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Winter Skate Opens For Ninth Season At Patriot Place On November 10

Public ice skating in the shadow of Gillette Stadium opens for the season on Friday, Nov. 10

Patriot Place to again collect donations for Cradles to Crayons to help children in need

The winter tradition of outdoor ice skating returns to Patriot Place for a ninth season with the opening of Winter Skate presented by Harvard Pilgrim Health Care on Friday, Nov. 10.

To celebrate this year’s grand opening of the popular outdoor ice skating rink, Patriot Place is hosting an opening day bash featuring a DJ (11 a.m. to 3 p.m.), a variety of games (11 a.m. to 3 p.m.) and special appearances by Patriots Cheerleaders, Patriots mascot Pat Patriot and Revolution mascot Slyde (11 a.m. to 1 p.m.).

 The rink, located outside of CBS Scene Restaurant & Bar on NRG Plaza, officially opens for the season at 11 a.m. on Friday, Nov. 10. Additionally, guests can receive free admission (skate rentals not included) through the following offers throughout opening weekend:

  • DONATION TO CRADLES TO CRAYONS: Lace up your skate for a good cause by donating a new or gently used coat or a pair of hats and gloves to Cradles to Crayons Massachusetts on Nov. 10
  • MILITARY APPRECIATION: Veterans and active military with valid military ID will receive free admission Nov. 10-12
  • JULIAN EDELMAN DAY: Celebrate 11/11 by wearing your Julian Edelman No. 11 Patriots jerseys and t-shirts on Nov. 11
  • TOM BRADY DAY: Celebrate 11/12 by wearing your Tom Brady No. 12 Patriots jerseys and t-shirts on Nov. 12

Additionally, guests 18 and older can enter-to-win two tickets to the Patriots’ Nov. 26 home game vs. the Miami Dolphins at Gillette Stadium throughout Winter Skate’s opening weekend (Nov. 10-12).

“Winter Skate has become a wintertime staple that we look forward to every year at Patriot Place,” said Patriot Place General Manager Brian Earley. “We are excited to kick off our ninth season of outdoor ice skating with our partner, Harvard Pilgrim Health Care. With Gillette Stadium as our backdrop, Winter Skate continues to offer guests a fun and truly unique experience at Patriot Place.”

 “We are pleased to again sponsor Winter Skate at Patriot Place,” said Eric H. Schultz, president and CEO of Harvard Pilgrim Health Care.  “This is a terrific opportunity for families to enjoy a classic, healthy New England wintertime sport and support the work of Cradles to Crayons.”

The 60-by-140-foot, professionally-maintained ice surface is specifically designed for recreational skating and features an observation deck for non-skaters. The surface is large enough to accommodate beginners and experts alike, hockey and private events.

Winter Skate offers public skating Monday through Thursday beginning at 4 p.m. (closing times during the week may vary; please visit for more information); Friday from 4-10 p.m.; Saturday and all school holidays from 11 a.m. to 10 p.m. and Sunday from 11 a.m. to 9 p.m. Winter Skate will be open until late February. Bathrooms are available and parking is free.

Standard skating price is $8 for adults and $6 for children 12 and under and seniors 65 and over. Harvard Pilgrim members receive $2 off admission by showing their membership card, or if you donate a coat or hat/glove set to Cradles to Crayons. On-site skate rentals are $4. Full season passes for families are $125.

Individual season passes are $75 for adults and $60 for children and seniors. Individual admission and season passes do not include skate rentals. Family season passes are $125, but can be purchased at a discount of $111 through Winter Skate’s opening weekend (Nov. 10-12). Group rates, private events and hockey rentals are available by calling (508) 203-2100or by email at


  • Friday, Nov. 10

o    11 a.m. – Grand Opening

o    11 a.m. – 1 p.m. – Skate with Pat Patriot, Patriots Cheerleaders and Slyde

o    11 a.m. – 3 p.m. – DJ & Games

o    11 a.m. – 3 p.m. – Carnival Games (Olympic Party) on NRG Plaza

o    12 – 1 p.m. – Skate with the Patriots Junior Cheerleaders

o    3 – 6 p.m. – Balloon twisting with Dan’s Balloons

o    6 – 10 p.m. – Skating-themed caricature artist drawings

  • Saturday, Nov. 11

o    11 a.m. – 3 p.m. – DJ & Games

o    11 a.m. – 3 p.m. – Carnival Games (Olympic Party) on NRG Plaza

o    3 – 6 p.m. – Balloon twisting with Dan’s Balloons

o    8 – 10 p.m. – Top 40 music from DJ Matty

  • Sunday, Nov. 12

o    11 a.m. – 3 p.m. – Skating-themed caricature artist drawings

o    3 – 7 p.m. – Patriots-themed face painting

For more information, visit

FHS Open House for Parent/Teacher Conferences

Foxborough High School will hold an open house for parent/teacher conferences on:

November 20th and November 21st – 5:00PM – 7:00PM

Parents will be able to schedule 5-minute meetings with their student’s teachers in their classrooms. If, after your conference, you believe more time is needed with a particular teacher, please contact the teacher or the guidance office to set up an appointment. (In an effort to be fair to all parents and teachers, please make every effort to keep to the time
schedules of appointments.)

