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<I>Can you give us some American flag etiquette? Our neighbors put up their flag day and night, rain or shine. People need to know when to put up the flag.</I>

Federal law is extremely detailed about displaying and handling the U.S. flag. Basically, the flag can be displayed on buildings and flagstaffs in the open from sunrise to sunset. If a patriotic effect is desired, the flag may be displayed 24 hours if illuminated at night.

The flag should not be displayed on days when the weather is inclement, unless it is an all-weather flag.

The new sign above Jefferson's, a new restaurant downtown, seems to be a little too big. Is it within sign guidelines?

Yes, the sign at Jefferson's, 743 Mass., is in compliance with the sign ordinance, according to city officials. The sign is 25 square feet and projects 5 feet 6 inches from the wall. The sign ordinance would allow a sign of up to 62 square feet and projecting 6 feet from the wall.

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