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Ep. 50 Not an Innocent Herb

Hosts: Andrew Bernstein, Kris Long, Willy Drinkwater
Guest: Linda Mautner

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Non-Profit Theater Seeks Support on “Giving Tuesday”

The Marilyn Rodman Performing Arts Center, formerly known as the Orpheum Theater, is home to a number of community theater and children’s groups as well as dramatic and musical performances by a wide variety of touring professionals.

But the theater needs your support to continue its record of high quality entertainment and providing a community resource for local performing arts groups.

On Dec. 3, for the first time, the theater and its volunteers will be seeking public donations with a goal of $5,000 during “Giving Tuesday,” the first Tuesday after Thanksgiving. Giving Tuesday
has become a traditional day to support charities and nonprofits throughout the country.

“It’s a day for the community to show their support for the theater and what we’re doing,” said Executive Director Emily Garven. “There are a number of equipment and building upgrades we’d like to make, and we’re hoping this will help us in that direction.”

The theater’s supporters will be dedicating the entire day to receiving and cataloging donations which can be made through PayPal or by credit card via the theater’s web site, or called in by phone to the theater at 508-543-2787. Updates will be livestreamed throughout the day on the center’s Facebook page.
Upgrades the theater is hoping to accomplish with donors’ help include a new sound board and additional handicapped accessibility.
Besides physical improvements, Garven said, the theater also hopes to leverage expanded programming.

“We hope to do even more productions, musicals and some really big acts,” she said.

In the past, the theater has played host to popular celebrity appearances as well as local productions, including comedian Lenny Clark, The Edwards Twins, Maureen Hancock and The Brothers Four. It’s also well known as the home of many children’s and adult theater programs.

Donations can also be mailed to the Marilyn Rodman Performing Arts Center, 1 School St., Foxboro, MA.

Celebrate The End Of School And Start Of Summer With An Afternoon Of Free Fun At Patriot Place

Community Press Release

School is almost out for summer and it’s time to party at Patriot Place. The lifestyle center is celebrating the start of summer on Wednesday, June 19, with a School’s Out for Summer Celebration. The event, which is free and open to the public, will be held from noon to 3 p.m. and feature events throughout Patriot Place for families to enjoy, including a live Animal Adventures show beginning at 1 p.m.

The Animal Adventures show will be located on the main stage outside Splitsville Luxury Lanes™ | Howl at the Moon | Topgolf Swing Suite. There will also be a Baby Animal Farm, located between Red Robin and 5 Wits, and an interactive Photo Booth.

Other fun activities planned throughout the day include a summer-themed Fun with STEM class hosted by The Children’s Museum of Easton, DJ and games located outside of Charming Charlie and an appearance by the New England Revolution Street Team outside of Green Tangerine Spa & Salon. There will be face painting at the newly opened Six String Grill & Stage. A mobile arcade will also be located outside of Renaissance Boston Patriot Place Hotel along with Waste Management’s Touch-A-Truck event. Additionally, a live painting demo will be located at Muse Paintbar.

Additionally, Patriot Place’s gift of Play Action Pass will be having a one-day sale on June 19 from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. Guests can purchase a gift of Play Action Pass and receive one pass free. This offer is only available at the Patriot Place Management Office.

Patriots Show Appreciation For Teachers With A Surprise Visit To Foxborough Elementary School

Community Press Release

Patriots players James White, Rex Burkhead, Stephen Anderson, Keion Crossen and Braxton Berrios visit teachers and students at the Igo Elementary School on Tuesday, May 7, in recognition of Teacher Appreciation Week.


The New England Patriots celebrated National Teacher Appreciation Week with a surprise visit to the Igo Elementary School in Foxborough Tuesday afternoon to thank teachers and staff for their dedication to their profession and the impact they make on the lives of their students. 

Patriots players James White, Rex Burkhead, Keion Crossen, Stephen Anderson and Braxton Berrios roamed the hallways with Igo Principal Mike Stanton, Foxborough Schools Superintendent Dr. Amy Berdos and Assistant Superintendent Dr. Alison Mello; bouncing from class to class to thank more than 60 teachers and staff and visit with students. 

The players presented each staff member with flowers, a personalized certificate of appreciation from the Patriots Foundation and a Patriots Super Bowl LIII Champion hat. 


The New England Patriots Foundation was created by Robert Kraft to support charitable and philanthropic agencies throughout New England. The Foundation’s primary goal is to support programs that aid the youth and families of New England while underscoring the Kraft family’s deep commitment to philanthropic activities in the community. The Foundation actively supports non-profit groups focusing on health, education, youth fitness and community enrichment while also implementing its own programs in those areas of focus. For more information about the New England Patriots Foundation, visit

Foxborough Public Schools Receives $19,000 From Partners In Patriotism Fund To Launch Stem Program At Ahern Middle School

Community Press Release

Foxborough Public Schools has set out to actively cultivate student interest in computer science, engineering and biomedical science through a new program endorsed by MA STEM Hub and funded largely by the Kraft family’s nonprofit Partners in Patriotism Fund.

Through a grant of $19,159, the Ahern Middle School will implement Project Lead The Way (PLTW) to revamp the enrichment and elective offerings available to all seventh and eighth grade students in the 2019-2020 school year.

The goal of the program, according to Foxborough Schools Assistant Superintendent Alison Mello, is to engage students in learning experiences in STEM that are motivating, hands-on, civic-minded, inspire curiosity and develop problem-solving skills.

“Building student interest, capacity and awareness in these STEM fields is a high priority for Foxborough Public Schools as we know that the learning experiences will build critical problem-solving and collaboration skills that will prepare them for a variety of career opportunities available in these fields,” said Mello.

The program also incorporates a civics component into the learning modules, which will help build student awareness of their ability to impact and help others.

Mello said the PIP Fund grant allows the school to implement the following four modules for all seventh and eighth grade students: Medical Detectives, Green Architecture, Computer Science for Innovators and Makers and Design and Modeling.

“Because PLTW is experiential, there is a significant initial investment in materials and equipment,” said Mello. “Without the support of the PIP Fund, we would have had to scale back the implementation significantly and offer fewer modules to our students.”

PLTW is expected to begin this summer with a full week of training for all teachers leading a module and student courses will commence during the school year.

“The benefits that our students will receive from this program will have long lasting implications and the PIP Fund’s support makes it possible to involve more students in these unique and powerful learning experiences,” said Mello.