New Fire Chief Sworn In
Mayor Young swore in Rick Russel as Lansdowne’s newest Fire Chief during the January 16 borough council meeting. Rick replaces outgoing Chief Tom Young, who has held the position the last 10 years. Thanks, Tom. Rick was joined by several members of Station 19. Our new chief is a longtime member of the department and eager to take on the responsibilities of leading this active response team. Our community is so grateful for all our volunteer first responders. Please remember their volunteer contribution when you make your financial contribution in support of Lansdowne Station 19.
2012 Jingle Judge Winners
These happy festive residents (click photo for larger image) are all recipients of the coveted Jingle Judge Recognition Certificate. Every year the Mayor sends out a team of judges to look for the best and the brightest in holiday decorating. If you want to join this Merry Crew be sure to decorate like mad next year. Judging happens the week between Christmas and New Year’s Day. The only rule is that your house number must be visible from the street in the dark, in compliance with property code. Thanks so much to the team of judges: Marianne, Eric, Susan, Marykay and family, Bill and Violet, Gene and Fran, Bill, Sharon and Barbara.
Family and friends joined past Helms winners along with Borough Council in presenting Joe Stevenson with the 2012 Helms Award. This award is given by the Mayor, every year, to the resident that “gives service beyond all recompense”. Joe is a long time resident in the borough, former William Penn School Board member, active with the Democratic Committee, and currently Chair of the Civil Service Commission. Over the years he has participated in Union AA and LED fundraising activities. His volunteerism extends outside the borough but Lansdowne is where his heart is. Thanks Joe, for all you do for Lansdowne!
October 17 Council Meeting: New Junior Councilperson, No Place for Hate Accreditation
Lansdowne Borough Council welcomed new Junior Councilperson Alex Yurcaba during the October 17 meeting. A junior at Penn Wood High School, Alex is a member of the distinguished honor roll, marching and concert bands, debate team, and goalkeeper for the varsity soccer team. He received the Most Outstanding Student Award in Science, Social Studies, and Spanish, and has taken courses at Drexel University through Penn Wood’s Dual Enrollment Program with the university. His future plans include studying Political Science in college in pursuit of a career in politics. He is pictured below with Council President Sharon Coleman.
Also at the October 17 meeting, Lansdowne received its yearly accreditation as a No Place For Hate community, which it has been accredited as continuously since 2002. In the last photo below, No Place for Hate Committee Chair Don Verlenden is pictured with Mayor Jayne Young and the Anti-Defamation League’s Lisa Friedlander. Click any of the thumbnails below to view larger images.
2011 Jingle Judge Winners
Every year the Mayor sends out a team of judges to find the best in Holiday Decoration. Categories include “Most Festive”, “Best Use of White Lights”, “Best Use of a Theme,” “Best Door or Window,” “Best Use
of Whole House” and “Most Creative”. Judges travel around the borough the week between Christmas and New Year’s Day. Thank you so much to all the residents that embrace the spirit of the season.
Please note that we have homes that are wonderfully decorated that do not receive an award. As often happens the Judges can not find a house number so no award can be given. Borough code requires a 4-inch house number easily visible from the street. So decorate with abandon and be sure judges can read your house number. Maybe next year you will be amongst the happy holiday decorators shown in the photo below, taken at the January 18 borough council meeting.
Lansdowne’s most prestigious award is given each year to a resident that offers “service beyond all recompense.” Fran’s resume includes time spent volunteering for the HRC, GLCA, LBPA, AFL, NPFH, Union AA and the election board. This alphabet soup of organizations just scratches the service of Fran’s contributions to Lansdowne. Congratulations for this well deserved recognition. Pictured here with fellow Helms Winners and the Mayor are, from left, Joe Furia, Tony Campuzano, Charlene Hennessy, Matt Schultz, Fran, Mary Kay Bowden, and Mayor Jayne Young.
On Wednesday, June 15, Lansdowne Mayor Jayne Young introduced newly hired part-time police officer Jonathan McGowan to the public during the Borough Council meeting.
You could hear the sirens a mile away. It wasn’t the panicked kind of sound you expect in an emergency, but rather a more respectful, measured siren like someone important was heading our way.
As it came closer the sound of motorcycles was added, a roaring that took precedence on the sound waves.
Within minutes, police cars, motorcycles and other vehicles were on Drexel Avenue in Lansdowne. Riders and drivers alike were shouting, “Welcome home,” blowing horns and waving flags. It was everything a soldier’s homecoming should be and certainly was for Lance Corporal (LCPL) Logan Innes.
