NCAA Season 93’s Best 7: Week 7

first_imgLOOK: Venues for 2019 SEA Games Sidney Onwubere vs AJ Coronel. Photo by Tristan Tamayo/ INQUIRER.net(1) Sidney Onwubere – F, EAC Generals21 points, 17 rebounds, 3 assists, 1 blockLast Week: N/AWithout Hamadou Laminou to bank on, coach Ariel Sison has made it clear that EAC must double, if not triple, its effort if it wants to progress to the Final Four.And one of the measures he did was to squeeze out all the minutes Sidney Onwubere could give him.On Friday, the Fil-Nigerian forward showed that he’s more than ready to the task, leading the Generals to a gutsy 61-57 win over Perpetual to finish the first round and show why he has to be included in the discussions for the MVP plum.As daunting as the task may be, Onwubere may have to live with the reality that he’s going to need to give everything he has if EAC wants to make it to the last dance.ADVERTISEMENT PH men’s poomsae team bags back-to-back SEAG golds Torrential rains couldn’t stop the NCAA this week that even the oft-postponed triple-header finally pushed through on Friday.And after it’s said and done, we are left with only two games to wrap up the first round on Tuesday, with last year’s Final Four teams wrapping up their first round assignments.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSWATCH: Drones light up sky in final leg of SEA Games torch runSPORTSSEA Games: Philippines picks up 1st win in men’s water poloSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutoutAs for our list, the usual suspects did come back, churning out strong performances as they seek a spot in the annual midseason festivities that is the All-Star Game.With that being said, here’s our list of the week’s best players. How rude could Tey Teodoro be?He even went to San Sebastian to remind everybody why he’s one of the deadliest snipers in the league, silencing the home crowd with his three-pointers from the parking lot to help JRU secure the 73-62 victory and extend its winning run to three straight games.But echoing coach Vergel Meneses, he needs more consistent performance from Teodoro like this one if the Heavy Bombers want to make a late run to the Final Four in the second round.Photo by Tristan Tamayo/ INQUIRER.net(5) Lervin Flores – F, Arellano Chiefs14 points, 11 rebounds, 2 blocksLast Week: N/ASurprising as it was, Lervin Flores makes his first appearance in this list for the season thanks to his steady contributions for Arellano in its skid-busting conquest over St. Benilde.The veteran forward has finally shown what he’s capable of, commanding the Chiefs’ defense after a woeful start this season.Coach Jerry Codiñera’s offense will always revolve around Salado, but Flores’ efforts must always be there if last year’s runner-up wants to make it to the semifinals in the long run.Photo by Tristan Tamayo/ INQUIRER.net(6) Prince Eze – C, Perpetual Altas14 points, 20 rebounds, 1 assists, 4 blocksLast Week: 3Perpetual may have went on a two-game losing slide to end the first round, but Prince Eze’s contributions shouldn’t be discarded.The Nigerian remains as a force to be reckoned with down low, keeping the Altas in the game despite losing in the end to EAC. UPLB exempted from SEA Games class suspension For the complete collegiate sports coverage including scores, schedules and stories, visit Inquirer Varsity. With the collegiate season in full swing, INQUIRER lists the week’s top seven performers in the ongoing NCAA Season 93 men’s basketball tournament. From their game statistics to their overall impact in the outcomes, everything is weighed to come up with the best players from the week that was.ADVERTISEMENT Photo by Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.net(2) CJ Perez – F, Lyceum Pirates18 points, 7 rebounds, 3 assists, 2 stealsLast Week: N/AAfter missing last week’s list, the pacesetter for the MVP plum returned with a bang.Against cellar-dweller Mapua, the Pirates followed the lead of CJ Perez, with him not only getting it done in the offense but also anchoring the team’s choking defense.His performance was so steady that even the team’s third stringers got a piece of the action en route to their dominant 97-74 blowout victory.Perez, though, acknowledges that the season is just getting started and the rest of the league will be out to deal Lyceum its first defeat come the second round.Photo by Tristan Tamayo/ INQUIRER.net(3) Levi Dela Cruz – G, Arellano Chiefs24 points, 3 rebounds, 4 assists, 1 blockLast Week: N/AWith Kent Salado taking a back seat on offense, Levi dela Cruz took the baton and ran with it as he set a career-high performance to help Arellano nab the 87-81 win over St. Benilde.The 22-year-old transferee has come out of Salado’s shadows to emerge as the key component in helping the Chiefs break out of their four-game losing slump.If dela Cruz continues this tear, we may just be seeing the start of a possible second coming of Arellano’s lethal guard combo of the past.Photo by Tristan Tamayo/ INQUIRER.net(4) Tey Teodoro – G, JRU Heavy Bombers19 points (4/13 3PT), 3 reboundsLast Week: N/A Eze, however, could not carry the load alone as coach Jimwell Gican needs to challenge his locals, especially Gab Dagangon and GJ Ylagan, to come to Perpetual’s aid if it wants to churn out a late drive in the second round.Photo by Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.net(7) Jayson David – F, San Sebastian Golden Stags18 points (5/8 3PT), 6 rebounds, 1 assist, 1 blockLast Week: N/ACoach Egay Macaraya’s secret weapon is a secret no more.Jayson David finally lived up to the hype of his mentor, going bonkers from beyond the arc despite San Sebastian losing to JRU.What better way for him to explode than on his home floor, where he stepped up for the undermanned Golden Stags, which sorely missed the presence of leader Michael Calisaan.David, though, has to prove that he’s not a one-game wonder as he needs to sustain this showing once San Sebastian springs back to action in the second round. LATEST STORIES Read Nextcenter_img Catriona Gray spends Thanksgiving by preparing meals for people with illnesses SEA Games in Calabarzon safe, secure – Solcom chief View comments Protesters burn down Iran consulate in Najaf PLAY LIST 01:37Protesters burn down Iran consulate in Najaf01:47Panelo casts doubts on Robredo’s drug war ‘discoveries’01:29Police teams find crossbows, bows in HK university01:35Panelo suggests discounted SEA Games tickets for students02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games WATCH: Streetboys show off slick dance moves in Vhong Navarro’s wedding LIST: Class, gov’t work suspensions during 30th SEA Games SEA Games: PH’s Alisson Perticheto tops ice skating short program MOST READ Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMClast_img read more

