Dan Gross: Madsons going green in Wayne

Posted: September 01, 2010

PHILLIES RELIEVER Ryan Madson and wife Sarah have gone green.

The couple has hired Main Line's Caledonia Renovations to make the Wayne home they bought in April more eco-friendly.

The couple and their kids won't move in until work is done, which Caledonia's John Kelly expects to take about 10 months.

"We try to keep as much of the existing house there and build from the platform as we can," said Kelly, whose company is re-insulating the house using soybean-based spray foam, installing energy recovery ventilators, a geothermal heating and cooling system, a groundsource heat pump and energy saving lighting, among other energy-efficient improvements.

Madson will receive an award for his eco-efforts, along with Mayor Nutter, City Councilman Curtis Jones and rapper Schoolly D at the Inaugural Manayunk EcoArts Festival Sept. 25 and 26.

The politicians will accept their awards on Sept. 23 at the festival's launch party at Mango Moon (4161 Main). At 1 p.m. Sept. 25, Madson and Schoolly D, who is doing a green rehab to his Gladwyne home, receive their awards on the festival's main stage on Main Street. For more info on the celebration of artistic, sustainable, and local green initiatives visit Manayunk.com.

CAPA dancers to White House

Four senior dance students from the High School for the Creative and Performing Arts, Ibn Snell, Malika Ghilyard, Bria Robertson-Sanford and Carly Rutizer, will be guests of first lady Michelle Obama Tuesday at the White House, for a tribute to Judith Jamison, the longtime artistic director of the Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater. The CAPA students will take part in a dance workshop with students from around the country.

CAPA assistant principal Michael Grosso is hoping the students will get to meet the first lady. They'll stick around for the show, which features the Ailey company among several others.

'Sunny' comes early

93.3 WMMR is hosting an "It's Always Sunny in Philadelphia" Season 6 premiere party Tuesday at the Trocadero (1003 Arch). The party, emceed by members of 'MMR's Preston and Steve show, will feature the Season 6 premiere episode, which doesn't debut on FX until 10 p.m. Sept. 16. "Nightman Cometh," from the 4th season of South Philly's Rob McElhenney's show also will be screened plus another fan favorite episode to be selected by voters on wmmr.com. You can get tickets from 9 to 11 tonight at the Urban Saloon (2120 Fairmount), 8 to 10 p.m. tomorrow at Fluke's (7401 State Rd) and 10 to midnight Friday at Barnaby's West Chester (15 S. High).

Nydia Han to wed

6ABC consumer reporter/anchor Nydia Han and anesthesiologist David Reilly are off to Napa Valley for their Saturday wedding for which Reilly and his groomsmen picked up their tuxedos at Black Tie (1114 Walnut).

Charitably minded

Fox 29's Mike Jerrick emcees Fight For Cure's Ribbon Ball Sept. 25 at the Loews Philadelphia. The fundraiser for the Kimmel Cancer Center at Jefferson Hospital features music by DJ Prince T, aka Seismic, and a live auction that includes sports memorabilia from the Eagles and Phillies and a Michael Jordan jersey from Mitchell & Ness.

Dr. Richard Pestell is the guest speaker. Tickets are $75 and available at fightforcure.org.

* Playboy Playmate turned Eagles bride Kendra Wilkinson told 102.9 WMGK's John DeBella that she'll gladly come out Nov. 23 for his Turkey Drop at 16th & JFK and spend at least an hour there to meet those donating turkeys and money to benefit City Team Ministries Philadelphia, which provides food to individuals, families, and shelters.

'Gasland' doc screens

Filmmaker Josh Fox will be in town Friday screening his docu "Gasland," at the Piazza at Schmidt's. The film is about Fox's probe into a natural-gas company that offered him and his upstate New York neighbors $100,000 to drill on their property. The Scorch Fire Dancers perform at the free screening, which starts at 8:30 and is followed by a Q&A with Fox and PennEnvironment reps, and an after-party at the PYT burger bar.

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