• Boston public schools closed while city continues to dig out


    BOSTON (MyFoxBoston.com) – Following a briefing on continued storm cleanup efforts in Boston, Mayor Tom Menino announced that public schools will once again be closed on Tuesday.

    Menino said the decision was made with children's safety in mind. Schools will remain closed while crews work to widen bus routes and improve overall surface conditions. Tuesday's closure marks the third consecutive day Boston public schools have been forced to shut down in the wake of the blizzard.

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    Menino has opened all Boston Centers for Youth and Families from 7:30 a.m. to 6 p.m. Tuesday for parents to bring their children.

    A snow emergency and a parking ban remains in effect for the city. Menino is urging those who need to travel to and around Boston to use public transportation.

    Cleanup efforts will continue through Tuesday night and into Wednesday with Snow Removal Strike Force teams leading the way. The teams, which are comprised of members from the Boston Public Works Dept., Boston Transportation Department, Boston Police Dept., and the Mayor's Office of Neighborhood Services, are being deployed throughout the city to tackle roadways and intersections.

    The Massachusetts Bay Transportation Authority, which shut down all service at the height of the storm, reported some delays related to weather and signal problems but no major interruptions, on Monday.

    "America's oldest subway was fully operational this morning, providing safe and reliable service to tens of thousands of customers," said Joe Pesaturo, spokesman for the transit system.

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    According to the mayor's office, Boston is currently utilizing four snow farms, including at Marine Industrial Park, Reservation Road in Hyde Park and Columbus Avenue, next to 1542 Columbus.

    Boston EMS has already responded to several cases of carbon monoxide poisoning as people shovel out their cars and look for ways to potentially heat their homes. Menino is asking residents to use caution when shoveling and to make sure mufflers are clear of snow and debris before starting the car. Also, make sure home air vents are free and clear.

    Residents with storm-related questions or concerns should call the Hotline at 617-635-4500. Residents can also request services and find snow information online at www.cityofboston.gov/snow.

    For more information: City of Boston, Mayor's Office

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