Monthly Archives: December 2011

Instate Gaming

  • MASSACHUSETTS STATE LOTTERY
  • MASSACHUSETTS STATE LOTTERY GAMES
  • 187th General Court of the Commonwealth of Massachusetts
  • State Lottery – The Office of the State Treasurer
  • CHAPTER 194 AN ACT ESTABLISHING EXPANDED GAMING IN THE COMMONWEALTH
  • MASSACHUSETTS GAMING COMMISSION APPLICATION
  • STATE LEADERS DETAIL OPEN AND TRANSPARENT SEARCH PROCESS FOR GAMING COMMISSION APPOINTMENTS
  • Route 1, Development, Casino, Gambling, & Foxborough

    The footbridge was denied, the land has been undeveloped for years despite incentives for a tech company to move in, we are not on MassBio’s radar screen, and there are vacancies in Cabot, Cabot, & Forbes. Has anyone else showed an interest? Without expanding rail, what can viably go there for the long term and what businesses would be interested? What companies or industries are interested in moving here?

    Casino & Racino Are Different Entities

    Despite their differences, both candidates do see eye-to-eye on other key issues, such as being against placing slot machines at race tracks. Coppola served on the Citizens Racetrack Advisory Committee in Foxboro and said that while she is against slots, she would leave it up to the townspeople to decide if they want them or not. Naughton, meanwhile, said she doesn’t "think we should fund anything with addictions. "(Slots) feed into people’s weaknesses." ….Both supported Gov. Mitt Romney’s proposal to uncap lottery aid and give more to cities and towns. Jan. 2006

    What Changed?

    The 5-0 vote was about the articles the Selectmen were presented with by the Town Manager and were looking at for that September 6 meeting. The Rev. Agenda 9/6/11 listed the one word “Gaming” for the 7:00 meeting. The Sun Chronicle article titled “Casinos will be topic in Foxboro” stated “Brue said the purpose of the two-hour public session will be ‘to discuss putting a warrant article for the special town meeting to look for zoning changes that would permit a casino up in that area.’ With a bill to allow three resort-style casinos and a slot machine parlor in play on Beacon Hill, Paicos in August proposed changing Foxboro’s zoning bylaw to allow such uses in the Route 1 area, on parcels of 50-acres or more, including on what is now land owned by the Kraft Group.”

    They all felt that putting the proposed changes Paicos was asking for w on the FALL STM WARRANT would be too much of a rush and some thought the expanded gaming issue in town needed further examination than what had been done for the racino vote so decided not to include it for the FALL STM.

    Only a few citizens were present at the meeting (9 spoke out of a town of 17,000) and they deviated from what was stated as what they were doing so this may have been an illegal discussion and vote. Was it? The next week, the matter was brought up again and a few Selectmen decided they had jumped the gun on it the week before and input from more than 9 residents out of 17,000 should have been sought.

    The media is spinning this to say that the Selectmen outlawed gambling in Foxborough in September. They did not. The vote was to not support that zoning amendment proposal and not to include it in the FALL STM. They went further that first night by adding their own moral opinions into the mix, which in many eyes tarnished the process for a week. The Selectmen said gambling in town should be up to voters by a ballot vote. When will that happen?

    Gambling In Massachusetts

    There has been legalized gambling in Massachusetts for many years. The Commonwealth has had thoroughbred, greyhound, and harness racing, Bingo, raffles, Beano, scratch tickets, Keeno, and other gaming. Casinos and slot houses are new additions to the mix.

    The Troopers Are Coming II

    “Massachusetts decriminalized bingo in 1931 in an attempt to help churches and charitable organizations raise money.”

    History of Greyhound Racing

    “Massachusetts also legalized pari-mutuel betting on greyhound races in 1934 and two major tracks opened there the following year.”

    Bay State Raceway opened in 1947 in Foxborough

    • E.M. Loew and Paul Bowser open Bay State Raceway
    • “on opening night, September 1, 1947, a crowd of 12,000 wagered $55,523, a first day record for a new harness track.”
    • The track was sold on December 1, 1976 and the name was changed to New England Harness Raceway
    • Name was changed later to Foxboro Raceway
    • “Due to a number of factors, including increased competition for the gambling dollar withthe introduction of the state lottery, the track was declining in popularity. Attendance and handle dropped dramatically.”
    • Foxboro was sold to Wonderland Park owner Charles Sarkis
    • Robert Kraft bought the track and land
    • “Bay State Raceway cloed for good in 1997”

    http://books.google.com/books?id=q88nir3IdlwC&lpg=PA43&ots=pRBPDcwKnW&dq=bay%20state%20raceway%20closed&pg=PA40&output=embed

    Massachusetts State Lottery History

    The Lottery games have entertained and amused Commonwealth players for decades. The Lottery has grown and adapted to the ever-changing demands of Massachusetts and its residents.

    1973 The legislature transferred supervision of Bingo (Beano) from the Department of Public Safety to the State Lottery Commission. This Division later became known as Charitable Gaming.

    They have a “Where To Play” locator for Foxborough

    TOWN CLERK’S OFFICE
    FEE SCHEDULE

    Raffle Permit (yearly) $10.00

    Media Buzz

    September’s Board of Selectmen’s Meetings – What Were They Voting On?

    Minutes of the 9/6/11 Meeting. What was in the proposed zoning changes the Selectmen were given to review? Were they the articles in Special Zoning Articles Fall 2011?

    The 5-0 vote was supposed to be about the articles the Selectmen were presented with by the Town Manager and were looking at for that September 6 meeting. The Rev. Agenda 9/6/11 listed the one word “Gaming” for the 7:00 meeting. The Sun Chronicle article titled “Casinos will be topic in Foxboro” stated “Brue said the purpose of the two-hour public session will be ‘to discuss putting a warrant article for the special town meeting to look for zoning changes that would permit a casino up in that area.’ With a bill to allow three resort-style casinos and a slot machine parlor in play on Beacon Hill, Paicos in August proposed changing Foxboro’s zoning bylaw to allow such uses in the Route 1 area, on parcels of 50-acres or more, including on what is now land owned by the Kraft Group.”

    Instead, they went further and voted on an issue affecting the entire town. What they were supposed to be voting on as discussed during that meeting was whether the proposed amendments should be included in the Special Town Meeting. They all felt that it would be too much of a rush and some thought the expanded gaming issue in town needed further examination than what had been done for the racino vote so decided not to include it for the FALL STM.

    Only a few citizens were present at the meeting (9 spoke out of a town of 17,000) and they deviated from what was stated as what they were doing so this may have been an illegal discussion and vote. Was it? The next week, the matter was brought up again and a few Selectmen decided they had jumped the gun on it the week before. Minutes of the 9/13/11 Meeting and Foxboro selectmen looking for new deal on zoning bylaw.

    The media is spinning this to say that the Selectmen outlawed gambling in Foxborough in September. They did not. The vote was to not support that zoning amendment proposal and not to include it in the FALL STM. They went further that first night by adding their own moral opinions into the mix, which in many eyes tarnished the process for a week. If the Selectmen outlawed gambling in town, why are the Massachusetts State Lottery machines still churning out tickets and residents buying scratch tickets in Foxborough?

    The Selectmen said gambling in town should be up to voters by a ballot vote. When will that happen?

    Boyden Library Moved

    Boyden Library is opening the doors of it’s new home today. 16 Chestnut Street, Suite 210 is the temporary location. Drive down Baker Street, turn left onto Chestunt, on your right is Chestnut Green and #16. Parking is through the Payson Road entrance.