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5 Things You Need to Know Today, Oct. 29

There's a hurricane a'comin'.

[Editor's Note: The promotion ceremony scheduled for today at City Hall has been postponed until further notice due to the hurricane.]

Today is Monday, Oct. 29. Here are five things to know today in Peabody as we await Hurricane Sandy.

  1. No school: The Peabody Public Schools, Bishop Fenwick High School and St. John the Baptist School have all closed for the day due to the impending hurricane.
  2. While there may be no school, as of last night, no announcements had been made in regard to city offices and operations for Monday. At this time, it's business as usual and trash pickup has not been delayed. Curbside leaf pickup is also slated to begin this week (on your regular trash day). JRM will pick up yard waste in paper bags or barrels only. No yard waste in plastic bags will be accepted.
  3. Call ahead: A number of local businesses, agencies and other organizations have already decided to close for the day in light of Sandy, such as North Shore Community Action Programs. Best to call ahead before heading out to an appointment or shop.
  4. Mayor Ted Bettencourt plans to promote two firefighters this morning. Peabody resident Lt. Daniel Dean, a seven-year veteran of the department, will be tapped for Captain's rank while Ronald Ciampa, who has four years in, will be promoted to Lieutenant. Dean is currently assigned to Division 2, Engine 1 and Ciampa is on Division 2, Ladder 1. A ceremony to swear in both men is scheduled for 10 a.m. at City Hall.
  5. Republican congressional candidate Richard Tisei isn't planning on letting a little thing like a hurricane get in the way of his campaign stops for today. Tisei's staff announced yesterday he would be appearing at Santarpio's Pizza for lunch with the Women's Coalition supporting himself and Massachusetts Sen. Scott Brown, and Maine Sen. Olympia Snowe would also be in attendance.

Stay tuned to Peabody Patch today for continuous updates on Hurricane Sandy and how it affects you. Likewise, don't be shy -- tell us/show us what you're seeing and hearing out there.

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