'Salem Stands With Boston' Run and Candlelight Vigil is Tonight on the Common

Here are the five things you need to know before you start your day in Salem.

Today is Thursday, April 18, and here are the five things you need to know:

1. The National Weather Service is predicting today to be sunny, with a high near 54.

2. If you're looking for a place to stand shoulder-to-shoulder with other Salemites as we all recover from the Marathon bombings, tonight should be pretty special. The city, along with a slew of sponsors, is hosting a "Last Mile" run and candlelight vigil starting with the run at 6:45 p.m. Meet at the Common.

3. At 7:15 there will be a short program at the Gazebo before the candlelight vigil begins. More than 955 people have already RSVP'd on the Facebook page set up for the event. The Paul Madore Choral will lead a song and then speakers include Mayor Kim Driscoll, Father John Sheridan of St. James Church, Rabbi Yossi Lipsker of Chabad of the North Shore and Marathoner John Young.

4. The Salem Wax Museum will be donating 300 candles, but please bring your own if you can as candles will be in high demand.

5. North Shore "American Idol" Contestant Angie Miller of Beverly performed Wednesday as one of the top five performers on the show. Tonight is the dreaded "results show" in which we learn if Angie goes on to the next round. It airs at 8 p.m. on Fox. Here's a link to the Angie Miller topic page at our sister site, Beverly Patch.

For more things going on in Salem today, check out our events calendar.


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