EMAN’s September Community/Board meeting, previously set for September 7th, has been postponed till Sept. 14th due to scheduling conflicts. Same time (7PM), same place (EMAN office, Wiedemann Building, Lutheran Theological Seminary campus). Our regular monthly meetings are open to the community and we’ll be happy to see you! EMAN’s annual Membership Campaign is underway. You should be receiving a letter soon (or you can read it and join using PayPal on our website,www.eastmountairy.org). We rely on the support of the community to carry out our mission of preserving and improving the quality of life in East Mt. Airy through communication, information and cooperation.
Things usually slow down in the summer, but this year is different. Lots of activity: The Mt. Airy Farmers Market (every Tuesday from 3 till 7 PM on the Wm. Allen Plaza at the Lutheran Theological Seminary) is going strong, and more shoppers come every week. The food is local and healthy. Different nonprofit groups are at our community information table every week, to let us know about their organizations’ activities. The environment’s relaxed and friendly, and it’s really a nice place to shop.
Summer doesn’t stop First Friday in our shopping/dining area. This month, (August 6th), some of the stores are having Summer sales, making room for Fall inventory. Whether you’re looking for bargains or a snack, First Friday is a pleasant way to spend the evening.
To celebrate their 10th anniversary as a popular and successful local restaurant, Ken and Judy Weinstein and the rest of the folks at the Trolley Car Diner and Deli are throwing a big birthday/“thank you” party for the community onSunday, August 8th from 3 till 8PM. Everyone’s invited to this family-oriented free event, which will feature music, games, giveaways, kids’ activities, and of course, food! (For more info: Erica@trolleycardiner.com )
Good news from the city’s recycling program: Collection of plastics has expanded to include #1 through # 7! This will be a convenience for those of us who’ve taken all those #5’s for monthly collection, (thank you, Weavers Way!), and will save a lot of other materials from ending up in the trash stream. We canearn rewards through RecycleBank. If you haven’t yet signed up, go towww.RecycleBank.com to do so. In a couple of weeks, you’ll get a bar-code sticker (for your primary recycling container) that will be electronically scanned by the recycling collection trucks. Points are awarded on the basis of the total amount collected in your neighborhood, so the more people who participate, the more rewards we earn.I t’s important to note that recycling is now the law in Philadelphia, and city inspectors are out checking trash. You can be ticketed and fined for putting recyclables in your trash, and we’ve had reports that this is already happening in Mt. Airy.
As I’m sure you’ve noticed, the MAUSA Streetscape program on Germantown Avenue is underway. There’s no street parking on weekdays from 7AM till 3:30 PM, but it’s available & free after 3:30 and on weekends. This temporary inconvenience will result in a much nicer street, so our patience will pay off. Please continue to support our local merchants and restaurants during the construction!
In other news about MAUSA, please join us in thanking Farah Jimenez for her work as Executive Director of Mt. Airy USA, and wishing her well in her new position as CEO of the Peoples Emergency Center. MAUSA has begun the search for a new E.D. A job description and information about applications can be found on their website (www.mtairyusa.org).
We are adding community events like block clean-ups to our website calendar. If your block has such an activity planned and you’d like us to list it, let us know by sending a note to firstname.lastname@example.org, and we’ll try to get it on in a timely manner.
Please take a moment to renew your membership, or become a new member. We can only continue (and expand) our activities and programs with your help.