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. The Milford Youth Center staff and commission have prepared a 5-year plan for capital improvements, and submitted it to town officials. The highest priorities include an automated sprinkler system, roof replacement and door replacement. The sprinkler system has the highest priority, according to the list. It is estimated to cost $190,000. The center hopes to obtain funds for the top priorites in fiscal 2014.
2. Milford has applied to participate in a state program that will provide free LED replacement bulbs for light fixtures, after a speedy effort to complete an audit of fixtures that might qualify. The town officials completed the audit by the Dec. 12 deadline, five days after learning about the program. Milford Town Hall, Milford Police Department, Memorial Hall, the Milford Sewer Department and both fire stations had lamps that qualified for the LED replacement bulbs. In total, 1,300 bulbs could be replaced, for a potential annual savings of $12,751.
3. The Milford High School cheerleaders will conduct a can drive over the next three weekends, to help raise money to send the team to the National High School Cheer competition in Florida, in March. The girls will be collecting cash from contributors at several locations beginning Saturday and Sunday, and continuing on the weekends of January 19-20 and February 2-3. The locations include Oliva's, Hickey's Wine and Spirits, the U.S. Post Office, Dunkin' Donuts and Honey Dew Donuts.
4. A boarding house license for a structure at 40 Jefferson St. has been transferred from the late John D. Mahaney to his wife, Anne K. Mahaney.
5. The new manager of The Portuguese Club is Anna C. Pires. The switch from manager David Soares was approved by Milford Selectmen this week.