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Town parking ban lifted early

Superintendent Kathleen Bodie has announced that because of the snow storm, the public schools have a two-hour delayed opening on Wednesday, Jan. 22. Minuteman also has a two-hour delay, but Arlington Catholic schools are closed.

"Unfortunately, it is too early to call whether we will have a snow day tomorrow," she wrote in an email to parents and guardians on Tuesday, Jan. 21, at 4:10 p.m.

She warned Tuesday that could change to "no school," but that will not occur. Residents  received calls Wednesday confirming the two-hour delay.

Predictions ranged from 4 to 10 inches of snow Tuesday, she wrote. If Arlington has 4 inches, parking lots and sidewalks around the schools can be cleared by 10 a.m.

The Town of Arlington declared a snow emergency/parking ban, effective Tuesday, Jan. 21, at 8 p.m. The ban was to be lifted at noon, Jan. 22, but town officials ended it at 8 a.m.

 During a snow emergency, a parking ban is in place on all streets and municipal parking lots.  It is crucial to keep cars off the streets during this time to allow the town to clear the roads.  Any vehicles parked on the streets during these hours will be subject to ticketing and towing.

Storm cleanup and public walkways

After a storm, it is equally important for all residents and businesses to keep public walkways clear. The bylaws require residents and businesses to remove snow and ice from any sidewalks abutting their property following a storm.

Residents should remove snow and ice from abutting paved sidewalks within eight hours between sunrise and sunset after a storm; businesses and residential property owners have three hours. Please cut a path to the street if you live on a corner.

It is also prohibited to move snow into the roadway. Failure to comply with these bylaws can result in a fine of $25 to $50 per day.

Other ways to help include shoveling out fire hydrants by your property or that of a neighbor and clearing any catch basins near your property.

Trash collection

JRM collection for Wednesdayis still planned (on holiday schedule). Please secure containers and contents to prevent items from going into the street so JRM crews can reasonably collect them.

Office hours Jan. 22

Town administrative offices and libraries open at 10 a.m. Jan. 22.

Storm monitoring and important numbers

Public works and town officials will be deployed and will monitor the storm’s progress. Storms can be unpredictable and residents are reminded of the following important phone numbers:

 - Report downed electrical wires: call 911 and NSTAR at 1-800-592-2000.

- Report a power outage to NStar at 1-800-592-2000 or at nstar.com.

- Report a downed street tree or limb to DPW dispatch at 781-316-3301.

- Verizon customers can call for service interruptions 1-800-Verizon

 Extreme-cold tips

The National Weather Service is issuing wind-chill advisories for the remainder of the week.

Temperatures are expected to plummet and wind chills can reach -25 degrees in some areas. MEMA has issued the following safety tips.

 Please monitor local media for updated storm conditions.

 For additional snow and ice information, including snow-removal procedures, policies, tips and snow & ice dispatch, visit arlingtonma.gov/snow


 This story was published at 4:24 p.m. Tuesday, Jan. 21, 2014, and updated Jan. 22.

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