Casino Proposal Upsets Neighbors

State political leaders have reached an agreement on casino legislation, which is expected to go before the full legislature soon. Some neighbors, in Hopkinton, are opposed.

Editor's Note: The following story appeared first on Hopkinton Patch. Hopkinton selectmen have held the first of several planned public hearings on the proposed casino gambling bill. According to reports in The Boston Globe, the governor and leaders of the state House and Senate have agreed to terms of a gaming bill that would authorize up to three Vegas-style casinos in Massachusetts, including one for the region that includes Worcester east to Boston. A developer hopes to submit a proposal for a Milford casino off Interstate 495, to be accessed by a new exit, if the legislation is approved.


The crowd was small, but the opinions from those who attended were large.

The 15 or so in attendance as well as all five selectmen are firmly against an expanded gaming bill that could potentially bring a casino to Milford. There was not one voice in the room in favor of the bill's passage.

"I have been oppossed to casino gambling for years," Selectman Brian Herr said. "This hasn't and won't change."

Selectman Benjamin Palleiko is also firmly opposed noting that he has three main reasons for his feelings, but one that sticks out.

"The bill is proposed as a way to create jobs," Palleiko said. "That is not the case. This is all about money and the state making more of it. I am terribly troubled that this seems to be a fait accompli and there is no iron clad protection for us and towns like us."

Representative, Carolyn Dykema noted that 81 votes are needed for this bill to pass the house. She believes today, that is the case.

"I will vote against it," Dykema said. "But I believe there are 81, if not more than 81 who will vote in favor. My focus is on making sure that our concerns around mitigation are heard by the licensing board."

Former Chairman of the Selectmen RJ Dourney said that as a local business owner he will organize a group and make a lot of noise against this.

"We will have all of the down side and none of the up side," Dourney said. "Our pride of community will be eroded. We must protect ourselves from the surrounding communities. If East Boston wants gaming, let them have it. We are not going to be quiet neighbors."

Nancy Barron agrees.

"I think gambling destroys lives,' Barron said. "I thought Las Vegas was horrible and I see no good coming of this. I will fight it, but if it comes to pass, I will put my house on the market and leave. No good can come of this, no good at all."

Mary Murphy, owner of Hooray for Books is also strongly opposed.

"We are better than that,"Murphy said. "I am extremely distressed that this seems to be a done deal. We are better than a casino. Go back, Carolyn and be the voice of reason."

If the bill does pass the next step will be for it to go to the governor for a signature. From there a licensing board will be formed and they will be the ones to hear community concerns.

"I will be very vocal with the licensing board as they are the ones who will hear us," Dykema said.

Many are astounded that we have come from the Massachusetts miracle to this.

"There is no value socially, economically or culturally," Chairman of the Selectmen Todd Cestari said. "We seem to have come to a period where we are not making anything. We produce less and this is another example of jumpstarting the economy without a tangible good. I also feel this is another tax on the poor, as it is not the rich who are in the casinos gambling."

Dymeka strongly encouraged all in attendance and in the community to reach out to their legislatures and tell them how opposed they are to this bill's passage.

"There is a lot of public support for this bill," Dykema said. "You need to use your voice to reach out to your friends and your networks."

The selectmen are expected to hold other forums on this topic in the coming weeks.

