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February 20, 2009
I'M appalled that we may have to pay to have our trash picked up. People will now dump their trash anywhere they can. Do you really think people in neighborhoods like North Philly are going to pay to have their trash picked up when they don't even pay their utilities, or will they have it picked up for free because they are considered low-income? Would this be fair to people who get up and go to work every day? Deborah Bennett, Philadelphia
NEWS
July 22, 2004
AFTER trash/recycling day, our neighborhoods are left with litter and mess all over the place because careless sanitation crews throw bags and cans everywhere. I urge residents to take a digital photo of the individuals and trucks in question and report these violations to csstreets@phila.gov and managing.director@phila.gov. It's time sanitation crews did their jobs properly. Nikola Sizgorich Philadelphia
NEWS
March 23, 2007
AS A RESIDENT of this city for 54 years, I am totally disgusted with the filth on our highways, byways and residential streets. There is trash and filth everywhere you look. Where is the civic pride that was once a part of our culture? It is no wonder that it has gone by the wayside, as so many moral issues have. I have seen young children, teenagers and adults discard potato-chip bags, plastic soda bottles, candy wrappers, etc., right on the ground. This happens even when there is a litter basket but a few feet away.
NEWS
April 9, 1990 | By Ramona Smith, Daily News Staff Writer
James Gaskins swiftly tosses one swollen garbage sack after another from the curb into a yellow city compactor truck. "Yo, that's it," yells his partner as the two men heft trash-filled boxes along McKean Street in South Philadelphia. Newspapers and food packages, glass and plastic bottles, throw rugs and fragments of furniture - all land in the maw of the Streets Department truck. "This is what we get all day," Gaskins shrugs. The waste from the homes on McKean Street and the rest of the city is buried by the truckload at a Bucks County landfill.
NEWS
February 13, 1987
Just a note on trash. Two things would help: Get rid of junk mail and develop a trash bag with a nontoxic substance that repels animals. John Houghton Camden.
NEWS
June 29, 2011 | By WILL BUNCH, bunchw@phillynews.com 215-854-2957
IN THE REALITY-BASED world, there's not much confusion about how Gov. Corbett spent most of his time between the end of a fill-in gig as Pennsylvania attorney general in 1997 and his 2004 run for that job. For four years, Corbett worked as an attorney and spokesman for the nation's largest trash-hauling and disposal firm, Waste Management Inc., in which he advocated for his employer to dump massive amounts of out-of-state garbage in Pennsylvania....
NEWS
November 15, 1987 | By Mary Lou Jerrell, Special to The Inquirer
The Merchantville Borough Council has approved a $3,800 expenditure to remove trash and debris from a vacant house on Clinton Avenue. The trash is to be removed in preparation for selling the house so it can be placed back on the tax books. The borough has owned the house since 1972, according to Mayor John F. Morrissey. Borough officials said they expect to remove 300 cubic yards of trash by the end of the month. About 50 yards are expected to be recyclable newspapers and heavy metal such as pipes.
NEWS
June 7, 1986 | By BOB WARNER and LEON TAYLOR, Daily News Staff Writers
As frustrated residents were hurling their Hefty bags into the street, Mayor Goode said yesterday that city trash collections will continue to be "chaotic and unpredictable" until Philadelphia builds a mass-burning trash plant at the Philadelphia Naval Shipyard. "Until we find a predictable disposal mechanism, we will have erratic and chaotic, crisis-oriented trash collection because we don't have a predictable place to put the trash," Goode told reporters. ". . . I apologize to the citizens for what is happening, but there is no way that we can solve this problem until we find some way inside this city to dispose of our trash.
NEWS
May 20, 1994 | BY ABE GOODHART
The other day as I was putting out trash and garbage it occurred to me that I was becoming an habitual criminal. Trouble is, I don't know where to turn myself in for breaking at least two trash and garbage laws each week. One law says recyclables such as paper, glass and metal cans must be placed in or next to a metal container holding up to 20 gallons. No plastic is allowed. These items are scheduled for collection on a specified day every other week. For my Northeast neighborhood, that day is Monday.
NEWS
September 10, 1986 | By DAVE RACHER, Daily News Staff Writer
A 49-year-old private trash hauler was sentenced yesterday to an 11 1/2- to 23-month prison term for paying about $20,000 in bribes to city Streets Department employees to allow illegal dumping at city facilities. Anthony Galiano, 49, of Franklin Street near Tasker, who previously pleaded guilty to a bribery charge, also was placed on four years' probation and ordered to make restitution to the city of $30,000 by Common Pleas Judge William Porter. Assistant District Attorney David Michelman said Galiano was one of 14 private haulers and 18 city workers arrested following a grand jury investigation of the payoff scheme, which operated between 1980 and 1985.
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NEWS
April 22, 2014 | By Helen Ubinas, Daily News Columnist
JOETTA JOHNSON hops in my car and points ahead. Drive, she says. We're going tire hunting. Johnson, for those of you who are new to this space, is one of the women of North Sydenham Street, a feisty group of we-will-not-be-ignoreds I wrote about when they diverted Mayor Nutter to their block to deal with a long list of long-standing issues. Their strategy mostly worked, except for Jenesta Jones still waiting for the city to seal the exterior wall she was left with after an adjoining home was taken down.
