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5 Things You Should Know Today: May 1

Special Town Meeting vote tonight on the McAuliffe Branch Library project, Framingham primary election results, Framingham Fire search and rescue at reservoir and Framingham High students produce video to Erase the Hate featured in today's column.

Our daily column, 5 Things You Need to Know Today, will help you to get your day started and offer you some fodder for water cooler conversation.

1. Tonight, Framingham Library trustees will ask a Framingham Special Town Meeting to fund the town’s share of the McAuliffe Branch Library project, which will be accomplished through a 20-year bond.

The Framingham Public Library Foundation has raised nearly two-thirds of its fundraising goal of $600,000. These funds will be used to reduce the town's contribution.

Last year, Framingham was awarded a state grant from the Massachusetts Board of Library Commissioners of $4.2 million for the project.

Special Town Meeting is scheduled to begin at 7:30 p.m. in Nevins Hall in the Memorial Building.

2. On Tuesday, voters across the Commonwealth went to the polls to select a Democrat and Republican candidate to run for the U.S. Senate seat vacated by current U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry.

Framingham voters echoed the voters through the state as they chose Markey over Congressman Steven Lynch in the Democratic primary and Gomez topped the ticket in Framingham too.

More than 17 percent of Framingham voters or 6,587 voters went to the polls on Tuesday. That is almost double the number of voters who participated in the Town of Framingham election just a couple of week's ago.

In Framingham, Markey received 72 percent of the Democratic vote compared to Lynch. Markey easily won Framingham 3,733 to 1,438.

On the Republican side, Gomez won in Framingham with 53 percent. Gomex received 749 votes, Michael J. Sullivan 459 votes (32.74%) and Daniel Winslow had 187 votes.

3. Framingham Fire Department sent its search and rescue dive team to the reservoir on Tuesday afternoon. An abandoned canoe was found floating in the reservoir, but fire officials believe no individual was ever in the canoe.

4. The MetroWest Economic Research Center (MERC) at Framingham State University will hold its 21st Annual MERC Conference titled FACING ECONOMIC UNCERTAINTY IN 2013: What do we need to know? at 8 a.m. in Natick at the Verve Crowne Plaza. MERC will present the latest town and regional data and analyses on unemployment, jobs, K-12 public school enrollment, payroll, housing permits, wages, cost of living, municipal revenue & taxes  for the communities of Ashland, Framingham, Holliston, Hopkinton, Hudson, Marlborough, Natick, Northborough, Sherborn, Southborough, Sudbury, Wayland and Westborough.

5. Finally, today's visuals for the 5 Things column comes from Framingham High students Mike Falone who filmed, and Natapat Jansipsee, who edited, a video for Mr. Flagg’s marketing class. The video continues the high school's “Erase the Hate" campaign.

The 2013 video reinforces the idea that the way a student is perceived may not be his or her true self. Take two minutes to watch the video.

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