Mayfair: Donny Smith, Mayfair’s Go-To Guy

Mayfair: Donny Smith, Mayfair’s Go-To Guy

Donnie Smith shuffles his papers atop a folding table in the white cinderblock-walled multipurpose room at the Mayfair Community Center. The clock reads just after 7 o’clock. The room is about half-full of chattering residents whose volume begins to fade as Smith strokes his beard and leans back in his chair. It is the Mayfair […]

 

Mayfair: This Week In The News — Sex Clubs, Racism And Guns

Mayfair: This Week In The News — Sex Clubs, Racism And Guns

In case you missed it, we found a few places where people are talking about things happening in Mayfair: Guy shot his AR-15: A man fired his weapon in Northeast Philly, crashed his truck in Trevose, eventually captured by police on Deveraux Avenue, according to police (via NBC10) Racism on Teesdale Street : Nasty note left on car […]

 

Mayfair: Good Vibes And Music At The Pennypack Music Festival

Mayfair: Good Vibes And Music At The Pennypack Music Festival

On most summer Wednesday evenings, in the upper part of Mayfair, residents can hear faint sounds coming from the woods. Not the sounds of nature but rather some of the most iconic music songs ever performed. Billy Joel, The Rolling Stones, Led Zeppelin, Van Halen, John Mellencamp and Pink Floyd are just some of the […]

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Mayfair: Pop-up Events Bring Community Together

Mayfair: Pop-up Events Bring Community Together

Pop-ups throughout Philadelphia have been gaining popularity. These small, usually short markets come for all sorts of reasons: a beer garden in the summer, to promote a corporate brand or, in the case of Mayfair, to bring a sense of unity to the neighborhood. In 2015, Uwishunu, a tourist destination website, reported more than 20 […]

 

Mayfair: Fallen Heroes Run Honors a Hero for the Seventh Year

Mayfair: Fallen Heroes Run Honors a Hero for the Seventh Year

With more than 6,600 sworn officers and 800 civilian personnel, the Philadelphia Police Department is the nation’s fourth largest police department. Thousands of men and women are putting their lives out on the line every day to protect the city. Similarly, the Philadelphia Fire Department is the fifth largest fire and emergency services department in […]

 

Mayfair: Jim Ortlieb, a Man of Many Trades

Mayfair: Jim Ortlieb, a Man of Many Trades

Jim Ortlieb became active in his community in 1989 when graffiti began popping up on the backs of businesses on his block of Frankford Avenue. At 19 years old, he took it upon himself to go out, buy some paint and cover the graffiti himself. “I saw a kid with spray paint and chased him […]

 

Mayfair: Joe DeFelice and The City’s Premier Civic Association

Mayfair: Joe DeFelice and The City’s Premier Civic Association

Joe DeFelice is a true Mayfair man. Living in the city his entire life, DeFelice moved back to the neighborhood after graduating from La Salle University and began his role as a community leader. Even as a young child growing up in Mayfair, DeFelice took on the role as a leader by becoming president of the […]

 

Mayfair: “Everything I Needed Was in a Central Location,” said Dana Lambie

Mayfair: “Everything I Needed Was in a Central Location,” said Dana Lambie

Dana Lambie has been a Mayfair resident her whole life. She is actively involved in the community, serving as co-chair of Friends of Mayfair Memorial Playground, as well as serving on the boards of various community organizations, like Community Care of the Northeast. Her family also owns Lambie Funeral Home. Philadelphia Neighborhoods spoke with Lambie […]

 

Mayfair: Five Things You Didn’t Know

Mayfair: Five Things You Didn’t Know

Mayfair Related to the German Population Before the Irish. Many people wrongfully believe Mayfair is traditionally an Irish-Catholic section of Philadelphia. In fact, the earliest traces of businesses across the neighborhood were made up of mostly Germans. John F. Fluehr Sr. opened his Mayfair funeral home, still in operation today, back in 1937. Two of the […]

 

Mayfair: Splitting the 15th Police District to Combat Crime

Mayfair: Splitting the 15th Police District to Combat Crime

Sherman stormed down the 3500 block of Ryan Avenue as dusk was falling on Mayfair’s first ever Third Thursday festival. He reached the corner of Ryan and Leon streets, his head on a swivel. Who or what he was looking for was nowhere to be found. “Shoplifters,” Sherman said, retreating back up the block through […]