Wednesday, April 23, 2014

Media Borough Council Considers $850,000 Bond to Repair Olive Street Garage

The multiple bids that came in to fix the Olive Street Garage turned out to be twice the amount of the original projection of $350,000.  Last week, Councilman Davidson at the monthly council meeting asked the financial procedures for leveraging a $850,000 bond.

Media to Celebrate Bike to Work Day May16, 2014

Media to Celebrate  
Bike to Work Day 
 May 16th

Delaware County Employees Will Swap Cars for Cycles for the Day

MEDIA, PA Spring is in full swing finally! With the warmer, sunnier weather, it’s the perfect time to tune up our bikes and ride to work.  It’s fun, it’s healthy, and it helps the environment.

On Friday, May 16th , Delaware County Transportation Management Association (DCTMA) and the Delaware County Planning Department will host the 13th Annual Bike to Work Day. County workers and other Media business employees will ride to work, and meet on the grounds of the Courthouse at Front and Olive Streets for a morning celebration. Participants are invited to enjoy breakfast and other treats,  plus special raffle prizes donated by downtown Media businesses, and other companies throughout the county.

Bike to Work Day

Friday, May 16th


Courthouse Lawn at Front and Olive Streets

Bike to Work day is presented by Franklin Mint Federal Credit Union.

For more information on Bike to Work Day, email or call 610-892-9440.

The Delaware County Transportation Management Association is a private, non-profit, non- partisan organization dedicated to improving the transportation network serving the county. The DCTMA provides a forum where employers and municipalities as well as local, county and state agencies and transit authorities can cooperatively address transportation issues and coordinate cost-effective and efficient transportation management strategies for Delaware County. Through coordinated planning and cooperative efforts, the DCTMA helps to promote a cleaner, healthier environment, to sustain the quality of life, and to enhance the economic vitality of Delaware County.

About Delaware County Planning Department
The mission of the Delaware County Planning Department’s Transportation Planning Section is to improve mobility for all Delaware County residents, employees, and visitors in a manner that provides a choice of travel modes, increases safety, reduces pollution, improves health, enhances communities, and reduces sprawl.

Penncrest High School Football Mattress Sale Fundraiser - Saturday May 10, 2014

Penncrest High School Football
3rd Annual
Mattress Sale Fundraiser!!!
Saturday May 10, 2014
The Penncrest Football team will be sponsoring our 3rd annual mattress sale on Saturday, May 10th, 2014. Our football program has raised over $6,000 in just two days by hosting The Mattress Fundraiser, and the customers LOVE their new beds!

So if you have a bed in your house that could stand to be replaced, please consider the fundraiser! This is a really cool way to get a new mattress!

Tuesday, April 22, 2014

Sneak Peak at Rose Tree Summer Concert Line-up 2014

Rose Tree Park Amphitheater
 Without further adieu, here's a sneak peak at this year's line-up of who will be performing at Rose Tree Park's Summer Concert Series 2014.  I'm working on some plans on how to share this in a better way, but until then, take a look at who will be performing.

Here's the link to the county's website for the listing and important updates.

Media's Iron Hill Brewery Wins The Prestigious 2014 World Brew Cup!

If you ever had to make a reservation or get on the waiting list at Media's Iron Hill Brew Brewery for dinner, you know it's a popular place.  Well, those reservations may now have to be made sooner and the waiting times will surely be longer due to one of Media's favorite topics - BEER!

From the residents of Media, It is with great pleasure to share that Media's own Iron Hill Brewery won the prestigious Brewers Association World Beer Cup 2014 Champion Brewery and Brewmaster Small Brewpub!  This is not any small feat, but a global quest to find and promote brewing excellence.  It's considered the most prestigious beer competition in the world with over 60 countries participating and more than 1,400 breweries competing for the honor.

Congratulation to brewer, Bob Barrar and Media's Iron Hill Brewery for putting Media, PA firmly on the map as a place for the best beer in the world! 

Here's a video of how competitive this honor is:

Monday, April 21, 2014

Media in Two Minutes

Media in Two Minutes......A little Late

Despite my best efforts to take off for Easter holiday and skip this week's Media in Two Minutes on Sunday; It's just not going to happen! Okay, so here's quick version of M2M.

