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PATRIOT PLACE TO KICK OFF LABOR DAY WEEKEND CELEBRATION WITH FIREWORKS SPECTACULAR

COMMUNITY ANNOUNCEMENT

Patriot Place’s free Fireworks Spectacular from July 3 has been rescheduled for Friday, Aug. 29, as part of an end of summer celebration over Labor Day Weekend.

Patriot Place is ending the summer with a bang as it kicks off Labor Day Weekend with a full lineup of activities and family-friendly entertainment, including a free Fireworks Spectacular on Friday, Aug. 29, at 8:30 p.m.

The fireworks show, rescheduled from July 3, will last for more than 20 minutes and be accompanied by a musical score available by tuning into Dean College Radio, Power 88 FM, at 88.3 FM, or streaming online at www.power883.org. Families can watch the free fireworks show from various venues inside Patriot Place’s North Marketplace or from the parking lots around Patriot Place.

Earlier in the day, and throughout Labor Day Weekend, Patriot Place will host free activities like bounce houses, sidewalk chalk, live music, appearances by the New England Patriots Cheerleaders and team’s mascot, Pat Patriot, balloon and caricature artists and more.

The weekend will also feature back-to-school shopping, contests and live entertainment. For complete store, restaurant and entertainment listings, visit www.patriot-place.com.

Celebrate Summer, Labor Day Weekend Schedule of Events

Friday, Aug. 29:

Bounce House (11 a.m. – 2 p.m.) – Bounce around all afternoon in one of Patriot Place’s bounce houses located outside of Red Robin.

Live Music Featuring Andrew Smith (4-6 p.m.) – Andrew Smith, a student at Berklee College of Music, will perform pop and jazz covers, as well as several original songs, on the Patriot Place stage located on the NRG Plaza outside of the Patriots ProShop.

Touch-A-Truck (4-6 p.m.) – Get up close to some of the neatest trucks around in lot 4A.

Pat Patriot & New England Patriots Cheerleaders Appearances (4-8 p.m.) – Stop by NRG Plaza for a great photo-op with Patriot Cheerleaders and the team’s mascot, Pat Patriot.

Balloon Artist (4-8 p.m.) – Hats, animals and everything in between. Patriot Place’s balloon artist, stationed at the NRG Plaza outside the Patriots ProShop, will create almost anything from balloons.  Bruce has been delighting the children of New England for more than 10 years with his creations.

Henna Tattoos (4-8 p.m.) – Patriot Place’s Henna artist, Mona, will make amazing henna tattoo designs for you out on the NRG Plaza outside of the Patriots ProShop.

Caricature Artist (4-8 p.m.) – Watch as Patriot Place’s talented caricature artist turns a blank piece of paper into an amazing firework scene with you in it! Station is located on the NRG Plaza outside of the Patriots ProShop.

Sidewalk Chalk (all weekend) – Color the NRG Plaza sidewalk outside of the Patriots ProShop with bright chalk colors all weekend long.

Back-to-School Shopping (all weekend) – Shop Patriot Place for all your back-to-school needs.

Live Music Featuring Howl at the Moon Entertainers at Splitsville Luxury Lanes (8 p.m.) – Come Howl at Splitsville Luxury Lanes and enjoy a high-energy show featuring dueling pianos, guitars and more. Howl at the Moon shows differ from other live entertainment concepts in that the audience dictates the show through its song request.

Live Music Featuring Adam Rice (6:30-8:30 p.m.) – Adam Rice, a Berklee-educated guitarist, will take the Patriot Place stage to entertain the crowd before the free Fireworks Spectacular show. Stage is located on the NRG Plaza outside of the Patriots ProShop.

Fireworks Spectacular (8:30 p.m.) – The display will last for more than 20 minutes and will be accompanied by a musical score available by tuning into Dean College Radio, Power 88 FM, at 88.3 FM, or streaming online atwww.power883.org. Families can watch the free fireworks show from inside Patriot Place’s North Marketplace or from the parking lots around Patriot Place.

Live Music Featuring The Grand Central at Toby Keith’s I Love This Bar & Grill (9:30 p.m.) – Celebrating 36 years in the entertainment business, The Grand Central is a six-piece band with a reputation of getting people to dance.

Saturday, Aug. 30

Sidewalk Chalk (all weekend) – Color the NRG Plaza sidewalk outside of the Patriots ProShop with bright chalk colors all weekend long.

Back-to-School Shopping (all weekend) – Shop Patriot Place for all your back-to-school needs.

UMass Football vs. Boston College at Gillette Stadium (3 p.m.) – UMass football kicks off its 2014 season when the Minutemen take on Boston College in the “Battle for the Bay State” at Gillette Stadium.

