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Five Things to Know on Nov. 5: Wenham Leaf Pickup Begins

An essential get-me-going daily morning column from Hamilton-Wenham Patch.

Today is Monday, Nov. 5. Here are five things you need to know in Hamilton and Wenham:

1. Autumn: Fall has definitely arrived, with temperatures hanging in the 40s on Monday and expected to fall into the 20s overnight. Monday will start out cloudy with an increasing chance of the sun poking through as the day goes by.

2. Leaf Collection: Roadside collection of loose leaves in Wenham starts on Monday. It runs through early December. It will starts on the west end of town along Maple Street at the Danvers town line.

3. Ballots: The final chance to request an absentee ballot for Tuesday’s election is noon on Monday. Anyone who will be absent from town during polling hours on Tuesday or cannot make it to the polls because of a physical disability or religious belief can request an absentee ballot. Stop in before noon at either the Town Clerk’s office at Hamilton Town Hall or Wenham Town Hall to get a ballot.

4. Art Contest: Art Contest: The annual art contest run by the Massachusetts Educational Financing Authority originally had a deadline of Oct. 31 but because of Hurricane Sandy it was bumped back to Monday, Nov. 5. The contest is open to students in grades kindergarten through grade 5 and has the theme “"What do I want to be when I graduate from college?" The top prize will go to three first place winners – a $5,000 U.Fund College Investing Plan account. All entries must be postmarked by 5 p.m.

5. Hamilton Selectmen: The Hamilton Board of Selectmen meet on Monday at 7 p.m. at Hamilton Town Hall. The board’s meeting last Monday was cancelled because of Hurricane Sandy. This week, the board will hear a report from Town Manager Michael Lombardo about how the town fared in Sandy and also hear plans for a new utility pole on Echo Cove Road.

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

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