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(Mike Innocenzo, CEO of Peco, testifies before the Pa. House Consumer Affairs Committee.  Photo by Tony Romeo)

Peco CEO Expresses Pride Over Ice Storm Power Recovery Effort

Peco CEO Mike Innocenzo told the Pa. House Consumer Affairs Committee that 715,000 customers lost power — 40 percent of the Peco system and 70 percent of Peco customers in the suburbs — due to the February 5th ice storm.

03/27/2014

(The empty lot that the Spring Garden Civic Association wants to turn into a dog run.  Photo by John McDevitt)

Plan For Gated, Leash-Optional Dog Park Divides Spring Garden Community

A community organization in the Fairmount section of Philadelphia wants to acquire a vacant lot and turn it into a private dog park.

03/26/2014

Eastern Hemlock trees in northeastern Pennsylvania (credit: Michael P Gadomski/Getty Images)

Cold Weather Takes A Bite Out Of Invasive Insect Population

This “winter that just won’t end” has been trying for us humans, but it’s been murder on a type of bug that’s devastating Pennsylvania’s state tree.

03/26/2014

(Branches placed curbside for collection along Cynwyd Circle in Bala Cynwyd.  Photo by Jim Melwert)

Lower Merion Township To Collect Tree Branches Felled By Winter Weather

This isn’t the first time Lower Merion has done a special pick-up of tree debris, but township officials say it will rival the Hurricane Sandy cleanup.

03/24/2014

(credit: Sean Gallup/Getty Images)

United Nations Declares Saturday World Water Day

On a planet 2/3 covered with water, it may boggle the mind that so little of it is fit to drink, or use in industry or agriculture.

03/22/2014

("The Cat Crew" sets traps for a wild cat catch-spay-release program in Norristown, Pa.    Credit: Dan Wing)

In Norristown, Pa., An Ongoing Effort To Control Town’s Wild Cat Population

The self-designated “Cat Crew” usually sets their traps twice each week, bringing in about ten strays each time.

03/21/2014

(The lot in North Philadelphia where the animal remains were found. Credit: CBS3)

New York State Man Fined in North Phila. Mutilated Animal Probe

A New York hunter has been cited by the Pennsylvania Game Commission following the discovery earlier this month of the mutilated remains of a bobcat in a vacant lot at 31st and Jefferson Streets in the Brewerytown section of North Philadelphia.

03/20/2014

(Members of the Pa. House Consumer Affairs Committee share a light moment during proceedings.  Photo by Tony Romeo)

Pa. Lawmaker Says Variable-Rate Electric Plans Need Caps To Protect Consumers

“I agree with most of your comments on the free market,” Rep. Robert Goshall told an electric industry representative who testified. “Unfortunately, that hasn’t worked.”

03/20/2014

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Environmental Officials Monitoring Huge Sewage Spill in Valley Forge Park

This is the second time in the last few weeks that the 45-year-old main has ruptured, spilling five million gallons of raw sewage into Valley Creek.

03/19/2014

Cape May, NJ (credit: Jo Armstrong)

Late Winter Storm Whacks South Jersey Shore Hardest

South Jersey took the brunt of this late-winter storm.

03/17/2014

(Credit: Steve Tawa, KYW Newsradio)

Philadelphia Parks And Rec Gives Away More Than 2,000 Free Trees

The City of Philadelphia is hoping to give away more than 2000 free trees over the next few weeks as part of an ongoing effort to make Philadelphia the city of “arborly love.”

03/16/2014

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PennDOT Experiments With Materials That Resist Potholes After Brutal Winter

Potholes are caused by macadam freezing and thawing, then cracking. But Leslie McCarthy, assistant professor of engineering at Villanova University, says tests are underway on new materials which resist contraction.

03/15/2014

DOVER BEACHES NORTH, NJ - OCTOBER 29:  A machine works on a demolition of a house one year after being partially destroyed by Superstorm Sandy, October 29, 2013 in Dover Beach North, New Jersey. Hurricane Sandy made landfall last year on October 29th near Brigantine, New Jersey and affected 24 states from Florida to Maine and cost the country an estimated $65 billion.(Photo by Kena Betancur/Getty Images)

FEMA Agrees To Extend Housing Privileges For Sandy-Displaced NJ Residents

But starting May 1st, the 57 families still remaining in FEMA housing will be charged market-rate rent.

03/14/2014

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Radnor Officials On Alert After 2 Animals Test Positive For Rabies

Officials in Radnor Township, Delaware County are cautioning residents of the Main Line community to be on the alert after a raccoon and fox have both tested positive for rabies over the past two weeks.

03/13/2014

Philadelphia health commissioner Dr. Donald Schwarz testified in favor of a citywide ban on e-cigarettes in public places.   Image from City of Phila. TV)

Phila. Lawmakers Move Toward Ban of E-Cigarettes in Public Places

The city’s health commissioner, Dr. Donald Schwarz, said he supports the Council measure which would prohibit e-cigarettes in public spaces.

03/13/2014

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