Bayonne Bars and Liquor Stores Take Responsible Service Seriously

Over 40 employees from ten different Bayonne alcohol vendors attended a voluntary training on Saturday, September 17. “The Techniques of Alcohol Management” (TAMS) training covered information on professionalism, ethical conduct, monitoring customers, identifying false identification, and knowing the laws and liabilities related to selling alcohol to underage youth. The TAMS training was conducted by retired Lt. Thomas Chartoff. Mr. Chartoff is a Rutgers graduate and throughout his career specialized in Alcohol Enforcement Programs and Counterfeit Identification training. He currently teaches TAMS for Jannarone Consulting LLC in partnership with the New Jersey Licensed Beverage Association.

The Bayonne Alcohol Beverage Control Department sponsored the training in partnership with the Hudson County Coalition for a Drug-Free Community and the Bayonne Knights of Columbus. The Knights of Columbus donated space and catered the event. This and similar trainings are being conducted in various municipalities in Hudson County as part of an initiative to reduce underage drinking.

“Being able to attend this training free of charge is a great benefit to our organization,” said William T. Birtwistle, President for the Bayonne Knights of Columbus. “It was a great decision for us to attend in the sense that it helps the Knights, but also in the sense that it helps us do a better job of being a responsible alcohol vendor serving the town of Bayonne.”

The Hudson County Coalition for a Drug-Free Community is made up of Hudson County-based non-profit organizations, colleges, law enforcement, clergy, concerned parents, elected officials, government agency representatives, youth, and others who work together to reduce substance abuse and related consequences within the county. Through the coalition, community advocates seek to educate youth, parents, and the community about the problems associated with substance abuse, change community norms and attitudes that are favorable to alcohol and other drug abuse, reduce access to alcohol for minors, and promote legislation that can help reduce the negative consequences caused by substance abuse within the county. Partners In Prevention, a non-profit agency that works to reduce the impact and prevalence of substance abuse and addiction within Hudson County, is the fiscal agent for the coalition. To learn more about the coalition, contact Joseph Evensen, Coalition Supervisor of Partners In Prevention at (201) 653-6776.

Additional Information: About Partners In Prevention:
Partners In Prevention is a non-profit service organization that addresses substance abuse in individuals, families, schools and others concerned about the impact of addiction in our communities. It serves thousands of individuals from all twelve municipalities of Hudson County. Partners In Prevention has been designated by the State Department of Human Services, Division of Addiction Services as the prevention resource center serving Hudson County. As such, it maintains a library of literature and other educational resources available to parents, students, educators, schools, municipal alliances, clergy, health care professionals, treatment facilities, public housing authorities, employers and others seeking information regarding substance abuse and related problems. For more information, please call the agency at (201) 653-6776.

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