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. Seeing more teens and kids in the coffee shops? Milford students are now out for the Thanksgiving holiday, and the school administrative offices will close at noon today.
2. An effort by residents of Bancroft Avenue and surrounding streets to make Bancroft a one-way has failed. Town officials, including Police Chief Thomas O'Loughlin and Fire Chief John Touhey, recommended denying the application, made by a petition of residents. The public officials said making the street one-way would restrict access for emergency vehicles, and increase traffic on other roads, including West and South High streets. Selectmen rejected the request for one-way status.
3. Chickens are becoming trendy in many towns (my neighbor has four), but in Milford, unless you operate a farm, or get a zoning exception, they're not allowed. An illegal rooster on East Main Street was reported to the town's Inspections Department in October.
4. The Milford Town Library Board of Trustees has an opening, following the recent resignation of Victor R. Valenti. If you are interested in serving, submit letters of interest to both the Milford Selectmen, Milford Town Hall, Room 11, 52 Main St., Milford, MA 01757 and the Milford Board of Library Trustees, Milford Town Library, 80 Spruce St., Milford, MA 01757. The two letters must be received by 4 p.m. on Nov. 29. A joint appointment by the two boards will be made on Dec. 3.
5. Milford Youth Football and Cheer cheerleaders will be raising money at intersections and on sidewalks, Wednesday, Friday and Sunday at several locations in town, to help them travel to a national competition. The girls will be outside the U.S. Post Office, near Middle School East and Tedeschi, at the School Street intersection with Main Street, and at other popular junctures.