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Monday, November 28, 2016

2016 Mayfair Christmas Decoration Contest

Tis the Season  - It's time for the Mayfair Civic Association's "2016 Mayfair Christmas Decoration Contest"!
Working in conjunction with the Mayfair Business Association and the Mayfair Business Improvement District, the Mayfair Civic Association will be giving away prizes and the coveted "2016 Mayfair Christmas Decoration Contest Winner" lawn signs created by Aztec Signs to the Best Decorated Homes and Businesses in Mayfair.

Now pay attention because we've switched things up a bit this year!

In the past we've given awards to the Top 3 Best Decorated Homes in Mayfair, however it seemed as though corners, singles, and twin homes seemed to have a slight advantage since they had more real estate to work with. As a result, we have decided to break the Contest up into 3 Categories this year.

• Category 1 - Top 3 Best Decorated Corners, Singles or Twin Homes in Mayfair
• Category 2 - Top 3 Best Decorated Rowhomes in Mayfair
• Category 3 - Top 3 Best Decorated Businesses in Mayfair

This Contest is open to all residents and businesses of Mayfair who either currently are, or hopefully soon will become Mayfair Civic Association Members in the future.
How it works
  • Starting on Thanksgiving Day, you can nominate your home, or a neighbor's home that you feel best captures the Spirit of Christmas. 

  • Nominations can be submitted via Facebook on the Mayfair Civic Association Facebook page, or you can email the nomination to

  • Nominations will be added to our "2016 Mayfair Christmas Decoration Contest Google Map" so that everyone can grab the kids and some hot chocolate and take a tour of Mayfair to see the beautiful entries for themselves. The Map will be posted shortly after the entries begin to come in, and it will updated daily on Facebook as well as the website.

  • As a courtesy to our surrounding neighbors who live outside of the Mayfair Civic Association boarders and are ineligible to win the contest, we will be more than happy to include your home on the Contest Map so that visitors to Mayfair can stop by and enjoy your decorations as well.

  • In keeping with the Twelve Days of Christmas theme, each entry will be scored by our Judges on a 1-12 scale with a 1 being the equivalent of a window cling, and a 12 being the equivalent of a Clark Griswold full blown Christmas extravaganza!  

  • Dress up the outside of your home with all things Christmas, and throughout the week of December 14th - 20th, our Judges will be cruising around looking for the Best Decorated homes and businesses in Mayfair! 

  • On Wednesday December 21st, our Contest winners will be announced, and prizes generously donated by our Mayfair Business Association Members will be delivered that evening to the 6 homes and 3 businesses in Mayfair that best capture the Spirit of Christmas!

The Rules
1. All entries must reside within the Mayfair Civic Association boundaries (found on

2.  All addresses and displays must be clearly visible from the street! (If your address isn't easily visible from the street, your home may be overlooked by our judges)

3. All nominations must include an address including the street name. Also, please indicate if your nomination is a Single, Twin, Corner, Row, or Business

4.  Since the Judges have several homes to score, all entries MUST remain lit until 11pm

5.  The DEADLINE to submit a nomination for the contest is at 12:00 noon on Wednesday December 21st


This contest is a team effort, and without the hard work of the Mayfair Civic Association, the Mayfair Business Association, the Mayfair Business Improvement District, and our neighbors in Mayfair who go all out during the Christmas Season, it would not be possible - PROPS to you all! Together we can ensure that Mayfair continues to be a great place to visit, and an awesome place to live!


To join the Mayfair Civic Association, please visit

To join the Mayfair Business Association, please visit 
Donny Smith
Mayfair Civic Association

"Mayfair - 
 An Awesome Place to Live!"

Wednesday, September 28, 2016

Halloween Spooktacular


To Whom it May Concern,

It's the 5th Birthday Celebration for the Mayfair Memorial Playground (next to Lincoln High School) and we are throwing a HUGE party; Our 5th Annual Halloween Birthday Spooktacular Fundraiser on Saturday, October 29, 2016 (rain date October 30th) from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Sponsors must arrive by 10 a.m.!  This year it will be a Trunk-or-Treat event.  Sponsors will wear costumes, decorate their car trunks and give out candy to the children.

The Halloween Spooktacular is not just a birthday celebration; it's also one of our major fundraisers. We are a volunteer organization who relies entirely on generous donations. We pride ourselves on trying to be as self-sufficient as possible and continue to raise money to add additional equipment and maintain our playground. We have more projects in the works, which is why we are looking for sponsors to participate in our Trunk-or-Treat event. You can participate as a sponsor for $50 and you can pass out information about your business or organization to our parents, as long as you provide candy for the children who attend and "Trunk-or-Treat.”  You must bring your car decorated for Halloween, candy and supplies.  In the past, we typically draw in about 500 -700 people. You are free to provide any kind of approved handouts, political materials, organizational or promotional information and provide candy for our participants. This is a great way to get the word out about your organization, business, or cause and we would be honored to host you.