ATM Spotlight!: You may not know this, and very few people do, but on a good month this town is known for raising 10's of thousands of dollars for all kinds of causes.  This weekend, was Carlpalooza which was organized to help a Penncrest classmate of mine Carl Edwards raise money for medical bills brought on by colon cancer.  The event was planned months in advance, but the problem was finding a venue that could accommodate a crowd of this size.  Low and behold, Broomall Lake Swim Club stepped up and offered to help out and donated their facilty.  That generosity led to Carlpalooza raising over $11,000 dollars!  A special thanks to Beth Schwacke-Doris and her team for making this such a success!

In addition, great to see the community helping out the Conquest Family with donations to help offset costs associated with the loss of their home due to fire last week!

Making a Move in Media
Whether it's a tech company looking to move into Media or the new ownership of a building on State Street, or a deal to move a liquor license; there's a lot happening.  Oh, and another business may be coming too.

Stay tuned and in the meantime, welcome to Media - The Dress Matters - opening 4/26.

Residents Not Happy about Trash Day
Tonight it was brought to my attention that trash wasn't picked up on Good Friday, which is understandable, but the schedule on the website wasn't updated and many thought trash would be picked up Saturday.  Typically, if your trash day falls on a holiday, it's picked up the next day. I'm here to tell ya, that people get upset about this.

Media Fire Company Needs Your Help - Volunteer!
I was at two events this week and had two separate conversations about how desperate local fire departments are for volunteers.   We as a community need to take it upon ourselves to get the word out that this is a serious matter and I challenge everyone to do what they can to help.  I plan to go down there on Saturday to find out what's involved and what people can do to help.
Media: Everybody's Hometown Food Court
Is Media Becoming One?
As retail businesses give way to restaurants and eateries, is Media becoming one big food court?  Perhaps that's lucrative and acceptable for now, but at some point there has to be over saturation.  With Media losing a possible 100 parking spaces or more with the repairs needed for Olive Street Garage, lack of parking could add further stress to Media businesses.


Media Elementary Principal Maria Kotch tenders resignation.

This afternoon Media Elementary Principal Maria Kotch notified families via phone message that she will be submitting her resignation letter to the school board.  She mentioned retirement as the reason for the decision.

Sunday, April 13, 2014

Granite Run Mall Gives Deadline to Vacate Dec 31st 2014

The end of an era - Granite Run Mall to Close
This weekend I learned that things are progressing with the closure of the Granite Run Mall.  From what I understand occupants in the interior mall area have been told the mall will close on December, 31st.  Some businesses are in the process or finding new places to relocate to, but it's unclear if others will do the same or decide to just close.

I heard Margart Kuo's plans to stick around and is interested in opening a new restaurant when the new center is ready.

Media in Two Minutes

Media in Two Minutes

My deepest sympathy and condolences on hearing of the passing of Shawn Brodie during the tragic fire in Chester on Saturday.  I knew Shawn as "Brodie Bear" and he was one of the most likeable guys you could meet.  I never saw him without a smile on his face.  He will be greatly missed.


Having been to opening day for Media Little League yesterday, I now know why Media has state champion teams; it's one of the best run organizations around.  From the fields, to player, to coaches and the many who support this program on a host of levels; it's TOP NOTCH.  

Yesterday's ceremony that included hundreds of people was excellent.  Thanks for the recognition and providing an important program that everyone is proud of.

Please support the Conquest Family whose house was ravaged by fire this week.
Thankfully, no one was hurt in the fire on Summer Lane this week.  However, the family's house was totally destroyed which would be a hardship for anyone.  If you can, even a $5.00 donation can add of quick to help a family in need.

ROTARY Does it Again
Everywhere I seem to  turn, I see Media Rotarians out and about helping the community.  Yesterday was the 48th Annual Media Pancake Breakfast.  Even at 8am there was a line forming to get in and looked to be huge success.  Great Job!

MC Automotive for Motorcycles
Media, you're in luck if you ride a motorcycle and need repairs.  I found out after knowing someone who knows someone; that Media does indeed have a motorcycle repair shop right here in the borough.  Craig down at MC Auto did an EXCELLENT job on my bike and the recommendations he had for tires on my '08 KLR 650 were spot on.  Thanks!  I'll have a few more coming your way. 

