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West Main Street pub loses liquor license for 30 days

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WATERTOWN — Following neighbors’ complaints about fighting and other disruptive behavior, the Edge of the River Pub lost its liquor license for 30 days.

The State Liquor Authority took action last week. The West Main Street bar closed Friday and cannot reopen until May 25, according to the authority’s executive board. The bar was fined $3,000.

The bar violated Alcoholic Beverage Control laws regarding patrons acting disorderly, fighting and allowing a convicted felon to drink there over the past year, according to a Liquor Authority document on the bar’s front door. Police were called to the bar at 515-519 W. Main St. Oct. 19 because of disruptive behavior.

The bar’s owner, Brian P. Croft, of Massey Street, could not be reached for comment.

Jonda L. Ratigliano, who lives down the street at 540 W. Main St., said she contacted the Liquor Authority after enduring patrons fighting, urinating in her yard and leaving broken bottles and other debris in the neighborhood, mostly on weekends.

Last June she and several home owners and business owners met to discuss the matter. She and neighbors have called police on several occasions and filed complaints throughout the past year, adding that they have lost sleep from the noise from bar patrons.

They also called the city’s Code Enforcement Office and city officials about the problems, Ms. Ratigliano said.

“There’s been a pattern of activities that has gotten worse,” she said. “We’re not against bars. People here have no peace.”

City police lieutenant Joseph R. Donoghue said police have made arrests on disorderly conduct and other minor charges. But he could not recall any major crimes occurring there or nearby.

Businesses have been forced to put up rope barricades to keep the pub’s patrons from parking in their lots, said Michael A. Chiappone, owner of Chiappone’s Tire Warehouse, 842 W. Main St. Dozens of vehicles end up parking in the neighborhood on Friday and Saturday nights, he said.

Besides the broken bottles and debris, a door was damaged at his garage, probably by a bar patron, he said.

Police told the residents they could not do much to keep unwanted vehicles out unless the owners put up “No Parking” signs and barricades, Mr. Chiappone said.

It was a rough week for the bar. Besides the license suspension, the city shut off the bar’s water Thursday after the owner failed to pay a bill of $637.40 going back to last June, city Water Superintendent Michael J. Sligar said.

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