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May 9, 2012 | By Phillip Lucas, Daily News Staff Writer
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.
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April 18, 2011 | By MARQUIS DE DEBRIS, trash@phillynews.com
ARE YOU SICK of the mounds of mess that turn the City of Brotherly Love into Filth-adelphia? Do you gag at the garbage-clogged gutters around town? Are you irate at your neighbors who toss their trash next to a trash can? Then meet me, the Marquis de Debris, the man with the plan to help clean up this otherwise wonderful city. Send your name and the location, with pics, of your littered lots, putrid parks and sullied streets to trash@phillynews.com , and I'll do my darnedest to get those nasty places tidied up. You have ideas on how to stop the litter problem?
NEWS
November 7, 2011 | BY PHILLIP LUCAS, lucasp@phillynews.com 215-854-5914
FED UP WITH filth in your neighborhood? Send the Marquis an email at trash@phillynews.com , or look for him on Facebook. CITY'S HELPING HANDS: When we asked readers for suggestions on how to get a grip on grime, many said nonprofit groups that work with ex-offenders or recovering addicts could help in the name of community service. The Marquis is happy to report that this is already happening. A group of men took to Girard Avenue near 42nd Street Thursday afternoon with brooms and black garbage bags, ridding the street and sidewalk of leaves and trash.
NEWS
December 22, 2011 | BY PHILLIP LUCAS, lucasp@phillynews.com 215-854-5914
IF YOU'RE FED up with the filth in Philly, email me at trash@phillynews.com , or find my page on Facebook. The story of neighbors watching their areas gradually dissolve into varying states of disrepair sounds like a broken record to the weathered and worn-down Marquis. But it's always inspiring to see folks pull together to make their communities more desirable. It happens all over the city, I'm sure, but a particularly uplifting example is a tidy two-block stretch of Clementine Street, between Kensington Avenue and Jasper Street.
NEWS
October 14, 2011 | BY PHILLIP LUCAS, lucasp@phillynews.com 215-854-5914
WOULD YOU like to see your neighborhood go from trashy to classy? If so, email the Marquis at trash@phillynews.com . Neighbors in East Mount Airy were fuming last week over a pile of trash in the parking lot of the shuttered Lakey's Restaurant that was in danger of becoming a community dumping ground. A take-out container here and a plastic bag there eventually turned into bulging black Hefty bags of trash, and even a raggedy sofa left lying on the far end of the parking lot on Stenton Avenue near Mount Pleasant.
NEWS
September 1, 2011 | BY PHILLIP LUCAS, lucasp@phillynews.com 215-854-5914
IF YOU'RE SICK of trash and illegal dumping in your neighborhood, send The Marquis a note at trash@phillynews.com . DON'T TREAD ON ME: Looking for a used tire? There are thousands to choose from at a vacant lot on Beach Street near Susquehanna Avenue, in Fishtown. At Penn Treaty Park, the scent of the Delaware River and well-kept grounds make for an inviting riverside hangout. But a few blocks north, the stench of rubber and swarms of mosquitoes buzzing around the overgrown shrubbery cloud the air. It wasn't until walking deep into this jungle of overgrown plants and discarded tires that The Marquis realized how severe the problem was. Thousands - yes, thousands - of tires.
NEWS
May 16, 2011 | By MARQUIS OF DEBRIS as told to PHILLIP LUCAS, lucasp@phillynews.com 215-854-5914
WHILE CANDIDATES gear up for primary day tomorrow, some Philadelphians are getting ready to bust out their brooms to sweep up campaign fliers they expect to see lining streets and stoops. Campaign staffers insist they're not looking to leave materials anywhere they can, including your doorstep. Instead, they say, they're handing them to people individually, or sticking them into doorjambs if no one answers while canvassing. "It doesn't make sense for us financially to leave it on the ground, and it doesn't make any sense environmentally to leave it on the ground," said Sam Durso, campaign manager for City Council candidate Jeff Hornstein.
NEWS
August 11, 2011 | BY PHILLIP LUCAS, lucasp@phillynews.com 215-854-5914
IF YOU'RE fed up with filth in your neighborhood - or anywhere else in Philly - send an email to trash@phillynews . com and tell me all about it. MARQUIS GETS RESULTS: Last week, I visited Merion Avenue in West Philadelphia, which had essentially become an open-air grave for trash, used tires and a broken-down van that was stuffed with even more used tires. This miserable stretch between 49th Street and 52nd is on the road to recovery. The Marquis stopped by this week and the busted van and used tires have been hauled away.
NEWS
July 14, 2011 | By PHILLIP LUCAS, lucasp@phillynews.com 215-854-5914
IF YOU HAVE a bone to pick with litterbugs in your neighborhood and want to talk trash, email the Marquis at trash@phillynews. com. You can also catch me on Facebook if you go to philly.com/MarquisFB. BEYOND THE GRAVE: This week, I took a stroll down Cheltenham Avenue, near Wissinoming Park. This stretch - between Frankford Avenue and Charles Street - is a grassy patch used by walkers and joggers. A trail of garbage lines the impossibly narrow sidewalk on one side of the street and the grassy area on the other.
NEWS
January 5, 2012 | BY PHILLIP LUCAS, lucasp@phillynews.com 215-854-5914
If you want to see your block go from trashy to classy, email the Marquis at trash@phillynews.com , or find my page on Facebook. ONE OF MY first adventures to help the city clean up its act took me to a parking lot on Cottman Avenue near Oakland Street in Northeast Philadelphia in late May. I have fond memories of that journey - almost. The springtime breeze carried hints of pizza and cheesesteaks from nearby restaurants, piquing my appetite as I strolled past the storefronts.
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October 24, 2012 | By Mari A. Schaefer and Carolyn Davis, Inquirer Staff Writers
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.
NEWS
May 9, 2012 | By Phillip Lucas, Daily News Staff Writer
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.
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 6, 2012 | By PHILLIP LUCAS, Daily News Staff Writer
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.
NEWS
April 4, 2012 | By Monica Yant Kinney, Inquirer Columnist
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.
NEWS
March 29, 2012 | By Bonnie L. Cook, Inquirer Staff Writer
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.
NEWS
March 22, 2012 | BY PHILLIP LUCAS, Daily News Staff Writer
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.
NEWS
March 8, 2012 | BY PHILLIP LUCAS, Daily News Staff Writer
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.
NEWS
February 22, 2012 | BY PHILLIP LUCAS, lucasp@phillynews.com 215-854-5914
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.
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