Friday, February 15, 2013
Chief Operating Officer Robert Rooney explains where DPW crews dump the snow.
One week after the Blizzard of 2013 hit the Northeast, many cities, including Newton, still have some cleaning up to do. But once the Newton DPW crews plow streets, shovel out sidewalks and clear parking lots, where does all the snow go? Chief Operating Officer Robert Rooney explained to Newton Patch this week that there are currently six snow dumping sites in Newton, which are spread out across the city to allow easier removal and transport. The snow dumping sites include the Elliot Street DPW yard, Rumford Avenue Landfill, Newton Centre Playground, Auburndale Cove parking lot, Nahanton Park parking lot and a small area near Lowell Avenue and Austin Street. Once the snow is relocated to the dumping sites, the melting process begins. In …
Thursday, February 14, 2013
Help us pinpoint some of the places in Newton that are still in need of snow removal.
The roadways may be clear, but the Blizzard of 2013 snow removal efforts are carrying on here in Newton. According to the city's trial snow shoveling ordinance, property owners must clear sidewalks in front of their homes within 30 hours of a storm. Fines are not currently issued, but homeowners may receive notices of non-compliance from the city. Have you noticed an unshoveled sidewalk in your neighborhood or a local parking lot that might still need some plowing? Have you seen people waiting in the street at a local bus stop? Write the street name where you saw the problem in the comments section below and we will add a pin to the interactive map above. Let's see if we can help pinpoint some problem areas. Remember, complaints about …
Tuesday, February 12, 2013
Are you satisfied or frustrated with how the city handled the area’s fifth largest snowstorm in history? Let us know by posting a comment below.
Now that the snow has fallen, and started to melt, it’s your time to rate how the city’s plows handled the more than two feet of snow that fell Friday and Saturday. You can also weigh in on the plowing of city municipal lots as well as the sidewalks and crosswalks the city handles during a storm. Feel free to give praise or thanks, express frustrations or offer up constructive criticism in the comments section below, and keep in mind, the blizzard was the fifth largest snowstorm in New England history. For more local blizzard coverage, check out our Newton Storm Center. Related discussion:
Monday, February 11, 2013
After the Blizzard of 2013 dumped two feet of snow on the area, students will finally head back tomorrow.
After four days off, Newton students will head back to school tomorrow. Newton Public Schools Coordinator of Communication and Community Engagement Megan Smallidge confirmed via email Monday evening that all Newton schools will be open Tuesday, Feb. 12. Newton schools closed down Friday as the Blizzard of 2013 began to move into the region. After the storm dumped two feet of snow on the city, NPS officials decided to cancel school again on Monday to allow the city more time to clear roads and sidewalks. Many parents took to Newton Patch and social media to express their opinions on the school cancellation Monday. Weigh in on our story here.