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Ask Neighbors for Shovelling Help


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Jamaica Plain




pothole, snow


live on chestnut avenue in JP. My fiancé is a co-owner of a parking lot on chestnut avenue near biltmore street. One of the owners lives out of state and the other two don't offer to help shovel/snow plow at all or to pay someone to do it. There is limited communication about this lot, despite our many attempts to come up with a plan for how to maintain and improve the lot, which many consider free off street parking. Two winters ago, we had multiple storms. My fiancé, one or two neighbors and I removed the snow. I was amazed by the lack of interest in helping to remove snow from what is being used as a community parking lot.

Once this lot was purchased, it was our hope to be able to resurface this lot so that we could get a snow plow in it. See, there is rock jutting up in the middle if the lot that would damage the snow plow. That option is out.

My fiancé purchased a snow blower with one other owner who never once helped clear the snow from the lot after multiple storms two years ago.

Now I have a horrible cold and my fiancé strained his back yesterday. We are at a loss about what to do. No one made any effort to shovel the lot yesterday. This apathy makes me sad. With so many social activists in JP, it is shocking what people take for granted-not even picking up a finger to help do anything but clear out their own cars after the "hard" work has been done by others. In my opinion, anyone who uses this lot should feel obligated to help us shovel the lot.

If the lot isn't cleared, I will not be able to do my job on Monday--I need to visit elderly clients in their homes. Hopefully, I will feel better today, but I cannot see doing the whole job by myself. I think my upstairs neighbor will help, as he did Two winters ago. But, what about all the so-called "community" members who use this lot. Two years ago before jp patch, I had nowhere to voice this opinion. Thank you for creating this forum.

Anyway, again my fiancé has a back injury and cannot shovel of use our snow blower. I am sick with a cold, feeling weak, sneezing tons and can do some shoveling, but I am not feeling extremely strong to shovel heavy snow after a very cold night by myself-especially the amount needed. Is there anyone out there who wants to help? We would grately appreciate it. If so, email me at I will also contact neighbors for neighbors but that is mostly meant for elderly and disabled people.

I eagerly await some replies.


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