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Liquor licenses suspended

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The Board of Selectmen recently voted to temporarily suspend the liquor licenses of two businesses that allegedly sold alcohol to minors in an operation conducted by the police department in December. The Walmart store on Route 44 was handed a two-day license suspension, which it will serve on Feb. 8 and 15. The license of the China Garden restaurant on Route 138 will be suspended on Feb. 8, Joseph R. Pacheco, chairman of the Board of Selectmen, said in an interview. In its operation, police sent in minors to purchase alcohol in the 18 restaurants, bars, and stores licensed to sell it. Pacheco said Walmart and the China Garden were the only two license holders to fail the compliance check, and that both businesses acknowledged the violations. Pacheco said Walmart received the stiffer penalty because it had had a past violation under its current management, about six years ago, whereas the China Garden had not failed a compliance check since its current owner took over the store more than a decade ago.

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