Two of Mt. Airy's most important organizations have new leadership. Well, not totally new, since they're people who've been active in their organizations & in the community for years.Congratulations to Jon Roesser, the new General Manager of Weavers Way! Jon has been the HR director at the Co-op, & is very familiar with all aspects of the Weavers Way mission & business operations. He's been in place as interim GM since Glenn Bergman left, so the transition will be seamless. EMAN looks forward to working with him. Over at Mt. Airy USA (MAUSA), Brad Copeland has been appointed as the new Executive Director. Brad's been at MAUSA since 2008, & while much of his work has been "behind the scenes", he's been an important presence in many facets of MAUSA's operations. Abby Thaker is moving into a new role at MAUSA, as ManagingDirector. EMAN has worked with Abby on the Mt. Airy Schools Coalition & on the Mt. Airy 2025 Neighborhood Planning Grant (roles in which she'll continue), & it's always been a pleasure. Both Brad & Abby have been deeply involved in core MAUSA initiatives, & we know they'll continue to reach out into the community & to other organizations while moving the neighborhood forward.
Other Interesting things.........
There will be a community meeting at 7 PM this Thursday evening, 8/20th, at the Mt. Airy Art Garage (11 W. Mt. Airy Ave.) As you may have heard, MAAG recently learned that their lease will not be renewed after August 2016. This means they'll need a new location, which won't be an easy thing to find. The Art Garage has become an important part of the neighborhood. Gallery shows, studio space & performances aside, they've done amazing work with the nearby Houston School & have supported community organizations & residents in many ways. Community input will be important to this process, & we hope you can attend the meeting.
The Chew & Belfield Neighbors Club (CBNC) is holding its annualClothing & Furniture Give-away on August 29th. The location is the 6200 block of Chew Ave., (near Belfield). Donation drop-off is from 9 AM till noon, & the Give-away is from noon till 4 PM. Stuff you don't want anymore might help someone in need. Please contact Rev. Chester Williams to confirm any donations you can make: 215-849-8021
An amazing new resource has arrived in East Mt. Airy! Many of you know Kim Williams as one of Northwest Philly's most popular dance & drama instructors. She was a teacher/director at the Allens Lane Art Center for many years, where she worked with hundreds of Mt. Airy kids (& adults), & she has produced & directed student shows at several local schools. Kim has left the art center, & is opening Mt. Airy Performing Arts, which is located at Grace Epiphany Episcopal Church (Gowen Ave. & Ardleigh St., rear entrance). MAPA will offer dance, theater, music & art classes in its brand new home. The community is invited to a Grand Opening Cocktail & Conversation Party on Sunday 8/23rd, from 3:00 - 7:00 PM. The event is free, & includes an exhibit & sale of works by local artist Michelle Moffett Jones. Visit www.mtairyperformingarts.org for more info.
We still need people to help with the survey that's part of Mt. Airy2025, the neighborhood planning process happening under MAUSA's leadership. Community input is vital to the project; households to be surveyed were chosen at random, & are located in both East & West Mt. Airy. Efforts will be made to have you volunteer in your own part of the 'hood. There'll be a "survey blitz" event this Saturday, 8/22nd, at theUnitarian Universalist Church of the Restoration (Stenton Ave. at Gorgas Lane), from 12:30 till 4:00. Lunch will be served, & then participants will fan out to survey residents who live nearby. If you're not available for any of the "blitz" events, MAUSA will be happy to accommodate your schedule, so you can conduct surveys at a convenient time for you. You can find out more about the project by visitingwww.mtairy2025.org. If you're interested in being part of this exciting venture, call Sarajane at 215-844-6021, or e-mail her at firstname.lastname@example.org
EMAN regularly receives calls from people who are concerned about unkempt properties on their blocks, or abandoned cars, or other annoyances. We are happy to forward the info along to the appropriate city department. But we suggest that you first call 311 to register complaints. Except in extreme cases, that's usually our first step, too, because it insures that the problem has been reported. An operator will take detailed info, & whatever contact info you choose to provide. They will give you a tracking number for the complaint, so you can check back on what's been done. The City often receives more than one call about a problem, & EMAN is always willing to add our voice to address a concern that's brought to our attention. So feel free to let us know..........
Another heat wave's here, & that's another reason to check in on older or housebound neighbors.Looking out for each other is one of the things that makes the neighborhood so great.