Once again we will use an online scheduling in order to expedite the process of making appointments.

Beginning Tuesday, November 7th at 9:00 AM, the following link will allow access to this scheduling program.

  1. At that web address, you will be asked for your email address and your name.
  2. PTCFast will then send parents a confirmation email.
  3. Click on the link in the email to see a screen showing all available teachers for your parent-teacher conference. Click on each teacher you wish to see and choose an unfilled time slot.

The system will send you a confirmation email with the date and time you have reserved. That email will include a link that allows you to change your appointment time later if you so desire. The system will also send you a reminder a few days before your conference.

Diana Myers-Pachla, Principal, David D. Pierce and Beth A. Sylvia, Vice Principals and guidance counselors will be available for parent conferences. If you desire a conference with your child’s counselor or an administrator, drop in at the appropriate office during the conference hours.

Parents are encouraged to make every effort to attend and to confer with teachers about their children’s progress.

Register O’Donnell Highlights Registry Customer Service Center

Norfolk County Register of Deeds William P. O’Donnell reminds consumers if they have a Registry question, the answer is just a phone call away by dialing the Customer Service Center at (781) 461-6101. The department is open Monday through Friday from 8:30AM to 4:30PM.

“The Customer Service Center is a one-stop shop for Norfolk County homeowners and institutional users who have land related document questions,” said O’Donnell. “These questions can vary such as confirming the current ownership of a particular property, or verifying if a discharge of a property’s mortgage has been filed after the loan has been paid off. We are glad to help with any inquiry, whether you come through our doors or call us by phone.”

Register O’Donnell further noted, “The department can also inform customers about the various cost for filing and receiving land documents. Upon a customer’s request -whether it’s by visiting us here at the Registry or by a direct mail request – we can provide copies of documents to you for a fee of $1.00 per page, plus an additional $1.00 per document to
cover the cost of postage.”

The Registry only accepts cash or check payments. In addition, the Customer Service Center staff is happy to answer questions about the Homestead Act, a law which provides limited protection against the forced sale of a homeowner’s primary residence to satisfy unsecured debt up to $500,000.

O’Donnell went on to say, “For many, trying to ascertain information about land documents can be a very frustrating and intimidating experience. Please know our trained customer service staff is well-versed in all areas of land document research. By utilizing our state-of- the-art land document research system, which is also available via, people can get answers to their property questions.”

Notary services are also offered by the Customer Service Center. “All staff members are notary publics. We are more than glad to notarize any land document provided the person requesting the service appears before us and presents satisfactory proof of identification by showing either their driver’s license or passport,” said O’Donnell.

In conclusion, Register O’Donnell stated, “Providing first-class customer service is a core objective of the Registry’s mission to serve the public. We strive to ensure our customers have a positive experience when interacting with us. The bottom line is: We are glad to be of service to you.”

To learn more about these and other Registry of Deeds events and initiatives like us at or follow us on and

The Norfolk County Registry of Deeds is located at 649 High Street in Dedham. The Registry is a resource for homeowners, title examiners, mortgage lenders, municipalities and others with a need for secure, accurate, accessible land record information. All land record research information can be found on the Registry’s website Residents in need of assistance can contact the Registry of Deeds Customer Service Center via telephone at (781) 461-6101, or email us at

Important Ticketholder Information for Gillette Stadium Coldplay Concert On Friday, Aug. 4th

Just over a year since performing its first ever show at Gillette Stadium, Coldplay returns to Foxborough on Friday, Aug. 4, as part of the band’s 2017 run of its “A Head Full of Dreams Tour.”

Coldplay drew rave reviews from its Gillette Stadium show last July with The Boston Globe reporting, “Coldplay [filled] Gillette Stadium with earnest energy” and The Boston Herald noting, “Musically, the group was virtually flawless.” The Providence Journal called the performance an “epic show” and The Sun Chronicle said the “band [ignited the] crowd with dazzling light show, music.”

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