Week in Review: Attempted Larceny at TD Bank, Dirty Water Talk, Jake n JOES Update & More
A recap of this week's headlines from Feb. 17-22.
Miss anything in Foxborough this week? Here's your chance to sit back and catch up on some Patch. Below is a recap of this week’s biggest headlines on Foxborough Patch:
Editor’s note: The following information was provided by the Foxborough Police Department. Where arrests or charges are mentioned, they do not indicate conviction.
Thursday, Feb. 14:
11:37 a.m. – Foxborough Police arrested Charlese A. Townes, 19, of Attleboro and charged her with attempted larceny over $250 at TD Bank on Central Street after receiving a call from the bank’s manager.
If you thought you heard a helicopter flying low over Foxborough Thursday night you were correct. Here's what happened:
A 16-year-old girl was released from the hospital Friday after suffering injuries from an ice skating accident at Patriot Place Thursday night, according to Foxborough Fire Captain Ed Noonan.
"[Thursday's incident was a] skating accident," Noonan said. "SGirl fell, striking her head on the ice. Long story short she was released [from the hospital Friday] so nothing of significance."
Noonan said Foxborough Fire called Medflight because the injury, while undisclosed, was to the girl's head.
Teachers and students from The Learning Experience on Main Street in Foxborough were evacuated form the child development center Friday after Foxborough police and fire received a report of a smell of gas in the building.
Foxborough fire and police responded to the scene shortly after 5 p.m. and promptly evacuated the building before beginning its investigation. Students and teachers filed into nearby Pizza Time while Foxborough Fire entered the child development center to begin its investigation.
Police said the incident was “nothing significant” and that the fire department was simply “responding to a smell of gas call.”
With over two decades of national achievement, the Foxborough High School music department has orchestrated a legacy of excellence that rivals any other in New England.
And while that level of success breeds high expectations, the achievements of the 2012 FHS jazz band is nothing short of extraordinary.
Less than a week after performing in the fifth annual Charles Mingus High School Festival & Competition in New York City, the FHS jazz band received word that it is one of 15 finalists to compete in the prestigious 18th Annual Essentially Ellington High School Jazz Band Competition & Festival this spring at the Lincoln Center in New York.
The Essentially Ellington Competition & Festival (EE) will take place at Frederick P. Rose Hall from May 10–12. Foxborough and the other finalists were chosen out of nearly 100 high school jazz bands across the country that entered the competition.
According to a community announcement published on Foxboro Cable Access' website, each school submitted recordings of three tunes performed from charts from Jazz at Lincoln Center’s Essentially Ellington library.
Chris Gunn never intended to open a Foxborough sandwich shop, but 25 years later, he’s still going strong.
“It’s a tough business, I knew coming in,” he said.
Gunn said he started 25 years ago at Primo's current location and he’s never looked back. He said originally, when he got out of college, he was working for an aviation company when a friend came to him with a business idea.
“He was the entrepreneur type,” Gunn said of his friend.
Gunn said he knew the risks of opening a small business and recalled that at the time, about 50 percent of restaurants closed within the first year. If the restaurant was fortunate enough to survive the first year, it was 75 percent more likely to close in the second.
“I was very fortunate to have good people around,” he said. “The kids here are great.”
Gunn said there were two things that helped him to be successful in the business:
- Being heavily involved in the business
- Adapting to local business trends
Winners of seven out of their last eight, the Warriors (15-5) earned the eighth seed in the MIAA D2 South Sectional State Tournament and will host Holliston Wednesday, Feb. 27 at 7 p.m.
The Foxborough High School boys' basketball team recently capped off its best season under head coach CJ Neely with an 11-9 record, good enough for the 17th seed in next week's MIAA Division 3 South Sectional State Tournament.
The Warriors will travel to Norwell (11-9), the tournament's 16th seed, Monday for a preliminary round game at 7 p.m. The winner will get the first crack at the tournament's top seed, Wareham (19-1) on Wednesday, Feb. 27.
