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Five Things You Need to Know Today: April 4

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Five Things You Need to Know Today: April 4

Today is Wednesday, April 4. Here are five things you need to know:

1. Trash: The kickoff of the new trash program moves to Hamilton on Wednesday. For the rest of the week, recycling and organics collection will happen on the regular day in Hamilton but there will be no trash pickup in the new black bins. Instead, only trash placed out in a blue bag will be picked up. Next week trash in the black bins, organics in the green bins and recycling in a labeled container will all be collected in Hamilton. A complete list of pickup days, listed street-by-street, is attached to this story as a PDF.

2. Agawam Hockey: Last summer, Agawam’s Learn to Play Hockey Program moved to Governor’s Academy while the rink at . This summer, the program returns to Hamilton . The program runs 4:30-5:30 p.m. on Monday nights from July 16 to Aug. 20. You can signup online at www.agawamhockey.com by clicking on “Home” and “Register Online.”

3. MBTA Budget: The MBTA Board of Directors is scheduled to meet on Wednesday to vote on the fiscal 2013 budget for the transit agency. The budget on the table staves off earlier cuts to service to and from . But it will hike a one-way trip to Boston .

4. Wenham Candidates: Wednesday is the final day for candidates on the Wenham ballot to withdraw their name before it goes to print. The exact deadline is 5 p.m. The only contested race on the ballot is for a three-year term on the Board of Selectmen, where Kenneth Whittaker will face incumbent John Clemenzi. There are uncontested races for Town Clerk, Moderator, Tree Warden, Board of Health, Cemetery Commission, Housing Authority, Planning Board and Water Commission.

5. Prism Concert: The Instrumental Department at takes the stage in the Ferrini Dramatics Center on Wednesday at 7 p.m. for the Prism Concert. “Just as a prism breaks light into its component parts, the Prism concert breaks our instrumental music department into its varied components,” according to an announcement of the concert from Fine Arts Director Kirsten Losee. The concert will feature individuals and small ensembles connecting their performances for about an hour. A $5 donation at the door will go to the instrumental department at the high school.

To find out what is going on today in Hamilton and Wenham, check out our events listings.

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