Shamrock Shuttle, Easter egg hunt in Mayfair

As the date of the Sham­rock Shuttle ap­proaches, bar own­ers have reached an agree­ment with com­munity lead­ers, the 15th Po­lice Dis­trict and elec­ted of­fi­cials to help en­sure a peace­ful cel­eb­ra­tion.

The pre-Saint Patrick’s Day cel­eb­ra­tion is set for Sat­urday, March 2. Pat­rons are shuttled from bar to bar as part of a party at­mo­sphere that brings hun­dreds of people to Frank­ford Av­en­ue in May­fair.

The 15th dis­trict hos­ted a meet­ing of bar own­ers, the May­fair Civic As­so­ci­ation, May­fair Town Watch and aides to state Rep. Kev­in Boyle (D-172nd dist.) and City Coun­cil­man Bobby Hen­on (D-6th dist.). 

Bar own­ers will pay for 45 port­able toi­lets that will be placed at vari­ous loc­a­tions. They will also pay the Fath­er Judge High School foot­ball team to re­move trash and clean Frank­ford Av­en­ue from Bleigh Av­en­ue to Wel­ling­ton Street as well as the 3500 block of Cottman Ave. The cleanup is sched­uled for the fol­low­ing day.

The 15th dis­trict will pay spe­cial at­ten­tion to the drive­ways along the 3500 blocks of streets just west of Frank­ford Ave., along with the 3400 block between Ry­an and Cottman av­en­ues.

Of­ficers will place “No Park­ing” signs in front of bars on Frank­ford Av­en­ue so the shuttles can park there.

May­fair Civic As­so­ci­ation and May­fair Town Watch vo­lun­teers will wear bright red T-shirts and will provide hos­pit­al­ity along the shuttle route.

Mean­while, an up­com­ing East­er egg hunt will be­gin sev­er­al months of activ­it­ies planned by lead­ers in May­fair.

The East­er Egg Hunt will take place on Sat­urday, March 16, at 11 a.m. at May­fair Me­mori­al Play­ground, at Row­land Av­en­ue and Vista Street, on the grounds of Ab­ra­ham Lin­coln High School.

The event is open to kids 10 and un­der. The cost is $2 to par­ti­cip­ate, and chil­dren are asked to bring their East­er bas­kets. The East­er Bunny will be in at­tend­ance.

Pro­ceeds from the third an­nu­al event will go to main­tain­ing the play­ground and adding equip­ment.

More in­form­a­tion is avail­able by email­ing may­fairme­mori­al­play­ground@ya­ or vis­it­ing the Re­build May­fair Me­mori­al Play­ground (at Lin­coln High School) page on Face­book.

Re­pub­lic Bank and the May­fair Com­munity De­vel­op­ment Cor­por­a­tion are co-spon­sors of the May­fair Farm­ers Mar­ket, which will open for the sea­son on Sunday, April 21.

The farm­ers mar­ket will be open along the 3500 block of Ry­an Ave. for 13 Sundays from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. from the spring through the fall.

Plan­ning con­tin­ues for the May­fair Fallen Her­oes Run and the May­fair May Fair, which are sched­uled for Sat­urday, May 18.

The fifth an­nu­al Fallen Her­oes Run takes par­ti­cipants around Lin­coln and Pennypack Park. Pro­ceeds be­ne­fit Hero Thrill Show Inc., which provides col­lege schol­ar­ships for the chil­dren of Phil­adelphia po­lice of­ficers and fire­fight­ers killed in the line of duty. This year’s run/walk will be in memory of po­lice of­ficer Chuck Cas­sidy, who was shot to death in 2007 when he in­ter­rup­ted an armed rob­bery at a West Oak Lane Dunkin’ Donuts.

The May Fair fea­tures side­walk sales, live mu­sic and more along Frank­ford Av­en­ue.

An­nu­al dues to join the May­fair Busi­ness As­so­ci­ation are $125, with ad­di­tion­al fees for busi­nesses that want to spon­sor the Fallen Her­oes Run T-shirt and have an A-frame dis­play at the race and the May Fair. Checks pay­able to the May­fair Busi­ness As­so­ci­ation can be mailed or dropped off to Bel­lal­isa Hair Stu­dio, 3530 Cottman Ave., Phil­adelphia, PA 19149-1606 (215-624-6667).

The May­fair Busi­ness As­so­ci­ation will meet on Thursday, March 7, at 9 a.m. at 3rd Fed Bank, at Roosevelt Boulevard and Un­ruh Av­en­ue. ••

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