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Hard Rock’s Bid Crumbles

Hard Rock’s Bid Crumbles

This past Tuesday, voters in West Springfield rejected the bid by Hard Rock New England to build a casino resort by the Eastern State Exposition grounds. City residents said “no” to casino gambling by a 55 to 45 percent vote after Hard Rock spent nearly a million dollars marketing their plan. The opposition, in contrast, […]

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Springfield Casino Vote Looms

With Springfield’s referendum vote on a casino resort set for July 16, time is running out for both pro- and anti-casino lobbyists to get their message out. It’s been a long, sometimes annoying slugfest, with emotions running high on both sides. Even the date of the casino vote hasn’t gone without controversy, as the anti-casino […]

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What’s Up at the Intruder: Casino Talk and More

Ta-da! See, I made it back;-) For those wondering what the heck has been going on with the Intruder, read on below for more details. * Now, on with some updates and observations: MGM Trumps Penn National Yes, not exactly shocking news to hear that MGM won out over Penn National to be selected by […]

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Geeks Gather for PodCamp Western MA 5

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Geeks Gather for PodCamp Western MA 5

There was much to be heard, said and learned at this year’s edition of PodCamp Western MA, held this past Saturday at Holyoke Community College’s Kittredge Center, in Holyoke, MA. This weekend’s podcamp marked the event’s 5th anniversary and second year being held at the Kittredge Center. Like in its previous years, this years podcamp […]

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Eager Politicians Eye Casino Pot O’ Gold

With the date drawing closer to a referendum on any proposed casino in Springfield, the City Council’s self-anointed Casino Site Committee heard from casino consultant Shefsky & Froelich Inc. last week on how best to allocate Host Agreement funding for community investments. According to a story in the Republican by Jack Flynn, Shefsky & Froelich […]

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Springfield MGM-ed

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Springfield MGM-ed

With the field of casino resort developers narrowed down to 11 statewide candidates and a mere four in western Massachusetts, it’s looking more and more likely that Springfield is shaping up to be the front runner in the race to capture one of the prized locations. Only Mohegan Sun’s Palmer bid, it seems, stands to […]

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Flipping for a Casino

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Flipping for a Casino

First he’s out. Then he’s in. Then he’s out… Like a person using CPR — or a scene from some sordid XXX movie — Holyoke Mayor Alex Morse has been taking the residents of his once-fair little city on a roller coaster ride that’s sent most of them into fits of either anger or bewilderment. […]

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