October 10, 2011 |
KAREN KANE thought that a"Circular Free Property" sticker from the city meant that the days of returning from work to find take-out menus and unwanted coupons scattered near her Port Richmond home were over. She was wrong. The ads and menus kept coming after she happily slapped the sticker on her screen door about two years ago, even though disobeying the sticker's order carries a $100 fine for the business distributing the unsolicited junk. "Not only do they deliver to our doors, but they throw the menus all over the street," she said.
August 24, 2011
AFTER READING a Daily News cover story urging Philadelphians to join the fight against litter and illegal dumping, longtime 102.9 WMGK morning radio host John DeBella will remove trash from the Montgomery Drive exit off I-76 this morning. Q: What about the story made you want to pick up trash from the side of the road? A: I saw it on the front cover . . . within the week, I'm driving out of the city - back out to Bala - so I said I'll just get off at Montgomery Drive.
June 10, 1988 |
Camden City Council adopted a more stringent litter ordinance yesterday that gives the city the power to fine or jail people who abandon their cars and discard old tires in unauthorized places. The stricter ordinance also will make the city eligible for $85,000 in state funding through the Clean Cities Act, which provides money for receptacles and cleanup crews. Once Camden gets the money, it will hire youths to sweep and pick up rubbish, and will put trash receptacles every quarter mile in commercial zones.
April 23, 2014 |
JOETTA JOHNSON hops in my car and points ahead. Drive, she says. We're going tire hunting. Johnson, for those of you who are new to this space, is one of the women of North Sydenham Street, a feisty group of we-will-not-be-ignoreds I wrote about when they diverted Mayor Nutter to their block to deal with a long list of long-standing issues. Their strategy mostly worked, except for Jenesta Jones still waiting for the city to seal the exterior wall she was left with after an adjoining home was taken down.
June 15, 1988 |
It could end up being the biggest party in South Philadelphia since the Mummers strutted up Broad Street on New Year's Day. Well, maybe not exactly a party . . . On Saturday at 9 a.m. at least 200 South Philadelphians, including dozens of volunteers from the nearby Philadelphia Navy Base, are expected to descend on South Philadelphia's biggest recreation area, Franklin D. Roosevelt Park on South Broad Street. Their daylong mission: to clean up the place and try to restore it to the days, decades ago, when the big city park teemed with happy families, strollers, fishermen, boaters and picnickers.
September 19, 1986 |
It's impossible to talk about Rome without talking about cats. The cats of Rome are everywhere. They bed down in the Colosseum and the Roman Forum. They scamper over the crumbling columns of Piazza Argentina. They meander languidly down city streets, intent on their own affairs, ignoring the humans. They stand as silent sentinels at the Pyramid, near the Protestant cemetery where Shelley, Keats and Byron are buried. They are, it is said in the city, master mechanics. They know at 50 feet if the engine - and hence the warmest part - of a recently parked car is in the front or the back.
April 3, 1988 |
The Caln Township manager had trash on his mind last week. Mostly, he was thinking of ways to stop it. For years, township manager Samuel Moore said, litter has been blowing from the Jamesway shopping center across Municipal Drive onto the township's park and ballfields. "We clean that park daily, sometimes twice a day, and it just looks like a pigpen from the litter," he said. "There's no question where it's coming from - it's coming from the shopping center. " Wrappers, waste paper and even money blows across the road, ending up in the Little League dugouts, Moore said at Wednesday's Board of Commissioners meeting.
April 30, 1986 |
Have you ever been hit by a UFO? No, I'm not referring to aliens from outer space, but rather to flying objects of this planet - stone pellets, metal pieces, paper products and other loose material carried by truckers who fail to cover their cargoes. Because of their negligence, loads of this sort often wind up spewn all over our highways, littering our neighborhoods, and damaging a windshield or two along the way. In order to prevent these dangerous and often aggravating occurrences, I recently introduced a resolution in City Council calling for Council's support of State Senate Bill 1381 and State House Bill 2152, introduced by Sen. Frank Salvatore and Rep. Fran Weston respectively.
August 5, 1990 |
Litter isn't his life, but Adm. Jim Eckelberger has made it his duty. "Everyone is waiting for someone else to do the job, whether it's litter that needs picking up, a letter that should get an answer or a phone call left unreturned," said Eckelberger. "So the issue is not just trash. "The issue is, 'What am I responsible for?' " The admiral, who commands the Navy Aviation Supply Office (ASO) at 700 Robbins Ave., has announced his responsibility by hanging a boast at the compound's Oxford Avenue entrance.
August 16, 1991 |
Immaculately dressed and precisely coiffed, Georges Perrier stood in the alley behind his Center City restaurant and gestured hotly at the trash lining his neighbors' sidewalks. Next door, heaps of tiny, white styrofoam packaging fillers spilled into the street. Down the block, soggy cardboard boxes piled up next to a dumpster. But the space behind Perrier's Le Bec-Fin was clean and getting cleaner as an employee hosed down the walk. Perrier pointed this out to litter cop Anthony Gordy with French-accented despair.