Media Fails to Notify Community about Olive Street Garage

The ask was easy: Put signs up in Olive Street Garage warning people of the effects of rain run-off leaking through the seams.  And yet again nothing is done by Mayor McMahon and Borough Council.  Yesterday, I was contacted AGAIN about damage incurred to a car because of this problem.  It's not just dirt, it's the harsh substances that make up concrete that is being carried by rain water onto people's cars and destroying the paint and finish. 

Delaware County has an Edge!
I see these kind of videos all the time and I don't usually watch pass a minute or so, though this one was produced extremely well and resonates with viewers.  If you're interested in what this county has to offer and what direction it is going in, check out the video.  Well done and produced by a company in Media.

Saturday, April 12, 2014

Friday, April 11, 2014

What You Need To Know For Media's Little League Opening Day Tomorrow

Opening Day is tomorrow 
(Saturday, April 12th)!

Between 8:30 and 8:45, everyone will line up on the far side of Springton Lake Middle School (the side which faces the Babe Ruth Fields).ALL Players should be in full uniform and will line up by Team (from T-Ball up through Major). Parents and Siblings welcome to walk - but only players and Team Staff are allowed on the field.

Please park up at the Middle School - NO Parking will be allowed along the parade route NOR Beyond the Continental Field.

The Parade will follow the Fire Trucks and Police Cars, around past the school, down along the road - past the Rookie and Continental Fields, around past the Major League back fence and onto the ML field.

We will have three special visitors during the event:

The Camden Rivershark

The Philly Phanantic

Special Philly Player!

Helping the Media Food Bank
We are collecting for the Media Food Bank BEFORE the Opening Day Parade, up at the Middle School.
There will be a truck (or trucks), with signage, parked off to the side for collecting all the donations. They will accept almost anything: non-perishables, frozen meats, and paper products (toilet paper, paper towels, tissues). Families are asked to bring whatever they can to help, whether it is one can or one case of food.

The Media Food Bank (MFB) is a federally funded service run through the First United Methodist Church on the corner of State and Lemon Streets. They received notice that there would be no federal delivery for April, which means they are relying on local support. They serve people in Chadds Ford, Rose Valley, Aston, Media, Concord, Swarthmore, Thornbury, Middletown, Brookhaven, Parkside, and Nether Providence. The families that use this service during hard times line up 2 hours before the doors open just to feed their families. The volunteers there work tirelessly to help these families are always extremely grateful when the community comes together to help. We ask that all information gets shared and passed around to everyone and anyone in the area to make a big impact.

Our Fourth Annual Beef and Beer Celebration will be the evening of Saturday, April 12th, from 7:00pm to 11:00pm.
  • Once again it will be held at Saint Mary Magdalene School (2400 North Providence Road).
  • Tickets can be bought at the door that evening, from your Manager or a Board Member, and will also be available during Opening Day festivities. All proceeds go to support Media Little League.
  • We are also looking for donations (autographed items, home services, tickets, outings, refreshments, etc.) to be auctioned off during our Silent Auction. You can reply to this email if you have anything to donate. Any and all donations would be greatly appreciated!
  • We will have Dancing, a Silent Auction, Raffles and Food.
  • Dress is Casual.

Your 2014 Media Little League Board

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Your child is Playing with Media Little League for the 2014 Season
Our mailing address is:

Media Little League
344 West Fourth Street
Media, PA 19063

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Tuesday, April 8, 2014

Granite Run Mall Update: Demolition to begin soon.

Work to begin soon on Granite Run Mall.....

Granite Run Mall Update: BET Investments was in to review their updated plans with Council's Land Planning Committee. Pending Plan approvals, BET hopes to begin demolition in February for a one year + rebuilding of the entire interior of the Mall. The entire Mall will receive a new facade. 
Plans remain for an outdoor, Town Center, walkable facility with JC Penny being reduced to a single (ground) level, a movie theatre moving to the second floor with apparel, dining and a bowling alley on the list of potential tenants. Sears and Boscov's will remain. High end luxury apartments remain as part of plans. 
Council should see BET back with a Zoning change proposal and preliminary land development application in the next few months.  Update Provided by Middletown Township - Delco, PA Republican Party Facebook Page

Important Ruling on Third Street Bridge Expected May 9th 2014

18 Years of Non-sense from Media Elected Officials
After 18 years, Media may be on the verge of a decision regarding the future of the third street bridge repair.  May 9th is the the expected court decision from Judge Proud.

