Thursday, April 23, 2015

Rose Tree Fire Co. #1 Ladies Auxiliary - Ladies Night Out Friday, May 1, 2015

Penncrest does it again! Penncrest String Ensembles Strike Gold!

Penncrest does it again! Penncrest String Ensembles Strike Gold! During the weekend of April 17, the strings and choirs competed in the Washington DC Heritage Music Festival. Both string ensembles won first place with Gold ratings. Penncrest also won the Sweepstakes Award for having the highest overall scores from any school in the competition thanks to the efforts of both the Penncrest Choirs and Orchestra. Congratulations to all!

Wednesday, April 22, 2015

Sad day in Media to learn of the closing of Front Street Fountain Restaurant

By the Dashboard Light written by Media Screenplay Writer, Sienna Golden Malik

Media has plenty of people doing neat and inspiring things.  Whether it’s a business, idea, product, service or just someone improving the quality of life in the borough; they are out there and making things happen. This week a writer here in Media, Pa, Sienna Golden Malik shared with me her movie trailer of a screen play she just created, "By the Dashboard Light".  I enjoyed it and think you will too.

Also, consider giving Sienna a donation towards her crowdsourcing fundraising effort needed to complete this movie.  With these kinds of things, even $5 goes a long way with getting the ball rolling!

New Breakfast Option in Media

It's been quite a few years since you could order at beer at 7am at John's Grille, which mostly catered to third shift workers, but now you can order breakfast.  Not only when they open at 9am, but all day.

I didn't get a chance to try it yet, but the patrons there tell me it's awesome at a price that can't be beat.

Tuesday, April 21, 2015

It's here! The 9th Annual Laxapalooza Saturday, April 25, 2015 - Penncrest High School

Saturday, April 25 is a very special day for new and old members of our lacrosse community. Optimist boys and girls youth teams, Optimist and Penncrest lacrosse alumni and the Penncrest Girl's and Boys’ Varsity and Junior Varsity teams play to honor the game of lacrosse. 

To add to the celebration, the Penncrest Optimist Club is presenting a music festival. All funds raised today are for the NK Smiles Scholarship Fund. This scholarship was named for the late Norman Kelly, Jr., a beloved teacher, coach and friend. 

Parents and friends too can "Honor the Game" and assist in our efforts to raise funds for these scholarships in three ways: 1. Volunteer a few hours of your time. Sign up through this link: 
2. Donate food or beverages to the Snack Bar through this 
3. Make a tax-deductible donation directly to the N.K Smiles Scholarship Fund through this link:

Monday, April 20, 2015

Media to Celebrate Bike to Work Day May 15th


For more information: 
Lauren Avellino Turton 
April 16, 2015

Media to Celebrate Bike to Work Day May 15th
Can’t Make It? Join DCTMA’s ‘Social Media Cycle Challenge’

MEDIA, PA – It’s warm, it’s sunny, it’s the perfect time to dust off and tune up those bicycles after our cold and snowy winter.

Delaware County Transportation Management Association (DCTMA) and the Delaware County Planning Department will host the 14th Annual Bike to Work Day Friday, May 15th at 8:30 a.m. The event will be held on the grounds of the Courthouse at Front and Olive Streets for a fun-filled morning celebration. Participants are invited to enjoy a light breakfast and refreshments, raffle prizes, free giveaways, bike trail maps and safety information. Plus, an out-of-service SEPTA bus will be on location for live demonstrations on ‘how to’ mount a bike on the front of the vehicle.

Bike to Work Day
Friday, May 15th
8:30 a.m.
Courthouse lawn at Front and Olive Sts.

Bike to Work Day is presented by Boeing and Franklin Mint Federal Credit Union.

Social Media Cycle Challenge
For cyclists who aren’t able to attend on May 15th, DCTMA will celebrate throughout May, which is National Bike Month. Cyclists can sign up for DCTMA’s first-ever ‘Social Media Cycle Challenge.’ Participants may choose any day (or days) in May to ride a bike to work instead of drive, and take a photo either en route, or upon arrival at work. Cyclists can then share their photos and any comments about riding to work three ways:
  1. Post to
  2. Post to
  3. Email and we’ll post for you
Once posted, participants will be entered to win prizes. The drawing will be held end of May.

