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Monday, January 23, 2012

Mayfair Business Association Letter to His Excellency Charles J. Chaput, Archbishop of Philadelphia



TEXT OF THE LETTER

Wednesday, 18 January 2012

The Most Reverend Charles J. Chaput, Archbishop of Philadelphia
C/O The Archdiocese of Philadelphia
222 North 17th Street
Philadelphia, PA 19103-1299
VIA EMAIL

Re: Closure of St. Hubert Catholic High School for Girls

Your Excellency:

Please accept this letter on behalf of the Mayfair Business Association (“MBA”) which represents the business community of Mayfair in Northeast Philadelphia. Many of our members are graduates of Catholic schools, especially Father Judge and St. Hubert’s. Our educations from these schools provided us with the skills to become successful, and equally or maybe more importantly the values to be the sort of businesspeople who contribute back to improve the community. Both schools have been long time anchors to our neighborhood. Losing St. Hubert’s would leave a huge void.

We respectfully ask that the alumni, parents, and local community be given the opportunity to not only save St. Huberts, but to help transform it into an institution that not just survives, but thrives, and continues to produce productive and responsible citizens.

After much retrenching, if the church wishes to make a stand, our community, with its decades of Catholic heritage, is the place to do it. Let us work together to reclaim the legacy left to us by earlier generations and to preserve and improve it for future generations.


Sincerely yours,

Mike Scotese
President
215-333-4184

Cc: Joe DeFelice, President, Mayfair Civic Association
Mary Benussi, President, Tacony Civic Association
Pete Naccaroto, President, Tacony CDC

Friday, January 20, 2012

Fw: Upcoming Mayfair Town Watch training and certification classes-CORRECTION!!!!

Good Afternoon Mayfair!!!
Due to unforeseen circumstances beyond our control, February 2nd session will NOT take place.
The second session will be held on February 9, 2012 from 6:30-8:30 at Tacony Baptist Church.

Tacony Baptist Church
4715 Disston Street, Philadelphia PA 19135
(north side between Hegerman Street and Vandike Street)

Please e-mail us to confirm that you can attend.

We will do our best to schedule another training and certification class in the near future.



Anna Stacey
Mayfair Town Watch

Townwatch Update

We are happy to announce that the Mayfair Town Watch training and certification classes have been scheduled!!! The first training session is set for February 2nd from 6:30 pm until 8:30 pm at the Perzel Center, 2990 St. Vincent St. The second session is set for February 9th from 6:30 pm till 8:30 pm at the Perzel Center (that location may be subject to change-we will e-mail you with an update).
The number of seats is LIMITED so if you are serious about joining and willing and able to attend either session, e-mail us back with a confirmation.

Again, please e-mail us back so we able to accommodate everyone.

Thank you for willing to volunteer your time and effort to make Mayfair a better place for all of us!!!!

Feel free to reach out to us with any questions or concerns!



Anna Stacey
Mayfair Town Watch
mayfairtownwatch@gmail.com

Friday, January 13, 2012

Fw: Closure of St. Hubert's-Chaput Response.

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

From: "Archbishop Charles Chaput" <SHEPHERD@adphila.org>
Date: Fri, 13 Jan 2012 13:39:59 -0500
To: <josephjdefelice@yahoo.com>
Subject: Closure of St. Hubert's

Dear Mr. DeFelice,
 
Thank you very much for your very thoughtful letter, which I received by email.  I will share it with the Schools Office and also with the committee reviewing appeals regarding the schools. 
 
As you probably know, our Catholic School System is under a great deal of financial distress and we have run out of money to subsidize the schools.  So we have to take a look at long term viability as the primary reason to making decisions about the future of the school. 
 
Every family has to make difficult decisions based on these same realities.  I know you know that.  But I am happy you wrote to me and I certainly will put your thoughts into the mix when it comes to reviewing the recommendations of the Blue Ribbon Committee.
 
May the Lord give you peace and every blessing.
 
