Today is Thursday, Jan. 3. Here are five things to know today in Peabody.
- Yesterday, Salem's Joan Lovely was sworn in at the State House as the , and the first woman to hold the office, and today, Tanner City native Eileen Duff will take the oath of office for her new post on the Governor's Council. Duff replaces Peabody's Mary-Ellen Manning, who was among the field that lost to Lovely in the Senate race.
- Dr. Howard Grant, president and CEO of Lahey Clinic, will be one of two guest speakers at the North Shore Chamber of Commerce's Executive Breakfast Forum on Jan. 9 to talk about the local affect of federal healthcare reform and what lies ahead for 2013. Some of the topics will be new tax provisions due to take effect this year. The other guest speaker is Robert Norton, president and CEO of North Shore Medical Center. The breakfast is 7:15 a.m. at the Danversport Yacht Club.
- The Peabody Institute Library is hosting "Close Encounters with Music," which picks up again later this month. It's a five-part series that combines lecture and performance to explore the world of classical music. The second event in the series will be held Jan. 28 (7 p.m.) at the Main Library, featuring virtuoso harpist Barbara Poeschl-Edrich in “Harps Modern and Tall, Ancient and Small.” For more information and to reserve your seat, call 978-531-0100 ext. 10, or register online at www.peabodylibrary.org.
- Chugging along on four straight wins and a career 500 for coach Jane Heil, Peabody girls' basketball is next slated to visit conference opponent Lynn English on Friday (7 p.m.) and then head down to Revere Monday (7 p.m.).
- Peabody boys' basketball is no longer winless, recording its first season victory last week over North Shore Tech/Essex Aggie, 61-43, to sit at 1-4. The Tanners are scheduled to host conference opponent Revere Monday (7 p.m.).