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5 Things You Need to Know Today: Feb. 6

Do you see someone wearing red? They may be raising heart disease awareness, one red sweater and pair of socks at a time.

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. Did you know that heart disease is the leading cause of death in women? As part of a month long awareness campaign, Wear Red for Women Day was observed across the country Friday. Employees at Milford National Bank on South Main Street took part, as you can see from their choice of sweaters, and socks, in the photo attached to this story.

2. If you enjoy Swing and Sinatra ballads, or just need to get out of the house this winter weekend, head to the Portuguese Club on Saturday. The Winter Pops Benefit Concert will aid the Claflin Hill Symphony Orchestra programs. It will include dancing, live music, hors' deuvres and a silent auction.

3. Do you work with, or know, a terrific volunteer who is worthy of some acclaim? The United Way of Tri-County is seeking nominations of individuals who will be recognized through the 2013 Volunteer of the Year Award. The United Way is looking for "someone that spreads kindness, hope, and opportunity in their community." Nominations must be made by Feb. 22. See the rules here.

4. Are you having trouble paying the heating or electrical bill? Applications are still being taken in Massachusetts for the Low Income Home Energy Assistance program. The guidelines for eligibility vary by family size, but if you qualify for SSI or food stamps, the family will likely be eligible. For information, call 800-632-8175 or visit www.mass.gov/dhcd. 

5. The Milford-based Juvenile Advocacy Group network is planning a networking breakfast in April to gather together mental health professionals, parents and other youth advocates, to help identify whether there are gaps in services in the Milford area, and to create a local resource directory for schools, parents and health care professionals. The breakfast will be April 3 at the Doubletree Hotel. If interested in attending, please fill out the brief questionaire by Feb. 27.

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