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Wednesday, October 01, 2014

Halloween Decorating Contest

Good Eeeeeeevening!!

Welcome to the 2nd Annual "Mayfair Halloween Decoration Contest"!!

Working in conjunction with the Mayfair Business Association, we are going to be giving away prizes, and the coveted "2014 Mayfair Halloween Decoration Contest Winner" lawn signs to the 3 best decorated houses in Mayfair!

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

How it works

- On October 1st, you can nominate your home, or a neighbor's home that you feel best captures the spirit of Halloween

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

- Once the nominations start rolling in, we will create a Google Map so that everyone can take a tour of Mayfair, and see the eerie entries for themselves!

- Scare up the outside of your house with all things Halloween, and throughout the week of October 20th - 26th, our judges will be cruising around looking for the three scariest / spookiest / best decorated houses in Mayfair!

On October 30th, our contest winners will be announced, and prizes will be derived that evening

Goblins and witches and ghosts - Oh my!

The Rules

1. All entries must reside within the Mayfair Civic Association boundaries (found here

2. All addresses and displays must be clearly visible form the street! If your address isn't easily visible from the street, you may be overlooked!

3. All nominations must include a house number, and a street name

4. All entries must leave their decorations lit until at least 11PM

5. The DEADLINE to submit a nomination for the contest is October 19th at 11:59PM

You've got 3 weeks Mayfair ... Lets see just how ghoulish and creative you can be!


This contest is a team effort, and without the efforts of the Mayfair Civic Association, the Mayfair Business Association, and our neighbors in Mayfair who go all out during Halloween, 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

Thursday, September 25, 2014

NE Times Article on Our Civic Meeting

Thanks to Bill Kenny of the Northeast Times for his coverage of our September Mayfair Civic Association Meeting - Much appreciated!

Donny Smith

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!