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January 16, 1992 | Special to The Inquirer / DAVID SWANSON
They arrived in automobiles, not on thundering motorcycles. And when these bikers met at the interchange of I-95 and Route 413 in Bristol, it wasn't for a rumble, it was to clean up roadside trash. The project was sponsored by the Bristol chapter of Alliance of Bikers Aimed Toward Education (ABATE).
NEWS
May 15, 1991
We stopped in Fairmount Park to check out the Dad Vail Regatta on Sunday. Yes, we realize most people would think we were a day late, since the final races had been held Saturday afternoon. But what we really wanted to see was whether the area where the 60,000-plus spectators had been was as clean as the organizing committee had told us it would be. Several years ago we'd criticized the organizers for leaving the area a sea of debris - beer cans and bottles, miscellaneous paper products, slightly used soft pretzels and the like.
NEWS
May 24, 1989 | By Marie McCullough, Inquirer Staff Writer
When Oxford Circle residents decided to pick up litter in their neighborhood as part of the Philadelphia More Beautiful program, they just wanted cleaner streets. But something even more significant has happened in the five years since 27 broom brigades began hitting the streets one Saturday morning a month in warm weather. It seems that communal trash attacks are a sure way to overcome the impersonal nature of contemporary urban life. "Some people don't even talk to one another, but when they clean the street, they come together," said Pat Stroble, president of the Oxford Civic Association.
NEWS
July 31, 1997 | by Jamal E. Watson, Daily News Staff Writer
From different neighborhoods and different schools, they converged on Baltimore Avenue yesterday with brooms and paintbrushes, determined to make a part of West Philadelphia look clean again. No easy task for 200 youngsters, but they got it done. They started at 48th Street and worked their way up to 63rd. They planted flowers in three parks, painted park benches and cleaned debris from streets. For some, it was the first real job they ever had. And some said they felt good about making money for the first time.
SPORTS
April 12, 1989 | By Tom Mahon, Daily News Sports Writer
Seven games into the season and the Phillies have won five already. Just think, if they keep up this pace they'll finish 116-46. The club record, in case you're wondering is 101, held by both the 1976 and 1977 teams. Seven games into the season and Von Hayes has 12 hits. If he keeps it up he'll have 276 by season's end, 22 more than old Lefty O'Doul produced for the 1929 Phils. Seven games into the season and the dreaming is easy. Kevin Gross thought he would be part of that dream.
NEWS
February 12, 1989 | By Bill Price, Inquirer Staff Writer
Fred Finch hates litter - and in his own small way he is doing something about it. Every morning, the retired textile worker rises at 5 a.m., puts on a pair of dungarees, a blue jacket and a blue knit hat, leaves his Frankford apartment and heads over to the "Avenue. " Five blocks away in the 4400 block of Frankford Avenue, at 6:30 sharp, Finch, 81, begins a daily ritual that he has performed for the last five years. Long before the stores on the business strip open, before cars are parked along the curb and before shoppers swarm the sidewalk looking for bargains, Fred Finch is on the job. In the shadow of the Frankford El, with a cigar in his mouth and a long- handled two-foot-wide pushbroom in his hand, Finch starts sweeping.
NEWS
December 14, 1990 | E.W. FAIRCLOTH/ DAILY NEWS
It's not likely that many incumbents will be the beneficiaries of a new political action committee fund announced yesterday by Jim Moss (left) and Graham Robb. The liberal Americans for Democratic Action is calling its campaign "Clean Sweep '91" and intends to back reform Council candidates, said Robb, who is chairing the PAC. "We cannot afford to change only a few seats in order to make the changes necessary for Philadelphia we must have a new Council," Robb said.
NEWS
October 24, 1993 | Photographs for The Inquirer by Tom Mihalek
A wave of volunteerism washed up along the bank of the Delaware River last weekend as the West Deptford Junior Women's Club sponsored its annual cleanup at Rivergate Park in National Park. Walking along the riverfront on Oct. 16, parents and children picked up and bagged all sorts of unsavory stuff, keeping track of the items they found for future reference. Once a family beach, the area has been heavily frequented by partying teenagers, drug users, and those just wanting to dump garbage.
NEWS
April 30, 1989 | By Larry King, Inquirer Staff Writer
The worst areas are the underpasses, those uninhabited blocks of Tacony where nighttime dumpers carelessly shuck their refuse. Along Magee Avenue, for instance, an old couch with flora-and-pheasant upholstery sits in the shadows beneath Interstate 95 and a SEPTA line. Strewn nearby are two dozen tires, a case of empty Foster Lager bottles, a rusting gas stove, an abandoned truck trailer and a softbound volume of a book called Correctional Institutions. Atop one of the concrete I-95 embankments perch two more couches - the outdoor parlor of a vagrant, perhaps.
NEWS
October 20, 1986 | By S. A. Paolantonio, Inquirer Staff Writer
William Rowley is new at this. In 28 years as a New Jersey state trooper, Rowley survived disasters natural and public - floods and hurricanes and the urban riots in Newark and Asbury Park in the 1960s. But none of that prepared him for politics. In fact, when he retired from the state police in 1983, Rowley, 55, had no idea, he said, that his new life would mean the hand-shaking, envelope-stuffing and speech-making minutiae of being the Democratic candidate for sheriff in Burlington County - especially since he had been a Republican since 1973.
