Mayfair Civic Association names new president

Joe De­Fe­lice last month presided over his fi­nal meet­ing as pres­id­ent of the May­fair Civic As­so­ci­ation.

De­Fe­lice be­came a mem­ber of the group in 2005 and was elec­ted pres­id­ent in ‘09.

In the last four years, the group has helped re­build May­fair Me­mori­al Play­ground; or­gan­ize the May­fair-Holmes­burg Thanks­giv­ing Parade; in­tro­duce a farm­ers’ mar­ket to the com­munity; fight a pro­posed meth­adone clin­ic at Frank­ford Av­en­ue and Dec­atur Street; raised money for the chil­dren of city cops and fire­fight­ers killed in the line of duty at a Fallen Her­oes Run; and as­sisted the loc­al busi­ness as­so­ci­ation in pro­mot­ing the an­nu­al May­fair May Fair.

“May­fair’s a great place to live and work,” he said.

De­Fe­lice will de­vote more time serving as chair­man of the May­fair Com­munity De­vel­op­ment Cor­por­a­tion. He will re­main leg­al coun­sel and zon­ing chair­man for the civic as­so­ci­ation.

The new pres­id­ent is Donny Smith.

“He’s go­ing to make a hel­luva pres­id­ent,” De­Fe­lice said.

Smith’s neigh­bor­hood vo­lun­teer­ism in­cludes or­gan­iz­ing the Thanks­giv­ing parade, the May Fair and the Pennypack Park Mu­sic Fest­iv­al.

“I care about my com­munity,” he said.

Kev­in Le­onard will re­place Mike Wil­li­ams as vice pres­id­ent. Wil­li­ams will re­main as a leg­al coun­sel.

Mia Hylan stays as sec­ret­ary. Jim Ort­lieb re­places Le­onard as treas­urer. John Jen­kins is the new ser­geant-at-arms. Serving as li­ais­ons will be Lisa Greco (May­fair Busi­ness As­so­ci­ation), Anna Sta­cey (May­fair Town Watch) and Melinda Mul­venna and Dana Lam­bie (May­fair Me­mori­al Play­ground).

In oth­er news from the Sept. 16 meet­ing:

• State Rep. John Taylor said his of­fice wel­comes calls about prob­lem ten­ants and land­lords. In­form­a­tion of­ten leads to court ac­tion or oth­er pos­it­ive out­comes for neigh­bors.

Too many land­lords, Taylor said, care only about get­ting a monthly rent check and not how their prop­erty looks.

“We’re not go­ing to tol­er­ate that at­ti­tude,” he said.

On oth­er is­sues, Taylor said he is hop­ing a court is­sues a stay to pre­vent a pro­posed meth­adone clin­ic at Frank­ford and Dec­atur from ob­tain­ing op­er­at­ing per­mits while the mat­ter is in lit­ig­a­tion. He’s also look­ing in­to com­plaints by neigh­bors of so-called “scrap­pers” look­ing through their trash and re­cyc­lables.

Taylor, who took of­fice in 1985, in­vited con­stitu­ents to vis­it his new dis­trict of­fice at 3525 Cottman Ave. He has four of­fices across his dis­trict.   

• Al Schmidt, a city elec­tions com­mis­sion­er who took of­fice in Janu­ary 2012, an­nounced that the com­mis­sion­ers have un­veiled a new web­site. The ad­dress is www.phil­

The site in­cludes voter re­gis­tra­tion forms, ab­sent­ee bal­lot re­quest forms, polling place loc­a­tions, elec­tion res­ults, the com­mis­sion­ers’ budget, ward and di­vi­sion maps and in­form­a­tion on elec­ted of­fi­cials.

“There’s a lot of good in­form­a­tion on it,” Schmidt said.

• Sabra Town­send gave a present­a­tion on Next­

The free web­site al­lows res­id­ents of spe­cif­ic neigh­bor­hoods to post meet­ing sched­ules, com­plaints, crime news, re­fer­rals and in­form­a­tion on com­munity is­sues.

• The May­fair Farm­ers’ Mar­ket has one date re­main­ing this year. The mar­ket will be open on Sunday, Oct. 20, from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. The loc­a­tion is the in­ter­sec­tion of Frank­ford and Ry­an av­en­ues.

• The civic as­so­ci­ation is spon­sor­ing its first May­fair Hal­loween Dec­or­a­tion Con­test.

May­fair Busi­ness As­so­ci­ation mem­bers will be donat­ing prizes to the three best-dec­or­ated houses in the neigh­bor­hood.

Res­id­ents are in­vited to sub­mit a photo of their houses by email­ing May­fair­CivicAs­so­ci­ation@ya­

On or about Oct. 23, judges will look­ing for the three scar­i­est/spook­i­est/best-dec­or­ated houses in May­fair.

• The Friends of May­fair Me­mori­al Play­ground will hold a Hal­loween Spook­tacu­lar on Sat­urday, Oct. 26, from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the play­ground, at Row­land Av­en­ue and Vista Street. The rain date is Oct. 27.

There will be a pump­kin patch and bake sale. Kids are in­vited to trick-or-treat in their cos­tumes.

The day will also serve as the grand re­open­ing of the play­ground, which re­cently re­ceived new equip­ment and fen­cing.

• Pete Mc­Der­mott, a cit­izen plan­ner from May­fair, will work with City Coun­cil­man Bobby Hen­on’s of­fice on pos­sible changes to the city’s over­lay for parts of May­fair, Ta­cony, Holmes­burg and Wissi­nom­ing.

The ex­ist­ing over­lay af­fects Frank­ford Av­en­ue from Har­bison to Solly av­en­ues, along with Cottman Av­en­ue, between Le­on and Er­drick streets. There’s a ban on new barber and beauty shops, bars, con­sign­ment shops, em­ploy­ment agen­cies and the re­tail sales of beauty products and wigs.

The pro­posed over­lay would ex­tend the bound­ar­ies, but al­low eat-in res­taur­ants. Oth­er pro­hib­ited uses would in­clude fur­niture and ap­pli­ance rent­al; used car lots; to­bacco and pipe sales; pawn shops; Laun­dro­mats; check-cash­ing agen­cies; and day­care cen­ters.

• The May­fair Civic and Busi­ness as­so­ci­ations re­cently donated $5,000 to Hero Thrill Show Inc. from last spring’s Fallen Her­oes Run. The groups have donated $25,000 over the years. Next year’s honoree with be Fire Capt. John Taylor, who died in a fire in a Port Rich­mond home in 2004.

• May­fair Town Watch is look­ing for mem­bers. The con­tact num­ber is 267-333-3692.

“A little bit of ef­fort by every­one can make a big dif­fer­ence,” said Town Watch mem­ber Milt Mar­telack.

• Firstrust Bank will close its branch at 7345 Frank­ford Ave. on Dec. 16. Cus­tom­ers will be dir­ec­ted to the bank branch at 1931 Cottman Ave. in Rhawn­hurst.

A Firstrust let­ter to mem­bers said that there has been a “steady de­cline” in people vis­it­ing the Frank­ford Av­en­ue branch. The ATM will re­main. ••

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