Wednesday, October 30, 2013

Mayfair's Most BOO-tiful Houses 2013 Contest Results!

And the winners for the '2013 Mayfair Halloween Decoration Contest are (in no particular order) ....

3527 Oakmont
3142 St. Vincent
3251 Friendship


Since we don't do a 1st 2nd and 3rd here in Mayfair, all three are equal winners and all three have done an outstanding job of decorating their homes this year! 

Tonight starting at 8:00, a team will be arriving at each home and will be presenting them with their prizes, and their Official Lawn Sign's indicating that they are indeed - '2013 Mayfair Halloween Decoration Contest Winners'!

A Very Very special Thank You to our Mayfair Business Association Members who have donated the prizes for this years contest!

They are:
Aztec Signs
Shop n Bag
Grey Lodge Pub
Maria Zimmerman - RE/MAX
Malibu Beach Tanning Salon
Viriva Community Credit Union
Mike Perzel Insurance Agency
Bellalisa Hair Studio
Torresdale Flowers

They have been extremely generous with their prizes for this contest!
They believe in our neighbors and our neighborhood, and each and every one of them would like to see it continue to thrive and to succeed - Please show them your support!

This is the first time that we have done a contest like this and needless to say, it has been a huge success! We had over 40 homes nominated this year, and well over 1300 views (and growing) on our Google Map!

It is important to remember that this contest has been a success because we came together as a community, and each and every one of us has participated in one way or another. NONE of this would have been possible without the homeowners going all out this year and doing an amazing job of decorating their homes, without nominations from our homeowners and neighbors, without our Mayfair Business Association donating the prizes and creating the map, and without the Mayfair Civic Association organizing the event and putting it all together. Working together as a community, we can continue to shine a positive light on our neighborhood, and we can continue to show that Mayfair is indeed a great place to visit, and an awesome place to live!

Thank you all!

Up next - The first ever 'Mayfair Christmas Decoration Contest' - Start planning now - It's gonna be AWESOME!!

Donny Smith
Mayfair Civic Association

Tuesday, October 29, 2013

Methadone Clinic Update

Methadone Clinic Update

It has come to our attention that the ruling on the 'Stay' has been bumped up, and TODAY (Oct 29th) is the day that it will be heard!

Chain of events so far:

1. The Healing Way acquired a lease from Dennis Kulp to rent the property located at Frankford and Decatur to be used as a Methadone Clinic, however they needed zoning approval prior to opening

2. Outraged, approximately 800+ neighbors banded together and voiced their opposition to several local politicians at a meeting held at Lincoln high School 

3. Neighbors then raised money to hire attorneys to fight the opening of the clinic - several took the day off from work to go to the zoning meeting to voice their opposition - and won!

4. The Healing Way appealed that decision - and won their appeal

5. The neighborhood filed for an appeal to that decision, and also filed for a Stay in order to stop The Healing Way from opening before their appeal could be heard.

6. The Healing Way asked for the Stay to be heard so that they could begin the opening process - TODAY is that day

7. The neighborhood still has an appeal hearing coming up and if won, the Healing Way would again be shut down

The Mayfair Civic Association fully intends to continue fighting this fight, and we are already in the process of discussing another much needed fundraiser. We completely understand that several of you have already donated to fight this ongoing battle, however we feel that until we have exhausted every avenue and option, we MUST continue to fight! 

If you would like to donate right now, please visit and click the 'Donate' button. You can also send your donation directly to the attorney marked 'Attention Methadone Clinic' to: Obermayer, Rebmann, Maxwell and Hippel, One Penn Center, 19th Floor, 1617 John F. Kennedy Blvd., Philadelphia, PA 19103-1895

Thank You!

Donny Smith
Mayfair Civic Association

Thursday, October 24, 2013

A Letter from President Donny Smith

In a recent article, Carol McCann, a realtor from ReMax Millenium offices, was attempting to sell houses and stated that Bensalem was "a step up from Mayfair" and that Bensalem as a whole "is an improvement over Philadelphia."

While we respect Ms. McCann's ability to express her opinion, we can't help but feel it's a desperate attempt at scare tactics to sell in a down market. Those of us who choose to remain in Mayfair don't appreciate the constant barrage of negativity that comes from several independent ReMax offices which started with Dennis Kulp and ReMax Eastern's blatant disrespect of the Mayfair and Holmesburg neighborhood.

