Wednesday, February 10, 2016

February 2016

So what's been going on at Zervas?




I took these two photos from Beacon Street on January 29th. The school looks a bit different because the 4th grade classrooms of Mr Bergquist and Mr West are gone!



 This shot from February 3rd shows the back side of the school. I'm not sure but I think they are starting on the foundation of the new building here. It's amazing how rich and dark that soil looks. No doubt because Zervas borders Cold Spring Park and wetlands where lots of leaves grow, fall and rot.




Also from February 3rd, this is the front of the school with the decorative stone facing removed, along with the name Frank Zervas School. That pole, by the way, is the support for the Time Lapse Camera.



Here's a photo from February 4th showing the wreckage of the "big kids playground." Someone told me it cost the PTO $15,000 to put up less than 10 years ago. If you're wondering where it will be reused, I was told that they cannot reuse this and it will go to landfill.



From February 8, this is a photo showing Ms Aiken's classroom, sort of. I've been taking photos with my iPhone so there are limits to what I can get, unfortunately. I've tried and failed to get a photo of a mini-cat machine inside the school crunching up furniture and walls and shoving it out the doors to be scooped into dumpsters.

Monday, February 01, 2016

Time lapse construction camera

For a less verbal, aerial view of the Zervas (de) construction, here's a link to the Zervas construction cam. Cool! No comments about wallball, however.

Thursday, January 28, 2016

End of January 2016



Work on the dismantling of Zervas continues. 

From January 23, a shot of the playground equipment with swings removed. This photo is looking west from Cold Spring Park and the building behind the swing set is the modular at the end of the Kindergarten hall (you can see the original brick building on the right edge of this photo).



Here are two photos from January 27. The first shows men removing material from the roof of the building. There may be asbestos or some such because they wrapped all the material in plastic (and wore hazmat type suits) before hauling it away.




This shot from the 27th shows how much of the roof they've taken off of 1338 Beacon Street, a former home with dentist office which was one of three that the city bought to expand the Zervas lot. (1330 Beacon is shown behind and 1316 is not visible.)




This photo from today, January 28, shows that they've removed the modular room that extended past the kindergarten hallway which was in the first photo of this post. That modular was less than five years old and covered up what the kids considered the "handball" wall. Well kids, the wall is back! (Don't climb into the construction area to play, please.)












Saturday, January 09, 2016

New sight lines


Well, maybe someone is reading this blog or (more likely) they were planning on cutting holes in the fence in the first place. In any case, as you can see, there are now easier sight lines between Beethoven and Beacon. 

Meanwhile, here's a view from Cold Spring Park showing how the fence is closed off from that side. 


Friday, January 08, 2016

Fencing is close to the road

The fence around the Zervas building site has gone up. What surprised me is that it's right against the street -- it encompasses what used to be the sidewalk. 

I wonder if there's a safety issue here. I saw a jogger in the road on the south side of Beacon St. Also, for drivers it's hard to see much. 


This is significant for cars turning left onto Beethoven from Beacon. A lot of people cut the corner a bit and you may not see a car on Beethoven if you do. Be careful!

Meanwhile, they are leveling the site and piling up dirt near the front door. 




Thursday, January 07, 2016

Frank Zervas School is fenced off

Our local elementary school, which I've been walking to daily for the past seven years, is getting torn down to be replaced by a new building. 

I will continue to be walking by every day on my way to the dog park, so I thought I'd post a few random thoughts when they came to me.

Today, I walked through the property for the last time in a while to cut through behind the dumpster and basketball court to Cold Spring Park (literarily famous [not "literally"] as the setting for a killing in the novel Defending Jacob).

On our way out, the gate was chained up and the fence had been altered so I had to go around. Bye bye, shortcut! Taco will miss sniffing for squirrels in the dumpsters (he got lucky a few times). 

Zervas behind a fence


So here it is, Zervas elementary school behind the new fence.

Wednesday, December 09, 2015

"Hamilton" and my kids

My latest missive is a love letter to a Broadway Musical on behalf of me and my kids:
The New York Times recently reported that the Rockefeller Foundation would be paying for 20,000 eleventh graders to see the musical “Hamilton,” the Broadway phenomenon that tells the story of the founding father Alexander Hamilton. Perhaps they should consider buying tickets for younger kids, too. 
For the past couple of weeks, my house of tweens has been booming with the original Broadway cast recording of the show. “Hamilton” has become the soundtrack to breakfast, homework time, dinner, and every car ride where the kids have control over the radio.
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