April 2015 – Newsletter Issue 4

The 2015 Membership Directories have gone to press.  Watch for yours soon.

Special thanks to Lehigh Valley Health Network for sponsoring our breakfast @ Detzi’s.  Great event!  One of the topics discussed at the breakfast was the need for volunteer drivers for the many cancer patients in our area. Travel to doctor’s office and hospitals for treatments is a challenge and you could help.  See attached flyer for more information.

Save the date for our annual Scholarship Awards Dinner, Thursday, May 14th, 6:30 pm at Tuscarora Inn, River Road., Mt. Bethel.  $27.00 per person, see flyer for reservations.  Help us honor this year scholarship winners!

Join us on April 28th for our Spring Business Luncheon at Teresa’s Pizza Cucina on Rt 611 in Mt. Bethel.  Our guest speaker is Bill Skinner of Paramount Business Development speaking on Networking.  Everyone will have an opportunity to network and to introduce themselves and their business or service.  See flyer.

Congratulations to Anthony Biondi, CEO of Merchants Bank.  Anthony is the 2015 Good Scout Award recipient.  Join us for breakfast on April 24th to honor him and help raise funds for the Minsi Trails Scouting Council.  See flyer.

The Slate Belt Safety Fair & Health Fair will be held on Saturday, May 2nd at the Washington Elementary School, 11am – 3 pm.  If your business interested in setting up a table please contact the office.  This year the event will be held outside except for some workshop. So you will need to reserve your spot by calling the office, bring your own table, chair and anything else you need to make your day successful.  610-588-1000 to reserve your spot!  This is a rain or shine event.

The Chamber will hold its annual Business Expo this fall, more information to follow soon.

NEW MEMBER FOR MARCH JimmeZe Jewelers Richard Irving

103 N. Broadway

Wind Gap, PA 18091

6108633071 phone & fax

E-Mail: jimmezejewelers@yahoo.com

Fine jewelry sales, repairs and custom orders.  Watch batteries, bands and sizing.

Authorized Pandora retailer.



  • 4/28: SBCC Business Networking Luncheon, Teresa’s Pizza, Mt. Bethel
  • 5/9: Three Brothers Beverage Mixer, 12 pm
  • 5/14: Scholarship Awards Dinner @ Tuscarora Inn
  • 6/19: Chamber Night Iron Pigs Baseball Game
  • 6/23: SBCC Business Luncheon @ Wind Gap Park
  • 7/20: Scholarship Golf Classic @ Woodstone Country Club
  • More events to come……call with your suggestions!


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Edo’s Training Fund Raiser


Broad Excavating Inc. & the Slate Belt Chamber of Commerce To help raise funds for Bangor Police Department K-9 unit. It’s that time of year again for Edo’s re-occurring training. Edo’s primary handler Officer Kevin Jones, will accompany the dog in training. Remember that Edo is not just used in Bangor Borough but shared to the neighboring municipalities when needed!

To make a donation: Checks payable to Bangor Borough, in the memo write K-9 Unit Fund And mail to Slate Belt Chamber of Commerce 187 Blue Valley Dr. Bangor, PA 18013 610 588 1000



Frontier Communications, a leading provider of broadband, voice, data and satellite television services, will host a free business seminar and demonstration on how businesses can get the most benefit from today’s innovative technology.

The seminar and networking event will be held on March 27 at the Mohegan Sun Pocono Hotel in the Anthracite Room, 1280

Highway 315, Wilkes-Barre. Registration and complimentary breakfast buffet begin at 8:30 a.m. and the seminar concludes at noon.

“This free seminar and technology demonstration will showcase different IT solutions that can help businesses compete more

effectively in the marketplace,” said Elena Kilpatrick, Vice President and General Manager of Frontier’s Pennsylvania operations. “We will feature technology across multiple channels and devices – from laptops to cloud-based – that can help businesses save time, money and resources.”

Equipment from a variety of Frontier’s vendor partners will be demonstrated, Kilpatrick stated, with solutions that allow businesses to reduce the cost of their current equipment. “We will discuss in-depth all the benefits of newer technology, particularly for enhanced productivity.”

Advantages of cloud-based, premise IP-based and digital solutions for businesses, from small home-based to mid-size and enterprise companies, will be discussed and demonstrated, along with specific applications such as Unified Messaging, Call Center applications and Data applications.

Space is limited and registration in advance is required. To register, email Justin.Kozloski@ftr.com, or call 570-631-1035.

The Slate Belt Heritage Center will hold their monthly historic presentation on Thursday, April 9th @ 7:00 PM. Speaker for the evening will “Registered Professional Archaeologist” Jason Huggan. Mr. Huggan will describe how cultural resource managers do their work as he represents how archaeology and historic preservation are performed at the U.S. Army Garrison, Picatinny Arsenal, N.J. Mr. Huggan has experience in archaeology, historic preservation and cultural resource management across 10+ states in the country and southern Peru. He will explain how digging up artifacts tells about the people who made them. Currently he is the Cultural Resource Manager for the U.S. Army at Picatinny Arsenal in New Jersey and has been working there since 2007. He resides in East Bangor with his wife and son. The event is free and open to the public (donations kindly accepted). The Heritage Center is located at 30 North 1st Street, Bangor, PA. For additional information contact: Karen Brewer @ 610-588-8615.

