Up Close: James Callahan

Up Close & Personal Rock and roll with a bite Cold beer, live music, rocking food. In six words, that’s what The Rattler is all about. The rock and roll bar on Main Street in Pittston has earned quite the reputation, whether it’s for live music every single night, or the eccentric décor. From the stuffed goat hanging on the wall, to vintage concert...

Up Close: Katie Wisnosky

Monologue Mentor Katie Wisnosky is not shy about getting on stage and performing poetry. But these days, she’s viewing the passion from another angle ­— behind the scenes. She loves mentoring young, aspiring poets and watching them perform their writing. As an English teacher at Tunkhannock Area High School, she’s on a mission to get teens to express...

Up Close: Jimmy McGrath

Up Close & Personal The Best of 2013 Bartender Speaks From Scranton’s West Side to Dalton, Jimmy McGrath has been slinging drinks in our area since the tender age of 18. He’s got an easy laugh, a generous personality and he’ll gladly pour you a cold one, but don’t expect any Tom-Cruise Cocktail moves out of this guy. 2013 marks his six-year streak...

Up Close: Jack Puhl

Up Cose & Personal Serenity in the Snow Artist Jack Puhl loves snow so much, he has to suffer through summer to get to winter. Unlike most people who complain about shoveling driveways or buying rock salt, Puhl goes into his studio and paints. Sometimes it’s a magical, glowing Christmas scene that will take you back to childhood. Sometimes it’s a vast,...

Up Close: Matt Mang

Up Close & Personal Superheroes and Great Parties Like any good comic book hero, Matt Mang leads a double life. By day, he’s a mild-mannered manager at Scranton’s Comics on the Green, by night the bassist for Scranton’s up-and-coming pop-rock sensation, The Great Party. We caught up with Matt in between his time behind the counter and his time on...

Up Close: Lauren Hackett-Brostoski

Up Close & Personal A Change will do you good   Lauren Hackett-Brostoski wanted to set a good example for her two-year-old daughter, Brianna, so, with the help and support of her husband, Tom, she decided to get into the best shape of her life. She didn’t stop there, though, and started competing in fitness competitions last year. Now she’s a...

Up Close: David Ciminelli

Artist in the Kitchen The motto at AuRants restaurant in Duryea is “a separation from the rest.” The same catchphrase can go to describe chef David Ciminelli, Jr. The co-owner of AuRants makes sure you can always expect the unexpected at the 941 Main St. restaurant. From smoked Gouda cheesesteak to harvest brown beer mussels and even pretzel tofu squares,...

Up Close: Jeremy Ciliberto

Up Close & Personal Art and Everything Else Under the Sun Theater set design? Environmental photography? Model photography? Abstract painting? Earth-inspired sculpture? Oversized paintings of Buddha? Artist and musician Jeremy Ciliberto has it all covered. Having studied at New York City’s Art Institute, Ciliberto has trained in everything from graphic...

Up Close: Eric Wilson

Up Close & Personal A Swandive of Faith   If you live near the Wyoming Valley and have any interest in poetry at all, then you have seen Eric Wilson. He has been on the scene as a performance poet for the past ten years, hosting readings at Donahue’s Hourglass Tavern in Wilkes-Barre, reading at venues like Tudor Bookstore, Test Pattern art space,...

Up Close: Russell Keeler

UP CLOSE & PERSONAL An Eater and an Advocate   Russell Keeler won’t be having any more pumpkin pie anytime soon, at least until Thanksgiving. The three-time Backyard Alehouse Fall Fest Pumpkin Pie Eating Champion had his fill this past weekend in Scranton where he downed five pies in five minutes to take the first place title yet again. The Kingston...