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Monday, July 13, 2015

Dinner En Pajama Pants - with Wednesday Update

This is the official Webpage for the 
2015 Mayfair Dinner En Pajama Pants. 
(well as official as Dinner En Pajama Pants can or ever will be)

Please check back here for daily updates.

Dinner en Pajama Pants is coming!!! 
ARE YOU READY??! 



About
Dinner En Pajama Pants is the black sheep, red-headed-step-sibling of Dinner en Blanc

From Dinner en Blanc's Website:
At the last minute, the location is given to thousands of friends and acquaintances who have been patiently waiting to learn the “Dîner en Blanc's” secret place. Thousands of people, dressed all in white, and conducting themselves with the greatest decorum, elegance, and etiquette, all meet for a mass “chic picnic” in a public space.

Over the course of an evening, the diners enhance the function and value of their city's public space by participating in the unexpected. Beyond the spectacle and refined elegance of the dinner itself, guests are brought together from diverse backgrounds by a love of beauty and good taste.

Le Dîner en Blanc recalls the elegance and glamour of court society, and diners engage one another knowing they are taking part in a truly magical event.


There are no disruptions: no car traffic, no pedestrian traffic, except for the occasional amazed and astonished looks from passersby at the scene unfolding before them. And we, as they, wonder whether it's all not a dream…

Yeah, our's is going to be a little bit different, being Mayfair and all. 

Several hours ahead of time the location is given to dozens of friends and acquaintances who have been apathetically waiting to learn the “Dîner en Pajama Pants” location (Our "secret place" is none of your business). Dozens of people, dressed in pajama pants, and conducting themselves somewhat boisterously, all meet for a picnic in a public space in Mayfair.

Over the course of an evening, the diners enhance the function and value of their city's public space by eating, laughing, and having fun. Beyond the spectacle and refined sugar of the dinner itself, guests are brought together from diverse backgrounds by a love of a good time.

Car traffic flows as usual; pedestrians stroll as usual. Occasionally someone will say, "hmm... there seems to be more people than usual in Mayfair walking around in pajama pants... whatev".

And if Dinner En Pajama Pants does turn out to be all but a dream, at least we will already be in pajamas. 

Just like Dinner En Blanc (with whom we are not affiliated and respect totally), we will be keeping some things secret. Partially to increase suspense. Partially because we don't know all the details yet. Plus it lets us have "schedule of revelations". 

Schedule of Revelations
Tuesday: Today we are disclosing both the date and time. 
Wednesday: We will disclose the food and beverage vendors.
Thursday: We will disclose the location.

Date and Time
Thursday, 16 July 2015, 5 to 9pm.

You are welcome to arrive any time, but we would like to all sit down to eat together at 6:30pm for the community aspect (and to maximize our Instagram opportunities). 



Location
The location will be the Mayfair Third Thursday Night Market at Cottman and Frankford Avenues. 

Location is accessible to public transportation. 

Food and Beverage
You are welcome bring your own gourmet feast, or non-gourmet feast. If you do not feel like lugging your own grub (or don't have time to pack it), fear not! We will be at a location where both quality food and beverages options will be aplenty. 

Food & Beverage Vendors
Grey Lodge Pub
Mary’s Mobile Diner
Jaelyn’s Lil Bit of Everything
Underground Donuts
PB and U
Gigi’s Water Ice
Barbara’s Xtreme Hot Dogs


Tables and Chairs
We will have tables and chairs set up, but bringing your own tables and chairs might be a good idea. Bringing your own table could help you win in the Best Tablescape prize. 




Prizes
We will be having prizes for "Best Tablescape" and "Best Pajama Pants". 

T-Shirts
Thanks to Mike Ennis for the great logo! We will have Dinner En Pajama Pants t-shirts for sale. 

Facebook and Instagram
It wouldn't be 2015 if there wasn't a Facebook event set up. RSVP on Facebook here.  Please invite your friends.

We created an Instagram account to capture the pictures of the day and for people to share. Check us out under Dinner_En_PJ_Pants. We'll decide on a hashtag once the date gets closer. ‪#‎HellaClassy is the leading choice so far, but we are up for suggestions. If you've any let us know on Facebook


Kids and Dogs
This is a kid and dog friendly event. Even better if you dress them up too!!

