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Girls Basketball Team Soaks Up ‘championship Atmosphere’ At Gillette Stadium Prior To Saturday’s Sectional Final

Two days prior to its MIAA Division 2 South Sectional Finals game vs. Westwood, the Foxborough High School varsity girls basketball team visited Gillette Stadium as special guests of the Kraft family.

The Lady Warriors spent some time on the game field, where they were surprised with a good luck message from the Kraft family displayed on the stadium’s video boards.

“Being on the field and seeing the ‘Good Luck’ message from the Kraft family was incredible,” said head coach Lisa Downs. “It’s pretty incredible to have their support and be here where the New England Patriots practice and play and spend so many hours every season. It’s a really cool experience and really special for these girls.”

After photos on the field, the team headed inside to the Optum Field Lounge to breakdown film of their next opponent. The girls enjoyed light snacks while they watched Westwood’s 36-32 win over Nauset in the Sectional Quarterfinals on the Optum Field Lounge’s 9-foot-by-32-foot high resolution media wall.

“We’re usually watching film in a classroom, so this is much better,” said Downs. “This is a nice way for the girls to enjoy the moment and do something special. We are thankful for the opportunity.”

Downs added she was excited to have her team visit Gillette Stadium because of its “championship atmosphere.”

“It’s a winning environment and I always tell the girls that winning is contagious,” Downs said. “I’m hoping our girls can grab a little bit of that championship atmosphere and take it with them on Saturday.”

Family Friendly School Vacation Programming at State Parks

Department of Conservation & RecreationThe Department of Conservation and Recreation (DCR) today announced family friendly programs will be offered by the agency throughout the state during next week’s traditional school vacation week. Additionally, the agency will continue to provide its regularly scheduled programming, which includes daily public skating and traditional winter activities, during next week’s school vacation.

“School vacation week serves as an excellent opportunity for people of all ages to get outside and enjoy the natural world that surrounds us,” said Energy and Environmental Affairs Secretary Matthew Beaton. “I encourage residents and families to explore the Commonwealth’s many environmental, cultural, and recreational resources.”

Some of the many school vacation programs offered by DCR include guided hikes, wildlife observation opportunities, crafting activities, history lessons, campfires, games, stories, and ice skating.

“By providing excellent programming during February vacation and throughout the winter months, the Department of Conservation and Recreation seeks to foster a true love of nature within today’s youth,” said DCR Commissioner Leo Roy. “The Massachusetts state parks system offers incredible opportunities for us all to get outside and incorporate a healthy and active lifestyle.”

A full list of activities and programming can be found on DCR’s website. In addition to the special vacation week programming, DCR will also continue to offer its normal recreational programs. Those activities include public skating at DCR’s eight managed rinks, cross country skiing at the Leo J Martin Ski Track in Weston, and adaptive programming that includes universally accessible hiking, skiing, skating, snowshoeing and snowmobiling.

Due to the unpredictability of the weather, such as extreme low temperatures, the DCR asks that all members of the public call ahead to confirm that the scheduled program is able to take place. Proper outerwear, including coats, boots, hats, and gloves, is encouraged for all participants of outdoor programs to ensure an enjoyable and safe outing.

Family Fun Over February School Vacation Week

The Hall at Patriot Place LogoEnjoy daily activities while reliving some of the greatest moments in Patriots history. 

The Hall at Patriot Place presented by Raytheon is offering daily activities for families to enjoy over February school vacation week, beginning on Monday, Feb. 20.

February School Vacation Schedule at The Hall at Patriot Place Presented by Raytheon:

Feb. 20            Magic Show with John Logan (noon – 2 p.m.) – Enjoy a magic show from team magician John Logan.

Feb. 21            Design Your Own Jersey – Young fans can enjoy the football-themed coloring station to design their own jerseys. The Hall will provide coloring pages and crayons for guests to use.

Feb. 22            Meet & Greet with Patriots Alumni Pete Brock (11:30 a.m. – 1 p.m.) – Meet New England Patriots Alumni Pete Brock for a photo and autograph with the Patriots legendary offensive lineman.

