We tend to associate the start of school with the weather cooling off, but that's certainly not the case this year. A warm Fall is predicted, followed by a milder-than-average Winter. One of my favorite things about living in this part of the world is the changing seasons, so I'm waiting (somewhat impatiently, I admit). When schools are in session, roads are more congested during entry & dismissal times, so plan accordingly. It's our job, as responsible adults, to protect our children. Be alert to kids walking to-&-from school, & at SEPTA stops. Our crossing guards do their best to keep everyone safe, but are not stationed at every corner, so drivers need to pay attention (because the students might not). NEVER pass a school bus that is stopped with its red flashers on, even if you're on the other side of the street, going in the other direction. It's a major traffic law violation, & fines are stiff --- & much more importantly, it creates a very dangerous situation for our children. We all have occasions where we're in a hurry, or running late. Don't be tempted to speed in school zones, or use a hand-held phone while trying to pay attention to traffic & children. And, please, please never text while driving. I have seen the catastrophic results of an accident that was caused by a driver who was texting while driving through Mt. Airy. Several of our local schools have programs that enlist adult community members to be out on the streets at dismissal time, to help kids get home safely. If you'd like to volunteer to help with this, contact your local school.
We wish all of our students, teachers & principals a wonderful, productive year!
Teen Ambassadors Group at the Art Museum The Teen Ambassadors Group (TAG) at the Philadelphia Museum of Art is accepting applications now. Teens (ages 14-19) have the opportunity to work with museum professionals (curators, educators & other staff) to create programs for teens. This is a year-long commitment, & the group meets twice a month. Unfortunately, budget woes have led to cuts in art instruction at many schools. If you know of a teen who's interested in the fine arts, this program could be a very special one for her/him. For an application, e-mail Patrick Jones ASAP: email@example.com
VOTE! VOTE! VOTE!
As a 501(c)3 nonprofit, EMAN cannot endorse (or otherwise favor) any particular candidate for office. But we CAN urge you to vote, & direct you to information & other resources. The Presidential Election on November 8th offers candidates with very different points of view & platforms. The campaign so far has been, to say the least, "unusual". And voter turnout will be extremely important. In order to vote in the election, you must be registered. I'm sure most of you already are. But you may know someone who isn't. The deadline to register is October 11th, & there will be several events in the community to help people register, to cast absentee ballots, etc.
9/14th, from 10 AM till noon, at the Save-A-Lot Parking lot (Chelten & Pulaski). Sponsored by Chew & Belfield Neighbors Club (CBNC)
9/28th, from 10 AM till noon, Acme parking lot (Germantown & Sedgwick). Also sponsored by CBNC.
Mondays from 9:30 AM till 2 PM, through 10/10th, at Center in the Park (5818 Germantown Ave). Sponsored by State Sen. Art Haywood's office.
You may also register to vote online, until October 11th: www.votespa.com . Click on "Register to Vote" & follow the instructions on the drop-down screen.
Although they are not getting as much attention, there are other important races for office, including a PA seat in the U.S. Senate, all 18 PA seats in the U.S. House of Representatives, & several state "row offices". A reliable, nonpartisan source of info about all things election-related in the Philadelphia metropolitan area is the Committee of Seventy. Their online Voter's Guide is comprehensive, & their website has unbiased info about all of the candidates & their positions. Visit http://www.seventy.org
Happy Anniversary, MALT!
The Mt. Airy Learning Tree, a wonderful community institution, is about to celebrate its 35th anniversary with a party on September 25th, from 2:00-5:00, at the Chestnut Hill Friends Meetinghouse. This celebration will honor MALT's founder & guiding spirit, Barbara Bloom, who is known to many in Northwest Philly for her vision, her activism, & her many volunteer activities. I've worked with Barbara on various projects for years, & am always awed by her unwavering commitment to community. For more info: www.mtairylearningtree.org
Supper Sessions are happening this month Every Wednesday evening in September, from 5-11:00 PM, the 7100 block of Germantown Avenue will be closed to traffic, so that our restaurants can set up & serve diners al fresco. Many will have special menus for the event, which will also feature live music, & activities presented by local arts organizations. These evenings are presented by Mt. Airy USA (MAUSA), the Mt. Airy Business Improvement District (BID) & the Business Association of Mt. Airy (BAM). For more info, visit www.GoMtAiry.com
Special Meeting about proposed Dog Run A group of neighbors has been working on plans to turn an unused corner of Pleasant Playground into a dog run/park. The area will be fenced, rules for human & canine behavior clearly laid out, clean-up by volunteers scheduled, etc. You can get details at http://www.ipetitions.com/petition/mt-airy-dog-run Please note that EMAN is not asking you to sign the petition on that site (although you certainly may if you'd like), but it's the best place to find the proposal. To move forward through the process, near neighbors must be consulted, & input from the community is important. So, if you have questions or an opinion about this idea, you are urged to attend a public community meeting at the Playground, on Tuesday 9/13th, at 6:30 PM.
Speaking of Doggies........ Save the Date! EMAN's annual "Paws on the Pavement" Community Dog Walk will take place on Sunday, October 30th, from 1:00 till 3:00 this year. There'll be vendors, refreshments for purchase, kids' activities, demonstrations, & more. Costumes (for humans &/or canines) are welcome! Our partners at Queenie's Pets will once again plan an interesting route, & the staff of Mt. Airy Animal Hospital is contributing both their parking lot space & their understanding of pets & their humans to the event. Hakim Franklin of MAAH has arranged for the return of those absolutely amazing K-9 Search & Rescue dogs --- a real highlight of the afternoon. A donation of (at least) $1 a dog is requested. A portion of the proceeds will be donated to the Companion Animal Alliance of Baton Rouge, LA, to help them help pets who were displaced by the terrible flooding they experienced in August.
Another date to save.............. EMAN is celebrating our 50th Anniversary at our 2nd "A Toast to Mt. Airy" celebration/fundraiser, on Saturday, November 5th, from 7:00 till 10:00 PM. We'll celebrate both our anniversary & the 10 wonderful organizations that received this year's EMAN Community Fund grants --- nonprofits that contribute so much to East Mt. Airy & the wider neighborhood. Their goals & visions & hearts are big, but their budgets are small, & we are so happy to be able to offer some financial support. There will be food from a number of the restaurants & caterers that have made Mt. Airy a dining destination, an open wine & beer bar, music for dancing (or listening, if you prefer), & great conversation. We think this will also be a great way to ease pre-election tension, as well. Ticket info will be available soon.
EMAN's next Community/Board Meeting will take place on Monday, 9/12th, at Alma Mater Restaurant (lower level), 7165 Germantown Ave. The Board meets in Executive Session at 7:00, & the community is invited to join us at 7:30.
Come meet the people who work to make our good community better! Perhaps you'll be inspired to become more involved.........
And, remember, EMAN can only continue its work in the community with the support of paid members. You can join using PayPal at our website: www.eastmountairy.org
Or you can send us an e-mail (firstname.lastname@example.org) & we'll mail you a form, if you'd rather pay by check.
See you around the neighborhood!