EMAN E-Newsletter, May 18th, 2012
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EMAN E-NEWSLETTER, May 18th, 2012
Did you come to Mt. Airy Day? What a great event! The weather cooperated; neighbors enjoyed themselves; our vendors were happy; the entertainment was particularly good this year; we heard lots of positive responses to the new food vendors (most of whom sold out!); the new kids’ activities were a hit; people of all ages rocked that climbing wall; our volunteers were wonderful. We had the best organizing committee in the world, and event chair Janet Amato really was a fearless leader! Many thanks to everyone who participated.
As previously announced, EMAN’s Annual Meeting/Elections will take place at Mt. Airy Presbyterian Church (Germantown & Mt. Pleasant), on Tuesday, June 5th at 7 PM.
I am very excited to announce that our guest speaker this year will be Dale Mezzacappa, who was a highly-regarded writer for the Inquirer for over 20 years, and who now is a contributing editor at Philadelphia Public School Notebook. Dale has earned much praise (and both local and national awards) for her accurate and insightful coverage of public education in Philly.
Weavers Way Co-op will hold its annual General Membership Meeting and Board Election this Sunday, May 20th, at the 7165 Lounge (7165 Germantown Ave.) The meeting starts at 6:30.
Mt. Airy USA’s “Metropolitan Minds” speaker series continues on May 23rd with guest Lisa Nutter, President of Philadelphia Academies Inc., a nonprofit youth development program in Philadelphia high schools that helps young people successfully transition to adulthood.
Final-ly Friday’s back on our business/dining corridor on May 25th, presented by the Business Association of Mt. Airy (BAM). Stores and restaurants stay open past their regular hours for your dining and shopping enjoyment.
June 2nd is National Trails Day, a national event sponsored by the American Hiking Society. Locally, Friends of the Wissahickon will be joined by REI for the 10th year, and will be doing trail work at the Andorra Natural Area, from 9:30 – 12:30. To register or to get more info, e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org
Allens Lane Art Center’s current exhibit, featuring the work of Martina Johnson-Allen, is on display in the Carolyn Fiedler-Alber Gallery through June 8th. A special fundraiser/cocktail reception will take place on June 2nd; the cost is $25/person. To make a reservation, go to www.allenslane.org These receptions help support not only the Gallery, but all of ALAC’s many offerings.
There’s almost always something happening at Walk A Crooked Mile Books, East Mt. Airy’s own independent bookstore, at 7423 Devon Street--- concerts (tonight, for example, Joe Baglia is performing), readings, other cultural events. To keep up with goings-on there, go to www.WalkaCrookedMileBooks.com
EMAN’s annual fundraiser will take place on June 23rd, from 7:30 till 11:30, at The Gathering Place, 6755 Germantown Avenue. “Swing Into Summer” will feature dinner, desserts (from Little Jimmie’s!) and dancing.
OTHER NEIGHBORHOOD NEWS:
Mt. Airy’s graffiti problem seems to be escalating. The 14th Police District, SEPTA and community and business organizations continue to try to stay on top of it, but it’s difficult to catch vandals in the act. East Mt. Airy resident Kelly O’Day has been documenting the problem and keeping us up to date.
EMAN, the Lutheran Seminary and the larger community lost a friend recently. Rev. Andrew “Jack” White , LTSP professor and dedicated community activist, died on May 6th. Jack served on the EMAN Board of Directors, as well as the Boards of EMAN Group Homes and the Mt. Airy Village Development Corporation. Jack focused on urban theology, and truly practiced what he preached. (His family is directing memorial donations to the Seminary: LTSP, 7301 Germantown Ave., Phila. 19119.)
Special thanks to John Siemiarowski and Electrical Wizardry, for donating a fax machine to EMAN. (Our elderly machine gave up after many years of service.) John is one of the business people in the community who has always been generous to community nonprofits, and we all appreciate that.
The whole neighborhood is in bloom --- get out and enjoy the sunshine and gorgeous flowers if you’re able!
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