Monday, April 29, 2013

EVENTS: Next few weeks in the Neighborhood

Tonight April 29- City Council Budget Hearings Lincoln High School 6PM
Saturday May 4- 2nd Annual Frankford Ave Clean Up - Cottman and Frankford 10AM
Saturday May 4- PizzaBowl 2013 Annual fundraiser to benefit Local Children Battling Childhood Cancer. Chickies on the Blvd 11am-6pm - hosted by Ott's Taekwon do
Sunday May 5 - Mayfair Farmers Market - Cottman and Frankford 9AM
Saturday May 11 - St Huberts Recycling Event at St Huberts 9am to 1PM
Saturday May 18 - Mayfair Fallen Heroes Run Honoring Chuck Cassidy - Lincoln High School 7:30am Registration - 830am Start
Saturday May 18 - 6th Annual Mayfair May Fair Frankford Ave bw Cottman and Bleigh following the Fallen Heroes Run
Sunday May 19 - Mayfair Farmers Market Cottman and Frankford 9am
Monday May 20 - Mayfair Civic Association Meeting - Mayfair Community Center (2990 St. Vincent St) 7PM.

Sunday, April 14, 2013

[MayfairBiz] Mayfair Business Association Reminder!

This Wednesday. Please make every effort to attend!!
Joseph J DeFelice, Esq.
Sent from my Verizon Wireless BlackBerry

From: Mia Hylan <>
Date: Sun, 14 Apr 2013 14:59:35 -0400
To: mayfairbiz<>
Subject: [MayfairBiz] Reminder!

A friendly reminder about our next meeting being held THIS Wednesday, April 17, 2013 at 6pm at the Mayfair Community Center. On the agenda:

  • Presentations from St. Hubert's, Father Judge, St. Tim's and St. Matt's about the Educational Improvement Tax Credit (EITC)
  • Mayfair May Fair
  • Mayfair Fallen Heroes Run
  • MBA Membership drive
  • and much more!

Also, last call for anyone interested in setting up a table for this week's Mayfair Farmers Market on Sunday April 21, 2013, 9am to 1pm. Please email me asap to discuss!


Mia Hylan
Media Contact
Mayfair Business Assoication

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Friday, April 12, 2013




NET Center Meth clinic 7520/7550 State Road



More Equipment Headed to Mayfair Memorial Playground

Thanks to the hardwork of the Friends of Mayfair Memorial Playground, a committee of the Mayfair Civic Association, and their CoChairs Melinda Mulvenna and Dana Lambie along with their Vice Chair Mia Hylan on securing a $15,000 grant towards fitness equipment to be installed in the near future at the Mayfair Memorial Playground.  Much of the thanks should go to Hylan who did most of the grant writing grunt work; this equipment combined with other future improvements such as a toddler play apparatus, new fencing, new signage, general upkeep as well as a Badge of Honor will go a long way to making the Mayfair Memorial Playground the envy of neighborhood playgrounds in Philadelphia. The equipment will be centered around general fitness and agility based exercises.    Below is an excerpt of the email notifying us of our selection:

Congratulations! KaBOOM! and Dr Pepper Snapple Group would like to formally congratulate you on receiving Outdoor Fitness Equipment through theLet’s Play Improvement Grant program! Your community’s application and ability to impact even more children demonstrate the type of motivation and high potential for success that we look for in our grantees. We thank you for working to provide quality, fun and safe play opportunities for the children in your community.  

The Let’s Play Improvement Grants are made possible by Dr Pepper Snapple Group as part of its Let’s Play initiative to get kids and families active nationwide. Together, through Let's Play, Dr Pepper Snapple Group and KaBOOM! will build or fix up 2,000 playgrounds by the end of 2013, benefiting an estimated five million children across North America...

