Courtesy Somerville Police Department.
With police chases, drug busts, and severe blizzards hitting Somerville in the past few months, its sometimes important to remember that the city half our campus is located is still a relatively safe place.
Last week, one police call definitely affirmed the zaniness of the Somerville Police Department’s lives when they received a tip about a “chicken stuck in a snow bank” on February 13th at around 7PM according to the Somerville Journal on Wicked Local.
The fowl friend was rescued from the Shaws employee parking lot by Officer Difava, who “bravely jumped into action and saved the chicken from certain peril,” according to the Somerville Police Department’s website. They later added “Why did the chicken cross the road? To be rescued by Officer Difava apparently.”
Tufts announced in a community-wide email that the parking ban which went into effect last night will continue until Monday, Feb. 18 at 9 AM due to the snowstorm. Cars may not be parked on university roadways or in faculty lots, and anyone with a green or red parking decal is welcome to park in the Lower Campus Garage or Dowling Garage. Non-commuters may also leave their cars in the Dowling Garage until 3 PM on Monday.
Despite the parking ban that is in effect, the university shuttle buses including the Joey will continue to run on their normal schedule, with the potential for delays due to the possibility of poor road conditions. For service updates, visit this website for more information.
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On the heels of Winter Storm Nemo, which broke records for snowfall in the city of Boston, another storm is coming overnight Saturday. According to the National Weather Service, this unnamed storm is only expected to bring light to moderate snow to the area.
Local cities, including Somerville, have begun to issue snow emergencies for the weekend in order to prepare for snow removal efforts that will be complicated due to the large amounts of snow still accumulated from last week’s blizzard, which brought over two feet of snow to the area.
Tufts has enacted a parking ban on university roadways and staff/faculty parking lots, which starts tonight at 11 p.m. and continues until tomorrow at 9 p.m, according to an email sent out to the Tufts community tonight. Students with Resident or Commuter permits are allowed to move their cars to the Lower Campus Garage or the Dowling Garage.
According to an announcement by the City of Somerville, residents may not park cars on the even-numbered sides of streets starting at 7:30 p.m. tonight. Anyone who cannot find parking is permitted to park in municipal and school parking lots during this time. Keep checking Jumbo Slice over the weekend to find more updates on this storm and its effects.
Residents of Simpson Avenue and adjoining Cady Avenue were in for a shock last night when the entire street flooded. A main thoroughfare between campus and Davis Square, Simpson Ave had shin-high water in the sidewalks alone.
A cleanup crew of Somerville workers and local residents explained it was the result of the copious amounts of rain related to Hurricane Sandy as well as the sewer drains becoming clogged with leaves blown from the trees.
While some affected home-dwellers were stunned looking out onto the street, others took the opportunity to goof around. Two newer Cady Ave residents joked, “We’re from Florida, so this Hurricane is really no big deal,” while they splashed in the puddles.
With more rainy days in the forecast, these instances of flooding are expected to continue in the days to come. The Daily advises community members to be cautious while driving around campus and to avoid these flooded spots, as well as areas with debris and down power lines.