Five things you can't do is trending on Twitter, and who are we not to oblige. Here's our list of what you can't do in Holliston today:
- Swim at Stoddard Park's beach — The beach tested above the acceptable limit for bacteria during a weekly check on Monday, forcing its closure when the results came back on Tuesday. The beach was re-tested on Wednesday with the results coming back Thursday afternoon.
Never fear, however, you can still swim at Pleasure Point.
- If you're a teenager, name the first four U.S. presidents in order — Patch columnist John Shannahan recently tested 22 high schoolers on their historical knowledge. The results were downright depressing, with one girl failing to even name the first president.
- Water your lawn between the hours of 9 a.m. and 5 p.m. — Under the Massachusetts Department of Environmental Protection’s Water Management Act permit to the Town of Holliston, the Water Department is mandated to impose a water ban on nonessential outdoor water use every day between the hours of 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. The water ban began May 1 and will continue until Sept. 1.
Nonessential outdoor water uses include: irrigation of lawns via sprinklers or automatic irrigation systems, washing of vehicles except at a commercial car wash, washing of exterior building surfaces and driveways except as necessary to apply surface treatments such as paint, preservatives or pavement.
Lawn watering will be permitted outside the restricted hours on an odd/even system. Properties with even street numbers may water lawns on Tuesday and Thursday. Properties with odd street numbers may water lawns on Wednesday and Friday. No lawn irrigation will be allowed on Saturday, Sunday and Mondays. Hand-held hose water use will be permitted on all days outside the restricted hours of 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. It is requested that properties with on-site private wells restrain from lawn watering during the 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. time.
Watering is allowed for all agricultural uses, for the establishment of new lawns (a permit is required from water office), plantings, irrigation of public parks and recreational fields outside the hours of 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.
It should be noted that under typical weather conditions, lawns normally requires only 1 inch of water per week to remain healthy. You can direct questions about the mandatory water ban to the Water Department at 508-429-0603 or 508-893-6384.
- Have your passport processed by the Holliston Town Clerk – The Department of State and Homeland Security have passed a new law saying that, as of May 1, town clerks who handle birth certificates can no longer process passports.
- Use, possess or sell fireworks — According to Massachusetts General Law Chapter 148, Section 39, "No person shall sell, or keep or offer for sale, or have in his possession, or under his control, or use, or explode, or cause to explode, any combustible or explosive composition or substance, or any combination of such compositions or substances, or any other article, which was prepared for the purpose of producing a visible or audible effect by combustion, explosion, deflagration, or detonation."
A further explanation of the state's laws regarding fireworks and -penalties for using them can be found here.