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Patriot Place To Host The Big Game Rally On Saturday, Feb. 3

Free event outside Splitsville Luxury Lanes and Skipjack’s to feature a DJ, appearances by Pat Patriot and the Patriots End Zone Militia, a petting zoo with goats, face painting, balloon twisting and more.

Days after thousands of fans attended the Patriots Super Bowl LII Send-Off Rally outside The Hall at Patriot Place presented by Raytheon, Patriot Place is NOT DONE rallying Patriots Nation in advance of Super Bowl Sunday.

On Saturday, Feb. 3, Patriot Place will host its Big Game Rally from 3-5 p.m. outside Splitsville Luxury Lanes™ | Howl at the Moon to get fans ready for the Patriots pursuit of a sixth Lombardi Trophy on the eve of Super Bowl LII.

The free event will feature DJ Matty C revving the crowd up with music synonymous with the Patriots and Gillette Stadium and even feature some tracks from Super Bowl LII halftime performer Justin Timberlake. Other activities include appearances by Pat Patriot and the Patriots End Zone Militia, Patriots-themed balloon twisting by Dan’s Balloons, Patriots-themed face painting, a dance performance by Foxborough’s Elite Dance Center, green screen photo opportunities and a petting zoo with five goats.

Elsewhere throughout Patriot Place, guests can find Patriots rally card sign-making stations and a Patriots banner for fans to sign and wish the team luck as they battle the Philadelphia Eagles in Minnesota. Winter Skate at Patriot Place presented by Harvard Pilgrim Health Care will also be offering free skating for fans who wear their Patriots gear to the rink from 11 a.m. to 10 p.m. Please note, skate rentals are not included.

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The Patriots will seek their sixth Super Bowl title when they face the NFC Champion Philadelphia Eagles on Sunday, Feb. 4 (kickoff is 6:30 p.m. ET). Super Bowl LII will be broadcast by NBC. Al Michaels will handle play-by-play duties with Cris Collinsworth as the color analyst.

Register O’Donnell Outlines Norfolk County Real Estate Activity for 2017

While the eastern Massachusetts economy was strong in 2017, the Norfolk County real estate market remained challenged when it came to such issues as real estate sales and mortgage lending.

Register of Deeds William P. O’Donnell noted, “An analysis of 2017 real estate activity in Norfolk County showed a total of 18,533 real estate sales transactions, both residential and commercial. This represented 0% growth from 2016. In addition, the total volume of residential and commercial sales last year totaled $8.2 billion, a 10% decline from 2016.
The average sales price, again both residential and commercial, was $710,654, a decrease of 8% from the previous year.”

Another falling real estate indicator was a 9% drop in the number of land documents recorded at the Registry in 2017. A total of 152,927 Norfolk County land documents were recorded in 2017 compared to 167,600 in 2016.

The reduction in land documents can be strongly attributed to the falling number of mortgages recorded. A total of 27,563 mortgages were recorded in 2017, representing a 19% decrease from 2016. Total mortgage financing closed at $18.8 billion, a 2% decrease from the previous year. Register O’Donnell stated, “These numbers clearly indicate Norfolk County homeowners are being very careful with taking on debt.”

Norfolk County residents continued to avail themselves of the protections provided by
the Homestead Act. A total of 12,670 Homesteads were recorded in 2017, a 1% increase over 2016. O’Donnell noted, “A Homestead provides limited protection against the forced sale of an individual’s primary residence to satisfy unsecured debt up to $500,000. I urge homeowners who have not recorded a Homestead against their primary residence
to consider this valuable consumer protection tool.”

Foreclosure activity saw improving results during the 2017 calendar year, but these numbers come with a note of caution. A total of 268 foreclosure deeds were filed in Norfolk County in 2017, compared to 294 in the previous year. In addition, Notice to Foreclose Mortgage, the first step in the foreclosure process, also decreased by 15.1%. Register O’Donnell stated, “These are good numbers year over year, but I want to point out the numbers of Notice to Foreclose Mortgage recordings actually increased a sobering 57% in the 4 th quarter of 2017 compared to the 4 th quarter of 2016. We will need to closely watch this number to see if a trend develops.”

The Registry continues to work with Quincy Community Action Programs, 617-479-8181 x376, and NeighborWorks Southern Mass, 508-587- 0950 to help homeowners who have received a Notice to Foreclose Mortgage document. A third option is to contact the Massachusetts Attorney General’s Consumer Advocacy and Response Division (CARD)
at 617-727- 8400.

Register O’Donnell concluded, “Just as we are seeing across the country, a lack of real estate inventory is adversely affecting the Norfolk County real estate market. We will not see a significant gain in real estate sales numbers until inventory numbers improve. In
addition, consumers continue to be very careful when it comes to borrowing. A particular area of caution is refinancing for big ticket items such as home improvements. Two additional factors that we will need to keep an eye on in 2018 are the affect increased interest rates will have on consumer behavior and the impact the recently signed re-write
of the federal tax code will have on people deciding whether to borrow.”

To learn more about these and other Registry of Deeds events and initiatives, like us at facebook/com/NorfolkDeeds 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

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

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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