City council introduces bill to further restrict parties

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This graphic outlines how a criminal “unruly social gathering” is defined in the current draft of Bill No. 19-05.

BY
Associate News Editor

A newly proposed bill takes aim at unruly gatherings in the interest of maintaining the “good and quiet order” of Newark.

Under Bill No. 19-05, introduced by the Newark City Council on Feb. 25, those who host or are otherwise responsible for any unruly social gatherings to occur within Newark may be issued a civil citation.

An unruly social gathering is defined in the bill as a party, event or assemblage of four or more persons at a private property within Newark where there is disorderly conduct or alcohol readily available to minors.

According to the current form of the bill, those cited as responsible for any unruly social gathering — the people or organizations who plan or supervise the unruly social gathering — will be subject to fines, ranging from $500 to $2,000, in addition to 20 to 60 hours of community service.

Because the bill was introduced Monday for a first reading by the City Council, it will not be debated or discussed until its second reading on March 11, at which time it may be revised or rejected.

The University of Delaware Police Department (UDPD) already regularly cooperates with the NPD to break up parties on campus and cite underage drinkers, many of whom are university students.

The largest instance of this was in 2016, when 145 people were arrested when police broke up a party on Continental Avenue. Last October, police broke up a large party during the day at a residence in the 300 block of East Park Place and arrested 100 people.

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