Tuesday, December 16, 2014

Christmas Decorating Contest

Ho ho ho!!

The competition is FIERCE in the 2014 Mayfair Christmas Decoration Contest! So far we've had 60 entries in the contest this year, and driving around Mayfair it looks as though there easily could have been many many more. Our neighbors have outdone themselves this year!
  
On Friday December 19th we will announce the winners, and on Saturday evening members of the Mayfair Civic Association and the Mayfair Business Association will be delivering prizes donated by Business Association Members to the 3 best decorated houses in Mayfair.

If your home has been nominated for the contest, please remember to keep your decorations lit until at least 11pm as our judges will begin scoring the entries tonight. Also, please make sure that your address is easily visible from the street or your home could be overlooked.

Here is a link to the 2014 Mayfair Christmas Decoration Google Map that was created and maintained by the Mayfair Business Association:

 
The Mayfair Community Development Center has taken the time to list the homes in a driving order (below), so grab the map, grab the list, and take your family on a tour of Mayfair and enjoy 2014 Mayfair Christmas Decoration Contest for yourselves!

Have FUN!

Donny Smith
Mayfair Civic Association

President"Mayfair - 
 An Awesome Place to Live!"

7911 Farnsworth -
7823 Farnsworth -
7825 Farnsworth -
7812 Farnsworth -
 
7904 Brous -
8106 Brous -
 
7821 Lister -
 
7803 Brocklehurst -
 
7816 Lexington -
7820 Lexington -
 
3433 Chippendale -
3439 Chippendale -
 
3501 Sheffield -
 
3527 Oakmont -
 
3331 Shelmire -
3513 Shelmire -
 
3522 Tudor -
 
3402 Vista -
 
7411 Brous -
7425 Brous -
 
2926 Guilford -
 
3344 Wellington -
3342 Wellinton -
3340 Wellington -
3337 Wellington -
3335 Wellington -
 
3201 Friendship -
3242 Friendship -
3257 Friendship -
 
3054 Princeton -
3111 Princeton-
3302 Princeton -
3306 Princeton -
3315 Princeton -
3316 Princeton -
3325 Princeton -
3338 Princeton -
3334 Princeton -
3336 Princeton -
 
3349 Brighton -
3347 Brighton -
3343 Brighton -
3214 Brighton -
 
3239 Longshore -
 
3115 Glenview -
 
3200 Knorr -
3029 Knorr -
2916 Knorr -
 
3137 Unruh -
3139 Unruh -
 
2834 Fanshawe
2843 Fanshawe -
3020 Fanshawe -
3112 Fanshawe -
2800 Fanshawe -
 
3122 Gillham -
3124 Gillham -
2922 Gillham -
 
3115 Robbins -
 
2846 Devereaux 
 

Saturday, December 06, 2014

Christmas Village Vendors - Sunday Dec 7, 2014 12-5PM

Hosted by Mayfair CDC, Mayfair Business Association and Mayfair Civic Association
Sponsored by Republic Bank and Allegheny Iron and Metal Corp
Vendors for Christmas Village – Dec. 7, 2014
Food Vendors
1. Jaelyn’s Lil Bit of Everything
2. The Flying Deutschman
3. Underground Donuts
4. Tony the Hot Dog Guy
5. Grey Lodge Pub
6. Holmesburg Bakery
7. Haegele’s Bakery
8. Republic Bank [serving Hot Chocolate for Tree Lighting]
Craft Vendors
1. Kathy’s Kanine Kreations
2. Tastefully Simple by Nancy Jones
3. Nan’s Cards, Invitations & More
4. Origami Owl by Holly Vile
5. Steel Your Idea
6. She’s Crafty
7. Christina Miletto
8. Squirrel Designs
9. The Inkwell 215
10. Stephen Cartledge
11. D & N Novelties
12. Hats/Headbands/Scarfs by Rose
13. Beautiful Oak
14. TAC Gear (Tacony Gear)
15. Mayfair CDC
16. Jackson Hewitt Tax Service
17. Nicole’s Crafty Creations
18. Mayfair Civic and Business Association
19. The Tinkerchicks
20. Three Mom’s Candles
21. Anthony – I Love Beef Bones
22. NYC Designs by Sandy
23. Melissa DeGroot - Ava Anderson Skin Products
24. Colleen Katen – Treasure Boxes and Holiday Florals
25. Mary Tobin – Crafts, Wreaths & Garlands
26. Queen Elsa
27. Santa Claus
Music
28. Mike McCullough
29. Trish Paffen
30. St Huberts Choir
Misc.
31. Toys for Tots Collected by Avenue Chiropractic.

Friday, December 05, 2014

Frankford and Princeton Aves.

