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Tuesday, December 20, 2011

Update on 3400 Ryan (Even) and Cottman (Odd) Rear Lots

All
The legal descriptions for these properties are drawn up and we will be picking up the copies and maps tomorrow, Wednesday December 21, 2011. Once in hand, we will turn them over to our real estate attorney, Jimmy Newmoon Roybal, to work the legals into transferable deeds as well as working out the kinks with L&I. Once filed, ownership of civic owner property will be given back to the neighbors, thereby closing all business held over by the previous MCA administration (the previous was the playground).
Thanks
Joe DeFelice
President

Sunday, December 11, 2011

Fw: [MayfairBiz] Introducing Mia Hylan

Joseph J DeFelice, Esq.
215-292-3926
Sent from my Verizon Wireless BlackBerry

From: Scoats <scoats@scoats.com>
Sender: mayfairbiz@googlegroups.com
Date: Sun, 11 Dec 2011 10:34:08 -0500
To: mayfairbiz<mayfairbiz@googlegroups.com>
Subject: [MayfairBiz] Introducing Mia Hylan

Hello everyone,

I would like to introduce Mia Hylan. Mia is a Mayfair resident and parent who is involved with the Civic and the rebuilding of the playground.

I had been thinking about promotion of the MBA in general and member businesses in particular. There is a lot of low hanging fruit to grab, but all of us are too busy with our businesses to consistently grab it. It became clear that we needed a (very) part-time paid person to help with MBA promotion. Mia is perfect for this job.

Mia will work on the following items:


BLOG AND FACEBOOK
Mia will consistently post to our Blog and Facebook pages. We have a lot of positive things going on and need to get the word out.

We want to post all good news, every new sign, every new member, every facade improvement. But to do this, we need to know about it. So please email any news to Mia at mhylan@gmail.com.


THIS WEEK IN MAYFAIR
Mia will write a "This Week in Mayfair" post every week. So PLEASE SEND ANY NEWS YOU HAVE TO MIA. This is a FREE way to get your message out. Send her any promotions or sales or other items of interest you have going on. Once again, her email is mhylan@gmail.com


MONTHLY EMAIL LIST
We will eventually develop a monthly email highlighting member news for the upcoming month. The difficulty here will be to get everyone to figure out what they are going to be doing four weeks in advance.

We have had a monthly email list for the Grey Lodge since the beginning. I am always pleasantly surprised at how many people actually read it. And all it has cost us is my time.

It has also been a very good tool to force me to focus on the month ahead and to always have something new to keep customers interested and giving them reasons to keep coming back.


OUR CONTACT WITH REPORTERS
Local reporters (NE Times, Neasphilly.com, TV news) are all looking for news to report. Mia will get to know who the media contacts are and send them info she thinks they might like to use. So once again, please get your news to Mia so she has something to work with.


I am very excited about this. This is a very positive step and a new phase for the Mayfair Business Assoc.

Sincerely,
Mike "Scoats" Scotese

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Tuesday, November 29, 2011

Meeting Tonight

Tuesday November 29, 2011
7PM
2990 St. Vincent St.

Agenda
Zoning - 3200 Friendship St (Southeast Corner of Sackett and Friendship Sts.)
potential conversion of the property from duplex to triplex.
Resolution of the Zoning Decision for Church at Tyson between Hawthorne and Sackett Sts.
The Pastor would like to extend the steeple 10 feet to enclose Verizon Cell Phone Tower
Committee Report from Chairman Pete McDermott
Treasurer Report - Suzann St. Marie
Parade Update - Suzann St. Marie
Playground Update - Melinda Mulvenna
Townwatch Update - Milt Martelack
Christmas Tree Lighting - Donny Smith
PDAC Update - Anna Stacey
Change in ByLaws for New Meeting Date
President's Update - Civic Breakfast, Egg hunt (unless covered by Playground), Shamrock Shuttle, Mayfair Fallen Heroes Run
Open Forum

Tuesday, November 22, 2011

Mayfair's Annual Christmas Tree Lighting



Don’t Forget…….
Mayfair Business Association and Mayfair Civic Association
present
Annual Mayfair Christmas Tree Lighting
Sunday, December 4th, 2011 • 4:00 p.m.
7216-7218 Frankford Avenue
(next to Frusco’s Steaks, at Wellington Street).
Santa, Christmas Cookies, Live Music, Stuff for the Kids, Ed Kelly, founder of the Pennypack Concerts and this year's parade Grand Marshall, will light the tree, etc.

