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Five Things You Need to Know Today: Dec. 30

A free concert, open houses and info on New Year's Eve celebrations.

1. Free concert. The Nate Aronow Nextet will give a free concert this afternoon at the Newton Free Library. The performance will include original, contemporary jazz pieces as well as obscure classics. The show starts at 2 p.m.

2. Wrapping up the snowstorm. The snow is expected to taper off this morning and give way to partly sunny skies this afternoon. The city issued a snow emergency last night, which means all cars must be parked off the street until the ban is lifted. Also, residents should keep in mind the city's trial of the snow shoveling ordinance, which asks that homeowners clear the sidewalks outside their homes within 30 hours of a storm. If you have any service requests for the city after the snowstorm, file them via the 311 system. All power outages should be reported directly to NSTAR. 911 is for emergencies only.  

3. Looking to start the new year in a new home? Check out our list of open houses happening today in Newton. 

4. First Night Boston schedule. If you plan to head downtown tomorrow night for Boston 2013 First Night, check out this schedule for more details the events. You can also check out this list of what's happening here in Newton. 

5. Have photos and videos to share? Add them to our community photo/video gallery! We love to see photos of events around town, food at your favorite local restaurants, wildlife you spot in your backyard...just about anything! 

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