I personally thought the flowerblossoms covered with a light dusting of snow were beautiful, but I recognize that's not a widely-shared opinion.........
MT. AIRY DAY is May 7th This Year At EMAN, when the weather starts to warm up, thoughts turn to Mt. Airy Day! While the dedicated EMAN/WMAN team that produces our wonderful community festival has already been working for months, there's an enormous amount of work still to be done. If you're interested in joining the team for behind-the-scenes preparation & organizing, please send an e-mail to firstname.lastname@example.org. If you'd like to volunteer to help out at the event, it's easy to sign up at the event website: www.mtairyday.org (& click on the "Volunteer" tab). Mt. Airy Day is a great way for high school students to get those required Community Service hours. (And you can note that at the website volunteer sign-up). It's a pleasant alternative to some of the more boring or back-breaking options available --- & we feed our volunteers! We are happy to have extremely generous sponsors again this year --- the festival wouldn't be possible without them. We hope you'll support the businesses & organizations that support your community associations:
Cliveden of the National Trust
Mt. Airy Animal Hospital
Little Jimmie's Bake House
Philadelphia Federal Credit Union
Generation 3 Electric
Chestnut Hill Hospital
Valley Green Bank
Alma Mater Restaurant, Bar & Beer Garden
Weavers Way Co-op
Abington Friends School
Green Mountain Energy Company
Chestnut Hill Rotary
Monte & Sons Auto Repair
Loretta C. Witt, Berkshire Hathaway Home Services, Fox Roach REALTORS
In Case You Hadn't Noticed...... Primary Election season is upon us. While turnout was extremely poor for the Special Election last week, we know things will be jumping at polling places on April 26th, when the regular Primary Election takes place. There are really important choices to be made this year, among a very varied group of candidates in both major parties. Our friend Marilyn Lambert (VP for Community Affairs at WMAN & a Democratic Committeeperson in the 9th Ward), sent some important info to pass along. REMEMBER --- Pennsylvania has a closed primary, in which you can only vote for candidates in the party under which you're registered. If, for example, you are a registered Independent, or a Green Party member, (or any party other than Democratic or Republican), you will not be able to vote for Republican or Democratic party nominees. You will only be able to vote on ballot questions. There are other races besides President: a U.S. Senate seat is open; a PA seat in the U.S. House of Representatives is on the ballot; PA Attorney General candidates will be selected. If you'd like more info on the candidates or ballot questions, visit the non-partisan Committee of Seventy's website. (www.seventy.org) If you're not registered to vote, but want to be, or if you want to change your party registration, or make other changes for this primary election, you must do so by March 28th. You can make these changes online at: http://www.votespa.com
From the City: Because this Friday is a City holiday (Good Friday), trash/recyclingpickup will take place on Saturday this week. People may be missing out on the Earned Income Tax Credit, a Federal tax refund available to families who meet certain eligibility requirements. The average credit amount in Philadelphia is around $2,400, & many eligible taxpayers don't apply. The deadline to file is April 18th.To find out if you qualify, call 215-686-9200 or visitwww.YouEarnedItPhilly.com
Safety First! Warm weather & longer daylight hours mean that children will be spending more time outdoors. Streets are the preferred venue for activities like bicycling & skateboarding, (& I've seen a few "hoverboards" on my block). Because kids aren't always as attentive to danger as we'd like them to be, we need to look out for their safety. Be careful driving through the neighborhood. The nicer weather also brings out people whose outdoor activities are not so wholesome as recreation. Property crimes are up in Mt. Airy & Chestnut Hill. The 14th PPD reminds us not to leave electronics & other valuables visible in our vehicles, & to remember to lock our car doors. If you're travelling by bicycle, please lock your bike securely. Bikes are a favorite target for thieves. Please remember to keep the doors & windows of your home locked, & use your alarm system, if you have one. As always, if you see people you don't recognize loitering, or looking too closely at vehicles or homes, & you are suspicious of this activity, call 911. Community members are a big part of successful community policing. The officers would rather check things out (even if it turns out there's no problem) than come to help after a crime has been committed.
A Loss for Mt. Airy You may have already heard that Anne Ewing, a passionate advocate & activist who fought for equality & justice in many areas, died last week. Anne & her husband Bill became involved in the community as soon as they moved to East Mt. Airy. EMAN is one of the organizations that benefitted from their activism for over 4 decades; both served on our Board of Directors, & helped establish the former EMAN Community Living & the Mt. Airy Village Development Corporation (now Mt. Airy USA). Anne's passions were many. Public education, racial equality, health care access, LGBT equality & inclusion, immigration laws & anti-war efforts were among her causes. Over the years, she received many awards for her work, including EMAN's Edgar A. Baker Award for community service. She was also a devoted wife, mother, neighbor & friend. Anne will be irreplaceable. EMAN sends our deepest sympathy to Bill, their daughters & other family members, friends & colleagues.
EMAN's monthly Board meetings have found a new location! This move was necessitated by the scheduled closing of Lovett Library for renovations/expansion, which will happen on April 1st. We will be meeting at Alma Mater Restaurant (7165 Germantown Ave.) Our next scheduled meeting is Monday evening, April 4th. TheBoard meets in Executive Session at 7:00, & community members are welcome to join us at 7:30. Our thanks to Jake Sudderth & Anne Rivers for their continuing hospitality & generosity to EMAN & the community! Your paid membership in East Mt. Airy Neighbors is always welcome. Visit our website to join (http://www.eastmountairy.org/) While you're there, you can learn about the neighborhood, the organization, & more.
We wish our Christian friends & neighbors a very happy Easter!