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No Foxboro Casino Group to Air Video on Connecticut Casinos

No Foxboro Casino to air video on Foxborough Cable Access about the impact Connecticut casinos have had on their areas. The first showing is tonight.

 

The No Foxboro Casino Group has put together a video about the Connecticut casinos that will air on Foxboro Cable Access in the upcoming days.

According to information on their web site, www.nofoxborocasino.com., the video looks how the Foxwoods and Mohegan Sun casinos have impacted their areas and the lives of residents in Connecticut.

The video was put together by the volunteer group. They look at traffic, businesses, schools, the affects on property values, crime, drunk driving and lost of a small town feel, in the words of Connecticut residents who live near the casino. Foxborough leaders and residents are also in the video.

The first showing will be tonight (Friday) at 9:30 p.m. Twice on Saturday, April 28, and Sunday, April 29 at 7:30 p.m. It will also be shown April 28-April 30 at 2:30 and 11:30 a.m.

The group will also be airing it at their open house, Saturday, May 5, from noon to 3 p.m. at Union Church, 384 South St., Foxborough with showing at noon, 1 p.m. and 2 p.m.

According to the group, there are also limited DVDs will be available va email.

Foxboro Born April 27, 2012 at 12:10 PM
You can watch the video from the following link: www.nofoxborocasino.com This is a great video to watch if you are undecided about the casino.
JimD April 27, 2012 at 01:16 PM
Kudos to all involved in this production! Very informative and well done. Best of all, made by citizens of Foxborough, with no funding by out-of-state mega-corporations.
Steve April 27, 2012 at 01:58 PM
If there were any similarities between the Indian casino deal between an Indian tribe and the state of Connecticut and casino bill passed in Massachusetts I would agree that this video would be useful. Unfortunately there are very few similarities so there is very little that can be gained by watching the video. Apples and oranges. Just my opinion go ahead and tell me I’m wrong.
FoxboroTed April 27, 2012 at 02:26 PM
I agree with Steve, Apples and Oranges. That being said, even if approved by Foxboro, the casino will be located in Boston with the Caesars Palace group. You can bet on it.
jayb April 27, 2012 at 02:55 PM
Can anyone that is in favor of this issue please reply. I haven't watched the video yet, but I am assuming it talks about the negative impacts of the casino in the other areas that have them. Whether it is run by Indians or the white man, I believe that there will increased area hassle/general crime/congestion on rte 1 and the surrounding neighborhoods in several communities will bear the brunt of that every day of the week. I'm no real-estate expert but it is common sense that the property values of the single family homes will go down as the area will be less desirable to most to live in. Any amount of $$ reduced in taxes will likely not outweigh the reduced value and lowered standard of living and general lifestyle impact for those most affected by it. If you’re not a union guy, a frequent gambler, can not pay your local taxes or want a job there, then why should someone vote for this? If it goes in somewhere else you can still get a job there and still go there to visit. If cutting your yearly taxes in half is the selling point for you then you're really not making a good long term decision by voting for this as your property value will decrease. Ask yourself, is there another town in the state that you would like to live in but might not be able to afford? Would those people vote for this? Voting for this doesn’t seem like a good long term decision to me it seems like a desperate short term one. So I’m voting this down anyway I can.
Traci Longa April 27, 2012 at 07:44 PM
Jay, Very good ?s and yes, there will be more traffic on Route one but, the only way to stop that is not develop the land which isn't an option. I also understand your concern for property values, I too own a home in Foxboro. The reason that this development could actually positively effect our prop values more than others is the revenue it will generate.We will recieve around $15mil/yr from taxes alone, not to mention any charitable donations they make to different groups in the community.For a comparison, we recieve around $5mil/yr from Gillette plus they make many generous donations to our community.This is why we are more financially stable compared to other towns.There isn't another development like Wynn that could match that revenue and it's on Route 1, which doesn't effect the character of our town. It is an extremely large amount of revenue for a town of 17,000 residents and a $60mil/year budget. With that revenue we could have the best schools in the state. We could have the best youth sports fields and facilities in the state. We could build a new town hall, fix the school buildings, pay our town employees what they deserve, and have a surplus to use towards reducing taxes or other future projects. Property values are based on people's desire to live in a community. Having a development that can bring us all of these benefits would make it an extremely attractive place to live.To see what it's all about http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sb4Fs4tJ4Us
