Friday, July 20, 2012
The Board of Selectmen vice chair said he felt pressure from all sides to do the right thing.
It's been a long two months for the Town of Sudbury, dealing with a liquor license violation involving Board of Selectman Chair Larry O'Brien, an OUI charge of town employee Elizabeth Rust from that night, and residents demanding answers from the owner of Lavender Asian Cuisine & Bar regarding the violation. Pressure has been felt in all directions, but the one who may have felt the most weight is Vice Chair Bob Haarde. Haarde, the lone selectman who did not attend the Lavender party when Town Meeting ended the night of May 8, has been forced to take the lead on discussions during the Selectmen meetings since June 12, when O'Brien recused himself from discussion on the issue on advice from counsel. Selectman John Drobinski, who has refused…
Tuesday, July 17, 2012
Resident Dan DePompei says the liquor license approved for Lavender only mentions staying open late for karaoke, and not "special events."
Tuesday, July 17, 2012
At the July 10 Board of Selectmen meeting we learned that the liquor license issued to Lavender in 2009 did not correctly represent the words that were included on the application for the license or the words that were voted by the Selectmen to be included in the license. “Voted: As the licensing authority for the Town Of Sudbury to approve the extension of the closing hour and the serving of alcoholic beverages and week night karaoke entertainment at Lavender 519A Boston Post Road from midnight until 1:00 AM as requested in a letter dated February 9, 2009 from manager Tim Fong.” The actual license refers to complying with Chapter 138 of the Massachusetts General Laws and any rules made hereunder by the licensing authorities. The license…
Tuesday, July 10, 2012
Restaurant owner Tim Fong expected to be in attendance.
Residents still searching for answers to the incident involving town officials being present at Lavender Asian Cuisine & Bar after posted business hours will want to attend tonight's Board of Selectmen meeting as Tim Fong, owner of Lavender, will be in attendance. According to the Board's agenda, Fong and his attorney, Stephen Grande, both were invited to be present for the continuation of the discussion regarding Police Chief Richard Glavin's warning letter to Lavender for hosting patrons past the allowed hours the night of May 8 into the morning of May 9. Tonight's meeting is scheduled to start at 7:30 p.m. at Town Hall. At the most recent Board meeting, Glavin was in attendance to answer questions from the Board and concerned residents…
Thursday, June 28, 2012
Resident Michael Troiano says his view of the current Board of Selectmen is mixed over how the Lavender issue is being handled.
Thursday, June 28, 2012
Tuesday night’s Board of Selectmen meeting left me proud of my fellow citizens and police force, but embarrassed by the behavior of the man who leads our most prominent governing body. The meeting was civil, measured, and focused right from the start. Mr. Haarde deserves much of the credit for this, having begun the meeting by recapping the facts of the situation, framing the acceptable scope of the discussion, acknowledging goodwill on all sides, and calling for a neighborly dialog. He is to be commended for this, regardless of where people stand on the issue. Chief of Police Glavin conducted himself in similar fashion. There can be little doubt given his professionalism, facility with the facts, and patient, thorough, even-handed …
Wednesday, June 27, 2012
Richard Glavin says he wanted to keep with typical protocol when the Asian restaurant was hosting patrons past the allowed time as is stated on its liquor license.
Chairman Larry O'Brien explains why he needs to exit from the meeting before discussion of the Lavender incident on May 9 begins.
Sudbury Police Chief Richard Glavin appeared at Tuesday night's meeting of the Board of Selectmen to discuss the warning letter he sent to Lavender Asian Cuisine and Bar on Boston Post Road regarding an incident on May 9, when several town officials were found to be present in the establishment past the time it was supposed to close, according to the terms of its liquor license. "As I indicated at the last meeting, I have recused myself from any discussion involving Lavender," said Selectmen Chair Larry O'Brien, who has admitted to being present in the restaurant on the night in question. "When you recuse yourself, it is required that you leave the room. On that note, I will leave the room at this time." The meeting was then turned over …