Mayfair Business Association plans for Thanksgiving parade

The May­fair Busi­ness As­so­ci­ation con­tin­ues to plan for the 35th an­nu­al May­fair-Holmes­burg Thanks­giv­ing Parade, sched­uled for Sunday, Nov. 20, from noon to 3 p.m. The rain date is Dec. 4.

The parade will travel south on Frank­ford Av­en­ue from Rhawn Street to Knorr Street. It will in­clude string bands, floats and ban­ners.

Foot­ball play­ers and cheer­lead­ers for Thanks­giv­ing rivals Fath­er Judge and Ab­ra­ham Lin­coln high schools have also been in­vited.

The parade lineup will be set once spon­sor­ing or­gan­iz­a­tions or­der their ban­ners. The busi­ness group plans to spon­sor a ban­ner that ex­presses its op­pos­i­tion to a planned meth­adone clin­ic at 7900 Frank­ford Ave.

Bands and oth­er en­ter­tain­ment groups will per­form at Cottman Av­en­ue and at Knorr Street.

Also at Cottman Av­en­ue, there will be bal­loons artists and face paint­ers, along with ra­dio sta­tion B101.

The theme will be Bring­ing Mu­sic to May­fair. The grand mar­shal will be Ed Kelly, founder of the Pennypack Park Mu­sic Fest­iv­al.

The busi­ness as­so­ci­ation is look­ing for vo­lun­teers to carry ban­ners.

For more in­form­a­tion, call 215-333-2712 or vis­it  the Web site at www.thanks­giv­ing­

In oth­er news from the Oct. 20 meet­ing, held at Firstrust Bank, at 7345 Frank­ford Ave.:

• Con­struc­tion of the new May­fair Me­mori­al Play­ground will take place on Thursday, Oct. 27, from 8 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.

Vo­lun­teers are wel­come to re­port to the site, at Row­land Av­en­ue and Vista Street, on the cam­pus of Ab­ra­ham Lin­coln. Break­fast and lunch will be served. Vo­lun­teers are asked to bring a non-per­ish­able food item to be donated to Phil­abund­ance and King’s Kit­chen, the food cup­board of Holmes­burg United Meth­od­ist Church.

An es­tim­ated 200 people from the com­munity and Gi­ant su­per­mar­ket are ex­pec­ted to par­ti­cip­ate.

The play­ground closed in 2008, after a tod­dler fell when her foot got stuck on worn mat­ting. The School Dis­trict of Phil­adelphia ripped out the equip­ment.

The Friends of May­fair Me­mori­al Play­ground raised money to re­sur­rect the play­ground, and the pro­ject be­came a real­ity with the par­ti­cip­a­tion of Gi­ant and Ka­boom Inc!, a na­tion­al non-profit or­gan­iz­a­tion ded­ic­ated to cre­at­ing play­ground space.

The May­fair Civic As­so­ci­ation and May­fair Com­munity De­vel­op­ment Cor­por­a­tion are sup­port­ing the ef­fort.

“Work­ing as a team, things are start­ing to hap­pen,” said busi­ness as­so­ci­ation pres­id­ent Mike “Scoats” Scotese.

• The busi­ness as­so­ci­ation voted to send a let­ter to the Steuben Day Ob­serv­ance As­so­ci­ation of Phil­adelphia and Vi­cin­ity Inc., ask­ing it to move the an­nu­al Ger­man-Amer­ic­an Steuben Parade from a Sat­urday to a Sunday.

Busi­ness own­ers along Frank­ford Av­en­ue be­lieve that clos­ing the road to mo­tor­ists on a Sat­urday hurts sales. This year’s parade was held on Sept. 24, and mer­chants poin­ted to low at­tend­ance along the route.

If parade or­gan­izers do not agree to the re­quest, the busi­ness group will ask them to move the parade off the av­en­ue. Mem­bers would sug­gest that the Ger­man-Amer­ic­ans hold their cel­eb­ra­tion at Cannstat­ter’s.

• State Reps. Kev­in Boyle and his broth­er Brendan Boyle will co-host a youth bas­ket­ball tour­na­ment on Dec. 3-4 at Lin­coln.

Fifty middle school-age boys and girls teams have been in­vited to at­tend. They will rep­res­ent pub­lic, private and charter schools in the North­east.

Pro­ceeds from raffles, con­ces­sions and T-shirt sales will go to Fraternal Or­der of Po­lice Lodge 5’s sur­viv­ors’ fund.

Brendan Boyle sponsored the tour­na­ment the last two years. About $7,000 was raised for the char­ity.

Busi­nesses that want to help spon­sor the event can call Kev­in Boyle’s of­fice at 215-331-2600.

• Busi­ness own­ers told Jen­nifer Coco, the crime pre­ven­tion of­ficer in the 15th Po­lice Dis­trict, about in­creas­ing graf­fiti van­dal­ism at their shops and on bill­boards.

The group has provided video foot­age of cul­prits to North­east De­tect­ives and hopes that po­lice ask the news me­dia to pub­li­cize the pic­tures.

“For us, it’s a qual­ity-of-life is­sue,” said Su­z­ann St. Mar­ie.

• The May­fair Busi­ness As­so­ci­ation will meet again on Thursday, Nov. 10, at 9:15 a.m., at the John M. Perzel Com­munity Cen­ter. ••

Re­port­er Tom War­ing can be reached at 215-354-3034 or twar­

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