Jim Rizoli September 02, 2011 at 11:59 PM
Jim Rizoli CCFIILE.COM This was the best quote... "There is no value socially, economically or culturally," Chairman of the Selectmen Todd Cestari said. "We seem to have come to a period where we are not making anything. We produce less and this is another example of jump starting the economy without a tangible good. I also feel this is another tax on the poor, as it is not the rich who are in the casinos gambling." In regards to jobs.....what a joke, most of the jobs will go to the people that you don't want here if you get my drift.
Milford Mom September 03, 2011 at 01:32 AM
This is not good for Milford or its surrounding communities. I cannot imagine how Milford is going to see any major revenue from the casino. Remember, its Governor Patrick who wants the casino so badly so any revenue will go directly to the state and the governor will do what he wants. As we have seen from the recent tragedy in town, Governor Patrick does not care about the people of Milford so I highly doubt the town will benefit. The tax revenue Milford receives will be essential to increase our law enforcement, improve infrastructure to support the traffic and water demands as well as increase social programs to support those w/ addiction and substance abuse problems. And if you think our property values have shrunk due to a poor economy....just wait. If the casino comes any Milford home owner can say goodbye to whatever value they have left. I hope we get to vote on this.
Milford Mom September 03, 2011 at 01:50 AM
Sorry I vented on how the casino impacts Milford when this article is really about how it impacts Hopkinton, Holliston and nearly towns. I am impressed with your selectmens opinions on this issue and I hope that their voices are heard in the state house.
Mary MacDonald (Editor) September 03, 2011 at 11:15 AM
Sorry MamiKate, reword your comment without the swear and repost. Had to delete that one.
Janet Sroczynski September 03, 2011 at 01:48 PM
And where exactly were the "workers" for their low-paying casino jobs going to come from? If interested read/Google a search under current article: "Illegal Workers Used Tax Credit to Pocket $4.2 Billion, audit says." Let's close the loop-hole.
Janet Sroczynski September 03, 2011 at 02:13 PM
Here's the link: 1) http://www.foxnews.com/politics......article from September 2, 2011....
Jim Rizoli September 03, 2011 at 03:15 PM
Jim Rizoli CCFIILE.COM Janet....Thanks for the link...Great article! I've been saying this for some time now. Now I have it in writing. The illegals will claim 5 dependents when they actually have none. There is no one there watching the store. This is a case where what they contribute is exceeded by what they get. Imagine getting more from the Govt. than you put in! The illegals have managed to do it while the poor Americans suffer. As the saying goes "The foxes have taken over the hen house"
Robert E September 03, 2011 at 04:08 PM
The enormous amount of misinformation that is taken for truth by Fox audiences: the belief that Saddam Hussein had weapons of mass destruction (WMD) and that he was in on 9/11, the belief that climate change isn't real and/or man-made, the belief that Barack Obama is Muslim and wasn't born in the United States, the insistence that all Arabs are Muslim and all Muslims are terrorists, the inexplicable perceptions that immigrants are both too lazy to work and are about to steal your job. All of these claims are demonstrably false, yet Fox News viewers will maintain their veracity with incredible zeal. Why? Is it simply that we have lost our respect for knowledge? I have noticed that the Fox viewership seems to be marked by a sort of collective personality disorder whereby the viewer feels almost as though they've been let into a secret society. Something about their affiliation with the network makes them feel privileged and this affinity is likely what drives the viewers to defend the network so vehemently. They seem to identify with it at a core level, because it tells them they are special and privy to something the rest of us don't have. It's akin to the loyalty one feels by being let into a private club or a gang. That effect is also likely to make the propaganda more powerful, because it goes mostly unquestioned.
Robert E September 03, 2011 at 04:08 PM
. When a person has accessed a truth, they are not threatened by the opposing views of others. This reality reveals the righteous indignation of people like Glenn Beck, Bill O'Reilly and Sean Hannity as a symptom of untruth. These individuals are hostile and angry precisely because they don't feel confident in their own veracity. And in general, the more someone is losing their temper in a debate and the more intolerant they are of listening to others, the more you can be certain they do not know what they're talking about. Fox audiences, birthers and Tea Partiers often defend their arguments by pointing to the fact that a lot of people share the same perceptions. This is a reasonable point to the extent that Murdoch's News Corporation reaches a far larger audience than any other single media outlet. But, the fact that a lot of people believe something is not necessarily a sign that it's true; it's just a sign that it's been effectively marketed. As honest, fair and truly intellectual debate degrades before the eyes of the global media audience, the quality of American democracy degrades along with it.
Jim Rizoli September 03, 2011 at 06:55 PM
