Palmer Massachusetts casino information
Monson Voice on Casinos - Palmer Casino
to Quaboag Valley against Casinos
(Formerly Monson Voice
177 Main St
Anyone, from any town, is
Even though the casino bill
was defeated in the House of Representatives, we still need to remain
Write or email your Representative
with your thanks.
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Educate yourselves, contact friends and neighbors, and call,
write, or email your state legislators
Here are some phone numbers
& email addresses for you:
Link to phone
numbers, email addresses & snailmail for all
the members of the Mass
House of Representatives
and to the Senate
The Quaboag Valley against Casinos
meets on the 2nd Wednesday
of the month, 7:00pm at the Monson Unitarian-Universalist Church, 177
Notes from the April 9 meeting:
- There was a discussion of the
stolen lawn signs. MVC received quite a bit of positive media attention, both
in the newspapers and on Channel 40 in Springfield
- Since the Mass House of Representatives
voted against the casino proposal on April 3, MVC will take a short vacation,
but will remain alert for new developments
- The next meeting will be on September
- There was a discussion of how
we could make our organization more inclusive - so that people from other
towns will know that they are welcome. After some brainstorming in which quite
a few names were suggested, it was agreed to rename it "Quaboag Valley
against Casinos" QVAC
- An election of officers will be
held after the September meeting in hopes that others will be attracted from
outside Monson and would be willing to serve
- Our State Representative, Mary
Rogeness is retiring. She is a strong anti-casino advocate. QVAC will explore
ways to support an anti-casino candidate in the next Primary Election
- At the September meeting the possibility
of meeting in other towns was explored in order to be more welcoming to others
We're a grassroots anti-casino organization
located in Monson (but welcoming any interested person). We are opposed to casino
gambling in Massachusetts and specifically opposed to a casino in Palmer, MA.
Our intention is to expose the rotten core in this alleged golden apple and
our goal is to protect our homes, our families, our serenity and our way of
life here in rural western Massachusetts. We invite everyone to attend our meetings.
Strong regional opposition
to the potential siting of a class III casino in Palmer has been voiced by residents
and business owners in the abutting region. Palmer is a town situated west of
Worcester and east of Springfield with access from the Mass turnpike, Rt 90.
Palmer has approximately 12,600 residents and is surrounded by small towns including
Monson, Wilbraham, Ludlow, Ware, Belchertown, Warren, Brimfield, Holland, Wales
The Palmer Town Manager has conducted
meetings with developers from Northeast Realty to discuss siting a casino there.
The developers signed an exclusive agreement with the Mohegan Sun casino to
create a class III casino should expanded gambling become legal in the Commonwealth.
The proposed casino would be a commercial casino not an Indian casino and no
issues of Sovereignty or IGRA (Indian Gaming Regulatory Act) are applicable.
The Monson Board of Selectmen prior
to the release of the Governor's endorsement for expanded gambling, voted unanimously
to form a regional impact committee consisting of Selectmen and town managers/administrators
from the 11 communities within the 30 mile radius of the proposed site. Stating
that they would, "demand to have a place at the (decision making) table."
Although Govenor Patrick has filed
legislation, casinos are not legal in Massachusetts, at this time.
Our treasury needs to be built up.
We want to have lawn signs, bumper stickers, pins and T-shirts. We
are accepting donations. Make checks out to Monson Voice on Casinos. Mail them
to QVAC, c/o Jeff Lord, Treasurer, 33 Green St., Monson, MA 01057
If you would like to be included
on our email list or if you would like more information, email me [email protected]
Please put "casino" in the subject line.
If you would like to be a member
of QVAC, there is a membership form here.
You can print it out and mail it to us.
MVC wishes to thank the folks in
Middleborough for their generosity in allowing us to use this link on their