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Saturday, March 29, 2014

Zoning Decisions 2901 Cottman Ave and 7344 Frankford Ave

                                 
March 29, 2014
Ms. Julia Chapman
Chairperson
Zoning Board of Adjustment
Municipal Services Building
1401 John F. Kennedy Blvd.
Philadelphia, PA  19102
Re:          Appeal #21706 for Use Variance
2901 Cottman Ave. - Variance for a Three Family Home

Date:                      Wed. April 1, 2014 9:30AM
Applicant:            Thomas Citro

Dear Ms. Chapman
                Please accept this letter on behalf of the Mayfair Civic Association (“MCA”) which represents the neighbors of the Mayfair Community as a letter of Opposition.  On March 24, 2014, we held a community meeting on this proposed variance to a three family home at 7PM at 2990 St. Vincent St.  Questions were raised by the members of our organization with respect to lack of floor plans, nonshoveling of snow around the perimeter of this corner property amongst other issues such as the community’s interest in maintaining single family homes rather than conversion/legalization to triplexes.  The Community took a vote which resulted in Twenty-Six Opposed and Three Not Opposed with Provisos. 

If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to contact me at the number below.  
                                                                                                Very Truly Yours,
                                                                                                Joe De Felice sig      
                                                                                                Joseph J. DeFelice, Esq.                  
                                                                                                Legal Counsel                                                                                                                                                                      (215) 292-3926

cc:           Lisa Deeley, Councilman Bobby Henon
                Mike Scotese, Mayfair Business Association
                Donny Smith, Mayfair Civic Association
                Thomas Citro, Applicant


March 25, 2014
Ms. Julia Chapman
Chairperson
Zoning Board of Adjustment
Municipal Services Building
1401 John F. Kennedy Blvd.
Philadelphia, PA  19102
Re:          Appeal #22218 for Use Variance
7344 Frankford Ave. - Variance for Tattoo Parlor

Date:                      Wed. March 26, 2014 4PM
Applicant:            John Sabatino

Dear Ms. Chapman
                Please accept this letter on behalf of the Mayfair Civic Association (“MCA”) which represents the neighbors of the Mayfair Community as a letter of Non-Opposition, Re: the above, with the following provisos: 

1.  Join and maintain Membership with the Mayfair Business Association
2.  Keep the outside of your establishment clean, maintained, graffiti free, and swept at all times
3.  Add and maintain an outdoor trashcan
4.  Snow removal to be done within 6 hours of the storm, and during business hours
5.  Contact information (Name - Phone Number - Email) to be provided to the Mayfair Civic Association and the Mayfair Community Development Corporation for the tenant, as well as the property owner / landlord, and property manager.
6.  Meet with the Mayfair CDC Executive Director, Corridor Manager, and Chairman to discuss fa├žade improvements and signage and explore Department of Commerce grants for internal and external improvement reimbursement grants.

If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to contact me at the number below.  
                                                                                                Very Truly Yours,
                                                                                                Joe De Felice sig      
                                                                                                Joseph J. DeFelice, Esq.                  
                                                                                                Legal Counsel                                                                                                                                                                      (215) 292-3926

cc:           Lisa Deeley, Councilman Bobby Henon
                Mike Scotese, Mayfair Business Association
                Donny Smith, Mayfair Civic Association


Monday, March 24, 2014

15th Police District Petition--Split the 15th!

Over the course of the last several weeks, community leaders from Frankford, Bridesburg, Wissinoming, Tacony, Mayfair, and Holmesburg have met, discussed, and agreed that splitting the 15th Police District into two separate Districts would benefit all of our neighborhoods.

