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5 Things for July 24: Selectmen to Discuss Housing Plan; Gino Cappelletti’s Career and More

Here's five things you need to know today in Foxborough: Chance of rain with a high near 88, Foxborough Board of Selectmen to meet, Patriot Place events and more ...

Editor's note: Five Things You Need To Know Today is a Patch column that provides readers with essential, daily information at a glance. If you know of something happening in town that did not make our list, please add it in the comment section!

1. Chance of Showers and Thunderstorms; Otherwise Partly Sunny with High Near 88

Today’s weather in Foxborough, according to the National Weather Service based in Taunton, calls for a chance of showers and thunderstorms before 1pm, then a slight chance of showers between 1pm and 3pm. Partly sunny, with a high near 88. West wind 8 to 10 mph, with gusts as high as 21 mph. Chance of precipitation is 30 percent. New rainfall amounts of less than a tenth of an inch, except higher amounts possible in thunderstorms. Tuesday night: Mostly clear, with a low around 60. Northwest wind 9 to 11 mph.

2. Selectmen to Discuss Grants, Housing Production Plan, Alcohol License and More

The Foxborough Board of Selectmen will meet Tuesday at 7 p.m. in the Andrew Gala Jr. Meeting Room of Town Hall to discuss the following town business:

  • Discuss EPA Grant with Town Planner Sharon Wason
  • Accept EPA Grant with members of the Planning Board
  • Discuss Housing Production Plan with the Board of Selectmen
  • Authorize South Coast Rail Application
  • Public hearing to transfer all alcohol restaurant license from MJ Holding to D&N Corporation DBA Christina’s Fireside Grille at 2 Washington St., manager Nicholas Panagopoulos.
  • Update from Board of Selectmen chair James DeVellis
  • Discussion of Open Meeting Law Remote Participation
  • Discussion of Town Manager Goals and Objectives
  • DPW re-organization with the Water and Sewer Board
  • Board of Selectmen participation in collective bargaining

3. Tri-Town Chamber of Commerce Business After Hours

The Tri-Town Chamber of Commerce will be holding its Business After Hours Tuesday from 5-7 p.m. at New Dimension Carpet & Restoration Inc., 140 Washington St., Suite 2 in Foxborough. Hors d'oeuvres, beverages and networking will take place during the event, which is free to members and $10 to non-members.

4. Events:

  • 11 a.m. - Storytime at Showcase Cinema de Lux: Meet Spongebob at Kids Club Storytime.
  • Noon - Summer Sensation 2012 - Bounce Houses: Located outside of Tastings Wine Bar and Bistro, enjoy great views of Gillette Stadium as the kids bounce the day away. Dates and times for this activity are subject to change and is weather permitting.
  • Tavolino Cape Ann Brewery Beer Dinner: If you have a passion for beer, then let Tavolino take you on a culinary journey to Cape Ann where the pairings of the Brewery and Tavolino’s exquisite creations are sure to blow you out to sea. This event will be held on the patio (weather permitting) and is $65 per ticket.
  • 7 p.m. - Tuesday Night Tasting - Bed of Roses: Join Tastings this Tuesday evening when it takes a world tour of rosés right here in Foxborough’s backyard. Participants will be tasting wines from all around the globe.

5. Gino Cappelletti Retires from Patriots Radio Team After 32 Years

Gino “The Duke” Cappelletti, a member of the original Boston Patriots in 1960 and the all-time leading scorer in the American Football League’s history, has decided to retire from the Patriots radio broadcast team after 32 years as the team’s iconic color analyst.

 “There will never be another Gino Cappelletti,” said Patriots Chairman and CEO Robert Kraft. “In our 52-year history, Gino served as a player, coach or color analyst for 45 of those seasons. I remember watching him play as an original Boston Patriot in 1960. He quickly became one of the biggest stars of the fledgling American Football League. He retired as the league’s all-time leading scorer and deserves special recognition, not just for being one of the pioneers of the AFL, but for creating the foundation on which our franchise was built. He has been a great ambassador for the Patriots over a career that spanned six decades. His legend has grown since he retired as a player, as generations of Patriots fans have grown up listening to him provide insight and analysis of many of the most memorable games in franchise history. While he may be stepping down as a broadcaster, he will always be a Patriots ambassador and will remain one of the most iconic figures in franchise history.”

Said Patriots head coach Bill Belichick: "Going back to his days as one of the all-time great players, Gino has been such a fixture, so it is hard imagining not working with him on a regular basis. I have been fortunate to enjoy Gino's presence and share experiences that extend well beyond the game. Around the team, he wasn't just a broadcaster but was – and remains – truly part of the team, respected by players and coaches for representing everything good about sports. Gino is a class act, one of the true gentlemen of the AFL and NFL and I am proud to have been associated with him every week of my career as Patriots head coach."

A member of the Patriots Hall of Fame since 1992, Cappelletti spent his entire 11-year career with the Patriots from 1960-70 after joining the team from the University of Minnesota. He went on to earn five all-star selections as well as the AFL’s Most Valuable Player Award in 1964.

Cappelletti is one of only three players to play in every AFL game in the league’s 10-year history. He finished as the AFL’s all-time leader in points (1,100) and field goals (170). Cappelletti led the AFL in scoring five times and had two of the top five scoring seasons in AFL history – 155 points in 1964 and 147 points in 1961.

He is currently ranked second on the Patriots’ all-time scoring list with 1,130 points, second in extra point with 342, ninth in receiving with 292 catches and eighth with 4,589 receiving yards.

Following his playing career, Cappellletti spent seven seasons (1972-78) in the broadcast booth before returning to the sidelines as the special teams coach from 1979 through the 1981 season on Ron Erhardt’s staff. He returned to the broadcast booth in 1988, where he remained through the 2011 season.

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