Community event was a great success
The community organization Take Back Your Neighborhood hosted a Northeast celebration at Max Myers Playground on Aug. 27 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Hurricane Irene chose to visit the neighborhood that same day.
Despite the weather, which stayed dry for a couple of hours, the event went indoors and was well attended. Special thanks to Jared Solomon, who organized the event and who also leads the meetings at Max Myers every third Monday of the month.
The event included speakers on various landmarks and regions in the Northeast, food from local restaurants and stands, activities for kids, and committee, city and state representatives were also in attendance.
There was a D.J. and a string band juxtapositioned for music. Thanks to all the business leaders who contributed favors and donations to the cause. Everything was free, but none of this was reported! Next year or next event.
An appeal to block the methadone clinic
This is for Dennis Kulp, owner of the property that is the site of a proposed methadone clinic at 7900 Frankford Ave.
Dear Mr. Kulp,
I, along with hundreds of residents of Mayfair, Holmesburg, Tacony, Wissinoming and surrounding communities, have joined the fight against the proposed clinic. I have to admit, Mr. Kulp, I have been losing some sleep over the entire issue.
Mayfair is one of the strongest communities in the city. We have an incredible group of dedicated individuals leading our civic association and business association. We have the Thanksgiving parade, Pennypack concert series and the Fallen Heroes Run. We have block parties. We have a Town Watch group that volunteers valuable time to address quality-of-life issues in the neighborhood. We have tons of great businesses trying to survive on the avenue. We have just received an $80,000 grant to build a brand new playground at Lincoln High School. All of this comes with a huge price tag — dedication, persistence and civic responsibility.
Whether you knew about the true intentions of The Healing Way clinic beforehand is no longer relevant. What matters now is that you stop this clinic from opening. Do whatever it takes. The result of turning a blind eye on this will be devastating. You will be responsible for destroying this neighborhood, only to be able to put a couple of bucks in your pocket!
We are not talking about another nuisance bar here; we are talking about hundreds of heroin addicts roaming on Frankford Avenue and surrounding areas, ruining our neighborhoods, riding our buses and slowly eradicating the spirit of Mayfair so many fought so hard to build and maintain!
I purchased my Mayfair home in 2006 (ironically through RE/MAX). My husband and I (I was pregnant at the time) have renovated the house and made it a home. We put our savings, blood, sweat and tears into it. Please don’t think for one minute that you will be able to take it away from me.
Many more young families own their homes in Mayfair. They are the cops, firemen, medics and other public servants who don’t think twice about helping you in the time of need. We pay taxes, recycle and pay for our children’s private and Catholic schools. We don’t make much money; hence, we can’t afford homes in Bucks County or Cherry Hill. In order to work for the city, we have to stay in the city. But believe me, we make the best of it.
I know I speak for thousands more. I am confident that each one of us will do absolutely anything and everything to stop this clinic from opening its doors.
You have the power to stop this, Mr. Kulp. A cop or a fireman would not leave you dying in a burning car. Please, don’t leave us in a sinking ship.
Clinic would destroy the neighborhood
While everyone in Center City and around Drexel and Penn were up in arms about flash mobs causing so much havoc, Mayor Nutter and the city of Philadelphia responded to correct the problem and restore order.
What about the potential of a methadone clinic opening up in the Holmesburg section? This would absolutely destroy this neighborhood, and I’m sure the surrounding neighborhoods would soon follow. Are Mayor Nutter and the city of Philadelphia going to let this happen? These neighborhoods are just as important, if not more so, to the survival of this city.
William T. Muldoon
Protect the innocent children
I have not seen any letters expressing concern about the fact that the methadone clinic is within one block of the Holmesburg Library. This poses a threat to innocent children going to the library for learning purposes. We need to protect these children.
A reward for identifying the cowardly vandals
I have a problem with some cowards who apparently don’t have the guts to address their issues to my face, and instead have broken both the windows on both my son’s car and my car four times last summer and two times this summer. We live on the 4300 block of Loring St.
It can’t be a random thing because it is only our windows that have been broken. I recently put in cameras in my front and back and had to garage my car, so they went to my son’s home and broke his windows. He had to have cameras put in and outside his house. All of these incidents have been reported to the police.
I am offering a reward of $500 for any information leading to the arrest and conviction of these cowards.
It is a shame people have to resort to doing these things, but until people who have issues also have the guts and backbone to address whatever their issues are, they will always be cowards with no regard to people’s property and livelihood, and I am sure karma and the Lord will deal with them. As they say, what goes around comes around.
Anyone with any information please contact me at 215-708-0262. Your identity will be confidential.
Mary Jane Armbruster
Thanks for helping to keep Mayfair a winning community
This has been an exciting few weeks for our Mayfair community. The School District of Philadelphia, via the School Reform Commission, approved an $80,000 grant to rebuild the Mayfair Memorial Playground. This is a huge step in completing a three-year journey that we embarked on in April 2008. Countless neighbors have joined us in our efforts to finally get a play space back at Lincoln High School.
