Carousel of Pottstown seeks liquor license transfer

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The Carousel of Pottstown will seek permission from Pottstown Borough Council for an inter-municipal transfer of a liquor license, the council announced during its Wednesday meeting.

The council will consider the transfer of the license, last located in Lower Gwynedd Township, to the Carousel's property located at 30 W. King Street, Pottstown at its Monday night meeting.

The Carousel owners must get borough approval for the transfer because the borough owns the building in which it operates.

The Carousel owners plan to expand the property and add an indoor restaurant to serve customers who use the mini-golf and arcade games as well as the historic carousel.

Council Vice President Carol Kulp expressed some misgivings about the liquor license.

"I have a problem serving alcohol in the same facility where you have children's games and a large spinning machine," Kulp said.

The attorney for the Carousel owners, James Arms, assured the council that the restaurant would be high-end and not encourage excessive consumption of alcohol.

"This will not be another pizza restaurant," he said.

Mayor Stephanie Henrick said that, although she doesn't have a vote, she strongly supports the license transfer. She said the Carousel will be much like a Dave and Buster's in Philadelphia or The Works in Wyomissing.

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The council heard a presentation from Michael Lenhart of the Pottstown Area Regional Recreation Committee which is seeking a second five-year extension of its implementation agreement. The Recreation Committee recently added North Coventry Township to current members Pottstown Borough, West Pottsgrove Township, Upper Pottsgrove Township, Lower Pottsgrove Township, Douglass Township and East Coventry Township.

Lenhart said that if the council approves the renewed implementation agreement the recreation committee will have a stronger financial position because it can seek state grants as either the committee as a whole or each municipality individually.

In other major items to be voted on Monday, the council will consider a three-year or a five-year bid for municipal solid waste services from J.P. Mascaro & Sons Company, the current provider. Its bid included a $10.37 increase per quarter, per household for three years or a $10.60 increase per quarter, per household for a five-year agreement.

Noting residents' complaints over the past six months, Council President Dan Weand said the bid proposal included an accelerating fining process for mixed pickups. He invited council members to give him or Borough Manager Justin Keller any ideas they have to further enforce the contract with Mascaro.

J.P. Mascaro III spoke, and acknowledged that the company had an unusual number of problems recently but that the problems have been rectified and complaints have declined.

In addition, council will vote on the nomination of Rick Langley as Deputy Fire Marshal, a volunteer position, and the nomination of Howard Charles to the Human Relations Commission.

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·ShopRite will open a full-service supermarket on Friday, Nov. 1, with a 10 a.m. ribbon cutting at the ShopRite of Stroudsburg in the Stroud Mall. 

Foundational Health, a holistic wellness center, opened in Bethlehem at 1403 Center Street.  Foundational Health offers personalized nutritional coaching, weight loss plans, group coaching, infrared sauna with halo-therapy (salt therapy) and chromotherapy (color therapy).

Taco Bell to open at site of former Wind Gap Professional Center off Route 33 in Plainfield Township.

· Dr. Joseph Patruno named chief wellness officer of Lehigh Valley Health Network, to address and promote the well-being of healthcare professionals and caregivers at LVHN.

· Big Lots will hold a ribbon-cutting ceremony at 8:30 a.m. on Oct. 12. It will celebrate the grand opening of five newly remodeled stores throughout the Allentown area.

· The Peppermint Stick Candy Store of Boyertown is opening a second location in the High Street Terminal on 300 E. High Street in Pottstown. The grand opening is scheduled for 10 a.m. on Friday, Oct. 11.

· Madona Antiques Gallery will open in about a month at 283 Fifth Street in Whitehall Township. It will sell antique English, French and American furniture and lighting.

· Mealey's Furniture going out of business and closing all stores

· Green Earth Marketplace to celebrate renovations and new ownership with a ribbon-cutting event on Saturday, Oct. 5 at 9:45 a.m. at 1328 Chestnut Street in Emmaus

· Lehigh Fine Foods to hold grand opening celebration Saturday, Oct. 5 from 12-2 p.m. at 1301 Chestnut Street in Emmaus

· Grand View Health announces 5-year, $210M expansion plan. The most significant investment is the construction of a 5-floor expansion next to the Sellersville hospital, which will include a new emergency department and more.

· Roosevelt's 21st in Bethlehem to close on September 28

· 1847 Financial Lehigh Valley is hosting an Open House Celebration in recognition of the grand opening of their new space in Allentown. The event will take place on Sept. 26 at 6 p.m. at 1550 Pond Road Suite 140 in Allentown.

· CBRE has arranged a lease for Venture X, a workspace community for entrepreneurs and businesses, at Gateway at Greenway Park in Bethlehem, Pennsylvania. This will be Venture X’s first location in Pennsylvania. 

· A ribbon-cutting ceremony is set for You've Got Maids and The Gathering Place at 351 W. Broad Street in Quakertown on Sept. 26 at noon.

· Fischer's Tuxedo is celebrating 100 years in Quakertown. A ribbon-cutting on their next 100 years is set for Tuesday, Sept. 17 at noon.

· Multisport Fitness will host a grand opening celebration on Sept. 26 from 5-8 p.m. at the gym, located at 2016 South Delaware Drive in Upper Mount Bethel.

· The Vibe: Connect and Thrive fitness studio had a grand opening Sunday, Sept. 8 at 202 S. 3rd Street, Suite C, in Hamburg. 

· Pediatric Cancer Foundation of the Lehigh Valley has relocated to 2132 South 12th Street, Suite 401, in Allentown.

· LVHN ExpressCare to open in Lehighton on Sept. 3. The urgent care facility at 363 North First Street will be open from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m.

· Dog grooming service to open along North Sixth Street in Allentown

· NY Gyro opened their second location at 129 E. Third Street in Bethlehem.

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