Sunday, May 20, 2012

It's Sunday Morning 5-20-12......Media in two minutes

I was out of town last week, but people were still able to find me with updates they had for Sunday.  I wasn't able to get last Sunday's "Media in Two Minutes" out on ATM, but we have a lot in store for you this week.   Speaking of which, if I had more time I'd love to cover Middletown and Upper Prov and Edgmont, but there's not enough of me to go around. Send me what you have, I'll post it.

Okay, Let's Go.........

Online News and where to get it:
Sometimes I take all of this hyperlocal reporting for granted.  I wasn't aware that people weren't familiar with  They are not a blog, but a credited news reporting service that's primarily online.  Editor, Courtney Elko does a great job and really fills a niche for this type of reporting.  No paper print, just a website covering local news.   They're popular nationally, but cover many surronding areas like Marple, West Chester, etc.

Also check out too.  Editor, Phil Heron is a big advocate of local reporting, blogs and social media.  So, get involved and let's hear what's on your mind.

Third St. Bridge and the "arrest":
The vote went 5-2 in favor of proceeding with the court order stipulation that was settled between the borough, BLCC and the county.  I haven't agreed with Council President, Brian Hall on many things, but he did do the right thing last Thursday by voting in favor of the court order and that should be recognized.  I'd extend that to Rehoric, Roe, Stein, and Simpson also. 

Unfortunately, things got out of hand shortly after the vote was final on Thursday night.   It was only a matter of time, but political tensions reached their zenith and Paul Indorf assaulted a member of the BLCC board.   The motive was purely political over the decision towards the 3rd St. dam.  Mr. Indorf founded  a group called "Friend/s of the 3rd St. Dam" and was very outspoken on bridge/dam issues.

The Restaurant Scene: Welcome Mango!
Valet Parking
There were a few comments this week on mixed reviews of La Porta.  It opened Thursday and like all restaurants, I'm sure it had some bumps to work out.  I hope to get there soon, but did see today that they have valet parking.

Mango Frozen Yogurt

Media has Mango Frozen Yogurt!  I wasn't aware they came to town, but yesterday was their grand opening.  They are located on 300 block of E. Baltimore Pike. Welcome to Media, Mango!!!! 

Something you don't see everyday
Beemster Blue Cow
Battleship - Missouri
Last week there was a blue cow and battleship parked on State St.  Yep, the blue cow was for Beemster's cheese who were advertising outside of 320 Cafe. 

The mighty Missouri Battleship was parked in front of the Veteran's Museum helping to promote their efforts.   During Dining Under the Stars, the museum will have special hours.  I'll get some more promotion out for the museum later this week.

Iron Hill's Craft Brewers' Fest:
Another year sold out which is great.  Proceeds go to the Media Youth Center and have been as high as $17,000 for this yearly and popular event.  Everyone has a good time at this festival and the Media Police do an exceptional job at keeping everything fun.  Great day too and seemed bigger than last year.

Keep up the great work Iron Hill and thanks for helping the community.

Look who moved into town....lives on the lake
Last week there was a sighting of an American bald eagle hanging out by the reservoir.  From what people say, it's the first spotting they've seen of an eagle by the lake.  Looks like the eagle is sticking around, as there have been multiple sightings recently.

Rose Tree Summer Concert Series returns
Not only a Media favorite, but a Delaware County favorite too.  You can find the calendar on an earlier post I did this week.

Dining Under the Star
After getting rained out the first two weeks, DUS finally got under way last Wednesday.  Didn't notice anything new this year, but the singing, chalk drawing and participation was great.

Did you know....
  • Jeffrey Gaines was in town last week performing at Burlap in Bean on 252 by Newtown Square.  This guy is good.  He could easily sell out the Media Theatre, let alone the B&B.  I haven't been to the B&B as there are a few coffee shops here in Media, but now I'm interested to check this place out.
  • Town Talk Paper:  The tried and true Town Talk has a new print look for its weekly paper.  I can't remember the last time it changed it's look, but the new style looks good.
  • Hotel in Springfield: Based on a recent article, Springfield will be make plans to build a hotel next to the county club.  Still no word on when Hampton Inn will begin construction in Media.  As of this week, demo permits have still not been submitted.
C-City TV:
I've known Stefan Roots for a few years now.  We both started blogging about the community when people had little idea what a blog was.  He covers Chester with C-City Blog and has recently launched C-City TV.  The guy's a natural broadcaster and has been very successful as the source of news for Chester.  There are no plans yet for an All Things Media, PA TV, but I really like what Stefan does.


  1. The Bald Eagle on Springton Reservior has been there off an on for a few years. I'm glad that more people are finally seeing it. The shame is that the snobs living in the newer development houses near the reservior talked the water company into shutting down the reservior for fishing due to "security" concerns for the water supply. I'm sure it had nothing to do with the "wrong" type of people out there fishing every day. If it is so risky to allow people to fish in the reservior, why are folks allowed to both fish and boat on the Octoraro?

  2. Brendan O'RiordanMay 20, 2012 at 3:04 PM

    Oh to be Mango...

    1. Mango works at the BLCC.

  3. I'm not the Lorax.May 20, 2012 at 10:49 PM

    Completely off topic, but I didn't know where else I could ask this question. I seem to remember East Front Street, directly in front of Barrell Park, being more tree-lined than it currently is. I drove by recently and it looked "off" somehow. A quick perusal of Google's Street View confirmed my memory - two beautiful old growth trees that were once there are now gone. Is there any information on when or more importantly WHY these beauties were cut down? Does the borough require permits for such things? How does the Shade Tree Liason feel about this? Where is the Lorax when you need him? Thank you! Great blog, by the way.

  4. Brendan O'RiordanMay 22, 2012 at 7:47 PM

    Not the Lorax, this is a complete guess but the trees may have been cut due to disease. If they were entangled with power lines it's likely there would have been pruning done to alleviate that issue.

    The strip of grass between the sidewalk and the curb, where the trees are usually planted, I am not sure who takes ownership of that space. I don't know if a property owner can cut trees residing in that space without permission from Media Borough.

  5. To the last 2 posters: Sadly, there are many in Media who see trees as only a nuisance and want to cut down all beautiful old ones because they are "in the way." Trees between the sidewalk and curb are public; the Borough's Shade Tree Commission installs them and the highway department working with Shade Tree maintains them. To request more trees in your neighborhood, call Borough Hall. All Media residents should value the incredible natural resource we have. Trees are what a make "everyone's hometown" home-y, right?

  6. I'm not the Lorax.May 23, 2012 at 4:49 PM

    Brendan, thank you for your answer. I always get a little sad when huge trees get cut down (especially in Tree City!!)

    Thanks again!

  7. I'm not the Lorax.May 24, 2012 at 11:06 PM

    Anonymous, I complete agree with you! Trees make the community! (Along with great people, obviously)... There are many legitimate reasons to cut a tree down (disease or imminent danger to a house, etc) but being "in the way" is probably one of the worst reasons! Thank you for the information about trees being public property and for the suggestion to ask the borough for more trees.