Sincerely yours in Christ,
+cjc

>>> "Joseph J. DeFelice" <josephjdefelice@yahoo.com> 1/13/2012 11:49 AM >>>
Your Excellency,
Please see attached letter re: the Closure of St. Hubert's Catholic High School for Girls.
Sincerely,
Joseph J. DeFelice
 
Joseph J. DeFelice, Esq.
215-292-3926
josephjdefelice@yahoo.com
josephjdefelice@gmail.com
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Mayfair Civic Association Letter to His Excellency Charles J. Chaput, Archbishop of Philadelphia


TEXT OF THE LETTER

Friday, January 13, 2012

The Most Reverend Charles J. Chaput, Archbishop of Philadelphia

C/O The Archdiocese of Philadelphia

222 North 17th Street

Philadelphia, PA 19103-1299

VIA EMAIL

Re: Closure of St. Hubert Catholic High School for Girls

Your Excellency:

First and foremost, welcome to Philadelphia: the City of Brotherly Love and the City of Neighborhoods. Unfortunately for you, in less than five (5) short months into your tenure here you have been thrown into the Lion’s Den. We all realize that you, in your position as leader of one of the largest Archdiocese in the United States, have a heavy load to lift and pray that you do so wisely. Please accept this letter on behalf of the Mayfair Civic Association (“MCA”) which represents the neighbors of the Mayfair Community in Northeast Philadelphia. This is a community that was built and stands around the Catholic Church, myself a product of well over a decade of Catholic education via newly merged St. Matthew Elementary School, Father Judge High School and LaSalle University.

Many of our constituents previously attended Cardinal Dougherty or North Catholic for High School or St. Bernard, St. Leo or St. Bartholomew for grade school. These closures were hard to swallow, but understanding went into them because the neighborhoods around these institutions changed drastically, nevertheless, that is the not the same with St. Hubert; a school that has educated females in our community for decades. The closing of this school will have our neighbors questioning the future of their children’s education as well as life within our neighborhood and this school was, in some cases, one of the only things keeping them here. Without this reason to stay, many will push off further into the suburbs or out of the Archdiocese entirely opting to relocate over the bridge to South Jersey. This exodus will inflict significant pain on our community and we may not be able to recover.

We realize that the “Blue Ribbon Commission” worked long and hard on their decision, however, when looking over the members of this commission, one item that was ever-present was that this commission seemed to lack any member with significant history or background in the neighborhoods of Philadelphia. It is these neighborhoods that gave rise to the Catholic Church; it is these neighborhoods that have formed who we are, and it is these neighborhoods that make Philadelphia what it is. Therefore, by closing St. Hubert and countless other schools in the region, you will be dealing a death blow to the neighborhoods and perhaps putting the final nail in the coffin for the City of Neighborhoods. Your Excellency, we ask that you, as our new leader take some time with the Commission’s finding and get to know the neighborhoods that many members of your flock call home. Once you have been there we are sure that you will understand what St. Hubert and the Catholic Church mean to our home.

Very truly yours,

Joe De Felice sig

Joseph J. DeFelice, Esq.

President

(215) 292-3926

Cc: Mike Scotese,

President, Mayfair Business Association

Mike Driscoll,

Chairman, Mayfair Community Development Corporation

All Area Elected Officials

Wednesday, January 11, 2012

St. Hubert's Rally This Friday

From the Facebook post:

THIS IS THE BIGGEST&MOST IMPORTANT RALLY YET!
The importance of this was expressed to me by the alumni and advisory board. EVERYONE is to be on the front steps friday morning between 6:30 and 6:45.There will be a press conference at 7:30. GIRLS,THIS IS BIGGER THAN YOU KNOW!
SPREAD THE WORD! EVERY SINGLE STUDENT MUST BE ON THE STEPS FRIDAY MORNING!

Thursday, January 05, 2012

TOWNWATCH AND ZONING - MONDAY JANUARY 9TH 7PM

TOWNWATCH AND ZONING!
MONDAY JANUARY 9, 2011
THE MAYFAIR COMMUNITY CENTER
2990 ST. VINCENT ST
7PM

7PM REORGANIZATION OF TOWNWATCH
745PM ZONING RE HERTZ RENTAL CAR COTTMAN AND FRANKFORD AVES.