October 24, 2012 |
Local, state and federal authorities are looking for suspects and a motive in the death of 61-year-old woman visiting from India and the abduction of her 10-month-old granddaughter Saanvi Venna, according to a press release issued by the Montgomery County District Attorney's office. Upper Merion police responded to a unit on the sixth floor of a building in the Marquis apartment complex at 1:16 p.m. Monday, authorities said. They found Satyavathi Venna's body inside the apartment.
May 9, 2012 |
A CALL to the Marquis was all it took for Edward Williams, of West Philadelphia, to see a vacant lot on Filbert Street near Salford transform from nasty to classy after years of neighbors dumping everything from dirty diapers to used tires there. Half of the lot closer to Salford Street is used as a parking lot by the Philadelphia Parking Authority. The other half — which is owned by SEPTA — was an unpaved, overgrown atrocity that hosted teetering towers of tires and mounds of trash.
April 13, 2012 |
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.
April 6, 2012 |
IT HASN'T started yet, but the fifth-annual Philly Spring Cleanup is on its way to making history. This year, 347 neighborhood cleanup projects were submitted to the Streets Department - eclipsing last year's total of 252, and 231 from 2010. The number of volunteers registered to participate in this year's event will likely surpass the record of 12,574 set in 2011. To help make that happen, register with the Streets Department to work at a cleanup site at tinyurl.com/phillycleanup.
April 4, 2012 |
In 2010, after I wrote about sewage, rodents, and frigid showers compromising "luxury" living at the Marquis apartments in King of Prussia, the complex's Boston owner sent a scathing letter to my editors urging them to silence me and insisting "good news should have found its way into her column. " A week later, many of the 1,200 residents at the hilltop complex shivered through the coldest day of the winter without heat, taking no comfort in the "million-dollar fitness center" with busted equipment.
March 29, 2012 |
Police in Lower Merion are seeking the occupants of a gold Mercury Marquis that was seen at an attempted home break-in Monday and is believed to be linked to other area burglaries. Michael McGrath, Lower Merion's public safety superintendent, said the suspects are wanted in connection with burglaries in Lower Merion and several Delaware County communities including Haverford Township. "As of this time, no one has been injured in any incidents. In most cases, burglars prefer to target unoccupied homes," McGrath said.
March 22, 2012 |
SPRINGTIME is when the flowers bloom, the days become longer and winter coats are banished to the closet for a few dark, lonesome and linty months. But in Philly, even something as sweet as springtime comes with an attitude. 'Tis the season when Philadelphians in some neighborhoods guard their faces during a gust of wind to avoid being pelted by cigarette butts, condom wrappers and whatever else is caked onto the crumbling sidewalks. Since the weather was nice earlier this week, I took a little field trip up North 5th Street and found a trio of trashy tragedies during my jaunt from Oxford Street, in the Ludlow section of North Philly, to Allegheny - on the northern edge of Fairhill.
March 8, 2012 |
MORE THAN a million pounds of trash were removed from streets and vacant lots during the 2011 Philly Spring Cleanup last April, and the Streets Department is looking for volunteers to help remove garbage, discarded tires and other debris left to fester in neighborhoods since. Volunteer registration for this year's cleanup opened this week, and the Streets Department is accepting project proposals for this year's event through March 30. "The Streets Department is looking for projects that lead to long-term sustainable solutions to neighborhood blight and litter conditions," said Carlton Williams, deputy streets commissioner.
February 22, 2012 |
CITY OFFICIALS told Kensington residents at a meeting in late January that if they didn't want about 150 trees planted at McPherson Square Park, then the city would find somewhere else to plant them. Imagine the surprise yesterday morning, when residents found seven young trees plopped onto the grounds on F Street near Indiana Avenue before anyone had a chance to discuss plans for rejuvenating the park. The area is rife with blatant drug activity, and the park - scene of a fatal shooting last month - is dark enough at night without the extra tree cover, neighbors say. Curtis Helm, a Parks and Recreation project manager, said Bustleton Services, a Bensalem-based contracting company, was told that the plan had to be reviewed by neighbors before any trees were to be planted there.