Thursday, March 28, 2013

Good Luck LaSalle Explorers in the Sweet Sixteen

The Mayfair Civic Association wishes hometown favorites the LaSalle Explorers good luck in tonight's Sweet 16 game. Beat Wichita State.

Tuesday, March 26, 2013

Alex's Lemonade Stand at Marinucci's Deli

Alex's Lemonade Stand at Marinucci's Deli on April 27 from 11-2. The Stewart family are the hosts. Their daughter Corin is in 3rd grade at St. Matt's and is a cancer survivor. People can also text "LEMONADE E93083" to 85944 to make a 10$ donation to their stand. Fundraising Thanks!!

Egg Hunt Press Release (Mayfair Memorial Playground)

Contact:Mia Hylan

Festivities were held at Rowland Ave at Vista St.  
Sunday, March 17, 2013 from 11am to 2pm

The Mayfair Civic Association (“MCA”) was excited to host its 3rd AnnualEaster Egg Hunt along with the Friends of Mayfair Memorial Playground (at Lincoln High School)The Easter Egg Hunt was postponed from its original date of Saturday, March 16, 2013 to Sunday, March 17, 2013 due to severe weather.

Postponing the Easter Egg Hunt meant a sunny, if not chilly, day for all the participating children and their parents. "We had approximately 500 kids from the surrounding neighborhood and even from outside the city come to our playground. Along with their families, we had over 1000 people come through the gates of the MMP to raise awareness for our fundraising goals and to take part in a great family event."  MCA President JoeDeFelice stated. “It's an event that caters to a large percentage of our neighborhood; the families and the children. It also helps keep the focus on our neighborhood so that people don't have to seek out these activities in other areas since they are right here in Mayfair. The MCA have really put a lot of planning into neighborhood events and want to try to do one event per month. From the Easter Egg Hunt, the May Fair, the Fallen Heroes Run, the Halloween Spooktacular, and all the way to the Christmas Tree Lighting in December; we want to keep people engaged and invested in the fabric of the community."

This event, along with the Halloween Spooktacular in October, are the main fund raising events for the Mayfair Memorial Playground at Lincoln High SchoolAll proceeds raised go towards the goal of installing a 7-foot fence around the playground, ongoing maintenance, and the purchase of a new piece of equipment. After 3 years of aggressive fundraising the MMP had its first piece of equipment installed on October 27, 2011 with help from national non-profit, KaBOOM! and a generous grant from GIANT Food Stores. The Easter Egg Hunt was the brainchild of the Mayfair Civic AssociationPlayground Committee in 2011, who felt the best way to showcase the progress made at the playground would be to host a large community event at that location.

Playground Committee members Melinda MulvennaDana Lambieand Mia Hylan,along with numerous community volunteers, many of them with children or grandchildren of their own, had been working for weeks in conjunction with the rest of the Mayfair Civic Association to make the event even better for this year.

Each child received a goodie bag for their participation and bake sale was hosted on the premises. Along with many community volunteers who baked or donated cookies, cupcakes and other sweet treats, GIANT Food Stores donated 200 cupcakes and the Optimist Club of Philadelphia also donated 12 dozen cupcakes to be sold at the Bake Sale. The Easter Bunny was present along with a coloring table, games, raffle prizes and giveawaysThe Mayfair Civic Association believes that the main focus of this event is tocontinue to raise awareness to the playground's plight of long-term maintenance and to add more equipment to the playground. The MCA and Playground Committee continue to welcome any donations that come their way.  

This event helps to highlight an exciting year for Mayfair, accentuates the positivethings that continue to happen in the Mayfair community and is just another reason that Mayfair is a great place to live, work and play.************************

Thursday, March 21, 2013

TONIGHT - Get Your Art On at Headquarters for Mayfair's Third Thursday

(Above photo courtesy of Touch and Go Designs; local artists involved in tonight's event)

An informal gathering of local Northeast Philadelphia artists, photographers and artisans displaying and discussing their medium, techniques, inspiration, and examples of their work. Please feel free to bring your portfolios as well. Contact Bill Becker or post below to discuss any hanging or display issues.

Non-artists and anyone who loves or has an interest in the local art scene are welcome to stop by as well!

