A little thing like an 18-month bridge reconstruction project isn't enough to stop an annual Tamaqua tradition, the welcoming of the New Year with a party and light display.

Linda Yulanavage, executive director of the Tamaqua Area Chamber of Commerce, made the announcement following a meeting with the display mastermid Frank Fabrizio and Tamaqua Borough Manager Kevin Steigerwalt.

"We were concerned the bridge construction may have interfered with the light dislay and the crowds gathering in the street for the event. But after looking at the area and discussing it with Frank and Kevin, we all agreed it was possible," exulted Yulanavage.

The event features the famous Tamaqua eagles flying up the front of the ABC Tamaqua Hi-Rise, located at 222 E. Broad St. The eagles will then illuminate an oversized "2014," anchored on top of Schuylkill County's tallest building, at midnight. A live feed from New York City's Times Square will begin about 11 p.m. Fabrizio and DJ Brandon Fritz will keep the area jumping with music during the evening. The 2014 sign will remain lit during the month of January.

The lighting display is the handiwork of Fabrizio and hi rise maintenance supervisor Tony Fannock.

"This event has become a family tradition here in Tamaqua for over 15 years. It is attended by hundreds of people every year," explains Yulanavage. "We are excited to continue the tradition and invite everyone to come downtown and enjoy the festivities."