November 17, 1988 |
High above the swirling debris that ripped across City Hall's courtyard, civic, community and business leaders met yesterday to ponder the city's trash problem. At a forum sponsored by the Foundation for Architecture on the 37th floor of Three Mellon Bank Center, Streets Commissioner Alexander L. Hoskins and representatives from Baltimore and New York gave their opinions on how best to rid the city of the rubbish plaguing its streets. "People come up to me and say, 'You must be crazy' " for taking on what some see as the impossible task of cleaning up Philadelphia, said Hoskins.
March 23, 1992 |
Local clergy are giving an urban spin to the maxim that cleanliness is next to godliness. About a dozen leaders from a broad array of religious faiths joined Mayor Rendell last week to launch a campaign that will use congregations to reclaim city neighborhoods from litter and dirt. The campaign will begin with a three-pronged cleanup on the weekend of April 10. Clerics will ask members of their congregations to clean up the areas around their homes and church. And each congregation will be asked to "adopt" a recreation site, a chronically littered lot or other site for regular maintenance.
August 16, 1998 |
The Willows, Gloucester Township, Camden County Bordered by woods, the grounds of The Willows are open, spacious and inviting. And, yes, there are willows - along the road, and in a quiet courtyard between three-level, Colonial-style brick buildings fronted with pillared porticos. The Willows has changed ownership since its construction in 1965, but it continues to be a nice place to live, said Mary Anna Smith, who has lived there with her husband, Charles, for 30 years. "When you like something, you stay," she said.
September 15, 1993 |
It's contest time for neighbors vying for the Cleanest Block in Philadelphia title. Judges from the city's Clean Philadelphia Program and the More Beautiful Committee started visiting yesterday to weigh cleanliness, beautification, and property improvements. The winner will be recognized in a ceremony next month.
June 8, 1986
The June 3 issue reported news on the Philadelphia Zoo's spending $6 million for 1.1 acre consisting of four islands for monkeys (excuse me, animal lovers, I mean, primates). Excluded from the report on this $6 million monkey Fantasy Island Hilton is the fact that the monkeys will receive top-priority medical attention, proper and balanced nourishing food daily, in summer and winter a temperature- controlled environment (for propagation) and nursing. Also included is daily attention, 365 days out of the year, by private caretakers, who will maintain the individual monkeys' cleanliness and health needs.
November 20, 2012 |
Four years ago, Stan Williams was voted captain of his block - a responsibility his neighbors knew he'd be ready to handle. "When he took over, it just brought us together more," said Alice Dixon, 90, who has lived on the block filled with families since 1958. "We work together beautifully, and everybody on this block looks out for one another. " Since taking the reins, Williams, 63, has helped guide Carpenter Street, between 60th and 61 st, to the title of cleanest block in Philadelphia.
May 20, 2011
It's no fluke that Chef Vola's was just one of five restaurants in the country to earn the 2011 James Beard America's Classic award. Michael and Louise Esposito, along with their sons Michael Jr. and Louis, run their much-loved Atlantic City restaurant with a tenderness not often seen in the competitive restaurant world. When asked what words of advice she'd offer to young restaurateurs just starting out, Louise Esposito boiled it down to six important ingredients: 1. Have a passion for food.
August 8, 1991 |
In Center City these days, much attention and emphasis are being paid to cleanliness, cleanliness, cleanliness. There are crews that go out every day with brooms and dustpans to sweep the sidewalks. There are sanitation enforcers willing to tap you on the shoulder if you dare throw a wrapper on the sidewalk instead of into the trash. There are noticeable reductions in the flotsam and jetsam of the season - the empty soda cans, rumpled popsicle wrappers and torn and overflowing trash bags that often characterize summer in the city and on the streets.
January 26, 2011
THIS ISN'T my usual rant (pulling the race card), but the atrocity of what Dr. Gosnell allegedly did over the years to all these women, mostly poor and black, is all too real. As someone who worked in various hospitals around the city since the '80s, I can attest to what is the proper training and cleanliness of any surgical suite on the planet. But here, the rules were botched, ignored and disrespected. Gosnell's clinic sounds like something out of a bad horror movie. My heart goes out to all the desperate women who trusted this so-called physician.
April 23, 1989 |
Drop a McDonald's bag onto the sidewalk in this city, and you can be haled into court and fined almost $500. Throw a cigarette butt into the gutter, and a plainclothes health inspector may well slap you with a summons that could cost an additional $250. And if a public health officer catches you spitting in public, you can be out at least $100 more. There is no place in the world with cleanliness and anti-littering laws quite like Singapore's. And there is probably no place on earth as clean as this steamy, tropical but remarkably fastidious Southeast Asian city-state of 2.6 million people.