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May 14, 2014

No one stung in local liquor compliance check

DANVERS — Some 20 alcohol establishments passed the test last week when state Alcoholic Beverages Control Commission compliance checkers came to both Middleton and Danvers, said Sgt. Olivia Silva, in a statement.

The commission’s checkers found no violations at any of the 20, which had police quite pleased.

“We appreciate the stores’ diligence in checking identification and for keeping alcohol out of the hands of people under the age of 21,” Silva said.

Danvers police routinely conduct compliance checks, but the one that took place May 5 was paid for by the state Executive Office of Public Safety and carried out by state liquor compliance checkers.

During the next couple of months, Danvers police will be conducting their own checks. The department has partnered with the DanversCares prevention coalition on these efforts.

New selectmen chairman

The new Board of Selectmen chairman looks quite familiar.

At the board’s meeting last week, Selectman Bill Clark was voted as chairman for the 2014-2015 year. With Selectman David Mills absent, the vote was 4-0.

Clark had been chairman from 2012 to 2013 and was succeeded last year by Selectman Gardner Trask. Clark and Trask are senior members on the board, both topping the ticket in 2006.

“Bill was a senior member to me, and it was up to him to take it,” said Selectman Dan Bennett about why he did not put his name in for chairmanship this year. The chairman sets the agenda for meetings.

A retired Danvers High teacher who can trace his family’s roots in town back to 1717, Clark said he would like to serve as chairman again.

Clark would like to form a regional subcommittee to look at the rates taxis charge on the North Shore, after the hubbub about licensing cabs in town last year. He would like to see a regional rate for Salem, Beverly, Peabody and Danvers to level the playing field and make the service more available in town.

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