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 state Senate on Thursday with a 39-0 vote overrode a veto by Gov. Deval Patrick, and authorized new restrictions on the use of electronic-benefit EBT cards. The language, made a part of the state budget, will prevent people from using the cards to purchase items including tattoos, jewelry, manicures and other non-life essentials. The House overrode the veto Wednesday.
2. Thirty-six families in Milford received free tickets to the Paw Sox after signing up for the The challenge, promoted by the Healthy Futures Milford Coalition, asks everyone to drink more water and fewer sugary drinks.
3. Brandon Wright, a graduate of, received a $1,000 scholarship from Middlesex Savings Charitable Foundation, the foundation announced this week. Wright will attend UMass-Lowell.
4. Do you have a child who could use some structured activities this summer? The is still taking summer camp registrations. Parents can sign children up for certain days, or the weekly program. Camp runs from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. weekdays for $135 a week, or $40 a day. There is an extended day option from 4 to 5 p.m. for an extra $10 per day. To find out more information, email email@example.com or call 508-473-1756.
5. The Student Immigrant Movement (SIM), a statewide immigrant youth-led organization, is hosting five community forums in Massachusetts to educate people about the new Obama Administration policy on deferred action, which will allow some undocumented immigrants, who came to the U.S. before age 16, to obtain work permits. The closest forum to Milford is in Worcester, at a location to be determined.