Happy Fall from East Mt. Airy Neighbors!

          What a refreshing change this cooler, less-humid air is, after our typically hot & humid Summer! With the arrival of pleasant weather & start of the school year, things feel like they're coming back to life. The neighborhood's perking up.........  

IMPORTANT UPDATE FROM THE STREETS DEPARTMENT: It's going to be a very exciting week for Philadelphia, but not without impact that some residents & businesses are less than excited about. The road closures & no-parking zones in the areas boxed off for the World Meeting of Families & the particpation of Pope Francis are getting a lot of press, but the events will affect our neighborhood, too. (Be sure your SEPTA Regional Rail lines are running if you need to get anywhere by train.) Because resources will be needed for the Papal visit later this week,there will be no regular trash/recycling collection this Friday. Please hold your trash & recycling till next Friday, as there won't be a "make-up day".

And From the City Health Department: The calendar may say it's Fall, but mosquitoes can't read. As long as the weather's warm, the little suckers will be out to get us......& mosquitoes have tested positive for the West Nile virus throughout the city. The virus peaks in September & is still a threat in October, so we have to continue to take precautions. Continue to drain standing water, to eliminate breeding grounds. Use insect repellent when you need to be outside. If weather permits, wear pants &  long-sleeved shirts. Contact your doctor if you develop these symptoms after a mosquito bite: fever, headache, neck stiffness &/or exhaustion. Remember that mosquitoes can infect pets with diseases, too, so check with your vet to see if there are precautions you should take.

Street Fare was a major success! Congratulations to our partners at Mt. Airy USA for another successful Street Fare! Thousands of people from all over the City (& beyond) came to hear the music, & sample the offerings of a variety of food trucks, as well as our great local eateries. MAUSA's Jamie Shanker & her team did a great job managing a ton of moving parts.

School is back! We're all reading the stories about the terrible financial conditions in which the School District is operating, the lack of qualified substitute teachers, the shortage of supplies, etc. We don't have to just sit & watch --- there are ways to get involved. All of our local public schools would be happy to have volunteers for a variety of special projects & everyday needs. Contact any of them to find out how you can help. Supplies are always welcome, if you'd like to make a donation. And those "BoxTops for Education", too! There are specific projects at the individual schools, also. TheFriends of Houston Playground group is having a Community Fund Day/Yard Sale on October 4th. You can sell your unwanted things &/or buy things your neighbors aren't using anymore. The Friends group requests that sellers donate 50% (or more) of what they make to the Friends of Houston Playground, which will use the money for upkeep of the space. There will be a bake sale at the event, & donations of yummy baked items would be appreciated. You can also volunteer by contacting Crystal Bianchi (CrystalBianchi@gmail.com) or David Stern-Gottfried (dave@davesg.com

Make Art, Grow Food The "Make Art, Grow Food" mural & garden at the Mt. Airy Art Garage was officially celebrated last week. The mural was created by MAAG artists, the autism classrooms at Houston School & the seniors at HomeLink, & it's astoundingly beautiful. EMAN is thrilled to have provided sponsorship funding for this project through an EMAN Community Fund grant. We couldn't be happier with both the process & the results!

Revolutionary Germantown Festival On October 3rd from 10AM till 3PM, (rain or shine), this annual festival will provide both historical info & fun for all ages. The festival takes place on the grounds of Cliveden of the National Trust, 6400 block of Germantown Ave. At noon & 3PM, the popular Battle of Germantown re-enactments will take place. There will be kid-friendly activities throughout the day, & a beer garden for adults. For more info & a complete schedule of events, vistwww.revolutionarygermantown.org/

In Other News...........

           The pergola at Germantown Avenue & Cresheim Valley Drivehas been beautifully restored, thanks to efforts by Valley Green Bank. The "ribbon cutting" will take place on Monday, 9/28th, at 5:30, & the community is invited. RSVP to Lesley Seitchik (215-242-7540 or lseitchik@valleygreenbank.com). Valley Green wanted to find a way to thank Mt. Airy & Chestnut Hill for our support of the Bank, & what a nice way to do that!  The project received additional support from Chestnut Hill Rotary, the Chestnut Hill Community Fund, the PA Horticultural Society & the Mt. Airy BID.

          Mt. Airy 2025, a planning-grant project led by Mt. Airy USA with support from EMAN & WMAN, is moving right along. We still need help with surveys. If you're interested, please contact Abby Thaker at MAUSA (athaker@mtairyusa.org). She'll arrange for you to conduct surveys near your home, if you'd like. These surveys are the beginning of a resident-driven process that will allow us to determine what we'd like Mt. Airy to be in the future, & much of the area that the planning addresses is in East Mt. Airy.  This is a chance to be heard about what's important to us, & we don't get those chances all that often! Community meetings also will be held from time to time, & we'll let you know about those.

We're Having a Party!   And you're invited to join us!   "A Toast to Mt. Airy" will be a celebration of what's good about the neighborhood. There'll be a champagne toast to the neighborhood, a variety of foods representing the wonderful ethnic diversity of the community, an open wine & beer bar (& non-alcoholic beverages, too), & live dance music. The party will take place on Saturday, October 17th, from 7:00 till 11:00 PM, at the Brossman Center at LutheranTheological Seminary (7301 Germantown Ave.) Tickets are $100 a person, $150 for 2 people. You can make your reservations online at www.atoasttomtairy.com for an evening of food, dancing & fun! All proceeds from the event will help support EMAN's work in the community.

And Your Little Dog, Too............ Why should humans have all the fun? Save the date: Our 3rd annual "Paws on the Pavement" Community Dog Walk will take place this year on Sunday, October 25th starting at 1:00. (The Eagles game doesn't take place till later, so no worries there.) We'll meet on the parking lot behind Holy Cross Church, next door to the Mt. Airy Animal Hospital. Those amazing K-9 search & rescue dogs will be back, demonstrating their skills. (They're working the Papal visit detail, by the way.) There'll be hot dogs & drinks for purchase, dog treats, dog-related vendors, kids' activities, a raffle, & more. Our participants have ranged from a Great Dane to a Chihuahua, & everybody had fun. It's a nice way to get to meet other dog people in the 'hood, & it's fun for both dogs & their humans. We had some participants who don't have pets, & enjoyed the afternoon, even without a dog! Many thanks to our great co-sponsors, Queenie's Pets & the Mt. Airy Animal Hospital.

EMAN's next regularly scheduled Community/Board meeting will take place on Monday, October 5th, at Lovett Memorial Library's community room (2nd floor). The Board meets in Executive Session at 7PM, & thecommunity is invited to join us at 7:30. Come meet the volunteers who are working to make our good community better. And please consider becoming a member or renewing your membership. Go to our website (http://www.eastmountairy.org) & click on "Membership".

EMAN sends warm wishes for a sweet New Year to our Jewish friends & colleagues. May the holiday bring you a sense of renewal & hope.