The Foxborough School Committee will meet tonight, August 18th at 7pm in the Foxborough High School Media Center. FCA will air the meeting live on the Education Channel (Comcast 12/Verizon 37) and online at http://www.fcatv.org/live
Foxborough School Committee Meetings are replayed on the Education Channel (Comcast 12/Verizon 37) during the following times:
Fridays at noon
Saturdays at 7pm
Sundays at 12pm & 7pm
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.
Tonight 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.
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!
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).
6pm Scholarship Night 2014
7pm FHS Graduation 2014
9pm Class Night 2014
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
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.