Springtime festivities in Mayfair

Now that the Sham­rock Shuttle and Erin Ex­press have come and gone with few prob­lems, the May­fair Busi­ness As­so­ci­ation is look­ing for­ward to some suc­cess­ful spring­time activ­it­ies.

The May­fair Art Ini­ti­at­ive will con­tin­ue with its Third Thursday pro­grams on March 21, from 7 to 9 p.m., at Headquar­ters, at 7213 Frank­ford Ave. Art­work and pho­to­graphy will be on dis­play. Re­fresh­ments will be served.

Headquar­ters own­er Bill Beck­er of­fers art classes for $60 a month, with a $10 sup­ply fee for arts and crafts for young­sters. Classes meet on Tues­days, Wed­nes­days, Thursdays and Sat­urdays. Be­gin­ners, in­ter­me­di­ate draw­ers and any­one 3 and older are wel­come. Call 215-941-8604.

The May­fair Farm­ers Mar­ket, co-sponsored by Re­pub­lic Bank and the May­fair Com­munity De­vel­op­ment Cor­por­a­tion, will open for the sea­son on Sunday, April 21.

The 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.

The May­fair Fallen Her­oes Run and the May­fair May Fair are both sched­uled for Sat­urday, May 18, and spon­sor­ships are avail­able.

The fifth an­nu­al run/walk 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 event 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, mil­it­ary vehicles and more along Frank­ford Av­en­ue. The 15th Po­lice Dis­trict Ad­vis­ory Coun­cil will be hold­ing its an­nu­al com­munity day at the same time, and the Philly Pret­zel Fact­ory, at 7366 Frank­ford Ave., will have a block party to cel­eb­rate its 15th an­niversary.

In oth­er news from the March 7 meet­ing, held at the 3rd Fed Bank branch at Roosevelt Boulevard and Un­ruh Av­en­ue:

• The dis­trict of­fice of state Rep. Kev­in Boyle (D-172nd dist.) in­vites calls from cit­izens and busi­ness own­ers who might have un­claimed prop­erty be­ing held by the Pennsylvania treas­ury.

Each year, the state treas­urer’s of­fice re­ceives mil­lions of dol­lars in un­claimed prop­erty, such as closed bank ac­counts, un­cashed checks, lost stocks and bonds, con­tents of safe de­pos­it boxes, pro­ceeds from the de­mu­tu­al­iz­a­tion of in­sur­ance com­pan­ies and ex­pired gift cards.

Items that go un­claimed must be turned over to the treas­ury, which es­tim­ates that 10 per­cent of Pennsylvani­ans have un­claimed prop­erty.

For more in­form­a­tion, call Boyle’s of­fice at 215-331-2600.

• The next Na­tion­al Small Busi­ness Week­end will take place on Fri­day, Sat­urday and Sunday, April 5-7.

The ini­ti­at­ive pro­motes shop­ping at small busi­nesses on the first week­end of each month. More in­form­a­tion is avail­able at na­tion­als­mall­busi­nes­s­week­end.com

• Some busi­ness own­ers ob­jec­ted to their prop­erty as­sess­ments un­der the city’s new Ac­tu­al Value Ini­ti­at­ive, cit­ing in­con­sist­ent fig­ures.

Ant­oniette Mont­gomery, own­er of Tor­res­dale Flowers, es­tim­ates that her an­nu­al prop­erty taxes will rise from about $3,000 to $4,500.

“We have the same build­ings and same square foot­age, but no one was as­sessed the same,” she said about the busi­nesses on her block.

Grey Lodge Pub own­er Mike “Scoats” Scotese will pay more than his neigh­bors un­der the pro­posed fig­ures.

“I’m ap­peal­ing. I’m not pay­ing it,” he said.

• Jason Viz­irov in­tro­duced him­self as the own­er of the newly opened First Class Phar­macy, at 7316 Frank­ford Ave., next to Fam­ily Dol­lar. He’s been in the phar­macy busi­ness for a dec­ade. The store is open week­days from 9 a.m. to 7 p.m. and Sat­urdays from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.

The phar­macy of­fers free pre­scrip­tion drug de­liv­er­ies. Any­one trans­fer­ring a pre­scrip­tion from an­oth­er phar­macy will re­ceive a $5 store cred­it. Cus­tom­ers can call ahead for re­fills.

• The busi­ness as­so­ci­ation plans to meet with of­fi­cials of St. Hubert, Fath­er Judge, St. Mat­thew and Blessed Trin­ity schools to learn more about the state Edu­ca­tion­al Im­prove­ment Tax Cred­it, which gives tax breaks to busi­nesses that make dona­tions to schol­ar­ship or­gan­iz­a­tions. The or­gan­iz­a­tions pass on that money to schools, which put it to­ward the tu­ition of needy stu­dents. ••

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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