FAMILY FUN AND WINTER ACTIVITIES HIGHLIGHT SCHOOL VACATION WEEK AT PATRIOT PLACE

COMMUNITY ANNOUNCEMENT
From special appearances by the cast of “Wicked Tuna” to cupcake decorating and face painting, there is something for everyone at Patriot Place during school vacation week.

The family fun kicks off on Saturday, Dec. 21, with a special event at Fanautical’s new location at 264 Patriot Place (next to Cupcake Charlie’s). Wrentham resident and Fanautical owner, June Wooding, recently announced her fun, pun-loving apparel store has partnered with Paul Hebert of National Geographic Channel’s hit reality TV show, “Wicked Tuna.”

The show’s cast will be making a special appearance at Fanautical from 1 to 5 p.m. to sign autographs and mingle with fans. Cast apparel is now available in store.

Earlier in the day, a caricature artist will be turning blank pieces of paper into amazing winter ski-themed scenes from the Winter Skate at Patriot Place tent from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Other activities throughout the week include rainbow loom bracelet making, winter movie showings at the Patriot Place Activity Center, winter face painting and cupcake decorating.

The following is a complete schedule of events:

“WICKED TUNA” CAST APPEARANCE AT FANAUTICAL
Saturday, Dec. 21, 1-5 p.m.
Stop by Fanautical’s new location at 264 Patriot Place (next to Cupcake Charlie’s) to meet some of the cast from National Geographic’s “Wicked Tuna.” Cast apparel available in store.

CARICATURE ARTIST AT WINTER SKATE TENT
Saturday, Dec. 21, 11 a.m. to 3 p.m.
Watch as this talented artist turns a blank piece of paper into an amazing winter ski-themed scene with you in it!

WINTER MOVIES AT PATRIOT PLACE ACTIVITY CENTER
Thursday, Dec. 26, noon to 5 p.m.
Join Patriot Place for a special movie day! Stop by the Patriot Place Activity Center located between Red Robin and Capriotti’s Sandwich Shop to watch great winter-themed movies.

RAINBOW LOOM BRACELET MAKING
Friday, Dec. 27, noon to 1 p.m.
Join in on the Rainbow Loom fun at Patriot Place! Whether you’re a beginner or an advanced Rainbow Loom Bracelet maker, stop in and make some great jewelry. Activity located between Red Robin and Capriotti’s Sandwich Shop.

CARICATURE ARTIST AT WINTER SKATE TENT
Saturday, Dec. 28, 11 a.m. to 3 p.m.
Watch as this talented artist turns a blank piece of paper into an amazing winter ski-themed scene with you in it!

WINTER FACE PAINTING AT PATRIOT PLACE ACTIVITY CENTER
Monday, Dec. 30, noon to 3 p.m.
Have some fun with winter-themed face painting when you stop into the Patriot Place Activity Center located between Red Robin and Capriotti’s Sandwich Shop.

CUPCAKE DECORATING AT PATRIOT PLACE ACTIVITY CENTER
Tuesday, Dec. 31, noon to 2 p.m.
Spend the afternoon decorating your very own winter-themed cupcakes provided by Cupcake Charlie’s at Patriot Place! Cupcake decorating will take place inside the Patriot Place Activity Center located between Red Robin and Capriotti’s Sandwich Shop.

PAT PATRIOT VISITS WINTER SKATE
Tuesday, Dec. 31, noon to 2 p.m.
Spend the afternoon skating with one of your favorite New England Patriots, Pat Patriot!

For more information, please visit Patriot Place’s website at www.patriot-place.com.

ABOUT PATRIOT PLACE
Patriot Place is a shopping, dining and entertainment destination located adjacent to Gillette Stadium in Foxborough, Massachusetts. Patriot Place features large and boutique retailers, 17 casual to high-end restaurants and other nightlife venues. Among the highlights of Patriot Place are New England’s first Bass Pro Shops, a state-of-the-art, 14-screen Showcase Cinema De Lux, the 16,000-square-foot CBS Scene Restaurant & Bar, the award-winning Hall at Patriot Place presented by Raytheon and the four-star Renaissance Hotel & Spa at Patriot Place. 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).

Board of Selectmen Meeting Tonight

Board of Selectmen MeetingThe Foxboro Board of Selectmen will meet tonight, Tuesday, December 10th at 7pm in the FHS Media Center. The meeting will air live on the FCA Government Channel (Comcast 22/Verizon 38), and online at http://www.fcatv.org/live

Board of Selectmen meetings replay on the Government Channel (Comcast 22/Verizon 38) at the following times:

Fridays at 4pm
Saturdays at noon
Sundays 8am & 4pm

Previous meetings are archived online and available on the FCA Video Plus site: click here

The following agenda has been posted:

Foxborough Board of Selectmen Agenda

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MEMA WINTER PREPAREDNESS STEPS TO TAKE BEFORE THE STORM

Massachusetts Emergency Management Agency COMMUNITY ANNOUNCEMENT
“Before snow, ice and severe winter weather hit the region, it is important that you take the proper steps to ensure the safety of your family and home,” states Massachusetts Emergency Management Agency (MEMA) Director Kurt Schwartz.

