Friday, January 25, 2013
Everett City Councilor Michael McLaughlin said some local concerns over casinos may be premature.
A city councilor from Everett reached out to all seven Medford city councilors this week after concerns were raised about the impact of a casino in Everett on its neighboring city. Everett Ward 6 Councilor Michael J. McLaughlin said he read Medford Patch's story out of Tuesday's Medford City Council meeting and wanted to open the lines of communication between the two cities on the topic. "The Medford City Council needs to understand that we don't know much more about the casino proposal at this point than they do," McLaughlin told Patch this week in a phone interview. McLaughlin represents the area where a casino has been proposed for construction in Everett. Earlier this month, the Boston Globe reported casino mogul Steve Wynn has …
Wednesday, January 23, 2013
Council resolves 5-1 to forward their concerns about the impact of casinos on Medford to the state.
Several Medford city councilors expressed their concerns over the impact of potential nearby casinos at their Tuesday night meeting, resolving to officially send their concerns to the state. Beginning with issues raised by City Councilor Robert Penta, the council eventually voted 5-1 voice their issues to both the state Gaming Commission and their state legislative delgation. One councilor, Michael Marks, criticized Medford Mayor Michael McGlynn for "leading from behind" on the issue and not taking a stance. "Why isn't he fighting for the businesses and the residents of this community against this casino?" Marks asked. Watch the video to the right to see more of Marks' comments. Penta discussed casino mogul Steve Wynn's hope to construct 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 …
Thursday, September 15, 2011
The House overwhelmingly passed a bill that would bring up to three casinos and one slot parlor to the state Thursday, sending the proposal to the Senate.
The Massachusetts House of Representatives Approved a bill Thursday that would make way for casino gambling in Massachusetts. As written, the proposal calls for three licenses to be distributed in the state, one for central and eastern Massachusetts, and one each for the southeast and western regions of the state. It also allows for one slot parlor, which would be limited to 1,250 slot machines; the slot parlor must be tied to horse racing and part of the taxes against it would go toward the horse racing industry in the state.