From the Independent • Mt. Airy News Stories

January 7, 2010 • Independent.pdf

In This Issue

Girard College is MLK Day of Service Signature Project

2009: The Year That Was  –Part 2

Recycle Your Christmas Tree

Apply Now for House Scholarship

Fitness Classes at Rec Center for the New Year

New Classes, Activities at Enrichment Center

ESL Classes

Mentoring Program

Weavers Way Ends Work Requirement

Dance to Benefit NIM and NPIHN

Bishop Stith to Speak at FUMCOGKing Service

Torah Study

Mt. Ephraim Celebrates

Sign Up for Mt. Airy Baseball

Metamorphosis Raffle

WMAN Quality of Life

Covenant Toastmasters

Girard College is MLK Day of Service Signature Project


Staff Writer

This year Girard College, in Fairmount, will host Philadelphia’s annual Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Day of Service signature event on January 18, for a reason that is linked to the school’s history and is close to the hearts of many area residents.

The private boarding school serves low-income students, the majority of which are African American and female. But that wasn’t always the case. Forty-five years ago Dr. King came to Girard to join what would become one of this city’s defining Civil Rights struggles – the fight to integrate the school that until then served only white male youth.

“We stayed there seven months and 17 days,” recalled Nicetown resident and activist Kenneth Salaam. “At the time it was the longest protest in the United States.”

Salaam, or “Freedom Smitty” as he was then called, was one of thousands who camped outside the school in 1965 and marched around its great walls everyday. But the protestors weren’t alone. Lots of police were there too.   

Ed Burnley was a rookie when his entire academy class drew duty as around-the-clock guards outside the wall.

“They took me out of the Academy directly there,” he said. “I guess you could say we didn’t even complete the Academy before they sent us there.”

Burnley came to police work from the military. Salaam dropped out of high school at the age of 14 to become a freedom fighter. Both men struggled against racism. Yet for months they occupied opposite sides of a fight that took decades to unfold.

The push to integrate Girard College began as early as 1950 when Raymond Pace Alexander, a prominant African American lawyer and Philadelphia City Councilman, sought a court order to open the school to non-whites.

That legal battle continued for many years, but a decade after the landmark Supreme Court Brown Vs. Board of Education decision in 1954, which determined “separate but equal” schooling was unconstitutional, Girard was still for whites only.

In the spring of 1965 Cecil B. Moore, leader of the Philadelphia National Association for the Advancement of Colored People, decided to take direct action. Salaam was a part of that effort. The plan was to meet at the school at dawn on the first of May and go over the wall.   

“No African American was allowed in Girard College unless they were doing menial work,” Salaam recalled. [Going over the wall would directly confront that policy.] “But little did I know there were people called informants.”

When he and the rest of the dawn protest team got there, there were a thousand police surrounding the school. The entire wall was barricaded.

So the plan changed. And the action became a seven month standoff designed to raise awareness and put public pressure on the Board of City Trusts, which managed the school. The message was straightforward: it is not okay to have a segregated school in the middle of an African American neighborhood.

“It became a national issue,” Salaam recalled. “The idea was to keep walking around the wall. Keep walking around the wall just to let them know.”

Ed Burnley came to his post at Girard College after serving on military bases in the south and west where he experienced discrimination just doing his job. He was refused service in restaurants in the south, he had to watch a burning KKK cross from his radar base in Nebraska, and although his cohort at the Philadelphia Police Academy was largely African American, dealing with the racism of some white officers was part of the job, he said.

For Burnley there wasn’t much action at the Girard assignment because the protestors were so well organized and peaceful. On the surface it was your typical rookie experience – lots of joking and laughing. But as a neighborhood resident whose foster mother and other family members were part of the protests, the hardest part about the Girard assignment was how much it truly meant to him.

“My biggest problem was crossing that marching line and knowing that it was wrong,” he said. “Because I grew up looking at that college.”

And he might have gone there but for the school’s admissions policy.

When Dr. King came to Girard College in August of 1965 he spoke about how sad it was that the school used walls to keep non-whites out. And he said they would crumble like the walls of Jericho.

