thought I had. (Laughs) When you're watching Dancing With the Stars on TV, I don't know, you do the couch dancing and I start moving my feet - it's not the same! It's a lot harder than what it looks like on television. It really is. There's a lot of nuances that you have to pick up. I did take ballroom dancing as a gym credit at Penn State, but that was forever ago. It's been a while.
So you're learning a lot about the technical aspect of dance, but have you performed in front of a live audience before?
Fifth grade. I had a unitard that was black with white polka dots. Hmmm ... wow, it's like a flashback almost, sequined belt, so yeah, maybe I am kind of reliving my childhood. That was jazz class. That's why I can't control my "jazz hands" when I'm on the dance floor!
What's the most challenging part of learning these dances?
Not to be tacky.
Yes! You know how if you're on the dance floor at a wedding, and if the guy dips you, what do you do with your foot? Don't you usually put it up in the air, right? That's what I did, and I'm so stuck doing that. But apparently, that's tacky. You don't do that. So I had to learn, keep your foot down and little things like that.
They also added an element to the dancing - props - and this was crazy because I've been practicing without props and now they're throwing that boa prop in, so it's like who would have thought I'd have to add that into my routine?
Then Debbie (Koshinksi-Urban), my instructor, said, "OK, I want you to do your sexy walk." I did it. And she said, "No, I want you to walk sexy." So I said, "That is my sexy walk." That was it! (Laughs) So, if anything else, even if I don't win Dancing With the NEPA Stars, at least I'm hoping I will learn how to be sexy and do a little sexy dance for the husband. That's what I'm thinking.
It sounds like a lot of fun, and all this dancing benefits a good cause, too. Tell us how this works.
All the votes are monetary, and with every dollar, that's a vote towards getting the person you like toward the finals. And 100 percent of that monetary donation, that vote, goes to the Scranton Cultural Center to help with their programs, to help with their building funds, everything.
Are you a competitive person by nature?
Well, I feel like I have something to prove because people think I'm an awful dancer at work.
Why? Was there an office party where you broke into an Elaine dance?
Oh, well, the thumbs go up every now and then and I have a tacky leg kick, you know. (Laughs).
But really, I've been practicing - I've been sick and I'm still here dancing - I just want to make sure I have the steps down, you know, because I want it to be fun. It's a lot of work, but at the finale, I want it to look like this is just a breeze.
Any messages for the competition before the big night?
I'm going to be cha-cha-ing behind you ... look out! (Laughs).
- julie imel
Selena will take on Brian Fulton of The Times-Tribune and Rose Broderick of Advanced Imaging Specialists on Friday, July 29, at 5:30 p.m. in the grand ballroom of the Scranton Cultural Center. Tickets are $16. Vote for your favorite dancer online until noon on July 29. After that, cast your vote at the Dancing with the NEPA Stars event. Each vote costs $1 and all proceeds benefit the Cultural Center. For more information, visit www.scrantonculturalcenter.org.
What do you do when you think you're dating a perfectly nice, sweet person, and then their fangs come out ... while talking to their parents?!! You see their ugly side, and it kind of scares you.
Paul wrote The Wake Up Call:
I met a woman who's great. She's friendly and warm, and we've been getting along really well the past month.
Then the other day, I showed up at her house while she was on the phone with her mom. She started yelling and cursing at her mom. Her dad got on the phone and they started screaming at each other too. It was a totally new side I’ve never seen in her. I was shocked she was talking to her parents that way.
She wouldn't tell me what the argument was about. She would only say that she doesn’t get along with anyone in her family, and she hasn’t for a long time. She says she wouldn’t talk to them ever again if it wasn’t for her daughter; she doesn’t want to completely remove her from her grandparents.
That's a lot of heavy baggage to bring into a new relationship.
--Is it a bad idea to get involved with a woman who has a terrible relationship with her family? Seeing her on the phone, screaming and cursing at her parents, may have exposed her true colors. Could she be a vindictive person?
We'll talk to Paul Wednesday morn at 7:45 on The Wake Up Call with Eric & Selena .... # 1-800-570-1013
Want to join the infamousÂ FROGGY 101 bumper sticker on NBC's "The Office"?
TODAY (and today only) is your DAY!!
Here's the info to get your business on the show:
The Greater Scranton Chamber of Commerce will be hosting a "Prop Drop"
on Tuesday, July 12, 2011 from 10:00 AM-2:00 PM
for businesses that would like to submit promotional products to appear on the 8th season of the television show "the office".Â
Executives from "the office" have specifically requested desktop items like coffee mugs, ink pens, magnets, take-out menus, etc. and anything stating "Scranton" or representative ofÂ NEPA.Â All items must be submitted in identical triplicate format (and must be clean and undamaged)Â to be considered for the show.Â Products are NOT to be pre-packaged and story ideas are permitted.Â
Company representatives are asked to bring products and two (2) business cards to the Chamber andÂ must complete and sign an NBC/UniversalÂ release form for items to be considered.Â Â No phone calls please.Â
Finally!!! It's here! I'm competing in Dancing with the NEPA Stars at the Scranton Cultural Center. I've been dancing my tush off practicing for the event. I'll finally get a chance to defend my dance skills! No one at FROGGY believes I have rhythm, so I could really use your support in votes!!