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Five Things You Need to Know Today: Jan. 16

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

Today is Monday, Jan. 16. Here are five things you need to know:

1. Cold: The cold snap continues on Monday. After a very cold start, temperatures should get to about freezing but wind chills – with gusts of 10-15 miles per hours – could make it feel closer to zero.

2. Martin Luther King Jr: Martin Luther King Jr. would be 83 years old today on what is a federal holiday that bears his name. That means locally schools and government offices and are all closed. There will be no mail delivery and trash collection will be delayed by a day.

3. IT: Alan Taupier of Marblehead has been hired as Director of Information Technology for the . Taupier fills the spot vacated by Jeffrey McCormack, who retired in December. Previously, Taupier was Information Technology Director for Minuteman Vocational School District in Lexington since 2006. He has a Bachelor’s of Science in Information Technology from the University of Massachusetts Lowell. His annual salary is $110,000.

4. PuppetPalooza: The wraps up today at . The museum is open 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

5. Open Burning: The opening burning season began on Sunday. in each town and you have likely seen some burn piles going on Sunday in the towns.

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

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