I think I speak for Rocky as well when I say we are completely OVERWHELMED with gratitude for the outpouring of love yesterday at the St. Vincent DePaul Soup Kitchen in Wilkes Barre! Our happy helpers, consisting of family, friends, coworkers, and even first time volunteers came from all over Northeast PA to help us prepare a feast for the folks who will be eating at the soup kitchen on Thanksgiving.
I'll let the pictures do the talking, but one final thing: our hearts were heavy as this was our first annual broadcast without Anne Marie McCawley, longtime director of the soup kitchen who passed away on Friday. I'm sure she was in heaven smiling down on us though :) Her spirit was everywhere....
Our water company peeps!! They come every year! Love them!!!!
Kelly with her sons Brian & Noah - they came last year too! Aren't those the most handsome boys?
...hard workers too! Brian & Noah chopped TONS of carrots - I told them they're already better in the kitchen than I am. They seemed not surprised by that.
Gracie & Kathy from Blakeslee - they were awesome! Their other daughter's in the air force so we recorded a "Happy Thanksgiving" message and sent it to her on Facebook :)
Lisa & Marty Polivitus! Lisa's one of my Ryan's Run buddies from Allied - LOVE HER!!!
Carol Strzelecki Zalutko (next to me) and her mom from Berwick were SO great, they even stayed to help with lunch that day! What an amazing young lady!!!
I asked if I could take this one home with me - Peighton :) Isn't she beautiful? And she seemed so natural holding a mic. Methinks she could be a guest co-host at some point....
Wilkes Barre/Scranton Penguins in the house! They're so wonderful, they help out every year. THANKS GUYS for coming down! And for giving a portion of your ticket sales to the soup kitchen this weekend - you're awesome!!
Rocky & I with Jeremy Deebel from WBRE and Monsignor Kelly - Jeremy did his whole broadcast from the soup kitchen and even helped us out chopping ONIONS! What a cool cat!
.....our Pretty Potato Peeps! :)
Intern Danielle is AMAZING!! I seriously don't know what we would've done without her yesterday. Such a huge help. I'm dreading when her semester ends and she has to go! I wanna, like, chain her to the mixing board or something... but I guess that's "unethical"..... damn PC regulations these days...
THANK YOU EVERYONE FOR ALL YOUR HELP YESTERDAY!! We really do have the best listeners in the universe. Now let's go get fat tomorrow :)
What a great time last night at our Sparty! I really have to hand it to Jaida Spa in Scranton - they did such a spectacular job! We got facials, relaxation massages, reiki massages, and mani/pedis!! And they let us use their fabulous steamroom and sauna (something they do for anyone who gets a service there). I feel totally zen today. What a PERFECT way to unwind right before a busy holiday!
I was telling Rocky on the air this morning that I think I may have found my new favorite spa. Their staff is so wonderful and welcoming, and the ambience is perfect! I'm afraid they might never be rid of me now (poor things). But our contest winners added a lot to my night too - what an amazing group of ladies! SO fun!!! Hope we get to hang out again soon. Maybe at Jaida? Hahaa ........please check them out if you're in the Scranton area!
If you're in the Philly are tonight, come see me play! I'll be one of the artists performing on David Ivory Presents for Xfinity On Demand. It's at Puck Live in Doylestown, PA - my set's at 8pm. Get a load of the groovy poster! If not, see ya at the Scranton Christmas Parade tomorrow morning! Happy Friday!
Okay, so you know how you have those moments in life.... when one of the kids in your family acts exactly like YOU did when you were a kid, and suddenly you feel a mix of joy and fear for their future? Haha - CHECK OUT what my 8 year old cousin Sean was for Halloween!!!!! :D ....Cousin Lissa is so proud....
His mom (my Aunt Marni) says he's 8 going on 35...ha! I LOVE HIM SO MUCH!! Should I be scared? I feel like I should warn his mom!..... meh...she knows.
And in case you missed me singing the anthem at the Penguins game over the weekend, here's the video. I wanna give BIG THANKS to the Pens for having me - they're so sweet!!! And Ryan Leckey & I got to drop the ceremonial puck - what a thrill!
Okay, so I've had a rough few weeks, what with the marathon being canceled, my brothers both being hit by the superstorm, both without power & heat, then my own furnace going in the crapper....oy vey.
