Category Archives: Foxborough

Two Days!

Two days until the big day. Foxborough Founders Day. Be there!

http://foxboroughfoundersday.com

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The name is Foxborough!

The Foxboro Reporter has proclaimed the town’s name should be “Foxboro” and “Foxborough” is old and should be left for the cows and farming. Their rationale includes the following points:

1. The Foxboro Company printed the newspaper at one point.
2. The short version saves space in print.
3. The short version saves time and effort when you’re addressing a letter. 4. We are no longer an English colony.
5. Attleborough officialy changed to Attleboro when becoming a “City”.
6. Foxboro is the most efficient spelling and the least cumbersome for a modern era.

Though the newspaper and its parent company The Sun Chronicle use a shorter version, the company does use the original Foxborough for a number of institutions and the town historian.

Their reaoning for using the alternate, shorter version without the “ugh” is flawed. One flawed rationale is we should not use the original Foxborough because it is a throwback to the past but then claimed they would continue to use the shorter version because it “has been our style since The Foxboro Company was the hub of the town.” Both were in the past. (psst: they didn’t mention another shorter version with an apostrophe. Nor did they mention earlier newspapers in town had other names. Nor did they mention their competitors who use Foxborough in their masthead and print.)

To their points of why the short version should be used, the following counterpoints for using the original version are offered: 1. The Foxboro Company no longer exists.
2. We should not be incorrect to save time and space.
3. We do not want to contribute to low intelligence in the country. 4. We should be glad for our heritage and know our history.
5. We don’t have to do what another town or city is doing.
6. It may be shorter but shorter isn’t always good.

An important part of why the old newspaper has the name it does: “On May 1, 1920, the paper was sold to Edgar H Bristol (co-founder of the Foxboro Company).” Foxboro Company (Jan. 1, 1914-Jun. 1990) was sold to a British company.

If we are to wipe out and forget our past and New England’s ties to England, should all cities and towns with names ending in borough, ham, field, burg, ville, and similar terms be changed? That is a very long list. In Massachusetts there are a dozen municipalities in Massachusetts that began with the term “borough”. 1. Attleborough (town 1694 / city Attleboro 1914)
2. Boxborough (town 1835)
3. Foxborough (town 1778)
4. Lanesborough (town 1765)
5. Marlborough (town 1660 / city 1890)
6. Middleborough (town 1669)
7. New Marlborough (town 1775)
8. North Attleborough (town 1887)
9. Northborough (town 1775)
10. Southborough (town 1727)
11. Tyngsborough (town 1809)
12. Westborough (town 1717)
https://www.sec.state.ma.us/cis/cisctlist/ctlistalph.htm

One columnist recently wrote that everyone in town had someone in their family who once worked for the Foxboro Company. This is not true. Were those who worked for the “company” or had family who did or still work for those who purchassed the “company” subconciously indoctrinated by the paycheck to use “Foxboro”? Did their signs around Foxborough have a not so subtle inflluence?

If the newspaper’s real reason for using a shorter version is they owe their allegiance to The Foxboro Company they should claim it; own it. But don’t confuse readers nor the world. Don’t advocate for using a shortened or incorrect spelling (homophone) because it sounds the same. If any student did that in class their grade received would be an “F” for FAILING. Please don’t contribute to the lack of intelligence in our students.

Don’t be fooled by their “logic” and claims they believe “it’s no big deal” how you spell the name of the town. If they didn’t consider it a big deal, why write an editorial about which to use?

The editors asked “Does anyone really object to the shorter version?”
I, for one, and many other residents object to the shorter version and proudly use the correct version of our town’s name: Foxborough!

Question: Who was Foxborough named after and why?

More than 4 hours

The Boss & the E Street Band played on at their last stop on the American leg of The River Tour 2016. They played past Foxborough’s 11:30 PM curfew. All them, by themselves. That’s what makes him The Boss, the amount of hits and art they have put out during their long and storied careers. Great music respected by appreciative, loving fans! They performed a fantastic closing show!

