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5 Things, August 3: Sales Tax Holiday Next Weekend in Massachusetts

Five Things You Need to Know Today: Sales Tax Holiday Planned for Next Weekend; Sobriety Checkpoint This Weekend; Storytime with Clifford the Big Red Dog; And More...

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

1. Sales Tax Holiday Planned for Next Weekend in Massachusetts

Massachusetts lawmakers included a two-day sales tax holiday as part of a jobs bill passed earlier this week.

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 next weekend.

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

Since 2004, the State Legislature has approved a two-day tax holiday every year, with the exception of 2009.

2. State Police to Run "Sobriety Checkpoint" in Norfolk County This Weekend

The following is from the Massachusetts State Police:

Colonel Timothy P. Alben, Superintendent of the Massachusetts State Police, announced that a “Sobriety Checkpoint” will be implemented by the Massachusetts State Police on a public way in Norfolk County Friday, August 3, into Saturday, August 4. 

The purpose is to further educate the motoring public and strengthen the public’s awareness to the need of detecting and removing those motorists who operate under the influence of alcohol and/or drugs from our roadways. 

It will be operated during varied hours, the selection of vehicles will not be arbitrary, safety will be assured, and any inconveniences to motorists will be minimized with advance notice to reduce fear and anxiety.

3. Storytime LIVE with Clifford the Big Red Dog!

Come join on Saturday, August 4, 2012 from 11 a.m. - 1 p.m. for their first Storytime LIVE with Clifford!

Clifford will read stories to the children, be available for photos and light refreshments will be served!

Bring your family, friends and neighbors!

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. Weekend Weather Forecast

Friday, August 3 will be partly sunny in the low 90s, with a chance of thunderstorms in the later afternoon and evening hours (after 4 p.m.)

Saturday, August 4 will also be partly sunny, with a high of about 88. There will be a chance of scattered showers in the afternoon between 1 p.m. and 5 p.m.

Sunday, August 5 won't be as hot as the previous two days, with a high around 82. Once again, there is a chance of showers and thunderstorms, especially after 9 p.m.

For a more detailed 7-day forecast, click here.

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