Tuesday, October 28, 2014

Unity Animal Hospital Open House - Nov 8th 2014

 For more information and updates, check out their Facebook page.

Unity will be hosting our second Open House on November 8th from 1:30 to 5 pm. The Open House will include a pet-friendly Mosaic Event from 1:30 to 3, then a people-only party from 3-5.

Paws-N-Tails The Mosaic Event (1:30-3)

will feature local mosaic artist Claire Brill. Claire‘s unique Paws-N-Tails mosaic covers the main wall of our reception area and is one of the first things you see when you come to Unity. There are currently three tails on wall, but the plan is to have a total of seven. Currently, you can see the outline of the remaining four. Each tail is comprised of paw prints from Unity patients along with custom made tiles to complement the texture of the animal’s tail. Paw prints cost $100, and proceeds go to support our Pet Retention and Rescue Funds. Please come to the event with your pet and have a paw print made. Claire will take all the prints back to her studio where she attaches your pet’s name (using alphabet pasta!), then overlays the final clay, which she will fire and glaze. Once there are enough paw tiles, they will be joined together to make another tail. You can take a paw print kit home with you, bring your pet (on a leash or in a carrier) to our event on Nov. 8, or make a paw print appointment to be part of this unique artwork that supports pets in need.

The Open House Party (people only!) runs from 3-5 and features:

* Talks on holiday pet safety by Drs. Trow and Schutzman
* Hospital tours by the talented Unity veterinary nurses
* Everything you ever wanted to know about Unity membership presented by our reception staff
* Lots of tasty goodies including food donated by 320 Market Cafe
* Artwork and artists from the Artists for Unity Animals (A4UA) program — just in time for holiday shopping!

Parking is behind the hospital. Look for the Unity sign and a bundle of festive balloons. We can’t wait to see you!

Monday, October 27, 2014

BET looks to invest $100 million into Granite Run Mall Project

Since my last update about the Granite Run Mall a few months back, not much has drasitcally changed to the overal plan, but there are some updates.  First and foremost, BET is looking to flat out invest $100 million into this project.  That'll entail entertianment, retail and apartments within the 57 acre footprint.

The Pointe at West Chester
The big sell for this project are the two apartment buildings that will make up 388 units.  What was shared this evening included what these apartments would look like.  Two examples were provided: The Pointe at West Chester and The Mark at Dulles Station in Virginia.  Both considered higher end apartments with nice amenities targeted for the professional crowd.  Average projected rent for these units was in the $1,600 range for one and two bedroom models.  There won't be any three bedroom layouts.

If approved, the height of these apartment buildings are expected to be about 55' high with concealed parking and retail on the ground level.  Interesting concept, but typical of the development being done for these types of projects.  I was interested to hear that BET has over 4,000 apartment units and they are confident that their proposed setup can work here.  They also are advocating a walkable community with a heavy emphasis on landscaping. 

Passive transportation was brought up, but mostly from a conceptual standpoint that does include connectivity to the proposed train station where the Septa rail line intersects with Baltimore Pike.  That's way off in the future, but good to know these things are being taken under consideration.

As for businesses interested, I'd have to imagine there are quite a few.  Starbucks and Chipotle are apparently in talks and many retailers too.  There will be a few stand alone restaurants, but no word yet on who they might be. 
Potential view from Balitmore Pike of Apt Bldg.
Those who are interested in what will happen to JCPenny and Sears, which are the current anchor stores; well, they're here to stay for now.  However, with recent reports of the financial difficulties these stores are having, they may consider packing up and leaving.  Sears reported a loss of nearly $1 billion in the first half of this year and has also closed 95 stores.  JCPenny isn't doing much better.  BET did say that if these companies left on their own accord, that they would aggressively court new anchor tenants.  Boscov's is doing better and is staying.

If things are approved in a timely manner, the demolition could begin in 2015.  The finished project could take a few years, but overall I think the plan has been well received, but understandably with a bit of caution.  Truthfully, there's not much of an alternative.

Sunday, October 26, 2014

Great job by the Rotary Club of Media regarding their participation in the "This Close" Campaign to eradicate polio.

Great job by the Rotary Club of Media regarding their participation in the "This Close" Campaign to eradicate polio.

Penncrest Band Wins! Tournament of Bands Atlantic Coast Championship!

Awesome job by the Penncrest Roarin' Lions as they culminated a great marching band season by nailing their show and taking home the Tournament of Bands Atlantic Coast Championship!

Media in Two Minutes

Media in Two Minutes

I want to let the community know, that I just don't have the time to do a Turkey Drive this year for the Media Food Bank.  Last year between the help of Nativity Youth Group and the 37 turkeys I was able to raise through donors, we were able to deliver almost 100 turkeys.  I challenge those who take the time to read this to step up and see if you can beat 100 turkeys!  I'd love to see that record smashed and will offer any assistance or fundraising I can. 

