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In Recognition Of Donna And Michael Barbetti, Recipients Of The 2015 Sam And Jane Cali Star Award From The Broadway Theatre League Of Northeastern Pennsylvania November 19, 2015
Matt Cartwright, D-PA
"Donna and Michael Barbetti are residents of the City of Scranton. Donna is a Registered Dietician with a Master’s Degree from Marywood in Food and Nutrition. In addition to her involvement with the Broadway Theatre League, Donna is the President of the Lackawanna County Women’s Commission and is a board member of the Pennsylvania Women’s Commission. She also is a board member of St. Francis of Assisi Kitchen and the Scranton Area Foundation, and she is on the Advisory Board for Penn State Worthington Campus. Michael is a Certified Public Accountant and operates his own private practice. He sits on the Board of Directors for Broadway in Scranton. Michael has also served as Chairman of the Board for the ARC of NEPA, The March of Dimes, and as a board member of Allied Services."
In Recognition Of Robert Bishop, Esq., Recipient Of The Lackawanna Pro Bono’S Robert W. Munley Award October 21, 2015
Matt Cartwright, D-PA
"In addition to volunteering his expertise to the Lackawanna Pro Bono, Robert is very active in the Northeastern Pennsylvania community. He is president of the Amos Lodge of B’nai B’rith, vice president of the Greater Scranton Chamber of Commerce, secretary of the Jewish Home of Eastern Pennsylvania, past president of Glen Oak Country Club, past president and board member of Temple Israel of Scranton, past president of the ARC of Northeastern Pennsylvania, past president and board member of Jewish Family Services of Northeastern Pennsylvania, past president and life member of Scranton Counseling Center, past president and advisory board member of the Salvation Army Citadel in Scranton, past president and board member of the Estate Planning Council of Northeastern Pennsylvania, and a board member of the Schwartz/Mack Foundation. Robert serves on the boards of the ARC Foundation and the Amos Towers Housing Foundation and the advisory boards of the Scranton Area Foundation, the Kania School of Management at the University of Scranton, and M&T Bank. He is an emeritus member of the Penn State Worthington advisory board, and serves on the board of the Jewish Federation of Northeastern Pennsylvania."
Congratulating John Sutton March 26, 2015
Larry Bucshon, R-IN
"Mr. Speaker, I rise today to congratulate 8th district’ constituent, John Sutton of Worthington, Indiana and former Army Specialist 4th Class. Mr. Sutton was awarded the Soldier’s Medal for heroically rescuing a fellow solider from the burning wreckage of their downed helicopter on September 3, 1969. Even though Mr. Sutton was seriously injured, he and the surviving co-pilot bravely returned to the burning wreckage to pull the pilot, who lost both of his legs in the crash, to safety."
Combating Human Trafficking January 26, 2015
Joyce Beatty, D-OH
"Behind the Powell storefront—between a dentist’s office and a dessert shop—the women slept each night on massage tables. Rarely, investigators say, did they appear to leave the Amsun Massage Spa, a business that caught the attention of Powell police not long after it opened last fall in a strip mall at 128 E. Olentangy St. The women worked there. They ate there. They slept there. They might not have had a choice, authorities said. Local, state and federal investigators announced yesterday that the massage parlor was a front for organized prostitution and was one of four addresses raided in Delaware and Franklin counties as part of Powell’s investigation. A parallel federal investigation resulted in searches of other addresses, although details of those raids were under court- ordered seal yesterday. The combined searches turned up 18 women who speak little or no English and might have been trafficked to work in the sex trade. Investigators said various agencies have stepped in to provide shelter and other support to the women. “They don’t know the culture, they don’t speak the language, and they’re very untrusting of law enforcement,” said Nathan Emery, special agent in charge of the Columbus office of the federal Homeland Security Investigations agency. The women fear deportation, a threat that was used by their employers to keep them in line, police said. Authorities are trying to pin down their identities and countries of origin. “We are not just arresting those who are suspected of trafficking women for sex, we are also rescuing those who may be victims of this heinous crime,” said Cmdr. Gary Cameron of the Columbus police narcotics bureau. Powell’s search warrants were served at Amsun Massage in Powell; Amsun Massage, l000 High St., Worthington; Rainbow Massage, 5564 Hilliard-Rome Rd. on the Far West Side; and a Jasmine Court residence on the Far West Side. A man and woman from Columbus were arrested: Xiao Shuang Chao, 56, and Qing Xu, whose age was unknown. Investigators aren’t sure of the couple’s relationship but said they operated the businesses locally. They face organized-crime charges in Delaware County Common Pleas Court. Powell Police Chief Gary Vest said that soon after Amsun opened, his department was tipped that women were living there and providing sex-related services to clients. Emery said women are brought to the United States by human traffickers and, instead of finding a better life, “to pay off their debts, they’re put into forced servitude.”"
The Hudson River School Of Painting April 8, 2014
Eliot Engel, D-NY
"The Hudson River School of Art is comprised of a group of 19th century painters, including Thomas Cole, Frederic Edwin Church, Asher Brown Durand, Jasper Francis Cropsey, Sanford Robinson Gifford, Albert Bierstadt, John Frederick Kensett, George Inness, Worthington Whittredge, and Thomas Moran."

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