**The Friends of Mayfair Memorial Playground, in conjunction with Avenue Chiropractic, are hosting a toys for tots collection site. The Friends were given a huge gift this year, in the form of a new playground, by Giant and Kaboom and they believe it is necessary to give back. Donations will also be collected at Avenue Chiropractic (on Frankford Ave) if you are unable to attend the Christmas Tree Lighting.

MCA Letter of No Opposition with Provisos to Zoning Board Re: Robbins and Hawthorne

Tuesday, November 15, 2011

Thanksgiving Parade This Sunday


35th Annual Mayfair Holmesburg Thanksgiving Parade
"Bringing Music to Mayfair"
Sunday November 20th 12pm - 3pm
Rain date December 4th


Now is the time to show your community spirit and pride!

On Sunday November 20th, 2011 (rain date -December 4th) from Noon to 3:00, please join us in our 35th stroll down "The Ave"!
We want to celebrate our community and all of the local business who have been the financial backbone of our neighborhood. Many generations have come to the avenue for this fun filled family event each fall whether they still live here, or have since moved away.

This year we have made a few exciting changes!

The Grand Marshall this year will be Ed Kelly, who was, and still is, a very active member in our community! He's also the man responsible for building the Pennypack Stage for all to enjoy live, local music. Once Ed was chosen, we found it only fitting that the theme for the 2011 Mayfair/Holmebsurg Thanksgiving Parade be - "Bringing Music to Mayfair"

We will have two announcers this year. One located at Ryan and Frankford avenues, and the other towards the end of the Parade Route. Participants will
have the opportunity to perform for two to three minutes at each location.

The triangle at Cottman and Frankford avenues this year will be buzzing with radio station B101, balloon artists, face painters and much more!

We've also added the opportunity for our local community to enter in their own home made floats, as well as a baby/toddler contest!

A baby/toddler section of the parade will feature ribbons awarded for the
"Best Fancy Duds" for a boy and girl, as well as the "Most Creative Stroller or Wagon" and "Best Parade Themed Stroller or Wagon".

We'll also be awarding ribbons for the
"Most Creative Float", "The Funniest Float", as well as "The Best Parade Themed Float".

All community floats and participants are the sole responsibility of the towing vehicle owner. The towing vehicle must be fully insured, and the driver / operator must be currently licensed. All floats must be family oriented, and due to the Septa trolley lines, no taller than 12 feet high. All floats must pass the Parade Committee inspection prior to running in the parade.

Each year the parade is put on through donor support and advertising opportunities.


The parade route runs from Rhawn street to Knorr street.

Businesses interested in supporting the parade are asked to:
Call 215-333-2712
Email - mhparade@aol.com
Visit us at www.thanksgivingparade.org
or search for Mayfair Holmesburg Thanksgiving Parade on facebook

We have a STRICT DEADLINE of November 4th for NEW banner entries, and ALL entries are to have their information handed in by November 11th - NO EXCEPTIONS!

Your tax deductible donation can be sent to MHP c/o Bellalisa Hair Studio 3530 Cottman Ave. Philadelphia, PA 19149.

Lastly, we ask that you only patronize approved vendors (easily spotted by their yellow buttons) for the parade.

Thank you for your support, and we look forward to hearing from you by Friday 11/11/11.

Sincerely,
Suzann St. Marie
Parade Chairwoman

Sunday, November 13, 2011

ZONING MEETING MONDAY NOV. 21, 2011

MAYFAIR CIVIC ASSOCIATION

ZONING MEETING

ST. JOHN’S EVANGELICAL LUTHERAN CHURCH

Please join the Mayfair Civic Association for a meeting re a zoning variance for the above Church. The Church would like to add a cell phone tower to the top of their building in the form of an extension of the Church Steeple.

Date & Time: Monday November 21, 22011 - 7:30PM

Location: John Perzel Community Center

2990 St. Vincent Street

Philadelphia, PA 19149

Representatives from the church, the steeple designer and the community will be in attendance. Please contact us with any questions at mayfaircivicassciation@yahoo.com or 215-292-3926.

