Thursday, May 9, 2013
Scott Butera, CEO of Foxwoods Resort Casino, was among the panelists at a casino forum at Suffolk University's Sawyer Business School.
BOSTON — Suffolk University drew proponents and opponents of casino gambling to a single forum Thursday, including representatives from Milford and the proposed Foxwoods Massachusetts casino. Scott Butera, chief executive officer of Foxwoods Resort Casino, the dominant partner in the casino application for Milford, was a panelist, as were Steve Trettel, a co-chairman of of Casino Free Milford, and Milford Selectman Brian Murray. Butera described the Milford proposal in a powerpoint presentation, emphasizing that the $1 billion casino application would bring good paying jobs to the Milford region. He disputed opponents' contention that the average casino job would pay less than $35,000 a year, based on the Foxwoods casino record. "If our …
Friday, March 29, 2013
A small group met last night at the Adams Middle School to break down their fight against the Crossroads Casino.
Since casino developer David Nunes teamed up with Foxwoods and submitted a proposal before the Massachusetts Gaming Commission, opponents have been waiting for more information. But that time has come to an end, according to Ken Rockett and others from the Casino Free Milford group, time is ticking away and a casino proposal is expected to be selected for development within the next 10 months. “We don’t know what the developer wants to do and I think he’s going to keep that a secret for as long as possible,” Dave Bastille, one of the long-term opponents, said. “We do know enough to make a stink.” At their meeting in Holliston last night Rockett, Bastille and others organized into three groups to break down the fight and make dissemination …
Friday, March 15, 2013
Stephanie Crimmins, a leader of Casino Free Foxborough, spoke to residents of Milford and the surrounding towns about how they can stop proposed Crossroads project.
In order to prevent a casino from coming to Milford, speakers at last night's Casino Free Milford encouraged residents to begin spreading the word about the downsides of a casino. The group invited Stephanie Crimmins to speak to residents about what she did while working to oppose the casino proposed in Foxborough. Crimmins focused on what worked in Foxborough and what she learned going through the process of fighting the Wynn-Kraft casino proposal. “What really worked for us in Foxborough was the drop in house values, they dropped 20 percent on the roads leading to and around Foxwoods,” she said. While Crimmins was volunteering in Foxborough she was able to meet with a former mayor of Ledyard Connecticut, the home of Foxwoods casino. “…
Monday, March 11, 2013
Rep. Dykema sent a letter to the casino developer last week asking for details of his plan.
Although casino developer David Nunes submitted his plan to the Massachusetts Gaming Commission before the deadline, some residents and leaders don't know if he is taking the process seriously. "The lack of dialogue, outreach and substantive information by you regarding your casino proposal is of great concern. If your proposal is indeed serious, you must engage with the local communities," Dykema said in a letter addressed to Nunes last week. But community members are still moving forward with their fight against the casino. Casino Free Milford has invited town leaders who helped stop the Foxborough casino proposal to speak in Holliston this week. "Stephanie Crimmins started the No Foxboro Casino movement in Foxboro. She was instrumental…
Friday, March 1, 2013
The opponents of a Milford casino proposal met this week to organize their efforts.
The opposition to a Milford casino is gaining organization and people, and beginning a campaign to reach potential voters. Although opponents to the casino project live in several towns, including Milford, only Milford voters will have a direct say in whether the casino proposal moves forward. The town will get a referendum vote on the project, if the developer reaches an agreement with town officials. The Casino Free Milford group held a private, organizational meeting at Milford Town Hall on Wednesday, according to a release from the organization. The group intially met in a public session last month, but this time held a members-only meeting. According to a written summary distributed to media following the meeting, the crowd was …
Tuesday, February 5, 2013
For the first time since the filing of a casino proposal, opponents met in Milford to begin organizing a campaign to defeat the project.
How do you fight a resort casino development of up to $1 billion? Beginning with small steps, and leading up to a larger campaign. For the first time since the filing of a casino application for a site in Milford, near Interstate 495, opponents met at Milford Town Hall Monday and talked about how to get organized, grow in numbers, and influence local voters. About 60 people attended the organizational meeting, spilling out of the meeting room into the hallway. Most attendees were from Holliston and Hopkinton, based on a show of hands. But as some of the participants pointed out, the meeting was not widely publicized. "It's not that Milford people don't care," said Milford resident Beverly Swymer. "They didn't know about it. I'm sure more …
Monday, February 4, 2013
Residents from Milford and surrounding towns, will be discussing the Crossroads Casino proposal.
When Casino Developer David Nunes submitted his proposal for the Crossroads Casino in Milford last month, Hopkinton Selectman Ben Palleiko told Patch that a battle was coming. Tonight, Casino Free Milford will begin their preparations in a meeting at Milford Town Hall. The meeting is scheduled for 7:30 p.m. in the Selectmen's meeting room.
Wednesday, January 16, 2013
The Hopkinton Board of Selectmen believe the casino's location in Milford will negatively impact the town and its residents.
When casino developer David Nunes submitted his proposal for the Crossroads Resort in Milford, residents and leaders from surrounding towns took the opportunity to begin planning their opposition. Chairman of the Hopkinton Board of Selectmen Ben Palleiko said the board has already voiced its disapproval of the casino and will continue to do so as the state reviews plans across Massachusetts. “This is not something that I think this region will accept and I think the state should expect a battle from the neighboring communities,” Palleiko said. Opposition group Neighbor’s for a Casino Free Milford started a petition when Nunes first approached Milford with the proposal last year. In that time they’ve garnered more than 1,000 signatures. “A …