Cam favorite Vicencio helps lift PH archers

first_imgPH Men’s Archery of Earl Benjamin Yap, Joseph Vicencio and Paul Marton Dela Cruz bags the Bronze medal at the 2017 SEA Games in KL, Malaysia. INQUIRER/ MARIANNE BERMUDEZKUALA LUMPUR—Joseph Benjamin Vicencio only had one thing on his mind in the bronze-medal match against Vietnam: “Don’t drag the team down.”And it didn’t matter that a big part of the crowd at Synthetic Turf Field—a sprawling, artificial grass area designed specifically for archery at the heart of KL Sports City—had its eyes on the 21-year-old novice Filipino archer.ADVERTISEMENT “I was being confident and tried to execute what we do in practice,” added Vicencio, who also won bronze in the recent US Open foreign division.He picked up the sport to “get fit” and made the national team three years ago.“I’m looking forward to more chances of playing for the country,” said Vicencio.ADVERTISEMENT Celebrity chef Gary Rhodes dies at 59 with wife by his side MOST READ Ethel Booba on hotel’s clarification that ‘kikiam’ is ‘chicken sausage’: ‘Kung di pa pansinin, baka isipin nila ok lang’ LATEST STORIES NATO’s aging eye in the sky to get a last overhaul Trending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games03:07PH billiards team upbeat about gold medal chances in SEA Games05:25PH boxing team determined to deliver gold medals for PH03:04Filipino athletes share their expectations for 2019 SEA Games00:45Onyok Velasco see bright future for PH boxing in Olympics02:25PH women’s volleyball team motivated to deliver in front of hometown crowd01:27Filipino athletes get grand send-off ahead of SEA Games00:36Manny Pacquiao part of 2019 SEA Games opening ceremony Robredo should’ve resigned as drug czar after lack of trust issue – Panelo Trump signs bills in support of Hong Kong protesterscenter_img Pagasa: Storm intensifies as it nears PAR Vicencio, who was part of the men’s compound team event, was often in the large screen at the far end of the range. He was teased by teammate for being the “favorite of the camera.”But it’s something that escaped the marketing senior at De La Salle University.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSSEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completionSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSBoxers Pacquiao, Petecio torchbearers for SEA Games opening“I was very nervous, I kept thinking just make the shot and not drag the team down,” said Vicencio.His managed to control the jitters and the Philippines, also composed of Earl Benjamin Yap and Paul Marton Dela Cruz, went perfect in the last two ends against Vietnam. Lacson: SEA Games fund put in foundation like ‘Napoles case’ Hotel says PH coach apologized for ‘kikiam for breakfast’ claim PSC: Children’s Games should be blueprint for nationwide program Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. View commentslast_img read more

