Important Community Meeting

Monday, July 20th7:00 - 9:00 PM Grace Epiphany Church Gowen Ave. & Ardleigh St.        

           In response to the brutal murder of Regina Brunner Holmes, community leaders/activists have organized a meeting which will both pay tribute to Regina's work in the community, & allow interaction with the professionals & leaders who work to ensure the peace & safety of our neighborhood. Elected officials, the leadership of the 14th PPD, SEPTA Police representatives, Town Watch organizers & others will  address concerns & offer suggestions/help to community members, residents & businesses. We urge you to attend. We know not all crimes are preventable by organized community efforts, but many are, & we owe it to ourselves & our neighborhood to try.

Other News, Activities & Events

   It's that time again .... mosquito season is upon us, & the increased amount of rain we've had this Spring will likely mean an increased number of mosquitoes (& ticks). The bites are more than just annoying & itchy. They can lead to serious complications, like West Nile virus & Lyme disease. The Philadelphia Health Department is leading a "Fight the Bite" campaign. They're providing info about how to avoid bites, how to make your property less attractive to disease-carrying insects, how to recognize symptoms of the above-mentioned diseases, etc. Visit their website to learn more:       State Senator Art Haywood is opening his Philadelphia office here in Mt. Airy. The public is invited to the grand opening on July 22nd, from 4:00 till 6:00, at 7104-06 Germantown Ave. (near Mt. Pleasant Ave.). Come meet Senator Haywood & his staff, & find out about the many constituent services they provide!

          Turns out there is, occasionally, such a thing as a free lunch! From now through August 7th, delicious free nutritious lunches will be available to kids 18 & under on weekdays from 12:30 till 1:30. Come to the picnic area behind Cope House at the beautiful Awbury Arboretum (One Awbury Rd.; enter from Chew Ave., just south of Washington Lane). This program is generously sponsored by the USDA & the Archdiocese of Philadelphia.     Our friends at the Arboretum offer year-round activities open to the community, many of them low-cost or free. Check out their website for a calendar of events & programs ( For example...........this Sunday, (July 12th), the Heartwood Music Festival will happen at Awbury, from 11 AM till 6 PM. Co-sponsored by the Arboretum & the Philadelphia Folksong Society, this one-day special event will feature local musicians, food trucks, craft vendors & kids' activities. Admission is $10 in advance, & $15 at the gate. For info or tickets:

          Our partners at Mt. Airy USA (MAUSA) are adding activities to their Summer offerings. "Park Before Dark", (in the park next to Lovett Library, Germantown Ave. at Sedgwick St.) will happen on Thursday evenings starting at 6 PM, with an assortment of activities. Like the idea of salsa dancing but need a lesson? Want tips on BBQ that you can use at home? Yearn to participate in a "Frozen" sing-along? The activities are free. Food trucks will have food available for purchase. Check the schedule; registration is encouraged. Visit Some of the exciting things MAUSA (& partners EMAN & WMAN) are doing require help. Volunteers are needed for several projects. The children's literacy activities that connect to the Moonlight Movies on Friday evenings need volunteers to help with the pre-movie-showing activities. You can read to some really cute children. You can help with the weekly craft projects. You can do both! Contact Rob at MAUSA if you're interested ( Help is also needed with the Mt. Airy 2025 planning grant. Many people attended the first community meeting in this planning process, & were very enthusiastic, as well as pleased to learn that this planning process really is resident-driven. Surveys will be done in various locations, at various times, to collect as much info as possible. We could use your help with this. Go to for more information about the process & how to be involved. It looks like a nice way to meet neighbors & learn more about the 'hood!

As you know, Valley Green Bank became part of Univest at the start of 2015. Part of the reason for their 10 successful years in Mt. Airy (& Chestnut Hill) is that they built relationships in the community. To celebrate these relationships & thank the community for a decade of loyal patronage, the Board & staff of Valley Green Bank are restoring the pergola & arch at Germantown Ave. & Cresheim Valley Drive, where Mt. Airy & Chestnut Hill meet. This gift to the community includes masonry work, landscaping, lighting & more. Work at this historic structure has been underway, & the end of the project is in sight! Help is needed for abig planting & general clean-up day on Tuesday, July 21st, starting at8AM. Refreshments will be provided. If you can help, please let Lesley Seitchik know (

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