February 28, 2000 |
She's positively regal, but only dust bunnies need bow down. The Duchess of Dirt, also known as housekeeping expert Laura Dellutri, shared the secrets to cutting cleaning time over the weekend at the Suburban Home & Garden Show at the Fort Washington Expo Center. Dellutri dished the dirt about speed cleaning, getting the family to pitch in, and taking care of modern surfaces. Her philosophy is simple: Work smarter, not harder. Cleaning methods are habitual, like putting on a pair of pants, Dellutri told an audience yesterday.
June 7, 1988 |
The Seattle Mariners, who never have had a winning season and are off to a 23-33 start this year, fired manager Dick Williams yesterday. Jimmy Snyder, the Mariners' first-base coach, was named interim manager before last night's 2-0 victory over the visiting Milwaukee Brewers. "We decided that the time had come to make this change in the interest of the current season as well as for the future," Mariners president Chuck Armstrong said. Third-base coach Ozzie Virgil Sr., who also worked with Williams at Montreal and San Diego, also was fired.
January 23, 1997 |
State environment officials have rejected the proposal by riverfront builder Three Tower Bridge Associates to leave in place a majority of the lead- and arsenic-tainted mound next to Sutcliffe Park and pave over the top. Although they say the material poses no health threat to residents or park-goers, Department of Environmental Protection officials said the developer needed to conduct more tests and come up with a better plan. A letter dated Jan. 14 - to be made public by the agency today - asks head developer Don Pulver and his attorney to submit a new proposal for dealing with the thousands of tons of dirt, fill and slag at the Seventh Avenue and Wood Street lot within 30 days.
October 8, 1987 |
Richard Saler walks a fine line between frustration and fulfillment as he earns a living trying to make the world a more beautiful place. He's wiped schools and subways clean of graffiti, rendered terrazzo floors slip-resistant and cleaned up the facades of some federal office buildings. But Saler says he runs into a stone wall when it comes to performing some of his services where he feels they're most needed - in the graffiti-ridden City of Brotherly Love. Saler, born and raised in Lower Merion Township, is president of Modern Chemical Technology in Berwyn, which markets an unusual array of products: from Golf-Lax, a green polish that gives golf balls increased buoyancy, to the widely used Chem-Jet systems that will clean acoustical ceiling tiles, make walls impervious to graffiti, make floors slip-resistant and keep windows dirt-free.
May 1, 1994 |
Roesch Avenue residents say they have dubbed Peco Energy Co.'s local service building "the Peco Oreland Dump. " They are not happy, they say, that since January 1992, the site across the street from their homes has become the drop-off point for soil removed from roads during routine and emergency servicing of Peco gas lines. "It used to be a place where men came in the morning to pick up their trucks and were gone for the rest of the day," said resident Dorothy Kelly. "It's not that way anymore.
October 18, 1996 |
Officials here are seeking to protect the borough from any legal liability that may arise from last week's discovery of a lead-tainted dirt and slag mound overlooking Sutcliffe Park. Yesterday, Borough Solicitor John DiPietro said he was eagerly awaiting tonnage estimates and pollution tests on the mound so that some or all of the dirt could be hauled to a hazardous-waste treatment facility if necessary. Depending on the outcome of the tests, expected to be completed in the next three weeks, costs to remove the fill could run high.
May 25, 1997 |
Once a week, when the surrounding countryside is green and the crickets drone like tiny engines, Grandview Speedway comes to life. For 340 days a year, this auto track in rural Berks County sits idle and isolated. Cars zoom past on the nearest big road, Route 100, unaware that this rickety remnant of Americana survives less than a mile away. "Unless you're in tune with the sport," said Ernie Saxton, the track's announcer, public-relations director and program publisher, "you'd never know this place existed.
September 7, 1999 |
Where the backyard of his new house should have been, Mickey Rudock had a mountain of a problem: a 13-foot-high pile of dirt sprouting weeds and flowering trumpet vines. Fertile layers of farmland had been bulldozed to make way for Rudock's four-bedroom house and others like it in Horsham, Montgomery County, and the dirt, a by-product of construction, had sat there for months. Now, Rudock was just a week away from moving in, and his builder still had not been able to get rid of the topsoil.
April 16, 2000 |
The dirt road on the overgrown, swampy island oasis in the middle of Rancocas Creek was once a main thoroughfare for trains carrying people and freight. As early as the 1860s and up until 1982, trains moved along the old Pennsylvania Railroad line that once connected Philadelphia to Fort Dix and points beyond. Officials here want to refurbish the thoroughfare and make it accessible for lunchtime strollers, schoolchildren and tourists. "It would add, essentially, a nature area to the town," Mayor Brooke Tidswell 3d said.
August 8, 2001 |
"C'mon, hop on the bike. " Travis Pastrana, 2000 U.S. motocross and supercross champion and undefeated ESPN X Games freestyle titleholder, invites a guest to board his mud-splattered Suzuki 125cc cycle and thunder across the dirt hills in the usually serene woods outside Annapolis. Enticing, but then she remembers that Travis' gift for thrills is matched by his tendency toward injury. Six days later, on July 15, Travis would have a serious wreck at a motocross event in Unadilla, N.Y., and sustain a concussion, his 10th.