Wednesday, November 26, 2014

Houtman Park Update

The hardscaping improvements going on at Houtman Park are coming along nicely.  Here are a few photos from a reader showing the work being done.  The project is expected to be done by the end of this year.  Contrary to what some have stated, this isn't being designated as an official dog park.

Check out the Houtman Park Facebook page too.

Sunday, November 23, 2014

Media in Two Minutes

Media's First Annual
It's one week a way!
The Biggest Parade Media has Seen in Years!!!!!

Christmas Decorations to Help The Media Fire Department 
It's still not too late to order Christmas decorations from Media Fire Company if you haven't yet already.  They've extended their promotion until November 25th.  Check out what they have to offer, print out the form, and send in your check as soon as you can.

Turkeys and Christmas Trees
By the time you finish Thanksgiving dinner and drive home, you'll begin to see the Christmas tree stands setting up for the next holiday.  They may have even started already.

When it comes to freshly cut trees, there is only one place to go.  In fact, I was invited tag along this Wednesday as they make their trek to pick up their trees that haven't even been cut yet.  I'm looking forward to it and will provide you ample reasons to check this small business in Glen Mills out.  If you're lucky, you may be able to pick one up, but they sell very fast. 

311 Turkeys Break Record for Media
For 2014 the number was set at 101 as the goal for this year's Media Food Bank Turkey Drive.  I knew how challenging it was to help provide 100 turkeys last year, so this was no small feat. 

Going into Monday evening for the drop off at Nativity,  I wasn't sure what kind of totals the drive would tally.  That all changed when I crossed over Baltimore Avenue going towards Jefferson Street and saw a traffic jam at 6pm.  It took me a good 15 minutes to work my way around to the drop off section, but I knew this was going to be big.  

By 6:15 the Nativity and St. Mary Magdalen's group had over 130 turkeys dropped off and more were coming.  This group really did an outstanding job of getting the word out, staffing the positions and quickly unloading each vehicle as it drove up - A model of efficiency and a testament to their dedication.

Turns out they received 311 frozen birds from the community.  There's nothing else to say other than "THAT'S AWESOME"!

It may not be the biggest night in Media, but at one time it was the funnest
Many years ago during college break where ever you were in the world, you always came back to Media the night before Thanksgiving to see friends, family and patronize the the "Big Three" bars on State Street at the time - Plumstead, Packy's and Joclyn's.   

Everybody knew it, which for years made it the biggest night in Media.  I'm not sure that's the case anymore, but then again, I've not been out the "night before" for years.  I do remember it was one fo the funnest times in Media and hope it still is.  The second best night might have been the Halloween Party/Dance they use to have at the Armory (Trader Joe's) with Jimmy Shoe and the Shine, but that's for another story.

GreenDrop Shredding Event on Saturday
It's great to hear things went so well at yesterday's shredding event hosted by GreenDrop.  I was out of town and couldn't stop by, but apparently they had a lot of people that were happy with being able to get in an out to easily use this service.  They also had a charity aspect to this that went well too.

News on Wawa?
By the end of the year, which is only a few weeks away, there will be some news on Wawa project.  I'm not sure if the delcotimes covered last week's borough council meeting, but I'll share what I know in December.  

Olive Street Garage Damaging Cars, AGAIN!
Park at your own risk and peril in the Olive Street Parking garage that was apparently repaired for something like $900,000.  I received communication that someone just last week submitted a complaint that the finish on their car was damaged during last week's rain. They were filing a police report, so it was serious.

For Mayor McMahon and borough council who placed solar parking meters on a side of State Street that didn't have sufficient sun, and therefore do not work, I shouldn't have had a lot of confidence they'd be able to handle a garage. 

Monday, November 17, 2014

Media's Turkey Drive Reaches Goal of 101 Turkeys in 10 minutes!!!!

Update 11/18/14 -  Media Turkey Drive organized by Nativity BVM and St. Mary Magdalen's brings in 311 frozen turkeys for Media Food Bank!

There's not only a big traffic jam of cars waiting to drop of food for this year's Media Food Drive, but at 10 minutes after 6pm, they had already beat their goal of 101 turkeys!!!  By 18 minutes after, they were well over 130 with cars arriving by the dozens.

It looks like there's a fierce competition going on between Nativity, and St. Mary Magdalen's as to who will bring in the most turkeys.  I'm sure those numbers will come in shortly after 7:30pm, but this is well on its way to being a block buster event for the Media Food Bank.

Well Done, Everyone!

Cars lining up by the dozens to drop of turkeys for the Media Food Drive!

Delaware County Council urges the Pennsylvania Gaming Control Board to decline to award any further casino licenses in the Delaware Valley region.

Delaware County Council urges the Pennsylvania Gaming Control Board to decline
to award any further casino licenses in the Delaware Valley region.   Read the full statement here.

Sunday, November 16, 2014

Media in Two Minutes

Media in Two Minutes

Turkey Drive for Media Food Bank
Don't forget, Nativity BVM will be collected frozen turkeys and non-persisable food items from 6 to 7:30pm Monday (11/17) at the Parish Center (Franklin and Gayley Streets)  Help them reach the goal of a 101 frozen turkeys!

Penncrest Baseball Fundraiser Breakfast
Looking for something to do and eat, check out the Penncrest Baseball flapjack breakfast being held today at Applebee's.  $4.50 for kids, $7.00 for adults.  Breakfast runs from 8am - 10am.

In Media Restaurant News
Congratulation to Shere-E-Punjab and their recent expansion on State Street.  The place looks great and they put up a new sign this weekend.

