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Be a Beetle Rancher: A Unique Invitation to the Outdoors

Photo: Beetle Ranchers harvest rootballs for beetle nurseries.
Beetle Ranchers harvest rootballs for beetle nurseries.

The Neponset River Watershed Association seeks your help to raise little, brown, weed-eating beetles, this spring and summer.

Individuals, families, schools, scouts and organizations are invited to protect the Metro Boston natural environment with the help of a battalion of tiny beetles.

According to NepRWA Restoration Manager Carly Rocklen, “We offer a unique opportunity for people to get involved in hands-on, local environmental protection. Participants get to know a local parkland up close and personal, and they attain first-hand experience in restoring that very special environment and bringing back native wildlife and plants. Families work together in the sun and fresh air. It’s a win-win experience for each volunteer and for the Metro Boston environment.”

Raising the beetles helps to boost native plant and animal diversity in the Fowl Meadow wetlands along the Neponset River. By chowing down on the infamous, omnipresent, exotic, invasive purple-flowering plant called “Purple loosestrife,” the beetles help restore balance between wetland species and produce a more wildlife-friendly wetland.

Beetle Ranchers must have: 1) A sunny yard with space to place a kiddie pool that is near a garden hose, and 2) Availability from March through July to participate in project activities.

Sign up to be a Beetle Rancher by contacting NepRWA Restoration Manager Carly Rocklen at 781-575-0354 x303 or Learn more about Beetle Ranching at: View project pictures at:

Photo: Beetle Ranchers release beetles into the Fowl Meadow wetland along the Neponset River.
Beetle Ranchers release beetles into the Fowl Meadow wetland along the Neponset River.

This project is implemented by the Neponset River Watershed Association and project partner the Massachusetts Department of Conservation and Recreation.

The Neponset River Watershed Association is a 501c3 nonprofit organization that works to protect and restore the Neponset River and its surrounding watershed lands and waterways. The Neponset River Watershed includes parts of 14 cities and towns: Boston, Canton, Dedham, Dover, Foxborough, Medfield, Milton, Norwood, Randolph, Quincy, Sharon, Stoughton, Walpole and Westwood.

FHS Holiday Concert Airs on FCA

The Foxboro High School Concert Choir, Symphony Orchestra, and Concert Band presented their annual Holiday Concert on December 9th.

The concert will air this Friday, Saturday, and Sunday at 8pm.  (Comcast channel 8 / Verizon channel 39)

Below we have provided a listing of all the music selections and links to video clips and MP3 versions of the songs.  We’re still in the process of posting the audio and video clips, so not all songs have links at this time, although they will be added as they become available.

The Concert Choir, under the direction of Leanna Pink-Sewell performed the following music selections:

  • Soon and Very Soon
  • Wayfarin’ Stranger
  • South African Praises
  • Grant Me True Courage, Lord
  • La Borinquena
  • The Banks of Loch Erin
  • Tell My Ma

The Symphony Orchestra, under the direction of Cami Tedoldi performed the following selections:

  • Slavonie Dance No. 4 (Op. 46) – (MP3) (Video)
  • Rhosymedre – (MP3) (Video)
  • Mother Goose from the “Nutcracker Suite” – (MP3) (Video)

The Concert Band under the direction of George Murphy performed the following selections:

The Concert Band, under the direction of Donnie Albro performed the following selections:

  • Pageant

The Concert Band, under the direction of Stephen Massey performed the following selections:

  • Christmas Day, Fantasy on Old Carols
  • First Suite In Eb

Charter School Groundbreaking

FRCS Groundbreaking Ceremony from Foxboro Cable Access on Vimeo.

The Foxborough Regional Charter School held a groundbreaking ceremony on December 1, 2010 at their Central Street location. Foxboro Cable Access volunteers were on-hand to assit with A/V needs and also videotaped this historic moment for the school.

