Week in Review: Boy Struck by Truck, Country Fest Arrests, Mystery Donation and More

A recap of this week's headlines from Aug. 25-31.

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Here's your chance to sit back and catch up on some Patch. Below is a recap of this week’s biggest headlines on Foxborough Patch:

Christopher Knight, the 12-year-old Foxborough boy struck by a landscaping truck on Baker Street and airlifted to Tufts Medical Center Monday afternoon is in fair condition and continues to recover from serious injuries.

“A few friends went to visit and we were relived and happy to see a bit of the Chris we know and love – in his usual 'subtle' way he’s clear he doesn’t like it in the hospital,” said Laura Brodeur, a friend and neighbor of the Knight family who has been providing updates of Chris' condition on her Facebook page.

Brodeur says Knight is still heavily medicated to manage his pain but has made significant progress since Monday night.

“He will likely stay in ICU over the long weekend and then hopefully move to a rehab facility next week, depending on continued testing and evaluations being done Friday,” Brodeur said.

In the aftermath of Monday’s accident, many members of the community have reached out offering help and support to the Knight family.

"We realize there are a lot of people in the community, even those that don't know the Knight family very well, that want to help so we wanted to remind people that we are working on organizing a "Care Calendar" that will be posted online probably next week once we have a better idea of what the family will need in the coming weeks," Brodeur said. "For now, they have had plenty of food dropped off at the house - and when we have the calendar set up it will be more organized for those who want to help out. The outpouring of support has been wonderful and is very appreciated by Sue [Chris' mother] and her family. Please bear with us for a bit longer until we can get a sense of what the next steps are for Chris, Sue and the family and then we will be able to help in a more organized way. Thank you all again for your continued support."


was the result of more preparation, according to Foxborough Police Chief Edward O'Leary.


When the ceremonial Lei is cut at 8 a.m. next Friday, Trader Joe's will officially be open for business at its location in Foxborough.

To help welcome Trader Joe's to the community, "Pat Patriot" and the 2012-13 Patriots cheerleaders will join Trader Joe’s Captain (store manager) David Ford, Regional VP Chris Maguire and the crew for a lei cutting ceremony to welcome new customers – Trader Joe’s style. The festivities will continue throughout the day with live music, free raffles for prizes, food demos and more.


Foxborough resident Andres Burgos was one of 12 disabled military veterans to enjoy a day at Fenway Park on Aug. 7, which included taking batting practice on the field and tickets to that night's game. The event was courtesy of CVS Caremark.


When school begins in Foxborough on Tuesday, Sept. 4, one classroom in the district will be receiving four iPads as a generous gift from a former employee.

“This donation is really quite wonderful,” said Foxborough Schools Superintendent Debra Spinelli. “We had a staff member who recently retired. She wants to donate four iPads to a very specific program that she worked in while she was in Foxborough Public Schools for the benefit of the students and the teacher in that program.”

The specifics of the donation, according to Spinelli, will remain a secret … at least for now.


Joseph Kennedy III said the best part about his campaign for Congress in the Fourth District has been getting out into the communities and meeting the people he hopes to represent in Washington.

On Thursday, Kennedy did just that when he visited with local firefighters for over half-an-hour and toured the Foxborough Fire Station.

The Fourth District candidate took the opportunity to learn more about the challenges the town’s first responders face and how he can help.


Many of Foxborough’s teachers participated in district sponsored summer curriculum projects, which involved developing and revising curriculum and creating new learning opportunities for students. These projects spanned all grade levels and content areas.

Much of the work involved revising Foxborough’s curriculum to ensure teachers are prepared for the curriculum and instructional shifts required by the new Massachusetts Curriculum Frameworks for English language arts (ELA) and mathematics. The goal of the new standards are to support students as they prepare to go to college or enter the workforce, provide a clear understanding of expectations to parents, teachers and students and ensure students are competitive in the emerging global marketplace. 


One year ago today,

The storm left much of Foxborough and surrounding towns powerless for days, leaving thousands in the dark and residents and town officials without answers. The lack of communication from National Grid to communities during the power outages

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Thursday, Aug. 23:

5:04 p.m. (Suspicious activity)  – Roger E. Hughes, 50, of 284 Thoreau St., Concord, was arrested outside of Stop & Shop Supermarket on Main Street in Foxborough and charged with possession of a Class B drug, larceny over $250 by single scheme, shoplifting by concealing merchandise, two default warrants, one straight warrant and use of false name/social security number.


, Foxborough Public Schools announced it will be implementing a new point of sale system throughout the district designed to speed up cafeteria serving lines and give students more time to enjoy their meals.

Foxborough schools will be implementing NUTRIKIDS, a type of food service management software that enables parents to monitor what types of foods their child is buying and how their money is being spent at lunch.

“We have so many exciting things going on in food service,” said Foxborough Schools Superintendent Debra Spinelli. “We are starting it in a couple of schools right away and then, within a few months, all the schools will have NUTRIKIDS.”


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