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5 Things You Need To Know Today: Feb. 28

Planner headed to the Vineyard, Framingham loses in overtime to Natick, opening night at Walsh Dramatic Paws, Chamber hosts Economic Development Secretary and more in today's column.

Our daily column, 5 Things You Need to Know Today, will help you to get your day started and offer you some fodder for water cooler conversation.

1. It's opening night for the Walsh Middle School Dramatic Paws production of Once Upon A Mattress. The show had been postponed due to the blizzard of 2013. If you previously purchased tickets for Friday, Feb. 8 tickets those are being honored tonight at 7. Tickets are still available.

2. Planning Board Director John "Jay" Grande has given his resignation to the Town of Framingham effective March 12. Grande has accepted a contract with Tisbury to become the community's new Town Administrator.

The Vineyard Gazette reported Grande signed a 3-year contract at an annual starting salary of $102,667 annually. His salary will rise to $106,843, if voters approve a new town pay scale at Town Meeting In the spring. Grande heads to the Vineyard to start on March 13.

3. Today is the final day to take advantage of Samba Steak & Sushi's thank you promotion. 

4. The Massachusetts Secretary of Housing and Economic Development Greg Bialecki will address the MetroWest Chamber of Commerce today at noon at the Exec-Connect Luncheon at the Sheraton Framingham. He will discuss the importance of infrastructure investments and building on the Governor’s plan to create jobs and expand economic opportunity throughout Massachusetts. Tckets can be purchased at the door for $30.

5. Before a standing room crowd at Loring Arena, the Framingham High boys hockey team lost to rival Natick 3-2 in the opening round of the state's playoffs. The Flyers were trailing 2-0 headed into the third period, and were able to tie it to send it to overtime. Congrats on a great season!

There were reports of fans throwing bottles and trash on the ice after the win. And Twitter was buzzing after the game after one Natick fan, possibly a student, made, what some was tweeting, was a racist comment about Framingham High and its students. The comment has since been deleted by the individual.

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