This was further highlighted at our recent Design Day, at which we took input from several youths in the neighborhood as well as many committed adults as to what type of playground would be installed. We took great care to include equipment for special-needs children by including the director of the Holy Terrors STARS program, which is a sports program for children with special needs, as well as a local occupational therapist.
We incorporated their ideas into our overall designs in order to make this playground ideal for all children in our neighborhood. We have given our ideas to Kaboom Inc., the project manager, and will receive three drawings that have incorporated our equipment requests as well as color schemes. Once we receive that, we will post them on our Web site and on our Facebook page for community input.
Another issue that has become quite prevalent in our neighborhood is the idea of the “Bandit signs” — i.e., signs that read “Sell your house,” “Gutter cleanup,” etc., that are tacked to telephone poles throughout our area. Many of our civic and business association members have been scouring the neighborhood, removing the signs.
Our members also spearheaded the effort to clean up the trailer and stage in Pennypack Park following Hurricane Irene so it will be fully functional for the next Pennypark concert.
Finally, while the opening of a methadone clinic is not a positive for the neighborhood, the amount of community activism and togetherness it has spurned is second to none.
We successfully collected more than 2,700 signatures in opposition to this clinic, rented two buses to bring more than 125 residents to the Zoning Board of Adjustment, and wrote countless letters. We may not be successful in each battle, but we are battle tested and confident we will win the fight.
Our neighborhood may not be exactly as everyone wishes it would be, nevertheless, it is clear that we are strong, we are committed and we have pride.
Thank you to everyone that has stepped forward to help fight for our neighborhood. You know who you are, but especially the members of the board of the Mayfair Civic Association, Mayfair Business Association, the Tacony-Holmesburg-Upper Mayfair Town Watch, the Mayfair CDC, our elected leaders, our neighboring civic groups, business groups and Town Watches and all our neighbors that give a damn and have stepped to the plate to help ensure that Mayfair remains a great place to live, work and play.
President, Mayfair Civic Association
Fed up? Send the politicians packing
Hey, Philadelphians, wake up to the fact that you are being royally screwed by the powers-that-be at City Hall. There was the fiasco of the Philadelphia Housing Authority’s former executive director Carl Greene costing the city coffers millions of dollars. Now, the era of Schools Superintendent Arlene Ackerman is over, and she leaves as a millionaire after overseeing a toilet of a school system.
Tens of millions of taxpayer dollars are unaccounted for and nobody in city government seems to have a clue as to what happened. Oh yes, the mayor blames the School Reform Commission, and the School Reform Commission seemingly doesn’t know what the left hand is doing from the right. All of this after state Sen. Vincent Fumo gets prison time for abuse of his powers. The Board of Revision of Taxes is disbanded because of discrepancies. It goes on and on.
There is a word in the English language, accountability, that evidently doesn’t exist in Philadelphia city government. Not only are the citizens being shafted by our elected leaders, we are being taxed to the hilt and receiving less and less in return.
This is what happens when you have a one-party system in Philadelphia. You keep electing the same drones into office and expect a different result. In other countries, they have coups to overthrow dictators. In this country we have the democratic process. We have the opportunity to vote out those who do a lousy job of governing.
Please, take advantage of this process and restore some semblance of integrity and accountability to the city of Philadelphia.
Mind your own business
In reply to recent Section 8 housing letters by Ron Zabielski and Steve Garvin:
People in Section 8 pay 30 percent of their income in rentals. Our volunteer group helped a person in public housing, so I know inspections are monthly. A tenant that does not comply with the lease and/or fails three inspections is evicted. Income verification is automatic. As for the shoveling of the snow and cutting the grass, that is the landlord’s responsibility. If a tenant does things, they can get in trouble. Many places have roaches, and people that should be helped are hurt. If a landlord does not like you, inspections are more frequent.
People who get Social Security earned it. Your dollars (public) did not provide that money. They pay for their own groceries as well. What a person does with their check is up to them.
After bills are paid, there is very little left for luxuries. You think people are scam artists because they have cable television? That is a good one. Just so you know, Mr. Z. and Mr. G., the landlord, not the renter, provides the cable. The renter has to pay for the cable, it is not free. Got it? Most people are struggling to pay their bills. However, this is none of your business.
If you think people in Section 8 have it so wonderful, why don’t you trade places with them? I would love to trade places with you and would gladly give up my disability check to be well again.
How do you think those people feel being disabled or elderly on a fixed income? Many are in severe pain every day and are struggling to make ends meet, and here you come along and say they have too much? No one “plays at being poor,” or wants to be poor. They just are. Remember, God is watching, so mind your own business!
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