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Snow begins to pile up on Prince Street during the January 4th storm.

Newly inaugurated Boston City Councilor Lydia Edwards announced a district-wide initiative – the “Snow Angels” program – aimed to serve our most vulnerable neighbors during the winter months and connect residents through community service.

The “Snow Angels” program will connect elderly and disabled residents unable to shovel in front of their homes to on-call, neighborhood volunteers ready to alleviate the burden shoveling can impose.

“If Thursday’s snowstorm is any indication, there are many people in our neighborhoods who need assistance beyond what the City can provide for them. The beautiful thing about our district is that there are good-hearted individuals ready and willing to step up to the plate and help,” said Councilor Edwards. “The Snow Angels program will aim to coordinate and connect both communities.”

Councilor Edwards outlined that depending on the amount of the volunteers, the program hopes to match neighbors in need to a Snow Angel within 500 feet of their home during each snowstorm. Edwards noted that she’s receive support of district one’s delegation such as Rep. Adrian Madaro of East Boston, Rep. Aaron Michlewitz of the North End, and Rep. Daniel Ryan of Charlestown and actively looking for community sponsors to cover costs of shovels, snow melt, etc.

Snow Angels must be 18-years-old and up, reside in the district, and are volunteering at their own risk. In order to be eligible for the service, you or someone you know must be an elderly or disabled resident of Charlestown, East Boston, or the North End. Snow Angel services are for residential properties only. To sign-up for the service or to become a Snow Angel, please call (617) 635-3200 or e-mail with your name, age, address, and telephone number.

What else does Councilor Edwards hope to achieve besides clear sidewalks?

“Community connection,” Edwards said. “I hope that this will provide a vehicle for residents to engage and invest in their neighborhood but also cultivate long-lasting relationships between neighbors for generations to come.”

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  1. This is a Wonderful Idea. Now let us deal with the facts, we need the Trucks that pick up the snow, melt it &
    release the melted snow in our sewers. These trucks are in & around $300 thousand & the City can more than
    afford them. Think about this, Real Estate Taxes, Restaurant Revenue & the elimination of 1 Trash Day.
    The City is on an All Time High. The trucks are a Necessity not a Luxury. Imagine being BLIND & you
    & your dog can’t walk down the streets of downtown Boston because the pathway isn’t large enough.
    This is a Disgrace for any part of the City. No resident wherever they live in Boston should be held hostage
    because of improper snow removal. There are a few of these trucks in the City owned & operated by
    Colleges or Hotels. If anyone tells you we can’t afford these trucks, they are not telling the TRUTH. A friend
    of mine was in N.Y.C. & said you would never even know it snowed in Manhattan. This is not Miami Beach,
    it’s New England & these Trucks are Long Overdue.

  2. Snow removal trucks and responsible street sweepers and trash removal workers….. Right now the neighborhoods are filthy-people like to collect paycheck a but their work is a disgrace- stop wasting our money and make sure the things you have in place are working properly


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