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5 Things You Need to Know Today, April 24

A sunny but windy day, a chance to help those in need and high school home games.

Five Things You Need to Know Today" is a Patch column that provides readers with essential, daily information at a glance. Check back later for more, and let us know what you think of the feature in the comments section.

Today is Tuesday, April 24. Here are 5 things you need to know:

  • Sunny but breezy: Hold on to your hats today! According to the National Weather Service we can expect mostly sunny skies with a high near 59. It will be breezy, however, with a south wind between 15 and 21 miles per hour and gusts as high as 36 mph. Partly cloudy tonight with a low around 43. 
  • Public meetings: The Burlington Board of Health is meeting at 7 p.m. in the main hearing room at . The School Committee is meeting at 7:30 p.m. in the meeting room at . 
  • Lend a hand: The socially minded community group "" is meeting at at 6:30 p.m. this evening in the . According to the event post "This organization will bring people in our community together to reach out and help those in need. Through simple act of kindness and generosity we will heal, uplift, inspire, and improve the lives of others."
  • Home games: varsity teams have a couple of home games today. The boys varsity tennis team is playing Woburn High at 3:30 p.m. at . The girls varsity lacrosse team is playing Watertown High at 4:30 p.m. at Varsity Field at the high school.
  • Famous women in literature: On this day in 1940, author Sue Grafton was born. Seven years later, on the same day, author Willa Cather passed away. Grafton is best known for her "alphabet mysteries" set in a fictional California town and featuring female private investigator Kinsey Millhone. A member of the Mystery Writers of America and Sisters in Crime, Grafton is one of the most popular thriller writers in the U.S. Cather was the author of the famous novel "My Antonia," taught in high schools and colleges everywhere. Originally a journalist, Cather followed her dream to publish fiction and wrote several novels about pioneer life. 

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