Thank You,

Joe DeFelice, President

Saturday, October 29, 2011

Fw: Holmesburg Civic Meeting 11/1/11

Joseph J DeFelice, Esq.
215-292-3926
Sent from my Verizon Wireless BlackBerry


From: holmesburg civic <holmesburgcivic@gmail.com>
Date: Sat, 29 Oct 2011 18:27:12 -0400
Subject: Holmesburg Civic Meeting 11/1/11


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HOLMESBURG CIVIC ASSOCIATION

P.O. BOX 39295

PHILADELPHIA, PA 19136

215-332-6781

civic@holmesburg.com 

 

 

MEETING NOTICE!

 

DATE:   Tuesday, Nov 1, 2011           TIME: 7:15 PM

 

LOCATION:  Holmesburg Recreation Center        

                   Rhawn & Ditman Streets              

 

SUBJECT: City Elections: Candidates' Night

SPEAKERS: Bobby Henon, Sandy Stewart, Denny O'Brien,
                      Al Taubenberger, David Oh, Mike Untermyer, 
                     Al Schmidt, Stephanie Singer, Joe McColgan

 

Other topics: Holmesburg Civic Association elections for President and Secretary
Candidates
President : Fred Moore
Secretary : Luz Paradoa

2011/12 HCA Membership Drive

Thursday, October 13, 2011

Captain Bachmayer's Town Hall Meeting with Mayfair Neighbors




Time
Tuesday, October 18 · 7:00pm - 8:00pm

Location
John M. Perzel Community Center
2990 St. Vincent St
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

Created By

ForMayfair Civic Association

More Info
Come out and have your questions answered by 15th District Captain, Frank Bachmayer.

Tuesday, October 04, 2011

Mayfair Memorial Playground - DESIGN

Mayfair,
Here is your new playground:



Thursday, October 27th is Build Day!! We are looking for your help! Please use the following link to sign up to volunteer: http://projects.kaboom.org/projects/399-mayfair-memorial-pla/rsvps/new

Visit our Facebook Page

Monday, October 03, 2011

Holy Terrors STARS needs your Support.



The Holy Terrors STARS program is a program for Special needs children. This program opens up the gym and playground at New Foundations Charter School every Friday evening for the children to play loosely organized (because of the children's lack of understanding) sports such as basketball, baseball, soccer and track and field. My own son, Joey, has been attending since last February and we feel that it has benefited him by giving him an outlet while also tiring him out at night. It has also grown into somewhat of a support group for he parents. That being said, they are organizing their First beef n Bowl at Thunder Bird Lanes of of Holme Circle on Saturday, October 22 at 9:30PM. $35 tickets include bowling, shoe rental, food, beer, soda and DJ. Also, they are still looking for lane sponsors which I believe is roughly $80 as well as some one to donate a keg of beer or items for baskets to be auctioned off. Any money they receive goes to purchasing equipment or providing snacks or materials for the kids. If you are interested, please email Aimee Boothman at alrb1021@aol.com. We really appreciate any support you can give. Here is their Facebook Event Page and Facebook Group Page .

Thanks
Joe DeFelice
President, Mayfair Civic Association

Friday, September 30, 2011

35th Annual Mayfair Holmesburg Thanksgiving Parade "Bringing Music to Mayfair" Sunday November 20th 12pm - 3pm

35th Annual Mayfair Holmesburg Thanksgiving Parade
"Bringing Music to Mayfair"
Sunday November 20th 12pm - 3pm
Rain date December 4th

Now is the time to show your community spirit and pride!

On Sunday November 20th, 2011 (rain date - December 4th) from Noon to 3:00, please join us in our 35th stroll down "The Ave"! 
We want to celebrate our community and all of the local business who have been the financial backbone of our neighborhood. Many generations have come to the avenue for this fun filled family event each fall whether they still live here, or have since moved away.
 
This year we have made a few exciting changes!  

The Grand Marshall this year will be Ed Kelly, who was, and still is, a very active member in our community! He's also the man responsible for building the Pennypack Stage for all to enjoy live, local music. Once Ed was chosen, we found it only fitting that the theme for the 2011 Mayfair/Holmebsurg Thanksgiving Parade be - "Bringing Music to Mayfair"

We will have two announcers this year. One located at Ryan and Frankford avenues, and the other towards the end of the Parade Route. Participants will
have the opportunity to perform for two to three minutes at each location. 

The triangle at Cottman and Frankford avenues this year will be buzzing with radio station B101, balloon artists, face painters and much more!

We've also added the opportunity for our local community to enter in their own home made floats, as well as a baby/toddler contest!

