Catasauqua Press

Friday, May 26, 2017

Coplay: Hunger Initiative plans bingo

Wednesday, March 15, 2017 by The Press in Columns

On March 26, Whitehall-Coplay Hunger Initiative will hold a cash bingo at Commitment to Family & Community, 165 Cherry St. Doors open 1 p.m., and calling starts 2 p.m.

Bring an item for Whitehall-Coplay School District’s Snack Pack Pals program.

Tickets are $5 cheaper in advance.

Call Shari Noctor at 610-266-5241 for more details.

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With the Coplay-Northampton Bridge closing to vehicle and pedestrian traffic in the coming weeks — a planned three-year shutdown as the 1930s-era bridge is demolished and a new bridge built — the impact on businesses is questioned. Will customers stay loyal to their favorite establishments and drive a bit out of the way, utilizing the new Hokendauqua-North Catasauqua Bridge, to get there?

Borough businesses that may be affected by the bridge’s closure include Giant, Samuel Owens Restaurant, GiGi’s Pizza & Italian Restaurant and many others.

Giant has a sizable customer base from Northampton and the outlying area. The market’s advertising has been large and is expected to continue throughout the long closure. Giant has made no public notices to date of any changes in its operations or new practices to draw its customers.

Samuel Owens Restaurant, Second and Chestnut streets, has been a popular dining location for years — whether it be breakfast items, a burger, lobster or a prime rib dinner. The clientele has a borough base but reaches out to couples and families from out of town — in particular, Northampton.

At the far end of Chestnut Street is Paulie’s Restaurant; it too has diners from the borough and the surrounding communities.

Then there are others businesses that line Chestnut Street — Rob’s, a used car and vehicle repair business; a barber shop; a dental practice; hair salons; a computer service; an insurance business; and a child care center.

As businesses brace for the bridge’s closure, it is hoped the impact will be minor and their shops will thrive during the next 36 months.

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The snow late last week wasn’t as bad as predicted — a major boost for the borough’s public works personnel and supplies — but we are not out of the woods yet. The road salt is holding up well, a big item when it comes to borough spending.

The storm earlier this week likely took a generous portion of the winter supplies.

As a borough official said, it must be remembered the 2017 budget for snow removal does not end with spring; the November and December months rely on this year’s budget as well.