Penncrest Football Beats Radnor
It's been a challenging season for the Lions, but they did go on to beat the Radnor Raiders on Friday evening 7 to 6.  Penncrest Football's last game of the season is on Halloween (10/31) where they take on Maple Newtown.

Biking in Media
I haven't seen one of these in Media yet, but they are becoming popular in urban areas.  This is one of a few models that Urban Arrow offers.  With electric assist and a rain shield, this might not be a bad way to get around the borough with the kids.

TAXES - Media Borough Council's Spending Spree
Rates must be good, as Media Borough Council is preparing to go on a spending spree which will require a significant amount of borrowed money to finance the Media/Upper Providence Library project.  This project includes constructing an entirely new building at the site the one is currently on.  It's not yet clear how much will be borrowed, how the money will be allocated (grant vs. loan) or how this will have an affect on local taxes.

Is this such a good idea?  With many municipalities facing budget cutbacks and further expenses with things like funding fire departments; should Middletown, Edgemont, Media and Upper Providence work together on funding a group library and technology center?

Media Hotel
After what's been 8 years of the eye sore of an abandoned building and potential fire hazard; the developers of the proposed Hampton Inn property are making plans to raze the structure on this site.  Still no word on what we'll happen after the demolition, but with the building gone, it makes the property easier to sell.

Media's Restaurant Bubble?
Is the Media restaurant bubble about to burst on State Street?  What I often refer to as the State Street Food Court, may have in fact reached it's zenith.  I've been told by a few sources that there may be a significant announcement regarding a restaurant closure.

Project on Baltimore Avenue Bogs Down
Not sure what's behind the reason this project has halted, but it's been unfinished for months.  I believe townhomes/apartments were expected at this site.

You are now under Surveillance
Said/did nothing about Surveillance Cameras on State Street.
Nice job by Mayor McMahon and the rest of borough council pretending to be concerned over the questioned raised by residents about the surveillance cameras installed on State Street, but as typical, they failed to significantly answer any questions and went right ahead with doing what ever they wanted.

My question to the this borough is: Who on borough council even took five minutes to even care what was happening with this project.  I've yet to see any statement, position or even assistance explaining the situation to the community from Council people Kevin Boyer, Amy Johnson, Lisa Johnson or Sayre Dixon.  Either they didn't think it was important enough, or where too intimidated to speak up.

WAWA Update
I wouldn't call the Wawa Project proposed at the old Media Inn location dead, but it is still in the courts which would make one think so.  There hasn't been an update on this in sometime, but we may hear some news by the end of the year.  Call it a hunch.

Wednesday, October 22, 2014

Daughter of State Senate Candidate John Kane Calls Him a Liar

In a hotly contested state senate race that affects the borough of Media, Daughter of State Senate Candidate John Kane Calls Him a Liar

John Kane's Daughter, Stella Holgerson released the following statement via phillymag.com:
DELCO Friends & Family: In November you're going to have to vote for a person for State Senate seat. One of these men is not who he says he is. He claims to be a family man, launching his campaign with a commercial with all of his children in it. Well, that commercial is missing someone. Me. 
As some of you already know, I never had a relationship with my father. I knew his name at a young age and around 20 I met him for the first and last time. After our meeting, despite telling me I could call him at any time, he changed his number and I haven't heard from him since. 
I outed myself on [Facebook] to his two eldest children 5 years ago, both of whom never knew I existed and were flabbergasted that their father had a child out of wedlock. They told several cousins and I've been lucky enough to have them as my [Facebook] friends and get to see what their lives are like despite my father, grandmother, and his siblings wanting no parts of me.
Unfortunately though, my father, John Kane, who pops up on my suggested friends list quite often, has never reached out to me. He's never acknowledged that I told his two eldest children about me, and he had not made mention to having a child in his early twenties on his webpage, although he's made mention to being a recovering alcoholic and having money issues. 
So, friends and family of Delaware Co., before you decide to vote for this man, remember that he's not REALLY a family man because if he were, not only would I be a part of his life but so would his grandson. 
I hope everyone understands that this post wasn't any easy decision. I've struggled with it for quite some time now because of the possible backlash I may receive, but I feel that people need to know who they are voting for. He isn't who he says he is and he should be responsible for his actions. 
Read more at http://www.phillymag.com/news/2014/10/22/daughter-state-senate-candidate-john-kane-calls-liar/#1B6paTYVy7jvMrFg.99

Monday, October 20, 2014

What Time is Halloween in Media Borough?

There's been some confusion on what time Halloween starts and ends for trick-or-treaters on Oct 31st.  Some municipalities do designate a specific time like West Chester Borough who announced Halloween from time 6 to 8pm.