Emergency Preparedness: Mass Responds

Watch Physician Focus on FCA's Public Access Channel 8/39 December 6th @ 6:30pm
Watch Physician Focus on FCA's Public Access Channel 8/39 December 6th @ 6:30pm

Responding to public health emergencies quickly and efficiently is a challenge facing public officials and private citizens alike. The Medical Reserve Corps, established after 9/11 by the Federal government, enlists volunteers to help their communities in emergencies and to provide outreach and services throughout the year. Additionally, the Massachusetts System for Advanced Registration, or MSAR, is a program of the Massachusetts Department of Public Health and has created a statewide corps of health care professionals who will volunteer in a public health emergency. And now a new entity – Mass Responds – is emerging.

The December edition of Physician Focus takes a close look at how emergency preparedness and response work in Massachusetts on the state and local levels. It will examine how the state responds to emergencies, the relationship between the state and local communities, how the new entity of Mass Responds will affect emergency preparedness and response, and the roles concerned citizens can play in responding to emergencies in their own communities.

Air Schedule: (Comcast 8 / Verizon 39)

December 6th – 6:30pm

December 7th – 10:30am/6:30pm

December 8th – 10:30am/6:30pm


Mary Clark, Director, Emergency Preparedness Bureau, Department of Public Health, Commonwealth of Massachusetts

Suzanne Salamon, M.D., Associate Director of Geriatrics, Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center; Volunteer, Brookline Medical Reserve Corps

Dawn Carmen Sibor, Emergency Preparedness Coordinator, Brookline Department of Public Health


James Kenealy, M.D., MetroWest ENT Associates, Framingham and Milford

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FCA Documentary Awarded 1st Place in Video Festival

Matt Muirhead plays his trumpet and talks candidly about the FHS Jazz Ensemble's participation at the Ellington competition and the impact of the experience in their lives.

On Tuesday, the Alliance for Community Media, Northeast Region announced the finalists in their Fall Video Festival.  “Essentially Ellington” produced by Cooper Vacheron was selected for 1st place in the Documentary Events category.  The eight minute program features interviews with several members of the Foxborough High School Jazz Ensemble speaking about their participation in the 15th annual high school jazz band competition at Lincoln Center in New York last spring. Their insightful comments are interspersed with actual footage of the Foxborough students in performance with Wynton Marsalis, the artistic director of the Jazz at Lincoln Center program. Coop is an eleventh grade trombonist with the Jazz Ensemble and conceived the program’s in-depth approach from the student musician’s point of view.  Over the course of two weeks, he shot the interviews and edited them with parent-provided performance footage at the Foxboro Cable Access studio using Final Cut Pro on the Mac computer. “This was his first time using this software, “ said Michael Webber, FCA’s Executive Director, “ and I was impressed with how quickly he mastered the techniques and used them to tell the story, but more than that – how he took charge of the project and followed through on his idea.”

The Alliance for Community Media is a national organization which advocates the use of public access television for creative expression and civic information, and provides support and networking to local stations across the country.  The Northeast region includes Maine, Vermont, New Hampshire, Massachusetts, Rhode Island, Connecticut and New York. The Video Festival offers 1st, 2nd, and 3rd place awards in a wide variety of categories for both professional and non-professional producers.  Three other programs by FCA producers will be recognized:  “Pops – An Inside Look” produced by Michael Everson and Marc Chavous (2nd place in the News and Magazine Format), “Thanksgiving

Celine Haddad talks about the emotional impact the experience had on her.

Day Football 2009” produced by Michael Everson (3rd place in the Sports Category) and “Neponset Valley Philharmonic Spring Concert” produced by Michael Everson (3rd place tie in Music and Performance category). There were more than 450 entries in the Video Festival, eight of them from FCA producers. The awards will be presented on November 13th at the Fall Conference in Concord, NH.

The award winning programs have been shown on Foxborough’s public access channels 8 & 39, and will be re-scheduled in the coming weeks.  Viewers can also watch them on streaming video at the FCA website: For more information about Foxboro Cable Access or training programs that are available to town residents at no charge, please contact Executive Director Michael Webber at 543-4757.