A baby/toddler section of the parade will feature ribbons awarded for the
"Best Fancy Duds" for a boy and girl, as well as the "Most Creative Stroller or Wagon" and "Best Parade Themed Stroller or Wagon".

  We'll also be awarding ribbons for the
"Most Creative Float", "The Funniest Float", as well as "The Best Parade Themed Float".

All community floats and participants are the sole responsibility of the towing vehicle owner. The towing vehicle must be fully insured, and the driver / operator must be currently licensed. All floats must be family oriented, and due to the Septa trolley lines, no taller than 12 feet high. All floats must pass the Parade Committee inspection prior to running in the parade.
 
Each year the parade is put on through donor support and advertising opportunities. 


The parade route runs from Rhawn street to Knorr street. 

Businesses interested in supporting the parade are asked to:
Call 215-333-2712
Email - mhparade@aol.com
Visit us at www.thanksgivingparade.org
 or search for Mayfair Holmesburg Thanksgiving Parade on facebook

We have a STRICT DEADLINE of November 4th for NEW banner entries, and ALL entries are to have their information handed in by November 11th - NO EXCEPTIONS!

Your tax deductible donation can be sent to MHP c/o Bellalisa Hair Studio 3530 Cottman Ave. Philadelphia, PA 19149.

Lastly, we ask that you only patronize approved vendors (easily spotted by their yellow buttons) for the parade.

Thank you for your support, and we look forward to hearing from you by Friday 11/11/11.

Sincerely,
Suzann St. Marie
Parade Chairwoman

Joseph J DeFelice, Esq.
215-292-3926
Sent from my Verizon Wireless BlackBerry

Medicare's 2012 Open Enrollment Drug and Health Plan Data Goes Live on Saturday, October 1st.

Subject: FW: Medicare's 2012 Open Enrollment Drug and Health Plan Data Goes Live on Saturday, October 1st. 


 

MEDICARE NEWS

 
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE                                                CONTACT: CMS Media Relations Group
September 30, 2011                                                                                           (202) 690-6145
 
Medicare's 2012 Open Enrollment drug and health plan data goes live Saturday, Oct. 1
 
Online "Plan Finder" offers unbiased resource for people with Medicare to review 2012 plan options
 
In advance of the new, earlier annual enrollment period, people with Medicare can begin reviewing plan benefit and cost information on Saturday, October 1st, 2011. The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) will launch access to its popular web-based Medicare Plan Finder that allows beneficiaries, their families, trusted representatives, and senior program advocates to look at all local drug and health plan options that are available for the 2012 benefit year.
 
"With Open Enrollment coming early this year, it is important that people with Medicare take advantage of the next couple weeks to review their current coverage and compare it with the options that are available for next year," said CMS Administrator Donald M. Berwick, M.D.  "The information that's available now on the Plan Finder will also help caregivers, health providers, and partners that support and counsel seniors and people with disabilities in selecting the best plan for their needs."
 
The annual enrollment period begins earlier this year, on October 15th, and runs through December 7th.  People with Medicare will have seven weeks to review Medicare Advantage and Part D prescription drug coverage benefits and plan options, and choose the option that best meets their unique needs. The earlier open enrollment period also ensures that Medicare has enough time to process plan choices so that coverage begins without interruption on January 1, 2012. 
 
People can use the Plan Finder – available at www.Medicare.gov  –by inserting their home zip code to find out which Medicare Advantage (Part C) and Prescription Drug (Part D) plans are available in their areas.
 
To read the entire CMS Press Release issued today (9/30/11) visit: http://www.cms.gov/apps/media/press/release.asp?Counter=4104
 
 


Monday, September 26, 2011

Mayfair Civic Association Meeting Tuesday September 27, 2011 7PM

Mayfair Civic Association Meeting
Tuesday September 27, 2011
7PM
John Perzel Community Center
2990 St. Vincent Street

AGENDA

Congresswoman Schwartz

Zoning - 3100 Tyson Ave - Cell Tower on Church Roof

Methadone Clinic Update

Playground Update

Parade Update

Shuttle Update

No Man's Land

Bandit Signs

Townwatch

Committee Reports

Discussion

Proposed Health Center Meeting

Friday, September 16, 2011

Tacony Day

Please come out and Help our neighboring  Civic assoc in celebrating Tacony day and lending a helping hand ...
 
