Greetings & Happy New Year!

Philadelphia is rolling out a new policing strategy this month; the 14th Police District will be divided into 4 Public Service Areas (PSAs). There will be a series of community meetings to explain the PSA program, where we can meet the lieutenants who will be in charge of each area. The meetings are listed below. (Some of the boundaries might seem a bit confusing, but that’s because many streets don’t run straight across the neighborhood from east to west. The 14th District will be happy to help you figure out which one you’re in: 215-686-3140, 3141; 3 of the 4 PSAs include areas served by EMAN. You are welcome to attend any of the meetings, as your schedule allows. And please pass the information along to friends and neighbors. Here are the general PSA boundaries & community meeting times, as supplied by Capt. Singletary:

PSA-1: Thurs. 1-21-10, 6 pm at the H&H Center, Limekiln & Haines. (Cheltenham to Chew, Vernon/Gorgas to 15th/Wyncote/Wister)

PSA-2: Thurs. 1-21-10, 6 pm at the New Bethel AME Church, Germantown & Tulpehocken. (Wister to Gorgas and Chew to Germantown)

PSA-3: Tues. 1-19-10, 7 pm at the Germantown Home, Germantown & Sedgwick (Germantown to Wissahickon Creek and Green La. To Allens La./St. Georges)

PSA-4: Wed. 1-20-10, 6 pm at Hagan Hall, Lutheran Theological Seminary, 7301 Germantown Ave. (Northwestern Ave. to Vernon/Gorgas/Allens La./St. Georges)

We hope you’ll attend the annual joint EMAN/WMAN Board/Community Meeting on Tuesday, Jan. 12th at 7 pm. The meeting will be held at Hagan Hall on the Lutheran Theological Seminary Campus (7301 Germantown Ave.). Changes will be coming soon to the city’s zoning code. Members of the Philadelphia Zoning Commission will participate in a panel discussion, followed by a Q&A session.

Reminder: If you haven’t already, PLEASE don’t trash your Christmas tree! Bring it to the Allens Lane Art Center this Sunday (Jan.10th) between 10 & 4 --- it’ll be chipped & available in the Spring as free mulch, & it’ll be one less addition to a landfill. A $5 donation is requested to help defray the cost of the chipper. (This event is sponsored by the Mt. Airy Business Ass’n.)

Mt. Airy USA’s Martin Luther King, Jr. Day of Service project this year will be to refurbish the library at Emlen Elementary School. Books for grades K-6 are being collected at the MAUSA office (6703 Germantown Ave., Suite 200). You’re invited to join the group at the school (Chew & Upsal) on January 18th from 9 till 1, if you prefer hands-on activity. (Call 215-844-6021 for details.)

You can check our website ( for information about other local events, like the rescheduled party to support NIM & NPIHN.

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Elayne Bender