It wasn’t until 1968 that the courts finally ordered Girard to open its doors to non-whites, and in 1974 Charles Hicks (son of the late Marie Hicks of Germantown) became the first African American to graduate from the school. Ten years later another legal battle finally opened the school to girls in 1984.

These days Girard is still experiencing firsts. In October the school hired Autumn Joy Adkins as its president. She is both the first African American and the first woman to hold that post.

In 2006 Salaam, who was arrested close to 20 times during the Girard College protest, returned to the school. He was invited back to speak to the students.

“I was sad. I had tears in my eyes,” he said. “I told them that the sacrifices that we made for them left them no room to fail. Failure to them is not an objective at all.”

Chestnut Hill resident Todd Bernstein, the president of Global Citizen, which runs the Philadelphia Day of Service programs, thought Salaam and Burnley’s story and the school’s history made Girard College the perfect place to headquarter the Day of Service events this year. Every year since the first Day of Service in 1996, the Philadelphia programs commemorating Dr. King’s life and work have been the most extensive in the country. Last year there were more than 65,000 participants across the city.

Salaam and Burnley and several others who were involved with the 1965 protests will participate in the Girard College events on and around January 18. The activities on January 18 will include hundreds of community service projects, a health fair and a civic engagement exposition aimed at spurring volunteer action all year round. This is part of a new program from Global Citizen called MLK 365.

Salaam, who marched with King across the state of Mississippi in 1966, was especially encouraged by the year-round focus.

“They have taken Dr. King’s dream and made it a reality,” he said. “I love the 365 because Dr. King didn’t fight for just a day, it was his life.”

To sign up for the Day of Service call 215-242-9070 or visit

2009: The Year That Was in Mt. Airy –Part 2

September 3


That’s the message the 14th Police District was sending to local drivers. The 14th began a stepped-up watch for speeding drivers along Lincoln Drive, Walnut Lane and Stenton Avenue (notorious for speeding and a high number of accidents) thanks to a National Highway Traffic Safety Administration grant targeted for speed enforcement.


At the first ever community meeting held at the Washington Lane R7 train station, residents raised concerns about safety and accessibility at the station to SEPTA. One major complaint: the isolated, dark passage that outbound riders must make along the edge of Awbury Arboretum, and under the train trestle before reaching Washington Lane and Chew Avenue.

September 10


The State Board of Education released its Persistently Dangerous Schools  list and two Northwest Schools – Germantown High and Roosevelt Middle School – were on it. Good news: Martin Luther King High School was off the list for the first time since it was begun in 2003.


Laura Siena was winding down her tenure as West Mt. Airy Neighbors executive director and preparing to help transform her family’s dairy farm into an organic operation.  Siena looked back at a productive five years that saw WMAN expand its ties with other neighborhood groups to increase its effectiveness.

September 17


On Wednesday, September 9, members of the Awbury Arboretum Neighbors Association heard a pitch from Urban Eco Electric on free rooftop solar panels the company would install to provide them with electric power.  Residents would lease the panels based on their monthly PECO bill, and some were eager to sign up.


When PECO power lines caught fire on Sunday, September 13 on Hortter Street near Lincoln Drive, hundreds were deprived of power while a live wire in the middle of the street blocked traffic.

September 24


Mt. Airy USA kicked off its Targeted Facades Improvement Program that will fund makeovers to 12 storefronts along Germantown Avenue in the Mt. Airy business district.


Thousands of local Muslims marked the end of Ramadan, a month of fasting, prayer and self-reflection, on September 20 in the largest gathering in Vernon Park since the appearance of then-Presidential candidate Barack Obama in 2008.

October 1


The city of Philadelphia cancelled contracts with Germantown Settlement totaling a million dollars annually, saying that it had not received necessary financial audits from the non-profit for more than three years. The cancellation forced the closure of several Settlement programs that served community families.


On Saturday, September 26, scores of local residents lined up to discard their obsolete electric equipment including TVs, computers and microwaves at the Mt. Airy Business Association’s first “Weird Waste Day.”

October 8


Philly Electric Wheels, 550 Carpenter Lane, opened its doors to begin selling a wide variety of electrically-powered bicycles. “You get about a thousand miles per gallon … in car terms,” said one electric bike user.


Hard times meant greater needs, shrinking food stocks, and longer lines at area food banks.