The group “Warriors Watch Riders” are dedicated to treating every soldier coming home from war like a rock star. Here is an excerpt from their vision statement:
The Warriors’ Watch Riders envision a day when every member of the United States Armed Forces, at home and abroad, and their families, feel appreciated, honored, respected and loved by the citizens they risk their lives to protect.
The photo below, taken by Bill Bowden, show the crowd of “Riders,” family members, neighbors, Lansdowne First Responders, police officers and the Mayor. There were a couple of mini speeches and frequent calls of “Welcome home Marine!” This is how soldiers should be thanked, and Lansdowne was proud to play a part in organizing this homecoming.
The Lansdowne Farmers Market finished #2 nationwide among boutique markets in the America’s Favorite Farmers Market contest being held by the American Farmland Trust. Overall, Lansdowne Farmers Market received the 19th highest vote total in the entire country among markets of all sizes. The market is open every Saturday, rain or shine, through October 30.
May 19th 2010 Lansdowne Borough Council meeting
It was a busy night at the May 19th 2010 Lansdowne Borough Council meeting. The following citizens were recognized for their efforts.
Bob Bartmann for his time spent on Park and Rec Board.
Barry Malone for his time spent on Park and Rec Board.
American Legion Post essay contest winner Richard Lion won with his essay on “What the US Constitution means to me”. Richard Lion got the most votes from our active members and received the prize of $250.00
Coming Home for the Darby Creek Cleanup
Former Lansdowne resident and retired U.S. Army Officer Tom Little, returned to the Borough on Saturday, April 24, to participate in the 26th Annual Darby Creek Cleanup. Tom lived on East Albemarle from 1968 to 1984, when he graduated from Millersville University and went into the Army. After 21 years of active duty, he and his family settled in Richmond, Virginia, where he still works for the Army as a civilian. He drove the six hours up the night before the cleanup.
The next day he and his father, David Little, signed in at Bonnie’s Wondergardens and started cleaning the section of Darby Creek across from Shrigley Park, from Hoffman Park to the Hilltop Road bridge. Tom considered it an honor to help out and was impressed with how good the creek looked and to see people fishing. He spent many fun days in his youth fishing and swimming in Darby Creek and has wanted to come back for many years and lend a helping hand. Now that he lives in Virginia, he plans to return again next year.
“I have lived all over the world with the Army, but still consider Lansdowne my true home,” he said. “It was great to be ‘home’ again. Things look good back in the Borough. I plan to be back again!”
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Baltimore Avenue Tree Planting
On Saturday, November 21, 2009 dozens of volunteers joined Lansdowne Borough staff to plant trees along Baltimore Avenue. more
Neighborhood Watch Organizational Meeting and Block Captain Training
The Lansdowne Police Department & the Borough of Lansdowne Public Safety Committee will hold a meeting at 2 p.m. on Sunday, December 6. Help be the first line of defense in keeping Lansdowne crime-free. Topics to be covered include Awareness Skills, Home Protection Tips, Volunteering, and Organizing Your Block for Crime Prevention. Written materials on crime prevention will also be distributed. For more information,contact Daniel Kortan, Chief, Lansdowne Police Department at (610) 623-0700 or firstname.lastname@example.org, or Michael Schleigh, Chair, Lansdowne Borough Public Safety Committe at email@example.com
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Read Lansdowne’s Letter From Michelle Obama
The First Lady recently sent a letter to Lansdowne to honor the Borough’s status as a Preserve America Community. more
Parking Permits and Overnight Parking
Overnight parking permits are now available for 2011 at the Lansdowne Police Station and are required to park on all streets within the Borough between 2AM and 6AM except holidays. If you already have a 2010 permit and you purchase a 2010 permit for the same vehicle before March 2011, the permit fee is $40. Permits purchased after that date will be charged $4 a month for each month remaining in the year. Fee schedule: July $24, Aug. $20, Sept. $16, Oct. $12, Nov. $8, and Dec. $4.
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Donate Books to Lansdowne Library
Sherwin-Williams Neighbor-To-Neighbor Program
It’s the perfect time to refresh and renew the beauty of your home and contribute to Lansdowne’s future at the same time. All Lansdowne residents may now receive a 20% discount on all regularly priced merchandise at Sherwin-Williams. Click here for more information.