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Patriot Place To Host 5th Annual Foxborough Street Painting Festival May 18

Community Press Release

Patriot Place and Foxborough Public Schools team up to host a day of creative fun featuring local artists and free family activities on Saturday, May 18.

The fifth annual Foxborough Street Painting Festival featuring the creative works of local artists of all ages will be held on Saturday, May 18, from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m., at Patriot Place.

The festival was established in 2014 through a partnership between the Foxborough Public Schools Art Department, Foxboro Dental Associates and Patriot Place. That collaboration has dedicated a day each spring to celebrating the community arts and recognizing the work of local artists through awards and cash prizes.

Saturday’s event will again feature a day filled with free family fun with activities like balloon and caricature artists, a live DJ and a special appearance by Patriots mascot Pat Patriot planned throughout Patriot Place’s North Marketplace. 

Artists interested in participating in the festival are required to register. Applications can be found here:  Registered artists will be assigned a 5’x5’ cement square to design their own canvas from pastel chalks with the theme, “Travel Destinations.”

Last year’s festival drew artists from 16 different communities and produced more than 50 vibrantly colored chalk drawings throughout Patriot Place. The event raised more than $1,000 for the Gerald Roy Memorial Scholarship in honor of the longtime art teacher at Foxborough High School and former K-12 Art Department head for Foxborough Public Schools. The Gerald Roy Memorial Scholarship, with the support of Roy’s family and friends, awarded scholarships to four Foxborough High School graduating seniors from the Class of 2018.

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The Foxborough High School Art Department is committed to providing students with an exceptional visual arts education by encouraging the development of skills both in and out of the classroom. It is our common belief that the community should be integrated into the academic curriculum. By providing structured time for students to work on community service projects and designating the month of May for school-based art shows, artistic work is being connected to social context.

Foxborough Public Schools Receive $5,250 From Partners In Patriotism Fund To Support Ecg Screenings For Students

Community Press Release

Foxborough had the highest participation rate of students participating in the Boston ECG Project

The Partners in Patriotism Fund awarded Foxborough Public Schools with a grant of $5,250 to provide no cost ECG screenings from the Boston ECG Project to Foxborough High School and Ahern Middle School students.

The program aims to uncover undetected cardiac conditions that may result in sudden cardiac death, or other long-term health issues.

“Foxborough had the highest participation rate in the state to date with 361 students screened,” said Foxborough Schools Assistant Superintendent Dr. Alison Mello. “This grant helps the ECG Project in its goal of screening 10,000 students in the state by subsidizing the cost.”

Through the PIP Fund grant, the schools were able to offer the screenings at no cost to students and fund the use of the equipment and trained nurses to administer the screenings.

Cynthia Glennon, clinical director for the Boston ECG Project, said the nonprofit organization is conducting a large academic clinical data study in Massachusetts with the hope that data will show a need to change state legislation to include ECG screenings as part of student wellness checks in schools.

Dr. Mello said Foxborough schools became aware of the ECG Project after the district’s nurses attended a professional development session last October, which led to a meeting between Mello, Foxborough Schools Superintendent Dr. Amy Berdos and Dr. John B. Cadigan III and his team from the Boston ECG Project.

“They explained their study, shared examples of preventable sudden cardiac death and outlined how their screenings detect issues such as cardiac abnormalities that could become problematic, but also other conditions such as hypertension, that when addressed, can be mitigated,” said Dr. Mello. “It was great to participate in the program and we hope this study leads to major changes in the annual physical process for children.”

The Partners in Patriotism Fund is a registered nonprofit organization established by the Kraft family in 2014. The Fund is dedicated to supporting Foxborough philanthropic and community efforts through monetary donations of up to $100,000 annually. A Grants Committee, comprised of Foxborough residents, is appointed annually to vet grant applications and determine allocation of funds. The Fund assists residents of Foxborough through the support of charitable endeavors, as well as through personal financial assistance. For more information, visit

New Moms Group Offered

Community Press Release

Sturdy Memorial Hospital offers a FREE New Moms Group for women with babies between the ages of 2 weeks and 12 months. Participants have the opportunity to talk about their growing babies, discuss concerns and expectations, learn different tips from other mothers in the group, and more. 

This is an on-going program in which interested participants can join the group at any time. The group meets every Wednesday from 10 – 11:30 a.m. in the

Michael J. Poissant Clinical Education Center located near the main lobby of the Hospital. 

For more information or to register, please call Nursing Administration at 508/236-7151.


The DEA Drug Take-Back Day will occur on April 27, 2019 from 10am to 2pm at the Foxborough Public Safety Building. Residents may dispose of prescription and over-the-counter medication, as well as veterinary medications.

Name of the medication and dosage must remain visible. Foxborough Health Dept. will also be collecting sharps (needles, lancets, etc.). These sharps must be brought in a sealed sharps container.

This sharps collection is available in Foxborough ONLY and is not related to the Take Back program.

Baker-Polito Administration Announces Funding for Woodstove Rebate Program

The Baker-Polito Administration today announced $450,000 in funding for the 2019 Commonwealth Woodstove Change-out Program, which provides rebates to homeowners who replace older, inefficient woodstoves with cleaner, EPA-certified wood and pellet stoves that use less fuel, reduce energy costs and improve air quality. The announcement was made by state energy and environment officials during a tour of The Fire Place in Whately. 

