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Tuesday, September 16, 2014

Mayfair Civic Association Meeting Minutes - Pending Approval at Next Meeting

Meeting opened by President Donny Smith with the Pledge of Allegiance at 7:05 PM

Introduction of Officers Present – Donny Smith

Treasurer’s Report – Kevin Leonard
·         Account Balance as of 05/16/2014 = $18,758.80
·         Income since May 2014
o    $275.00 Membership Dues
o    $55.00 Tee-Shirt Sales
·         Expenses since May 2014
o    $557.66 for Methadone Clinic
o    $231.05 for City of Philadelphia Taxes – Crispin Location
o    $4.83 for Banking Fees
·         Current Balance = $18,295.26
NOTE: Current Balance Includes $568.27 for the Proposed Dog Park

Membership Update – Donny Smith
·         133 Active Members
·         Renewals available for 2015 in the back of the meeting room - $10.00 for annual dues (January to December) $40.00 for 5 year / $100.00 Lifetime

CDC Update – Donny Smith
·         Ruthanne Madway replaces Mia as Executive Director
·         Business Improvement District - Frankford Avenue
o    Meetings continue with local business owners
o    Steering Committee formed.

Mayfair Business Association (MBA) Update – Donny Smith/Lisa Greco
·         No Report

Town Watch Update – Anna Stacey
·         Dog Walkers Watch
o    Sign-ups Available –
o    Training – 1hr on observing criminal activity
·         Next Meeting – Changed from September 23rd to September 24th

Playground Committee – Mia Hylan
·         Events for September 20, 2014 – 8:00 AM to Noon
o    Community Yard Sale – $20 for a Table in Parking Lot
o    Hard Drive Destruction - $10.00
·         Spooktacular – October 25, 2014 (Rain Date is October 26, 2014)

Methadone Clinic – Donny Smith
·         Open for Business
·         Restricted to 85 patients per day
·         Clinic is Advertising in the Metro Papers and on buses as reported by attendee
·         No Insurance or government assistance for clients at this time

15th District Split – Donny Smith
·         All neighborhood civics agreed on the district split.
·         Working with Bobby Henon on the project.
·         30 additional officers assigned – 6 new patrol cars delivered (reported by Marc Collazzo)
·         PSA2 & PSA3 assignments – Holmesburg, Mayfair, Wissinoming
·         Removed Blinking Blue Light at Cottman & Frankford/Replaced by LED Lights.

Steuben Day Parade – Donny Smith
·         September 27, 2014 on Frankford Ave
·         CDC and Civic Involvement
·         Octoberfest-type theme
·         Vendors invited for Ryan Avenue
2014 Mayfair Halloween Decoration Contest – Donny Smith
·         Create a display at your house
·         Nominations accepted via email (MayfairCivicAssociation@yahoo,com) or Mayfair Civic Association Facebook Page
·         Google Map is made of all nomination locations.
·         13 Judges begin the review on October 23, 2014.
·         Judges select Top 3 homes for awards – Prizes Awarded on October 30, 2014.

2014 Thanksgiving Day Parade – Donny Smith
·         Grand Marshall Selection is Pending
·         Scheduled for November 23, 2014
·         Create your own Floats – Family-Oriented Themes
·         Volunteers Needed

2014 Christmas Decoration Contest – Donny Smith
·         Create a display at your house
·         Nominations accepted via email (MayfairCivicAssociation@yahoo,com) or Mayfair Civic Association Facebook Page
·         Google Map is made of all nomination locations.
·         12 Judges begin the review on December 14, 2014.
·         Prizes Awarded on December 21, 2014.

Zoning Committee – Donny Smith
o    No Zoning Issues Scheduled

Presentations –
·         Marc Collazzo – District Office Manager for Rep. John Taylor
·         Harrisburg Update
o    Session opened on September 15, 2014
§  School Support
·         50% od District Funding from the State
·         Cigarette Tax – Vote this week
·         Looking for a long-term solution
§  Pension Crisis Legislation
·         Publicly funded however Underfunded for years
o    Legislation passed on Blighted Properties – Three Checklists Provided
(Contact Rep. Taylor’s Office for Assistance)
§  Conservatorship Checklist
·         Conservator (Community Development Corporations) Acts as the Owner after Court Approval
·         Property may be Sold to a Local Family
§  Deceased Owner/Vacant Property Checklist
·         Appoint a Local Attorney as Executor
·         Allow 60-90 days for Court Approval
·         Property may be Sold to a Local Family
§  Bad Landlord/Tenants Checklist
·         Contact Owner and put on Notice
·         Contact Police to Record History of Complaints

General Information
·         Friends of Pennypack Park – Presented by Nance Kerns
o    Saturday, September 20, 2014 - Recycling 9:00 AM to Noon.
o    Movie Night at Pennypack on the Delaware – “Despicable Me 2” (Friday, September 26 @ Sundown
o    Pennypack on the Delaware Clean-up on Saturday, September 27, 2014 (9:00 AM to Noon)

