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Five Things you Need to Know Today: Dec. 31

It's Dec. 31 and here are five things you need to know today.

Year: Happy last day of 2011. It was quite a year. Next week (or this weekend, depending on things) we'll post a year in review with a breakdown of the most popular, most interesting and most important stories of 2011.

Celebrate: You can party in the new year at for a . Or you can stop by for some dancing and music.

Donate: It's your last day to make a charitable donation and have it count for tax time next year. Why not drop off gently used clothing at the Big Brothers Big Sisters of the Ocean State donation center on Pontiac Avenue? Your items will go to a worthy cause. The donation center is 1540 Pontiac Avenue.

Showers: So how's the weather going to be for the last day of the year? Gray, foggy and with a chance of rain. The National Weather Service is forecasting a 90 percent chance of showers with a high near 49 today and a low around 33 tonight.

Bulb: Famed American Inventor Thomas Edison first demonstrates incandescent lighting to a crowd in Menlo Park, New Jersey, on this day in 1879.

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