Loud Music, Underage Drinking on Harrison Ave.

Police say eight teenagers were drinking in a loft on top of a detached garage at the New Canaan home.


Police on Friday issued an infraction summons to a 17-year-old New Canaan man after they discovered that he’d been drinking at home with other teenagers.

While responding to a 9:26 p.m. complaint of loud music on Harrison Avenue, police saw beer cans and eight teens inside a loft above a detached garage, according to Sgt. Carol Ogrinc of the New Canaan Police Department.

The 17-year-old’s parents were home at the time but, when confronted by police, said they were unaware of what was happening in the separate building on the property, Ogrinc said.

Police withheld the youth’s name because of his age.

According to the arrest log at the police department, a noise nuisance involving alcohol was called in at 9:26 p.m. at 62 Harrison Ave. According to tax records, the home at that address is owned by Kathleen Paladino.

A ticket for possession of alcohol by a minor carries a fine of $136, police said. Underage violators who plead guilty to the charge face the possibility of a driver’s license suspension, police said.

Teens at the home included two 16-year-old females, three 17-year-old males, two 17-year-old females and one 15-year-old male, Ogrinc said.

Their parents were contacted and police made sure the teens got home safely, she said.

Canaanite April 01, 2013 at 03:37 PM
Also, one would not say that something is "obvious BY" . . . one would say it's "obvious FROM" . . . or it's "obvious in the way that you . . . " . . .
Canaanite April 01, 2013 at 03:48 PM
Wow . . . Young Adult thinks he or she is adult enough to dictate to actual adults what parents "should" be teaching their kids?? And a father who served alcohol to minors is held up as an example of having stellar judgment?? Is the breaking of other laws allowed and condoned too? Just curious who draws the line about which laws are ok to break and which ones aren't . . . Dear Young Adult, until you happen to grow up and become an expert on such matters and have years of experience, at which point you *possibly* may know what you're talking about, please refrain from such silly rhetoric.
Canaanite April 01, 2013 at 03:57 PM
The problem with our culture is that binge drinking and college insanity and the like are socially accepted norms and are seen by almost everyone as rights of passage and something that everyone goes through and wants . . . But it's not. It doesn't have to be. Starting in pre-school, extra-curricular activities are given an importance that directly rivals schoolwork and studying, and it gets worse the further along you get in school. (Not that sports are bad by any means, but I am talking more about the mentality of having free-time activities that rival school . . . ) By the time you get to college, you expect the animal house experience and everyone just accepts that and hopes their kids turn out ok. This is appalling. If school were treated with more respect, the way it is in Europe, for example, then this might be less of a problem here in our country. Kids would learn discipline from an early age and would know how to control themselves, and maybe it wouldn't be seen as so cool to drink oneself into a coma. So many factors that go into this . . . but our society fosters this behavior and there are no changes in site; no hope that it will get better. The drinking age isn't the problem, parents letting their kids have an occasional drink in the family and in their own home isn't the problem . . .
A Concerned Young Adult April 01, 2013 at 11:26 PM
Canaanite I am failing to see the legitimacy of your point, that extra curricular activities lead to partying. I'm assuming you have not recently seen a college application. Getting into college these days is more than just good grades and SAT scores. There are now entire sections on the applications for extra curriculars(including both sports and clubs) and charity work as well as employment. If colleges wanted student lives revolving around school then they would not have the additional sections on their applications. In reality we are both arguing the same point, that developing child to respect alcohol in a safe environment is more beneficial to the child than hiding alcohol like its some forbidden object. Please don't insult my knowledge of this subject because I highly doubt you have done much in the ways of studying teenage alcoholism. Unlike you I see what happens at parties and know that the kids who have grown up with alcohol were much more responsible with it
Canaanite April 02, 2013 at 01:46 PM
Young Adult . . . I am not going to argue with you. First, I did not say that extra-curricular activities lead to partying . . . I said it's the overall practice of allowing extra-curricular activities to *rival the importance of schoolwork* (starting in preschool and going on throughout the school years) - and diminishes the importance of said schoolwork and removes the focus from it - which contributes to the notion that partying is *as an acceptable norm* in universities as studying is. And yes, universities themselves contribute to this mania, too, by requiring so many activities and putting such a focus on them in their applications and creating such competition based on those. Second, you are not in the position to guess at how much research I have done on *any* subject, so don't speculate. Suffice it to say, I've done more research on the subject than you have anecdotal experience about it, thank you very much. That, plus a few more years of valuable life experience, Young One, and I think I have earned the right to have a "legitimate" opinion on the subject. Lastly, I agree that young adults should be taught to respect alcohol (as I was, by the way, because I also grew up in a European home where the attitude about alcohol is different in my experience), but *breaking the law* and allowing kids to drink in your home is not the right way to do that.


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