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City Issues Cease and Desist Order to Mt. Carmel Society

Springfield City Hall

SPRINGFIELD, Mass. (WGGB) — The city’s law department has issued a cease and desist order to the Our Lady of Mt. Carmel Society after it allegedly didn’t pull the proper permits for two May events.

On May 4, a flyer was circulated advertising an event that was “18+ to party 21+ to drink.”

A week later, another event called “NYC Saturday” was held.  On a similar flyer, it was also noted that function was “18+ to party 21+ to drink.”

In a letter addressed to Raffaele Russo, the club’s manager, Assistant City Solicitor Stephen Reilly Jr. says that “in order to conduct such an event under a pouring license, licensees are required to obtain a City of Springfield Special Event Permit from the Springfield entertainment license granting authority.”

The city says that no such application was filed for the events with the City’s entertainment licensing authority.

Springfield Mayor Domenic Sarno adds in a statement, “The City has had a policy in place for Under 21 events and in this case it has not been followed. The City put the Under 21 event policy in place to ensure public safety is a priority.”

The matter will subject to a hearing at a later date before the city’s Board of License Commissioners.

CLICK HERE to see the flyers and the cease and desist letter