October 15


The Tookany/Tacony/Frankford Watershed Partnership and the Wissahickon Environmental Center took residents on a tour of  the Awbury and Cliveden neighborhoods to examine innovative techniques being used to manage stormwater stormwater runoff and curb water pollution.


One Salon at Durham Street and Germantown Avenue hosted its  Makeover Night, where each month one lucky participant got a free complete hair transformation.

October 22


30 new police officers were patrolling parts of the 14th Police District on foot, giving street-level contact between police and the neighborhood on a new program that may last into the winter. Residents welcomed the increased public police presence.


Eagles quarterback and convicted dogfighter Micheal Vick spoke at Germantown High about the evils of dog-fighting. Vick spoke quietly to the hundred or so students in the school’s auditorium. “I got to keep people like you from ending up in the situation that I ended up in,” he said.

October 29


The Board of Trustees of  New Media Technology Charter School declined to comply with School Reform Commission (SRC) mandates calling for a replacement of the school’s leadership. The SRC had voted in August to renew New Media’s charter for five years, despite ongoing investigations brought on by allegations of  financial mismanagement and conflicts of interest involving school management.


Mt. Airy USA’s annual “Guess Who’s Coming to Dinner” fundraiser sported an all-star lineup of city notables as celebrity table hosts, including Eagles President Joe Banner, bioethicist Dr. Art Caplan, Temple University President Ann Weaver Hart, and Vikram Dewan, head of the Philadelphia Zoo. 

November 5


After 28 years of “neighbors teaching neighbors,” Mt. Airy Learning Tree decided to put down permanent roots and begin a fundraising campaign aimed at purchasing its offices at 6601 Greene Street.


The development group Germantown Conservancy  filed an amended petition for conservancy of 50 Northwest buildings  - down from 319 listed in its original petition – under the terms of the state’s new Abandoned and Blighted Property Conservation Act. 

November 12


Members of the Winfield Scott Hancock Society  gathered over the graves of John and Henry Nice at St. Michael’s Lutheran Church, 6671 Germantown Avenue, on Sunday, November 8. They were there to honor the service of the two young men who both fell defending the Union at the Battle of Gettysburg in 1863.


A lot of leaves were piled up on Mt. Airy’s streets, waiting in vain for the city’s mechanical leaf collection service to scoop them up.  Some residents apparently hadn’t gotten the word that city budget cuts had forced cancellation of the program.

November 19


Around 100 local residents turned out for the first Community Café at the Sedgwick Theater that was sponsored by Neighborhood Networks and Marching for Change. They were there to share their views on health care, recycling, city services, safety and more.


Germantown High’s Bears and Martin Luther King High’s Golden Cougars prepared for their Thanksgiving Day football showdown at Benjamin Johnson Field. The annual rivalry sported something new this year: female player Michelle Grace playing for the Bears.

November 26


The board of the YMCA of Germantown, closed to the public for nearly a year and a half after a 2008 flood, voted to hire former director Pete Smith to help get its community programs up and running again.


In a meeting sponsored by West Mt. Airy Neighbors and the Duval Improvement Association, New Courtland Elder Services presented revisions to its plans for a five-story  Independent Living Facility at Greene and Johnson streets. Among the revisions proposed were expanded parking spaces for the residents to cut down on possible congestion  in the neighborhood. WMAN’s Zoning Committee later voted not to oppose a needed zoning variance for the site.

December 3


A $780,000 grant from Merck & Co., part of a settlement resulting from a 2006 toxic chemical spill at the company’s Montgomery County plant, to the Friends of the Wissahickon will enable to the FOW to expand its efforts to restore damaged areas of the creek and its watershed. The FOW’s work will target five creek sites damaged by sedimentation.


East Mt. Airy Neighbors decided not to oppose the reopening of the Corner Deli at 6645 Germantown Avenue but first required a lengthy list of conditions from its owner in order to cut down on nuisance behavior at the corner, which included drug activity and loitering.  The Zoning Board of Adjustment later OK’d the reopening of the deli, which had been shut for years as a result of complaints and action by neighbors.