Saradha scam: CBI interrogates Congress, Trinamool associates

first_imgKolkata businessman Asif Khan, a former convenor of the Trinamool Congress’ Uttar Pradesh unit, and Badal Bhattacharya, a close aide of Congress leader Somen Mitra, on Monday appeared before the CBI for questioning in the multi-crore rupee Saradha scam.Besides Bhattacharya and Khan, Prasanta Pramanik – the president of the Majhi and Dari Workers Union Dakshineswar – too reached the CBI office for questioning about alleged links with the scam.Khan, whose house was raided by the CBI on August 29, has alleged involvement of his own party leaders in the scam.”Some of these leaders, who had to go to sleep without food, have now amassed assets worth Rs 500 crore to Rs 1,000 crore. I do not know who gave them the money or from where it was accumulated,” Khan said earlier in the week.With the CBI making steady headway in the case, the Trinamool has accused the agency of being “politically used”.The agency has already grilled Bapi Karim, a former confidential assistant to West Bengal Sports and Transport Minister and Trinamool Congress leader Madan Mitra.Besides, it again took the custody of suspended Trinamool MP Kunal Ghosh.Ghosh, who has repeatedly alleged the involvement of the Trinamool top leadership, on Saturday dropped a bombshell saying he should be jointly interrogated with Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee and scam kingpin Sudipta Sen.Meanwhile, Ghosh on Sunday alleged that Trinamool secretary general Partha Chatterjee and party leader in the Lok Sabha Sudip Bandyopadhyay had travelled to New Delhi for the inauguration of Saradha’s media foray.advertisementGhosh made these allegations outside the Salt Lake CGO complex when he was being whisked out by CBI officers.last_img read more

From Shakib Al Hasan’s consistency to Rashid Khan’s flop googly: The hits and misses of World Cup 2019