We do understand the reasons people move out of Philadelphia; we are not blind to the changes in our neighborhood and our city as a whole, however many of us choose to stay and work to improve the neighborhood where we have family history, strong ties and a sense of civic responsibility. We do not disparage those citizens who have chosen to leave an area for their own personal reasons. It would not be fair to judge different situations, just as we ask you not judge why we stay. 

If Ms. McCann was the seasoned and successful realtor she appears to be, she wouldn't feel the need to stoop to the negative, predatory, and sleazy tactics used by other realtors on a public forum such as and it's subsequent publications. Instead of looking to make several quick sales by mentioning Mayfair specifically, perhaps she should instead highlight the positives in whatever neighborhood or town she is listing or selling in. Why mention Mayfair specifically if not to personally target the area? She could have left it at "Philadelphia" and made her point.

Since it appears difficult for Carol McCann of ReMax Millennium and Dennis Kulp of ReMax Eastern to come up with any positives about the area, except of course their commission for the sales, here is a list that we came up with to help you with any of the remaining sales you may have in Mayfair:

Mayfair Civic Association
Mayfair Business Association
Mayfair Community Development Corporation
Mayfair Town Watch
Mayfair Clean-up Committee

Mayfair Fallen Heroes Run (over 25K raised so far)
Mayfair May-Fair
Mayfair Farmers Markets
Mayfair / Holmesburg Thanksgiving Parade (37th year)

Mayfair Memorial Playground Rebuild (working together as a Community!)
Mayfair Easter Egg Hunt
Mayfair Halloween Spooktacular
Mayfair Halloween Decoration Contest

Mayfair Christmas Decoration Contest (beginning this year)
Mayfair Christmas Village
Mayfair Christmas Tree Lighting
and finally
Pennypack Music Festival (16 Free concerts this year)

Mayfair and Philadelphia have many positives and we at the Mayfair Civic Association, Mayfair Town Watch, Mayfair Clean-up Committee and the Mayfair CDC are working hard as a community to continue to improve our neighborhood despite these negative attacks. We would appreciate it if when comparing Mayfair to any other community, all real estate agents in the future would mention the positive things going on in Mayfair and shine a positive light on our neighborhood instead of trying to bring it down. Please feel free to print this list out and hand it out to your agents as a reference for those who are selling in Mayfair to attract the types of neighbors with the same sense of neighborhood and civic pride that we have worked so hard to maintain.

Thank you,

Donny Smith
Mayfair Civic Association

Friday, October 18, 2013

Mayfair's Most Boo-tiful Houses Google Map

Check them out gang!! Here are the most recent entries in the "2013 Mayfair Halloween House Decorating"
contest on a Google Map!!

Throw the kids in the car with some season treats and some apple cider and take the tour!! Tell us which ones YOU think are the best in the comments!!

Wednesday, October 16, 2013

Mayfair Halloween Decoration Contest

Do you have a house on your block that goes all out for Halloween?? Either spooky or just plain fall festive, we want YOU to nominate THEM for the first ever "Mayfair Halloween Decoration Contest". 

Tell us where the most "Boo-tiful" houses are at and our neighborhood panel will check them out! 

The top 3 houses will win prizes provided by the Mayfair Business Association members and bragging rights (at least until Christmas!)

Congratulations Tom Waring!!

The Mayfair Civic Association would like to extend warm congratulations to Tom Waring on his new position as Editor of the Northeast Times. Tom is always a staple at our monthly MCA meetings and MBA meetings and we wish him the very best!

Tuesday, October 01, 2013

Mayfair Halloween Decoration Contest 2013

Good Eeeeeeevening!!

Welcome to the first ever "Mayfair Halloween Decoration Contest"!!

Working in conjunction with the Mayfair Business Association who's members will be donating the prizes, we are going to be giving prizes to the 3 best decorated houses in Mayfair! 

This contest is open to all current, and hopefully future Mayfair Civic Association members.

Please submit your address or better yet a photo of your house here, or email your info to 

Scare up the outside of your house (must be visible from the street) with all things Halloween, and on or about October 23rd, our judges will be cruising around looking for the three scariest / spookiest / best decorated houses in Mayfair!

We are also going to create a Google Map so that everyone can take a tour of Mayfair and see the eerie entries for themselves!

Goblins and witches and ghosts - Oh my!

You've got 3 weeks Mayfair ... Lets see just how ghoulish and creative you can be!

To join the Mayfair Civic Association, please visit
To join the Mayfair Business Association, please visit