Live Music Featuring Howl at the Moon Entertainers at Splitsville Luxury Lanes (8 p.m.) – Come Howl at Splitsville Luxury Lanes and enjoy a high-energy show featuring dueling pianos, guitars and more. Howl at the Moon shows differ from other live entertainment concepts in that the audience dictates the show through its song request.

Live Music Featuring Tom Dixon at Toby Keith’s I Love This Bar & Grill (9:30 p.m.) – With a unique combination of smooth country vocals and an explosive live performance, Nashville recording artist Tom Dixon has given birth to a new way of delivering that sweet country sound with a heart-pumping, foot-stomping beat that has been bringing audiences to their feet for years.

Sunday, Aug. 31

Sidewalk Chalk (all weekend) – Color the NRG Plaza sidewalk outside of the Patriots ProShop with bright chalk colors all weekend long.

Back-to-School Shopping (all weekend) – Shop Patriot Place for all your back-to-school needs.

ABOUT PATRIOT PLACE

Patriot Place is a shopping, dining and entertainment destination located adjacent to Gillette Stadium on Route 1 in Foxborough, Massachusetts. Patriot Place features large and boutique retailers, 16 casual to high-end restaurants and other nightlife venues. Among Patriot Place’s other highlights are a 14-screen Showcase Cinema De Lux, the award-winning Hall at Patriot Place presented by Raytheon, a Brigham & Women’s/Mass General Health Care Facility, and a four-star Renaissance Hotel & Spa. For more information, visit www.patriot-place.com, follow Patriot Place on Twitter (twitter.com/patriotplace) or like Patriot Place on Facebook (facebook.com/patriotplace).

Patriots Fans Enjoy Free Night of Football Under the Lights at Gillette Stadium

Westfield resident Joe Bucko and his two sons, Joseph and John, watch Patriots’ practice inside Gillette Stadium on Friday, Aug. 1.
Westfield resident Joe Bucko and his two sons, Joseph and John, watch Patriots’ practice inside Gillette Stadium on Friday, Aug. 1.
Customized Patriots jerseys are part of the Bucko family tradition when it comes to football season. The jersey number represents the year that person was born – a sign that they were born Patriots fans.
Customized Patriots jerseys are part of the Bucko family tradition when it comes to football season. The jersey number represents the year that person was born – a sign that they were born Patriots fans.
Patriots Fans Enjoy Free Night of Football Under the Lights at Gillette Stadium
Patriots Fans Enjoy Free Night of Football Under the Lights at Gillette Stadium

 

 

 

 

 

 

New England Patriots’ Annual In-Stadium Practice for season ticket members and local residents attracts 22,886 fans to Gillette Stadium for a free night of football on Friday, Aug. 1.

By Jeremie Smith

Football was in the air on Friday, Aug. 1, as 22,886 fans united in Foxborough to get a glimpse at the 2014 New England Patriots at the team’s annual in-stadium practice under the lights at Gillette Stadium.

Now in its eighth year, the free event provides the Patriots organization an opportunity to show its appreciation for its local communities and loyal fan base.

“We started the tradition as an added amenity to thank our season ticket members for their dedication to the team and, as we do as often as we can, we include local residents to thank them for their support as well,” said Dan Murphy, Gillette Stadium’s vice president of external affairs.

The team provided complimentary tickets to season ticket members and Foxborough and South Walpole residents to the annual event, which is closed to the general public. Prior to the in-stadium practice, thousands of fans gathered outside The Hall at Patriot Place presented by Raytheon to celebrate the induction of former cornerback and three-time Super Bowl Champion Ty Law into the Patriots Hall of Fame. The ceremony was free and open to the public.

Foxborough resident Daniel Jakes has attended the Patriots’ in-stadium practice every year since its inception because he enjoys the atmosphere around the stadium.

“Everyone is here for the same reason – to enjoy the Patriots,” Jakes said. “The Kraft family has always done a lot to incorporate Foxborough. When they built the stadium and built Patriot Place, they seemed to go out of their way to make it comfortable for Foxborough residents. It’s been great.”

Watching practice from seats in the south end zone, Jakes admitted he is sick of summer and ready for football.

“The anticipation that builds throughout each year is so fantastic,” Jakes said. “I think this season is going to be great. It looks like we have a really strong team. We have a lot of talented young players, so it’s going to be interesting to see how it works out. I feel like the Pats have as strong a chance as ever to win it all this year.”

Gabe Fonseca, of Woburn, agreed.

“We have a great team, and it obviously starts with [Patriots head coach] Bill Belichick and [quarterback] Tom Brady,” Fonseca said. “I think [wide receiver] Danny Amendola is going to have a good year for us this year and adding [cornerback] Darrelle Revis on defense is awesome. I can’t wait for this season.”

