Nov. 15 Tree Planting Success!! – A Thank You

Hello Volunteers, You are amazing!!!! Eighty-three of you got up early on Saturday Nov. 15th and headed over to Carpenter’s Woods or the Allen Lane Art Center, often tools in hand, to help out at WMAN’s Streetscapes 16th tree planting since 2007.  That was a new record, and it proves that the spirit of volunteerism […]

History Comes Alive in West Mt. Airy

YESTERDAY AND TODAY, A HISTORY OF WEST MT. AIRY By Burt Froom   Since December 2011, residents of West Mt. Airy have been guided through a tour of the deep history of our neighborhood in the Yesterday and Today column each month in the WMAN eNewsletter. Local historian Burt Froom is taking his readers on […]

Karima Bouchenafa

New Executive Director at West Mt. Airy Neighbors

  West Mount Airy Neighbors (WMAN) is pleased to announce the appointment of Karima Bouchenafa as the new Executive Director. A longtime resident of Northwest Philadelphia, Ms Bouchenafa comes to WMAN with extensive experience working with nonprofit organizations in both volunteer and professional capacities. She has actively engaged with a broad spectrum of people in […]

Ellie Seif’s Thoughts About Her Work

My first exposure to film and imaging was as the daughter of a motion picture projectionist in a local movie theater in Brooklyn, New York. I spent many days in my early childhood in the projection booth with my father.  My interest in still photography began with Brownie cameras, which led to many different and […]



By Michael Ramberg   Until recently, I was among the many parents with no idea of the good things happening at Henry Houston K-8 public school on Allens Lane in West Mt Airy, my neighborhood school. With my daughter starting kindergarten next fall, I got together with some other parents in the neighborhood and started […]


by David Stern-Gottfried For years neighbors and parents have raised around $2,000 annually and hundreds more from in-kind donations, along with hundreds of volunteer hours to maintain the playground for our children to enjoy. Stop by sometime (walk up the driveway beside the school) to see and feel the magic of this playground. Each year […]

Mark Fallon and Paul Piechoski planting trees last fall

Streetscapes Volunteers

Saturday, November 15, 2014 at 9:00 AM  Streetscapes REALLY Needs You! The WMAN Streetscapes Committee will be planting over 60 new street trees in Mt. Airy beginning at 9:00 AM on Saturday, November 15.  This will be the 16th such planting for the Committee and will bring the total number of trees planted to over […]

The Race Has Run! – 3rd Annual BlocktoberFest.

The BLOCKTOBERFEST 5K Run/Walk is History ! Amidst the rain and the cold a hardy bunch of runners came out and ran the good race. The course was tricky but showcased some beautiful streets and homes along the way. Thanks to the Philadelphia Police and Bryn Mawr Racing Company and all the volunteers and especially […]

After:  all ready for winter.

Gateway gets professional attention 1

 A team of five horticulturists from the firm Eco Chic Gardens based in Bristol, PA donated a combined total of 25 hours work toward the Gateway Project on Friday, September 26.  The team, all graduates of Temple’s School of Landscape Architecture and Horticulture, consisted of principals Kim Lock and Ann Laughlin together with Lawrence Newell, […]

Streetscapes Volunteers – Extreme Satisfaction

SARA ALLEN: I volunteered when I heard about Streetscapes through Friends Of Wissahickon.  I think it’s important to work in whatever way I can to help in Mt Airy. The Streetscapes Committee plants trees; look throughout Mt Airy for skinny new trees on curb grass, and be glad Streetscapes volunteers are willing to plant!   LIS […]

Why I Volunteer

by David Dannenberg Physically, Mount Airy is defined by its greenery, especially its street trees. Arguably other parts of the city boast similar architecture, similar mix of housing. None are as green.  When I was a child the preponderance of streets in Mount Airy passed beneath a veritable tunnel of greenery, created by the overlapping […]



Those of us in Mt. Airy with gardens have probably noticed how much less frequently we’ve needed to reach for a hose this year.  After a severe winter, our especially temperate summer has yielded gardens that are more lush than ever.  And after all the brief downpours we’ve been experiencing, the weeds are just a bit […]

Lovett Mem. Library and Park – Redesign

Lovett Memorial Library Plans 21st Century Library Initiative For more information please go to Mt. Airy USA’s site, Go Mt. Airy ( Overview of Improvements   Additional 2,680 square feet for new children’s area with programming space New ADA entry way with reduced foot print for circulation desk Open living room space with custom shelving/comfortable […]