Blarney Blowout aftermath
Was this year's Blarney Blowout really "less trouble" than last year? Well, no. Sure the downtown bar scene was a tad more controlled, but compared to the debauchery on display last year, not a very high bar to hurdle.
Daily Hampshire Gazette Break Page 3/11/13
And while the downtown merely simmered, the north end of town boiled over. Yes, another Meadow Street marauders incident.
Blarney Blowout taxed our first responders
Part of the problem is the bars naming that which should remain nameless, thus giving impressionable youth more of a reason to party into unconsciousness (not that some of them need a reason).
And giving immature cheerleaders who profit off such boorish behavior, a reason to celebrate.
As Select Board Chair Stephanie O'Keeffe pointed out last week, the "Blarney Blowout" has taken on a life of its own.
The only good news in all of this is town officials can get the attention of rough-and-tumble business owners by threatening to pull their permits. It worked a dozen years ago when these same bars (under previous management) were flagrantly violating the town's groundbreaking smoking ban.
Amherst and State Police in riot gear prepare to break up Townhouse Apartments "party"
So I hope the Safe & Healthy Neighborhoods Working Group is paying attention. Do you really want to get the attention of Party House landlords and give them an incentive to enforce civility?
Enact a rental permit system which allows the town -- in extreme circumstances -- to pull the permit, shut down the business, end the pox on our neighborhoods.
And yes, it's also time to end the "Blarney Blowout."