But I managed to stay sane!
And that's ONLY because of J Madison Wellness Spa in Kingston! Thank you SO much to Alex for one of the best massages I've ever gotten in my life!!! She seriously had me feeling like a cooked spaghetti noodle when I left. I highly recommend her and ANY of the pros at J Madison! If you just need to recharge your batteries and DECOMPRESS (and don't we all right now?) call them! You'll be sooooooo glad you did!
Well HEY! It's gonna be mid 50's and sunny today AND I got a good review in a music magazine! Dat's a damn good day for Lil Lissy Lou! I hafta thank Sight Of Sound Magazine down in Bethlehem, PA. Their boy Matt Christine saw me open for Hinder on Tuesday and actually had some very nice things to say about me. I'm certainly grateful, Matt!
And he took what might be my favorite live shot EVER (below).... more pics in the review!
Funny how sometimes your plans get crapped on, but then you get the opportunity to take that crap and….I dunno, make crap-ade. Kay, that made no sense. But my point is: our original plan was to run the NYC Marathon to benefit Allied Health Services - Me, Ryan Leckey from WNEP TV, and a slew of local athletes made up "Ryan's Run", a team that'd been fundraising for months, excited to run for a great cause, UNTIL........ Sandy decided to show up and be a giant hosebeast all across the northeast.
Our marathon team got word on Friday that the race was canceled, so we decided to flip it and take the entire race day (Sunday) to collect donations for hurricane victims INSTEAD! We raised two semi-truckloads full of stuff!!!! WOWEE! “Ryan’s Run” turned into “Ryan’s Recovery”. We split up in two locations: I was with the crew at Allied Health in Wilkes Barre, Ryan Leckey was with the team at Allied in Scranton. We, along with our terrific volunteers and helpers, filled two trucks full of donations and those semi trucks took off yesterday for Toms River, New Jersey and Staten Island.
I’m proud to say all the donations were delivered, and we received many gracious thank yous from recipients. THAT’S ALL YOU, NORTHEAST PA!! Thank you for helping us turn a negative into a positive!
I was honestly sick to stomach on Friday cuz I didn’t know if the charity we were running for (Allied Health) would get its money since the marathon got canceled, and I was disappointed with all the bad vibes surrounding the entire event. But now that I know Allied Health WILL get the funds we raised, and I know we turned this day into something positive – I seriously can’t stop smiling. Thank you again for all the wonderful donations! This. Freaking. Rocks.
TWO of these bad boys! Filled to the top with warm, donationy goodness....
I know it's election day and everybody's busy, but dontcha just wanna shut out the world and blow off some musical steam? Come rock with me! I'll be opening for Hinder tonight (acoustic show) in Bethlehem PA. I'd LOVE to see you! It's at Musikfest Cafe in Bethlehem, my set starts at 8pm, tickets and more show info riiiiiight here....
According to relief workers in disaster zones, here are the NEW supplies that are desperately needed:
Household Cleaning Supplies (bleach, buckets, brushes, rubber gloves, disinfectants)
Battery operated items such as: Radios, Coffee Makers, Phone Chargers, etc.
Travel size games
Different sizes of NEW underwear
Supplies collected will be driven to disaster zones in the following days thanks to friends at Road Scholar Transport. All money raised from the RR3 campaign over the past several weeks will stay in Northeastern & Central Pennsylvania. Ryan's Run 3 benefits kids and adults with disabilities at Allied Services.
Wow. It’s been a weird day here at KRZ. This morning we were on the air talking about how I’m running the NYC Marathon this Sunday. What started as a light-hearted conversation apparently turned into “Please call and say mean things to Lissa because she obviously doesn’t care about hurricane victims.”
I got nasty comments on Facebook and I’m still getting hateful emails because a lot of people don’t think we should be doing this race. Lemme just get one thing off my chest: I DON’T THINK WE SHOULD BE DOING THIS RACE EITHER! I don’t agree with Bloomberg’s decision - he should’ve postponed the marathon. But that wasn’t my call. The way I see it, I’ve got two options: I can stay home or I can go. There are dozens of patients at Allied Health Services (two special little girls in particular) who believe in me and want me to run for them and I’m NOT letting them down. I gave my word to do this and I’m gonna do it!
