As the Summer comes to an end

(Wow! That flew by!), we have some important information to pass along………… First, a few safety alerts:

            On Friday August 22nd, at about 11 PM, 2 women were robbed at gunpoint as they left the Sedgwick Train Station to head to the H bus stop on Mt. Pleasant Avenue. This crime was committed by 3 young men (late teens-early 20’s), who fled in a dark SUV or Jeep that was parked on the Devon lot.

            Fortunately (compared to what could have happened), one of the women “only” suffered a punch to the face.

            It is believed that the young men were waiting at the station, looking for someone to rob. Both the 14th Police District & EMAN want to remind you to be alert whenever you’re on the street. If you see something/someone suspicious, call 911. Our officers would rather come out to learn there wasn’t really a problem after all than to come out to provide assistance after a crime.

            There have also been residential burglaries in both East & West Mt. Airy. These have been happening during the day, when many of us are at work. Please don’t leave first-floor windows open when you’re not at home. And make sure to lock your doors, especially in locations that are not visible from the street. If you have an alarm system, use it, even if you’re only going out for a short time. And keep an eye out on your block.

Now for some big news:

            The Board of Directors of East Mt. Airy Neighbors has decided to close our physical office at the end of this calendar year.You will still be able to contact us by e-mail & phone, & we will have a mailing address. But I’ll be working “virtually” much of the time, although you’ll still see me out at community events & meetings & activities.

            In order to start this transition, our regular monthly Community/Board Meetings are moving. Our new meeting space will be the meeting room at Lovett Memorial Library (Germantown Ave. & Sedgwick St.).

            And the meetings will be shifting from the first Tuesday night of the month to the first Monday night, except when there’s a holiday that closes the Library. (We’ll be updating our website with specific dates for all of the year’s meetings shortly.) The Board meets in Executive Session from 7 till 7:30, & the community is invited to join us at 7:30.

            The next regular EMAN Community/Board meeting will be on Monday night, September 8th.

Mark your calendars:

            There are several special events coming to the neighborhood, up & down the Avenue, on both sides of the street………..

Street Fare: Sip, Savor, Stroll

            Join thousands (seriously!) of residents & visitors for an evening of food, live entertainment, arts & artisans & general good feelings at this night market, presented by our partners at Mt. Airy USA! The annual event has been a huge success the past few years, & this year’s promises to offer even more family-friendly fun.

            The event will take place on Thursday evening, September 18th, from 6:00 till 10:30, on Germantown Ave. (between Sedgwick St. & Mt. Airy Ave.). Over 50 food trucks will be selling a variety of goodies --- something for every taste. Artists from the community & beyond will be displaying & selling their work. Live music is scheduled throughout the evening.

            For more information, visit MAUSA’s website:

            A heads-up for residents who live close to the Avenue: Because of the huge number of people expected, if you normally park your car on the street in front of your home, you might want to do that a little earlier than usual, as on-street spaces will be a hot commodity.

“Paws on the Pavement” is returning!

            Tell your furry companions that we hope to see them on Sunday afternoon,October 19th. This community dog walk is a great way for both dogs & their humans to socialize, & we’ll be posting details soon.

WMAN’s “Blocktoberfest” is around the corner

            You can participate in a 5K run or 2K walk/run --- maybe you'll win a prize! The event's on October 11th (rain or shine); you will be able to sign up soon at their website:     (, where you can get details about time, entry fees, etc.

An ongoing issue of note:

            As you know if you follow local news, our public schools are still facing deepening financial woes. Although the schools will be opening on time, there will likely be fewer staff members left to make do with less. I have visited all of the public elementary schools in Mt. Airy, & I can attest to how hard the teachers & principals are working to try to give our children everything they need. Of course, they are upset about funding, but they are not operating out of despair. They are digging in to do the best they can with what they’ve got.

            Basics are again in short supply. Students are always asked to purchase certain school supplies, but many classroom needs will go unmet unless the teachers pay for them out-of-pocket --- which most do. While you are out shopping for supplies for your kids, if you can afford to, please pick up some extra items for your local school: paper (for computer printers & for notebooks), colored construction paper, pencils, tape & glue sticks, markers, pens, paper consumables (tissues, paper towels, toilet paper). Donations can be dropped off at any neighborhood school, & your generosity will be appreciated.

            If the wonderful achievements of Philly’s Taney Dragons & the Little League Champions from Chicago can teach us anything, it’s that city kids can be as successful as wealthier suburban teams, given resources & opportunity, & adults who support, encourage & sponsor their efforts. 

All of us at EMAN hope you have a happy, safe Labor Day! We also hope you’ll consider becoming a paid member, if you’re not already. Visit our website ( to join using PayPal, or drop us an e-mail ( & we’ll send you a form!