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ABCC Kicks Off “Operation Safe Holidays”

Enforcement Efforts will Focus on Impaired Driving

Community Press Release

To ensure safety for the citizens of Massachusetts, the Alcoholic Beverages Control Commission (ABCC) will be conducting alcohol enforcement operations at bars in major Massachusetts cities from Thanksgiving Eve through New Year’s Eve.

The primary objective will be to prevent impaired driving and other alcohol-related harm during the holiday season, which is known for heavy alcohol consumption. The ABCC will focus enforcement efforts at bars identified as the last to sell alcohol to a convicted drunk driver.

“We want to make sure that everyone gets to enjoy the holidays with family and friends while at the same time avoiding tragedy and staying safe,” said State Treasurer Deborah B. Goldberg, who oversees the ABCC. “Vigilant enforcement and deterring bar owners from over-serving prevents problems before they happen and helps keep people safe.”

The program is run in conjunction with the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration’s (NHTSA) Impaired Driving Crackdown, from Thanksgiving Eve through New Year’s Eve, and is funded through the Executive Office of Public Safety and Security – Highway Safety Division.

“The RMV supports this enforcement work as safety on the roads is critical. Impairment impacts your ability to safely operate a motor vehicle. With December being National Drunk and Drugged Impaired Driving month, we encourage everyone attending holiday parties and social gatherings to have a plan for a designated driver or a rideshare service to bring them home. Be responsible and make the right decision to keep family, friends and other drivers, pedestrians, and bicyclists safe this holiday season,” said Registrar of Motor Vehicles Colleen Ogilvie.”

The ABCC will also be working with local police departments that have identified high-risk locations in their communities.

Alcohol is involved in 40 percent of traffic crash fatalities resulting in 17,013 fatalities and injuring an estimated 275,000 people annually. Data indicates that well over 50% of impaired driving arrests originate at bars.

About the ABCC: The Alcoholic Beverages Control Commission is an agency under the Office of the State Treasurer and Receiver General Deborah B. Goldberg. Its overall objective is to provide uniform control over the sale, purchase, transportation, manufacture, and possession of alcoholic beverages in the state.

Phosphorus concentrations continue to lead to harmful conditions in Crackrock Pond

Phosphorus concentrations at Crackrock Pond failed to meet U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) guidelines for the 5 th year in a row, according to a report from the Neponset River Watershed Association (NepRWA). In 2021, concentrations of Phosphorus remained 10 times higher than the EPA standard throughout the sampling year (May-October). While the Neponset Reservoir just upstream has struggled with Phosphorus pollution for decades, NepRWA first detected severely elevated concentrations of phosphorus at Crackrock Pond in 2017, which then skyrocketed in 2019, when levels
were 100 times higher than recommended. Though phosphorus concentrations have come down in the last two years, they are still well above the criteria for a healthy pond. As a result, the Pond is completely covered in aquatic plants and the water is almost entirely devoid of oxygen.

“Phosphorus is necessary for plant growth, but naturally is found in very low concentrations. Because of this, it is often the ‘limiting’ resource in the freshwater environment. We tend to see algal growth when
Phosphorus concentrations increase – because all the other required nutrients are likely already there,” explains Dr. Sean McCanty, NepRWA’s River Restoration Director. “Aside from the aesthetic factor, the
real problem is that when these extra plants and algae eventually die, they get eaten by bacteria. This process consumes oxygen – in extreme circumstances the dissolved oxygen levels get so low that fish and other animals die”, he adds. Data from NepRWA’s water monitoring program show that low oxygen conditions, referred to as “hypoxic” conditions, were observed from June through September of 2021 below Crackrock Pond.

“Another danger of elevated phosphorus is that certain types of algae, like cyanobacteria, produce toxins harmful to people and lead to beach closures. This has become an issue at other places in the watershed, like Lake Massapoag in Sharon” says Ian Cooke, NepRWA’s Executive Director. “In addition to the impact on Crackrock Pond, that elevated Phosphorus also flows downstream into the mainstem of the Neponset and can cause similar issues,” he added. Other parameters that the Association tests for, including pH and E. coli, were at acceptable levels
according to the Massachusetts Department of Environmental Protection (MassDEP) standards.

