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Last dry town in Conn. briefly talks about booze

BRIDGEWATER, Conn. (AP) Officials in Connecticut's last dry town have briefly talked about changing local law banning the sale of alcohol.

But Bridgewater selectmen said Tuesday that the issue should wait until after municipal elections in November and new leaders take office.

The Republican-American reports that First Selectman William Stuart, who is not seeking re-election, said the next administration should consider changing the law.

Selectman Curtis Read, the Democratic candidate who is vying with Republican Nancy Hawley and petitioning candidate Neil Cable for the first selectman's job, said Bridgewater's blue laws should not be what he called a ``hot potato'' in the campaign.

The issue was raised by a business owner who asked town officials to rescind the no-liquor law so restaurant owners may be licensed to serve alcoholic drinks.

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