Pennsylvania LCB funds efforts to cut underage drinking

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The Pennsylvania Liquor Control Board gave $70,000 in grants to two groups hoping to cut down on underage drinking in Oakland, state Rep. Dan Frankel, D-Squirrel Hill, announced Monday.

Mr. Frankel said $40,000 went to the Oakland Planning and Development Corp., which plans to use the money to hire off-duty police officers to focus on liquor code violations and alcohol-related crimes, to fund outreach projects with landlords and students and to collect and analyze data about what role underage drinking plays in creating nuisance properties.

"This grant will bolster efforts already [underway] to crack down on large, pay-to-enter house parties and the dangerous drinking practices they encourage," Wanda Wilson, executive director of the Oakland Planning and Development Corp., said in a statement.

Another $30,000 went to the Carnegie Mellon University police department, which plans to create a two-year program called Realize Alcohol Influences Decision-making, to fund training opportunities for police and to increase the number of people the department can pay to work underage drinking patrols.

"The Liquor Control Board isn't just in the business of selling alcohol -- its job is also to promote responsible alcohol use for those 21 and older," Mr. Frankel said in the same statement. "These grants are great examples of that mission."

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