The in-stadium practice was extra special for Fonseca as he was introducing his four-year-old son, Bodhi, to Patriots football and Gillette Stadium.

“This is Bodhi’s first time watching live football,” Fonseca said. “I’m so excited to share this with him and begin teaching him the game in person like this. It’s a great family event.”

Elsewhere on the main concourse, a father and his two sons explained that Patriots football is something of a family tradition.

“Our family is a club that watches Patriots football,” said Joe Bucko, 71, of Westfield. “If you notice on the back of our jerseys, the name is ‘Bucko.’ We are all Buckos. If you look at the numbers on our jerseys, that represents the year each of us were born. We were born Patriots fans.”

Joe’s son, Joseph, 42, said he and his family love coming to Gillette Stadium every chance they get, because “it’s always a great time.”

“We love the Patriots,” Joseph Bucko said. “There isn’t a better place to be than inside Gillette Stadium watching football.”

The Buckos said they liked what they were seeing from the team during the in-stadium practice and are expecting big things this season.

“We’ve beefed up our defense and I think we are going to have a great offense again this year,” said Joseph Bucko. “There’s no doubt we are going to have an awesome season.”

For Amanda Rawson, 26, of Dudley, Friday’s in-stadium practice was the first time she’s been at Gillette Stadium to see the Patriots in person.

“I’m having a wonderful time,” she said. “I think it’s fantastic the Patriots do stuff like this. It’s a really great summer night to come out and enjoy the stadium and see how the team looks. As a fan, it’s really nice to be here and watch the team up close and personal.”

As for the upcoming season, Rawson is looking forward to seeing how the younger players develop this season.

“It’s always really exciting to watch younger players step on the field and see what they can do,” she said. “I really want to see how the defense does this year and see if the young wide receivers can develop.”

After practice, Belichick said he enjoys the environment of the in-stadium event.

“Always nice to be out with the fans of Foxborough and our season ticket holders,” Belichick told reporters. “[There’s] a lot of energy in the stadium. I think everybody enjoys the environment. It’s good for us.

Press Release submitted by New England Patriots

Live Concert on the Common Tonight – Comcast 8/Verizon 39

Infractions BandTonight FCA volunteers will bring live coverage of the Foxboro Jaycees Concert on the Common, featuring the Infractions.

CONCERT BEGINS AT 7PM, WATCH LIVE ON COMAST 8, VERIZON 39, OR ONLINE.

From foxborojaycees.org

The Foxboro Jaycees Free Summer Concerts on the Common season continues with returning favorites, “The Infractions.” The band has played many times at our summer series and always puts on a terrific show!

The Infractions, featuring the Happening Horns, have been a mainstay in the nightclub, college, wedding and concert scene for more than seven years. This seven-member cover group consists of a four-piece rhythm section and a three-piece horn section.

Their music ranges from horn-driven funk and hip-hop to contemporary ska and swing. They also infuse alternative rock, old school ‘70s and material from the big ‘80s into their mix.

Join this high energy act on Foxboro Commom this Thursday July 31!

More information: http://www.infractionsband.com/

FCA Celebrates the Class of 2014

Foxboro Cable Access has scheduled a special weeklong line-up of programming beginning Friday, August 1st to Friday, August 8th featuring highlights of this year’s graduating class.  , August 1st, the programming will be shown on The Education Channel, (Comcast Channel 12 or Verizon Channel 37).

Friday:

6pm Scholarship Night 2014
7pm FHS Graduation 2014
9pm Class Night 2014

Saturday:

10am POPS 2014 – Saturday’s Performance
2pm Spring Jazz Fest 2014
7pm Scholarship Night 2014
7:45pm Class Night 2014
10:05pm FHS Graduation 2014

Sunday:

8am Class Night 2014
10:30am FHS Graduation 2014
12:05pm Scholarship Night 2014
4pm POPS 2014 – Saturday’s Performance
8pm Spring Jazz Fest 2014

A selection of Senior Night sporting events will also be shown this week on the Education Channel.

Varsity Girls’ Basketball vs. Milford:  Mon 8/4 at 7 pm
Varsity Boys Basketball vs. Canton: Mon 8/4 at 8:30 pm
Varsity Football vs. Sharon:  Tues 8/5 at 7pm
Varsity Hockey vs. St. John’s Prep:  Wed 8/6 at 7 pm
Varsity Boys’ Lacrosse vs. Oliver Ames:  Thur 8/7 at 7 pm
Varsity Girls’ Lacrosse vs. Milford:  Thur 8/7 at 8:30 pm
Varsity Girls’ Soccer vs. Canton:  Fri 8/8 at 7 pm

Many of these programs are also available for viewing in the Video Gallery on the FCA website at:  www.fcatv.org .  For more information on FCA programming, training or volunteer opportunities,  please call Executive Michael Webber at 543-4757 or visit our studio at 28 Central Street in downtown Foxborough.

