Video: Residents Hold Community Rally to Oppose Casino in Foxborough

A community rally was held on Saturday morning, Dec. 3, on Foxborough Common.

Foxborough and surrounding community residents who are opposed to a casino in Foxborough held a community rally Saturday morning, Dec. 3, on Foxborough's town common.

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The purpose of the rally was for residents to show their opposition to a casino in Foxborough and to "maintain the integrity of the town," as stated in the rally statement release.

“This (casino) would fundamentally impact the town for generations to come,” said resident Stephanie Crimmins at the rally.

In light of "a No Fox-Vegas" group was created on Facebook to gain opposition support. The group recently started an online petition to oppose a casino development in Foxborough.

(Click here to view the petition).

Casino development in Foxborough has become a polarizing issue for residents, with strong opinions on both sides.

"I don't want to say no before I hear what exactly the proposal is. However, I have a small feeling that once I hear the proposal, it will be too good to pass up," said resident Rob Lued.

In light of today's opposition rally, Jeff Cournoyer, spokesman for The Kraft Group, said that they understand there is going to be strong opinions on both sides of the issue.

“We understand that it’s a polarizing issue, and we expect there to be strong opinions on both sides. If we decide to proceed, the process would provide ample opportunity for the residents of Foxborough and surrounding communities to be heard and to learn more about Wynn’s history of creating world-class resorts that fit the character of their communities."

Cournoyer said that the "fact that Wynn Resorts puts a strong emphasis on enhancing their host communities and being good neighbors – as evidenced in each of their locations – is one of the primary reasons why The Kraft Group has invited Mr. Wynn to visit and speak to the town."

"If we weren’t positive about that, we wouldn’t even consider it,” he noted.

A Foxborough proposal would compete for a license designated for Greater Boston under the state's new casino law. The law requires that casinos win the approval of local voters.