Tickets & Cost
No tickets needed. No cost involved except for what you want to buy from the vendors. 





2015 Mayfair Dinner En Pajama Pants
Date: Thu, 16 July 2015
Time: Set up starts at 5pm. We'd like to eat together at 6:30.
Location: Cottman & Frankford Avenues
Cost: No tickets! No cover fee!

Wednesday, July 08, 2015

THE MAYFAIR COMMUNITY DEVELOPMENT CORPORATION ANNOUNCES RIBBON CUTTING OF 3446 RYAN AVE.


FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Contact:                                    Joe DeFelice, Chairman                    
Phone:                                      215-292-3926
Email:                                       josephjdefelice@mayfaircdc.org
Twitter/Facebook:                   @MayfairCDC

THE MAYFAIR COMMUNITY DEVELOPMENT CORPORATION ANNOUNCES RIBBON CUTTING OF 3446 RYAN AVE.
Former Blighted Duplex Now Fully Redone Single Family Home

The Mayfair Community Development Corporation, along with Scioli-Turco, Inc. and BSI Construction, is proud to announce the ribbon cutting on their new Conservatorship property at 3446 Ryan Ave.  Chairman Joe DeFelice stated, “This property was a burnt out shell duplex for over two years that did harm to the value and quality of life of surrounding properties and thanks to Act 135, initiated by our State Representative John Taylor (177th District), we are proud to announce that this is a beautiful single family property now listed on the MLS.  Through our process we were able to hire a local realtor, Jen Curran, from the 3400 block of Tudor St and a local architect, Ray Brogden, who grew up one block west of the property.  We were also able to work out a contract for the adjacent property at 3448 Ryan Ave which has now been fully rehabbed and back on the market as well.” Rep. Taylor stated, “I am pleased to see my legislation being put to effective use in our community to take blighted, vacant properties, and return them to productive use.  Thank you to the Mayfair CDC and everyone involved in making this project such a success story.

The Mayfair CDC was happy to enter into their second partnership with Scioli-Turco, Inc., a 501(c) 4 nonprofit that has spearheaded projects like this throughout the City; the first project was the revitalization of a boarded up property at Sheffield and Frankford Aves.  Joel Palmer from Scioi Turco stated, “It has been a pleasure to work with Mayfair CDC, a committed community organization that continues to deliver results for the homeowners and residents of Mayfair.  We look forward to upcoming conservatorships, and returning these properties to productive use and like new condition.”  The CDC was very fortunate to have included John Parsons and Charles Calvanese and BSI Construction in this project.  “BSI is well known in our community for projects they have done with the CDC and many local schools,” stated Second Vice-Chair Tom Forkin.  DeFelice added, “When we were looking for a contractor to get on board with this project, John Parsons and Charles Calvanese did not hesitate.  They realized that while a potential downside would be waiting to get paid for their work, the upside was the tremendous effect it would have on the community and we thank them for that.”

            This project has been ongoing for two years and has had the support of all the local community organizations.  Donny Smith, First Vice Chair of the CDC and current President of the Mayfair Civic Association stated, “Returning this house back into a single family home is exactly what the neighbors wanted to see happen with this property, and working together as a team, we were able to accomplish that goal. From eyesore to eye candy; this project is a huge success for Mayfair!”    

            The ribbon cutting on the new property will begin at 10am on Friday July 10, 2015 at 3446 Ryan Ave with property tour to follow.




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Monday, July 06, 2015

Devon Update - Continuance Granted

We prepared, along with the attorney for the Kingdom Life Christian Center,  the following proviso letter to the ZBA but asked for a continuance, which was granted, because still had not receive the parking agreements in writing as was agreed upon by the parties at our meeting.  There was also other requests by the Church to exchange Board seats with the civic Association which was denied as it goes against our Democratic process and was not discussed at our meeting.  We are currently waiting on a new date.


June 22, 2015
Via Regular Mail and Email
Julia Chapman, Chairwoman and Members
Philadelphia Zoning Board of Adjustment
1515 Arch Street, 18th Floor
Philadelphia PA 19102

Re:      6325 Frankford Avenue, Calendar Number 24607; Hearing Date June 23, 2015 9:30am.

