Now’s your chance to be a Patriots cheerlader

FOXBOROUGH — The New England Patriots cheerleaders will hold open auditions for the 2017 squad on Saturday, March 4, inside the Pieri Gymnasium at Dean College in Franklin, according to a press release.

Registration begins at 9:30 a.m., with the day concluding at 7 p.m., for those advancing past all rounds of the preliminary tryout.

From a biochemical research associate and an electrical engineer to a nursing assistant, financial planner and middle school teacher, last year’s team was comprised of a spirited group hailing from a number of exciting and eclectic backgrounds, the release said.

Approximately 28 members will make up the 2017 squad. All women 18 years or older are invited to audition.

Aspiring members must first complete an online application via the Gillette Stadium website. On the day of the auditions, candidates will be taught choreographed dance routines and will be given an opportunity to perform a freestyle combination. At the end of the preliminary rounds, judges will narrow the field to 40-50 women.

The group will be invited to the final round of auditions Saturday, March 18. A more detailed description of the audition process can be found at

In addition to performing at all Patriots home games in front of nearly 70,000 fans, those selected will have the opportunity to participate in various community-involvement experiences, and are requested to attend a minimum of two rehearsals per week.

Members of the squad will also be able to take part in a number of travel opportunities including a trip to the Dominican Republic in June for their annual calendar and video shoot. Since Sept. 11, 2001, cheerleaders have visited deployed military troops in more than 25 countries and performed in over two dozen combat areas.

Most recently, during the team’s trip to Houston for Super Bowl LI, cheerleaders appeared on nationally-televised programs such as “Good Morning America,” ESPN’s “First Take” and “Inside Edition.” The squad has also been featured in the Sports Illustrated Swimsuit Edition, Maxim and Muscle and Fitness Hers.

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Apply for Civilian Police Academy in Saugus


SAUGUS — The Saugus Police Department is accepting applications for its 9-week Civilian Police Academy program.

The academy is free to the public and begins on Feb. 15. The department offers the program to inform community members about a wide range of police-related topics, including firearms awareness, domestic violence, juvenile and drug problems, accidents, motor vehicle law, and patrol procedures.

Participants will go for a ride-along with a police officer and tour the Middleton House of Correction.   

Applications are available online at under the News section and on the Saugus Police Department’s Facebook page. Completed applications should be mailed, dropped off at the Police Department at 27 Hamilton Street in Saugus or emailed to by Tuesday.

Residents 18 and older who are interested in becoming a police officer or curious about the inner-workings of the police department are encouraged to sign up.

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KIPP Academy Lynn Elementary, Middle, and High Schools are free, open enrollment, charter public schools serving students grades K-2 and 5-12 in the 2017-2018 school year. KIPP welcomes all families interested in enrolling their children at KIPP to fill out an application to enter into the random lottery, which will be held the week of Feb. 27, 2017. Lottery applications and additional information are available at or can be picked up at 90 High Rock St., and 20 Wheeler St., Suite 404.

The deadline to submit lottery forms is Friday, Feb. 24 at 5 p.m. Late applications cannot be accepted.

KIPP staff and leadership will be hosting Open Houses at 90 High Rock St. (middle and high schools) on Thursday, Jan. 26 and Thursday, Feb. 9 from 5-7 p.m.

KIPP’s program is based on a longer school day and year, academic and character development, a relentless focus on student outcomes and college graduation, and support for students to and through college and career.

If you have questions, please call:

KIPP Academy Lynn Elementary School (grades K-2)
Rebecca Hazlett 781-558-9263

KIPP Academy Lynn Middle School (grades 5-8)
Mariela Alvarez 781-598-1609 ext 1133

KIPP Academy Lynn Collegiate High School (grades 9-12)
Monica Bruno 781-598-1609 ext 1134