The Mayfair Memorial Playground Friends Committee was organized in April 2008, in respon
se to our neighborhood playground being closed and dismantled due to safety concerns.  We raised funds for close to three years, them in the Spring of 2011, we learned that our dreams were going to come true; we were chosen by KaBOOM!, a national non-profit dedicated to finding funding partners who help with building playgrounds. Our playground was sponsored by GIANT Food Stores and several hundred volunteers helped build our playground on October 27, 2011. Since then, because of fundraisers and supporters like you, we have been able to install exercise equipment, a seven foot fence surrounding the property, two new signs, with one being the Badge of Honor sign honoring our Fallen Heroes. Our own website, which happily accepts online donations and we officially became a non-profit tax exempt organization.  Please stay up to date on the latest news on our website and our Facebook page “Mayfair Memorial Playground.”


There is a deadline of Friday, October 21, 2016 for sponsorship. Please return the attached application and your minimum payment of $50 per space

If payment is not received by October 21, 2016, your new payment will be $75.00.  Please make checks payable to "Mayfair Memorial Playground Friends" and send them to:

Mayfair Memorial Playground Friends

c/o Dana Lambie

8000 Rowland Avenue

Philadelphia, PA 19136


Please let us know if you have any questions regarding this matter.



Dana Lambie


Mayfair Memorial Playground Friends

215-779-1693 or

Please fill out this page and send in with your payment! Don’t forget to make a copy for your records.  

Thank you

Yes! I would love to be a sponsor at the Mayfair Memorial Playground 5th Annual Halloween Trunk-or-Treat Spooktacular Fundraiser! 


What is a Trunk-or-Treat????

It is a fun event, where you wear costumes and decorate your car trunk and fill it with candy. 

The children can go car-to-car to get treats. 


I understand that I can pass out approved promotional materials, business cards and information, but I MUST PROVIDE CANDY for approximately 500 - 700 children for the Trunk-or-Treat portion of the event and be set up by 10 a.m. I understand my payment must be received by 10/21/16, otherwise the price will go up to $75.  No one will be allowed to set up without payment made!


Name of Organization/Business/Candidate: _________________________________________

Address: _____________________________________________________________________

Contact Person: ________________________________________________________________

Phone Number: ________________________________________________________________

Email: _______________________________________________________________________


Type of Promotional Material (Circle all that apply)


Business cardsBusiness fliersPromotional MaterialsMagnetsStickersPolitical Materials/Candidate Information 


Other (please specify):_______________________


Please make a copy of this form to keep for your records. We are a non-profit and tax exempt organization, our EIN is 47-2441391.


Thank You for your donation and we look forward to seeing you on October 29, 2016, with your car (trunk), supplies and treats for the kids.  You must be set up and ready to go one hour before the event begins; 10:00 a.m.




Instructions for our Sponsors:

Thank you so much for agreeing to host a Trunk-or-Treat at our 5th Annual Mayfair Memorial Playground Spooktacular Fundraiser! Like our Easter Egg Hunt, this will be a great neighborhood event and we are so grateful for your support. All proceeds raised via the sponsorship and during this great family event will go towards our ongoing efforts to maintain the playground and for our last pieces of equipment to be installed in the very near future.

This year we are changing the event from a Trick or Treat to a Trunk-or-Treat.  Instead of worrying about tables, sponsors will use their back of their cars to give out treats.  Simply decide on a theme for your trunk, decorate it, wear a costume to go with it and give out treats to the kids and approved information to the parents.  Below is some information for the day of the Spooktacular that hopefully will answer any questions you may have.

Rules for participation:

· Since you will be arriving by car you will be given a spot to pull into behind the playground.  You must arrive by 10 a.m. to park your car. We cannot have sponsors arriving once the event begins because it will not be safe to have cars moving around with all the little children excited for the event.  If you wish, you can bring a canopy or covering in the event of inclement weather, but this is not required.
· We ask that you provide Halloween candy for approximately 500 - 700 children.  They will have bags given to them at the entrance or will bring their own. 
· You can hand out fliers, pamphlets, business cards, magnets, anything pertaining to your business, candidate, or organization to the people who attend.  You may also put signs or banners for your business or candidate ONLY on or around your table or canopy.  We will not allow any signs or banners placed on any of the premises, other than your immediate area.
· We ask that you decorate the trunk of your car in a Halloween theme. You do not have to go crazy with this, but if you want to go all out, please feel free! It just makes the event more fun and colorful for everyone attending. 
· Please feel free to wear costumes, but nothing too scary! This event is mostly attended by kids under 10.



General Information - Saturday, October 29, 2016 (rain date Oct. 30th)

Time:  11 a.m. to 1 p.m. We ask that all sponsors please arrive, at the latest, by 10 a.m. to give yourselves adequate time to be placed and to set up. Spots will be assigned on a first come, first serve basis.

