The time is nigh my friends. The snow is coming. There's no way around it. Which begs the question: Should space savers be allowed or banned in Jamaica Plain? The Jamaica Plain Neighborhood Council's Public Service Committee was scheduled to discuss space savers during its Dec.
With forecasters expecting about 8 inches of snow to hit the Boston area, Boston Public Schools have cancelled classes for Monday. All @bostonschools will be closed Monday, Feb. 8. School buses not running. Administrative offices open.
Many residents might have counted on this afternoon's rain to wash away the snow. But with freezing rain having already begun and expected to last until at least midnight, unshoveled sidewalks are going to be treacherous. The National Weather Service has issued a series of weather advisories for JP, including a freezing rain advisory. Up to a tenth of an inch of ice is expected to accumulate by dawn. The city requires property owners to keep the sidewalks in front of their personal or commercial properties clear of snow and ice.
The city used part of Franklin Park, including a set of basketball courts near White Stadium, for a snow farm during the historic winter. The nasty snow did a number on the asphalt courts, according to Christine Poff, executive director of the Franklin Park Coalition. But crews are at work this week digging up the damaged basketball courts and replacing them. Workers using heavy machinery and shovels dug up and hauled off at least two truck loads of asphalt on Tuesday. Poff said the resurfacing should be finished soon.
A public records request by ThinkProgress has finally answered the question of how much prisoners were paid to shovel out the Boston area this winter, including crews in JP. Turns out it was between $3 and $4 a day. Back in February, when the neighborhood was still blanketed in snow and ice, Jamaica Plain News had reached out to the Suffolk County Sheriff's Office for the figure. We never received a response. Among the areas shoveled by prisoners was Hyde Square.
Jamaica Pond — Still frozen on Saturday, March 21, 2015. Credit: Roxane Argueta
Spring really is coming, but the Pond is still frozen, as you can see in this shot by Roxane Argueta. For more of her photography, follow her Instagram feed. Each weekday we post a “Photo of the Day” from around the neighborhood. If you have a photo that screams (or even whispers) "Jamaica Plain," here are four ways to nominate it:
Email me at chris@jamaicaplainnews
Tag a picture on Twitter with @02130News
Put your photo in the Jamaica Plain News photo pool on Flickr
Arguably the best thing to emerge from the city's crappy winter was the Boston Yeti. Now the social media Sasquatch is putting his fame to work raising money for fellow fur bearers. On Sunday the Boston Yeti announced a new Etsy store was selling pins, bookmarks and stickers emblazoned with his image. Last we checked, the pins were sold out, but maybe they'll restock. Proceeds from the sales go to help animals at the JP-based Massachusetts Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals.
Whether you're all in to break the city's snow record or in the "no more please" camp, forecasters say to expect "an inch or two" on Sunday. Boston is less than two inches away from breaking the all-time record for snow accumulation. It was set in 1995/1996 when we got 107.6 inches. The National Weather Service said rain should change over to snow between 3 and 5 p.m. on Sunday. They say accumulation is expected on paved surfaces.
Mayor Marty Walsh makes a point during a press conference with neighborhood media on Wednesday, March 11, 2015. Credit: Chris Helms
Mayor Marty Walsh sat down with reporters and editors from neighborhood publications like the Jamaica Plain News on Wednesday. Here are some highlights from the conversation. Casey Arborway
The Casey project is state-run, but takes place on several city streets. Walsh has not taken a strong public role since before his election as mayor, when he buoyed bridge supporters by issuing a statement calling on the Department of Transportation to "fairly evaluate" replacing the Casey with a "beautiful modern bridge."
Tagging by JP's chapter of Mothers Out Front, a climate change action group. Credit: Courtesy of Viki Bok
The JP chapter of the climate-change action group Mothers Out Front has been writing messages on the neighborhood's snowbanks. "Time to call it like it is," wrote resident Viki Bok in an email. "This is climate change. Eight feet of snow.