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5 Things To Know on Feb. 6: High School Students Hear About the Dangers of Texting and Driving

A great way to start the day with a quick look at the events and happenings in town.

Welcome to “5 Things,” your daily resource for community events, happenings in town and other little tidbits of information. Here are five things you need to know on Wednesday, Feb. 6.

1. Clouds: The clouds that start the day on Wednesday will gradually clear and temperatures will get into the mid-30s. A west wind could also gust up to 20 miles per hour.

2. Blizzard: It was exactly 35 years ago on Wednesday that the snow was really coming down as the heart of the Blizzard of ’78 was on top of us.

3. Autism: The Special Education Parent Advisory Committee meets on Wednesday evening to hear more about Autism Insurance Reform from Amy Weinstock, the director of the Autism Insurance Resource Center. The program starts at 7 p.m. in the library at Holten-Richmond Middle School and is designed to help parents better understand the autism insurance law and how it can help them better access services for their children. The meeting is free and open to the public.

4. Power Plant: The future of the Salem Power Plant is of interest to much of the North Shore, if for no other reason than the existing coal-fired plant is one of the dirtiest power plants in the country. On Wednesday, the CEO of Footprint Power, the company that has bought the plant and plan to convert is to a gas-fired operation, will speak about those plans before the North Shore Chamber of Commerce at DoubleTree by Hilton Boston North Shore.

5. Texting: AT&T brings its anti-texting and driving educational program “It Can Wait” to Danvers High School students on Wednesday. Juniors and seniors will take part in the program, which will include a powerful documentary and an address from Police Chief Neil Ouellette, District Attorney Jonathan Blodgett and youth leaders from DanversCARES and the high school’s SADD chapter.

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