For more details on the Social Media Cycle Challenge, visit

Sunday, April 19, 2015

Media in Two Minutes


The Story behind the "Story"
When I worked for the White House under the Clinton Administration, I remember them telling us a lot of things.  Two that I fondly remember were, "don't mistake popularity for success" and
"there's always a story behind the story."  The latter of which is applicable to Media.  Despite what some Media business owners have said regarding closing their stores due to retirement or better opportunities, that's not been the whole story.  Having spoke to a few privately, it was the high rents in and around State Street that made them make the decision to leave.  Another will be closing in the next few weeks citing the same problem.

Dog Warden Coming to Town
A special thanks to State Senator Tom McGarrigle on the news that the dog warden will be in Delaware County on April 27th.  And thanks or the Facebook comments too, I didn't know you could get a lifetime dog license for $30.  Good to know.

Media Veterinarian Hosptial
I want to personally thank the great people at Media Veterinarian Hospital for the difficult and painful decision to put my dog Austin down last week.  As soul crushing as that can be, they helped tremendously.  They even sent me a personal note of their sincere sympathy and condolences which I wasn't expecting.  Thank you!

Wawa, Finally!
The theme of this week's news on Wawa can be summed up in one word, "FINALLY"  Yes, after many years, personal agendas and what I'll say was mis-management by the borough; the long anticipated Wawa will begin soon.  Troubling fact here:  Much like the Third Street bridge, if you want anything done in this Media you have to take the borough's council to court first.

Here's a letter I wrote over two years ago regarding the situation. A special thanks to the Wawa team for hanging in there and seeing this through.

Post your events on ATM!
Thanks for all the submissions over the last few weeks.  I know there are a few I haven't posted yet, but I'll get them out.  Also, it doesn't hurt to remind me if I'm running behind and you don't see your event posted.

Central League Champs, State Champs and Now National!
Penncrest is on a roll this year after coming off a boys Lacrosse State Championship in 2014.  The boys track went on to win the Central League (UNDEFEATED) this week, with the HI-Q winning the national championship.  Nice work, Lions!  We are all very proud!

Third Street Bridge Update:
I'll have some more on this later, but the third street bridge project is proceeding, albeit, very slowly.  With the legal issues settled, it'll now take time to get the design plans ready and approved by PennDot.  When can you drive over it?  Probably not until late 2017, early 2018.

Edgmont Golf Club Sold
With all the other realestate development going on, this shouldn’t come as a surprise.  For those who don’t know, the Edgmont Golf Club on West Chester Pike was sold some time ago.  No plans yet on what will be placed there, but it seems it’ll be something residential.  I heard one comment that the developer may keep 9 holes of the golf course and build houses around it.

Media Restaurants Not too Happy
I’m hearing the Media restaurants that participate in Dining Under the Stars are none to happy with a rate increase that’s been imposed by the Media Business Authority.  I hear it's as much as doubled from last year. Apparently its all due to what's being described as additional, needed security.  My initial questions, what's the justification and the reason driving additional security?  What's changed since last year and years before when DUTS seemed to be a peaceful and safe event?

Much like the issues I raised when the borough installed security cameras, I imagine these questions will go unanswered too.  

What Would You Like to Hear!
I recently looked at how many posts I've done to this site and it's very close to 2,000!  First thing I thought was, I sure do a lot of writing on things I've gathered, but maybe I should listen more.  So, if you have something you want me to look into, I'll see what I can find out.  Real-estate development, new stores/restaurants and updates on road repair are some that I'm working on.

Friday, April 17, 2015

Thursday, April 16, 2015

Media Little League Beef-n-Beer - Sat, April 25th 2015 (7 to 11pm)

Everybody knows someone who has played baseball, maybe it was YOU. . . . Please come out and support MEDIA LITTLE LEAGUE by attending our annual BEEF-n-BEER and SILENT AUCTION on Saturday, April 25th. Auction items include: a FULL SET OF BRACES from RICH ORTHODONTICS Spa Package from JOSEPH ANTHONY RETREAT AND SPA Inflatable Rental from BOING! BOUNCE a Ride to School on a FIRE TRUCK Phillies Tickets Car Detail Packages Reserved parking at the Base Ball Field for the season and much more Also lots of gift baskets and gift cards from local businesses Enjoy a night out with your friends and support Media Little League WHEN and WHERE - - - $35 ticket price Next SATURDAY April 25th 7 TO 11:00 pm St. Mary Magdalen's 2400 North Providence Road Food from Quotations, 320 Market, Visos Desserts Contact Wendy Allen for tickets 484-326-6804 or to make a donation to Media Little League.

Penncrest wins National Hi-Q Championship!