Whether you celebrate Christmas, the Solstice, Kwanzaa or all of those, December is a busy month!

  Mark Your Calendars!

It's so nice, we're doing it twice!

       EMAN is recycling Christmas trees again this year! We heard from people who wanted to keep their trees up a little longer, so we've added a 2nd "treecycling" date.We'll be set up at 2 locations on 2 different weekends, to help keep Christmas trees out of the trash stream.

       On Sunday, January 5th, we'll be on the parking lot on Chew Ave., just south of Mt. Airy Ave., from 1 till 4. You can make sure your beautiful tree contributes to the neighborhood, because we'll turn it into mulch & share it with local community gardens. So much better than having it end up in a landfill, don't you think?

The $5 fee will help cover the cost of the activity, & benefit EMAN's work in the community. (Our thanks tosustainability activist Kim Miller for setting this up.)

       On Saturday, January 11th, we'll be at Awbury Arboretum at the Cope House from 11 till 2.  (Entrance is on the east side of Chew Ave, just south of Washington Lane, near the SEPTA RR bridge. Follow the arrows when you enter the Arboretum.) The mulch will be used at Awbury, & the $5 fee per tree will benefit both EMAN & Awbury, & allow us to continue to offer sustainability events & activities. (Many thanks to Alan Borzillo & the Awbury Landscaping staff for their help with this.)

       Please remove all ornaments from your tree before you bring it to a TreeCycling event.No early drop-offs, please!




In keeping with the spirit of the season...............

You can help your neighbors in a variety of ways…..

          Queenie’s Pets is holding another holiday drive to collect pet food & supplies for animals in need, in partnership with Rhino Chiropractic, through January 9th. Among the items being collected at Rhino (6809 Germantown Ave.) are dog & cat food, pet toys & treats, nylon leashes & collars, Pedialyte, paper towels, clean (new or used) towels & blankets, & nontoxic cleaning supplies. Your generosity will help homeless animals at PAWS (Philadelphia Animal Welfare Society) & ACCT (Animal Care & Control). Adina Silberstein's & Dr. Damien's generosity helps the whole community!

          There’s a new spin on what used to be the Trolley Car Diner’sannual Coat Drive. It’s expanded to include many of our favorite restaurants, with a bonus for generous patrons. If you donate a coat (new or gently-worn, all sizes), you’ll receive a free signature dessert at participating restaurants. So, bring your coat donations to Earth Bread + Brewery, Wine Thief, Avenida, Little Jimmie’s Bakery/Café, Geechee Girl, Jyoti, Trolley Car Diner, Goat Hollow or either High Point Café. Thanks to Ken Weinstein for organizing this.

          Valley Green Bank’s Book Drive continues till the 31st. New or gently used books can be brought to either bank branch, both Weavers Way locations, or Big Blue Marble bookstore, & will be donated to the Mastery Charter Elementary Schools.



         Although it feels like Spring this weekend, it's now officially Winter, & we've already had more snow this month than all of last Winter.

          Please remember that the City has rules about clearing sidewalks. Sidewalks must be cleared, de-iced, etc., within 6 hours after the snow stops falling. Otherwise, you may be fined (ranging from $50 minimum to $300 maximum).



          Winter weather doesn’t slow down activities in our beautiful local natural areas. Some would say that it enhances them. Friends of the Wissahickon (www.fow.org) and Awbury Arboretum(www.awbury.org) offer seasonal activities all Winter. Many of these events are family-friendly, & provide a refreshing alternative to the hustle & bustle & commercialism that comes with the holiday season. Visit their websites for complete listings & details.

          FOW will begin training new Trail Ambassadors next month. Several sessions are planned. If you're interested in becoming one of those helpful people who share all kinds of information with Park users, go to the website for details.




          The Mt. Airy Schools Coalition is a new collaborative effort byEMAN, WMAN & MAUSA to promote & support our neighborhood public elementary schools through community partnerships. We’re beginning a strategic planning process, & we’d like you to help us plan & to set priorities. Please take a few minutes to fill out our survey at:


          If you’d like to be more involved in the planning, contact Abby Thaker at MAUSA: athaker@mtairyusa.org




          The EMAN Office will be closed for the holidays from December 23rd through January 2nd. We will still be checking e-mails, so if you need to contact us, that’s the best way (info@eastmountairy.org).

          We will also continue to update our website calendar as we hear about events. And if there’s an important issue or problem, an e-newsblast will go out.



        EMAN is in place to help with zoning issues, mediate problems & disputes, keep you informed about issues, activities & events in the neighborhood, make referrals to appropriate services or elected officials, and otherwise work to maintain the quality of life in East Mt. Airy.

        Many people don’t think about us till they have a problem. It’s important to be there to provide assistance when we’re needed …………. but we can only do that with your support.

        It’s not too late to make a tax-deductible donation to EMAN, or join/renew your membership. You can do that online using PayPal, or download & print a form on our website (www.eastmountairy.org), & mail a check.



All of us here at East Mt. Airy Neighbors wish you the very best this holiday season. Whether our celebrations are sacred or secular, we all hope for the same things for our loved ones, our friends, our communities, our country, & our world.

Have a safe & fun rest-of-December, & a happy, healthy, productive, peaceful New Year!