This year marks the 20th Annual Tacony History Day! On September 17th our neighborhood will continue its proud tradition with an array of string bands, drum and bugle corps, youth groups, classic and military vehicles making their way up Torresdale Avenue at 11:00 AM! The Parade route is expected to return to Princeton Avenue, where it will turn to Cottage Street, after the long-awaited completion of Phase 1 of the I-95 re-ramping project. The 20th Annual Disston Festival, held immediately after the Parade at Disston Recreation Center, will feature the usual complement of kiddie rides, games, contests, live music and dancers plus expanded refreshment options. The big feature is always the indoor display of local memorabilia and Tacony history for a nostalgic trip through time.
Joseph J DeFelice, Esq.
215-292-3926
Sent from my Verizon Wireless BlackBerry

Tuesday, September 13, 2011

Sgt. at Arms' Report from Donny Smith

Sergeant-at-Arms Report

Things have been very active in Mayfair lately!
A NEW playground, the Methadone Clinic, the May-Fair, Pennypack Concerts, the Parade, Membership Drive, Christmas Tree Lighting Ceremony - where to begin? I'll touch on a few and let others chime in on the rest.

Our Mayfair May-Fair was a huge success this year and it continues to get better and better each year! Thanks again to all who participated and helped to make this years Fair a fabulous family fun filled day! We're already planning next years Fair, so if you've got any suggestions or would like to help out, please feel free to send em on over or sign up!

The Pennypack Concerts have been absolutely amazing! Well over 1000+ people attend these shows every week and they're consistently trouble free and run flawlessly (as long as Mother Nature lets it - haha). The Mayfair Civic and Business Associations attend these shows every week under our red tent and we observe families come to these shows, enjoy themselves, and donate their hard earned money to keep these shows going. Once the concert is over, they collect themselves including their trash, and leave peacefully. It sounds so simple, but it really speaks volumes for the people of Mayfair. Thank you!

As I'm sure most of you know, Pennypack was flooded out during hurricane Irene, and the trailer and it's contents were a total loss. Sound equipment, lights, tables, etc. it's all gone. Donations are seriously needed to replace these things. Please go to Pennypack.org to make your donation. You can even use payal! The entire board at Pennypack Thanks You for your support!

The Mayfair tee shirts are selling like HOT CAKES! You can pick yours up at any of the Pennypack Concerts, or they're available at BellaLisa Hair Studio right on Cottman avenue (3530).
They make great Christmas presents!

Speaking of ...

So become a member, encourage your neighbor to do so, get involved, and help us keep Mayfair a GREAT place to live, work, and play!

Meetings for the Holmesburg/Mayfair Thanksgiving Parade are already underway! This years theme is "Bringing Music to Mayfair" and we've selected Ed Kelly as this years Grand Marshall as not only has he been so active in and around Mayfair, but he's also the guy who (with his own finances), built the stage in Pennypack that we all enjoy during the concerts. Several local bands have already signed up to play in this years parade. We're also adding something new to the parade to include even MORE Holmesburg/Mayfair residents! This year, we're allowing anyone who wants to, to build their own float and run it up the ave on parade day! Floats must be family oriented and within size requirements. If you're interested in getting involved in this years parade, or building a float and entering it in the parade, shoot us an email and we'll set you up.
The Mayfair Civic Association membership is growing, however we'd like EVERYONE in Mayfair to get involved! For those of you who have not yet signed up, please go to our website and download and mail in the application, or they're also available at BellaLisa. Dues can be paid there as well.
Donny Smith
Mayfair Civic Association
Sergeant-at-Arms
http://www.mayfaircivicassociation.com/

Wednesday, August 31, 2011

A Note from Mayfair Civic Association President Joe DeFelice

August 31, 2011

Dear Neighbor,

This has been an exciting week for our Mayfair Community. Last Wednesday the School District of Philadelphia, via the School Reform Commission approved an $80,000 Grant to rebuild the Mayfair Memorial Playground. This is a huge step in completing a three year journey that we embarked on in April 2008. Countless neighbors have joined us in our efforts to finally get a play space back at Lincoln High School.

This was further highlighted yesterday evening at our Design Day at which we took input from several youths in the neighborhood as well as many committed adults as to what type of Playground would be installed. We took great care to include equipment for special needs children by including the Director of the Holy Terrors STARS program which is a sports program for children with special needs as well as a local occupational therapist. We incorporated their ideas into our overall designs in order to make this playground ideal for all children in our neighborhood. We have given our ideas to Kaboom, Inc., the project manager, and will receive, in the next week, three drawings that have incorporated our equipment requests as well as color schemes. Once we receive that, we will post them on our website and on our Facebook page for community input.

