Around Town: $500 Donation, Town Hall Repairs, Update on Christopher Knight’s Condition and More

Here’s an overview of town happenings and business discussed this week.

Foxborough Board of Selectmen chair James DeVellis said at Tuesday’s meeting Building Inspector Bill Casbarra and a consultant have been putting together a presentation of “quick fixes” that need to be done at Town Hall immediately “to move in the direction of making it more livable.”

DeVellis said the board is expected to hear from Casbarra at its Sept. 18 meeting.

Selectmen Accept $500 Donation to Recreation Gift Fund

The Board of Selectmen accepted a $500 donation from ING to the Recreation Gift Fund for volunteer hours.

Update on Christopher Knight – Foxborough Boy Struck by Truck Last Week

Laura Brodeur, a friend and neighbor of the Knight family, told Foxborough Patch Thursday Christopher Knight has “made an amazing progress” while recovering from the Aug. 27 accident on Baker Street.

“Chris was moved out of the Pediatric ICU [Wednesday] and to a regular hospital room,” Brodeur said. “He will likely be transferred to a rehabilitation facility [Friday]. If he continues to progress as expected we are hopeful that he may be able to come home next week.”

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Knight has been recovering from surgery after suffering severe injuries from the accident.

“He is determined to come home and I think that is helping his recovery,” said Brodeur.

DeVellis offered his thoughts to the Knight family at Tuesday’s meeting.

“Quick thoughts to the Knight family,” DeVellis said. “It’s a tough time for the family and I know there’s been a lot of community support, which is nice to see Foxborough do and if you can continue to reach out, I’m sure they appreciate that.”

Selectmen Continue to Hold Office Hours on First Tuesday of Each Month

Selectmen reminded the public during Tuesday’s meeting that the board is continuing to hold office hours at Town Hall on the first Tuesday of each month. The morning session is from 10 a.m. to noon and the evening session is from 5 to 6:30 p.m.

“Anyone can come and voice their opinion, ask questions or let their thoughts be known,” said selectman Virginia Coppola.

DeVellis Thanks Foxboro Jaycees, Cable Access

DeVellis publicly thanked the Jaycees and Foxboro Cable Access for another year of free Concerts on the Common this summer.

“I want to thank the Foxboro Jaycees and Foxboro Cable Access [for the Concerts on the Common series],” DeVellis said. “I think they were pretty well attended and people came with their families. … There were a lot of volunteers and a lot of corporate sponsors for each event.”

This summer’s concert series marked the 20th year the Foxboro Jaycees and Foxboro Cable Access have offered the event to the community.

Temporary Alcohol Licenses Approved in Town for Upcoming Events

The Board of Selectmen approved the following temporary licenses:

  • Two one-day beer and wine licenses for the J. Polep Distributors Trade Show to be held at Christina’s Fireside Grill on Sept. 18
  • One one-day beer and wine license for a music festival to be held at the Orpheum on Saturday, Sept. 8
  • Two one-day beer and wine licenses for a motorcycle run to benefit children with special needs to be held on Sept. 30 with a rain date of Oct. 14 or Oct. 28. The event will be held at 105 Washington St.

Town Manager Kevin Paicos said Foxborough Police Chief Edward O’Leary had no issues with any of the license requests.

Reminder: McGinty Family Fun Day is Saturday

Cindy McGinty and her family will return to Foxborough on Sept. 8 to hold this year’s McGinty Family Fun Day on Foxboro Common in remembrance of her husband, Michael McGinty, who was killed in the attacks at the World Trade Center on Sept. 11, 2001 at the age of 42.

Michael McGinty’s memory lives on through the annual event on Foxboro Common by offering the community an enjoyable afternoon of fun, food and community service.

Entry to this year’s event is $5 per person or $20 per family. The event will be held from 11:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. on the Common.

Three bands will be performing at this year’s event – 36 Red, Odyssey and the Brass Daddies and Blood Sweat & Swing. Food will be prepared by Loewen’s Deli.

Other attractions include: a balloon man, moon walks and an inflatable obstacle course, games, crafts, face painting and tattoos, cookie decorating, Karate demonstration by Personal Best students and raffle prizes, including a signed football by New England Patriots tight end Aaron Hernandez.

Foxborough resident and Fox 25 news anchor Maria Stephanos will once again speak during the event’s opening ceremony and St. Mary’s Children’s Choir will sing the National Anthem.

Proceeds raised from McGinty Family Fun Day will go towards the McGinty Scholarship Foundation, which is named in loving memory of Michael McGinty. The foundation awards two $2,500 scholarships each year to college-bound Foxborough residents.

Volunteers run McGinty Family Fun Day, with several groups and businesses donating their time, talent and money. The event is sponsored by the Foxboro Never Forgets, a committee that includes founder Chris Mitchell and his wife Paula, who serves as coordinator of the McGinty Family Fun Day. 

“It’s a fantastic day,” DeVellis said … “A lot of stuff for the kids.”


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