The largest bowling pin in New England has found its place atop Splitsville Luxury Lanes at Patriot Place. The 38-foot-tall bowling pin was created by Barlo Signs on Monday, July 28, and installed via crane atop Splitsville later that night. At its widest point, the pin is 19-feet wide. The pin will light up at night and has the ability to change colors for different occasions throughout the year. For example, the pin will feature red, white and blue lighting during Patriots games, green lighting on St. Patrick’s Day, pink lighting during breast cancer awareness month and so on. Splitsville Luxury Lanes will be opening at Patriot Place this summer.
Foxboro Cable Access is pleased to award its 2014 Scholarship to John Mitchell who will be attending his second year at University of Massachusetss in Lowell majoring in Sound Recording Technology. “Since 7th grade, when I bought my first hard disk recorder, I have dreamed of working in a music studio with the best musicians and with the best equipment to make excellent music.” Speaking about his passion for the art of communication, he added “Like music and visual arts, communication relies on quick problem solving skills as well as attention to detail.” John is a 2013 graduate of Foxborough High School and worked as sound technician for the Music Dept. during his high school years. At UMASS Lowell, he served as an intern for the college radio station WUML and effectively deejayed, set up live bands and made connections in the communication industry.
FCA Executive Director Michael Webber recently presented Mitchell with a $1000 check at the FCA Studio Offices at 28 Central Street in downtown Foxboro, wished him good luck, and invited him to come back and take advantage of the equipment and facilities that are available at no charge to town residents.
As a commitment to higher education, the FCA Board of Directors has offered a $1000. Scholarship every year since 1985 to any town resident who is pursuing a degree program in the Field of Communications. Applications are distributed in the spring. For more information, please call Foxboro Cable Access at 543-4757 or visit our website at www.fcatv.org .
Cops for Kids with Cancer and the New England Patriots teamed up Saturday, July 26, to treat Foxborough’s Danny Nickerson to a special birthday party at Patriot Place and Gillette Stadium.
It started with a simple wish for birthday cards a week before his sixth birthday and ended with a birthday celebration unlike any other at Patriot Place and Gillette Stadium on Saturday, July 26.
Danny Nickerson, a Foxborough boy with an inoperable brain tumor, celebrated his sixth birthday on Friday, July 25, with a trip to Legoland in Boston before meeting New England Patriots Chairman and CEO Robert Kraft at Gillette Stadium.
During the visit, Danny and his family toured the Patriots’ trophy room before taking a walk onto the Gillette Stadium field, where they were greeted by Pat Patriot, the team’s official mascot, and Patriots Cheerleaders.
“We got out on the field and Danny’s name was up on the video boards, which was absolutely awesome,” said Daniel Jamieson, Danny’s father. “I never thought one of my family member’s names would be up on the video board in Gillette Stadium.”
Kraft presented Danny with a card signed by the entire New England Patriots team and a gift bag, which included Patriots-themed toys and a customized Patriots jersey. Following the special field visit, Patriot Place treated Danny and his family to a birthday lunch at SkipJack’s.
“Seeing Danny smile so much has been amazing,” said Jamieson. “Everything Mr. Kraft and the Kraft family have done to help out my family and show support for my son is incredible.”
The show of support for Danny didn’t stop there, as Cops for Kids with Cancer organized a surprise birthday party for the six-year-old and his family at Patriot Place and Gillette Stadium on Saturday, July 26.
“Hopefully this helps Danny and his family know they aren’t alone,” said Burlington Police Sgt. Gerard McDonough, one of the organizers of Saturday’s event. “I’ve read that Danny can feel alone and sad at times, so we want the family to know they are not alone and they are not fighting alone.”
Danny’s special day began with a convoy of more than 100 police, fire and EMS vehicles arriving at Gillette Stadium shortly before 9 a.m. Hundreds of public safety officials representing more than 40 communities throughout the region then gathered on the steps of Patriot Place’s grand staircase to sing “Happy Birthday” to the guest of honor.
