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Thursday, February 14, 2013 by AL RECKER Special to The Press in Columns

Chestnut Street Diner closes

The Chestnut Street Diner has shut down.

The sudden closing was a surprise to many of its patrons. The restaurant, located next to the post office, was a favorite for many because of its breakfasts.

Years ago, the structure served as a car wash, and then later was converted into an eatery. Some may recall Ralph Medina, who had experience in the region with running diners. He operated the restaurant, after which it became known as Chris's.

The closing of the Chestnut Street Diner comes after the closing of Bill's Restaurant last year. Bill's, located on Second Street, was a landmark in the borough for decades, having been previously known as Sodl's and then as Hilltop.

There certainly is room in the borough for more restaurants. Samuel Owens and Paulie's, bookends on the borough's east and west borders, are doing fine and sport a sizable number of clients.

Across from the Chestnut Street Diner, the former J&R Market remains empty. Its new owners have made renovations and repairs to the building, which is currently seeking a commercial tenant. Various reports on its use surfaced, but nothing is definite yet. Also, the former Wachovia Bank on North Second Street remains vacant despite realtors' attempts to sell or lease the property.


Trinity United Church of Christ, Third and Coplay streets, will hold a basket bingo Friday, Feb. 15, in the church's fellowship hall.

Doors open at 5 p.m. and bingo gets under way at 7 p.m.

Featured will be Longaberger baskets and a Chinese auction. The kitchen will be open.


Coplay Sports Inc. will hold its final softball and baseball sign-ups on Wednesday, Feb. 20, 6 to 7:30 p.m. at the Sixth Street field house.

A late sign-up will be held after the regular sign-up concludes, but with an extra fee attached.

To be eligible, boys must have reached their fourth birthday before April 1 and cannot turn 15 before May 1.

Girls must reach age 5 before Jan. 1 of this year and cannot have turned 15 before that date.


Explorer Post 101 gets together each Thursday evening at its railroad exhibit on the second floor of the municipal building, Fourth and Center streets.

Youths between the ages of 14 and 20 are invited to participate.