A grand opening celebration is scheduled for Aug. 18 at a new Lightbridge Academy franchise in Bethlehem.Lightbridge Academy to hold grand opening in Bethlehem
The new early education and child care center is run by Joe and Luana Negrao and their family along with a staff of an executive director, assistant director, teachers and assistants.
Established in 1997, Lightbridge Academy locations provide early education and child care to children ages 6 weeks through kindergarten, as well as special programming for children up to age 10 during school holidays, breaks and summer camp.
Joe Negrao said his family became interested in early childhood education when it saw how it benefited its children as they entered kindergarten.
“The way that most schools are going now, they’re starting to bring curriculum into the kindergarten classroom,” he said. “The kids that don’t go to some sort of preschool can get left behind.”
Negrao said he looked at several child care franchises, but was most impressed with the curriculum and training that Lightbridge offered.
Lightbridge is headquartered in Piscataway, N.J., and the bulk of its locations are in the Garden State.
In the Greater Lehigh Valley, there are Lightbridge Academy locations in Bethlehem Township and Allentown, which have different franchise owners.
The opening of the academy isn’t the last step for the Negrao family. Joe Negrao said it is planning the construction of the Goldfish Swim School, a franchise that offers children’s swimming lessons, on property adjacent to the academy.
The new Lightbridge Academy is at 3001 Linden St., Bethlehem. For more information, call 610-624-8356.
New rehab office will serve
outpatient neural clients
Success Rehabilitation Inc. of Quakertown has opened a second facility, one that will serve outpatient clients and help expand its overall services.
Joanne Tangey, president and CEO of Success Rehabilitation Inc., said the new space, known as Success NeuroRehab, was needed because of the growing demand for rehabilitation, specifically the neuro rehabilitation services it offers.
Success already offers inpatient and outpatient services at its main Quakertown office and also has community apartments.
The new facility at 361 S. 11th St. in Quakertown will offer outpatient services in occupational therapy, speech therapy and cognitive therapy and other services for people with acquired brain injuries, either through traumatic brain injury, stroke or other circumstances.
“Our goal is to help these people gain as much independence in their life as possible,” Tangey said.
Success employs 220 and expects to add staff to its therapeutic programing with the new facility.
A grand opening is scheduled for Aug. 28.
For more information, visit www.successrehab.com.
Water damage restoration
firm opens in Poconos
A new franchise of the national water damage remediation company, 1-800 Water Damage, has opened in Hamilton Township, Monroe County.
Joe Capulish was interviewing for a job with a sister company, Belfor’s Philadelphia office, when he learned about the franchising opportunity and decided to start the business. He will run 1-800 Water Damage of the Poconos office as general manager.
In addition to serving the Poconos, Capulish also plans to target the Wilkes-Barre and Scranton area. He also hopes to eventually establish a second office.
For more information, call Capulish at 570-221-6054.
Self-storage company expands
East Penn Self Storage has opened a new facility in Maxatawny Township just off Route 222 on Long Lane in Arrowhead Industrial Park.
According to a news release, this is East Penn’s 12th facility and will operate as a satellite of its facility in Upper Macungie Township on Schantz Road.
Prospective tenants can visit the Upper Macungie facility to rent a Maxatawny unit or can rent a unit online.
East Penn Storage said it is also is seeking approvals for the construction of its next facility, in Orefield on Route 100.
For more information, visit www.eastpennselfstorage.com.
Aldi opens Pohatcong store
An Aug. 16 grand opening is set for a new Aldi grocery store in Pohatcong Township, N.J., near Phillipsburg.
The new store at 1312 U.S. Route 22 is part of a $3.4 billion investment to expand to 2,500 stores nationwide by the end of 2022.
At the grand opening, which begins at 8:45 a.m., shoppers can taste Aldi-branded food. The first 100 in the store will receive gift certificates.
A discount grocer, Aldi offers limited selections of products and has customers bag their own groceries to lower costs.
Aldi stores feature open ceilings, natural lighting and environmentally friendly building materials.
The Pohatcong store will be open 9 a.m.-9 p.m. Monday through Saturday and 9 a.m.-8 p.m. on Sunday.
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