HOLIDAY GREETINGS from East Mt. Airy Neighbors!

Germantown Avenue looks festive (thanks to our business owners and the Business Ass’n of Mt. Airy/MAUSA)………..our restaurants are serving up some fabulous seasonal specials …….. community groups and businesses have been actively working to make people’s lives better. (It’s not too late to take books for grades K-8 to Valley Green Bank, and winter coats to Trolley Car Diner!)

You can be generous and serve the community in other ways, after the holidays are past.

Mark your calendar for the annual Martin Luther King Jr. Day of Service, on January 21st. This year, EMAN is again partnering with WMAN, Mt. Airy USA (MAUSA) and the Trolley Car Diner, to improve the physical environment at Houston School. Located on Allens Lane at Rural Lane, Houston serves students (grades K-8) from both East and West Mt. Airy. There’s lots to be done in our aging school buildings, and there’ll be both indoor and outdoor projects on MLK Day. Breakfast will be provided by MAUSA, and Trolley Car Diner will provide lunch. If you’re interested in being part of the effort, please e-mail Abby Thaker at MAUSA to register (, so we’ll know how many people to expect.

Help the environment and support EMAN on January 6th, from 1 till 4, by bringing your Christmas tree to our “Tree-Cycling” event. Trees will be collected at Gabbie’s Community Garden, on Chew Ave. just below Mt. Airy Ave. They’ll be chipped and turned into mulch for community garden use.

The City regards these trees as trash, and they end up as landfill. So much better to have them continue to be useful after they’ve served us during the holidays. Last year, we saved about 200 trees from the dump! So, help us spread the word; we want to do even better this year!

There’s a $5 donation requested for each tree. Money raised will support EMAN’s work in the community. (Trees will also be recycled atNorwood Fontbonne Academy in Chestnut Hill from 9:30 till 12:30 on the same day.) Please remove all ornaments. (You’ll want to save those, anyway.) No early drop-offs at either location, please!

Other News and Activities

If your children think about baseball even in darkest winter, registration for Mt. Airy Baseball’s instructional clinics is now open.You can go to for more information and to register online.

Mutual Mt. Airy, a newly-formed group that will focus on aging-in-place issues in the community, had a successful first meeting and is moving right along. The next meeting will be on January 14th at 6:45, at Lovett Library (upstairs meeting room). The organization is looking for input during its formative phase. What is needed? What’s the best way to provide it?

The Summit Children’s Program in Mt. Airy’s Summit Presbyterian Church is searching for an Executive Director. The Program has served the Mt. Airy community since 1975 and benefits from involved families and an exceptional staff. The Summit Children’s Program seeks an individual who exemplifies our community’s values and commitment to providing a safe and nurturing environment that promotes the physical, social, emotional and cognitive development of our children. Applications and nominations from the Mt. Airy community are welcome. For more information, please visit the Program’s website:

We don't want to let the year slip away without acknowledging a few of our many neighborhood partners, and thanking them for their efforts to keep Mt. Airy strong, vital and beautiful.

Working with Marilyn Cohen, E.D. of WMAN is wonderful. She is so smart, and energetic, and thoughtful, and so absolutely devoted to the ideals that characterize our community.

Anuj Gupta, E.D. of MAUSA, has the experience and drive to bring positive development to Mt. Airy, and works hard to do that every day. He doesn't give up, and is able to overcome what others might see as obstacles.

Jonna Naylor, director of the Mt. Airy Learning Tree, organizes an enormous number of human and physical resources to bring us classes on almost any topic you could imagine, and the force of her personality and her giant heart work to benefit all of us.

Hollie Malamud-Price, E.D. of the Mt. Airy B.I.D., oversees the many activities of that organization, including the beautification of our commercial corridor (from planting those hanging baskets to arranging graffiti removal). Her commitment to serving both the businesses and residents of the area is remarkable.

The businesses and restaurants in the area not only work to bring us excellent service, but are always supportive of our community organizations, and we appreciate their support. Many of them alsosponsor/support charitable efforts that assist schools, food pantries, toy and coat drives, collections of pet food and toys for shelters, etc. We thank them for exemplifying the spirit of Mt. Airy.

And we are deeply grateful to neighborhood residents who understand the value of community organizations, and support us with memberships and donations. (You can join EMAN at and WMAN at

Our December holidays, Hanukkah, Christmas and Kwanzaa, bring families and friends together to variously celebrate victory over religious oppression, the birth of hope, and rededication to principles that point to a better way to live. Whether or not you believe in ancient miracles, you can believe in bringing light into a world that is too often dark and sad and frightening.

The horrifying events in Newtown CT on December 14th inspired NBC reporter Ann Curry to start a "Kindness Crusade" --- a campaign urging people to perform 26 "random acts of kindness" in honor of those killed at Sandy Hook Elementary School.

An act of kindness doesn't have to be difficult, or expensive. A smile, a compliment, a kind word --- sometimes these seemingly little things have a big impact. You never know how special your gesture willbe to someone, or how a small act can change a life, or how your kindness will be passed along to someone else.

Perhaps 2012 will one day be remembered as the year 20 small children and 6 dedicated educators changed the world...........

We hope your Hanukkah lights burned brightly and that your latkes were delicious. We hope your Christmas will be both merry and meaningful.

And we hope your New Year will be a happy, healthy, peaceful and prosperous one!