“Five Things You Need to Know Today” is a Patch column that provides readers with essential, daily information at a glance.
1. Chance of rain: There is a slight chance of showers and thunderstorms after 11 a.m. today, with the possibility of heavy rain, according to the National Weather Service. Otherwise, it will be partly sunny with a high near 89 and a low around 70. Showers and thunderstorms are possible again toward the evening, mainly before 2 a.m. The low will be around 70. The chance of precipitation is between 20 and 50 percent.
2. Let the games begin: Children ages 5 and up are invited to drop by the today at 4:30 p.m. to play in honor of the 2012 Summer Olympic Games in London, England. This program is free, and sign-up is not required.
3. Public speaking: The Boston West Toastmasters Club meets from 7:30-9 p.m. every second and fourth Monday of the month at in Needham. This local chapter of Toastmasters International is a nonprofit organization that helps its members develop their public speaking skills. Learn more at their Web site.
4. NSTAR inspections: Needham residents may hear and see helicopters in the area this week as NSTAR conducts its of electrical equipment located in the right-of-way. The company is using infrared scanning equipment to inspect all its electric transmission facilities in Eastern Massachusetts. The helicopter inspections are expected to begin in NSTAR’s northern service area on Monday and Tuesday, including Walpole to MetroWest, up to Waltham and Lexington, and down to the South Shore. On Wednesday and Thursday, the inspections will continue along the South Shore, proceeding to the Greater New Bedford area and then on to Cape Cod.
5. Voter registration: The Needham Board of Registrars and Town Clerk Tedi Eaton will hold special voter registration hours on Friday, Aug. 17, which is the final day to register to vote in the Sept. 6 . The Town Clerk's Office, located on the first floor of Needham , will be open on Friday, Aug. 17 from 9 a.m. to 8 p.m. for voter registration. This is also the last day to change party enrollment before the State Primary.