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     Chad Pinder, Oakland A's No. 7 prospect, is named Player of Year in AA Texas League
Chad Pinder is moving ever closer in his climb to the Major League Baseball Oakland Athletics.

A shortstop for the A's Double-A team in Midland, Texas, Pinder was named this week as the Texas League Player of the Year on the strength of his .311 batting average, 15 home runs and 86 RBI.

His rise has an Athletics beat writer speculating that Pinder could become a full-time infielder with the A's as early as next spring. In any case, Pinder, Oakland's No. 7 prospect, seems headed for the majors someday if he remains healthy and as productive as he's been during the 2015 season.
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   Daily Press      Wednesday - August 26, 2015

     Poquoson library tops in circulation; nets $2,000 national award
A national journal for libraries recently awarded its grand prize to the Poquoson Public Library after receiving some "love" in an essay contest from a faithful patron.

Poquoson library patron Lauren Jamison entered an essay about the city public library in the Library Hotline's "Love Your Library" contest, according to a news release.

Library Hotline is a national journal for library directors and trustees that sponsors the "Love Your Library" contest — a national essay contest that celebrates why patrons enjoy their public libraries.

Jamison's essay won the grand prize — netting the Poquoson Public Library a $2,000 award officials plan to use to upgrade software, while Jamison received a $100 VISA gift card for her entry.

Poquoson was the only public library in Virginia to receive an award.
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   Daily Press      Wednesday - August 26, 2015

     New retail center planned for Poquoson
Growth continues to flow along Victory Boulevard into Poquoson, as another development team is eyeing land along the corridor for a new shopping center and grocery store.

Mike A. Culpepper, a principal broker with Virginia Beach-based CRES-EG LLC, confirmed Tuesday that his firm has placed six parcels totaling 8.87 acres near the intersection of City Hall Avenue and Victory Boulevard under contract for an undisclosed amount.

"No formal deal has been solidified with the grocer," Culpepper said while not disclosing the name of the grocery store eyeing the retail site. "But we intend to develop a grocery-anchored shopping center."

Culpepper emphasized that his firm's proposed retail project is completely separate from the Legacy of Poquoson project — a mammoth mixed-use project being developed by Yorktown-based MidAtlantic Commercial Realty that's set to bring more than 500 single-family, townhome and apartment units to the city.

The retail project has not been approved by the City Council, and must first be vetted by planning staff and the Poquoson Planning Commission.

Plans for the project include a 41,921-square-foot stand-alone grocery store to anchor the development that includes a 754-square-foot fueling kiosk with six gas pumps, and a drive-thru pharmacy. A 10,150-square-foot retail shopping center would be developed north of the grocery store north of the City Hall Avenue entryway on the property.
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   Daily Press      Tuesday - August 25, 2015

     City Council approves Legacy of Poquoson master plan
Small town living versus dense suburban growth patterns took center stage Monday evening as a number of city residents opposed plans for a large-scale development that's been years in the making.

Voicing concern for the community's current growth projectory, traffic and safety, residents dinged Poquoson City Council members and developers regarding the planning of the Legacy of Poquoson.

Poquoson City Council unanimously approved rezoning and the master plan for the project.

Council members held a hearing regarding the rezoning of 22 acres from low-density residential to planned unit development mixed-use.

The planned unit development zoning is needed for the project, which falls within the Big Woods development — a 260-acre undeveloped swath of dense woods surrounding Poquoson City Hall that's been marked for development for more than a decade.

In a packed council chamber, residents wanted to first comment on the master plan, which was slated after the rezoning public hearing.

That request was denied, with Mayor W. Eugene Hunt Jr. citing state laws for open meetings.
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   Daily Press      Tuesday - August 25, 2015

     Council green lights massive development in Poquoson
More than 500 homes and 40,000 square feet of retail space will be built on land off Victory Boulevard in Poquoson.

City Council voted 6-0 Monday night to allow the development of 101 acres in part of the Big Woods.

Dozens of people attended the city council meeting for public hearings related to the development. An overflow crowd watched from another room.

Many of the people who spoke did not support the project, which planners believe will have several benefits, including broadening the city's tax base.
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   13NewsNow.com      Tuesday - August 25, 2015

     Run-oriented Poquoson is passing the football more this season, with success
Coaches often talk about adjusting offenses to the strengths of their personnel, but you would've gotten the impression the past 20 years that Poquoson High would stick almost exclusively to the run out of its Wing-T if Jerry Rice and Terrell Owens wore maroon and gold. That appears to be changing.

Beginning with Trey Hicks' 48-yard touchdown pass to Cole Jackson on a post, and continuing with his TD passes of 75 and 46 yards to Matt Blaser on fly patterns, Air Poquoson lit up the skies in a scrimmage Friday against Denbigh. During the three quarters the starters played, Hicks was 5-of-6 passing for 220 yards and three touchdowns, and Islanders' opponents have something new to game-plan for.

