Need to File Mortgage Discharges

Norfolk County Register of Deeds William P. O’Donnell today reminded homeowners about the importance of filing a mortgage discharge in a timely manner after their mortgage has been paid off.

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Foxborough Cultural Council Awards Local Grants

Representative Jay Barrows along with Pam Atanasoff and Jared Craig, co-chairs of the Foxborough Cultural Council have announced the awarding of 16 grants totaling $5100 for cultural programs in and around Foxborough. A complete list of recipients can be found below.

The Foxborough Cultural Council is part of a network of 329 Local Cultural Councils serving all 351 cities and towns in the Commonwealth. The LCC Program is the largest grassroots cultural funding network in the nation, supporting thousands of community-based projects in the arts, sciences, and humanities every year. The state legislature provides an annual appropriation to the Massachusetts Cultural Council, a state agency, which then allocates funds to each community.

Decisions about which activities to support are made at the community level by a board of municipally appointed volunteers. The members of the Foxborough Cultural Council are: Pam Atanasoff, Jared Craig, Julie Jaberi, Sam Jaberi, Julie Pritchard, Alyne Ricker, Lidy Chan, Leila McNeff, Julie Philibert, Cathy Hickey, and Student Rep Katie Burke (non-voting member).

“The local volunteers deserve the credit for making this system work,” says Jay Barrows. “The volunteers are able to make limited resources last, and make the tough decisions regarding the projects that should be supported. It is due to them that the arts, sciences, and humanities are a part of the community and a part of people’s everyday lives.”

Statewide, more than $3.3 million will be distributed by local cultural councils in 2017. Grants will support an enormous range of grass-roots activities: concerts, exhibitions, radio and video productions, field trips for schoolchildren, after-school youth programs, writing workshops, historical preservation efforts, lectures, First Night celebrations, nature and science education programs for families and town festivals. Nearly half of LCC funds support educational activities for young people.

This year’s grant recipients include:

  • Stephen Lewis
  • Friends of Foxboro Conservation Commission
  • John Root
  • History at Play
  • Doolittle Home
  • All Stories Theater Company
  • Hallie Wetzel
  • Kirk Whipple
  • John J. Ahern Middle School PAC
  • Neponset Choral Society
  • Un-Common Theatre Company
  • Nicole Vachon Hanlon
  • Foxboro Recreation
  • FHS Theater Guild

The Foxborough Cultural Council will seek applications again in the fall. For local guidelines and complete information on the Foxborough Cultural Council, contact Pam Atanasoff or Jared Craig at Application forms and more information about the Local Cultural Council Program are available online at

Applications will be due October 16, 2017.

Take Photo With The Super Bowl Li Vince Lombardi Trophy This Weekend

Courtesy of the New England Patriots / David Silverman

Fans can pose beside the Patriots fifth Lombardi Trophy Friday to Sunday with admission to The Hall at Patriot Place presented by Raytheon. 

Please note fans must bring their own cameras. To accommodate all who are anticipated to attend, there is a one photo limit either per person or per group with the Lombardi Trophy.

The New England Patriots are once again world champions following a historic comeback victory over the Atlanta Falcons in Super Bowl LI. The Hall at Patriot Place presented by Raytheon is giving fans a unique opportunity to revel in the team’s fifth Super Bowl championship by putting the latest Vince Lombardi Trophy on display. Continue reading Take Photo With The Super Bowl Li Vince Lombardi Trophy This Weekend

Register O’Donnell Reports Good Start to 2017 Real Estate Season

Register of Deeds William P. O’Donnell reported a good but not spectacular start to 2017 Norfolk County real estate scene. While sales volume exhibited a modest increase, lending activity showed solid gains in both the number of mortgages recorded and the overall amount of money lent to home and business owners.

During the month of January 2017, the total volume of residential and commercial real estate sales increased by 3% to $532 million from the previous January. The average sale price, again including both residential and commercial, did not show any statistical change from January 2016. The average sale price for the month was $678,916. Register O’Donnell noted, “While the number did not pop, Norfolk County did hold its own.” Continue reading Register O’Donnell Reports Good Start to 2017 Real Estate Season

Sturdy Memorial Hospital Wants You To Act F.a.s.t. If You Think Someone Is Having A Stroke

In honor of American Heart Month, which is February, Sturdy Memorial Hospital is working to increase awareness of heart disease and stroke in our community. Sturdy, a Massachusetts Department of Public Health (DPH) designated primary stroke service provider, urges the public to learn the signs and symptoms of stroke and to call 9-1-1 immediately if they think someone is having a stroke. Alerting 9-1-1 operators, first responders, and emergency department personnel that stroke symptoms are present is vital as it could make the difference between life and death.
So act F.A.S.T. if you think someone may be having a stroke:

Face. Ask the person to smile. A stroke can cause one side of the face to droop. Abrupt dimming of vision or a sudden, severe headache without a known cause are also warning signs.

Arms. Ask the person to raise both arms. If one arm drifts downward, that could signal a stroke, which can trigger weakness, numbness, or paralysis of an arm or leg, particularly on one side of the body.

Speech. Ask the person to repeat a simple sentence. Stroke victims may slur their words, have trouble speaking or understanding speech, or not be able to talk at all.

Time. If you observe any of these symptoms, call 9-1-1 immediately. Stroke is a life-or-death emergency in which every minute counts. Brain cells are dying.
To learn more about the risk factors and the signs and symptoms of stroke, visit the National Stroke Association website at You can also speak with your primary care physician.

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