In play,

Joy Yoo
Alumni Network and Grants Manager
4301 Connecticut Ave. Suite ML-1
Washington, DC 20008

Thursday, April 11, 2013

St. Hubert's Recycling Program

Save the Date!!
Saturday May 11, 2013

Help St. Hubert Faculty recycle

Drop off any electronics, in good or bad shape, toner cartridges and batteries to the Ditman street entrance
(between Cottman and Bleigh)


Monday, April 08, 2013

Rebirth of the Mayfair Community Development Corporation (CDC) Thanks, in part, to Allegheny Iron and Metal Corporation.

Joe DeFelice, Chairman

Rebirth of the Mayfair Community Development Corporation (CDC) 
Thanks, in part, to Allegheny Iron and Metal Corporation.
Specifics of this partnership to be announced at the Mayfair Farmers Market on
Sunday, April 21, 2013 at Cottman and Frankford Aves. at 9AM

Philadelphia, PA, April 3, 2013 – The Mayfair Community Development Corporation (hereinafter “Mayfair CDC”) is excited to announce its new partnership with Allegheny Iron and Metal Corporation (hereinafter “Allegheny”) which will help facilitate the rebirth of the Mayfair CDC.  This rebirth has been made possible via a program from the City of Philadelphia, of which the Mayfair CDC was one of five selected, with thanks to Jim Flaherty and Karen Fegely, (hereinafter “the City”) whereby the City chooses a partnership between a community development corporation (hereinafter “cdc”) and an area business which allows the business to send the cdc $85,000, of its Business Income and Receipts Tax, a year for a ten year period and allows that corporation to send a voucher to the City to satisfy its tax obligation.  The Mayfair CDC has a long storied history of commitment to its community; unfortunately due to the economic downturn and other financial intangibles, the Mayfair CDC has been unable to live up to its name as a “community development corporation” for quite some time; nevertheless that is all about to change due to the commitment of the Leadership of Allegheny and its President Charles Dolaway. 

            Allegheny Iron and Metal Corporation is a lower Northeast Philadelphia Corporation that was founded in 1911, which focuses on scrap and recycling, and represents the hard work and blue collar nature that is synonymous with the people of Mayfair; their leadership had the foresight to see that community involvement is key to business development and are happy to stand shoulder to shoulder with the leadership of the Mayfair CDC.  Bill McKeown, Allegheny Sales Manager, states, “We have heard about the great work of the Mayfair CDC for quite some time and are extremely happy to assist in the rebirth of this great organization.  Tom Forkin, who serves as Vice-Chair of the Mayfair CDC stated, “Because of businesses like Allegheny, neighborhoods like ours have a chance to thrive; any type of business that has the staying power like Allegheny knows their way around the block and we are proud to have them as a partner.  What is interesting here is that we are discussing a rebirth and such rebirth has been made possible by a recycling corporation.”

            This partnership has given the Mayfair CDC the ability to expand its operations.  Mayfair CDC Chairman, Joe DeFelice, believes “Our CDC was experiencing a bit of a ‘wind down’; grants were about to close, funds had dried up, a lawsuit, from which we were rightly dismissed, hanged over our heads; however this partnership has given us new life.”  Some new items on the docket for this year are to reorganize the staff by eliminating the Executive Director position and replacing it with a Program Director/Office Manager and a Corridor Manager while retaining our Cleansweep Manager. Along with the reorganization, the Mayfair CDC will also shift its focus to more commercial oriented programs, by working with the Mayfair Business Association on such ideas as the development of a Frankford Avenue Business Improvement District (BID), increasing the amount of festivals and markets, and increasing the amount of foot traffic along Frankford Avenue while seeking new money in the form of grants.  The Mayfair CDC will, nevertheless, maintain its footing in the residential arena through its Conservatorship program, which rehabs blighted homes, while also working closely with the Mayfair Civic Association and Townwatch and our local elected officials.  Thanks to the progressive thinking and generosity of Allegheny, the Mayfair CDC will continue to make Mayfair a great place to live, work and play.