Another issue that has become quite prevalent in our neighborhood is the idea of the "Bandit signs" ie signs that read "Sell your house". "gutter clean up", etc that are tacked to telephone polls throughout our area. many of our Civic and Business Association members have been scouring the neighborhood and removing the signs.

Our members also spearheaded the effort to clean up the trailer and stage in Pennypack Park following Hurricane Irene so to have it fully functional for the next Pennypark Concert.

Finally, while the opening of a Methadone Clinic is not a positive for the neighborhood, the amount of community activism and togetherness it has spurned is second to none. We successfully collected over 2700 signatures in opposition to this clinic, rented two buses to bring over 125 residents to the Zoning Board of Adjustment, and wrote countless letters. We may not be successful in each battle, but we are battle tested and we are confident we will win the fight.

Our neighborhood may not be exactly as everyone wishes it would be, nevertheless, it is clear that we are strong, we are committed and we have pride. Thank you to everyone that has stepped forward to help fight for our neighborhood. You know who you are but especially the members of the Board of the Mayfair Civic Association, Mayfair Business Association, the Tacony Holmesburg Upper Mayfair Town Watch, the Mayfair CDC, our elected leaders, our neighboring civic groups, business groups and town watches and all our neighbors that give a damn and have stepped to plate to help ensure that Mayfair remains a great place to live, work and play.

Thank you,
Joe DeFelice
President, Mayfair Civic Association
mayfaircivicassociation@yahoo.com
www.mayfaircivicassociation.com

State Rep Mike McGeehan's Letter to the Zoning Board


Father Judge Taste of Northeast Philly


Mayfair Civic Letter to ZBA re: Methadone Clinic



Monday, August 29, 2011

Holmesburg Civic Association Letter to Zoning Board Re: Methadone Clinic



Crusader Classic

Attention runners, the 9th annual Crusaderclassic 5k Run will be on Sunday, October 2.

Crusaderclassic 5K Run
Father Judge High School

Sunday 10/2/11 9:00 AM

Registration starting at 7:30 Father Judge schoolyard

Contact Dennis 215-333-7648 or Crusaderclassic@comcast.net

All proceeds go to the Alumni Scholarship Fund.


Crusader Classic

Attention runners, the 9th annual Crusaderclassic 5k Run will be on Sunday, October 2.

Crusaderclassic 5K Run

Friday, August 26, 2011

Fwd: [MayfairBiz] Michael Strange benefit at McNoodles Pub tomorrow



Joe DeFelice

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Begin forwarded message:

From: "BELLALISA" <BELLALISA3530@MSN.COM>
Date: August 26, 2011 2:47:42 PM EDT
To: "Mba" <mayfairbiz@googlegroups.com>
Subject: [MayfairBiz] Michael Strange benefit  at McNoodles Pub tomorrow

Tomorrow there is a beef and beer benefit for Michael Strange at McNoodles Pub.  If anyone is interested in donating  gift cert, basket etc for the raffle you can drop it off to Doug who will be at  McNoodles  between 5:30 and 6:30 this evening. If that is not applicable you can also drop it off at BellaLisa hair studio before 6:30 pm. I apologize for the late notice I just received this information as well!
 
 
LISA
MBA TREASURER
MH PARADE COMMITTEE
BELLALISA
3530 COTTMAN AVE
PHILA PA 19149
bellalisa3530@msn.com
215-624-6667
MOBILE  215-327-4756
 

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Wednesday, August 24, 2011

Joe DeFelice's Written Testimony Before the School Reform Commission

FRIENDS OF MAYFAIR MEMORIAL PLAYGROUND

C/O THE MAYFAIR COMMUNITY DEVELOPMENT CORPORATION

To: The School reform Commission

From: Joseph J. DeFelice, Esq., President Mayfair Civic Association

Re: $80,000 Grant from Kaboom, Inc. to the School District of Philadelphia

Date: Wednesday August 24, 2011 2PM

Thank you for having us today; let us speak briefly on this topic:

1. The Friends of Mayfair Memorial Playground (“the Friends”) was founded in April 2008 for the purpose of rebuilding the Mayfair Memorial Playground (“the Playground”) after it was abruptly removed.

