Scranton Federal Court Announces New Mediation Center Our federal court in Scranton, which serves the Poconos, just announced the grand opening of its new mediation center at the William J. Nealon Federal Courthouse. I was fortunate to get an advance tour of the center and was impressed with what I saw. More importantly, the opening…

Pocono Jazz legend Bob Dorough died this week at age 94. His death was somewhat of a shock because he was performing at the top of his game right up until the time of his death. Bob performed quite regularly at the Deer Head Inn in Delaware Water Gap and, despite his iconic stature, was…

If you’re an attorney with an office outside Monroe County and trying your first or tenth case here, conforming to local procedural rules may not necessarily be intuitive. Certainly, Monroe County practice has become more user friendly than it used to be but having local counsel on the “ground” to assist, can be beneficial. I…

Newman | Williams Attorney Jerry Geiger, President of the Pocono Youth Orchestra (PYO), announced this week a wonderful opportunity for student musicians in eastern Pennsylvania. The Ulysses String Quartet will be presenting an Interactive Concert/Demonstration for regional string players at the Stroudsburg Middle School, 200 Mountaineer Drive, Stroudsburg, PA 18360, on April 14, 2018 at…

When he retires, NW Shareholder Jerry Geiger plans on pursuing a second career playing acoustic blues guitar. He’s not ready for prime time yet, but here’s a photo of Jerry just prior to playing a guitar/harmonica duet with PA Supreme Court Justice Mike Eakin at a Monroe County Bar Association conference. We know of a…

We support many local organizations but one of our favorites is the Pocono Youth Orchestra (PYO). The PYO is celebrating its 30th anniversary this year. It just performed its winter concert series at East Stroudsburg University. We are pleased to report that our students played to a full house. The PYO gives students in eastern Pennsylvania and western New Jersey the…

Although there are a few exceptions, Pennsylvania law requires that legal process be served by the County Sheriff’s Office. But what is a sheriff’s deputy to do when the defendant he is supposed to serve has posted her property with “No Trespassing” signs and has a locked gate across her driveway? Does the deputy infringe…

I gave a report at the last Pleasant Valley School District meeting on Thursday about how the new tax law changed 529 plans and could affect Pennsylvania School Districts. How this will play out is not yet known but it is something to watch. When Congress passed the most recent tax package, it expanded the…

We Have No Tolerance for Distracted Drivers–Save the Texting for Later Although many people know not to text while driving, it does not seem to have stopped them. It is a significant  public safety issue. I had a recent eye doctor appointment and, although there was a sign saying no cell phones, I sat with…

Pedestrian Injuries in Monroe County PA The National Highway Traffic Safety Association (NHTSA) reports that almost 5000 pedestrians die each year in motor vehicle accidents. Sadly, the number of deaths has been increasing. The 2016 national data shows that pedestrian deaths increased by 9% to 5,987, the highest number since 1990. While the reasons for…