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5 Things: Hydrant Flushing Begins Monday, FHS Golf Tourney Info, Toy Collection & More

Here's five things you need to know in Foxborough for today, April 22.

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1. Expect a Sunny Monday with a High Near 52 in Foxborough

Today’s weather in Foxborough, according to the National Weather Service based in Taunton, calls for Sunny, with a high near 52. Northeast wind 8 to 14 mph. Monday night: Increasing clouds, with a low around 36. Northeast wind 6 to 9 mph, with gusts as high as 22 mph.

2. Foxborough Water Department Begins Hydrant Flushing Program Monday

Beginning Monday, April 22, the Foxborough Water Department will be conducting nighttime hydrant flushing from 10 p.m. to 2 a.m., weather permitting.

This program is a two-pronged approach to solve two problems, according to the water department.

“The first of these is flow testing to enable the development of a computerized hydraulic model of the water system,” the water department said in a mailer sent to Foxborough residents. “This model will give the water department much better control of the system and will answer many questions, not the least of which is whether we can avoid expensive repair or replacement of the Main Street water tank.”

The water department said it knows the flow testing will stir up sediment in the system so the department will also flush the area where the flow testing is necessary to remove as much sediment as possible.

“We will limit the flow testing to one night per week, and will flush as necessary to clean up the affected area,” the department said.

Water Department Superintendent Robert Worthley said removal of this sediment buildup “is essential for the long-term solution” to the brown water issues many residents have been experiencing in town.

The necessary flow testing and flushing is expected to continue for several weeks. The water department will be publishing a dynamic map on the town’s website to give a residents a look at expected areas of flushing, along with the anticipated schedule. Click here to view the maps.

“This will be updated with the most current information on the areas to be flushed,” the department said.

The flushing may result in brown water as the iron and manganese settled at the bottom of the pipes is stirred up and removed from the system.

“Residents are advised that there may be some temporary discoloration of water [brown] or loss of pressure,” Worthley said. “Caution should be used during this time when using filtering systems, washing machines, dishwashers, etc.”

The department says customers calling about brown water during this flushing program will “actually help the water department with the cleanup after flushing.” Residents are asked to call (508) 543-1209 and let the department know where and when the brown water problem occurs.

Click here for more information.

3. 2013 FHS Golf Tournament Information

The Foxborough High School Golf Boosters Club would like to remind fans the 22nd annual Scholarship tournament and dinner will be held at the Foxborough Country Club on Monday, June 17th with a 1 p.m. shotgun start. New this year is a silent auction hosted by KBK Sports. Registration forms will be sent out in early May. You can contact the organizers via Facebook (Foxboro Warriors Golf) or Twitter (@golf_fxb) or by e-mailing kdnewcomb@comcast.net.

4. Patriot Place Events:

Here’s what’s happening around Patriot Place today:

Earth Day Toy Collection Drive at Kidville: Donate your gently used plastic toys to Second Chance Toys during Kidville's Earth Day Toy Collection Drive.

Mangia Mangia Monday at Tavolino: Come to Tavolino and enjoy your choice of soup or salad and pasta for only $14.95. Download the menu and stop by Tavolino today.

Silver Screen Classics at Showcase Cinema de Lux: Silver Screen Classics - Every Monday at 1 p.m. enjoy a Silver Screen Classic for just $2.

5. Foxboro Jaycees’ Repair the Bandstand Rescheduled for May 4

Saturday’s rain postponed the Foxboro Jaycees bandstand repair/cleanup on Foxboro Common to May 4th.

The Foxboro Jaycees are looking for handy and eager volunteers to help fix up the bandstand to get it in shape for the annual summer concert series and other summer events taking place on the Town Common. Help the Jaycees make your bandstand shine again. Work required: cleaning out storage, rebuilding/fortification of risers, sanding, and painting, etc. — Can’t use a power tool? No problem, there is plenty of other work to be done. All are welcome.

If you have supplies to donate or tools to bring, please contact the chairman of the event, David Fisler, at dfislernec@hotmail.com to let him know. Otherwise, join the Jaycees on the Common Saturday, May 4 at 9 a.m. In case of inclement weather, check out website at www.foxborojaycees.org for rain date information.

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