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Annual Block Party Nears

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Published on Apr 15, 2010

WNEP - Law enforcement will be cracking down on some college parties in Columbia County this weekend.

College students in Bloomsburg are getting ready for the annual Block Party on Saturday. Some students say new rules will ruin the fun.

"I'm not looking forward to it as much because people won't be out as much parting like they were last year. They are not going to be having fun. We're going to have people in my apartment but we are going to be in there the whole day," said Carly Smith, Bloomsburg University student.

The big block party attracts thousands of people to the college town every year. In 2007 police in riot gear had to be called. About 100 people were arrested.

This year letters were sent to students about the new rules for parties with more than 150 people. Those parties would have to end by 9 p.m. and there would have to be a cleanup the next day. The host of such a party would need a permit.

This year the Bloomsburg police chief said no one applied for one.

"While no one has a permit we believe there will be small groups if they stay under 150. They will be spread out over larger areas. It will reduce the conflict with neighbors, noise parking litter, damage," said Chief Leo Sokoloski.

Bloomsburg police will also have extra patrols for the block party. They will also have help from law enforcement from seven different counties and state police.

"You don't want to rain on their parade but and not have people have a good time as long as its done in a way that is responsible," said resident Dawn Young.

"They think they are doing a good job with it but i think the students are going to rebel," said Luke Bertley, Bloomsburg University student.

Violation of the new rules could result in a $600.

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