Although there was a lot of back-&-forth about whether to go ahead with the event or postpone till the rain date, (& the weather forecast changed so frequently we were dizzy), ultimately, holding Mt. Airy Day as scheduled was the right call. We have a lot of people to thank...........Thanks to the hundreds of people who came out, despite the drizzly morning. The sun joined us mid-day, & the community was able to enjoy a pleasant afternoon. The vendors were pleased to see so many people. Thank you to our volunteers! We met lots of cheerful students, & several community-minded adults, as well. Board members from both EMAN & WMAN pitched in. The 14th Police District was represented by helpful & friendly officers, & we appreciated them being there. "Community policing" at its best....... David Young & the Cliveden staff were, as always, gracious hosts. We hope you got to see a little of the beautiful historic site. What a classy space at which to hold a community festival! Enormous thanks to the committee that worked so hard for so long to pull the festival off! I will not name everyone who played a role in this year's preparations & on the day, but a shout out to Jeff Best, Cindy Lees, Chelsea Badeau, & Donna Tretina for their dedication & hard work. The loudest & longest shout out goes to Janet Amato, without whom Mt. Airy Day simply wouldn't happen. For the past decade plus, Janet has organized, prodded, kept track, cajoled, etc, to make this happen ......... mostly with a smile. Our admiration for her steady hand is boundless! And we LOVE our sponsors! Their generosity allows the event to happen:
Cliveden of the National Trust
Mt. Airy Animal Hospital
Electrical Wizardry, Inc.
Alma Mater Restaurant, Bar & Beer Garden
Valley Green Bank
Green Mountain Energy Co.
Chestnut Hill Hospital
Generation 3 Electric
Philadelphia Federal Credit Union
Little Jimmie's Bake House
Weavers Way Co-op
Chestnut Hill Rotary
Abington Friends School
Mt. Airy USA
Loretta Witt, Berkshire Hathaway Home Services & Fox Roach Realtors
Monte & Sons Auto Repair
Mark Your Calendars.......... For EMAN's Annual Meeting/Elections, on Monday, June 13th at7PM. The meeting will take place at Hagan Amphitheater on the campus of the Lutheran Theological Seminary (7301 Germantown Ave.). It's our 50th Anniversary year, & we'll be exploring why community associations are still relevant. How/why was EMAN founded? What do we do? What more should we be doing? At this writing, our confirmed guest speakers are City Councilman-at-Large Derek Green (former EMAN President & long-time Zoning Chair) & Joe Waldo, (Executive Director of Urban Resources Development Corporation), who will speak about how a grant from theEMAN Community Fund enabled URDC to help several elderly East Mt. Airy residents remain in their homes. The organization will elect new officers, as well as new/returning Board members. We're looking for new Board members. If you're interested, please come to the Annual Meeting. (Or better yet, send us an e-mail with your contact info: email@example.com, so we can chat first). There are some new activities we'd like to start, but our capacity is limited without new Board members to take leadership roles.
More Upcoming Events
Community Meeting about Upcoming Lincoln Drive Closures Don't panic! The Streets Department will present info about upcoming overnight closures of Lincoln Drive between Ridge Ave. & Wayne Ave. We are told that the Drive will be open during the day, including morning & afternoon rush hours. Vital safety upgrades need to be made, & the improvements will be worth any inconvenience to commuters. The meeting will take place at the Unitarian Society of Germantown (Lincoln Drive & Johnson St., parking lot entrance from Johnson St.) on Wednesday, June 8th at 7 PM. A technical presentation will be followed by a Q-&-A session. PLEASE NOTE: This work will NOT begin until the Walnut Lane Bridge work is completed, & that route is reopened to traffic.
