This Day In History: 1936-02-20
The Houvenkopf Country Club and the Greek Orthodox Church in West Mahwah appeared before an informal hearing of the Town Board charged with violating the State liquor laws. Each had opened its bar when an outside organization was renting the hall. Frank H. Janke, Thomas Prendergast and A. Vilord, the Club’s manager, represented the Club. They claimed that they had only received a $15 rental for the evening and only required the nominal sponsorship of an outside organization. About 15 actual Club members were present at the dance where beer was sold. The priest of the Church said he had not heard of the law. It was explained to him that the Church could have a single license to sell beer per year, although each separate organization of the Church could have one per year as well.