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5 Things You Need to Know Today: April 30

The combined state and town election will be held today in Milford.

Our weekday morning column, 5 Things You Need to Know, provides you with information that can help you plan your day and give you some fodder for water cooler conversations.

1. Milford will hold a combined state and local election today. Voters will need to check in twice, because the registration requirements differ for the two elections. The state ballot is the primary for the U.S. Senate seat vacated by John Kerry. The town ballot is for local municipal offices. Polls open at 7 a.m. and close at 8 p.m.

2. Sen. Richard Moore held coffee hours this week in Milford, meeting with constituents at Ray & Dick's Bakery on Exchange Street. Each month Moore visits breakfast spots within the Worcester & Norfolk district to discuss current issues and concerns.

3. Planned Parenthood is expanding its hours at its Central Massachusetts health centers, including in Milford, which will be open Tuesdays until 7:30 p.m. and Fridays until 4 p.m. under the new hours. The centers provide family planning services including gynecological care, breast and cervical cancer screenings, birth control, testing and treatment for sexually transmitted infections, and sexual health information.

4. The Greater Milford Community Chorus will host its . and Sunday, May 5 at 1:30 p.m. at Stacy Middle School. The Chorus, under the musical direction of Dan Zabinski, has been rehearsing some of their favorite songs from the past for the show, called  “Simply the Best!” Tickets are on sale at Music & Arts (formerly the Music Nook). Pre-sale tickets are $8 by May 3 or $10 at the door. Children under 12 will be admitted free.

5. Milford High School will present its Springtime Pops concert at Milford Town Hall on Tuesday, May 7. The atmosphere at Town Hall will transform into a Coffee House complete with table-style seating. The evening is run by the student “baristas” who will be serve gourmet, home-baked desserts and freshly-brewed coffee and teas.

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