September 21, 2015 |
A WEST PHILADELPHIA man yesterday was found guilty of engaging in fighting and sentenced to three months' probation for his role in an altercation with a Philadelphia Police officer in May that led to his arrest. Frederick Smith, 55, was initially charged with engaging in fighting, unreasonable noise, obscene language and hazardous offenses - all forms of disorderly conduct - for the May 19 incident. But Municipal Judge Bradley Moss threw out all of the charges, except the one for fighting.
July 13, 2015 |
Drive down streets in any affluent neighborhood and you will see perfectly serviceable home furnishings waiting for trash crews to haul them away. "I hate for good things to go to waste in a landfill. I would be willing to arrange for things to be picked up and given to Goodwill or sold," said Leonore Spinelli, an agent with Century 21 Alliance in Moorestown as well as a residential interior designer and virtual stager. "The situation is such a shame, but great for street pickers," Spinelli said, although some communities discourage such collections.
June 18, 2015 |
FREDERICK SMITH was miffed. You'd be, too, if you parked your car at the curb, walked immediately to the parking kiosk to pay and returned seconds later to find a meter maid writing a ticket. Smith used some unpleasant language on that hazy May 19 afternoon at 12th and Chestnut in Center City. The Philadelphia Parking Authority ticket-writer, no doubt used to foul-mouthed freak-outs, calmly explained that the ticket was for expired inspection stickers, rather than any parking offense.
July 26, 2013 |
WASHINGTON - Americans for generations have come to depend on door-to-door mail delivery. It's about as American as apple pie. But with the Postal Service facing billions of dollars in annual losses, the delivery service could be virtually phased out by 2022 under a proposal a House panel was considering Wednesday. Curbside delivery, which includes deliveries to mailboxes at the end of driveways, and cluster box delivery would replace letter carriers slipping mail into front-door boxes.
December 25, 2012 |
I bet your Christmas tree looks gorgeous. And I'm equally certain that if it's a live tree, in a week or two it will be dropping needles and you'll be eager to get rid of it. But you're not going to put it out at the curb with the trash, right? That would be naughty, not nice. Instead, recycle - or treecycle - it. Waste experts say that Americans' trash cans are bulging bigger than Santa's sack in the weeks between Thanksgiving and New Year's. We produce something like 25 percent more trash then that at any other time of year.
June 16, 2011
Spencer Coxe's influential victory The obituary Sunday of Spencer Coxe, executive director of the Philadelphia ACLU from 1952 to 1979, made no mention of his significant contributions to constitutional law. Most notable, perhaps, was the Schempp case, in which the U.S. Supreme Court banned Bible-reading in public schools as a violation of the First Amendment separation of church and state. In 1958, when Ellory Schempp, a student in Abington public schools and a member of the Unitarian Church, came to the ACLU director and complained that the Bible-reading mandated by Pennsylvania law violated his First Amendment right to be free of state-imposed religion, Coxe knew the case would cause an uproar in religious circles in the country.
April 11, 2011 |
Officials on Monday celebrated the opening of a sophisticated recycling plant in Northeast Philadelphia that will employ over 70 people once fully staffed and process more than 20,000 tons of discarded materials each month. Houston, Texas-based Waste Management Inc., spent more than $20 million on the, 60,000-square-foot center on the 5200 block of Bleigh Avenue, which serves the City of Philadelphia and other communities, the company said. The plant has been ramping up its operations since December and is nearly fully staffed, said company spokesman George McGrath.
September 28, 2010 |
Blame it on Facebook. A Lumberton woman has been charged with aggravated assault after a fight with a pregnant woman triggered by Facebook postings, police said. Samar Sawaged, 21, went to the victim?s Lumberton home with two friends Saturday night. The friends stayed in the car while Sawaged and the 20-year-old victim argued on the sidewalk, Lumberton Detective Sgt. Tony DiLoreto said. A fight erupted by the roadside. Both women were injured, suffering bruises and scrapes on their faces, DiLoreto said.
August 22, 2010 |
Every once in a great while, you will still spot the Oscar Mayer Wienermobile, the glistening, 27-foot motorized hot dog (currently sporting Pontiac Firebird taillights), as it makes its all-American rounds - an earthbound comet, looping back in from the '50s. Lord, it was a sight; still is a sight. I'd charge after the thing in rowhouse Mayfair when I was a kid, heart racing, blissfully unaware - and deeply uncaring - about the actual contents of an Oscar Mayer (or any other) picnic wiener.
August 5, 2010
Arrest in N. Phila. slaying Lisa Williams, 33, was arrested and charged in the stabbing death of Michael Higgins, 45, on 26th Street near Allegheny Avenue, in North Philadelphia. Higgins may have been killed on Friday, police said, but his body was not discovered until Monday. Police said that Williams was a friend of Higgins and lived around the corner. 1,2,3,4,5,6,7 - all recyclable City residents can now recycle all plastic containers labeled No. 1 through No. 7, according to the Mayor's Office of Sustainability.