Hazardous Waste Collection Things that can't be put out with your regular trash & recycling (like empty oil-based paint cans, insecticide containers, etc.) will be collected at the City's Domino Lane site in Roxborough, (Domino Lane & Umbria St.), on Saturday June 11th, from 9:00 till 3:00. Computers & other electronics will not be accepted. (Several electronics recycling events are held in NW Philly each year.) For a complete list of items they will take, go to:www.philadelphiastreets.com/hazardous-waste
Negroni Week at Earth Bread & Brewery! Ordinarily, we might not list a cocktail event, but this one's different During the week of June 6th - 12th, Earth Bread & Brewery will be celebrating Negroni Week, & EMAN will receive $1 from every Negroni cocktail served! Owners Peggy Zwerver & Tom Baker are known throughout the area for their delicious flatbreads & award-winning beers. They are also known for their community-mindedness, & EMAN is delighted to be the recipient of their generosity!
MALT Hidden Gardens Tour The very popular self-guided Hidden Gardens Tour offered by Mt. Airy Learning Tree each year will take place on June 4th this year. Visit interesting gardens --- large & small, sunny & shady --- at your own pace. The MALT office will be open for ticket sales from 10 AM till noon on the day of the tour; the gardens will remain open for visitors till 3 PM. Tickets are $25 in advance, $30 at the door. For info & tickets:http://www.mtairylearningtree.org/or 215-848-6333.
Free Beer Tasting at the Diner! Once again, the Trolley Car Diner will host a free beer tasting to start Memorial Day Weekend, on Friday, May 27th, from 5:30 till 7:30. The local Yard's Brewing Company will be featured.
Car break-ins are a continuing problem in Mt. Airy & Chestnut Hill. The 14th PPD urges you to lock your vehicle, & do NOT leaveelectronics or other valuables visible from the street.
Residential burglaries increase as weather gets warmer. There are some steps you can take to reduce your chances of being a victim. Lock your doors whether you're in your house or out. First floor windows can provide easy access to your home, so keep them closed/locked when you're not there. If you have an alarm system, use it, even if you'll only be out for a little while. It doesn't take long for a burglar to grab easy-to-carry items, like electronics & jewelry. Security lighting, especially lighting that is motion-activated, can deter criminals. If you'll be away on vacation, let your neighbors know, so they can keep an eye on your home. Have someone collect your mail & newspapers, or arrange to have delivery stopped during your absence. And, as always, call 911 if you see something suspicious.
We've had reports that some students have been creating problems on Germantown Ave. at dismissal time. Many of us can remember how antsy we were, waiting for school to be finished for the year. However, that does not excuse bad behavior, like harassing business owners --- which is clearly unacceptable. If you're on our commercial corridor after school, keep an eye out for problems. Sometimes, just an adult presence in a problem spot can prevent troublesome activities. If you would like to take a more active or regular role in helping our young people get home from school safely & our business owners to operate safely, e-mail Steve Stroiman, a Town Watch organizer: firstname.lastname@example.org.
While it's generally a bigger problem during the December holiday shopping season, we have had reports of packages being stolen from residents' porches, front steps, etc. Many residents arrange to have things delivered to their workplaces, or to a neighbor's house. Some delivery companies can arrange to have things delivered when you'll be there to receive them. The Post Office can hold packages for you to pick up. We wanted you to be aware of the problem, so you can find a delivery arrangement that works for you --- or at least, notify the company from which the purchase was made if it doesn't arrive as scheduled.
Seems like an annual event --- IRS scams are happening again. People have reported receiving phone calls & e-mails about owing income taxes that they need to pay immediately. A few tips: The IRS will contact you by letter before trying another method. The IRS will not call you to demand payment of taxes. The IRS will not ask (phone or e-mail) for credit or debit card info. The IRS will not call to threaten you with legal action or arrest.
We hope you'll support EMAN's initiatives & activities in the neighborhood by becoming a paid EMAN member! You can join using PayPal at our website : http://www.eastmountairy.org. Or you can follow the instructions for joining by mail.
Our best wishes for a safe & fun Memorial Day Weekend! Elayne Bender