"We've gotten a lot of nine and 10 defenders in the box, so the more we throw the ball, the more it opens up our running game," said Poquoson coach Elliott Duty, whose Islanders open the season Friday at Southampton. "This year is the most we've thrown since (the) 2010 (state championship season), and maybe by the time the season ends, the most we've thrown in the 20 years I've been coaching at Poquoson."

Hicks said, "Teams like Petersburg (which beat Poquoson in the second round of the 3A East Region playoffs last year) would stack the box and overpower us because they didn't respect the pass.

"Now that we have a threat throwing the ball, they'll have to respect the pass. It's a huge wrinkle that will keep other defenses honest."

"I didn't think we'd pass as much as we are, because this (Wing-T) offense goes way back, but it's working well," Blaser said. "Trey is back for a last hoorah, I've worked hard, and Cole and Colten are fast and make good cuts, so we have a lot of weapons.

"We'll stick to our bread and butter Wing-T, but passing more will help spread out defenses and put fewer players in the box."
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   Daily Press      Monday - August 24, 2015

     Poquoson pilot prepares for his plane's final flight
Bill Corbett spent decades flying his trusty Cessna 172 every workday out of Newport News and up and down the coast, searching out Atlantic menhaden for the commercial fishery.

A professional fish-spotter before retiring last year, Corbett and his aircraft flew together through storms and turbulence. Twice they almost went down in flames. Once, the little four-seater got struck by lightning.

"That airplane and I rode through some nasty stuff together," Corbett, 63, said Thursday from his home in Poquoson. "And it held together for me. … It was a loyal machine for me, keeping me alive."

Next Wednesday, their bond will break — literally — when Corbett watches his old Cessna swing and drop tail first from the big gantry at NASA Langley Research Center in Hampton and crash to the ground.

The plane is scheduled to become the third and final crash test article for a study on emergency locator transmitters, or ELTs — the beacons that transmit a crash location to search-and-rescue crews when a plane goes down.

He said he plans to take his 4-year-old grandson with him Wednesday to watch his plane's final, brief and brutal flight.

"He's looking forward to it," Corbett said with a laugh. "He teases me about, though. He says, 'Peepaw's gonna cry.'"

Asked if his grandson is right, Corbett paused. Then he sighed.

"Yeah," he said. "He might be."
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   Daily Press      Saturday - August 22, 2015

     Chad Pinder Emerging as A's Future Shortstop
It’s not often that a prospect’s statistics actually improve between the hitter-friendly California League and the Double-A Texas League, which tends to favor pitchers, but that’s been the case in 2015 for Midland RockHounds' shortstop Chad Pinder.

After a respectable first full season at High-A Stockton last year in which he slashed .288/.336/.489, Oakland’s competitive-balance pick in the 2013 draft has stepped it up big-time this summer. With around three weeks left to go in the season, Pinder is in the driver’s seat for a Texas League batting title, as he currently ranks first with a .322 average. His on-base percentage resides at .365 and he is slugging nearly .500 through 106 games.

With Midland in the hunt for a second-half championship in the Texas League’s West Division, Pinder said that both he and the team have a lot to strive for during the final weeks of the regular season.

“I want to finish strong,” he said. “You put together a good season and these last three weeks can make-or-break a great season to a good season, and a good season to an OK season. People who fall off late in the season, it can really be detrimental to your development. Most people look at how you finish over how you started.”

And for Pinder, that finish could put him in position to be a mid-season call-up as the A’s shortstop in 2016.
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   scout.com      Friday - August 21, 2015

Community Emergency Response Team (CERT) Basic Training

The Poquoson Fire and Rescue Department and Poquoson CERT Council periodically conducts Basic CERT training courses. These courses provide citizens with the knowledge and skills to help their families as well as neighbors to be better prepared for emergencies.

Topics covered include: CERT overview/expectations, disaster preparedness, fire safety/suppression, medical operations, light search and rescue, CERT organization, disaster psychology, terrorism, practical skills and exercise. The course is free/limited to Poquoson residents 18 years or older.

The next CERT Basic Course begins Tues, Sept 8 thru Nov 3, 2015. The end-of-course exercise/graduation is scheduled for Sat morning, Nov 7. Classes normally begin at 6:30 thru 9:00 PM or so, depending on the class size/subject. The first class on Sept 8 begins at 6PM due to introduction to city leaders. Classes will take place at Fire Station #1, Training Room, 1035 Poquoson Avenue in front of the Elementary School.

If you are interested in participating in CERT training, please email poquosoncert@gmail.com or call Bob Sampe @ (757) 755-5262 - leave message.

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