FU­NER­ALS Beer, wine com­ing to city’s Gi­ant store

The Hazleton Standard-Speaker - - LOCAL / STATE - BY SAM GALSKI STAFF WRITER Con­tact the writer: sgal­ski@stan­dard­speaker.com; 570-501-3586

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.

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