West Springfield http://wamc.org en Opposition Organizes For West Springfield Casino Referendum http://wamc.org/post/opposition-organizes-west-springfield-casino-referendum <p>A group has organized to oppose Hard Rock International’s plans to build an $800 million resort casino in West Springfield, Massachusetts.&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; The casino development is subject to a make or break voter referendum in the town of 30,000 people on September 10<sup>th</sup>.&nbsp;&nbsp; WAMC’s Pioneer Valley Bureau Chief Paul Tuthill spoke with Nathan Bech who is spearheading the “No Casino West Springfield” campaign.</p><p></p><p></p> Sat, 03 Aug 2013 16:36:00 +0000 Paul Tuthill 70540 at http://wamc.org Opposition Organizes For West Springfield Casino Referendum Hard Rock Official Discusses Casino Referendum Campaign http://wamc.org/post/hard-rock-official-discusses-casino-referendum-campaign <p>The campaign to convince voters in West&nbsp; Springfield ,Massachusetts to ratify a development deal &nbsp;for a resort casino was formally launched Tuesday evening.&nbsp; Officials with Hard Rock Hotels and Casino hosted about 50 people for a cook-out at its newly opened campaign headquarters for the September 10<sup>th</sup> referendum.&nbsp;&nbsp; WAMC’s Pioneer Valley Bureau Chief Paul Tuthill spoke with Hard Rock New England President Tim Maland about the pro-casino campaign.</p><p></p><p></p> Wed, 31 Jul 2013 17:00:32 +0000 Paul Tuthill 70431 at http://wamc.org Hard Rock Official Discusses Casino Referendum Campaign More Voter Referendums On Gaming Projects Set In Massachusetts http://wamc.org/post/more-voter-referendums-gaming-projects-set-massachusetts <p>Hard Rock has begun the campaign to convince voters in West Springfield, Massachusetts to endorse the company’s plan for a resort casino. It will be the second western Massachusetts casino project to face a make or break referendum.</p><p></p><p></p><p></p><p>&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; Hard Rock officials will host a public grand opening Tuesday for the campaign headquarters for the September 10<sup>th</sup> casino referendum.&nbsp; The event will mark the formal launch of the “West Side Yes” pro-casino campaign.&nbsp;</p> Mon, 29 Jul 2013 22:17:00 +0000 Paul Tuthill 70260 at http://wamc.org More Voter Referendums On Gaming Projects Set In Massachusetts West Springfield Expected To Set Casino Vote Soon http://wamc.org/post/west-springfield-expected-set-casino-vote-soon <p>The town council in West Springfield, Massachusetts has scheduled a meeting to set a date for a voter referendum on the casino development deal proposed by Hard Rock International.</p><p>The President of Hard Rock New England said he'll ask the council when it meets on Tuesday to schedule the referendum for Sept. 10, before the start of the Big E expo the following weekend.</p><p>Hard Rock wants to build an $800 million resort casino on part of the Eastern States Exhibition fairgrounds.</p><p>Springfield voters last week approved a casino development deal with MGM Resorts.</p> Mon, 22 Jul 2013 11:16:14 +0000 Jaired Crofut 69707 at http://wamc.org West Springfield Expected To Set Casino Vote Soon New President Named For "Big E" http://wamc.org/post/new-president-named-big-e <p>The &ldquo;Big E&rdquo; has a new boss.&nbsp; Eugene Cassidy is the new president and C-E-O of the Eastern States Exposition.&nbsp; The organization has hosted the region&rsquo;s largest agricultural fair and exposition on its grounds in West Springfield for 95 years.&nbsp;&nbsp; WAMC&rdquo;s Pioneer Valley Bureau Chief Paul&nbsp; Tuthill spoke with Cassidy about what makes the &ldquo; Big E&rdquo; such a big draw through the decades.</p> Fri, 13 Jul 2012 16:50:00 +0000 Paul Tuthill 43034 at http://wamc.org New President Named For "Big E"