Liquor License Suspension Handed to Waxy O'Connor's in Foxborough

Ten liquor suspension and required police detail among the penalties Waxy O'Connor's will comply with.

Waxy O'Connor's owner Gordon Hyde echoed his desire "to improve and get better" at the May 17 liquor hearing with Foxborough's Board of Selectmen.

The board, in a vote of 4-1, approved the recommended motion of a 10-day liquor license suspension for Waxy's beginning on June 1. Selectman James DeVellis was the lone vote against the motion stating that Foxborough has a set process in place for a reason and questions Waxy's credibility.

"Everything they [Waxy's] have said is in contrary to what our public safety officials have said," DeVellis noted.

In addition to the 10-day liquor suspension, Waxy's also agreed to stop serving alcohol at midnight for the next two months - a measure that selectmen believe is necessary in order to keep the public safe. Waxy's will check back in with the board on their progress at a "status hearing" in two months.

Waxy's pled guilty to the overcrowding violation brought against them as well as one over serving violation. The state will slap on a third over serving violation bringing their total number of offenses to three.

"If they get hit with a fourth violation then they [Waxy's] will be out of business," stressed Foxborough Town Manager Kevin Paicos.

Legal fines and all expenses accrued to the town from the liquor hearings, totaling approximately $10,000, will be paid by Waxy's.

In order to further ensure public safety, Waxy's agreed to required police detail for Friday and Saturday nights.

The board remained passionate throughout the four-hour hearing in regards to their beliefs on the importance of public safety in Foxborough. 

"I am a elected town representative - I represent the parents, their children," said Sullivan. "I’m not looking a parent in the eye [with unfortunate news], I've done it before and I am not doing it again."

The liquor hearing first confronted the overcrowding offense brought against Waxy's occurring on March 17, St. Patrick's Day. The board, in a vote of 5-0, found Waxy's guilty of an overcrowding violation, with occupancy determined to be more than 377 - the maximum occupancy amount.

"Overcrowding is a serious offensive," said selectman Lynda Walsh. "Think of those poor people in Rhode Island."

Paicos went onto read a letter of statement from Waxy's attorney, Patricia Farnsworth, dated from last week, May 11. In the letter, Waxy's detailed the various improvements they have made in order to "shape up" and be a better business for the residents of Foxborough.

Police detail on the weekends, cutting off the serving of shots after midnight, changing the style of their wine glasses to incorporate "the correct 6 oz amount" and dropping potent drinks from their menu such as Long Island Ice Teas, are a few of the changes that Waxy's has already implemented in their Foxborough location.

"It's a fresh start - lets get it done and let's get it done right," said Sullivan.

Stop the Madness May 20, 2011 at 01:37 PM
Krisma35 Homework? Are you serious? What homework have you done? Did you go to all of the establishments in Foxboro and peform an asssesment of the patrons? How again are you qualified to do this? You have just stated your opinion, nothing more. Take a look at Bar Louie's on Friday/Saturday night at closing time and tell me it is any different. Same shit, different place. And to suggest that Robert Kraft isn't treated differently because of the revenue he brings to Foxboro makes you either niave or a liar. As an example of his influnce, how about all of the people who used to allow Parking at their homes for Patriots games. Have you heard what he did to them? He took them to court so he ensured that he got the money. Robert Kraft may not run the restaurants/bars, but he certainly has a financial incentive towards their success as the landlord. Waxy's, as does all bars, need to remain dillegent around over serving. Your OPINION around Waxy's is that they are worse than the others. Again, based upon what? Unless you have some magical bag of facts that is only available to you get off your high-horse and stop telling people to do your "Homework" . Doesn't make you smarter than them... just more arrogant and opinionated.
Kris Perry Long May 20, 2011 at 07:47 PM
Stop the Madness Fact In the early morning hours of March 18, according to O'Leary's report, Sgt. Richard Noonan made a traffic stop after seeing a vehicle leave the 121 Main St. parking lot and drive over a curb and island then enter North Street. The driver, who registered a .136 blood alcohol level -- more that 1-1/2 times over the drunken driving threshhold -- said Waxy' was the only place she'd been drinking that evening, O'Leary wrote. Fact:McDonald recalled the incident that took place on December 24, where he found a female Norwood resident blocking Beach Street in Foxborough with her vehicle. When asked by officers where she was coming from, she responded "Waxy's." The female also believed at the time that she was in Norwood and not Foxborough. I could go on, but honestly its not just about Waxys...it could be another bar doing the same and I would be as passionate. As far as other bars? Please show me the police reports, show me the incidents...The bottom line here is that its about the safety.... right now Waxys is the one that is making mistakes...but to there credit they seem to be making changes...so lets see what happens. Im not going to comment on the parking crap on North street...I do know they have to pay for a permit and that money goes to the to town as far as I know....Im not looking to get into a pissing war ...I have kids..kids who are out at night...coming home...and its my duty to protect them...from the idots who drink and drive & over serve.
not really a townie May 20, 2011 at 10:17 PM
Krisma 35 "it could be another bar doing the same and I would be as passionate. As far as other bars? Please show me the police reports, show me the incidents" look at the foxboro reporter every week under the police arrests section, and you will find your answers, such as 3 individuals arrested INSIDE showcase live for public intoxication at an event a few weeks back by undercover officers!!! how that didnt make the front page is astounding,but i guess the paper picks and chooses its battles.... all in all i counted over 15 people p.c`d at patriot place for being over intoxicated (not incl. stadium events). Wasnt Showcase Live on its last warning a year or so back? So having 3 intoxicated underage individuals arrested in an undercover sting, reason enough to be back before the board?
Kris Perry Long May 23, 2011 at 11:45 AM
Not really a townie... Absolutely , show case live should be held accountable....Im not sure why it has not happened as of right now. I truly believe that Waxy s is not being targeted but feel the level of offenses is of strong concern. These people were behind the wheel of there cars...doesn't that scare you? Cudos to Bar Loui when they were in trouble they took responsibility , they fired the manager, they didn't move them to another location, they implemented procedures, and they worked with the police to fix there problems...is it a cure all ? No but its a constant work in progress. I believe that Waxy s is a work in progress as well now and thats great and I hope that they figure it out.
not really a townie May 25, 2011 at 11:06 PM
I agree Krisma let’s hope they can sort there problems and move on.... as for Louie wasn’t there manager fired for having ladies of a dubious nature in the bar after hours (at least that’s what a member of their staff told me), so yeah Kudos to them, we don’t want that sort of thing in Foxboro.... I will post back here the results of the showcase live hearing when it happens, but don’t hold your breath, it seems if you pay the police (oh sorry! DETAIL the police), you can do pretty much what you want.:) Just an observation!!


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