Sunday, February 10, 2013
Hamilton-Wenham Regional School District schools are likely to open on Monday, but a final decision has yet to be made.
Snow removal at the Hamilton-Wenham Regional School District schools is on track to have all five schools open on Monday, according to Superintendent Dr. Michael Harvey. "We are on schedule with our cleaning activities to be open tomorrow," Harvey told Hamilton-Wenham Patch at about 1 p.m. on Sunday. Later, Harvey added that he is waiting to make a final decision until he hears from the Hamilton Department of Public Works and Wenham Highway Department about the progress of snow removal on side streets and around bus stops. Some North Shore schools have announced they will be closed on Monday, including public schools in Peabody, Marblehead, Salem and Swampscott. But none of the school districts immediately bordering the two towns, …
Light, fluffy snow on rooftops can act as a sponge for rain, which is in the forecast for Monday. The Massachusetts Emergency Management Agency offers these tips.
With rain in the forecast for Hamilton and Wenham on Monday, the Blizzard of 2013 may not be finished wreaking havoc. While temperatures dropped overnight on Friday resulting in light, fluffy snow, the Massachusetts Emergency Management Agency (MEMA) warns that fluffy snow piled high on roofs can act as a sponge, absorbing rain and adding additional stress to structures. Relatively flat roofs are particularly vulnerable, MEMA says. In other cases, roof ice dams have formed causing water build-up, leading to interior damage. These conditions can accelerate the snowmelt. To minimize the risk of over-stressing a building roof due to accumulated or drifting snow: Information from a release by the Massachusetts Emergency Management Agency (MEMA…
Saturday, February 9, 2013
Here's a list of open business in Hamilton and Wenham on Saturday night following the Blizzard of 2013.
Here’s an unofficial list of some businesses in Hamilton and Wenham that are open on Saturday night after the driving ban was lifted at 4 p.m. This list was compiled with the help of our Facebook fans. As always, it is still best to call ahead. Know another business that is open? Add it in the comments section. Black Cow Community Package Store CVS Daniella's Pizza Hamilton Convienience Hamilton House of Pizza The Farm (Essex) If you own or manage a business that is open tonight, or you know about a business that is open on Saturday night, post it below in the comments section.
Do you agree with the governor's decision or was it too drastic?
All non-emergency drivers were ordered off the roads on Friday when Gov. Deval Patrick issued an executive order banning travel during the blizzard. (Editor's note: The ban is lifted statewide as of 4 p.m. Saturday.) Patrick's executive order is being praised by some and bashed by others, reported The Boston Globe. While former Massachusetts Gov. Michael Dukakis, who was in charge of the commonwealth during the Blizzard of ’78, praised the governor’s move, others called the order “tyrannical” and say the strict ban and hefty fines were too much, according to The Globe. Those caught violating the ban would face up to a year in jail and a $500 fine. What do you think? Do you agree with the governor’s decision or do you think the travel ban …
Thanks to the blizzard, Hamilton and Wenham expecting as much as 2 feet of snow this weekend. See how many inches have fallen in your area with the LIVE map below.
The map above, provided by the National Weather Service, shows snowfall in the past 24 hours. It is updated every 6 hours. This is not a map showing overall snow depth: It only tracks the amount of snow that has fallen in the past day. The map is centered around the red marker, which is in the middle of Hamilton-Wenham Patch's coverage area.
Friday, February 8, 2013
Let's measure the blizzard through lawn ornaments!
We at Patch like to have fun – even when we’re covering a story as big as the Blizzard of ’13! So when the biggest storm in years (potentially in the history of Boston weather) is headed our way, we get into battle mode – and even get a little silly. That’s what this idea is about – and we want you to take part too! A fun way we want to track the storm across Massachusetts is through lawn ornaments. They serve a purpose in the spring and summer, but often feel left out in the cold of winter. Not anymore. We are posting photos of lawn ornaments throughout Massachusetts to highlight snowfall across the commonwealth during and after the storm. All you need to do is hit the Upload Photos and Videos button and upload your own. If we’re stuck at…
One central place to keep up with all the blizzard news and to share what you know with your Hamilton and Wenham neighbors.
Saturday, 12:55 p.m.: Gov. Deval Patrick is about to announce that the driving ban for Hamilton and Wenham will be lifted at 4 p.m. Saturday, 12:30 p.m.: National Grid says that the 41 homes without power on Chebacco Road will get power restored by 1 p.m. Saturday, 8:46 a.m.: Wenham Museum announces that it will be closed on Saturday. Saturday, 8:45 a.m. National Grid crews have begun work on the power outage along Chebacco Road. Power is expected to be restored by 11 a.m. A low-hanging wire is blocking the road for larger vehicles. Saturday, 8:01 a.m.: The driving ban remains in place under an executive order of Gov. Deval Patrick. Saturday, 7:40 a.m.: The MBTA announces it will not likely resume service on Saturday for any services, …
Is the grocery store out of bread? Are people packing the hardware store? Take a picture of how you are prepared for the storm and upload it here!
Have you been rushing around to get everything done before the full force of the blizzard arrives Friday? Maybe you've been busy running to Crosby's Market in classic New England fashion and buying your milk, bread and canned goods? Did you run to Dawson's Hardware and buy a new shovel or salt? Or, maybe you're a Department of Public Works employee getting the plow ready? We want to see what you're been up to getting ready for the storm. Post your photos of what you've seen in the stores and what you are doing around your house to get ready to our media gallery above by clicking the green "upload photos and video" button above! What are you buying to prepare for the storm? How did you get ready for the blizzard? Tell us in the comment …
Thursday, February 7, 2013
The last MBTA commuter train will leave Boston much earlier than usual on Friday because of the approaching blizzard.
The MBTA plans to completely halt service on Friday afternoon as the incoming blizzard is expected to really be firing up. In general, the T said service will end at about 3:30 p.m. on all subways, commuter rail trains and buses. The final train to Hamilton-Wenham station will leave North Station in Boston at 3:20 p.m. It is train No. 175 and is scheduled to arrive at Hamilton-Wenham at 4:04 p.m. The final inbound service to Boston will end across the commuter rail network at 3:30 p.m. The T has not announced when service will resume.
Hamilton has enacted a parking ban starting midday on Friday.
Hamilton has enacted a parking ban that will go into place at noon on Friday. It was announced on Thursday evening at about 7:15 p.m. via a Connect-CTY phone and e-mail message. It is the first time that a townwide parking ban has been enacted since Town Meeting voters approved changing the winter parking rules in October 2011 to a bylaw that bans on-street parking in the winter only when a parking ban is announced based on a forecast for 4 inches or more of snow. The parking ban will remain "until the weather emergency has been lifted," the announcement said. The ban means that on-street parking is banned all over town, except by Fire Department, Police Department, Department of Public Works and "other public safety and public utility …