Michael Halfacre submitted his resignation as Director of the New Jersey Division of Alcohol Beverage Control to Acting Attorney General John Hoffman yesterday, effective June 30,2015.
Under Halfacre’s leadership since March of 2012, the ABC is credited with cracking down on underage drinking, the sale of alcohol to the already intoxicated, and penalizing establishments that were scamming consumers by “drink substitution,” i.e. charging customers for the “top shelf” drinks they ordered while actually serving cheaper booze.
During Halfacre’s tenure, new laws were implemented for the brewing and distilling industry which have lead to an emerging micro brewing industry. Additionally, new rules were written to regulate the direct sale of wine to consumers by out-of-state wineries.
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Posted: May 22nd, 2015 | Author: Art Gallagher | Filed under: Christie Administration, Division of Alcoholic Beverage Control, Fair Haven, Mike Halfacre, Monmouth County, Monmouth County News, New Jersey | Tags: Director of Division of Alcoholic Beverage Control, Division of Alcoholic Beverage Control, Fair Haven, Michael Halfacre, Mike Halfacre, NJ ABC | 1 Comment »
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Martell’s Tiki Bar, the popular Pt. Pleasant Beach adult playground, was fined $500,000 and will have its license to serve alcohol suspended for thirty days this fall for over-serving vodka to a female patron who caused a car crash in Old Bridge that killed her and severely injured another woman, according to a settlement with the Division of Alcohol Beverage Control announced by Acting Attorney General John Hoffman.
Ashley Sara Chieco of Wood-Ridge, then 26 years old, drank vodka at Martell’s from 11:07 am on August 16, 2013 until an hour or so before the 6 pm accident in which she was driving the wrong way on Route 18. Chieco was killed and Dana Corrar, then 55, of Old Bridge was severely injured. Chieco left Martell’s in an SUV that did not belong to her, but looked similar to her own vehicle. Her blood alcohol level when she died was .189, more than double the legal limit of .08, according a NJ.com report of incident.
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Posted: April 9th, 2015 | Author: Art Gallagher | Filed under: ABC, Division of Alcoholic Beverage Control, Mike Halfacre | Tags: Acting Attorney General John Hoffman, Ashely Sara Chieco, Dana Corrar, Division of Alcoholic Beverage Control, Martell's Tiki Bar, Martell's Tiki Bar Inc, Michael Halfacre, NJ ABC | Comments Off on Popular Pt. Pleasant Beach Bar Fined $500K, Suspended for 30 Days For Over-Serving Patron Killed in 2013 Crash
The segment was bumped by the Short Hills Mall shooting story. It is now rescheduled for Tuesday between 7:30am and 8am.
Tune into NBC Monday morning between 7:30 and 8 or set your DVR to catch some familiar faces, including your favorite blogger, demonstrating the dangers for drinking too much during the holiday season, or anytime, especially if you plan to drive.
The Today Show, in conjunction with the New Jersey Division of Alcoholic Beverage Control and the Fair Haven Police Department, hosted a holiday party for a small group of Monmouth County residents at Raven and the Peach last week.
The drinking, followed by sobriety tests and interviews, should serve as an important warning. Hopefully, those of us who participated will not look too ridiculous.
Posted: December 15th, 2013 | Author: Art Gallagher | Filed under: Division of Alcoholic Beverage Control | Tags: Division of Alcoholic Beverage Control, Drinking and Driving, Fair Haven Police, Jason Rossen, Mike Halfacre, NJ ABC, Today Show | Comments Off on Drinking on the Today Show
Former Mayor Mike Halfacre’s nomination as the Director of the Division Alcoholic Beverage Control was unanimously approved by the Senate Judiciary Committee this afternoon.
In answering questions posed by members of the committee, Halfacre expressed his commitment to combat underage drinking and to run his agency has a regulatory and enforcement body, not a policy making body.
Halfacre was appointed Assistant Attorney General and Acting Director on February 6. His nomination is scheduled be voted on by the full Senate on March 15.
Posted: March 5th, 2012 | Author: Art Gallagher | Filed under: Art Gallagher, Mike Halfacre | Tags: Art Gallagher, Director of Division of Alcoholic Beverage Control, Division of Alcoholic Beverage Control, Mike Halfacre, NJ ABC | 1 Comment »