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Abington Townhip Library - COMMUNITY EVENTS!!

by Diane Cardano-Casacio & Her Team
The Abington Townhip Library has so many great events coming up for ALL ages!  To see what might interest you, go to www.abingtonfreelibrary.org/events
 
Here is what is happening this weekend!
 
Event date: 
12/29/2012 - 10:00am to 11:00am
Location: 
Who should attend: 
Event type: 

The Snowy Day by Ezra Jack KeatsAges 4-8
(with parents/caregivers)
 

Join Cecelia Stanton and her daughter, Sue, for some cozy winter fun. Listen to Cecelia’s reading of The Snowy Day and other stories by Ezra Jack Keats. Then decorate a Snowy Day collage box, using paper and fabric pieces. All craft materials will be provided.

Space limited to 20 children.
Registration begins Monday, Dec. 17.

 

You can get more information by visiting the Children's Department at Abington Free Library, 1030 Old York Road, Abington, PA  19001 or call 215-885-5180, ext. 28.

 

Merry Christmas!

by Diane Cardano-Casacio & Her Team

Everyone at Cardano Realtors want to wish all of you a warm and wonderful holiday season and a prosperous New Year!

We want to thank all of you for helping us make this past year such an incredible success!  We look forward to an even brighter 2013! 

The SCOOP on Home Generators

by Diane Cardano-Casacio & Her Team

The Scoop on Home Generators

 

Recent storms have forced many to reconsider the wisdom of owning a generator. Brief, infrequent electricity outages are easy enough to endure, but if you’re losing power more frequently and for longer periods of time, it may be time to purchase a portable or standby generator.

Portable generators: Hands on but affordable

Smaller portable generators can cost anywhere between $300. and $1,500. and are capable of powering your home’s essential appliances. But while this type of generator is relatively inexpensive and quick to set up, it does require manual operation and close monitoring.

First things first: You must be at home when the grid power goes out in order to get a portable generator going. And because a gas tank will hold three to six gallons on average, you must periodically refill it, even during foul weather.

Standby generators: Hands-off but expensive

More powerful, quieter and safer than their portable counterparts, standby generators start automatically in a blackout — you don’t need to lift a finger. But that convenience doesn’t come cheap. Installed, an average system of this type will cost anywhere from $3,000  to  $14,000.

The flipside is that standby generators tend to last a long time, approximately 15 years. And upon home resale, they could recoup approx.. 50 % of their value. Though maintenance is necessary every two years, licensed professionals can help ensure a unit’s reliability.

Whether it’s worth it to purchase a standby generator depends largely on your needs. Grid failures are certainly inconvenient for everyone, but for some people, living without power can be dangerous —families with home medical equipment come to mind.

In making your decision, strike a balance between what is essential for your comfort and what your budget will allow.

COMING SOON in Elkins Park

by Diane Cardano-Casacio & Her Team

You will love this well cared for home on a beautiful tree lined street.  This home is an entertainers delight that has impressive landscaping, a new brick patio and deck. Featuring lovely wood floors, tile floors, updated kitchen, finished lower level family room, 3 bedrooms, 1.5 baths, lots of closet and storage space.  Fantastic location, walk to train, close to shopping and schools.  Call for more details 215-576-8666. Coming on the market in the Spring 2013!  Go to  www.7810springave.com

 

             

Expert Staging Tips - Your Home's Exterior and How to Deal With Clutter

by Diane Cardano-Casacio & Her Team

Click on the link below to see some expert staging tips...

 

Your Home's Exterior

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-USM6kLFoVU

 

How to deal with clutter

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=v8txfEL-mLw

 

Give us a call to see how we can help you sell your home. 

Your Real Estate Expert Advisor is just a phone call away.  215-576-8666

CHECK out our VIDEO BLOG!

by Diane Cardano-Casacio & Her Team

Watch FREE videos with valuable tips for SELLING and BUYING homes!

Visit us at www.dianesvideoblog.com

Cut and paste www.dianesvideoblog.com into your browser.