There's a very good chance the determination comes down to one of two scenarios:  1) It's built as a two-way roadway.  2) It's built to Penndot's specification of a two-way roadway, but is legislated as a one-way street.

There's still questions as to whether the financing for this project is still available from the state, and if Media will be found in contempt of court of the original ruling.  Both of which could be costly to Media taxpayers.

Sunday, April 6, 2014

Media in Two Minutes

Media in Two Minutes

Last Week's Penncrest Play - Little Shop of Horrors
My experience, and at the time, interest of high school plays didn't go much farther than the after-parties I was invited to as a student.  Boy, have I missed a lot.  I was able to attend last Sunday's showing of Penncrest's Little Shop of Horror's and can say I was utterly impressed.  The singing, performance, staging and sets were AMAZING.  It's too bad this ran only one weekend, because it was that good.

A tremendous thanks to Penncrest for putting this show on.  I've never seen anything like that before.

Playball!  Barrall field is now OPEN!
Thanks to all those who worked towards getting Barrall field back in playing shape.  A special thanks to Borough Manager, Jeff Smith and team who did a great job of staying on top of this. 

Local Lady Blogs from Paris
They say there is no place better than Paris in the springtime, however I'll  take St. Tropez in the Summer anytime.  Either way, there is a local girl who will be spending some time in Paris this Spring and is sharing the experience through her blog.  Check it out. 

Permafrost at Penncrest?
Heard a report that at least one game was cancelled last week due to problems with Penncrest fields draining properly.  I'm told It appears there may be a level of permafrost that is causing the problem. 

What a Mayor should do!
Unlike Mayor Bob McMahon, local mayors in this county routinely give what's called a "state of affairs" for their municipalities.  Here's one reported on featuring Upper Darby's Mayor, Thomas Micozzie.  This basically highlights the achievements of the year prior, as well as, a roadmap of issues, challenges and projects that the community can be aware of in the coming year.  

It's too bad Media is continuously left in the dark about what is important to this mayor and borough council.  Wawa?  A Hotel?  Third Street Bridge?  Olive Street Parking Garage?  Parking Meters? The list goes on and on.

Brookhaven Knows Social Media!
Kudos to Brookhaven municipality for using social media to alert their community of the recent incident involving razor blade found taped to playground equipment.  People were made aware of this in minutes, than waiting hours to hear it reported in the news.  They also effectively used their borough website to explain the matter and provide details of what was being done.

Business Opportunity Development is Time Well Spent
I'd like to recognize C-City Blogger, Stefan Roots for bringing awareness to business opportunities Delaware County communities should be aware of.  I wasn't able to make the meeting I saw on Stefan's blog, but the write-up seems quite comprehensive and encouraging of the opportunities this state has with the vast reserves of natural gas. 

Parking Meters - Here's an Idea:
Here's how one community leverages the use of communicating via their parking meters.  I still like the kiosk idea, but the brief messaging like "Free Parking" really is helpful.

Transportation Bill Details
If you're looking to see the details of the transportation bill that recently passed, and what that means for the area, check up the write-up by

Saturday, April 5, 2014

Springton Lake Middle School Competes in National Geographic Bee

Did you know?.....
Springton Lake Middle School 8th grader Helen Barsz competed in the National Geographic Bee yesterday in Harrisburg. Helen won her school bee at Springton Lake, and then had to take a qualifying exam. Only the top 100 scores got to go to the state bee and Helen qualified for the state competition and was invited to today's competition.

In Harrisburg, the contestants were broken up into 5 groups of 20 where they competed for 8 rounds. Helen made it 7 rounds before she finally got one wrong. Unfortunately, it wasn't enough to advance to the final round. Helen's mom Maria Wanenchak said, "It was really nerve-racking! Even the parents were on edge, shaking their chairs, rubbing their temples, closing their eyes, wringing their hands... it was really intense!"

15 students overall got all 8 questions right. Then they whittled those down to 10 then 2 then 1. The girl who won was from West Chester and this was the 5th time she had made it to the state bee. She will now go to DC to compete in the national bee.