Goodbye and Hello
Captain Sekou Kinebrew, who was at the 14th PPD till just a few days ago, has become the Public Information Officer for the Philly Police Department. This is a wonderful opportunity for a very talented and capable man, with whom we have enjoyed working. Capt. Kinebrew built strong relationships with EMAN and other community organizations through his understanding of the neighborhood and responsiveness to our concerns. We wish him well, but will miss seeing him regularly.
We warmly welcome new Captain John Hearn back to the neighborhood! He has been stationed at the 14th before, (and was a sergeant and then a lieutenant), so he knows the neighborhood. We look forward to a productive relationship, working together to benefit the community.
March Winds Doth Blow
And on recycling pick-up days, that can mean all sorts of paper blowing up & down our streets. Please try to put some of your heavier recyclables at the top of your bin. It’ll save some effort for those good neighbors who pick up those errant pieces of paper.
In the ‘Hood
Do you love live theater? We have 2 wonderful venues right here in Mt. Airy.
Through March 19th, you can catch An Adult Evening With Shel Silverstein at the Allens Lane Art Center. The Art Center is located on Allens Lane at McCallum. For info & tickets, go to: www.allenslane.org
Quintessence Theatre Group will be presenting Shakespeare’s Love’s Labor’s Lost from March 15th through April 21st, at the historic Sedgwick Theater, 7137 Germantown Ave. Check their website for info about this & other productions: www.quintessencetheatre.org
You can find info about all the productions scheduled for this season at their websites.
A Fantastic Film about a Highly Regarded Poet
The Mt. Airy Learning Tree (MALT) will present the film BaddDDD Sonia Sanchez on Sunday, March 19th, followed by a discussion. The screening will take place at the Brossman Center, on the campus of the Lutheran Theological Seminary (7301 Germantown Ave.).
The film examines the life & writings of an amazing poet whose work encompasses the struggles & triumphs of women & people of color.
Admission is $20. Visit MALT’s website for more info: www.mtairylearningtree.org
Death With Dignity is an important topic as we age…..
Northwest Village Network (formerly Mutual Mt. Airy) will present a program on this subject on March 26th, from 3:00 till 5:00. It’s part of an ongoing series of programs dealing with the challenges & choices confronting the elderly, as well as their families and caregivers.
The location is TBD; check their website for updates: www.northwestvillagenetwork.org
Go Mt. Airy Gala
You can support an important community resource, Mt. Airy USA, by attending their annual gala, which celebrates Community Champions & the Project of the Year, on April 1st from 7:00 – 10:00, at the Commodore Barry Club, (6815 Emlen St.). The Community Champions are an extraordinary group: High Point Café, WXPN host David Dye, & Principal Tammy Thomas of Emlen School.
Food, beverages, and a silent auction will be some of the evening’s offerings. (You can preview the auction items online starting on March 17th.) This year, an After-Party has been added, and that’ll run from 10:00 till midnight.
To check out the auction items &/or buy tickets: www.gomtairygala.org
Save the Date(s)
EMAN and WMAN will be joining forces to present a forum for the candidates for the Democratic Party’s nomination for District Attorney, on Wednesday evening, April 19th at 7:00 PM. The forum will take place in the Hagan Amphitheater of the campus of the Lutheran Theological Seminary. Additional information soon!
Our partners at WMAN will be hosting their annual “Eat Your Heart Out” fundraising event on Saturday, April 22nd. The evening starts with a cocktail party, followed by small private dinners at the homes of generous West Mt. Airy residents. For more info: www.wman.net
Signs of Spring
Tree Philly is offering free yard trees again this year. There are several pick-up location options (the nearest to us is in Roxborough, on April 8th), & choice of trees (limit 2 per household). Pre-registration is recommended, but there will be some trees for “walk-ins”, on a first come, first served basis. To register: http://treephilly.org/freetreesspring17/
Awbury Arboretum will hold its annual Flea Market on April 29th, and they’re looking for donations & vendors. Send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org, if you’re interested. Proceeds from the flea market will help keep the Arboretum free & open to the public 24/7, supporting care of the landscape & programming.
Recent Happy Things in the Community!
Figuring you can get your fill of upsetting and negative news elsewhere, here are some noteworthy positives:
After over a year of standing empty, the supermarket at Chew Ave. and Washington Lane has just reopened as a “Save a Lot”. This is a real benefit to those who live in southern East Mt. Airy and northern Germantown, as the area was classified as a “food desert” without access to fresh, affordable food. We hope the new operators will do well at this location.
The Mt. Airy Schools Coalition (EMAN, WMAN, and MAUSA) hosted another successful Realtors’ Tour. Realtors from several companies that do a lot of business in Mt. Airy got to meet the principals and take brief tours of our 6 local public elementary schools. They were pleasantly surprised to see all the great things that are happening in these schools. There’s no question that the School District is facing enormous problems; that knowledge tends to overshadow the wonderful work that’s going on in the schools.
Speaking of local schools … Principal Tammy Thomas and the 3rd grade students at Emlen Elementary were invited to Washington DC, to participate in a Congressional program honoring the work of Dr. Constance Clayton, who was the first female and first African American Superintendent of the Philadelphia School District. Aside from Dr. Clayton, they got to meet Sen. Bob Casey, Gov. Tom Wolf, Rep. Dwight Evans and other elected officials. They learned a lot, had a wonderful time, and were fine representatives of our neighborhood and our City.
The Elephant in the Newsletter (a not-quite-so-happy thing)
While I am not going to dwell on this, as it’s received quite a bit of attention in the press and on social media, I would be remiss not to mention the shooting outside of 7165 Germantown Ave. early on March 3rd. While it is true that this sort of crime can (and does) happen in every part of Philadelphia, that fact doesn’t diminish the very real upset and anger the shooting has produced here in the neighborhood.
What is also true is that Mt. Airy remains one of the safest and most pleasant neighborhoods in the City. That’s one reason it was particularly shocking and painful for all of us.
EMAN and our partners at WMAN, MAUSA, and the Mt. Airy Business Improvement District (BID) will remain staunch supporters of the neighborhood, and will do our best to encourage positive growth of our commercial corridor. We will also continue to support residents, our local schools, arts organizations, and houses of worship, and will do everything we can — as organizations and as individuals — to maintain and improve the quality of life here.
Interested in getting more involved? Want to support EMAN’s work in the community?
You can become a paying member at our website using PayPal: (www.eastmountairy.org), or drop us an email (email@example.com) and we’ll mail you a form if you’d rather pay by check.
You can also come to an EMAN Board meeting. We generally meet the first Monday evening of the month, (unless that’s a holiday), from September through June. The Board meets in Executive Session at 7:00, and the community is welcome to join us at 7:30.
We may be changing our meeting location, and we will post that info on our website.