Thursday, January 10, 2013
How to properly dispose of your tree this holiday season
With the holiday season coming to a close, the city of Philadelphia is offering an environmentally friendly way to dispose of your Christmas tree. From Monday, January 7 through Saturday, January 19 the Streets Department's Sanitation Division is running their Christmas tree recycling program. The 25-year old program provides an alternative to throwing trees out with regular trash and seeks to reduce the number of trees in landfills. For Roxborough residents, its particularly easy. According to a press release, citizens who wish to participate in this program can take their trees to the Streets Department Sanitation Convenience Centers located at 3033 S. 63rd Street, Domino Lane & Umbria Street and State Road & Asburner Street between 8:…
Monday, December 3, 2012
Streets Department announces plans for renovations this week.
Roadwork will continue in Roxborough this week in both Upper Roxborough and Andorra. The Streets Department announced it will continue its work on several streets this week. This progresses the ongoing roadwork that nearly every street in Upper Roxborough was impacted by. The projects begin Monday and are weather permitting. Streets Commissioner Clarena I. W. Tolson announced the closures on Friday. "To minimize disruption to traffic and area residents and businesses some of the work will be completed during the evening hours. Weather or special events in the area may alter the resurfacing schedule. Residents are urged to move their cars from the work sites when temporary "No Parking" signs are posted so that vehicles are not towed. In …
Tuesday, November 20, 2012
Find out some businesses closed for the holiday.
Not all, but many stores and eateries close for Thanksgiving Nov. 22. All public, parochial and private schools are off for both Thursday and Friday. Additionally, the City of Philadelphia's municipal officers are closed and many government services are unavailable Thursday. Trash pickup for Thursday collection will resume Friday. And city offices will reopen. Read more here. All banks and the post office will close Thursday, as well, and will reopen Friday. Additionally, the following businesses will close for Thanksgiving: Art + Science Salon Spa Barry's Steaks Blush Salon—Thursday and Friday Chubby's Steaks Merge Dance Studio—Closed Nov. 21 to Nov. 24 Spectrum Scientifics The Spiral Bookcase Winnie's LeBus Volo Coffeehouse
Tuesday, November 13, 2012
Homestead exemption deadline is Nov. 15.
As Mayor Michael Nutter says, property owners lack any reason to refrain from applying for the homestead exemption. All the application can do is lower resident's property taxes. However, Philadelphians who own and live in their homes only have until Nov. 15 to apply for the tax break for the 2014 tax assessment notice. “There is no reason not to apply for the Homestead Exemption,” Nutter said in a news release. “As the City of Philadelphia continues to work diligently to evaluate and assess all properties to establish a fairer, simpler property tax process for property owners, the Homestead Exemption can decrease a homeowner’s 2014 tax bill considerably.” Philadelphia City Council, the mayor's office and the Office of Property Assessment …
Tuesday, October 30, 2012
Monday and Tuesday pickups will be pushed one week.
Following two days of storm-related delays, trash collection will resume in Philadelphia. The Streets Department announced that regularly scheduled trash and recycling pickup starts again on Wednesday. Unlike like in a holiday week—where early-week pickups get pushed back—those who are serviced Monday and Tuesday will have to hold onto trash. Pickups for those residents won't happen until Nov. 5 and 6. Visit the city's website for more information.
Monday, October 29, 2012
Streets Department says high winds from Hurricane Sandy impacted decision.
In advance of Hurricane Sandy touching down in Philadelphia, the Streets Department announced that trash and recycling pickup will not occur on Monday. The city agency released the following message on its Facebook page: Due to high winds and severe rainfall that is expected, there will be no trash and recycling collections on Monday, October 29. We are urging residents whose trash day is on Monday to keep their collections indoors to prevent loose items from blowing throughout the streets. Monday collections will resume on Monday, November 5. Any questions, please call Streets Department Customer Service at 215-686-5560. Stay up-to-date with info from the city's emergency Twitter handle.
Friday, October 26, 2012
Mayor says Hurricane Sandy could hit hard Monday.
Mayor Michael Nutter told Manayunk and Shawmont residents to prepare for a 2 p.m. evacuation Sunday if current forecasts for Hurricane Sandy come true. In a televised press conference Friday afternoon, the mayor warned residents in traditional flood plane areas of Philadelphia to be ready to leave Sunday for what could be a troubling Monday. "Don't wait. If your home has flooded in the past, make plans now to stay with relatives," Nutter said, highlighting Manayunk, River Road in Shawmont, and Lincoln, MLK and Kelly Drives as some specific areas. With Philadelphia City Councilman Curtis Jones, Jr. looking on, the mayor said at City Hall that current forecasts indicate Hurricane Sandy could reach its apex throughout Monday, causing 55 mph …
Office of Emergency Management talks preparation plan.
Forecasts predict Hurricane Sandy will make its way up the East Coast this weekend. The extent of the storm and its impact on the Philadelphia region is up in the air. The City of Philadelphia's Office of Emergency Management currently prepares to face the storm. In this video, Samantha Phillips, Philadelphia's deputy managing director for Emergency Management, discusses the step the city is taking. Phillips recommends citizens to develop a Household Emergency Plan, creating a Home Emergency Kit and signing up for emergency text/email alerts from ReadyNotifyPA. For more information, visit www.phila.gov/ready.
Saturday, October 6, 2012
Monday trash delayed due to holiday.
Columbus Day is a holiday that often leaves residents confused as to what's open or closed, and what city services are impacted. Trash pickup, for instance, can make Philadelphia citizens scratch their heads. However, according to the Department of Street's website, it's not so complicated. For the Oct. 8 Columbus Day holiday, trash and recycling will not be collected Monday. Instead, everyone gets pushed back one day. So Monday folks get picked up on Tuesday, Tuesday on Wednesday and so on. Visit the website for any questions.
Sunday, September 9, 2012
September is National Preparedness Month.
You've heard all the "no-duh" tips before about preparing for a disaster - keep water and non-perishable food on hand, have a flashlight with extra batteries... But this month the federal government is hoping you will get down to details to make a plan for, not the unthinkable, but the inevitable: wild fires, tornadoes, hurricanes, floods or even terrorism and pandemics. To get the word out FEMA, the Federal Emergency Management Agency, has built an extensive website to help citizens plan and prepare. Ready.gov offers instructions on how to ready your family, your home, your car and even your business for an emergency. The site includes tips specific to disasters common across the county and specifically in Philadelphia. There are even …