Hosted by Bill Becker, owner of Headquarters and the Chairman of the Mayfair Arts Initiative, and the Mayfair Civic Association.

Thursday March 21, 2013
7213 Frankford Avenue
Philadelphia, PA 19149
(215) 941-8604

Light refreshments (read wine) will be served.

Wednesday, March 20, 2013

Mayfair Civic Association Meeting Proposed Minutes (March 2013)

Mayfair Civic Association Meeting
Monday, March 18, 2013
Mayfair Community Center
2990 St. Vincent St. Philadelphia, PA 19149

 Board Members Present
Joseph DeFelice, Michael Williams, Pete McDermott, Kevin Leonard , Mike Serverson, , Lisa Greco, Anna Stacey, Mia Hylan, John Jenkins, James Ortlieb, Milt Martelack, Bill Becker
Board Members Absent
Melinda Mulvenna, Megan Whalen, Mike Ennis, Dana Lambie, Suzann St. Marie, Donny Smith
Pledge of Allegiance led by Vice President Michael Williams
Meeting called to order at 7:17 pm by President Joe DeFelice.
Actual Value Initiative (AVI) Presentation -  Chris Creelman
Presentation by Chris Creelman from Councilman Bobby Henon's office regarding the  letters sent out from the city about AVI.  There has been a lot of confusion regarding the AVI for homeowners and especially for senior citizens. Councilman Bobby Henon's staff are available at the district office (6730 Torresdale Ave) and at their Center City office to review paperwork and answer any questions or concerns. Of specific interest for seniors is the senior tax freeze where anyone 65 or older and meeting certain income requirements can ask for a freeze on their taxes. The forms and applications were made available to attendees of the meeting and residents are urged to contact the district or center city office with any questions or concerns. Any residents who have not applied for the Homestead Exemption or have been denied please contact the district office. For more information please visit or the where you can enter your address and will allow you to adjust according to the Homestead Exemption and the millage.

Membership and By-Laws Update
Review of by-laws changes from previous meetings requires that voting members be paid members of the civic association. If interested in membership, attendees were asked to see Assistant Sergeant at Arms, John Jenkins to obtain an application and pay for membership. Applications can also be obtained at the Mayfair Civic Association website at

Treasurer's Report
Treasurer Kevin Leonard reports that the current balance is $9745.23
Previous Balance as of 01/23/13: $3997.72
Deposits:  $5896.15
Withdrawals:  $146.00

The MCA has received a $4000 Activities Fund from the city of Philadelphia. These funds will be put towards the Fallen Heroes Run and Mayfair May Fair.

Legislative Staffer of the Year Award- Lisa Marie Deeley
Lisa Marie Deeley is a staff member of Councilman Bobby Henon. Lisa is not only a Northeast Philadelphia resident but is a regular attendee of many of the Northeast events, is extremely supportive of the local civic associations, and extremely responsive to complaints and helping with community issues. For these reasons, the MCA chose to honor Lisa Marie Deeley with the Legislative Staffer of the Year Award. Since Lisa Marie Deeley was unable to attend tonight's meeting, this award was presented to Chris Creelman who thanked the MCA on her behalf.

 New Zoning
Applicant: Shannon Mulhern and Mark Colomy of 2706 Elbridge Street (nearest to Farnsworth Street)
 Zoning Class: RSA-5, Residential
Appeal for One (1) Zoning Variance
Calendar Number:
Application Number:

Applicant looks to obtain a “Permit to Legalize the Erection of 18’ x 20’, 2nd Story Addition”
[On an Existing Deck, Open Below, as an Extension of the 1st Floor]. Mr. Colomy presented several pictures of the addition already in progress. He reports the addition is already 70% complete. He reports that the original owner who initially built the deck did not have the correct permits and he had had to go to variance court. The addition takes up the whole back of the lot and extends 1 foot into the common driveway. Zoning Chair, Pete McDermott reports that since the addition is already 70% completed, provisos will most likely not be effective. No immediate neighbors were present.

The Zoning Application was "Not Opposed" by a majority of members who were present and eligible to Vote.

