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September 11, 2019
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THE MOVING WALL Buy A Commemorative Coin To Help Fund The Walls Visit

first_imgWILMINGTON, MA — The Moving Wall Wilmington Limited Edition Commemorative Challenge Coins are in!Pick yours up by visiting Lou or Mike in the Veteran’s Affairs Office or call them at 978-694-2040. Coins will also be available at the Fourth of July Building during the Wall’s visit from July 26 to July 30.Each coin costs $10. Proceeds will offset costs incurred to bring The Moving Wall to Wilmington. The Wall is a half-size replica of the Washington, DC Vietnam Veterans Memorial and has been touring the country for more than 30 years. (NOTE: The above announcement is from Mike Champoux and was posted in the Moving Wall’s Facebook group.)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… RelatedVIDEOS & PHOTOS: The Moving Wall Visits WilmingtonIn “Photo of the Day”Wilmington Recreation Department Selling Commemorative Bricks & Memorial Benches For Yentile FarmIn “Community”THE MOVING WALL: Lou Cimaglia Discusses The Moving Wall’s Upcoming VisitIn “Community”last_img read more

September 11, 2019
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DEBATE HIGHLIGHT All 5 Democratic Candidates Oppose Proposed Detox Facilitys Location In

first_imgWILMINGTON, MA — The proposed detox facility at 362 Middlesex Avenue in North Wilmington has been one of, if not the, biggest political issue in town over the past year. It’s no surprise that the issue found its way into this week’s Democratic Primary Debate.All five candidates expressed opposition to the facility’s location, while stressing a need for such a facility in town.“We have the same thing happening in Tewksbury. We have a [sober] home going up [on Fox Run Drive] and a lot of concerned citizens,” said Mark Kratman, a Selectman in Tewksbury. “Unfortunately, a lot of times these things come in with protection from the state in terms of where they can go in. That’s why we have to have a zoning bylaw to look at where these places are zoned. We have to work with the state and figure out the best locations to put these places.”“I’m not against these [facilities], I think they’re needed,’ continued Kratman. “We have a big problem in our communities with opioid addiction. People need help. We should have services for them. But we need to zone it properly and find some place where it’s not affecting residential home values and those types of things.”“We’re right in the middle of the opioid epidemic. I’m logging into Facebook and seeing people I went to high school and college with dying of overdoses,” said Erika Johnson, Chair of the Wilmington Democratic Town Committee. “We absolutely need something like this. I think it’s wonderful that Wilmington was chosen as a destination.”“However, The North Wilmington location, as it currently stands, is not the best given its proximity to the schools, to the train, to the traffic on the street,” continued Johnson. “If you’re in detox, you really need a place of healing… I don’t agree with the location.”“I’m absolutely opposed to that location. I believe it’s an exploitation of the zoning that’s up there,” said Dave Robertson, former Chief of Staff to the late State Rep. Jim Miceli. “The very first night that this was proposed, I asked the developer how many lots he looked at? [He said] 1. Why didn’t he look anywhere else in Wilmington? I don’t think it’s any different when folks on West Street raised concerns about the gas station. They want to make sure the neighborhood is safe and it fits the aesthetic of the neighborhood. They have a right to be concerned. I’m with them.”“Working in [State Rep. Miceli’s] office, I know – first hand – how difficult it is to find detox.” noted Robertson. “I’ve seen how long the waiting list can be. It can be up to a week — which is life and death to a lot of folks out there who are struggling with these demons.  That being said, I don’t think the towns of Wilmington or Tewksbury will just thumb their nose, they just want to make sure it’s in the right area to do so.”“I appreciate the concerns the residents have of the location,” began Judy O’Connell, a former Wilmington Selectman and School Committee member. “I will say the property is zoned for that use. From a permitting perspective, it appears it’s going to meet all the guidelines. I know there was a Special Town Meeting to change zoning, which will have no impact on that destination…. I will say there’s many people and families in Wilmington and Tewksbury that are struggling with addiction. Resources and opportunities for care and programmatic design to assist these people are needed now.”“I do not think it’s an ideal location,” continued O’Connell. “I do believe the town can work together with private business to see that a facility can be put into Wilmington that’s going to be for the benefit of all residents in town and beyond. I think it’s very imperative that we as a community, state and country address the opioid crisis. I’ll be clear – I don’t think it’s the most ideal location, but I do think it’s necessary that we have one in town.”“The bottom line is — wrong location, right idea, plain and simple,” said Mike McCoy, longtime Wilmington Selectman. “A lot of concerned citizens came to the meeting when this was proposed back in September 2017. There were over 200 people that filled that room. I’m happy to say I joined the group of the Concerned Citizens of North Wilmington. We all have a heart. We understand the opioid epidemic. But the bottom line is, under the old bylaws, you could open up a drug detox center in any neighborhood in this community. You could open up one next to any school.  You couldn’t put it in a commercial zone. So we called for a Special Town Meeting and we flipped it. We made a change to go from all residential to a commercial zone. There are a lot of vacancies in commercial zones. They could absolutely do something in that area.”“When the Board of Appeals sees this, they should shoot this thing down because you have to protect the safety and well-being of the inhabitants. Those inhabitants need protection and I was with them in the beginning, and I will stay with them to the end,” added McCoy. “No one locally has worked harder with this group to fight this. And I’m happy to say I championed [the zoning change] at the Town Meeting.”Watch the debate, courtesy of Wilmington Community Television, below. Jump to the 20-minute mark to watch what was written above.—Video Playerhttps://objects-us-west-1.dream.io/wilmington/e/f/b/2/2/6/efb2269b-0049-4395-88c5-1a6b7753f1841535028088.523%2B39810787.566%40castus4-wilmington%2B15350318121535028264454752.vod.720p.180823%20Democratic%20Primary%20Debate.mp400:0000:0000:00Use Up/Down Arrow keys to increase or decrease volume.—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… RelatedDEBATE HIGHLIGHT: Most Democratic Candidates Not Ready To Pledge To Support Their Party’s Nominee In General ElectionIn “Government”STATE REP RACE: Judy O’Connell Addresses Allegations Of Federal Tax Liens On Her HomeIn “Government”STATE REP RACE: Kratman Voted 18 Times In Boston (Over 11 Years) While Living In TewksburyIn “Government”last_img read more