It might interest some of the hate-spewers to know that my entire team has shifted our efforts to raising funds for hurricane victims ever since the tragedy – we’ve got at least $3,200 from Allied going straight to the victims, and that’s NOT taking anything away from funds already raised for Allied patients. That’s additional. Our running team is also bringing clothing to be donated to the victims.
I personally have been running gas, water, food, supplies, etc to Jersey this week, and helping our local Red Cross. My younger brother in Jersey STILL has no power or utilities. His girlfriend (who I also consider family) lives on Long Island, and her area’s terrible. Same for my older brother, his wife, and my little nephew Benjamin who live in Connecticut. I’ll continue to help my family and I’ll continue to help the victims HOWEVER I CAN. I get it. But skipping the race and neglecting people at Allied would help no one. I think hateful emails would be better directed to Mr. Bloomberg and not some chick at a radio station who's just trying to follow through on a promise. I can participate in the marathon AND help hurricane victims.
I pray everyone has a blessed weekend. And for those who supported me with messages of love and encouragement – THANK YOU! Bloomberg’s decision, although I don’t agree with it, means I run on Sunday. And here’s two of the biggest reason’s why…would YOU wanna explain to these two beautiful little girls why Lissa didn't keep her promise to run for them, and why it was more important for me to stay home and "make a point"? No way.
Aubrey, Me, and Kara - Allied Health Services helps them every day.
The American Red Cross will open Warming Stations for residents without electricity on Thursday.
Warming Station availability is as follows:
East Stroudsburg North High School from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.
Pleasant Valley Middle School from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.
Pocono Mountain West High School from 9 a.m. to 10 p.m.
East Stroudsburg University Koehler Fieldhouse from 9 a.m. to 10 p.m.
Warming Stations are places where residents dealing with extended power outages may go to get a shower and get warm. Residents visiting the Warming Stations are asked to bring their own toiletries, towels and shower shoes if they plan to shower.
- In Wayne County, the EMA has warming stations today from 5 to 8 p.m. at Honesdale High School, 459 Terrace St., and at Wallenpaupack South School, 989 Main St., Newfoundland; at the Evergreen School, Hamlin Highway (Route 191) in Hamlin, today and Friday from 6 to 8 a.m. and 4 to 9 p.m.; and at the YMCA in Honesdale, 105 Park St., weekdays from 5:30 a.m. to 9 p.m.
-In Monroe County, the American Red Cross and East Stroudsburg University have opened a "mega shelter" for local residents as well as displaced residents from New Jersey and New York. This shelter, at Koehler Fieldhouse arena, has 400 cots, supplies and food, and is expected to be open at least until Friday.
ADDITIONAL SHELTER INFO:
Reading High School, 801 N. 13th Street, Reading, PA – pet friendly
UGI, 2121 City Line Road, Bethlehem, PA – pet friendly
Agricultural Complex (Ag Hall), 19th and Chew streets, Allentown, PA – pet friendly
Thornhurst Volunteer Fire Company, 125 River Road, Thornhurst, PA
Chinchilla Hose Company, 113 Shady Lane Road, South Abington Twp., PA
Monroe County – FEMA Shelter
East Stroudsburg University, Kohler Field House, 200 Prospect Street, East Stroudsburg, PA
The American Red Cross will be supporting the following community comfort stations on the dates and times noted:
Thornhurst Volunteer Fire Company
125 River Rd
Oct. 31, from 3 p.m. to 9 p.m.
Chinchilla Hose Company
113 Shady Lane Rd
South Abington Twp., PA
Oct. 31, from 3 p.m. to 9 p.m.
109 S. Turnpike Road
Oct. 31, from 3 p.m. to 9 p.m.
Jefferson Township Fire Company
405 Cortez Road
Jefferson Twp., PA
Oct. 31, from 3 p.m. to 9 p.m.
The Salvation Army
17 S. Pennsylvania Avenue
Wilkes-Barre, PA 18701
1:30 p.m. – 5:30 p.m.
Oct. 31 and Nov 1.
MRE meals will be available.
Tunkhannock Area High School
135 Tiger Drive
7 p.m. to 9 p.m.
Showers available; must bring own toiletries and towels.
THEY NEED BLOOD BADLY!!!! ALL TYPES! To see how you can help, contact: