The selection process for this year's "Biggest in 2013" was based each post's visitors, comments, fun factor and impact to the community. I also chose a few that wouldn't have made any other 2013 list, but were special in their own right. We'll start of with the biggest story and work it from there in no particular order.
Ok, so I have a lot to cover here in my typical abbreviated format and I won't keep you in suspense over the most viewed story on ATM. Yes, that's right! The big news released in October 2013 was the announcement that GRM had been purchased. The story came together pretty quickly after months of rumors and speculation. When the plans were announced and posted on this site, thousands came by to check it out. The future of GRM will not only have an economic impact on the region, but will also be felt here in Media. This will be a closely watched and developing story in 2014.
Suprisingly this wasn't the most comment article; not even close. That honor goes to the Third Street Bridge which we'll get to.
Hometown Sports and EducationI don't think this was high on anyone's list, but it was for me. This encompasses a few categories, but all equally important. I want to congratulate the Media's Girls Softball team and Penncrest Football for the extraordinary seasons they had this year. And how about Penncrest Scott Hi-Q who won another championship in 2013? I can tell you, the community really enjoyed these successes.
Most BizarreWe had a tie on this one, but it's a category that can't be denied. First off, who on this green earth steals a man's BBQ pit in broad daylight out of the back of a parking lot? This is what happened to Jack's Tavern back in August 2013. I don't believe it was ever found, but what has the world come to.
Our second story and perhaps even more bizarre happened in Septemeber 2013. Listen, if you show up to a Media borough council meeting with a dead cat under your arm, you're going to make a lot more than a list on some blog. And sure enough, that's what happened to this person.
Media's Biggest BirthdayAt a certain age birthday's don't have the same fun factor as turning 21 and experiencing the full force of the campus bar scene. However, when you turn 100, you get special recognition here on ATM and that's how we celebrated the century mark for the Media Trolley. They even dressed up the old 101 Line in a fancy, retro remake of her old self. Happy Birthday, Media Trolley.
A Hotel Comes toSeven years after clearing what seemed like endless hurdles, all we have in Media are broken dreams of a once promising hotel project. On the other hand, there was still significant news on a hotel here. 2013 brought the grand opening of Springfield's Marriott Courtyard which is thriving and illustrates what can be done with a "can do" attitude. There's no need to really explain this further on how and why this happened to Media, the results speak volumes.
Most Inspiring - Media's Bike RackIt's not easy to take a concept, present it, fund it and work the many details to make it a reality. However, that's exactly what happened with this years bike racks that were provided to the town of Media. It's the enthusiasm and ambition by the people of this town that make it a pleasure to live in. Nice work her by the Media Rotary and DCTMA, especially Dana Mancini and Lauren Avellino Turton.
Most Unexpected - Lima Wawa ClosesThis caught me off guard regarding how many people stopped by ATM to get the story on the closing of the Lima Wawa. This was BIG news, especially in Middletown. I really enjoyed the comments from those who grew up with this location...I was one of them.
Most Fondly Remembered - Black Hawk SpringI don't consider myself a captivating writer on any level that could tell the rich history of the Black Hawk Spring, but I gave it a shot. WOW, did that turn out to be worth it. This post was one of the most viewed in all of 2013. I also think it was one of the most appreciated too. Thanks to everyone who took the time to comment and share their stories of this lost treasure - a natural spring.
Most Unexpected - Stolen Bike RecoveredThe power of social media does have a place in this town, though it's not even close to being fully recognized as a public safety tool. When it comes to communicating an emergency, update or public notice about Media, no one can do it faster or to as many people than ATM. Not Media Borough, not the Police, not anyone. And coming from one person who does a lot of this casually from a smartphone, I even agree that something is not right here.
Case in point: a few months ago someone texted me with a photo of a stolen bicycle and asked if I'd put it on ATM describing what, where and when the theft took place. This site isn't about crime fighting, but I did believe this entailed a public safety announcement. I posted the information and sure enough the bike was found at Media Elementary playground in under 24hrs by people who saw this story.
Most Commented - Third Street BridgeThe comments alone on anything related to the Third Street Bridge situation, take on a life of their own. On two recent posts, there were over 100 comments. As things are looking in 2014, it looks like this topic will continue to be heavily debated. 19 years of non-sense and local government at its worst will do that.