Friday, March 8, 2013
Citywide, officials issued $141,150 in snow removal fines in the week following the Blizzard of 2013.
If your property or business received a ticket for improper snow removal related to the Blizzard of 2013, you're not alone. More than 60 Charlestown property owners and businesses faced fines and tickets related to snow removal, according to city data. The fines, at anywhere from $25 to $300 depending on the offense, were issued for violations such as clearing snow from private property back onto city streets, or failing to clear 42 inches worth of sidewalk space in front of property. Overall in Boston, 2,413 tickets were issued in the month of February, according to the Boston Globe, which compiled the city's public records. In Charlestown, 29 snow removal tickets and fines were issued during the week of Feb. 9-16 and 34 tickets were …
Tuesday, February 26, 2013
A daily image of life in Charlestown for Tuesday, Feb. 26.
Susan Geelmuyden shared this photo of the Constitution Marina the day after the Blizzard of 2013. Got a great photograph of Charlestown? Email it to email@example.com, text to 781-217-4233 or tweet @CharlestwnPatch, including a line or two about where or when the photo was taken. We'll post a new photo every day on Charlestown Patch.
Friday, February 22, 2013
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Several Charlestown readers have expressed frustration over even tighter parking around town after the Feb. 8-9 blizzard dropped more than two feet of snow on Boston. When the city lifted the snow emergency and parking ban on Tuesday, Feb. 12, it meant residents who had been parking in temporary free or low-cost lots, like MGH's Building 199 in the Navy Yard, had to fight for spots on the street amid huge piles of leftover snow. For many, the solution was to shovel out a spot on the street and leave a chair or traffic cone to "save" that spot until things cleared up. Today, two weeks after the storm, that tactic is still being employed by some, leaving others frustrated. One reader sent this email to Patch: What's being done about the …
Friday, February 15, 2013
A daily image of life in Charlestown for Friday, Feb. 15.
Garry Waldeck took this "cool" shot from inside an igloo in the backyard of his Charlestown home on Sunday, Feb. 11, following the Blizzard of '13. Got a great photograph of Charlestown? Email it to firstname.lastname@example.org, text to 781-217-4233 or tweet @CharlestwnPatch, including a line or two about where or when the photo was taken. We'll post a new photo every day on Charlestown Patch.
Wednesday, February 13, 2013
A daily image of life in Charlestown for Wednesday, Feb. 13.
Charlestown resident Ann Gildea took this pretty picture of the town and the Bunker Hill Monument from her window after the Feb. 8-9 blizzard. This "lucky shot" was taken from Gildea's third-floor home on Mount Vernon Street. See more photos from during and after the storm (and add your own) in Patch's Blizzard Gallery. Got a great photograph of Charlestown? Email it to email@example.com, text to 781-217-4233 or tweet @CharlestwnPatch, including a line or two about where or when the photo was taken. We'll post a new photo every day on Charlestown Patch.
Tuesday, February 12, 2013
After four days, Boston's snow emergency will expire Tuesday evening.
Boston officials announced on Tuesday afternoon that because of recent strides made in snow removal from city streets, the snow emergency parking ban will be lifted at 6 p.m. Tuesday night. “Our snow removal teams did great work throughout the night last night,” Mayor Thomas 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 …
Parking is already difficult in the 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…
A daily image of life in Charlestown for Tuesday, Feb. 12.
Karen Sullivan shared this image of one of Charlestown's mountains of snow left over from the Blizzard of 2013. In the picture, local kids Tommy Williamson, Owen Sullivan, Luke Sullivan and Andrew McDonald sit atop a snow pile at the corner of Main Street and Lawnwood Place on Sunday night, Feb. 10. See more photos from during and after the storm (and add your own) in Patch's Blizzard Gallery. Got a great photograph of Charlestown? Email it to firstname.lastname@example.org, text to 781-217-4233 or tweet @CharlestwnPatch, including a line or two about where or when the photo was taken. We'll post a new photo every day on Charlestown Patch.
Monday, February 11, 2013
Boston crews are working around the clock to make all city streets passable, forcing public schools to be closed again.
[UPDATED Monday, Feb. 11, 6:41 p.m.] Boston Public Schools will be closed on Tuesday, Feb. 12 because of the continued cleanup of the Blizzard of 2013 that dropped more than two feet on Charlestown and around the city. Mayor Thomas Menino's posted the following from his official Twitter account on Monday evening: "Boston Public Schools will be closed Tuesday, February 12. #bosnow #bps" Shortly afterward, his office released a statement confirming the decision. “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,” the mayor said in the statement. Boston Public Schools are also closed next week for February break. All …
The Boston city councilor says the neighborhood's side streets got some attention on Monday but that there is still a lot of work to be done.
Though there was a delay in getting Charlestown’s side streets plowed after the weekend snowstorm, the neighborhood was looking much better by Monday afternoon, District 1 City Councilor Sal LaMattina said. “Today they’re out there full swing and the neighborhood looks good. We still have major snow piles on Main Street and Bunker Hill Street, and those need to be repaired. Hopefully the city won’t lift the parking ban until they remove some of those piles of snow,” LaMattina said. The city councilor said he wasn’t sure what exactly caused the delay in plowing but that crews worked during the weekend to clear Charlestown’s major thruways. “I heard that they were concentrated on the main arteries, which is Bunker Hill, Austin and Main …