Community Meeting to Address Crime Issues


7165 Lounge (7165 Germantown Ave., just below Mt. Airy Ave)

(Parking is available on the rear lot that is entered from Chew Ave.)

          There have been several serious crimes during the last 2 months, in addition to the more common residential burglaries & car break-ins. These include an arson on Stenton Ave., a murder on E. Phil Ellena St., & an armed robbery at Pelham Plaza.

          The purpose of this meeting is both to inform the community about recent events & to suggest ways we can try to protect ourselves & avoid becoming victims.

          Guest presenters will include Councilwoman Cindy Bass, Kyasha Tyson (from State Rep. Cherelle Parker’s office), Capt. John Fleming of the 14th PPD, & Douglas Evans from Town Watch Integrated Services.

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            Congratulations to the wonderful Laura Siena, winner of theMt. Airy Platinum Spatula award at this year’s “Cookin’ With WHO?” Not only were her potato latkes with chutney a big hit with the crowd, she was the chef who raised the most money for the 3 sponsoring organizations (EMAN, Lutheran Theological Seminary, & Awbury Arboretum) through the support of her friends & admirers in the community.

            Our other EMAN chefs --- Larry Daniels (EMAN’s Board President) & David Young (Executive Director of Cliveden of the National Trust) also did us proud with their delicious dishes & community spirit!

            Thanks to everyone who attended this event. We have heard only positive comments this year. The food was great, it really was a fun night, & no one left hungry!

            The silent auction items included donations from our local restaurants & service providers & shops (too many to list here), & we appreciate their support.

            We also thank our generous event sponsors: Elfant Wissahickon Realtors, Electrical Wizardry, Valley Green Bank, LaPrima Catering, & the anonymous "Cat Woman of East Mt. Airy", all of whom support EMAN & other community nonprofits in many ways.

Although it’s been happening since before Halloween in the retail world, the “official” start of the holiday season gallops in later this week. There’s way more happening than shopping…….

Our commercial corridor’s seasonal celebrations start on Friday evening, December 5th. There will be caroling up & down the Avenue, & a few special activities.

            The community is invited to the lighting of the Christmas Tree at William Allen Plaza (Lutheran Theological Seminary, across from Valley Green Bank) on the 5th at 4:45. This annual event includes music by the Salvation Army Brass Ensemble. There will be a new toy collection at the event.

            From 6:00 till 8:00, Santa will be at Rothe Florists, listeningto gift wishes. Seasonal snacks will be served.

              Also on December 5th, Cliveden of the National Trust will host "Cocktails & Curry", a retro-style party featuring Cliveden's historic kitchens, from 6-8 PM. Tickets are $45, & include cocktails, appetizers & tours of the kitchens. For details & tickets, visit

            This Saturday is “Small Business Saturday”, & we are being encouraged to shop at the small stores that keep the economy going, & are owned by our neighbors & friends. There are lots of wonderful little stores in Northwest Philly, up & down our commercial corridor, & shopping locally benefits all of us.

            And don’t forget holiday bazaars & sales at area houses of worship, artists’ collectives, etc., for unique handmade gifts.

Looks like Winter is here a bit early (well, on & off, that is!), & we’re passing along a couple of seasonal reminders from the City.

            Mechanical leaf collection is back! Leaves will be collected here in East Mt. Airy, between Germantown & Stenton Aves. on12/17th (Vernon Rd. to Washington Lane) & 12/18th (Vernon Rd. to Cresheim Drive). Leaves should be raked to the curb, & cars moved, to facilitate collection. BAGGED LEAVES WILL NOT BE RECYCLED, but will end up with the rest of your trash. Bagged leaves (in the large brown paper bags available at grocery & hardware stores) can be taken to several drop-off sites on Saturdays; the closest to us is at Washington Lane & Ardleigh St.

            Predictions are for above-average snowfall amounts this Winter. City code 10-720 requires property owners (residential & commercial) to clear their sidewalks of snow within 6 hours of the snowfall’s end. Paths are supposed to be 36” wide (to accommodate wheelchairs), unless your sidewalk is not that wide. You are reminded NOT to pile the snow in the street. There are fines (ranging from $50 to $300) for violations of these regulations.

This season of gratitude prompts many of us to be generous to those in need, & Mt. Airy offers several opportunities to do that.

            Valley Green Bank’s 7th Annual Book Drive kicks off on November 28th & runs through December 31st. Donations of new & gently-used books, (reading levels pre-K through 8th grade), will be accepted at Valley Green’s Mt. Airy branch, Weaver’s Way Mt. Airy, & the Big Blue Marble Bookstore (551 Carpenter Lane). This year’s drive will benefit the Mt. Airy Schools Coalition schools, the Mastery Charter elementary schools, & District Health Center #9. Your generosity will benefit lots of children.

            Maybe you’re interested in books, but have more time than money. Our local elementary schools are always looking for reading tutors who are able to meet with students regularly. Stop by any of the school offices & they’ll be happy to meet you.

            RSVP (a program that places volunteers ages 55+ in schools) is currently looking for volunteers to tutor at Kelly School for 2 -4 hours a week, (5116 Pulaski St., in Germantown). They’re having a special recruitment event on December 11th; registration & light breakfast at 9:30, followed by a one-hour program at 10. Contact Sandi Friedman for details; or 267-345-7787.

HAPPY THANKSGIVING from East Mt. Airy Neighbors!

       We are grateful for so much --- friends, family, & of course, EMAN members! You can become a paid member (or renew your membership) at any time on our website.

          And the public is always invited to our monthly Community/Board meetings. The next one will be on Monday, December 8th at 7:30 PM, at the Lovett Library meeting room (Germantown & Sedgwick). We hope to see you there!