Author: Susan L. Serbin

Rutledge to start sewer clean-out

By SusanL.Serbin SPIRIT correspondent At its February meeting, Rutledge Council awarded a contract which will bring improvement to the sewer system throughout the entire borough. General Sewer Service Inc. of Sharon Hill had the winning bid with a not-to-exceed cost of $10,000. Council President David Waltz said work will begin after the final agreement is completed and he expects that to be soon. Waltz said he believed the borough’s plan of not waiting for spring, the peak season for construction and other types of outdoor work, resulted in a favorable price. The lines will be cleaned and pressure washed...

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Land development approved on State Street

By SusanL.Serbin SPIRIT correspondent Media Borough Council’s light August agenda included an action item with almost a decade of history. Development of an apartment building on State St. dated back to 2007, but settlement on legal issues moved the application to the status of preliminary plan approval from Council. Borough planners and the Delaware County Planning Commission both reviewed and recommended the preliminary plan. Architect Bob Linn represented Commonwealth Real Estate Investors (the development arm of Media Real Estate) in the application for an upscale, 23-unit complex. The plan includes reverse subdivision of five separate parcels, with frontage on...

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Borough weighs traffic management options to slow the flow

By SusanL.Serbin SPIRIT correspondent Swarthmore may seem like a quiet, leafy-green borough, but it shares at least one issue with its suburban neighbors: Traffic. Council Vice President David Creagan said a recent meeting of the Public Safety Committee, which he chairs, brought out more than two dozen residents living along Yale Ave. who had concerns about speed on their roadway. Creagan said they were interested in a report requested of, and prepared by, borough engineer Joseph Mastronardo, of Pennoni Associates. The engineer presented a number of options termed “traffic calming” which may be considered in coming months. “One action...

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New Media-Upper Prov library opens

The Media-Upper Providence Free Library (MUPFL) did not rise from the ashes like a mythological phoenix. It did, however, emerge from the rubble of the old structure at Front and Jackson streets in less than a year. The new library had its official ribbon cutting and celebratory grand opening July 16. Construction of the Robert Linn-designed facility went smoothly. The budget, at under $4 million, included site preparation, the physical structure, as well as soft costs of packing and relocating contents to the firehouse’s second floor for temporary public use, and restoring them to new stacks. The August 2015...

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Artists, achievers inducted into Hall of Fame

By SusanL.Serbin SPIRIT correspondent The 2016 Springfield High School Arts & Achievers Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony honored 11 graduates with outstanding accomplishments. Graduation years ranged from 1956 to 2001 and fields of endeavor from rocket science to reality television. Springfield, which has had an Athletic Hall of Fame, created the Arts Hall of Fame more than a decade ago to recognize those in the performing, visual and technical arts. More recently, the sponsoring Springfield Area Education Foundation (SAEF) added the Achievers Hall of Fame, for significant contributions in business, law, medicine and other fields. The early June ceremony...

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