Fw: Mayfair Memorial Playground Clean-up

Joseph J DeFelice, Esq.
Sent from my Verizon Wireless BlackBerry

From: Mia Hylan <>
Date: Mon, 8 Apr 2013 13:05:18 -0400
To: Mia Hylan<>
Subject: Mayfair Memorial Playground Clean-up

Hi Everyone!

My name is Mia Hylan and I am the site coordinator for the Philly Spring Clean-up at the Mayfair Memorial Playground near Lincoln High School. Thank you so much for volunteering to clean up our site! We are working to get the playground ready for the summer season.  With your help we will be cleaning up the grounds, inspecting and fixing the equipment, graffiti clean-up, doing some small gardening projects, and some weeding! If we have time, and enough people, we'll possibly do some small painting projects.

I just wanted to contact all of you and give you a little bit of information. The Spring Clean-up starts at 9:00am and goes until 2:00pm (although our site is kind of small so we probably will not need that whole time). Right now we only have about 13 volunteers so if you have friends or family that would like to come along, we'd love to have them! There is a parking lot directly adjacent to the site where you can park and there is a SEPTA bus stop right in front as well, if anyone is taking public transportation. The playground is located directly in front of Lincoln High School but if you need directions please, let me know.

Please make sure you wear closed toe, comfortable shoes and weather appropriate clothing you aren't afraid to get dirty. I would suggest a long sleeve t-shirt since we'll be doing some gardening and this will protect your arms. The City is providing brooms, rakes, gloves, graffiti removal kits, garbage bags and recycling bags for us to use. I will be bringing a case of water for everyone to share but please feel free to bring a drink and a snack for yourself if you want.

Below is a general release form for the Spring Clean-up. If you can, please review, print it, sign it and bring it with you on Saturday morning. If there are any minors participating they MUST have a signed release form signed by a parent or guardian or they will not be allowed to participate in the clean-up.  We will probably also be taking some pictures for the Philly-Spring Clean-up site. If you are not alright with having your picture taken, please let me know the day of the clean-up.

Release Form:
Please feel free to contact me with any questions and I will do my best to answer them.

I'm looking forward to meeting all of you the day of the Clean-up!

Mia Hylan

Farmers Market Springs into a Full Season in Mayfair

Mia Hylan        
Communications Secretary, Mayfair Civic Association, 215-888-1243

Inaugural Season of the Mayfair Farmers Market & Exciting News from the Mayfair CDC
Cottman and Frankford Aves (at Ryan Ave.)
Ribbon Cutting 9AM
April 21, 2013

Philadelphia, PA, April 3, 2013 – The Mayfair Community Development Corporation is thrilled to announce that they are partnering with Republic Bank and Allegheny Iron and Metal for the inaugural season of the Mayfair Farmers Market. Additional partners in this endeavor are the Mayfair Civic Association and the Mayfair Business Association to ensure the participation of local MBA members. The Mayfair Farmers Market will hold a ribbon-cutting and kick-off celebration on Sunday, April 21, 2013 at the intersection of Cottman and Frankford Avenue (at Ryan Ave) where a portion of Ryan Avenue will be closed off for the market days. The MFM will be held twice a month until it's final scheduled day on Sunday, October 20, 2013. More information, including a complete list of scheduled dates, the 2013 participating vendors, and musical entertainment can be found at the MFM Facebook page dedicated to the market under "Mayfair Farmers Market".

"Based on the overwhelming success of the two preview days we held in September and October of 2012, we decided to go forward with this farmers market project." states Joe DeFelice, chairman of the Mayfair CDC and president of the Mayfair Civic Association. “We kept hearing people talk about all the different farmers markets they go to in the city and in the suburbs and thought Mayfair should have its own. Why travel to a different part of the city or a distant suburb when you can have the whole farmers market experience right here in the Northeast?" Suzann St. Marie-Galliani, Executive Director of the Mayfair CDC and one of the main Mayfair Farmers Market organizers explains, "This Mayfair Farmers Market wouldn't be happening without the assistance of Philadelphia councilman, Bobby Henon and his staff, including Chris Creelman, Lisa Deeley and Courtney Voss who helped with city legislation to make the MFM a reality." Added DeFelice, “We are also ecstatic that Republic Bank, a Mayfair Business Association member and one of our biggest neighborhood supporters along with Allegheny Iron and Metal, with whom we recently partnered, to bring more funding to our organization for a ten year commitment.”

