"Five Things you Need to Know Today" is a Patch column that provides readers with essential, daily information at a glance.
1. Labor Day Weekend Weather Forecast
If you like sunny weather and comfortable temperatures, the weather forecast this holiday weekend is pretty perfect.
Temperatures will be in the mid to upper 70s in Stoughton Saturday, Sunday and on Labor Day - Monday, September 3. There will be some clouds, but no precipitation, according to Accuweather and the National Weather Service.
2. Borrow a Kindle from the Stoughton Public Library
You can now check out a Kindle for two weeks from the Stoughton Public Library (for free).
Kindles come preloaded with a selection of popular titles. See a library staff member for more information.
You must be 18 or older and a Stoughton resident in order to borrow a Kindle.
3. 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.
4. Flags at Half-Staff
The U.S. and state flags will be lowered to half-staff from sunrise until sunset on Friday, August 31, 2012 in honor of astronaut Neil Armstrong who died August 25. Armstrong was the first man to walk on the moon.
Flags will also be lowered to half-staff at all state buildings from sunrise until sunset on Saturday, September 1, 2012 in honor of U.S. Army PFC Michael R. Demarsico II of North Adams who was killed in action in Afghanistan on August 16, 2012.
5. Real Time Traffic (and Gas Prices) on Stoughton Patch
Traveling this holiday 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.