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Week in Review: Cupcake Shop Coming to Town, Longest Tenured Patriots Employee Dies, Brown Water Update & More

A recap of this week's headlines from Dec. 30 to Jan. 5.

Miss anything in Foxborough this week? 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:

Cupcake Charlie’s Coming to Foxborough in 2013

Less than two weeks after an award-winning sandwich shop opened at Patriot Place's North Marketplace the Foxborough shopping, dining and entertainment complex has announced plans to add an award-winning cupcake bakery in 2013.

Cupcake Charlie's, an award-winning gourmet cupcake bakery, offers sweet treats in an inviting and fun atmosphere. While details of the opening date are still being finalized, Patriot Place expects the bakery to open in the North Marketplace some time in 2013.

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Incidents reported in Foxborough’s police logs from Dec. 27-31.

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Patriots Longest Tenured Employee Dies

The New England Patriots were in mourning Tuesday after learning that Don Brocher, the team’s equipment manager and longest tenured employee in franchise history, lost his season-long battle against leukemia early Tuesday morning.

The 2012 season was his 41st with the Patriots. On Nov. 23, 2012 he celebrated his 60th birthday.

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Patriots to Hold Memorial Service for Equipment Manager Don Brocher on Jan. 5

For 41 years, Don Brocher traveled to Foxborough ready for work and to help others.

It was that selfless attitude and the love for his job with the New England Patriots that left a lasting impression on many within the organization, including Patriots head coach Bill Belichick.

“He was never one to complain, never one to talk about how he was doing, he was just there to help the rest of us,” Belichick said during Wednesday’s press conference. “We’ll miss him.”

Brocher lost his battle to Leukemia early Tuesday morning, passing away peacefully at Massachusetts General Hospital with his loving wife Laurie, family and friends by his side. He was 60 years old.

A memorial service for Brocher was held in the East Putnam Club at Gillette Stadium on Saturday, Jan. 5. Doors open at 10:30 a.m.

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FRCS Warns Parents Not to Drop Off/Pick Up Children Along Route 140

Citing an ongoing issue with parents dropping off and/or picking up students along Route 140, Foxborough Regional Charter School has issued the following warning:

“Do not drop your children off or pick them up at the Mobil Station, across the street in the office complex or anywhere along Route 140,” the FRCS message read. “Not only is this a safety hazard for your children but the police have taken notice and will take action directly with families who continue to misuse private property.”

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Who Should Run for Foxborough Town Office This Spring?

The first day to pull nomination papers is not until Jan. 22 but with 14 town positions on the ballot in May we wanted to get an early start and ask who would you like to see run?

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77 Percent Will Pay More In Taxes in 2013 Under Fiscal Cliff Deal

Despite the House and Senate reaching a Fiscal Cliff deal, 77 percent of Americans will pay more in taxes in 2013.

That's because even though just 1 percent of households will pay higher income taxes, an increase in federal payroll taxes will hit nearly every wage earner, according to analysis by the Tax Policy Center.

Individuals earning between $40,000 and $50,000 a year face an average tax increase of $579 in 2013, according to the Tax Policy Center's analysis.

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Completion of Water Treatment Plant Could Reduce Brown Water in Foxborough by Summer 2013

As many residents continue to experience brown water throughout town there may be a remedy to the problem coming to the east side of town by early summer 2013.

Foxborough DPW Director Roger Hill recently told Foxborough Patch the $6.8 million water treatment plant off Oak Street is on target to be completed by early summer. Once online, the plant will remove iron and manganese from the water – the primary cause of brown water in town – and add chemicals to reduce the corrosive acidity of the water.

“That [plant is] under construction right now,” Hill said. … “All the masonry work is done at the plant. Some of the roof is on.”

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A True Patriot: Foxborough Native Named Patriots Fan of the Year

Forty years ago, U.S. Air Force master sergeant Kevin John Kelley was born a New England Patriots fan and grew up in Foxborough rooting for the home team. 

On Sunday, the Patriots rewarded Kelley for his lifelong devotion to the team by naming him the 2012 Fan of the Year prior to its game with the Miami Dolphins at Gillette Stadium.

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Foxborough has applied for a Community Innovation Challenge grant that will, if awarded, benefit the four-town Crossroads Veterans Service District as it sets out to reach more veterans and deliver better services.

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A Look at Patriots 2013 Opponents

The New England Patriots will face five teams in 2013 that made the playoffs in 2012, including the AFC's top seed (Denver Broncos) and the NFC's top seed (Atlanta Falcons).

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Foxborough's JW Masonry Paves 'Pathway to Help' for Abused Children at Local Advocacy Center

JW Masonry owner and crew gave back to the Foxborough community last weekend by donating time and materials to literally pave the path for abused children to get help at the Norfolk Advocates for Children center in town.

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Patrick-Murray Administration Awards $102K Grant to Foxborough Business

The Foxborough business' $102,220 grant is part of a $6.8 million Workforce Training Fund Grant package given to 87 Massachusetts companies.

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PHOTOS: Foxborough Basketball Scenes from Friday Night's Tilt with Unbeaten Taunton

The Foxborough boys' basketball team lost to Taunton, 62-54 Friday night at Foxborough High School.

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Police Report Just 29 Custodies During Patriots Regular Season Finale at Gillette Stadium

The following is a summary of police activity and incidents reported from Sunday’s NFL regular season finale between the New England Patriots and Miami Dolphins at Gillette Stadium, as reported in Foxborough's police logs.

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An Inside Look at the Red Wing Diner and More Nearby Restaurant News

We know Foxborough residents don’t just stay in town when they want a night out and a break from cooking.  

Restaurant coming and goings, new business and the best dishes and recipes are among the items that have appeared on Patch sites around the region over the past month.

Click here for a look at the restaurant and food stories covered in the past month. 

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Foxborough’s Top 10 Sports Moments of 2012

Athletic programs at Foxborough High School enjoyed plenty of success in 2012 as several teams qualified for postseason play, others won division titles and the Foxborough High School football team did something it hadn’t done in five years … beat Mansfield. With the end of 2102, Foxborough Patch looked back at the 10 best sports moments from Foxborough High School this year. 

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Add Your Own: 2012 in Photos

A look back at this year's best and most memorable photos in Foxborough. Add your own by uploading your photos to the gallery in the article.

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Top 10 Most Expensive Homes Sold in Foxborough in 2012

We look back at the top 10 priced homes that sold in Foxborough in 2012. View the photo gallery below for details on the 10 homes.

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Drunk driving arrests by Massachusetts State Police increased by 30 percent or more than 1,100 drivers, said Massachusetts State Police Superintendent Colonel Timothy Allen at a press conference outside of Massachusetts State Police headquarters in Framingham last week.

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