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Police Ride Along Video and My 3 Takeaways

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I recently went for an official Police ride along with Officer Homza and K9 Dasti of the Wilkes-Barre City Police K9 Unit as a follow up to his episode of the podcast (Ep.78), and here are my 3 takeaways:

#1 Appreciation & Perspective.

First let me start by saying, I gained a greater appreciation for law enforcement from this experience.

Not that I didn’t appreciate law enforcement prior to this, but after “walking a mile” in someone else’s shoes, it gave me a new perspective and a greater appreciation for the job these men and women do each day.

When I left my house that morning, there were several thoughts going through my head…

What’s going to happen today? What if we get in a car chase? What if we get caught in a shootout? Am I going to return home today?

But the one that stuck in my head is, “Am I going to return home today?”

Stop and think for a minute. When you go to work everyday, do you ever think, “I might not come home today?”

Probably not.

I know I don’t. But that day, I thought about it.

These men and women, who put their lives on the line everyday knowing they might not return home, gave me a whole new appreciation and perspective.

#2 Leadership.

Officer Homza is a leader in many ways.

He truly cares about the community and goes out of his way to build relationships.

We met a few young kids that approached officer Homza’s car while we were turning around in a parking lot of a housing development.

We drove back to the police station quick to get some sticker/badges and of course, lollipops.

He handed them out to the kids and they were so excited to talk with us.

Two of them even said they want to be just like Officer Homza when they grow up.

There were high-fives all around.

Officer Homza is a leader.

#3 Police Officers are Human, too.

I witnessed officer Homza treating people with kindness, empathy, respect – a few qualities that are rarely shown in the mainstream media.

Most times police officers are portrayed as intimidating individuals, and they can be.

It is their job to be assertive, and give clear and direct instructions.

While on a domestic dispute call, officer Homza actually took the time to understand and empathize with this individual, aka the “suspect.”

In a tense situation like this, that could have gone south very quickly, officer Homza was calm and respectful.

There was a mutual respect.

We all even shared a few laughs at the end of it.

Police Officers are Human, too.

Now if you made it this far, thanks for reading. Below is a link to the full ride along video:

 

Thank you Officer Homza and the Wilkes-Barre City Police K9 Unit for giving me this opportunity!

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Wilkes-Barre Police K9 Unit – Ride Along Video Trailer

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🚨 Official Trailer 🚨 #OnTheStacks Podcast Host Bill Corcoran Jr. went #OnTheStreets in Wilkes-Barre with Officer Homza 👮🏻‍♂️ and K9 🐕 Dasti of the Wilkes-Barre City Police K9 Unit. 🚔 Full video COMING SOON! Brought to you by #OTS Films. 🎥

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#OnTheStacks – Ruth Corcoran: Corcoran Communications – Ep. 048

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#OnTheStacks episode 48 with Ruth Corcoran, owner of a family-owned marketing, advertising and public relations firm, Corcoran Communications. In this episode Ruth shares her early beginnings in marketing and event planning, owning and operating a successful restaurant, takings big risks, and the importance of giving back to the community. We also talk all things content and digital marketing including: SEO, Google Rankings, Keywords, and more.

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  • Ruth’s first marketing role at a bank
  • Starting her own Marketing & Public Relations firm, Corcoran Communications
  • Importance of giving back to the community
  • Finding a good mentor
  • Content and Digital Marketing:
    • Search Engine Optimization (SEO)
    • Google Ad Words
    • Pay Per Click
    • Google Rankings
    • Blog writing
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  • Owning and operating Cork Bar & Restaurant
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#OnTheStacks – Jessica Sheehan: Bettelli’s Villa – Ep. 047

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#OnTheStacks episode 47 with Jessica Sheehan, operator and chef at Bettelli’s Villa. Jessica shares the history of her family’s 4th generation restaurant business, her passion for quality pizza, and how food connects people. Jessica also talks about overcoming her struggle with alcohol, her road to sobriety, and mental health.

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  • Fresh, made to order pizza
  • How food connects people
  • Pizza Casa on the square in Wilkes-Barre
  • Wilkes-Barre Flood of 1972
  • Bettelli’s Villa move to Kidder street in 1975
  • Emotional and mental health
  • Alcohol addiction & substance abuse
  • Addiction in the restaurant business
  • How Caron Treatment Center saved Jessica’s life
  • Meditation & spiritual routines
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#OnTheStacks – Mike McGinley: Times Leader – Ep. 046

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#OnTheStacks Episode 46 with Mike McGinley, major accounts executive at the Times Leader. In this episode Mike shares his various experiences working in journalism, digital marketing, and sales. Mike also talks about the evolution of the newspaper industry and how the Times Leader changed to a total audience approach to continue to engage and connect with their readers through a combination of print and digital.

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#OnTheStacks – Jeff Kátra: Impact – Ep. 037

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#OnTheStacks Podcast Episode 37 with Jeff Kátra, Customer Success Manager at Impact. In this episode Jeff shares his expert knowledge on organization, prioritization, setting expectations with your managers and co-workers, and everything else you need to know to work from home efficiently and successfully. Jeff also talks about his passion for woodworking that recently turned into a business of handcrafting high quality cornhole boards.

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#OnTheStacks – Eric Kuhn: The Haberdashery – Ep. 036

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#OnTheStacks Podcast Episode 36 with Eric Kuhn, owner of the Haberdashery & Luxe 900. In this episode Eric talks about his love for fashion, the importance of supporting American workers and locally owned businesses, and his “do anything for your customers” type attitude that keeps people coming back.

