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ABOUT TOWN: Don't Yell Fire in a Crowded Voting Booth!

Welcome to "About Town with Mark Snyder," a column that will keep you up to the minute with what's what, who's who and what's going on around town. If you see or hear something we could use here, let us know by sending an e

IT’S FIRE PREVENTION WEEK: Fire Prevention week is underway - from Oct. 7-13.

The Stoughton Fire Department will have an open house at their 30 Freeman Street station in the downtown on Saturday, Oct. 13, from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Refreshments will be served, sponsored by Papa Gino's.

Please stop by for educational materials and apparatus displays.  Remember when changing your clocks for Daylight Savings, change your batteries in your smoke detectors and carbon monoxide detectors - they SAVE LIVES!

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DEADLINE FOR REGISTERING TO VOTE:  Make sure you vote in the Nov. 6 election, where a President and U.S. Senator from Massachusetts (plus congressman and a host of local officials) will be elected! The deadline to register to vote, if you have not done so already, is coming up rapidly - Wednesday, Oct. 17.

Any resident wishing to register to vote, change their party enrollment, change their address, or name (due to marriage, etc.) during regular business hours may do so from 8:30 a.m. until 4:30 p.m. Mondays through Wednesdays; 8:30 a.m. until 7 p.m. on Thursdays and 8:30 a.m. until noon on Fridays at the town clerk’s office at the Stoughton Town Hall.

In addition, the town clerk’s office will be open on Oct. 17 until 8 p.m. for the final day of voter registration.

If you are a US citizen, a resident of Massachusetts, and are 18 years old on or before election day, you may register. You can also register at the Registry of Motor Vehicles, or by mail. To obtain a mail-in registration form please call 617-727-2828 or 1-800-462-VOTE and a form will be sent to you. Mail the completed form to Stoughton Town Hall. You should receive a confirmation notice in two weeks.

For more information and to see a sample ballot for November's election, click on the following links:

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KIDS VOTING NEEDS VOLUNTEERS: Adults won't be the only ones voting on Election Day. School-aged kids can as well, thanks to Kids Voting Stoughton.

But in order to provide this experience for Stoughton youth, Kids Voting Stoughton needs your help on Election Day, Tuesday, Nov. 6 from 2-8 pm. 

Join Kids Voting Stoughton for volunteer poll worker training on Thursday, Oct. 25 from 6-7 p.m. at the Stoughton Council on Aging/Youth Commission building at 110 Rockland St. You can all call Pat Basler at 781-344-2711 for more information.

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COME SEE SENATOR JOYCE: Stoughton's State Senator Brian A. Joyce will hold office hours at the Stoughton Town Hall in the Fitzpatrick Room on Monday, Oct. 22 from 10:30-11:30 a.m.

“I encourage all interested constituents to attend my district office hours,” said Senator Joyce. “This is an opportunity for me to listen to the concerns of the people of Stoughton, and hopefully provide some guidance and solutions.”

As always, individuals with questions or concerns are encouraged to call Senator Joyce’s State House office at 617-722-1643. The senator can also be reached by email at Brian.A.Joyce@MaSenate.gov.

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HAPPY BIRTHDAY: to Kathy Jordan, owner of Body Transformation by Kathy, a well-known fitness trainer; to David Schulze, director of sales for Vertical Solutions, Inc. of Ohio.  David is also the president of Ahavath Torah Congregation in Stoughton; and to Ron Christianson, retired director of fine arts for the Stoughton Public Schools.

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