Pennsylvania's primary election will take place a week from today, on Tuesday, April 26th. Often, the PA primary takes place after other primaries & caucuses have already given candidates enough delegates to be their party's nominee, but this year's different.Some years, you just want to shut your eyes & vote for the candidate your finger lands on. Or for the first listed candidate. Maybe not this time. As you know, there are very clear choices for the Presidential nomination, in both major parties. There are differences in both policies & personalities. Most of us have a preference, & this year, we also get to have an impact. Sen.Toomey's current term of office as one of PA's U.S. Senatorsis about to end, and he is running for another term. He will face a Democratic challenger in the November election, who will be chosen by registered Democratic voters next Tuesday. Voters will also choose candidates for PA Attorney General. Here in the 2nd Congressional District, there's an important choice to be made among 4 Democratic candidates for the U.S. House of Representatives. We want to be heard at the national level, so read up on the candidates & vote for the one who best represents your views. If you have questions about any of the candidates, or would like more information about their positions before you vote, visit theCommittee of Seventy's website (www.seventy.org). Their non-partisan voter's guide has info on everything: polling locations & hours, candidate bios & positions, & ballot questions. We can't make suggestions about candidates. But we can urge you to make your voice heard by voting.
MT. AIRY DAY!!! It's almost here --- our wonderful community festival will take place on Saturday, May 7th, from 11 till 5 (raindate May 8th), on the beautiful grounds of Cliveden of the National Trust (6400 block Germantown Ave.). Mt. Airy Day draws thousands of people from the neighborhood & beyond, with live entertainment, food for purchase, children's activities & games (including a free petting zoo), vendors & community information tables. EMAN & WMAN have been producing this unique family-friendly celebration of our diverse & eclectic community for over 40 years. A team of dedicated volunteers has been working since January to make it the best Mt. Airy Day ever, & we hope you'll come out for an afternoon of fun & friendship in the 'hood. There are still some volunteer slots open, & this is a nice way for students to get their required community service hours. Visit the event website (www.mtairyday.org) & click on the "volunteer" tab to sign up. MANY thanks to our generous sponsors, without whom there'd be no Mt. Airy Day: Cliveden of the National Trust; Electrical Wizardry; Alma Mater Restaurant, Bar & Beer Garden; Little Jimmie's Bake House;Philadelphia Federal Credit Union (PFCU); Mt. Airy Animal Hospital; Chestnut Hill Hospital; Valley Green Bank; the Miquon School; Abington Friends School; Weavers Way Co-op; Generation 3 Electric; Monte & Sons Auto Repair; Chestnut Hill Rotary; Lindy; Greenhouse Internists; Loretta Witt, Berkshire Hathaway Home Services, Fox Roach Realtors. We hope you'll support the businesses that support your community organizations!
Beautify Your Block East Mt. Airy Tree Tenders can help you get a free curbside treeplanted in front of your home this Fall. Street trees help combat pollution as well as beautify the neighborhood. Contact lead Tree Tender Jim Fries (firstname.lastname@example.org), who will arrange for Fall delivery & planting. Also, please e-mail Jim if you'll have some time to spare & would like to help deliver & plant trees.
Beautify Your Garden Awbury Arboretum's annual Earth & Arbor Day celebration will take place at the arboretum's Agricultural Village (enter at 901 E. Washington Lane) on Saturday, April 30th, from 11:00 till 2:00. There'll be a plant sale, & helpful activities like a seed-starting workshop. For details, visit www.awbury.org
There are Earth Day specials at many local businesses & restaurants. Go to www.gomtairy.com for a full listing.
Coded By Kids As part of Philly Tech Week, Coded by Kids will be offering a free event not far from the neighborhood. People of all ages are invited to the Dorothy Emanuel Rec Center (8500 Pickering St.) on May 2nd, from 5:00-7:00, for 2 1-hour sessions that will introduce people to coding & provide info about Philly's tech community. No experience is necessary, & no commitment required.
We Knew Her Back When... Congratulations to Karen Dean, who has received the Lindback Foundation's Distinguished Principal Award! Mrs.Dean was the Assistant Principal at Henry School for several years, & then served as Principal of A.B. Day School, before assuming her current position as Principal of Lankenau Environmental Science Magnet High School. The $20,000 stipend Lankenau will receive as part of this award will help continue their recovery from devastating vandalism in February. Those of us who worked closely with Mrs. Dean when she was at Mt. Airy schools are not a bit surprised by this award --- & we're absolutely delighted by it!
Car Break-ins Continue Unfortunately, property crimes seem to rise in frequency with the temperature, & we are receiving reports about car break-ins in both East & West Mt. Airy. It is important to report these & any other property crimes, no matter how minor they seem to you, to the Police. Call 911 to file a report, even if it doesn't warrant sending an officer to your home. The Police Department keeps track of patterns, & we want to make sure the 14th PPD gets our share of police coverage.
Want to be more involved in the neighborhood? East Mt. Airy Neighbors is looking for a few good Board members to help carry out our mission of working to make our good community better. There are services we'd like to provide, & activities we'd like to do in the community --- but we need more active & committed Board members to increase our presence in the neighborhood. If you think you might be interested, please come to aCommunity/Board meeting. The next regular meeting will be held at7:30 on Monday, May 2nd, at Alma Mater Restaurant (7165 Germantown Ave.)
If you're not quite ready to become involved at the Board level,please consider becoming a paid member of EMAN. You can join at our website (http://www.eastmountairy.org/). Organizations like EMAN can only continue our work in the community with your support.
Happy Passover to our Jewish friends & neighbors!