The MFM at the intersection of Cottman and Frankford Ave (on Ryan Ave.) will be hosting about 15-20 vendor stalls and approximately 3-4 food truck members of the Philly Mobile Food Association  providing a myriad of locally grown, handmade, and locally sourced goods. "We've got 4 farmers from within a 75 mile radius of Mayfair providing farm-fresh produce, free-range eggs, pastured chicken, local honey, homemade soap, baked goods and artisan breads and other specialty foods. I don't think you're going to find anything fresher unless you actually go to the farm and pick it yourself." states Mia Hylan, another of the MFM organizers. "It's a tremendous asset not only to Mayfair, but to the entire Northeast, which only has one or 2 other additional farmers markets at the present time."  In addition to the regular vendors there will be several members of the Philly Mobile Food Association providing freshly prepared gourmet fare; sandwiches, cheese curds, homemade ice cream sandwiches and so much more. "This is a great opportunity for neighbors to sample different types of food that may not be available on Frankford Avenue and hopefully become regular customers." says Hylan. "We're also including pre-approved neighboring businesses, such as Shop N Bag who are current members of the Mayfair Business Association. We see this as an incentive to our current MBA members to set up a table and sell their goods."

“Ultimately, we want the Mayfair Farmers Market to incorporate as many of our local Mayfair Business Association members to work in conjunction with outside vendors. This not only highlights many of the great businesses currently in Mayfair, but perhaps will attract some of these unique businesses to the Mayfair Business Corridor,” states President of the Mayfair Business Association and owner of The Grey Lodge Pub, Mike “Scoats” Scotese.  DeFelice agrees, “We wanted to offer a diverse selection of items that may not be widely available on the Avenue already while being inclusive of local favorites.” Adds St. Marie-Galliani, “We also want to provide some free entertainment during market days, whether it is an acoustic band, a string quartet, a face-painter or balloon artist for the kids. The participation of neighboring businesses, the central location, and the live music will create a small but festive, street-fair atmosphere that can only be beneficial to the neighborhood. Whether you're just coming to grab coffee, a scone, and relax while listening to some live music; it's a great way to spend a couple hours on a Sunday.”

Additionally, when Randy Wolfe, store manager of the Mayfair Branch of Republic Bank and MBA member, heard last year of the possibility of a Farmers Market essentially opening on their doorstep he encouraged Republic Bank to step in as a corporate sponsor. St. Marie-Galliani stated, “In the past year Randy and his staff at Republic Bank have been major contributors to several Mayfair events including the Mayfair-Holmesburg Thanksgiving Parade, events at the Mayfair Memorial Playground, The Mayfair Fallen Heroes Run and the Mayfair May Fair. They truly care about this community.” Adds Katie Michaleski, VP/Marketing Manager for Republic Bank, “Republic Bank is committed to supporting the communities we serve. We are excited about the Farmers Market coming to Mayfair and know it will be great addition for our community”.

Representatives from Allegheny Iron and Metal will also be hand to discuss their new partnership with the Mayfair CDC and the Mayfair neighborhood as a whole.  DeFelice credits Vice-Chairman Tom Forkin with being able to pull Allegheny into the fold by stating, “The City runs a program whereby, if selected, they can get a company to send $85,000 worth of their Business Income and Receipts Tax (BIRT), formerly known as Business Privilege Tax, to a City en lieu of the City; our Vice-Chair had the vision to approach Allegheny Iron with this opportunity and they graciously accepted. We will provide more details of this partnership, at the ribbon cutting, which will act as a sparkplug for the rebirth of the Mayfair CDC.”

