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Bloomfield's Tamborini Pleads Guilty

Remember this series of unfortunate events?  The conclusion, reported today in My Bloomfield:

Earlier this week, Second Ward Councilman Ray Tamborini pleaded guilty to driving while intoxicated, stemming from an incident in the winter when Tamborini crashed a township-owned vehicle into two parked cars.

Tamborini will have his license suspended for seven months. He also suggested starting a novel service in town that would pick up drivers who are too drunk to drive.

May 5, 2006 in Controversy | Permalink


It's called a taxi!!!!! Duh!

Posted by: bt | May 5, 2006 4:45:14 PM

Like you'd get in the car with him.

I smell cheap cologne and cheap mints.

Posted by: dude | May 5, 2006 4:51:40 PM

Who taught him how to drive? Artie Bucco?

Posted by: Miss Martta | May 5, 2006 4:57:35 PM

I think the idea is the service would be free. I believe in San Francisco the bars have an agreement with the local cab services that they will pick up patrons too drunk to drive for free and take them home. The bars have a hotline to the cab co. I think this works well in a city, not sure if it would work so well in a suburban town, but who knows.

Posted by: mauigirl52 | May 5, 2006 4:58:52 PM

If you offer free rides, will DeCamp sue you?

Posted by: appletony | May 5, 2006 5:00:01 PM

Arg. A car service. Ever go to Obals? Same old crowd warming the barstools all the time. Is it a coincidence that the half dozen times I've been there over the past half dozen years, the same people have been there? Shazam! Nah, they must be the regulars. How about personal responsibility, or being responsible for your friends? "Gosh, Friend, I think you've had too muchto drink. How about I give you a ride?" Or just take the friend's car keys? A car service -- are our taxes supposed to pay for that?

Posted by: arg | May 5, 2006 5:06:06 PM

I go to Obal's once or twice a month, so I have to say, I never get the impression, as arg apparently does, of rummies glued to their barstools. Or of people drinking at all to excess. There are regulars at Obal's as there are so many places, but so what? It hardly qualifies as a sort of lazar house crammed full of immovable sots. So if you don't like it there, arg (interesting caveman-like posting name you chose there), don't go. For at least another 6 years or so.

Posted by: cathar | May 5, 2006 5:33:33 PM

He also suggested starting a novel service in town that would pick up drivers who are too drunk to drive--

yeah novel --so he can now drink to excess and have someone drive hime home--

and as for Cathar, with due respect I assure you I haven't been in Obals for 15 years- but if I went there tonight I would find at least 20 people I left sitting at the bar 15 years ago. If you went there every night you would still see at least 15 of those same people there.

Posted by: cstarling | May 5, 2006 8:14:22 PM

I was there last night and I saw cathar...and he wasn't glued to a bar stool

Posted by: Iceman | May 5, 2006 8:19:26 PM

Hope he was cashing in on the shuffleboard!

Posted by: cstarling | May 5, 2006 8:22:06 PM

"If you went there every night you would still see at least 15 of those same people there."

You can say that about almost any bar. In fact, I know that I can walk into the Office in Montclair on any given night and see people from 20 years ago!

Posted by: Miss Martta | May 5, 2006 8:44:34 PM

Your right MM- but while some find that comforting I find it twighlight zone-ish. But just my opinion.

Posted by: cstarling | May 5, 2006 9:01:02 PM

I find it depressing.

Posted by: Miss Martta | May 5, 2006 9:04:18 PM

Lazar house --- I just looked that up. Thanks for my weird bit of trivia for the day!

Posted by: skipwtih | May 5, 2006 9:31:23 PM

Oh, and anybody remember Steve Buscemi's 1996 film "Trees Lounge"? This discussion is conjuring up memories of the final scene, when Buscemi's character takes his place at the just-vacated permanent stool of the old barfly who's passed out and is taken away to the hospital, and a sad kind of torch is passed.

Posted by: skipwtih | May 5, 2006 9:38:37 PM

I know some people who the same thing about The VI...Miss M, do u and TK hang at the VI?

Posted by: Iceman | May 5, 2006 10:21:35 PM

Nah...I find that place kinda boring. ZZzzz. We used to hang at the Office and South Park. Now we don't hang out at bars as much; we just have beer when we go out to eat at places like EGan's and Star Tavern.

Posted by: Miss Martta | May 6, 2006 7:49:29 AM

The really scary thing would be to check this site out in 5-10 years and seem the same names posting about the same things (those who haven't been jailed or hung after lasermikey's "convention on torture," that is). Because this is very much a "barstool" of sorts.

Posted by: cathar | May 6, 2006 7:59:39 PM

i raise my glass to you Cathar.


Posted by: pissant | May 6, 2006 8:11:13 PM


Posted by: Miss Martta | May 6, 2006 9:28:04 PM

Pabst for everyone...

Posted by: Iceman | May 6, 2006 10:44:05 PM

that hit the spot.

another round for everyone barkeep.

call me a cab!

Posted by: pissant | May 7, 2006 1:04:26 AM

were the posts referencing Kennedy's driving while impaired CENSORED????

Posted by: Byron | May 7, 2006 8:00:20 AM

they are in a different thread. (the "open" one with the flowers)

Posted by: Right of Center™ | May 7, 2006 8:57:12 AM

Every single bar in America has regulars. Did you ever watch a little show called Cheers? If you haven't, it was a wildly successful and popular sit com about a bunch of regulars at a bar. Like Cheers on tv, Obal's in Bloomfield, or Tierney's in Montclair, you're bound to find people who consistently attend the same bar. But you can be sure that on any given night, you'll find someone at those same places that you haven't seen before. Trust me, I'd call my self a frequent customer of a certain establishment, and I always wonder - where do these people come from that I've never seen before? That's how a business stays in business.

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