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Lindley Estes is a business writer for The Free Lance-Star and This blog is on Fredericksburg-area business. Send an e-mail to Lindley Estes.

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Managing the Nightlife

The Fredericksburg Police Department is running a seminar next week for employees at city bars called "Managing the Nightlife." The seminar will be taught by representatives from the city’s police department, commonwealth’s attorney’s office and fire department, as well as a regional agent from the Virginia Department of Alcoholic Beverage Control. Topics will include fire codes and occupancy limits, state alcohol laws, fake IDs, dealing with intoxicated people and various legal issues. The seminars are deliberately scheduled in advance of the holidays. Last year more than 80 people attended the sessions. I’ll be attending one of the seminars next week and will have an article in the FLS.

Fredericksburg police officer Ron Swaney and Sgt. Jim Kuebler created five fliers that will be handed out to people attending the seminars and hung at city bars during the holiday season. They feature employees and family members of the Fredericksburg PD, including Chief David Nye’s youngest daughter, Caroline, who plays the designated driver elf. Below are the posters.


  • Fredtastic

    Kudos to the City Police Dept for getting the word out early and using some creative advertising as well!