Autumn is really here, it’s time to deal with leaves

City budget shortfalls have eliminated mechanized leaf collection for this year. Leaves will be collected for recycling until December 18th, but must be in biodegradable brown paper bags (which are available at most supermarkets and hardware stores), or they’ll be trashed instead of composted.             For more information, contact the Streets Department at 215-686-5560.

            In response to an uptick in crime in the area, a group of residents held a safety meeting at Restoration Church on Thursday, November 5th. Guest speakers Captain Winton Singletary of the 14th Police District, Deputy Commissioner Thomas Wright from Regional Operations North, and Anthony Murphy of Town Watch Integrated Services offered suggestions about protecting ourselves, our homes and our neighborhoods.

            First, get to know your neighbors! Have a meeting….have a party….create a neighborhood phone or e-mail list….

            Second, take common-sense precautions. Lock your car. Lock your doors. If you have an alarm system, use it. (A really interesting suggestion from Capt. Singletary: putting a “lo-jack” in your laptop will facilitate its recovery if it’s stolen.)

            Third, if you see suspicious activity, report it to the police! (311 for non-emergency calls is still operating, but with more limited hours than originally. The current operating hours are M-F from 8am till 8pm, and Saturdays from 9am till 5pm.)

            There are resources available to residents and businesses who are interested in improving neighborhood safety:

            If you’d like to set up a block organization or town watch group, contact Anthony Murphy and his staff for assistance. (215-686-1459 or

            If you’d like a professional evaluation of the safety of your home &/or block, Officer Hall (a crime prevention officer in the 14th District) will do a security assessment and offer advice and suggestions. (215-685-2148).

            We’ve added a calendar to our website, and we’ll make every effort to keep it current. Be sure to check it regularly.

            And we’re on Facebook! Visit the new East Mount Airy Neighbors Group page.

            EMAN joins the community in welcoming Liz Macoretta as the new Executive Director of WMAN. We look forward to working with her to achieve mutual goals and to better serve Northwest Philly residents and businesses.

            On a personal note, I’d like to thank my friend Laura Siena for her years of service to WMAN and the larger community. She’s shifting gears, but her involvement will continue, as a “private citizen”.

            Interested in becoming more involved in your community? Please come to our December EMAN Community/Board meeting on the 1st. We’d love to meet you…….

Elayne Bender

(Executive Director)