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2010News

The East Mt. Airy Neighbors Board of Directors would like to thank D.A. Seth Williams

for his interesting and informative presentation at our Annual Meeting on June 1st. Highlights included information about his plans for community-based prosecution and for the “Back on Track” program for first-time non-violent offenders.

Congratulations to Greg Williams, founder and proprietor of the Walk A Crooked Mile bookstore, who is this year’s recipient of EMAN’s Edgar A. Baker Award. As it happens, Walk A Crooked Mile Books has just been named on CNN’s website as one of six “hidden treasures” in Philly. We wish we could claim credit for inspiring that honor; at least, we’re ahead of the crowd in recognizing greatness! The store’s located in the Mt. Airy Station on the R-7 regional rail line. Check out their website:http://www.walkacrookedmilebooks.com/ for more information. (For more info about the Edgar Baker Award and a list of recipients, visit our website: http://www.eastmountairy.org/baker-award.cfm)

EMAN is pleased to have 4 new Board members, all respected and involved members of our community. Welcome to Rev. Aisha Brooks-Lytle, Jamie Camp, Leon King and Vernon Price. These folks bring a wealth of diverse experience and interests to the organization; we appreciate their desire to serve and look forward to working with them. (A complete listing of EMAN Board members can be found on our website.)

Have you visited the new Mt. Airy Farmers Market? It happens every Tuesday afternoon, from 3 till 7, on the William Allen Plaza at Lutheran Seminary. People who’ve shopped the Farmers Market so far are quite pleased with the quality local produce available, (the asparagus was less expensive than at the supermarket!), as well as the plants, meats/poultry/dairy, jams/preserves/honey, baked goods and other local products. You can park at Valley Green Bank and walk across the Avenue to the Plaza.

Kudos to Kim Miller, Executive Director of the Mt. Airy Business Ass’n, and the Art Jam Committee on a great event on Saturday! Their hard work produced a very successful return of the annual celebration to the Avenue. Art Jam 2010 brought welcome positive attention to our Mt. Airy shops, restaurants and community organizations, as well as to artists, crafters and performers, and reminded us what a great neighborhood we have! Thanks, Kim, for your imagination and determination!

Congratulations also to Peggy Zwerver and Tom Baker, proprietors of Earth Bread + Brewery. Two of their beers were in the Top 10 at the Philadelphia Inquirer’s “Local Brew-vitational”, held in conjunction with Philly Beer Week.

We have received 2 reports of attempted identity theft in East Mt. Airy, both involving information the thieves got from papers put out for recycling. We’ve all been hearing this for years — it really is important to shred any documents that include your name and address, or other identifying information.

Our local firehouse, Germantown Ave. at Carpenter Lane, is closed for emergency repairs, (to replace the floor, which was in danger of collapse). The work is expected to be completed by the end of June. In the meantime, units usually housed here are operating out of neighboring fire stations.

EMAN’s Community/Board meetings will resume in the Fall. We meet at 7PM the first Tuesday of the month (except in November, to avoid a conflict with Election Day). These meetings are open to the public and we welcome your attendance and participation.

We will continue to keep you informed about activities, events and issues over the Summer. Check our website calendar; we’ll post things regularly. Our office hours will shift a little at the end of the month, and will be posted on our website.

Look for information about joining EMAN soon; our 2010-11 Membership Campaign kicks off next month. Your membership helps us to continue our work in the community, & your active participation is a key element in expanding the services we can provide & the activities we can sponsor.

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