Mashpee Wampanoag haven't given up on building a casino in Taunton

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Good morning, Taunton! Today if Friday, Dec. 17. Eight more days until Christmas, and next Friday is Christmas Eve! You're probably very busy, but remember to take care of yourself over the next week. The food groups are not candy, candy canes, candy corns and syrup, unless you're Buddy the Elf.

Actors Ed Asner as Santa Claus, right, and Will Ferrell as an elf named Buddy, are shown in a scene from New Line Cinema’s “Elf.” in this undated promotional photo.Alan Markfield, New Line PRoductions | Associated Press
Actors Ed Asner as Santa Claus, right, and Will Ferrell as an elf named Buddy, are shown in a scene from New Line Cinema’s “Elf.” in this undated promotional photo.Alan Markfield, New Line PRoductions | Associated Press

Mashpee Wampanoag haven't given up casino plans

The First Light Resort & Casino is still just a P.O. Box and a stalled construction site, but the Mashpee Wampanoag haven't given up on building a casino, according to city officials who recently met with the tribe and its multinational development partner. The city's chief lawyer, David Gay, said in a letter that he's had several conversations with the tribe's lawyer, Rebekah Salguero. The tribe still wants to resume construction, and is still partnering with Genting on the long-delayed project. The tribe also paid $530,721 this summer as part of a PILOT agreement with the city.

Secretary of the Interior Deb Haaland has a Dec. 31 deadline to provide an update on the status of the tribe's reservation land.

Dermody Cleaners Coats for Kids drive

Dermody Cleaners in Taunton is holding its 29th annual Coats for Kids drive. For the months of December and January, you can drop off gently-worn children's coats at any Dermody location, and they will clean the donated coats free of charge and will deliver them to Saint Vincent de Paul Society’s Center on Washington Street for distribution. Read here for more drop-off information, and a list of Dermody locations.

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This article originally appeared on The Taunton Daily Gazette: Taunton Daily Gazette Daily Briefing newsletter Dec 17 2021

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