There will be one less license request than expected at May’s Annual Town Meeting.

Tuesday night, the selectmen voted 4-1 to approve Article 17 which will allow the town to petition the state for two additional restaurant licenses for the Route 140 area from Foxborough Plaza to the Mansfield town line. Chris Mitchell was the lone vote against the article. Article 15 and 16, which contain seven liquor license requests, were approved.

Removed from Article 17 was a package store license that was requested by Hops and Grapes on Commercial Street. Lorraine Brue of the Economic Development Committee said they had received concerns from other package stores that allowing Hops and Grapes to upgrade their license from beer and wine to all-alcohol could hurt their businesses.

It’s four down and one to go for Beverly’s beleaguered private social clubs, according to the Salem News.

The Massachusetts Alcoholic Beverages Control Commission has suspended the liquor licenses of the Italian Community Center and Elks Lodge for violating state gambling laws, adding to earlier suspensions for the Union Club and American Legion.

In its latest decisions, the ABCC suspended the license of the ICC for 20 days, but only 10 days will be served. The Elks Lodge received a five-day suspension, with two days to be served.

In July, Framingham Police arrested the bartender at Railroad Six Sports Grill on drug charges. During the investigation, police identified a total of six liquor license violations.

The owner Salvatore Bellone fired the bartender and voluntarily closed the establishment for 5 days to fix the problems.

According to the Framingham Patch, on Tuesday night, Framingham Police recommended Selectmen, the town’s licensing board, suspend the alcohol license for an additional 5 days.

The Republican reports that wine and alcohol sellers are pushing for a change in state law that would allow them legal protection if they accept out-of-state licenses.

“If someone’s 21, has ID from another state that’s legal, we should legally be able to take it and not have to say ‘I’m sorry I can’t take that ID’ because we are not afforded same protection as if we took Massachusetts ID and relied on that for identification,” said Ben Weiner, owner of Sav-Mor Liquors, which has four stores around greater Boston.

Liquor sellers have been advocating for the change for years. Under current law, if a store accidentally sells alcohol to a minor, the owner has a defense if the store relied on a Massachusetts license as proof of age. But the store can be penalized if employees relied on an out-of-state license that is fake.

Hanover Selectmen suspended the liquor license of the Tedeschi’s on Columbia Road for three days, with two to serve, after the store sold alcohol to three underage teens using a fake out-of-state ID, according to Wicked Local Hanover.

A Hanover police officer saw the three underage men from afar drinking beer in the parking lot of the Tedeschi’s on July 3 at 9:55 p.m. before getting into a car to drive away, according to Hanover Police Chief Walter Sweeney. The officer stopped the car, scanned the ID, which proved it fake, and found a 30-pack of Coors Light and the remainder of the case of beer they had opened in the parking lot.

When the officer brought the ID back to the store, the Tedeschi’s employee told the officer he had checked it, but did not follow company protocol and ask for a second form of ID, despite having a “funny feeling,” Sweeney said.

Framingham Selectmen voted to suspend the liquor license of TGI Friday’s in Framingham for five days in July. The Shoppers World restaurant will not be able to serve alcohol from July 22-26.

The restaurant and the Framingham Police department reached an agreement on a liquor license violation that occurred in December 2014, and asked Selectmen to approve it.

In April, Police came before Selectmen with a recommendation for a 3-day suspension.

Target Corp. has applied for a liquor license for the CityTarget going up on Boylston Street in the Fenway neighborhood, a Target spokesperson has confirmed, as reported by the Boston Business Journal.

Target Corp.is still waiting to hear if it can sell alcohol when the store opens to the public on July 22, said spokesperson Erika Winkels. The store is part of Samuels & Associates’ Van Ness development, a 550,000 square-foot mixed-use project on Boylston Street.

Under Massachusetts rules, grocers can apply for liquor licenses for off-premises alcohol consumption. The Walgreens flagship pharmacy in the former Borders location in Downtown Crossing sells alcohol, but few other non-liquor store retailers in downtown sell booze.

The Boston Globe reports that two Boston city councilors have filed paperwork to begin a process that could result in a substantial new citywide tax on the sale of alcohol, and to use the millions of dollars in expected revenue exclusively on substance abuse prevention and treatment programs.

The proposal, if passed by both the City Council and the state Legislature, would impose a tax of 1 percent to 2 percent on all alcohol sales, including beer and wine, in city restaurants, taverns, bars, supermarkets, and package stores.

City Council President Bill Linehan, who offered the proposal along with City Councilor Frank Baker, said that thousands of people are afflicted by alcohol and drug addiction, many of them unemployed and a burden on the public. Helping them sober up and become productive citizens represents a huge opportunity to save public money, he said.

Bring your own booze could become a reality in Boston in the near future.

At-large City Councilors Michelle Wu and Stephen Murphy have submitted a proposal to allow smaller restaurants the option of offering BYOB service to diners, reports Universal Hub.

Both Wu and Murphy want to end Boston’s ban on “BYOB” options, as a way to boost restaurants that cannot afford expensive liquor license fees.

The Northampton City Council agreed to adopt a resolution to create 5 new liquor licenses for 5 existing businesses. Mayor David Narkewicz hopes this is the first step in getting rid of the quota system, and giving local city and towns (like Northampton) the power to issue as many licenses as they see fit.

“There’s many customers that come in and once they find out we don’t have a full liquor license, they walk out,” Juan Suarez, Owner of Ibiza Tapas told ABC40. Ibiza Tapas was among the five restaurants who did not win the all-liquor license awarded to Bistro Les Gras back in September 2014. Mayor Narkewicz says filing this resolution is his way of addressing the “outdated, one size fits” all quota system for liquor licenses. Former Gov. Patrick supported ending the cap on the number of licenses last year but was it was rejected by the House.

Suarez also adds that if there were more licenses available, it would make for better and more restaurant competition.