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The North Providence Breeze 11-13-2019

The Valley Breeze Newspapers serving the Northern Rhode Island towns of Cumberland, Lincoln, Woonsocket, Smithfield, North Smithfield, Pawtucket, North Providence, Scituate, Foster, and Glocester

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NORTH PROVIDENCE EDITION | VALLEY BREEZE | NOVEMBER 13-19, 2019 NORTH PROVIDENCE 3 NORTH PROVIDENCE – The owner of Rhode Island Billiard, Bar & Bistro on Smith Street is suggesting that the town is giving out too many liquor licenses, saying increasingly cheap beer sold locally is increasing accessibility to alcohol and diminish- ing public safety. Anthony Costanzo III sent a letter to the town claiming the increased sale of beer at the same price as a soda is getting "out of control." One local bar offered $3 drinks, and another then decided to go down to $2. Sadly, said Costanzo at the Nov. 5 council meeting, "somebody is going to be killed with all this excessive drinking." He also referenced the fact that the cheaper drinks are impacting long- standing businesses. But council members responded that the town hasn't actually increased the number of local liquor licenses in nearly 20 years, Councilor Manny Giusti saying there have been the same number of licenses since he became councilman 16 years ago. Town Clerk Mary Ann DeAngelus said there was an increase at one point some time ago in one type of liquor license, but another class was then dropped. Giusti told Costanzo that he has to expect competition due to having a business located in a commercial zone, but the town can't start regulat- ing who gets licenses and who doesn't based on businesses being too close to the billiard facility. He understands Costanzo's concern, said Giusti, but cheap beers are not the coun- cil's problem. If complaints get bad enough, the Police Department gets involved. Costanzo responded that perhaps he's just noticing the num- ber of liquor licenses now because so many bars are located within a quarter-mile of him. He said there are state regulations the town should be enforcing on sales of liquor, including not having illegal happy hours or discounting drinks on a Sunday. Though the council declined to get involved on trying to limit the num- ber of licenses, Councilor Anthony Martone did make a successful motion related to regulating liquor licenses. Martone said he thinks it's unfair to allow businesses to operate while skirting the rules or not adher- ing to laws. He and the council sent a letter to police to ask them to look at all local businesses to make sure they're adhering to laws. Martone said he has been surprised that nearly all liquor licenses with entertainment are directly abutting residential zones, having a big impact on homes. He said he wants a com- plete accounting of where all the license-holders are located. According to data collected during the Nov. 5 meeting and presented to Costanzo, the town has five Class A liquor licenses, which are all issued, 31 BV licenses (food), which are all issued, one BT tavern liquor license, with zero issued, 10 BVL licenses, with three issued, 14 Class D full club licenses, with nine issued, one Class D limited license, which is in effect, and one available Class M liquor license, with none issued. November of 2003 was the last time the town addressed the number of liquor licenses, said DeAngelus. Costanzo said he hopes no one on the council has to deal with the nega- tive outcome from having too much alcohol being served. He suggested that he and others will be forced to compete at the same pricing level. Also last week, Costanzo brought up his concern about snow-clearing efforts along Smith Street, where heavy loads are routinely deposited far onto the sidewalk and some- times even break his facility's front windows. He questioned whether state plow drivers need to be so aggressive with their plowing, and asked town officials to also enforce the rules to make sure all business- es are clearing the spaces in front of their stores. Martone and the council sent a letter to Mayor Charles Lombardi asking him to set up a meeting with the Rhode Island Department of Transportation to come up with a reasonable solution to address the concerns. R.I. Billiards owner: Too many liquor licenses By ETHAN SHOREY Valley Breeze Managing Editor 'Somebody is going to be killed with all this excessive drinking.' ANTHONY COSTANZO III Owner, R.I. Billiard, Bar & Bistro NORTH PROVIDENCE – The Rhode Island State Police announced that members of the Gaming Enforcement Unit assigned to the Twin River Casino in Lincoln arrested a member of the Rhode Island Capitol Police for larceny over $1,500 after he allegedly picked up a wallet loaded with cash and kept it. David J. Bradley, age 59, of 12 Clear Meadow Drive in North Providence was arrested Nov. 7 on an affidavit and arrest warrant. The arrest was the result of an investigation into an incident that occurred at the casino on Nov. 1. The investiga- tion revealed that a patron at Twin River Casino had dropped his wallet containing $1,700 cash on the floor at the Blackstone Bar inside the estab- lishment. Bradley was allegedly seen retrieving the wallet and then exiting the casino a short time later. He was located and stopped in the casino park- ing lot by Twin River security and the wallet was then found. All events were captured by Twin River Casino surveil- lance footage. Bradley was processed at the Rhode Island State Police Lincoln Barracks, arraigned before Judge Elaine Bucci at the Third District Court and released on $5,000 personal recognizance. His next court date is Feb. 6. Bradley has been a Rhode Island Capitol Police Officer for approximately eight years. 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The news and display advertising deadline will move forward to Friday, November 22nd at 3 p.m. The classified line advertising deadline will move to Friday, November 22nd at 5 p.m. PUBLICATION DAYS The Valley Breeze Pawtucket edition, and The North Providence Breeze edition will be delivered on Tuesday, November 26th (instead of Wednesday, November 27th).

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