Foxborough native Nate Bayuk did something no other Boston College pitcher could against the Boston Red Sox Thursday … retire the side in order.
Bayuk, a BC graduate student, started Thursday’s scrimmage against the Red Sox at JetBlue Park in Fort Myers, Fla. and hurled a perfect bottom of the first inning.
Acknowledging that Foxborough residents need answers regarding the town’s problems with brown water, DPW Director Roger Hill and the Board of Water & Sewer Commissioners recently appeared on a Foxboro Cable Access program to discuss the issue.
Foxborough resident Shannon Sylvia recently hosted Hill, Water Superintendent Bob Worthley, Water & Sewer Commissioners’ vice chair Michael Stanton and Water & Sewer Commissioners’ clerk Richard Pacella Jr. on her FCA program, Foxboro Biz.
“In this segment the DPW and Water and Sewer Commissioners will share information on the current state of Foxborough's water, as well as future plans,” Sylvia said. “The current water situation will be addressed, what is currently being done, timelines for future improvements, and what can be expected.”
Sylvia’s segment runs 20 minutes and can be viewed on Foxboro Cable Access on Tuesday at 11:30 a.m. and 7:30 p.m. and Wednesday at 11:30 a.m. After that, it will be posted on the FCA schedule.
Foxborough’s Board of Selectmen continued Tuesday’s public hearing to review Jake n JOES’ application for alteration of premises for the establishment’s All Alcohol Restaurant License to Feb. 26.
Foxborough Town Manager Kevin Paicos said Jake n JOES needed to file an application for alteration of premises with the town after Building Inspector Bill Casbarra discovered the establishment’s floor plan did not match the one submitted with the All Alcohol Restaurant License.
“It was very different,” Paicos said of the floor plan. “The owners didn’t realize they needed to come in with a different plan so it’s just an unfortunate error because as many restaurants as they’ve owned, they’ve never opened a new place. It’s always been other restaurants that were already active. This is a new endeavor for them.”
Paicos said Tuesday’s hearing was continued to Feb. 26 because in addition to the alteration of premises application, Jake n JOES needed to submit a change in stock holdership because the restaurant added a stockholder since the liquor license was approved last August. The change in stock holdership application also requires a public hearing.
“During the process between when they got the permit from the Board of Selectmen and when they actually constructed [the restaurant], a partner who has been involved in some other of their restaurants came forward and became a financial partner but the paperwork that had originally been submitted didn’t reflect this partner,” Paicos said. “So when the alteration of premises was being filled out to be given to the ABCC and the Board of Selectmen, [Jake n JOES’] counsel realized not only did the restaurant need a change in premises but needed a change in stock holdership. That was realized too late because that requires a hearing and we couldn’t get that advertised in time.”
Foxborough Board of Selectmen chair James DeVellis has announced his plans to run for re-election this spring, becoming the fourth candidate for one of two seats on the board.
DeVellis announced his decision through the following open letter to the community Thursday morning:
February is proving to be an expensive month for Foxborough as two straight weekends of snow has wiped out the town’s snow and ice removal budget with another potential storm on the way.
The Blizzard of 2013 cost the town roughly $153,000 and last weekend’s snowfall further depleted the remaining funds.
“Whatever was left [in the snow and ice removal budget after the Blizzard of 2013] was eaten up last weekend,” Hill said. “So [Town Manager] Kevin [Paicos] and [Financial Director] Randy [Scollins] briefed the Advisory Committee [Wednesday night] so legally we can overspend for any additional snow and ice needs.”
That need could come as early as this weekend with local forecasts calling for another snowstorm to hit Foxborough.
While many are enjoying school vacation this week, Tree Tech and Turf’s Up volunteers are busy clearing five acres of land behind Foxborough High School in preparation for the construction of new baseball, softball and field hockey fields as part of the community turf field project.
