I have to admit I’m enjoying, in a slightly masochistic way, actually attending Selectmen’s meetings rather than just watching them on TV. You definitely get more of a feel for the personalities when you can see all of them at once, at all times and, if you’re taking notes, you can just ask someone for a spelling or a clarification rather than rewinding several times and hoping for the best.
Police Chief Crepeau was at the meeting last night to talk about an alcohol sting that his department conducted on Dec. 26. A plainclothes police officer from out of town — local cops are recognizable — accompanied a 19-year-old to various stores and restaurants around town to see who might be selling alcohol without asking for I.D. first.
The good news: All the stores with liquor licenses in town passed with flying colors.
The bad news: One restaurant, J&J Tavern at Highfields Country Club, served a beer to the minor.
Fun with liquor stings: At stores, the minor is instructed to buy a six-pack of Bud Light; in restaurants, he’s asked to order Bud Light as well. Are liquor stings sponsored by Budweiser?
“There is no defense for it,” John Magill, the tavern manager, told the board. “We were wrong. We were caught red-handed. I’m sorry about it.”
Isn’t that kind of refreshing? No excuses. They fired the bartender who failed to card. They’re going to put up signs noting that all patrons will be carded, go over the policy with their bartenders and attempt to ensure that it never happens again.
Selectmen, at the chief’s recommendation, agreed the tavern should be issued a warning and be required to provide proof that all personnel have received alcohol training to the chief. This is the usual recommendation for first offenses, Crepeau noted.
Word to the wise: the police department has received grant money and will be conducting periodic stings more often.
Fashion police: I kind of crave the Grafton officers’ leather jackets with the brass plate on the bicep. I kept looking at the chief and the officer who accompanied him and thinking “I’d totally rock those jackets.”
On a happier restaurant-related note: Cancuns was issued a music license, which will allow them to have acoustic guitar on weekends. Margarita night, anyone?