Author: Katie Kohler

Rush to Arms: Citizens flood courthouse seeking gun permits

By KatieKohler There was a sea of humanity last Monday – more like a swarm – at the Delaware County Courthouse in Media. Outside, available parking spaces were hard to find; inside, long lines of people waiting. What was the attraction? A major court case? A celebrity in town? No. Delaware County residents were at the sheriff’s office applying for new permits or renewals for a license to carry firearms. It is not uncommon for people facing wait times and sometimes long lines at the courthouse. Early last Monday afternoon, a mix of men and women sat on...

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Delco people win regional SBA awards: Broomall business cleans up

By KatieKohler When it comes to cleaning – from studio apartments to office complexes – consistency is key. In your home, a routine saves from tackling a monster mess. For a professional cleaning service, consistency is the key to maintaining clientele. Hopson’s Consultant Services started in 1999 with one employee, one client, and operated out of Damon Hopson’s apartment. In the beginning, Hopson admitted it was rough. He knew the odds of a business surviving five years was tough, and he continued working a full-time job during the day and operated the company at night. Hopson was recently...

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Delco people win regional SBA awards: Media restaurant owner feeds on win

By KatieKohler Dr. Win Somboonsong, president of Win Signature Restaurants which includes Azie in Media and Teikoku in Newtown Square, prefers simple things like the old-fashioned, downtown charm of State Street in Media or the basic sushi rolls like tuna, yellow tail, or scallion. Somboonsong was recently named Eastern Pennsylvania District Veteran-Owned Small Business Person of the Year as part of the U.S. Small Business Administration’s Eastern Pennsylvania District Office list of 2017 Small Business Week Award Winners. “Media is a special town,” he says on a Friday morning as his staff preps for lunch. “Here, people sometimes...

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Local kids help bring Legoland to life

By KatieKohler Three Delaware County children, Chloe and Frankie Tomaszewski, of Broomall, and Jordan Colteste, of Sharon Hill, landed their “dream jobs” when they were selected to be members of the Creative Crew for Legoland Discovery Center Philadelphia. “It’s awesome. It’s a big honor for them and they love Legos so much that this is the perfect place for them to check everything out,” said Tina Tomaszewski, the mother of siblings. “I’m so proud of Jordan. He just loves Legos and it’s good to see him being able to do something he enjoys,” said Jonelle McDaniel, Jordan’s mother....

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50 Years of Pancakes: Rotarians celebrate decades of food and fundraising

By KatieKohler The golden edges of the pancakes fit the occasion on Saturday morning during the 50th Annual Pancake Day sponsored by the Rotary Club of Media. The unmistakable smell of breakfast filled the air as guests filed into Media Elementary School for all-you-can-eat pancakes, sausage and juice. It was one of the club’s biggest fundraisers, usually serving 400-600 people every year. “I think it’s the nostalgia. Pancake Day resonates as a community gathering. Who doesn’t like pancakes?” said Dan Lievens, president of the club. Added 40-year member William Strine, “We’ve held it together for 50 years,” he...

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