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March 28, 1991 | By Lynn Hamilton, Special to The Inquirer
The Newtown Township Board of Supervisors voted, 4-0, Monday night to award a $20,070 contract to Frank Bianco, a Philadelphia builder, to construct restrooms at the Petticoat League fields on Bishop Hollow Road. Supervisor Suzanne Mathes did not attend the meeting. Bianco submitted the lowest of the 18 bids. The board acted on behalf of the Petticoat League, a girls' softball league, because a $15,000 state grant for the restrooms was sent to the league through the township.
NEWS
October 11, 1989 | By Burr Van Atta, Inquirer Staff Writer
The owners of a 270-condominium complex at 9926 Haldeman Ave. in Bustleton won clearance last week for a one-story building containing offices, equipment storage and restrooms for the subdivision's swimming pool. With no objections from the complex's neighbors - Faulkner Oldsmobile and the Bavarian Charity Society - spokesmen for Smallow Management Co. convinced the city's Zoning Board of Adjustment that a variance approving construction of the building was the only way to ease the hardship posed by a pool without restrooms.
NEWS
August 23, 2002
WE ENJOYED Sally Turner's "Tourism Test" in the Aug. 7 Daily News, but there's one thing she missed. In the new Visitors Center, the restrooms are a grade "D. " They have installed high-tech soap dispensers that don't work and you walk in and see toilet paper exposed and floating around on the floor, etc. It's a bad sign for a new facility. Julie & Jay Preston Bala
NEWS
August 2, 2000 | By Murray Dubin, INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
The city and the Republicans are trying to make sure that delegates and others converging on the convention have a pleasurable experience in all the things they do. Including going to the bathroom. Twenty 30-foot, white restroom trailers - the reputed top of the line in toilets - are outside the First Union Center, courtesy of Mr. John of Keasbey, N.J. "We could have gone with 200 standard units, but the RNC went with the more luxurious trailers," said Brenda Lessieu, special-events sales manager for Mr. John, which also has a Deptford office.
NEWS
February 7, 2003 | By Jennifer Moroz INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
It came in with a bang. It's going out with a flush. Commuters on Interstate 295 will have to hold their bladders a little longer when state officials close down New Jersey's most infamous rest stop restrooms this summer. Making good on a joking campaign promise to potty-mouthed talk-show host Howard Stern, Gov. Christie Whitman in 1995 named the Burlington County pit stop in his honor. The rest areas on either side of I-295, two miles east of Burlington City, will shut their bathroom doors in July, victims of New Jersey's multibillion-dollar budget crunch.
NEWS
November 15, 1987 | By Ellen Warren, Inquirer Washington Bureau
We're not talking nostalgia here. We're talking bathrooms. The end seems nigh for the traditional American gas station and its open- door policy on toilets. Similarly: Remember free air? And a road map you could keep - or at least look at? Attendants who cheerfully gave coherent directions to where you wanted to go? Service with a smile? Or, at the very least, service? "Once upon a time . . .," says a spokesman for the country's service stations, recalling the era when you got all that and more - like, maybe, a thank you - at the corner gas station.
NEWS
December 10, 1987 | By Deborah A. Russell-Brown, Special to The Inquirer
Motorists getting off the Schylkill Expressway at the Conshohocken exit had better not have to go to the bathroom because they will find a locked storeroom instead of relief at the Mobil gas station/mini-mart in West Conshohocken. The station, at Front Street and Crawford, has ignored the borough's repeated requests to complete its restrooms and open them to the public. Borough health officer Dr. Henry Olszta told the West Conshohocken Council Tuesday that Mobil had yet to comply with the borough ordinance requiring gas stations to maintain public restrooms.
BUSINESS
August 5, 1988 | By Linda S. Wallace, Inquirer Staff Writer
They walk right up to business owners and pull out the heavy artillery. Chunky marketing reports. Advertising research. Customer comments. About then, people laugh. For Gary Skole and Carla Mattioli, getting laughed at is a big part of the job. As co-owners of INstall Advertising Inc., a company that leases ad space in business restrooms, they have come to expect it. "People laugh," said Skole, who has a degree in business from the University of Massachusetts. "You have to get through a lot of laughter.
NEWS
June 11, 2005 | By Susan Snyder INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
In the Philadelphia School District, some student bathrooms resemble a really bad rest stop, the kind you might take one look at and keep on driving. Obscenities and gang names are scribbled and carved on walls and stalls. Toilets and sinks are clogged and littered with cigarette ashes. Wet clumps of toilet paper, tossed by students, hang from ceilings. Plastic bags cover broken fixtures. Floors are wet. Some restrooms even lack toilet paper, soap and paper towels at times. Add to that maintenance problems in a district where the average building is 75 years old, and it means some students avoid using bathrooms at all. "I sit there and hold it," said Henry Costa, 13, an eighth grader at Stetson Middle School in Kensington.
NEWS
June 23, 2011 | By Wayne Parry, Associated Press
LONG BEACH TOWNSHIP, N.J. - Ever wonder what the No. 1 issue is for visitors to the Jersey Shore? A new poll finds it's where to go to the bathroom. According to a Quinnipiac University poll released Wednesday, the beach, boardwalk, and Atlantic City are state residents' favorite destinations for a Jersey vacation. But the poll showed New Jerseyans overwhelmingly want more bathrooms near the beach. Eighty-three percent of respondents said the state should require Shore towns to provide restrooms at the beach.
