Monday, March 10, 2014
There are a variety of reasons. America has shifted away from the mall culture, although some continue to do very well. Marketing was horrendous, with some of the worst television commercials known to man. I've read the comments on the newspaper's web site. People don't feel safe here. The food court has been a revolving door, with a lot of empty spaces. It's a long list of problems, and they will not be solved easily.
By the way, enough of the second guessing. A mall wasn't the greatest idea 20 years ago, but it was the only option. No one had the time and money to save all those old buildings. Some just couldn't be renovated.
Staples is closing a bunch of stores. I do enjoy my visits, but I'm a geek. The internet is taking a bite out of Staples brick and mortar sales.
CNBC reports Target has taken a sales a hit, and a lot of it is due to the pre Christmas data breach. Trust disappears quickly, and it takes a long time to get it back.
Sunday, March 9, 2014
As I was waiting for the striping crew to start on the green line down Main Street Tuesday morning, I spied a young woman, painting a rainbow and a pot of gold on the window of a law office.
I hope it was part of the St. Patrick's parade celebration, and not an ad for the law office guaranteeing big settlements.
It really seems Pittston got behind the revival of the parade, and that's great.
Saturday, March 8, 2014
The one you see above was a little different. It was on Main Street in Pittston Tuesday morning. Pittston holds its first St. Patrick's parade in five decades this afternoon. As I've noted before, downtown Pittston has made a lot of improvements in recent years, and it's a nice space. The parade is another piece of the puzzle. Downtown bars, restaurants, and businesses are offering specials today. It's always nice when the community gets behind a project.
M. Mayo Striping of Falls did the painting for free. The gentleman you see with the camera, in the red coat, is Newswatch 16 photographer Steve Smallwood.
Friday, March 7, 2014
Edwards will never be on the list of greats, but he did a good job with what he was given. On "Jackpot!," it was an unruly and oddly formatted show where 16 contestants played for an entire week, and it was exceptionally difficult to win the really big money. Edwards was part of the "new breed" movement at NBC. It was the mid 70's and he rarely wore a tie.
Geoff Edwards wore a tuxedo on "Treasure Hunt." I read where it was a tough show to host. There were dozens of different scenarios, based on the box chosen by the contestant.
He was a fixture on Los Angeles radio, and in an odd bit of trivia, Edwards' station sent him to Dallas after the Kennedy assassination, and he witnessed Jack Ruby shooting Lee Harvey Oswald.
Geoff Edwards was 83. Great voice, great enthusiasm.
FOX Sports has chosen Harold Reynolds and Tom Verducci as Tim McCarver's replacement in the baseball booth this season. It hasn't been widely talked about, but most of the Saturday afternoon games migrate over to FOX Sports 1 cable channel. Pardon me a geezer moment, but I remembered when the NBC Saturday afternoon Game of the Week was a really big deal and appointment viewing. CBS killed it when it got the baseball contract in 1990. FOX brought it back for a while. Now, the games go to cable because the broadcast network is only interested in the post season.
I continue to be impressed by the network reporting from Ukraine, especially Holly Williams on CBS.
Does it seem like CNN is reinventing itself every other week? Advice: drop the gimmicks, do the news.
ABC scored really nice ratings with the Sunday night Academy Awards. I suspect it's a combination of factors, including nominated movies people have actually seen. Host Ellen Degeneres' inoffensive and mildly amusing comedic style didn't hurt.
Thursday, March 6, 2014
Wilkes University has purchased the old Bartikowsky building and intends to create a gateway to the campus off South Main Street. For a while, Scranton fought expansion of the U of Scranton. Thankfully, we don't see that in Wilkes-Barre. Colleges and universities build, spend money, educate young people, and spur development. Yes, some property reverts to tax free status, but look at the big picture. They are economic and image magnets. I wish Kings and Wilkes would get together to buy the old Irem Temple on North Franklin Street before we get another Sterling on our hands.
Target's technology chief has quit because of last year's data breach. Someone had to pay for it, and Beth Jacob is our winner. Even if it wasn't her fault, someone had to pay for it as Target attempts to regain public trust.
Russia doesn't seem worried about sanctions imposed by western nations. That, in and of itself, is frightening.
We're coming up on the first of a few "parade weekends" here in our area. Let's hope everyone behaves.
Walter Cronkite walked away from the CBS Evening News 33 years ago tonight.
Wednesday, March 5, 2014
Above is a picture of the Taylor store that I took yesterday. We don't know if Taylor is on the list.
As I noted here a while back, somewhere along the line, Radio Shack stopped being fun. I remember the yearly thrill when the Radio Shack catalog arrived. Thanks to the internet, the things at one time found only at Radio Shack, are all over the place. This is a company that lost its way, and I'm sorry.
I'm also sorry to note the passing of former Wilkes-Barre mayor Lee Namey. I was on the radio when he was first elected, and I thought we had a good, working, professional relationship. Namey might have tried to spin me, but he never dodged me. My symapthy to Lee Namey's family and friends.
Tuesday, March 4, 2014
USA Today reports Quizno's is close to filing for bankruptcy. Talk about a fine chain that lost its way. Quizno's is a little pricey, but its offerings are different than standard sub fare.
The Ukraine situation, especially Russia's saber rattling scares me. By the way, after decades of saying "The" Ukraine, it's tough to get in the habit of writing and saying simply "Ukraine."
I know it's only spring training, but it's nice to see baseball again.
Paula Deen would be better off if she did fewer interviews.
I've really tried to like Jimmy Fallon. It's not happening. Letterman's humor is more to my liking. More clever, more edgy, less silly. I'll give Fallon credit for being a solid music/comedy talent.
The federal government wants more user friendly nutrition labels. The reason? So people know what they're eating. Food choice, for a lot of people these days, is what you can afford and what you have time for, rather than the soundest nutritional selection.
I was sorry to read the University of Scranton student newspaper is warring with administration over the release of information. The students just learned a valuable lesson. He who owns the press controls the content.
The director of the "Anchorman" series says there won't be a third installment. I wish he felt that way about "Anchorman" and "Anchorman2."
Monday, March 3, 2014
The caboose was scheduled to be scrapped, so it's great to see it saved from the scrap heap.
It's also nice to see Dickson City intends to create a little focal point, just a block from the main intersection in town. Every town needs something to make it visually interesting and special, something to give it character. One of the goals is to teach kids about the area's railroading history, and you can't argue with that.
Sunday, March 2, 2014
Nothing. Not even a sparrow.
Still, an increasing clean river on a cold winter afternoon wasn't a bad sight, so I snapped off a photo.
Saturday, March 1, 2014
In the spring, summer, and fall, this is Pine Hills golf course in Taylor. On the day I visited in late January, it was the frozen tundra of Lackawanna County.
Better days are ahead.