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Tuesday, May 12, 2015

Mayfair Plans for Three Days of Community Betterment: Run, Festival, Market and Meeting


Mayfair Plans for Three Days of Community Betterment
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Contact:                                    Joe DeFelice, Chairman                    
Phone:                                      215-292-3926
Email:                                       josephjdefelice@mayfaircdc.org
Twitter/Facebook:         @MayfairCDC
THE MAYFAIR CDC, MAYFAIR CIVIC ASSOCIATION & MAYFAIR BUSINESS ASSOCIATION ANNOUNCE THE 7TH ANNUAL MAYFAIR FALLEN HEROES RUN, MAYFAIR MAY FAIR, MAYFAIR FARMERS MARKET AND MAYFAIR CIVIC ASSOCIATIION MEETING
            Mayfair, Philadelphia, PA -     May 12, 2015.  The Mayfair Community Development Corporations (MCDC), Mayfair Civic Association (MCA) and the Mayfair Business Association (MBA) are proud to announce three days of community betterment; complete with athletic activities, festivals, markets and a culminating with a community meeting.

Mayfair May Fair and Mayfair Fallen Heroes Run Saturday May 16, 2015
Mayfair officially kicks off summer 2015 with the 7th Annual Mayfair Fallen Heroes Run on Saturday, May 16, 2015. Chairman of the Mayfair CDC and one of the run organizers, Joe DeFelice says “This year we are honoring Police Officer Gennaro “Jerry” Pellgrini, who was killed in Iraq.  This will be our second year including a portion of Frankford Avenue, our main business thoroughfare along with some residential streets. It’s a bit of an uphill run along Frankford Avenue too, which makes it a little bit of a challenge and we’re hoping returning runners and new runners will enjoy the scenery.  We have included camouflage into this year’s run logo, courtesy of neighborhood resident Mike Ennis, to compliment Jerry’s service to our Country.”  Lisa Greco, co-organizer and owner of BellaLisa Hair Studios stated "We're really looking forward to having more runners participate so we can raise even more money for the FOP Lodge 5 Survivors Fund and to unveil our Badge of Honor which lists all previous year’s Honorees.”  The race kicks off at Rowland and Ryan Aves at 8:30AM on Saturday May 16, 2015.  Runners and Walkers can still register on race day starting at 7:30AM at the Mayfair Memorial Playground (Rowland Ave. and Vista St.).  “Since its inception, our Run has raised over $50,000 for charities that honor Police and Fire that were killed in the line of duty,” further added DeFelice.

On that same day, starting at 12pm is the Mayfair Business Association sponsored Mayfair May Fair. Organizers Donny Smith, president of the Mayfair Civic Association, Mike "Scoats" Scotese, president of the Mayfair Business Association and owner of the Grey Lodge Pub, and Mia Hylan, Mayfair CDC Board Member have been working hard with the planning. States Hylan, "This year we will, yet again, close down Frankford Avenue from Cottman to Bleigh Ave.  We will have live music from local artist REV  as well as artisans and crafters, a showcase of MBA members, face painting, balloon animals and local schools and organizations like Lincoln High School's Horticulture Department and Bisirri Pansy Garden who will assist children plant potted plants. We will also have a special presentation of our annual Mayfair Award, presented at noon to kick-off the Fair, to local resident Jim Berghaier who has had long and distinguished career in public service.”  Donny Smith added, "The Original Soft Pretzel Factory will also hold their Customer Appreciate Day with huge inflatable's, contests, and giveaways on the same day so it really is a great kid-friendly event, too.  We will also welcome back the Grey Lodge and their famous Beer Garden and are adding a video game trailer courtesy of the Game Train and will showcase military vehicles from the Greater PA Military Historical Society."  MBA President Mike “Scoats” Scotese, proprietor of the Grey Lodge stated, “It's great to have people walking the Avenue and seeing the great things the Mayfair Business community has to offer along with information booths and fun family activities; it's growing every year as we add more and more."

