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5 Things You Need to Know Today: April 30

It's almost time to vote in the annual town election and there is only one contested race.

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 time to vote again in our Readers' Choice Best Of polls. And this week, we're honoring our mothers. Where is the best place to take mom for brunch in Shrewsbury? Vote in our poll and let us know where you'd take your mom in Shrewsbury. And share our poll on Facebook and Twitter, so others can vote.

2. The official ballot for the Tuesday's election has been posted on the town website and there is only one contested race for selectmen between Selectman James Kane and former Selectman Benjamin Tartaglia, who was unseated last year by Selectmen Henry Fitzgerald. Polls will open on Tuesday, May 1 from 7 a.m. to 8 p.m. The new precincts are in play for the election, so check out the attached PDF of the newly added 10th precinct. Call the town clerk for questions about the annual town election at 508-841-8507.

3. Get moving at the for just $8. The class takes place at 6:30 p.m. at the , 440 Main St.

4. One of our bloggers has found one solution to dealing with family time—it doesn't always have to be everyone doing everything together. I enjoy spending time with my boys individually and it's sometimes some of the best times. My 4-year-old loves painting and pirates, so we stopped by Michael's to pick up some paint to paint a wooden ship and it was so much fun watching him pointing to all the other projects he wanted to do. Now, if I had brought my 8-year-old, he would have complained the whole time. I guess birds don't always have to flock together to have fun. If you'd like to blog on Shrewsbury Patch, sign up here. We'd love to hear your voice on Patch.

5. Gather up those lawn and yard clippings this week and next because there is only one more week (May 14-18) that bags can be left on the curb for the spring. For more information, click here.

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Angela Heske May 01, 2012 at 03:28 AM
While I don't know either candidate, a candidate who campaigns on a platform "live within our means" in this town with our ridiculously low taxes appears to be completely out of touch to me. (Please compare to neighboring towns with the same level of income and education for yourself.) Was he not the same man who thought paying for school busing was "shameful". While not preferred, without more tax dollars, I think parents would rather pay for busing than lose a much needed teacher or school professional. So I ask again - How in touch is this candidate with the families charged with raising Shrewsbury's future generations - TODAY, Not 20 or 30 years ago? I try to vote for whomever will be most supportive to my family and my immediate community. At this point, it is the Shrewsbury School Community I am most concerned about. What worked years ago, will not work any longer. I urge all voters to think clearly before voting.
Jennifer Lucarelli May 02, 2012 at 04:05 AM
Angela - so well said! Each voter has to think about their vote and who will do what is best for their interests. And looking to the future is important. I am a firm supporter of voting in every election, big and small, because then at least I feel like I have a voice.

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