Wednesday, March 27, 2013
Got a question about the neighborhood you want answered? Ask it!
Welcome to "You Ask, Patch Answers," a new feature where we find the answers to your questions. This week, we tackled the question, "When's the last day of school for Boston Public Schools students?" According to the most recent snow days through March 21, the last day of school for Boston Public Schools students will be held on June 28. Any further snow days will continue to push school back a day. Got a question about the neighborhood you want answered? Submit it in the comments below.
Monday, March 18, 2013
The path over the locks was closed for a few days in January for repairs and closes several times daily to allow vessels to pass through the dam.
If you’ve ever planned to use the pathway over the Charles River Dam to get to work and found it closed, this answer is for you. One local reader said last week it seemed like the Charles River Dam Walkway had been closing without any notice lately. “There is considerable grumbling and discontent when people see they are closed and now have to backtrack to the bridge and possibly be late for work,” the reader wrote. “With appropriate advertising we can plan accordingly.” To find out if and why the walkway has been closing unexpectedly, Patch turned to Massachusetts Department of Conservation and Recreation spokeswoman SJ Port. Port said officials do try to spread the word when the walkway is closed for repairs or other reasons for a length…
Wednesday, March 13, 2013
NSTAR and crowd-sourced websites offer tips and locations for charging electric cars.
Drivers who are considering a switch to electric vehicles or current vehicle owners looking for a place nearby to charge their rides have a couple of places to find their outlet. In Charlestown, the closest charging stations are in Cambridge at the Traffic Department's First Street location and the Cambridgeside Galleria, according to crowd-sourced website carstations.com. Carstations allows users to upload new car charging locations to a Google map and (when applicable) provides details on the station. According to the site's About section, "This website is designed to encourage participation and welcomes user interaction in the form of comments, updates and user generated content." There are also more official sites providing electric …
Wednesday, March 6, 2013
The two structures on either side of Charlestown are both in varying stages of reconstruction.
Currently, Charlestown is sandwiched between two bridges that are in varying stages of reconstruction—the Alford Street/Route 99 bridge to the north, heading into Everett, and the North Washington Street bridge to the south, heading into Boston’s North End. Both appear to be under construction, but to those who pass over the bridges daily it may be unclear exactly what work is being done. So what is the actual status of the two projects? For the answer, Patch turned to Para Jayasinghe, city engineer for the Boston Public Works Department. Both bridges are owned by the City of Boston, but redevelopment is being managed through the Massachusetts Department of Transportation, or MassDOT. North Washington Street Bridge Despite appearances, the…
Tuesday, March 5, 2013
Don't forget to move the clocks ahead one hour.
You know the old saying "Fall back, spring forward." Well, it's almost time to spring forward. This year we move the clocks overnight on Sunday, March 10. Don't forget to move your clocks ahead one hour before going to bed Saturday night. Officially, Daylight Saving starts at 2 a.m. on Sunday. Yes, moving the clocks ahead does mean we all lose an hour of sleep, but in return it will be light later in the day. Besides, the lost hour falls on Saturday night, so just sleep in a bit on Sunday before getting up and starting the day with your Patch Newsletter. Do you have a question you want answered? Ask it in the comment section below and your question could be featured in our next You Ask, Patch Answers.
Wednesday, February 20, 2013
Got a question about something in Charlestown? Ask Patch.
In a new feature on Charlestown Patch called “You Ask … Patch Answers,” readers are invited to ask questions about anything they see or hear about in town and want to know more about. Already, we’ve received a few questions from the community regarding the status of vacant buildings, ongoing construction projects and other items. This week, we turn an eye on 75 West School St. Several people have asked what is being constructed on the site of the former Knights of Columbus hall (which is now located on Medford Street). For the answer, Patch turned to Mark Rosenshein, chairman of the Charlestown Neighborhood Council Development Committee. Rosenshein actually joined the CNC in part because of this project—after attending a meeting where he …