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Scioli’s License Hearing Set for Monday

Scioli's Pizza Bar is located in the shopping plaza at 146 South Main Street (Route 140), next to the Planet Fitness gym.

The Board of Selectmen will hold a liquor license hearing on Monday against Scioli's Pizza Bar of 146 South Main St. to decide on two possible disciplinary actions – whether to modify, suspend or revoke the bar's license and whether to roll back the bar's closing hour. The hearing stems from alleged incidents at the bar on the night of March 23 and the morning of March 24.

Chairman Brian Murray asked that nothing beyond the 7:30 p.m. hearing be scheduled for the board's April 30 agenda "in anticipation of a somewhat lengthy, trial-type hearing. I anticipate [it] will dominate most if not all of the agenda." The hearing originally was scheduled for April 9, but Murray and Selectman Dino DeBartolomeis agreed to continue it until Monday at the request of Scioli's lawyer, who wanted more time to review the matter, Murray said.

Selectman William Buckley said that – after consulting with the state Ethics Commission – he was advised not to participate in the hearing because he knows one of the people involved in the incidents. Town Counsel Gerald Moody agreed with that advice, Buckley said.

"The reasons for the contemplated action are because of an incident(s) which took place on or about the early morning hours of March 24, 2012 wherein one or more of your employees had an unwarranted physical altercation with a customer or customers resulting in injury to customers. In addition, investigation by the Milford Police Department has revealed that during the course of the hours of serving on March 23rd to the early morning hours of March 24, 2012 you did cause and/or allow your employees to serve alcoholic beverages to intoxicated persons," stated a letter from Town Administrator Louis Celozzi to bar manager Suzette Pinto Scioli. The "incidents and activity" described in a police report "are indicative of a significant failure in the management of the licensed establishment," Celozzi added.

On March 28, Police Chief Thomas O'Loughlin announced that Scioli's "bouncer" Paul Cassansanta of Uxbridge was being summoned to appear in Milford District Court to face two charges of assault and battery upon Tyler Bridges of Milford and one count of aggravated assault and battery upon Samuel Guidi of Hopedale. "Additionally, the serious nature of the injuries and the involvement of an employee in inflicting those injuries, this matter will be referred to the Board of Selectmen in their capacity as the licensing authority for Scioli's Pizza Bar to determine if the rules and regulations governing liquor establishments was violated," the chief announced.

"It is important to note that neither the management or employees of the establishment contacted the police during or after each of the three reported assaults, nor did they summons emergency medical assistance for the victims," O'Loughlin wrote in a March 29 report to the Board of Selectmen. "The investigation also revealed that the staff of Scioli's Pizza Bar over-served patrons to the point of intoxication and continued to serve them in this state," the chief added.


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