Thursday, April 29, 2010

Zoning Letter Re: Mike Williams, Attorney


3122 Windish Street

Philadelphia, PA 19152


April 29, 2010

Lynette Brown-Sow, Chairperson

Zoning Board of Adjustment

Municipal Services Building

1401 John F. Kennedy Blvd.

Phila PA 19102

Re: Zoning Application:

6215-17 Frankford

Applicant: Michael J.P. Williams, Esq.

Date of Hearing: Tuesday May 4, 2010

Time of Hearing: 9:30 am

To Whom It May Concern:

Please accept this letter as an approval letter re the above on behalf of the Mayfair Business Association (“MBA”) and Mayfair Civic Association (“MCA”). We have had the opportunity to meet with the owner of the above and believe that this is the type of business we like to have in Mayfair. The above have come before the civic and business communities and presented their case and both communities stand behind this type of business. Mr. Williams is already an active member of both the Business and Civic Association and donated much sweat equity into the betterment of Mayfair. However, let it be known that Mr. Williams abstained from this matter so as not to appear improper.

These are the types of businesses we like to see in Mayfair and his neighboring businesses agree as well, including Mike Scotese, President of the MBA and owner of the Grey Lodge. Mayfair has continuously proven that is a great place to start a business and we are happy to aid the Williams’ in their endeavor.

Feel free to contact me with any questions that you may have.



Joseph J. DeFelice, Esq.


Mayfair Civic Association

Cc: Brian King, Mayfair CDC

Mike Scotese, Mayfair Business Association

Linda Lawrence, Councilwoman Krajewski

Michael Williams, Applicant

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Monday, April 26, 2010

Zoning Meeting Tonight

Tonight there will be a Mayfair Civic Association Zoning Meeting concerning the zoning applications of the Grey Lodge and Mike Williams both of Frankford Ave between Harbison and Robbins Aves. This meeting will take place at 8pm at the John Perzel Comunity Center (2990 St. Vincent St.).
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Thursday, April 15, 2010

Playground Update

We just received a call from the Senator's Office asking for a good number to reach us about making payment on the $500 US Savings Bond from the Mayfair Improvement Association. This bond has grew in value to be worth roughly $3700.

We have also just collected $370 from Mike Scotese of the Grey Lodge. The bond and the other recent donation bring us to roughly $6500 raised. This amount together with the amount that we raise at the Fallen Heroes Run should be enough for us to purchase our first piece of equipment.

Through all the hard work of Linda Vivino and the staff at the Mayfair CDC, we were able to submit our Kaboom application for more playground funding as well as the Application for the Philadelphia Activities Grant which received from Councilwoman Krajewski, hopefully we will be able to reach our goal much sooner.

Finally the CDC has been printing up donation envelopes and our team has been distributing through the neighborhood - thanks to everyone for all of their help.

Joe DeFelice
President, Mayfair Civic Association

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Tuesday, April 13, 2010

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Zoning Win in Mayfair

This week, through a combined effort of the Mayfair Civic Associationn, Mayfair CDC, Mayfair Business Association, the Neighbors on Unruh Ave and the Staff of City Councilwoman Krajewski, the neighborhood was able to block a zoning variance for an auto repair shop in a residential driveway in the back half of a existing nail salon. The Civic Association put in a letter and took pictures, while the neighbors circulated a petition to stop this, thus the end result was the apllicant removing the application. Below is the text of the letter along with some of the pictures:

April 8, 2010

Lynette Brown-Sow, Chairperson

Zoning Board of Adjustment

Municipal Services Building

1401 John F. Kennedy Blvd.

Phila PA 19102

Re: Zoning Application:

6646 Frankford Ave. (Rear)

Applicant: Joseph Le

Date of Hearing: Tuesday April 13, 2010

Time of Hearing: 9:30 am

To Whom It May Concern:

Please accept this letter as a request to deny the application of the above for auto repair shop. This property is not conducive to handling a repair shop of this nature as it is in a residential driveway that is already in disrepair. Several neighbors, including John Vearling (President of the Mayfair Townwatch), have voiced their concern to this type of business in the location. Also, as is customary in these types of zoning issues, businesses reach out to the local community groups, such as the Mayfair Civic Association, Mayfair Business Association and Mayfair Community Development Corporation when asking for such approval, which did not happen in this case. Also, upon visit to this location, I spoke with an individual who identified himself as the son of Joseph Le. This individual stated that his father wanted to fix cars and did not seem to fully grasp the questions that I was asking him. I handed him a copy of my business card and asked him to call me if they wanted to set up a meeting. Therefore, because concern has been raised by the neighbors and the business has refused to reach out to the local community groups, we ask that you deny their zoning application.

Should you chose not to deny at this time, we ask, alternatively, that you atleast consider continuing this matter until the community has had the opportunity to meet with the above referenced business owners so as to make a more informed decision to put in front if this gracious board. On April 7, 2010, I returned to the location and took pictures of the premises. These pictures show that this is not the type of business that should be situated in this location:

1. It is in a residential driveway;

2. The front portion of the business will be a nail salon with the back being an auto repair shop;

3. There is not garage on the premises;

4. There is no room to fix cars and

5. And the driveway is in disrepair as it is and the influx of new traffic would speed up such deterioration.

Therefore, we ask that this board either deny this request or atleast continue it to a future date. Thank you.