“The Woodstove Change-Out Program improves air quality across the Commonwealth and helps residents save money by adopting more efficient, cost-cutting heating technologies,” said Governor Charlie Baker. “We look forward to continuing to support homeowners who swap out old, inefficient woodstoves for cleaner, EPA-certified technologies.”

“By replacing older, polluting woodstoves with more efficient models, we can decrease pollution and take important steps toward achieving ambitious greenhouse gas reduction targets,” said Lieutenant Governor Karyn Polito.  

Launched in 2012, the Commonwealth Woodstove Change-Out Program is administered by the Massachusetts Clean Energy Center (MassCEC), with assistance from the Massachusetts Department of Energy Resources (DOER) and the Massachusetts Department of Environmental Protection (MassDEP).

“The Woodstove Change-Out Program is a great example of state agencies collaborating to provide the opportunity for Massachusetts residents to take advantage of newer, more efficient heating technologies,” said Energy and Environmental Affairs Secretary Matthew Beaton. “As we work to meet our carbon reduction goals, this program has the added benefits of lower costs for Massachusetts homeowners and cleaner air in our communities.”

The program has helped more than 2,300 residents swap out dirty, inefficient stoves for newer, cleaner models, with 50 percent of funding going to low-income residents. In an effort to promote air quality, all newly installed stoves are required to exceed federal emissions standards. The program has also increased its incentive to support stoves that have proven high efficiencies.

“We are pleased to offer these rebates to help Massachusetts residents adopt highly efficient, EPA-certified woodstoves,” said MassCEC CEO Stephen Pike. “The Woodstove Changeout program has been a tremendous success, helping 2,300 residents replace old, inefficient woodstoves, and we look forward to helping more residents across the Commonwealth take advantage of the benefits offered by these technologies.”

“DOER is proud to support the Woodstove Change-Out program, providing Massachusetts homeowners the opportunity to heat their homes with clean, affordable, and highly efficient heating systems,” said Department of Energy Resources Commissioner Judith Judson. “By reducing both greenhouse gas and particulate matter emissions, this program allows residents across the Commonwealth to play a part in meeting our emissions reduction goals while receiving direct health and cost benefits.”

“This program is a great example of how state agencies work together to support our clean air and sustainability goals,” said MassDEP Commissioner Martin Suuberg. “The quality of life in our communities and the health of our citizens is improved when older woodstoves are retired through this program and replaced with lower-emission models.”

EPA-certified stoves on average require one-third less wood than older models to produce the same amount of heat, while releasing 70 to 90 percent less particulate matter. Residents installing new stoves can expect to save an average of $5,000 over the lifetime of the stove. Each woodstove switched out for a newer model is equivalent to eliminating the particulate emissions from five old diesel trucks.

While the majority of program participants purchase new woodstoves, 39 percent opted for pellet stoves in 2018. In addition to burning very cleanly, these modern appliances automatically feed fuel into the fire, and many have built-in thermostats that allow owners to adjust the room temperature just as they can with central heating systems.

Standard rebates range from $500 to $1,750, depending on the emission levels and type of stove purchased.  Continuing the state’s effort to make clean energy accessible to more Massachusetts residents, the program offers residents who meet certain income requirements rebates of an additional $1,500.

MassCEC offers an efficiency adder for newly installed stoves that achieve highest efficiency ratings. This efficiency incentive, first offered in 2018, was extremely effective in promoting best-in-class technologies; approximately half of all new stove installations in 2018 achieved a high efficiency rating, compared to only 22% achieving this efficiency in 2016.

To qualify for a rebate, a resident must have an operational, non-EPA-certified woodstove. To apply, the resident should visit a participating woodstove retailer or contact a participating stove professional such as a chimney sweep, who will handle the rebate application process on the residents’ behalf. Residents across the state can find a local participating woodstove professional by viewing the list of woodstove dealers who have registered to participate.

Rebate applications will be accepted until August 5, 2019.

“This program is a textbook definition of a win-win,” said Massachusetts Forest Alliance Executive Director Chris Egan. “The consumer gets a more efficient stove that helps them save on fuel, while the community gets cleaner air. We strongly support this important program.”

“The Woodstove Changeout program benefits whole communities because it works to improve air quality and new stoves warm homes for less money,” said Northeast Hearth Patio & BBQ Association Executive Director Karen L. Luther. “Also, this program supports the local economy. This is a win-win.”

Funding for this year’s program comes from DOER’s Alternative Compliance Payments and MassCEC’s Renewable Energy Trust. The trust was created by the Massachusetts Legislature in 1997 and is funded by a systems benefit charge paid by electric customers of investor-owned utilities in the state as well as funding from municipal electric departments that have opted to participate in the program.

This funding builds upon the Baker-Polito Administration’s ongoing efforts to support the Commonwealth’s vibrant clean energy industry, including recently securing 9,450,000MWh of hydroelectric energy and 800MW of offshore wind energy, the largest procurement in offshore wind by any state in the country. In August, Governor Baker signed legislation that will ensure Massachusetts remains a national leader in clean energy while reducing costs to ratepayers. The bill, An Act to Advance Clean Energy (H.4857), includes the Governor’s proposal to create the first Clean Peak Standard in the country, increases the Commonwealth’s energy storage target to 1,000 megawatt hours (MWh), increases the Renewable Portfolio Standard, expands the Mass Save® programs to allow for strategic electrification and other clean energy technologies, and authorizes the Department of Energy Resources to require an additional 1,600 megawatt (MW) of offshore wind to be procured by the electric distribution companies in Massachusetts.