Mayfair Civic bids farewell to Capt. Bachmayer

Capt. Frank Bach­may­er, former com­mand­er of the 15th Po­lice Dis­trict, ad­dresses the May­fair Civic As­so­ci­ation for the fi­nal time. (Photo provided by Harry Leech)

The May­fair Civic As­so­ci­ation last week bid a fond farewell to Capt. Frank Bach­may­er, former com­mand­er of the 15th Po­lice Dis­trict.

The civic group and May­fair Town Watch presen­ted Bach­may­er with a com­munity ser­vice award. The North­east Qual­ity of Life Co­ali­tion gave him a framed cer­ti­fic­ate.

Bach­may­er, who had been in the 15th since 2006, was trans­ferred to the nar­cot­ics strike force, which is loc­ated, for now, at the Frank­ford Ar­sen­al Busi­ness Cen­ter. He re­ceived a stand­ing ova­tion at last week’s meet­ing and thanked the com­munity for its sup­port.

“This has been a high­light of my ca­reer, to be as­signed to the 15th dis­trict,” he said.

Capt. John Mc­Clo­s­key, the new com­mand­er in the 15th, also at­ten­ded the meet­ing. He’s been with the de­part­ment for 35 years, in­clud­ing 25 in the 35th dis­trict, which com­prises Ol­ney, Lo­gan and West Oak Lane. He was an of­ficer in the 15th in the mid-1980s. He vowed to fo­cus on street-level drug sales.

“I’ve got big shoes to fill. Frank did a mar­velous job,” he said.

Shar­on Krause, com­munity re­la­tions of­ficer in the 15th, will re­main in her post.

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The civic as­so­ci­ation will write a let­ter in sup­port of Holmes­burg Civic As­so­ci­ation’s ef­fort to keep a meth­adone clin­ic out of a prop­erty at 7520 State Road. The Zon­ing Board of Ad­just­ment will hear the case on Jan. 23.

The May­fair group is gear­ing up to travel to City Hall on Wed­nes­day, Dec. 5, for a Com­mon Pleas Court hear­ing on a planned meth­adone clin­ic for Frank­ford Av­en­ue and Dec­atur Street.

Rep. Kev­in Boyle noted the Frank­ford Av­en­ue site’s prox­im­ity to a day care cen­ter, church and dance stu­dio.

“I can’t think of a worse loc­a­tion than the one at Frank­ford and Dec­atur,” he said.

Boyle doesn’t want May­fair to fol­low Frank­ford and Kens­ing­ton as what he calls an “epi­cen­ter of treat­ment cen­ters.”

Pete Specos, pres­id­ent of the Frank­ford Civic As­so­ci­ation, said treat­ment cen­ters dis­cour­age busi­nesses from open­ing and res­id­ents from shop­ping.

“Once they get in your neigh­bor­hood,” he said, “you can’t get rid of them.”

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Rep. Boyle’s dis­trict of­fices are col­lect­ing non-per­ish­able food items through Christ­mas for dona­tion to the needy in the North­east. The of­fices are loc­ated at 7518 Frank­ford Ave. (215-331-2600) and 7801-A Has­brook Ave. (215-695-1016).

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The civic group ap­proved sig­nage for West­min­ster Pres­by­teri­an Church, 6300 Har­bison Ave., and a day care cen­ter pro­posed for a former Wachovia Bank at 7157 Frank­ford Ave. The church and day care must get of­fi­cial ap­prov­al from the Zon­ing Board of Ad­just­ment.

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The civic as­so­ci­ation lauded every­one in­volved in plan­ning the May­fair Holmes­burg Thanks­giv­ing Parade, singling out Pete Mc­Der­mott, Donny Smith, Kev­in Le­onard, Mia Hylan and Lisa Greco for spe­cial praise.

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The May­fair Busi­ness As­so­ci­ation will hold a Christ­mas tree-light­ing ce­re­mony this Sunday at Frank­ford and Cottman av­en­ues. There will be a Christ­mas craft fair from 1 to 4 p.m., fol­lowed by the tree light­ing.

Civic as­so­ci­ation pres­id­ents Joe De­Fe­lice (May­fair), Mary Be­nussi (Ta­cony) and Rich Frizell (Holmes­burg), who served as grand mar­shals at the Thanks­giv­ing parade, will light the tree.

The busi­ness group thanked Frusco’s Steaks for hous­ing the tree the last couple of years, but it noted that the pub­lic wanted the tree at a more vis­ible, cent­ral loc­a­tion.

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May­fair Town Watch has 42 mem­bers after a year in ex­ist­ence. The group in­cludes patrolling mem­bers and block watch­ers.

There will be a cer­ti­fic­a­tion class on Sat­urday, Dec. 8, at 10:30 a.m., at May­fair Com­munity Cen­ter, at 2990 St. Vin­cent St. The bound­ar­ies go from Shef­field Av­en­ue south to Har­bison Av­en­ue, and Frank­ford Av­en­ue west to Roosevelt Boulevard.

More in­form­a­tion is avail­able by call­ing 215-983-9600 or vis­it­ing      www.may­fair­town­

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Lisa Dee­ley, an aide to City Coun­cil­man Bobby Hen­on, in­vited con­stitu­ents to vis­it his dis­trict of­fice, loc­ated at 6730 Tor­res­dale Ave. in Ta­cony. The hours are week­days from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. ••

May­fair Civic As­so­ci­ation’s next meet­ing is sched­uled for Monday, Jan. 21, at 7 p.m., at May­fair Com­munity Cen­ter. 

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

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