Michael F. Stewart December 04, 2011 at 11:26 AM
We already have that now. What's the difference?
Michael F. Stewart December 04, 2011 at 11:55 AM
No response! Maybe thugs from Norton also!
Buck Farack December 04, 2011 at 02:15 PM
Michael F, you may have the "cahones" to user your real name but you don't have they brains to spell the word properly or to make an intelligent argument (it's cojones & buenas noches). Because DUI rates are already on the rise we shouldn't address an issue which has been proven time and again to significantly increase DUIs and other crimes? You ask: "What possible negative could more income into town coffers be?". A number of negatives have been pointed out by me and others including links to references. On a much smaller level, when the outlets came to Wrentham they made a point of promising the abutters that there would be no visual impact in the surrounding neighborhoods and that they did traffic studies that showed with minor road improvements that traffic wouldn't be a problem. In a late night last minute Planning Board meeting they received approval to build the mall some 20 feet higher than originally intended & they stuck that enormous sign up there. There's plenty of visual impact & traffic is an absolute mess. Crime (petty thefts/car thefts/home burglaries/auto accidents) are all up in Wrentham as a result of the outlets. I'm not saying the outlets are all bad but there is also a negative impact and property taxes have not gone down and the town budget remains a problem. This notion about what could be wrong w more income to the town is ludicrous. The reason all the income will come to the town is to offset the negative impact of the casino.
poor old lady December 04, 2011 at 02:53 PM
lets get a casino in foxboro so the senior citizens can afford to keep living in town
Jack OConnor December 04, 2011 at 02:58 PM
Good Morning, Stephanie please remove your sign from RT106 @ Stonehurst. Having it attached to street sign isn't allowed. I understand your campaign somewhat but let Mr Winn see the good people of Foxboro also. Jack
Michael F. Stewart December 04, 2011 at 03:05 PM
Buck, I apologize for my lack of spelling. I see and appreciate your points and opinions as someone that has experienced what you expressed. Man up and identify yourself. Your position has merit yet you hide behind a false identity. Buck you.
nancy December 04, 2011 at 03:11 PM
Deborah A Stewart December 04, 2011 at 03:17 PM
Oh "poor old lady" I had made a choice to no longer post on this subject as the comments and lie's by many have sickened me.However, your post appears to be very disrespectful and shows a disregard for those "seniors" who made this town you live in today what it is or should I say "was". If I try to make sense of your post it seems you don't care that "seniors" are struggling to keep their homes after working their whole lives for their dream. Tell me if I am wrong. Not pro or con on the issue of the casino yet, but I do know we never let our seniors down in the past. We can't disregard their importance now. This is their home also and they deserve a voice. Oh and by the way....for clarity I am very close to being called a senior and I still want to live here till I pass. Less and less chance of that happening for me as our COL continues to rise here each year.
poor old lady December 04, 2011 at 03:36 PM
Deborah........I am one of the seniors who has lived here for a very longgggggggggg time but the time has come for me to move and sell the house as can not afford it.Believe me.. I have done my share.........My taxes have gone up up up and I do not live in a palace..........and yes you are wrong.....
Deborah A Stewart December 04, 2011 at 03:38 PM
Thank you Mr O'Connor for saying that there are good people here in Town. While I totally disagree with the methods being used re: the casino issue I understand that there are good people on both sides. I do however, take exception when I see someone holding a sign that says"KRAFT LIES" or hear people saving Kraft doesn't care about this town. We have always been a town that was able to debate issues...albeit in passion fueled..but still debate. This kind of display especially in this day and age of multi-media, will and has changed the character of our town. We are no longer a "sleepy little suburb" and I don't think we ever will be again. The make up of the town has been changing for awhile, I am just not sure it is for the better. Have a good day & let's go Pat's.
Deborah A Stewart December 04, 2011 at 03:40 PM
poor old lady...we are both on the same side here believe it or not!
Janet Sroczynski December 04, 2011 at 03:46 PM
Perhaps a few of you may want to get in touch with the 1) http://www.CasinoFacts.org group from Middleboro, Massachusetts -as they too, fought hard and long over this "casino issue" -back in the day when it first appeared in the newspapers. Also, there seemed to be some confusion over a prior post/comment that I had made. Let me clarify. I did not state that a Deborah A. Stewart worked at PricewaterhouseCoopers in Boston, Massachusetts. Another writer confused my point. What I did write, was that a member of the Foxboro, Massachusetts community is a current Partner at PricewaterhouseCoopers LLP in Boston, Massachusetts-1.617.530.5000. I will include that he lives in Foxboro, and is an active member of the Stonehill College business community. I stated that PwC-PricewaterhouseCoopers is a big 4 audit & tax, advisory firm to many of these large scale, global casinos...including online casino gambling, which is also on the rise. See/read 2) http://www.pwc.com - online casino gambling, entertainment they call it. I hope the information provided is helpful to those of you who are taking the time to study both sides of the issue, both pro's and con's....and from there, decide.
Deborah A Stewart December 04, 2011 at 05:20 PM
Janet, I have all of the posts....they were sent to me and you did post it as a fact that I was the Deborah A Stewart who worked for PricewaterhouseCoopers as a Partner!!!! So perhaps you need to let that go.....I am trying to! Mis-information was posted as factual on your part and it wasn't. That is the scary part of using Google!
Jacob December 04, 2011 at 05:32 PM
This is going to be a RESORT casino. Not like Vegas, not like Foxwoods. The opposition is stuck on jumping to negative conclusions. Assumptions are not facts..
Janet Sroczynski December 04, 2011 at 05:53 PM
Once again, Deborah A. Stewart...I did not Google a search under your name, so again...am confused by your posting above. Sorry for any confusion, if that helps you/others. I used the feature on Patch.com that let's you "reply" -perhaps that's why another writer under the same name as your own, posted back to me......hence further complicating the confusion. Whatever, I'm over it......hope you are too. The partner that I am referring to is a male at PricewaterhouseCoopers, Boston, and therefore couldn't possibly be you. Just like there are other Janet Sroczynski's on Patch, I am sure there are other Deborah A. Stewarts's as well. Then add in the Jane Doe's, John Smith's, and all the other anonymous posters out there on Patch., and that too leads to confusion. Are you listening Patch.com editors? I've written to your editors in the past about requiring poster's on your website to post under their real names, and not fake, made up names. That might help eliminate some of the confusion. And it might help eliminate some of the name calling, insults and other misc. remarks made on the Patch. Just a suggestion.
