Monday, March 2, 2015

Penncrest Track Goes for the Gold!

Last weekend Penncrest Track had quite day as the boys took home 2 medals at state championship!.  4x800 relay, and 4x400 relay.  The girls had a nice day too with 4 metals! 400m, 200m, 4x200 relay, 4x400 relay.  Penncrest Pride!

Save the date and help save a life. March 28/29th - to benefit the Delco SPCA

Sunday, March 1, 2015

Media in Two Minutes

Media in Two Minutes

I'm too busy dreaming of a white Easter to write much today, but here's something to hold you over.

The Frosted Mug at Granite Run Acme
Well, Folks, here it is.  The much awaited Frosty Mug Cafe and beer take-out section at the Granite Run Mall Acme.  I only like two beers, Guinness and free, so I'm not sure how much value I'll find in this new take-out, but I know many others are really liking it.

I thought it was just limited to six-packs, but you can get single beers and 12-packs too.  Definitely a time saver for many who might need some beer without the convenience of going to a beer distributor or bar.

I can't help but think the area might be at the beginning of a vast residential and commercial real-estate development boom.  I need only state the following exhibits that are in the works, or are to begin construction:  Granite Run Mall, Newtown Square town center, 200 acres in Marple "Don Guanella" site, Franklin Mint site, and 320 that makes up the Beaver Valley project in Concord.

Here, closer to home we have Rose Tree Reserve with an expected 117 or so units, Jefferson Square which is planning 23, and the "wild-card", of what could be placed on the west-end of Baltimore Avenue just within the boundaries of the borough.  The last of which I'm keeping my eye on.

With many of the recent trends in multi-tenant housing following a few models, it might be worthwhile to evaluate what that could mean for Media.  I could totally have this wrong, and I've not seen any formal sketches or drawings for what is being proposed for this site, but municipalities similiar in size to Media are moving forward with stuctures pictured below.

Here are two buildings that are underway in West Chester, with something very similar planned for Kennett Square.  We'll see what's in store for Media in the next few months when the applicant is expected to submit possible renderings.

Chestnut Square Project underway at West Chester in West Chester

Chinese New Year Parade on State Street 2015

Chinese New Year Parade on State Street

Friday, February 27, 2015


It's Go Time. Today at 2pm 320 Market Cafe re-opens their new (Bigger and Better) location on State Street!

Fire Department Activity in Two Parts of Media Borough Last Night

It was a busy evening last night with fire/police activity in two separate parts of town at the same time.  It looks like things started off around 10pm with what was described as a gas leak around Olive and State Street.  No injuries reported, but there was a lot of fire equipment at the scene.

At almost about the same time, another incident was reported at Olive and Ridge Streets.  That was reported as a dumpster fire that also had no injuries.

Thursday, February 26, 2015

Pay Up, Media - Parking fines to increase effective 4/6/15

Per recent Media Borough Council resolution led by Public Safety Chair, Paul Robinson, parking fines to be increased noticeably.

Effective Monday 4/6/15, parking fines in Media will increased to the following:

  • Paid within 24hrs - $15, was $5
  • Paid within 24hrs - 72hrs - $20
  • Paid after 72hrs - $25
  • Illegal Parking Fines - $35
  • Parking in a handicap space - $50
  • Meter fees will remain unchanged.

Tuesday, February 24, 2015

Reports of water tasting like salt as close as Springfield and Swarthmore.

Have you tasted salt in Media's water?  Others as close as Springfield and Swarthmore are reporting they have.

Monday, February 23, 2015

Media Mile Race Series - Saturday 9am, May 9, 2015

PSG Announces Launch of the 5280 Race Series

The 5280 Race Series brings the “Main Street Mile” to Historic Downtown Boroughs in the Tri-State Region, beginning in May with Media & Manayunk, PA

THORNTON, Pennsylvania (February 17, 2015) – Pattison Sports Group (“PSG”), Philadelphia’s premier sports marketing firm specializing in event management, strategic sports sponsorship consulting and property representation, is pleased to announce their new 5280 Race Series, a road race series featuring two of the most popular “Main Streets” in Philadelphia and its surrounding suburbs.

