Today is Friday, Jan. 13. Here are five things you should know.
1) Maybe rain. Today looks to be mostly cloudy and overcast early on, with the sun breaking through a bit later. Temperatures are expected to be in the mid 40s, with a 50 percent chance of precipitation and winds gusting anywhere from 15 to 50 miles per hour, according to Weather Underground. Cloudy and cold at night, with temps in the mid 20s and wind gusts up to 50 miles per hour still possible.
2) Cookies! Reading Girl Scouts will be hosting a Girl Scout cookie booth sale on Friday Jan. 13 at Gregory’s on Main Street from 5 – 8 p.m. Be sure to stop by and get your Thin Mints, Caramel deLites, Peanut Butter Patties, Shortbread, Peanut Butter Sandwiches, Lemonades, Thanks-A-Lot and Shout Outs. America’s favorite cookies are only available until March 9!
3) Sports. The RMHS girls and boys basketball teams both face Arlington in league play on Friday night, with both games on the road at Arlington High. The girls start at 5:30 p.m., while the boys game begins at 7 p.m. Boys swimming takes on league foe Winchester at RMHS, starting at 8:30 p.m. The Austin Prep hoopsters are in action as well, with the girls playing at home against Cardinal Spellman starting at 6:30 p.m., while the boys face the Cardinals in Brockton at 6:30 p.m.
4) Wine and beer tasting for a cause. The Wine Bunker on General Way will be hosting a wine and beer tasting today to benefit Creative Arts. The libations will be served with food pairings. Tasting will feature 15 different wines plus specialty crafted beer selections along with live music and raffle prizes. The event starts at 4 p.m.
5) ‘Air’ Jordan lands—again. On this day, in 1999, NBA megastar Michael Jordan, of the Chicago Bulls, announces his retirement from the game—for the second time—in front of the home fans at Chicago’s United Center. Widely considered the greatest player in the history of the sport, Jordan was originally drafted by the Bulls, with the third-overall pick in the 1984 NBA Draft. He won his first NBA Championship in 1991—the first of three consecutive NBA titles. Reeling from the murder of his father and an NBA investigation into allegations of illegal betting, Jordan retired from basketball in 1993. Turning to baseball, he signed a minor league contract with the Chicago White Sox and was assigned to affiliates the Birmingham Barons. While a big draw for fans, Jordan struck out 114 times in 127 games during his first season, and, by March of 1995, he wad decided to return to the hardwood. Jordan’s second retirement was the result of Chicago head coach Phil Jackson leaving the team following bitter tension between Jackson and Bulls General Manager Jerry Krause. Jordan would come out of retirement in 2001 with the Washington Wizards after he became part-owner of that franchise. “Air” Jordan retired for the final time on April 16, 2003.