GLINTON SWORN IN AS MAYOR OF FOREST CITY!
June 2018-Christopher Glinton was sworn in last Thursday night as Mayor of Forest City by Borough Solicitor Paul Smith. He was selected by Forest City Council with a 4-2 vote over former Council President Barbara Mihelc. The motion to elect Glinton was made by Tracey Lazier. Votes for Glinton were by Council President Nick Cost, Tracey Lazier, Amy Bean and Chris DeGonzague. Council members Bob Lesjack and Joann Matarese voted for Ms. Mihelc. Councilman Bernie Scalzo was not able to attend due to his work. Mayor Glinton said he was born in the Bahamas and became a U.S. citizen the customary way. He said he has been in Forest City since 1993 and is a partner in Ros-Al Floral and Events. He told the people present at the meeting that he wants to see the town come back to what it was back in the 1990s. He will serve until the next Municipal Election in two years. He replaces Tammy Rogalski who resigned June 8th
February 8th, 2017
13th Annual Greater Carbondale Chamber of Commerce Celebrating Progress Dinner
Ros-Al Floral recognized
FIRE SPREADS TO MANY MAIN STREET
BUSINESSES IN FOREST CITY
BY JON O’CONNELL, STAFF WRITER
Published: August 28, 2017 Scranton Times Tribune
FOREST CITY — Christopher Glinton heard a popping sound outside his window just before 3 a.m. Sunday.
He thought a car had struck a utility pole, which might be expected in the 500 block of Main Street in Forest City, he said.
When he looked out to investigate, he could feel the heat from the inferno across the street.
Fire destroyed three buildings and damaged a fourth early Sunday on Main Street in Forest City, displacing six adults and one infant, according to the Forest City Fire Department. Two people staying temporarily in one building also were chased out.
One firefighter was treated for minor injuries and released, state police said. No tenants were injured.
From 511 Main St., Edward Rotchford, who lived alone, and Mark and Melissa Moore and their son, Evan were displaced.
From 509 Main St., Nicola Iaffaldano, who also lived alone, and Sonya Mullisky and her daughter, Wendy Scarfo, were displaced.
Crews were dispatched just before 3 a.m. to 511 Main St. with reports of people potentially trapped inside.
On Sunday afternoon, Glinton surveyed the damage.
His floral and antique shop, which he’s owned for 37 years, collapsed about an hour after the fire began, killing two parrots — an African grey named Benny and a sun conure named Sunny — who had been fixtures in his shop, he said.
“The phone would ring, they’d say ‘Hello, Ros-Al Floral,’ ” he said.
His second shop in Carbondale remains open, he said, and he plans to reopen his Forest City shop across the street later this week.
Buildings at 507 and 511 Main St. collapsed during the fire, and 509 Main St. will have to be demolished, according to the fire department.
The three, three-story buildings had storefronts on the first floor and apartments above. A floral and antique shop was in 507 Main St., with an upper floor used for storage; the 509 Main St. storefront was vacant; the Jow Ga Kung Fu Academy and Holistic Health Center was set to move into 511 Main St. in the next few weeks, according to the fire department.