The 5280 Race Series benefits Healthy Kids Running Series (“HKRS”), the youth running nonprofit which combats increasing rates of childhood obesity in America through a positive, educational and fun introduction into the world of running. 20% of race revenues will be donated to HKRS.

The 5280 Race Series launches with two races in May 2015. The 5280 Media Mile takes place at 9:00 AM Saturday, May 9, 2015, beginning on W Front Street in front of the Delaware County Courthouse. Runners start heading east down to Radnor Street, looping around Barrall Community Park. Runners return on State Street and turn to finish in Veterans Square.

“On behalf of Mayor McMahon and Borough Council we are excited to host the race in Media and promote fitness for kids.  We believe Media will be an excellent venue with our beautiful neighborhoods, historic properties and top notch business district”, said Paul Robinson, Vice President of Media Borough Council.

The second race in the series, the 5280 Manayunk Mile takes place at 8:00 AM Saturday, May 16, 2015. The race starts West of Shurs Lane, on Main Street with and a down-and-back course.  Runners race the final few hundred yards onto Venice Island and into the PLAY Manayunk Festival in front of the newly opened Venice Island Performing Arts & Recreation Center.

“We are very excited to launch the 5280 Race Series!” said Jeff Long, President of Pattison Sports Group. “After initially approaching both the Manayunk and Media Boroughs, it was clear that both towns share our vision and see the value a race like this brings to their downtown community. Anyone can finish a mile race but not everyone gets to run on “main street”. We look forward to hosting competitive and casual runners as well as families with kids.”

The 5280 Manayunk Mile finish leads right into PLAY Manayunk, an all-day event celebrating Manayunk’s amazing outdoor recreation and fitness amenities and the long-awaited, brand-new Venice Island Performing Arts and Recreation Center. The finish line celebration includes live performances and a day full of outdoor recreation activities such as kayaking, dragonboating, fishing, hiking, biking and much more.

“The 5280 Race Series is aligned with all of our goals for promoting outdoor recreation in the Manayunk area” said Melissa Andrews, Project Manager & Watershed Education Coordinator for Destination Schuylkill River. “When Pattison Sports Group envisioned a race on Main Street, we were thrilled by the idea of bringing residents and visitors down to our commercial district and highlighting a growing group of businesses that focus on fitness, a healthy lifestyle, and proximity to the Schuylkill River and trail system.”

For more information about the 5280 Race Series and to register, please visit To speak with a PSG representative about getting involved, please call (484) 356-1024.

Charitable Partner – Healthy Kids Running Series
Healthy Kids Running Series was founded in 2009 to combat increasing rates of childhood obesity through the introduction of running. What began in West Chester, PA now operates in upwards of 75 communities across the country and Puerto Rico. HKRS is its own non-profit entity managed by the Pattison Sports Group staff. For more information please visit

About Pattison Sports Group
Pattison Sports Group, founded in 2008, is Philadelphia’s premier sports marketing firm specializing in Event Management, Strategic Sports Sponsorship Consulting and Property Representation. The Victory Event Series is Pattison Sports Group’s lacrosse event brand featuring tournaments, showcases, clinics and the Victory Girls Lacrosse Club. PSG also founded and manages the Healthy Kids Running Series, a national nonprofit combating childhood obesity through a positive and educational introduction to running.

Monday, February 9, 2015

Granite Run Mall Update

At tonight's Middletown township meeting,  the Granite Run Mall project took an important step forward.   There are still preliminary plans to be formally submitted and zoning meetings/approvals to take place, but barring any major setbacks or delays, demolition of the mall section and the JCPenny building could conceivably begin as early as August or September of this year. At about that same time, the first phase of the proposed apartment building would also begin at the site of the former Chi-Chi's location.

