Several Bel Air and Aberdeen bars got the green light for their St. Patrick's Day outdoor celebrations during the Harford County Liquor Control Board's meeting in Bel Air Wednesday afternoon.
The Greene Turtle in Aberdeen was approved for an expanded patio operation, while two Bel Air bars, Looney's and The Dark Horse, got permission for tented areas in parking lots outside their establishments. Owners of Sean Bolan's in Bel Air received board permission for a larger event in their Main Street pub.
The liquor control board asked about security and providing bracelets for attendees, but did not have any real concerns about the businesses' ability to police the reveling and drinking, since all of them have had similar events in past years.
Also at the meeting, a one-day license was granted to the Harford County Public Library Foundation for a car show to be overseen by the Jarrettsville Fire Company. It will include a beer garden area and take place April 13.
The Center for the Arts was approved for an event featuring Ronny Cox, an actor featured in movies such as "Total Recall," "RoboCop" and "Deliverance," on March 24 at St. Mary Magdalen's Callahan Center in Bel Air.
The board approved a change of officers for Discount Liquor, in the 400 block of Baltimore Pike. Sneh Patel and Ripalben Patel will take over as licensees.
Greek Village, in the 100 block of Baltimore Pike, changed officers as well, with Nikoalaos Orfanidids taking over on the liquor license.
One-day beer and wine licenses were approved for an April 6 buffet dinner at St. Patrick Church, an April 12 bull roast at Bel Air Armory for the Harford Community Action Agency, an April 19 author chat and book signing at Jarrettsville Library and an April 20 shrimp feast at Bel Air Armory led by the Greater Bel Air Community Foundation.
The board was informed that fines for license violations were paid by Joppatowne V.F.W. Post, $2,000, Gene's Bar & Restaurant, $1,000, Bellissimo, $2,000; and Edgewood Liquor, Grocery & Deli, $2,000.