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June 23, 2011

Outdoor movie and ice cream series kicks off

GEORGETOWN — A new summer tradition will allow Georgetown families to enjoy ice cream and a movie under the stars.

Starting tonight, Heneborg's Ice Cream and Food at 269 Central St. will be showing movies every other Thursday night on an outdoor screen in its picnic area. The original "Willie Wonka and The Chocolate Factory," starring Gene Wilder will lead off the free series tonight.

At a public hearing Monday night, selectmen unanimously approved a weekly entertainment movie license for Heneborg's, after confirming abutters and the building inspector had been notified. Selectman Philip Trapani was not present, and Stephen Smith arrived at the meeting after the vote was taken.

According to the building inspector, the property is grandfathered for the entertainment, provided the activity is incidental to the main business and offered for free.

Selectman Gary Fowler expressed some concern with how much the business has evolved through the years and whether granting the license would result in further expansion.

But Chairman David Surface said the license is good through Dec. 31 only. If there are significant changes to the business, he said the board could opt not to renew the license next year.

In other business:

Selectmen held off on a permit request from Kevin Tighe of Fat Belly BBQ to set up his vending truck at Georgetown Park and Ride on East Main Street a few days a week. According to Tighe's proposal, the food truck would be manned by two employees and be powered by a portable generator. Offerings would include pulled pork and chicken sandwiches, hamburgers, hot dogs, chicken fingers, fries and cold beverages.

Selectmen praised the Pond Street resident's operation and expressed a desire to support a local business. But they wanted to talk more with Tighe about his plan before signing off on it and will meet with him in July. The town currently has no licenses governing vending trucks, Town Administrator Michael Farrell said.

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