first_imgThe World Cup extravaganza is almost over. On July 14, at Lord’s, England and New Zealand will be locking horns in the final as the game is going to have a new world champion. Neither of the two teams has ever won the World Cup despite qualifying for the final a several times.The World Cup 2019 witnessed some high-intensity clashes and also a couple of major upsets. However, the only disappointing aspect of the tournament (other than the the English weather) was the predictability of the four semi-finalists.The semi-finalists may, however were on the expected lines but the individual performances were not. While there were some who made the most of the big stage opportunity, there were others who failed to live up to their reputation.Here are some of our picks who impressed and the ones who failed to impress in the World Cup 2019:Shakib Al HasanShakib’s performance at the World Cup 2019 showcases why he tops the ICC charts for all-rounders. 75, 64, 121, 124*, 41, 51, 66, 64: These are Shakib’s batting figures in this tournament. The Bangladesh all-rounder left the campaign as the first cricketer in the tournament’s history to score more than 600 runs and take 11 wickets.Shakib had a strike rate of 96.03 and an incredible average of 86.5 in his 4th 50-over World Cup.Alex Carey How often does one see a cricketer coming in to play at No. 7 and creating batting records? That is a rare scene in the game. However, Alex Carey is one such batsman who has been quite impressive at that spot.advertisementOn the back of his sheer brilliance, he was promoted to bat at No. 5 in the World Cup semi-finals. After Australia suffered a top-order collapse in the semi-final against New Zealand, it was Alex Carey who steadied his side with his 46-run knock.He had also hit crucial 71 runs against New Zealand to help his side get to a competitive score in the league fixtures. He is also the second highest run-getter for Australia. With a strike rate of 104 and an average of 62, Carey has amassed 375 runs in 9 innings.Not only this, but the wicket-keeper is also leading the charts for most number of dismissals (20). Avishka FernandoAvishka Fernando found his place in the Sri Lanka side only in the latter half of the tournament. But after playing in just 4 innings, Fernando gave a glimpse of his talent. In the 21-year-old, Sri Lanka could find someone who could strengthen their top-order.Having hit Sri Lanka’s first ODI hundred since January, Fernando made 203 runs at a strike-rate of 105 and at an average of 50.75.Making a debut in the national side in 2016, today, Avishka Fernando is seen as Sri Lanka’s brightest cricketing prospect on the international stage and also the future of the Islanders.Mohammed ShamiShami was not part of the the Indian playing XI until pacer Bhuvneshwar Kumar injured his hamstring. In his debut match of this World Cup, Shami bowled pin point yorkers to pick a hat-trick and help India avoid a major upset at the hands of Afghanistan.Shami came up with another fine performance against West Indies as he picked a successive 4-wicket haul. He bettered that feat in India’s next game against England, where the pacer took a 5-wicket haul. In just 4 innings, Shami picked 14 wickets for India at an economy rate of 5.Here are the misses:Rashid KhanThe bowler whom the opposition batsmen feared in the IPL 2019, made headlines in the World Cup 2019 for all the wrong reasons.Having tasted huge success in IPL, the World Cup turned out to be more of a nightmare for former World No. 1 all-rounder Rashid Khan. In the 8 innings, Rashid played at the World Cup, he picked 6 wickets and leaked 416 runs for his side.His worst day at the World Cup came against England where he leaked 110 runs in his 10 overs to become the most expensive bowler in World Cup.Chris GaylePlaying in his last world Cup, Universe Boss Chris Gayle had a quite an underwhelming tournament as the power-hitter failed to live up to the expectations he had set after a successfull IPL campaign. The West Indian opener managed just 2 fifties in this World Cup to get a total of 242 runs at an unimpressive average of 30. 35.Surely, this was not the end his fans expected to the Chris Gayle era. Martin GuptillNew Zealand are through to the finals but the form of their openers remains to be a big worry for them ahead of their clash with England on July 14. Martin Guptill and Colin Munro have shown a dismal performance with the bat as New Zealand have mostly relied on their skipper Kane Williamson for collecting runs. After a poor show from Munro, Henry Nicholls have taken his place but Guptill continues to be the other opener. In the semi-final against India, he once again failed with the bat as he departed for 1. Though, he later stole the show with his terrific direct hit to run-out MS Dhoni and turn the match around.advertisementMartin Guptill has thus far failed to emulate the form he showed in his last World Cup where he 547 runs and also slammed an unbeaten 237-that remains to be the highest individual score in a World Cup history.Gutpill has just a solitary fifty to his name in the tournament as his other scores with the bat are: 25, 0, 35, 0, 5, 20, 8 and 1.Kagiso RabadaFor the most part of the IPL 2019, Kagiso Rabada remained to be the highest wicket-taker before bowing out of the tournament due to an injury. Rabada was at the prime of his form in the IPL as the pacer scalped 26 wickets in the season in just 12 innings.However, according to South Africa captain Faf du Plessis, the IPL workload was the cause of Rabada’s poor show in the World Cup 2019.”So I don’t think it’s not necessarily just the IPL, but it was important for a few guys to rest; and the fact that they didn’t meant that they – you know, they came into the tournament not fresh. That’s not an excuse; that’s just a fact. And KG is – you can see that his pace is probably a little bit down from where he normally is,” du Plessis had said.Rabada had quite a hype around his name before the start of the tournament, but the pacer had an unmemorable tournament. In 8 innings, Rabada had picked 11 wickets and leaked 397 runs to ent up with a poor economy of 5.0 runs per over as South Africa suffered a pre-mature exit from the semi-finals contention.Also Seelast_img read more