One of the major hurdles of this project was the level of confidence the township had towards BET Development successfully leasing 388 apartments in a market where they hadn't existed before. At about $1,500 a month for one of these units, that was a major concern for many who were a bit leary as to whether the demographics could support these lease rates.  Well, it looks like that was adequately addressed, as it appears stipulations will be included in the approvals that won't allow for the second apartment building to be built until the first is satisfactorily occupied.

In addition, a good question was raised as to whether a hotel could be included within this project, but the developer pointed out that the interest wasn't there from a major hotel company.  Lastly,  a new branding campaign is underway to rename this project.  No nominations yet for the name of this new development, but the name Granite Run Mall is history.

Sunday, February 8, 2015

Media in Two Minutes

Media in Two Minutes

Third Street Bridge Update:
Folks, this is going to take awhile before you can again drive across Third Street Bridge. Not nearly as long as the 20 years it took Media Borough Council to figure out what the word "re-establish" meant, but it will take a few years.

From what I understand engineering design plans need to be submitted to the state in 2015,  from there a Penndot will open the work up to bid which may take all of 2016.  After that construction may not begin until 2017.

February means new Restaurants in Media
In addition to this month's restaurant week, you also have two new places looking to open: Cafe 320 in their new place located at the Media Mall on State Street and Bittersweet cafe located around the corner on Orange St.  Eat up!

Also, in case you missed it, and it was pointed out to me that I did, check out this great video done by Fox 29 on the Ariano restaurant on Olive Street.  Well done. 

Santa Parade 2015
The Santa Parade committee has already had their first meeting of the year.  I know it's a little early to be discussing Christmas, but this group is well underway torwards making 2015 even better.  It's still being discussed, but it looks like the parade will be held again on Sunday this year.

Media Wawa Project 
I haven't heard a whole lot about the ongoing Wawa Project, but recently the owners retracted a needed variance that was scheduled to go in front of Media's Zoning board.  That being the last major hurdle needed for the project that I know of, leads me to believe the Wawa team cleverly maneuvered around a stop-gap many thought would be used to kill or severely thwart the project.  Time will tell, but it looks like the new Wawa has a better chance now of happening than ever.

Media 5 Miler is June 19, 2015
I had always thought the Media Recreation committee ran the Media 5 Miler, but that now doesn't seem to be the case.  Well then, who does?  I've reached out to the group via email to see if I can attend their next meeting.

Will Media Go to Pot?
I have to think with tail-winds developing to push the legalization of medical use marijuana in Pennsylvania, it's only a matter of time (maybe 5yrs?) that Media opens a dispensary.  State Senator, Tom McGarrigle just last week co-sponsored a bill moving medical marijuana forward.

I have no problem with it either way, but something I do think will become an interesting topic of discussion for Media.

Thursday, February 5, 2015

State Senator Tom McGarrigle recently secured $369,146.95 in grants for Fire and EMS services (26th District).

State Senator Tom McGarrigle recently secured $369,146.95 in grants for Fire and EMS services (26th District). Of that, over $21,000 will be going to the Media Fire Hook and Ladder #1.
“It is critical that our state government provide funding to our local Fire and EMS companies to help protect the lives, homes, and properties in our communities. We need to be certain that our firefighters and EMS technicians, the majority of which are volunteers, have the resources necessary for proper training, advanced equipment and modern facilities.”
State Senator, Tom McGarrigle 

Wednesday, February 4, 2015

Kudos to the Nether Providence Police Department for Timely Information

Kudos to the Nether Providence Police Department for using social media sites to convey timely information important to the community.  A growing number of local law enforcement and fire departments have been using Facebook and Twitter to keep residents informed, updated and safe.  

It's greatly appreciated and well done!

Three Penncrest Football Players Getting Full-Ride Scholarships!

Three Penncrest Football players signed their National Letter of Intent for full-ride scholarships!  The schools include: Monmouth U., Rutgers U., and Indiana University of Pennsylvania.  Nice Job!

Diego Zubieta (Monmouth), Jonah Jackson (Rutgers), Danny Fisher (Indiana Univ. of PA). 
Head Coach Rick Stroup in background