A special thanks this week to the Media VFW. I was invited down there to help with their Sunday breakfast buffet they had last weekend. It's quite a daunting task to cook made-to-order omelets there on the spot with a line of people in front of you. I probably cooked 50 or so, which wasn't so bad once everything was dialed in. Thanks!
Ok, Let's Go.
Is N. Orange Street Really Fixed?
A couple weeks ago N. Orange street was closed due to a sink whole. Intrigued, I took a walk down there to see what exactly was done and how the repair worked was conducted. I wasn't surprised to see asphalt patch work done on top of the road; however, I was shocked to see the shoddy work done underneath. How bad is it, if the walls of the tunnel have to be held up with 2x4's and a discarded metal road sign?
The West End - Beer Garden?
If a portion of Olive Street can be closed for a movie night, as done by Dos Gringos and Ariano's, than perhaps the west end of town (west of Orange St.) should consider this too. There are some residents and businesses concerned this side of State Street doesn't get a lot of traffic. I agree, so here's an idea: consider doing a beer garden night (Friday?) that closes of this side of State Street. With Desert Rose, Three Sons Hot Dogs, Buddy's, Sassy Girl, and Orvis, you could draw a lot of traffic to this area. People are always looking to congregate outside in groups.
Riddlewood Swim Club 5k - Today!
Best of luck to the runners today who are competing in the Riddlewood 5k run. I'm looking forward to seeing how the event turned out. The run begins at 10:30am.
Residents go to ATM for issues!
When I have time, I do what I can to report on power outages that often happen here in Media. Lately we had a few lengthy ones that I contacted PECO about. The outages were eventually fixed, but it looks like there are other issues on resident's minds. One of which is a street light out in front of Sligo's on State Street. Someone came up to me on Friday and said they didn't know who to go to, so they wanted to let me know. Okay, so if anyone from the Highway Dept. is reading, please take a look.
A couple months ago borough council announced a program where you could take a picture of an issue (i.e. cracked sidewalk) with your smartphone and submit it to them to be fixed. The program was so poorly explained and communicated by borough council, it never really took off. Or maybe so many people submitted pictures of the Third Street Bridge, that they haven't been able to catch up yet.
Granite Run Mall - What's Next?
That's a multi-million dollar question that may be decided soon. I've heard a lot of rumors this week, but I honestly don't know much other than there is modest interest by at least one buyer. I'm not so sure this will remain as a mall in it's current configuration, but perhaps something different. Time will tell and perhaps soon.
A perception problem for Media?
If I had to walk to Chester, PA everyday, or even once, I'd say in no way is Media close to Chester. However, I overhead a group at last week's DUTS saying that their friends don't come to Media because they thought it was too close to Chester. I'm not going to get into the reasons for this correlation, but if you read the Daily Times, you'll get a good understanding. It's not what I like to hear, but candid feedback is sometimes the best.
Media is missing a great opportunity in failing to capture the success of DUTS and the essence of this business community. Shooting a professionally produced 30 second video of this night to capture the vibe, energy and people having a good time would do wonders towards marketing this town and building a positive perception. They could run this on a host of social media sites and regional news and tourism outlets. I'm sure a lot of local businesses would be thrilled to show it on their sites too.
Thanks to readers who stop by.
I marveled when a thousand people would visit this blog a month, astonished when that many came by weekly, and now humbled to have that many visit in one day. For those who'd like to write their own articles here, I'm still trying to figure that out. We will see, but thanks for stopping by.