Summer is quieter than the rest of the year, but events are being scheduled for the Fall. We'll be adding them to our website calendar (www.eastmountairy.org) soon, so check so you can save the dates. The events will appear in the e-newsletter as they get closer. Our website is having a "makeover", and glitches are popping up from time to time as we make changes. Please be patient; we hope to have everything operating smoothly soon.
SPECIAL NOTE: EMAN is making a change to our Community/Board Meeting schedule. Our monthly meetings, which are open to the public, will now start at 7:30 PM. This will give the Board a chance to meet in executive session before each meeting, and it's hoped this will allow us to streamline the meetings. Our next meeting will be on September 11th (postponed a week from our usual first Tuesday) at the EMAN Office (on the campus of the Lutheran Theological Seminary, 7301 Germantown Ave.).
Mt. Airy Night Market is just around the corner --- tomorrow night from 6 - 10:30 PM. Mt. Airy USA (MAUSA) has been working for months in partnership with the Food Trust and WXPN to bring the event back to Mt. Airy. The event will be bigger this year, stretching from Mt. Airy Ave. to Carpenter Lane. More entertainment, more food trucks, more people attending. Germantown Ave. (6800 - 7200 blocks) will be closed to traffic from 2 PM till 11 PM. Buses will be re-routed onto side streets. Last year, this event was wildly popular, and drew close to 8,000 people to our commercial corridor. To accommodate hundreds of cars, MAUSA has made arrangements for paid event parking (both valet and self-park) on several local lots. General access to the event is free, but you can purchase a V.I.P. Pass that guarantees all night seating at Lovett Park (and free beverages!).You can get details about all of these arrangements at: www.gomtairy.com/events/night-market MAUSA doesn't want residents to be caught off-guard, and is trying to minimize inconvenience in the neighborhood. It is suggested that if you live nearby, you park your vehicle in front of your house by 5 PM, to avoid problems later.
"Cliveden Conversations" continue on August 23rd from 7 - 9 PM, with the topic "Do National Historic Landmarks Represent Our Historical Values?" The presentation/discussion will take place in the carriage house at Cliveden of the National Trust (6401 Germantown Ave.).
On August 24th, you can enjoy "Poetry and Movies on the Lawn" at theAllens Lane Art Center. Several short films will be shown, and renowned local poet Sonia Sanchez will read from her work. The free event starts at 7:45. Bring lawn chairs or a blanket.
Philadelphia's new Zoning Code will be in place at the end of the month. If you want to know more about it, there will be a presentation onWednesday, August 29th at 6 PM at the Joseph Coleman Northwest Regional Library (68 W. Chelten Ave.).
As you've heard, the AVI property tax initiative has been postponed for a year. This means you now have till November 15th to file for aHomestead Exemption, if you haven't already done so. All homeowners who reside at the property they own are eligible to apply; it will start in tax year 2014. For details about how to apply, and instructions, go to:http://opa.phila.gov/opa.apps/home/updates.htm#12
The PA Voter I.D. Law continues to be a major topic nationwide, and this morning, Judge Simpson declined to issue an injunction to block it. His decision will be appealed to the state Supreme Court, but in the meantime there are several nonpartisan efforts to help people obtain an acceptable form of I.D. if they don't currently have one. If you would like to be part of this effort, contact the local office for thisCommittee of Seventy initiative (310 W. Chelten Ave.) at 215-848-1283. Or e-mail Joe Certaine (firstname.lastname@example.org) or Bob Previdi (email@example.com).
Are you a member of East Mt. Airy Neighbors? Our annual membership campaign is underway and we hope to increase our membership numbers. If you enjoy receiving these e-newsletters.......if you have attended an event we've sponsored/co-sponsored, like Mt. Airy Day.......if you have come to us with a zoning matter, or for help with a problem, or for information or referrals.......please remember that we can only provide these services with your support. We have not raised our membership dues, because we understand that times are tough for almost everyone. We have rolling membership, with renewals based on the month you joined. You can join at any time of the year. You can join EMAN online at our website (www.eastmountairy.org), using PayPal. If you'd rather send a check and you don't receive a letter and reply card in the mail by the end of the month, e-mail us (firstname.lastname@example.org) and we'll get these out to you.
Enjoy the last few weeks of Summer!