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Register O’Donnell Reports Better Than Expected Real Estate Sales in May

Despite a monthly trend of limited inventory, total real estate sales in May 2017, both residential and commercial, showed a solid 10% increase year over year.

Register of Deeds William P. O’Donnell noted, “Surprisingly, Norfolk County real estate sales for May totaled 1,706 compared to 1,554 in May 2016. What was unsurprising is the low number of properties on the market which has given rise to competition,

particularly for first-time homeowners, bidding against each other, resulting in healthy increases in both the average sale price and total sales.

“The average sales price for May, again for both residential and commercial, was $766,499, a 14% increase compared to the previous year. Total real estate sales volume increased a whopping 25% for the month coming in at $850 million. In light of the continuing low levels of real estate inventory, it will be interesting to see if this growth can be sustained.”

Lending activity for the month was a different story. A total of 2,426 mortgages were recorded during May, a 14% decrease from the previous year. Total mortgage financing for the month was $1.1 billion, a 3% reduction year over year. “An uptick in mortgage rates,” noted O’Donnell, “triggered these downward numbers. With the Federal Reserve projected to increase rates during the second half of 2017, I see the mortgage lending activity trend lines continuing for the foreseeable future.”

A bright spot for the month of May 2017 was Norfolk County homeowners continuing to take advantage of the Homestead Act. A total of 1,153 Homesteads were filed during May 2017, a 4% increase compared to the previous May. “The Homestead Act,” stated the Register, “is an important consumer tool. A Homestead provides limited protection against the forced sale of a homeowner’s primary residence to satisfy unsecured debt up to $500,000.”

Additional piece of good news was seen in the area of foreclosure activity. The total number of Notice to Foreclose Mortgage recordings, the first step in the foreclosure process was 60, a 28% reduction from the previous year. Foreclosure deed recordings, the final step in the foreclosure process, were flat. A total of 22 foreclosure deeds were processed in May, the same number recorded in May 2016.

“As I have said many times,” noted Register O’Donnell, “one foreclosure filing is one too many. With that said, I am heartened by the reduced foreclosure activity seen in Norfolk County. Please be aware the Registry continues to partner with Quincy Community Action Programs at (617) 479-8181 x-376 and Neighbor Works Southern Mass at (508) 598-0950. These two non-profits are there to help anyone who has received a Notice to Foreclose Mortgage from a lender. Another option is to call the Massachusetts Attorney General’s HomeCorps program at (617) 573-5333.”

Register O’Donnell concluded, “Considering where we are in Norfolk County with low real estate inventory, I was pleasantly surprised by the upsurge of May’s real estate sales numbers. However, an important factor we need not overlook is the continued desire of individuals and families to live and work in Norfolk County. The strong quality of life and sound economy in eastern Massachusetts should be able to sustain the local real estate market through the rest of 2017.”

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Former Patriots Players To Host Free Football Clinic In Foxborough On Thursday, June 15

The New England Patriots Alumni Club and New England Patriots Charitable Foundation will share their football knowledge with local youth during a free clinic inside the Empower Field House.

On Thursday, June 15, former Patriots players will bring local youth together in Foxborough for a free one-day, non-contact “Football for You” clinic that teaches the importance of leadership, teamwork and commitment. Boys and girls ages nine to 14 will have the opportunity to learn each position from the pros inside the Empower Field House.

“The Patriots alumni love getting together and talking about the good old days on the gridiron,” said NEPAC President and former Patriots center Pete Brock. “But years ago, we decided we wanted to take our love for the game and share it with youth throughout New England. We hosted our first clinic in Boston a decade ago and since that time, we have continued to grow and have been able to bring these free clinics to thousands of youth each year.”