Miss Piggy To Attend National Christmas Tree Lighting

first_imgMiss Piggy, star of ABC’s “The Muppets,” will make a special appearance during the 2015 National Christmas Tree Lighting, presented by the National Park Service and the National Park Foundation, the official charity of America’s national parks.Piggy will be joining performers such as Fall Out Boy, Tori Kelly, Aloe Blacc, and Crosby, Stills and Nash.An international celebrity, television and feature film star, best-selling author, supermodel, and fashion icon, Miss Piggy will help kick-off the holiday season at the 93rd annual National Christmas Tree Lighting on Thursday, December 3, 2015, on the Ellipse at President’s Park (White House). The event can be seen on public television throughout the month of December. For broadcast times, check local listings or the National Christmas Tree Lighting website.“I am so thrilled to be part of the National Christmas Tree Lighting, I hear this year’s tree will be almost as bright, shiny and dazzlingly beautiful as moi!” says Miss Piggy.Keep up with the National Christmas Tree on Twitter at @TheNationalTree and follow #NCTL2015 on social media for more information about the event and its history. For Miss Piggy, visit Twitter and Facebook.An American holiday tradition started by President Calvin Coolidge in 1923, the National Christmas Tree Lighting is a great example of the countless ways there are to #FindYourPark. Launched in March 2015, Find Your Park/Encuentra Tu Parque is a public awareness and education movement to inspire people from all backgrounds to connect with, celebrate, and support America’s national parks and community-based programs. Celebrating the National Park Service Centennial and setting the stage for the Service’s next 100 years, #FindYourPark invites people to discover and share their own unique connections to our nation’s natural landscapes, vibrant culture, and rich history.The Walt Disney Company, including Disney|ABC Television Group which is the home of The Muppets, is a premier partner of the #FindYourPark movement and a lead sponsor of the National Park Foundation’s Open Outdoors for Kids program, aiming to get half a million kids into national parks by 2017.A special thanks to GE Lighting, Amtrak, Christmas Northeast, Inc., Guest Services, Inc., Hudler Carolina Tree Farms, Loews Madison, Southwest Airlines, and Washington Marriott at Metro Center for their generous support of the 2015 National Christmas Tree Lighting.last_img read more

Tyrann Mathieu Headed To NFL Draft

In the end, the embattled Tyrann Mathieu, who said he was entering the NFL Draft next year, had no other recourse that would have made sense. He could have sat out another season and transferred somewhere else or played next year at a smaller college.But those would have been opportunities that would not have advanced his career. He had been kicked off the LSU team before the season for failed drug tests. Sports Illustrated brought his eligibility into question because of his likeness being used on an advertisement for a party. And then he was arrested and charged with simple possession of marijuana in October.So it was of little surprise when Mathieu announced, “it is time for me to move forward.“I am sorry that I was not able to complete my journey at LSU, but I will always support LSU in any way I can. To my teammates, you are my brothers. You have kept me going. I will do my best to make you all proud of me,” he said.Mathieu, known as the “Honey Badger,” was a Heisman Trophy finalist known for his knack for making plays last year. But the 20-year-old Mathieu was suspended for this season due to a substance abuse issue he has continued to work on.Mathieu was arrested last month on a possession of marijuana charge. He also was dismissed from the football team in August for failing a drug test and entered a treatment program run by former NBA player John Lucas.Instead of transferring to another lower-division school to play this season, Mathieu re-enrolled at LSU but is not playing football.“I am committed to tackling my personal issues and will work to better myself every day as a man first and only then as a football player. I will always consider myself an LSU Tiger,” he said. read more

Lamar Odom Checks Into Rehab For Substance Abuse

Lamar Odom has checked into a drug and alcohol rehabilitation center, according to sources.The NBA player has been in the news recently about alleged drug use. He was reportedly staying at a Los Angeles hotel two weeks ago, where his friends tried to help him kick his drug problem.Odom was also arrested early last Friday morning on suspicion of driving under the influence. The police report said Odom’s car was observed moving in a “serpentine manner” before exiting the freeway.The police report said the ball player initially refused to pull over when authorities tried to stop him, eventually coming to a halt minutes later. Odom showed “objective signs of intoxication and was unable to perform field sobriety tests as explained and demonstrated,” the report said.At the police station, Odom refused to take further chemical tests and he was subsequently booked for suspicion of driving under the influence of drugs or alcohol.He was released on $15,000 bail Friday morning.Odom played last season with the Los Angeles Clippers and was pursued in free agency this summer by both the Clippers and Los Angeles Lakers. read more

