Sunday, November 29, 2015

((((BREAKING)))) Raptor loose on State Street in Media, PA for tonight's Santa Parade

((((BREAKING)))) Raptor loose on State Street in Media, PA for tonight's Santa Parade......Be careful, he's wearing Christmas attire.

#delco #mediapa   ((((BREAKING)))) Raptor loose on State Street in Media, PA for tonight's Santa Parade......Be careful, he's wearing  Christmas attire.
Posted by on Sunday, November 29, 2015

Media in Two Minutes - Santa Parade 2015

Media in Two Minutes
Santa Parade Edition!

Today's the BIG day for Media's Santa Parade, so there will be a lot going on all afternoon/evening. Remember the eating and shopping part of this day too.  Many businesses are open and would be delighted if you stopped by.  The restaurants along State Street will be quite popular with their seating over looking the parade route.

I'll see if I can get some behind the scenes footage leading up to the Fun Run/Walk and Block Party. I expect to cover the parade too for those who can't make it, but wish they could.  Speaking of which, you can be a part of the coverage also, by using the event's official hashtag: #‎santasparade‬

Make sure to like Santa Parade and Fun Run/Walk on Facebook for all of today's updates.  If you have questions, contact ATMpa via Facebook or Twitter and we'll get them answered.

Small Business Saturday!
I think Small Business Saturday went well in Media for all the things I've heard and seen.  My first order of business was to swing by Bryn Mawr Running at their newly relocated store on Jackson Street.  It was everything I thought it would be and more.

Enthusiasm and inspiration are contagious, and you notice that right when you walk into the store because you feel just that. The place looks great and the people have helped me tremendously with choosing the right shoe.  I don't have the "runner's" build, but you feel like one walking out of this store - and that's important.  With a 20% discount, you can't go wrong.

I don't normally check what people post to the ATMpa Facebook page, but I'm glad I did today.  This morning I found that Sorella Boutique on State Street had some good news to share.  They announced their best Black Friday and Small Business Saturday in 10 years!  That's great to hear and I hope other small businesses had a similar experiences.

Kirkpatrick's Christmas Trees
Speaking of small businesses, make sure to swing by and check out the Christmas Trees at Kirkpatrick's nursery in Glen Mills.  I actually got invited to tag a long to see the whole "Christmas Tree" experience that Pennsylvania is well known for.

Saturday, November 28, 2015

Here's where the freshest Christmas Tree are!

There's only one place to go for the freshest trees in Delaware County, but you better get there soon.....these trees go quick!Kirkpatrick Nurseries Inc

Wednesday, November 25, 2015

Things get serious for Delaware County as Pennsylvania continues without a budget.

(((((Community Alert)))) Nether Providence Police Dept. has reported a rash of thefts from unlocked vehicles during the nighttime hours.

Nether Providence's Police department has reported that these thefts have occurred in Media too.

PUBLIC NOTICESeveral sections of the township have recently experienced a rash of thefts from unlocked vehicles during...
Posted by Nether Providence Police on Tuesday, November 24, 2015

Pit Stop Pizza and Steaks coming to Media

It looks like things are coming together for a new pizza place at the former Cocco's Pizza site.   I'm hearing it'll be called Pit Stop Pizza and Steaks.   No grand opening date announced, but welcome to Media.

Here's how much fun you can have at Media's Santa Parade and Fun RUN/WALK

#delco #mediapa Video from Media's First Annual Santa Parade and Fun Run/Walk.
Posted by on Tuesday, December 2, 2014

Nice job by FIG with their West Chester Holiday addition.

Nice job by FIG with their West Chester Holiday addition.  At one time they covered Media, PA

#delco #mediapa Nice job by FIG with their West Chester Holiday addition.
Posted by on Wednesday, November 25, 2015

Tuesday, November 24, 2015

Media's other bridge

It's not as popular or nearly controversial as Media's 3rd street bridge, but here's another bridge in Media that's getting some attention and needed repair.

#delco #mediapa It's not as popular or nearly controversial as Media's 3rd street bridge, but here's another bridge in Media that's getting some attention and needed repair.
Posted by on Tuesday, November 24, 2015

Monday, November 23, 2015

Santa's Parade 2015 - Frequently Asked Questions

Santa's Parade - FAQ

Here's everything you need to know about Santa's Parade on Nov. 29th.  If there's a question you have that isn't answered below, leave a comment and we'll get it answered.

Q: What's Santa's Parade?

A: This is the second year we've had Santa's Parade on State Street in Media. It was created by businesses in the borough to bring a fun, exciting event that would draw people to the area with the idea that once here they would linger to shop, eat, drink and enjoy all that Media has to offer -- all year round.  The parade starts at 5PM on Sunday November 29, 2015.

Prior to the parade there will be a 1-mile fun run/walk where participants are encouraged to dress in their holiday finest. Prizes will be awarded for the best costumes. The run/walk begins at 4PM in front of the county courthouse.  Accompanying all the fun is a block party on state street, 3-6PM between Orange and Veterans Square featuring exhibitors, giveaways, contests, music and other treats. The block party is hosted by 101.1 More FM, Philadelphia's Christmas Station.

Q: What's in the parade?

A: It has something for everyone. Mummers. Floats. Music. Classic cars. Star Wars. Fife & Drum corps. Elvis. Living Nativity. Victorian Christmas. Santa & Mrs. Claus. And Live Reindeer!

