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5 Things for Sept. 12: Patriot Place Goes Solar Sunday, Rockland Trust Donates $50K to YMCA, Live Music and More

Here's five things you need to know today in Foxborough: The New England Patriots will unveil a state-of-the-art NRG Solar Canopy at Patriot Place on Sunday, Foxborough High School sports in action and YMCA receives $50K from Rockland Trust.

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. A Sunny Wednesday with a High Near 81 Expected in Foxborough

Today’s weather in Foxborough, according to the National Weather Service based in Taunton, calls for Sunny, with a high near 81. Calm wind becoming southwest 5 to 8 mph in the morning. Wednesday night: Clear, with a low around 53. Southwest wind 5 to 8 mph.

2. Patriot Place Unveils New Solar Initiative at Patriot Place Sunday

The New England Patriots are unveiling a state-of-the-art NRG Solar Canopy and rooftop solar panels at Patriot Place that will generate 1 megawatt of clean, renewable power while also providing shade and cover for visitors. Upon completion, 60 percent of Patriot Place electricity usage will be provided by solar power, reducing carbon emissions by more than 800 metric tons every year – equivalent to the average annual carbon footprint of more than 150 cars.

At the end of the first quarter at Sunday’s Patriots home opener against the Arizona Cardinals. The game kicks off at 1 p.m. NRG CEO David Crane will be joined by former Patriots Doug Flutie and Matt Light for the historic flipping of the switch to light the Solar Canopy. As an official game day sponsor for the home opener, NRG will also distribute 70,000 pairs of sunglasses to game attendees.

3. Warriors’ Game Day:

The following Foxborough High School teams will be in action Wednesday:

  • Boys’ soccer hosts Attleboro for a 3:30 p.m. match.
  • Girls’ soccer travels to Attleboro for a 3:30 p.m. match.
  • Field hockey travels to Attleboro for a 3:30 p.m. game.

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4. Events:

  • 10:30 a.m. - Fall Fun – Strollercize: This free family fitness program is brought to you by Brigham and Women’s/Mass General Healthcare Center. Bring your little love in his or her stroller, a towel, a water and toys for the kids. This activity begins outside of the Patriot Place Activity Center located across from Charming Charlie and Kidville in the North Retail. This activity involves walking through Patriot Place and in the event of inclement weather will be held inside the Patriot Place activity center.
  • 11 a.m. - Fall Fun - Face Painting at Old Navy: Visit Old Navy where the face painters will make you look cool.  Choose from dozens of designs.
  • 3 to 4 p.m. - Kidville Krafts: Join Kidville from 3 to 4 p.m. for free summer crafts and discounted playspace rates.
  • 7 p.m. - Live Music at Tastings Wine Bar & Bistro: Welcome Bill McGoldrick to Tastings' Music Series.

5. Rockland Trust Donates $50,000 to Hockomock Area YMCA for Outdoor Aquatic and Family Activity Center

Rockland Trust  announced a $50,000 donation to the Hockomock Area YMCA to support the construction of the YMCA’s Spier Family Outdoor Aquatics and Family Activity Center, which was dedicated on June 21 and opened to the public on June 23. 

 The new Spier Family Outdoor Aquatics and Family Activity Center offers water safety and swimming lessons to 5,000 children annually and serves as an activity center for 10,000 children and families. In addition, the Spier Center supports the more than 500 participants in the Hockomock Area YMCA’s Integration Initiative and LIVESTRONG at the Y program. 

“At Rockland Trust, we recognize the importance of the programs the YMCA provides, and are proud to support their youth development, healthy living, and social responsibility initiatives,” said Ralph Valente, Senior Vice President and Director of Marketing at Rockland Trust, who was present for the dedication ceremony. “Helping the Hockomock Area YMCA expand its outdoor facilities to continue providing much needed support to the many communities it serves is one of the ways that Rockland Trust stays involved in the community.”

 The Y’s Integration Initiative offers children with special needs the opportunity to participate alongside their typically developing peers. LIVESTRONG at the Y is a 12-week program for cancer survivors and their families. The Spier Family Outdoor Aquatics and Family Activity Center provides participants in both programs the opportunity to interact in an outdoor venue alongside community members of all ages.

“This project would not have been possible with the passion and commitment of so many in our local community, including our friends at Rockland Trust,” commented Hockomock Area YMCA President Ed Hurley.  “We are deeply grateful to Rockland Trust for their partnership with our YMCA, their philanthropic spirit and their support of the Y’s focus areas of Youth Development, Healthy Living, and Social Responsibility.”

Rockland Trust’s contribution helped the YMCA reach a $250,000 Challenge Grant from the Spier Family, for whom the Center is named. The new Outdoor Aquatics Center will provide an outdoor pool, activity and family areas, changing rooms, and spray-ground area for children, as well as significant enhancements to the YMCA’s outdoor camp area.

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