Dear Chairwoman Chapman and Members of the Board:

            Please allow this letter to form a proviso agreement for the above referenced Zoning Board matter.  The applicant, Kingdom Life Christian Center (hereinafter referred to as “Applicant”), and the coordinating RCO, the Mayfair Civic Association (hereinafter referred to as “MCA”), have agreed to the following terms as laid out below.  If at all possible, we ask that the Zoning Board incorporate the below provisos into its decision in the above case.  However, the parties intend to be legally bound to these provisions, and agree that these agreements are enforceable in a court of law. 

            The provisos are listed below.

1.                          Parking: The Applicant has oral commitments with the Rite Aid Parking Lot (at least 14 spaces) and the STS Lot (at least 30 spaces) and is in the process of working on a written agreement with the Ethan Allen School.  Within 30 days of the date of this letter, Applicant will attempt to obtain written verification of these agreements and provide them to MCA. We asked for them in advance.

2.                          After School Program:  Applicant agrees that the After School Program will run from 3pm-6pm September through June, and the Summer Camp will run from July 4th through August 20th.  The number of participants will be capped at 21 individuals.  However, the Applicant may seek additional campers with written consent of MCA, which shall not be unreasonably withheld. 

3.                          Food Bank:  The Food Bank will convert to a Food Delivery Service, where the Applicant will deliver food to no more than 30 families.  Volunteers for the delivery will be provided through Councilman Bobby Henon’s office.  The Applicant may seek in increase this number after one year upon written consent of MCA, which shall not be unreasonably withheld.

4.                          Applicant agrees to allow free community usage of the building for community meeting purposes at least 4 times for at least one year, on a reasonable basis.  For rental, the building is also available, schedule permitting, and subject to appropriate terms and conditions.  After one year, the Applicant will allow free community usage for meeting purposes on a reasonable basis as schedule permits.

5.                          Applicant agrees not to rent to the following uses within the Devon storefronts during their ownership/involvement with the Devon Theater.  The following businesses are prohibited:

                                  (.a)  Barbers, Hair and Nail Salons;
(.b)  Car Wash;
(.c)  Consignment or Thrift Shops;
(.d)  Distributor of Malt or Brewed Beverages;
(.e)  Fortune Telling Service;
          (.f)  Group day care and daycare centers
(g.)  Laundromat, hand laundry, self-service dry cleaning, or dry cleaning pick-up agency;
(.h)  Personal Credit Establishments;
(.i)  Private Clubs;
(.j)  Retail Sales of Beauty Products and/or Wigs;
(.k)  Retail Sales of Telecommunications Equipment as a main use;
(.l)  Retail Sales or rental of Used Appliances or Furniture;
           (.m)  Retail Sales of Variety/General Store Merchandise, when located in a space with less than 7,500 sq.ft;
(.n)  Tobacco or Pipe Sales as a main use; and,
(.o)  Vehicle and Vehicular Equipment Sales and Services.
6.                          The Devon facade will remain intact and unchanged.  Any changes must receive written approval from the MCA.

7.                          Businesses renting the storefronts will be informed of their duty to pay into the local Business Improvement District (BID) at a prorated amount, and Applicant will not rent to any business that refuse to pay into the BID.
  
8.                          It is the intent of the parties, and the parties agree, that the Special Exception for the Church will sunset upon the Applicant leaving the Devon Theater, including if the Applicant defaults on their mortgage or sells the property.

9.                      The Applicant will plan a time where the community can visit the theater within 90 days of the granting of Zoning Relief by the Zoning Board.

These provisions are not enforceable and void if the Zoning Board fails to grant the requested zoning relief.

            These provisions may be modified only by written agreement.  These agreement may be executed in counterparts.

If any party is compelled to enforce this agreement in any court, the prevailing party shall be entitled to reasonable attorneys’ fees.  The parties intend to be legally bound, and their seal and signature is written below.