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#OnTheStacks – Sara Peperno & Amy Feldman: Northeast Sight Services – Ep. 035

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OnTheStacks Podcast episode 35 with Sara Peperno and Amy Feldman of Northeast Sight Services, a 102 year old nonprofit organization dedicated to serving the needs of the blind and visually impaired community. In this episode, Sara and Amy share their experiences working together in the nonprofit industry, building a great team, and how they created and branded a “non-event” to raise funding during a pandemic with their “No Show Awards Dinner.”

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#OnTheStacks – Brad Barry & Tim McDermott: Japhy Creative – Ep. 034

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OnTheStacks Podcast Episode 34 with Brad Barry and Tim McDermott, Co-Founders and Partners at Japhy Creative. In this episode Brad and Tim share their story: “two film majors who started a business.” We also talk about the day-to-day challenges of small business owners, what makes great video content, and the grit and underdog status of Northeastern Pennsylvania.

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#OnTheStacks – Fred Maier: Susquehanna Brewing Co. – Ep. 033

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#OnTheStacks Podcast Episode 33 with Fred Maier, Co-Founder and Vice President of the Susquehanna Brewing Company. A 6th generation family of beer brewers with deep roots in Northeastern Pennsylvania, Fred shares a little family history, the evolution of the rapidly changing beer industry, and what makes their beer “Brewed Right.®

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The Show Goes On: Young Professionals Award Winners Announced

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Chris Bohinski accepting his Inspiration Award. Photo credit: Chesla Lenkaitis

The Greater Wilkes-Barre Chamber of Commerce hosted their Annual Young Professionals Awards last night at the Garden Drive in Hunlock Creek.

Due to the ongoing safety measures, things looked a little different this year, but that didn’t stop the Chamber from putting together a fun, safe, and socially distanced event to celebrate some of the best and brightest in our community.

First, I want to congratulate the entire lineup of all-star nominees. I also want to recognize two of the winners, my friends Chris Bohinski and Mike McGinley.

I caught up with both of them today to congratulate them on their awards.

Chris, whom I recently met during his appearance on Episode 29 of the podcast, became an immediate friend. 

Last night, he was the recipient of the Inspiration Award, and is totally deserving of it.

If you listen to his episode on the podcast, you’ll hear the story of the ups and downs of his life and how even throughout the most trying times, he finds a way to keep smiling and sending positive vibes out into the universe.

“Life is full of surprises and I was humbled to learn, which was a total surprise to me, that I was chosen as the 2020 Inspiration Award recipient,” Bohinski said. “I will continue to embrace life’s serendipity and smile all along the way.”

Chris is the Co-Host of PA Live on WBRE and is the Creator of SmileStory.org.

Mike McGinley proudly poses for a photo with his Influencer of the Year Award. Photo Credit: Tony Callaio, Times Leader

Mike on the other hand, I’ve known for over 15 years.

He and I met as teenagers working at Wegmans in Wilkes-Barre. We’ve remained friends over the years, and now serve on the Wilkes-Barre POWER! Board together, with Mike as our Vice President.

Mike took home the Influencer of the Year award. He is the Major Accounts Executive and Digital Manager at the Times Leader and also has a column in the Sunday paper titled, “Around Town.”

When I spoke with him today, he talked about his work with the paper and how he uses his platform in a positive way for the region.

“NEPA is filled with phenomenal leaders and amenities. I consider myself lucky to live here, and I’m thrilled to help promote the area weekly through my newspaper column, as well as to work with many non-profits that enrich the region,” Mike said. “My life has been enhanced by the organizations and groups I’ve gotten involved with here.”

Both Chris and Mike have many things in common, but the most important commonality of all is their commitment in helping move NEPA forward.

Complete list of award winners:

  • Educator of the Year Jonathan Kadjeski, Equus Workforce Solutions at the PA CareerLink Luzerne County at Wilkes-Barre
  • Entrepreneur of the Year Ashlee Martinelli, Every Little Thing LLC and The Grand Bank
  • Cultural Ambassador of the Year Samuel O’Connell, Coal Creative
  • Intern of the Year Desiree Scott, PCC Aerostructures
  • Influencer of the Year Mike McGinley, Times Leader Media Group
  • Small Business Owner of the Year Tyler Rice, AxelRad Screen Printing
  • STEAM Professional of the Year Danny Lykens and Mike Grobinski, Krypton Design
  • Voluntary Leader of the Year Harlan Tabron Jr., Mt. Zion Baptist Church
  • Young Professional Development Award Winner Community Bank
  • Young Professional Counsel Award Leadership Recipients Amy Feldman and Remington Sweeney
  • Young Professional Inspiration Award Chris Bohinski, WBRE

 

#OnTheStacks – Bob Kalinowski: Citizens’ Voice – Ep. 030

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#OnTheStacks Podcast Episode 30 with Bob Kalinowski, reporter from the Citizens’ Voice. In this episode Bob shares his passion for writing, his appreciation for the military and veterans, and his most recent experience as the pool reporter when Vice President Mike Pence visited Wilkes-Barre..

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#OnTheStacks: Blu Door Financial – Kris and Steve Vanesko – Ep. 001

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#OnTheStacks Podcast Episode 001 features Kris and Steve Vanesko, brothers and co-founders of Blu Door Financial. We talk about building your financial house, grit, and what it takes to be successful not only in sales and business, but in life as well. Bonus at the end: the story of how #OnTheStacks started.

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