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Here we are, in the middle of Winter, busily planning for Spring activities!

Mt. Airy Day is a major production. Including planning, activities at the event and wrapping up after, we need many, many volunteers. We have community service hours available for high school students (minimum age is 16) — what better way to get service credits than spending time at our popular community festival?

If you’ve come to the event, you know it’s big …………. a variety of food and merchandise vendors — live entertainment — kids’ activities and games — representatives from local churches, businesses, community service organizations and nonprofits. It’s a celebration of the wonderful diversity of our community, with “food, fellowship and fun” for all.

And you know that something this big can’t happen without help from volunteers. If you’d like to join us in making this festival happen, please send an e-mail to mtairyday@aol.com

In the meantime……….

SAVE THE DATE! State Rep.Cherelle Parker will hold her annual 22nd Ward Town Hall on Thursday, 2/21st, from 7 till 9 PM, in the Brossman Building on the Lutheran Seminary Campus (7301 Germantown Ave.). This event provides the community with access to representatives from State and City government departments, law enforcement (the 14th PPD and the State Police), public entities such as PGW and PECO, non-profit agencies and organizations that provide a wide variety of services (Philadelphia More Beautiful, AARP), and constituent services provided by Rep. Parker’s office and her staff. These Town Halls are a great opportunity to get info and to raise concerns and questions about quality of life issues in the area.

The City is requesting feedback on Election Day voter experiencesin November. There were reports of problems, but these were mostly anecdotal, and the City wants to analyze problems and recommend improvements.

There will be a public meeting at which people can present testimony about their experiences on 2/28th, from 4:30 – 7 PM, at Bright Hope Baptist Church (1601 N. 12th St.).

If you can’t attend the meeting, you can report problems by going towww.phila.gov/election2012 or you can call/text 267-209-FACT (3228). Please include your contact info and voting location in your message.

Did you know that it’s now illegal to leave electronics out for collection with your regular trash? The PA Covered Device Recycling Act (CDRA) went into effect at the end of January. If you can’t wait for an electronics recycling event in the area, you can bring unwanted items to one of the City’s 3 sanitation locations for recyclable electronics — the closest to us is at Domino Lane and Umbria St. in Roxborough. It’s open Monday through Saturday, from 9 till 6.

Quintessence Theatre will be offering Shakespeare workshops for both teens and adults, beginning this month. The youth workshops (ages 14 – 18) begin on 2/23rd, and will meet on Saturday mornings for 8 weeks. The adult workshops start on 2/19th, and run for 6 Tuesday evenings from 7 – 9.

The fee for these workshops is $150. You can register at the website:www.quintessencetheatre.org

Wesley Enhanced Living at Stapely will be offering a free informational session for people who are worried about aging parents, on 2/20th at 6:30 PM. Issues like assisted living, care-giving responsibilities, and health and safety will be discussed. Reserve a space by contacting Janet Tarity at 215-991-7110 or jtarity@wel.org

Mark your calendar for the next meeting of Mutual Mt. Airy, a group of neighbors organizing to find ways to help older neighborhood residents “age in place”. The meeting will be on 2/28th, from 6:45 till 8:45, in Hagan Hall on the campus of the Lutheran Theological Seminary (7301 Germantown Ave.).

The Beech Scholarship Fund offers 4 ($1,000) scholarships to minority students of color who will be starting at Temple University in Fall 2013. Applicants must be current seniors at a Philadelphia public or charter school, and must have extracurricular activities as well as a required GPA. For details and an application form, visit their website at www.beechinterplex.com The application deadline is April 30th.

Scam Warning:

State Senator LeAnna Washington asked us to pass along a warning about a (nationwide) utilities scam, to which some PECO customers have fallen victim. It’s a complicated scam to describe, but the short version is: A phone caller claiming to be from PECO tells people that their accounts are overdue, and immediate payment must be made to avoid a shut-off. The caller urges that people purchase a prepaid debit card with which to make payment, and tells them to direct the payment to a fraudulent payment service. The caller may also solicit info like Social Security numbers.

If you receive such a call, report it to 1-800-494-4000 immediately.

NEVER GIVE INFO LIKE YOUR SOCIAL SECURITY NUMBER TO ANYONE OVER THE PHONE, UNLESS YOU HAVE INITIATED THE CALL TO A KNOWN BUSINESS OR COMPANY.

IF a company like PECO calls you, they should be able to provide you with certain info as proof that they’re legitimate, like your account number and current balance.


Neighbors in the News:

Area resident Scott Charles, Temple University Hospital’s trauma outreach coordinator, was featured in the New York Times(2/7th), for his unique gun-violence-prevention program, Cradle to Grave. The goal of the program is to reduce street killings by helping teenagers understand the consequences of gun violence. The program counters the “glamourization” of gun violence that is sometimes part of popular culture. Participants visit the hospital’s trauma area, listen to narratives accompanied by graphic photos, and hear descriptions of emergency medical treatment by Dr. Amy Goldberg, Temple’s chief of trauma and surgical critical care.

About 7,000 students have come through the program so far. Data has shown that the Cradle to Grave program has decreased students’ “inclination toward violence” after particpation, and has been successful in treating street gun violence as a public health crisis. Kudos to our neighbor and his colleagues for their important work.

EMAN’s next regular Community/Board meeting will be on Tuesday evening, March 5th. The Board meets in executive session from 7 – 7:30; the community is invited to join us at 7:30.

Both members and non-members are welcome, but we’d love to have you join EMAN! Membership info is available on our website, where you can become a member online (using PayPal) or download/print out a membership form.

Happy Valentine’s Day!

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