BLOCKTOBERFEST IS RIGHT AROUND THE CORNER!  Registration Page   Come join your neighbors on Saturday, 10/11/14 for a day of community activities in West Mount Airy. Blocktoberfest will be held for the third consecutive year to benefit West Mount Airy Neighbors and the members that it serves. Blocktoberfest was conceived as a way to celebrate […]


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

 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 […]

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 […]


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 […]

SPOTLIGHT ON Henry Houston School – 2013-14 School Year

by Marilyn Lambert, WMAN Board Member and Vice President, Community Affairs   Because of the budget crisis in 2013, our community joined forces with our neighborhood public schools to help minimize the impact of those cuts on the children.  At the beginning of the school year, the Mt. Airy Schools Coalition (MAUSA, WMAN, and EMAN) […]


by Abby Thaker, Mt. Airy USA As you’ve probably heard, the School District of Philadelphia has gone through extremely difficult budget cuts in recent years, while next year’s budget is uncertain as state legislators continue to negotiate. Yet in spite of these challenges, Mt. Airy’s public schools have continued to offer high quality programs thanks […]


The WMAN Zoning Committee is a good place to volunteer if you know and care about land use, development, architecture, planning, real estate legal issues.  The West Mt. Airy volunteers who serve on Zoning Committee, as one of the hardest working committees for WMAN, are mostly non-Board members. Only one volunteer is a WMAN Board […]

A Tree Grows at Lingelbach Elementary School

By James Gallagher, Science Teacher at Lingelbach Actually, it’s closer to 460 trees, give or take a few, according to a recent survey conducted by Bob Wells, Associate Director of Arboriculture at the Morris Arboretum.  Wells is working on creating a catalogue of tree species and tree sizes to be used in different class activities […]

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