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Palmer Supervisors give green light to alcohol sales at Redner's Stones Crossing

PALMER TWP., Pa. - The Redner's location at Stones Crossing in Palmer will join the ranks of other supermarkets in Pennsylvania serving beer and wine -- with a sandwich from the deli, or as a takeout.

The Palmer Township Board of Supervisors Monday gave the go-ahead to Redner's Markets to serve a maximum of 32 ounces of beer per customer in a new 5,500-square-foot restaurant also serving pub-style fare, or 192 ounces of either wine or beer for takeout consumption. No individual glasses of wine will be served at the new dining spot.

According to Mary Lou Hogan, an attorney representing Redner's, the supermarket recently purchased a liquor license through the Pennsylvania Liquor Control Board formerly owned by Eastern Palace Chinese Restaurant located in the Bethlehem Square Shopping Center on Linden Street in Bethlehem.

Hogan said all alcohol customers under age 30 will be carded by Redner's employees; they will be specially trained under the Responsible Alcohol Management Program (RAMP) which is designed to help servers identify and deal with sales to minors or intoxicated people.

Hogan also said the restaurant will not feature a bar, video games or any entertainment. She added her client is not applying for any type amusement permit to accompany the new 30-table restaurant, which is fully owned and operated by Redner's.

The new venture will be open seven days a weeks until 10 p.m. and is expected to be in operation by the end of the year.

In other business, the supervisors passed a resolution establishing a police chaplaincy program in the township.

The supervisors approved the Rev. Peter Keady to spearhead the revival of the program. Keady is the Palmer Fire Department's current chaplain and one of the Phillipsburg Police Department's chaplains.

He said the program will not only feature traditional ceremonial chaplains, but ride-along clergy with the township's police chief offering spiritual, emotional, and stress support to officers.

About half of a dozen local clergy representing various faiths will be recruited to participate in the program, Keady said.

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