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Monday, December 21, 2015

The WINNERS of the 2015 Mayfair Christmas Decoration Contest

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Saturday, December 19, 2015

Mayfair Civic & Xmas Decorating Contest Covered on Channel 3

For those of you who missed it, here is a link to the story that Vittoria Woodill CBS3 did last night on our Decoration Contest

GREAT job Mayfair!

This contest wouldn't have been possible without YOU, and the amazing job that so many of you do by decorating your homes for Christmas!

Thank YOU!


 
Donny Smith
Mayfair Civic Association

President
"Mayfair - 
A Great Place to Visit - An Awesome Place to Live!"

Friday, December 18, 2015

Christmas Decorating Contest Tonight in Channel 3

TONIGHT • TONIGHT • TONIGHT!!

TONIGHT at 11pm, tune into CBS 3 and watch Vittoria Woodhill's story on the 2015 Mayfair Christmas Decoration Contest

It's pretty cool, and it's another GREAT event happening right here in Mayfair!
 
Donny Smith
Mayfair Civic Association

President
"Mayfair - 
A Great Place to Visit - An Awesome Place to Live!"

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Wednesday, December 16, 2015

N Delaware District Plan Tonight

TONIGHT • TONIGHT • TONIGHT!

TONIGHT is your opportunity to attend the 3rd and FINAL Philadelphia 2035 Deleware District Meeting being held at Holy Family University (9801 Frankford ave - Stevenson st. Entrance) at 7pm

During this meeting, you will have the opportunity to hear about, and weigh in on the future developments of Mayfair.

All are invited and encouraged to attend!
 
Donny Smith
Mayfair Civic Association

President
"Mayfair - 
A Great Place to Visit - An Awesome Place to Live!"

Christmas Decorating Contest Closed; Judging Begins Thursday

The 2015 Mayfair Christmas Decoration Contest nomination process has now CLOSED, and the Judging begins TONIGHT!

The homes look OUTSTANDING, and the judging will be brutal!

New this year, contest sponsor Deer Meadows will be providing a bus for several of our Judges to cruise around Mayfair and judge the entries as a group on Thursday night (Dec 17th). This may even include media coverage - Stay tuned!

Since it will take over 2 hours for the Judges to cover the entire area, please make sure that your lights remain ON until 11pm!

Grab the family and the updated now driver friendly map, and check out the entries for yourselves and let us know which ones you think are the best!


Winners will be announced on December 21st!

Good Luck, and Have FUN!
 
Donny Smith
Mayfair Civic Association

President
"Mayfair - 
A Great Place to Visit - An Awesome Place to Live!"

Wednesday, December 09, 2015

North Delaware District Plan (3rd Meeting)

Please join us for the third and final North Delaware Public Meeting - Wednesday, December 16th!

> The presentation from the second public meeting is here.
> Results from the second public meeting are here.

Contact: Larissa Klevan


Philadelphia City Planning Commission | 1515 Arch Stret | 13th Floor | Philadelphia | PA | 19102

Christmas Decorating Contest Update

The nominations have been pouring in, and the competition is FIERCE!

Check out the 2015 Mayfair Christmas Decoration Contest Map for yourself:

https://www.google.com/maps/d/edit?mid=zq2mq3ztUEWo.kWQ7N9wHhVCM

The December 14th DEADLINE is quickly approaching, so be sure to enter your home or business, or your neighbor's home or business that you feel is doing a great job of capturing the Spirit of Christmas before it's too late!

Post your nominations on the Mayfair Civic Facebook page, or email them to MayfairCivicAssociation@yahoo.com

For complete Contest Rules, please visit: http://www.mayfaircivicassociation.com/2015/12/2015-mayfair-christmas-decoration.html

Good luck!
 
Donny Smith
Mayfair Civic Association

President
"Mayfair - 
 An Awesome Place to Live!"

Thursday, December 03, 2015

Mayor-Elect Jim Kenney Townhall Tonight

TONIGHT - TONIGHT - TONIGHT!! 

