Here are five things to know Jan. 2, 2013 in Swampscott:
1) Sky Watch: The Quadrantid meteor shower peaks in the early morning hours of Jan. 4. Your bext chance to spot a meteor is to look north (and a little east) and find the Big Dipper (Ursa Major) then look farther north (which would be roughly "up" if the Big Dipper were holding liquid). The constellation Draco ("Dragon") has a "head" of four bright stars that look a little bit like the four stars that make up the cup end of the Big Dipper. "Up" between the end of the Big Dipper's handle and Draco's head, you should spot the meteors.
2) Newsbit of the Day: The Police Station Building Committee meets tonight at 7 at Town Hall. Members are slated to take up the project's construction progress and budget status.
3) Swampscott Scholars: Swampscott High Class of 2012 graduate Francis Legere received the David Sherman Rotary Scholarship.
4) Weather Watch: Increasing clouds with a high near 30. West wind 10 to 14 mph, with gusts reaching 25 mph.
5) Big Blue Watch: The Swampscott swimming and diving team takes the pool against Lynn English on Thursday at 5 p.m. at the JCC in Marblehead.