Saturday, February 16, 2013
Boston Mayor Thomas Menino gave city workers an A+ - what grade would you give the city on responding to the blizzard?
Boston Mayor Thomas Menino gave the city an A+ for responding to the blizzard on a special "Today" show at Faneuil Hall on Friday morning. "You guys handled it very well," host Matt Lauer told Menino. "Well, thank you very much," said Menino to Lauer according to the Globe. “We did a fairly good job. We had some issues. But I think overall it was an A-plus job." So what grade would you give the city in West Roxbury for cleaning up the blizzard of 2013? Leave a comment below and take the poll. Click here for blizzard photos!
Friday, February 15, 2013
Check out what the storm looks like summed up in 40 seconds of action.
Youtube.com user Solepole made an awesome time lapse video of the blizzard from his or her Vermont Street window. "I set up my camera in one of my windows in my house on Vermont St in West Roxbury, MA. This is blizzard summed up in about 40 seconds. Apparently it was the 5th largest blizzard ever in the state of Massachusetts," wrote Solepole about the video. Solepole said shots were taken every minute and 30 seconds from 4:18 p.m. on Feb. 8, to 11:36 a.m. on Feb. 9., 2013.
Wednesday, February 13, 2013
Centre and Spring streets were the most important roadways to clear in West Roxbury.
Boston crews have been working tirelessly to make all West Roxbury streets safe. West Roxbury's Neighborhood Coordinator Chris Tracy sent Patch the attached pics and the following note: "(Monday) night I was out with crews on Centre and Spring streets to widen the business district as much as possible and keep removing the huge piles out there. This was part of the Mayor’s Snow Removal Strike Force Plan.: Boston Mayor Thomas Menino announced on Tuesday the snow emergency parking ban was lifted at 6 p.m. on Tuesday. Snow removal is continuing throughout the nights and days. City officials urged drivers to exercise caution and pay attention to “No Parking” signs in areas designated for snow removal, and expect delays as crews continue to …
Parking can be difficult in West Roxbury, 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 …
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 …
State Rep. Ed Coppinger definitely had some fun during the blizzard. How'd you pass the time?
How did you pass the time inside during the blizzard? West Roxbury's State Rep. Ed Coppinger grew some facial hair. Or was working on his cartoon-like disguises. Coppinger tweeted the attached picture, with the comment: "Letting myself go this blizzard". What kind of fun did you have during the blizzard? Post your pics to this article or leave your comments below.
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 Beantown's neighborhoods. Mayor Thomas Menino's official twitter account tweeted: "Boston Public Schools will be closed Tuesday, February 12.#bosnow #bps" Boston Public Schools are also closed next week for Febrary break.
The snow fell, it fell fall, and a lot. How much snow was dropped on West Roxbury?
So how much snow did West Roxbury get from the blizzard of 2013? According to the National Weather Service, West Roxbury received 25 inches of snow! West Roxbury's inch count was determined by a HAM radio correspondent. Nearby Dedham had 22 inches, Jamaica Plain got 25.5, Brookline registered 26 inches and South Boston measured 28 inches of snow.
City crews, and private contractors, are working around the clock to make all streets passable after the blizzard.
Boston crews are working around the clock to make all roads passable after one of the worst winter storms New England has ever seen. So how is your West Roxbury road? How is Centre Street? How is Baker Street? How about Lagrange Street (no matter how you spell it)? How are the smaller streets? How's the Bellevue Hill area? Boston Mayor Thomas Menino was out in West Roxbury on Sunday taking a firsthand look at crews at work. Menino sent in the attached photo, according to the City's Facebook page. The Mayor’s 24-Hour Hotline is dealing with heavy call volume, receiving more than 20,000 calls since the start of the storm as of Saturday. Residents with storm-related questions or concerns should call the Hotline at 617-635-4500. Residents …
Vermont lent Boston a hand with 20 pieces of equipment including front end loaders and dump trucks.
Snow emergency parking bans remain in effect while Boston crews continue to clean up from the historic blizzard throughout the city's neighborhoods. Boston Public Schools are also closed on Monday, as is Catholic Memorial. Mayor Thomas Menino visited neighborhoods on Sunday morning to assess the situation. Said Menino via press release, “Our number one priority today is getting to the side streets. Residents have been very patient as we work to recover from the fifth largest snow storm to ever hit the city of Boston. We are doing everything we can to get additional pieces of equipment into residential areas, including coordinating with MEMA to get federal and state resources. As our crews work, I’m urging drivers to continue to stay off …