The Board of Directors of the Hazleton Integration Project, Inc. announces the creation of Hazleton’s first Unity Walk to be held Sunday, May 18th at 2:00 PM. The purpose of the 1.1 mile walk that begins and ends at the Hazleton One Community Center, is to gather as many people together as possible to display their solidarity with the idea that Hazleton will be a stronger community when everyone works together.
“We believe that the city of Hazleton is poised to take a quantum leap forward,” said Bob Curry, HIP Board President. “Our recent experience is telling us that so much of the tension and miscommunication between our long standing population and our newcomers is really starting to fade. The unity walk should send a powerful visual signal to everyone both inside and outside our community that Hazleton is coming together and that our best days are still in front of us.”
There is no charge to participate in the walk, and free bib numbers will be available to every walker who wants to be identified as part of this effort. Refreshments will be served at the Center at the end of the walk to all of the participants.
“Everyone is welcome to join the Unity Walk who believes that our city’s strength ultimately lies in inclusion, diversity and our own ability to accommodate change,” said Eugenio Sosa, Executive Director of the Center.
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BY AMANDA CHRISTMAN (STAFF WRITER)
Published: December 23, 2013
For three years, holiday meals have been served to the less fortunate between Christmas and Thanksgiving, at the inspiration of a Hazleton native son who found success in Major League Baseball.
For three years that event, dubbed Thanksmas, filled empty bellies and hearts through Tampa Bay Rays Manager Joe Maddon, his family and the dozens of volunteers that joined him.
This year, however, marked the first time Thanksmas meals were served from its own home at the Hazleton Integration Project's One Community Center, 225 E. Fourth St., which opened in June inside a former parochial school. The center and project was also an idea of Maddon's and his family in Hazleton to take a divided town and put it back together again.
A sea of people found their way to red and green decorated tables to enjoy the meal and share a story, or a smile, beginning with the first guest at 11:45 a.m. and up until about 2:30 p.m. when clean up began.
Christmas music provided by Smoke & Mirrors, a saxophone quartet made up of Hazleton Area School District music teachers, volunteered to play Christmas music, adding an audible merriment to the day that brought some to dance.
About 50 volunteers, ranging in ages, helped serve up the ethnic meal consisting of pasta and meatballs, sausage, pierogies and Dominican chicken, pork and rice.
Published: December 20, 2013
The Hazleton Integration Project will present Joe Maddon's third annual family Christmas celebration, "Hazleton Kids Have Talent," on Saturday at 7 p.m. at the Alice C. Wiltsie Performing Arts Center.
The event is free and open to the public. Doors for the event will open at 6:30 p.m. Everyone is welcome to join Joe Maddon, his wife, Jaye, and the Maddon family for this annual holiday event.