WMAN Annual Meeting – June 9th

Pursuant to Article 8, Section 1, of WMAN’s Bylaws, notice is hereby being provided to WMAN’s membership of the annual general membership and election meeting, as well as of those candidates for open positions on WMAN’s Board of Directors. Meeting Date – Tuesday, June 9, 2015.  Reception at 6:30pm.  Meeting begins at 7pm. Meeting Location – Carriage House […]

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The Economy of Germantown: Early Mills

By Susan Bockius   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 a journey from Mt. Airy’s geological origins to the arrival […]


The Gateway Project needs your help!

The Gateway and the Streetscapes Committees need volunteers on Saturday, June 20th  from 9AM to 12 noon.  Meeting place is the Gateway Project site at Lincoln Drive and Johnson Street.  Tools, refreshments and supervision will be provided by Gateway and Streetscapes Committee members and Parks and Recreation Volunteer Coordinator David Bower. Volunteers will sheet mulch an area of vigorously […]

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Philadelphia Mayoral Forum – May 6th

West Mt. Airy Neighbors and East Mt. Airy Neighbors are sponsoring a community forum featuring the Democratic candidates for mayor of Philadelphia, PA. The forum will take place on Wednesday, May 6th, from 7:00pm until 9:00pm at the Brossman Center on the Lutheran Theological Seminary campus, 7301 Germantown Avenue, 19119. The panel will be moderated by […]


Eat Your Heart Out 2015! Delicious Success

The party started at the beautiful home of Meg and Don Ragas 804 Westview St. At 7:30 the guests were told their host dinner and departed for a wonderful meal and conversation.   Thank yous go out to all that helped and advised and carried and delivered and cooked and donated their time and money […]


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Fall 2015 Street Tree Planting

APPLICATIONS FOR FREE STREET TREE AVAILABLE   The Streetscapes Committee is again participating in the Pennsylvania Horticultural Society’s Tree Tender Bare Root Street Tree Planting Program. Trees are free of charge and will be planted by trained volunteers November 2015. The Committee has planted over 500 trees since 2007. To download an application and for […]


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 […]

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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 […]


CONSIDERING HOUSTON

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 […]


WHAT IT TAKES TO SUSTAIN THE HOUSTON PLAYGROUND

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 […]


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 […]

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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 […]


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, […]

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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 […]