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. It's back to business. opens today, as do the and other state offices in town.
2. will be available Tuesday at for free, to anyone age 19 and younger.
3. A reminder for people already itching to take down the tree: will collect trees on Jan. 8 as a fundraiser.
4. Tuesday is National Fruitcake Day. Seriously. And the folks who publish holidayinsights.com have this to say about this often-dissed dessert: "Scientists have been unable to penetrate deeply into a fruitcake, and therefore, have failed to uncover its exact composition. Its density has also hampered their ability to use carbon dating to identify the age of a fruitcake. Unconfirmed rumors suggest that some fruitcake are hundreds of years old." Yum.
5. Milford will have a chance of showers Tuesday, and a 100 percent chance of heavy downpours Tuesday night, according to the National Weather Service.