May 31, 2012 |
THE DIRT-BIKERS and ATV four-wheelers gathered under a tree in Hunting Park one recent Sunday, the roar of their engines as much a part of the sunny scene as the ballplayers and picnickers and the guy selling barbecued chicken on skewers. As more and more riders arrived, they greeted each other with hugs and handshakes, admiring the modifications they made to their bikes and swapping stories about getaways, crashes and infamous rides, like Pupo's legendary 12-mile wheelie up I-95 that helped Philly "defeat" Baltimore in a friendly contest of skills.
September 14, 1989 |
A local contractor began dumping tons of clean fill in the Llanerch Quarry last week - the first step in an effort to buttress a section of the quarry wall that collapsed in June. The contractor, James D. Morrissey, is building a section of the Blue Route between Routes 3 and 30. On Thursday, trucks belonging to Morrissey backed up to the edge of the quarry and dumped dirt off the side of a cliff behind five homes on Joanna Road. Haverford officials have said they would need as much as 500,000 cubic yards of dirt to buttress the wall.
May 15, 1996 |
The township has taken the plunge, literally, to determine whether some of its soil is contaminated by old orchard pesticides. An environmental consultant conducted soil testing at 20 locations Monday, injecting six-inch probes into the ground on township-owned baseball fields, open spaces and easements, said Public Works director Everett Johnson. The probes were made at the Devonshire development in the eastern part of the township and the Ramblewood area in the west. The borings from the probes will be analyzed over the next three weeks.
December 12, 2011
With two touchdowns Sunday against the Dolphins, Eagles running back LeSean McCoy moved to within one touchdown of Steve Van Buren's team records of 18 touchdowns in a season and 15 rushing touchdowns in a season. Here are the lists: Most touchdowns in an Eagles season: Player Year TDs Van Buren 1945 18 McCoy 2011 17 Brian Westbrook 2008 14 Terrell Owens 2004 14 W. Montgomery 1979 14 Van Buren 1947 14 Most rushing touchdowns in an Eagles season: Player Year TDs Van Buren 1945 15 McCoy 2011 14 Ricky Watters 1996 13 Van Buren 1947 13
July 26, 2002
WHEN THE Daily News launched its "Acres of Neglect" series on Fairmount Park, one of the things we put on our wish list was a Park Commission that would roll up its sleeves and get its collective hands dirty. This week, we got our wish. The new Fairmount Park Commission, which underwent dramatic reconfiguration in June with the election of six new members, held a retreat on Wednesday to discuss the state of the park. The last agenda item was a bit of gardening: The group went into the park and weeded out invasive plants and planted native species.
June 24, 1990 |
An old quarry in Marple Township used for leaf composting and illegal dumping will be transformed into a thick bed of neatly graded dirt by a Blue Route contractor who has offered the township 50,000 cubic yards of free fill. Martin Nash, president of the township Board of Commissioners, said Wednesday that the township and James D. Morrissey Inc. last week made a "mutually beneficial" deal in which Marple will accept dirt Morrissey needs to get rid of. The dirt will be stored at the site, formerly used as a fire training ground.
April 6, 2012 |
Would you live in a house made of dirt? The answer, I'm guessing, is no. As a building material, dirt has an image problem. Mud dwellings are practically synonymous with third-world poverty. At best, an earth structure is something you expect to encounter in an old hippie compound. Yet some of the world's most magnificent structures are made of little more than dirt and water, from New Mexico's pueblos to the great Djinguereber mosque in Timbuktu. Now, thanks to the effort of several committed architects, dirt is making a comeback, this time as the material of choice for modern buildings, including multistory ones.
November 26, 1989 |
Every day, as they have for nearly two centuries, pilgrims journey to the little adobe church set among the cottonwoods here to visit what many of them consider a sort of Lourdes of America - the home of the holy mud of the Santuario de Chimayo. From around the Southwest and from places as distant as Canada and Peru, they come to take a handful of dirt from the hole that Bernardo Abeyta dug in 1810 when he saw a light shining from the earth. The pilgrims are convinced that the dirt has a special healing power, and over the generations, they have abandoned dozens of crutches and canes that now hang on the wall beneath ancient log rafters.
February 14, 1987 |
You've probably heard of the Land of the Rising Sun, and certainly the Land of Opportunity. Well, how about the Land of the Migrating Soil? That's a geographically undefined area in the Port Richmond section of Philadelphia whose inhabitants continue to be victimized by the ground beneath them. Take Joe Jezak, who has been without water for nine days. He's been borrowing just enough from neighbors to wash and to flush his toilet. And the Logacki family, whose basement has been flooded four times in the past two weeks.
May 24, 1990 |
Ignatius Fratantoni sauntered up to the front of the meeting room, grabbed the microphone from the stand and said to the Marple Township Board of Commissioners: "Gentlemen sit back in your chairs, you're not going to believe this. " At once pleased and frustrated, Fratantoni told the board he could get 140,000 cubic yards of dirt from a contractor working on the Blue Route - and it won't cost the township a dime. He estimated the cost would be $1.4 million if the township had to buy it. "There is still fill available, there's not a lot of time," he said, urging the commissioners to decide where to use the dirt for "ball fields, primarily soccer fields.