Five Things to Start Your Day: March 6
A few facts, figures and tidbits to start your Wednesday.
Wednesday: East wind increases, especially at the coast. ENE wind inc. 15-30mph. Few rain showers around too. Perhaps mixed with snow outside 495. Highs near 40.
Thursday: Storm! Wind, rain & wet snow. Accumulating snow possible along & outside I-495 Thursday afternoon. Highs from 32-39. Northeast wind 15-35mph with gusts near 50mph along the coast.
Friday: Light rain & snow tapers to cloudy skies by afternoon. Highs from 35-40. Northeast wind 10-20mph.
2. TAKE IN A POETRY READING: The 13th Annual Robert Creeley Award
Admission is free and open to the public today at 7:30 p.m. at 36 Charter Road in Acton. Naomi Shihab Nye, an acclaimed Arab-American poet, novelist and peace activist, is the winner of the 2013 Robert Creeley Award. She is the internationally acclaimed author and editor of over 20 volumes of of poetry and fiction, including the award-winning young adult novel Habibi. Her most recent book of poetry for young adults, 19 Varieties of Gazelle: Poems of the Middle East, was a finalist for the National Book Award. Her newly released picture book for young people, Baby Radar, illustrated by Nancy Carpenter, reveals an original, stream-of-consciousness view of a bustling, urban street — from a stroller.
3. A DISCUSSION ON 3 TO 5: Those of you at the last town meeting will recognize Mike Troiano as the Sudbury resident who made the case for the change for 3-5 Selectmen. Since then, he's led the charge to implement the change passed overwhelmingly that night, through approval in the State House and Senate, and onto the Governor's desk where it was signed into law pending confirmation by town ballot.
With the ballot now set for the March 25 town election, Mr. Troiano is again making the case for the change. So why does it matter, and why should you support it? Is it really all about "Lavendergate," or the infamous "One Sudbury" Facebook group that resulted from it? And does supporting this change represent a de-facto support for one party or faction of the town, over another?
Join us, and decide for yourself. Mr. Troiano will share a brief presentation on the subject, followed by an open Q&A session and discussion. All are welcome at this important town event, which will be sponsored by the SRTC.
4. ODD HOLIDAYS HELD TODAY: Today is Dentist's Day. Dentist's Day is a day to display a big, toothy smile. After all, your dentist plays a role in that big, bright smile. He or she is an important person in keeping your smile bright, and your teeth and mouth healthy.
- 1836 — The Alamo fell to Mexican forces.
- 1857 — The Supreme Court ruled in Dred Scott v. Sandford that slaves were not citizens.
- 1930 — Clarence Birdseye started to sell prepackaged frozen food for the first time, in Springfield, Mass.
- 1957 — The former British colonies of Togoland and the Gold Coast united to form independent Ghana.
- 1981 — Walter Cronkite, "the most trusted man in America," retired from the CBS Evening News and was replaced by Dan Rather.
- 1997 — Queen Elizabeth II launched the first royal website.