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Winter Skate Opens For Ninth Season At Patriot Place On November 10

Public ice skating in the shadow of Gillette Stadium opens for the season on Friday, Nov. 10

Patriot Place to again collect donations for Cradles to Crayons to help children in need

The winter tradition of outdoor ice skating returns to Patriot Place for a ninth season with the opening of Winter Skate presented by Harvard Pilgrim Health Care on Friday, Nov. 10.

To celebrate this year’s grand opening of the popular outdoor ice skating rink, Patriot Place is hosting an opening day bash featuring a DJ (11 a.m. to 3 p.m.), a variety of games (11 a.m. to 3 p.m.) and special appearances by Patriots Cheerleaders, Patriots mascot Pat Patriot and Revolution mascot Slyde (11 a.m. to 1 p.m.).

 The rink, located outside of CBS Scene Restaurant & Bar on NRG Plaza, officially opens for the season at 11 a.m. on Friday, Nov. 10. Additionally, guests can receive free admission (skate rentals not included) through the following offers throughout opening weekend:

  • DONATION TO CRADLES TO CRAYONS: Lace up your skate for a good cause by donating a new or gently used coat or a pair of hats and gloves to Cradles to Crayons Massachusetts on Nov. 10
  • MILITARY APPRECIATION: Veterans and active military with valid military ID will receive free admission Nov. 10-12
  • JULIAN EDELMAN DAY: Celebrate 11/11 by wearing your Julian Edelman No. 11 Patriots jerseys and t-shirts on Nov. 11
  • TOM BRADY DAY: Celebrate 11/12 by wearing your Tom Brady No. 12 Patriots jerseys and t-shirts on Nov. 12

Additionally, guests 18 and older can enter-to-win two tickets to the Patriots’ Nov. 26 home game vs. the Miami Dolphins at Gillette Stadium throughout Winter Skate’s opening weekend (Nov. 10-12).

“Winter Skate has become a wintertime staple that we look forward to every year at Patriot Place,” said Patriot Place General Manager Brian Earley. “We are excited to kick off our ninth season of outdoor ice skating with our partner, Harvard Pilgrim Health Care. With Gillette Stadium as our backdrop, Winter Skate continues to offer guests a fun and truly unique experience at Patriot Place.”

 “We are pleased to again sponsor Winter Skate at Patriot Place,” said Eric H. Schultz, president and CEO of Harvard Pilgrim Health Care.  “This is a terrific opportunity for families to enjoy a classic, healthy New England wintertime sport and support the work of Cradles to Crayons.”

The 60-by-140-foot, professionally-maintained ice surface is specifically designed for recreational skating and features an observation deck for non-skaters. The surface is large enough to accommodate beginners and experts alike, hockey and private events.

Winter Skate offers public skating Monday through Thursday beginning at 4 p.m. (closing times during the week may vary; please visit for more information); Friday from 4-10 p.m.; Saturday and all school holidays from 11 a.m. to 10 p.m. and Sunday from 11 a.m. to 9 p.m. Winter Skate will be open until late February. Bathrooms are available and parking is free.

Standard skating price is $8 for adults and $6 for children 12 and under and seniors 65 and over. Harvard Pilgrim members receive $2 off admission by showing their membership card, or if you donate a coat or hat/glove set to Cradles to Crayons. On-site skate rentals are $4. Full season passes for families are $125.

Individual season passes are $75 for adults and $60 for children and seniors. Individual admission and season passes do not include skate rentals. Family season passes are $125, but can be purchased at a discount of $111 through Winter Skate’s opening weekend (Nov. 10-12). Group rates, private events and hockey rentals are available by calling (508) 203-2100or by email at


  • Friday, Nov. 10

o    11 a.m. – Grand Opening

o    11 a.m. – 1 p.m. – Skate with Pat Patriot, Patriots Cheerleaders and Slyde

o    11 a.m. – 3 p.m. – DJ & Games

o    11 a.m. – 3 p.m. – Carnival Games (Olympic Party) on NRG Plaza

o    12 – 1 p.m. – Skate with the Patriots Junior Cheerleaders

o    3 – 6 p.m. – Balloon twisting with Dan’s Balloons

o    6 – 10 p.m. – Skating-themed caricature artist drawings

  • Saturday, Nov. 11

o    11 a.m. – 3 p.m. – DJ & Games

o    11 a.m. – 3 p.m. – Carnival Games (Olympic Party) on NRG Plaza

o    3 – 6 p.m. – Balloon twisting with Dan’s Balloons

o    8 – 10 p.m. – Top 40 music from DJ Matty

  • Sunday, Nov. 12

o    11 a.m. – 3 p.m. – Skating-themed caricature artist drawings

o    3 – 7 p.m. – Patriots-themed face painting

For more information, visit

FHS Open House for Parent/Teacher Conferences

Foxborough High School will hold an open house for parent/teacher conferences on:

November 20th and November 21st – 5:00PM – 7:00PM

Parents will be able to schedule 5-minute meetings with their student’s teachers in their classrooms. If, after your conference, you believe more time is needed with a particular teacher, please contact the teacher or the guidance office to set up an appointment. (In an effort to be fair to all parents and teachers, please make every effort to keep to the time
schedules of appointments.)

Once again we will use an online scheduling in order to expedite the process of making appointments.

Beginning Tuesday, November 7th at 9:00 AM, the following link will allow access to this scheduling program.

  1. At that web address, you will be asked for your email address and your name.
  2. PTCFast will then send parents a confirmation email.
  3. Click on the link in the email to see a screen showing all available teachers for your parent-teacher conference. Click on each teacher you wish to see and choose an unfilled time slot.

The system will send you a confirmation email with the date and time you have reserved. That email will include a link that allows you to change your appointment time later if you so desire. The system will also send you a reminder a few days before your conference.

Diana Myers-Pachla, Principal, David D. Pierce and Beth A. Sylvia, Vice Principals and guidance counselors will be available for parent conferences. If you desire a conference with your child’s counselor or an administrator, drop in at the appropriate office during the conference hours.

Parents are encouraged to make every effort to attend and to confer with teachers about their children’s progress.

Important Ticketholder Information for Gillette Stadium Coldplay Concert On Friday, Aug. 4th

Just over a year since performing its first ever show at Gillette Stadium, Coldplay returns to Foxborough on Friday, Aug. 4, as part of the band’s 2017 run of its “A Head Full of Dreams Tour.”

Coldplay drew rave reviews from its Gillette Stadium show last July with The Boston Globe reporting, “Coldplay [filled] Gillette Stadium with earnest energy” and The Boston Herald noting, “Musically, the group was virtually flawless.” The Providence Journal called the performance an “epic show” and The Sun Chronicle said the “band [ignited the] crowd with dazzling light show, music.”

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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.