 

 

 

 

ABINGTON PASSES WAWA ORDINANCE

by Diane Cardano-Casacio & Her Team

After hours of expert testimony and several passionate comments from residents, the Abington Board of Commissioners approved an ordinance late last night 12/6/12, amending the Abington zoning ordinance by creating a new use to be known as “motor vehicle fueling center,” subject to certain criteria in "Planned Business" zoning districts.

The approval essentially gets the ball rolling for Provco Goodman’s development of a 4,900 square-foot Wawa with a fueling station at the vacant parcel in the 800 block of Old York Road, near Baeder and Hilltop roads. The company submitted development plans to the township yesterday, according to director of planning and code enforcement Larry Matteo.

The board passed the ordinance by a vote of 7-6. Abington Commissioners Robert Wachter, Richard Gaglianese, Wayne Luker, Stephen Kalinoski, Carol Gillespie, Peggy Myers and Carol DiJoseph voted yes; commissioner Dennis Zappone abstained from the vote and commissioner Lori Schreiber was absent.

Prior to the special meeting last night, the ordinance was rejected by both the Montgomery County and Abington Township planning commissions.

Developer Bruce Goodman’s attorney Michael Savona said the “fueling center” use isn’t a new one regionally, but said that Abington is lacking it. He said it would be “a positive welcome to the Abington zoning scheme, filling a void and benefitting a blighted site.”

Due to the criteria in the new ordinance, only three other parcels in the township would qualify as a “motor vehicle fueling center.” One criterion is that a parcel must have been used for an automobile-related service in the past.

Fewer than 10 residents spoke in favor of the ordinance. Many of them lauded Goodman’s previous development projects and said that they were tired of seeing a blighted site.

Many more residents spoke out against the ordinance ... and the Wawa. While many of the residents said they would like to see the site developed, most said the Wawa project is too big for the shallow parcel. Some residents were upset with the extra traffic the store would generate, some were bothered by the fact that the Wawa will be open 24/7 and others were worried about the safety of the children who attend the Jenkintown Day Nursery, which is adjacent to the property.

Things got heated several times during the hearing: One resident screamed at Commissioner Thomas Bowman after Bowman said that the daycare’s traffic and parking problem is “their problem.” Another resident said if a child were to be killed due to increased traffic in the area, the “blood would be on the [commissioners’] hands.” And resident Peter Morse who was “filibustering” against the ordinance, according to DiJoseph, had to be physically removed by an Abington Police officer.

Following the vote, several residents in the audience were heard booing and muttering under their breath.

The ordinance goes into effect in five days.

WHITPAIN TOWNSHIP - TRAIL CLEAN UP

by Diane Cardano-Casacio & Her Team

Help Spruce Up The Wentz Run Park Nature Trail On Sunday, DECEMBER 16, 2012,

 The Parks and Open Space Board invites volunteers to join it this Sunday for a spruce up day for the nature trail at Wentz Run Park.

The trail improvement project will take place from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. If weather is questionable, volunteers can call or text 215-588-8230 to check whether the event will be held.

Volunteers should park in the parking lot of Wentz Run Park and walk down to the nature trail, near the soccer backboard.  If possible, volunteers should bring lopping shears, yard rakes, shovels and gloves.  All volunteers will need to sign a waiver form.

 

 

It's Time To DECK the HOUSE!

by Diane Cardano-Casacio & Her Team

Patch has launched a nationwide contest to find the best-dressed home in the country. The winner’s school district will receive $100,000, no strings attached. None. Here are the details: 

Beginning on Nov. 26 and continuing through Dec. 16, you can nominate your home by uploading a photo to the contest website. During that same time period you and your neighbors will also be able to vote for your favorite festive home. 

One house per Patch will be chosen—by you!—as the winner in your Patch. Of these best and brightest, our judges will select 24 finalists from Patch communities shining all over the country. Each finalist will receive $500 that they can apply to their December electric bill.

Last year's winning entry came from the Powell family of Davis, California. This year's winner will come from somewhere. Maybe your town.

So, get out your lights and ladders (and your competitive spirit)! Whether your style is sophisticated or silly, we want you to dress up your house in the name of good cheer and our kids.

 

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1021 Old York Road, Suite 401
Abington PA 19001
Office: 215-576-8666
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