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April 19, 2012 | By Jeff Gammage, Inquirer Staff Writer
The morning after the big Philly Spring Cleanup, the streets of Chinatown are tidy - but Susan Chung is trying to buff them to a high gloss. She sweeps cigarette butts from a curb, digs a cup out of a concrete planter, then loads up a dozen red plastic bags, some of them spilling food and dripping liquid, that have materialized on the sidewalk. Chung, armed with a broom, dustpan, and rolling trash cart, is a key part of the Philadelphia Chinatown Development Corp.'s new effort to beat back litter - an undertaking that seems to be working.
NEWS
April 13, 2012 | BY PHILLIP LUCAS, Daily News Staff Writer
HUNDREDS of volunteers will span the city Saturday armed with trash bags, paint, brooms and more for the fifth annual Philly Spring Cleanup - an event that in years past has drawn a total of 45,000 people who removed 2,900 tons of trash from Philadelphia's streets and vacant lots. Carlton Williams, deputy streets commissioner, said past Spring Cleanups have taught him that tackling litter and dumping, and changing the collective mind-set concerning these pervasive quality-of-life issues, can't be done in a single day. The theme for this year's cleanup is "Keep Up the Sweep Up," which is aimed at encouraging Philadelphians to use the event as a launching point to continue beautifying their neighborhoods and others all year long.
NEWS
April 10, 2012 | By Jeff Gammage, Inquirer Staff Writer
If you want to see where the war on litter is being won, visit Saunders Park in West Philadelphia. It once was so dirty, overgrown, and misused that it was called "Crack Park. " Today all that litters its green expanse are pink petals from cherry blossoms. If you want to see where the war is being lost, cruise by Old York Road and Lindley Avenue in North Philadelphia. The rusted underside of a railroad trestle shades a dumping ground for bricks, beer bottles, boxes, and construction debris.
NEWS
February 22, 2012 | By Tirdad Derakhshani, Inquirer Staff Writer
What if I told you your brain may be infected by an alien organism that can manipulate you into taking deadly risks and drive you to madness, even suicide? What if I said it was Tigger, Fluffy, Jinx, and their lot who had inflicted this awful fate? In a theory seemingly straight out of a Roger Corman creature feature - Fierce Feline Infectees From Planet Farquhar! - some biologists, parasitologists, and psychiatrists claim Toxoplasma gondii ( Toxo , or T. gondii for short)
NEWS
October 13, 2011
FORTY-FIVE cigarette butts. A smashed coffee cup lid, a protest flier, an empty Doritos bag, a 5x6-inch piece of corrugated cardboard, a plastic shopping bag, a wad of tissue. In a single block of the city, we took that inventory of litter yesterday. A single day. A single block. We urge you to do the same next time you're walking in the city, and you'll be amazed at just how much trash we surround ourselves with in Philadelphia. Few people would dispute that we have a big litter problem in this city.
NEWS
October 13, 2011
IHAVE to agree with letter-writer Andrew Abruzzese about Philadelphia streets being dirty. On Sunday, I took my two very young children for a bike ride from my parents' house in Port Richmond to Penn Treaty Park, down to Penn's Landing and into Center City to see the Columbus Day Parade. I wanted to show my children some of the sights of the city I proudly called home for the first 28 years of my life. As we were pedaling along, my son asked me why there was so much trash on the street.
NEWS
October 12, 2011
The Pick It Up! campaign is a Daily News initiative aimed at helping Philly become a cleaner city. Through stories, photos, videos, reader submissions and social media, we will highlight some of the city's most intractable trash problems - and find ways to make Philadelphia a cleaner, more livable place. Go to philly.com/pickitup for all your anti-litter crusading needs. On that page you'll find: * A map on which you can report litter problems to the city * A link to get your own "Circular-Free Property" sticker to stop those menus and circulars from piling up on your door * Previous Pick It Up!
NEWS
October 10, 2011 | BY PHILLIP LUCAS, lucasp@phillynews.com 215-854-5914
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.
NEWS
September 9, 2011
By Seymour I. "Spence" Toll Back in the late 1950s I used to begin my suburban Philadelphia days with a two-mile jog. As the decades passed it slowed to a walk, and now it's a lurch. Since 1978 when our family began using our beloved vacation house on Maine's mid-coast I have doubled that distance there during the summer. The embracing land and sea irresistibly invite me to spend more time on the road. Whether it's an osprey hovering under a brilliant sky, the air's fragrance, a skin-scrubbing sea breeze, or the thumping surf, along the way nature enraptures all my senses.
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