April 22, 2001 |
Grass. Usually, it's the most mundane vegetation. Not in this city. Here, it is at the crux of a debate over the line that separates favoritism from generosity. At issue is whether the city should mow the grass, free of charge, at a private, nonprofit retirement home with ties to the wives of city officials. For at least 20 years, from May to November, municipal workers have made trips twice a month to cut the grass at the Home for Aged Women at 241 York St. Though city officials defend the gratis service, some residents say it's a violation of the public trust.
March 23, 1989 |
Ecogen Inc., a Langhorne start-up biotechnology firm, has completed a major deal to develop alternatives to chemical insecticides for the nation's largest commercial lawn-care company. The agreement, which calls for Ecogen to be the exclusive producer and supplier to ChemLawn Services Corp. of an array of new bioinsecticides to control lawn- and ornamental-plant pests, is to be formally announced today. Under the accord, ChemLawn will pay Ecogen an undisclosed sum to find natural microbes to protect home gardens from insects.
May 30, 2012 |
You don't have to be a student of military conflict to know that America's high opinion of our troops, which soared during the World Wars and the Korean conflict, plunged during the Vietnam era. Returning soldiers were held accountable for the president's decisions. Some have never recovered from feeling the contempt of their countrymen for being in the wrong war, under the wrong leader. Things couldn't be more different today. Regardless of where individuals stand in their opinion of the conflicts in the Middle East, there's a national sense that the men and women fighting there are not to be blamed for it, but honored for having signed up. To get a sense of how everyday Americans stand behind our men and women in uniform, scroll through a website like troopssupport.com . It's a directory of organizations that provide everything from free lawn care and baby showers for veterans and their families to job training and new homes for soldiers wounded in action.
July 2, 2003 |
My wife and I have been negotiating our summer budget, but we are getting nowhere. She claims that I haven't been negotiating seriously. Just because my line items include fundamentals such as CDs, videos, and take-out Chinese, while her focus is on luxuries such as utility bills and groceries, it doesn't mean I am not serious. We were up against the deadline of Tuesday, the start of our fiscal summer. We talked late into the night on Sunday, and all day on Monday. But, try as we did, we just could not reach an agreement.
January 13, 1987 |
Adolescence is a time of life in which teen-agers are trying to find themselves. It's also a time in which parents are trying to find the beautiful child that preceded this gawky, know-it-all kid - the one who held so much promise a couple of years back. It is a period when teens mature - and parents age. Appreciating the fact that raising a teen-ager isn't easy, Hahnemann U.'s community health program is starting a course titled "Surviving Adolescence: A Course for Parents," a four-week program on Tuesdays commencing today from 5:15-7:15 p.m. at the hospital, Broad and Vine.
March 9, 2012 |
Begin pruning rosebushes. Start by removing dead, damaged, or diseased branches, then look for crisscrossing branches that can rub together and cause long-term damage. If your roses tend to get too big each year, trim them down to 18 to 24 inches, removing the oldest canes and leaving newer ones. If you're a passionate rose grower, think about joining the American Rose Society, which will keep you up to date on rose introductions and care tips. Information at www.ars.org/ Continue pulling invasive plants.
January 21, 2010 |
The buzz might never rival a gasoline-powered mower, but there's growing noise out there about reenvisioning a cherished American tradition: the turfgrass lawn. For years, environmentalists have bad-mouthed the water-hogging, wildlife-repelling, gas-guzzling and polluting features of what the Lawn Institute, an industry group, calls "the earth's living skin. " Now, as lawn lovers prepare for spring planting, alternative ideas are gaining traction. One would replace that "living skin" with "freedom lawn," a wild quilt of grass and whatever else grows in. Others suggest having less lawn, or a different kind.
October 1, 2002 |
Once upon a time (actually about five years ago), several people told me that buying a house would be cheaper than paying rent. Well, I believed them, and let me tell you they were wrong, wrong, wrong. Maybe in the long-term financial, IRS-taxes kind of way the decision to own a home is a smart one, but from day to day it gets expensive. I traded my escalating rent on a two-bedroom apartment for a house with four bedrooms. My mortgage includes my property taxes and interest.
May 31, 2008 |
I THOUGHT I WAS over my grass addiction. But this week, I learned that what they say is true. Each time you relapse, the habit gets worse. On Wednesday night at 9 o'clock, I found myself watering my grass by moonlight. Being a grass fiend, I didn't want to stop at watering. I wanted more. The thing is, there wasn't much more to do. My grass already looks great. And even if it didn't, I couldn't see well enough to do anything about it, because it was dark out. So why would a man whose lawn is perfect return to a destructive grass addiction?
March 23, 1989 |
Consider the myriad lawn problems of Matthew W. Strader. People expect his lawn to be a vivid green, even when the summer sun has turned every other lawn a dull brown. They expect his lawn to be free of stones, ruts and bald spots - even after they've tromped across it in their spikes, sped over it in their little carts and sliced chunks out of it with their clubs. Strader is the golf-course superintendent at Melrose Country Club, which encompasses 130 acres of rolling, tree-studded turf straddling the Tacony Creek in Melrose Park, Montgomery County.