At the June 15 clinic, Patriots alumni will team up with local high school football staff to lead skill stations, giving each participant an opportunity to try every position on the field. A former Patriots player will also share his experiences of playing in the NFL with clinic attendees and discuss the importance of making healthy choices. Participation is free of charge and same-day registrations are welcome. Registration begins at 3 p.m. inside the Empower Field with the clinic beginning at 4 p.m. Each child receives a Football for You t-shirt, a snack courtesy of the New England Dairy Council and a dinner provided by local vendors. The dinner starts at 6:30 p.m. For more information and to register online,

These free football clinics are an extension of the New England Patriots Play 60 initiative, which encourages youth to eat healthy and exercise for at least 60 minutes a day. The clinics also include an educational component for parents. As the youth participate in the skill stations, guest speakers will talk to parents about proper nutrition, strength and conditioning and sportsmanship.

Youth Baseball & Softball Honors New England Patriots On Opening Day


Patriots wide receiver coach Chad O’Shea throws out first pitch with retired Foxborough Police Chief Ed O’Leary to celebrate the start of the 2017 FYBSA season.

On Saturday, April 22, the Foxborough Youth Baseball & Softball Association (FYBSA) celebrated opening day for the 2017 season and recognized two town residents as its guests of honor as part of the festivities.PHOTOS COURTESY OF THE NEW ENGLAND PATRIOTS/JEREMIE SMITH

Chad O’Shea, wide receiver coach for the New England Patriots, and Ed O’Leary, retired Foxborough Police Chief, were each honored by the FYBSA and invited to participate in the parade and throw out ceremonial first pitches. O’Shea, who has served on Bill Belichick’s Patriots coaching staff since 2009, won his second Super Bowl championship with the Patriots in three seasons this past February and O’Leary, who served in the Foxborough Police Department for 39 years, retired this past fall.PHOTOS COURTESY OF THE NEW ENGLAND PATRIOTS/JEREMIE SMITH

“It was a great honor tothrow out the first pitch and a nice way to recognize the accomplishments of our team in Super Bowl LI,” O’Shea said. “It was also really neat to share this moment with Chief O’Leary because he’s someone I have always had a lot of respect for and know what he’s done for the community over the years.”

A veteran coach of 14 NFL seasons, O’Shea has regularly traded the sidelines for the dugout over the past few years to coach his children in the FYBSA.

“My children have been involved in the Foxborough sports programs for several years now and I’ve always thought very highly of the program,” O’Shea said.

This spring, O’Shea is teaming up with a fellow Foxborough resident and familiar face at Gillette Stadium to coach the Pirates, a youth baseball team comprised of 8-10 year olds in the AAA division.PHOTOS COURTESY OF THE NEW ENGLAND PATRIOTS/JEREMIE SMITH

“It’s a pretty unique situation this year because [Patriots defensive line coach] Brendan Daly’s son is on the team, so we are coaching this group together,” O’Shea said. “We’re so excited to get started and get outside. It’s going to be a lot of fun and we’re teaching them the fundamentals of baseball.”

Prior to throwing out the first pitch, O’Shea shared with the assembled crowd of baseball and softball players the importance of being coachable and being great listeners and how those traits can lead to success.

“Whether it’s Tom Brady or Julian Edelman, every coachable player looks their coaches in the eyes and listens to them when they’re talking,” O’Shea said. “These baseball and softball coaches out here today are great and they’re here because they love the game and they want to be around you. So my challenge to you all this spring is to be the most coachable bunch of kids you can be.”

O’Shea also stressed that it’s not always going to be a great day on the field and it’s important to remain supportive of your teammates and never give up, no matter how daunting the task may be – like being down 25 points in the fourth quarter of Super Bowl LI.

“Think of it like this,” O’Shea instructed the crowd. “I’m not standing here today to throw out the first pitch if those players that I coached in the Super Bowl gave up when we were down 25 points in the fourth quarter. They didn’t give up and it wasn’t great along the way in the game. I can promise you you’re not going to always have the best day, but as long as you keep committed and don’t give up, you’re going to have a lot of fun out here.”

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.”