A recent article by investigative journalist Stephanie Mencimer asks the question, "Did Drinking Give Me Breast Cancer?" Despite the fact that alcohol is a Class 1 Carcinogen we keep hearing that it is good for us.
A study published this month in the journal Addiction finds that alcohol and tobacco pose a greater threat to human health than all illicit drugs.
Link: onlinelibrary.wiley.com/doi/abs/10.1111/add.14234 and www.webmd.com/mental-health/addiction/news/20180511/alcohol-tobacco-more-harmful-than-illegal-drugs
Marquette Neighborhood Association to hold vote on I/O Bar Arcade and several proposals for outdoor seating
The Marquette Neighborhood Association will discuss and vote on outdoor seating at State Line Distillery, Bos Meadery and Granpa's Pizzeria, as well as whether to approve a proposal for a 150-seat Bar/Arcade at 720 Williamson St. All residents of the neighborhood can take part in the voting. For anyone unable to attend the meeting at the WilMar Neighborhood Center at 953 Jenifer St. from 7-9 pm on Monday, March 19th, emails can be sent to the Neighborhood Association at: email@example.com
The proposed arcade/bar for 720 Williamson St. with seating for 250 people will be having a neighborhood meeting to receive feedback from local residents. The meeting will be at the Wil-Mar (Real) Community Center, 953 Jenifer St., at 7 pm on Wednesday, March 14th.
From Ald. Marsha Rummel:
"Please join me for a neighborhood meeting where we will hear about Mitchell Turino’s proposal to open I/O Arcade Bar at 720 Williamson Street. The establishment would be an entertainment venue consisting of over 25 arcade games, 8 pinball machines, rentable board gaming and space for viewing competitive gaming tournaments. The estimated capacity is 200-250, and the proposed hours are Sunday, 11 a.m.-2 a.m.; Monday through Thursday, 4:30 p.m.-2 a.m.; and Friday and Saturday, 11 a.m.-2:30 a.m. A parking lot on the far side of the building would be equipped with security cameras and would provide spaces for 30+ cars and multiple bikes. Mr. Turino has applied for a Class B Beer and Liquor license. The application will be considered by the Alcohol License Review Committee at their meeting on March 21."
It looks like the owner of Grampa's Pizzeria and Gib's Bar is taking another crack at outdoor seating after repeatedly hearing from neighbors that outdoor seating and the expansion of service at the two businesses will increase noise and traffic/parking problems. A neighborhood meeting will be held. I will share the information if I hear anything.
Marquette Neighborhood Association to discuss several new licenses and outdoor seating, including at Gib's Bar; Public invited to meetings on March 13 and 14
From Jack Kear, Board Member, Posted to the MNA Listserve on February 27th.
"The next committee meeting of the neighborhood association that addresses matters such as the Arcade Bar proposal will be the meeting of Preservation & Development on March 13th at 5:30pm at the WilMar Center.
This meeting will cover outdoor seating applications from State Line Distillery, Working Draft Brewery, Gib's, and an entertainment license application from Bandung Restaurant. The Arcade Bar application will be discussed in a public meeting on March 14th coordinated by the alder because the proposed size of the establishment merits it. We do not have a location for that meeting yet."
To contact the neighborhood board, or to join the listserve, visit marquette-neighborhood.org/contact-us/
Tenney Lapham Neighborhood Association opposes expansion of alcohol availability at Breese Stevens Field
The Tenney Lapham Neighborhood Association has written a letter opposing Big Top Baseball's desire to expand alcohol options at Breese Stevens Field (a city owned facility). You can read the letter below or view it here: www.tenneylapham.org/web-data/tlnaissues/TLNABreeseLetterFeb2018.pdf
Notably, the Marquette Neighborhood Association has pledged it's unanimous support of TLNA's letter in a recent board meeting.
A 5 year study looking at 1 million study participants showed that heavy drinking is related to early onset dementia. The study was published in the Lancet medical journal.
Senate leader Scott Fitzgerald proposes bill to reshape Wisconsin's alcohol regulations; Former Rep. Jeff Fitzgerald joins alcohol lobbying group
Senate leader Scott Fitzgerald is rushing to propose legislation that would completely reshape Wisconsin laws regarding alcohol production, distribution and retail. The proposal includes support of large resorts like the one in Kohler to be exempt from laws that are currently on the books.
Meanwhile, Scott's brother Jeff has joined Paladin Consulting (paladincg.com/clients.html) a top lobbying firm that represents the American Beverage association and the Wisconsin Beer Distributors' Association.
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I am an advanced practice social worker (CAPSW), psychotherapist and addiction counselor living in Madison, Wisconsin. I created this blog to raise awareness about drinking culture, alcohol outlet density, alcohol policy, alcohol dependence and risks.