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Around Town: Rodman Ride for Kids, Drug Take Back Day, Town Negotiations with Kraft Group and More

Here's a look at the happenings around Foxborough this week, Sept. 24-30.

The following meetings and events will be held in Foxborough this week.

Monday, Sept. 24:

Board of Health, 7 p.m. at Andrew Gala Meeting Room of Town Hall: The Board of Health meets Monday to discuss septic variance on 196 Chestnut St., Bay Colony, review bills, approve Aug. 20 meeting minutes, flu update, health agent update and Title V.

Title I Information Night at Igo Elementary School will begin at 6:30 p.m.

Foxborough Historical Commission, 7:30 p.m. at Memorial Hall: The Historical Commission will hear from Town Historian Jack Authelet, discuss gifts and acquisitions and review reports from special activities, projects and committee.

Tuesday, Sept. 25:

Town Asset Review Committee, 5 p.m. at Andrew Gala Meeting Room of Town Hall: Committee will review parcels for auction.

Foxborough Board of Selectmen, 6 p.m. at Andrew Gala Meeting Room of Town Hall: The Foxborough Board of Selectmen will meet with Town Manager Kevin Paicos to discuss negotiations with the Kraft Organization and will go into executive session at 6:15 p.m. to discuss real property negotiations.

Wednesday, Sept. 26:

Advisory Committee, 7 p.m. at Andrew Gala Meeting Room of Town Hall: Randy Scollins, Foxborough’s financial officer, will introduce the committee to town finances and budgets and the committee will vote on meeting rules.

School events:

  • It’s picture day for Igo Elementary students.
  • A College Mini-Fair will be held at Foxborough High School beginning at 9:38 a.m.
  • A Health & Wellness Fair will be held at Foxborough High School from noon to 6 p.m.

Thursday, Sept. 27:

Planning Board, 7 p.m. at Andrew Gala Meeting Room of Town Hall: The Planning Board will hold two public hearings. The first will be to review a special permit application from Matthew and Diana Griffin for an accessory apartment. The applicants seek approval an addition to an existing home to include an in-law apartment on Joseph Road. The second public hearing is also for an accessory apartment as James and Patricia Slattery have filed a similar application as the Griffin’s did. The construction would take place on Morse Street.

Saturday, Sept. 29:

Rodman Ride for Kids, 10 Lincoln Rd., Foxborough, 7 a.m. (first ride begins): The 2012 Rodman Ride for Kids begins Saturday at 10 Lincoln Rd., Foxborough – across from Gold’s Gym – off Route 1. Riders will have use of the gym on the day of the ride. The start time depends on the distance of the ride. The 25-mile ride has two waves starting at 10 and 11 a.m., the 50-mile ride starts at 8:30 a.m. and the 100-mile ride starts at 7 a.m. Riders depart in waves, beginning at their start times.

The Rodman Ride for Kids is an umbrella matching gift charity raising funds for youth-focused social service agencies that support at-risk kids in Massachusetts. The Ride for Kids and its affiliated agencies fundraise year-round, culminating with The Ride event, a 25, 50, and 100-mile non-competitive cycling tour, each fall. The expenses associated with the Ride for Kids are less than 3 percent of the total revenue and they are all underwritten. This means that when you donate to the Ride or Kids, 100 percent of your donation will directly benefit at-risk kids.

The Ride for Kids is not a race. It is a fun bike tour, which loops through flat, scenic back roads of Southeastern Massachusetts. Bike mechanics, courtesy vans en route, medical and emergency services and fully equipped Water Stops make this event a fun and safe choice for both the novice and experienced rider.

Riders must be 12 years of age or older to participate. Riders between 12 and 18 must be accompanied by an adult and a waiver must be signed. In addition to the riders, over 500 volunteers are needed to make sure everything runs smoothly. A barbecue and raffle offering lots of great prizes will be held following the rides.

Ride goal for 2012 is $9.2 million. To date, the ride has raised $5,501,466 for at-risk children.

Click here for more information.

National Drug Take Back Day, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at Foxborough Public Safety Building: Foxborough will be participating in National Drug Take Back Day by holding “Safe Rx Disposal Day” at Foxborough’s Public Safety Building. Anyone is encouraged to drop off old or unused medications including:

  • Over-the-counter or prescriptions in all forms, including pills, creams, liquids, sharps
  • Veterinary medications.

Follow these steps to properly dispose of your unwanted/unneeded medications:

  • Keep medications in original containers and black out personal information from the label
  • Ensure medication name & dosage is visible
  • Count the pills remaining in advance

Thermometers will not be collected.

Local partners in National Drug Take Back Day are SAFE Foxborough Coalition, Foxborough Police, Board of Health, Council on Aging and Human Services and Foxborough Public Schools.

Children can begin a lifetime of drug addiction by simply opening the medicine cabinet at home. Misuse of prescription pain relievers has been linked to opiate addiction such as heroin.

Nationally, one in five teens in grades 9-12 report abuse of a prescription medication at least once in their lives. In Foxborough, 11.4 percent of teens in grades 9-12 reported abuse of prescription medications, including taxing pain pills at least once in their lives. 4.4 percent of teens reported taking tranquilizers and 14 percent reported taking stimulants not prescribed for them by a doctor.

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