WHEW! Summer's almost gone and it's been a brutal one

The National Weather Service's early prediction for Winter is that we'll make up for last year's lack of snow.......so let's enjoy the lovely Autumn in between! AN IMPORTANT REMINDER: You will need a current photo I.D. to vote in the November presidential election. If you don't have one, call 1-866-OUR-VOTE (1-866-687-8683).

Acceptable photo IDs include:

  • Current PA drivers license

  • Current PennDOT non-driver ID

  • Current U.S. passport

  • Active duty or retired U.S. military ID

  • Current military dependent's ID

  • Current employee ID issued by federal, state, county or municipal gov't

  • Current ID from an accredited college/university/community college/seminary (students, alumni, faculty, employees)

  • Current ID issued by a PA care facility

Neighborhood Safety:

The 14th Police District is alerting us to a spike in residential burglaries; forced entry is being made through windows and doors. Please make sure to secure potential points of access to your home. If you have a security alarm system, use it. Call 911 to report any suspicious activities.

A scam artist is hitting parts of East Mt. Airy. We've had reports from Durham St. and Ardleigh St. residents about a man named "Mike", who claims to be a neighbor who is locked out, and needs money to get to a friend's house. He was seen leaving a Durham St. home on a bicycle. Police have been notified; if he approaches you, please call 911 or call the 14th Police District at 215-686-3140.

New Town Watch groups are starting to form throughout Mt. Airy. When we get specific info about areas of coverage, contact people, meeting times and places, etc., we will list those on our calendar. The 14th PPD has officers who will help you organize your block, assess security risks, etc.

Other Community News: Some of the events and activities below are a little bit down the road, but since registration &/or reservations are required in many cases, we want to give you the opportunity to do that if you're interested.

Delta Community Supports, a social service agency that specializes in foster care, adoptions and supervised independent living, has just opened an office here in East Mt. Airy, (on the campus of the Lutheran Theological Seminary, 7301 Germantown Ave.). We welcome them to the neighborhhood! Want to know more? Delta invites interested folks to an "Introduction to Foster Care" orientation on Wednesday, Sept. 12th, from 6-9 PM, at their Glenside facility (2210 Mt. Carmel Ave.). For details, call 215-887-6300, ext. 186.

The Mt. Airy Art Garage (MAAG) will be having an auction/party on Saturday, Sept. 22nd, from 6 till 10 PM. There will be live music, food and works of art available to the highest bidder. $30 in advance, $35 at the door. For more info, go to www.mtairyartgarage.org

Friends of the Wissahickon (FOW) is organizing a day trip to New York City on Thursday, Sept. 27th, for a "Botanical Walking Tour of Central Park" (led by noted experts Ned Barnard and Ken Chaya). Buses will leave Plymouth Meeting Mall at 8 AM and return at 6 PM. The $100 fee includes transportation, the tour, and a boxed picnic lunch. Reservations are required. Go to www.fow.org for more info.

Our friends at the Mt. Airy Learning Tree (MALT) are planning another fabulous outdoor concert this Fall on Saturday, Oct. 20th, from 1:30 till 5:30. There'll be great music, refreshments and family activities. Proceeds will benefit MALT's "Make This Our Home" campaign. $45 per person, $100 for a family, in advance; $50 and $115 at the door. Go to www.mtairylearningtree.org for more information or to make reservations.

Local theater is going to be amazing this season! Two highly-regarded local organizations will be starting their seasons soon (and will run through May):

The always-popular productions at Allens Lane Art Center begin on Sept. 28th with Romulus Linney's Childe Byron . ALAC Theater is noted for bringing shows that are premiering or are seldom produced in the Philly area, and you can purchase tickets for individual performances or a season package. Bring dinner or a snack to enjoy before the show, or order a catered dinner through the Art Center. Go to www.allenslane.org for more information or to make reservations.

Quintessence Theatre is starting its 3rd season of progressive classical theatre at the Sedgwick (7137 Germantown Ave.) with Shakespeare'sOthello. Reviews of last year's shows were outstanding. Their season starts on Oct. 10th. You can buy a subscription to the season's presentations (which will once again include works in repertory this year) or tickets to individual shows. For more info, visit www.QuintessenceTheatre.org


Last year, EMAN was part of a successful and popular Chef's competition (with our community partners, Neighborhood Interfaith Movement and Lutheran Theogical Seminary --- both of whom do work that extends far beyond faith communities) called "Cookin' With WHO?" People had a great time and left well-fed and happy, and 3 valued community nonprofits raised much-needed funds. The event will be on Thursday, Nov. 8th at 6:30 PM, in the Brossman Center on the LTSP Campus. Rabbi George Stern, last year's winner of the "Mt. Airy Platinum Spatula" award, will be back to defend his title against this year's community chefs. We'll list our stellar group of chefs soon, and let you know how to get tickets.

EMAN'S MEMBERSHIP CAMPAIGN IS UNDERWAY! Even though you can join East Mt. Airy Neighbors at any time of year, we have an annual Membership Campaign every Summer. You may have received a letter and reply card. Our membership dues have remained the same, despite increased operational costs, because we want membership to be available to everyone. We work on behalf of all residents, businesses and organizations in the community, whether they are paid members or not. We need your support to do so. Numbers are important. We have a larger voice in civic affairs with more members. We are now an offical "Registered Community Organization" (RCO) under the city's new Zoning Code, which will enable us to represent the community's views (after consultation with neighbors) when there's an issue or proposed variance on the table. We are planning more community events, including some in partnership with other local nonprofits. Mt. Airy Day (a joint EMAN-WMAN festival) grows in popularity every year, and we are happy to be able to bring that to the neighborhood. We support the efforts of our friends at WMAN, MAUSA, MALT, NIM, MAAG and others. We're all in this together, and working together to preserve and enhance the quality of life in Mt. Airy. We are all facing challenges presented by the recession, and we all need your support! You can join EMAN or renew your membership at our website (www.eastmountairy.org) using PayPal.The website also allows you to make an additional generous donation to the organization. Please note that the website is in the middle of a "makeover", and there may be occasional glitches. We are part of United Way's donor option program (our number is #0212); please let us know about any United Way donation, so we can thank you. If you would rather send a check or money order, let us know (info@eastmountairy.org) and we will send you a form.

EMAN's Community/Board Meetings are open to everyone, whether you're a member or not. The next meeting will be on Tuesday, Sept. 11th, at the EMAN Office. (We're in the basement of the Wiedemann Bldg. on the Campus of the Lutheran Theological Seminary, 7301 Germantown Ave.) The public is welcome to join us at 7:30. (The Board meets in Executive Session from 7-7:30.)