Unfortunately, this has been an ongoing issue within our neighborhoods for well over 25 years as seen in the following excerpt from 1989 found in it's entirety here :http://articles.philly.com/1989-12-03/news/26160406_1_northeast-residents-ucan-civic-groups

Coalition Seeks More Police For Northeast
By Larry King, Inquirer Staff Writer
Posted December 03,1989

Northeast residents might soon start blocking streets to protest what they see as a glaring lack of police protection.
Last week, a coalition of 18 Northeast civic groups began urging members to demonstrate tomorrow morning at Torresdale and Cottman Avenues, on the Tacony- Holmesburg border. Representatives of the newly formed United Civic Associations of the Northeast (UCAN) said the demonstration would begin at 6 a.m. and continue throughout the day.

"The number one problem is the lack of police," said Charles Cooper, a UCAN representative from the Tacony Civic Association. He said UCAN wants specific commitments from city officials that police protection in the Northeast will be increased soon.
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For the past 25 plus years, we feel as though our neighborhoods have been patient, and have tried several different solutions including the promise of more police officers, and dividing the district into three separate PSA's, however we feel as though all of these solutions have fallen short, and that our neighbors still feel unprotected or under-protected. When we as leaders in the community have taken these concerns to various police personnel, time and time again we'd hear the same thing - "The 15th District is the biggest and the busiest district in the city"

We'd like to change that!

We all agree that the City of Philadelphia needs more police officers, however we also feel as though splitting the 15th District would ensure that X amount of officers would remain within their specific District as opposed to running up and down Frankford avenue as they are now. The concept is to split the 15th in half, and then fill both halves with more officers.

Last night Community Leaders met with Councilman Henon, and I'm happy to report that Councilman Henon fully supports the idea behind splitting the 15th District, and he has already set up an online petition to help him - help us.


We are still very much in the discussion stage of the Split, but I'm very happy with the way our communities have come together to find a solution to a problem that we all share. Working together, I'm optimistic that our vision can be attained. Please take a moment to sign Councilman Henon's petition, share it with your friends, and encourage them to sign it as well.

Thank you!

Donny Smith
Mayfair Civic Association
President

Friday, March 21, 2014

Mayfair Civic Association Meeting Agenda (UPDATED)

Mayfair Civic Association Meeting
Monday March 24th 2014 - 7PM - Mayfair Community Center
Candidates Night

Agenda:

  • Pledge of Allegiance
  • Officers Present
  • Treasurer's Report
  • Membership Update
  • CDC Update
  • Mayfair Business Association Update
  • Playground Update - Easter Egg hunt Saturday April 12th 11AM - We need volunteers!
  • Town Watch Update
Announcements:
Fallen Heroes Run - May 17th 7:30am - Now running up Frankford ave! - Sign up: MayfairCivicAssociation.com

Mayfair May-Fair - Immediately following the Run until 5PM on Frankford ave from Cottman to Bleigh

Methadone Clinic Update - 50/50 Tickets are $10.00 ea. and are available at the back of the room - You could win up to $5,000.00! Drawing held at Mayfair May Fair

15th District Split - Please sign the petition at http://www.bobbyhenon.com/split


Zoning:

1. Tom Citro - 2901 Cottman ave. - RCO Notice of Appeal - Single family with a doctors office to triplex
2. Mike Nemo - Approval to open a tattoo studio Frankford and Tudor


Presentations: - Candidates Night

Republicans
  • John Taylor - State Rep -177th District
  • Mike Tomlinson - State Rep - 173rd District
  • John Jenkins - State Senate - 2nd District
  • Megan Rath - US Congress - First District
  • Beverly Plosa Bowser - US Congress - 13th District
  • Dee Adcock - US Congress - 13th District
  • Matt Wolfe - City Council - At Large
Democrats
  • Val Arkoosh - US Congress = 13th District
  • Daylin Leach - US Congress - 13th District
  • Tina Tartaglione - State Senate - 2nd District
  • Danny Savage - State Senate - 2nd District
  • Brendan Boyle - US Congress - 13th District
  • Mike Driscoll - State Rep - 173rd District
  • Kevin Boyle - State Rep - 172nd District
  • Paul DeFinis - State Rep. 173rd District
  • Dennis Kilderry - State Rep - 173rd District
  • Ed Nielson - City Council - At Large
Open Discussion

Wrap Up - If anyone would like to get more involved with the Civic, we could use volunteers!