TONIGHT in Mayfair at the Mayfair Community Center​, Mayor Elect Jim Kenney will be holding a Town Hall Meeting from 7:30 - 8:30pm, where he will share his vision for the future of Northeast Philadelphia, and field your questions and concerns.

All are invited ... See you there!

Tuesday, December 01, 2015

2015 Mayfair Christmas Decoration Contest

Tis the Season Mayfair - It's time for the 3rd Annual "Mayfair Christmas Decoration Contest"!

 
Working in conjunction with the Mayfair Business Association, we will be giving away prizes, and the coveted "2015 Mayfair Christmas Decoration Contest Winner" lawn signs to the 3 Best Decorated Homes in Mayfair!

New this year, we will also be awarding lawn signs (window signs) to the 3 Best Decorated Businesses in Mayfair as well!

It's a Major Award!!
 
This contest is open to all current, and hopefully future Mayfair Civic and Business Association members


The Rules
 
1.     All entries must reside within the Mayfair Civic Association boundaries (found on MayfairCivicAssociation.com) 

2.     All addresses and displays must be clearly visible from the street! (If your address isn't easily visible from the street, your home may be overlooked by our judges) 

3.     All nominations must include a house number, and a street name
 
4.     All entries must leave their decorations lit until at least 11pm (use timers if necessary)
 
5.     The DEADLINE to submit a nomination for the contest is Monday December 14th at 11:59pm
 
 
How it works
 
  • Starting on December 1st (today), you can nominate your home, or a neighbor's home, or business that you feel best captures the Spirit of Christmas

  • Nominations can be submitted via Facebook on the Mayfair Civic Association Facebook page, or you can email the nomination to MayfairCivicAssociation@yahoo.com

  • Nominations will be added to our Google Map so that everyone can take a tour of Mayfair and see the beautiful entries for themselves. The map will be posted and updated daily on Facebook, and on the MayfairCivicAssociation.com website. 

 


  • As a courtesy to our surrounding neighbors who live outside of the Civic's boarders and are ineligible to win the contest but would still like to appear on the map, we'll be more than happy to include your home on the map as well for visitors to our neighborhoods to enjoy - The more the merrier!

  • Beginning on Tuesday December 15th, 12 Judges will begin to drive around and score each entry on a scale of 1-12, with a 1 being the equivalent of a window cling, and a 12 being the equivalent of a full blown Clark Griswold Christmas Extravaganza!

  •  On Monday December 21st, the 3 homes, and 3 businesses in Mayfair that best capture the Spirit of Christmas will be announced, and prizes generously donated by our Mayfair Business Association Members along with the 2015 Mayfair Christmas Decoration Contest Winner lawn signs will be delivered that evening


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It's simple to do - It's fun to do - And it is another great event happening right here in Mayfair!

This contest is a team effort, and without the work of the Mayfair Civic Association, the Mayfair Business Association, and our neighbors living right here in Mayfair who go all out during the Christmas Season, none of this would not be possible - PROPS to you all! Together we can ensure that Mayfair continues to be a Great Place to Visit, and an Awesome Place to Live!

Have FUN!!

Donny Smith
Mayfair Civic Association
President

To join the Mayfair Civic Association, please visit http://www.mayfaircivicassociation.com/p/membership.html

To join the Mayfair Business Association, please visit http://mayfairbiz.blogspot.com/ 