Will Selectmen impose fines?

Who pays the fines– the band, the stadium, the promoter?

If the stadium decides to cut their losses and not have any acts play, there is a minimum payment the town receives ~$1million a year. Every year we benefit from the revenues generated by all kinds of entertainment at stadium. Are we prepared to shoot the golden goose because BOS believes working hours for everyone are during daylight hours and Monday through Friday and football noise is different than noise from other events?

How long will the discussion at the BOS table be– post your guesses in the comments section!

Orpheum For Sale

The Orpheum, a place where many of us saw our first “big screen” movie, is for sale. Were there not enough patrons to shows and movies? What was the first movie or show you saw at Orpheum? What might be your last?

PERCEPTION

The Lone Selectman concerned about PERCEPTION because the Building Inspector’s name was on a grant application to Partners In Patriotism Fund Grants Committee to ask for money for Sharon Wason Pavilion is laughable. The fund is an annual gift of $100,000 from the Kraft Family to be used to better the town. Not only is Partners In Patriotism Board comprised of more than a dozen Foxborough residents who act independently of anyone with the last name of Kraft, they have awarded grants to many town organizations who have town officials among their leadership.

A sitting Selectman, town historian, school committee member and recreation department employee are on Foxborough Common Flagpole Committee and Lone Selectman didn’t have an issue when they received money from PIP. So too for money awarded to other projects and groups like Sam Berns Community Field, HUGS Foxboro, Girl Scouts, Boy Scouts, High School Community Warriors, Foxboro Soccer, Touchdown Club, Discretionary Fund and Foxborough Citizen Corps. No questions were raised about those awards. Is there an axe to grind against the Building Inspector? Or against a Kraft?

The concern about PERCEPTION (or “OPTICS”) is claimed to be based on the January 2016 Chandler Jones medical incident and the media reactions, overreactions, and accusations leveled against Foxborough Police Chief and Fire Department. Anyone who reads newspapers, watches news and was not biased towards the Patriots, Krafts, or town departments or knew our chief’s role in stadium security differs from many other stadiums would have seen the headlines and accusations for what they were: baseless accusation. A canard designed to sell newspapers and gain readership. Our local papers did their journalistic duty and reported the whole story.

Wanting a “separation” between those applying for grants and monies and town employees and officials is fine but the way to do it is not lambaste or punish those who did their homework and knew there was not a quid pro quo going on. Employees and committees do (and need to) apply for grants and funding from agencies and organizations. A number of these -railroad, community, state, federal agencies- appear before town boards infrequently. Town boards and groups are given monetary gifts of items of value from individuals and groups in town, across the country, and worldwide. Each town employee and committee member receives ETHICS TRAINING and can contact the town manager, state attorney generals offices or a lawyer anytime. There is also a disclosure form that can and should be filled out. Seems a NO BRAINER……but not in Foxborough. Can it not be as simple as using common sense and town resources?

The Lone Selectman didn’t raise the spectre of OML Violations complaints against Selectmen and their flat out refusal to answer questions about complaints other than denial of any OML Violations. How were those actions perceived? What is the PERCEPTION of treatment of Rte 1 businesses versus those wantig to do same things on 140, Forbes Plaza. What is the PERCEPTION of being concerned with a seperating wall height in a building, end time of 11:15 PM during Monday thru Thursday vs. 11:50 PM on Friday or Saturday, or football games don’t always end by 11:15 PM on Mondy or Thursday nights?

If it’s all about PERCEPTION, maybe an occassional gaze into a mirror will help.

