Pittsfield Licensing Board puts Polish Community Club on notice


PITTSFIELD — The Polish Community Club could lose its liquor license if they are a no-show at the Pittsfield Licensing Board's June meeting.

The five-member panel on Monday put the organization on notice when club representatives failed to update the board of its inactive license.

"I agree we should send them a certified letter and if they are not here [at the June 27 meeting], there should be some disciplinary action," said Richard Stockwell.

The action could be as severe as revoking the club's liquor license, the board plans to pen in the letter. Stockwell noted the board has been very patient with club officials, going above and beyond to allow them to get their affairs in order.

The Polish Community Club was one of three liquor license holders scheduled to update the board on their inactive licenses — one dormant for two years.

The social gathering place on Linden Street has been closed since Jan. 1 2015 as members have attempted to reorganize after the liquor license manager of record Stella Spence died nearly two years ago.

Club representative John Kerwood told the board in late March he had notified more than 200 club members and set a membership meeting for April 24, during which time a new slate of club officers and a manager for the bar liquor license would be selected.

City officials say the club has yet to pay its yearly fee for the liquor license, which are renewed on an annual basis.

For the past two years, the Licensing Board has been vigilant about keeping tabs on so-called "pocket licenses," ones that are inactive with some license holders simply holding them until they can be sold or transferred.

That's the case with Chameleons, the former night club at 1350 East St. that closed two years ago following a 21-day liquor license suspension handed down by the board. Property owner Pamela Rice has failed to sell or lease the business — license included — and now is trying to sell the license separately, according to her attorney, Anthony Doyle. Doyle informed the board he will seek from the board within two months permission to transfer the license from the manager of record, former club operator Melissa Drumm-Sweener to Rice. The lawyer said this will make it easier to market the license.

The more active, inactive liquor license under board scrutiny belongs to Seven Winter Grille, closed since April 2015 for extensive renovations. However, continued construction delays to primarily make the former Mazzeo's Ristorante handicap accessible have now pushed the expected reopening to mid-July, according to representatives of Seven Winter Grille.

Attorney Jeff lynch assured the board the eatery will re-open.

"The intent isn't to close and remained closed," he said.

The board indicated continued patience with the restaurant owner.

"I assume you're spending the money because you want it to work," said Thomas Campoli.

"We are anxious to have it open, as you are," added Chairman Carmen C. Massimiano.

Contact Dick Lindsay at 413-496-6233


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