December 10


The top three prizes in the Empowerment Group’s “My Block My Business” city-wide competition all went to Northwest businesses, including Mt. Airy’s Trolley Car Diner and  Philly Electric Wheels. The competition is aimed at highlighting small businesses as community pillars.   


Health Center #9 serving Northwest Philadelphia announced that it would begin charging all uninsured patients for services. The alternative, said city officials, would be to close down some or all of the city’s health centers because of budget constraints.

December 17


Agreements between the Mt. Airy Business Improvement District and both the Germantown Home and Valley Green Bank on the use of their parking lots meant that parking congestion in the Mt. Airy business district  was on the road to improvement.


When Lt. Aaron Booker of Mt. Airy returned home from deployment in Iraq he was met at the airport not only by his family but was surprised by a “hero’s welcome” by members of the groups Warriors Watch and A Hero’s Welcome. 

December 24


At its first official membership meeting in many months, the Y’s Board of Directors announced plans to have a phased reopening of the facility beginning in March 2010, with programs coming back in action in phases as the facility is repaired.


The latest arrival on the Mt. Airy Restaurant scene was appropriately named – Avenida is Spanish for “avenue.” The new restaurant, operated by Edgar and Kim Alvarez, will feature Latin-themed cuisine at Germantown and Gowen avenues, the site of the former Cresheim Cottage café.

December 31


Political and budgetary disputes at the state and federal levels were forcing SEPTA to postpone its planned multi-million-dollar renovation of the Wayne Junction transit hub, disappointing those who had hoped to see renovation used as a springboard for development in the area.

Recycle Your Christmas Tree

The Mt. Airy Business Association, along with partners GRINCH (Green in Chestnut Hill) and the Allens Lane Art Center, will hold a Christmas tree recycling event on Sunday, January 10, 10 a.m. - 4 p.m., at Allens Lane Art Center, 601 West Allens Lane

Trees will be chipped into a pile which will then be available in the spring as free mulch. Why? Because it’s the right thing to do.  Trees are just like any other trash that gets sent to landfills and becomes pollution.   By chipping the trees and re-using the mulch, you are helping to save our precious planet. 

We are asking a $5 donation to help cover our costs.

Please contact Kim Miller, executive director of the Mt. Airy Business Association, at 215-242-0777 or if you have any questions or if you would like to volunteer to help that day.

The Mt. Airy Business Association is committed to sustainability and offers community programs to help create and promote a more sustainable Mt. Airy.

Apply Now for House Scholarship

State Rep. Rosita C. Youngblood (D., 198th), is encouraging high school seniors who plan to attend a Pennsylvania college, university or career school to apply for a four-year scholarship provided by the Pennsylvania House of Representatives.

The deadline for application is March 1.

Youngblood said students can obtain applications by visiting or by contacting her constituent service office at 215-849-6426.

This is the sixth year that the House of Representatives is providing the scholarship.

It is funded by private donations, including gifts from former and current House members, and does not use public money or tax dollars.

The program is administered by The Foundation for Enhancing Communities.

Fitness Classes at Rec Center for the New Year

Give yourself a gift: make your New Year’s resolution to be fit for life now.

Join our Healthy For Life Fit Club at the Daniel E. Rumph II Recreation Center, formerly known as Mallery Recreation Center, at Johnson and Morton streets.   It will meet every Wednesday evening at 6 p.m.

Our exercise classes will offer easy exercises for all ages, dance exercise, free healthy food and snack samples, free coupons for healthy foods and vitamins, free pure water, free samples of healthy drinks, free fruit and fruit juice samples, and free healthy smoothie sample drinks.

Classes are a suggested donation of $15 per class to cover the cost of the sample healthy snacks, foods and drinks. Registration will be held on January 13 at the center. Registration is $5.

New Classes, Activities at Enrichment Center

After enjoying a short vacation over the holidays, the Chestnut Hill Center Center for Enrichment is welcoming the New Year with classes and programs, and the community is invited.

Have an interest in painting and drawing? Join Alex Forbes’ Art Workshop on Wednesdays at 9:30 a.m. in a brand-new bright and large space; work from a different still life each week, beginning January 6.

