5 Things You Need To Know Today: Feb. 2
Century-plus business closes in downtown Framingham,Coach Bobby Brown to be honored for his 50 years in hockey, FSU winter commencement and a tribute to the late Steve Orr at Village Hall all featured in today's column.
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2. For over a half century Bobby Brown has been a fixture for Framingham hockey. He has been a volunteer coach for all levels of Framingham Youth hockey, Framingham South High School and Framingham High School. He has served as a varsity assistant, a junior varsity head coach, and one night last February against Medford was the varsity head coach. Tonight, he will be honored at the start of the Flyers vs Braintree hockey game at Loring Arena at 6. During Brown's 50+ years in Framingham hockey, he has been an influence on many high school players including Stanley Cup Champions like Peter Taglienetti, but one of his biggest thrill in coaching was these last few years getting to teach his own grandsons how to skate and watching them come up through youth hockey. The public is invited. Admission $5.
3. In business for the more than 100 years, Garbarino Tobacco Shop on Waverly St in downtown Framingham closed Friday, Jan. 31.
4. Framingham State University History Professor Nicholas Racheotes and Massachusetts Commissioner of Higher Education Richard Freeland will serve as commencement speakers for the 2013 Winter Commencement ceremonies today at the University.
5. And finally, it's groundhog day again! According to the myth, if a groundhog sees his shadow, there will be six more weeks of winter; if he does not, spring is right around the corner.
In central Pennsylvania, the people of Punxsutawney hold celebrations as they wait for Punxsutawney Phil, the native groundhog resident of the town, to come out of his burrow and check for his shadow. Tens of thousands attend and it is one of the largest celebration of the groundhog in America.
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