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The Hall Presented By Raytheon Offering Family Fun Over April School Vacation Week

The Hall at Patriot PlaceThe Hall at Patriot Place presented by Raytheon is offering fun family activities every day during April school vacation week. Bring the kids over to the five-time Super Bowl Champions Hall of Fame from Monday, April 16 through Sunday, April 22 to enjoy the following events included with your Hall Admission. Continue reading The Hall Presented By Raytheon Offering Family Fun Over April School Vacation Week

Rabies Clinic April 7th

Rabies Clinic FoxboroughThe Foxborough Board of Health is sponsoring its annual Rabies Clinic for cats and dogs with Dr. Richard
Moschella, D.V.M. of the Foxboro Animal Hospital, on Saturday, April 7 at the Foxboro Highway Garage,
70 Elm Street. Cats are welcomed 8-10a.m., while dogs should show up between 10 a.m. to noon. The
cost of the rabies vaccine is $10.00. Microchipping is also available and provided by Foxborough’s
Animal Control Officer, Sue Thibedeau for $25.00.

National Prescription Drug Take-Back Day

National Prescription Drug Take-Back DayPress Release

The Foxborough Police Department will be a participating collection site during the Drug Enforcement Administration’s (DEA) National Prescription Drug Take-Back Day.  This National event allows residents to dispose of old and unused drugs safely.  Drugs that will be accepted include prescription and over-the-counter medication in all forms (pills, creams, liquids, etc.), as well as veterinary medications.  NO thermometers will be accepted.  The collection will occur on April 28, 2018 from 10am until 2pm inside the McGinty Room at the Foxborough Public Safety Building.  Medication should be left in their original container “blacking” out any personal information on the label, but keeping the name of the medication and dosage visible.  Visit for more information on this event.  In conjunction with this event, the Foxborough Board of Health 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.

Not available on April 28th?  The Foxborough Police Department has a year-round drug disposal kiosk located in the lobby of the Foxborough Public Safety Building, disposal restrictions associated with this kiosk do apply.  For additional sharps collection dates, visit the Foxborough Health Department website.

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.”

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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