Newport Grand to close, making way for Tiverton casino

Newport Grand to close, making way for Tiverton casino


(HE) NOW TO THE LATEST ON THE CASINO SCENE IN RHODE ISLAND. (MM) IN JUST ABOUT SIX HOURS — NEWPORT GRAND CASINO WILL CLOSE ITS DOORS TO THE PUBLIC — AS IT MAKES WAY FOR A NEW CASINO OPENING UP IN TIVERTON THIS WEEKEND. TODAY—- THERE WAS A RIBBON CUTTING FOR A NEW ROUNDABOUT IN TIVERTON — WHICH TAKES DRIVERS TO THE NEW CASINO — LOCATED NEAR THE FALL RIVER LINE. (HE) NEW AT FIVE — WE’RE GETTING A SNEAK PEAK INSIDE THE NEW TIVERTON CASINO — AND HEARING FROM PEOPLE WHO MADE ONE LAST STOP AT NEWPORT GRAND. EYEWITNESS NEWS REPORTER STEPH MACHADO JOINS US LIVE IN TIVERTON. STEPH? (SM) WE ARE STANDING RIGHT OUTSIDE THE NEW TWIN RIVER TIVERTON CASINO WHICH IS SET TO OPEN ON SATURDAY…WORKERS ARE PUTTING THE FINISHING TOUCHES ON THE BUILDING NOW….AS TWIN RIVER PREPARES TO CLOSE THE NEWPORT GRAND CASINO TONIGHT. DECADES OF GAMBLING AT NEWPORT GRAND COMING TO AN END TUESDAY NIGHT…. THE SLOTS PARLOR THAT STARTED AS A JAI ALAI FRONTON…. I would come for the Jai Alai games ARTHUR PAIVA OF NEWPORT STOPPING IN ONE LAST TIME TO TRY HIS LUCK…HE SAYS HE WAS HERE ON THE FIRST DAY NEWPORT GRAND OPENED IN 1976. I said what the heck, I was here on the first day I may as well be here on the last day. Came to see if we could have some luck, and I did, I wont 442 dollars on planet moon, and we had a great time so now we’re going to the christmas tree shop WE GOT AN EARLY LOOK INSIDE THE BRAND NEW TIVERTON CASINO AS EMPLOYEES ARE TRAINING….1000 SLOT MACHINES, 32 TABLE GAMES.. THE CASINO HAS RESTAURANTS, A FOOD COURT AND BARS….PLUS SERVE- YOUR-OWN WINE FROM TAPS ON THE WALL…..AND THE ATTACHED HOTEL HAS 84 ROOMS. ARTHUR PAIVA ALREADY HAS HIS NEW TIVERTON CASINO CARD… It’s a longer drive out to tiverton TWIN RIVER BOARD CHAIRMAN JOHN TAYLOR SAYS HE HOPES NEWPORT GRAND CUSTOMERS MAKE THE TRANSITION… I sympathize, we have some players there that have been going there a long time, and feel disappoitned in the fact that we’re not going to be there anymore. But I hope and expect that once they see what we’re done here they’re going to love it. (SM) AND 550 PEOPLE WILL BE EMPLOYED HERE IN TIVERTON….ALL OF THE EMPLKOYEES AT NEWPORT GRAND WERE OFFERED JOBS HERE AND 141 OF THEM TOOK TWIN RIVER UP ON THAT OFFER….WE’LL TALK TO ONE OF THOSE LONG-TIME EMPLOYEES COMING UP NEW AT 6. LIVE IN TIVERTON, STEPH MACHADO, EYEWITNESS NEWS. (HE) THE SLOTS AT NEWPORT GRAND ARE SPINNING FOR THE LAST TIME TONIGHT — AS IT PREPARES TO CLOSE FOR GOOD. MEANWHILE, WE’RE GETTING A LOOK INSIDE THE NEW CASINO IN TIVERTON, WHICH IS SET TO OPEN THIS WEEKEND. EYEWITNESS NEWS REPORTER STEPH MACHADO JOINS US LIVE FROM TIVERTON, WITH THE EAST BAY MOBILE NEWSROOM. THIS IS THE BRAND NEW TIVERTON CASINO AND HOTEL….TWIN RIVER WILL OPEN IT ON SATURDAY AND CLOSE NEWPORT GRAND TONIGHT. ARTHUR PAIVA HAS BEEN BETTING AT NEWPORT GRAND FOR MORE THAN 40 YEARS…. Paiva: I break even THE LONGTIME NEWPORT RESIDENT SAYS HE WAS THERE WHEN NEWPORT GRAND OPENED IN 1976 AS A JAI ALAI FRONTON. Arthur Paiva/Newport: I siad what the heck I was here on the first day, might as well be here on the last day. TWIN RIVER IS OPENING UP A NEW CASINO IN TIVERTON ON SATURDAY…. WE GOT A LOOK INSIDE TODAY….ABOUT 1000 SLOT MACHINES, AND UNLIKE NEWPORT, THERE WILL BE TABLE GAMES…AND SPORTS BETTING, ONCE THE STATE LOTTERY FINALIZES THAT PROGRAM. PLUS AN 84 ROOM HOTEL 550 PEOPLE WILL BE EMPLOYED AT THE TIVERTON CASINO AND HOTEL…INCLUDING 141 COMING OVER FROM NEWPORT GRAND. Kevin Jemo/Newport Grand Valet Attendant: Everone’s sad. I’ll never walk through these doors again KEVIN JEMO HAS BEEN A VALET ATTENDANT AT NEWORT GRAND FOR 14 YEARS. ON HIS LAST DAY HERE MIXED EMOTIONS AS HE PREPARES TO WORK THE VALET AT THE BRAND NEW CASINO IN TIVERTON. Jemo: Bittersweet, I’ve worked here for a very long time it’s going to be sad to see it go. It’s a change, a change for the better though. AND THE NEWPORT GRAND PROPERTY HAS BEEN PURCHASED BY THE CARPIONATO GROUP…THEY HAVE NOT ANNOUNCED WHAT WILL BE BUILT THERE… THE MAYOR OF NEWPORT TELLS ME THE CITY DID RAISE TAXES SLIGHTLY TO MAKE UP FOR THE LOST REVENUE FROM THE CASINO. LIVE IN TIVERTON SM EWN

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