Mayfair Farmers Market Sunday May 17, 2015 10am-2pm Cottman & Frankford Aves.
Returning for its third season is the Mayfair Farmers Market sponsored by Republic Bank and the Mayfair Community Development Corporation and Allegheny Iron and Metal Co., Inc.  We've gone back to every other week but have added more vendors to our list.  Those vendors include
-           Fresh produce/plants/cheeses/specialty items from Capriotti Bros.
-          Artisan breads from DePalma’s (in Holmesburg)
-          Fifth of a Farm Jams & Jellies (in Fishtown)
-          Kathy’s People Kreations – cupcakes
-          Kathy’s Kanine Kreations – Gourmet dog treats
-          Dove Chocolates Discoveries ( Yvette Stinson, Dove Representative)
-          Mayfair Shop n’ Bag
-          PB & U Food Truck – Breakfast Sandwiches & home-cooked treats
-          Undrgrnd Donuts will rotate in as well
-          Mill Creek Apiary
-          Live music and pop up vendors will appear during the season

The Market will take place on the following Sundays: May 17, May 31, June 14,
June 28, July 12, July 26, August 9, August 23, Sept. 6, Sept. 20, Oct. 4 and Oct. 18 at Cottman and Frankford Aves from 10am-2pm.

Mayfair Civic Association Meeting Monday May 19, 2015 7PM at Mayfair Community Center
Agenda
·         Pledge of Allegiance - (Please silence all cell phones)
  • 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 MayfairCivicAssociation.com
  • Mayfair Community Development Corporation Update - Business Improvement District
  • Mayfair Business Association Update
  • Mayfair Memorial Playground Update
  • Special Zoning Meeting – Monday June 15th – 7:30pm – Mayfair Community Center – To address The Devon
Zoning
1.  2000 McKinley St. – Commercial Appeal – Alonzo Coates (2nd Meeting)
Seeking a Zoning Variance to convert a pre-existing garage located behind a triplex into a Commercial Food Prep. Kitchen

2. 6300 Frankford Ave. – Commercial - Sean Ward – Express Fuel Gas Station (3rd Meeting)
Seeking a Special Exception for Food Preparation including serving hot food for take-out at a gasoline station
Presentations
1.  James W. Kennedy – District Director for U.S. Rep. Brendan Boyle
-           To provide information about services, recent legislative developments, and upcoming district developments

2. Alex DeSantis – Office of the Inspector General
-           To discuss eliminating fraud, corruption, and misconduct within City Government

3. Streets Department
-           To discuss adding a turning lane at Cottman and Rowland

4. Councilman Bobby Henon
-           To discuss Northeast 2020

Open Discussion

For more information visit www.mayfaircivicassociation.com

Friday, May 01, 2015

Mayfair Farmers Market This Sunday



FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Contact:                                   Joe DeFelice, Chairman                    
Phone:                                     215-292-3926
Email:                                      josephjdefelice@mayfaircdc.org
Twitter/Facebook:                  @MayfairCDC
THE MAYFAIR COMMUNITY DEVELOPMENT CORPORATION ANNOUNCES THE MAYFAIR FARMERS MARKET LINE-UP

The Mayfair Community Development Corporation is proud to announce the official “2015 Mayfair Farmers Market Line Up.”  Returning for its third season is the Mayfair Farmers Market sponsored by Republic Bank and the Mayfair Community Development Corporation and Allegheny Iron and Metal Co., Inc.  We've gone back to every other week but have added more vendors to our list.  Those vendors include
-           Fresh produce/plants/cheeses/specialty items from Capriotti Bros.
-          Artisan breads from DePalma’s (in Holmesburg)
-          Fifth of a Farm Jams & Jellies (in Fishtown)
-          Kathy’s People Kreations – cupcakes
-          Kathy’s Kanine Kreations – Gourmet dog treats
-          Dove Chocolates Discoveries ( Yvette Stinson, Dove Representative)
-          Mayfair Shop n’ Bag
-          PB & U Food Truck – Breakfast Sandwiches & home-cooked treats
-          Phoebes BARBQ Food Truck
-          Undrgrnd Donuts will rotate in as well
-          Live music and pop up vendors will appear during the season

The Market will take place on the following Sundays: May 3, May 17, May 31, June 14,
June 28, July 12, July 26, August 9, August 23, Sept. 6, Sept. 20, Oct. 4 and Oct. 18 at Cottman and Frankford Aves from 10am-2pm.