Location: Mayfair Memorial Playground (next to Lincoln High School) Intersection of Ryan Ave and Vista Street. 

Set-up area: In the parking lot directly adjacent to the playground and next to the pool. 

Additional Parking: Mainly street parking. Lincoln High School does have a lot, but if there is an event happening at the school, it may be full. 



Contact information for the day of the event: 

Dana Lambie 215-779-1693

Mia Hylan 215-888-1243

Melinda Mulvenna 215-964-3635



Friday, September 23, 2016

Local Schools - Questions and Answers

Local Schools - Questions and Answers

Many of you have asked several questions pertaining to Austin Meehan, Lincoln, and Father Judge High School during our Civic Meetings and otherwise. Below please find the answers to those questions that I was able to obtain through Councilman Henon's office, the 15th District, and the School District of Philadelphia

  • Q: What (if any) are the school uniform colors of Austin Meehan? 
  • A: Navy blue shirt, tan pants.

    1. Q: What (if any) are the school uniform colors of Lincoln HS? 
    2. A: Gold shirt, black pants.

      1. Q: What (if any) are the school uniform colors of Father Judge? 
      2. A: Blue shirt, gray pants.

        1. Q: Are the students required to wear the uniforms coming and going to school?  
          A: They have to wear uniforms for the school day; however it is not required to wear uniforms folllowing dismissal from school.

          Q: What exactly can the school police do / not do, and where exactly do their boundaries begin and end. 
          A:  The school police boundaries begin and end at the school (inside and out of the school grounds). School police can detain students, and the PPD (Philadelphia Police Department) will prepare the paperwork and transport the prisoner to the detective bureau for processing - School Police are the complainants.

          Q: Is there anyone other than 911 to call should issues arise on school grounds after school hours? (examples given - vandalism, loitering, fireworks, etc) 
          A: No. PPD is the only department that will respond to these incidents.

          Q: What are the timelines (begin of school day and end of school day) for each school? What should reidents do if students are spotted outside of the school area during those timelines.  
          A: Call 911 if students are spotted between 9:00am and 1:00pm. PPD can stop juveniles for daytime curfew (Truant) and a code violation could be issued to the parent. PPD confiscates the student's ID and turns the ID over to that school's police. The student's ID is returned when they go back to school and taken to the school's administrator's office by school police. 

          Q: How many School Police are located at each school? 
          A: Lincoln H.S. has (8) , Austin Meehan has (2) , Fr. Judge (0) school police officers assigned

          Q: What are the hours of operation of the School Police? 

          Q: Are there any Philadelphia Police located at each school, and if so, how many at each location? 
          A: Yes. (2) PDD officers cover Lincoln and Meehan. Fr. Judge is located in the 8th district. The 8th district has (1) PPD officer that is not assigned to any school but goes to the schools when needed.

          Q: What was the outcome of the incident at Lincoln (student / teacher fight)?  
          A: The student was charged with aggravated assault, simple assault, and REAP.

          More information on School Uniforms scan be found here: Uniform Colors - The School District of Philadelphia

          More information on School Police policy and procedures can be found here: Policies & Procedures - The School District of Philadelphia

          Thursday, September 08, 2016

          Avenue Futures Tonight

          #AvenueFutures Public Input Session 1.

          Please join us tonight at the Mayfair Community Center at 6:30pm for a community visioning exercise! Our budget allots over $73,000/year toward capital improvements and we are excited to roll up our sleeves and get to work making Frankford Ave a safer, cleaner, more attractive place to do business. Please join us and help spread the word using the hashtag #AvenueFutures.

          Thursday, June 09, 2016

          American Flag Project

          Hey Mayfair!

          If you donated to our American Flag project, when you get a minute today, take a walk or ride on over to Rowland avenue - anywhere between Rhawn and Frankford - and take a moment to feel that neighborhood pride that YOU contributed to!

          Last night after several hours of work, volunteers of the community finished installing the remaining flags along Rowland avenue.

          Feel free to take pride not only in your neighborhood and your country, but also in knowing that this project was NOT at all funded with your tax dollars, and was instead completely funded by YOU through passing the hat, and taking donations - Much like many of other projects that take place in Mayfair!

          In order to extend the life of the flags, they will remain in place until shortly after Veterans Day, and will then be taken down and stored until next Spring. If you missed the opportunity to donate to this project, we are still taking donations through the Mayfair Civic Association as we will be needing funds to replace them as necessary.

          On behalf of the Mayfair Civic Association, I would like to thank the entire Mayfair Civic Association board for making this dream a reality, I'd like to thank Ken Stevens and Home Depot of Bustleton avenue / Leo Mall for helping us secure our flags, and most importantly, I'd like to thank each and every one in our community who donated to this project.

          Thank you!

          Donny Smith
          Mayfair Civic Association

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