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Five Things to Start Your Day: Dec. 26

A few facts, figures and tidbits to start your Wednesday.

1. FORECAST:

Wednesday: Some early morning sunshine, otherwise mainly cloudy skies but dry during the daytime. Highs from 31-37. Northeast wind 5-11mph.

Thursday: Coastal rain & wind will taper off by early afternoon. Farther inland, sleet & freezing rain north of the MA Pike will taper off to freezing drizzle by afternoon. Rain along/south of MA pike tapers to drizzle by afternoon. Temps from 31-41. Southeast wind 15-35mph fades by late day.

Friday: Colder and breezy. Mid 30s.

2. SHOW SUPPORT FOR NEWTOWN VICTIMS:

HOPEsudbury will be collecting condolence cards and handmade snowflakes to send to Sandy Hook and Newtown, Conn.

When school resumes for Sandy Hook children, it will be in a new building. Parent-volunteers are working to ensure that students are welcomed back by a winter wonderland with the entire school decorated with handmade snowflakes sent in by supporters from across the country. 

How to get your cards and snowflakes to HOPEsudbury:

  • Drop off at the Goodnow Library lobby  
  • Drop off at the Grange Hall, 326 Concord Road (next to Sudbury Town Hall)     
  • Mail to: c/o HOPEsudbury 326 Concord Road, Sudbury, MA 01776
  • Email to contact@hopesudbury.org

Collections will be through Jan. 4.  

Questions? Call 978-443-0849.

3. MEET STATE SEN. ELDRIDGE:

State Sen. Jamie Eldridge is seeking feedback, ideas, and suggestions on both budget priorities and legislation for the next legislative session, in addition to taking questions from residents on any subject of local concern.

All residents from the Middlesex and Worcester District are welcome to attend a Town Hall meeting tomorrow at Westborough Town Hall from 6:30-8 pm at Tatnuck Booksellers, 18 Lyman St.

To RSVP, please contact Michael Carr, Senator Eldridge’s Chief of Staff, at 617-722-1120 or Michael.Carr@masenate.gov.  If residents are unable to attend, but would like to receive regular updates from Senator Eldridge on legislation he is working on, they are encouraged to go to his website www.SenatorEldridge.com and sign-up for his monthly email updates.

4. WHAT TO CELEBRATE TODAY: Today is National Candy Cane Day. This holiday is set aside for people around the world to appreciate the candy cane, its history and how good it tastes. The candy cane was originally a straight, hard, and all-white candy stick invented by French priests in the early 1400s. The cane shape is traditionally credited to a choirmaster at Cologne Cathedral in Germany, who, legend has it, in 1670 bent straight sugar sticks into canes to represent a shepherd's staff, and gave them to children at church services.

5. THIS DAY IN HISTORY: 1963 - Beatles release "I Want To Hold Your Hand"/"I Saw Her Standing There"; 1968 - Boston Bruin Ted Green sets NHL penalty record of 3 minors, 2 majors & 2 game misconducts in a game against NY Rangers in NY's Madison Square Garden; 1982 - TIME's Man of the Year is a computer; 1996 - Six-year-old beauty queen JonBenét Ramsey is found beaten and strangled in the basement of her family's home in Boulder, Colo.; 2004 - A 9.3 magnitude earthquake creates a tsunami causing devastation in Sri Lanka, India, Indonesia, Thailand, Malaysia, the Maldives and many other areas around the rim of the Indian Ocean, killing 230,000 people.

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