January 16, 1992 |
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).
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.
May 24, 1989 |
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.
July 31, 1997 |
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.
April 12, 1989 |
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.
February 12, 1989 |
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.
December 14, 1990 |
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.
October 24, 1993 |
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.
April 30, 1989 |
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.
October 20, 1986 |
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.