Mayfair is gearing up for the Shamrock Shuttle


The Sham­rock Shuttle is sched­uled to come to Frank­ford Av­en­ue on March 3, and neigh­bor­hood groups are work­ing with bar own­ers to make it a peace­ful event.

The Shuttle is held every year in an­ti­cip­a­tion of St. Patrick’s Day. Hun­dreds of people walk or take a shuttle to bars on or near Frank­ford Av­en­ue in May­fair.

The May­fair, Ta­cony and Holmes­burg civic as­so­ci­ations and the May­fair Busi­ness As­so­ci­ation are serving as in­ter­me­di­ar­ies between bar own­ers and the neigh­bors and busi­nesses that they rep­res­ent. They hope the gi­ant party is fun and prof­it­able, but also safe and re­spect­ful.

Com­plaints in past years have in­cluded pub­lic ur­in­a­tion, lit­ter and open con­tain­ers of al­co­hol.

The groups are re­com­mend­ing that bar own­ers se­cure 74 port­able toi­lets; pay for 30 private se­cur­ity guards who’ll be on the av­en­ue from 2 to 8 p.m.; place 100 card­board trash cans/boxes on every corner and along side­walks; choose a beer “Cup of the Day” for rev­el­ers so they don’t walk the av­en­ue with oth­er al­co­hol­ic bever­ages; print signs that list rules for the parti­ers; ob­tain spe­cial event per­mits; and hang “No Park­ing” signs out­side the bars so the buses can pull to the curb.

The re­com­mend­a­tions, if ac­cep­ted, would be ex­pens­ive. Each of the 12 par­ti­cip­at­ing bars would have to pay al­most $1,000.

“We can’t make the bar own­ers do any­thing,” said Joe De­Fe­lice, pres­id­ent of the May­fair Civic As­so­ci­ation.

Ini­tially, after a meet­ing between both sides at Reale’s Sports Bar & Grille, the bar own­ers are agree­ing to rent port­able toi­lets and clear park­ing in front of their es­tab­lish­ments, but they won’t hire private se­cur­ity guards or de­vel­op rules for parti­ers.

Capt. Frank Bach­may­er, com­mand­er of the 15th Po­lice Dis­trict, has in­dic­ated he will have beefed-up foot patrols. Also, May­fair Town Watch mem­bers will serve in a hos­pit­al­ity role.

The Fath­er Judge High School foot­ball team will clean up the next day on the 3500 block of Cottman Ave., along with Frank­ford Av­en­ue from Bleigh Av­en­ue to Wel­ling­ton Street.

The Jan. 31 civic meet­ing was held at the John M. Perzel Com­munity Cen­ter. The next day, Perzel’s name was re­moved from the build­ing. The former state House speak­er will be sen­tenced on March 21 after plead­ing guilty to cor­rup­tion charges.

In oth­er news:

• An East­er egg hunt will take place on Sat­urday, March 24, at May­fair Me­mori­al Play­ground, at Row­land Av­en­ue and Vista Street.

The event will in­clude mu­sic and an ap­pear­ance by the East­er Bunny. Last year, more than 1,000 people at­ten­ded.

Mean­while, fund-rais­ing con­tin­ues for the play­ground to add equip­ment.

• The fifth an­nu­al May­fair May Fair has been set for Sat­urday, May 19. The day in­cludes side­walk sales and live mu­sic along Frank­ford Av­en­ue.

That same day, there will be the fourth an­nu­al May­fair Fallen Her­oes Run. More than $15,000 was raised in the first three years for Hero Thrill Show Inc., which provides col­lege schol­ar­ships for the chil­dren of Phil­adelphia po­lice of­ficers and fire­fight­ers killed or dis­abled in the line of duty.

Al­most 400 people ran and walked around Ab­ra­ham Lin­coln High School last year. Past honorees have been 15th Po­lice Dis­trict com­munity re­la­tions of­ficer Gary Sker­ski, fire­fight­er John Red­mond and po­lice Sgt. Patrick Mc­Don­ald.

This year’s honoree will be fire­fight­er Joseph Kon­rad, who was killed in a 1984 ar­son fire in Fishtown when the floors of the house col­lapsed.

• In zon­ing-re­lated news, the civic as­so­ci­ation con­tin­ues to work with Hertz and the build­ing own­er to help the rent­al car agency open an of­fice on the 7200 block of Frank­ford Ave., near Cottman Av­en­ue.

Also, the former Fash­ion Bug at 6520 Frank­ford Ave. is be­ing eyed as a new fit­ness cen­ter.

And neigh­bors re­port no prob­lems with the new Rolling Thun­der Skat­ing Cen­ter at 7017 Roosevelt Blvd. Res­id­ents con­sidered its pre­de­cessors, WOW and Jamz, to be a nuis­ance at clos­ing time.

• Marc Collazzo, an aide to state Rep. John Taylor, said more than $30,000 was raised for St. Hubert High School dur­ing a re­cent fund-raiser at Smo­keEat­ers Pub.

The civic as­so­ci­ation wrote a let­ter to the Rev. Charles J. Chaput, arch­bish­op of Phil­adelphia, ask­ing that he grant the school’s ap­peal to stay open. A blue rib­bon com­mis­sion re­com­men­ded that the school close be­cause of a de­fi­cit and de­clin­ing en­roll­ment.

• Sandy Stew­art, who last year ran for the 6th Coun­cil­man­ic Dis­trict seat, re­cently spoke in Coun­cil against a bill sponsored by Coun­cil­wo­man Blondell Reyn­olds Brown that would al­low bars to stay open an ex­tra hour, un­til 3 a.m. Stew­art would fa­vor that policy for Cen­ter City and en­ter­tain­ment dis­tricts, but not for loc­al neigh­bor­hoods.

• Mia Hylan provides all the latest in­form­a­tion on loc­al busi­nesses and writes a blog at may­fair­­

• The newly formed May­fair Town Watch held a cer­ti­fic­a­tion train­ing ses­sion last week. To join the group, email may­fair­town­

Milt Mar­telack, pres­id­ent of the Town Watch, said too many dog own­ers are let­ting their pets roam free at Lin­coln.

On a re­lated note, a res­id­ent of the 3400 block of Friend­ship St. said he would smush dog dirt in­to the face of the next pet own­er who fails to curb his dog on his prop­erty. ••


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