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[personal profile] gingicat
Hello, this is Captain Barry Clemente with an informational message. DPW will be working during the night due to the rain and flooding. They are available at 781-393-2445 and will respond to any flooding in the streets. If you have an emergency, call 911. Thank-you.
[identity profile] dahdahdahdancer.livejournal.com
Now that many of us are scrambling to find help shoveling snow, I just wanted to send a warning about how I got scammed last winter by a "service" run by a guy named Jared Wright. He offered a contract for the season and wanted the entire amount up front. I signed, I paid. And I never saw him again. If you are approached by him, run away as fast as you can.
[identity profile] phpanda.livejournal.com
I am not wishing for snow but our snow plowing company has not renewed our flat fee contract.  Does anyone have a recommendation?  If you pay by storm, can you share how that pricing usually works?  Thanks so much!  Happy HONK weekend!
[identity profile] no-fun-nicole.livejournal.com
You know you need a shirt celebrating Boston's latest parade worthy championship: Snowiest winter ever. we've earned snow swag, right? I worked hard to design a shirt that truly captures all the crazy that has made this winter historic. Maybe if we all wear this shirt and parade down the street the snow will move on for the year. Long sleeve shirts and hooded sweatshirts are also available (since it may never be warm again).



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! )
[personal profile] ron_newman
The Brown School's roof collapsed last night. See link for story and photos. Fortunately the building was unoccupied at that hour. (hat tip to [livejournal.com profile] prunesnprisms for bringing this to my attention)

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.
[personal profile] ron_newman
Hello, this is Mayor Joe Curtatone with the message we’ve all been waiting for. The City’s longest snow emergency in history[*] is coming to an end as of 8 a.m. Wednesday, March 11, and I have important updates for you, so please read this full message.

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!
[identity profile] somervillebeat.livejournal.com
Looking to have a little fun with the epic snow we've gotten this year, we're running a contest on the Somerville Beat to guess when this giant pile will melt. The winner will get a $25 Union Square Donuts gift card, Beat stickers and, best of all, bragging rights! Enter by March 1 at midnight. Good luck!

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[identity profile] courtney o'keefe
There will be a Public Hearing before the Board of Aldermen’s Committee on Legislative Matters on Wednesday, February 25, 2015, at 7 PM, in the Aldermanic Chambers, 2nd Floor, City Hall, 93 Highland Avenue, on the Order of Alderman Mary Jo Rossetti, Chairman of the Committee, for public input related to the city’s snow removal ordinance (Ordinance 2014-12, found at Chapter 12 Section 8).
[identity profile] acechorizo.livejournal.com
We've got some serious looking ice dams that are causing some water to come inside - eek! Can anyone recommend someone to remove them for us? I looked in the home services tag, but didn't find anything.

Thanks!
[identity profile] genevra-mcneil.livejournal.com
Blessed be the shovelers, those of tired backs and aching arms, for through the sweat of their brows, we may walk.
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!
[identity profile] closetalker11.livejournal.com
Hello, Davis Square Denizens! Do y'all know if businesses are generally open in Davis today? I wanted to start a post for "these places are definitely open," but it's possible they're all generally open, so I wanted to check. Thanks!
[personal profile] ron_newman
The MBTA has announced that all rail and subway services will end tonight at 7 pm. No trains of any kind will leave Boston after 7 pm.

Edited to add: No rail service all day Tuesday either

"Very limited service" will continue on all bus routes, both Monday evening and all day Tuesday.
[identity profile] genevra-mcneil.livejournal.com
There was an article on WBUR this morning about Boston's snow farms and my daughter asked me "Where does Somerville's snow go?" and I realized that I have no idea. Makes me fell like a bad citizen. Anyone know?
[identity profile] courtney o'keefe
The City of Somerville’s snow emergency will remain in effect until Tues., Feb. 3, at 6 p.m., Mayor Curtatone announced today. At the end of a snow emergency, residents have two hours to move vehicles from municipal and school parking lots. Cars must be moved by 8 p.m. Tuesday to avoid being ticketed and towed.

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.
[personal profile] ron_newman

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)
  • Tedeschi's
  • Mike's Restaurant
  • Foundry
  • Burren
  • Sligo
  • Downtown Wine & Spirits
  • Joshua Tree - was closed but has sign saying they will open at 5:30 pm
  • Dave's Fresh Pasta (thanks, [livejournal.com profile] firstfrost!)

in Porter Square:

  • Star Market - one lonely young guy manning one checkout line. I don't think they ever closed overnight.
  • CVS
  • Walgreens
  • 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.

In between:
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.
[identity profile] kapara19.livejournal.com
So haven't ventured away from my sidewalk and shovel just yet. Are things open in Davis?
[personal profile] ron_newman
The entire MBTA system is shutting down all day tomorrow.

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?
[identity profile] living life happier
I'm disabled and can't shovel, so every storm is an issue for me. My landlord shovels the walkway, but I could use help shoveling my car after this week's (or any) blizzard. I have neighbors and friends who have been very helpful in the past, but several of them have moved farther away or need to be home with their kids, so I'm running out of people to impose upon. If you're looking to do a good deed and get a little exercise, please let me know!

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
[identity profile] billharnois.livejournal.com
It's been bad for years, but the Davis Sq lofts area of the bike path is almost unusable these days. There is just a huge pile of accumulating mud that is unavoidable. I love the bike path, but it's getting to the point where I take a different route now.

Does anyone know anything about plans to fix it?
[identity profile] littlecitynames.livejournal.com
Just received a Resistat email with 3 updates to the Somerville snow policy:

-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.

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