Foxboro Born April 27, 2012 at 08:01 PM
Traci, You dismiss the traffic problem as though it is no big deal. Do you find the traffic for Patriots games no big deal? Do you really want that kind of traffic every day and all night long? And don’t tell me it won’t be that bad. You can’t claim that we will get 15 million in tax revenue and then claim the traffic won’t be bad. The only way they can promise us 15 million in taxes is if thousands of people come to town every day. If an office park is developed on that land, you will not have drunk people and people who are half asleep driving on our roads. And as the video states, the employees (4,000 of them) will be using the side roads all hours of the day and night to get to work because it will be quicker than going Route One.
Foxboro Born April 27, 2012 at 08:11 PM
Also, as the video shows Traci, the property values of the homes near Foxwoods went down considerably. Who wants to live near a casino? If you have no buyers, you lose property value. It’s that simple. The sense of community is lost when families move out and low wage workers move in with no ties to the town. You can kiss Founder’s Day goodbye and replace it with a Slot Tournament.
Mike April 27, 2012 at 08:31 PM
The traffic would not be anywhere near the level of a Patriots game. Why do people keep bringing this tired argument up? With all the empty office parks in the area, no one it their right mind would be building one any time in the near future.
jayb April 27, 2012 at 08:34 PM
Hi Traci, If we get 5mill from Gillette already isn't that already a wind fall since most other towns don’t get that? Has that amount of rev coming into the town propelled us to be that much more of a desirable place to live than say Walpole or other abutting towns due to Gillette? Walpole and Wrentham have higher property values and I would attribute that due to character of those towns. I bought into the town about 7 years ago and don't recall the stadium revenue being on the plus side of the reasons why to pick the town. We looked at community/school MCAS and % going to college and a few other factors. If I was to open a state of the art hazardous waste incinerator on that land which provided the town a significant of money without the drunk driving or crime issues would you still want that in town? May I ask what type of work you do?
jayb April 27, 2012 at 08:37 PM
Forgot to mention the Sunday inconvience of the games has at least gotten me to learn more backrounds to get around it. But I do still have trouble getting my kids down to bed when they can hear the concerts until 10ish at night. Glad they are not often.
Rich O April 27, 2012 at 08:41 PM
What a complete load of PR crap. There will be no law that keeps the traffic on rt.1. Construction and casino workers will use back roads extensively, as will a large number of gamblers because this will be a regional casino, not a destination resort. Casino proponents would like you to believe that a check will make the schools better. If $ alone made schools better then we'd have the best in the world. Don't fall for this claptrap. Show me one community where a casino made the schools better - doesn't happen. What this boils down to is people who expect something of value vs. people who want to preserve the character of the town and want nothing in return. A casino is an adverse improvement to any community and hollow words from shills won't change that.
Foxboro Born April 27, 2012 at 08:43 PM
I think you are kidding yourself Mike. After work on a Friday night, I'm sure the traffic will be just as bad as a Pats game.
jayb April 27, 2012 at 08:48 PM
Hi Mike, Do you live near the area or have to travel by it on game days? I must say i'm not too bothered by traffic but it is an inconvience on those Sundays. Very difficult to cross rte 1 on those days and I have to make sure i have my errands done on the day before.
Mike April 27, 2012 at 10:14 PM
Yes, Jay, I do live here, but as a football fan, I know when the home games are and just avoid the area on game days. You are right it is difficult to cross Route 1, especially now with the latest blocking of traffic on North St.
Amy April 30, 2012 at 12:24 PM
Ha! Hey Mike, will you "avoid the area" everyday if a casino were here? Jayb, I think she works for Wynn, LOL.

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