Today is Monday, Dec. 17, and here are the five things you need to know:
1. You'll want to be prepared for wet weather today. The National Weather Service is predicting that local residents can expect showers and a high near 45. Tonight should be rainy, with a low around 41. (sunrise, 7:07 a.m.; high tide, 2:00 p.m.; sunset, 4:11p.m.; low tide, 8:17 p.m.)
2. It's an effort that the theater's owner is calling The CinemaSalem Miracle - area residents raised more than $60,000 in 12 days to Save CinemaSalem. Click Here for a heartwarming story that's sure to lift your spirits this holiday season.
3. Salem residents huddled together Saturday evening at a moving candlelit vigil to honor the memories of those lost in a tragic school shooting in Newtown, Conn., Friday. Click Here to view a photo gallery from the event.
4. It's that time of year - time to look back at Salem Patch's top stories of 2012. So, before you get settled in for the holidays and prepare to ring in 2013 - Click Here to look back at 10 Stories That Shook Salem in 2012.
5. Today in History: On Dec. 17, On Dec. 17, 1989, the first episode of The Simpsons aired in the United States
For more things going on in Salem today, check out our events calendar.