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SPORTS
December 5, 2012 | Daily News Wire Reports
FREE-AGENT pitcher Dan Haren and the Washington Nationals are close to completing a 1-year deal for $13 million, a person familiar with the talks told the Associated Press. The person spoke Tuesday at the baseball winter meetings in Nashville, Tenn., under condition of anonymity because no deal was announced. Washington had the best record in the majors last season. The NL East champions already have a formidable rotation led by Gio Gonzalez and Stephen Strasburg, and could boost it by adding Haren, an All-Star from 2007-09.
NEWS
November 8, 2012 | BY SEAN COLLINS WALSH, Daily News Staff Writer
BUCKS COUNTY voters on Tuesday bolstered their reputation for ticket-splitting by helping to re-elect Republican U.S. Rep. Mike Fitzpatrick along with Democratic candidates at the top of the ticket. Fitzpatrick narrowly defeated Democrat Kathy Boockvar in the suburban 8th District, sending the moderate Republican back to Congress for his third term. The nationally watched swing seat, which covers all of Bucks County and part of Montgomery County, was considered a toss-up earlier this year but steadily moved in the Republican's direction.
SPORTS
April 29, 2012 | By Joe Juliano, Inquirer Staff Writer
It was just a few moments after Sanya Richards-Ross crossed the finish line first in the final USA vs. the World race at the Penn Relays that the public-address announcer at Franklin Field summed up the cloudy and cold afternoon a bit haughtily, but honestly. "That's USA six, the World nothing," he said. "Yes, I heard that," Richards-Ross said Saturday after the U.S. women won the 4x400-meter relay to complete a clean sweep of the events featuring athletes from 21 countries, many of whom have competed in the Olympics and the World Track and Field Championships.
NEWS
March 5, 2012
MAYOR NUTTER will launch the countdown for the city's fifth-annual spring cleanup at an outdoor rally at 1 p.m. tomorrow at McPherson Square Park, in Kensington. The actual cleanup is Saturday, April 14. The mayor will encourage residents to sign up to work on the clean sweep and get organizations to submit projects for the program. As part of the kickoff, rapper Tone Love will perform his song, "Come Clean, Go Green. " Last year, more than 200,000 volunteers participated in the program.
NEWS
November 9, 2011 | By Tom Infield, Inquirer Staff Writer
Chester County Republicans appeared to retain monopolistic control of county government Tuesday, leading by hefty margins in all top-tier races with 86 percent of votes counted. GOP incumbents Terrence Farrell and Ryan Costello were on their way to new terms on the Board of Commissioners, where they have served as the ruling majority. Farrell is the board chairman. Costello, former county recorder of deeds, was appointed to the board in February to fill a vacancy. The pair apparently will be joined in West Chester for the next four years by Democrat Kathi Cozzone.
SPORTS
July 31, 2010 | By BERNARD FERNANDEZ, fernanb@phillynews.com
Some boxers fight as if they're in a hurry, throwing punches even when an opponent's tight defense presents few openings. If something doesn't really fit, maybe they can force it open. Other fighters are like spiders that have spun their webs. They lie in wait, confident that some prey will eventually fall into the trap they have to intricately laid. Last night's all-Philadelphia USBA junior middleweight championship bout between titlist Derek "Pooh" Ennis and challenger "King" Gabriel Rosado at the Arena might not exactly fit that description; Rosado, from North Philly, is no mindless windmill puncher, but he is a high-energy type whose best chance of wresting Ennis' belt was to outwork him, sap his energy and maybe land something big in the late going.
NEWS
July 15, 2010 | By DAN GERINGER, geringd@phillynews.com 215-854-5961
After slashing a third of the $2.4 million budgeted for cleaning, greening and maintaining thousands of vacant lots, Mayor Nutter said yesterday that the city never planned to eliminate the program, as many community activists had feared. "Unfortunately, we have a lot of vacant property in the city, and we want to make sure our neighborhoods are in a kept fashion," said Nutter, who cut $840,000 from the program's funding. The loss is bad news for neighborhood anchors like the Village of Arts and Humanities - which transformed its dozen devastated North Philadelphia blocks into a thriving community of pocket parks, sculpture gardens, vegetable patches, an orchard and rehabbed residential properties.
SPORTS
July 6, 2009 | By Jim Salisbury INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
When Charlie Manuel took the long, slow walk to the pitcher's mound with one out in the top of the eighth inning, the fans knew what was coming. So even before Manuel reached his destination, the big crowd stood and gave Joe Blanton a long and well-earned ovation. "That's good," Manuel said. "That's what you want to see. " Amazing what a difference a few days, three well-pitched ball games, and a little smoke from the bat of Jimmy Rollins make. Three days after being swept in Atlanta for their 14th loss in 18 games, the Phillies yesterday completed a rousing sweep of their own, beating the arch-rival New York Mets, 2-0, in front of the 31st sellout crowd of the season at Citizens Bank Park.
NEWS
March 17, 2009
CONSPIRACY, WIRE FRAUD, mail fraud, obstruction of justice. Former state Sen. Vincent J. Fumo was found guilty, guilty, guilty, and guilty of it all yesterday. Once a federal grand jury saw the evidence of his over-the-top arrogance, it was a clean sweep for the prosecution. Fumo was convicted on all 137 counts against him and co-defendant Ruth Arnao was convicted on 45 other counts of conspiracy and obstruction of justice. There was an unindicted co-conspirator in the case against Fumo.
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