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Bingo returning to Hopkinton this fall

April 28, 2011

HOPKINTON -- The Town Council voted unanimously at its April 18 meeting to approve an amendment to the zoning ordinance that would allow bingo games to be held in town under specific circumstances provided they are not held in a "bingo hall."

As was previously reported by the Times, a bingo hall is defined as 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.

Bingo games are expected to start in September, according to councilor Barbara Capalbo. She said that the recreational department staff will be too busy running its summer programs for area children to find time to hold the games. Also, they will likely be held in the Crandall House, which will be filled with activity in the coming months.

Capalbo also said that the games might be held twice a week from September through May. She said the committee on aging hasn't decided exactly when the games will occur, though they were leaning toward holding one in the afternoon and one in the evening.

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