We had our biggest crowd yet, and everyone seemed to be having a great time! Congratulations and many thanks to our extremely hardworking organizing committee: Chelsea Badeau, Jeff Best, Barbara Bloom, Marilyn Cohen, Leon King, Kim Miller, Jonna Naylor, Mary Nolan, Bob Rossman, John Siemiarowski, and our co-chairs Cindy Lees and Janet Amato.
Janet deserves special thanks……….she’s been part of the event for 20 years, and has so much experience and energy that we don’t know how we’d manage to have the event without her. She literally puts in hundreds of hours every year.
Please think about working with us to plan the festival next year. And we really could use more help at the event … some of us are getting a little old to easily move tables into place and bend to pick up trash and recycling ….. and it’s a great way to meet people and get to know the neighborhood.
Mt. Airy Day couldn’t continue to thrive without the contributions of our generous sponsors. We encourage you to support the businesses that support community events! Thank you, thank you, thank you to Bowman Properties, Chestnut Hill Hospital, Electrical Wizardry, Metro PCS, Miquon School, Mt. Airy Animal Hospital/Andorra Veterinary Clinic, Philadelphia Federal Credit Union, Valley Green Bank, Weavers Way Co-op, Larry Daniels/Edward Jones Investments — and our gracious hosts, Cliveden of the National Trust, one of the most beautiful spaces in the City!
NOTICE: EMAN’s Annual Meeting/Elections will be held on
Tuesday, June 11th at 7 PM.
Please note the change from our usual first Tuesday of the month meeting date.
Our guest speaker will be Capt. John Fleming of the 14thPPD.
The meeting will take place in Hagan Amphitheater, on the campus of the Lutheran Theological Seminary, 7301 Germantown Ave.
Light refreshments will be served.
Things slow down a bit in the Summer, but there are activities and programs that might interest you and your family………
The Mt. Airy Kids’ Literary Festival is happening this weekend, at 2 locations: the Color Book Gallery (6353 Germantown Ave.) and Big Blue Marble Bookstore (551 Carpenter Lane). All activities, (which include readings by authors, crafts, and a nice assortment of activities aimed at very young children), are free and open to the public. A complete schedule of events at both locations can be found at www.bigbluemarblebooks.com
Friends of the Wissahickon, in cooperation with REI, will be celebrating National Trails Day on June 1st. Participants in this American Hiking Society event will gather at the Kitchens Lane parking area at 9:30 AM, and spend 3 hours working on trail maintenance, removal of invasive plants, and otherwise caring for the lovely Wissahickon Valley Park. For more info, go to www.fow.org or e-mail Eric Falk at email@example.com
If you’re seeking Summer activities for your children, you might be interested in these sites:
Awbury Arboretum is offering a variety of weeklong Summer day camp programs, for interests ranging from insects to art. Go towww.awbury.org for a complete listing of programs, dates, fees, etc.
Wyck’s Summer programs will focus on history and nature. Go to www.wyck.org for more information.
At Grumblethorpe, kids can learn history and create art. Specifics are available at www.philalandmarks.org/grum.aspx
Allens Lane Art Center’s day camp has been a Mt. Airy mainstay for many years. Visit their website (www.allenslane.org) for more information.
The Business Association of Mt. Airy (BAM) is seeking vendors for its Final-ly Friday events on the Avenue. If you’re an artist, crafter or musician and you’d like to participate, the following dates are open: June 28th, July 26th, and August 30th. There’s no fee to have a table, but a donation of $10 – $20 before the event would help defray publicity costs. If you’re interested, contact Elizabeth Moselle at MAUSA: 215-844-6021, ext. 224, firstname.lastname@example.org
Interesting things are happening at Lovett Memorial Library(6945 Germantown Ave., at Sedgwick St.).The Free Library of Philadelphia is planning to transform the City’s libraries, and Lovett will be among the first. You can find out more about what this means at a meeting at the Library on Monday, June 10th, from 6:30 till 8 PM.
A week earlier, the library will re-dedicate a plaque commemorating Charlotte Lovett Bostwick, who donated the land on which the library was built. This ceremony will be on June 3rd at 7:30 PM.
For more info about either of these events, contact David Moore at email@example.com, or call the library (215-685-2095).
Unfortunately, as the weather gets warmer and more of us spend time outdoors, we have to be aware that the change in seasons increases certain types of unwanted (and dangerous and illegal) activities.
If you see new graffiti, please let us know so that we can have it removed. Or you can report it directly to 311. If you see someone in the act, call 911.
Scam artists enjoy the nice weather, too. EMAN still does not have a track team! (Probably never will…..) So, please don’t give the guy who’s asking for cash donations to support that team any money.
Ask for identification from door-to-door solicitors, people who claim they need to access your house for utility work, etc. Legitimate workers will always have an official company ID with them. (NOTE: PECO will soon begin installing new electric meters in northwest Philly. If your meter is outside your home, workers won’t need access to the inside of the house, but said they will knock to alert you that they’re there. If the meter is inside, they will need access, but will produce PECO identification.)
The police would like us to remind you not to leave valuables in plain sight in your parked vehicle. The temptation is hard for some to resist.
Children will be outdoors more, riding bikes, playing ball in the street, and just generally having fun. As often as we tell our kids to be careful, they’re kids, and sometimes don’t pay attention. So, we need to keep an eye out while we’re driving and cycling.
If you have a feline companion that likes to go outside, please be aware that there are hundreds of feral cats roaming the streets, and many of them will not be happy to see your cat. Outdoors might be more interesting, but indoors is safer for cats.
“Bandit signs” are appearing everywhere. These offers to buy your house or car for cash, provide child care or day camp in private homes, etc., are eyesores, and are illegal. If you see such a sign posted on a utility pole, tree, traffic sign or historic marker, you can take a picture and e-mail the photo to firstname.lastname@example.org, along with the location of the sign and your contact info……….or report it to 311.
Are you interested in becoming more involved with EMAN? Perhaps being a member of our Board of Directors? Do you have a particular skill or area of expertise that would be valuable to a community association?
Even though the elections are just a few weeks away, several vacancies remain. And we’re looking for people who want to be active partners in our mission of “making a good community better.”
There is a process for becoming a Board member. You have to be a paid member in good standing of the organization. You should attend several Community/Board meetings, so we can get to know you and you can see if this is something you’d like to do.
When there are vacant seats on the Board, the Board can appoint interim members to serve the rest of the year, and who are then nominated for a full term at the following Annual Meeting.
Come to the Annual Meeting on the 11th, and speak with a Board member (or to me). We’ll give you details about what EMAN Board members do, the committees on which you can serve, etc.
Whether you’re interested in Board service or not, we urge you to become a member of EMAN. We need community support in order to bring you events like Mt. Airy Day, to hold meetings about proposed zoning variances, to mediate disagreements between neighbors, to protect the neighborhood from nuisance businesses, and more ……. the things you expect from an organization committed to preserving the quality of life in East Mt. Airy.
You can join using PayPal at our website (http://www.eastmountairy.org/membership.cfm), or download and print out a membership form if you prefer to pay by check.
There’s a primary election on Tuesday……….. while it’s not presidential in scope, we need to choose a candidate for City Controller and several judicial candidates. Show up! Let the candidates know we’re paying attention.