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Meeting addresses CCSU off-campus partying

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A meeting was held Monday evening to address an issue with off-campus parties at Central Connecticut State University.

The meeting was set by the Town and Gown Coalition, a group that includes representatives from the university, the City of New Britain, the New Britain Police Department and the Belvedere neighborhood. In a statement on its website, the coalition said its goal is to work together to manage the use of alcohol on and off campus in the neighborhoods adjacent.

According to recent published reports, police said parties have been more prevalent and increasingly more rowdy this year. They specifically happen Thursday nights, but have extended through the weekend.

City police assisted CCSU police with a recent fight in a dormitory and on that same night also dealt with two large off-campus parties in which 10 students were arrested.

A year ago, Mayor Erin Stewart said she sent the CCSU police chief asking for the university's help. The letter detailed instances of public drinking, large groups roaming and public urination.

At that time, police told Eyewitness News that they spent $1,200 a week in overtime because of the issues.

They also said complaints about it have taken away from routine calls and emergencies.

Boy Riggins said he witnesses late night inappropriate behaviors right outside his Francis Street home.

"Yelling, screaming, girls flashing, throwing beer bottles in the yard, urinating in peoples' yards, tipping over garbage cans," Riggins said. "It slowly got worse, with the kids coming in and what I call vacant landlords, who retired, go down to Florida, rent their places out and are absentee."

Justin Gryk, vice president of the Student Government Association, said the Town and Gown Coalition meeting hopes to start the conversation about how to handle the ongoing issues among certain students and their behaviors.

"To discuss off campus partying, issue at Central and off campus parties. We want to come to a conclusion and start the conversation about how we can control this," Gryk said.

The coalition hopes to not only address the issues but brainstorm possible solutions.

Monday's meeting was the first of four slated throughout the current school year to ease tensions in the community.

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