March 24, 1990 |
Fairmount Park stone masons repair the cracks in the Erickson fountain in front of the Art Museum yesterday. Leon Battle mans a broom while Joe Ceccarelli trowels and Philip DeLuca mixes mortar. Yesterday's spring weather was perfect for outdoor work, but the weekend will see a dip in temperatures and, perhaps, some snow.
March 31, 2006 |
The days are warming, the daffodils are blooming, and all across the land people are fretting about the spring cleaning they think they should be doing. What they really ought to do is forget about it. The truth is spring cleaning is a relic, a throwback, an archaic ritual that made sense for our great-grandmothers but not for us. "Spring cleaning is an example of our expectations not catching up to our domestic realities," says Cynthia Townley Ewer, founder of the home-management Web site Organizedhome.
May 3, 2007 |
IT TAKES TWO people to pry open the jelly-splattered refrigerator door. Every time the grunge-coated stove heats up, the kitchen fills with smoke. And you can't remember what color your countertop is, since it's been cluttered with appliances and gadgets for so long. If this sounds like your kitchen, it's time for a spring cleaning and organizing boot camp. We enlisted the most hard-core instructor possible, someone who's not averse to scrubbing appliances with toothbrushes, freezing individual servings of pesto in ice cube trays, and bagging and dating every food in the house.
March 29, 2013 |
Spring is in the air, and it sure smells clean. The annual ritual of ridding our homes of winter's dust and dirt has begun. While some of us dread spring cleaning, you can do things to make it easier on yourself and your wallet. I chatted with Sue Perry, deputy editor of ShopSmart Magazine, where staffers test and compare hundreds of cleaning products year round. They recently highlighted some of the most effective money-saving cleaners. "You go to the grocery store, and you think you are doing fine on your bill, but you put a couple of cleaning products in, and the bill just skyrockets," Perry says.
April 10, 1999 |
The current notion of "speed cleaning," seemingly today's only alternative to no cleaning at all, prompts some thoughts on the lost science - or is it an art? - of spring cleaning and a reverie on our lives and what we choose to do with them. Speed cleaning might be a metaphor for life in 1999 America: on fast-forward and frantic. We're so busy working 12-hour days and spending weekends shopping and shepherding kids, who has time to run the vacuum, let alone tackle spring cleaning?
March 22, 1991 |
With his stepfather's Navy shoes on, John Billetdoux looked positively shipshape in his new customer service representative's uniform - white shirt, aqua turtleneck, blue pants, two-way radio. The 23-year-old from Maple Shade is one of 23 service reps in training for the new Center City District, which officially came into existence yesterday. "I'm real excited about it," he said. He's not the only one. More than five years in the making, the new district has the enthusiastic backing of Center City business leaders and property owners so distressed about their downtown that they were willing to pay more taxes to clean it up. "This is the first day of spring cleaning in Center City Philadelphia," said Paul R. Levy, the district's executive director.
April 9, 1989 |
The Earth is warming, the sun rises higher, birds are singing and spring flowers are in bloom. For the city's skyscrapers, too, there are rites of spring. Property managers are setting out to repair winter's ravages to rooftops, and salt and mud are being polished off marble floors of lobbies. And, as they do each year, tenants are complaining about building temperatures. "Spring comes all of a sudden. One day the building's too hot, and two days later it's cold.
April 12, 2014 |
CAMDEN The homeless living in tents throughout Camden are facing new problems with trash piling up, as local authorities prepare for spring cleaning. Residents said they hope the garbage is removed, but are concerned they could lose their campsites. In recent days, officials bulldozed away from the highway trash that blocked the main entrance to the "backwoods," an encampment off Admiral Wilson Boulevard near North 12th Street. Throughout Camden, there are at least six sites where people live outside - 50 to 60 people overall.
April 21, 2014 |
Spring has been here for more than a month, and I'm just getting to seasonal cleaning suggestions. From Robin Wilson, described as a healthy-space designer and "ambassador" for the Asthma and Allergy Foundation of America, come the following tips: In the bathroom, get rid of your vinyl shower curtain, because it holds mold more easily and off-gases. Use a nylon curtain instead. Use nontoxic cleansers, and always lower the toilet seat when flushing to ensure that spraying particles do not land near or on your towels, toothbrushes, or soaps.
April 1, 2011 |
Tomorrow morning, when Mayor Nutter launches the city's annual neighborhood spring cleaning blitz at the Cobbs Creek War Memorial, he needs only to look across the street to see what he's up against. Looking down at Cobbs Creek from the bikeway near 67th Street in Southwest Philadelphia, the mayor will take in an eyeful of urban flotsam. He'll see a creekside littered with old tires, a sofa cushion, empty motor oil bottles, clamshell sandwich containers. He'll see piles of hardened cement, a roll of old brown carpet, a stack of broken ceramic tiles, plastic bags flying from branches and a beaver dam of green and clear bottles lodged against a fallen tree in the creek.