Big Bear Lake, CA, August 29, 2011, 8:00am – The first Labor Day took place in New York in September of 1882. In 1894, twelve years later, Labor Day became a national holiday. Now we celebrate the history of labor, our American culture, and the American worker by having the first Monday of September off from work. The holiday has come to symbolize the end of summer and typically represents the ‘back to school’ season. Labor Day has also become a day to celebrate with alcohol. Often alcohol is present at get-togethers and parties without a second thought, but ends up being consumed by underage youth. With back yard barbeques approaching the Breakthrough Task Force would like to highlight San Bernardino County’s Social Host Ordinance. This Labor Day please remember that providing a place and allowing youth to consume alcohol is not only dangerous and irresponsible, but it is also against the law. Car accidents, violence and other disturbances can be seen as a direct effect of drinking. This Labor Day remember, celebrate your time off and back to school responsibly and don’t provide or allow minors to consume alcohol. For more information about the Social Host Ordinance or alcohol policy contact Bonnie Shaffer of the Breakthrough Task Force at Big Bear Recovery Services, (909) 878-0101.
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