Buck Farack December 04, 2011 at 05:55 PM
Michael F. have you ever hear the Mark Twain quote: “It is better to keep your mouth closed and let people think you are a fool than to open it and remove all doubt.”? You haven't refuted a thing I have said so what does my identity have to do with anything? About the only argument you have made is that there can't be anything wrong with more income in the town coffers and that there should be no concern about a casino increasing the DUI rate since its already increasing now. As you said, my position has merit. My identity doesn't matter. Your position has no merit yet you choose to identify yourself.
Janet Sroczynski December 04, 2011 at 06:02 PM
I thought this was worth sharing. Read it on Boston.com, article: "Foxboro residents rally against proposed casino".....under a poster's name of "collegice" who wrote: 1) http://www.masslive.com/news/index.ssf/2011/11/activists_begin_effort_for_bal.h. Article: "Activists begin effort for ballot question to repeal new casino law in Massachusetts, published Tuesday, November 29, 2011 by Dan Ring, the Republican....re: John Ribeiro of Woburn, Massachusetts....leader of a newly created group - "Repeal the Casino Deal" said 10 voters filed a petition with the secretary of state to place a referendum on the ballot in November of next year to strike down the law to legalize casinos." Read the article and other posts/links, cited....if interested.
Buck Farack December 04, 2011 at 06:10 PM
Jacob, Foxwoods is not a resort casino? Is that why it's called Foxwoods Resort Casino? www.foxwoods.com , it's right on their Masthead ; ) Data based on studies performed at other resort casino areas are not assumptions, they're facts. Again, I have no quarrel with those who support a casino for financial reasons as long as they understand the tradedoffs. Those who don't accept that crime & traffic will dramatically increase and that there will be serious repercussions for the area as a whole are being disingenuous or naive. Also, those who think a casino will solve the financial problems of the town are in for a rude awakening. Since Patriot Place (which I happen to love) was built have property taxes gone down? Is Foxboro in fantastic financial shape as a result of Pat Place? Its a positive contribution for sure but it hasn't taken Michael F out of "underprivileged" status so why do people think a casino is any different?
Michael F. Stewart December 04, 2011 at 06:59 PM
Buck, We are probably both fools. One with sack and one without! I have no reason for anymore communication with a fellow fool!
Amy Ashford December 19, 2011 at 01:31 PM
Please understand who you are responding to. It is quite clear that "Jacob" is a plant who is on various internet article and comment sections, including Facebooks "No-Fox Vegas". He also formed the "Jobs For Foxboro" on Facebook. He/she is most likely hired by Wynn. Therefore, is is safe to assume that there are more plants. It has been confirmed that Wynn hired Sage Systems, a Boston based political consulting firm and I am sure he has hired more firms to help with his campaign to get his casino approved. In addition to this, Wynn is sending letters to Foxboro residents, airing commerical and news ads, as well as paying young people low wages to go door to door in Foxboro to sway public opinion.
Menauhant December 20, 2011 at 02:46 AM
Please don'tcompare Foxboro to Los Vegas this is not whatis planned. Think CT.
Menauhant December 20, 2011 at 02:49 AM
You need to be come more of an optimist. What is the problem in waiting to hear what the proposal really is?
Menauhant December 20, 2011 at 02:52 AM
No matter what is built on this land it will require resources and generate trash. The appropriate boards will evaluate all of this if and when the project is ready to proceed.
Menauhant December 20, 2011 at 02:57 AM
I guess you missed the recent article in the globe about the towns in CT.
Menauhant December 20, 2011 at 02:58 AM
Check out the recent story in the Globe.
Menauhant December 20, 2011 at 03:02 AM
Who are the "WE"? I vote that we listen and then decide.
Menauhant December 20, 2011 at 03:19 AM
If Mr Wynn has plants on this site I would say that their are also plants from other locations that want a casino/resort complex in their area. Mr Wynn may be paying low wages to young people I take it that you are not one of these young people. I don't see them complaining. Who paid for the Professional Signs that popped up within hours of the first word about the proposed casino/resort. Stop the paranoia lets hear what the plan really is so we will know what the positive and negatives are.
Amy Ashford December 20, 2011 at 03:26 PM
Let them have it, Foxboro does not want it. There is nothing positive about gambling and 24 access to public alcohol consumption. Look at the pictures, there were not alot of professionally printed signs. There is also a printing company right in Foxboro Center that is fully capable of printing a few signs within 24 hours. Since small businesses tend to fail when casinos and big corporations move in, you figure it out. Also, people have been donating to the casino opposition group to help pay for all related expenses. Enough with the sign conspiracy, it's a pretty dumb argument. About Wynns low paid college students: Do you expect them to "complain" on these message boards? Get real. Hey, it's a bad economy, and Wynn is helping to employ people, right? Foxboro is a small town, many people know each other. If competing casinos send people over to the town meetings, then they wouldn't be any different than Wynn busing out of town union people to come to the meetings. Let's face it, the middle class people of Foxboro have to deal with billionaires, unions and politicians, it's not a fair fight. That seems to be the majority of the opposition to the casino at the town meetings. When it comes to a vote, the residents will be the only ones who are able to cast a vote, so in the end, it does not matter who shows up.
Art Fishman December 20, 2011 at 03:46 PM
@Amy, lets hope the citizens of Foxboro get to vote on it instead of the board of selectman and the anti group circumventing democracy and shutting it down before a vote can take place. two sides to every story. i just hope the people of FOXBORO get to decide it for themselves
Buck Farack December 20, 2011 at 07:21 PM
@Art, our form of government is a Constituional Republic with a representative form of Government. Do you cast a vote for every single issue before Foxborough's board? How about the State House in Boston? Congress in Washington DC? They're all elected officials voting on our behalf. Sometimes things go to referendum but it's not a God given right. The town already voted in 2004-2005 and said they didn't want gambling. The electorate HAS decided both in past referenda AND at the ballot box when they elected their representatives. No one is circumventing anything.


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