                                                                        Respectfully submitted,


                                                                        Richard C. DeMarco
RCDM

Agreed to by:

_____________________________              _____________________________
Danette Bolden Ray, on behalf                                                                      , President

Of the Kingdom Life Christian Center          Mayfair Civic Association


Monday, June 15, 2015

Newsworks: Mayfair business improvement district moving forward in Philly City Council


A business improvement district aimed at bringing some extra services to Mayfair has gotten through a first round of City Council committee approvals. 
Merchants testified one by one that a business improvement district is urgently needed in the Mayfair section of Northeast Philadelphia.  

Mark McCafferty grew up there and came back to live and to run the family business.

"It will mean a livelier, more vibrant, more attractive and safer business environment, with better marketing and outreach," he told Council members. "All this spells prosperity for the future for those who work live and own property in Mayfair, for many of us that is all rolled into one."

Wednesday, June 10, 2015

Zoning Decision - 6300 Frankford Ave

Via Email                                                                                                                                June 10, 2015
Ms. Julia Chapman
Chairperson
Zoning Board of Adjustment
Municipal Services Building
1401 John F. Kennedy Blvd.
Philadelphia, PA  19102
Re:                          Letter of Non-Opposition
6300 Frankford Ave
Applicant – Mamraj Singh represented by Shawn Ward
Special Exception to sell hot food
Appeal No. 24430 Permit No. 582909
Dear Ms. Chapman:
                Please accept this letter on behalf of the Mayfair Civic Association (“MCA”) which represents the neighbors of the Mayfair Community as their Registered Community Organization (RCO) as a Letter of NON-OPPOSITION with Provisos.  A second meeting for this applicant was held at the Mayfair Community Center, 2990 St. Vincent St on Monday May 18, 2015, at 7PM due to Applicant’s Lack of Preparation at first Meeting.  Fortunately, Applicant corrected prior issues and came prepared for this meeting. Therefore, our Members decided, by a count of 12-3, to NOT OPPOSE WITH THE FOLLOWING 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;
8.       Removal of Clothes Drop-off Box;
9.       No seating for Food Consumption;
10.     Trash Cleanup/Pickup 3x a day; and
11.     Food cannot be sold after 10:00 PM.

If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to contact me at the number below.  

                                                                                                Very Truly Yours,
                                                                                                Joe De Felice sig      
                                                                                                Joseph J. DeFelice, Esq.                    
                                                                                                Legal Counsel                                                                                                                                                                         (215) 292-3926
cc:            Andrew Dick, Councilman Bobby Henon
                Mike Scotese, Mayfair Business Association
                Donny Smith, Mayfair Civic Association
                Larissa Klevan, Philadelphia City Planning Commission

                Shawn Ward, Attorney for Applicant

Zoning Decision 2000 McKinley Street

                     
Via Email                                                                                                                              June 10, 2015
Ms. Julia Chapman
Chairperson
Zoning Board of Adjustment
Municipal Services Building
1401 John F. Kennedy Blvd.
Philadelphia, PA  19102
Re:          RCO Meeting Summary (2nd Meeting)
Re: 2000 McKinley Street
Dear Ms. Chapman:
                Please accept this letter on behalf of the Mayfair Civic Association (“MCA”) which represents the neighbors of the Mayfair Community as their Registered Community Organization (RCO).  A second meeting for this applicant was held at the Mayfair Community Center, 2990 St. Vincent St on Monday May 18, 2015, at 7PM to address some issues put forth by the Planning Commission and the Zoning Board of Adjustment.  Our Members decided OVERWHELMINGLY to NOT OPPOSE WITH THE FOLLOWING 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; and
7.       Notify the MCA and Mayfair Business Association that you are seeking new hires and hire within the community if possible

If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to contact me at the number below.  
                                                                                                Very Truly Yours,
                                                                                                Joe De Felice sig      
                                                                                                Joseph J. DeFelice, Esq.                  
                                                                                                Legal Counsel                                                                                                                                                                      (215) 292-3926
cc:           Chris Creelman, Councilman Bobby Henon
                Mike Scotese, Mayfair Business Association
                Donny Smith, Mayfair Civic Association
                Alonzo Coates,  Petitioner

