I’m thinking Fall is really here

The Farmers Market has packed up for the season, we’ve turned our clocks back, we’ve checked our heaters……….we’ve even had our first measurable snow --- YIKES! The City’s bagged leaf collection is underway, and will run through December 16th. Leaves must be bagged (in those brown paper biodegradable leaf bags), and put out on your regular trash collection day.

As you know, many of East Mt. Airy’s streets have been ripped up (“milled”) for weeks now, in preparation for repaving. I have spoken to the Streets Department, and have been told that the total time between milling and paving is usually between 6 to 8 weeks. While “Be patient” was not exactly what I wanted to hear, crews are currently asphalting other areas of the city, and our turn will come. In the meantime, we’ll have to continue to drive cautiously, avoiding holes and debris.

Congratulations to East Mt. Airy resident Cindy Bass, who will be our next City Councilperson from the 8th District! We all wish her success…..…she knows we’re counting on her to be thoughtful, proactive and responsive to her constituents. Here at EMAN, we appreciate her recognition of the value of community organizations, and we look forward to a productive working relationship. Congratulations to both candidates on a clean campaign. Cindy Bass and Brian Rudnick stuck to the issues, their experience, etc., rather than attacking each other or our outgoing Councilwoman. It was good to see them both out in the neighborhood(s), looking for input from residents.

It’s getting more Autumnal by the day, but there’s still plenty to do in the neighborhood. A few of the activities and events are listed below; we try to keep our website calendar up-to-date between newsletters, so be sure to check it regularly (www.eastmountairy.org).

Theater is a constant bright spot in Mt. Airy, whatever the weather. Both Allens Lane Theater and Quintessence Theatre group will be entertaining us with thought-provoking productions throughout the Winter and into the Spring. You can check performance schedules and purchase tickets for both organizations’ shows online: www.allenslane.org andwww.QuintessenceTheatre.org

Thanksgiving and the December holidays are just ahead, and information about community activities is starting to come in to the EMAN office. You can let us know about your organization’s event by e-mailing me atinfo@eastmountairy.org.

This Friday evening, November 11th, “Mt. Airy’s Got Talent” will be presented at St. Michael’s Lutheran Church ( 6671 Germantown Ave.). Proceeds will benefit arts programs at the Emlen School in East Mt. Airy, which has suffered the same budget cuts all public schools are facing.

The annual Empty Bowl Dinner, which raises much-needed funds for the Northwest Philadelphia Interfaith Hospitality Network (NPIHN) will take place on Thursday, November 17th from 4:30 – 8:30 PM, at Chestnut Hill College’s Sorgenti Arena. This all-you-can-eat festival of fresh soups, breads and desserts is always popular. This year’s special dinner host is Mike McGrath, of WHYY’s “You Bet Your Garden”. Adults $15, children/students $6, (and you get a handcrafted bowl!). To donate, go towww.philashelter.org

Mt. Airy Presbyterian Church will host a free Thanksgiving Potluck Dinner on Wednesday, November 23rd at 6 PM, followed by a worship service at 7:30. An offering will be taken to support “Heat Up Mt. Airy”, which will update the church’s heating system. Call 215-247-1303 to RSVP.

Lutheran Seminary’s annual toy drive, (in partnership with the Salvation Army), is about to get underway. A collection box will be set up in the lobby of the Brossman Center. The need for donations of toys is particularly strong this year, as the economy affects more families. (Toys should be unwrapped, so the elves can distribute them appropriately.)

Once again this year, Trolley Car Diner will be collecting gently used coats for distribution to people in need. I’ll let you know when it will start, but in the meantime, save those coats you were planning to get rid of, so they can keep someone warm this Winter.

I’d be remiss if I didn’t congratulate Rabbi George Stern, winner of the “Platinum Spatula Award” at the first Annual “Cookin’ With Who?”fundraising event, for his family’s recipes for brisket and latkes. All of the recipes were delicious, all of the guest chefs were warm and enthusiastic. The event was successful all around: interesting auction items produced lots of bids, attendees had fun and had the opportunity to network, and no one left hungry! Thanks to all who attended, to those generous businesses, artists, service-providers and neighborhood residents who donated auction items, the volunteers from EMAN, NIM and Lutheran Seminary who worked to plan the event, to CURA Catering for donating and preparing the food, to the program advertisers, and especially to our premier sponsors, the Larry DiFranco Team at Elfant Wissahickon. We’ve received a lot of positive feedback, and are hoping to make this an annual community event!

Many thanks to residents, organizations and businesses who have joined EMAN. Our membership campaign got a late start, but is picking up steam. We appreciate your support! You can join at EMAN’s website (www.eastmountairy.org) using PayPal.

Enjoy the Fall colors………………..soon, we’ll be looking up and seeing snow!