Lately we've been getting quite few people asking - "What is going on at Princeton and Frankford?"

The answer - A lot!

The Streets Department has done a study and they have determined that the Princeton and Frankford intersection is one of the most dangerous ones in the city because of the way that it is angled. It makes pedestrians hard to see, and they also wanted to slow cars down as they travel through the intersection. As a result, they have come up with and are currently implementing a new solution.
To start, they have extended the intersection on the northeast corner (in front of the Plaza) and they have included a "bump out" as I call it. Doing this will slow drivers down as they are making a right hand turn onto Frankford avenue. They also bumped out the southeast corner for the same reason.
Where things get really interesting is on the northwest corner (at the Ortho office). That corner will be pushed way out into Princeton avenue out and squared off.

The southwest corner will remain similar to what it is.

Where things get interesting is that pedestrians will no longer be able to cross Frankford avenue from the southeast corner (Steins) to the southwest corner (Dentist office). Because of the extended curb at the northwest corner (Ortho), pedestrians will now cross from Steins, to tat corner. 
Since I'm sure all of that is somewhat confusing, I drew out some pictures to hopefully explain it better.

Picture #1 is Before
Picture #2 is After

The diagonal lines in both pictures are the crosswalks (picture #2 also includes check marks where the old curb lines are / were)

Things will definitely be different at that intersection for sure, but I think the solutions to the problems are good ones.

Lately we've been getting quite  few people asking - "What is going on at Princeton and Frankford?"The answer - A lot!The Streets Department has done a study and they have determined that the Princeton and Frankford intersection is one of the most dangerous ones in the city because of the way that it is angled. It makes pedestrians hard to see, and they also wanted to slow cars down as they travel through the intersection. As a result, they have come up with and are currently implementing a new solution.To start, they have extended the intersection on the northeast corner (in front of the Plaza) and they have included a "bump out" as I call it. Doing this will slow drivers down as they are making a right hand turn onto Frankford avenue. They also bumped out the southeast corner for the same reason.Where things get really interesting is on the northwest corner (at the Ortho office). That corner will be pushed way out into Princeton avenue out and squared off.The southwest corner will remain similar to what it is.Where things get interesting is that pedestrians will no longer be able to cross Frankford avenue from the southeast corner (Steins) to the southwest corner (Dentist office). Because of the extended curb at the northwest corner (Ortho), pedestrians will now cross from Steins, to tat corner. Since I'm sure all of that is somewhat confusing, I drew out some pictures to hopefully explain it better.Picture #1 is BeforePicture #2 is AfterThe diagonal lines in both pictures are the crosswalks (picture #2 also includes check marks where the old curb lines are / were)Things will definitely be different at that intersection for sure, but I think the solutions to the problems are good ones.
 
Donny Smith
Mayfair Civic Association

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

Monday, December 01, 2014

Mayfair Christmas Decoration Contest

Tis the Season Mayfair - It's time for the 2nd Annual "Mayfair Christmas Decoration Contest"!

Beginning today, the Mayfair Civic Association working in conjunction with the Mayfair Business Association will be awarding prizes and custom lawn signs to the 3 best decorated houses in Mayfair

It's a Major Award!


This contest is open to all current, and hopefully future Mayfair Civic Association members

The rules are simple:
1. To be judged in the contest, you must live within the boundaries of the Mayfair Civic Association
2. Your home must be nominated either by yourself or by a neighbor
3. The nominations are open from December 1st, until 11:59PM December 16th
4. Your address and decorations must be clearly visible from the street, and must remain lit until Midnight

How it works:
- Beginning today, you may either nominate your own home, or you can nominate a neighbors home which you feel best captures the spirit of the Christmas Season 
- You can nominate your home by visiting (and joining) the Mayfair Civic Association facebook page, or by sending an email to MayfairCivicAssociation@yahoo.com
- Shortly after we begin to receive nominations, we will create a Google Map so that people living in Mayfair as well as people visiting Mayfair can drive around and check out the entries for themselves ... How cool is that?!? 
(As a courtesy to our neighbors living in surrounding neighborhoods, even though they will not be eligible to win the contest, we will be more than happy to include their homes on our map as well - The more the Merrier!)
- Beginning on December 17th, 12 Judges will score each entry on a scale of 1-12, with a 1 being the equivalent of a window cling, and a 12 being a full blown Clark Griswold Christmas Extravaganza!
- Here in Mayfair we do not do "1st, 2nd, 3rd", we simply award the Top 3 equally
On Saturday December 20th the winner will be announced, and sometime that evening members from the Mayfair Civic Association as well as the Mayfair Business Association will visit each winners home to award them with their custom lawn sign indicating that they are indeed "2014 Mayfair Christmas Decoration Contest Winners" along with other prizes donated by members of the Mayfair Business Association.