NEW: Police release details of Chandler Jones’ medical emergency http://www.foxbororeporter.com/articles/2016/02/04/news/doc56981adfd1f99805229070.txt

Chandler Jones incident https://www.boston.com/sports/new-england-patriots/2016/01/14/shirtless-chandler-jones-knelt-down-in-police-parking-lot-appeared-to-be-praying-during-medical-incident

BOS Minutes 1-26-16 http://www.foxboroughma.gov/Pages/FoxboroughMA_BOSMin/Minutes%202016/BOS%20Minutes%201-26-16

Foxborough Central Partners in Patriotism https://archive.org/details/FoxCentral106PartPatriotism

Kraft family fund donates $25,000 in grants http://www.foxbororeporter.com/articles/2015/04/09/news/16913444.txt

Partners in Patriotism raises flagpole fund http://www.foxbororeporter.com/articles/2015/12/24/news/18191567.txt

5K to Sam Berns Community Field https://www.fcatv.org/partners-in-patriotism-fund-gives-5k-to-sam-berns-community-field-project/

Partners In Patriotism http://www.gillettestadium.com/partners-in-patriotism

The Question Has Been Answered! https://foxborough.wordpress.com/2014/09/16/the-question-has-been-answered/

Foxborough group accuses selectmen of prejudice against Kraft Group after denial of liquor license https://www.bostonglobe.com/metro/regionals/south/2013/11/24/foxborough-group-accuses-selectmen-prejudice-against-kraft-group-after-denial-liquor-license/rI8aySAswNK2aO0tNguQyM/story.html

Gillette sessions hit in Foxboro Selectmen face complaints over meeting law talks http://www.thesunchronicle.com/devices/news/local_news/gillette-sessions-hit-in-foxboro/article_ba27ac94-947f-575e-beab-3c64ecd45501.html

DeVellis to Selectmen: ‘Address These Open Meeting Law Accusation” http://patch.com/massachusetts/foxborough/devellis-to-selectmen-address-these-open-meeting-law-accusation

July 8 2014 Open meeting law policy discussion http://www.foxboroughma.gov/Pages/FoxboroughMA_BOSMin/Minutes%202014/July%208,%202014%20Meeting%20Minutes

Open meeting issue still an open wound http://www.foxbororeporter.com/articles/2014/02/19/news/14705651.txt

AG: ‘No violation’ found of Open Meeting Law in Foxboro “The agency previously upheld two of Harding’s four OML complaints ” http://www.thesunchronicle.com/news/local_news/ag-no-violation-found-of-open-meeting-law-in-foxboro/article_cbee16af-624f-5805-bd1b-fee27c3ba3ff.html

Open Meeting Law violation cited in Foxboro http://www.thesunchronicle.com/news/local_news/open-meeting-law-violation-cited-in-foxboro/article_fbc73d21-5c59-5148-a194-cd3136c6fbe8.html

Cured by reading a public statement? http://www.oml.ago.state.ma.us/Search.aspx?section=1

A new flag will be raised over the center of Foxborough on Memorial Day. Be there!

Really, be there! It won’t happen again for a long time! 🙂

Parking Woes

Everyone complains about government. We have one new selectman and a new chairman. Board plans for old fire station and Keatings fell through. What would you like to have there? A restaurant? Apartments? Clothing store? Deli? Coffeeshop? Parking lot? American Legion is being renovated into a cafe style small dining establishment with apartments overhead. What will become of Leowen’s and old CVS/Chic2Chic and George’s/Pawsmopolitan buildings?

Many are complaining about what is not downtown and offering ideas for what they would like there. Among suggestions are things which were once there: cheese shop, a soup place, an artist’s collective, a small restaurant, a deli, a coffeeshop, doughnut store, 5 and dime. Who will open a business here? Who will be their sustaining customer base? One thing we do not have is adequate, close parking for all and it is exacerbated by construction. Will that issue be addressed? Through zoning, eminent domain, business help, or another route?

Last Saturday, there was a vendor fair on the town green, a yard sale across the street, a book sale next door, and businesses open. Parking was difficult to find because the fair vendors parked around the common. Could vendors have unloaded their wares from the rotary parking spaces then parked elsewhere during the fair while other events and surrounding businesses were open and whose patrons would have shorter term parking uses?

Things that make me go “hmmmmmmmmmmm”.

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