Neponset River Watershed Association | 2173 Washington Street, Canton, MA 02021 | 781-575-0354 |

The water quality monitoring program that collects this data is part of a larger watershed restoration effort. Throughout the Neponset River Watershed, efforts to improve water quality, restore river and
salt marsh habitat, and reconnect the streams to allow fish passage are all underway. “All of these issues are connected,” says McCanty. “Removing old dams helps prepare our communities for climate change,
improves fish passage and dissolved oxygen levels, and can limit the amount of algae overgrowth.

Replanting along the riverbank helps filter storm runoff and stabilize the banks, improving water quality for fishing, boating, and swimming.,” McCanty adds. The Neponset River Watershed Association is a local environmental non-profit that publishes an annual report on the health of the local streams and Neponset River in Foxborough and neighboring towns that drain into the Neponset River. The water quality data used in the report is collected as part of the Association’s volunteer-based “Community Water Monitoring Network” program, that collects water
samples monthly from May to October to test for constituents that impact safety for recreation and wildlife.

For the full water quality report visit NepRWA’s website:

Patriot Place Hosting Ocean Spray’s 12th Annual Fall Harvest Celebration On Saturday, Oct. 15

Community Press Release

Annual fall celebration will take place from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. and will feature cranberry harvest, family-friendly activities and appearances from Pat Patriot and cheerleaders  

Patriot Place will host Ocean Spray’s 12th annual Fall Harvest Celebration from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Saturday, Oct. 15.

This fall favorite is free and open to the public, providing a great opportunity for families to enjoy the quintessential New England foliage and a variety of family-friendly activities in both the North and South Marketplaces throughout the day. The signature Ocean Spray® Cranberry Harvest will take place at the cranberry bog behind Bass Pro Shops from 10 a.m. until 2 p.m., giving guests an inside look at an authentic cranberry harvest and the opportunity to go on informational bog walks with Ocean Spray experts.

The South Marketplace will also feature appearances from Pat Patriot and the Patriots cheerleaders and free family activities including fall-themed family photos and pony rides. In the North Marketplace, families can enjoy fall-themed fun including pumpkin decorating, face painting, autumnal arts and crafts, live music and more. All guests visiting the Fall Harvest Celebration that check in via the Advantage App will receive point bonuses and be entered to win a variety of prizes including Patriots tickets. For a complete schedule of events and additional details, visit

“As the calendar turns to fall, it brings a few of our favorite things to Patriot Place: football and our annual Fall Harvest Celebration,” said Brian Earley, Vice President and General Manger of Patriot Place. “We look forward to partnering with Ocean Spray and Bass Pro Shops to host the annual cranberry harvest and a variety of free, family-friendly activities throughout Patriot Place on Saturday, Oct. 15.”

Patriot Place is a shopping, dining and entertainment destination located adjacent to Gillette Stadium in Foxborough, Massachusetts. Patriot Place features large and boutique retailers, 23 casual to high-end restaurants and other nightlife venues. Among the highlights of Patriot Place are New England’s first Bass Pro Shops, a state-of-the-art, 14-screen Showcase Cinema De Lux, the award-winning Patriots Hall of Fame presented by Raytheon, the retro-style bowling alley, Splitsville Luxury Lanes, the modern gastro sports pub, CBS Sporting Club, the four-star Renaissance Boston Patriot Place Hotel, the Hilton Garden Inn Foxborough/Patriot Place and Helix eSports, the region’s largest egaming center and social hub. Patriot Place is also the home of Brigham Health and Brigham and Women’s/Mass General Health Care Centers. For more information, visit, follow Patriot Place on Twitter ( or like Patriot Place on Facebook (


In 1930, Ocean Spray was founded by three maverick farmers – bonded by bold cranberry love. Since then, we’ve grown into a vibrant global agricultural cooperative, built on the strength of roughly 700 farmer families in the United States, Canada and Chile. Together, we’ve worked to preserve the family farming way of life for nearly 100 years, and for generations to come. Today, our cranberries show up in more than a thousand deliciously nourishing products in over 100 countries worldwide. United by passion and purpose, Ocean Spray is committed to trailblazing the power of the mighty cranberry through its offbeat taste and uncanny nutrition to feed happier lives for all. Born Tart. Raised Bold.™