It's simple to do - It's fun to do - And it is another great event happening right here in Mayfair!

This contest is a team effort, and without the work of the Mayfair Civic Association, the Mayfair Business Association, and our neighbors living right here in Mayfair who go all out during the Christmas season, none of this 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!

Have FUN!!

Donny Smith
Mayfair Civic Association
President

Friday, November 14, 2014

Mayfair Memorial Playground Fundraiser at Modells

We are so EXCITED about our next fundraiser!!!! Do you have sports fanatics on your holiday shopping lists? Want to help the Mayfair Memorial Playground reach our fundraising goals to purchase new equipment? A portion of the sales at ANY Modell's location between Black Friday and Christmas will go to the Mayfair Memorial Playground! Share the coupon with ALL your friends and co-workers, please!! Coupon is valid from 11/28/14 to 12/25/14 and must be presented at the time of purchase. Thank you SO MUCH for helping us make this a HUGE success!! Now get shopping!!! :)

Thursday, November 13, 2014

Mayfair Civic Association Meeting

Mayfair Civic Association Meeting
Monday November 17th 2014 - 7PM - Mayfair Community Center
Agenda
 
  • 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, Mia Hylan, & 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 MayfairCivicAssociation.com
·       Mayfair Community Development Corporation Update
·       Mayfair Overlay Update
·       Mayfair Business Association Update
·       Mayfair Town Watch Update - New Dog Walker Watch Program +
·       Mayfair Memorial Playground Update - Spooktacular
·       Mayfair Halloween Decoration Contest - Winners - 2800 Fanshaw - 3345 Glenview - 3251 Friendship - Thanks to Mayfair Business Association for prize donations!
·       Mayfair Christmas Decoration Contest - Submit nominations to MayfairCivicAssociation@yahoo.com or at Mayfair Civic Association on Facebook. Judges start on December 12th and Prizes will be awarded on or about December 21st to the Top 3. Check MayfairCivicAssociation.com daily for map of updated entries
·       Mayfair / Holmesburg Thanksgiving Parade - Sunday November 23rd (THIS Sunday) starting at noon
·       Live Nativity - Saturday December 20th at Lambie Funeral Home (8000 Rowland ave) from 4pm-6pm
 
 
Zoning
 
1.  Alonzo Coates - 2000 McKinley St. 19149 - Seeking a zoning variance to convert a pre-existing garage located behind a triplex into a commercial food prep kitchen
 
2.  Thomas Citro - 2901 Cottman ave. - To convert from a single family home to 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
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 
  • No nailing of banners to the walls
  • No excessive signage in the windows (all windows should be easily seen through at all times)
  • Grand Opening signs, flags, garland, streamers etc to be removed within 30 days of store opening
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
 
 
Presentations

1.  Shefit Koboci - Philadelphia Water Department to discuss project at Farnsworth and Robbins

Open Discussion

Wrap Up - If anyone would like to get more involved with the Civic, we could use volunteers! Please introduce yourself after the meeting or via email - Thank you!

Facebook - "Like" us on Facebook to stay current - Mayfair Civic Association

Next Meeting - Monday January 19 th - 7pm - Mayfair Community Center
 
 
Meetings are held every 3rd Monday of odd months ( Jan - March - May - Sept - Nov)

Mayfair Christmas Village and Tree Lighting Sunday December 7, 2014



2013 Grand Marshalls

Mayfair Christmas Village
Sunday December 7, 2014
12-5PM
Cottman and Frankford Aves.

Come celebrate the Christmas Season in the neighborhood at our annual Christmas Village and Tree Lighting with Crafts, toys, Craft Beer, Live Music, Food Vendors. We will also be presenting Allegheny Iron & Metal Co Inc with a "Thank You" Plaque at 12:30. The tree lighting will immediately follow the Village with a special switch designed by Frank Mifflin where the Mayfair Holmesburg Thanksgiving Parade Grand Marshalls Buddy Gouger and the crew from Holmesburg Bakery will light the tree. 

If you would like to become a vendor, please email Ruthanne Madway at rmadway@mayfaircdc.org.

Thanks again to Mayfair Tree (located in Twistee Treat lot) for donating this years Neighborhood tree.

Vendor list will be updated shortly.

