Monday, January 28, 2013
Rep. Kevin Boyle will hold a legislative meeting to discuss Methadone treatment facilities and their effect on communities. The meeting will be Wednesday, January 30 at 10 A.M. at the Mayfair Community Center (2990 St. Vincent St., Philadelphia, PA 19149). For additional information contact Rep. Boyle's offices: 7801-A Hasbrook Ave. • Philadelphia, PA 19111 • Phone: (215) 695-1016 • Fax: (215) 695-1028 7518 Frankford Ave. • Philadelphia, PA 19136 • Phone: (215) 331-2600 • Fax: (215) 708-3135 • Hours: 8:30 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.
Friday, January 25, 2013
Tuesday, January 22, 2013
Monday, January 21, 2013
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Wednesday, January 16, 2013
We were notified that the celebration dinner for Monsignor Charles McGroarty, longtime pastor of St. Matthew, scheduled for Sat. Jan. 26, 2012 has been cancelled.
Joseph J DeFelice, Esq.
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Third Thursday Presented by the Mayfair Art Intiative (a committee of the Mayfair Civic Association)
Thursday January 17, 2013
Headquarters (Frankford Ave between Englewood and Wellington)
Light refeshments will be served.
By: Mia Hylan
I know nothing about art.
Seriously. I don't.
The only thing I do know is that I like certain art and I love certain artists. I adore Edward Hopper, Fairfield Porter, Andrew Wyeth, and Henri Rousseau. Why? No idea. I know little to nothing about their personal lives or their training. I just love looking at their work. Something catches me; a color, a subject, the composition, technique, and sometimes even a feeling.
I think I can count on one hand where I've been physically moved or overwhelmed by a piece of art:
1. Autumn Rhythm by Jackson Pollack (MET in NYC)
2. The Ghost Clock by Wendell Castle (Renwick Museum in Washington D.C)
3. Unknown pair of paintings by an unknown artist on display at the Dale Chihuly art gallery in Seattle. They were $7000 for the pair and I could not walk away from them. I never found out who the artist was and I’ve regretted it ever since. If I ever see them again I WILL buy them.
Yup. Three times.
Those were the three times where if I had copious amounts of cash on hand I would have immediately plunked it down gladly and gleefully.
I love art. I love the ability of people to see a blank object or canvas and make it into something beautiful and interesting. I'm always in awe of people who work a certain medium (wood, glass, clay and paint) and create something inspiring. I myself am a dabbler. I paint occasionally when the mood strikes me and I've done a couple of stained glass pieces. I'm pretty good at looking at something and copying it and there have only been a few times where I've actually created a painting wholly from inside of me and even fewer of those wind up actually being displayed. I'm my own worst critic.
Art is subjective to most people. You either like something or you don't. However, most artists are trying to express something to you; impart some form of creativity and feeling. For most of them, it's a passion. Few artists actually make a living doing what they truly enjoy as an outlet. So in all of the chaos of their lives and going about the business of being students, parents, spouses, children, etc. they take the time to create. Sometimes for an audience, but more often for themselves, because it's a part of them.
Now many people like to say that Northeast Philly is a black hole of artistic expression. Granted, we aren't covered in wall-to-wall galleries like many of the hip neighborhoods but that doesn't mean we don't have our share of creative people living within our geographic boundaries I personally have met many people of all ages, sexes and walks of life who consider themselves artists or artisans. Lots of times it comes up in casual conversation; "Oh, I weave baskets, paint, do photography, sculpture, etc." Sometimes they may think they are the "only one" out there doing what they are doing.
This Thursday, one of our MBA members and the chairman of the recently created Mayfair Art Initiative, Bill Becker, owner of Headquarters (7213 Frankford Ave.) will be hosting the first Third Thursday in Mayfair. It's going to be an informal gathering of local Northeast Philadelphia artists, photographers, painters,artisans and crafters displaying and discussing their medium, techniques, inspiration and hopefully showcasing some of their work.
We know you're out there and we want to see what you do in your not-so-spare time. If you're willing to share, we want to see what you're working on or have worked on in the past. If you don't want to share at this point but at least want to take a look at what others are doing please make sure to come out for this unique event!! Even if your version of creative expression is repainting the walls in your house whenever the mood strikes you or making food sculptures out of your kid's peanut butter and jelly sandwiches...we WANT to meet you!