NEWS
April 18, 2014 | By Jonathan Takiff, Daily News Columnist
IN RESPONSE to a recent column about Gizmo Guy's gadget hoarding, readers shared stories and pictures about the old tech they can't give up. Each of them received an iTunes gift card for sharing their stories. Enjoy! Gordon Gelfond, Villanova: I love listening to the Phillies on my 1937 Airline radio that I bought at a flea market and had restored. It reminded me of our family radio when I was very young. We would sit in the living room, staring at the radio and using our imagination to visualize what we were hearing.
NEWS
April 7, 2014 | By Jonathan Lai, Inquirer Staff Writer
PHILADELPHIA The mean streets of Philadelphia? Do you mean the clean streets of Philadelphia? Nearly 20,000 volunteers joined in the seventh annual Philly Spring Cleanup on Saturday, organizers said. "We want to start off cleaning season with a bang," said Donald Carlton, deputy commissioner of the city's Streets Department. "We put our best foot forward. . . . We want to do something symbolic. " The symbolism included Mayor Nutter, officials from various sponsoring groups, and Connor Barwin, an outside linebacker for the Eagles.
NEWS
February 14, 2014 | BY SEAN COLLINS WALSH, Daily News Staff Writer walshSE@phillynews.com, 215-854-4172
FOR THE SECOND day in a row, Mayor Nutter closed city offices today as Winter Storm Pax continued to pummel the region overnight. The School District of Philadelphia, Archdiocesan schools and Philadelphia courts are also closed today. By last night, the storm had dropped more than 10 inches on Philadelphia and was expected to add additional layers of snow overnight, Nutter said. Last night, the National Weather Service forecasted an accumulation of two to four inches overnight in Philadelphia.
NEWS
January 10, 2014 | BY VINNY VELLA, Daily News Staff Writer vellav@phillynews.com, 215-854-2513
THE STREETS of Philadelphia are finally clear of snow and ice, but there's something else gumming up the gutters. Trash. And lots of it, in some of the city's more isolated areas. The recent "extreme low temperatures" caused delays in the Streets Department's trash-collection schedule, according to a news release from Mayor Nutter's office, leaving some city blocks cluttered. Residents are encouraged to keep bringing their trash to the curb on their normally scheduled pickup days even if previous piles haven't been cleared, a representative from Philly311 said yesterday.
NEWS
September 24, 2013 | By Melanie Burney, Inquirer Staff Writer
Thousands of high school athletes across New Jersey are getting a new lesson in sportsmanship. Before every game this season, referees are briefing players on tough new rules that ban taunting and baiting that can escalate into hateful speech in the heat of competition. The rules also apply to fans in the stands. The new rules go beyond harmless trash-talking between rivals and target anyone who crosses the line with derogatory racial, ethnic, religious, or sexual slurs. New Jersey is believed to be the first state to implement strict guidelines to clean up school athletics by banning bias language and imposing penalties for violators.
NEWS
September 13, 2013
  BRIAN LINTON, 26, of Washington Square, is founder and president of United by Blue, an apparel company that designs, manufactures and sells men's and women's knit tees, messenger bags, jewelry and accessories. Linton, a Temple grad, is also a social entrepreneur. For every product United by Blue sells, it vows to remove a pound of trash from the world's oceans and waterways. United by Blue recently opened its flagship "cafe-and-clothier" store in Old City. Q: How did you come up with the idea for United by Blue?
NEWS
September 12, 2013 | By Ronnie Polaneczky, Daily News Columnist
I LOVE HOW my iPhone lets me shoot videos to share with friends. Or with city employees. Like the overworked ones in the city's Office of Property Assessment. They're so swamped, not one of them had time to visit James and Stephanie Griffin to confirm that they own a single-family home and not a multiunit apartment house. So I figured I'd use my iPhone to create a virtual tour of the Griffin home and share it with the assessors. Maybe it would convince them that the Griffins didn't deserve a lien on their house.
NEWS
August 9, 2013 | BY DANA DiFILIPPO, Daily News Staff Writer difilid@phillynews.com, 215-854-5934
OFFICERS WHO visited a Logan home to deliver an arrest warrant yesterday morning found no working toilets, feces and trash strewn around, and other conditions so deplorable that they removed the three young girls who lived there. Several detectives went to the rowhouse on 9th Street near Rockland just after 9 a.m. to arrest a woman there for an unrelated domestic assault, police Capt. Jack Fleming said. But the home was so filthy that the officers alerted their supervisors, who called in special-victims investigators and the city's Department of Human Services.
NEWS
July 9, 2013 | By John Mooney, NJ SPOTLIGHT
New Jersey's new anti-bullying law has stepped onto the sports field, with the state's high school athletics association taking steps to clamp down on "trash-talking" that goes too far. The new rules have won national attention - and captured the talk-radio airwaves - with their requirements for referee warnings for any talk or gestures that demean fellow athletes, officials, or spectators, specifically citing those targeting race, ethnicity, religion,...
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