Thursday, May 23, 2013
Crossroads Veterans Services District Director Michael Johns assured Foxborough and its officials that the town is in "good shape" despite the impending dissolve of the CVSD at the end of June.
Despite the sudden – and shocking – dissolve of the Crossroads Veterans Services District, CVSD director Michael Johns told selectmen Tuesday Foxborough is moving on and “is going to be fine.” “We are in good shape,” Johns said regarding veteran services in Foxborough. “I will continue services and we won’t skip a beat. The services will be no less than they were in the district and we should be in good shape. I think Foxborough came out of this least harmed of all.” Just over three weeks ago, Mansfield’s Board of Selectmen agreed to leave the veterans district, following Easton’s decision to do so a few weeks earlier. Mansfield’s decision on May 1st effectively dissolved the four-town district that also included Norton. “I was shocked,” …
Thursday, April 25, 2013
Easton officials cited "cultural differences" with the other towns, including Foxborough, in the district.
Easton selectmen voted unanimously Monday to leave the Crossroads Veterans Services District and hire its own full-time veteran's agent. The decision came after Easton Town Administrator David Colton sent a memo to selectmen recommending the town leave the district, citing "cultural" differences with other towns involved. Easton is a member of the district with Foxborough, Norton and Mansfield. "Although, cost-savings was not the reason to create the district, avoiding the costs associated with this 'mission creep' is a good reason to consider leaving," he wrote in his memo. The board's unanimous vote (Todd Gornstein was not present) came as welcomed news for Easton's veterans who were in the audience Monday. The decision to join the four-…
Wednesday, January 2, 2013
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.
Michael Johns, Deputy Director of Crossroads Veterans Service District, told Foxborough’s Board of Selectmen in December the town has applied for a Community Innovation Challenge grant to reach out to more veterans and deliver better services across the four-town district. “[The grant] is technology-based through the state and it is looking for innovative services through regionalization or [a] district,” Johns said. “We fall right in there.” The Crossroads Veterans Service District (CVSD), established last year, consists of Foxborough, Mansfield, Norton and Easton. The $191,650 grant would be shared amongst those four communities to help the three VSOs in the district communicate through improved telephone and computer services. “Wherever…
Monday, November 12, 2012
The community gathered Saturday at Foxborough High School for the town’s annual Veterans Day ceremony to honor and thank those who have served and presently serve in the country’s armed forces.
Veterans have given so much to this country and on Saturday, the Foxborough community gathered in the high school auditorium to say “thank you.” The town’s Veterans Day ceremony featured music from the Serenading Seniors and messages of thanks and appreciation to the town’s veterans and current active military service members. Among the messages shared Saturday, it was the one from a Foxborough High School senior that perfectly put into perspective the true meaning of Veterans Day. “We wouldn’t be living in the Land of the Free if it weren’t for the brave and those brave people are the veterans,” said FHS Senior Emma Carleton. Isn’t that the truth. Carleton thanked veterans for being “so much more than a person who fought in a war” and for…
Here's a look at what is opened and closed in Foxborough on Veterans Day, a federal holiday.
Veterans Day—formerly Armistice Day—dates back to 1918, when Allied nations and Germany agreed to cease fire on the 11th hour of the 11th day of the 11th month, Nov. 11. The Treaty of Versailles wasn’t signed until the following June, officially ending the war, but Nov. 11 is generally regarded as the end of “the war to end all wars.” Along the way, the national holiday grew to become a day to honor veterans from all wars. Veterans Day 2012 was Sunday but many will observe the federal holiday Monday, meaning a lot of people will have the day off from work. Here’s how the closures may impact you: Government offices: Federal, state, county and municipal offices and courts will be closed. Emergency services: Law enforcement and firefighters …
Sunday, November 11, 2012
Honor Foxborough's veterans by saying thank you on Veterans Day! Send us the names of those you would like to honor, thank, and remember this Veterans Day by posting in the comments section below!
Sunday, November 11, 2012
According to the U.S. Department of Veterans' Affairs website, in November 1919, when President Wilson proclaimed Nov. 11 as the first commemoration of "Armistice Day," what would eventually become Veterans Day, he said the day, "...will be filled with solemn pride in the heroism of those who died in the country’s service and with gratitude for the victory…." The day was officially recognized by Congress with a concurrent resolution in 1926 and then modified in 1954 to become "Veterans Day" as we know it today, but the "solemn pride" Wilson commemorated in that original proclamation is still shown by communities all over the country every Nov. 11. So Foxborough, in honor of Veterans Day, we want to hear from you! Foxborough Patch will …