Methadone Clinic Update
·         Dawn Tancredi, a lawyer representing the neighbors, presented an update on the case against The Healing Way. The case is currently pending in the court of common pleas and they are still waiting on the judge to make a decision.
·         Currently, via donations, $3000 has been raised for the neighbors defense fund to help offset ongoing legal costs incurred by the case. Any other donations for the defense fund can be sent to Mattioni Law Firm located at 399 Market St. Suite 200 Philadelphia, PA 19106. More information is available on the MCA website

Shamrock Shuttle
The Shamrock Shuttle was held on Saturday, March 2, 2013 and the Northeast Erin Express for Saturday, March 9, 2013 with no reported major incidents. Representatives from the Mayfair Business Association, Mayfair Town Watch, Rep. Kevin Boyle's office, Councilman Bobby Henon's office and the MCA met with the new 15th police district Captain McCloskey and the participating bar owners as they did last year to discuss a plan of action and areas of improvement to combat public urination, sanitation issues and quality of life issues throughout the neighborhood. An additional 45 port a potties were set up along the route and members of the Mayfair Town Watch patrolled the residential neighborhoods and Frankford Avenue the day of the event.  Thanks were extended to the participating bars for their cooperation and working with the different groups to address the concerns of the community. Hammerheads Bar also made a $200 contribution towards the Mayfair Memorial Playground (at Lincoln High School).

Mayfair Arts Initiative
·         Third Thursday--The Mayfair Arts Initiative will host an informal gathering of Northeast Philadelphia artists at Headquarters or another public location (TBA) every Third Thursday of each month. This month's Third Thursday will be held on 3/21/13 at 7pm. Local artists, artisans and anyone with an interest in the local art scene are welcome to attend. Visit "Mayfair Arts Initiative" page on Facebook for more information and meeting locations.
·         Avenue Art Project--The MCA would like to see an increase in public art installed on Frankford Avenue. A sculptures to be placed at Frankford and Cottman is in the early discussion phase.
Mayfair Farmers' Market 2013 Update
·         The application deadline to be a vendor/crafter artisan for this season's MFM is March 25, 2013. The Mayfair Farmers Market will be held on a bi-weekly basis on Ryan Ave at Frankford and Cottman Ave. starting on April 21, 2013 and ending on Sunday, October 20, 2013. A flier with all of the dates was made available to meeting attendees. The food vendor and crafter application are available at the following link:
·         The Mayfair Farmers Market is being sponsored by the Mayfair CDC and Republic Bank. Currently, another sponsor is being solicited for the 2013 season. Please contact Joe DeFelice ( or Suzann St. Marie ( if you or your business is interested in sponsoring.

Mayfair CDC Update
·         The CDC continues to explore a Business Improvement District (BID) for Holmesburg/Mayfair to spur business development.
·         The CDC has applied and been approved for a Business Privilege Tax application to partner with Allegheny Iron. Instead of paying taxes to the city of Philadelphia, Allegheny Iron would partner with the community group and directly contribute $85,000 a year to the Mayfair CDC to be used for improvement and maintenance projects in Mayfair. The Mayfair CDC was selected by the city to receive $85,000 for the next 10 years from Allegheny Iron which will go directly into community improvement projects.  
·         The CDC is also exploring a Greening Grant of $30,000 from the city for cleaning graffiti off the poles and cleaning up the business corridor.
·         The CDC continues to work on a conservatorship program and is asking for the addresses of any abandoned or neglected properties within the boundaries of the neighborhood. The CDC was successful in monitoring the house at Sheffield and Frankford and getting the owners of the house have been doing improvements including new windows, new flooring and extermination of the pests in the house. The plan continues to be for the house to be put on the market to be sold.

Mayfair Memorial Playground (at Lincoln High School) Update
Easter Egg Hunt
·         The 2013 Easter Egg Hunt was held on Sunday March 17, 2013 from 11am to 1:00pm with over 1,000 attendees despite the cold weather. All proceeds from this event will go towards ongoing maintenance, funding for a new fence and additional equipment.
·         Visit the Facebook page at "Rebuild Mayfair Memorial Playground (at Lincoln High School)" or at if you are interested in helping out with future projects.
·         The Mayfair Memorial Playground will be a clean-up sit for the Philly Spring Clean up on Saturday, April 18, 2013 from 9am to 2pm. Visit the Philadelphia Streets Department page to sign up to volunteer:

Mayfair Town Watch Update
·         The group is still looking for volunteers to become regular patrol members. More information can be found on Facebook under "Mayfair Town Watch" or at Applications and information were also present at the meeting.
·         Mayfair Town Watch President Anna Stacey reiterated the need for new members to patrol the streets with current member. Currently patrols are limited due to lack of patrolling members.