During the second full week in January, some favorite CHCE classes are making a return. On Monday morning, January 11 Steve Leonard embarks on ten weeks of Italian II, and welcomes all those with some prior knowledge of this beautiful language and culture. Bill Farmer will be offering his 8-week Intermediate Bridge course on Mondays at noon for anyone who wants to brush up their newly-learned or long-unused bridge game. Both instructors will also offer a Beginning level of their classes (Italian on Wednesdays, Bridge on Thursdays) if there is enough interest. Contact the Center for Enrichment to register yours.

During these long weeks of winter, why not try a new activity to awaken both mind and body? Water workouts (Monday, Wednesday, Friday) or Exercise (Tuesday - Thursday) are held with Kelly Kaiser. Three levels of Tai Chi are led by Susan Heineman. And yoga (both traditional and in-and-out-of-the-chair) on Friday mornings with Grace Perkins.

The Center for Enrichment also invites the community to share lunch (only $3) and special programs (free) on three Tuesdays in January: January 12 showing the 2009 movie “The Taking of Pelham 1-2-3; January 19 an information session on volunteer opportunities and services offered at Crossroads Hospice; January 26 a frank discussion of loneliness, sadness and strategies to banish them.

For information about these and all other activities offered by the Center for Enrichment (including location and fees, if any) contact Sue Davis or Mary Zell at 215-248-0180, You may also stop in to the Center’s headquarters, 8431 Germantown Avenue, Monday through Friday between 9 a.m. and 4 p.m., and check our website at

ESL Classes

Free ESL (English-as-a Second Language) classes for children and adults are held each Monday and Wednesday, 7-9 p.m., at Won Community Service Center, 423 Abington Avenue, Glenside. Spring classes begin January 20. Early registration will be held Wednesday, January 13, or by appointment. Students can enroll throughout the year. For information call 215-884-8443, e-mail to, or visit Classes are supported in part by the Verizon Foundation and Dollar General Foundation.

Mentoring Program

Choose to make a difference in a young person’s life. Connections Training Services Mentoring Program is a program established to make an impact in the life of a child whose parent is incarcerated. Support National Mentoring Month in January by calling 215-430-0381, ext. 5554, for more information about becoming a mentor or to place a child of an incarcerated parent age 4-18 with a mentor.

The Northwest EPIC (Equal Partners in Change) Stakeholders Group, a community driven organization, invites the Northwest community to attend the monthly Stakeholders Meetings.  Our next meeting is Thursday,  January 21 at 1 p.m. at Martin Luther King High School, 6100 Stenton Avenue (offices of Foundations, Inc)  Our topic is the $30 million in Recovery Act weatherization funding for Philadelphia.  Attend this meeting and learn how these funds will benefit the community where you live. For more information contact Nan Rhone, EPIC coordinator, at 215-549-2686.  EPIC Stakeholders groups are funded by Department of Human Services, Community Based Prevention Services.

Weavers Way Ends Work Requirement

As of January 1, Weavers Way Co-op is no longer requiring members to do volunteer work hours, and will now charge non-members the same shelf price paid by non-working members. Member work will still be an important part of Weavers Way, and working members will receive a five-percent discount at the register. The member work share remains six hours per year per adult in the household for working members. Weavers Way’s members voted to approve these changes in July.

“We hope the vast majority of our current and future members will choose to do work hours, to get the discount and to be a part of Weavers Way operations,” Weavers Way General Manager Glenn Bergman said. “But we’re also very excited to have nonworking members as well, to welcome those who want to be a part of Weavers Way, but can’t do the work hours.”

Although the discount will be limited to working members, the many other benefits of membership will be available to all members, including member-only specials, home delivery, special orders, check cashing, patronage rebates, business discount program, discounted notary service, a vote in elections and referenda, and eligibility to serve on the board of directors and be a member lender. “Most importantly, they are owners of a business that is invested in their community and their values,” Bergman said.

Member work can take many forms, from working in the store or on the co-op’s farms, to serving on committees and offering workshops. Weavers Way sometimes gives work credit for work outside of Weavers Way entirely, like working with the co-op’s nonprofit Weavers Way Community Programs, helping Friends of Carpenters Woods cleaning up the woods near the co-op’s Mt. Airy store, or assisting with programs at local schools.

