Friday, May 3, 2013
Towns bordering Milford were among those who submitted comments by Friday to the Massachusetts Gaming Commission on its proposed process for reviewing resort casino applications.
Hopkinton and Medway have expressed strong concern that the state is not adequately protecting communities near proposed resort casino sites. The comments, made to the Massachusetts Gaming Commission, as part of a public hearing on its proposed process for evaluating resort casino applications, were released Friday. In addition, state Sen. Karen Spilka, state Rep. Carolyn Dykema and Rep. Jeffrey Roy — whose districts include Holliston, Hopkinton, Ashland, Franklin and Medway — have sent a letter that expresses concern about the communities' access to expertise to evaulate the proposal for Milford, and a commission timeline that could compress the review. Foxwoods Massachusetts, which is seeking a license for a resort casino near I-495 in …
Thursday, May 2, 2013
A space on Main Street recently vacated by Nik's Barber Shop will become a public, visible location for the development company that wants to establish a casino in Milford.
A former barber shop in Milford will be transformed in coming weeks into a location advertising a Milford casino development. The storefront recently was vacated by Nik's Barber Shop, which has relocated to Chapin Street. Foxwoods Masschusetts, with partners including Foxwoods Resort Casino, wants to build a resort casino on undeveloped land east of I-495 and north of Route 16. Its representatives have negotiated a lease for the space at 88 Main St., as well as some office space, also on Main Street, according to a letter sent to Milford Selectmen. The storefront location will allow the company to present residents with brochures and information about the proposed development. The length of the lease was not specified, or shared with town …
Initial election results show 18 people were elected Tuesday to Milford Town Meeting through write-in campaigns. Most are casino opponents.
Milford casino opponents have elected as many as 12 people as Town Meeting members, part of an effort to stop the casino development should it move ahead to a member vote. The Town Meeting would vote on a rezoning, which would be required for the property. A rezoning vote requires a two-thirds majority, according to town officials. Casino-Free Milford asked its volunteers to run for Town Meeting this year as write-in candidates with the purpose of stopping the casino development. "This was just one part of our strategy," said Geri Eddins, a spokeswoman for the organization. Eddins identified a dozen Casino-Free Milford volunteers as among the write-in candidates who would seem to have been elected, based on preliminary vote totals. In all…
Tuesday, May 22, 2012
With a casino in Foxborough now out of the question more area residents are stepping up to the plate to speak out against the plans for a casino in Milford.
With the casino decision now down to two possible sites in the region, local residents are working harder to get their voices heard. A petition on Change.org that was started in February passed the 1,000 signature mark this month after voters in Foxborough elected two anti-casino selectmen, essentially forcing Robert Craft and Steve Wynn to abandon and plans for a casino near the home of the New England Patriots. According to an article in the Boston Herald, many people believe Suffolk Downs in East Boston will eventually win, but it's still too early to count developer David Nunes' plans for a casino in the Hopkinton's backyard. In Hopkinton people have been taking the opportunity to show their anti-casino sentiment by standing on the …
Friday, May 18, 2012
David Bastille will be at the HHS polling place on May 22, asking residents to join his stand against a casino in Milford
I will be standing outside the polling place at Holliston High this Tuesday May 22, distributing informational handouts and holding a big red sign with the updated message "Casino-Free in Milford" (and Ashland, Bellingham, Franklin, Holliston, etc...). (Back in the fall of 2011, I made and distributed the CasiNO! lawn signs you may have seen around town.) Voter turnout is likely to be low that day, but I'm taking the opportunity anyway (and a vacation day from work) to help raise awareness. I plan to be present from 7 a.m. to 11 a.m. and 3 p.m. to 8 p.m. If you were to ask random people in Holliston how the fight against Crossroads is going these days (or the fight in favor of it, for that matter), they'd probably tell you that there's not…
Sunday, February 26, 2012
The top news items of the last week.
A beloved lunch spot in Holliston will go out of business on Wednesday. C&R Hot Dogs, a favorite place among High School students to grab a quick lunch, is going out of business after 22 months of operation. Area residents are standing up against a casino in Milford. In protest of a proposed Milford casino, residents from surrounding towns are signing a petition against the facility's construction. Kevin Conley, a Holliston Selectman, is seeking reelection. In a letter to Holliston residents, Conley told voters what he has to offer, and asked Hollistonians to cast their ballot for him in May.
Friday, February 24, 2012
In a protest against a casino in Milford, more than 300 residents have signed a petition to express opposition to the proposed facility.
Although casino discussions around the state seem to have hit a lull since Gov. Deval Patrick approved the legislation allowing three resort-style casinos to come to the state, many people have been working behind the scenes and holding public meetings to discuss what impact a casino in Milford could have on the area. Last week a group of MetroWest area residents began an online petition speaking out against the proposal. “I have signed this online petition to express my opposition to the proposed development of a destination casino in Milford.
I believe a destination resort casino, sited in a residential area, will be an assault on our quality of life: making our community less safe, cannibalizing existing businesses, causing long-…
Sunday, January 29, 2012
What we at Patch learned about Holliston this week.
The Holliston community is incredibly close. In this week's video feature, we interviewed Joey Pagano, the creator of a fundraiser to benefit Doug Lack, who must undergo kidney transplant surgery in the coming months. Residents believe a casino in Milford could have serious consequences for Holliston. Thursday's forum on casino gambling for the MetroWest area, hosted in Holliston, was packed with local residents ready to speak out and act against a Milford casino. Locals will push themselves to their physical limit to give back to the community. Holliston's VFW will host a two-hour Zumba class next month to raise funds for a school for disabled children.
Saturday, January 28, 2012
We recap the top comments from the past week.
On VIDEO: Art Saves Doug Lack Fundraiser Michelle Tate said: Great job, everyone! We still have art to sell, contact us if you are interested - 508-893-0945. On Opinion: Bullard Farm Grounds Are Irreplaceable Thomas Gilbert said: I read comments from people who ask what all the fuss is about or say grow up or change happens. What would you say to people who would want to destroy Paul Revere's house to construct an office tower or eliminate Old North Chruch because we need more parking. The Bullard Farm is Holliston's Paul Revere House and its Old North Church and it is an important part of its history as well as Sherborn, Millis, and Medway. If we agree a solar power plant is acceptable, will it then be acceptable to build a biomass …
Friday, January 27, 2012
Local lawmakers asked area residents to work with developers in order to have their voices heard throughout the process of implementing a possible casino in the area.
Residents from the MetroWest area met at Adams Middle School in Holliston Thursday night to air concerns and have questions answered as the construction of large resort casinos in Massachusetts hurdles toward reality. Holliston selectmen Chairman Jay Marsden urged area residents to avoid a mindset of uncompromising resistance toward a casino, saying that towns should be willing to work with developers and state officials. Massachusetts lawmakers passed legislation in November allowing for construction of resort casinos in the state, leading to a proposal of such a facility on the border of Milford and Holliston. "The idea is that we should put ourselves in a position where we would have a voice throughout the process," Marsden said. A …