Today is Friday, Jan. 4, and here are the five things you need to know:
1. Weather Watch: Warmer, but also windier. Partly sunny, with a high near 40. West wind 10 to 17 mph, with gusts as high as 29 mph. Low Tide: 9:46 a.m.; High Tide: 3:55 p.m.; Sunrise: 7:13 a.m.; Sunset: 4:24 p.m. (nice to see those days get longer!)
2. Accidentally on Purpose - "Accidentally on Purpose," is being put on by Marblehead Little Theatre’s Improv Troupe. Shows at 7 and 9 p.m. on Saturday. $15.
3. Magicians in Action: The girl's basketball squads take on Gloucester at home today — Varsity at 7 p.m., junior varsity at 5:30 p.m. and freshman at 4 p.m.
4. Help a Swampscott Family Displaced By Fire: The Marblehead Fire Department helped contain a house fire in Swampscott from spreading to neighboring homes. But unfortunately six members of a family lost their home — and their dog, who died in the blaze. Here's how you can help the family.
5. Today in History: On this day in 1987, an Amtrak train headed to Boston collided with another train in Maryland, killing 16 people. The crew tested positive for marijuana and the engineer served four years in prison.
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