Mother Nature loves dogs, as evidenced by the perfect weather we had for “Paws on the Pavement”, our first community dog walk. Tails were wagging and there was lots of “getting-to-know you” by both humans and canines. We were all amazed by the demonstration by the volunteers who train search and rescue dogs for Police and Fire Department work. Informative and fun, the program was definitely the highlight of the afternoon.
Many thanks to the EMAN Board members who planned the event and volunteered to help out, and to our partners at Mt. Airy Animal Hospital, especially hospital administrator Hakim Franklin, who worked hard to make this a successful event. Adina Silberstein (Queenie’s Pets) was on hand to describe the services she offers, and was generous with informal advice about living successfully and happily with companion animals of all species.
The response to the event was very positive, and we’re already discussing doing it again next Fall.
We are happy to report that our Mt. Airy Schools Coalitionschool supplies drive was a success! Working together, EMAN, WMAN and MAUSA collected and distributed supplies to Houston, Henry, Linglebach, Emlen, A.B. Day and Jenks Elementary Schools. The principals were happy to receive much-needed items, from paper and pencils to art supplies and office needs, and send their thanks to those who generously donated. MAUSA’s Abby Thaker organized the effort, and did a great job.
The drive is over for now, but the crisis continues. Depending on needs, we’ll collect supplies again. In the meantime, if you want to contribute supplies, your local school will be happy to have them!
EMAN is still collecting “Boxtops for Education” and “Labels for Education”, which appear on the boxes of many packaged foods and paper products. Schools can redeem these for cash or school supplies/equipment. You can stop by or mail them to our office (EMAN ~ 7301 Germantown Ave. ~ Phila. 19119), or drop them off at Little Jimmie’s Bakery Café (6669 Germantown Ave.). We’ll sort and distribute them.
The air has a chill, but the neighborhood’s still hot! Lots of upcoming activities and events, ranging from informative to just plain fun!
There are still tickets remaining for our 3rd Annual “Cookin’ With WHO?” chefs competition, on November 7thfrom 6:30 till 8:30. The event takes place in the Brossman Center on the Lutheran Theological Seminary campus (7301 Germantown Ave.). Your $50 ticket will give you generous tasting portions of 10 dishes that are favorites of our community chefs. This year’s recipes are from Asia, Africa, the Mediterranean, and down-home American. Beer, wine and non-alcoholic beverages will be served.
Our chefs are ready to go, and want to win your vote! This year’s Platinum Spatula and People’s Choice awards were designed and created by highly-regarded local tile artist Karen Singer, who has always been generous to the nonprofit community throughout the area. (To see her work, which is really quite beautiful, visit the Karen Singer Tileworks website, www.karensinger.com).
You can vote for your favorite chef at the event, or support a chef ahead of time at the event website (www.Ltsp.edu/cookinwithwho and click on “support a chef”).Representing EMAN this year are Larry DiFranco(partner/broker at Elfant Wissahickon Realtors), Jocie Dye(controller at Roofmeadow and former owner of Infusion Coffee & Tea) and returning favorite Phil Allen (“Phil from Mt. Airy”, host of “Saturday Night Main Event” on 97.5 The Fanatic). And City Councilwoman Cindy Bass will be back, on behalf of all 3 organizations.
Generous local businesses and restaurants have donated items for our silent auction, including some real treasures, like signed books by Maurice Sendak and Susan Sontag, an antique dragonfly brooch/pendant and gift cards to popular shops and restaurants in Mt. Airy, Chestnut Hill and Manayunk.
People who came to the party the past 2 years had a wonderful time! AND, they supported 3 deserving nonprofit organizations here in the neighborhood: East Mt. Airy Neighbors, the Lutheran Theological Seminary and Awbury Arboretum. We’re happy to partner on a fundraiser that’s also fun!
And we’re grateful for the sponsorship of ElfantWissahickon Realtors, a business that understands the neighborhood, and is always supportive of and generous to community organizations.
You can get tickets at the website (www.Ltsp.edu/cookinwithwho) or by calling 215-248-7339
Important Safety Updates:
During the month of October, there have been several muggings/robberies in the Mt. Airy/Chestnut Hill area, particularly in areas near train stations. Some of the victims were injured.
The 14th Police District has informed us that a suspect has been arrested, and has admitted to committing 5 of these crimes. While that is positive news, the need for us to pay attention to our surroundings hasn’t diminished. Alert neighbors, community groups and Town Watches were instrumental in helping the Police catch the mugger.
A neighborhood safety meeting has been scheduled forNovember 4th, from 7 – 8:30 PM, at Grace Epiphany Episcopal Church (Ardleigh and Gowen). Captain John Fleming of the 14th PPD, Councilwoman Cindy Bass and D.A. Seth Williams have been invited.
Neighbors have been keeping informed through e-mail alerts and block organizations. Town Watch groups are forming. Walk aCrooked Mile Bookstore has become an informal information center. You can stop by and chat with our good neighbor Greg Williams about what’s happening, or check out the website,www.walkacrookedmilebooks.com. (Stopping by is more fun, because there are so many interesting books there!)
