Student Spotlight: Marnie Dee Azzarelli


Autumn Granza, Community Editor

Q: We heard your goal is to make people aware of the rich history of Green Ridge. What made you so passionate about the importance of local history?

A: Through my parents’ love for Scranton I found a passion for local history. I love to learn about the history of Scranton, and I love to share that history with others in the hope that they will see how important it is to preserve the past so it will not be forgotten in the future.

Q: What made you want to give the tour of Green Ridge and will you be dressing for the part?

A: After researching Green Ridge, we really wanted to bring more awareness to the neighborhood with a free event that anyone can come to. Yes, we are going to be in period clothing for the event. The tour is going to be the history of the neighborhood and will feature the homes of some prominent sites of Scranton’s past. It will also include Green Ridge’s various churches, schools (including Marywood), and St. Joseph’s Center. The Green Ridge Tour will be held on Oct. 21 at 1 p.m.

Q: I understand that your mother has written a book, “Green Ridge.” Can you tell me how Marywood University is incorporated into the book?

A: The I.H.M Sisters scanned and wrote a chapter for the book. It goes through the history of the sisters at Mt. St. Mary’s, which was their original mother house, that also housed Marywood Seminary in 1902, and then included Marywood College in 1915. We were so grateful that the I.H.M sisters gave us such amazing information, and I’m so glad that we were able to honor them in the book.

Q: What other events do you and “Azzarelli Family Historical Productions” take part in?

A: We work with the Triboro Historical Society that meets at the Taylor Community Library every third Tuesday of the month, and on
Oct. 7 from 1 to 2 p.m. there will be a tour at the Taylor Memorial Cemetery.