Today is Monday, Jan. 28. Here are five things to know today in Peabody.
- More snow on the way: The National Weather Service predicts a 60 percent chance of snow late this afternoon. It may only accumulate to less than half an inch, however, although a wintry mix of rain, sleet and snow is expected to pass through late tonight, followed by freezing rain and more sleet and snow. That round of precipitation may collect up to an inch.
- Special election: Republican candidate for State Representative Greg Bunn is kicking off his campaign tonight at the Sylvan Street Grille (7 p.m.) while city councilor Dave Gravel, who is running as an independent, kicked off his campaign with several hundred supporters on Friday night. Meanwhile, there won't be a Democratic Primary in the special election after all -- former city councilor Jim Moutsoulas dropped out of the race over the weekend after his nomination papers weren't accepted by state election officials on a technicality.
- Peabody High Assistant Principal Eric Buckley will be up today in the first of three public interviews with Superintendent Joe Mastrocola of the finalists for principal's job at the high school. The other two candidates will be interviewed tomorrow and Wednesday. Each will take place at the Kiley School and begin at 3:30 p.m. with time for the public to ask questions.
- Ciampa tends goal: The Boston College Eagles saw their 18-game winning streak on the ice come to an end last weekend in part due to the efforts of Mercyhurst College goalminder Stephanie Ciampa. Ciampa, a Peabody native and senior, racked up a career high 40 saves with the game, reports the Salem News, and she was also recently named College Hockey America Goaltender of the Week again.
- Mr. Secretary: The School Committee is drafting a letter to Massachusetts' new Secretary of Education Matt Malone to come pay a visit to Peabody and share his vision for education in the Bay State. Malone is no stranger to the North Shore -- he spent four years as Superintendent in Swampscott before heading to Brockton in 2009 and then to Beacon Hill earlier this month.