Also, looks like work has begun on the Cafe/Coffee shop that's been talked about on Orange Street. They've begun hanging paper on the windows and have been doing some cleanup work inside.

Wawa December 4th
Whether you want a Wawa at Providence Road and Baltimore Avenue (Old Media Inn Site), or not; you'll get to see and have a say on where this project will go next.  On December 4th the Zoning hearing board will hear the presentation from the developers who are requesting a small zoning variance for this store.

Committee to Reestablish Rail Service to West Chester
This is becoming a quite popular endeavor.  Check out the history
of this rail service and all the news and updates via a recently created Facebook page.

Santa Parade and Fun Run/Walk UPDATE

Thursday, November 13, 2014

Interesting information on the ongoing efforts to restore the Septa rail line out to West Chester Borough.

Interesting information on the ongoing efforts to restore the Septa rail line out to West Chester Borough.

It's On! Media Challenged to provide 101 frozen turkeys to the Media Food Bank

This isn't just a Thanksgiving Food Drive, it's an important challenge.  I've been asked to help out and raise awareness towards Nativity BVM and Mary Magdalen's CYO who are looking to donate 101 frozen turkeys to the Media Food Bank.  

Here's you chance to step up and show your support for a great cause.  I'll personally donate five turkeys, so the magic number is 96 and that's doable!  In addition to turkeys, check out the flyer below for other items needed by our food bank.  You can drop of your donations on Monday, November 17th 6 - 7:30pm.  Just pull you car up and it will be unloaded for you.

Tuesday, November 11, 2014

Christ Church Bazaar - Saturday Nov. 15th 2014 from 9 to 3pm

Christ Church Bazaar Saturday Nov 15th from 9 to 3pm 
located at 311 South Orange Street. 

They'll be having the following tables: Charming gifts, Chic Holiday D├ęcor, Jewelry, Books, Bake Table, Children activities and a silent auction. 

Lunch will be served from 11:30 til 1:30p and will also include a visit from SANTA from 11:00 til 2:00p which will include pictures.  Shop local and see what great opportunities await at the Christ Church Bazaar!

Shere-E-Punjab Restaurant almost done with expansion plans.

No word yet on when the renovations for the new extension at Shere-E-Punjab will be finished, but from the looks of it, it's coming along quite nicely!  A few months back Shree-E-Punhjab acquired the space in an adjacent building on State Street to expand their restaurant.

Expansion taking place at Shere-E-Punjab on State Street.

Sunday, November 9, 2014

55th Veteran's Day Parade in Media - Tuesday, November 11, 2014 (11am)

This Tuesday (11/11/14) at 11am will be the 55th Veterans Day Parade in Media.  
A special thanks to all our veterans who are with us and those who have passed.  
We are indebted to your service.

Free Family Fun - November 15th 10am - 1:30pm Neumann University

Media in Two Minutes

Media in Two Minutes

Voter turnout in Media about 50%
Media borough went out and voted on Tuesday with a turnout around 50%.  A special thanks to the Judge of Elections and machine operators who literally make it possible for people to vote.  As it becomes evermore challenging to find people to work the polls, it may come down to actually consolidating the four polling places down to two.

Media's Thunderbird Dinner and Hall of Fame Night
It's hard to understand how Media became "Media" without appreciating the people who made this town what it is.   The Thunderbird dinner held at the the Towne House last week, continues to show the dedication that many Media families have towards the community.  This event was run by the Gross family for decades and still draws a big crowd.  The proceeds go towards the Media Youth Center, which at one time the winner of the drawing received a Ford Thunderbird, hence the name.

Another great event is the Media Area Hall of Fame Dinner.  This year marks its 51st anniversary.   With a packed banquet hall, this event is still as popular as ever. 

Santa's Parade and Fun Run Walk - Sunday, Nov. 30th.
This event is taking the town by storm.  It's impressive the list of performs that will be a part of this and the generous donations received thus far.  With a fun run and a parade expected to be longer than an hour with many performances, this will be well worth the time. 

Wawa in Media?
The Media planning commission made a big announcement this week that the borough shouldn't oppose and zoning changes Wawa may need to continue their project.  What I find interesting, is the double standard that Media Borough council plays with these recommendations.  If borough council is in favor of a project and the commission's (i.e. health commission) recommendation is too,  they'll substantiate it as an important part of their vote.  However, when a commission doesn't agree with borough council, they discard their recommendations as just informative, but not prudent to the conversation.  That's what was basically said about the safety commission's questioning of more information on Media's security cameras.

So what'll happen with a Wawa in Media?  Stay tuned, much like what happened to the Third Street Bridge, this may very well be decided in the courts.  The borough of Media should have just elected a judge, as the courts are making all the decision for this town.

Development on "Developments"
Come 2015, things are going to start to pick up regarding announcements of new tenants at a host proposed development around Media.  There's three in play right now: Marple, Newtown Square and Granite Run Mall.  Whole Foods is coming to Newtown Square's Ellis Preserve property, but I've not heard anything about a Wegmans at Marple.

One wildcard out there is what will happen to Media' Trader Joe's.  It currently occupies a space that's hardly 5,000 sqf.  Now a days, TJ's are typically built in stores with at least 15,000 sqf.  I'm not sure when their lease is up in Media, but I know it's soon and TJ's might have some opportunities at some of these other locations.

Order your Christmas Decoration from the Media Fire Department
 This is a great idea and will help the community too.  The Media Fire Department will be selling a host of wreaths this holiday season.   Check out the selection and order form.