 

State Officials Confirm Emerald Ash Borer Detected in Suffolk County

Department of Conservation & RecreationThe Department of Conservation and Recreation (DCR) and the Department of Agricultural Resources (DAR) today announced that the Emerald Ash Borer (EAB) has been detected in Suffolk County, Massachusetts. The destructive beetle was detected in a trap at the Arnold Arboretum  on July 16, 2014, and was confirmed by federal officials on July 18. Suffolk County is the third county in the Commonwealth to have a confirmed detection of EAB.

DCR and DAR officials are working in collaboration with the United States Department of Agriculture’s (USDA) Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service (APHIS) and the U.S. Forest Service to take a number of swift proactive steps aimed at slowing the spread of the invasive beetle, including:

  • Defining a quarantine area that would only allow the movement of certain wood products under certain conditions;
  • Conducting a delimiting survey to help identify the extent of the infestation;
  • Working with stakeholders to ensure they know how to properly treat or dispose of infested trees and materials; and
  • Maintaining a ban that has been in place against bringing any firewood into state parks and forests.

“The presence of Emerald Ash Borer in our state represents a serious threat to our ash trees,” said DCR Commissioner Jack Murray. “We are taking swift action to address the infestation, educate the public, and work to mitigate any impact an infestation could bring.”

“It is important for the public to remain vigilant and to report any ash trees with signs of Emerald Ash Borer damage,” said DAR Commissioner Greg Watson. “Early detection of new infestations will help slow the spread of this pest.”

In August of 2012, EAB was detected in Berkshire County in the Town of Dalton.  In November of 2013, EAB was confirmed in Essex County in the Town of North Andover. DCR instituted county-wide quarantines of Essex and Berkshire counties shortly after the EAB was discovered. To date, 23 states across the country have confirmed detections of EAB. DCR has received $125,000 in funding from the USDA ‘s APHIS and $60,000 in funding from the U.S. Forest Service. DCR has also spent $185,000 to combat infestations of EAB.

Regulated items that would fall under quarantine include:

  • The Emerald Ash Borer, in any living stage of development;
  • Firewood of all hardwood species;
  • Nursery stock of the genus (Ash);
  • Green lumber of the genus (Ash);
  • Other material living, dead, cut or fallen, including logs, stumps, roots, branches, and composted and uncomposted chips of the genus (Ash);
  • Any other article, product or means of conveyance that an inspector determines presents a risk of spreading EAB and notifies the person in possession of the article, product or means of conveyance that it is subject to the restrictions of the regulations.

Emerald Ash Borer is a small, metallic green beetle, native to Asia, which feeds on ash trees. It was first discovered in North America in 2002, in the Detroit, Michigan area. Unlike many other invasive beetles, EAB kills ash trees quickly, within just 3 to 5 years, because it bores directly under the bark and disrupts the tree’s conductive system. Since its discovery in North America, it has killed millions of ash trees and has caused billions of dollars in treatment, removal and replacement costs to address the infested trees.

Ash is a main component of the northern hardwood forest in Massachusetts and is a common species in western Massachusetts. Ash is also a popular street tree in eastern Massachusetts.

“Unfortunately, tens of thousands of trees are needlessly killed by invasive tree-killing insects and diseases every year,” Andy Finton, Conservation Programs Director for The Nature Conservancy (TNC) in Massachusetts. “If everyone makes the commitment to take one simple step – not moving firewood when they travel or camp – we can work together as a Commonwealth to save both newly planted and already existing trees from being lost from our roadsides, backyards, and natural areas.”

Residents are urged to take the time to learn the signs of EAB damage which include:

  • Tiny, D-shaped exit holes in the bark of ash trees, dieback in the upper third of the tree canopy, and sprouting of branches just below this dead area.
  • In the winter months, signs of EAB infestation left by woodpecker activity on ash trees. Fresh, light-colored wood pecks stand out against the darker bark of the tree. Severe woodpecker activity at the base of the canopy or on the main stems may indicate possible EAB infestation and should be reported to state forest health personnel immediately.
  • The Emerald Ash Borer is an emerald-green metallic beetle so small that seven of them could fit on the head of a penny.

DCR and APHIS will be scheduling listening sessions in Suffolk County in early September to provide the community with information relative to the finding and address questions. To report suspicious tree damage or insect sightings, or to learn more about this pest, visit www.massnrc.org/pests. You can also call the toll free EAB hotline at 1-866-322-4512.

More information about EAB at http://emeraldashborer.info.