Feel free to contact me with any questions that you may have.

Thursday, April 08, 2010

Mayfair hopes to use $$$ from bond for playground (From Northeast Times)

Mayfair hopes to use $$$ from bond for playground

By Diane Prokop

Times Staff Writer

Mayfair Civic Association president Joe DeFelice updated members on the Mayfair Memorial Playground, the sale of civic-group property and the transfer of a 1957-issued $500 savings bond from the Mayfair Improvement Association to the Mayfair Civic Association.

While the missions of the MIA, which disbanded in 1959 after the death of its president, Amos B. Scott, and the Mayfair Civic Association are the same, the transfer is complicated because of the different names of the organizations and the board.

DeFelice contacted U.S. Sen. Arlen Specter's office for guidance in the matter and expects the transfer to be granted.

The MIA's former financial secretary (treasurer), Beatrice A. Seybold, wrote a notarized letter to the U.S. Treasury Department, notifying it of her wishes to bestow the bond, which has accrued to $3,700.

"The Mayfair Civic Association appears to be an offspring of the MIA and they are interested in rebuilding the Mayfair Memorial Playground at Lincoln High School. This playground was initially built because the MIA donated the ground for the building of Lincoln High School with the understanding that there would be a playground built there. I feel, as the financial secretary of the former MIA, that this bond will go to the exact use for which it was originally intended many years ago," Seybold wrote.

DeFelice told the group that the MIA bond fund is good news for the playground project at Rowland Avenue and Vista Street.

"We'll be able to add the $3,700 to the $3,000 we already have," he said.

However, the group needs $50,000 to complete the project. Toward that end, DeFelice has also submitted a grant application to the Philadelphia Activities Fund for $6,000, as well as a second application for funding from Kaboom, which recently built a playground at the Northeast Community Center. He also has contacted Home Depot about a possible grant that could award a $5,000 gift card for the purchase of supplies for the project, as well as an application for trees from the Northeast Tree Tenders.

In other business, DeFelice submitted a letter from the civic group to the Mayfair Community Development Corp. to show its support for the organization as it seeks funding. DeFelice pointed out that hours at the John Perzel Community Center have been cut back because of financial issues.

The second annual Mayfair Fallen Heroes 5K Run will be held on Saturday, May 15. This year the run will honor the memory of firefighter John Redmond, who lived with his family on the 3400 block of Shelmire Ave. He died in 1994 while fighting a fire at a South Philadelphia church.

The run will begin at 8:30 a.m. at Ryan Avenue and Sackett Street, go once around the park and finish at the playground site.

The civic association has worked closely with Firefighters Local 22, which has pledged $1,000. To date, 30 sponsors have stepped up to support the run with at least a $100 donation. (The civic group is hoping someone will donate soft pretzels for the event.)

The first $5,000 will benefit the Hero Thrill Show; with the balance aiding the Mayfair Memorial Playground, which was originally named in tribute to Redmond and others who have died in the line of duty.

The run is one of three neighborhood events to be held on May 15. Also scheduled is the third annual Mayfair May Fair, which will feature sidewalk sales and live bands up and down Frankford Avenue, and the 15th Police District and Police District Advisory Council Community Day.

The organization is waiting on one more resident to send in a check to cover the cost of a survey of a group-owned lot behind 3400 Ryan Ave., 3400 Cottman Ave. and 7300 Crispin St. The civic association plans to sell portions of the lot behind homeowners' properties to the homeowners for $1 per portion.

The civic association has also sold its radar detector to the Mayfair Town Watch for one dollar.

The Mayfair Civic Association will meet 7 p.m. Tuesday, May 25, at the John Perzel Community Center, 2990 St. Vincent St.

Reporter Diane Prokop can be reached at 215-354-3036 or

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Monday, April 05, 2010

News briefs from the Mayfair Civic Association (From

News briefs from the Mayfair Civic Association0


The Fallen Heroes Run (design seen here, by resident Mike Ennis) was one of many topics reviewed at the March Mayfair Civic meeting.

The Fallen Heroes Run (design seen here, by resident Mike Ennis) was one of many topics reviewed at the March Mayfair Civic meeting.

The cold, rain and wind kept many from attending last night’s Mayfair Civic Association, but President Joe DeFelice powered through the agenda nonetheless, keeping the meeting to a brief 40 minutes. Below are the highlights:

Mayfair Memorial Playground is the No. 1 issue,” DeFelice said, who assured residents that progress on the playground is beginning to move quicker than it had been. With a goal of $50,000, the organization has raised $3,000 thus far, though is in the process of securing grants.

And tomorrow, DeFelice said, Beatrice Seybold, the former financial secretary of the 1950s-based Mayfair Improvement Association will sign a letter to be notarized and sent to Sen. Specter, which will reassign a $500 bond to the MIA to the Mayfair Civic Association.

Since 1957, the bond has matured to $3,700. And since its original intent was to help build Lincoln High School, where the playground sits, DeFelice expects no problems having the bond turned over to the MCA. ...for more go here