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5 Things Jan. 10: Play N Learn, Good Neighbor Energy Fund and More

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1. Norton Middle School Parent Board meeting
A Norton Middle School Parent Board meeting will be held 7 to 8 p.m. in the administrative conference room. For more information email norto­nmspb@­yahoo.­com.

2. Play N Learn
Join Gina McGarrigle of CFCE for Play N Learn, a literacy-based program. It will include stories, songs, parent hand-outs and various activities for children age 2.9 to 6 years old. This event will take place 10:30 a.m. in the community room of Norton Public Library.

3. Stroke Support Group
Sturdy Memorial Hospital will offer a Stroke Support Group 7 to 8:30 p.m. in the clinical education center. The group is free and open to the public. For more information, call 508-236-7166.

4. Good Neighbor Energy Fund open to all 
The Salvation Army, the administrator of the 2012 – 2013 Massachusetts Good Neighbor Energy Fund, announces that the Fund is now open to all qualified candidates. The Good Neighbor Energy Fund helps families in temporary crisis who do not qualify for federal or state assistance with the payment of their energy expenses. The Fund’s 28th Annual “Give The Gift of Warmth” campaign's goal is to raise $650,000 and help more than 2,000 families.

To qualify for assistance from the Fund, an applicant's gross household income must fall between 60 and 80 percent of the state’s median income levels.  For example, a household size of two would need to have a total gross yearly income of between $40,893 and $54,524 to qualify.  A household of four would need to have a yearly gross income of between $60,137 and $80,182 to qualify, etc.  This year's Fund disbursement is $350 per eligible household per heating season.

Massachusetts residents who wish to support the Fund can use the mint-colored Good Neighbor Energy Fund donation envelope found as an insert in monthly energy bills or through the 'add a dollar' program some energy companies offer. Customers can also donate with a credit card on-line by visiting www.magoodneighbor.org and checking the appropriate box or by calling 1-800- SAL-ARMY.  Or, donors can simply mail a check payable to "The Good Neighbor Energy Fund" and send it to The Salvation Army, 25 Shawmut Road, Canton, Massachusetts 02021.  Participating energy companies support their respective customers’ generosity through various giving programs.

5. High near 48, low around 30
Today will be sunny, with a high near 44. West wind will be 9 to 13 mph. Tonight will be mostly clear, with a low around 24. Northwest wind will be around 6 mph becoming calm in the evening.

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