Some changes to our Board of Directors

You may already have read about this at Patch or NewsWorks, as they publish much more frequently than we do. But, in case you didn’t……………….EMAN’s Board President, Rev. Aisha Brooks-Lytle, resigned her office at our March 6th Community/Board meeting, due to pressing family matters; her husband has been ill. With an ailing husband and a bright, active 6-year-old son requiring her attention, (in addition to her work as pastor at Mt. Airy Presbyterian Church), it has become increasingly difficult for Aisha to be away from her home and family in the evenings, when many meetings and events take place. Aisha and our Vice-President, Kent Reichert, have been working as a team since they were elected to their offices last June, so Kent is fully prepared to step into the role of President, while Aisha becomes Vice-President. They proposed this change at the meeting, and were fully supported by Board members. Aisha will remain active with EMAN as much as her family situation allows. Aisha has been a wonderful, energetic leader of EMAN. More accurately, she’s been an outstanding leader in all of her roles in Mt. Airy. She is the kind of person whose presence can make you feel better, just by being around her…….. one of those “lights up a room” ladies. While we’ll miss seeing her as regularly as we have, we’re very glad she’ll still be a Board member, contributing as she’s able. Kent Reichert brings a wealth of professional and volunteer experience to EMAN. We are certain he’ll be a strong President of the organization, and we’re heading into the future confident about Kent’s commitment to serving the community.


Planting trees helps create a more beautiful, healthier environment. Besides improving air quality in general, trees provide other benefits: preserving and enhancing East Mt. Airy’s tree canopy, reducing storm water runoff, increasing your home’s property value and potentially reducing energy costs. Two programs can help homeowners get and plant a tree…….at no cost to you! East Mt. Airy Tree Tenders is currently accepting applications for free street trees (planted in the space between your sidewalk and the street). The deadline to apply to get a street tree for Fall planting is at the end of the month. For more information about the program and its requirements, or to get an application form, go or e-mail TreePhilly is offering trees for your yard. This citywide effort is an initiative of our Parks and Recreation department. Requests must be made by March 31st and trees will be ready for planting at the end of April. Go to to read about the requirements of the program and to apply.


Lesley Seitchik at Valley Green Bank has informed us that the Tuesday Farmers Market at the William Allen Plaza at Lutheran Seminary will not be continuing this year. Farm to City made this decision based on slow sales, and will be shifting back to their original Mt. Airy location (on Thursdays, at Greene and Carpenter). Many community organizations worked with Valley Green and the Seminary to make the Farmers Market possible here in the shopping district --- among them, EMAN, WMAN, MALT, and MAUSA --- but no one worked harder than Lesley. Her energy seems limitless and her enthusiasm is contagious, and her passion about our community is amazing. So, thanks, Lesley!

Spring hikes in the Wissahickon will begin on March 17th. Contact Friends of the Wissahickon for details:

Quintessence Theatre has extended its production of Antigone throughApril 1st, so there’s still time to see this well-received production. More info is available at

The Chew & Belfield Neighbors Club (CBNC) is sponsoring a Candidates Night on March 28th at 6:00PM, at the Joseph Coleman Regional Library. Councilwoman Cindy Bass will moderate, and participants will include candidates for office in the 198th and 201st legislative districts.

If you’re a regular SEPTA rider with a strong interest in public transportation and a history of volunteering in the community, you might be interested in applying to be a member of SEPTA’s Citizens Advisory Committee (CAC). Applications are made online, and CAC members are appointed by the Mayor. For more info. and an application, go

State Rep. Cherelle Parker’s annual Town Hall Meeting for the 22ndWard will take place on Thursday, March 22nd in the Brossman Center, Lutheran Seminary Campus (7301 Germantown Ave.) from 7 – 9 PM. This event is a source of valuable information about services provided by state, local and federal government agencies and various other public entities. Learn about services provided by Rep. Parker’s office and bring questions you have about quality-of-life issues in the neighborhood.

The Chestnut Hill Rotary’s 2nd Annual Chili Cook-Off will happen on Sunday, March 25th from 1 till 5 in the Brossman Center on the LTSP Campus. Can McMenamin’s defend its title? Enjoy an afternoon of spicy dishes and support Rotary’s many local, regional and international efforts (among them, scholarships for Germantown High students, community clean-ups and physical improvement projects in NW Philly, and children’s programs and “shelterboxes” world-wide).

The Mt. Airy BID (Business Improvement District) invites the community to an open meeting on April 2nd, to discuss its application forcharter renewal. The meeting will take place in Founders Hall, New Covenant Campus (7500 Germantown Ave.), from 7 – 8:30 PM. Come learn what the BID’s been doing in the neighborhood, and about plans for the future.

Many of your favorite community organizations are planning their big annual fundraisers. Mt. Airy Learning Tree’s popular “MALT Ball” will take place on March 30th at the Commodore Barry Club. You can learn ballroom and line dances, enjoy refreshments and a cash bar, and dance till your feet hurt! The building’s theirs, but renovations need to be made. For tickets ($15 in advance, $20 at the door), go to WMAN’s “Eat Your Heart Out” event will be on April 21st, at various locations around West Mt. Airy. You can enjoy small dinner parties with food prepared by professional chefs, in lovely homes…………….menus, locations, ticket prices, etc. will be announced soon. Check their website ( for updates. EMAN’s annual Saturday Night party is scheduled for June 23rd at the Gathering Place, from 7:30 till 11:30, so save the date and we’ll provide details soon!

We are still seeking people to volunteer at Mt. Airy Day, on Saturday, May 5th. There are a few slots for set-up on Friday the 4th(4:30 till 7:00), and lots of openings at the event. It’s a great community service opportunity for students (age 15 and older) and a nice way for volunteers of all ages to meet neighbors who share their interest in the community. This festival has been produced by East and West Mt. Airy Neighbors for over 40 years, in celebration of community, diversity and fellowship; as it has grown, so has the need for people to help make it happen. There are all kinds of tasks for all ability levels and interests. Contact Cindy Lees if you’re interested, at

You are always welcome to join EMAN! Membership is open to everyone who lives, works, or has an interest in the community. Come to a monthly Community/Board Meeting (generally on the first Tuesday evening of the month, except for July and August) and learn about the organization. Our activities are limited only by the number of residents who are willing to actively participate……….and there’s so much we’d like to do! For information about activities and events, or to join EMAN online (using PayPal) visit