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5 Things You Need to Know Today: Sept. 27

If you are a business owner, or the manager of a large apartment house, check the location of your landscaping mulch to make sure it complies with a new state fire safety regulation.

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. Is your mulch where it should be? A new fire safety regulation that took effect Sept. 1 affects where a business can place its mulch, to prevent structure fires that begin in wood chip piles. [See attached PDF] Over the summer, several mulch fires were reported in Milford. The new law requires business owners and landlords of rental complexes (more than six units) to place the mulch at least 18 inches from the structure walls.

2. Save the date: state Sen. Richard Moore will hold his "coffee" hours for Milford constituents at Tony's Place from 7:30 to 9 a.m. Oct. 3.

3. Everyone needs friends, right? Milford Patch has a complementary Facebook site that has many friends, but we're trying to reach 2,000, a nice round number. If you haven't already, visit the site and "like" us!

4. Lee Hirsch, director of the award-winning documentary "Bully," will be in Worcester next month for a free screening and lecture, presented by the Jewish Federation of Central Massachusetts’ Harold N. Cotton Memorial Lecture. [See attached poster] The event begins at 4 p.m. Oct. 14 at Tuckerman Hall in Worcester.

5. Have you registered to vote? If you haven't please do it now, before time runs out. Oct. 17 is the deadline.

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