One of the most exciting, action-packed days on the annual New England football calendar is about to get even better when Gillette Stadium hosts all six of the Massachusetts Interscholastic Athletic Association (MIAA) Football Championships in a single day on Saturday, Dec. 7. It will be the first time in Massachusetts high school football history that all state finals are played on one field.
Under the new MIAA football playoff format, 160 teams qualified for the postseason and after four weeks of thrilling football, 12 remain. Those teams will compete for their division’s state title on New England’s most famous football field and will be joined by thousands of cheering fans, cheerleaders, school bands and special guests.
The Kraft family, which will donate the use of Gillette Stadium for the seventh straight year, will again treat the state championship participants and their fans to an NFL-caliber game presentation, with music and replays on the stadium’s high-definition video boards. Kraft Sports Productions will produce a live television broadcast of all six games. The Kraft family will cover costs for the event.
Ticket information for the Gillette Stadium/MIAA Tournament experience will be announced later this week. Admission fee includes parking, admission to all six games, and a game day discount of $3 at The Hall at Patriot Place presented by Raytheon.
MIAA FOOTBALL CHAMPIONSHIPS GAME SCHEDULE
*Game times are approximate, starting 15 minutes after conclusion of the previous
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Live coverage (audio only) of Thursday’s Thanksgiving Day Football game will air on the Education Channel (Comast 12/Verizon 37). This live special will also be available as a live stream fcatv.org/live.
Live score updates from Ahern Field will be posted on our Twitter page: twitter.com/fcatv.
The game will replay Thursday afternoon at 4pm on the Public Access Channel (Comcast 8/Verizon 39). Additional replay times:
Friday @ 8pm
Saturday @ 3am, 12pm, 8pm
Sunday @ 3am, 12pm, 8pm
Monday @ 3am, 12pm
Game coverage is made possible through community volunteers, residents can get involved by call the studio at 508-543-4757.
For over 20 years, the Gifts for Kids Program has helped ease the financial burden for less fortunate families during the holiday season. This year, we have been asked to provide gifts for over 1000 children identified by human service providers in South Norfolk County (Bellingham, Canton, Dedham, Foxboro, Medfield, Millis, Norfolk, Norwood, Plainville, Sharon, Walpole, Westwood and Wrentham). As the holidays near, we are asking for your renewed support so that we may continue to bring joy to these families in our communities.
To Sponsor a child:
Starting November 15, email or call one of the following individuals between 9AM and 9PM:
You will be given information about a child along with packaging instructions. Drop off is at the VFW on Robbins Road in Walpole on December 16 and at Our Lady of Sorrows in Sharon on December 18 between 4:00 and 6:00pm.
If you wish to make a cash donation, please make your check payable to Gifts for Kids and send to Gifts for Kids, Inc, PO Box 464, Sharon, MA 02067. Gifts for Kids is a local, all volunteer, 501©3 nonprofit organization.
Please become a GFK sponsor or volunteer, and help spread the word to family, friends and coworkers. Thank you in advance for caring.
Check out our website at www.giftsforkidsinfo.com and http://www.facebook.com/GiftsForKids
Patriot Place will welcome the holiday season to town on Saturday, Nov. 30, with the fifth annual Tree Lighting. The free event will feature a night of holiday tradition and family fun full of caroling, sleigh rides and the annual lighting of the Cradles to Crayons Holiday Giving Tree.
Visitors will be greeted by live holiday music and performances along with special appearances by the New England Patriots Cheerleaders, Pat Patriot and of course Santa and Rudolph. The Patriot Place Street Team will also be on site and in the holiday spirit with giveaways, prizes and more.
- 5:30 p.m. Elite Dance will perform with live Nutcrackers in front of Giving Tree
- 6:00 p.m. Giving Tree lighting ceremony with appearances by Santa and Rudolph
- 6:30 p.m. Sleigh rides through Patriot Place beginning between Davio’s and Bar Louie
- 7:00 p.m. Santa reading “A Night Before Christmas” in front of Old Navy
The giving tree, benefiting Patriot Place’s charitable partner, Cradles to Crayons, features ornaments containing a holiday request from a child in need. Visitors to Patriot Place are invited to take an ornament from the tree and purchase the assigned gift to fulfill a child’s wish. Gifts can be dropped off throughout the holiday season at the Patriot Place Management Office, located next to Skipjack’s, or at participating Patriot Place retailers.
After the tree is lit for the holiday season, guests are invited to enjoy sleigh rides around
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The American Diabetes Association (ADA) has designated November as National Diabetes Awareness Month. According to the ADA, “Nearly 26 million children and adults in the United States have diabetes.” Wound Management Services (WMS) at Sturdy Memorial Hospital joins the ADA in bringing attention to the seriousness of diabetes.
People with diabetes whose blood sugar levels are not within target range are at greater risk for complications, especially nonhealing wounds and infections, which can lead to amputation. WMS encourages diabetics to pay particular attention to shoes, which can cause cuts or blisters that for diabetics, can go unnoticed, causing skin ulcers. Here are some tips for diabetics to follow, when it comes to footwear:
- Because feet swell during the day, shop for shoes in the afternoon or evening.
- Correctly fitted shoes should allow space that measures ½ the width of your thumb, between the tip of the shoe and your longest toe.
- Buy laced shoes that match the width of your foot, and are made of soft leather with a cushioned sole over a thin, leather sole.
- Break in a pair of new shoes for an hour or two at a time, until they feel comfortable.
- To ensure your shoes fit properly, have your feet measured periodically to see if they have changed.
- Replace shoes when the heel or middle portion of the shoe is worn down.
“People with diabetes,” says Dr. Martin Harris, a podiatrist at WMS, “should regularly check their feet for dryness,
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