“Seeing all the police, firefighters and motorcycle riders showing up to support my son is absolutely emotional and really nice,” said Jamieson.
The celebration continued on the first floor of CBS Scene with a public safety-themed birthday cake that featured a photo of Danny on a motorcycle and a presentation of birthday cards and gifts from each agency, including a motorized toy police car from Boston Police, which Danny drove around NRG Plaza until the power ran out.
“It’s been an incredible and emotional day,” said Canton Police Deputy Chief Helena Rafferty, who also serves as President of Cops for Kids with Cancer. “Every little boy loves police and fire and it is such an honor to be part of this special day.”
Foxborough police officer Stephen McGrath said participating in Saturday’s celebration was important to the department because Danny is a relative of one of their sergeants.
“We knew that participating today would be just one way to demonstrate our support to Danny and his family, and also to our sergeant,” said McGrath. “I know how important it is to them and I think they need to know not only the Foxborough Police Department is behind them, but the support extends throughout law enforcement and communities across the region. This event brings everything into focus for us and we are honored to be a part of it.”
After cake and presents at CBS Scene, the party moved to Patriots Training Camp where another surprise was waiting for Danny.
Toward the end of practice, Kraft invited Danny and his parents onto the field where the entire team, including head coach Bill Belichick, gathered around the Foxborough family and sang “Happy Birthday” to Danny.
“It’s been an incredible day for Danny and the Patriots singing ‘Happy Birthday’ to my son was a real touching moment that will stay with me for the rest of my life,” said Jamieson.
Danny’s mother, Carley Nickerson, was equally grateful for all the support her family has received since making a public request for birthday cards for her son.
“It’s overwhelming,” Carley said. “Everyone has been amazing. They’ve all come together and are here for our little boy.”
Danny has received more than 150,000 birthday cards in the 10 days since his wish was made public. Some cards have been sent from as far away as Japan, and mail is still coming in.
“It’s been amazing to see him so happy,” said Carley. “He loves getting mail.”
For Sgt. McDonough and Cops for Kids with Cancer, the goal for Saturday was a simple one – make Danny and his family smile.
“As long as Danny was smiling and we gave the family some happy memories it was mission accomplished for us,” said McDonough. “We are very grateful to the Kraft family and the Patriots organization for giving us the venue to be able to do this and we were very happy for the show of support to Danny and thank all the officers who were able to come out.”
Foxborough and South Walpole residents are invited to watch the New England Patriots practice inside Gillette Stadium on Friday, Aug. 1, at 7 p.m.
The New England Patriots are hosting a free evening of football on Friday, Aug. 1, with two special events for fans and local residents to enjoy as the team returns to the field for the 2014 season.
Prior to the annual in-stadium practice for Patriots season ticket members and Foxborough and South Walpole residents, fans are invited to attend the 2014 Patriots Hall of Fame induction ceremony for former cornerback and three-time Super Bowl champion Ty Law on the NRG Plaza outside The Hall at Patriot Place presented by Raytheon. The ceremony begins at 4:30 p.m. and is free and open to the public.
Later in the evening, the Patriots will show their appreciation for their local communities and loyal fan base when they host the eighth annual in-stadium practice under the lights at Gillette Stadium. The team will again be thanking the residents of Foxborough and South Walpole for their continued support with complimentary tickets to the exclusive event, which is closed to the general public. Stadium gates open at 5 p.m. with practice scheduled to begin at 7 p.m.
Patriots’ season ticket members can find their complimentary tickets in their season ticket booklets while Foxborough residents can pick up tickets at one of the following locations:
· Public Safety Building
· Senior Center
· Boyden Library
Proof of residency is required to obtain complimentary tickets. Please note, tickets will not be available at the Gillette Stadium ticket office.
In addition to the exclusive in-stadium practice and Hall of Fame induction ceremony, Patriots training camp opens Thursday, July 24, with practices open to the public on the practice fields behind Gillette Stadium. Fans attending are asked to call the fan information line at (508) 549-0001 or visit Patriots.com/trainingcamp to verify daily practice times.