Some folks are relieved, some disappointed....... but there's enough Winter left to bring us all sorts of meteorological delights. (There's a group in Boston that has suggested arresting Punxsutawney Phil.)Weather & driving conditions forced EMAN to postpone our February meeting, & then cancel when the streets were icy on the new date. Our next regular meeting will be on Monday evening, March 2nd, in the community meeting room at Lovett Library (Germantown & Sedgwick). The Board meets in Executive Session at 7:00, & the community is invited to join us at 7:30. A few days of bitterly cold temperatures & strong winds are coming up. These conditions can be particularly difficult for elderly people; please check on older neighbors & make sure they're okay. And please don't leave your pets outside for long periods........ a natural fur coat isn't enough.
Safety Alert There have been a number of vandalism incidents in East Mt. Airy recently, ranging from slashed car tires to homes & cars being "egged". This is the type of quick criminal activity that makes it hard to catch the perpetrators. It's important to call 911 & report these crimes --- even if they seem minor. More reports mean more patrol coverage of the neighborhood. If the police don't know there's been an uptick in the area, they can't respond to it. The call only takes a few minutes, & can be done by phone in most cases. Once again, we urge you to be alert, to look out for your neighbors & to report suspicious activity to 911.
Welcome, Captain Kinebrew! Captain Jack Fleming received a well-deserved promotion, & the 14th Police District has new leadership. Captain Sekou Kinebrew has served in the District before, & is familiar with our neighborhood. We look forward to working with him.
Share the Love! Philabundance, which provides food assistance to over 70,000 families in Philadelphia, is having its annual "Share the Love" campaign this month, & Mt. Airy organizations are participating. The goal is to raise money for &/or collect 10,000 jars of peanut butter & jelly, to help provide these staple foods to families in need.WMAN & EMAN are hoping to help this happen. Our partners at Mt. Airy USA are setting up a collection box in their lobby (6703 Germantown Ave.; enter from the rear of the building, off Phil Ellena St.), where you can donate money or plastic jars of peanut butter & jelly. If you can't get to the collection site, you can text "FOOD" to 41010 to donate $10. Education & School News:
Mentoring for High School Students The One Less Foundation has brought its RISE mentoring program to the campus of LaSalle University. This program provides weekly one-on-one mentoring, help getting into college & finding financial aid, & other supports to students in grades 9 through 12. For information, go to:http://www.theonelessfoundation.org/rise.html
PA House of Representatives Scholarships A limited number of college scholarships (to a 4-year college in Pennsylvania) are granted by the PA House of Representatives each year. Applicants must have at least a 3.0 GPA, participate in extracurricular activities, have a record of leadership & community service, & demonstrate financial need. There's a $10 processing fee for applications, & a March 1st application deadline. For details, call State Rep. Cherelle Parker's office (215-242-7300), or go to: www.tfec.org/images/HouseofReps_OnePageSummary.pdf
"Visioning the Future of Public Schools" Parent/community meetings are being held throughout the City, to discuss public education in Philadelphia, & strategize goals for the future of our schools. There will be a meeting on Wednesday, February 18th, from 6 - 7:30 PM at the Joseph Coleman Regional Library (Greene & Chelten)
Mt. Airy Day There may be snow on the ground, but planning meetings for Mt. Airy Day are already happening. The popular annual festival will take place on Saturday, May 2nd this year (rain date May 3rd), on the beautiful grounds of Cliveden of the National Trust (our generous hosts for 2 decades). An event this large has a lot of moving parts to coordinate, both ahead of time & at the festival. There are tasks to suit almost every talent or interest, & we hope you'll get involved! To offer your time &/or services, e-mail email@example.com Mt. Airy Day is a great way for high school students to fulfill some of their community service obligations. Our online sign-up will be available soon; keep the event in mind if you know any teens who might like to get their hours at a fun community event!
Other Community Activities & News
The Chew & Belfield Neighbors Club will be hosting a Black History Program on February 21st, from noon till 3:00. Speakers will discuss how they overcame challenges to achieve success in their fields, & present their vision for the future. This event will take place at Wissahickon Charter School (815 E. Washington Lane), in the gym. To be a speaker, or to get more info about the program, contact Rev. Chester Williams at 215-849-8021, or e-mail Jesus4620032004@yahoo.com
If you're looking for a great summer day camp experience for your children, both Awbury Arboretum & the Allens Lane Art Center offer summer programs that have been popular with kids from our neighborhood & beyond. Enrollment has already begun. The programs are different in focus; visit their websites for details & application info (www.awbury.org, www.allenslane.org)
Some good news for the neighborhood............... Jimmie Reed has opened Little Jimmie's Bake House at 6616 Germantown Ave, (across the street from the still-operating Little Jimmie's Bakery Cafe). The ribbon-cutting on Friday highlighted not just Jimmie's expanded baking capabilities & counters full of baked delights, but the culmination of years of work by Mt. Airy USA to rehab a building that was literally falling apart, & turn it into a wonderful space. This latest MAUSA development project is a welcome addition to the retail & dining scene in the neighborhood, & to the general attractiveness & vitality of the Germantown Avenue commercial corridor!
Try to keep warm & stay safe.