FUNERALS Beer, wine coming to city’s Giant store
The funeral of Edmund Basista, who died Nov. 8 at Hospice of the Sacred Heart, Dunmore, was held Tuesday morning.
The Rev Michael Piccola was the main celebrant of a concelebrated Mass of Christian Burial in Ss. Cyril and Me tho di us Paris hat the Church of St. Joseph, Hazleton, assisted by the Rev. Connell McHugh. Deacon Leonard Kassick gave the final blessing in the chapel in Most Precious Blood Cemetery.
Military honors were accorded by American Legion Post 76. Members in attendance were Mil oE. Fritz, sergeant-at-arms; Jay Spare, chaplain; Roman Baran, flag presenter; Jim Geba, Justin M. Roslevich, Walter J. W ilk us, Andy Mhley and Joseph Holechko Jr., honor guard; and Vi Parker, bugler.
Fier ro Funeral Service Inc., Hazleton, was in charge of arrangements.
The funeral service of James A. Bradford of Freeland, who passed away Saturday, was held Tuesday from Joseph A. Moran Funeral Home, Hazleton, with the Rev. Dr. M. Jane Hess officiating.
Burial was in Freeland Cemetery.
Pallbearers were James Bradford Jr., Kenny Bradford, Mark Martine Jr., Russell Burger, Charles Egnatowicz and Raymond McGrade.
Military honors were accorded by Marine Corps League Anthracite Detachment 428.
The funeral of Eugene P. Curve y of Hazlewood Apartments, Haz le Twp ., who passed away Sunday at his home, was held Tuesday morning from Harm an Funeral Homes and Crematory Inc. (East), 669 W. Butler Drive, Drums.
Pastor Justin Clemins of Hazleton Community Church officiated the service at the funeral home and offered the final prayers of committal in Franklin Heights Memorial Park, East Weissport.
Pallbearers were Stephen Waskovich, son-in-law of the deceased; Daniel Andreuzzi and Michael Johnson, grandsons; Dylan and Austin Andreuzzi, great-grandsons; and Augie McGarry, friend of the family.
The funeral of Bernadine P. Gundy of Hazleton, who died Friday at The Gardens at Butler, Drums, where she was a guest, was held Tuesday morning.
The Rev. Brian Clarke was the celebrant of the Mass of Christian Burial in Holy Rosa ry Roman Catholic Church, Hazleton, and offered the final prayers at the grave in Calvary Cemetery, Drums.
Pallbearers were Edward and David Quinn, Bill Yuhas, Mark Miller, Ronald Schell and Russell Brought.
Hilary J. Bonin Funeral Home, 99 W. Green St., West Hazleton, assisted the family.
HAZLETON — Giant Food Stores can add beer and wine to the list of products it sells from its South Locust Street store in the city.
City council approved the transfer of a liquor license that Giant acquired from Pennsylvania Liquor Control Board via public auction for its store at 70 S. Locust St.
A resolution authorizing the transfer passed unanimously following a nearly half-hour public hearing Tuesday.
Scott Sheaffer, manager of compliance with Giant Food Stores, and attorney Paul Namey represented Giant at the hearing.
Namey told council that Giant plans to re place an aisle at the left end of the store with a wine display and coolers that will be stocked with beer and cold wines. Shelving will be removed to make way for the coolers and a seating area that could accommodate 30 people, he said.
Other, smaller coolers will be installed so that customers can purchase mix-and-match packs of beer, he said.
A register will be set up exclusively for beer and wine transactions and staff will undergo training and follow a strict carding policy, the store representatives said.
“There is a 100 percent carding policy,” Sheaffer said. “In training, we tell them it doesn’t matter if you look 22 or 82.”
To date, 56 stores run by Giant sell beer and wine from restaurant/cafe areas, Namey said. The business first began selling beer and wine in 2011. Millions of transactions have occurred with no violations reported, according to Namey.
Most transactions are takeout purchases but customers can have up to two drinks at the restaurant/cafe area — provided they purchase food along with those drinks, he said. No wine will be consumed on-site.
Beer and wine will be sold at the Locust Street store between 7 a.m. and 10 p.m. on Monday through Saturday and from 9 a.m. to 10 p.m. on Sundays, Namey said.
When asked by Councilman Dave Sosar whether Giant representatives have “concerns” for selling liquor in a section of the city that has experienced “problems” in the past, Sheaffer said that the company will have additional security cameras installed in the licensed sales area and will train its associates to monitor for theft.
All stock that is not on the floor for sale will be kept in a locked storage area, he said.
Work to install coolers and the seating area should begin in September 2018 and continue through the following month, Sheaffer said.
Audience member Antonio Rodriguez told store representatives that Giant should install better lighting and have a security guard working at the South Locust Street store during late-night hours.
Rodriguez said a person stole his daughter’s purse while she was shopping at the store and that no security officers were stationed at the door to stop the thief.
“Giant watches out for shoplifters,” Rodriguez said. “What about watching out for customers, too?”
Sheaffer said requests for security are made by Giant’s loss-prevention group. Although store managers typically make that request, Sheaffer said he would relay Rodriguez’s concerns to lossprevention officials.
The liquor license secured by Giant was obtained through auction and will come from an establishment in Nanticoke, Namey said. According to state Liquor Control Board records, Giant Food Stores secured the license for $105,201.