Living With Knee Pain?

Norwood Hospital invites you to learn more about a new treatment option to relieve joint pain on Wednesday, November 14, 6 pm – 7 pm, free, at the hospital, 800 Washington Street, Norwood. Meet our orthopedic surgeons and bring your questions. Light refreshments and free validated parking. Register at 1-800-488-5959.

YMCA Strengthens Families During National Family Week

The Hockomock Area YMCA is celebrating families and encouraging the importance of spending quality time together, having fun and being active during National Family Week, Nov. 18-24. The weeklong celebration of families, directed by the Alliance for Children and Families focuses on the idea that children live better lives when their families are strong, and that families are strong when they live in communities that connect them to economic opportunities, social networks and services.

As a leading nonprofit strengthening community through youth development, healthy living and social responsibility, the Y has long provided the support and resources that help families be more healthy, connected and secure. Through such programs as our youth sports leagues, Integration Initiative, Healthy Futures Initiative, monthly family events, and financial assistance program, the Hockomock Area YMCA has helped thousands of families.

“The Hockomock Area YMCA is pleased to join the Alliance for Children and Families in celebrating and lifting up families,” said Erin Brennock, Senior Director of Family Programming, Hockomock Area YMCA. “Strong families are essential to building strong communities. We encourage everyone to focus on their family relationships during National Family Week, either at home or at the Y.”

During National Family Week, the Hockomock Area YMCA will offer many activities at its branches in Franklin, Foxboro and North Attleboro to help encourage families to spend healthy time together. Family week will begin with a Providence Bruins Event on Sunday, November 18th at 3:05PM. Tickets are available for $16 each. (Deadline to purchase tickets is November 9th). For ticket information, please contact Amy Clift at 774.235.2749. On Monday evening, November 19th, each branch will offer a delicious family dinner starting at 6:00PM and will hold a bonfire outside with s’mores for dessert. On Tuesday, November 20th, children are invited to take part in free arts and crafts activities throughout the day. On Wednesday, November 21st, join Hockomock Area YMCA members, non-members and staff at Bass Pro Shop for a serving of trail mix before heading out to the cranberry bogs for an 11:00am family hike. On Thursday, November 22nd, Thanksgiving Day, pick up “leftover” recipes at Hockomock Area YMCA Member Service desks and join in the ‘Extra Helpings’ Family walk starting at 9:00am. On November 23rd, Black Friday, the Hockomock Area YMCA is offering a “Drop & Shop” for children ages 3 to 10 years old so that parents can start preparing for the upcoming holiday season. Sign up now to secure your spot! On that same day, families are invited to see Disney Pixar’s movie “Brave” at 3:30pm at the Orpheum Theatre located at 1 School Street, Foxboro, MA 02035.

In addition, the Franklin, Foxboro and North Attleboro branches will offer the following free family fitness classes the week of November 18th: The Bernon Family branch in Franklin will offer Fit Kids on Monday at 4:00PM and Fitness Mash Up for Cardio Kickboxing on Wednesday at 4:00PM. The Invensys Foxboro Branch will offer Fitness Mash Up for Cardio Kickboxing on Tuesday at 4:00PM and Fit Kids on Wednesday at 4:00PM. The North Attleboro branch will offer Fitness Mash Up for Cardio Kickboxing on Monday at 4:00PM and Family Fit Kids on Tuesday at 4:00PM. On Thanksgiving Day, all branches will be open from 7:00am-11:00am.

During Family Week, please bring non-perishable foods to any of our branches or to the Orpheum Theatre on Friday at 3:30PM to help replenish the local food pantries. Look for our annual Holiday Giving Trees, which will be put up during National Family Week at each Hockomock Area YMCA branch. Families are encouraged to choose a tag and purchase a gift for a child and help support a local family for the upcoming holiday season.

Finally, all children ages 6 to 10 years old are invited to enter the Hockomock Area YMCA “Family is Important” Contest. Entrants must use our entry form and answer the following question in 20 words or less, “I am thankful for my family because…” and to decorate their entry form artistically. 1st place winner will receive 4 movie ticket passes. The winner and the two runner-up winners will receive honorable mention in local newspapers, on the Hockomock Area YMCA Facebook page and on our website. Contest entries will be accepted until 10:00am on November 16th. Winners will be announced on Friday, November 23rd! For more detailed information on the contest and to download the contest entry form, please visit the Hockomock Area YMCA website at

For more information about National Family Week, please contact Erin Brennock at 508-772-1306 or or visit

When In Doubt, Throw It Out

A Message from the Foxborough Board of Health:

Some foods may be a higher risk for causing food borne illness if the temperature of the food has risen above 40°F for more than 2 hours. The foods may look or smell fine but may not be safe to eat. If you are not sure if the food is safe to eat, don’t taste it. Throw It Out!!

Bacteria (germs) are everywhere. Most of them are not harmful. However, under the right conditions, some germs in food can grow to harmful levels and make people sick. To keep your food safe when the power goes out, follow these steps:

If the power goes out:

FIRST: Use perishable foods and foods from the refrigerator
SECOND: Use the foods from the freezer
THIRD: Use canned foods and shelf staple foods

  • Food that requires refrigeration – If it has been in a refrigerator above 40° for more than 2 hours or more, it must be discarded.
  • Food will stay cold in the refrigerator for about 4 hours if it is unopened. A full freezer will keep the temperature for approximately 48 hours (24 hours if it is half full) if the door remains closed.
  • Any food that has reached a temperature of 50°F or higher, must be discarded.
  • Frozen food must be solid (less than 0°F) or must be discarded. Food that has started to thaw and has refrozen must be discarded.
  • To prevent pest and odor issues, please have any discarded items properly contained in a waterproof trash receptacle with a sealed lid until it is removed from your property.
  • Check that the freezer temperature is at or below OaF and the refrigerator is at or below 40°F.
  • During power outages, the appliance thermometers will indicate the temperatures in the refrigerator and freezer to help you determine if the food is safe.

Please contact the Foxborough Board of Health if you have any further questions.

Foxborough Board of Health
40 South Street
Foxborough, MA 02035
(508) 543-1207
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Hockomock Area YMCA Opens Doors for their Neighbors

The Hockomock Area YMCA will once again open its doors to people in the community who have lost power and are in need of a place to shower and charge their phones.

“We want to help our neighbors in our local communities who have been impacted by Hurricane Sandy,” said YMCA President Ed Hurley. “In this spirit, we welcome area residents to our North Attleboro, Foxboro and Franklin Branches to take a hot shower and charge their cell phones during this difficult period.”

Residents of area towns do not have to be YMCA members. Those interested in using the YMCA must simply present an ID and fill out a complementary guest pass.

The Hockomock Area YMCA facilities will be open free of charge as long as local families are without power. The YMCA hours are 5:15 a.m. to 9:30 p.m. For additional information please contact the most convenient YMCA Branch below or go to

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