More information is available at the Facebook Event invitation. Mayfair Art Initiative's Third Thursday at Headquarters
Monday, January 14, 2013
Wednesday, January 09, 2013
Mayfair isn't as bad as Mayfair residents say it is. Our neighborhood should reach back to that infamous Philadelphia billboard of the 1970's and adopt it as our own slogan. For the last three or so years, many neighborhood volunteers have spent time away from their families to make our community a better place to live. Usually when I pick up a copy of the NE Times or go on social media, the person badmouthing our neighborhood is usually one of our own residents and this is disheartening, to say the least. How do we expect other people to respect our neighborhood if our own people dishonor it? Let's be honest, Mayfair isn't what it was in 1980, its isn't what is was in 1990 and it, even, isn't what it was in 2000; but then again what neighborhood is? Some neighborhoods change for the good, some change for the bad and some just change, but that is ok. Different doesn't have to mean bad. Have we seen a decline in mom and pop shops on the Ave? Sure we have. Have we seen an increase in pajama pants in the afternoon? You bet. But that is ok because 2020 isn't going to be like 2010 and 2030 isn't going to be like 2020. I'm sure 2013 Fishtown and Bella Vista wouldn't recognize their 1990 ancestor, but that is what life, in the big city, is all about. Now, you can sit back and watch others enact change on your neighborhood or can get into fabric of the community and change it yourself, from within.
Since we restarted the Mayfair Civic Association just over 3 years ago; we have seen some changes in our neighborhood, but rather than focus on the negatives, let's look at the positives:
- In 2009 there was a dirt and gravel patch on the east side of Lincoln High School which is now a state of the art, handicapped accessible $80,000 playground built with the sweat equity of the neighborhood residents.
- We took a little used block of half vacant storefronts on the 3500 block of Ryan Ave and turned it into a one of a kind Farmers Market, that will be held biweekly starting this spring and will continue to include fresh vegetables, craft beer, local wine and neighborhood residents and merchants selling the wares, all the while, doing so with acoustic music floating in the background.
- We took tragedies that struck our City in the form of Police and Fire deaths and turned them into positives with the Mayfair Fallen Heroes Run and have raised over $20,000 for the families of Police and Fire and an additional $10,000 for scholarships, plaques etc.
- We took a parade that derailed off the Avenue due to a "budget crunch" in the City and infused it with citizen activists and neighborhood talent and put it back on the Avenue, bigger and better than ever.
- We took neighborhood negatives like a proposed Methadone clinic and turned it into a positive by engaging over 800 residents, at community meetings, to stand up and fight to stop it and we won the first round.
- We took a dilapidated, boarded up, vacant property that stood as an eyesore at Frankford and Sheffield and forced the owner to gut the place, fix the interior and install new windows and make it safe and habitable for a future family to call their first home.
- Lastly, we've given the neighborhood events, that in the past, residents would gone elsewhere for, such as an Easter Egg Hunt, our Spring Mayfair May Fair, Fall Festival, Halloween Spooktacular and Christmas Village and heck, we've even made it a lot easier for the over 30 (maybe 40) crowd to tolerate the Shamrock Shuttle by working with the Mayfair Townwatch and the 15th District and, yes, the tavern owners to make sure that there was adequate police presence, portapotties and residents on hand to assist our out of town visitors that make Mayfair, whether we like it or not, a regional destination.
So, with that, let me be the first to say, that I am proud of our neighborhood and you should be too. Let's start 2013 off on the positive foot and work to better our community so that the next time someone asks you if you still live in Mayfair (and hangs on the word "still"), you can say, "yes", proudly.
Chairman, Mayfair Community Development Corporation
President, Mayfair Civic Association
Mayfair Civic Association and Townwatch Meeting (January) - AGENDA UPDATED
2990 St. Vincent St, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
Wednesday January 23, 2012
We normally meet on the 3rd Monday of every odd month however, this coming month that day falls on the Martin Luther King Holiday and the Rec Center is closed so we pushed it back two days and will thus have it on Jan 23, 2013.
Membership Update – New Year/New Dues
Honoring Lisa Deeley
Methadone Clinic Update
Mayfair Art Initiative –
Avenue Art Project
Mayfair Farmers' Market 2013 Update
Mayfair CDC Update
Mayfair Memorial Playground (at Lincoln High School) Update
• Easter Egg Hunt
Mayfair Clean-up Committee Update
Mayfair Dog Park Update
Mayfair “May Fair” and Mayfair Fallen Heroes Run (5th Annual Honoring Chuck Cassidy)
Coalition Against Hunger --Chloe Tomlinson
HIAS Pennsylvania, Refugee Food Security and Nutrition Coordinator
Everyblock.com - Laura McColgan
SHS-Honeywell--Megan Connelly (Tentative)
MAYFAIR TOWNWATCH MEETING
PSA 3 Lt. Cook will provide crime statistics at the Town Watch Meeting and answer questions!!