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July 19, 2013

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Beer Pong II

Let us acknowledge, for starters, that everyone loves the Ward Two Social Club. It’s a group of hard-working folks who run charities and neighborhood events. These are good guys.

But things have gone a little astray in recent months as the cash-strapped club has rented out its subterranean quarters to fun-loving folks who ran beer pong tournaments with cash prizes, according to a police report.

On the surface, this does not seem like a big deal.

Just folks tossing pingpong balls into cups filled not with beer, but water. But as part of the game, contestants had to drink booze and won small cash prizes, police said.

It seems this has been going on for a while, with winners even posting Facebook pictures of themselves proudly holding fistfuls of money.

Whatever was going on, it was enough for police to do surveillance, send in undercover cops and write up a report listing violations, including “permitting gambling on the licensed premises.”

There was a discussion Monday night with the Licensing Board. Ward Two managers admitted their mistakes and said they weren’t aware the activities violated liquor laws and their license. Police said the club has been helpful and cooperative.

Fortunately for the club, the Licensing Board chairman is Robert St. Pierre, the retired police chief and a man long on common sense. He knows they are good folks working hard to turn the club around and warned them about the consequences if something like this happens again.

Sitting out in the audience taking everything in were a few club supporters and Ward 2 City Councilor Mike Sosnowski, the club’s vice president.

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