2. The Friends are a branch of the Mayfair Community Development Corporation (“CDC”) of which I am a Board Member and the Mayfair Civic Association (“MCA”) of which I am the President.

3. We have currently raised $23,000 from mostly neighborhood residents via door to door solicitation, our Easter Egg Hunt which brought in over $6,000, two beef n beer fundraisers, our Annual Mayfair Fallen Heroes Run honoring Police and ire that succumbed in the line of duty, and many other efforts.

4. This Playground is necessary to our community because there are no other playgrounds solely for small children (read under the age of 7) in the nearby community nor are there any playgrounds within walking distance that does not require one to cross a four lane highway (specifically Cottman Ave. and Frankford Ave.).

5. Our goal is to build a playground that can be used by all children, including those with special needs. On our Board, we have included Cyndi Hinchey, who runs the Holy STARS program which is a sports and social program dedicated to children with special needs.

6. We have set up our organization to last in perpetuity which seems to be why the last group did not fair well. Our organization has a structure that includes recruiting a minimum of two parents with a newborn to 2 year old child every year so that we may last even after our children are too old to play in that space.

7. We have also set up a system within our board for maintenance as well as securing the playground in off hours.

8. The community and businesses (through the Mayfair Business Association) has truly rallied around our efforts as have our local elected leaders. This project has made our organization tighter and our neighborhood stronger.

9. Therefore, we respectfully ask that you approve this gift and help continue to make Mayfair and our surrounding neighborhoods a great place to live, work and play.

Tuesday, August 23, 2011

School District Meeting to Approve Our Playground

Time
Wednesday, August 24 · 2:00pm - 5:00pm

Location
School District of Philadelphia
440 N. Broad Street 2nd Floor
Philadelphia, PA

Created By

ForRebuild Mayfair Memorial Playground (at Lincoln High School)

More Info
Updated 8-13-11 The SCR Meeting has been changed to August 24th

Please come and support the Friends of Mayfair Memorial Playground, the Mayfair Civic Association and the Mayfair CDC as we go before the School District of Philadelphia and the School Reform Commission (SRC). It is at this meeting where a vote will be taken whether or not to approve a gift from Kaboom to the School District so that we may get a letter of permission to build. Should this permission be granted, we will host a design day roughly a week after followed by a Build Day to occur the last week of October.


This will be the largest step taken in our efforts to rebuild the Mayfair Memorial Playground!

Friday, August 12, 2011

Milt Martelack wins Local Townwatch Award


Milt Martleack, a member of the Mayfair Civic Association and Mayfair Holmesburg Tacony Town Watch, was awarded Town Watch Member of the Month. Milt asks those that are interested to get involved in the neighborhood! Congrats Milt!

Boyle Movie Night (Wed Aug 17) and Shredder Event (Sat Sep 17)


Thursday, August 11, 2011

Finalizing the Sale of 3400 Ryan and Cottman Aves. (REAR)


Fw: Sketch Released of Suspected Pennypack Park Rapist

Sender: <mail@sfly.com>

Date: Thu, 11 Aug 2011 06:50:24 -0700

To: Pres. Mayfair Civic Assoc.;
Subject: Sketch Released of Suspected Pennypack Park Rapist

Tuesday, August 09, 2011

Holmesburg Civic Boundaries to include Area East of Frankford between Sheffield and Cottman Aves.

Holmesburg Civic Association

Executive Board Position Statement

In June 2011, the Executive Boards of the Holmesburg Civic and the Mayfair Civic Associations met to discuss the area between Sheffield and Cottman Aves east of Frankford Ave to the Delaware River, an area that has been unrepresented by a civic association for most of the past decade. It was clear that the situation could not continue. The option of forming a new civic association was deemed impractical due to the relatively small size of the area and the lack of cohesive and experienced leadership. The small sample of residences from that area who attended the meeting were, when asked, generally inclined to consider themselves part of Holmesburg.

(The Mayfair Civic’s boundaries are west of Frankford Ave, south of Sheffield. The Tacony Civic is east of Frankford Ave, south of Cottman Ave. The Holmesburg Civic’s current boundaries are north of Sheffield on both sides of Frankford Ave from the Delaware River to Pennypack Creek.)

The Executive Board of the Holmesburg Civic voted at a separate meeting a couple of nights later to expand the HCA boundaries to Cottman Ave east of Frankford Ave. The general membership of the HCA was advised of that decision at the June 14 general meeting, the last before the summer break....READ MORE HERE