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1. Cold Front Continues Through the Weekend in Foxborough
Saturday’s weather in Foxborough, according to the National Weather Service based in Taunton, calls for mostly cloudy, with a high near 23. Northwest wind 5 to 13 mph. Saturday night: Partly cloudy, with a low around 9. Wind chill values as low as -3. Northwest wind around 11 mph, with gusts as high as 23 mph. Sunday: Sunny, with a high near 28. Wind chill values as low as -3. Northwest wind 10 to 13 mph. Sunday night: Mostly clear, with a low around 12. West wind 3 to 8 mph.
2. Rodman Spin for Kids at Stadium Fitness
Stadium Fitness will be having an open house on Saturday, Jan. 26 beginning at 7 a.m. During the open house, the fitness center will be running a 24-hour spin-a-thon to help raise money for the Rodman Ride For Kids foundation. It will also have many vendors and free workouts all weekend long. The Rodman Ride For Kids is a foundation that has been raising and donating money to at risk children since 1991. They have raised tens of millions of dollars to help at risk children's lives.
3. MEMA Gives Cold Weather Safety Tips
“As we enter the time of year when we can expect extremely low temperatures and wind chills, we all must take precautions to minimize the dangers presented by such severe weather,” stated Massachusetts Emergency Management Agency (MEMA) Director Kurt Schwartz. “To that end, MEMA presents these cold weather safety tips.”
- Continue to be aware of extreme weather conditions by monitoring Media reports.
- Make sure you always have a well-stocked Winter Home Emergency Supply Kit that includes flashlights, portable radio, extra batteries, a first aid kit, bottled water, non-perishable food and a manual can opener.
- Minimize outside activities, particularly the elderly and very young. Also, consider your pets.
- Dress in several layers of loose-fitting, lightweight clothing, rather than a single layer of heavy clothing. Outer garments should be tightly woven and water repellent. Wear a hat, mittens and sturdy waterproof boots, protecting your extremities. Cover your mouth with a scarf to protect your lungs.
- Excessive exposure can lead to frostbite, which is damaging to body tissue that is frozen. Frostbite causes a loss of feeling and a pale appearance in extremities, such as fingers, toes, ear lobes or the tip of the nose. If symptoms are detected, seek medical help immediately.
- Hypothermia can occur in extreme cases. The warning signs are uncontrollable shivering, memory loss, disorientation, incoherence, slurred speech, drowsiness and apparent exhaustion. If the person’s temperature drops below 95 degrees, seek immediate medical care.
- Ensure you have sufficient heating fuel, as well as emergency heating equipment in case you lose electricity.
- When utilizing alternate heating sources, such as your fireplace, wood stove or space heater, take the necessary safety precautions. Keep a fire extinguisher handy; ensuring everyone knows how to use it properly. Test smoke alarms and Carbon Monoxide (CO) detectors.
- If you lose your heat, seal off unused rooms by stuffing towels in the cracks under the doors. At night, cover windows with extra blankets or sheets.
- Food provides the body with energy for producing its own heat.
- Be a good neighbor. Check with elderly or relatives and friends who may need additional assistance to ensure their safety.
- To keep pipes from freezing, wrap them in insulation or layers of newspapers, covering the newspapers with plastic to keep out moisture. Allow a trickle of warm water to run from a faucet that is farthest from your water meter or one that has frozen in the past. This will keep the water moving so that it cannot freeze. Learn how to shut off your water if a pipe bursts
- If pipes freeze, remove insulation, completely open all faucets and pour hot water over the pipes or wrap them with towels soaked in hot water, starting where they are most exposed to the cold. A hand-held hair dryer, used with caution, also works well.
- Have a well-stocked Winter Home Emergency Supply Kit that includes flashlights, portable radio, extra batteries, a first aid kit, bottled water and non-perishable food.
- Make sure your car is properly winterized. Keep the gas tank at least half-full. Carry a Winter Emergency Car Kit in the trunk including blankets, extra clothing, flashlight with spare batteries, a can and waterproof matches (to melt snow for drinking water), non-perishable foods, windshields scraper, shovel, sand, towrope and jumper cables.
Continue to follow MEMA updates on Twitter at www.twitter.com/MassEMA; Facebook at www.facebook.com/MassachusettsEMA. Download the free ping4alert! app to your Smartphone to receive important weather alerts and emergency messages from MEMA. Easy instructions are available at www.mass.gov/mema/mobileappp.
4. Patriot Place Events:
The following events will be held at Patriot Place this weekend:
- (Saturday) - Artist's Studio & Gallery features Norwood High School: The Artist's Studio & Gallery at Patriot Place hosts Norwood High School displaying pieces of student art along with other artists from around the area. Stop in and check out these great pieces.
- (Saturday) - Final Rounds of the 2013 Pond Hockey Tournament: Join Patriot Place for the finale of the 2013 Pond Hockey tournament at Winter Skate presented by Harvard Pilgrim.
- (Sunday) - Artist's Studio & Gallery features Norwood High School: The Artist's Studio & Gallery at Patriot Place hosts Norwood High School displaying pieces of student art along with other artists from around the area. Stop in and check out these great pieces.
- (Sunday, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.) - Brunch at Skipjack's: Come to Skipjack's for brunch Sunday and enjoy live jazz music.
5. Kelsey’s Kloset Consignment & Boutique Grand Opening
Join Kelsey’s Kloset to celebrate the grand opening of the children's consignment and boutique located at 4 Central St. in downtown Foxborough. Come and celebrate, there will be refreshments and door prizes as well as some special surprises throughout the grand opening. All the fun begins at 10 a.m. Kelsey’s Kloset carries children's clothing and accessories for infants to boys and girls size 14. Plenty of Parking behind building.