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5 Things, August 10: Flamingo Flocking Fundraiser Sponsored by SHS Class of 2013

Five Things You Need to Know Today: Flamingo Flocking Fundraiser; Sales Tax Holiday Planned for This Weekend in Massachusetts; Free Golf Clinics for Veterans on Fridays ; and more...

"Five Things you Need to Know Today" is a Patch column that provides readers with essential, daily information at a glance.

1. Flamingo Flocking Fundraiser

If you start to see a bunch of plastic flamingos popping up around town, there is a good reason why.

The is holding a "Flamingo Flocking Fundraiser."

From the SHS Flamingo Flocking website:

"You can flock a friend for a donation as low as $15.  Upon receipt of your order form and donation, a volunteer will secretly place a flock of SHS flamingos in the requested friend’s front yard from Monday - Friday (flamingos rest on weekends).  Birds and signs will be delivered in the early morning and will remain in the yard for no more than 48 hours.  A notice will be attached explaining the removal policy, how to order the flamingos to be “forwarded,” and how to buy flamingo “insurance”. Sorry, our birds may not migrate outside of the SHS district boundaries, or be placed onto public property or at apartment complexes!"

"Flocking is done in good spirits and is not meant to be malicious," the website states. If your yard is flocked, there is no cost for removing the flamingos, although a donation is appreciated. If you don't want to be flocked there is "flamingo insurance" that can be "purchased" (a.k.a. making a donation to the Class of 2013).

Questions? Call the SHS Flamingo Hotline at 781-436-0825.

For more information and for how to order flamingos or flamingo insurance, click here.

2. Sales Tax Holiday Planned for This Weekend in Massachusetts

The two-day holiday in Massachusetts is set for next weekend, Saturday, August 11, and Sunday, August 12.

The tax holiday will lift the 6.25 percent levy on most items selling for less than $2,500 this weekend.

Excluded from the tax holiday are restaurant meals, cars, motorboats, tobacco and any item that costs more than $2,500.

3. Weekend Weather Forecast

Could be a wet weekend in the Stoughton area. According to the National Weather Service, Friday, August 10 should be partly cloudy with a high temperature in the low 80s, with a chance of scattered showers and thunderstorms after 1 p.m.

Saturday, August 11 is projected to be the wettest of the weekend days, with showers likely and the possibility of thunderstorms being added into the mix. Some of the showers could produce heavy rain. High temperature will be in the low to mid 80s.

Sunday, August 12 will see a slight chance of showers and thunderstorms before 11 a.m. Otherwise it will be partly sunny, with a high temperature in the mid to upper 80s.

4. Free Golf Clinics for Veterans on Fridays

As a way to thank veterans for their service, there will be free golf instruction for veterans at the on Park St. in Stoughton by Bob Beach, PGA Golf Professional, on Fridays in August (August 3, 10, 17 and 24).

All clinics run from noon till 1 p.m. Clinics are sponsored by Golf for All.

5. Real Time Traffic (and Gas Prices) on Stoughton Patch

Traveling this weekend and want to check the traffic before you hit the road?

You can do that right on Stoughton Patch thanks to our partners from MapQuest.

Get the latest traffic patterns and the cheapest gas prices in the Stoughton area (and beyond) by clicking here.

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