Mayfair Clean-up Committee Update
·         A volunteer team of neighbors led by Jim Ortlieb and Anna Stacey continue to hold clean-ups assisted by CLIP. Most recently they did the Frankford Ave Business Corridor, the Mayfair Playground at Mayfair Elementary and Mayfair Memorial Playground at Lincoln High School. The committee also removed the planter boxes from out front of Family Dollar on Frankford Ave which were being used as trash cans and ashtrays.
·         Jim and the Clean-up committee and the Mayfair CDC have had 3 additional trash cans put around the Lincoln Loop.
·         Clean-ups have been halted during the winter but they will be starting back up in April.
·         The committee is always looking for suggestions for areas in the neighborhood that could use a cleanup. Make any suggestions about areas that need a clean-up via the their Facebook page at "Mayfair Clean-up".
·         Jim Ortlieb has organized bi-weekly clean-ups of the Frankford/Cottman/Ryan Avenue Intersections with CLIP prior to each farmers market date.
·         There is a scheduled May 4, 2013 clean-up of Frankford Ave for 3 hours. More information will be posted via a Facebook event page and linked to the MCA page.

Mayfair Dog Park Update
·         The committee continues to explore filing for 501c3 status and has approximately $500, which should be enough to get the process started. The committee is looking to formalize itself by holding officer elections at an upcoming meeting and establishing a bank account with their current funds. The long-term goal is to raise money for fencing and long-term maintenance which is estimated to be approximately $10,000.
Mayfair May Fair and Mayfair Fallen Heroes Run (honoring Officer Chuck Cassidy)
·         This is the sixth year for both the MFMF and the Mayfair Fallen Heroes Run to be held on Saturday, May 18, 2013.
·         This year's Fallen Heroes Run will honor Officer Chuck Cassidy. In the coming years if the event reaches 500 runners the plan is to move the run up to Frankford Avenue.
·         Lisa Greco, MBA representative spoke about the possibility of expanding the Mayfair May Fair this year by closing off Frankford Ave from Bleigh to Wellington and condensing all participants into that area. The paperwork is still pending but plans are going forward and specifics will be announced shortly.

Public Presentations

Laura Wagner from First Home Care
First Home Care is a foster care agency located on the grounds of Friends Hospital in the  Scattergood building. They provide the training of potential foster parents and the certification of homes for children. Participation in foster care training programs and additional clearances are required. The next foster parent training session will happen on 3/25/13 at 10am and runs every Saturday. Please contact Laura if you are interested at
Open Discussion
·         A neighbor discussed finding out about how to get his trash picked up in the back alleyway. Jeffrey Dempsey from Kevin Boyle's office addressed it and went through the process which includes writing a letter to the city and obtaining permission from additional neighbors. Neighbors can send a request in writing to:
Streets Commissioner Clarena Tolson
Rm 730
Municipal Services Building
1401 JFK Blvd.
Philadelphia, PA 19102

·         Handbill information was made available by Secretary Pete McDermott and applications are available in the back for decals to placed on your door or in your mailbox to stop the placement of menus and handbills on your house railings, doors, mailboxes, etc. Jim Ortlieb  of the Mayfair Clean-up Committee made a statement regarding the effectiveness of the decals after he placed one on his mailbox and has received no menus or handbills.
·         The case against alleged, "Mayfair Tire Slasher" David Toledo, is scheduled for March 30, 2013.

