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 on 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 on Tuesday that …
Parking is already difficult in the South End neighborhood, much less without two 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…
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…
"Snow strike teams" will launch on Monday to remove large piles of snow from roadways and intersections.
Two 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. The City of Boston announced on Monday that it will launch a coordinated “snow strike teams” to remove the massive piles of plowed snow. These teams will include police officers and employees form the city’s transportation, public works, and neighborhood services departments. Officials said the teams will head out on 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 Boston Public Health Commission is urging residents to clear out their car's tailpipes as they attempt to dig out.
Two people have died and four people were treated for carbon monoxide poisoning in Boston related to this past weekend's blizzard, according to the Boston Public Health Commission. The posioning occured after the victims failed to clear their car's tailpipe from snow blockages before starting their cars. One of the deaths in Boston was a 14-year-old Roxbury boy who he went inside a running car to keep warm while his father shoveled, the Boston Globe reported. In the second incident, a man was found dead in a car with a blocked tailpipe in Mattapan, police said. Katinka Podmaniczky, spokesperson for the BPHC, stressed how important it is to clear cars of snow properly before starting them. "[We are trying to] get the word out about how …
Add your own "before" and "after" shots to the gallery from your street.
The predictions were true. The blizzard of 2013 dumped more than two feet in the Boston area. In the South End especially, many small side streets were not plowed for the first 24 hours, and many residents with plowed streets woke up to find their cars completely buried in several feet of packed snow. Did you take any "before" and "after" pictures? Add them to the South End photo gallery to see what a difference two feet of snow makes. SOUTH END PATCH: Facebook | Twitter | E-mail Updates
Sunday, February 10, 2013
Will you need help shoveling after the storm? Or, are you offering shoveling services? Let's try and help out our South End neighbors during the blizzard.
Will you need shoveling out after the storm? Are you a student looking to make some money shoveling today or tomorrow? If you know someone who needs shoveling or wants to offer shoveling, have them post in the comment section below! Hopefully we can help set something up for the folks who really need it.
The service should resume by Monday, according to MBTA.com.
As crews continue to dig out from the blizzard, MBTA service will remain suspended Sunday. The goal is to have service restored by Monday. Feb. 11, according to MBTA.com/weather. “The safety of customers and employees continues to be the MBTA's top priority,” according to the site. “This continued suspension of service allows MBTA and MBCR personnel to concentrate all of their efforts on getting the transit system, from subway to bus to commuter rail, up and running as soon as possible,” the site says.
Saturday, February 9, 2013
Add your photos to the neighborhood gallery!
The forecasts were true - more than 24 inches of snow fell on the streets, houses, cars and parks in the South End, burying fire hydrants, cars and snowing residents inside. South End Patch went out and took some photos, and you sent some in. Here were the top photos from this weekend's storm from the neighborhood. SOUTH END PATCH: Facebook | Twitter | E-mail Updates
Gov. Deval Patrick said roads will be OK for travel beginning at 4 p.m.
The state driving ban will be lifted at 4 p.m. Saturday. Gov. Deval Patrick tweeted from his official account just before 1 p.m.: “Driving ban lifted immediately for Nantucket County & for all communities west of I-91; driving ban lifted statewide as of 4 PM,” Gov. Deval Patrick tweeted from his official @MassGovernor account. Patrick signed an executive order to ban vehicle traffic beginning at 4 p.m. Friday. It was the first time the order had been signed since 1978. Penalties for driving during the ban include a $500 fine and up to one year in prison.