Tuesday, November 24, 2015

Recent Zoning Decisions from the Mayfair Civic Association

        Thursday November 19, 2015
Ms. Julia Chapman, Chairperson
Zoning Board of Adjustment
Municipal Services Building
1401 John F. Kennedy Blvd.
Philadelphia, PA  19102
Re: Appeal for Use Variance at 6501 Roosevelt Blvd
Appeal #:  26223 Permit #:  644028  Date & Time: December 8, 2015   9:30AM
Owner: Adam E. Laver, Attorney for Applicant
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 provisos.  iSmile, via Dental Management Dynamics, LLC, came before our RCO and we adopted the same provisos as we included for a similar business located in the same shopping Center.  Our Association voted unanimously not to oppose with the following agreed upon provisos:
1. Join and maintain Membership within the Mayfair Business Association;
2. The outside of your establishment must be kept clean, maintained, graffiti free, and swept at all times;
3. Signage to be kept to a minimum::  No nailing of banners to the walls, No excessive signage in the windows (all windows should be easily seen through at all times), Grand Opening signs, flags, garland, streamers to be removed within 30 days of store opening;
4. Add and maintain an outdoor trashcan;
5. Snow removal to be done within 6 hours of the storm, and during business hours;
6. 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;
7. Notify the MCA and Mayfair Business Association that you are seeking new hires and hire within the community if possible; and
8. Zoning runs with the applicant and reverts back to its original usage should applicant vacate the premises 
Additionally,
9.  No Methadone shall be dispensed;
10.  Medical waste will be disposed of properly, according to State and Federal regulations, by a certified medical waste removal company;
11. Regular waste will be disposed of properly; and
12.  Upon surrendering the premises, Applicant will petition the Zoning Board to remove the variance for the property so that it reverts back to its original use; and

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.                    
                                                                                                Zoning Chair                                                                                                                                                                         (215) 292-3926
cc: Adam Laver, Applicant
      Andrew Dick, Councilman Bobby Henon
      Mike Scotese, Mayfair Business Association
      Donny Smith, Mayfair Civic Association

      Ilya Imyanitov, Dental Management Dynamics, LLC

                                            Thursday November 19, 2015
Ms. Julia Chapman
Chairperson
Zoning Board of Adjustment
Municipal Services Building
1401 John F. Kennedy Blvd.
Philadelphia, PA  19102

Re: Appeal for Use Variance at 6354 Cardiff Street
Date & Time: January 15, 2015  
Owner: Nicole Lassiter d/b/a Nicole’s Family Daycare  6354 Cardiff Street

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 provisos.  Ms. Lassiter came before us for the second time in as many years.  Since coming before us, Ms. Lassiter, to our knowledge, as abided the provisos put forth two years ago which were: 
-          Ms. Lassiter may have no more than 8 children.
-          Her hours of operation shall not exceed 6am-6pm Sunday through Saturday
-          She will become a member of the Mayfair Business Association.
-          She will restrict vehicles from parking in the rear of the property.
-          She will properly maintain the property.
Additionally, we have agreed to include to include the following provisos for this hearing:
-          The outside of your establishment must be kept clean, maintained, graffiti free, and swept at all times;
-          Signage to be kept to a minimum::  No nailing of banners to the walls, No excessive signage in the windows (all windows should be easily seen through at all times), Grand Opening signs, flags, garland, streamers to be removed within 30 days of store opening;
-          Add and maintain an outdoor trashcan;
-          Snow removal to be done within 6 hours of the storm, and during business hours;
-          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; and
-          Notify the MCA and Mayfair Business Association that you are seeking new hires and hire within the community if possible; and

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.                    
                                                                                                Zoning Chair                                                                                                                                                                         (215) 292-3926
cc: Nicole Lassiter, Applicant
      Andrew Dick, Councilman Bobby Henon
      Mike Scotese, Mayfair Business Association
      Donny Smith, Mayfair Civic Association

Via Email                                                                                                                                October 12, 2015
Ms. Julia Chapman, Chairperson
Zoning Board of Adjustment
Municipal Services Building
1401 John F. Kennedy Blvd.
Philadelphia, PA  19102
Re:                          Letter for Continuance or Opposition
3100 Tyson Avenue Applicant: Tom Citro Application
Appeal# 25800 Permit # 616776 Hearing Date 10/20/15 9:30am
Dear Ms. Chapman:
                Please accept this letter on behalf of the Mayfair Civic Association (“MCA”) which represents the neighbors of the Mayfair Community as their Registered Community Organization (RCO) as a formal request for a continuance.  We originally held a much divided meeting for this applicant at the Mayfair Community Center, 2990 St. Vincent St on Monday, September 21, 2015 at 7PM at the Mayfair Community Center (2990 St. Vincent Street).  At this meeting several neighbors voiced their concerns as well as support for this project.  Some issues that arose were the Applicants misrepresentation of facts about their dealings with the Zoning Chair of the RCO and how they tried to coordinate a time to visit the property prior to the meeting but left out that the Zoning Chair promptly responded and asked for suggested dates and times.  Several weeks later Applicant responded but it would have been too difficult to corral the volunteer MCA Board members at such a late day.  Another issue that arose was that said property was shut down via a cease and desist order for operating illegally.  Nevertheless, a vote was taken and the vote was recorded 10 votes for not opposed with provisos and nine for opposed. 

