Today is Friday, Sept. 13, and here are the five things you need to know:
1. You can expect some more wet weather in Salem today. The National Weather Service is predicting that local residents can expect showers and thunderstorms before 11 a.m. and a daily high near 74. Tonight should be partly cloudy, with a low around 51. (sunrise, 6:21 a.m.; low tide, 11:48 a.m.; high tide, 6:05 p.m.; sunset, 6:56 p.m.)
2. At their meeting at City Hall Thursday night, Salem city councilors unanimously approved the appropriation of $14,000 for the purpose of upgrading the Salem Police Department's tech equipment. The funding will be used to pay for ten computers, IT maintenance and assorted software programs.
3. Salem High School's varsity football team will hit the road tonight to take on the Gloucester Fishermen. The game is scheduled to begin at 7 p.m., so consider stopping by to cheer them on!
4. In case you missed it Thursday, we published a post featuring photos from the ribbon cutting ceremony at Healthy Hounds Doggie Daycare & Professional Pet Portraits on Washington Street in downtown Salem. Click Here to check it out.
5. Today in History: On Sept. 13, 1814, a turning point in the War of 1812 took place as the British failed to capture Baltimore. During the battle, Francis Scott Key composed his poem "Defence of Fort McHenry", which was later set to music and became the United States' national anthem.