Facebook - "Like" us on Facebook to stay current - Mayfair Civic Association

Next Meeting - Monday May 19th 7PM - Mayfair Community Center

Fin

Provisos

Business Provisos
1. Join and maintain Membership with the Mayfair Business Association
2. Keep the outside of your establishment clean, maintained, graffiti free, and swept at all times
3. Add and maintain an outdoor trashcan
4. Snow removal to be done within 6 hours of the storm, and during business hours
5. Contact information (Name - Phone Number - Email) to be provided to the Mayfair Civic Association for the tenant, as well as the property owner / landlord, and property manager

Residential Provisos (from landlords to someone who wishes to put up a deck) 
1. Join and maintain Membership with the Mayfair Civic Association
2. Keep the outside of your establishment clean, maintained, graffiti free, and swept at all times
3. Snow removal to be done within 6 hours of the storm
4. Contact information (Name - Phone Number - Email) to be provided to the Mayfair Civic Association for the owner, as well as property manager

Thursday, March 20, 2014

2014 MAYFAIR FAMILY FUN, FESTIVALS AND FARMERS MARKET LINE-UP

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Contact:            Mia Hylan                    
Phone:              267-538-4668
Email:               mayfaircivicassociation@yahoo.com
Web:                www.mayfaircivicassociation.com
MAYFAIR CIVIC ASSOCIATION , MAYFAIR BUSINESS ASSOCIATION AND THE MAYFAIR COMMUNITY DEVELOPMENT CORPORATION ANNOUNCE THE OFFICAL "2014 FAMILY FUN, FESTIVALS AND FARMERS MARKET LINE-UP"

The Mayfair CDC in conjunction with the Mayfair Civic Association and the Mayfair Business Association are proud to announce the official “2014 Mayfair Fun, Festivals and Farmers Market Line-up”

Mayfair Memorial Playground Easter Egg Hunt
On Saturday, April 12 from 11am to 1pm (Rain Date Sunday, 04/13/14 from 1pm to 3pm) , the Friends of Mayfair Memorial Playground will hold their 4th Annual Easter Egg Hunt. The Easter Egg Hunt includes a fantastic Bake Sale, games, prizes, an appearance by the Easter Bunny and much, much more. "We're trying to mix things up a little more this year and include some activities we haven't had in the past to keep it fresh. More details will be announced once we finalize everything. We're so close to our goal of completing the playground and not only is this is one of our major fundraisers, it's a great family friendly, community event." says Chairwoman Dana Lambie. "With last year's installation of a 7-foot locking fence by Northeast Fence and Iron Works and our new adult exercise equipment courtesy of a grant via KaBOOM! we are really motivated to get the last piece of toddler equipment and the safety surfacing in." Vice-Chairwoman Mia Hylan states. "In addition to the Easter Egg Hunt, we'll be participating in the Philly Spring Clean-up on Saturday, April 5, 2014 and we're also hoping to hold a couple of demonstrations in the spring and early summer with a local personal trainer for anyone interested in learning how to best utilize the equipment while their children are playing. You can visit our Facebook page at "Rebuild Mayfair Memorial Playground (At Lincoln High School" for all the latest information. There's always great stuff going on at the playground!"