DeFelice adds, “We are thrilled to partner with local community leaders and business owners to open this new market in the heart of Mayfair. It’s the first time we’ve ever operated a full season of a farmers market and we know it's an asset to the neighborhood.  We welcome all residents of Philadelphia to join us in Mayfair for the Mayfair Farmers Market and experience the types of activities and events that make Mayfair a great place to live, work, and play."

Dates of this year’s markets: April 21, May 5, May 19, June 2, June 23, July 14, July 28, Aug 11, Aug 25, Sept 8, Sept 22, Oct 6 and Oct 20.
Time: 9am – 1pm
Location:  Cottman and Frankford Aves (at Ryan Ave).

Wednesday, April 03, 2013

Zoning 2706 Elbridge St - Not Opposed

Mayfair Business Association Meeting Minutes (MARCH 2013)

Subject: [MayfairBiz] MBA minutes

A friendly reminder about our next meeting being held on Wednesday, April 17, 2013 at 6pm at the Mayfair Community Center.

Here are the minutes from our last meeting. Apologies for the delay in getting them to you!

Also, if you are interested in setting up a table at the Mayfair Farmers Market to sell items PLEASE let me know as soon as possible. As a current paid member of the MBA, it is one of the privileges of membership. We can discuss the current vendors and figure out what you can sell!