Q: Is there a cost?

A: The parade, fun run/walk and block party are all FREE, but attendees are encouraged to donate an unwrapped gift for Toys For Tots or a non-perishable food item for Media Food Bank. Donations will be collected at the block party 3-6PM.

Q: Where should we go?

A: The parade route is similar to other parades in Media. It begins at State & Monroe, turns up Veterans Square and continues on Front Street back to Edgemont where the baseball fields are.

There's a map here:

Q: Is there parking?

A: There is free parking at all the metered spots throughout the borough and also at the municipal lots shown on the map above.

Q: Where's the best place to watch:

A: Anywhere along State Street will be prime viewing areas. There will be an announcer at Spasso (State & Jackson) describing the various acts as they pass, and a second announcer at Vet Square.

Q: Will we see Santa?

A: Sure, it's Santa's Parade! Santa & Mrs. Claus lead off the parade riding in a brand-new sleigh built just for the occasion. If everyone cheers loud enough, Santa may also be encouraged to do an encore at the end of the parade to wish Merry Christmas to all and to all a good-night. Then, Santa will hang around for photos and a meet-and-greet at Franklin Mint Federal Credit Union (100 West State Street).

Q: Can we get a picture with the reindeer?

A: The reindeer will be the first marchers in the parade beginning at 5PM - leading the way for Santa. Then they will be stationed at State & Olive where people can stop by for a closer look.

Q: Can I bring my dog?

A: Like most community events in Media, pets are not allowed at Santa's Parade. You are welcome to bring Fido's wish list and give it to Santa at the meet-and-greet after the parade. That's only if your dog has not been naughty. . .

Q: Is there a rain-date?

A: This event is rain or shine. No matter the weather, we guarantee a 100% chance of snow on State Street at some point during the parade.

Q: What's the best-kept secret?

A: There will be a surprise Calypso Christmas Steel Drum performance on Plum Street Mall 3:30-4:30.

Q: Who is paying for this?

A: This community event is funded by many generous sponsors who contributed to make the parade and all the surrounding events happen. A volunteer planning committee has been working since January to put it all together and coordinate everything. The donors will be acknowledged during the parade and before and after in our publicity and social media marketing. Please thank them and support them with your patronage.

Q: I have other questions, is more information available?

A: The most up-to-date information is on the parade Facebook page:

Sunday, November 22, 2015

Fire reported on State Street between Jackson and Monroe Streets

((((Breaking)))) Fire reported on State Street between Jackson and Monroe Streets.
Posted by on Sunday, November 22, 2015

Media in Two Minutes

Media in Two Minutes - Thanksgiving Edition

This is a big week for Media Pa, with Thanksgiving just days away.  There's a lot to discuss about the upcoming Santa Parade and Fun Run/Walk on Sunday Nov. 29th, but we'll get to that throughout the week.  Based on discussions I had on Friday, it's going to be much, much bigger than last year.  The committee is working on a Fun FAQ list and important highlights to navigate the whole day.  Even thought the temp is expected to be in 50s, I'm told to expect 100% chance of snow.

Another big night this week includes the great "Night before Thanksgiving." I don't know if this is still the "biggest" night, but it has, and I believe continues to be, in the top three.  With the Plumstead Inn being the centerpiece of the evening and plans to close in the coming months, I'd expect to see this place packed to the rafters this Wednesday.

What do Cigars and Tacos have in common?
Outside of Media, I'm not sure I know the answer to that question, but I do know a cigar shop is planned for State Street.  From what I understand they'd like to open as a bar, but may not have a liquor license to do that just yet.

As for Tacos, there are two Mexican eateries rumored for State Street and there almost exactly across the street from one another.  There's one planned for the vacant Primo Planet Hoagie location, and another for the space recently vacated by 320 Market.

Kudos to Nether Providence Police Department
I've been writing this blog for six years and can tell you without a doubt which posts garner the most interest and what topics are important to people.  Crime and safety are at the top and that was again illustrated by the update Nether Providence PD gave on a arrest for suspicious activity.  Just how many people were interested in that story?  Exactly 5,373.

Thanks to the Nether Providence PD for keeping the community informed.

Friday, November 20, 2015

Big news for the upcoming Santa Parade and Fun Run/Walk 2015

Now hear this!  Our awesome radio partner 101.1 More FM Philly has done it once again...The much anticipated on-air...
Posted by Santa's Parade & Fun Run/Walk on Friday, November 20, 2015

Not only a Delaware County treasure, but the BEST Farmers Market around.

Looking for something to do this weekend? Check out an ICONIC Delaware County Favorite - Booths Corner Farmers Market in Garnet Valley

#delco #mediapa Not only a Delaware County treasure, but the BEST Farmers Market around.
Posted by on Sunday, January 11, 2015

Media Fire Company Christmas Fundraiser

Hopefully you were able to take part in this year's Media Fire Company Christmas Fundraiser. A flyer was sent out via mail a few weeks ago that listed fresh holiday wreaths, window dressings and centerpieces. Orders can be picked up Sat. Nov 28th. Media Fire Hook and Ladder #1

#delco #mediapa  Hopefully you were able to take part in this year's Media Fire Company Christmas Fundraiser.  A flyer...
Posted by on Friday, November 20, 2015