Greetings & Happy New Year!

It finally feels like Winter, (at least for a few days)! Mt. Airy doesn’t go into hibernation, and there are activities scheduled throughout the month…….. Don’t toss your “real” Christmas tree into the trash --- “tree-cycle” it! This year’s tree recycling event will take place this Sunday, January 8th, from 1 till 4 at Gabbie’s Community Garden on Chew Ave. just below Mt. Airy Ave. Ornaments must be removed (and, besides, you’ll want to keep them for next year). A $5 donation is requested. Trees will be turned into mulch, keeping them out of landfills. (The City does not recycle trees picked up at curbside.)

We are all aware of the increase in crime in Mt. Airy. Using info from the 14th Police District, Mt. Airy Patch listed 28 reported crimes over the past 2 weeks, ranging from missing license plates to burglaries to assaults. With this in mind, the annual joint EMAN-WMAN Community/Board Meeting this year will focus on crime and crime prevention. Join us onTuesday evening, January 10th, at 7 PM in the Brossman Center on the campus of the Lutheran Theological Seminary (7301 Germantown Ave.). Scheduled speakers are: D.A. Seth Williams and A.D.A. Debra Naish, NW Bureau Chief; Captain Joel Dales of the 14th Police District; Knight Sor, U.S. Department of Justice community relations specialist; Tanya Jeter from the FBI’s community relations division; Robert Reed, U.S. Department of Justice. This is a problem that affects everyone in the community, directly or indirectly. Our part of the city is noted for working collaboratively to seek solutions…………. We hope you can attend.

The Martin Luther King Day of Service is approaching (January 16th), and this year, EMAN is joining the effort organized by Mt. Airy USA and Trolley Car Diner, at A.B. Day Elementary School (Crittenden and Johnson Sts.) from 8:30 till noon. Refreshments will be provided. For more info, contact MAUSA at 215-844-6021. To register online, go to There is also an MLK Day toy drive, which seeks to collect toys and sports equipment for distribution to out-of-school-time youth programs throughout the City. Items are being collected at the Weavers Way Community Room at 555 Carpenter Lane, through January 14th.

Thanks to the efforts of Bob and Nancy Elfant, EMAN and WMAN will be the beneficiaries of a special fundraiser at the Arden Theatre on Wednesday, January 25th. (The Arden is located at 40 N. 2nd St. in Old City). The Pulitzer Prize winning play, “Clybourne Park”, seems particularly well-suited for a Mt. Airy audience, borrowing themes from “A Raisin in the Sun”, and dealing with changes in a neighborhood over a 50 year period. Reviewers have found it to be extremely funny; please note that it is not recommended for children. Tickets are $20 for paid members of EMAN and WMAN, $25 for others. You can use PayPal to purchase tickets on our website (, or e-mail us to make a reservation and pay by check ( The show starts at 8:00 PM, and there’s a reception at 7:00. Tickets are limited, and seating is first-come, so arriving early is recommended.

MAUSA’s “Metropolitan Minds” Series continues this month with TomSugrue as featured speaker. Prof. Sugrue’s work focuses on urban history and politics, civil rights and race. This event will take place at Earth Bread & Brewery on January 30th, from 6:30 till 8:00. The cost per person is $40 and seating is limited. Contact MAUSA for details: 215-844-6021.

If you’ve always wanted to become more involved in the stewardship of the Wissahickon, you might be interested in becoming a Trail Ambassador for the Friends of the Wissahickon (FOW). The Winter training program sessions are on Thursday evenings from 6 till 8, from February 9th through March 22nd. The application deadline is January 20th, and the fee for the training is $100. Limited slots are available, and you must be a member of FOW to participate. For more info, check the FOW website (; to apply online, go

“Movies That Matter”, a new free film series co-sponsored by Rhino Chiropractic, Blue Banyan Yoga and Urban Athlete, will kick off onJanuary 20th, from 7 – 9 PM, at Blue Banyan Yoga (7153 Sprague St.), with a showing of “The Greater Good”. This film addresses the controversy surrounding childhood vaccinations, and there will be a post-film discussion. Although the program is free, reservations are required; contact or call 215-844-4400, by January 15th.

Other upcoming events are listed on our website calendar ( so check from time to time.

It’s NEVER too late to join EMAN! Our ability to present programs such as the joint meeting on the 10th, to produce this e-newsletter, to work with sister community organizations and to generally be in place when you need us, depends on the support of community residents, businesses and organizations. Your paid memberships or additional donations are deeply appreciated! You can join at our website using PayPal. If you prefer to write a check, e-mail us at and we’ll send you a form. We welcome your participation, as well. We are setting up committees, planning activities, and listening to your ideas about what would be beneficial to the neighborhood. Our regular Community/Board meetings are generally held at 7PM on the first Tuesday evening of the month, at the EMAN Office (in the basement of the Wiedemann Building on the campus of the Lutheran Theological Seminary, 7301 Germantown Ave., across from the WaWa). Our next regular meeting will be on February 7th.

All of us at EMAN wish you the best in this New Year. We look forward to seeing you at a meeting or event!