·         Fall*Fest – Presented by Barbara Rupp – Northeast Quality of Life Coalition
o    Saturday, September 27, 2014 10:00 AM to 2:00 PM
§  Free Activities for the Whole Family
§  6700 – 6800 Torresdale Avenue

·         No Handbill Applications & Stickers – Presented by Barbara Rupp – Northeast Quality of Life Coalition
o    Stickers were available to place on doors

Open Discussion - None

Public Official Representatives
·         Michele O’Hare           City Councilman Henon
·         Amanda Zellner           State Rep. Boyle
·         Marc Collazo               State Rep. Taylor
·         Mia Hylan                    State Rep. Taylor
·         Elizabeth Guzak          Deputy Director of Community Affairs, City of Philadelphia

Meeting Sign-in Sheet Totals
·         22 people signed-in (41 in attendance)

Adjourned – 7:55 PM

Next Mayfair Civic Association Meeting-Monday, November 17, 2014-7:00 PM.–Mayfair Community Ctr.  

Submitted By:

Michael J. Serverson

Secretary – Mayfair Civic Association

Third Thursday - This Thursday at Cottman and Frankford 5-9PM

Don't forget! Third Thursday is THIS Thursday, 9/18 from 5pm to 9pm at the intersection of Frankford Ave and Ryan Ave! We'll have crafters and vendors, live music, produce from Cappriotti Brothers, food trucks, stuff for the kids and much more.

From President Donny Smith - Splitting the 15th District

In yesterday's Philadelphia Daily News, Dan Geringer did a follow up story regarding the 15th District Split

Unfortunately we are not able to wave the "Mission Accomplished" flag just yet, but I'm glad to see that we are making progress, and that the possibility of splitting the district is still in the cards and is still being discussed. 

The progress that we have made to date is entirely due to the hard work that every neighborhood that resides within the 15th District has done along with Councilman Henon. It is a group effort and we are extremely proud to be a part of it. I'm optimistic that by continuing the push along with our neighbors, that we'll be able to plant that flag, and finally see a long overdue 15th District Split!
Donny Smith
Mayfair Civic Association

"Mayfair - 
 An Awesome Place to Live!"

Thursday, September 04, 2014

More Cops to the 15th!

We are thrilled to announce that the 15th Police District has received 30 new police officers! 

As exciting as this news is, we are still a little worried about history repeating itself and being left shorthanded in the future. We've been down this road before, and that is why we are working as hard as we can to split the 15th District into 2 smaller / more manageable districts. As it is right now, the 15th District encompasses Frankford, Wissinoming, Bridesburg, Tacony, Mayfair, and Holmesburg. 

The Mayfair Civic Association has led the charge in this endeavor, however working side by side with neighborhood leaders and Councilman Henon is how we got to where we are today. We are hopeful that we can continue the push to split the 15th District, and ensure that all of our neighborhoods are equally protected, and equally served!

Donny Smith
Mayfair Civic Association

"Mayfair - 
 An Awesome Place to Live!"

Wednesday, August 27, 2014

Oktoberfest - Saturday September 27th

This year we will host our 1st Annual Mayfair Oktoberfest in conjunction with the 44th Annual German-American Steuben Parade Philadelphia. 

The parade will kick off on Frankford Ave at noon and the Oktoberfest festivities will be held from 12:30-3.

Join us afterwards at the intersection of Frankford Ave and Ryan Ave for German-American food, a Biergarten, vendors, entertainment, music and more!

Mayfair Civic Meeting - Monday September 15th - 7PM

Mayfair Civic Association Meeting
Monday September 15th 2014 - 7PM - Mayfair Community Center
  • Pledge of Allegiance - Please silence all cell phones
  • Officers Present - President Donny Smith - Vice President Kevin Leonard - Secretary Michael Serverson - Treasurer / Clean Up & Membership Chair  Jim Ortlieb - Sgt. at Arms John Jenkins - Asst. Sgt. at Arms Joe Conboy - Legal Counsel / CDC & Zoning Chair Joe DeFelice - Asst. Zoning Chair Dan Collins - Town Watch President Anna Stacey - Mayfair Business Assoc. Lisa Greco - Mayfair Memorial Playground Co. Chairs Dana Lambie & Melinda Mulvenna
  • Treasurer's Report
Announcements / Updates
  • Membership - (Must reside within Civic boundaries) - $10 per year / $40 - 5 year / $100 - Lifetime - Applications available at the rear or online at
  • CDC Update - Ruthanne Madway new Executive Director - Business Improvement District +
  • Mayfair Business Association Update
  • Town Watch Update - New Dog Walker Watch Program +
  • Playground Update - Community Yard Sale and E-Recycling Sept 20th 8AM - Noon & Spooktacular Oct. 25th (raindate 26th) - Looking for sponsors
  • Methadone Clinic - 85 patients per day
  • 15th District Split Update
  • Wissinoming Civic Association has been formed!
  • Mayfair Halloween Decoration Contest - Submit nominations to or at Mayfair Civic Association on Facebook. Judges start on October 23rd and Prizes will be awarded on October 30th
  • Mayfair Christmas Decoration Contest - Submit nominations to or at Mayfair Civic Association on Facebook. Judges start on December 14th and Prizes will be awarded on December 21st
  • Mayfair / Holmesburg Thanksgiving Parade - Sunday November 23rd - Create your own float!

