Wednesday, October 22, 2014

NE TImes: Halloween Spook-tacular event to be held Saturday in Mayfair

Halloween Spook-tacular event to be held Saturday in Mayfair

The May­fair Busi­ness As­so­ci­ation is pro­mot­ing the third an­nu­al Spook-tacu­lar, which will take place on Sat­urday, Oct. 25, from 10 a.m. to noon at May­fair Me­mori­al Play­ground, at Row­land Av­en­ue and Vista Street.
The rain date is Sunday, Oct. 26.
The event is geared to­ward kids un­der 10. The cost is $3 per child.
Kids are en­cour­aged to wear their Hal­loween cos­tumes. They will have the chance to dec­or­ate a pump­kin, play Hal­loween-themed games and col­lect candy from spon­sors’ tables.
Baked goods and T-shirts will be for sale.
Pro­ceeds will be­ne­fit May­fair Me­mori­al Play­ground.

Monday, October 20, 2014

Philadelphia Neighborhoods: Mayfair: Putting Used Goods To Good Use

Mayfair: Putting Used Goods To Good Use

Mayfair: Putting Used Goods To Good Use
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At first glance, the interior of The Camouflage Rhino looks and feels just like any other thrift store you may have visited. Racks of clothing, second-hand furniture and various used appliances fill the sales floor. However, after learning about the store’s mission, these items suddenly have a noble purpose.
The Camouflage Rhino employs area vets through a jobs program and 96 cents of every dollar it brings in goes directly to the Veterans Multi-Service Center in Philadelphia.
Everything sold at the store directly benefits area vets.
Everything sold at the store directly benefits area vets.
The idea for the store originated when the VMC was trying to find a better method of storing and offering donated items.
“There was a need down at the center,” said Rose Mcgee said, the manager of the store and the jobs program. “We were getting donations for veterans but we couldn’t process them and easily get them to the veterans that needed them.”
In spite of the store’s innovative model of making the goods available to vets while also being open for sales to the public, it has struggled financially. McGee explained that is a major hurdle that the store has been facing since it opened in 2013.
“We only made money one month so far,” McGee said. “If you look at it over the 15 months that we have been here, we haven’t made money at all yet.”
Rose McGee handles daily operations within the store.
Rose McGee handles daily operations at The Camouflage Rhino.
One of the issues the store is dealing with is that the signage out front still bares the name of the previous tenant, The Tangerine Rhino. Without a proper storefront sign, passersby and Mayfair residents have no way of knowing about the causes the store supports.
“Because we haven’t made money, we have not been able to get signage or advertise the store,” McGee said. “It would help us make more money but we just don’t have it right now.”
Fortunately, there is potential assistance available to the store. The Mayfair Community Development Corporation has approached them concerning a match grant program available to businesses in the neighborhood. The grant would alleviate some of the costs and allow the store to make exterior improvements.
“We are working with the Mayfair CDC so once we have our part of the money we can get the signage,” McGee said. “We are also hoping to do a mural on the side of the building and have rooftop billboards put up.”
To make a donation or find out more about the Camouflage Rhino, call 267-731-6733 or visit the store located at 7126 Frankford Avenue in Philadelphia.

PhiladelphiaNeighborhoods:Mayfair: Five Frankford Avenue Newcomers

Mayfair: Five Frankford Avenue Newcomers

Mayfair: Five Frankford Avenue Newcomers
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It’s impossible to talk about Northeast Philadelphia without mentioning Frankford Avenue. Known to Mayfair insiders as The Avenue, Frankford Avenue was once a thriving business district in the heart of Northeast Philadelphia. Residents recall a time when Frankford Avenue was filled with retail shops, theaters and restaurants. Since then, businesses have come and gone. A surge of empty storefronts left residents wondering if The Avenue would every return to its former glory. But if the recent openings of new shops is any indication, Frankford Avenue will experience a revival soon enough. Here are five businesses that have recently opened on and near Frankford Avenue.
Sisters Consignment
Three sisters, and Mayfair natives, decided it was time to give Frankford Avenue a bit more style. Michele Lorimer, Melissa Zavatsky and Amanda Schneider opened Sisters Consignment (pictured above) in May 2014. The boutique sells high-end designer clothing and jewelry at affordable prices. The women remember when Frankford Avenue was a thriving retail mecca and hope their boutique (at Frankford Avenue and St. Vincent Street) will be the beginning of a return to that time. They consider their boutique to be “a consignment shop with an upscale twist.” Visitors should expect to find a variety of brands including Michael Kors and Dolce & Gabbana.
Inkwell 215 artists Evan Clark and Matt Solomon create custom designs for clients while Mike Nemo looks on .
The Inkwell 215 Custom Tattoo Studio
Gone are the days of tattoo parlors in dark alleys and artists with poor hygiene and questionable pasts. Tattooing is recognized as an art form. And tattoo parlors have transformed into elaborate studios that display the unique talents of the artists. In May 2014, Mike Nemo opened The Inkwell 215 Custom Tattoo Studio (at Frankford Avenue and Tudor Street). A Mayfair native, Nemo creates custom designs and piercings for clients. He also takes pride in having other Mayfair residents on staff as artists.  Each artist is known for their unique style, allowing clients endless ways to customize their creation. Nemo says his studio has been well received by residents and neighboring businesses.
Mayfair and Holmesburg residents are enjoying Commonwealth Kitchen's fresh food that's cooked to order.
Commonwealth Kitchen
In June 2014, Mike Biase and Chris Moynihan opened this local eatery. The duo wanted to offer residents good food using fresh ingredients and a hip, yet comfortable, atmosphere.Commonwealth Kitchen (at Frankford Avenue and Rhawn Street) serves everything from pizza and wings to hand-cut poutine fries topped with Wisconsin cheese curds. And with football season underway, the restaurant serves a 6-foot hoagie that’s perfect for parties.

