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Jackie joined the Newswatch 16 team in 2014. You'll often see her out in the field with a camera and tripod in hand. As a multi-media journalist, Jackie shoots, edits and writes her own stories.

A Long Island, New York native, Jackie graduated from Hofstra University (Roll Pride!) with a degree in Broadcast Journalism. During her senior year, she was chosen as KABC's "On The Red Carpet" college journalist at the 84th Annual Academy Awards. Jackie reported from the Oscar's red carpet and interviewed stars like Meryl Streep, Tina Fey and, her personal favorite, George Clooney.

After graduation, Jackie made the move to Maine to work as a reporter and weekend anchor for WABI TV5.

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    Historic Church Buildings Torn Down

    SHENANDOAH — The site of two church buildings in a Schuylkill County community will soon become a parking lot. The buildings in Shenandoah are being torn down even though one housed papers from a man who could become a saint. Rubble is all that remains of a former rectory and convent in Shenandoah. The demolition at St. Casmir’s Church started last week and there’s not much left standing. It all comes after the Divine Mercy parish had some engineers come […]

  • Frozen Treats in Freezing Temperatures

    RUSH TOWNSHIP — The ice cream business isn’t exactly booming during the winter months, but a dairy bar and grill near Tamaqua is open anyway. Skipper Dippers along Route 309 is known for its ice cream, but the place also serves up warm food to keep in business when it’s freezing out. “In the summer, we do way more ice cream than we do food, but in the winter time we have to kind of flip flop things,” said Joe […]

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    Oil Delivery Drivers Working Overtime

    TAMAQUA — Freezing temperatures mean many of us have our home heating systems working overtime. For some homeowners that means extra oil deliveries. Employees of Fegley Oil Company based in Tamaqua are out on the road every day filling those oil tanks. “Very busy, guys have been going seven days a week, which is normal for this time of year,” Donald Fegley said. Delivery drivers for Fegley’s say they can do up to 60 oil deliveries a day and that […]

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    Fat Tuesday Means More Fasnachts

    WAYNE TOWNSHIP — Whether you call them fasnachts or doughnuts, Martin’s Farm Market near Schuylkill Haven has a lot of them. The shop in Schuylkill County has been serving up the sweet treats on Fat Tuesday for about eight years. But this year, employees are making the most they’ve ever had: 25,000! Fat Tuesday = Fasnachts!! One place in Schuylkill County is serving up 25,000 of the treats! @WNEP pic.twitter.com/H3Zbn9lTJO — Jackie De Tore (@jackiedetore) February 17, 2015 “We made […]

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    Kmart at Schuylkill Mall Plans to Close

    NEW CASTLE TOWNSHIP — A major retailer announced Tuesday that it’s leaving a mall in Schuylkill County. Kmart employees at the store near Frackville were told the place will close before the end of the year. The announcement of Kmart’s closing comes just a few weeks after another anchor store closed at the Schuylkill Mall. Now shoppers don’t know how the mall is going to survive. “I thought Kmart would have made it. I really did.” The retail store at […]

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    Furniture Shop to Close After 109 Years

    PORT CARBON — Abdo’s Furniture Outlet in Port Carbon survived the Great Depression, World War II and flooding. After 109 years, the family-owned business is saying good-bye. Richard Abdo grew up in Schuylkill County and in the furniture business. He’s the third-generation owner of the furniture outlet in Port Carbon. The family business has been around since 1906, but in just a few days, the furniture outlet will close for good. Abdo said, “The children don’t want the business, so […]

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    Sidewalks Becoming an Icy Issue

    MAHANOY CITY — Watch your step. It’s what residents in Mahanoy City say when it comes to walking on sidewalks in the borough. With a February freeze, the snow and ice won’t go away. Even though the borough has an ordinance for residents to clean up their property after a storm, the stuff just keeps piling up. “It’s slippery and hard to maneuver over the piles of ice and snow,” said Amanda Duffy of Mahanoy City. Because of winter’s freezing […]

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    Sweet Sales Good for Business

    HAZLETON — Valentine’s Day is a good one for your sweetheart, but the holiday is good for business, too. Victoria’s Candies in Hazleton opened back in 1934. The owner of the family business, Paul Esposito, says that February 14 is a big reason why the shop is still open. “We’re real busy right now because Valentine’s Day and chocolate go together like peanut butter and jelly!” Or peanut butter and chocolate, caramel and chocolate, and even their biggest seller, buttercream […]

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    Police: Bloody Prank Is No Joke

    HAZLETON — It’s all fun and games until the police show up. That’s what happened when a prank backfired this week in Hazleton, and now two men are facing citations over a prank that police and many residents didn’t find very funny. Two men are facing disorderly conduct charges after they attempted a Friday the 13th-style prank in the city on Tuesday, but when the cops showed up, the whole thing backfired. That prank looked like a homicide and the […]

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    Family Makes Shocking Discovery Behind Walls During Home Renovations

    AUBURN — The Bretzius family were just trying to add some insulation to a room in their home in Schuylkill County, but instead they found the home was already insulated with dozens of dead animal carcasses, half-used spices, and other items filled behind layers of drywall. “We were shocked, horrified, and disgusted,” said Kajia Bretzuis. The mother of four said they first found animals in the walls back in 2012 and have been removing the items ever since. The dead animals […]

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    Little Boy Mistakenly Left on School Bus

    SAINT CLAIR — Landon Ditzel-Gould, age 3, from Saint Clair does not want to ride the bus to school anymore.  His parents say it’s because last week, the little boy was left alone on the bus. Ashley Ditzel-Gould said that when she went to pick up her son from the Child Inc. Head Start program near Minersville on Friday, employees told her what happened. The mom believes an assistant teacher didn’t double check to make sure Landon was off the […]

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    Million Dollar Renovation in Tamaqua

    TAMAQUA – A building constructed back in 1905 in downtown Tamaqua is getting some needed upgrades. Originally a First National Bank, the Tamaqua Historical Society Museum took over the space on West Broad Street in 1988. Since then, it’s hardly been a smooth operation and the museum never really had a regular schedule. The society decided it was now or never to make a change, so it put the artifacts in storage and got to work. After years of saving […]

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