Irish Festival March 12th at Patriot Place

After two-year hiatus, the popular St. Patrick’s Day celebration featuring live Irish music, step dancing, and free Irish-themed activities returns to Patriot Place for the 11th time

The Festival will go from 11 a.m. until 4 p.m. and take place rain or shine

After a two-year hiatus, Patriot Place will once again celebrate the joys of Irish culture with the 11th annual Irish Festival, taking place Saturday, March 12 from 11 a.m. until 4 p.m.

The daylong celebration will feature live performances by Irish musicians and step dancers, as well as a full slate of free Irish-themed activities for the whole family to enjoy. This popular Patriot Place tradition is free and open to the public.

The fun includes musical performances from Slainte, Devri and Joshua Tree Band on the Dean College Stage, as well as Irish step dancing performances from several talented groups hosted by Six String Grill & Stage. Throughout the festival, families can also enjoy activities including airbrush tattoos, caricature artists, a balloon artist, petting zoo and more.

Additionally, Patriot Place will host a number of special appearances throughout the day, including the Providence Hurling Club and Old Colony Highland Pipe Band. The Patriot Place North Marketplace will also be lined with several authentic Irish merchants, including the Irish Import Shop, Eire’s Irish Imports, JAT Creations and more. The Irish Festival will take place rain or shine.

“After a two-year hiatus, we are thrilled to once again have the opportunity to celebrate Irish Festival at Patriot Place,” said Brian Earley, Vice President and General Manager of Patriot Place. “Irish Festival is one of our favorite events of the year, bringing together families from across New England to enjoy Irish step dancing, musical performances, traditional Irish demonstrations and family-friendly activities. We can’t wait to see everyone back at Patriot Place on March 12 for what promises to be another great celebration.”


11 a.m. to 12 p.m.SlainteDean College Stage*
11 a.m. to 1 p.m.Stanley & GrimStage Two**
11 a.m. to 11:30 a.m.Harney School of Irish DanceSix String Grill & Stage
12 p.m. to 12:30 p.m.Sullivan School of Dance Six String Grill & Stage
12 p.m. to 12:15 p.m.Harney School of Irish DanceDean College Stage*
12:15 to 12:30 p.m.Old Colony Highlanders Pipe BandDean College Stage*
12:30 p.m. to 2 p.m.DevriDean College Stage*
1 p.m. to 1:30 p.m.Dunleavy Boyle Academy of Irish DanceSix String Grill & Stage
2 p.m. to 2:30 p.m.Sullivan-Stewart School of Irish DanceSix String Grill & Stage
2 p.m. to 2:15 p.m.Dunleavy Boyle Academy of Irish DanceDean College Stage*
2 p.m. to 4 p.m.Keohane & KennealyStage Two**
2:15 p.m. to 2:30 p.m.Old Colony Highlanders Pipe BandDean College Stage*
2:30 p.m. to 4 p.m.Joshua Tree BandDean College Stage* 
3 p.m. to 3:30 p.m. Greene O’Leary School of Irish DanceSix String Grill & Stage

*- The Dean College Stage is located outside of Citizen Crust, Skipjack’s and Bar Louie

** – Stage Two is located outside of Walpole Outdoors

Fireworks at Patriot Place 7/2

Patriot Place announced today that they will be hosting a patriotic fireworks display on Friday, July 2.

The annual tradition returns after a year hiatus due to COVID-19. Patriot Place’s Summer Stage will feature live entertainment before the evening culminates in a fireworks spectacular beginning at approximately 9:15 p.m. For a full schedule and additional details, visit

“We look forward to kicking off the Fourth of July holiday weekend with a fun-filled day of family activities and culminating in a spectacular fireworks show,” said Brian Earley, Vice President and General Manager of Patriot Place. “As we make the much-anticipated return to normal, we can’t wait to celebrate this patriotic occasion with our guests at Patriot Place.”