Last dry town in Conn. reconsiders Prohibition

Bridgewater

HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) — Connecticut’s last dry town is considering whether to give up on Prohibition.

Bridgewater is an affluent bedroom community of 1,700 people tucked into the hills of western Connecticut. And it may have more at stake in an upcoming referendum than bragging rights as the state’s last holdout.

The town residents’ average age has risen above 50, the state is threatening to close the only school and First Selectman Curtis Read says restaurants that serve alcohol could provide a much-needed boost.

The timing of the vote, originally scheduled for Tuesday, now remains to be determined after it was postponed last week to make sure it complies with the decades-old blue laws.

Bridgewater is taking up the issue because two developers have proposed opening restaurants, as long as they can serve alcohol.

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