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Bingo games one step closer to returning to Hopkinton

April 9, 2011

HOPKINTON -- The town is one step closer to having bingo games available again for residents as the Town Council will vote on a related ordinance at its upcoming April 18 meeting.

The council closed the public hearing on a zoning ordinance Monday, April 4 that defines bingo halls and makes it so that the town can offer bingo only under specific circumstances.

As explained by Council President Sylvia K. Thompson, defining the term "bingo hall" limits what can be done in town in terms of gaming. "We don't have to worry about anything happening on a large scale," she said. "And seniors or whoever can have their bingo and enjoy it."

Per the amendment language, a bingo hall is an establishment primarily used for more than two bingo games per week; for a bingo game with more than 40 participants; and involving money that exceeds the lowest possible amount allowed by the state police's charitable gaming unit, which is $400.

Any profits made by the games would go toward projects for seniors.

More information is available in this week's edition of The Chariho Times

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