February 1, 2016 |
Not many were cheering last weekend's winter storms. But Gizmo Guy was quietly mumbling "bring it on," so he could get his mitts around battery-powered outdoor gizmos that make snow removal easier and keep you warm while you're at it. Light lifting. Consumer Reports is right. Gas-powered snow blowers are more effective than electric-powered ones. The petro-fueled (gas with oil) units are bigger and brawnier. They dig deep, chomp hard, and throw heavy loads, skills beyond the ken of electric blowers that frolic best with eight inches or less of fluffy stuff.
March 8, 2015 |
The sun was shining on PPL Park on Friday morning as Bob Dylan's "Like a Rolling Stone" blasted through the speakers. But even the famous song could not drown out the chorus of scraping shovels and beeping trucks that echoed through the stadium. Workers in parkas, hats, and gloves moved through each row, using orange shovels to scrape snow and ice from seats and stairways. A dump truck carried snow across the field and out of the stadium before returning for another load. The snowstorm that hit the Philadelphia region Thursday arrived just two days before the Union's Major League Soccer home opener against the Colorado Rapids.
September 25, 2014 |
Joseph M. Prota took the initiative once a year to round up clothes and boots that he and his coworkers at the Delaware River Port Authority no longer used and give them to the homeless people who often camped out under the Walt Whitman Bridge. Almost every day, especially during the colder months, he would also bring them food, such as soup, chocolate, coffee, and hot chocolate. "We're going to keep that tradition up in honor of Joe," a colleague, Frank Natanni, said Tuesday. "He was an all-around great guy Mr. Prota, 59, of Williamstown, died Thursday, Sept.
March 7, 2013 |
Why has New Jersey spent more to plow snow this winter than it did two years ago, when three times as much fell on the state? The state Department of Transportation attributed the increase - $22 million as of Tuesday, compared with $21.2 million for the entire snow season two winters ago - to more statewide storms, which require its plows to be dispersed more widely. Plus, this year the Christie administration increased by 25 percent the amount it pays contractors to plow, department spokesman Joe Dee said.
March 1, 2012 |
For John Davis, it was a dream winter - over by Halloween. That would have been just after a freak Oct. 29 storm of heavy, wet snow collapsed tree limbs, ripped down power lines, and set Davis and his public-works colleagues throughout the region to worrying: Here we go again. But after back-to-back brutal winters, neither Davis nor his peers or the best minds of meteorology imagined that that storm would be the worst of the "winter" of 2011-12. "Ordinarily you spend the winter plowing or getting ready for plowing," said Davis, borough manager in Doylestown, where tight streets and well-used sidewalks make snow removal an adventure.
February 29, 2012 |
For John Davis, it was a dream winter - over by Halloween. That would have been just after a freak Oct. 29 storm of heavy, wet snow collapsed tree limbs, ripped down power lines and set Davis and his public-works colleagues throughout the region to worrying: Here we go again. But after back-to-back brutal winters, neither Davis - nor his peers nor the best minds of meteorology - imagined that storm would be the very worst of the "winter" of 2011-12. "Ordinarily you spend the winter plowing or getting ready for plowing," said Davis, public-works chief in Doylestown, Bucks County, where the tight streets and well-used sidewalks make snow removal an adventure.
February 13, 2012 |
Winter has been so mild, with so many seductive previews of spring, that it seems churlish to suggest we may still see some snow before the first robins and dandelions. Over the years, we've had some major dumps in February and March. Punxsutawney Phil, the prognosticating groundhog, saw his shadow earlier this month, and you know what that means. More convincing still: Accu-Tony, the paper's in-house weather sage, told me not to write off Old Man Winter yet. Thus the timing of today's topic: two nifty human-powered snow-removal devices guaranteed to do the job quickly and efficiently while giving you a dandy workout.
December 23, 2011 |
Though many Bucks County towns, including Bristol, Langhorne, and Yardley Boroughs, are holding the line on property taxes for 2012, Newtown Borough is raising its tax rate by 50 percent. The increase - Newtown's first in 16 years - amounts to an extra $126 for the owner of property assessed at the borough average of $42,000, raising the bill to $378. But the impact on the total property-tax bill, including about $5,300 in school and county levies, "is more like 2 to 3 percent," Councilman Gerard O'Malley said this week.
March 29, 2011 |
A Bucks County man who pulled a gun on a snowblower operator who had buried his car in an apartment parking lot was sentenced today to serve three months in prison. Eddie Lee Simmons Jr., 26, a recent transplant from North Carolina who had excelled in college and had no criminal record, "snapped" when he looked out of his Bensalem window Jan. 12 to see his 2004 Mazda disappearing under a mountain of snow, his lawyer said. "He completely overreacted to an ugly situation," defense attorney Craig Penglase said after the hearing in Bucks County Court.
February 28, 2011 |
Back-to-back profoundly snowy winters perhaps could have come at a worse time, but right now the region's municipal managers can't think of one. With tax revenues down and budgets under attack, they say that yet another disruptive winter was about as welcome as a major car-repair bill after getting a pay cut. "It's been a nerve-racking year," said Tom Micozzie, mayor of Upper Darby Township. Stunned by two seasons that have deposited a total of more than 10 feet of snow on parts of the region, some local officials are even wondering whether this is the future of winter.