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The Burlington Board of Selectmen was recently informed that the Massachusetts Alcohol Beverages Control Commission (ABCC) had to enforce a 30-day liquor license suspension to Burlington Wine & Spirits on 43 Middlesex Turnpike.

The establishment, which is located next to Market Basket, is being penalized because of violations with the storage and transportation of wholesale alcohol without authorization pursuant to the state’s General Laws Chapter 138, Section 2.

Town Administrator John Petrin broke the news to the Selectmen and revealed that the ABCC has suspended the establishment’s license from July 31 to August 29. The town (Selectmen) is required to collect the license prior to the start of the suspension.

The Needham Times reports that Blanchard’s is one of several businesses that have sent in an application for alcohol licenses in Needham.

The other businesses that have turned in applications are Craft Liquors of Needham, Needham Wine & Spirits, Needham Center Wine & Spirits and Volante Farms. Owners of the Belmont-based beer store Craft Beer Cellar and Newton and Brookline-based wine store vinodivino have also indicated their desire to expand to Needham.

The town is allowed to issue up to six licenses. Selectmen may only issue three for the time being.

The Lynn Daily Item reports that two downtown market owners want to sell beer and wine in their store but the police chief and the Lynn shelter’s director object to the plan.

Police Chief Kevin Coppinger said Contreras Market’s plans represent “a step backwards” from efforts to prevent intoxicated individuals from using the shelter, located at Washington and Willow streets.

Coppinger said police officers were called to the former French’s Liquors on Washington Street to handle complaints concerning shelter clients and said the shelter, with help from city officials, has taken steps to end public intoxication downtown.

The Wegmans at Westwood Station was supposed to end New England’s long wait for the grocery chain.

That was four years ago. The company, based in the Rochester, N.Y., area, had to defeat numerous challenges in the Massachusetts Legislature to secure a liquor license. But the economy soured and the Westwood Station project still hasn’t begun

But a partnership of local developers has now bought the 130-acre Westwood site. A group led by New England Development is moving ahead with a scaled-down master plan for the project, now dubbed University Station, and a hoped-for opening date of 2014.

The Patriot Ledger reports that Marshfield selectmen have awarded the town’s last remaining beer-and-wine license to the Roche Bros. supermarket, just three months after rejecting Star Market’s bid for the same permit.

Both stores are off Route 139, about 2 miles from each other. Although the selectmen voted unanimously to award the license to Roche Bros., one member of the board said the town should ask the state to grant an additional license for Star Market.

“It gives Roche Bros. an unfair competitive edge in Marshfield,” Selectman John Hall said.

The Boston Globe reports that the town of Sharon may soon allow stores to sell hard liquor for the first time, if Town Meeting approves the measure.

Under existing policy, restaurants can be licensed to serve all types of alcoholic beverages, but stores are limited to beer and wine.

The article before Town Meeting calls for Sharon to submit a home-rule petition to the Legislature to allow alcohol sales in three areas of town.

The Boston Globe reports that Foxborough selectmen approved an all-liquor license for a Trader Joe’s supermarket scheduled to open in Patriot Place later this year.

The unanimous decision was made this week on the condition the company agrees not to sell alcohol during events at Gillette Stadium, that it won’t stock containers of alcoholic beverages that are smaller than 8 ounces, and that it will delay the sale of hard liquor until Jan. 1, 2013.

For weeks, residents and town officials have expressed concerns about granting such a license to an establishment so close to Gillette Stadium. The hesitancy didn’t stem from concern about the store itself, officials stressed, but about potential liquor sales as the town is working to curb binge and underage drinking that often plagues events at the stadium and other locales.

The Daily Gazette reports that the Amherst Select Board agreed with opponents to the Cumberland Farms convenience store at 35 Belchertown Road selling beer and wine, and unanimously turned down its request for a license.

Among the reasons cited by the board were a determination that there is no need for additional alcohol sales in that section of town, and poor sight lines for exiting motorists.

Several people spoke in opposition to the request by Cumberland farms for one of the six remaining wine and malt package store licenses which are issued annually by the town.