Hope to see you this Sunday.

Friday, April 24, 2015

Public Safety Event Saturday 10-2 at Ethan Allen

From: Craig Wandalowski <craig@bobbyhenon.com>
To: donnysjokes@yahoo.com
Sent: Friday, April 24, 2015 12:46 PM
Subject: Fwd: Help us create safer neighborhoods

Hey Donny, 

Thanks so much for sending this out for us. Please let your people know they can email me directly at craig@bobbyhenon.com if they'd like to RSVP - no need to go through the website. Thanks, have a great weekend!

Eric --
Last year, a coalition of community and civic leaders in the Northeast organized around a common goal: splitting the 15th police district. Out of that effort, we were able to secure an unprecedented 30 new police officers to patrol our neighborhoods. It's that kind of focused, community-driven effort that inspired Northeast 2020.

This Saturday, that effort continues at Ethan Allen School from 10-2, where our third issue forum will focus on public safety. Join us Saturday to contribute your own ideas, express your concerns and help form a community-driven plan of action that we can accomplish by 2020.

Lunch is on me - but I need you to bring your ideas.

See you Saturday,
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Bobby Henon
Councilman - 6th District
www.bobbyhenon.com 

PS: Northeast 2020 is gaining traction and was featured in this week's Northeast Times. Share with your friends and encourage them to join!

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Tuesday, April 21, 2015

More Clothing Bins Removed from our Neighborhood

Illegal clothing bin removed from Disston and Frankford. Brick pile will be later this week. If you see these on public property within the Mayfair boundaries please let us know.



Mayfair CDC's Battle Against Blighted Properties


The Mayfair CDC, along with partners Scioli Turco, Inc. and BSI Construction, is happy to report that 3446 Ryan Ave, seen below, will officially be fully rehabbed, returned to productive use and on the market in the coming weeks via local Realtor Jen Curran . This is the second conservatorship that we have embarked on, the other was corner of Sheffield and Frankford, but the first we have taken to completion.
We have since filed on a property at 6832 Revere St as well as one on 3300 Bleigh Ave and will be filing shortly on 3246 Ryan Ave. We are also reviewing a property on 7800 Lister St. Lastly, because of our efforts on 3446 Ryan, we were able to engineer the sale of 3448 Ryan Ave, also an eyesore where some squatters had taken refuge.
The Act 135 Conservatorship Law was championed by neighborhood State Rep John Taylor and allows CDC to take over blighted and abandoned properties that owe taxes and are an eyesore. Thanks to Mia Hylan and Marc Collazzo from Rep Taylors Office for helping us navigate this law.
We hope to have a ribbon cutting in the next few weeks for 3446 Ryan Ave and will keep you updated.
Joe DeFelice,
Chairman, Mayfair CDC

