1. Today will be mostly cloudy with showers developing later in the day and continuing into the evening, according to weather.com. It won't get much warmer than 44 degrees and will cool to 39 degrees overnight. Although it's not forecast for our area, some parts of Connecticut could see freezing rain this morning so be careful if you're commuting inland today.
2. If you haven't had a flu shot yet, you might want to consider getting one now. This year's flu season started early and the strain is particularly virulent. About 40 states are reporting major outbreaks and health officials say that the flu may have caused the deaths of 20 children nationwide so far. Lawrence & Memorial Hospital in New London began limiting visitors to patients last week as a precaution.
3. A fifth grader at East Lyme Middle School has decided to celebrate her birthday with a benefit for East Lyme Care and Share. The fundraiser will feature a silent art auction today in the East Lyme Middle School Cafeteria from 5 to 7 p.m., with works by students and staff up for bid. The price of admission is five nonperishable food items.
4. Everything must go! Today is the last day of Smith's Acres big inventory sale in Niantic, with 25 percent off everything remaining. Most of the Christmas stuff is packed up but there are lots of yummy edibles, including salad dressings, salsa, BBQ sauce, and pickles, and products such as deer repellent, which you know you'll be needing soon!
5. The state will be holding a public hearing in Waterford on January 15 to find out how Connecticut Light & Power customers think the utility company handled the blackouts that resulted from Superstorm Sandy. Yesterday, however, CL&P got a big thumbs' up from the Edison Electric Institute, which presented the company with its Emergency Recovery Award in recognition of "extraordinary efforts undertaken to restore electrical service."
“CL&P was faced with a major restoration effort following Sandy,” said EEI President Tom Kuhn. “Getting the lights back on quickly and safely is never easy following these natural disasters. It takes strong commitment, advanced planning, and great execution. CL&P responded with all three. They’re a great example for the nation’s electric power industry. I congratulate them.”