“We took advantage [of the school vacation] to get some work done to minimize disruption for the kids,” said Turf’s Up president Jim DeVellis.
DeVellis said despite a “short disruption” from the Blizzard of 2013, volunteers from Tree Tech are about 75 percent complete with clearing the five acres behind the high school, an important step before construction on the actual turf field can begin.
“Once the back is done and after the spring sports are complete, Turf’s Up’s efforts move to the front of the school,” DeVellis said.
The town’s Playing Fields Committee will meet Thursday at 7 p.m. inside the Booth Recreation Building office with community sports leaders to review and discuss the plan for the turf field, which will be constructed at the site of the current baseball and softball fields at Foxborough High School.
The Foxborough High School girls’ basketball team proved Tuesday it’s ready for the postseason after a 48-41 win over Hopkinton in the Warrior Winter Classic championship game.
“[We] showed [we] could maintain composure going into the fourth quarter when [we] were down to a great Hopkinton team and [we] really stepped it up so I am really proud of [the team],” said Foxborough head coach Lisa Downs.
Defense ruled the first quarter as both teams struggled to gain any offensive momentum in the opening eight minutes. Foxborough managed to gain a 10-7 lead on Hopkinton by quarter’s end but Hopkinton chipped away at deficit in the second and trailed the Warriors by just one (19-18) at halftime.
The third quarter belonged to the Hillers as Hopkinton took advantage of several Foxborough miscues to go up on the Warriors, 32-30 heading into the fourth quarter.
“About 75 percent of the game I was very happy with [the effort] and that 25 percent killed us,” Downs said. “We just hurt ourselves. We executed a perfect fast break and then turned the ball over three times in a row. We would take one step forward and a couple steps backward.”
But Foxborough remained calm in the final eight minutes, exhibiting the type of mental toughness and grit required to be successful in the state tournament.
“We were able to clean it up in the fourth quarter, which is what we have done in the last couple of games,” Downs said. “We just have to execute a lot better earlier.”
After trailing 39-37 with 4:43 remaining in the fourth quarter, Foxborough outscored Hopkinton, 9-4 the rest of the way to beat the Hillers, 48-41 and claim the 2013 Warrior Winter Classic Championship.
Foxborough High School girls’ basketball coach Lisa Downs said when her team is firing on all cylinders they are “pretty fantastic to watch.”
That was true Monday night.
The Warriors (14-5) turned in a complete game Monday, cruising past visiting Lunenburg, 85-37 in the opening round of the Warrior Classic tournament.
“[We] came out executing and played smart defense,” Downs said. “Our press was working much better [Monday] then it had been last week. … Offense rotated the ball in and out and our shot selection was much better.”
It is rare that a high school basketball team can put a game away in the second quarter, but that’s exactly what the Warriors did when they outscored Lunenburg, 29-5 in the second frame to take a 48-18 lead into halftime.
“The second quarter we definitely opened the gates and the starting five was doing everything I know they can do,” Downs said.
Foxborough’s insurmountable lead grew bigger in the second half as the Warriors’ reserves took full advantage of their playing time, outscoring the Knights 20-9 in the third quarter and 17-10 in the fourth.
BOSTON - Employees from The Ninety Nine Restaurant in Foxborough reached out to those in need in February by preparing and serving dinner to more than 400 homeless men and women at Pine Street Inn in Boston.
The Ninety Nine Restaurants have supported Pine Street Inn’s efforts to end homelessness for more 30 years.
Volunteers from Ninety Nine Restaurants locations throughout Massachusetts visit Pine Street Inn each month to prepare dinner and dessert for guests at the Men’s and Women’s Inns.
The Ninety Nine’s generosity was also instrumental in launching Pine Street’s food services job training program, which provides homeless men and women with the skills and experience to find employment in the food industry. Upon completion of the program, it is not uncommon for the trainees to be given employment opportunities at Ninety Nine Restaurant locations.