Candidates for the May 21, 2013 Primary Elections

Candidates for Election presenting to the MCA in order of arrival:
Court of Common Pleas Judge, Ken Powell (R/D)
Court of Common Pleas Judge, Martin Coleman (D)
Traffic Court Judge, Donna DeRose (D)
Court of Common Pleas Judge, Dawn Tancredi (D)
Court of Common Pleas Judge, Dane Grey (D)
Court of Common Pleas Judge, Ann Marie Coyle (R/D)
District Attorney, Dan Alvarez (R)
Court of Common Pleas Judge, Abbe Fletman (D)
Traffic Court Judge, Holly Harris-Seidle (D)
Court of Common Pleas Judge, Chris Mallios (D)
City Controller, Brett Mandel (D)
Traffic Court, Ella Butcher (R/D)
Court of Common Pleas Judge, Michael Fanning (D)
Court of Common Pleas Judge, Joseph Fernandes (D)
Court of Common Pleas Judge, Christine Hope (D)
Traffic Court Judge, Marnie Aumnet-Loighrey (D)
Court of Common Pleas Judge, Fran Shields (D)
City Controller, Michael Williams (D)
City Controller, Alan Butkovitz (D)
City Controller, Terry Tracy (R)
Court of Common Pleas Judge, Derrick Coker (D)
Court of Common Pleas Judge, Sierra Thomas Street (D)

The next MCA meeting will be scheduled for May 20, 2013 at 7pm at the Mayfair Community Center.
Meeting adjourned at 8:36 pm. 
Meeting minutes submitted by Communications Secretary Mia Hylan on 03/18/13.

Tuesday, March 19, 2013

2nd Annual Frankford Ave Clean Up!

Saturday May 4, 2013 at 10AM
Cottman and Frankford Aves.

The long awaited 2nd Annual Frankford Avenue Clean-UP in conjunction with Holmesburg Civic Association and Tacony Historic Society.

Show the businesses that we care in Mayfair and Holmesburg and Tacony Which I call Holmesfaircony.. 

We are all in this together. I promise that after you are done, you will feel a great sense of accomplishment and I encourage you bring your children and show a great example of Civic PRIDE!!

Mayfair Business Association Special Meeting

When: Wednesday April 17, 2013 6PM
Where:  Mayfair Community Center 2990 St. Vincent St.

There will be a special meeting of the Mayfair Business Association to deal with the Mayfair May Fair, the Mayfair Fallen Heroes Run and the Earned Income Tax Credit (EITC) with confirmed speakers from St. Matthew, Blessed Trinity Regional Catholic School (formerly St. Timothy), Father Judge High School and St. Huberts. These schools will explain how you send payment to school of your choice and get almost a full credit towards your state taxes. Bill O'Brien, Executive Director of BLOCS (Business Leadership Organizing for Catholic Schools) has also been invited. This should be an excellent and we are holding it night to be more accommodating to businesses.

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Monday, March 18, 2013

Mayfair Civic Association and Annual Candidates Night Agenda with Confirmed Candidates.

What: Mayfair Civic Association and Candidates Night
When: Monday March 18, 2013
Where: Mayfair Community Center (2990 St. Vincent St.)
Call to Order

Actual Value Initiative (AVI) Presentation -  Chris Creelman
Membership Update
Treasurer's Report
Zoning - Permit to Legalize Erection of 18' x 20', 2nd Story Addition - Shannon Mulhern 2706 Elbridge St.
Honoring Lisa Deeley
Methadone Clinic Update
Shamrock Shuttle
Mayfair Arts Initiative (Third Thursday, Avenue Art Project)
Mayfair Farmers' Market 2013 Update
Mayfair CDC Update--BID and BPT update
Mayfair Memorial Playground (at Lincoln High School) Update
Easter Egg Hunt
Mayfair Town Watch Update
Mayfair Clean-up Committee Update
Mayfair Dog Park Update
Mayfair May Fair and Mayfair Fallen Heroes Run (Chuck Cassidy)
Candidate Presentations
 - Confirmed 
     - District Attorney - Dan Alvarez (Rep.); 
     - City Controller - Alan Butkovitz (Dem.-Inc.), Brett Mandel (Dem.), Michael      
        Williams (Dem); Terry Tracy (Rep.).
     - Judge (Common Pleas/Municipal Court) Hon. Ken Powell, Hon. Fran Shields, Anne Marie Coyle, Michael Fanning, Dawn Tancredi, Christine Hope, Chris Mallios, Abbe Fletman, Martin Coleman,
     - Donna DeRose, Ella Butcher

Open Discussion

 Public Presentations
Laura Wagner--First Home Care, foster care agency located on the grounds of Friends Hospital (email sent for confirmation)

If you are a candidate and wish to present, please email

St. Matts Football Golf Outing

Friends of Holmesburg Library Programs

Friday, March 15, 2013

Easter Egg Hunt Postponed until Sunday

Hi Everyone!

