‘Tis the season – you may have noticed increased activity along the Avenue (& pretty much everywhere!) as people prepare for the holidays. This year, Hanukkah begins on Christmas Eve, so many of us will be celebrating at the same time.
Unfortunately, there are people who see the holidays as an opportunity to benefit from your generosity; Town Watch & the PPD offer some hints to avoid becoming a criminal’s personal Santa Claus.
When out shopping:
- Be aware of your surroundings.
- Try to park in well-lit spots.
- Carry only the credit & debit cards you expect to use. Keep a list of those cards, & contact info for the issuing bank, in a safe place at home, in case you need to report a lost or stolen card.
- Be aware of how you carry your purse or wallet.
There has been a seasonal uptick in burglaries & related residential crimes in the neighborhood, mostly during late morning & early afternoon hours. Windows that don’t face the street have been a means of illegal entry.
- Keep your doors & windows locked.
- If you’re expecting packages to be delivered & won’t be at home to receive them, perhaps a neighbor could keep an eye out for them.
- Don’t open your door to delivery people without checking their I.D.; phony “delivery” drivers have been forcing their way into homes in some neighborhoods. Most packages don’t require a signature, so ask the delivery person to leave the box at your door, if that feels safer.
- Because many of us feel particularly generous at this time of year, some thieves use fake charities to solicit donations door-to-door. Again, check for I.D.
Your Christmas tree brings happiness into your home — don’t let it end up in a trash dump or landfill! Bring your tree to our Tree-Cycling event, where it will be chipped into mulch to be given to community gardens. The City of Philadelphia does not recycle trees left at the curb.
This event is especially important this year. We suspect that sustainability & environmental issues won’t be priorities for the incoming administration. While this may seem a small thing to do, at least it’s something. And oceans are made up of many small drops….
Sunday, January 8th, from 1:00 – 4:00 PM
(on the 7100 block of Chew Ave., on the parking lot
behind the Sedgwick Theater, just south of Mt. Airy Ave.)
All ornaments & decorations must be removed, as they clog up the chippers.
NO early drop-offs, please!
There will be free hot chocolate & cookies, & treats for dogs who accompany their people to the event.
If you find yourself in the mood to be out in the “brisk” air, helping unload trees from cars & dragging them over to the chipper, we’ll be delighted to see you!
A Few End-of-the-Year Thank-you’s & Acknowledgements…..
- The Lutheran Theological Seminary at Philadelphia
- Electrical Wizardry, Inc.
- Elfant Wissahickon REALTORS / Larry DiFranco Team
- Little Jimmie’s Bakery Cafe
- Loretta Witt, Berkshire Hathaway Home Services, Fox & Roach REALTORS
- Brian Madalion, State Farm Insurance
- Ross & McCrea, LLP
- La Prima Catering
- Trolley Car Diner
- Weavers Way Co-op
- Valley Green Bank / Univest Bank & Trust Co.
Next, thank you to our partner organizations, with whom we work every day. These organizations understand both the power of community & the many benefits of joining together to work for common goals:
- Mt. Airy USA (MAUSA)
- West Mt. Airy Neighbors (WMAN)
- Mt. Airy Business Improvement District (BID)