Mt. Airy is bustling again

After a few relatively quiet weeks (& lots of snow), Mt. Airy is bustling again……….many activities & events coming up………… 

Our annual joint meeting with WMAN will be held on Tuesday, February 1st, at 7 PM in Hagan Amphitheater on the Lutheran Seminary campus. Our featured speaker will be Anuj Gupta, Executive Director of Mt. Airy USA.

Our next regular Community/Board meeting will be on March 1st, at 7 PM in the EMAN office. You are welcome to attend both of these meetings. 

On January 1st, the rate cap on PECO electricity-generation rates expired. This means we can shop around for a supplier to try to get the best rates, or “greener” production, or both. There’s a lot of information to sort through, much of it confusing. Please see the “News” section of the EMAN website ( or go directly to for information that we hope will help you decide which option works best for you. Also, please be aware that some electricity-supply companies are sending sales reps door-to-door. While most (if not all) of these are legitimate companies, they do not need personal/financial information from you. Scammers will use whatever means they think will work, & this situation presents an opportunity for them. Never give a solicitor of any kind your social security information, financial/ banking information, etc.            

 Lovett Library is scheduled to reopen on January 18th! This is welcome news for its many patrons and devoted supporters. Thank you to the Friends of Lovett Memorial Library for staying on top of this and keeping us informed.            

The annual coat drive sponsored by the Trolley Car Diner is underway. New or gently-worn winter coats can be dropped off at the Diner till January 17th. For more info:            

On February 6th from 11 till 3, you can bring your unwanted electronics to theGermantown Jewish Center (400 W. Ellet St.) for recycling. The cost to you will be 25 cents/pound, and you can be assured that items will be recycled responsibly rather than end up in a landfill. For more info, 

We are already working on Mt. Airy Day 2011. It’ll be on May 7th, and lots of help is needed. There are volunteer opportunities to suit a wide range of interests and abilities, and you can work for a few hours or all day. It’s a great way to meet neighbors and reconnect with old friends. Our next 2 scheduled MAD meetings are on Saturday, 1/22nd and Saturday, 2/5th. Meetings take place at the EMAN office and start at 10 AM. If you’d like to help with the event but can’t make the meetings, please let us know by sending your contact info to and someone will contact you. 

Martin Luther King Jr. Day of Service activities will take place at many sites in NW Philly on Monday, January 17th……….         Volunteers organized by Mt. Airy USA, from several Mt. Airy organizations (EMAN, WMAN, and the Trolley Car Diner among them), will be working at Roosevelt Middle School (430 E. Washington La.), from 9AM – 2PM, refurbishing the school’s library/study center and adjoining parent resource room. Tasks will range from sorting books to installing shelving to spot painting. Contact MAUSA for more info (215-848-3428). At 8:30 AM, volunteers will gather at the Unitarian Society of Germantown (Lincoln Dr. & Johnson St.) to work on 20 different service projects. This is a joint effort by 6 local churches. For more info or to sign up, The High Point Café will be sponsoring projects at the Methodist Home in the morning and at Stapeley retirement facility in the afternoon. for details.  OARC’s MLK Day projects will be based at MLK High School (6100 Stenton Ave.), from 8:30 till noon. Many other activities are listed at  

On Sunday, January 16th, from 3 – 5 PM, Neighborhood Interfaith Movement will hold their annual program honoring Dr. King and his legacy. This year, the event will take place at the Arch Street Presbyterian Church, (1724 Arch St.), to accommodate expected crowds. In addition to music from area school and faith-group choirs, the program will feature Daisy Khan, co-founder of the proposed Muslim Community Center in lower Manhattan. 

If you can’t get to any of the local events on the 17th, volunteers are welcomed by most nonprofit organizations throughout the year. Service to others, no matter what day, is part of the challenge Dr. King presented to us. If you’re not inclined to participate in a group project, remember that we all have endless opportunities to do something helpful for someone, on MLK Day and every day. An act that seems small to you might enrich someone’s life in ways you’d never suspect.  

I am guessing that many of you have been just as shaken and upset as I have been following the Tucson shootings. There will be much discussion (and probably argument) about civility of discourse, gun control, mental health services and a host of related topics. Throughout all the media coverage, one quote has been echoing in my head, from Kurt Vonnegut’s God Bless You, Mr. Rosewater. With one small edit to avoid offending anyone...…….

  “Hello, babies. Welcome to Earth. It’s hot in the summer and cold in the winter. It’s round and wet and crowded. At the outside, babies, you’ve got about a hundred years here. There’s only one rule that I know of, babies   -----   “…………….you’ve got to be kind.”