Summer brings a little respite

 from the often-frenzied activity of the rest of the year at EMAN, but we’re still here to help with problems, to set up community meetings regarding zoning issues, to provide referrals, & to let you know about events & activities in the neighborhood.  

            At our Annual Meeting on June 12th, Larry Daniels was electedEMAN’s new President. Larry is the Edward Jones Investmentsfinancial advisor for Mt. Airy. He has been involved in the community since he arrived. You may have attended one of the regular free seminars he offers to community members.  Larry is a major cheerleader for the community & for EMAN, & is full of positive energy & ideas. We look forward to a productive year under his leadership!

            The schedule of community/board meetings for 2014-2015 has not been finalized yet, but will appear on our website soon.

            This year’s recipient of the Edgar A. Baker Award for outstanding community service is Ted Reed. Ted has contributed years of service & energy to making Mt. Airy the great community it is. He has served on the Board of Cliveden of the National Trust. He has been instrumental in the work of Mt. Airy USA, & served as a MAUSA Board member until this year, dedicating countless volunteer hours to its success. (He has even been spotted helping with clean-up after Mt. Airy Day!) Although he no longer lives in Mt. Airy, he remains interested in what happens here, & makes himself available to EMAN & other community organizations whenever asked.

If you’re feeling kinda draggy from the heat, there are fun family activities that could make you feel better………

Independence Day celebrations in Historic Germantown

            Did you know that 6 sites in our part of the City were active when the Declaration of Independence was signed? These historic sites are very popular on July 4th, & they’ll be offering special programs to celebrate freedom, generally from 11:00 till 4:00.

            For example, Cliveden of the National Trust (6400 block Germantown Ave.) will have free tours & special interactive kids’ activities from noon till 4:00. For a complete listing of programs & activities at all the sites, visit

Movies, Movies, Movies!  (And they’re FREE!)

            Free movies will be shown in several locations this Summer. Bring a blanket or folding chair, & enjoy movie nights with friends & neighbors!


Vernon Park (Germantown Ave. & Price St.)

         Presented by the G-Town Restoration CDC; Friday movies start at 8:15 PM.

  • 7/11th, Wall-E

  • 7/18th, Cool Runnings

  • 7/25th, Despicable Me

  • 8/1st, Thunderstruck Here’s the schedule, by location:

Lovett Park:

  • “Moonlight Movies” are presented by MAUSA, the Free Library of Philadelphia, & Trolley Car Diner. They take place at Lovett Park (next to the Library) on Friday nights & at the Trolley Car Diner on Saturday nights. Refreshments are available for purchase at both locations, (with a rotating schedule of food trucks & restaurants at Lovett). “Seating” starts at 8 PM; the movies begin at 8:30. In case of inclement weather, movies will be shown at Mt. Airy Presbyterian Church, (Germantown Ave. & Mt. Pleasant Ave.)

  • 6/27th, Beetlejuice

  • 7/11th, Despicable Me 2

  • 7/18th, Moonstruck

  • 7/25th, Willy Wonka

  • 8/1st, Rear Window

  • 8/8th, Cloudy With a Chance of Meatballs

  • 8/15th, Annie


Trolley Car Diner:

  • 6/28th, Now You See Me

  • 7/12th, The Incredibles

  • 7/19th, Close Encounters of the Third Kind

  • 7/26th, October Sky

  • 8/2nd, Pitch Perfect

  • 8/9th, Ratatouille

  • 8/16th, Men in Black

The Chew & Belfield Neighbors Club (CBNC) will be having afree clothing & furniture give-away on July 9th,  on the 6200 block of Chew. You can donate clean & useable items, & drop them off from 8 AM till noon; call Rev. Chester Williams at 215-849-8021 to confirm donations. The give-away will take place from noon till 4 PM.             Awbury Arboretum has a variety of activities for students during the Summer. There are service-learning opportunities, Summer day camps, & more. For details, visit their website ( ).                       By now, you know that a neighborhood treasure, Walk A Crooked Mile Bookstore, is moving from its location at the Mt. Airy Train Station to the (former) Video Library site at 7141 Germantown Ave. For almost 2 decades, Greg Williams & Cynthia Potter have made the train station a hub of neighborhood activity that extends way beyond books. Their giant yard sales & free concerts have delighted residents for years, & will be missed.            Greg has to have the building cleared out & cleaned by August 31st. There are thousands of books to be moved, & volunteers would be most welcome! E-mail Greg to offer your help, at              Both of our fabulous local theater groups have announced their 2014-2015 schedules. Visit their websites for details & subscription/ticket info.             The Mt. Airy Schools Coalition (MASC), a joint project of EMAN, WMAN & MAUSA, is moving right along………….            We are grateful to everyone who responded during the fundraising campaign. Emlen is a pilot for this initiative, & we hope to replicate this effort at our other Mt. Airy public elementary schools, so expect to hear from us again.            In other school news,  Principal Reggie Johnson is leaving Houston School. He has accepted a position as Principal of Universal Audenried Charter High School. We wish him the best, & look forward to meeting the new Houston principal (yet to be appointed), & continuing to work with the school.     Most affected are the elderly, people with chronic medical conditions, & very young children. If you need info about dealing with the heat or helping a neighbor, call the Philadelphia Heat Line, 215-765-9040. Branch libraries are cool & open to the community during regular library hours. Several local rec centers have cooling centers; a complete listing of these resources can be found at 

We hope you have a splendid 4th!

            I’m sure you’ve heard the weather forecasts for the next few days. High temperatures, excessive humidity, possible severe storms. Please remember to check on elderly &/or housebound neighbors; more people die from heat-related causes than from extreme cold weather. Air-conditioning & fans are not a luxury; they’re a necessity.

            The MASC members are continuing to work over the Summer, making plans for the Fall --- for new projects & initiatives --- & we are developing a list of volunteer opportunities for community members who have expressed interest. Stay tuned!

            Thanks to the hard work, generosity & vision of Mt. Airy residents Dan Gordon & Jan DeRuiter, money has been raised & arrangements made to have a new computer lab installed at Emlen School in time for the new school year in September! Principal Tammy Thomas & the teaching staff are ecstatic to have this major positive addition to Emlen in this time of funding emergencies & cuts by the District.

            We’re fortunate to have 2 wonderful theater groups in Mt. Airy, offering very different kinds of plays. Quintessence Theatre( presents modern productions of classic plays at the Sedgwick Theater. Allens Lane Theater, at the Allens Lane Art Center (Allens Lane & McCallum), focuses on more recent works, & has been the first theater in the Philadelphia area to present some plays, (

            EMAN is very interested in what happens to the building next. It’s an asset in many regards: it’s on the National Historic Registry; its location & recent history have made it a community gathering space; having the space occupied is a plus for neighborhood safety. I attended a meeting Greg had with SEPTA last week, & received assurances that EMAN, as the neighborhood organization & RCO, would be included in discussions & kept in the loop as the process of accepting bids & finding a new tenant moves along. I expressed our strong hope that this would happen as quickly as possible.

            But not to worry --- new WACM owners Jake & Anne will continue many of the traditions Mt. Airy has loved. Already-scheduled performances will happen at the new location.