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Mayor Walsh declared May 3 Eugene Mirman Day in the City of Boston, on the occasion of the second annual Eugene Mirman Comedy Festival taking place this weekend. Watch what happened when Eugene came to City Hall to pick up his official proclamation. 

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A hokey crew helps perform detail work sweeping Boston streets; in this behind-the-scenes video, go along with one at work. This spring, Mayor Walsh has doubled the number of these crews in the City of Boston. Join our efforts to make Boston beautiful this spring by signing up for Boston Shines, the citywide cleanup, now taking place three weekends. 

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Make your spring clean GREEN! In Boston, there are a few ways to participate in recycling - this handy PSA explains how to request a recycling bin, or, use a special sticker to transform an existing container into a bin. Get more spring cleaning tips from the City of Boston at http://bit.ly/scrubthehub. 

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It’s finally spring in Boston! Mayor Walsh is celebrating by doubling up on the number of hokey crews sweeping the streets, commencing with a new season of street cleaning, and welcoming you to join us in beautifying Boston. If you’re in the middle of spring cleaning and want to schedule a pickup for special bulk items, this PSA will make the process easy for you. You can find more tips and resources around spring in Boston at boston.gov/spring.

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Boston Public Works is ready for spring cleaning, no matter what

Just because the calendar pages turn, that doesn’t mean it’s the last you’ll see of winter’s snow salter trucks. But that’s not because it’s a long winter - that’s because new models of trucks actually double as street sweepers, and can be converted between dump to salt truck and back again, depending on need. That means our Public Works crews are able to quickly convert between spring clean to snow storm mode, as New England weather can dictate.
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Boston’s Public Works fleet now includes 21 2012-14 model year Freightliner all-season dump trucks, which increases efficiency and turnaround time. The “Hi-Way” brand all-season trucks can convert between plowing and spreading salt to hauling loads of debris within minutes, instead of having to mount an auxiliary salt spreader, which takes longer. 

We have it on good authority that spring is just around the corner. Really. Regular spring sweeping start April 1, in addition to posted schedules - check here for your street’s schedule. 
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What’s really on Mayor Walsh’s dashboard? Read more about how Mayor Walsh and his team are using real-time data visualization to help manage the city, from constituent service and 911 data to social media sentiment. 

What’s really on Mayor Walsh’s dashboard? Read more about how Mayor Walsh and his team are using real-time data visualization to help manage the city, from constituent service and 911 data to social media sentiment. 

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How can you reimagine Boston’s public spaces? Enter the Public Space Invitational, and attend a q&a Tuesday night at 6pm at District Hall with our office of New Urban Mechanics.

How can you reimagine Boston’s public spaces? Enter the Public Space Invitational, and attend a q&a Tuesday night at 6pm at District Hall with our office of New Urban Mechanics.

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Monday, check in with Mayor Walsh for his latest Twitter chat. Ask your questions starting at 3pm to @marty_walsh, using the hashtag #AskMJW.

Monday, check in with Mayor Walsh for his latest Twitter chat. Ask your questions starting at 3pm to @marty_walsh, using the hashtag #AskMJW.

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Balmy days are just around the corner, and we’re in the home stretch now - even this week, we’ll see temperatures climb into the 50s. As we see winter’s thaw, we’ll also see the conditions that create potholes’ most prevalent season. Won’t you help us spot potholes? That’s right - it’s SpotHoles‬ season. Here’s everything you need to know about potholes in the City of Boston, including how to report them if you see them.
(H/T to Boston Parks and Recreation Department Instagram for this dreamy photo!)

Balmy days are just around the corner, and we’re in the home stretch now - even this week, we’ll see temperatures climb into the 50s. As we see winter’s thaw, we’ll also see the conditions that create potholes’ most prevalent season. Won’t you help us spot potholes? That’s right - it’s SpotHoles‬ season. Here’s everything you need to know about potholes in the City of Boston, including how to report them if you see them.

(H/T to Boston Parks and Recreation Department Instagram for this dreamy photo!)

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Winter Weather Advisory 2/13-14

CITY OF BOSTON WINTER STORM UPDATE

National Weather Service has declared a Winter Weather Advisory in effect for the City of Boston from 7:00 a.m. Thursday through 7:00 a.m. Friday. Latest forecasts indicate the storm is expected to result in 2 to 4 inches of snow in Boston by noon, when the precipitation is expected to change to rain. Boston is likely to see additional 2 to 3 inches of snowtomorrow after the evening commute through Friday morning. Wind gusts may reach up to 50MPH; combined with rain and wet snow, Boston may experience downed trees and power lines causing power outages. 

Mayor Walsh convened his team tonight to discuss the latest storm-related information and response plans. His team will continue to monitor the forecast and provide updates throughout the weather event.

All Boston schools will operate on normal schedules tomorrow, including after-school activities. Parents can track the location of their child’s school bus in real time using the “Where’s my School Bus” app athttp://schoolbus.bostonpublicschools.org. Parents can also call the Boston Public Schools Transportation Hotline at 617-635-9520.

Public Works

  • Public Works teams will begin pre-treating roads at 5:00 a.m.tomorrow.
  • Crews are prepared for the snow event, and will have more than 300 pieces of equipment active for the morning commute. 
  • Trash collection will begin an hour early at 6:00 a.m. tomorrowmorning.  

Public Safety

  • Boston Police, Boston Fire, and Boston EMS will have additional staff on hand throughout the storm.
  • Boston Police will be posted at major intersections tomorrowmorning to assist with traffic flow.

Cold Weather Safety Reminders

  • Residents are encouraged to shovel out hydrants and catch basins near or abutting their property to assist our public safety agencies and protect against flooding.
  • Carbon Monoxide is an odorless and tasteless gas that results from combustion and can quickly become fatal. Residents should clear snow and debris away from mufflers before starting the car and ensure that external vents are cleared of snow. If you are using a generator, make sure it is far enough away to vent air and gases away from the home. A safety video about carbon monoxide poisoning prevention is available here.
  • Property owners are required to salt and sand sidewalks, stairs and pedestrian ramps to prevent slippery surfaces.
  • Please check on elderly or vulnerable neighbors who may need help.
  • Use caution when walking near buildings that may have falling snow or ice.
  • Shoveling snow can pose a serious health safety risk to persons with heart disease and senior citizens. Residents should consider seeking the assistance of a family member, a helpful neighbor or hire someone to help.
  • Additional cold weather safety tips can be found at:http://www.cityofboston.gov/cold/safety.asp.

The Mayor’s 24-Hour Hotline will have additional staff on-hand and residents with weather-related questions or concerns, including down power lines, down trees or icy conditions, should call (617) 635-4500.

Residents are encouraged to use the City’s “Know Snow” program for access to other important storm-related information. To receive notifications, register for the City’s Alert Boston network athttp://www.cityofboston.gov/snow/. For updates & questions via Twitter, use @NotifyBoston, follow #bosnow.