Buildings

Injunctions sought to block demolition of Scranton buildings owned by Ken Bond

May 4—A home improvement contractor told a Lackawanna County judge Monday that two dilapidated buildings owned by Scranton landlord Ken Bond’s company and targeted for demolition by the city can be repaired.

A virtual hearing before Judge Julia Munley on a request by Bond’s firm, PSN Realty Inc., for injunctions to prevent the city from knocking down the buildings at 616 Cedar Ave. and 1620-1622 Pine St. will resume 9 a.m. Tuesday.

City officials notified Bond last month of their intention to proceed with demolition of the long-condemned properties, prompting the landlord to seek injunctive relief. Bond, whose company owns more than a dozen properties in the city, has a long history of tax and trash fee delinquencies.

Under questioning by Bond’s attorney, Robert Kobilinski, contractor Jerry Finnegan of Finnegan Drywall & Home Improvement testified about the work needed at the two condemned properties, which he reviewed during walk-throughs with

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Plymouth Orders Face Masks In Public Buildings

PLYMOUTH, MA — The Plymouth Board of Health became the latest South Shore community to issue an order to the public to wear face masks in public buildings and common areas of residences on Wednesday. The Plymouth order, which did not specify fines for non-compliance or language endorsing businesses refusing service to patrons not wearing masks, does include a $300 fine for for improper disposal of gloves, face masks and other personal protective equipment.

Weymouth and Hingham enacted orders this week “strongly advising” the use of face masks in those towns in cases where a social distance of 6 feet or more cannot be safely maintained.

The Plymouth order said the public must wear a mask covering the mouth and nose in any essential building, including, but not limited to, grocery stores, farm stand stores, pharmacies, home improvement stores, banks, ice cream manufacturers/dairies, government agencies, liquor/beer/wine stores, convenience stores, and

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