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Borough Newsletter – Fall 2002

Jump to: MAYOR’S COLUMN “Meet the New Manager”, Fall Leaf Pick-Up, Lansdowne Police Update, Celebration Theater’s Third season, HOUSE NUMBER DISCOUNT, Lansdowne Caring Citizen Award, WORD’S OUT Lansdowne Library News, Have you checked out the New Lansdowne Web Site?, Lansdowne Welcomes New Police Officers, Lansdowne REMINDERS, Lansdowne Symphony Orchestra Starts 57th Season

MAYOR’S COLUMN “Meet the New Manager”

By Jayne Young

New Borough Manager
David Forrest

I had the pleasure of taking our new Borough Manager to lunch Monday. We went to Doyle’s Deli and Bob Doyle bought us both lunch, but I get credit for reaching for the check. David comes to us from Pottstown where he was the assistant Borough manager for seven years. Before that he was with the Pennsylvania Economy League. So while we ate we talked about Lansdowne and the challenges facing him in his new position.

Ann (waitress):
What are you two going to have?

I’ll have the turkey special, not too messy, an order of fries and an iced tea.

Can I get a chef salad with bleu cheese dressing and a coke?

Coming right up.

So David, are you married? Children?

I am married to Amy and we have a daughter Sarah, 14 and a son Matthew, 10.

Pottstown is a lot like Lansdowne only bigger. Can you compare the two?

Pottstown is much bigger, but Lansdowne has a much more attractive downtown area. It is a little easier to get to Pottstown because there is better highway access. That may impact on the development of your down town area. That said, I think there is so much potential for growth here. Obviously, residents here have a lot of pride in their neighborhood. Oh, and I really like all the trees.

Do you have a vision?

I feel the Borough Manager is the staff position that helps facilitate the realization of the Council and Mayor’s vision. I do have some contacts though that may be helpful on the state level.

Here you go. Need any more iced tea?

Yes, thank you. So David, read any good books lately?

I am reading “Fast Food Nation” by Eric Schlosser. It’s pretty good. This salad is delicious by the way.

Bob Doyle (owner Doyle’s Deli):
Hi, I’m Bob. Welcome to Lansdowne.

Thank you. I’m David Forrest. (They shake hands).

Bob is from a long time Lansdowne family. His brother owns Doyle Stonelake Funeral Home.

Nice to me you.

Enjoy your meal.

So what do you do with the downtown area, where do you start?

You have to encourage developers to take a look at what there is to offer. You then have to help find money to make things happen. The job is bigger than most borough budgets can handle so you need outside funding. I have some experience with economic revitalization. In Pottstown, we were working on several projects to enrich the borough. So I have experiences that may help me here. There is a lot that can happen. Boroughs and small towns are different from other places. People who live in them understand the closeness. It’s a different philosophy.

Well, I am happy you accepted the job. You were my number one choice. It’s nice to have some one that understands the “small town” way of thinking.

Well, I’m glad I took the job. I really look forward to working with everyone on the Council and the staff at the Borough. Today is turning out to be a really nice day so far!


2002 Helms Award



Was presented to Elise DeLaCova (second from right) by Mayor Jayne Young (far right). This award is given each year for “service beyond all recompense”. Also present are past Helm’s Award recipients former Mayor Jack Rankin, Matt Schultz, Helen Barcalow, Nancy Runk and Bertha Phillips.

Fall Leaf Pick-Up

Leaf collection begins on October 21 and runs through December 13 th . The schedule is weather and leaf volume dependent. The pick-up routes are the same as the ones the Borough uses for recycling. Your pick-up day is the same as your recycling day but will be the following week. For example, if are recycling route “One” with a pick-up every other Tuesday then your leaves will be collected on the Tuesday following your recycling pick-up.

Residents are requested to rake leaves into the street next the curb. Please, do not park on leaf piles. The highway department employees will need access to the piles of leaves in order to vacuum them up. You may of course bag your leaves if you prefer and place them curbside for collection.

We appreciate residents’ patience and cooperation.

Lansdowne Police Update

We continue to see personnel changes in the department. At the May meeting of Borough Council, Mayor Young swore-in two new full-time police officers. Officer Thomas Murphy and Officer Marc Mugler started their careers as Lansdowne Police Officers. You can learn more about them, as well as all the Lansdowne Police officers on our official web site: Logon and check it out.

The police department has obtained several new devices to aid in educating and protecting the pedestrians and motorists of Lansdowne. In late June we began using the PenDOT approved “Pedestrian Channelizing Devices” at locations along Baltimore Ave. and Lansdowne Ave. These devices are designed to encourage pedestrians to cross the roadway in designated crosswalks.

The signs also assist in reminding motorists that in accordance with the PA Vehicle Code, Section 3542 motorists are required to YIELD to pedestrians in a crosswalk or when crossing at an intersection without a crosswalk. Fines of $25 plus costs can be imposed for violators. We have ordered additional signs to be used around Ardmore Ave. School and at selected school crossings in the Borough. They should be in place by the start of the school year in September.

We have also obtained a grant to purchase a (S.M.A.R.T.) Speed Monitoring and Awareness Radar Trailer, which is used to remind motorists of the posted speed limit as well as their actual speed. It is anticipated that we will take delivery of this device before the school year begins. We thank State Representative Nicholas Micozzie and former Mayor Mollie Repetto for their assistance in obtaining the grant for this device. You will nodoubt see it at numerous locations around town.

In closing I would like to give a reminder to all residents that school will be back in session the first week of September. Please obey all speed limits in town, particularly in our school zones.

