The last dry town in Connecticut is considering whether to give up on Prohibition.
Bridgewater, an affluent bedroom community of 1,700 people tucked into the hills of western Connecticut, may have more at stake in a referendum than bragging rights: The town's average age has risen above 50 and the state is threatening to close the only school.
First Selectman Curtis Read says restaurants that serve alcohol could provide a much-needed boost.
"It would tend to enliven the town," Read said.
Repeal has become the hottest issue in Bridgewater, with dozens attending a November town meeting on the issue. The timing of a vote, originally scheduled for Tuesday, now remains to be determined after it was postponed to make sure it complies with decades-old blue laws.
Bridgewater has taken up the issue for the first time since 1930s because two developers proposed opening restaurants, as long as they could serve alcohol. Some residents have bars in their garages but the town, which is home to actress Mia Farrow and a large weekend population of people from New York City, currently does not have a restaurant aside from a village store with a delicatessen.
Today, the town 60 miles north of New York has a median household income of about $100,000, but it has a glut of homes on the market.
"The town definitely needs a boost," said Read, who said the restaurants could provide a bit of local employment and a place to socialize.