Understand the winter terminology used by weather forecasters:

  1. Winter Storm Watch – Be alert, a storm is likely.
  2. Winter Storm Warning – Take action, the storm is in or entering the area.
  3. Blizzard Warning – Snow and strong winds combined will produce blinding snow, near zero visibility, deep drifts, and life-threatening wind chill. Seek refuge immediately.
  4. Winter Weather Advisory – Winter weather conditions are expected to cause significant inconveniences and may be hazardous, especially to motorists.
  5. Frost/Freeze Warning – Below freezing temperatures are expected and may cause damage to plants, crops or fruit trees.
  • Ensure your Winter Emergency Supply Kit is stocked with supplies to enable you to survive on your own for at least three to five days. There should be a first-aid kit, essential prescription medicines, non-perishable foods (those that require no refrigeration such as canned goods, dried fruits and nuts), a manual can opener, water (one gallon per person, per day), flashlights and extra batteries along with a portable radio or NOAA Weather Radio, baby-care or pet supplies items, extra blankets, sleeping bags and a fire extinguisher.
  • Ensure that your Winter Emergency Car Kit is well stocked to keep you and your vehicle safe.
  • If a storm is coming that may bring power outages, fully charge your cell phone, laptop, and any other devices in advance of a power outage.
  • Do not call 9-1-1 to report your power outage or to ask for information, use 9-1-1 only for emergencies. Contact your utility company to report the outage and get restoration information. Call 2-1-1 with other winter-related issues.
  • Consider purchasing a solar-powered or hand crank charger. If you own a car, purchase a car phone charger to enable you to charge your phone if you lose power at your home.
  • Download the free ping4alert! app to your Smartphone to receive important weather alerts and messages from MEMA. Easy instructions are available at www.mass.gov/mema/mobileapp.
  • Trim dead tree branches and limbs close to your home. Ice, snow and wind can combine to snap limbs that can take down power lines or damage your home.
  • Clean gutters. Melting snow and ice can build up if gutters are clogged with debris. When thawing begins, the water can back up under your roof and eaves causing damage to walls and ceilings.
  • Check your homeowner’s insurance policy to ensure adequate coverage.
  • Ensure that your Smoke and Carbon Monoxide (CO) detectors are working correctly and have fresh batteries. Check your outside fuel exhaust vents, making sure that they are not obstructed by snow or ice. Never use cooking equipment intended for outside use indoors as a heat source or cooking device.
  • Have your chimney flue checked for any buildup of creosote and cleaned if necessary to lessen the risk of fire.
  • Have sufficient heating fuel, as regular sources may be cut off. Have the option of emergency heating equipment and fuel (a gas fireplace, wood burning stove or fireplace) so you can safely keep at least one room livable. Be sure the room is well ventilated.
  • Make sure your home is properly insulated. Caulk and weather-strip doors and windows to keep cold air out.
  • Install storm windows or cover windows with plastic from the inside to provide insulation.
  • To keep pipes from freezing, wrap them in insulation or layers of newspapers, covering the newspapers with plastic to keep out moisture. Let faucets drip a little to avoid freezing.
  • Know how to safely shut off gas, electric power and water valves.
  • If your water supply could be affected by a power outage (a well-water pump system), be prepared to fill your bathtub and spare containers with water. Water in the bathtub should be used for sanitation purposes only, not as drinking water. Pouring a pail of water from the tub directly into the bowl can flush a toilet.
  • If pipes freeze, remove insulation, completely open all faucets and pour hot water over the pipes, starting where they are most exposed to the cold. A hand-held hair dryer, used with caution, also works well.
  • If electric power is lost, do not open the refrigerator or freezer door. Food can stay cold in a full refrigerator for up to 24 hours and in a well-packed freezer for 48 hours (24 hours if it is half-packed). If you have medication that requires refrigeration, check with your pharmacist for guidance on proper storage during an extended outage.
  • Review the process for manually operating your electric garage door.
  • Be a Good Neighbor. Check in on friends, family, and neighbors, particularly those most susceptible to extreme temperatures and power outages such as seniors and those with access and functional needs.
  • MEMA is the state agency charged with ensuring the state is prepared to withstand, respond to, and recover from all types of emergencies and disasters, including natural hazards, accidents, deliberate attacks, and technological and infrastructure failures. MEMA’s staff of professional planners, communications specialists and operations and support personnel is committed to an all hazards approach to emergency management. By building and sustaining effective partnerships with federal, state and local government agencies, and with the private sector – - individuals, families, non-profits and businesses – - MEMA ensures the Commonwealth’s ability to rapidly recover from large and small disasters by assessing and mitigating threats and hazards, enhancing preparedness, ensuring effective response, and strengthening our capacity to rebuild and recover. For additional information about MEMA and Winter Preparedness, go to www.mass.gov/mema. Continue to follow MEMA updates on Twitter at www.twitter.com/MassEMA; Facebook at www.facebook.com/MassachusettsEMA; and YouTube at www.youtube.com/MassachusettsEMA. Download the free ping4alert! app to your Smartphone to receive important weather alerts and messages from MEMA. Easy instructions are available at www.mass.gov/mema/mobileapp.

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