Thursday, February 7, 2013
West Roxbury's Anne Quinlan has kept the snow in her freezer for 35 years!
Thursday, February 7
West Roxbury resident Anne Quinlan collected snow during the Blizzard of 1978 and has kept it in a container in her freezer ever since — for 35 years! "It would be great to have the water quality compared with today," Quinlan said. Got your own photos and recollections from the Blizzard of '78? Share them here! Got a cool photo - send it to Patch Editor David Ertischek at email@example.com
Current Boston EMS Superintendent Dianne Cavaleri remembers medicine being delivered to residents by snowmobile, including insulin to diabetics.
Thursday, February 7
The following was written by Jennifer Mehigan, Director of Media Relations for Boston EMS. Thirty-five years ago this week, Boston was engulfed in snow. More than 27 inches fell in a 24-hour period at one point. The snow, and in particular the wind, crippled the city and the region. For many residents, it was an adventure. For members of Boston EMS, it was an experience of a lifetime. “We worked for four days, 24-plus hours straight that first day and then double shifts,” recalls Superintendent Dianne Cavaleri, who was a 23-year-old EMT at the time. “Ambulances were stopped, physically couldn’t move, after the 26th hour.” Depending on what area of the city you worked would dictate how busy you stayed. In the inner city Boston EMS was …
Tuesday, February 5, 2013
Share photos and memories on the 35th anniversary of this major winter storm.
The snowfall in Boston so far this winter has been minimal, but 35 years ago it was a much different story. On Feb. 6, 1978, the Boston area, along with much of Massachusetts, saw a record 27 inches of snow fall, with the added bonus of hurricane force winds. The storm began the morning of Feb. 6 and lasted through the following evening. It was a storm that was never really predicted to be so large, and yet from it one good thing came—we learned about emergency preparedness. The snow came down so quickly (at a rate of one inch an hour) that thousands of motorists were stranded in snowdrifts as they drove down Route 128. Roads throughout the state were impassible and cars were abandoned at every turn. For those of us who were old …