Today is Wednesday, Aug. 28, and here are the five things you need to know:
1. You'll want to be prepared for some wet weather today. The National Weather Service is predicting that local residents can expect showers and thunderstorms after 1 p.m. Otherwise it will be cloudy, with a high near 76. Tonight should be rainy, with a low around 58. (sunrise, 6:04 a.m.; low tide, 11:17 a.m.; high tide, 5:39 p.m.; sunset, 7:24 p.m.)
2. Salem's Design Review Board will meet tonight at the City Hall Annex on Washington Street. The meeting, scheduled to begin at 6 p.m., is expected to feature a discussion about proposed excavation and the construction of exterior stairs at the future home of Turner's Seafood Grill & Market, according to the posted agenda.
3. National Grid will hold a public meeting tonight aimed at providing local businesses and residents the opportunity to ask any questions they have about the upcoming Salem Cable Project. The HDD report is available on the Projects Documents page of www.buildingsalem.com. The meeting is scheduled to begin at 6 p.m. at the Salem Five Community Room, 210 Essex St., Pedestrian Mall Walkway, Salem.
4. Wondering how to throw a backyard barbecue for less than $100? We challenged our writer, Dana Leigh Smith, to throw a backyard barbecue for eight people for under $100, complete with an appetizer, main dish, dessert, and both alcoholic and non-alcoholic drinks. The meal had to appeal to kids and adults alike. Find out how she did and learn how you can pull off the same feat!
5. Today in History: On Aug. 28, 2011, Hurricane Irene struck the east coast of the United States, killing 47 and causing an estimated $15.6 billion in damage.