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5 Things You Need to Know Today: Nov.11

Thank a Veteran today.

5 Things You Need to Know Today: Nov.11

1. The National Weather Service is calling for isolated early morning showers which will give way to a partly sunny afternoon. It will be a seasonally cool Veteran’s Day with a high of just 50 degrees. 

2. The city’s annual Veterans Day parade kicks off at 10 a.m. this morning by the American Legion at 88 Maple Street. The parade will makes its way down Main street, stopping at all monuments along the way and ending at the Doughboy Monument outside the Walker Building. Here, in a short ceremony, incoming Ward 2 Councilor Richard Jenkins will be the featured speaker.

3. Santa has arrived at the and will remain there until Dec. 24. Join the Santa Celebration on Saturday, Nov. 12 from 9:30 to 11 a.m. and Simon Kidgit Club Members will be hosting this family fun event in partnership with American Red Cross Holiday Mail for Heroes. Kidgits will be invited to make reindeer food, write a letter to Santa and decorate sugar cookies. If you are not already a member of Simon Kidgits Club, just go to www.simon.com/kidgits or visit Simon Guest Services to join.

4. In recognition of the 10th anniversary of the war in Afghanistan, U.S. Representative Jim McGovern (D-Mass.) and Matthew Hoh, a former foreign service officer and former Marine Corps captain visited the College of the Holy Cross on Nov. 9 to discuss  “Ten Years of War in Afghanistan: The Costs, Consequences and a Way Out.” A leading critic of U.S. military policy in Afghanistan, Congressman McGovern has called for end to the war now. Hoh, a senior civilian officer in the war, was the first U.S. official known to resign in protest over the Afghan war in 2009.The event, which was moderated by Thomas M. Landry (director of the McFarland Center), was sponsored by the Rev. Michael C. McFarland, S.J. Center for Religion, Ethics and Culture.

5. United Way of Tri-County’s Hope for the Holidays Program will support the City of Marlborough’s Holiday Helper Program. The program will sponsor children up to age 18 who have an existing relationship with the social service providers in Marlborough including, , Boys & Girls Clubs of MetroWest (Marlborough Clubhouse), and Marlborough Community Cupboard. Parents must register for gifts by Nov. 18 to be included in the program. For more information and/or questions, or if you are interested in supporting a Marlborough child, contact: Barbara LaGrenade at 508-370-4873 or email: barbara.lagrenade@uwotc.org.

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