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How many more years will Jim Boeheim coach the Syracuse basketball team? Who will succeed him? The answer to the second question depends on the first. Let’s try and answer both.

Jim Boeheim has not in fact been the Syracuse basketball coach forever. It only seems that way. He came to campus in the fall of 1963 as a walk-on candidate and graduated as a team captain.

He played in the Eastern League for a few seasons before becoming a Syracuse assistant in 1969 and the head man in 1976. This upcoming season will be Boeheim’s 46th as the Syracuse head coach.

1. Gerry McNamara

Sometimes the job doesn’t go to the candidate with the best resume. Sometimes it goes to the candidate with “it”. In Syracuse, Gerry McNamara has “it” on steroids. McNamara stepped onto the Carrier Dome floor as a freshman in 2003. The only way you’d have known he was a freshman was if you looked in the program. From watching the game, you would have sworn he was a senior. From day one.

Yes, Carmelo Anthony was the star that led the Orange to the 2003 National Championship with one of the greatest freshman seasons in college basketball history. His presence seemed to have made many not notice No. 3 for Syracuse in that game against Kansas. McNamara made all six of his 3-point shots in the first half of that game.

I understand the Anthony love in Central New York, but McNamara is one of the most popular players to ever wear Orange. You could not hear his introduction on Senior Day because as soon as the crowd realized he was next, they drowned out the PA announcer. McNamara has been on the staff since 2009 and has done a great job coaching the guards. He has been the lead recruiter for many of the top players previously mentioned.

On opening night of the 2025-2026 season, the Carrier Dome PA announcer will say for the first time “and the Syracuse Orange are coached by Gerry McNamara.”

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Arvada Residents Fight Plan For Invasive Amazon Facility

ARVADA, Colo. (CBS4) – A new facility promising quicker deliveries for Amazon in northern Jefferson County isn’t the package neighbors want to see. The fate of a “last mile” delivery station will be decided on Monday.

Arvada residents are now trying to fight the tech giant from setting up shop.

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“It’s literally putting the worst possible use right next to residential and open space,” said Gina Hallisey, a member of ProtectMapleValleyPark.com. “If it happens here, it sets a precedent in development, it can happen anywhere. It can be in your neighborhood.”

Arvada’s Planning Commission approved the proposal in April. The city council will vote on the project on what is expected to be a lengthy meeting Monday night. Hallisey and her group have gathered more than 9,000 signatures against the facility.

The developer believes the property matches the area.

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“It’s all industrial and commercial completely surrounding us, other than the park. And so, looking at the east, west, south, we’re exactly the same industrial commercial,” said Matt Boone the Development Manager at Scannell Properties, the company hoping to develop the sight.

The application to the city is to annex the land, which is currently unincorporated Jefferson County, and zone it to allow the light industrial development. Residents say the site will be heavy industrial because of the number of trips semi-trailers will make each day and take issue with the acres of pavement that will make up a new parking lot that will be built up to Maple Valley Park.

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“This is 24/7,” Hallisey said. “They’ll be loading hundreds of vans all night long, all day long. It’ll be all day long. The traffic, the noise, the light pollution from all the diesel’s idling. It’s going to be very invasive.”

Scannell created a website and sent out mailers to the entire city saying traffic would be less than comparable developments. There’s also a proposal to add land to the park which will bring economic investment.

“We’re showing that we’re trying to go above and beyond to do everything that we can to mitigate any sort of impacts that people feel the adjacent park would suffer,” Boone said.

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“These vans are leaving when people are already at work, and people have already exited the roadway. And then their shifts are usually about 10 hours. All the traffic that is going to be generated by this facility is off-peak hours. And therefore, that’s why we make the statements that we’re not going to cause any congestion due to this project.”

Hallisey is concerned the development will have a devastating impact on the ecosystem of the park, which has Ralston Creek running through it.

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“I’ve seen what a flood can do in this area. We’re worried if you take away all that ground discharge, and you have all this impervious surface, even if you have a detention pond, if we have a flood event it’s not going to be good it’s going to be bad. It’s a rich riparian habitat,” Hallisey said. “We’re going to protect our community. There’s a lot of people that don’t want this.”

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