Hello from East Mt. Airy Neighbors!

Despite recent weather extremes, there has been a lot of activity in the neighborhood............  

EMAN Community Fund's 2016 Grant Application Process! The EMAN Community Fund, a donor-advised fund managed byThe Philadelphia Foundation (TPF), is seeking Letters of Interest (LOI) as the first step in the 2016 grant application process. The Fund seeks to support local non-profit organizations that serve East Mt. Airy & Northwest Philadelphia through programs in keeping with EMAN's motto, "Making a Good Community Better".The priority areas for grants are: aging; building community; children & youth; & mental health/intellectual disabilities. Grants will range from $5,000 to $25,000. 75% of an organization's clients must live in Northwest Philly, with a minimum of 25% of clients living in the area served by East Mt. Airy Neighbors. Letters of Interest must be received by TPF no later than Friday, 2/26th to be considered. Detailed guidelines & instructions for the LOIs can be requested from The Philadelphia Foundation. Contact EMAN@philafound.org or 215-563-6417.

A Great Addition to the Avenue: Congratulations to our community partners at Mt. Airy USA on the opening of the new Immigrant Innovation Hub (Philly I Hub), at 6700 Germantown Ave. This interesting addition to our neighborhood is a pilot program to assist immigrant entrepreneurs. In their speeches at the opening party, both Mayor Jim Kenney & MAUSA Executive Director Brad Copeland spoke of the need for neighborhood-centered economic development, & noted the important role immigrant entrepreneurs have played in urban development throughout American history. And what better place than our diverse & thriving Mt. Airy business community? For more info about Philly I Hub, visit www.Piihub.org

Meet Police Commissioner Richard Ross Our friend Steve Stroiman (Mt. Airy-Nippon-Bryan-Cresheim Town Watch) has arranged for newly-appointed Philadelphia Police Commissioner Richard Ross to speak to the Mt. Airy community onThursday, March 3rd, at 7:30 PM.           This event will take place in the Hagan Amphitheater on the campus of the Lutheran Theological Seminary (7301 Germantown Ave.). Commissioner Ross brings over 25 years of experience & service to this position. Like his predecessor, Commissioner Ross is a strong advocate of community policing. And he is looking forward to addressing members of our active & involved community. This is an opportunity to meet him & voice any concerns you have. We urge you to attend!

Lovett Library to close for renovations: As you may have heard, Lovett Memorial Library was chosen to be one of the neighborhood libraries that becomes a "21st Century Library". There have been several community meetings at which the Free Library of Philadelphia (FLP), along with planners, architects & contractors, have presented the specifics on this renovation/enlargement plan. Last week, the Zoning variances needed for the project were approved by near-neighbors & supported by the many community members who attended the meeting. While this is certainly an exciting project, there are lots of concerns about coping with the Library's closure (set to begin on April 1st, & continue for 18-20 months). Lovett is a major neighborhood hub, much more than "just" a collection of books & computers. The FLP & local organizations (especially Friends of Lovett Memorial Library), are doing everything possible to identify ways programs can continue in some fashion during the closure. Of course, other local neighborhood libraries will still be open. The Techmobile will visit one day a week (day TBD). Efforts are being made to establish a monthly storytime &/or library program at an alternate site in Mt. Airy. Outreach efforts to local schools, day care centers, summer camps, etc., have begun & will continue. The Library staff will have a presence at Mt. Airy Day & other community fairs. More info about the closure & alternative services can be found athttp://www.friendsoflovett.org  Question/comments for the FLP about the Library renovation & alternative services can be sent to: LibraryConstruction@freelibrary.org

Mt. Airy Art Garage update: A new location has been found! All we know so far is it that MAAG will remain in Mt. Airy (YAY!!!) on Germantown Avenue. Acommunity meeting will take place at MAAG (11 W. Mt. Airy Ave.) on2/24th, at 6:00 PM, to bring us all up to date. Bring a pot-luck dish to share, &/or a piece of your artwork to show. This is very exciting news for local artists & for the entire community!

Special Election in Northwest Philly On March 15th, a special election will be held for the 200th Legislative District. As you know, State Rep. Cherelle Parker resigned her seat to run for Philadelphia City Council (where she now represents the 9th Council District). Voters in the 200th District should go to their regular polling place, during regular voting hours (7:00 AM till 8:00 PM). This is NOT a primary --- the person elected will serve the remainder of Rep. Parker's term, through the end of the year. (The primary election --- through which we will choose candidates for the U.S. Presidency & U.S. Congress --- both House of Representatives & Senate--- will take place on Tuesday, April 26th.)

Safety Alert: We've had a report about a car break-in on East Gowen Ave. over the weekend. An attempt to jump-start the car was made. We join the 14th PPD in reminding you to lock your car, & not to leave electronics or other valuables visible from the street. As you know, property crimes are our most frequent crime issue here in Mt. Airy. And we urge you to be alert --- if you see suspicious activity, call 911 immediately!

It's Never Too Early....... Meetings to plan Mt. Airy Day have been happening for 2 months. The event will be on Saturday, May 7th this year. It's a huge production with lots of moving parts, & it takes a team of dedicated community volunteers to make it happen. Working on Mt. Airy Day is a great way to get to know people in the neighborhood. If you're interested in helping, send an e-mail to mtairyday@aol.com. If you know a high school student who needs community service hours, please let her/him know that this is a fun way to meet that requirement!


EMAN's March Community/Board meeting (3/7th) will be our last at Lovett Library's community room till the renovations are completed & the Library reopens. We'll let you know about the location of future meetings as soon as we find a spot. The Board meets in executive session at 7:00. The community is always invited to join the Board at 7:30, & we hope you'll attend. We also hope you'll join EMAN, as a paid member! Visit our website (http://www.eastmountairy.org/) for membership information.


See you around the 'hood!