Bellerin happy with win

first_imgArsenal defender Hector Bellerin admitted his disappointment with the away goal conceded, but was nevertheless happy with their commanding 4-1 win over CSKA MoscowBraces from both Alexandre Lacazette and Aaron Ramsey secured the Gunners a 4-1 win in the first leg against the Russian Premier League side at the Emirates.Although they did concede a free-kick, which Aleksandr Golovin scored from with a sublime effort to briefly return the score level between the sides. Before Lacazette restored Arsenal’s advantage with a penalty.Ramsey then added a brilliant third goal, before Lacazette completed his brace after being picked out by the outstanding Mesut Ozil.Afterwards, Bellerin admitted that it was disappointing to have conceded an away goal, but believes that Arsenal can head into the second leg of their quarter-final tie against CSKA in a “positive mindset”.Jadon SanchoMerson believes Arsenal should sign Sancho Manuel R. Medina – September 14, 2019 Borussia Dortmund winger Jadon Sancho might be the perfect player to play for the Gunners, according to former England international Paul Merson.“It was really good. We gave away the free kick and they got the away goal and we knew that could complicate things, but we reacted to that goal and we are really happy with the score. We wish we could have kept a clean sheet but now we can go to Russia with a positive mindset and knowing that if we don’t make any mistakes, we are in the next round.” said Bellerin, according to arsenal.comThe Spaniard assisted Ramsay for the opening goal of the match and revealed that the combination worked due to countless efforts on the training field.“I spoke to Aaron and he always tells me about ‘cutbacks, cutbacks, cutbacks’ and finally we got one. I am happy that what works in training, works in a game.” revealed the right-back.While conceding that they should have scored even more on the night, Bellerin feels that they should count themselves fortunate that the score ended as 4-1 in their favour.“We are happy. we knew that Moscow had to go on the attack [in the second half] and we should have scored a few more goals I believe. In the second half we had loads of chances but we are lucky that it is 4-1 because if the score was a bit tighter then we would have regretted missing those chances. But with a three-goal lead going to Russia, we are happy.” said 23 year-old.last_img read more

Unai Emery gives his verdict on Bernd Leno Lucas Torreira

first_imgArsenal manager Unai Emery has shared his thoughts on new signings Bernd Leno & Lucas Torreira after handing them their first starts in the club’s 4-2 win over Vorskla PoltavaEmery made eight changes to his line-up for Arsenal’s Group E opener against Poltava in the Europa League with summer recruits like midfielder Torreira, full-back Stephan Lichtsteiner and goalkeeper Bernd Leno all being included.Speaking after winning a record 32nd game in the competition, Emery shared his thoughts on how well Torreira and Leno are adapting to his style.“Well, Lucas is playing with his progress on the team and on our ideas, our performance with a passion and with a performance. Each minute he is playing, he is doing very well,” Emery told the club website.Jadon SanchoMerson believes Arsenal should sign Sancho Manuel R. Medina – September 14, 2019 Borussia Dortmund winger Jadon Sancho might be the perfect player to play for the Gunners, according to former England international Paul Merson.“And for Leno, it’s the first match also. I think that we conceded two goals but not for a mistake [from him].“For him, it takes minutes for the game and confidence for continuing also because he will be continuing to play matches in the next week.A brace from Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang along with goals from Danny Welbeck and Mesut Ozil ensured Arsenal of a win.The Gunners will next face Everton at the Emirates on Saturday’s Premier League fixture.last_img read more

