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Are you aware of Work Mt. Airy?

Mt. Airy USA (MAUSA) has created Mt. Airy’s first co-working space, & offers temporary &/or dedicated desks, conference space, a lounge for less formal meetings……….. things you might need but do not have easy access to. It’s located at 6700 Germantown Ave., lower level (enter on the Westview St. side of the building).
There will be a Happy Hour to introduce the space to interested community members, on Friday, August 18th, from 5-7 PM. Cold beverages will be served. 

 

  MAUSA is also hosting a Home Improvement Workshop on August 20th, from 11 AM-2 PM, at their office (6703 Germantown Ave, 2nd floor). Representatives from the Urban Affairs Coalition, PECO & PGW will present info on a variety of topics, including getting low-cost home-improvement loans while avoiding predatory lenders, increasing energy efficiency, sustainability improvements you can make to your home, & much more. To sign up, call 215-844-6021 or go to: http://mtairyworkshop2016.bpt.me

 

    The community is invited to “Building Inspiration”, a public meeting at which the renovations that will begin next month at Lovett Memorial Librarywill be presented. Library administrators will be on hand to answer questions about the work. Lovett is one of the neighborhood libraries that’s been chosen for the exciting “21st Century Libraries Initiative.”
The meeting will be on Wednesday, August 24th at 6:00 PM, atPleasant Playground, (6720 Boyer St., Chew Ave. & Pleasant St.).

 

          Councilwoman Cindy Bass is hosting an “Information Thursday” event on August 25th, from 10 AM till 2 PM. This month’s program,“Seniors Ride For Free”, will help seniors apply for free SEPTA bus & subway passes. You must bring ID that shows your date of birth.
The event will take place at Germantown House, 5457 Wayne Ave.Refreshments will be served. For more info or to RSVP, contact Charles Richardson at 215-685-9182/83 or Charles.Richardson@phila.gov

 

          Volunteers are needed on Saturday, August 27th from 9 AM till 1 PM, for a Chew Avenue Beautification Project. Co-sponsored byCouncilwoman Bass & State Rep. Tonyelle Cook-Artis, volunteers will help clean & beautify the 6500-6700 blocks of Chew — an area that is often overlooked for projects like this one. The always-generous Ken Weinstein, of Trolley Car Diner fame, will be providing refreshments.
For details, call Rep. Cook-Artis’ office, at 215-242-7300.

 

We know you’ve heard this hundreds of times —- this kind of extreme weather presents health & safety challenges for many of our neighbors, including the elderly, very young children, people with underlying health issues, & people taking certain medications. There have already been several deaths from this latest heat wave. Although it looks like we’ll have a little relief from the blazing heat soon, keep these tips in mind:

  • Be a good neighbor. Please check on elderly or house-bound neighbors, to make sure they’re okay. 
  • Try to limit strenuous activities, particularly outdoor activities.
  • If you have to be outside for any length of time, stay hydrated, take breaks from your activities if you can, & seek shade if possible.
  • Do not, for any reason or for any length of time, leave children or pets unattended in a hot car. It only takes 2 minutes for a car interior to reach dangerous temperatures.
  • The Philadelphia Corporation for Aging Heatline is activated during heat waves: 215-765-9040. (You don’t have to be a Senior to call for information.)
  • Heat build-up can create afternoon & evening thunderstorms, which can contain dangerous lightning. If you hear thunder, seek shelter indoors.

The City’s website (http://www.phila.gov/) has a lot of info about dealing with the heat, like where to find cooling centers, symptoms of heat-triggered illness, etc.

 

      Unfortunately, another problem continues to exist throughout Northwest Philadelphia. Burglars, graffiti taggers, & people breaking into parked cars do not seem to be slowed down by heat & humidity. We have been receiving many reports about these property crimes, especially cars being rifled through, with little or nothing taken. While the 14th Police District is very aware of the problem, they are unable to be everywhere at all times, & could use a little help from us.

  • Do not leave your vehicle unlocked. Don’t leave phones, iPads, or other electronics visible in your vehicle.
  • Lock your doors, even if you’re at home.
  • Call 9-1-1 if you see something suspicious. “Busybody” is not the worst thing you could be called.
  • Keep an eye on the homes of neighbors if they’re away on vacation. And notify at least one neighbor if you’ll be out of town, so they can do that for you.

Some residents have installed security cameras on their properties. If you have done this, you can register your camera with the Police, so if a crime occurs near your home, they’ll know that it might have been recorded. (To register your camera: https://safecam.phillypolice.com). Several crimes, including that series of early morning robberies at SEPTA bus stops last winter, have been solved because there was a working security camera in place. (We are not suggesting establishing a Brave New World scenario, only mentioning that if you have a security camera, you might want to register it.)

 

 

 

Soon, schools will be in session again, & daily life will return to “normal”. Let’s try to relax & enjoy the waning days of summer, no matter the weather!
EMAN’s next regular Community/Board meeting will take place on Monday evening, September 12th (postponed a week by the Labor Day holiday), at 7:30, at Alma Mater Restaurant (7165 Germantown Ave., lower level).  

Elayne Bender

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