***Cold Weather Alert***
Temperatures to reach teens, single digits with wind chill; City urges residents to stay warm, be cautious with portable heating devices
Mayor Thomas M. Menino announced today that the City of Boston is taking all steps to keep residents safe and warm as temperatures with wind chill are expected to dip into the teens and single digits for the remainder of this week. Projecting the coldest weather in Boston so far this season, forecasts for today, Thursday, and Friday indicate rapidly falling temperatures and wind gusts that could exceed 20 miles per hour. Given the cold snap, Mayor Menino urged residents to check on the well-being of their elderly or disabled neighbors, be mindful of homeless individuals that may need assistance, and practice caution when using portable heating devices such as space heaters.
Are you a non-profit that wants to plant trees?
The Grow Boston Greener initiative is offering grants of $250 to $2,500 to plant and maintain new trees for non-profit organizations such as community development corporations, school foundations, community health centers and local open space and environmental groups.
Applications must be received or postmarked by Friday, February 12, 2010. Awardees are encouraged to plant trees of a minimum of 2” caliper. Trees must be planted by June 1, 2010. For more information including applications, planting tips, and a list of suggested tree species appropriate for Boston’s climate, please go to www.cityofboston.gov/parks/streettrees/growbostongrants.asp.
Swim Team Experience Not Necessary
Boston Centers for Youth & Families (BCYF,) the City of Boston’s largest youth and human service agency, is currently enrolling youth participants in a citywide competitive swimming league.
The annual league involves boys and girls ages 6-15. Participants must be able to swim one length of the swimming pool. The league is a developmental league and serves as an introduction to swimming competitively for most young swimmers so experience on a swim team is not necessary. The regular season meets are held on Fridays at 6:00 p.m., beginning on January 8th and the last one is scheduled for March 26th .
To sign up to participate, contact the center directly or call Boston Centers for Youth & Families at 617-635-4920 x2150 and speak with Tony Rosario, Aquatics Manager.