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

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

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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Date: August 26, 2011 2:47:42 PM EDT
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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!
PHILA PA 19149
MOBILE  215-327-4756

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Wednesday, August 24, 2011

Joe DeFelice's Written Testimony Before the School Reform Commission



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

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

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

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

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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