Leaving a cool building and going outside feels like walking into a bowl of soup these days. But this, too, will pass..............although we might have to wait till October...............During these oppressive heat waves, please remember to check on older or housebound neighbors. There has been one heat-related death in Mt. Airy. We need to look out for each other.
Unfortunately, burglars and graffiti vandals don’t take the Summer off. All kinds of property crimes spike in the Summer. Open car and house windows create additional opportunities for thieves. Please call 9-1-1 if you see something suspicious; don’t worry that you’ll feel foolish if you’re “wrong”. And please continue to report new graffiti so we can get it cleaned up and try to help the police find the taggers. E-mail information (location, date, description, any photos you have) to firstname.lastname@example.org or to email@example.com EMAN, WMAN and the Mt. Airy Business Improvement District (BID) are working with the 14th Police District, SEPTA, State Rep. Cherelle Parker’s Office and community anti-graffiti activists, and we need your help to be effective.
I am happy to tell you that EMAN’s “Swing Into Summer” fundraiser was a fun evening for everyone involved. Although attendance was lower than we’d hoped, we did raise some much-needed money for operating expenses, largely because we have some very loyal and supportive sponsors in the local business community. Our sponsors are all people who understand the importance of active community organizations to the neighborhood, and want to help us work “to make a good community better”. We urge you to support the people who support us:
The Larry DiFranco Team at Elfant Wissahickon Realtors Apple Roofing Bacio Wholesome Italian Cucina Jamie A. Camp, Esq. Culture Hair Studio Earth Bread + Brewery Electrical Wizardry Roofmeadow The Schiff Dental Group Trolley Car Diner Valley Green Bank Loretta Witt, Prudential Fox & Roach Realtors
Robin and Jerome Mitchell, proprietors of The Gathering Place, really did provide a wonderful, relaxing space --- and are among the nicest people I’ve ever met. What a great addition to the neighborhood. Tim Warfield, Jr., Grammy-nominated sax player, led an outstanding jazz trio, and we were blown away by Pastor Aisha Brooks-Lytle’s vocals! Our deepest thanks to everyone who contributed to making this an enjoyable event.
Activities quiet down a bit in the Summer, but there are still regular ongoing events in the neighborhood. A great source of information about what’s happening in Mt. Airy is www.gomtairy.com ; it’s worth checking when you're looking for something to do in the area..
The Mt. Airy Farmers Market is happening every Thursday from 3 till 7, at Greene & Carpenter………. a great source of fresh, local food. Also, Weavers Way Co-op’s outdoor pop-up shop is open throughout this Summer’s Mt. Airy store renovations. And there’s a shoppers’ shuttle van making regular trips to the Chestnut Hill store. Visitwww.weaversway.coop for details.
Mt. Airy USA’s “Moonlight Movies” series continues on Friday nights at Lovett Park (the space next to Lovett Library); rain location is the carriage house at Cliveden of the National Trust. You can purchase dinner or a snack from the featured food trucks before the movie starts, or bring your own. The selected films are family-friendly. And free!
Join friends and neighbors on the last Friday of every month forFinal-ly Friday events on the Avenue. On the 27th, Mt. Airy will celebrate the start of the 2012 Summer Olympics, and you can watch the opening ceremonies on a big screen. Our shops and restaurants will be offering Olympics-themed specials.
The Mt. Airy Art Garage is offering Summer classes in a variety of media, and there are still some spaces available, so it’s not too late. Go to www.mtairyartgarage.org for details.
Walk A Crooked Mile Books (in the Mt. Airy train station on the Chestnut Hill East line) always has something going on --- among the activities are book sales, live entertainment, and the popular Train Station Yard Sales. (The next big yard sale is on Saturday, July 28th.) Go to their website (www.WalkACrookedMileBooks.com) for up-to-date schedules and other info.
The Chew & Belfield Neighbors Club (CBNC) is gearing up for its academic year math tutoring program. It starts on September 15thand runs through May 2013, (every Saturday morning from 10 till noon at the Joseph Coleman Northwest Regional Library, 68 W. Chelten Ave.). To register or to volunteer, call 215-849-8021 or go towww.chewandbelfield.webs.com
SAVE THE DATE! On Thursday, August 16th, Night Market returns to Mt. Airy! This giant party was a huge success last year, and MAUSA (in partnership with the Food Trust, WXPN and other organizations) is bringing it back. Food trucks up and down Germantown Ave.; live music; local restaurants and shops offering specials…………this is a wonderful family-oriented event that shines a spotlight on what Mt. Airy has to offer, and attracts thousands of people from all over the area. Yes, it will be crowded. Yes, the street will be closed for the evening. Yes, parking will be scarce. But MAUSA has been working with local businesses and residents to provide what’s needed with minimal disruption, (like parking areas with possible shuttle services, etc.) Details will be available soon.
OTHER IMPORTANT INFO:
A new zoning code for Philadelphia will go into effect on August 22nd. The Citizens Planning Institute is offering several free workshops in August, at locations throughout the city. Spaces are limited and you must register to attend. For additional info, go tohttp://citizensplanninginstitute.org and click on “Zoning Code Summer Workshops.”
As you know, there’s a new Voter ID law in Pennsylvania; voters must present certain acceptable forms of photo ID in order to vote in November. EMAN has joined the strictly-nonpartisan PA Voter ID Coalition, (a project of the Committee of Seventy), which is working to provide information about acceptable forms of ID (and other aspects of this new law), and to help citizens without an acceptable photo ID obtain one. It is important to us that every citizen is able to vote, no matter their party affiliation or preferences. For more information, go to www.seventy.org, where you can find a handbook about the new law, specific info about forms of ID and how to obtain one if necessary, and about the Coalition. You can also direct questions to 1-866-OURVOTE (1-866-687-8683). Or you can contact them directly through their website, or e-mail us (firstname.lastname@example.org) and we’ll connect you. The Coalition is looking for volunteers for their phone bank, their door-to-door canvassing efforts, and various office tasks. The local office is at 310 W. Chelten Ave., (215-848-1283). There will be an event marking the official opening of this field office on Saturday, July 21st, from 11 till 2, with refreshments and entertainment as well as Voter ID materials and info about volunteer opportunities.
While we don’t meet regularly in the Summer, EMAN is working year-round to preserve and enhance the quality of life in our community. Memberships are welcome at any time; you can join at our website (www.eastmountairy.org) using PayPal.
Our next scheduled Community/Board Meeting will be on Tuesday evening, September 11th. You’re invited to join us, and to get involved in neighborhood activities.
We look forward to meeting you!