Mechanical leaf collection is back this year

Guess it's really Fall now and we just received info about the City's leaf collection program. (There will also be drop-off sites throughout the City, operating on Saturdays from 9 AM - 3 PM from November 9th through December 19th.)The mechanical leaf collection in East Mt. Airy will take place on December 16th & 17th.

  • Wednesday, 12/16th, leaves will be collected in the area from Vernon Washington La., between Germantown Ave. & Stenton Ave.

  • Thursday, 12/17th, the collection area will be Vernon Rd. to Cresheim Valley Rd., between Germantown Ave. & Stenton Ave.

          Leaves should be raked to the curb (piling not necessary) by 7 AM on the scheduled day for your street. Do not bag the leaves! Bagged leaves will not be collected for composting, but will be collected as trash. The closest bagged-leaf drop off site to us will be at Washington Lane and Ardleigh St. Leaves must be in biodegradable paper leaf bags, which are available at home improvement & hardware stores, & at some supermarkets. For more info about the City's leaf collection program,

          Our thanks to everyone who attended EMAN's "A Toast to Mt. Airy" event. The food was great, the company was even better! The event committee worked tirelessly to make it a great evening, & they succeeded.          Special thanks to Tia Mathisen, E.D. of the Mt. Airy BID, for jumping in to help. She's a wonderful party planner, & obviously a very generous community member, & we appreciated her energy & sunny nature. It was both gratifying & moving to hear from representatives of the nonprofits that received the first round of grants from the EMAN Community Fund, (a donor-advised fund of The Philadelphia Foundation). These grantees demonstrate many ways to help the community, ranging from literacy initiatives at Emlen School, to helping low-income Seniors with vital home repairs, to making trails at Awbury Arboretum accessible to people who use wheelchairs & other mechanical assistance devices. The event would not have been possible without the support of our wonderful sponsors from the local business & residential communities..... we urge you to support the businesses & organizations that support your local neighborhood organization: Gold Sponsors Valley Green Bank Little Jimmie's Restaurant Group Silver Sponsors Electrical Wizardry Larry DiFranco & Elfant Wissahickon Realtors Trolley Car Diner Bronze Sponsors Catering By Design Edward Jones Investments Golden Crust Pizza McMenamin's Tavern Weavers Way Co-op Marilyn & Bob Lambert Rachel Falcove & Michael Masch Teri Ranieri  

An important opportunity: Mt. Airy 2025, a comprehensive, resident-driven neighborhood planning process led by Mt. Airy USA, is moving right along. Key to the success (& usefulness) of the neighborhood plan are resident surveys & a series of open houses at which you can ask questions, express opinions about what you love (or don't love) about the area being studied, & meet other Mt. Airy folks who want to have a say in the future of the neighborhood. Although the survey boundaries do not include all of Mt. Airy (you can see a map at, things that happen in part of the neighborhood affect all of the neighborhood. There will be an Open House this Thursday, (10/29th), from 3:00till 8:00, at the Church of the Brethren (6611 Germantown Ave.). Conversation will focus on Mt. Airy's strengths & difficulties, & we're  seeking input for neighbor-generated "action areas".  You can stay for a little while, or as long as you'd like. It'll be a convenient & pleasant way to participate in the process.

More Neighborhood Events, etc., That Might Interest You:

          AARP's Safe Driving Couse will be offered at Lovett Library onNovember 5th & 6th,  brought to us by Northwest Village Network.. This 2-day brush-up course for older drivers qualifies drivers for insurance discounts with some companies (check with yours to find out). The class is from 10-2:00, & you must attend both days to complete it.

           A 5-K "Turkey Trot" Walk/Run hosted by the Henry School PTAon November 14th will benefit both Henry School (much-needed technology equipment upgrades) & WMAN. The event starts at Henry's playground, with registration at 7:30 AM & the run/walk kicking off at 8:30. The run is $25; the walk is $15. for details.

     The Trolley Car Diner's Annual Coat Drive will take place fromNovember 1st through January18th. New or gently-used coats (all ages, all sizes) can be dropped off at the Diner (or the Trolley Car Cafe); there are many people who will be grateful & happy to receive one.

Safety Alert: Watch out for small people wearing costumes on Saturday night! Gathering candy & other treats may put looking out for cars on the back burner for some children. We urge parents to accompany their trick-or-treaters.

Don't forget to turn your clocks back an hour this weekend, when Daylight Savings Time ends!

Election Day is next Tuesday, & we strongly urge you to vote. The candidates have websites where you can read about their positions & goals, rather than depending on sound-bite TV & radio ads.

EMAN's next regular Community/Board Meeting will be held onMonday, November 2nd at Lovett Library's meeting room. The Board meets in Executive Session at 7 PM, & the community is invited to join us at 7:30.

We also invite you to become a member of EMAN. We work to "make a good community better", & stand in place to help residents & businesses with problems. We also offer fun community events, like last weekend's "Paws on the Pavement" community dog walk. Your membership supports our ability to serve the neighborhood. For more info visit our website:; click on "membership".