Thursday, March 7, 2013
The week after the Blizzard of 2013, city officials issued 175 tickets in Ward 5.
If your property or business received a ticket for improper snow removal related to the Blizzard of 2013, you're not alone. More than 175 people in Ward 5, which includes Beacon Hill and the Back Bay, faced fines and tickets related to snow removal, according to city data. Of those, 76 were issued right after Nemo, from Feb. 9-16, and 99 were issued Feb. 17-27. Including the bit of Beacon Hill that lies in Ward 3, the numbers edge a little higher. The fines, at anywhere from $25 to $300 depending on the offense, were issued for violations such as clearing snow from private property back onto city streets, or failing to clear 42" worth of sidewalk space in front of property. Overall in Boston, 2,413 tickets were issued in the month of …
Saturday, February 23, 2013
Check out this footage of what Nemo looked like for plow truck operators.
With another possible storm headed our way this weekend, Boston's public works employees could have some long hours ahead. Ever wonder what a storm looks like from their point of view? Curl up with a cup of hot chocolate and take a look.
Tuesday, February 12, 2013
After four days, the city's snow emergency parking ban will expire at 6 p.m. on Tuesday night.
The city announced Tuesday afternoon that due to recent strides made in snow removal from city streets, Boston's snow emergency parking ban would be lifted at 6 p.m. Tuesday night. “Our snow removal teams did great work throughout the night last night,” Mayor Menino said. “Our crews will be out there all day and again tonight as we continue to widen roads, make our schools safe for students, and respond to residents’ concerns about residential areas.” Those who parked their cars in garages during the snow emergency have until 8 p.m. to move them before reduced rates expire. The city also announced certain streets will continue to be specified as "No Parking" while crews continue to remove snow. The mayor also announced Tuesday that Boston…
Parking is already difficult on Beacon Hill, even without 2 feet of snow on the ground.
In the wake of the Blizzard of 2013, parking has become unbelievably difficult between the city's parking ban, the shrinking of streets to one-lane roads, and the 10-or-more-foot high and five-foot deep piles of snow that line the streets. Bostonians all know of the tradition in the city that when you shovel out a parking spot, you can "hold" that parking spot with a chair, trash barrel or other object for up to 48 hours after the parking ban ends. Proponents say that the ban encourages people to do a good job clearing out their spot, knowing their hard work won't go to waste as soon as they move their car. Opponents say that you can't claim a parking spot as "yours" just because you parked there before the blizzard. What's your personal…
"Snow strike teams" will launch on Monday to remove large piles of snow from roadways and intersections.
Days after the blizzard of 2013, most streets have been cleared and conditions for motorists are improving. But huge snow piles are shrinking travel lanes, clogging intersections and making parking impossible in Boston. The city announced Monday that it will launch a coordinated “snow strike teams” to remove the massive piles of plowed snow. These teams include police officers and employees form the city’s transportation, public works, and neighborhood services departments. Officials said the teams headed out Monday with orange spray paint to demark which snow piles will be removed by larger machinery. The city noted some roads may need to close during the process but it has not announced which roads will be targeted. The snow will be …
Monday, February 11, 2013
Boston crews are working around the clock to make all Boston streets passable, forcing public schools to be closed again on Tuesday.
Boston Public Schools will be closed on Tuesday due to the continued cleanup of the blizzard of 2013 that dropped more than 20 inches on Boston's neighborhoods. Mayor Thomas Menino made the announcement over his official twitter account around 5 p.m. on Monday night. “The safety of our students comes first, and schools will remain closed as our snow removal crews work through the night and tomorrow to clear side streets and widen bus routes,” Mayor Menino said in a statement. Boston Public Schools are also closed next week for February break. All BCYF community centers will open tomorrow to offer a place for youth age six and older while their parents work, the city announced, with the exception of the BCYF Archdale Community Center and…
The storm is long over, but some Beacon Hill streets still need attention.
It's been two full days since the storm but some Beacon Hill streets are still not clear. The city of Boston has been plowing since Friday and they're taking requests via forms on the city's website: www.cityofboston.gov. The city's corresponding Twitter handle is @NotifyBoston. If your street needs to be plowed, list it in the comments. Photos are helpful also.
Paul Magla has been caring for the flock for years.
While Bostonians were dipping into the groceries they stocked up in advance of Fridays blizzard, other Back Bay denizens knew to head to Paul Magla for a bite during the storm. “I whistle and they come,” Magla told WBZ-TV of the flock of sparrows he's been tending to for the past 10 years. On Saturday morning, he found them waiting for him on his balcony. "Because I’ve been doing it for years, so I figure even when it snows I'd come out and do it," he said. With their food covered in snow, they headed for Magla's place for some whole-wheat bread, and maybe some warmth. “Usually they don’t sit on [my] hand as much, but because it’s cold, they are,” Magla said. See the video here.
Sunday, February 10, 2013
Due to continued cleanup up of the fifth worst storm to hit Boston, public schools will be closed on Monday.
Boston Public Schools will be closed on Monday due to continued cleanup of one of the worst storms to hit Boston. Boston Mayor Thomas Menino tweeted on Sunday: "Boston Public Schools will be closed tomorrow, Monday, February 11. #bosnow" Menino also reminded Bostonians that the snow emergency parking ban remains in effect: "Our #1 priority today is getting to side streets. Thank you for patience as we recover from 5th largest storm to ever hit Boston. #bosnow"
Regularly scheduled service should resume by Monday, according to MBTA.com.
The T will start limited service downtown beginning at 2 p.m., but it will likely be slow-going. Subway and bus service will run on the Red, Orange and Blue lines between Orient Heights and Government Center, and the Green Line between Kenmore and Lechmere, according to MBTA.com/weather. Limited bus service will also operate on the 1, 23, 28, 39, and Silver Line Washington Street only. Customers are encouraged to stay home and "use service sparingly," if possible, the website said. Commuter rail routes will remain suspended through Sunday. The MBTA weather update says regularly scheduled MBTA service will resume Monday morning. “Customers should expect significant delays and plan extra time for their Monday morning commute as MBTA service…