August 30, 2019
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Get a First Look at the Worlds Largest Airplane

first_imgJune 1, 2017 Growing a business sometimes requires thinking outside the box. Elon Musk and Jeff Bezos aren’t the only tech billionaires with their eyes set on space.Microsoft co-founder and Seattle Seahawks owner Paul Allen has been hush-hush about the massive aircraft he’s been constructing, but now it’s finally ready for testing.Allen’s “Stratolaunch” is the world’s largest aircraft, with a 385-foot wingspan and a height of 50 feet. The airplane features six engines — the same used on Boeing 747 aircrafts — and can carry up to 250,000 pounds of fuel. Without fuel, the plane weighs 500,000 pounds. With fuel, it can reach a whopping 1.3 million pounds. It features 28 wheels to get all that mass moving.Related: What Will It Be Like to Fly in a Blue Origin Spaceship?The aircraft has been in the works for years in an area of California’s Mojave Desert. The company’s goal is to have a launch demonstration by 2019, shared Stratolaunch’s CEO Jean Floyd. “Over the coming weeks and months, we’ll be actively conducting ground and flight line testing at the Mojave Air and Space Port,” Floyd said in a statement.This plane isn’t going to fly you to your next vacation destination. Instead, it will be used to launch rockets. Partnered with Orbital ATK, Allen’s Stratolaunch company has plans to “air launch” the Pegasus XL rocket, which delivers small satellites into orbit.So how exactly does that work? With the rockets attached to the bottom of the aircraft, the Stratolaunch will reach a flying altitude of about 35,000 feet — similar to that of commercial airplanes. “As the launch vehicle rockets into orbit, Stratolaunch will fly back to a runway landing for reloading, refueling and reuse,” Allen said in a blog post last year.Related: 8 Inspirational Quotes From Space Pioneer John GlennLike other tech entrepreneurs dipping into the aerospace industry, the primary goal of Allen’s Stratolaunch is to reduce costs and create a more efficient way to get small satellites to space.“When such access to space is routine, innovation will accelerate in ways beyond what we can currently imagine,” Allen said. “That’s the thing about new platforms: When they become easily available, convenient and affordable, they attract and enable other visionaries and entrepreneurs to realize more new concepts.” Register Now »center_img Free Webinar | Sept. 9: The Entrepreneur’s Playbook for Going Global 2 min readlast_img read more