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Mayfair Civic Association OK with day care

The May­fair Civic As­so­ci­ation last week came to an agree­ment with a day care op­er­at­or, while op­pos­i­tion seems to be mount­ing to­ward a pro­posed fit­ness cen­ter.

Eliza­beth Cruz, a nat­ive of Colom­bia, is per­mit­ted to care for up to four chil­dren at her single home at 2849 Rhawn St. in Lex­ing­ton Park, but she was seek­ing a zon­ing vari­ance to in­crease that total to 12. She’s lived there for sev­en years.

Cruz has passed a child-ab­use check by au­thor­it­ies and said she doesn’t drink or smoke. She showed pic­tures of the in­side and out­side of her house. She has sealed her fire­place for safety. She said part of her pro­gram will be to teach the kids to speak Span­ish.

Op­pon­ents of her bid to ex­pand don’t want a busi­ness op­er­at­ing on a res­id­en­tial block and poin­ted out that the nearby North­east Com­munity Cen­ter of­fers day care. They also cited the busy in­ter­sec­tion at Rhawn Street and Lex­ing­ton Av­en­ue and what they be­lieve to be a small area for the chil­dren to play in out­side.

“There is no place for those kids to play,” one wo­man said.

Some neigh­bors wor­ried that chil­dren will be dropped off in the com­mon drive­way and were gen­er­ally con­cerned about traffic and park­ing is­sues.

Cruz said the young­sters start get­ting dropped off at 6:15 a.m.

“Most of the people are sleep­ing,” she said.

In the end, Cruz agreed to the civic group’s re­quest to ask the Zon­ing Board of Ad­just­ment to care for up to eight chil­dren, not 12.

In oth­er news from the May 21 meet­ing:

• Plan­et Fit­ness wants to open in a former Fash­ion Bug store at 6420 Frank­ford Ave. in the May­fair Shop­ping Cen­ter.

At­tor­ney Ron Pat­ter­son ex­plained at the civic group’s March meet­ing that the 10,000-square-foot gym would be open 24 hours a day. It would in­clude tan­ning beds.

A hear­ing is sched­uled for June 13 in front of the Zon­ing Board of Ad­just­ment.

At last week’s meet­ing, con­cerns were raised about traffic, park­ing and the hours of op­er­a­tion. Neigh­bors note that there is a Galaxy Tans loc­a­tion in the shop­ping cen­ter.

If the cen­ter is ap­proved, neigh­bors want the people hired for con­struc­tion and per­man­ent jobs to come from the area.

Mean­while, the civic group has con­cerns about trash out­side the North­east In­ter­na­tion­al Su­per­mar­ket, at 2842 St. Vin­cent St. The su­per­mar­ket is seek­ing a zon­ing vari­ance to of­fer takeout food.

• Mike Tom­lin­son, the Re­pub­lic­an can­did­ate in the 5th Sen­at­ori­al Dis­trict, de­scribed him­self to the crowd as a former teach­er and cer­ti­fied pub­lic ac­count­ant.

Tom­lin­son, who is chal­len­ging 12-year Demo­crat­ic Sen. Mike Stack, is run­ning on is­sues in­clud­ing cre­at­ing jobs, strength­en­ing schools and small busi­nesses and im­prov­ing gov­ern­ment in­teg­rity.

The chal­lenger also wants to im­ple­ment tort re­form to lower the num­ber of frivol­ous law­suits. He blames the high cost of mal­prac­tice in­sur­ance for the clos­ing of loc­al hos­pit­al ma­ter­nity wards.

“You can’t go to Naz­areth, Jeanes or Tor­res­dale to have a baby. You have to go all the way up to Holy Re­deem­er,” he said.

• Jeff De­mp­sey, an aide to state Rep. Kev­in Boyle (D-172nd dist.), tried to quash ru­mors that the law­maker wanted to re­move the di­vi­sions in May­fair from his dis­trict dur­ing the Le­gis­lat­ive Re­ap­por­tion­ment Com­mis­sion pro­cess.

De­mp­sey noted that Boyle has a large of­fice at 7518 Frank­ford Ave.

“We have every in­ten­tion to keep that of­fice there,” he said.

• The May 19 May­fair Fallen Her­oes Run, in memory of fire­fight­er Joseph Kon­rad, was a suc­cess, rais­ing about $11,000.

Hero Thrill Show Inc., which provides col­lege schol­ar­ships to the chil­dren of po­lice of­ficers and fire­fight­ers killed or dis­abled in the line of duty, will re­ceive $5,000. An­oth­er $2,000 will go for a plaque in Kon­rad’s memory. About $4,000 will go to im­prove­ments to May­fair Me­mori­al Play­ground.

More than 400 people signed up for the run and walk.

Next year’s Fallen Her­oes Run will be in memory of po­lice of­ficer Chuck Cas­sidy.

After the run/walk, the May­fair May Fair took place along Frank­ford Av­en­ue. High­lights in­cluded live bands, a car show, an art show, a dog pa­geant and a dunk tank.

Awards were presen­ted to Monsignor Charles E. Mc­Groarty, pas­tor of St. Mat­thew Church (May­fair Award); Lisa Greco, own­er of Bel­lal­isa Hair Stu­dio (Busi­ness of the Year); and Cathy McElvaney, who has been the cross­ing guard at Cottman and Row­land av­en­ues for 37 years (Cross­ing Guard of the Year).

• City Coun­cil­man Bobby Hen­on (D-6th dist.) will spon­sor a seni­or cit­izens fair on Fri­day, June 29, from 1 to 4 p.m., at the May­fair Com­munity Cen­ter, at Brous Av­en­ue and St. Vin­cent Street.

Naz­areth Hos­pit­al and oth­er or­gan­iz­a­tions will of­fer in­form­a­tion. Sing­er Tony Rad will provide mu­sic­al en­ter­tain­ment. There will be dan­cing, and a light lunch will be served. Con­tact Lisa Dee­ley at 215-686-3444 or  info@bobby­hen­on.com

Mean­while, Hen­on hopes to open his dis­trict of­fice in the next week or so. The loc­a­tion is 6730 Tor­res­dale Ave.

• Or­al ar­gu­ments will be heard on Nov. 5 in Com­mon Pleas Court, as op­er­at­ors of a pro­posed meth­adone clin­ic seek to re­verse a Zon­ing Board of Ad­just­ment rul­ing that re­voked their li­censes.

The city De­part­ment of Li­censes and In­spec­tions is­sued the li­censes for the pro­posed clin­ic at Frank­ford Av­en­ue and Dec­atur Street. Neigh­bors ap­pealed to the ZBA, which ruled in their fa­vor.

Joe De­Fe­lice, pres­id­ent of the civic as­so­ci­ation, has met with the com­munity’s at­tor­neys, who must file writ­ten briefs be­fore the court date. The clin­ic’s law­yers must also file doc­u­ments.

The case will be heard in a City Hall courtroom in front of Judge Idee C. Fox.

• May­fair Civic As­so­ci­ation will meet on Monday, Sept. 17 at 7 p.m. at the May­fair Com­munity Cen­ter. ••

Re­port­er Tom War­ing can be reached at 215-354-3034 or twar­ing@bsmphilly.com

You can reach at twaring@bsmphilly.com.

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