Mia Hylan
Media Contact
Mayfair Business Association

Mayfair Business Association General Meeting
Third Federal Bank
Meeting called to order at 9:15am by MBA President, Mike Scotese
Lou DePaul--3rd Federal, Pat Betz—Beneficial Savings Bank, Antoniette Montgomery—Torresdale Flowers, Seth Kaplan—Rep. Kevin Boyle's, Mike Scotese—Grey Lodge, Lisa Greco—BellaLisa Hair Studios, Jason Vizarov—First Class Pharmacy, Tom Waring—Northeast Times, Joe DeFelice—Mayfair Civic Association, Dave Schweizer--Manicini Tax Services, Carolyn Palmer—Viriva CCU, Suzann St. Marie-Mayfair CDC.
Treasurer's Report
Current Balance: $ 5800
MBA Membership Drive 2013
Membership letters are out to past MBA members via email. Contact Lisa Greco at BellaLisa Hair Studios at 3530 Cottman Ave. or at 215-624-6667 if your business is interested in membership.
There was also discussion of regular NE Times ads to promote joining the MBA as well as a list of current MBA members.
Current incentives for 2013 membership:
o   Bi-weekly Northeast Times ads
o   Membership fees will automatically include membership and voting rights to the Mayfair Civic Association.
o   Membership includes a guaranteed Mayfair Farmers Market space.
Educational Improvement Tax Credit (EITC)
Joe DeFelice, president of the Mayfair Civic Association met with directors of development for St. Matt, St. Tim's, St. Hubert's and Father Judge regarding the EITC program. With the EITC, businesses can defer their state taxes to the private school of choice, including CORA, preschools, daycares, and general private schools. The director of development for St. Matt's was interested in coming to the next meeting to present to the MBA. It was suggested that one large meeting be held with the MBA members and the local eligible schools next month to meet and present the information. Antoniette Montgomery reports that she had filled out the paperwork, which was pretty extensive, approximately 4 years ago and was turned down. Seth Kaplan reports that the program has been expanded recently and that the paperwork has changed. The paperwork can be accessed via There were concerns regarding whether or not businesses considered subchapter S corporations may not qualify but according to Dave Schwiezer this is no longer the case. Businesses are allowed to split up their contributions if they wish as well and the money does not have to go to just one school. Some of the schools even have special staff that will fill out the paperwork for the businesses if they are interested in contributing to that school. A date and time for the meeting will be set up by Joe DeFelice at the Mayfair Community center during the evening hours.
Mayfair Fallen Heroes Run and Mayfair May Fair
The Mayfair Fallen Heroes Run honoring Officer Chuck Cassidy and the Mayfair May Fair (MFMF) will be held on May 18, 2013 starting at 8:30am.
There was discussion about improvements for this year's Mayfair May Fair. MBA members discussed wanting to do a central hub of activity during the day possibly with a street closure and continue last year's Mayfair After Dark. There was discussion about bringing the car show up to Frankford Avenue and thoughts about how to get more businesses along Frankford Ave. to participate.
Sponsorships for the Fallen Heroes Run
Members can obtain sponsorship levels off of Lisa Greco. MBA members paying for A-frames will have their business name and information lining the course of the run and then they are taken up to Frankford and Cottman for the whole day.
Mayfair May Fair
·         Lisa Greco is waiting for a street closure permission from Bleigh St.  to Cottman Ave. The 15th police district will most likely have something scheduled for that day to participate in the MFMF.
·         Other suggestions include some military vehicles, fire engine and a police car.
·         Mia Hylan will send out an email to the crafters/artisans who participated in the December Mayfair Christmas Tree Lighting to see if they might be interested in participating in a craft fair on the day of the MFMF.
·         A meeting to discuss specific plans and goals for the 2013 Mayfair May Fair will be scheduled for once the street closure is set.
New Business
·         Lisa Greco stated that members may want to apply for a site improvement grant (up to $10,000) to upgrade their businesses.
·         Mr. Jericho from the Commerce Department was supposed to present today but was unable to attend. Mr. Jericho assured president Mike Scotese that they will work on visiting each business. He will also work on getting Linda Lawrence to present regarding this program.
·         Discussion regarding the real estate tax assessments. Several MBA members noted inconsistencies of assessment as the businesses next to each other are being assessed at different rates even though the  square footages are the same. Businesses are encouraged to appeal for exemption. The appeal process for the BRT is online and you have send in the tax paperwork.
·         Discussion regarding how the new "sick leave bill" will impact MBA members.  Several of the members present state it will not have an impact on them as they do not have a minimum of 6 full-time employees. Some of the other businesses with more employees will have to adjust their rules and regulations for employee sick time.
·         Rumor of the methadone clinic moving to Rhawn and Frankford next to Wells Fargo. Seth Kaplan spoke with the owner of the building and he reassured them that the rumor is not true.
Mayfair Farmers Market 2013
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.
All current MBA members are eligible to have a table at any of the Mayfair Farmer's Market dates to either sell goods or hand out business information. Please contact Mia Hylan ( to schedule dates you wish to attend.
Dates: All of the following days are Sunday's. Hours: 9am – 1pm
April 21
May 5
May 19
June 2
June 23
July 14
July 28
Aug 11
Aug 25
Sept 8
Sept 22
Oct 6
Oct 20
Open Discussion
·         Mayfair Civic Association Meeting next week scheduled for Monday, 3/18/2013 at 7pm at the Mayfair Community Center.
·         Tom Waring of the Northeast Times brought up the National Small Business Weekend and he is interested in doing a feature on several small businesses and members of the MBA.
·         Headquarters will be holding the Mayfair Art Initiative's Third Thursday, 03/21/13 at 7pm. Come out to see local artists and artisans.
·         New MBA member Jason Vizirov from First Class Pharmacy introduced himself and gave a small presentation about his business. First Class Pharmacy is located at 7316 Frankford Ave. They offer free delivery, transfer of prescriptions and are offering MBA members $5 to use in the store. They pride themselves on being an "old-fashioned pharmacy" that gives customers personal care. Their hours are 9am-7pm on weekdays and 10am-3pm on Saturday. They are closed on Sundays. Contact them at 215-331-3361.
Shamrock Shuttle
The Shamrock Shuttle was held on Saturday, March 2, 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). The Northeast Erin Express is scheduled for Saturday, March 9, 2013.
An agreement was reached between the bars and the Mayfair Civic Association which can be seen on the MCA website at: .
The next MBA general membership meeting will be held on Wednesday night April 17, 2013 at 6pm at the Mayfair Community Center. A presentation about the EITC will be held.
Meeting adjourned at 10:18am.
Meeting minutes submitted by Mia Hylan, MBA media contact, on 3/28/13.

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