Yes, the weather's been "unusual" (to put it nicely) lately, but I'm seeing crocuses, & daffodil & hyacinth shoots, so Spring weather can't be far away. In response to our alert about recent burglaries, we've heard from several residents with reports about crimes in their immediate areas during the last couple of weeks. While it would be nice to start the newsletter with something more pleasant, we feel an obligation to keep you informed of problems. A resident of the 200 block of E. Mt. Pleasant Ave. reported hearing gunshots at around midnight, followed by a car speeding away, in mid-March. East Durham St. has seen several thefts of mail, & mailbox vandalism, this month. Obviously, thieves are aware of tax-refund check time. There have been car break-ins in several parts of East Mt. Airy. Sometimes things have been taken; others report that their cars were "tossed", but there was nothing of value to steal. A long-time resident of the 6600 block of Ross St. was victimized by a pre-dawn "cat burglar", who entered her home through a rear window. We're not passing this information along to scare you, but we do hope it encourages all of us to be alert to what's happening. It's important to call 911. The information is recorded & analyzed, & used to determine deployment & patrols.
Mt. Airy Mayoral Forum on May 6th
On Wednesday evening, May 6th, (7:00 - 9:00) East & West Mt. Airy Neighbors will be hosting a forum for the candidates for the Democratic nomination for mayor. The event will take place at the Brossman Center on the Lutheran Theological Seminary Campus (7301 Germantown Ave.) It's a crowded field, & this will be a chance to hear about thecandidates' plans for the City, & to ask questions. At this writing, all of the candidates except Lynne Abraham have committed to attend. Mark your calendars & meet the people who want to run the City!
Other interesting things going on in the neighborhood..........
Mt. Airy USA (MAUSA) has received a Neighborhood Planning Grant from the Wells Fargo Foundation. The planning area includes parts of East Mt. Airy that can really use the help, & extends into residential blocks, not just the commercial corridor. MAUSA has involved both East & West Mt. Airy Neighbors, & the Mt. Airy Business Improvement District (BID) in the process, & we're looking forward to working on this!
MT. AIRY DAY will be here soon! This annual festival, jointly produced by EMAN & WMAN, will take place on May 2nd (rain date May 3rd), on the grounds of the beautiful Cliveden of the National Trust, from11 till 5. There will be live entertainment, children's arts & crafts activities & rides, trucks & stands offering a variety of foods, merchandise vendors, tables with information about various local nonprofit organizations & schools. In other words, there'll be something for almost everybody! There will also be a pressing need for volunteers to help with the event. It's a huge task with lots of moving parts, & we need your help. This is an excellent way for students to get those required community service hours. And Weavers Way Co-op is once again offering work hours for Mt. Airy Day volunteers. To sign up for a work shift (or 2!), go to: http://www.mtairyday.org& click on "Volunteer Info"
Awbury Arboretum will be having an opening celebration for"Curious Creatures in the Secret Garden" on April 11th from 11:00 till 3:00. There'll be face painting & other kids' activities, & a live animal presentation at 1:00. The event is free & open to the public; food will be available for purchase. You can get more info at www.awbury.org
The Lutheran Theological Seminary (7301 Germantown Ave.) will be hosting its delicious Easter Brunch again this year, on Easter Sunday, April 5th. Pre-paid reservations are required for this popular event, & there are 2 seatings (11:30 - 1:00 or 1:30 - 3:00). Visit www.brossmancenter.com & click on "Upcoming Events" for pricing & the full menu (special kids' meals, too!).
On April 9th, from 7:00 - 9:00 PM, "Cliveden Conversations" will focus on the future of Upsala (the mansion across Germantown Ave. from Cliveden), & explore possible scenarios. The program, "Upsala: Considering the Future of a Historic House", will take place at the Cliveden Carriage House, (entrance near Cliveden & Morton).
The Philadelphia Department of Revenue has launched an"Income Inequality Initiative", to help Philadelphia residents who qualify for the Federal Earned Income Tax Credit receive the maximum to which they are entitled. Thousands of low-to-moderate income workers are eligible, but don't file. For details, call 215-686-9200 or visitwww.phila.gov/revenue/EITC
The Quintessence Theatre Group will mark 5 years in Philadelphia with a world premiere adaptation of The Three Musketeers. Previews begin on April 15th; opening night performance is on April 17th. All performances take place at the Sedgwick Theater. For info, call 215-987-4450 or visit www.QuintessenceTheatre.org
The Friends of Lovett Library encourage you to come to a specialcommunity meeting on April 20th at the Library, to discuss what the Lovett community will do while Mt. Airy's library is closed for renovations. The meeting starts at 7:00.
EMAN's next regular Community/Board Meeting will be on Monday evening, April 6th. The Board meets in executive session at 7:00, & the community is invited to join us at 7:30. Our meetings are held at Lovett Library (Germantown Ave. at Sedgwick St.), in the 2nd floor community room. Joining us this month will be the new Captain of the 14th Police District, Sekou Kinebrew, & State Senator Art Haywood. We hope you'll join us, too. We also hope you'll support our activities in the community by becoming a paid EMAN member. You can join at our website (www.eastmountairy.org) using PayPal, or drop us a note or call us (215-242-4170) if you'd like a hard-copy membership form!
This weekend, 2 major faith groups are celebrating important holidays. The Jewish community welcomes Passover on Friday evening, & western Christians celebrate Easter on Sunday. Our best wishes for happy & meaningful observances, whichever holiday you celebrate!