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Millbury’s slots problem is Worcester’s slots problem

By Rosalie Tirella

Amazing! Rush Gaming regrouped so quickly – to pull this – proposing a slots parlor in Millbury, the town right next door to Worcester! If you don’t think a slots parlor will impact Woo, think again. Several years ago, I had a conversation with the owner of a pub/bar on Millbury Street. It was struggling. I asked why … The person said since the Blackstone Shoppes, with their Apple Bees and other free standing restaurants opened in Millbury, people have been driving by their exit on the highway to get to  the Apple Bees, etc in Millbury. They sorta shared the same types of customers. Apple Bees “ate” into (excuse the bad pun) their customer base.

Example #2 I live in Quinsig Village, home to eateries and other businesses. One biz person recently told me his morning crowd has diminished since the Rt 146 connector was constructed and drivers – his morning crowd – stopped traveling down Greenwood Street like they used to. An entire group of customers – poof! Traveling down a different road.

If slots come to Millbury, these Worcester businesses, many fragile, will take another huge hit of competition. I believe that the damage will go as far as the Canal District.

And the social ills will be with us, too. The same Worcester gamblers will be heading a few miles down the road to Millbury – not the Wyman Gordon site. Big problems for families and individuals – from Woo, Millbury and beyond.

We need to make Millbury’s business our business and educate their selectmen, small biz folks, church groups, etc. STOP the Millbury Slots Parlor!

FROM THE NEW YORK TIMES:

Doubling Down on Gambling in Atlantic City

When it was built, Revel emphasized luxury and did not allow smoking. Now it has a large smoking area.
Jessica Kourkounis for The New York Times

By KATE ZERNIKE

July 6, 2013

ATLANTIC CITY — Known simply as Revel, the newest addition to this gambling city was going to be different.

The emphasis was on luxury, with the Himalayan salt grotto in the spa, the botanic garden winding toward a rooftop pool, the Michelin chefs instead of all-you-can-eat buffets. There was no smoking in its 47 stories, and with floor-to-ceiling windows offering vistas onto the Atlantic Ocean, you could almost forget the seedier streets at its back. There was a casino, but it was self-contained on one floor, as if it were an aside. This was a resort, its promoters said, that happened to have gambling.

Little more than a year after opening, Revel is sorry. Deeply, dearly sorry.

And it is an expensive apology. As it fights its way back from bankruptcy, Revel announced that it would refund all slot losses and match all other casinos’ promotions for the month of July. Revel cost $2.4 billion to open and has spent millions more in recent months to install diner-fare restaurants, more slot machines and air filtration systems — because it now allows smoking, too. Buttons worn by employees and billboards along the Atlantic City Expressway declare its new slogan: “Gamblers Wanted.” And its new official name: Revel Casino Hotel. …

To read entire story, click here!

Backwards – all the way!

By Rosalie Tirella

Yup. Makes sense: The City Council is most likely to vote in favor of City Manager Mike O’Brien crafting a Host Agreement with Rush gaming. This happens next Tuesday at the City Council meeting, held at City Hall. The inanity/insanity begins at 7 p.m.

Then, as only craven politicians with their heads up their butts can decide, there will be a public hearing on Rush gaming and the proposed slots parlor THE NEXT DAY. NEXT WEDNESDAY, 7 p.m., City Hall, during which time all the public protesting and fulminating won’t make a damn bit of difference because the City Council will have already voted in favor of wheeling and dealing with (pun intended!) Rush Gaming. Talk about putting the cart before the jackass!

Are our city leaders this desperate – and dumb? Do they think we Worcesterites are this desperate and dumb?

I say GO TO BOTH MEETINGS AND RAISE HELL. Rail against the slots parlor in Green Island! Rail against the half-truths and bull shit. Rail against the convoluted process!

So our city leaders know that we, the people, aren’t the SUCKERS they think we are. That we know that the process has been rigged against us. Again.

Facing the horrific … momentum for the gambling package may be building. What we need to do.

By Rosalie Tirella

We, the folks against the slots parlor in Green Island, must continue to write, speak and protest against city officials’ committing environmental injustice. Dumping the lowest form and exploitative economic ‘development’ on Green Island. But we have to face the facts: City officials, and most likely, the majority of the city council members, are FOR THIS TRAVESTY.

They are for it, and will vote to authorize the city manager to negotiate a host aggreement with Rush gaming. They already got what they really wanted – the luxury hotel, casino and nice restaurants DOWNTOWN, AWAY FROM THE SLOTS PARLOR. This is what was proposed early on, and if you remember Mayor Petty was livid over the proposal, wanted to seize the Wyman Gordon site under eminent domain. He said the proposed gambling package for Wyman Gordon would HARM ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT IN Worcester. So, behind closed doors, the plans changed. City officials and biz leaders got the gaming guys to say Ok, we will sprinkle the goodies downtown (hotel, restaurants, casino) and leave the crap slots parlor at the Wyman Gordon site. Let Green Island suffer more injustices.

We voters will merely have a chance to rubber-stamp Mayor Petty’s and CM O’Brien’s economic development vision come referendum time. Do not kid yourself, this proposal make it to the voters. City leaders want this. They are just too cowardly, except for Konnie Lukes, to fess up.

Who wants to be seen publicly embracing 1,200 slot machines that take credit and debit cards for Wusta’s most vulnerable hood?

Not our city councilors!

City officials are saying yes to slots cuz they are desperate for economic development downtown. AND the entire gaming package will mean, most likely,  lots of new tax dollars for Wusta, year after year. A new hotel built for free for the city by Rush.   Jobs for low skilled workers. Many permanent.

If we want to ease some of the pain for Green Island/Wusta’s poor residents, then we should demand the following:

That all jobs at the slots parlor, hotel, casino etc be awarded to folks who live within a HALF MILE OF THE DEVELOPMENT. NOT THE CITY OF WORCESTER, BUT THE WUSTA FOLKS WHO LIVE CLOSEST TO THE FACILITIES. These people will be impacted most severely. Traffic, crime, noise, etc.

The people who live nearest the slots parlor are, for the most part, low-skilled workwrs. Not stupid. Just not connected. Not wealthy. Not even middle class. Many never had the money or opportunity to go to college. THEY ARE THE PEOPLE WE MUST FIGHT FOR. THEY ARE THE FOLKS WHO YEARS AGO WOULD BE WORKING IN OUR FACTORIES. Now let them at least work in the casino industry – FOR UNION WAGES. NO LESS.

City leaders have been too lazy and stupid to recruit light industry to our city. The gambling  industry is offering them an easy way out.

They will take the easy way out.

At the very least, we should push for GOOD JOBS/GOOD WAGES for the people most impacted by living next to this unholy mess.