You can also feel free to share the link to the teespring campaign with anyone you think might like it, friends that have money to throw around, or just tell me what you think (I'll try to find some whisky or something to down before I read any comments... snow sensitivity and all that).
Any funds raised will go directly to paying for the extra heat lamps that have been keeping Zoya the Tortoise warm.(Oh, and I promise not to ship you any snow but I'm happy to provide addresses of people in warm weather locations that deserve snow mailed to them should that compel you to purchase a shirt! )
Edited to add: More detailed report at Wicked Local Somerville and Boston Globe report
Wasn't there a whole week of school closure in February, specifically to allow clearing snow from roofs? And the city was using drones to survey these roofs? I don't understand how this happened.
As of 8 a.m. Wednesday, cars may park on both sides of the street unless otherwise posted. HOWEVER, to ensure emergency access, drivers must leave 12-feet of clearance between their car and the car parked opposite them or they may be ticketed and towed. Despite DPW’s massive snow removal effort to clear the even sides of nearly all of our streets, some streets remain narrow, especially for emergency vehicles to pass, and we will enforce the 12-foot regulation to ensure public safety. Crews will also be back for targeted snow removal on some streets, which will be posted in advance.
All cars must also be cleared of snow by 8 a.m. Friday or may be ticketed and towed. Additionally, all meters will go back into effect at 10 a.m. Wednesday, and residents parked in municipal parking lots will have until 10 a.m. to move their cars from the lots.
We may be ending the parking ban, but the broader cleanup from these historic storms is just getting underway. Crews are already out patching potholes and will be intensifying their efforts. Damages to signs, curbs, trash cans, meters and more will require repairs, and we will continue to clear catch basins. Finally, turf experts will be assessing when we can safely use our sports fields. In short, we have more work to do. Thank you all for your support during the winter we’ll never forget. Here’s looking forward to spring.
* Ed. note by RN - this one started at 10 am on February 8, in advance of the third big snowstorm, which means it will last a couple hours short of 31 days!
Blessed be the snow blowers, though their machines are noisy, because you can fit a stroller through those suckers.
Blessed be the plow drivers, though you have just plowed in the end of my driveway *again*, because we know you working hard this month.
Blessed be the fit young firemen who are digging out every one of this city's hydrants.
Blessed be the neighbors who shovel and snowblow for their neighbors who cannot, because we're not all as able as we used to be.
Blessed be Mayor Joe Curtatone and Jackie Rossetti from the City of Somerville, though they both sound kinda tired, for they are holding the city together.
Blessed be Dr. Scott, who made the hard call to put safety over political expedience, though it meant my husband had to walk three miles to work this morning, because walking is still better than a derailment.
Blessed be the bus drivers, though they may splash me with slush, because they will wait long enough for a young mother and toddler to climb over snow berms to get on board.
Finally, blessed be the folks at 'Bucks and Dunks, dispensers of coffee and cocoa, because we couldn't get through this without them.
credit -- Amanda Ferry
I thought we could all use something upbeat this week!
Please also note the following scheduling information for Tuesday:
• Somerville Public Schools are CLOSED.
• No City or school evening activities.
• Trash and recycling pick up will remain on a normal schedule.
• City Hall will be open with limited staffing, and the Somerville Public Library (Central Branch) will be open.
• The Kennedy School swimming pool will be open for family swim and for swim lessons from noon to 4 p.m., however please note that parking will be extremely limited.
Residents will have until 10 p.m. on Tuesday night to clear snow and ice from sidewalks, and are reminded that snow may NOT be shoveled into the street.
I just came back from a little walk around the neighborhood, and saw that these businesses are open:
in Davis Square:
- CVS (may close around 8 pm)
- Mike's Restaurant
- Downtown Wine & Spirits
- Joshua Tree - was closed but has sign saying they will open at 5:30 pm
- Dave's Fresh Pasta (thanks, firstfrost!)
in Porter Square:
- Star Market - one lonely young guy manning one checkout line. I don't think they ever closed overnight.
- Dunkin Donuts - may be the only place to get coffee around here today. A long, slow-moving but appreciative line. Give them a nice tip if you go there today.
Hess gas station and convenience store, Mass Ave at Blake Street
The 7-Eleven at Mass. Ave. and Day St. was closed and locked when I walked by it. I didn't know they even had a lock for their front door.This is not necessarily a complete or exhaustive list -- feel free to add to it in comments. I walked only down Elm St to Porter Square and Mass Ave back to Davis, not down Highland Ave or College Ave or Holland St.
I don't understand this decision. During the Blizzard of '78, at least the underground parts of the T were kept open throughout the storm, as was the Longfellow Bridge crossing. If the state wants people not to travel on the roads tomorrow, shouldn't the T be kept open?
If you can't help this week but might be able to after another storm (because this is Boston, so today's won't be our last of the winter!) please let me know.
I'm on Day St and yes, I'll provide a shovel. If you don't want to leave a comment here, you can email me at livinglifehappier at gmail dot com
Does anyone know anything about plans to fix it?
-Timelines: The timelines for removing snow have changed. If snow stops falling during the night (after sunset), you must shovel your sidewalk by 10 a.m. If snow stops falling during the day (after sunrise), you must shovel your sidewalk by 10 p.m.
-Fines: Fines for not removing snow have doubled. The first offense will cost you $50, the second offense is $100, and the third and subsequent offenses are $200.
-"Clean and lien:" If you don't shovel your sidewalk after three days or more, the City can clear the snow from around your property and charge you for it.