Wednesday, December 5, 2012
Everett wants a casino. What do you want?
After casino mogul Steve Wynn held a press conference last week in Everett about the possibility of building a casino in that city—just across the river from Somerville's Assembly Square—Somerville Mayor Joseph Curtatone told the Boston Globe a casino would come to Somerville "over my dead body." It seems Everett is keen on landing a gambling establishment. Even earlier in November, before meeting with Wynn, that city's mayor, Carlo DeMaria, said he was in talks with Hard Rock International to build a casino. When we polled Somerville readers last year about casinos coming to Massachusetts, most said they didn't want them. Most of Somerville's state legislators were also against casinos. Now, with the possibility of a casino coming to a …
Friday, August 17, 2012
Should happy hour come back to Massachusetts?
Is happy hour coming back to the Bay State? The 28-year-old “happy hour law” now banning Massachusetts bars and restaurants from pouring free, discounted or two-for-one alcoholic beverages in area restaurants may be updated so restaurants can compete with casinos that may one day be in the state. As part of the ban, cities and towns now rule that a beverage must be priced the same for each calendar week and two drinks can only be served per person at a restaurant. In addition, pitchers of alcohol can only be served to two or more people, according to the Alcoholic Beverages Control Commission. The ABCC will hold a hearing in Boston on Aug. 21. Four other hearings will be held throughout the state to gain public feedback. According to an …
Tuesday, September 20, 2011
People in Somerville sound off on the possibility of building casinos in Massachusetts.
The Massachusetts House of Representatives passed a bill last week that would allow for the construction of casinos in Massachusetts. With initial support from Massachusetts State Senate President Therese Murray (D-Plymouth) and Gov. Deval Patrick, the bill is likely to become law. Somerville's representatives on Beacon Hill are split but mostly against the bill. In a poll run on Somerville Patch, which attracted 46 votes as of Tuesday, 65 percent of respondents said they didn't want casinos in the state; 34 percent said they did. We asked people on the street what they think of casinos coming to Massachusetts. Here's what they said.
Friday, September 16, 2011
What do you think? Should Massachusetts allow casinos, or should they stay across the boarder in Connecticut?
The Massachusetts House of Representatives approved a bill Wednesday that would allow for three casinos and a slot parlor to be built in the commonwealth. The state Senate is expected to take up the bill later this month, and Gov. Deval Patrick has expressed support for the initiative.
Friday, September 9, 2011
State Sen. Pat Jehlen and state Reps. Denise Provost and Carl Sciortino oppose a bill that would bring casinos to Massachusetts.
The bulk of Somerville's elected officials on Beacon Hill oppose a bill that would bring casino gambling to the commonwealth of Massachusetts. State Sen. Pat Jehlen and state Reps. Denise Provost and Carl Sciortino all oppose the bill, saying, among other things, that casinos could eat into Massachusetts lottery revenue and lead to cuts in lottery-funded state aid. They also expressed concern that casinos in Massachusetts could negatively impact neighboring communities and local businesses, and they don't feel casino gambling will bring the amount of revenue and jobs into the state that proponents of the bill think it will. The bill, which is supported by Gov. Deval Patrick, House Speaker Robert DeLeo and Senate President Therese Murray, …