5 Things: Shop Local for Valentine’s Day, State Warns Consumers of Contaminated Bottled Water & More

Here's five things you need to know in Foxborough for today, Feb. 12.

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. Expect a Sunny Tuesday with High Near 44 in Foxborough

Today’s weather in Foxborough, according to the National Weather Service based in Taunton, calls for mostly sunny, with a high near 44. West wind 9 to 17 mph. Tuesday night: Mostly clear, with a low around 24. West wind 7 to 10 mph.

2. State Officials Issue Consumer Advisory on Contaminated Bottle Water

The Massachusetts Department of Public Health (DPH) recommends that people who have purchased 3 or 5-gallon water bottles since Nov. 1, 2012 to open and check for possible gasoline odors before using the water, according to a recent press release.

After Super Storm Sandy struck the eastern seaboard in October, some gasoline shortages were reported in New York, New Jersey and Connecticut and some residents used empty containers such as large water bottles to transport gasoline. DPH announced on Feb. 7 that test results on a sample taken from a 5-gallon container of Poland Spring bottled drinking water showed the presence of chemical contamination.

Tests conducted by state officials showed that water was contaminated with a small amount of volatile organic compounds, including benzene exposure may irritate the mouth, esophagus and stomach, causing nausea, vomiting and diarrhea. At low exposure levels, benzene is rapidly metabolized in the urine.

In the past three months, bottled water companies have detected and blocked from reuse an increased number of returned water bottles found to contain gasoline residue or fumes.  However, despite these detection efforts, as well as disinfection and sanitization protocols, a very small number of contaminated bottles are believed to have made it through the detection process and back into consumer use.  The exposure levels involved are not likely to result in long-term health effects.  DPH is working collaboratively with the FDA on this issue.

DPH recommends that consumers who have purchased 3-gallon or 5-gallon water bottles since November 1, 2012 should check for any odors before using the bottles. Clean water is odorless and should not have any chemical smell.

Consumers should use their 3- or 5-gallon waters for their intended use which is for drinking water only.

If you find a water bottle with an odor, do not drink or use the water. Instead, call your bottled water provider to make arrangements to get a replacement.  If you have health concerns contact your health care provider.

Bottled water that is not in 3-gallon or 5-gallon containers is not affected by this issue.

3. Where to Buy Valentine’s Day Gifts in Foxborough

To help you think outside the (chocolate) box for Valentine’s Day gifts for your loved one, here’s a list of places to go shopping, wine, dine, and be merry in Foxborough!

A day at the spa could be just what your significant other needs:

  • All About You Salon and Day Spa
  • The Healing Moon Wellness Center
  • Green Tangerine Spa & Salon
  • Spa Epoché
  • Hair Ever After
  • Heldi Hair Carousel
  • Serenity Centre for Massage & Bodywork
  • Tigerlilly Day Spa
  • Elegant Touch
  • Powers of Touch
  • Essential Touch Massage & Bodywork

Chocolates are always a Valentine’s Day favorite: 

  • Edible Arrangements
  • Stop & Shop
  • Trader Joe's

And don’t forget the flowers!  

  • Stop & Shop Florist
  • Trader Joe's
  • Country Cottage
  • Judy's Village Flowers

Not sure what to get the guy in your life? Stop by one of these local sports shops:

  • Eastern Mountain Sports
  • Bass Pro Shops
  • Reebok Store
  • Trophy Town Collectibles

Is there a movie you and your Valentine have been wanting to see? Stop by Showcase Cinema at Patriot Place!

  • Showcase Cinemas de Lux

How about dinner and dessert? There are plenty of great local spots to wine & dine with your loved one:

  • Tastings Wine Bar & Bistro
  • Davio's
  • Lafayette House Restaurant
  • Skipjack's
  • Tavolino
  • Olive Garden Italian Restaurant

Looking to get something that sparkles for the woman in your life? Stop by your local jewelry store:

  • Cindi's Diamond & Jewelry Gallery
  • Crown Jewelers

Are you spending Valentine’s Day in Foxborough? Share your plans in the comments section below!

4. Patriot Place Events:

Here’s a look at today’s events at Patriot Place:

  • Bass Pro Shops Free Boat Show: Join Bass Pro Shops for gift card giveaways, free family activities, free insider tips from the Pros and free boating and fishing seminars.
  • 11 a.m. - Storytime at Showcase Cinema de Lux: Meet Bob the Builder at Kids Club Storytime Tuesday.

5. Elementary School PTO Meetings

Taylor Elementary School PTO meeting will be held from 9 to 10 a.m. at the Taylor School and the Igo PTO meeting will be held from 7-8 p.m. at the Igo Elementary School. 


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