Officials are keeping an eye on possible resorts in Raynham and Taunton
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Wednesday, December 19, 2012
A casino built on the intersection of Route 24 and Route 140 by the Mashpee Wampanoags could be "reassessed" and possibly open to new bidders, according to the Boston Herald.
The Massachusetts State Gaming Board gave the Mashpee Wampanoags 90 days to reach a deal with Gov. Deval Patrick to build a casino in Taunton, 10 miles from Easton's border, according to the Boston Herald. Lack of action in 90 days could open things up to commercial bidders, the Herald reported. The Wampanoags are looking to build a casino at the intersection of Route 24 and Route 140, approximately 10 miles from Easton's border. An original deal reached with Patrick was denied by the Federal Bureau of Indian Affairs. The prospect of a casino in the area has led to many opponents, and even sparked a petition against it's construction. Easton Officials expressed reservations over the summer of a casino so close to the Shovel Town citing …
Wednesday, November 7, 2012
Shaunna O'Connell defeated Sherry Costa Hanlon
Shaunna O'Connell will be returning to the State House in January. The Republican State Rep was reelected in the 3rd Bristol District, which represents 11 precincts in Taunton and the 6th precinct of Easton. O'Connell defeated Democratic challenger Sherry Costa Hanlon by an unofficial margin of 9,280 to 7,116. The incumbent won in both Easton and Brockton. In the Shovel Town, she won by a healthy margin of 1110 to 738. O'Connell will join Democrat Claire Cronin, _who defeated Dan Murphy last night_ to become the State Rep in the 11th Plymouth District, representing Precincts 1-5 in Easton.
Sunday, October 28, 2012
Borderland was taken over by the Hockomock League Cross Country Championships Saturday.
The 2012 George King Hockomock Cross Country Championships were held at Borderland State Park in Easton Saturday morning. The Oliver Ames boys team placed second and the Oliver Ames girls team placed second. Mansfield took top honors for the boys and Franklin took top honors for the girls. Below are final times: Individual Girls: 1 #68 Holmes, Liz SO Foxborough 6:00.3 18:39.15 2 #4 Cuddeback, Shelby SR Attleboro 6:13.3 19:19.56 3 #233 Carey, Sami JR Mansfield 6:17.7 19:33.43 4 #103 Hagen, Lauren SR Franklin 6:19.3 19:38.43 5 #500 Sun, Caroline SR Sharon 6:21.6 19:45.41 6 #255 Sarkisian, Emily SO Mansfield…
Thursday, October 25, 2012
State Representative Shaunna O'Connell, 3rd Bristol House District, presented a proclamation to Morton Hospital from Governor Deval Patrick proclaiming October as Breast Cancer Awareness Month.
Submitted to Easton Patch: State Representative Shaunna O'Connell, 3rd Bristol House District, presented a proclamation to Morton Hospital from Governor Deval Patrick proclaiming October as Breast Cancer Awareness Month. Representative O'Connell presented the proclamation to the President of Morton Hospital, Kim Bassett, RN, MSN, MBA, on Oct. 13, 2012 before a group of employees. O'Connell said that like so many people, her family has been affected by cancer. She told the crowd her mom, a two-time cancer survivor, was lucky to receive life-saving care at Morton Hospital. O'Connell also thanked the employees for the high-quality care they provide to the community. "Everyone from the food service employees to the doctors help patients to …
Thursday, October 18, 2012
The Massachusetts Gaming Commission will allow the tribe to renegotiate a compact for a casino in Taunton
The Massachusetts Gaming Commission will give the Mashpee Wampanoag Tribe another chance to renegotiate its compact to put a casino approximately 10 miles from Easton's border, Southcoasttoday.com reported Wednesday. Plans for the casino in Taunton hit a roadblock last week when the U.S. Department of Interior rejected the agreement between Governor Deval Patrick and the tribe. According to Southcoasttoday.com, the commission has the authority to put the Southeastern Massachusetts license out to competitive bid. The state legislation gives the commission the role of deciding whether the tribe has the ability to get its federal land approvals completed. The Tribe and the Governor will be back at the table, however. "The Compact calls for us…
Saturday, October 13, 2012
The Oliver Ames football team improved to 5-1 with the exciting victory
Trailing 21-6 entering the fourth quarter of Saturday's Hockomock League battle with Taunton, the Oliver Ames football team had its back against a wall. Luckily for the Tigers, they have a quarterback that can throw his way out of trouble. "Nick Cidado played unbelievable in the late half of this game," Oliver Ames coach Jim Artz said. The junior gunslinger made up for two interceptions he threw in the first half by throwing two 30-plus yard passes in the fourth quarter: One for 31 yards to the 1 yard line and another for a 36-yard touchdown as time wound down. The two receptions led OA to a 22-21 win over Taunton to improve to 5-1 on the year. Taunton dropped to 1-5. Cidado first found freshman Franklin Holgate with 8:45 left in the …
Friday, October 12, 2012
Gov. Deval Patrick calls casino news a "setback in what has been a long journey."
Talks to build a casino in Taunton, just 10 miles away from the Easton, suffered a major setback Friday when the US Department of Interior rejected the casino agreement between Governor Deval Patrick and the Mashpee Wampanoag tribe. Upon hearing the news, Patrick released a statement promising to renegotiate. "The Compact calls for us to resume negotiations in the face of a federal disapproval and requires legislative approval of any renegotiated compact," Patrick said. "Those conversations will begin in earnest as we work with our partners in the legislature to determine next steps and the tribe’s land in trust application continues to be reviewed by Interior. I remain committed to striking an appropriate balance which protects the best …
Thursday, October 4, 2012
There are over 220 signatures in the past week against a casino in Taunton, 10 miles from Easton's border.
Opponents of a casino in Taunton are making sure their voices are heard loud and clear. An online petition, started on Change.org by East Taunton resident Michelle Littlefield, has generated over 220 electronic signatures in the past week. The petition is addressed to members of the United States Department of Interior, Bureau of Indian Affairs and United States Senate Committee on Indian Affairs and includes 16 points as to why casino progress should be halted. According to Southcoasttoday.com, the Mashpee Womponoag Tribe met all the deadlines in the state's Expanded Gaming Act to be granted the exclusive rights to operate a casino in Southeastern Massachusetts. Its only remaining hurdles are BIA approval of the compact by mid-October and…
Thursday, September 13, 2012
The state sent a letter this week urging "early and expeditious approval."
The state is pushing hard for fast action regarding a casino 10 miles from the Easton town border in Taunton. According to Southcoasttoday.com, the state sent a letter this week urging "early and expeditious approval" even though the Mashpee Wampanoag Tribe has yet to file all the required documents in its application for the federal government to take 316 acres into federal trust. The urging came in the form of a 13-page letter issued by Mark Reilly, Governor Deval Patrick's Chief Counsel. In Easton, officials have expressed concerns about a casino so close to the Shovel Town (the proposed Taunton casino is at the intersection of Route 24 and 140). At a recent selectmen's meeting, Acting Director of Community Planning Stephanie Danielson …