Immediately after the community meeting, but prior to sending out the letter to the Zoning Board, we were contacted by fourteen (14) concerned neighbors who live adjacent to the property and whose addresses were supposed to be notified prior to the meeting, as well as ten (10) who live in close proximity) who stated that they had not received notice of this meeting (attached herein). The MCA prides itself on having a very open and transparent dialogue with our neighbors and we hold ourselves accountable for relying and trusting in the verbal report of the zoning expeditor and the applicant. We are asking for a continuance as the legitimacy of the applicant's claim regarding proper notification conflicts with the neighbors’ reports. Should you choose not to continue this case, we therefore, in the alternative as that you deny the applicant for the reasons stated above.  Nevertheless, should you decide to hear the case and rule in favor of the applicant, we ask that the following proviso be included as was agreed upon by the applicant.

1. Join and maintain Membership within the Mayfair Business Association;
2. The outside of your establishment must be kept clean, maintained, graffiti free, and swept at all times;
3. Signage to be kept to a minimum::  No nailing of banners to the walls, No excessive signage in the windows (all windows should be easily seen through at all times), Grand Opening signs, flags, garland, streamers to be removed within 30 days of store opening;
4. Add and maintain an outdoor trashcan;
5. Snow removal to be done within 6 hours of the storm, and during business hours;
6. 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;
7. Notify the MCA and Mayfair Business Association that you are seeking new hires and hire within the community if possible; and
8. Zoning runs with the applicant and reverts back to its original usage should applicant vacate the premises 

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/Zoning Chair                                                                                                                                                                               (215) 292-3926
cc:            Andrew Dick, Councilman Bobby Henon
                Tom Citro, Applicant

Via Email                                                                                                                                September 23, 2015
Ms. Julia Chapman
Chairperson
Zoning Board of Adjustment
Municipal Services Building
1401 John F. Kennedy Blvd.
Philadelphia, PA  19102
Re:                          Letter of Opposition
2119 McKinley Street
Applicant: Beditza Cadillo
Application # - 614803
Dear Ms. Chapman:
                Please accept this letter on behalf of the Mayfair Civic Association (“MCA”) which represents the neighbors of the Mayfair Community as their Registered Community Organization (RCO) as a Letter of OPPOSITION.  A meeting for this applicant was held at the Mayfair Community Center, 2990 St. Vincent St on Monday August 3, 2015, at 7PM at which the Applicant did not attend due her being “not ready”.  In order to   accommodate Applicant, the MCA scheduled a second meeting on September 21, 2015 at 7PM at the same location, at which, again the Applicant did not attend nor did she send notice that she would not attend.  Therefore, our Members decided, unanimously, to OPPOSE this application.  Please enter this letter into the record as the official position of the Mayfair neighborhood. 

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:            Andrew Dick, Councilman Bobby Henon
                Mike Scotese, Mayfair Business Association
                Donny Smith, Mayfair Civic Association
                Larissa Klevan, Philadelphia City Planning Commission