Connections for Women invites you to partner with us as an annual Sponsor for the NEW Bloom Creative Studio. Located in downtown Bangor, Bloom Creative Studio will open in April with a dual yet blended purpose. The vision for Bloom Creative Studio has grown out of our own experience using art as a healing tool over the past several years during groups and workshops. Our dream is to share the benefits of learning and exploring the creative process with more than just adult women and to develop this further amongst youth and community members.

As a sponsor, you will help defray the cost of establishing this creative space AND enable us to provide free, ongoing education workshops to both youth and adults. Bloom Creative Studio will host weekly afterschool workshops for youth and monthly evening programs for adults. These free workshops will feature professionally trained staff from partner agencies and share vital information on topics such as building resiliency, healthy relationships, healing from abuse and/or trauma, and other topics geared towards empowering vulnerable individuals.

As a public studio space, Bloom Creative Studio will be open for walk-in guests, group workshops and parties. Walk-in guests will

pay a studio fee for access to the individual stations throughout the 2,400 square foot space and explore art and crafting via a variety

of media, paint, specialty cutting tools, as well as instructional materials. Local artists and crafters will conduct workshops and classes for all experience levels (registration fees apply). Bloom Parties will offer the creative experience for celebrations of special occasions, birthdays and gatherings for 12-15 guests desiring a customized event. There are also monthly memberships for those who want an all-access pass to this unique and creative space.

For more than 6 years, Connections for Women has offered free programs to women living in the Slate Belt, empowering them through educational and awareness events, supportive workshops, and discussion groups led by representatives from area non profits, artists, and other professionals.  Connections for Women will maintain weekly Monday evening programs while this new initiative will establish a welcoming place in downtown Bangor for creativity to flourish across all generations and socio-economic groups. Thank you in advance for your consideration of becoming a studio sponsor. Attached is a form with details of the various levels of sponsorship. The form can be completed and submitted by mail or you can call or email Carol Andersen with any questions, at 570

977-0600 or  carolmandersen@gmail.com. Ultimately an inviting and artistic space is ours to create. When you partner with us as a

sponsor, you will inspire imagination, educate and empower individuals in our community, and create an innovative space for everyone to enjoy.

Carol M Andersen, Board Chair & Program Director


Slate Belt Rotary will host Breakfast with the Easter Bunny!  $8 for adults and children over 9, children 9 and under are FREE! Saturday, March, 28th, 9-11 am.  Easter Egg Hunt to follow at 12:15 at the new Slate Belt YMCA!  Benefits the community garden of the Slate Belt and local food pantries.  Tickets now available at the Scorecard Sports Bar & Grill, 130 N Broadway Wind Gap. info@scorecardbar.com.


The April “Bangor 140th Anniversary” event will be 4/18 from 11-3 pm at Renee’s Café from 11-2 and Heards Meat market from 1-3 pm.  We will also talk about the history of the Viaduct.  Free to the public and refreshments provided.  Sponsored by the Bangor 140th Anniversary committee & the Slate Belt Community partnership.  Contact Sharon Davis for more information, 610 390 6692 or sharond@tottsgap.org.


The Blue & White Scholastic Foundation cordially invite you to the 12th Annual Royal Gala.  This year’s honorees: The Detzi Family, Donna R. Comunale-Sylvester, Philip R. Fusacchia, Honoring the Call of 1965.  Friday, April 17th, 6-10 pm at the Terraview at Stroudsmoor Country Inn, Stroudsburg, Pa.  Tickets are $125, payment can be payable and sent to Blue & White Scholastic Foundation, PO Box 17, Bangor, PA 18013.  Sponsorship & advertising opportunities are also available.


Kirkridge will hold an All Fools Day Dinner, Wednesday, April 1st, 6:30 pm.  Turning Point Dining Room, menu Fool Ya French Fires, Twinkie Sushi, Funny Shooters, Salad with No Bread, Surprised Beef or Shrimp Surprise, Mac and Cheese style Cauliflower. Cost is $20.95 per person, BYOB, reserve online at  www.kirkridge.org or call 610-588-1793, email: staceyh@kirkridge.org


SBCC Officers & Directors

Steve Hurni, President

Mary Marshall, 1st Vice President

Jeff Ott, 2nd Vice President Fred Curcio, Secretary Rosemary Albert, Treasurer Nadine Moyer, Chairman


One Year Directors

Rosemary Albert, Mary Marshall, Jewel Williamson-Burns, Nadine Moyer, Joann Ginder, Chuck Niclaus, Jeff Ott, Adolph



Two Year Directors

Paul Donovan, Jr., Lucy Flinn, Fred Curcio, Kim Armitage, Steve Hurni, Bryan Gault, Victor Rodite