Just wanted to let you know that due to the absolutely miserable wet and rainy forecast for Saturday we ARE POSTPONING the Mayfair Memorial Playground (at Lincoln High School) Easter Egg Hunt until Sunday, March 17, 2013 from 11am to 1pm.

Please spread the word!

Mia Hylan

Mayfair Memorial Playground Committee

Wednesday, March 06, 2013

Pennypack Park Concert Schedule (NE Times)

Pennypack Park Music Festival’s 2013 schedule is set

Here is the tentative schedule for the 2013 Pennypack Park Music Festival.
Concerts take place at the Ed Kelly Amphitheater, located near the park entrance at Welsh Road and Cresco Avenue, most Wednesday nights from May through September. Guests are asked to bring lawn chairs.
Concerts start at 7 p.m., unless noted. Here is the lineup, with tribute bands in parentheses:
• May 8, 6:30 p.m.: Father Judge Jazz Band and Drum Line; Steal Your Face (Grateful Dead).
• May 15, 6:30 p.m.: Lincoln High School Jazz Band; Jimmy and the Parrots (Jimmy Buffett). 
• May 29: Jersey Bound (ZZ Top); Little Paradise (Pat Benatar).
• June 1, 1 p.m: Summer Jam Slam, featuring six local cover bands.
• June 12: RSVP (Foreigner); November Rain (Guns N’ Roses).
• June 19: Glimmer Twins (Rolling Stones).
• June 26: Draw the Line (Aerosmith).
• July 10: A.J. Slick and Soul to Soul (Stevie Ray Vaughan); HotLanta (Allman Brothers).
• July 17: Irish Night, featuring Bogside Rogues and Jamison.
• July 24: These Days (Bon Jovi); Romeo Delight (Van Halen).
• July 31: Sexy Saidie (Beatles); Diamond Dogs (David Bowie).
• Aug. 7: Think Pink Floyd (Pink Floyd).
• Aug. 14: ACDC tribute; Mike LeCompt.
• Aug. 21: Evryman Jack (Eric Clapton); Tuesday’s Gone (Lynyrd Skynyrd).
• Sept. 4: Kick It Out (Heart).
• Sept. 11: Idol Kings (John Mellencamp, Journey). 
For more information, call 215-574-2100, visit or check out the Pennypack Park Music Festival page on Facebook. ••

St Matthew Cheerleading Clinic

St Matthew Cheerleading Clinic

Monday, March 04, 2013

Mayfair Business Association Meeting

Greetings Mayfair Business Association Members!

Just a reminder that our March meeting will be taking place on Thursday, March 7, 2013 at Third Federal Bank (Unruh and the Blvd) starting at 9:00am.


Mia Hylan
Media Contact

Friday, March 01, 2013

Ladies Night at Holmesburg Baptist Christian Academy

Ladies' Night Out

…A night of shopping, raffles and door prizes***!

Where: Holmesburg Baptist Christian Academy
7927 Frankford Ave
Philadelphia PA 19136
(Enter via the ramp door off the Charles Street parking lot)

When: Thursday, March 21st, 2013
6:30 – 9:30 pm

Venders and Crafters

Thirty-One Gifts                              Arbonne International Cosmetics                     
Handmade Crafts                           Tupperware
Partylite Candles                            Flags, mailbox covers & military sweatshirts
Jewelry                                              Tastefully Simple   
Handmade Scarves                        Lesley’s Floral Creations, Etc
R Little Candy Shop                        Dawn’s Unique Picture Frames
Gold Exchange                                Avon and More….             

Please contact the school office with any questions at 215.335.4323 between 9 am and 2:30 pm

*** Must be present to win door prizes and raffles