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Clear Brook Opens New Center

Adult alcohol and drug treatment residence facility is dedicated to Arthur L. and Sandra S. Piccione.

BILL O' BOYLE, Times Leader 6/29/2010

LAUREL RUN - Art Piccone said his wife wrote the speech he delivered Monday at the dedication of a new building at Clear Brook Manor, proving, he said, the adage that "behind every great man is an even greater woman."

The Piccones were honored by the alcohol and drug treatment center by having a new residence building named in their honor - the Arthur L. and Sandra S. Piccone Adult Care Unit.

"Recovery is a long trail," Arthur Piccone said. "Day by day, step by step - this is another day, another step forward in Clear Brook's mission."

The ceremony was attended by nearly 200 people and was held in a tent alongside the new building. Nick Colangelo, Clear Brook's chief executive officer, welcomed audience members who, he said, were there "to honor the Piccones for a lifetime of dedication, hard work and service."

Colangelo said the journey of Clear Brook under the guidance of Arthur Piccone has come a long way from the original treatment center - a four-room log cabin near Shickshinny.

Clear Brook opened in 1972 and Piccone arrived on the board in 1981, later to serve as chairman of Clear Brook, Inc. for 20 years. Piccone, 76, has practiced law for 52 years and is with the Hourigan, Kluger & Quinn P.C. law firm, Kingston.

Robert Piccone, Clear Brook president and son of the honorees, provided a personal look at his parents, noting that they met in the early 1950s and provided a "Cleaverish" home for their children. It was a reference to the 1960s sitcom, "Leave It To Beaver."

"My dad became a lawyer and my mom dropped out of med school to raise our family," Piccone said. "She would return to college later on in life - in fact, she graduated college the year before I did. I attended her college graduation."

Pennsylvania Attorney General Tom Corbett talked about how alcohol and drug addiction affect families.

"It rips them apart," he said. "And these problems run deep. So much money is spent on enforcement and not enough is spent on addressing these problems head-on."

In introducing the Piccones, Colangelo said Arthur Piccone changed Clear Brook in an unassuming manner.

"He always strived for excellence," Colangelo said. "And in a realistic manner; he had a dogged, fierce determination toward that excellence. He always wanted this facility and the people who work here to be the very best they could be."

Sandra Piccone paused to offer a comment on the day's events.

"It's been my fortune to be married to a man who had a vision to create a magnificent facility for the community," she said.