Mayfair Pushes Ahead with Business Improvement District from PlanPhilly

Mayfair pushes ahead with Business Improvement District


Business and civic leaders in Mayfair are doubling down on efforts to transform a two-mile stretch of Frankford Avenue into the commercial core of Northeast Philadelphia. A bill introduced in City Council last week would create a Business Improvement District (BID) for the area, capping off years of planning and community outreach.
BIDs, like the Center City District or Germantown Special Services District, fund street-cleaning, lighting, security, and business-support services through additional tax assessments on commercial properties. The Mayfair CDC and other civic groups have worked with the City's Commerce Department over the last few years to lay the groundwork for a Mayfair BID, and leaders there feel confident the current effort will succeed where other recent attempts in Chinatown, North Philadelphia, and Washington Square West have failed.
“I don’t see any opposition,” said Councilman Bobby Henon, who introduced the bill authorizing the Mayfair BID.   
Henon noted that the steering committee charged with organizing the BID has made repeated contact with business owners in the affected area. Once Council holds a public hearing on the BID, affected property owners will have 45 days to send the city a letter saying they oppose the district. If 51 percent of affected owners state their opposition—or owners whose property represents 51 percent of the total commercial property value of the area—the BID cannot move forward.
“They were pretty thorough with their outreach,” said Denis Murphy, of the city’s Commerce Department. “I don’t expect them to have any problems.”
Joe DeFelice, a lawyer and president of the Mayfair CDC, said he first started thinking about creating a BID in the neighborhood during a continuing legal education (CLE) course on the topic six years ago. He said the steering committee has worked hard to figure out the right assessment—an amount that’s feasible for property owners and sufficient to fund a productive BID.
According to the preliminary BID plan, taxable commercial properties in the target area would pay either $365 a year or an additional 0.23 percent of assessed property value to the District, whichever assessment is greater. The plan estimates a first-year revenue of around $294,000, collected from a total of 321 commercial properties on Frankford between Sheffield Street and Harbison Avenue. The funds would be used to pay for a marketing campaign, a safety study, street cleaning and extra trash pick-up focused on problem areas, lighting for security and decoration, and a signage plan.

“We hope we start seeing more retail, more customers, more nightlife,” said DeFelice. “The more businsess that comes to Mayfair, the better.”
DeFelice said he’d like the corridor to capture the type of vibrancy seen on East Passyunk Avenue or East Girard Avenue, both of which have been transformed over the last decade. (East Passyunk has a BID; East Girard does not.)
Mayfair had previously flirted with imposing a zoning overlay on the commercial corridor, which would have banned certain types of businesses, including pawn shops, barber shops, nail salons, and group daycare centers. Both DeFelice and Councilman Henon said that proposal has been dropped for now.

Zoning Decisions from April 20, 2015


Zoning Update:  Last night we hosted a Mayfair Civic Zoning Meeting.  here is the outcome:
1. 6501 E. Roosevelt Boulevard - Adult Day Health Center - Commercial
- NOT OPPOSED W/ PROVISOS -  Applicants agreed to all provisos including reverting zoning back to original designation should they vacate the premises as well as an agreement  not to dispense methadone

2. 7213 Frankford Avenue - Psychic Readings by Sandra - Commercial -
- CONTINUED - Applicant failed to notify other RCOs.  Also both Civic and applicant will determine prior to next meeting if State Law making it a crime to Palm Read for Profit squares with City regulations.

3. 6300 Frankford Avenue - Express Fuel Gas Station - Commercial - (2nd Meeting) Serve Hot Food
- OPPOSED - Applicant was a "no show" - Civic voted OPPOSED in absentia

4. 3224 Fanshawe Street – Residential – Vivek Nanda - Conversion from Single to Duplex
- OPPOSED - Applicant, a Montgomery County resident, could not recall who shoveled the snow in the winter time at this investment property nor did he have a designated local agent.

Wednesday, April 15, 2015

Mayfair Civic Association - Zoning Meeting - 4/20/15 7:30PM

Mayfair Civic Association - Zoning Meeting
Monday April 20th 2015 – 7:30PM - Mayfair Community Center
Agenda
• Pledge of Allegiance
• Officers Present
• Membership - (Must reside within Civic boundaries) - $10 per year / $40 - 5 year / $100 - Lifetime – Applications available at the rear or online atMayfairCivicAssociation.com

