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5 Things, January 10: Find Out How to Keep Your Family Drug-Free

Five Things You Need to Know Today: Drug Awareness Night; Board of Selectmen Continue Budget Hearings; Master Plan Survey; And More...

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

1. Drug Awareness Night

Come speak to local experts on how to keep your family drug free at "Talk Early, Talk Often, a drug awareness night, held from 7 p.m. until 8:30 p.m. this Thursday, Jan. 10 at the O'Donnell Middle School.

Discussion topics include:

• Local and current drug trends

• Tools on how to talk to kids

• Consequences for teen drug abuse

The event is sponsored by OASIS, the Stoughton Police Department and the Stoughton Parent Engagement Center.

Please RSVP to parent engagement coordinators Maryann Dawson or Shaunte Thomas 781-344-7003, ext 7305 or via email:
m_dawson@stoughtonschools.org or s_thomas@stoughtonschools.org

2. Board of Selectmen Meeting

The Stoughton Board of Selectmen will meet Thursday, Jan. 10 at 6:30 p.m. at the Town Hall (third floor, Great Hall) to continue reviewing the FY14 budgets for each town department.

This is the last of three consecutive nights the Board is scheduled to meet to go over next fiscal year's budget.

FY14 Department Budget Reviews scheduled for this evening: School Dept.; Information Systems; Recreation Dept.; Assessors; Human Resource; Centralized Purchasing; Building Maintenance; Selectmen; Town Manager/Town Council

Agendas for all three meetings can be found here: 

3. Master Plan Survey

The following is from the Stoughton Master Plan Committee:

The Stoughton Master Plan is asking for public input to develop a shared community vision and to help set goals that will take us confidently into the future.

The Town held a Visioning Forum on October 15th that brought together over 110 residents and business owners to share ideas about Stoughton’s future. The purpose of this survey is to allow more community members to share their ideas and opinions. Responses will be collected until January 20th and will be used to develop the Vision Report. Your voice is important to our future. Please take the opportunity to be heard.

Please take part in creating Stoughton’s future. Share your opinions at:

www.research.net/s/XRFSPQ5

4. Reminder: Thursday is Food Pantry Day in Stoughton

Stoughton resident Peg Carbone continues her effort to curb hunger in Stoughton, personally picking up donations for the food pantries every Thursday.

Here's a note from Peg: "I pick up non perishable food and also household items every Thursday, anywhere in Stoughton and deliver them to the food pantry. Please tell your friends and neighbors. One item, one bag or several, and I will pick them up every Thursday."

Haven't called to arrange a pickup? It's not too late. Call Peg at 508-889-1385 or send an email to peg.carbone@comcast.net.

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