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Business group hails big wins in the neighborhood

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The May­fair Busi­ness As­so­ci­ation met last week to cel­eb­rate a couple of vic­tor­ies and to plan for one of the big events of the year.

The busi­ness as­so­ci­ation op­posed the open­ing of a meth­adone clin­ic at Frank­ford Av­en­ue and Dec­atur Street, and the city Zon­ing Board of Ad­just­ment voted earli­er this month to re­voke the op­er­at­or’s per­mits that had been gran­ted by the city De­part­ment of Li­censes and In­spec­tions.

In ad­di­tion, the busi­ness as­so­ci­ation re­por­ted that all went well at the March 3 Sham­rock Shuttle, a pre-St. Patrick’s Day cel­eb­ra­tion that brings hun­dreds of people to Frank­ford Av­en­ue-area bars. Mem­bers cred­ited the May­fair Civic As­so­ci­ation and the 15th Po­lice Dis­trict for keep­ing or­der.

Busi­ness as­so­ci­ation mem­bers are plan­ning the an­nu­al May­fair May Fair, which will take place on Sat­urday, May 19.

The day will in­clude side­walk sales and live bands at Frank­ford and Cottman av­en­ues. Monsignor Charles Mc­Groarty, long­time pas­tor at St. Mat­thew Cath­ol­ic Church, will be re­cog­nized as Res­id­ent of the Year.

The event is pre­ceded by the May­fair Fallen Her­oes Run, which raises money for col­lege schol­ar­ship for the chil­dren of Phil­adelphia po­lice of­ficers and fire­fight­ers killed or dis­abled in the line of duty.

In oth­er news from the March 21 meet­ing:

• Plan­et Fit­ness is seek­ing to move in­to a va­cant former Fash­ion Bug prop­erty in the May­fair Shop­ping Cen­ter at 6520 Frank­ford Ave.

The gym would be open 24 hours. One ten­ant, May­fair Shop ‘N Bag, has con­cerns about a pos­sible lack of park­ing.

• Friends of Pennypack Park will hold an “e-cycle” event on Sat­urday, April 21, from 9 a.m. to noon in the Ry­an Av­en­ue park­ing lot of Ab­ra­ham Lin­coln High School. It’ll be held rain or shine.

Vis­it­ors are wel­come to bring all elec­tron­ics, wheth­er they are work­ing or not, broken or in­tact. Large ap­pli­ances will not be ac­cep­ted.

A $5 dona­tion is sug­ges­ted for each large elec­tric or bat­tery-powered item, with all money col­lec­ted to be used to main­tain and re­vital­ize the park.

The event will be held in con­junc­tion with the group’s monthly re­cyc­ling day, so mem­bers will be ac­cept­ing alu­min­um cans, books, cloth­ing and print­er cart­ridges.

For more in­form­a­tion, call 215-934-PARK or send an e-mail to foppmem­bers@ya­hoo.com

• Phil­adelphia Gas Works will be work­ing on a con­struc­tion pro­ject through May on the 7300 and 7400 blocks of Frank­ford Ave., from Cottman Av­en­ue to Lor­ing Street.

Crews will be up­grad­ing nat­ur­al-gas mains, ser­vice pipes and de­liv­ery sys­tems.

Work will take place week­days from 7 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. There will be no street clos­ings. Re­pav­ing will start when the job is com­pleted.

• North­east Fam­ily Ser­vice Cen­ter, a pro­gram of Cath­ol­ic So­cial Ser­vices at 7340 Jack­son St., will host a baby shower on Fri­day, April 20, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. for low-in­come ex­pect­ant moth­ers.

There will be re­fresh­ments, giveaways, raffles, mu­sic and in­form­a­tion.

• The May­fair Busi­ness As­so­ci­ation will meet again at 9 a.m. Wed­nes­day, April 18, at Re­pub­lic Bank, 7300 Frank­ford Ave. ••

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