5 Things You Need To Know Today: March 28

United Way holds annual recognition breakfast, Grammy-nominated artist performing in Natick, Framingham Superintendent to present FY14 budget, Everett man charged in fatal stabbing of a Framingham native all featured in today's column.

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1.The United Way of Tri-County will hold its annual recognition breakfast that highlights the achievements of those who "Give, Advocate and Volunteer" at 7:30 a.m. today. The Summit Award - will be given to the TJX Companies & FM Global for their overwhelming consistent support of the United Way of Tri-County. The President’s Award will be presented to Dr. Timothy Flanagan, President of Framingham State University. A Marlborough woman, 85, will win the volunteer of the year award. For

2. Grammy nominated artist Joan Osborne is performing tonight at The Center for The Arts in Natick. "Osborne strips things back, placing her smoky, expressive voice front-and-center in an acoustic duo show with her 2012 album, Bring It On Home, a collection of vintage blues and soul covers awarded a 2013 Grammy nomination. After her album Relish yielded the hit “One of Us” and scored five Grammy nominations, Osborne cemented her rep as a top-tier soul singer in Standing in the Shadows of Motown." Tickets, if still available, are $45. Show starts at 8 p.m.

3. Framingham School Committee is scheduled to meet tonight at 7:30 in the King Building. On the agenda is discussion of Annual Town Meeting warrant articles and at 8:15 p.m. Superintendent of Schools Stacy Scott and Dr. Ed Gotgart are scheduled to present their 2013-2014 school year budget.

4. Police have arrested a suspect in the fatal stabbing of a Framingham native who was found dead under the I-93 overpass in the South End of Boston last month. An Everett man was charged with the fatal stabbing.

5. Framingham State University art history department professor Erika Schneider will discuss "Disasters at Sea – Paintings by Copley, Homer and Turner" at the main Framingham Library tonight at 7. This free lecture series is a collaboration between Framingham State University and Framingham Reads Together initiative. This illustrated lecture allows the audience to view notable events at sea through paintings that depict the sublime power and elusive beauty of the sea. Refreshments. will be served.


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