“Member work has been an important part of Weavers Way since the beginning, and we hope it remains so,” says Weavers Way Board President Nancy Weinman. “But we’re also very happy to be part of a Weavers Way that is even more open and welcoming than ever before.”

Weavers Way Co-op has more than 3,200 members. For information call 215-843-2350.

Dance to Benefit NIM and NPIHN

Put on your dancing shoes and join friends and neighbors at a fantastic community dance to benefit the Neighborhood Interfaith Movement (NIM) and the Northwest Philadelphia Interfaith Hospitality Network.

A 9-piece band, CTO Heat (pictured), which has played for celebrities like Patti LaBelle, will play from 7:30-11:30 p.m. at the Unitarian Society of Germantown, 6511 Lincoln Drive, with the parking lot entrance on Johnson Street near Wayne Avenue. Admission is only $10 a person. Children are welcome 7:30-9 p.m. for free. Soft drinks and snacks will be provided; BYO wine and beer. Also please bring a dessert to share, and canned or packaged foods to donate to the Germantown Avenue Crisis Ministry. The dance is made possible by a generous donor and members of the band.

For more information call NIM at 215-843-5600.

Bishop Stith to Speak at FUMCOGKing Service

For over 45 years, The First United Methodist Church of Germantown has observed Martin Luther King, Jr.’s birthday. This year’s celebration will be held on Sunday, January 17 at 11 a.m. Retired United Methodist Church Bishop Forrest C. Stith, Bishop in Residence at Asbury United Methodist Church in Washington, will be the guest speaker. The event includes a selection of spirituals and Freedom songs to honor Dr. King, and the annual Racial and Social Justice Award will be presented.

For 26 years, Bishop Stith served churches in Baltimore and Washington. In “retirement,” at the behest of the Council of Bishops, he spent four years in East Africa coordinating work with refugees and assisting the local Bishop, who is responsible for five countries. Stith has also been an adjunct faculty member at the Wesley Theological Seminary and is a founder and chairman of the board of the African American Methodist Heritage Center, located at Drew University, his alma mater (he also received a degree from the University of Nebraska and did graduate studies at both Princeton and Howard Universities).

In addition to being very active in the Civil Rights Movement, he was actively supportive of the Women’s Movement. He was co-chair of the international committee on the “Ecumenical Decade of Solidarity with Women.”

Bishop Stith’s wife Josephine is an accomplished educator and writer. They have a married daughter, a Maryland attorney.

A reception in honor of Bishop and Mrs. Stith will follow the service.  For more information, see the church web site at or call the office at 215-438-3677. The church is located at 6001 Germantown Avenue, at the corner of High Street. Limited parking is available off Germantown Avenue.

Torah Study

Chabad-Lubavitch of Northwest Philadelphia will be hosting Tea and Torah, a women’s-only Torah study group in honor of Rosh Chodesh.  Rosh Chodesh, literally translated as head of the month, marks the beginning of each new month in the Jewish calendar. 

A class to celebrate Rosh Chodesh Shevat will be held on Wednesday, January 13, at 7334 Rural Lane in Mt. Airy from 7:30-8:45 pm. There is no charge. To RSVP or for more information, please contact Pessy Gurevitz at 215-438-5327 or visit

Men’s Day at Jane’s

On Sunday, January 17, the United Methodist Men of Janes Memorial United Methodist Church, 47 East Haines Street, will celebrate its 60th Annual Men’s Day. Join them at 8 a.m. for their annual Men’s Breakfast, featuring delicious home-style specialties and the esteemed guest speaker, the Rev. Dr. Gus Roman.

Tickets are only $15, available from any member of  Janes United Methodist Men, or call the church at 215 844 9564. Don’t miss the 10:45 a.m. Men’s Day Service  with the word delivered by Janes Pastor, the Rev. Dr. Andrew L. Foster 3rd.

For information call the church at 215-844-9564 or e-mail to

Mt. Ephraim Celebrates

Mt. Ephraim Baptist Church, 2nd and Tioga streets, the Rev. Julius A. Renwick, pastor, will celebrate its 54th church anniversary on Sunday, January 17.

There will be a 10:30 a.m. morning worship service with the Rev. Cathy M. Johnson of Triumph Baptist Church and afternoon services at 3:30 p.m with the Rev. James S. Hall of Triumph Baptist Church.

