July 20, 2016 |
It was one of James McArthur's first cleanup jobs. A man had died in a house in Northeast Philadelphia some days before, and the body had started to decompose. "What's that smell?" a new employee asked. "That's the decomp - that's what it smells like," McArthur replied. A woman came out of the house and chastised him. "That's my dad you're talking about!" he recalled her saying. McArthur learned a valuable lesson in humility. "Now I tell all my guys: When you go to the house . . . watch what you say," he said.
July 16, 2016 |
Horsham Township will get $10 million in state funding to clean up drinking water contaminated with chemicals from the now shuttered naval base in Willow Grove. With that money, local officials will develop steps beyond those taken by the Navy and Environmental Protection Agency to ensure that their drinking water is safe. Rep. Todd Stephens (R., Montgomery) said he fought for the money for his township because he was "increasingly frustrated" with the response from federal agencies.
June 4, 2016 |
In the top of the sixth inning, Josh Arnold ripped a three-run home run to right field, giving host Ocean City a 6-5 lead, which held up in a win over St. Augustine in the Cape-Atlantic League regular-season finale on Thursday. With the victory, the Red Raiders claimed the Cape-Atlantic League American Conference title. Nick Artymowicz, who hit a double, pitched the first five innings for Ocean City before being relieved by Colton Ulmer, who earned the win by tossing 12/3 innings with two strikeouts.
April 24, 2016 |
AS HE shoveled trash and debris from a narrow alley between a community center and a rowhouse on Catharine Street near 58th, Hakeem Ruiz found the trash was so thick, he couldn't see the ground. There were juice bottles, wrappers, empty potato-chip bags. "About everything people sell at the corner store looked like it wound up in that alley," he said. As Ruiz and a group of friends cleaned further into the West Philadelphia alley on April 16, the trash got heavier, and included fallen branches.
April 18, 2016 |
The city's annual Philly Spring Cleanup is happening on Saturday as neighborhoods and volunteers across the city help spruce up the streets. The cleanup is taking place now until 2 p.m. The Streets Department will pick up bagged trash and debris at designated locations after 2 p.m. For more info, visit www.PhillySpringCleanup.com , or just go outside and help your neighbors if you see a cleanup in progress. Hundreds of SEPTA employees and City Year corps members are among many who will be helping clean city streets.
February 27, 2016 |
Flood warnings remained in effect Thursday afternoon in parts of the region, with the Schuylkill at Norristown and the Brandywine Creek at Chadds Ford sloshing over their banks. Meanwhile a few thousand customers remained without power, the aftermath of potent thunderstorms that thrashed the region, bringing heavy rain and damanging winds to the area. A gust of 63 mph was reported in Elverson, Chester County, and the storm knocked down trees and power lines. There were reports of motorists stranded in high water, and police departments were urging drivers to be on the lookout for roads blocked by water or wires.
January 31, 2016 |
Authorities now believe that a majority of the 4,200 gallons of diesel fuel that leaked from a generator spilled into the Schuylkill River, but are still confident that there is no threat to drinking water, fish or wildlife. Also, while the Schuylkill River Trail remains closed during the day, it has opened to the public in the evening, after cleanup crews have left for the day. On Friday, workers from Miller Environmental Group, the company contracted to do the cleanup, were still recovering oil from the river.
January 28, 2016 |
Authorities on Tuesday identified the source of a diesel-fuel spill that leaked about 250 gallons of oil into the Schuylkill River. A portion of the Schuylkill River Trail remained closed Tuesday while crews continued the cleanup effort. The spill occurred when a sensor in an outdoor, covered generator on the 2400 block of Market Street malfunctioned, said Nick Ameen, a spokesman for the U.S. Coast Guard, the lead agency in the cleanup. The generator is owned by a company called CenturyLink, a communications and IT company, Ameen said.
January 27, 2016 |
WEST WILDWOOD, N.J. - On the way to the Jersey Shore, they say, the stress just melts away. They must not have seen Andrew Runowski spraying the mud off the bicycles parked in his West Wildwood driveway Monday afternoon. Runowski, 32, had awakened early amid the mounds of snow in South Philly and had driven here expecting the worst. Floodwaters from Winter Storm Jonas blew through the garage door of his elevated home near the bay in this Cape May County borough, and everything was wet and doused in brown, the salty water already eating its way through important things.
January 27, 2016 |
About 200 gallons of home heating oil spilled into the Schuylkill Monday morning, resulting in the closure of the river trail in Philadelphia between Market and Locust Streets, officials said. A total of 4,200 gallons of oil spilled sometime before 9:30 a.m. from a tank at 2400 Market St., crossing CSX property and the Schuylkill River Trail before partially draining into the river, officials said. The popular trail was closed in the area as the spill was assessed and then the cleanup began, the state Department of Environmental Protection reported.