Jim Rizoli CCFIILE.COM Robert E..... You said "But, the fact that a lot of people believe something is not necessarily a sign that it's true; it's just a sign that it's been effectively marketed" I agrree!. You should go to my website and see if you can practice what you preach there. People will believe what they want to believe and it does help that the media has a hand in what people believe by their marketing their side of it. When someone presents the "Truth" you would think that people would respond positively. What I've come to experience is, people will believe whatever makes them comfortable and hopefully won't disrupt their lifestyle. So many times "truth" takes a back seat. When you really start to take a stand for "truth" you won't have many "friends" that will agree with you, for the above stated reasons. As a famous person said in a famous movie You (the public) can't handle the truth". I see it everyday....as the world continues to fall apart.
Janet Sroczynski September 03, 2011 at 08:49 PM
@Milford Mom - as I mentioned in a prior post, and I'll repost it here.....closely follow the Alabama Judges' decision/pending-just days ago.....at: 1) http://www.CBSNews.com - "Judge Blocks Alabama Immigration Law" - U.S. District Judge Sharon L. Blackburn. You can sure bet all of the states are watching this one.
Janet Sroczynski September 03, 2011 at 09:10 PM
What I have found interesting about Milford, in general....would be this: An upcoming event in just (5) short years is: Rio 2016 - the Olympics -in Rio de Janeiro. Read on 1) http://www.Wikipedia.org for further details/event/scheduling and so forth. The major international multi-sport event-to include golf for the 1st-time......scheduled to be held Aug. 5-12, 2016 and The Summer Paralympics to be held in the same city Sept 7th-18th, 2016. What would be nice to see, is to offer some of the unemployed in Milford....an opportunity to at least consider heading over to Rio de Janeiro, and helping out ahead of time, gaining employment in Brazil, if possible and/or interested. And work/live in Brazil. Jobs. See/read/watch/Google- the television series that ran recently, within the past several weeks -of the Brazilian based Billionaire, who has been marketing Brazil accordingly. His thoughts are to provide China, with what they need as well. If one were to combine the 1) http://www.laptop.org program through MIT's -Massachusetts Institute of Technology's program through their Media-Lap spinoff, then providing "One Laptop Per Child" -becomes a possibility.
Mary MacDonald (Editor) September 04, 2011 at 12:47 AM
No swearing on the site please, I have to delete those posts. State what you want to say without the cursing.
Robert E September 04, 2011 at 02:42 AM
Certain people are angry that the US might protect its own borders, might make it harder to sneak into this country and, once here, to stay indefinitely. Let's say I break into your house. Let's say that when you discover me in your house, you insist that I leave. But I say, "I've made all the beds and washed the dishes and did the laundry and swept the floors. I've done all the things you don't like to do. I'm hard-working and honest (except for when I broke into your house). According to the protesters: a. You are Required to let me stay in your house b. You are Required to add me to your family's insurance plan c. You are Required to Educate my kids d. You are Required to Provide other benefits to me and to my family If you try to call the police or force me out, I will call my friends who will picket your house carrying signs that proclaim my RIGHT to be there. It's only fair, after all, because you have a nicer house than I do, and I'm just trying to better myself. I'm a hard-working and honest, person, except for well, you know, I did break into your house. And what a deal it is for me!!! I live in your house, contributing only a fraction of the cost of my keep, and there is nothing you can do about it without being accused of cold, uncaring, selfish, prejudiced, and bigoted behavior. Oh yeah, I DEMAND that you to learn MY LANGUAGE!!! so you can communicate with me. Why can't people see how ridiculous this is?!
Jim Rizoli September 04, 2011 at 02:51 AM
Jim Rizoli CCFIILE.COM Robert E......You got that right!
Greg Lamb September 21, 2011 at 02:29 AM
Janet, Who volunteers to go to Rio? I guess 2016 is a long time from now. I probably will have a job by then.
Dolores Ortego November 15, 2011 at 02:57 PM
I am not too sure if we are all pushed to look at small stones in the way, or we are really wired for only that simple task. For the sake of arguments, I will accept that illegal immigrants commit fraud by "deducting" extra dependents. So they have contributed at one point in time and they have a real social security associated to their name (the large majority have fake SS numbers and will never be able to collect money or services put into those accounts). Say they commit fraud of $2,000 a year per household. If I have to waist my energy fighting corruption, fraud and looking for work, I will look for corporations, large financial institutions and wealthy individuals. They pay less taxes on a million salary a year than a hard $27.000/y worker. We are fed small rocks to try to move and clean the road and keep us busy and unhappy, while the big, monster blocks laugh at our small progress fighting if we should clean or not the pebble. We are sooo! manipulated and fed any kind of information to keep us distracted, that it is not even funny. Go back in history and look at who pushed and promoted the USA as a nation of "serivices" That was what growth an economy was supposed to be for a developed nation. Forget Unions, specially all those in manufacturing. They make products less competitive. (Except for Germany with high wages, very high social taxes, very high social coverages and a large exporter for quality manufactured goods and low unemployment).
Jean Howard December 03, 2011 at 01:27 PM
How did these posts all go off the track and get so political?? We're talking abour yes or no for a casino in MIlford. Bring it back to the basics.
Charlie December 11, 2011 at 04:06 AM
I totally support the Milford casino


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