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5 Things You Need To Know Today, Thursday, Jan. 17

Bits of knowledge to help make you the smartest person in your class.

Here are 5 pieces of information designed to get your Thursday off on the right foot and to help make you the smartest person in your age bracket.

1. Your 3-Day Local Weather Forecast:

  • According to the NWS, today will be mostly sunny, with a high near 40. West wind 6 to 8 mph becoming northwest in the afternoon.
  • Thursday Night A slight chance of snow showers after 10pm. Mostly cloudy, with a low around 12. North wind 7 to 9 mph. Chance of precipitation is 20%.
  • Friday Sunny, with a high near 27. North wind 8 to 11 mph becoming west in the afternoon. Winds could gust as high as 24 mph.
  • Friday Night Mostly cloudy, with a low around 16. Southwest wind 6 to 9 mph.
  • Saturday Partly sunny, with a high near 42.
  • Saturday Night Mostly cloudy, with a low around 24.

2. Reader Comment of the Day: "Anyone who will eliminate all benefits for illegals." reader BD, commenting on the story, "TELL US: Who Should Run For Governor?"

3. It's Happening Today: Take a few minutes of time and join in an effort to help folks are battling cancer by stopping by the Stoneham Library from 6 to 9 p.m. and participating in the H&R Block Community Service Event - Making No-Sew Fleece Scarves & Hats. Help make fleece no-sew scarves & hats. Will bring fleece material and scissors. Donations or your own fleece material welcomed.Bring your friends & family .If you  can't come on Thursday January 17th.Will also be making them at H&R Block 212 Main St. Stoneham on Martin Luther King Day Monday January 21 office hours are 9am - 9pm. Completed items will be donated to Hallmark Health Cancer Center here in Stoneham. Any questions please email doreen.breland@hrblock.com or call during office hours M-F 9-9 or Sat & Sun 9-5 at 781-438-3717.

4. By The Numbers, Part 1: 26. That's the number of confirmed flu cases in Stoneham so far this season. Click here for details on the outbreak.

5. By the Numbers, Part 2: 861. As of 2012, that's the number of Stoneham residents who have a Class A Large Capacity License to Carry Firearms. That's up from 695 in 2008.

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