The owners of Gillette Stadium have added new amenties to the top level of the Foxborough facility, including communal spaces sponsored by JetBlue and Union Point for fans to socialize and have new choices in food and beverages. They also added a 10-inch-wide food and drink rail encircling the Upper Concourse that allows more fans to gather and overlook the playing field. “When fans look up at the Super Bowl championship banners, they’ll see Union Point,” said Jim Nolan, chief operating officer of the New England Patriots. The projects cost about $20 million, said Jeremie Smith, a Patriots spokesman.
Quincy College recently started an athletic program and has joined the National Junior College Athletic Association to offer competitive sports for students. The college will offer men’s soccer and basketball during the 2017-2018 academic year, with plans to add women’s soccer and basketball the following year. “It came up through the student body to create an athletics department,” said Taggart Boyle, associate vice president at the college. It “inspired the administration to pursue the accreditors and put this in motion.” The college has hired an athletic director and two head coaches to lead the department.
Students at Marshfield High School have a new schoolmate: Nala, a 13-week-old German shepherd. “She’s there every morning,” Superintendent Jeffrey Granatino said of the special pooch. “Students will come by and give her a little pat, and it puts a smile on their face. She’ll provide support for students who might be facing a lot of stress, say, prior to an exam.” Nala will be cared for by Rebecca O’Dowd, an adjustment counselor at the high school. She even has her own ID badge and Twitter profile,
@NalaMHS, where students and faculty can track her progress. The dog was purchased and trained for about $3,200 with grants provided by the Marshfield Education Foundation.
Puratos Boston, a Belgium-based company specializing in bakery, pastry, and chocolate products, has returned to the area with a new office facility in Norwood. The company celebrated its grand opening at 83 Morse St. with a ribbon-cutting on Sept. 7. “It’s a very important moment for Puratos to be back,” said Daniel Malcorps, the company’s chief executive. “We started with roots in the US in 1975 in Boston.” The company, which later moved to New Jersey before heading overseas, spent $1.5 million to create the 5,300-square-foot Norwood facility that will bring together the company’s management, sales, customer service, and technical teams.