Bunker Hill Day
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Citizen complaint of the day: Cars getting towed, ticketed for street cleaning even though we were told Bunker Hill Day is a holiday
Upset citizens from Dorchester, Roxbury and South Boston filed 311 complaints this morning about ticketing and towing for street cleaning even though they got e-mail from the city street-sweeping list that there wouldn't be any towing on Bunker Hill Day. Read more.
Buried in a Globe story about how the Allied War Veteran's Council is looking to sue the city over the route of the St. Patrick's Day parade in South Boston (something they know quite a bit about) is this statement from the mayor's office:
Boston police are considering changes to the routes for the Dorchester Day Parade and the Bunker Hill Day Parade for public safety reasons as well, the statement said.
An early example of winning the battle but losing the war. Today, it's an official municipal holiday in Boston and Somerville (part of Charlestown at the time of the battle).
Among the Americans who died was Joseph Warren, shown here clutching his chest moments after suffering the gunshot wound that would shortly kill him (Note: He was actually shot in the head):
Bill would only affect public workers in Suffolk County (question: And Somerville?).
Via David Guarino.
No doubt going for some rhetorical flourish - if not Townie votes - Tom Menino said yesterday that it's a damn shame Charlestown and Massachusetts kids no longer learn about the Battle of Bunker Hill. Only problem, as the Globe helpfully points out: It's part of the state curriculum.
In any case, Boston school curriculum is set by the School Committee, which is appointed by the mayor, so if he's really that concerned, he knows what to do.
Local Spice is not afraid to admit being one of those people who gets Bunker Hill Day off; takes the opportunity to visit Bunker Hill:
... I've admittedly been to the monument before, but this was my 1st time scaling the monument's 294 steps, and then competing with the tourists at the top to get a look out the windows and take my snappy pictures. ...
First, Happy BH Day, everybody! Yay! What are your plans for today?
The holiday this year coincides with our regular trash pickup day. Normally, when a holiday falls on a Wednesday, we know to put our trash and recyclables out on Thursday. But I guess there are advantages to being half asleep and forgetting it's a holiday and doing your usual trash-day routine, since the recycling truck just came by and emptied our bin. Maybe it's because the guys who man the truck work for a private company and not the city?
Morbid and Pale posts photos from today's Charlestown parade.
After watching these excerpts from the Senate battle over getting rid of Evacuation Day and Bunker Hill Day, I can't tell who's worse: Some senator from Godknowswhere, MA, who briefly affects an Irish brogue to condemn our holidays and who defends Christmas as being "for the children," or our own Jack Hart, who says that unlike the rest of the state, "we have real history here in the city," nay, we have "a historic history" and if you strip that from our bosoms, what's next, gutting Thanksgiving?