Please come and celebrate with us.

For information call the church at 215-226-2720. 

Sign Up for Mt. Airy Baseball

This year marks the twenty-fifth anniversary for Mt. Airy Baseball. Through the work of dozens of volunteers, the program has grown to include more than 625 children playing on 45 teams and in five age divisions.

There are three ways to register for the 2010 season:

On-Line Registration:  You can register on-line at our web site:

Walk-in registration will be held the last four Saturdays in January - January 10, 17, 24, and 31,  - and on February 6. All will take place from 9 a.m. - noon at the Mt. Airy Playground, Germantown Avenue and Sedgwick Street.

Mail-in Registration:  A registration form is available on the web site or by calling 215-552-8103.   Registration is on a first-come, first-serve basis.

There is a $10 discount for registering before January 31.

Openings are still available in the Winter Programs. Twelve clinics of 3 sessions/each will be held in pitching and hitting.  This year we will also offer workouts at the Ambler Sports Academy where players can hit in indoor batting tunnels. Mail in registration forms for the Winter Instructional Programs are available in the handouts section of the web site,  or call 215-552-8103.

Each year, Mt. Airy Baseball sponsors tournament teams in several age groups for the more serious and competitive players.  This year we plan to enter teams in the 9,10, 11 and 12 year-old age groups.  The Senior League teams will also enter several tournaments.

Tournaments begin after league play ends in June.  However, tournament team players practice or scrimmage once a week from April through July.   These do not conflict with the regular season schedule.  Players are selected based on ability and availability. To be selected for one of the 9-12 tournament teams, one must be available to practice during the season and play in tournament games between June 18-July 29. Players will be expected to participate in not less than five of the six weeks of the tournament season. 

There will be open tryouts for players who are interested in competing for a position on a tournament team.  Players who have had roster spots on these teams in the past must try out again.  Try-outs are for tournament teams only.  There are no try-outs for the regular season teams.  Every child is placed on a regular-season team.

Once registered for the regular season, players and parents will hear more about these and other developments over the next several weeks.   What parents must do now is register their child to reserve a place on a regular-season team.


On Tuesday, January 12, East Mt. Airy Neighbors (EMAN) and West Mt. Airy Neighbors (WMAN) will hold the annual joint EMAN/WMAN meeting in Hagan Hall on the campus of the Lutheran Theological Seminary at Philadelphia, 7301 Germantown Avenue. The meeting will start at 7 p.m. and will focus on proposed changes to Philadelphia’s Zoning Code. Members of the Zoning Commission will be joining us for a panel discussion and will be taking questions. The community is welcome; please join us.

For more information call EMAN at 215-242-4170 or WMAN at 215-438-6022. 

Metamorphosis Raffle

“Metamorphosis: Transforming Lives and Communities” is a nonprofit organization that believes in the power of the “Gospel of grace” to transform lives and communities. We work with volunteers to support and assist older formerly incarcerated men transition back into society. We value, integrity and hard work and are committed to doing the highest quality of work. We are truly committed to transforming lives and communities.

We are holding an event at Starbucks, 8515 Germantown Avenue, on January 9 and 16, selling raffle tickets. First prize will be a 50” flat-screen TV, second prize is a 40” flat-screen TV, and third prize is a $500 Marriott gift certificate.

Metamorphosis is located at 6651 Germantown Avenue. For more information call 215-609-2635, e-mail to, or visit

WMAN Quality of Life

West Mt. Airy Neighbors’ next Quality of Life meeting is scheduled for Wednesday, January 20 at 7:30 p.m. at the Summit Presbyterian Church, Greene and Westview Streets. The meeting format will be an open forum.

For info on how an individual resident can get help with an issue affecting him or her directly, email Lizabeth Macoretta, WMAN’s Executive Director, at

Covenant Toastmasters

Covenant Toastmasters Club will meet at New Covenant Campus, 7500 Germantown Avenue, Founders Hall, Room B-11 (2nd floor), 7:30-9 p.m. on Wednesday, January 13. Covenant Toastmasters Club provides a comfortable, instructive environment for developing public speaking and leadership skills.  Guests are always welcome.  For information visit

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