The MBLC Welcomes Commissioner Stacy DeBole

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The MBLC Welcomes Commissioner Stacy Boyle. 

Special to the Leader Herald

The Massachusetts Board of Library Commissioners (MBLC) is pleased to welcome Stacy DeBole of Swampscott, who has been appointed by Governor Charles D. Baker to serve on the nine-member board.

“I am excited to serve as a Commissioner to continue my work with libraries statewide” said Mrs. DeBole. “Having worked directly with the board as a public library director, I know the challenges facing libraries and the great work that is done by the MBLC and I am excited to get started.”

Commissioner DeBole has had an extensive library career that spans public, academic and special libraries, including the Suffolk University Library, the New England School of Law Library, and the Salem State University Library. Most recently she was director of the Everett Public Library where she actively participated in grant opportunities offered by the MBLC, including Library Services and Technology Act grants for Teens and Tweens and Preservation, and State Aid to Public Libraries grants. She called these grants “game changers for the community.”

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Class Action Lawsuit Filed Against Encore Dismissed by Gaming Commission

By Josh Resnek

A disgruntled gaming customer at the Encore Boston Harbor Casino who filed a lawsuit claiming he was being robbed of his winnings among a flurry of other allegations led to an immediate investigation by the Massachusetts Gaming Commission last week.

The president of Encore Boston Harbor fired back at the lawsuit against the casino before the Massachusetts Gaming Commission Thursday, which claims that customers are being short-changed. “Every single customer gets every dollar and every penny they have coming due to them,” Robert DeSalvio said.

“At no time did we ever round and not give customers back the money that they truly deserved.”

The Massachusetts Gaming Commission agreed.

Following a preliminary investigation, the MGC determined and reported on Thursday last week that Encore Boston Harbor is in compliance with all regulations.

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Mass Gaming’s Decision Offers Peril And Opportunity For Wynn Resorts

By Walter Pavlo
For the Leader Herald

Wynn Resorts CEO Matthew Maddox took over the company in a crisis that would have tested the most seasoned executive. As the right-hand-man to Steve Wynn for nearly 20 years, Maddox not only learned from the casino magnate but earned his respect. Now Maddox is considering whether the company stays in Boston or moves on.

The Massachusetts Gaming Commission (MGC) gave its decision on Wynn’s suitability last week with a number of conditions, including a fine of $35 million for the company and $500,000 for Maddox. While one would think Wynn/Maddox would cut the checks and move on, MGC’s wording in its decision may cause problems for Wynn down the road … or it could offer a way for Wynn to bow out gracefully.

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Pope John XXIII redux

Since the news broke about the possible closure of Pope John XXIII, alumni, teachers, administrators and parents have raised almost $40,000 in an online fundraising effort.

This is a remarkable sum of money to raise in a week but far short of the $500,000 that must be raised to satisfy the Archdiocese.

School officials have remained mum about the door remaining open for another year, or for a future marked by better organization and vision.

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Mayor’s chief named In MCAD complaint?

By Josh Resnek

It appears the mayor’s chief of staff Kevin O’Donnell is in the middle of the Wellness Center investigation now before the Massachusetts Commission Against Discrimination.

O’Donnell is apparently mentioned several times in the MCAD filing by a former Wellness Center employee alleging sexual harassment and bullying in her discrimination complaint, according to a source close to the investigation.

O’Donnell is said to have used obscene language and intimidation during a questioning round he held with the alleged victim with others present apparently at the Wellness Center.

If this is in fact the case, it would be the second time O’Donnell has been among the subjects of an MCAD investigation into employment discrimination issues lodged against him.

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