PITTSTON — The Greater Pittston Friendly Sons of St. Patrick President Joseph Long recently announced that Joseph Long III and Jack Long will be co-grand marshalls when the Greater Pittston Friendly Sons of St. Patrick gather March 17 for their 104th annual St. Patrick’s Day Banquet. Brian Parise will serve as general chairman of the event.
Joseph Long III is a high honors with distinction ninth-grade student at Pittston Area High School. He trains in martial arts at Galli’s Fighting Chance in West Pittston and this past June attained his first degree black belt. Joseph was also a member of the Jenkins Township Little League.
Jack Long is a high honors seventh-grade student at the Martin L. Mattei Middle School in Pittston Area. At school, he is a member of the student council. Jack was an all-star baseball player for Jenkins Township Little League the past three years. He was also chairman of the Junior Members of the Pittston Friendly Sons Coat Drive.
Joseph and Jack are the sons of Jenny and Joe Long, of Jenkins Township. They have one sister Julia Rose. They are the grandsons of Jack and Staton Meade,of Jenkins Township, and the late Joe and Rosemary Long, of Wilkes-Barre. They are the great grandsons of Nancy and the late Raymond Monk, of Avoca, and the late John and Josephine Meade, of Hughestown.
President Joseph Long also recently announced that Brian Parise will be the general chairman when the Greater Pittston Friendly Sons of St. Patrick gather March 17th for their 104th annual St. Patrick’s Day Banquet.
Parise was born and raised in Wilkes-Barre, son of the late Eileen Corbett Parise and the late Charles Parise. He attended E.L. Meyers High School and was a member of St. Aloysius Church. Parise completed his undergraduate degree at Bloomsburg University and his Master’s Degree at McDaniel College in Westminster, MD.
He has spent his entire professional career in education, teaching at both elementary and secondary levels. Currently, he is serving as the Selinsgrove Area High School principal.
Parise resides in Selinsgrove with his wife, Anne, and their three children, Dominic, Abigail, and Isabella.
The Greater Pittston Friendly Sons of St. Patrick Day Banquet will be held Saturday, March 17 at the Woodlands Inn and Resort on Route 315 Friday. Ticket prices are $80 per person and $50 for guests under the age of 21. Children’s banquet tickets are also available for guest under 12 for $25.
Tickets may be purchased from any active member of the Greater Pittston Friendly Sons of St. Patrick or at the Knights of Columbus on Main Street in Pittston every Thursday night until the night of the Banquet and they must be purchased in advanced.