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After Town Meeting overwhelmingly approved an article that allows restaurant patrons to bring their own beer and alcohol, residents can review the actual bylaw at a public information session during the selectmen’s meeting Oct 2. Selectmen chairman Jess Aptowitz said a BYOB measure was drafted in response to voters’ wishes and follows guidelines of the state’s Alcoholic Beverages Control Commission. Restaurants would apply for a BYOB permit and could face penalties if they don’t abide by the restrictions, which forbid underage drinking and allowing already intoxicated patrons to drink, said Town Manager William R. Ross. Ross said the bylaw also will not allow consumption of alcohol outdoors or let restaurant owners charge a corking fee.

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