Welcome Fall!

After years as a classroom teacher, and many more years as the parent of students, Fall always feels so fresh and new to me. I am looking forward to that beautiful Autumn light, coming through the changing colors of the leaves…………………now that it’s stopped raining long enough to see it………….. East Mt. Airy Neighbors has also had some changes. Our commitment to the community continues, stronger than ever, with a new leader at the helm. Dan Muroff, who served the organization as President so well during both good and rough times, will remain on the Board. Dan is the kind of person who gives major pieces of his time and energy to organizations; he’s smart and dedicated and very familiar with the community (and extremely funny). As his term as EMAN’s president wound down in the Spring, he became involved with several other worthy organizations. We’re happy that he’ll continue to provide service and support to EMAN. Rev. Aisha Brooks-Lytle, (pastor at Mt. Airy Presbyterian Church), our new Board President, brings enormous energy, a magnetic personality, thoughtful intelligence, a fresh eye and a big, beautiful smile to EMAN. Service to the community is one of her core beliefs and she is jumping right in! Come to a Community/Board meeting and meet her (and the entire Board). Meetings are held at the EMAN Office, generally on the first Tuesday evening of the month, at 7PM. The next open meeting is on November 1st. Visit our website (www.eastmountairy.org) for a calendar of events, as well as more information about the organization. You can become a member, too!

IMPORTANT CORRECTION! If you have received our hard-copy newsletter, please note that there was a mistake in a community event listing: the dedication of the Bob and Annette Fluhr studio at the Allens Lane Art Center is on Friday, October 14th, from 6 – 9 PM, NOT the 7th. (The event was originally scheduled for the 7th, but was changed when ALAC realized that was Yom Kippur.) A gallery exhibit of Bob’s work, “Robert Fluhr: A Man for All Seasons”, will run through November 11th.



The Mt. Airy Farmers Market is still going strong……….the Fall harvest is beautiful. The apples are amazing and plentiful, (week before last, I baked an apple cake, a pie, and a sweet apple-noodle kugel!), and that’s just one of the crops you’ll find on the William Allen Plaza on the Lutheran Seminary Campus, (across from Valley Green Bank, where free parking is available for Farmers Market shoppers), on Tuesday afternoons from 3 till 7 PM. There’s also an excellent knife sharpener, who also sharpens scissors, garden tools, lawnmower blades, etc……..pretty handy, now that we’re preparing our gardens for Winter and wanting to store our tools in good condition. The Farmers Market would not exist without the sponsorship and energy and vision of the folks at Valley Green Bank (especially Lesley Seitchik) and the Lutheran Theological Seminary at Philadelphia (ditto Rita Faison). By shopping at the Market,we can support local farmers, and our purchases are a vote of support for keeping the Market going.

Many of our neighbors suffered damage from Hurricane Irene and the heavier rainstorms that followed so close behind. FEMA has opened a Disaster Recovery Center at the Belfield Recreation Center (2109 Chew Ave.),that will be open from 10AM till 7PM daily. For details, call 1-800-621-FEMA (3362) or go towww.disasterassistance.gov

If your home needs repairs and you don’t have the money to get them done, Mt. Airy USA is having a free Home Improvement & Energy Workshop on October 15th from 11 – 2 that might be helpful to you. There will be info on affordable home improvement loans, low-cost do-it-yourself repairs, energy efficiency, fire safety, and related topics. Interested? Call Cynthia Bradley at MAUSA (215-844-6021, x-214) or go towww.homeimprovement.eventbrite.com to register. The workshop will be held at MAUSA’s office, 6703 Germantown Ave., Suite 200.

Philly Cares Day (Saturday, October 22nd), will include a number of sites in the community. The CBNC (Chew & Belfield Neighbors Club) will be working at several locations: the 5900 block of Chew Ave.; the erosion area across from 265 E. Duval St.; the 800 & 1000 blocks of Haines St. If you want to come out & help, call Rev. Chester Williams at 215-849-8021. Rev. Williams is also seeking donations of food for the volunteers, and would happily accept your loan of power tools (for cutting large branches).

Also on October 22nd, State Senator LeAnna Washington’s 4th Annual 5K Walk to End Domestic Violence will take place on West River Drive. (Registration opens at 9 AM; the walk begins at 10:30.) Funds raised will support the 24-hour Domestic Violence Hotline. Senator Washington’s co-sponsors are Congreso, the Lutheran Settlement House, Women Against Abuse, and Women in Transition. For more info., contact Valery Adderly at 215-242-0472 or vadderly@pasenate.com

Friends of the Wissahickon (F.O.W.) has assumed control of the “Take Back the Wissahickon” Fund, which was established to provide a reward for info leading to the arrest and prosecution of the attacker in an attempted rape in April 2011. If the reward is not dispersed within a year, the money will be used to enhance safety in the park (lighting, response access, etc.). Donations to this fund can be made to F.O.W., with “Take Back the Wissahickon” on the memo line, 8707 Germantown Ave., Phila. PA 19118.

The art scene is in full swing in Mt. Airy! Two excellent theater programs are offering productions. Spooky Dog and the Teen-Age Gang Mysteries will be produced at the Allens Lane Theater (www.allenslane.org) through October 15th. (Please be aware that this is recommended for mature audiences only.)

Quintessence Theatre’s production of Goldoni’s The Venetian Twins opened on October 8th, (www.quintessencetheatre.org) and will be produced in repertory with Shakespeare’s The Merchant of Venice.

Do you know someone between the ages of 17 – 21 who didn’t finish high school, but wants to? Temple’s “Youth Employ Program” (YEP), pays students to finish the work required for a diploma, not a G.E.D. And there’s even a graduation ceremony. For info, contact program coordinator Tamika Butler at 215-204-1219.

On Sept. 16th, I attended the Grand Opening of Almost Like Home, a specialized daycare serving the needs of medically and/or technologically dependent children, on East Gorgas Lane. This amazing facility is the culmination of years of planning and work by Mary Martin, a very special pediatric nurse. Almost Like Home is the first non-hospital-based prescribed pediatric extended day care center in the state, and will be both a unique place for special-needs children and their families, and an interesting addition to the business community.

EMAN joins the larger community in welcoming Marilyn Cohen, new Executive Director of WMAN! We are looking forward to increased collaborative efforts between the organizations, going beyond Mt. Airy Day, our best-known joint event.


Our delayed membership campaign is in full swing……..have you joined yet? Perhaps you received our hard-copy newsletter, brought to you through a grant from State Senator LeAnna Washington; it includes a membership form for folks who prefer to send a check. It’s easy to join at our website. Go to www.eastmountairy.org, and click on “membership”; you can use PayPal. Organizations like ours depend on memberships and other contributions to survive, and we need your support.

“Cookin’ With WHO ?”, a new fundraising event in the neighborhood, will take place onThursday, November 3rd, from 6:30 till 8:30 in the Brossman Center on the campus of the Lutheran Theological Seminary. Nine community “chefs” will present favorite recipes for tasting and attendees will vote for their favorite. There will also be wonderful silent and live auction items available, and great conversation to go with all that great food! The proceeds from this festive event will benefit EMAN, the Lutheran Theological Seminary, and the Neighborhood Interfaith Movement --- 3 worthy community organizations. Tickets are $50. For more info and to buy tickets, call 215-248-7339 or go to www.Ltsp.edu/cookinwithwho .

The Board and staff of East Mt. Airy Neighbors wish our Jewish friends and neighbors a sweet New Year!