Mayfair May Fair and Mayfair Fallen Heroes Run
Mayfair officially kicks off summer 2014 with the 5th annual Mayfair Fallen Heroes Run on Saturday, May 17, 2014. Starting at 8am, the Mayfair Fallen Heroes Run has undergone a few changes to the race route this year. Chairman of the Mayfair CDC and one of the run organizer, Joe DeFelice says “This year we are honoring Fire Captain John Taylor.We’ve moved the run up to include a portion of Frankford Avenue, our main business thoroughfare along with some residential streets. It’s a bit of an uphill run along Frankford Avenue too, which makes it a little bit of a challenge and we’re hoping returning runners and new runners will enjoy the change of scenery from past years."  Run organizer and owner of Torresdale Flowers, Antoniette Montgomery states, "We’ll continue the run around the Pennypack Park loop but incorporating these different elements really gives you a taste of the neighborhood of Mayfair; busy business corridor, residential streets and then the very close natural setting of the park.” "There is also a new logo designed by Mayfair resident and graphic designer, Michael Ennis. "The t-shirts are always a hot commodity and this year’s is great. You need to register online by May 10, 2014 to guarantee yourself a t-shirt.” says Lisa Greco, co-organizer and owner of BellaLisa Hair Studios. "We're really looking forward to having more runners participate so we can raise even more money for the Heroes Thrill Show, as in years past."

On that same day, Saturday May 17, 2014 starting at 12pm, is the Mayfair Business Association sponsored, Mayfair May Fair. Organizers Donny Smith, president of the Mayfair Civic Association, Mike "Scoats" Scotese, president of the Mayfair Business Association and owner of the Grey Lodge Pub, and Lisa Greco, MBA Treasurer have been working hard with the planning. States Greco, "Last year we closed off the portion of the Avenue between Ryan and Bleigh which worked out really well. We had a huge stage with live music, artisans and crafters, a showcase of MBA members, face painting, balloon animals and local schools and organizations like Lincoln High School's Horticulture Department." Smith adds, "The Original Soft Pretzel Factory also holds their Customer Appreciate Day with huge inflatable's, contests, and giveaways on the same day so it really is a great kid-friendly event, too." "It's great to have people walking the Avenue and seeing the great things the Mayfair Business community has to offer along with information booths and fun family activities." states Scoats, "It's growing every year as we add more and more. It's becoming a can't miss event."

Mayfair Farmers Markets and Third Thursdays
Returning for its second season is the Mayfair Farmers Market sponsored by Republic Bank and the Mayfair Community Development Corporation and Allegheny Iron and Metal Co., Inc.. "We've changed things up a bit from last year based on a customer survey and feedback from our vendors and we're excited to see what happens. The biggest demand they had was consistency with the market dates and we agreed with their assessment." states organizer and Executive Director of the MCDC, Mia Hylan. "The market will now be held on a weekly basis, every Sunday from 10am to 2pm at the intersection of Ryan Avenue and Frankford Avenue. "Our opening day will be Sunday, May 4, 2014 and continue going until October 26, 2014." Co-organizer Joe DeFelice adds, "We've pushed the time back, as requested and made it a little bit later in the day to accommodate sports and church schedules." New to the market is also a Community Supported Agriculture (CSA) share program via MFM market regular, Grateful Acres Veggie Farm, who supplies many Fishtown restaurants with their produce. "CSA participants will get a box of produce harvested fresh from the farm that day. Registration was taken during the winter via Grateful Acres and neighbors are really looking forward to it." states Hylan. "We've also confirmed that Julie and Dom Stern of Terra Innovations will be returning for this year and are adding more vendors daily. You can join our "Mayfair Farmers Market" page on Facebook for all the latest information leading up to opening day."

The Mayfair CDC has also decided to expand into a block party/street festival on every third Thursday of the month from May to October from 5pm to 9pm.  Hylan states, "Third Thursday's will be a little larger than the MFM with more artisans, crafters, live music, entertainment and we'll also be incorporating a small part of the Farmers Market into it as well for those who can't make Sunday." "We're working on partnering with Mike and Mark Capriotti of Capriotti's Brothers Produce who are interested in setting up a farm stand at our Third Thursday events and we're working with Robert Rifkin of Undrgrnd Donuts to include several food trucks throughout the spring, summer and fall." DeFelice adds. Donny Smith states, "We're hoping for a big neighborhood turnout since it's a weeknight and people are often looking for events to do with their families, the weather will be nicer and we want to celebrate the fact that the community of Mayfair continues to be a great place to visit, and an awesome place to live!."