Northeast Times

Donations for scholarship organizations sought at Mayfair Business meeting

Of­fi­cials from St. Hubert High School and St. Mat­thew and Blessed Trin­ity ele­ment­ary schools at­ten­ded a meet­ing of the May­fair Busi­ness As­so­ci­ation to ask mer­chants to con­sider mak­ing dona­tions to schol­ar­ship or­gan­iz­a­tions.

Busi­ness own­ers can re­ceive tax cred­its for donat­ing money that will go to­ward tu­ition pay­ments for stu­dents who at­tend private schools.

The two state pro­grams are the Edu­ca­tion­al Im­prove­ment Tax Cred­it and the Op­por­tun­ity Schol­ar­ship Tax Cred­it.

Bill O’Bri­en, ex­ec­ut­ive dir­ect­or of Busi­ness Lead­er­ship Or­gan­ized for Cath­ol­ic Schools, said an­nu­al fam­ily in­come lim­its can be as high as $120,000, al­though most of the money goes to fam­il­ies mak­ing less than $50,000.

Tu­ition at Arch­diocese of Phil­adelphia high schools will rise to $6,150 next year.

St. Hubert is fin­ish­ing its first school year after al­most clos­ing last June.

“We’re do­ing great, I’m happy to re­port,” Robin No­lan, the school’s dir­ect­or of in­sti­tu­tion­al ad­vance­ment, said at the busi­ness group meet­ing last month.

Still, No­lan said the schol­ar­ship dona­tions are needed to keep the school a neigh­bor­hood an­chor at Tor­res­dale and Cottman av­en­ues.

St. Mat­thew was rep­res­en­ted at the meet­ing by its pas­tor, the Rev. Charles Mc­Groarty; its prin­cip­al, Sis­ter Kath­leen Touey; school ad­vance­ment dir­ect­or Barb Gress; and Mi­chael Do­nahue, head of Friends of St. Mat­thew.

Do­nahue said the par­ish, spe­cific­ally Gress, will help fill out the ap­plic­a­tions for any busi­nesses that don’t un­der­stand the pro­cess.

“We’ll make it work,” he said.

Mike Gon­dos, dir­ect­or of ad­vance­ment at Blessed Trin­ity, said en­roll­ment is 607. The school is housed at the St. Timothy Par­ish cam­pus and wel­comes stu­dents from four oth­er par­ishes.

Par­ents of­ten call Gon­dos about the state schol­ar­ship op­por­tun­it­ies.

“It is a great pro­gram. It does help our stu­dents,” he said.

For more in­form­a­tion, go to blocs.org

In oth­er news from the April 17 meet­ing:

• A farm­ers mar­ket co-sponsored by Re­pub­lic Bank and the May­fair Com­munity De­vel­op­ment Cor­por­a­tion made its sea­son de­but on April 21. 

The mar­ket, at Frank­ford and Ry­an av­en­ues, will re­turn on the fol­low­ing Sundays:  June 2 and 23, Ju­ly 14 and 28, Aug. 11 and 25, Sept. 8 and 22 and Oct. 6 and 20. Hours of op­er­a­tion are 9 a.m. to 1 p.m., rain or shine.

Loc­al mu­si­cian Matt Roach provides en­ter­tain­ment.

One Frank­ford Av­en­ue mer­chant com­plained that the mar­ket could hurt ex­ist­ing stores, but most busi­ness own­ers be­lieve it will at­tract cus­tom­ers who don’t nor­mally shop on the av­en­ue. ••

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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