Woodbury Heights Votes Suspend Club's License

Posted: November 22, 1989

Charging that the Kadiddlehoppers club on Route 45 had become a public nuisance, the Woodbury Heights Borough Council voted last night to suspend the club's liquor license for 15 days beginning next Tuesday.

The club's owners said they would appeal, however, and attorneys for the borough and the club said they doubted the club would have to close.

State regulations provide for an automatic stay of the suspension pending a hearing before the state Division of Alcoholic Beverage Control. Lawyers said that because the charge by the council is the first against the club, which opened April 1, the division would probably reduce the suspension to a fine if it upheld the charge.

Police Chief Thomas Reilly told the council at a hearing last night that there had been 114 "police actions" at the club between April 1 and Oct. 30.

He listed 34 fights; 18 drug arrests, including those of two bouncers from the club; nine thefts; nine false fire or burglary alarms; six disturbances; six cases of patrons locking themselves out of their cars; six criminal mischief incidents involving cars; five car accidents; four disorderly persons; three complaints about noise; three complaints about intoxicated persons; and 11 "miscellaneous" incidents, which included people urinating in public.

Alex Salmons Jr. of West Deptford, president of Kadidds Inc., which owns the club, told the council he calls police often to show patrons that he intends to keep order. "My club is as clean as any place, or cleaner than any place. I think we've been doing an excellent job of keeping the problems down."

Two residents of Second Street, which runs behind the club, gave the council differing views. George Braun Jr., who said he did not know the club's owners, said he went to the hearing to defend the club because he believed it had been treated unfairly in newspaper accounts of council members' complaints. "I see an effort to try to run a good establishment," said Braun.

But Richard J. Travaline of Second Street said the club was "out of control" and a "threat to the peace and tranquility of our community." Travaline and his wife, Mary Ellen, were among three people who complained at last night's hearing.

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