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Here's what you need to know today in Peabody.

Today is Wednesday, Jan. 22. Here are five things to know today in Peabody.

  1. The City Council meets Thursday, first for a Municipal Safety Committee meeting (6:30 p.m.) and then the regular session (7:30 p.m.). Among the items on the council's agenda is an official request from Mayor Ted Bettencourt for the council to authorize him to enter into lease agreements for two city-owned parcels on Route 1 and Route 128. The land is at 3 Newbury St. (a tiny plot in front of Holiday Inn) and at 0 Route 128, which is 10 undeveloped acres next to Highliner Foods on Jubilee Drive. Bettencourt says he wants to lease the properties for the purpose of outdoor advertising (billboards). At least one outspoken resident doesn't think that's a good idea.
  2. The city's Health Department says it has a limited amount of shingles vaccine for Peabody residents who are uninsured or underinsured. If you're 65 or older and interested in getting a shot, call the office at 978-538-5931 to be screened for eligibility.
  3. State Sen. Joan Lovely will be holding office hours for constituents Friday at City Hall (9 a.m.).
  4. Dr. Ellen Blomerth will share her story as a breast cancer survivor Saturday at the Danvers library. Blomerth will also discuss her book about surviving a year of cancer treatments by blending medical and natural therapies. She practices as a chiropractor in Peabody and lives in Danvers.
  5. St. John the Baptist School will be hosting an open house Sunday to  enroll new students for the 2014-2015 school year in preschool programs through grade eight.

Make sure to check our local events calendar and boards section for even more happenings around Peabody.

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