March 5, 2007
I AGREE with letter-writer Joseph Timlin's opinion of the candidates, especially Fattah and Brady. To elect either would be saying that we're happy with the current state of city government. The present administration, for all of its self-congratulations, is one of the most corrupt since Benjamin Franklin walked the streets. We must flush the toilet that has become City Hall and start fresh. John O'Mara Jr. Philadelphia
April 13, 2015
DON'T YOU just wonder? I mean the almost daily drip, drip, drip of bad news for Kathleen Kane at some point has to take her down the drain, no? This latest issue, firing a top aide who testified against her in a grand jury probe of leaks to media from Kane's agency? Could it come at worse time? Could she have handled it worse? I don't see how. Chief Deputy Attorney General James Barker, by all accounts a capable, experienced prosecutor, was axed as Kane awaits possible criminal charges for her role in leaked grand jury material, allegedly in retaliation against another prosecutor with whom she's feuded.
July 1, 1986
So W. Oliver Leggett Jr. is out as head of the Philadelphia Port Corp. but is retained as a consultant at $90,000 a year for 2 1/2 years longer. The man he succeeded, John J. Malone, is also a consultant at $65,000 a year for 2 1/2 years longer. If they were not good enough to run the show, what qualifications do they have to be so-called consultants? Taxpayers' money goes down the drain again, $235,000 for Mr. Leggett, $162,500 for Mr. Malone. It's time for a change - $400,000 could be used to help poor people.
September 10, 1987 |
About 25 years ago, some young and able-bodied Bryn Athyn men dug a ditch along Alden Road for drainage pipes. That community effort did the job until last year. That's when the borough had to pay an able-bodied man of the 1980s to pick ice during the winter along Alden Road - at a cost of more than $800. The drain was flooding, and the overflow was freezing on the street. At the Borough Council meeting Tuesday night, Bryn Athyn officials decided it was time to do something about the nagging situation before the chill of winter set in. By a vote of 6-0, member Leonard Gyllenhaal was absent, the council authorized Public Works Chairman T. Dudley Davis to advertise for bids from private contractors to repair the drains.
July 25, 1991 |
Most pool owners have no idea that they may be held responsible for environmental damage caused by swimming pool drainage, Robert D. Bauer, water quality specialist supervisor of the Department of Environmental Resources, said Tuesday night. "People are just beginning to realize that what they think is a simple activity, swimming, can cause a major problem as far as the environment is concerned," Bauer said at a public forum sponsored by Lower Merion's Environmental Advisory Committee.
October 13, 1989 |
The federal Consumer Product Safety Commission has opened an investigation into two household drain cleaners, Lewis Red Devil Lye and Drano, after a trial-lawyers' group said Red Devil was linked to a score of consumer injuries, including disfiguring burns and eye injuries. Chemical drain cleaners may seem like a potent solution to a common household problem, but they are "among the most hazardous consumer products available," Consumers Union said on Wednesday. The nonprofit group urged consumers not to use them but instead to use a plunger or a plumber's snake, or to call a plumber.
May 3, 1989 |
After a long day and night of rain - 0.36 inches fell Monday - the city awoke yesterday to a patchwork of flooded streets. The downpour had swamped a number of storm drains, creating instant ponds and causing motorists to seek the high ground, until Water Department crews sloshed to the rescue.
February 6, 1994 |
The double-whammy downpour and quick thaw of Jan. 28 swamped the borough's storm sewers, prompting a backup that spilled into homes and businesses all over town, according to Public Works Director Joseph Picard. Fire crews worked through the night to pump water out of homes on Airy and Swede Streets, Picard said. And some flooding might have been avoided if so many borough homes did not drain runoff from their roofs directly into the sewer system, Picard last week told the borough's Municipal Waste Authority, newly formed to oversee the sewer system.
July 26, 1986 |
Employees at three Mount Laurel businesses were evacuated just before closing time Thursday after a tank containing food flavoring spilled into the local sewage system from a neighboring plant. Employees of the Associated Screw & Manufacturing Co., Economy House Co. and OEI Business Forms were just leaving their Fellowship Road offices when workers at Whittle & Mutch Inc. accidentally spilled a tank containing a mixture of 19 gallons of ethyl acetate and 28 gallons of propylene glycol into a storm drain about 4:26 p.m., according to company spokesman Richard Mutch.
April 8, 1988 |
ML3I have a leaky sink that I need help with. The leak seems to be coming from around the drain in the bottom. How can I seal this better? I think you are probably talking about the sink flange. This is usually packed with plumber's putty before it is tightened down. Remove the trap under the sink first and then the drain body. Pull up the sink flange. If it has a washer under it, replace the washer; if not, scrape off the old putty and let it dry completely. Pack the underside of it with more plumber's putty.