Via Email                                                                                                                                September 8, 2015
Ms. Julia Chapman
Chairperson
Zoning Board of Adjustment
Municipal Services Building
1401 John F. Kennedy Blvd.
Philadelphia, PA  19102
Re:                          Letter of Non-Opposition
7347 Frankford Ave (NovaCare)
Applicant –Shawn Ward
Dear Ms. Chapman:
                Please accept this letter on behalf of the Mayfair Civic Association (“MCA”) which represents the neighbors of the Mayfair Community as their Registered Community Organization (RCO) as a Letter of NON-OPPOSITION with Provisos.  A meeting for this applicant was held at the Mayfair Community Center, 2990 St. Vincent St on Monday August 3, 2015, at 7PM.  Therefore, our Members decided, unanimously, to NOT OPPOSE WITH THE FOLLOWING PROVISOS:
                1.  Join and maintain Membership within the Mayfair Business Association;
2.  The outside of your establishment must be kept clean, maintained, graffiti free, and swept at all times;
3.       Signage to be kept to a minimum -
                                                - No nailing of banners to the walls
- No excessive signage in the windows (all windows should be easily seen through at all times)
- Grand Opening signs, flags, garland, streamers etc to be removed within 30 days of store opening
4.       Add and maintain an outdoor trashcan;
5.       Snow removal to be done within 6 hours of the storm, and during business hours;
6.       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;
7.       Notify the MCA and Mayfair Business Association that you are seeking new hires and hire within
          the community if possible;
8.       Removal of any Clothes Drop-off Box;
9.       Trash Cleanup/Pickup 3x a day;
10.     Property will limited to Physical Therapy and Rehabilitation.  No Drug or Alcohol Treatment.,
11.     Usage will revert back to original zoning designation should applicant sell or vacate property;
12.     Applicant will allow the various Mayfair organizations to use their lots when not in use, for Mayfair related events including but not limited to the Mayfair May Fair, Mayfair Holmesburg Thanksgiving parade, etc.

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:            Andrew Dick, Councilman Bobby Henon
                Mike Scotese, Mayfair Business Association
                Donny Smith, Mayfair Civic Association
                Larissa Klevan, Philadelphia City Planning Commission
                Shawn Ward, Attorney for Applicant

Via Email                                                                                                                               
Ms. Julia Chapman
Chairperson
Zoning Board of Adjustment
Municipal Services Building
1401 John F. Kennedy Blvd.
Philadelphia, PA  19102
Re:                          Letter of Opposition
3513 Vista St Appeal # 25535
Hearing Date – August 19, 2015
Dear Ms. Chapman:
                Please accept this letter on behalf of the Mayfair Civic Association (“MCA”) which represents the neighbors of the Mayfair Community as their Registered Community Organization (RCO) as a Letter of OPPOSITION for the above referenced property. A meeting for this applicant was held at the Mayfair Community Center, 2990 St. Vincent St on Monday August 3, 2015, at 7:30PM. At this meeting, the MCA unanimously vote to OPPOSE this application due to the high number of existing duplexes and triplexes oon that block as well as the increased amount of landlords from outside the area.  The meeting was attended by roughly Twenty Five neighbors from the 3500 block of Vista St and strongly opposed this.  Thereafter we took a vote and it was unanimously opposed.  The applicant was promptly notified of our decision at the conclusion of their presentation at the meeting. 

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:            Donny Smith, Mayfair Civic Association

Via Email                                                                                                                               
Ms. Julia Chapman
Chairperson
Zoning Board of Adjustment
Municipal Services Building
1401 John F. Kennedy Blvd.
Philadelphia, PA  19102
Re:                          Letter of Opposition
7728 Fairfield St Calendar # 25127
Hearing Date – August 11, 2015
Dear Ms. Chapman:
                Please accept this letter on behalf of the Mayfair Civic Association (“MCA”) which represents the neighbors of the Mayfair Community as their Registered Community Organization (RCO) as a Letter of OPPOSITION for the above referenced property.  This meeting was continued from June because applicant was ill prepared.   A second meeting for this applicant was held at the Mayfair Community Center, 2990 St. Vincent St on Monday August 3, 2015, at 7:30PM due to Applicant’s Lack of Preparation and missing documentation. At this meeting, the MCA unanimously vote to OPPOSE this application due to the size, scope, color and failure to adhere to dimensional standards of side and read yard setbacks.  The applicant was promptly notified of our decision at the conclusion of their presentation at the meeting. 

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:            Donny Smith, Mayfair Civic Association