Announcements
• This is a special meeting being held strictly to address zoning in Mayfair
Zoning
1. 6501 E. Roosevelt boulevard - Adult Day Health Center - Commercial
To include Accessory Food Services / Kitchen, Medical Clinic, Multipurpose Room with Incidental Administrative Offices (Day Care Center) (Medical, Dental, Health Practioner Category) (Group Practioner) in Store #1 as part of an existing area Shopping Center
2. 7213 Frankford avenue - Psychic Readings by Sandra - Commercial - Sandra Stevenson
Application for the business personal services (Psychic, Palm and Tarot Readings) and the retail sales of Crystals, Books, Jewelry etc. on the first floor with existing single family dwelling on the second floor
3. 6300 Frankford avenue - Express Fuel Gas Station - Commercial - (2nd Meeting)
Seeking a Special Exemption for Food Preparation including serving Hot Food
4. 3224 Fanshawe street – Residential – Vivek Nanda
Permit for the Legalization of a Duplex
Voting
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
Wrap Up - If anyone would like to get more involved with the Mayfair Civic Association, we could use volunteers! Please see any of the officers present, or send us an email – Thank you!
Facebook - "Like" us on Facebook to stay current - Mayfair Civic Association
Next Meeting - Monday May 18th - 7PM - Mayfair Community Center
Fin
Provisos
Business / Commercial Provisos
1. Join and maintain Membership within the Mayfair Business Association
2. The outside of your establishment must be kept clean, maintained, graffiti free, and swept at all times
3. Signage to be kept to a minimum:
a. No nailing of banners to the walls
b. No excess signage in the windows - Windows should be easily seen through at all times
c. No illuminated or flashing signs
d. No advertising flags, banners, or freestanding signs of any kind
4. Add and maintain an outdoor trashcan,
5. Snow removal to be done within 6 hours of the storm, and during business hours
6. Contact information (Name - Phone Number - Email) to be provided to the Mayfair Civic Association for the tenant, as well as the property owner / landlord, and property manager,
7. Notify the MCA and Mayfair Business Association that you are seeking new hires and hire within the community if possible.
Residential Provisos
1. Join and maintain Membership with the Mayfair Civic Association
2. The outside of your establishment must be kept clean, maintained, graffiti free, and swept at all times
3. Snow removal to be done within 6 hours of the storm
4. Contact information (Name - Phone Number - Email) to be provided to the Mayfair Civic Association for the owner, as well as property manager

Tuesday, April 14, 2015

2015 Winner of the Mayfair Award - Jim Berghaier


Each year we select a local resident or neighborhood organization to receive the Mayfair Award.  This year's Honoree, to be given out at the Mayfair May Fair on Saturday May 16, 2015 at Noon at Cottman and Frankford Aves, is former Vietnam Vet, former Philadelphia Police Officer and longtime neighborhood resident and Mayfair CDC employee Jim Berghaier.  Below is a copy of the letter we sent to Jim informing him of our decision.

***Text of the Letter***

April 9, 2015
Mr. Jim Berghaier


Re: 2015 Mayfair Award
Dear Mr. Berghaier: 
            Please accept this letter on behalf of the Mayfair Civic Association as notification that you have been selected to receive our Annual Mayfair Award; past recipients include Reese Hartey, past Chairman of the Mayfair Community Development Corporation, Monsignor Charles McGroarty, Pastor of St. Matthew Parish, John Leong, unofficial neighborhood photographer and the Lansing Knights and Holy Terrors Youth Organizations. 

The award is given each year to a neighborhood resident or organization that has made a significant impact on our community and has done their part in making Mayfair a better place to live.  You have served this community in several capacities:  First, in the Armed Services in Vietnam; Second, in the Philadelphia Police where you served with Honor and Valor; Third, for your contributions as a longtime staffer of the Mayfair CDC, where the work you do usually goes underappreciated in the community, and finally as a neighbor and parent who raised their children here.  Because of people like Jim Berghaier, Mayfair is still a great place to live and work. 

Therefore, on May 16, 2015 at 12PM at Cottman and Frankford Aves., during our Annual Mayfair May Fair, we would like to honor you as a recipient of the Fifth Annual Mayfair Award.  Again, congratulations and please contact me with any questions.
  
                                                                        Sincerely,
                                                                                    Joe De Felice sig      
                                                                                    Joseph J. DeFelice, Esq.                     
                                                                                    Legal Counsel                                                                                                                          (215) 292-3926

cc:        Michael Scotese, President, Mayfair Business Association
            Lisa Greco, Secretary, Mayfair Business Association
            Donny Smith, President, Mayfair Civic Association



Wednesday, April 01, 2015

Recent Media Coverage of Mayfair

Mayfair has been getting a lot of coverage lately ... Check out these three great stories that appeared this week