1. Open as of 8/27
Current Members of the Mayfair Civic Association have the following three (3) voting options
1.     Opposed – Denying the applicant from getting zoning approval
2.     Not Opposed with Provisos – Granting permission for the applicant to gain zoning approval with Provisos (Detailed below which may be added to if necessary)
3.     Not Opposed – Granting the applicant zoning permission with No Provisos

1.  Marc Collazzo - District Office Manager for State Representative John Taylor to report on developments in Harrisburg

Open Discussion

Wrap Up - If anyone would like to get more involved with the Civic, we could use volunteers!
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Next Meeting - Monday November 18th - 7PM - Mayfair Community Center


Meetings are held every 3rd Monday of odd month - Jan - March - May - Sept - Nov

Tuesday, July 15, 2014

Third Thursday - 5PM Cottman & Frankford Aves.

Our new logo for Third Thursday courtesy of local Mayfair graphic designer, Mike Ennis. Don't forget! Third Thursday is THIS Thursday, 7/17 from 5pm to 9pm at the intersection of Frankford Ave and Ryan Ave! We'll have crafters and vendors, DJ Jim Barber, produce from Cappriotti Brothers, food trucks Undgrnd Donuts, Brotherly Grub, Jaelyn's Lil Bit of Everything and a free Ice Cream Social starting at 6pm sponsored by the MCDC, Mayfair Business Association and Mayfair Town Watch while supplies last. See you then!!

Monday, July 14, 2014

Split the 15th

I'm sure by now that most of you have seen the story in today's Daily News featuring the 15th District Split. Dan Geringer and I spoke for hours and I couldn't emphasize enough that this is a group effort with all of our neighborhoods working together towards a common goal. 

Great job and special thanks to Councilman Henon and his staff for their help and support of the Split, and to Harry Engasser from Bridesburg, and Georgeanne Huff-Labovitz from Tacony for helping to put this story together! I'm hopeful that today's story will help us gain momentum, and move us forward towards better police protection for all of our neighborhoods.

NE Philadelphians tell police: 'Split the 15th District!'
NE Philadelphians tell police: 'Split the 15th District!...
Residents say violent crime areas drain cops from less-troubled neighborhoods.
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Donny Smith
Mayfair Civic Association

President"Mayfair - 
A Great Place to Visit - An Awesome Place to Live!"

Thursday, July 10, 2014

Zoning Decision - Harbison and Frankford


This was a win for everyone! 

From this one zoning issue came a new Civic Association (PROPS to Wissinoming neighbors), a working relationship between neighbors, developers, and Councilman Bobby Henon's office (PROPS to Bobby HenonLisa Marie Deeley and staff), and the opportunity for the Mayfair Civic Association and it's members to help put it all together! As crazy as it all started, the outcome was awesome!

Tuesday, July 08, 2014


There has been a lot of discussion lately about the 15th District Split and the genesis of the idea, so I wanted to take a moment to share with you all how it all came to be.

The Mayfair Civic Association received numerous phone calls and emails from neighbors complaining about the lack of police protection in our neighborhood, and that is what motivated us to look for a possible solution. Our neighbors feel either unprotected, or under-protected. Hearing the same battle cry again from every Captain that has been in the 15th for as long as we could remember is where the idea of splitting the district came from. Time and time again we'd hear "The 15th is the biggest and busiest district in the city". Since the size of the district was always the reason cited for the lack of police coverage or service, we set to hopefully change that.
Doing some research and meeting with local leaders from every neighborhood within the 15th, we found that this has been an issue within our neighborhoods for over 25 years - Since 1989!

In 1989 after the Civic's rallied, and residents were happy to get more police within their neighborhoods, however sadly since then the 15th has once again become under served, and under protected. Learning a lesson from the past, we decided that splitting the 15th into two smaller districts was a better solution. We would then always have X amount of police protection within each district, as opposed to having our police force running back and forth leaving neighborhoods at times without any protection at all. We now know that any police that we are given will only be a temporary solution to a permanent problem.

With respect to the budget.

We're not talking about creating an entirely new police force ... All we're talking about doing is taking an already existing police force, and splitting it in half. Not even in half, more along the lines of a 70/30 split. Manpower, cars etc that already exist would simply be reassigned.

With respect to a new district.

We've discussed the possibility of perhaps using a portion of Holmesburg Prison, and I believe Councilman Henon is looking into that as a possibility. The thought being that we already own it, and it's already built to house prisoners. Yes there would be some costs associated with the retrofit, however they would be small compared to building an entirely new building.

Everybody agrees that Philadelphia needs more police officers - There is no disputing that. The idea here is to split the 15th in half, and then concentrate on filling both halves up.

For more information or to sign Councilman Bobby Henon's petition, please visit the following website: Split the 15th

Donny Smith
Mayfair Civic Association

President215 514 4010
"Mayfair - 
An Awesome Place to Live!"