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Press Release

Practice Social Distancing and Avoid Crowds to Prevent the Spread of COVID-19

Department of Conservation & Recreation

With spring-like temperatures expected during this upcoming weekend, the Baker-Polito Administration is reminding visitors to state parks and other outdoor properties to maintain social distancing of at least six feet, avoid gatherings of people, and to practice healthy personal hygiene, to aid in the prevention of spreading the COVID-19 virus. Furthermore, if visitors of state parks observe areas with high concentrations of people, the public is asked to leave the location and either visit a different park in the area or return at a later date or time.

“While enjoying the Commonwealth’s natural resources, it remains critically important that we all practice social distancing to prevent the spread of the COVID-19 virus and protect our frontline workers and the most vulnerable among us,” said Energy and Environmental Affairs Secretary Kathleen Theoharides. “We urge the public to keep yourselves and your families safe by avoiding groups of people and going to less crowded places to get exercise and fresh air.”

Additionally, while visiting state parks and other locations, the Department of Conservation and Recreation (DCR) also advises individuals to participate in non-contact recreational activities, for example hiking, bike riding, and jogging. Furthermore, if an individual is ill, over 70, and/or part of a vulnerable population, please stay home to avoid the risk of contracting the disease.

The state parks system has over 450,000 acres of property, and every region of the state has hidden gem state park locations to explore that may be less busy than more popular park locations. The DCR website provides visitors the ability to search state parks by both region and recreational activity.

“The Massachusetts state parks system offers excellent opportunities for us all to get outside, which is important for everybody’s mental and physical health,” said DCR Commissioner Jim Montgomery. “However, visitors should adhere to staying at home as much as possible to reduce the risk of becoming in contact with the virus and potentially spreading it to others.”

Visitors are reminded that the agency has removed trash receptacles throughout the state parks system to aid in the prevention of spreading COVID-19. DCR asks that all visitors of state parks adhere to a “carry in, carry out” trash policy during this public health emergency, and urges visitors do their part to help protect our shared natural resources by leaving no trace and taking any trash with them.

DCR has created a Massachusetts State Parks COVID-19 webpage that centralizes virus updates that impact the state parks system. The webpage provides visitors of state parks with information including the closure of certain agency facilities, like visitor centers, playgrounds and restroom facilities and other pertinent information.

Foxboro Art Association FEBRUARY MEETING

Foxboro Art Association

The Foxboro Art Association will meet on Wednesday, February 12, 2020 from 6:30 PM to 9:00 PM at the Boyden Library at 10 Bird Street in Foxboro. Meetings are free and open to the public.

Refreshments and social time will begin at 6:30 PM followed by a short business meeting. This month’s presentation will be a watercolor portrait demonstration by artist and children’s book illustrator, Susan Klas Wright of No. Kingstown, RI.

Lions CLub Bottle & Can Drive April 27th

Foxboro Loins Club will hold their annual can/bottle drive to benefit Foxboro boys and girls tennis team on April 27 from 9-12.

Curbside pickup starts at 9am, you can also bring your cans/bottles to  Foxboro Town Hall between 9-12.

Thanks
Joe Morgan
Foxboro Loins Club.

Register O’Donnell Promotes Homestead Act

Norfolk County Register of Deeds William P. O’Donnell today reminded homeowners about the importance of filing for Homestead protection.

Under Massachusetts law, a Homestead recording provides for limited protection against the forced sale of an individual’s primary residence to satisfy unsecured debt up to $500,000.

“For most people, their home is the most important financial asset they have,” noted Register O’Donnell. “If you own a home, and it is your primary residence, one way to protect it is to file a Homestead. The Homestead law also allows for the filing of an Elderly Homestead application, which defines an elder as a person who is 62 years of age or older. This protection can be increased if the elderly couple files jointly.”

O’Donnell further stated, “The Homestead Law was significantly enhanced by an act of the Massachusetts Legislature back in 2011. Language in the new law states a valid Homestead cannot be terminated when refinancing a mortgage. Other changes include
wording which states that a Homestead can provide protections for a primary home even if it is kept in trust. The definition of a primary residence has been further expanded to include a manufactured or mobile home.”

While a Homestead provides important protections for homeowners, it is important to note there are certain debts that are exempted from protection under the Homestead Act. These include federal, state and local tax liens, as well as mortgages contracted for the purchase of a primary home and nursing home liens. Most other mortgages, debts, and encumbrances existing prior to the filing of the Declaration of Homestead, along with probate court executions for spousal and child support, are also not covered under the Homestead protection statute.

Homestead recordings can be filed at the Registry of Deeds for a state imposed fee of $36.00. To find out more about the Homestead law, or to get a free application, please go online to the Registry’s website at www.norfolkdeeds.org or contact the Registry’s Customer Service Center at 781-461-6101.

Register O’Donnell concluded, “A Homestead is an important consumer protection tool because it protects homeowners against the forced sale of their primary owned residence to satisfy unsecured debt up to $500,000. While the debt is still owed, homeowners will at least have the comfort of knowing that with a Homestead filed at the Registry of Deeds, their primary residence cannot be forcibly sold to satisfy most debts.”

To learn more about these and other Registry of Deeds events and initiatives, like us at Facebook/com/NorfolkDeeds or follow us on twitter.com/NorfolkDeeds and/or Instagram.com/NorfolkDeeds.

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 www.norfolkdeeds.org. Residents in need of assistance can contact the Registry of
Deeds Customer Service Center via telephone at (781) 461-6101, or email us at registerodonnell@norfolkdeeds.org.

Harvard Pilgrim’s Finish At The 50 Road Races Return To Gillette Stadium On July 3rd

Foxborough residents Dexter Griffin, left, and Cate Marchi, show off the superhero capes that children participating in this year’s Harvard Pilgrim Finish at the 50 Kids Fun Run will receive. Gillette Stadium and Patriot Place will host the ninth annual Finish at the 50 road races on July 3.
Foxborough residents Dexter Griffin, left, and Cate Marchi, show off the superhero capes that children participating in this year’s Harvard Pilgrim Finish at the 50 Kids Fun Run will receive. Gillette Stadium and Patriot Place will host the ninth annual Finish at the 50 road races on July 3.

From left: Patriots Cheerleader Andrea Cadigan, mascot Pat Patriot and Patriots Cheerleader Alex Brandy stand at the 50-yard line of Gillette Stadium. The home of the Patriots will host the ninth annual Harvard Pilgrim Finish at the 50 road races on July 3.
From left: Patriots Cheerleader Andrea Cadigan, mascot Pat Patriot and Patriots Cheerleader Alex Brandy stand at the 50-yard line of Gillette Stadium. The home of the Patriots will host the ninth annual Harvard Pilgrim Finish at the 50 road races on July 3.

The ninth annual Harvard Pilgrim Finish at the 50 road races finish with fanfare at the 50-yard line of Gillette Stadium on Tuesday, July 3

Online registration for three race options is available at: https://www.finishatthe50.com/

A portion of the proceeds from each race entry benefits One Mission, a pediatric cancer support foundation that offers immediate relief to children with cancer and their families

The ninth annual Harvard Pilgrim Finish at the 50 road races and fireworks show will be held at Patriot Place and Gillette Stadium on Tuesday, July 3, to benefit One Mission, a pediatric cancer support foundation. Continue reading Harvard Pilgrim’s Finish At The 50 Road Races Return To Gillette Stadium On July 3rd