Here in Media there isn't an "official" time, though historically family and kids are out from sundown to about 8:30pm.  Two years ago there was discussion on moving Halloween trick and treating to a different evening to allow clean up from Hurricane Sandy. 

Sunday, October 19, 2014

Media in Two Minutes

In Media Today!
Despite the Eagles being off this week, there are two big events going on today.  First up, is the benefit for Fran Dunn at the Plumstead Inn this afternoon at 1pm.  Secondly, there is the Media VFW Crab Feast which has become a local favorite and goes from 3pm - 6pm.  Check out there FB page for more information.

Media looking to Borrow......for what?
Oct 16, 2014 Agenda Item
Interesting line item in this month's Borough Council agenda showing the consultant services of PFM Group.  It's not clear why this company was hired, but they do specialize in financial borrowing for municipalities.  What is Media looking to borrow and for what?  Are taxes about to go up?!?!?!

Condolences for the loss of Chili Dane
R.I.P Chili
Very sad news to hear the passing of Chili Dane, Media's most famous four-legged ambassador of State Street.  Chili was the deaf Great Dane that was often seen at the Plum Street mall with his owner Hank.  My deepest sympathy and condolences.

Edgemont and Jefferson lot.
People have noticed the heavy equipment onsite which looks to be getting ready for excavation. Well, it is.  It appears the plan is to move ahead with the "vertical townhomes" I mentioned way back when in this article.  Not a whole lot of information yet, but the fact they are beginning is a major milestone for this location.

Water Towers Painted
The Media water towers up on N. Monroe have finally been painted and look quite good.  In the grand scheme of things, that may not be big news, but I did report a few weeks ago that there were questions as to why they stopped.

Campaign Sign Season
So far, we haven't seen the bumper crop of campaign signs we normally see at this time of year.  I'm sure that'll change in the next few weeks, but at least it's not as bad as what goes on in Delaware and Maryland.  Down there, especially around Annapolis, they've had campaign signs out for weeks with sign sizes as big as 4'x8' in people's yards.

Santa's Parade this November 30th
I was invited down to take a look at the preparations for Media's First Annual Christmas Parade/Fun Run and I can tell you I was quite impressed.  Not only by the contributions from a host of sponsors, but also by how well this is organized.  The town is going to be pretty amazed by the acts alone, but the whole day should be quite special for Media.

Wednesday, October 15, 2014

Media Struggles to Staff Election Polls

From my own experience setting up voting machines at the Western Precinct at 6am;  Media has barely been able to staff the election polls year-to-year.  If you have time, Media would greatly appreciate any volunteers.  Even a few hours makes a difference for those who are there all day from 7am to 8pm.  Some of these positions are paid and training is provided by Delaware County. 

You can reach out to info@allthingsmediapa.com for further information or contact the county election office below.

Tuesday, October 14, 2014

Did the Sun set on Media’s Solar Projects?

A few years back, thanks to former Media council president  Pete Alyankian, Media was known for its vision and commitment towards installing solar panels on as many as 8 public buildings.  Media was also a big advocate for renewable energy that included programs to sign up for clean wind energy through PECO.  

These days, the only time I hear about solar power in Media, is when someone tells me one of the buildings is offline because no one is actively checking or reporting on it. 

Anyone use this?
Tesla Motors Knows Marketing!
As for grants and financing for these solar  projects ; I’ve not heard of one dollar being raised or applied for in years.  Has the Sun really set on Media’s Solar initiatives?  I hope not, but not much is being done to make me think otherwise.  Just this week I saw a Tesla S, which I now see routinely in Media; sitting literally feet from Media’s electric car charging station, which continues to be poorly advertised and woefully underutilized.  I’m quite sure the Tesla driver wasn’t even aware there was one that close.  If you’re not sure what I’m talking about, Media has an electric vehicle charging station behind the firehouse that’s connected into the solar panels on top of the building. 
Is Media Borough Really Advancing Solar?

If you follow what’s going on in these types of technologies, especially electric cars, you’ll know the name Elon Musk.  He didn’t invent the electric vehicle, but he sure has given it the panache that it’s been lacking.  Just last week, his company Tesla unveiled a model “D” that  is now one of the fastest production 4 doors on the planet.  It’s not just the technology that makes this special, but it’s also the presentation, enthusiasm and commitment to making it work.  In contrast, Media PA of all places could learn from that success.  Instead of having a recharging station in an obscure location; move it to the Olive St Parking garage and showcase the importance and commitment to these initiatives.  I imagine it’ll increase use 10 fold from where it's at now.  These kind of charging stations are routinely advertised for hotels in major cities, why not Media?  

Monday, October 13, 2014

Garden Cafe announces New Breakfast and Lunch Menus!

Garden Cafe located on Jackson Street announces their new Breakfast and Lunch menus.  
 Make sure to like them on Facebook to get the latest updates and news!  
Great food at great prices is a win-win for Media!