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5 Things You Need to Know Today: Sept. 21

Kids and teachers at Milford High School spent enough on vending machine snacks and drinks last year to produce a nearly $20,000 fund for student programs.

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. Those dimes and quarters add up: change put into vending machines at Milford High School generated $19,900 this year for student programs, a slight dip from the previous year. The revenue fell by about $1,000, School Committee members were told, possibly because it was stocked with different, (meaning, more healthy) choices.

2. Two Milford schools — Brookside Elementary and Milford High school — have received the NFL Fuel Up to Play 60 grant, sponsored by the National Dairy Council. A kickoff will be at 1:30 p.m. Friday on the new athletic field. Grant money will go to a Scarlet Hawks Mini Fitness Club for Brookside students in grades K-2. It will be offered two mornings a week for 8 weeks before school, and instructed by phys-ed teacher Dianne Pinto, who also can use the grant funds to purchase additional equipment for her program. At the high school, grant money will expand and update equipment in the fitness center.

3. The Milford School Committee began its meeting Thursday with an update on open meeting and public records laws, provided by Town Counsel Gerald Moody. Among the reminders: if the committee intends to vote following a closed session, it must say so before entering the executive session.

4. Baypath Humane Society of Hopkinton is accepting items for its yard sale from 11:30 to 4:30 p.m. through Sept. 27. The donated items will be sold to benefit the shelter's program on Sept. 29. Items that are being accepted include furniture, small household appliances and baby products.

5. Dean College in Franklin has made the top-40 list of best regional colleges in the North, according to the 2013 compilation of "Best Colleges" by U.S. News & World Report.

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