Question on application for employment: How much wood could a little slut suck if a little slut could suck wood?
Strip search nets more than 800 applicants
BY JAMES CONMY STAFF WRITER
WILKES-BARRE TWP. — A chance to make money by taking off their clothes[i'd love to have been the guy doing the interviews] and swinging around poles has enticed more than 800 women to seek employment at a planned Wilkes-Barre Township strip club, according to owner Sal Scalzo.
Pennsylvania Commonwealth Court on Wednesday upheld Luzerne County Judge Michael Conahan’s decision to grant the Mundy Street all-nude club a conditional use permit. Township officials have filed multiple legal challenges to the permit.
The state court’s ruling could mean an early February grand opening, Mr. Scalzo said Wednesday. He will spend the next few weeks finishing interior remodeling and hiring bouncers and dancers.
“The anticipation has been building,” Mr. Scalzo said Wednesday. “You know, like the old Heinz (ketchup) commercial. We weren’t sure when we were going to receive the ruling, but we always knew we were going to win from day one.”
Gentlemen’s Club 10 is a few hundred yards away from the family oriented Wachovia Arena on Highland Park Boulevard. Township officials have never cited location as the reason for challenging the permit.
When asked if Wednesday’s ruling will end the township’s opposition to the club’s opening, Assistant Solicitor John Rodgers said, “It may be (the end).”
Mr. Rodgers said he will tell township officials the ramifications of the state court’s decision and seek direction on how to proceed.
“We have to see what is best for the people of the township,” Mr. Rodgers said.
The state court ruling marks the latest chapter in Mr. Scalzo’s legal battle with the township. Mr. Scalzo originally received the permit to open in April 2004. The township’s two appeals of Judge Conahan’s ruling prevented the club from opening.
Judge Conahan first ruled in 2004 township Zoning Officer Michael Evans violated planning and zoning regulations and those infringements required that a permit be issued. Mr. Evans’ failure to issue a written response to Mr. Scalzo’s permit application and not scheduling a public hearing on the application in the required 60 days constituted violations, the judge said.
Township officials challenged Judge Conahan’s first ruling. They argued Mr. Scalzo submitted an incomplete application and they were not required to issue a written response.
In the township’s first appeal, the state court ordered Judge Conahan to collect evidence and hear testimony in the case and issue another ruling.
After the March 2005 hearing, Judge Conahan again ordered the township to issue the permit. The township appealed Judge Conahan’s ruling again on the same merits, but the state court upheld Judge Conahan’s decision.
The township could ask the entire Commonwealth Court to hear the case or appeal the ruling to the state Supreme Court. There is no guarantee either court will hear an appeal.