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Week in Review: FHS Seniors Graduates, Hazeldines Delay Eviction, and Tebow Comes to Town

A look at the top stories from the past week.

Caps Off to 'One of the Greatest Classes' to Ever Graduate Foxborough High School

On Sunday, 209 Foxborough High School seniors became the 138th class to graduate from FHS and will leave a lasting legacy of greatness.

Foxborough Schools Superintendent Debra Spinelli echoed Sunday what many around the school district have been saying about the Class of 2013 for most of the year, "You turned out so great that just a few days ago at Class Day you had many people acknowledging that you are one of the greatest classes ever to come through Foxborough High School."

"And you are," Spinelli said. ... "Class of 2013 is remarkable."

Spinelli told Sunday's graduates their greatness already lies in each one of them and it can be found in "just the right blend of talent, humility, humor, quirkiness, dedication, integrity, loyalty and service. Sprinkled with just a touch of mischief."

 

Patriots Sign Quarterback Tim Tebow

Welcome to Foxborough, Tim Tebow.

The New England Patriots had the former New York Jets and Denver Broncos quarterback in mini-camp Tuesday after he signed a contract, according to the ESPN and the NFL Network.

Tebow was selected in the first round by current Patriots offensive coordinator Josh McDaniels in 2010 after a Heisman Trophy winning career at the University of Florida.

"Tim is talented player, works hard," said Patriots head coach Bill Belichick in Tuesday's press conference. "(We're) what's best for the team.

 

Catch of the Day: Foxborough Fishing Derby Reels in Over 300 Participants Sunday

A crowd of over 300 people – including 200 children – casted out lines in Neponset River Sunday for the Foxborough Recreation Department’s annual fishing derby.

Fish of all kinds were caught, measured and released and a great time was had by all, including Gene “The Fishing Machine” Ellison, a professional bass angler in town for the annual derby.

“Had a blast meeting new fishing friends at the Foxboro Kids Fishing Derby,” Ellison said via his Facebook page. “Thanks to the Foxboro Recreation Department on a great job. Thanks to all of the parents and kids who participated (300-plus) and special thanks to my friends at Bass Pro Shops, Tony, Manny and all for helping me get my awesome wrapped Nitro Z-9 bass boat and Tundra un-stuck from the wooded access road. We had a blast.”

 

Community Helps Hazeldines Delay Eviction to July; Donations Needed to Keep Family in Foxborough

For months the community has rallied behind John and Julienne Hazeldine to help the longtime Foxborough residents fend off several eviction notices and finally buy back their 27 Spring St. home from Direct Federal Credit Union (DFCU) after the bank purchased the property in foreclosure last September.

That collective fight brought good news to the Hazeldines this week just days after the local couple was served eviction papers ordering they vacate the property by Wednesday morning.

Those appeals have reportedly helped the Hazeldines delay eviction (again) to July 16th  following a meeting Monday between the legal principals – Hazeldine’s lawyer, the Attorney General’s Office, DFCU and Boston Community Capital (the Hazeldines’ potential mortgage lender) ­– according to Foxborough resident Bill Milhomme, who posted a on the “Save John and Julienne Hazeldine from Home Eviction” Facebook page.

 

Foxborough Selectmen Ratify Vote on Town Manager’s Contract

Foxborough’s Board of Selectmen ratified its May 29th vote in executive session not to renew Town Manager Kevin Paicos’ contract beyond June 30, 2014 by bringing the result – and explanation - of that vote to the public Tuesday.

The board voted unanimously not to renew the town manager’s contract beyond the current four-year term that expires on June 30, 2014.

Just prior to the May 29th meeting to discuss Paicos’ contract, the board received new documents from Paicos and chose - just minutes after opening in public session - to go into executive session to review the documents and discuss contract strategy.

 

Foxborough Burglary Suspect Calls Tow Truck After Vehicle Gets Stuck at Scene

A suspected burglar in a daytime breaking and entering Tuesday on Bailey Street may have aided police in the investigation when he got his getaway vehicle stuck at the crime scene.

“The burglar had to call a tow truck because he had driven his vehicle behind the house to hide it from being in the driveway and he got stuck,” said Foxborough Police Chief Edward O’Leary following Tuesday’s incident. “The tow truck operator was the one who called the police about suspicious activity. Once the car was pulled out the [suspect] jumped in the vehicle and drove across the lawn to get away.”

O’Leary said the tow truck operator called police to the scene and after an initial investigation discovered the break-in.

“Unfortunately for the bad guy we have a good description of the truck he used and more importantly his license plate number,” O’Leary said.

The suspect, according to O’Leary, used a vehicle owned by his mother, which prompted police to speak to her Tuesday night and gather more information.

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