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Gaming commission pushes back timeline for casino licenses

Story by Gerry Tuoti-  Sandwich Wicked Local Newsbank Editor Posted Apr. 9, 2014 @ 12:12 pm Updated Apr 9, 2014 at 12:17 PM   The casino licensure timeline is getting pushed back in metro Boston and southeastern Massachusetts. The state Gaming Commission met April 3 and took actions that will likely delay casino license awards in Greater Boston and southeastern Massachusetts to at least August 2014 and February 2015, respectively The commission decided April 3 to delay the second-phase application deadline for commercial casino proposals in southeastern Massachusetts to at least Sept. 23. Chairman Stephen Crosby said commissioners will likely set the exact deadline at its next meeting, when it will also likely decide whether to waive the $500 million minimum investment requirement in an effort to encourage more applications. Such a move will push the license award date back to at least February 2015. “It would send a signal …

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Vincent pledges to be strong voice for 16th Suffolk following special election

Story by NoBo Magazine REVERE – RoseLee Vincent was elected to represent the constituents of the 16th Suffolk District seat in the Massachusetts House of Representatives in a special election today. “It is an absolute honor to be elected State Representative of the 16th Suffolk District,” Representative Elect RoseLee Vincent said in a released statement. “I am humbled by the overwhelming support I received. I’m forever grateful for the support of my family, my incredibly dedicated group of volunteers and to the voters of Revere, Saugus and Chelsea in achieving this victory.” Vincent is a lifelong Revere resident, has 25 years of experience working at the Statehouse as Chief of Staff to former State Representative Kathi-Anne Reinstein and before that to her late father State Representative William G. Reinstein.   See story at:   www.nobomagazine.com

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Revere, Winthrop, East Boston and Lynn Join Forces in Splash

Editorial Story by Revere Advocate For the first time, the residents near Revere Beach, Winthrop Beach, Constitution Beach, and Lynn/Nahant Beach will join forces on March 29 in an effort to raise funds for Save the Harbor/Save the Bay. This is a nonprofit organization whose mission is to continue the improvement of Boston Harbor and all of the metropolitan beaches. This organization has been instrumental in the improved water quality of the beaches and the harbor islands, as well as the improved maintenance of the beaches. For the past four years, Save the Harbor/Save the Bay has been hosting a “Cupid Splash” to raise funds for the purpose of helping to fund activities on the beaches. All money raised in each city is used for activities on that city’s beach. The Revere Beach Partnership is looking for “splashers” to brave the cold waters of Revere Beach on March 29. The event will be held on the beach …

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Revere votes Yes for Mohegan Sun Casino at Suffolk Downs

For the second time in four months, Revere voters have said yes to a casino at Suffolk Downs, approving a $1.3 billion Mohegan Sun proposal at a referendum today, according to city officials.  By Mark Arsenault / Boston Globe staff     Boston.com  REVERE — Mohegan Sun’s proposal to build a $1.3 billion gambling resort at Suffolk Downs won the strong endorsement of Revere voters Tuesday, reviving the racetrack’s casino aspirations and ensuring there will be a competition for the state’s most lucrative gambling license. About 63 percent of city voters supported the plan to develop a casino on about 42 acres in Revere belonging to the track, a greater percentage than supported an earlier Suffolk Downs casino plan in November, according to city figures. “We’re gamblers,” said Carol Trapani, 68, who visits Twin River casino in Rhode Island, with her husband, Gino, a few times a year. A resort casino “is …

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Forward Momentum: Rizzo Honors Several Residents in Annual State of City Address

Story by Seth Daniels- Revere Journal   Mayor Dan Rizzo recalled several noteworthy events from 2013, made an extensive pitch for the casino project at Suffolk Downs and honored several residents for achievements during a 40-minute State of the City speech in front of the City Council Monday night. In a speech that was less about policy and more about highlighting certain areas of the City, Rizzo began by going through a number of achievements from 2013 he felt were milestones for the City. Among those things were MCAS scores in the public schools, the beginnings of the Stadium replacement project, the Broadway beautification efforts and breaking ground on the first residential project at Waterfront Square. He then moved on to a 15-minute treatise on the benefits of the casino project by Mohegan Sun, saying it would change the City forever if it came to be. “I’d like to take …

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Revere would receive $33m down payment, $25m to $30m a year, under Mohegan Sun proposal

By Mark Arsenault |  GLOBE STAFF     DECEMBER 23, 2013 REVERE — Connecticut casino giant Mohegan Sun would pay the City of Revere $33 million upfront, as well as annual payments of at least $25 million to $30 million under a deal announced today for a gambling resort at the Suffolk Downs racetrack. The deal is expected to go before Revere voters for a referendum vote in about 60 days. “Through this partnership, Mohegan Sun and Suffolk Downs will create jobs, enhance our local and state economy, and generate much needed revenue,” Mayor Daniel Rizzo said in a statement. Mohegan Sun wants to build a $1 billion gambling resort on about 42 acres in Revere owned by Suffolk Downs, which the casino operator would lease. Plans call for about 4,000 slot machines, 100 table games, and a poker room. “This agreement formalizes the strong partnership we’ve quickly established with …

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Suffolk Downs casino proposal not dead yet

By Adrian Walker|  GLOBE COLUMNIST    DECEMBER 04, 2013   The hallway of the giant convention center in South Boston was the scene of a friendly takeover Tuesday. Half the prominent lobbyists in town had descended on the center, the site of a meeting of the Massachusetts Gaming Commission. The panel’s mission was to decide whether Suffolk Downs, newly partnered with Mohegan Sun, would be permitted to move forward with its plan to apply for a casino license in Revere. You may remember Suffolk Downs’ casino plan from its earlier incarnation. Just a month ago, it was slated to be built in East Boston, at the racetrack, with a piece of the development stretching over the line into Revere. Both communities had to vote on whether to approve the casino. Revere voted heavily in favor of the casino; East Boston voted heavily against it. Undeterred, the Suffolk Downs people immediately announced …

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$1.5 Million MassWorks Grant for downtown revitalization awarded

Demo of old police station will provide additional downtown parking $1.5 Million MassWorks Grant for downtown revitalization awarded Demo of old police station will provide additional downtown parking By James David Mitchell  – Revere Advocate News Mayor Dan Rizzo’s promise to boost the downtown business district got a financial shot in the arm to the tune of a $1.5 million grant by Housing and Community Development Secretary Greg Bialecki at a formal announcement at city hall on Tuesday, all part of the state’s $8 million funding for four Metro North communities through the MassWorks Infrastructure Program to help support development and growth in the region. Crowding the city hall council chambers, city and state officials, along with department heads, listened as Bialecki spoke about his recent visit to the Gateway Cities, which included Revere, Chelsea, Everett, Malden and Melrose. Each of these cities received a portion of the $8 million for their infrastructure improvements. The $1.5 million …

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Gambling commission hears revised Suffolk Downs casino concept

By Mark Arsenault |  GLOBE STAFF     NOVEMBER 22, 2013 Proponents of salvaging a defeated Suffolk Downs casino by relocating the proposal entirely in Revere insisted Thursday before the state gambling commission that the project can be moved without a new referendum. Revere voters approved a Suffolk Downs casino Nov. 5, the same day voters in East Boston rejected the proposal. Original plans called for all the construction to take place on the East Boston side of the city line bisecting the property. Suffolk Downs’s strategy to stay alive in the fight for the sole Greater Boston resort casino license is to shift the proposal entirely into Revere, separate the casino from the racetrack, and — critically — convince the commission that the positive Revere vote two weeks ago remains valid for a new proposal. Read the Full story at Boston.com      

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