Live Nativity at Lambie Funeral Home

Saturday December 20, 2014
Lambie Funeral Home
8000 Rowland Ave
4-6PM

Wednesday, November 05, 2014

Mayfair: Oteri’s Italian Bakery Opens Mayfair Location

Mayfair: Oteri’s Italian Bakery Opens Mayfair Location

Mayfair: Oteri’s Italian Bakery Opens Mayfair Location
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image5You’ve probably seen her on TLC Network’s “Cake Boss” or maybe tasted one of her luscious pastries. She’s Lisa Oteri, owner ofOteri’s Italian Bakery, which has been in her family for four generations.
Oteri’s great-grandparents originally opened Oteri’s in Hoboken, New Jersey in 1904, after emigrating from Sicily, Italy. Over time, the Oteri brand expanded from one store in Hoboken with a few employees, to five different locations in Roxborough, Southwest Philadelphia, Franklin Mills, Olney and the recently opened Mayfair location.
In September, Oteri’s opened a new location in Mayfair at Frankford Avenue and Oakmont Street. Lisa Oteri said business has been booming, even on Mondays, when she explained most bakeries would be closed due to a typically slow business day.
“We chose to open a location on Frankford Avenue, because we have a big following in the Northeast,” said Oteri. “Now everyone from around here doesn’t have to go to our [North] Fifth Street location to get our pastries.”
Oteri’s Italian Bakery specializes in exclusive cakes, pastries, cookies, cannolis and other sweets. Oteri said about 300-400 specially made cakes are sold on Saturdays alone. The main bakery and distributor for the other shops is at the North Fifth Street location, which also serves as a deli that caters sandwiches.

Mayfair: Northeast Philadelphia Town Watch Groups Form Dog Walker Watch Program

Mayfair: Northeast Philadelphia Town Watch Groups Form Dog Walker Watch Program

Mayfair: Northeast Philadelphia Town Watch Groups Form Dog Walker Watch Program
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John Farrell visited a Mayfair Memorial Park and spoke about the safety of the neighborhood.For months, residents and leaders of Mayfair and other communities in Northeast Philadelphia have been fighting for a split of the 15th Police District. Mayfair residents, like John Farrell (right), expressed their concern about the lack of police in the area. Instead of a split, the district received 30 new police officers. In the absence of police presence, frustrated residents decided it was time to take matters into their own hands. The Mayfair Town Watch was organized to help deter criminal activity in the neighborhood.
Anna Stacey (above), now president of the organization, was part of the initial group of neighbors to form the Mayfair Town Watch. She says she has already seen some improvements in the community with the addition of the offers. But thinks it is still important that the Town Watch remain active and visible.
The most recent initiative to get residents involved is the Dog Walker Watch program.
“Aside from having certified members of Town Watch, we wanted to come up with something that would get people involved on a different level,” said Stacey.

Mayfair: Community Involvement Makes Bella Lisa Hair Studio a Success

Mayfair: Community Involvement Makes Bella Lisa Hair Studio a Success

Mayfair: Community Involvement Makes Bella Lisa Hair Studio a Success
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Lisa Greco (above) has lived in Northeast Philadelphia her whole life. And for 16 years, she has been a Mayfair business owner. Greco owns Bella Lisa Hair Studio on Cottman Avenue, near Frankford Avenue.
She has been a hairstylist for more than 20 years.
“I always knew I wanted to be hairdresser, since I was probably about six,” said Greco. “You know when you’re in kindergarten and they say, ‘What do you want to do when you grow up?’ I always said a hairdresser.”

Mayfair: 30 New Officers Added To the 15th District Not Enough?

Mayfair: 30 New Officers Added To the 15th District Not Enough?

Mayfair: 30 New Officers Added To the 15th District Not Enough?
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Residents in Philadelphia’s 15th District, the busiest district in the city, can now breathe a sigh of relief because 30 new officers have been added to assist in reduction of crime in the area.
The district polices the neighborhoods of Wissonoming, Tacony, Bridesburg, Holmesburg, Frankford and Mayfair.
In 2013, the 15th district led the city with 1,720 thefts, 1,095 thefts from motor vehicles, 836 burglaries, 672 robberies and 571 aggravated assaults reported.
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The 2nd and 15th Police District Headquarters, located at Harbison Ave and Levick St. Philadelphia, PA 19149
Hundreds of signatures were signed on councilman Bobby Henon’s website pressing the Philadelphia Police Department for a split of the district.
Not everyone thinks that simply adding new officers will be the long-term the solution.
Mayfair Community Development Corporation president Donny Smith and chairman Joe DeFelice really pushed for the district to be split instead due to the prolonged police response times that even John McCloskey, captain of the 15th district, admitted would take over an hour on some occasions.
DeFelice credits Smith for his actions of forcing the issue to the PPD.
“You got to credit Donny our president on this one, said DeFelice. “He really responded to the community and wants the residents to feel safer.”