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Week in Review: AdCom Opposes Turf Field Project, Selectmen Reach Out to Kraft Group, Town Hall Update and More

A recap of this week's headlines from Nov. 26-30.

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:

Advisory Committee Will Not Recommend Turf Field Project at Town Meeting

When the warrant article for the proposed turf field project is presented at Town Meeting on Dec. 11, it will not have the support of Foxborough’s Advisory Committee.

failed to meet the approval of the Advisory Committee after a nearly two-and-a-half hour discussion at Wednesday’s meeting.

AdCom voted 9-3 against recommending Article 6 at December’s Special Town Meeting.

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Foxborough Official Hopes to Reopen Negotiations with the Kraft Group

Foxborough Board of Selectmen chair James DeVellis has reached out to the Kraft Group through Town Counsel Richard Gelerman with hopes of reopening negotiations with the company regarding development along Route 1.

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Selectmen Split on Turf Field Project

While the school department’s support of a community turf field in Foxborough has been overwhelming the same cannot be said for the town’s Board of Selectmen.

On Nov. 20, selectmen were split in their support of Article 6 of the Dec. 11 Special Town Meeting Warrant, voting 2-2. Board of Selectmen chair James DeVellis recused himself from the table because he is the chair of the Turf’s Up committee, a community group that has spent the last four years trying to bring a turf field to Foxborough.

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138 Foxborough Cases May be Affected by State Drug Lab Scandal

The Norfolk County District Attorney's office notified the Foxborough Police Department that 138 cases had gone through the now closed Jamaica Plain drug testing lab where a chemist is accused of tainting drug samples.

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Paicos: Post Office Building 'Promising' Option for New Town Hall

Foxborough Town Manager Kevin Paicos informed the Board of Selectmen at Tuesday’s meeting the post office building on Wall Street looks to be a “very promising” option for a new Town Hall.

“We had the walk through and it was very promising,” Paicos said, referring to a recent tour of the post office he and other town officials participated in. … “We had a very productive meeting and for the first time I think I saw a lot of people coming together around this Town Hall concept and that’s real promising so I’d like to keep that momentum moving.”

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Parents Say Kraft 'Partly to Blame' for Death of Two Women in 2008 Crash

The family of a young woman killed in a 2008 car crash following a Country Music Festival concert at Gillette Stadium has filed a lawsuit against New England Patriots owner Robert Kraft, claiming he is "partly responsible" for the tragedy.

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Foxborough Officials Hear National Grid’s Plan to Address Union Loop

Several Foxborough officials met with nearly a dozen National Grid representatives, including president Marcy Reed, Wednesday to discuss the town’s ongoing issue with the Union Loop.

“We discussed National Grid’s one-to-four-year plan to immediately address the Union Loop and their five-plus-year-plan to address adding a 115KV source to Foxborough, which would give our residents and businesses a much higher level of service and redundancy when we encounter more storms,” said Board of Selectmen chair James DeVellis.

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Foxborough's Board of Selectmen issued penalties to Foxboro Mandarin and Blue Fin Lounge for serving alcohol to a minor during a compliance check on Sept. 27. Foxboro Mandarin will face the following penalties:

  • Letter of Reprimand
  • Waiver of right to appeal to the Massachusetts Alcoholic Beverages Control Commission
  • Cover the town's costs incurred during public hearing
  • Suspend liquor license on Tuesday, Dec. 4 from 6 p.m. to closing

Blue Fin Lounge will face the following penalties:

  • Letter of Reprimand
  • Waiver of right to appeal to the Massachusetts Alcoholic Beverages Control Commission
  • Cover the town's costs incurred during public hearing
  • Suspend liquor license on Tuesday, Dec. 4 from 6 p.m. to closing

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A Closer Look at Foxborough's Special Town Meeting Warrant

Voters at the Dec. 11 special town meeting will review, discuss and decide on 13 warrant articles ranging from police and fire contracts to a proposed turf field at the high school.

The lone "big ticket" expected to be voted on at the December meeting is Article 6, the proposed turf field project presented by Turf's Up and sponsored by the School Committee.

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Gov. Patrick Names Foxborough Native Chief of Staff

Foxborough native Brendan Ryan, currently serving as Gov. Deval Patrick's Director of Communications, has been appointed Chief of Staff.

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Patriot Place GM Thrilled to Bring Capriotti's Sandwich Shop to New England

Capriotti's Sandwich Shop, famously known for its signature "Bobbie" subs, is excited to bring its award-winning handcrafted sandwiches and unique menu items to 282 Patriot Pl. by the end of 2012.

That excitement, according to Patriot Place General Manager Brian Earley, is mutual.

"We could not be happier to have successful national brands like Capriotti’s looking at Patriot Place as their entre into the [New England] market," Earley said. "We have a number of similar launches with tenants new to the market and all have done very well. Also, this particular use, fresh made sandwiches, will be a great addition to our quick serve restaurant lineup."

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Here's a brief roundup of Foxborough news and information gathered from Tuesday’s Board of Selectmen meeting.

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Where To Buy Your Christmas Tree in Foxborough

Want to buy your Christmas tree in Foxborough this year? Look no further than one of the following places recommended by Foxborough Patch readers.

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