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NEWS
October 10, 2015 | By Julia Terruso, Inquirer Staff Writer
The words men and women are soon to come off many Philadelphia restrooms, thanks to a bill passed Thursday. City Council unanimously approved the ordinance requiring that single-occupancy public restrooms be labeled as gender-neutral, and that men or women be dropped from signs. The bill, introduced by Councilman Mark Squilla, applies to single-occupant bathrooms open to the public and not to multiple-stall restrooms. Mayor Nutter, whose Office of LGBT Affairs drafted the bill, is expected to sign it. "For business owners, the only impact is taking down one sign and putting up another," said Nellie Fitzpatrick, the office's director.
NEWS
September 12, 2015 | By Tricia L. Nadolny, Inquirer Staff Writer
Philadelphia City Council began its fall business Thursday with a host of new proposals that ranged from scrutinizing how the city compensates for damage from water-main breaks to requiring many public bathrooms to give up "Men" and "Women" labels and become gender-neutral. The restroom legislation, which would cover only single-occupant bathrooms and not those with multiple stalls, garnered praise from Mayor Nutter. "This bill, which expands and strengthens gender-identity protections, is an important step in support of our LGBT community and reinforces Philadelphia's role as a leader on LGBT issues across the country," Nutter said in a statement.
NEWS
November 21, 2014 | By Michaelle Bond, Inquirer Staff Writer
Children who know they are visiting Longwood Gardens can be forgiven for not going to the bathroom before they leave the house. After all, going to the bathroom is one of the highlights of visiting Longwood. So it was no surprise Wednesday when Longwood's lavatories were named America's best restrooms. In an online vote, the public chose the gardens' domed restroom pods - which are tucked into a Green Wall hallway of more than 47,000 plants - from a group of 10 finalists. Tens of thousands of people throughout the country voted for the East Marlborough Township gardens in the 13th annual contest by Ohio-based Cintas Corp., which provides basic supplies to businesses, including for their lavatories.
ENTERTAINMENT
October 29, 2014 | BY LAUREN McCUTCHEON, Daily News Staff Writer mccutch@phillynews.com, 215-854-5991
LONGWOOD Gardens has long been known for its pristine topiaries, gorgeous greenhouses, incredible lawns and generally flawless flora. But for several weeks, Pierre S. du Pont's vast and elegant onetime country estate has gleaned international attention for its lush, planted . . . potties. The 1,077-acre site's 4-year-old facilities are among 10 nationwide finalists in an online contest to be crowned (throned?) "America's Best Restroom. " It's no wonder Longwood's loveliest loos caught the eyes of competition organizer Cintas, a Cincinnati-based uniform, restroom and restaurant mega-supplier/cleaner.
NEWS
June 21, 2013 | By Randall Chase, Associated Press
DOVER, Del. - Transgender people are now protected under the state's antidiscrimination laws. The Senate voted, 11-9, Wednesday to approve a bill adding gender identity to the list of protected discrimination categories, including race, age, religion, and sexual orientation. The legislation also allows for enhanced penalties under Delaware's hate-crimes law for targeting someone based on his or her gender identity. Democratic Gov. Jack Markell signed the bill into law Wednesday evening, calling discrimination against transgender people "inherently wrong.
NEWS
April 27, 2013 | By Rema Rahman, Associated Press
TRENTON - New Jersey lawmakers decided Thursday not to put stronger public access guarantees into a bill governing funding for beach replenishment projects in the aftermath of Hurricane Sandy. The Senate Environment and Energy Committee agreed with advocates who argued for better access, but said it wanted to know whether there was evidence that projects had ever been rejected for funds as a result. The panel said it might consider amending the bill in the future to add access requirements.
SPORTS
April 4, 2013 | By Marc Narducci, Inquirer Staff Writer
ALLENTOWN - The Lehigh Valley IronPigs are truly No. 1 when it comes to the adventurous new world of urinal gaming. The IronPigs have created a video game that has what they call the "only truly hands-free urinal game controller. " It doesn't take much to be a whiz at this game, which is featured in the men's restrooms at Coca-Cola Park. The new game likely won't hurt the sales of beverages, since the extra fluids will give the participants staying power. "These games are sure to make a huge splash," quipped IronPigs general manager Kurt Landes, who has labeled them "The X-Stream Games.
NEWS
March 22, 2013 | By Cristina Silva, Associated Press
PHOENIX - A prominent GOP lawmaker in Arizona wants to link public bathroom use to birth certificates in what civil rights advocates are calling the nation's toughest anti-transgender measure. The bill would require people to use public restrooms, dressing rooms or locker rooms associated with the sex listed on their birth certificate or face six months in jail. The proposal had been scheduled for a vote Wednesday during a House of Representatives committee. But in an unusual scene for the usually staid halls of state government, men in dresses, women in business suits and other transgender supporters crowded into the committee room and the lobby of the House to protest the legislation.
NEWS
February 28, 2013 | By Sam Wood, PHILLY.COM
The parents of a transgender first grader filed a civil rights complaint today in Colorado after the child's school barred their daughter from using the girls' lavatory. Coy Mathis, 6, had attended Eagleside Elementary School south of Colorado Springs since 2011. The child's parents say Coy was born male but as soon as Coy could talk insisted she was a girl, according to the Denver Post . Coy, who is the first of three triplets, dresses as a girl. Her siblings, parents, fellow students and school staff use female pronouns when referring to her. That was not sufficient for Fountain-Fort Carson school district officials.
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