Salute to Dear Tamaqua Volunteers

This video was put together by the Dear Tamaqua team for presentation at the volunteer appreciation event held at the Arts Center on September 27, 2015.

Argall Report: Dear Tamaqua Event

November 2015 – Dear Tamaqua |

On this edition of the Argall Report, we present highlights of Senator Dave Argall’s visit to the Dear Tamaqua celebration, and take a look at some of the many revitalization efforts underway in the borough.

Tamaqua in 1938

Veteran news commentator Mike Stevens of WNEP-16 visited Tamaqua in December 2013 to view this vintage film footage with Dale Freudenberger, president of the Tamaqua Historical Society.

Viewing this makes one appreciate the deep truth of a statement made by British novelist  L. P. Hartley, “The past is a foreign country: they do things differently there.”

Tamaqua Safety Initiative Purchases Building

TV Reporter Matthew Petrillo of Hazleton’s Channel 13 News filed this report in late October 2013 about the purchase of a building that formerly housed the Tiki Bar.

He interviews Leona Rega, Director of the Tamaqua Safety Initiative, and Chamber of Commerce Director, Linda Yulanavage about issues of safety and business development.

Big Time Crime: A Strategy for Small Cities and Towns

Big Time Crime: A Strategy for Small Cities and Towns, a workshop hosted by the Tamaqua Safety Initiative and funded by LISC (Local Support Initiatives Support Corporation), took place in the Tamaqua Community Arts Center on May 30, 2013.

As headlines of exploding meth labs in local communities continue to resound, concerned residents gathered to learn more about fighting the scourges of drugs, gangs, security, mortgage foreclosures and vacant buildings.

Consultant Timothy Vance of Housing Crime Consultants Inc., created the interactive session especially for those with a personal or professional interest in combating neighborhood crime.

Advent Breakfast 2012

Images from the Tamaqua Area Faith Fellowship’s annual breakfast celebrating the hope of the season and spirit of community. Photos by Andy Leibenguth. Royalty free music by

2012 Night of Luminaria

Tamaqua’s Night of Luminaria during the 2012 Christmas Season.
Luminaries light the night in Tamaqua. A project of the Tamaqua Area Faith Fellowship Network.
Photos by Andy Leibenguth. Royalty free music by

Live Your Life Campaign

Hollie Gibbons

Hollie Gibbons, Manager of  Disease Prevention Programs for St. Luke’s Hospital and Health Network, discusses the “Live Your Life” campaign currently being conducted in Tamaqua and the surrounding area. The campaign is designed to build awareness of healthy behavior and encourage better eating habits.

Restoration of 112 W. Broad St.

Mark Conville

Architect Mark Conville discusses the Upper Floors Study and the renovation plans for 112 West Broad Street.

Entertainers – The Next Generation

Munoz Brothers – Two-thirds of “Malibu”

In 2012  we were able to meet “Malibu” – then the next generation of Tamaqua-based entertainers.

As reported at the time, Malibu, comprising musicians Shane Mulligan, 17; Damian Munoz, 16; and Ivan Munoz, 17; was making frequent appearances at the Tamaqua Community Arts Center. In this vignette, guitarists Damian and Ivan shared a little bit about the background of the band. About the Arts Center Damian said, “It’s just a great place to go.”