The police responded quickly to a call about a prowler on my block, near the Stenton Train Station, (Sunday at about 3 AM). The officers noticed that some of our back yards are very dark, and suggested installing outdoor lighting that’s on a motion detector, which can be more effective than a steady light, because a burglar/thief wants to get in-and-out quickly without being noticed.
It is important that you call 911 immediately if you notice suspicious activity. The police would rather respond to a “false alarm” than help you in the aftermath of a break-in or a mugging.
When driving through the neighborhood, please watch out for our children. An Emlen student was hit by a car a few weeks ago while crossing the street at the intersection of Chew and Johnson Streets. Fortunately, the child was not badly injured. Unfortunately, the driver did not stop. There are not enough crossing guards to have one at every intersection. Our neighborhood schools would welcome volunteers who would like to help regularly; contact your local school if you want to help.
And don’t forget that little ones will be out on the street till after dark on Halloween, and some are too excited by the prospect of candy to pay attention to cars. Parents should accompany their trick-or-treaters, for a variety of safety reasons, not just vehicles.
Other Community Events & Activities:
TreePhilly is once again offering free yard trees this year. These trees are for planting on your property, (lawn or yard), and are not meant to be street trees down near the sidewalk. Participants can choose from a variety of trees (including fruit trees!) at several locations throughout the City. Closest to us is at the West Oak Lane Library, (2000 Washington Lane), from 12 till 2 PM on Sunday, November 17th. You MUST register in advance. To do that, go towww.treephilly.org
One of our favorite neighborhood programs, “Vision Thru Art”at the Allens Lane Art Center, is celebrating its 25th anniversary. This extraordinary program provides sculpture classes for blind and visually-impaired artists at no cost to the students. It was founded and taught by the amazing artist Bob Fluhr; Bob is no longer with us, but the program lives on as a testament to his generosity and vision.
There will be a Saturday Night Cocktail Reception for the opening of the new gallery show, on November 16th from 7 till 9:30 PM. Tickets are $25, and will support “Vision Thru Art” classes. You will be impressed and inspired by the talent of the students, as well as the dedication of the instructor and the spirit of everyone involved. Tickets may be purchased online at www.allenslane.org
Allens Lane Theater offers a full season of contemporary plays. Next up (at the end of November), will be Polaroid Stories, by Naomi Iizuka, which is based on interviews with kids living on the streets. To get more info, purchase tickets, etc., visitwww.allenslane.org
Quintessence Theatre continues to offer excellent productions of classic works. Audiences are currently enjoying Oliver Goldsmith’s comedy She Stoops to Conquer, which presents timeless themes like the battle of the sexes. The production runs through November 24th,at the Sedgwick Theater (7137 Germantown Ave.). Quintessence offers individual tickets, subscriptions, and packages that include deals at Earth Bread & Brewery. Details, tickets, etc., are available atwww.QuintessenceTheatre.org
From the Streets Department:
The City’s bagged leaf collection program begins on November 11th and continues through December 20th. Fallen leaves can be transformed from a nuisance and safety hazard into compost.
Place the bags out with your recycling and trash on your regular trash pick-up day. The leaves MUST be in biodegradable brown paper bags; the City doesn’t supply these, but they’re readily available at home improvement and hardware stores, and at some local supermarkets. Leaves in plastic bags will be considered trash, & won’t be recycled into compost. For more info, go towww.philadelphiastreets.com/bagged-leaf.aspx
Also, there are some changes taking place………..Now, trash can be put out for collection as early as 5 PM from October 1st through March 31st, without risking a ticket/fine. This addresses concerns many have had about having to put their trash out in the dark.
Another change: starting on December 1st, mattresses and box springs put out for collection need to be “bagged” in plastic.
Green in Chestnut Hill (GRinCH) will be holding an electronics recycling event on Saturday, November 9th from 1:00 till 4:00, on the Norwood-Fontbonne Academy parking lot, (8891 Germantown Ave.) You can get rid of all those old, outdated electronics, (“anything with a plug”), and support a valuable community program at the same time. The suggested donation is $10-$20, and the proceeds will support GRinCH’s “Green Warrior” Student Grant Program.
Are you an EMAN member? It’s easy to join! Visit our website, www.eastmountairy.org, where you can join using PayPal or print out a mail-in form.
Want to become more involved? Come to our monthly Community/Board meetings, where you can meet neighbors, find out what’s going on in the neighborhood, and/or volunteer for activities and committees. We do a lot in the community, but could do more with more help……………
Our next meeting will be on Tuesday, November 12th, at 7:30 PM in the EMAN Office (in the basement of the Wiedemann Building on the campus of the Lutheran Theological Seminary, 7301 Germantown Ave.; there are directions on our website.)
Don’t forget to stand still for a moment to enjoy the beautiful colors of the leaves!