PhiladelphiaNeighborhoods: Mayfair: “Everything I Needed Was in a Central Location,” said Dana Lambie

Mayfair: “Everything I Needed Was in a Central Location,” said Dana Lambie

Mayfair: “Everything I Needed Was in a Central Location,” said Dana Lambie
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Dana Lambie has been a Mayfair resident her whole life. She is actively involved in the community, serving as co-chair of Friends of Mayfair Memorial Playground, as well as serving on the boards of various community organizations, like Community Care of the Northeast. Her family also owns Lambie Funeral Home. Philadelphia Neighborhoods spoke with Lambie to find out what motivated her to become so involved.
Why Mayfair?
My grandparents grew up in Mayfair. My parents grew up in Mayfair and still live there. I grew up in Mayfair. My church is in Mayfair. When I started dating my husband, he would ask me to go certain places. I would have to ask how to get there. He couldn’t believe that I didn’t know how to get anywhere outside Mayfair. The thing is, my whole family lived within walking distance of each other. Even though we’re in the city, I looked at my small community as though it was isolated. Everything I needed was in a central location.
How did you get to become so involved in the community and the Mayfair Memorial Playground?
It started back when my oldest son was two years old. I would take him to the park for fresh air and exercise. One day we walked there and it was gone. There was no warning.
Later my son also played T-ball at the Lansing Knights Youth Organization. So I went there one day and [Rep.] John Perzel was getting and award. I saw him talking to Melinda Mulvenna, and overheard her asking about the playground and if he could help bring it back. I told her that I would do anything to help her get it back. A few weeks later, she called me. Since then, it’s been the two of us figuring our how to get the playground back.
We fundraised. We named ourselves Friends of the Mayfair Memorial Playground. We got hooked up with Kaboom, a nonprofit organization that helps put playgrounds in neighborhoods. At that point, all we need was a sponsor. Then Giant supermarket opened up in the neighborhood, wanting to do something in the community. They were eager to help.
We all live in the neighborhood. We all have full time jobs and families. And we are all very passionate about the playground, so we volunteer.

Sunday, October 19, 2014

Volunteers Needed for Halloween Spooktacular

Can you spare a few hours this Saturday for our Fundraiser at the playground?  Do you know or have a high schooler needing Community Service?

Mayfair Memorial playground NEEDS volunteers for their latest Fundraiser. Several jobs haven't been filled such as help set-up and clean-up. 

Baking goodies (cupcakes or cookies) needed also.

Specific jobs:

Pumpkins and inside playground - spreading the pumpkins around and showing people the gate to the back parking lot. Being there for questions of where things are at. 

Side Gate - making sure everyone enters through the front gate and direction towards the back lot where the games and candy are located. 

Decoration Table - replenish supplies and help a child color or decorate a pumpkin with stickers

Pumpkin Penny Toss - game the kids play, organize it and keep it flowing

Witch's Hate Ring Toss -  game the kids play, organize it and keep it flowing

Set-Up and Clean-Up

Joe DeFelice

Last farmers market of season today

Last farmers market of the season starts at 10am.  Fresh produce, artisan cheeses, home baked bread, delicious pastries, hot coffee, biscotti  and more.  At Cottman and Frankford aves. 

Thursday, October 09, 2014

Want to win one of these?

Want to win one of these?

Check out MayfairCivicAssociation.comfor details of the 2014 Mayfair Halloween Decoration Contest including a map that is updated daily of all of the contest entries. 

Props to Shannon Brill for her design work, and to Aztec Signs for creating the coveted 2014 Mayfair Halloween Decoration Contest Winner lawn signs!

Get crackin Mayfair ... Deadline to enter is October 19th!

Monday, October 06, 2014

More Cops to the 15th.

When neighborhoods come together, these are the results! 

We are extremely happy to have 30 more police officers patrolling the 15th District, and we are also happy to hear that splitting the 15th District is still being seriously discussed. The size of the 15th has been an ongoing problem for far too long. The Mayfair Civic Association may have led the charge, but if it wasn't for leaders from Frankford, Bridesburg, Wissinoming, Tacony and Holmesburg all working together along with Councilman Henon we never would have gotten this far. 

These 30 new police officers are a step in the right direction, and we are hopeful that splitting the 15th District is also in the not too distant future!

Donny Smith
Mayfair Civic Association

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

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