EMAN congratulates Tyree Gladden, Jr.

EMAN congratulates Tyree Gladden, Jr. from Emlen Elementary School, who took First Place in the 6th grade Consumer ScienceDivision at the annual George Washington Carver Science Fair! The competition was considerable. Hundreds of submissions were received from public, parochial, charter, private and home-schooled students.  

It’ll be Spring any minute now, and upcoming events and activities reflect that……..

            The Tree Philly folks have launched another yard tree program. You can receive up to 2 trees for your yard or property (notdown near the sidewalk). There will be free mulch available at most tree pick-up sites. The closest tree pick-up to us will happen on April 14th at the West Oak Lane Library (2000 Washington Lane).

            Tree Philly is partnering with the Pennsylvania Horticultural Society (PHS) to train people to care for these trees. A “Train the Trainers” class on 4/3rd will teach people to teach others at future give-away events. (This will take place at the PHS office, 100 N. 20thSt., 5th floor.)

            Erica Smith can answer any questions you have about any part of this program (Erica.Smith@phila.gov). Or you can get general info, application forms, etc. at www.TreePhilly.org




           The theme of this month's Final-ly Friday event on the Avenue (3/29th from 5:30 till 9) will be "Love, Mt. Airy Style, PetEdition", and will offer activities like a "puppy love photo booth" at Ground Zero salon and doggy treats at Earth Bread + Brewery. Adoptable pets will be presented by Penn Vet. There'll be many other special events and guest craft vendors up and down the Avenue. For details, visit www.GoMtAiry.com




            Friends of the Wissahickon (FOW) has been offering several free nature walks in March, exploring seasonal changes in this beautiful environment. You can experience late Winter in the Gorge, hike the Orange Trail…….. or participate in a program for more specific interests, like a geology hike or a singles walk. For dates, times and other details about upcoming events and programs, go towww.fow.org




            Our neighbors in Historic Germantown are offering a wealth of programming this month, ranging from Easter egg hunts to beekeeping workshops to urban farming. Several events will celebrate the contributions of women --- historic preservationists, slavery abolitionists, artists and more.

            For info about these programs, visitwww.freedomsbackyard.org




            A different kind of holiday event will take place on March 29th. Heeding God’s Call, an anti-gun-violence organization made up of many faith groups, will hold its annual citywide ecumenical Good Friday Vigil at 4:00 PM. The group will gather at St. Paul’s Baptist Church, 1000 Wallace Street, and proceed to Ben Franklin High School (Broad and Spring Garden).




           Interested in how the City grows? The Citizens PlanningInstitute (CPI) is offering a series of 3 Wednesday eveningclasses/workshops which will provide info about planning, zoning and the development process. The fee for all 3 sessions is $40, which includes a buffet dinner. Classes take place in Center City. Applications are due by 3/26th. Details, dates and the application form can be found at citizensplanninginstitute.org




            Mutual Mt. Airy, a new organization that is interested in helping Mt. Airy residents “age in place”, would like to hear from you if you share that interest. They will be having a Pot Luck supper at Chestnut Hill Friends Meetinghouse (100 E. Mermaid Lane), on April 6th, from 5:30 till 7:30 PM. Contact Peter Javsicas for info about the organization (jpj7130@gmail.com), or RSVP to jmfarn@mac.comto say what you’ll be bringing to the pot luck.




            “Strategems for Common People: A Pop-Up Performance of New Theater and Dance Works” will take place at Moving Arts of Mt. Airy, at Greene and Carpenter (across from the Co-op) on April 5thand 6th. Performances start at 7:00 and 9:00 both nights; tickets are $5, and are available at the door or online atwww.strategems.brownpapertickets.com  If you have questions, contact Josh McIlvaine (joshmcilvain@yahoo.com)





            Unfortunately, the advent of warmer weather (combined with economic factors I don’t need to list here) will probably bring anincrease in property crimes and scams.


       We have received a heads-up from several concerned neighbors about a man who is soliciting funds door-to-door, using EMAN’s name. EAST MT. AIRY NEIGHBORS DOES NOTSPONSOR A GIRLS’ TRACK TEAM!



The 14th Police District has several programs in place to help residents and businesses try to protect themselves from property crimes.

            Officer Ortiz, the 14th's prevention specialist, will come to your home to help you assess your vulnerability to property crimes, and suggest safety improvements you can make to the exterior of your property. She’ll meet with individuals, an entire block, and/or a Town Watch group.  You can reach her at 215-685-2147.

            “Residential Operation ID” is a city-wide Police Department initiative. Its goal is to try to prevent burglaries and thefts, and to help recover stolen property. In brief, this program involves marking personal property with an identifying number and recording serial numbers for those items. Participants receive silver polyester labels that will include an identifying number; marked property is difficult for a burglar to resell. You will also receive Operation ID decals to place in windows and on doors as a deterrent to potential burglars. For details about the program, go to www.phillypolice.com

            The 14th would also like us to remind you not to leave valuables visible in your car. Thieves will break into vehicles to get even relatively small items, and leaving “big” items, like laptops and GPS devices, in view is never a good idea.





          On a much more positive note…………a wonderful  thing that warmer weather brings is Mt. Airy Day! (Saturday, May 4th, from 11 till 5, at Cliveden of the National Trust on Germantown Ave. between Johnson and Upsal.) There are very few events that are more reflective of the diversity of our community, and this festival offers something for everyone. Vendors, live entertainment, representatives from community organizations, businesses and nonprofits, a variety of food trucks, and, we hope --- YOU!

          The M.A.D. Committee is still looking for volunteers for that day, and for behind-the-scenes tasks like making follow-up phone calls. We’d like to have a more extensive kids’ crafts area this year, but we can only do that with additional volunteers to staff the tables. (This would be a great community service project for high school students.) Go to www.mtairyday.org for details, and e-mail mtairyday@aol.comto volunteer.

          We are happy to tell you that, due to popular demand, funnel cake and cash raffle prizes will be back this year!





          EMAN's regular Community/Board meetings take place at the EMAN Office (in the Wiedemann Building on the campus of the Lutheran Theological Seminary, 7301 Germantown Ave.). The next meeting will be on April 2nd, at 7:30 PM. You don't have to be a member to attend; the public is welcome.


       Your membership is also welcome..... It's how we keep going! You can join at our website (www.eastmountairy.org) using PayPal, or print out a form and mail a check.

All of us at EMAN send our best wishes for happy Spring holidays!