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Greetings & Happy Autumn from East Mt. Airy Neighbors!

Fall always feels like a time of renewal to me. The cooler air seems to bring fresh energy with it, the children are back in school and the leaves will soon be putting on their magnificent annual show.

As the presidential campaign heats up, we are constantly reminded of the importance of our votes. Do you have the required photo ID? If not, or you’re not sure what’s acceptable, call 1-866-OURVOTE (1-866-687-8683). Volunteers are standing by to help you. There are additional offers of assistance:

Several PennDOT centers have added Thursday evening hours in response to the need to obtain photo IDs, including the center at 7121 Ogontz Ave.

TransMercy Ambulance Service is offering free transit for seniors to get a photo ID. Call 215-464-7775 (M – F, 9AM – 9PM)

Wanted: Bandit Signs…………..Bandit signs are illegal and an eyesore. We’ve all seen them, offering cash for your house, your junk car, etc. They only list a phone number &/or website; this is intentional, so that the City has nowhere to send violations. In Philadelphia, it’s illegal to post signs on trees, parking meters, utility poles, streetlights and parking signs/meters. We can help the City deal with this “sign graffiti” by reporting it to 311. Or even better, take a picture and send it, with location noted, to bandit.signs@phila.gov, and take the sign down (if it’s within easy reach….please don’t risk injury!).

Signs about yard and garage sales are fine. But please remember to go back after your sale, and take down the signs you’ve put up.

Property crimes continue to plague the City, and our community’s not immune. The 14th Police District would like you to know that there’s aCrime Prevention Specialist on staff. Officer Hall will come to your home to assess your vulnerabilities and offer suggestions. She’ll help individual residents, or cover a whole block, or speak with your Town Watch/Block Watch group. You can reach her at 215-685-2148.

The 14th urges you to keep your doors and windows locked, to trim shrubs that block visibility from the street (allowing burglars to hide from sight), to avoid leaving attractive electronics and other valuables in plain sight in your car and to call 911 if you see anything that looks suspicious.

Graffiti usually abates as the weather cools and schools re-open, but it doesn’t disappear. To report new graffiti, call 311, or send an e-mail to neighborhood activist Kelly O’Day at mtairygraffiti@gmail.com

The neighborhood is popping with activities, some addressing issues, some just for fun……..

The Philadelphia Coalition Advocating for Public Schools is holding a citywide conference for a community-based plan for our schools this Sat., 9/22nd, at Kensington CAPA (1901 N. Front St.) from 9 till 4. The conference will address the SRC’s plans to close some neighborhood schools, and restructure &/or privatize others. The group wants to develop an alternative vision and a concrete plan for realizing it. For more info: pcaps201@gmail.com

Sunday Sept. 23rd is the Mt. Airy Village Fair, which takes place from 11 till 4 on Carpenter Lane, on either side of Greene St. Games, food, tables staffed by local businesses and organizations, a pet parade and lots of family-friendly activities.

We have an offer from a generous neighborhood business……….Dr. Brett Cardonick (whose chiropractic office is in East Mt. Airy on Durham St.) will be offering chair massages, AND will be signing people up for in-office evaluations for only $10, with the fees being donated to EMAN or WMAN (client’s choice). We thank Dr. Cardonick for his community-minded generosity!

The non-partisan PA Voter ID Coalition needs Election Day volunteers. They would like to have a trained volunteer at every polling place in the City, just in case there are problems. If you want to help out, call 215-848-1283.

There’ll be a special event at Final-ly Friday this month (9/28th).The Musical Toolbox will be presented by students from the Curtis Institute of Music. This interactive, educational and fun concert for families (recommended for kids ages 5 – 12) will take place at theSedgwick Theater, from 6:30 till 7:30, and it’s free! Thanks to the Business Ass’n of Mt. Airy (and MAUSA) for sponsoring this program.

Weavers Way’s renovated Mt. Airy Co-op is already open for business, but the “official” re-opening celebration will happen on Sat. 9/29th from noon till 4. There’ll be food, music, games, prizes and special discounts.

The Co-op’s Fall General Membership Meeting will be on Sunday 10/28that 6PM, at the Morris Arboretum, so mark that on your calendars.

Friends of the Wissahickon (FOW) will be offering free hikes in October, led by FOW Trail Ambassadors. The hikes vary in length and location. For specifics, go to www.fow.org , or contact outreach coordinator Sarah Marley at marley@fow.org or at 215-247-0417, ext. 109.

FOW’s popular “Valley Talks” series picks up on October 3rd at 6PM. The talks are sponsored by Valley Green Bank, and take place at the Valley Green Inn. The topic will be “Urban Agriculture”, and the event is free and open to the public.

FOW is also sponsoring Fall workdays in the park on 9/22nd, 9/26th, 9/29th, 10/6th and 10/13th. Tasks and locations vary. For details, contact Dan Mercer at 215-247-0417 or e-mail to mercer@fow.org

EMAN’s membership drive continues, and we hope to hear from you! Your support allows us to work on your behalf. Volunteers are welcome, too. There are several committees that are waiting for community volunteers so they can move forward with projects; no one can accomplish things alone. You can join online using PayPal at our website, www.eastmountairy.org, or send me an e-mail and I’ll send you membership info (info@eastmountairy.org)

Our monthly Community/Board meetings are open to the public. We’d like to hear your ideas and concerns, and we welcome your attendance. Unless otherwise specified, our meetings take place on the first Tuesday evening of the monthly at the EMAN Office (in the Wiedemann Building on the Campus of the Lutheran Theological Seminary, 7301 Germantown Ave.). The next meeting is on October 2nd. Our guest speaker will be Anuj Gupta, Executive Director of Mt. Airy USA, who will present MAUSA’s plans for the next few years.

Generally, the Board meets in Executive Session from 7 – 7:30, and the general meeting begins immediately following at 7:30.

Speaking of Anuj Gupta………………he’ll be one of the fabulous community chefs at “Cookin’ With WHO?”, our joint fund (and fun) –raiser onNovember 8th. Mark your calendars for an evening of great food, beverages, and a variety of silent auction items. Proceeds benefit EMAN, the Neighborhood Interfaith Movement and the Lutheran Theological Seminary at Philadelphia.

East Mt. Airy Neighbors bids a fond (really!) farewell to Patch editor Zach Subar, who will be heading to China for work and adventure. Zach has become a valuable community member, and has kept us all informed about everything in the neighborhood, both good and bad, with enviable energy. He has worked tirelessly to make Patch an important resource for all of us, and we appreciate his efforts and wish him Happy Trails!

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