Selectmen Concerned About Future Of Textron Property Fear Of Condos 40B Project

first_imgWILMINGTON, MA — Earlier this month, the Wilmington Board of Selectmen had a 2-hour discussion with Massachusetts Secretary of Housing and Economic Development Jay Ash, State Senator Bruce Tarr (R-Gloucester), and State Representative Ken Gordon (D-Bedford) surrounding the town’s current and future efforts to attract and maintain businesses.There was one property, in particular, that kept coming up during the discussion — the Textron property at 201 & 205 Lowell Street. Textron laid off approximately 200 employees in 2016 and another 50 in 2017. After multiple rounds of downsizing over the years, very few employees remain at the once bustling Wilmington site.“We have a 60-acre parcel of land, Textron, that’s downsized to about 50 people now,” Selectman Chair Kevin Caira told Ash, Tarr and Gordon. “This is going to be a concern for the community — how will that property get developed in the future if [Textron] decides to sell?”“We don’t know what’s happening at this point in time with Textron. [Town officials] are having discussions with them to understand where they’re at,” added Caira. “But it’s 60 acres smack dab in a very attractive spot, right off of 93. Should would be looking at zoning changes now? Should we be talking to different developers?”In response, Secretary Ash stressed the importance of encouraging economic development, suggesting the Textron site could be considered in a “high growth” area.“Communities need to grow. You need more economic development,” said Ash. “Identify areas in town as ‘high growth’ areas. Preserve wherever is ‘special to you,’ but don’t shut out growth everyone else. You have great access to the highway. That’s where your high economic growth areas should be. And maybe farther into town, and farther away from the highway, are the areas where you want to discourage growth.”Selectman Mike McCoy expressed his fear that the Textron property, which is currently zoned as ‘industrial,’ could eventually be rezoned to ‘mixed use,’ which would allow for both retail and significant amounts of apartments and/or condos on the site.“That [rezoning] would change the makeup of this community forever,” McCoy told the delegation. “In Wilmington, we try to keep a country feel… It would be nice to try to maintain that small town feel that’s disappearing in other communities. Quality of life means a lot out here in the country, especially for those who moved from the city to the country to raise their families. How do we keep our small town feel?”“You want to talk about country? I drive through 351 communities. You’re urban,” responded Ash. “I don’t know the Textron property real well, but if all of sudden Textron leaves, that could your top [economic development] opportunity.”“I’m mindful of quality of life,” added Ash, “but if neighboring communities are building and building and you’re getting a lot of the traffic [and other negatives], it sounds like you’re trying to hold on to a day that’s already passed by… I acknowledge that you may want to create a growth zone in one location in town so you can purposely attain [no or little growth] in another location. But you need to find a zone where you can get the density you need and upzone.”Selectman Jonathan Eaton is worried about the town’s prospects of following below the state’s 10% affordable housing threshold, which would open up the Textron site to a potential 40B housing project, which does not need to follow local zoning regulations. Such a project would be higher, bigger, and dense than what’s normally permitted in Wilmington.“We’ve all mentioned Textron tonight and we’ve all mentioned it several times before,” said Eaton. “I do not want to get caught flatfooted. I’m very well aware of  the census that is coming up in two years [which is when each community’s 40B numbers are recalculated]. The way to maintain local control is to be proactive and put a bunch of smart people in a room.”“Our problems are big. We have issues of Sonic and issues of Textron. It’s a very wide range of problems,” chimed in former Selectman Mike Champoux, who has been a longtime advocate of the town’s increasing its economic development efforts. “Sometimes when you look at an elephant, where do you start? Well, let’s just pick one and go. Let’s start to deveolop some partnerships with those land owners and see what we can do. Let’s have some discussion with the Textron folks. And let’s make sure to keep [our legislative delegation] is in the mix.”Selectman Greg Bendel added that Town Manager Jeff Hull has been updating board members on the status of Textron on a regular basis.Like Wilmington Apple on Facebook. Follow Wilmington Apple on Twitter. Follow Wilmington Apple on Instagram. Subscribe to Wilmington Apple’s daily email newsletter HERE. Got a comment, question, photo, press release, or news tip? Email wilmingtonapple@gmail.com.Share this:TwitterFacebookLike this:Like Loading… RelatedTarr, Robertson & Gordon Secure $30,000 In State Funding For Wilmington Senior Center ImprovementsIn “Government”SELECTMEN NEWS: Big Issues To Be Discussed At Tonight’s Meeting (September 10)In “Government”SELECTMEN NEWS: Analog Devices Updates Town On $157 Million Campus ExpansionIn “Government”last_img read more