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State grant will help Scituate police monitor liquor licencees

Posted by Jessica Bartlett  November 21, 2013 11:39 AM

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Scituate Police will be checking in more frequently with local bars and restaurants with the help of a $3,000 state grant.

It is not the first time the town has received financial help from the Executive Office of Public Safety, but the funding is key to conduct enforcement activities around town to ensure establishments are working in accordance with their liquor license.

“[We could do] some activities, nowhere near as much [without the grant],” said Scituate Police Chief Michael Stewart. “We’re fortunate to get the grant.”

The surveillance and stings will take place throughout the following year, checking on everything from underage drinking to over-serving.

“It allows us to put cops in shops, which is difficult in a place like Scituate, where we’re pretty much known. There are a number of things this allows for,” Stewart said.

In late 2011, a sting operation found fault at Tedeschi Food Shops, where a store employee did not card a minor before selling the person alcohol.

All other 20 package stores and restaurants in the town were found to be in compliance.

Presently, Scituate has 17 active all-alcohol pouring (restaurant and club) licenses, three wine and malt pouring licenses, four all-alcohol package store licenses, and five wine and malt package store licenses. Scituate also has a veterans club where the sale of alcohol is allowed.

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