Feb. 23            Hands On History (noon – 3 p.m.) – This unique event connects guests with artifacts from Patriots history not currently on display. The Hall Curator, Lily Kathryn-Ames will educate guests on the history behind the artifacts and allow guests to hold and take photos with them.

Feb. 24            Field Goal Kick Contest – Fans can test their skills at kicking field goals by trying to convert 23-yard and 45-yard field goals consecutively. Those who succeed will be entered to win a Stephen Gostkowski autographed football.

Feb. 25            Scavenger Hunt – Fans can test their Patriots knowledge during The Hall’s scavenger hunt. See who can be the first in the group to answer all the questions and find all of the artifacts that are part of The Hall exhibit galleries. Those who turn in their completed scavenger hunts at the box office will receive a prize.

Elsewhere around The Hall guests can enjoy “The Fabric of Football” exhibit located in the Grand Hall. The exhibit features more than 30 game-worn jerseys from quarterbacks throughout pro football history. For more information about the exhibit, visit

Guests can also see game used artifacts from the Patriots Super Bowl LI championship season and learn more about artist/cartoonist Phil Bissell’s creation of the Pat Patriot logo.

The Hall is open Monday through Friday from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., Saturdays from 10 a.m. to 9 p.m. and Sundays from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m.

Check for schedule changes and closings. Admission is $10 for adults, $7 for seniors and active military with ID and $5 for children ages 5 to 12.

Need to File Mortgage Discharges

Norfolk County Register of Deeds William P. O’Donnell today reminded homeowners about the importance of filing a mortgage discharge in a timely manner after their mortgage has been paid off.

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Foxborough Cultural Council Awards Local Grants

Representative Jay Barrows along with Pam Atanasoff and Jared Craig, co-chairs of the Foxborough Cultural Council have announced the awarding of 16 grants totaling $5100 for cultural programs in and around Foxborough. A complete list of recipients can be found below.

The Foxborough Cultural Council is part of a network of 329 Local Cultural Councils serving all 351 cities and towns in the Commonwealth. The LCC Program is the largest grassroots cultural funding network in the nation, supporting thousands of community-based projects in the arts, sciences, and humanities every year. The state legislature provides an annual appropriation to the Massachusetts Cultural Council, a state agency, which then allocates funds to each community.

Decisions about which activities to support are made at the community level by a board of municipally appointed volunteers. The members of the Foxborough Cultural Council are: Pam Atanasoff, Jared Craig, Julie Jaberi, Sam Jaberi, Julie Pritchard, Alyne Ricker, Lidy Chan, Leila McNeff, Julie Philibert, Cathy Hickey, and Student Rep Katie Burke (non-voting member).

“The local volunteers deserve the credit for making this system work,” says Jay Barrows. “The volunteers are able to make limited resources last, and make the tough decisions regarding the projects that should be supported. It is due to them that the arts, sciences, and humanities are a part of the community and a part of people’s everyday lives.”

Statewide, more than $3.3 million will be distributed by local cultural councils in 2017. Grants will support an enormous range of grass-roots activities: concerts, exhibitions, radio and video productions, field trips for schoolchildren, after-school youth programs, writing workshops, historical preservation efforts, lectures, First Night celebrations, nature and science education programs for families and town festivals. Nearly half of LCC funds support educational activities for young people.

This year’s grant recipients include:

  • Stephen Lewis
  • Friends of Foxboro Conservation Commission
  • John Root
  • History at Play
  • Doolittle Home
  • All Stories Theater Company
  • Hallie Wetzel
  • Kirk Whipple
  • John J. Ahern Middle School PAC
  • Neponset Choral Society
  • Un-Common Theatre Company
  • Nicole Vachon Hanlon
  • Foxboro Recreation
  • FHS Theater Guild

The Foxborough Cultural Council will seek applications again in the fall. For local guidelines and complete information on the Foxborough Cultural Council, contact Pam Atanasoff or Jared Craig at Application forms and more information about the Local Cultural Council Program are available online at

Applications will be due October 16, 2017.