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WYNN DETAILS PLANS FOR HARBORWALK

When it’s completed, the $1.7 billion resort casino in Everett will include a public harborwalk for pedestrians and bicycles that will extend the length of the resort’s shoreline and connect to a park. The 20-foot wide harborwalk, announced by Wynn Resorts on Thursday, will be open to the public all year and will “guide guests to beautifully landscaped gardens and waterfront features that include a picnic park, viewing deck, shoreline pavilion and water ferry/taxi dock,” the resort casino company said in a statement. The plans are in keeping with Wynn’s earlier proposal for a resort on polluted Mystic River property – which has drawn litigation from Boston Mayor Marty Walsh, seeking a greater say for his city’s residents, and ideological opposition from Somerville Mayor Joe Curtatone, a casino opponent. “We envision our harborwalk to be brimming with activity day and night, year round, both from a recreational and transportation perspective,” Robert DeSalvio, president of Wynn Everett, said in a statement. “Connecting to the Gateway Center Park means more people can enjoy the Mystic River and access our resort without having to drive here by car. It is an once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to unlock a beautiful urban waterfront that very few people today know exists.” On its website, Wynn Everett calls the harborwalk “Boston’s most magnificent outdoor gathering spot.” The harborwalk is part of Wynn’s $30 million remediation plan for the contaminated 33-acre former chemical plant site. – Colin A. Young/SHNS

RETAILERS GEARING UP FOR SALES TAX HOLIDAY

With events in Acton and Agawam, retails sector officials are ready to talk to the media Thursday and Friday about the upcoming sales tax holiday weekend. Retailers Association of Massachusetts officials Jon Hurst and Bill Rennie plan to talk up the benefits of the occasion with local retailers at 10 a.m. Thursday at Circle Furniture in Acton and at 10 a.m. Friday at Dave’s Soda & Pet City in Agawam. – Michael Norton/SHNS

CAPE VIGIL PLANNED TO REMEMBER SLAIN VERMONT SOCIAL WORKER

Social workers and Department of Children and Families investigators plan to gather in Hyannis Thursday for a vigil in memory of child protection worker Lara Sobel, who was allegedly killed by a client last week outside a DCF office in Barre, Vermont. According to SEIU509, the tragedy “bears an uncomfortable resemblance to the 1996 killing of Linda Silva, a Massachusetts DCF social worker who was gunned down in a dark parking lot in Provincetown.” The gathering Thursday is planned for 5 p.m. outside the DCF Hyannis office at 500 Main Street. – Michael Norton/SHNS

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