                Philadelphia City Planning Commission

Wednesday, June 03, 2015

Timeline Re: Devon Zoning from President Donny Smith

To clear up any confusion and to hopefully answer as many questions as as I can, below is a "Devon Timeline" of sorts
The Mayfair CDC (previous administration) purchased the Devon and completely restored it to the beautiful building that it is today. It was restored and zoned to be used as a theater, and at that time it was operating as such. Its restoration was intended to revitalize Frankford avenue, and to bring the arts to Mayfair and surrounding neighborhoods.
Sadly, the CDC lost the Devon due to lack of funding, and the CDC returned the Devon back to the bank in lieu of foreclosure
The bank sold the Devon well below market value in February of 2014. It was valued at over $1.5 million dollars, however it was purchased for $487,500. by The Devon Frankford LLC / Mark Riscioli
The exact arrangements are complicated, however it appears as though Roscioli sold the Devon to Kingdom Life Christian Center in December 2014 for $500,000., however the mortgage is for $950,000.
Mark Roscioli is now the former owner of the Devon, however he is now acting as the banker and is holding the mortgage
The Kingdom Life Christian Center, after signing the agreement with Roscioli and finalizing the deal, apparently then discovered that the Devon was not zoned to be used as a church, and it required a Special Exception from the Philadelphia Zoning Board in order to be in compliance.
The Kingdom Life Christian Center went to Councilman Henon for help in getting zoning approval, and Councilman Henon's office contacted the Mayfair Civic Association (the coordinating Registered Community Organization or RCO) to set up a meeting.
On February 28th, The Kingdom Life Christian Center held a "Building Dedication" at the Devon.
The Kingdom Life Christian Center has opened and is currently operating a Food Bank at the Devon location
Without the proper zoning in place, The Kingdom Life Christian Center is currently operating illegally at the Devon
A meeting was held at the Devon and it included representatives from the Mayfair CDC (new administration), Mayfair Civic Association, representatives from the Kingdom Life Christian Center, and representatives from Councilman Henon's office. Since Mayfair currently has several Daycare facilities located along Frankford avenue which Mayfair orgs. are working hard to revitalize, and a Food Bank already in operation at St. Johns church on Tyson avenue, Mayfair representatives asked the Kingdom Life Christian Center to withdraw from using the Devon as a Daycare Facility, or as a Food Bank Center. During the meeting, Mayfair representatives also asked Kingdom Life Christian Center to allow the Devon to become a polling location, to keep the Devon marquee in place, and to allow community usage of the Devon (school plays etc) up to 12 times a year.
During follow up conversations and meetings, the Kingdom Life Christian Center agreed to allow the Devon to become a polling location up to 2 times a year, and to keep the marquee intact, however the church felt that the 12 times community usage was excessive, and the church refused Mayfair's requests to refrain from opening another Daycare center on Frankford avenue, or another Food Bank in Mayfair
On Sunday May 31st, there was a "Grand Re-Opening" titled "The Broadway On The Delaware". The organizer of this event had an arrangement with the Kingdom Life Christian Center for this event, and there are no guarantees that these performances will continue in the future.
The Mayfair Civic Association is hosting a Special Zoning Meeting on Monday June 15th at 7:30pm at the Mayfair Community Center. During this meeting, Mayfair Civic Association Members and neighbors residing in the immediate RCO's will have the opportunity to voice their opinions, and to vote on this issue.
The Kingdom Life Christian Center is scheduled to appear before the Philadelphia Zoning Board on June 23rd 2015 to obtain the Special Exception required to legally operate. Part of the requirement needed to obtain proper zoning approval will be for the Kingdom Life Christian Center to be able to provide 1 parking spot for every 10 seats at the Devon. The Devon has approximately 440 seats. This would require the Kingdom Life Christian Center to provide no less than 44 off street parking spots. All residents are invited to this hearing as well.

Tuesday, June 02, 2015

Movie Night at Pennypack on the Delaware

Hello Mayfair Civic,
Please share with colleagues, family and friends! 
DRCC is presenting a FREE outdoor Movie Night on Wednesday, June 17at 8:30PM. Location is at Pennypack Park on the Delaware (see attached flyer). Thanks! 


Alexia Sotirchos

Friends Program Coordinator
Delaware River City Corporation
3460 N. Delaware Ave. Suite 306