Residents are encouraged to join with police and take an active part in protecting our community. If you see or hear anything of a suspicious nature, report it immediately by dialing 9-1 -1. Together, we can make a difference!

4th Annual Lansdowne Borough Halloween Party

Please join friends and neighbors for fun and games. Lansdowne residents 12 and under are welcome! Come in Costume!

Date: Sunday, 10/27/02
Place: Twentieth Century Club
Time: 2:00 — 3:30PM

Fun, Food and Games for all!

Celebration Theater’s Third season

Lansdowne’s own semi – professional theater is just a month away from beginning its third season of great theater, right here in town at the historic Twentieth Century Club Building. Over 2,000 people attended last years shows, and Geoffrey Berwind, founder and Executive Director of Celebration Theater is enthusiastic about the four productions planned for this season.

Just right for Halloween, the first show is “The Woman in Black,” a chilling and highly dramatic ghost story set on the marshes in southern England. This show runs October 11-27. A free bonus for those attending will be fireside readings, before the show, of original Lansdowne ghost stories created by resident Al Them, and Ghost Walks.

The classic holiday fantasy “Miracle on 34th Street” is the Christmas offering, and this production will feature many local residents, such as Fire Chief Bob Herre as the judge. Members of the Lansdowne Post Office will be delivering the mail that proves Santa is alive and well! The production opens December 6 and runs for twelve performances through December 22.

In February, Celebration Theater will present “Fame”. A dramatic version based on the movie showing high school students at the New York School of the Performing Arts trying to achieve their dreams. Show dates are February 14 – March 2, 2003.

And to finish the season, the hilarious comedy “I Hate Hamlet” will run from April 25-May 10. The story centers on a soap opera star from L.A. who is invited to play Hamlet in Central Park, NY. He rents the apartment of movie idol John Barrymore (played by Geoffrey Berwind), who shows up in the ghostly flesh, with lots of subsequent laughs.

Come out and support your


The Lansdowne Police department has expressed concern about the lack of visible house numbers on the Borough’s residences.

According to Borough Code, each home requires 4 inch numbers on the front of your home and in the back of your home, if you live on an alley.

To help us with this problem Home Depot on Baltimore Pike in Clifton heights has agreed to give all Lansdowne Residents a 5% discount on all numbers. Just take your number purchase to any register to receive this (numbers only) discount . Proof of residency may be required.

Lansdowne Caring Citizen Award

Lansdowne resident Paige Tuker, age 7, received the Lansdowne caring Citizen Award from Mayor Jayne Young. Paige donated 10 inches of her hair to the “Locks of Love” Program.

“Locks of Love” is a non-profit organization that provides hairpieces to financially disadvantaged children across the United States under age 18 suffering from long-term medical hair loss. These hairpieces help to restore selfesteem and confidence, enabling the children to face the world and their peers.

For more information about the “Locks of Love” program visit their web site

WORD’S OUT Lansdowne Library News

September is a month of new beginnings. For some it is the very beginning of school or the beginning of another school year. It brings the beginning of the Fall Season and all the glorious colors, smells, and tastes of autumn. At the library, it is a new beginning for those who have never had a library card. September is LIBRARY CARD SIGN-UP MONTH. Once you have a card you can begin borrowing books, audiotapes, CD-ROM’s, videotapes, movies, and more from the Lansdowne Public Library and any library in Pennsylvania (Planning a foliage trip, get a library card and bring it along. You might pass a library). It also gives you access to the many databases supplied by the Delaware County Library System and the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania. Many of the databases (great for homework, research, and general interest) are available from home. All you need is a LIBRARY CARD!

Getting a library card is as easy as pie (a great fall taste and smell). All that is required is that you come to the library, show proof of your address (driver’s license, bank check, first class cancelled letter, rental agreement), and fill in an application. Children under the age of 18 must have a parent or guardian sign their application. Your card will be given to you on the spot! Simple as pie.

So, begin your September with a new library card. It will bring you hours of enjoyment, both at the library and home, all year round. We look forward to seeing you and working with you this fall, winter, spring, and summer. Oh, don’t be surprised if you find that when you come to the library you see many of your neighbors.

It’s a great gathering Place!

Have you checked out the New Lansdowne Web Site?

Make sure you check out the Lansdowne Borough web site, This new web site designed by Hoff Communications in Lansdowne is full of everyday information, pictures and history. This site was designed to help answer any questions you may have on meeting dates, important ordinance and code issues. It is a way of connecting with your community and is a valuable tool for new residents and people interested in moving to our town.

So if you are looking for a map of town, dates for the next council meeting, volunteer information, finding out when your trash will be collected, or what classes are being offered by the Recreation Department this fall, give the Borough web site a visit. The site is updated on a regular basis and is also a great link to other Borough Related web sites like Lansdowne Library, Celebration Theater, Girl Scouts, Girls and Boys Clubs, LBPA and the Lansdowne Police and Fire Company.

Any suggestions or comments are greatly appreciated and can be e-mailed from the site. Check us Out!

Lansdowne Welcomes New Police Officers

During the April 15th Borough Council meeting two new Lansdowne Police Officers were sworn in by Mayor Young. These Officers were hired to replace retiring officers Sgt. Oreskovich and Sgt. O’Donnell and started working on May 20, 2002.

Marc Mugler is 35 years old, married, has a 3-year old daughter and resides in Broomall. He is was a part-time officer in Brookhaven where he was a Fire arms Instructor and a member of the Bike Patrol Unit. Marc grew up in Lansdowne.

Thomas Murphy is a veteran of the US Navy. He is 31 years old and married with no children. He currently living in North Wales, PA and was a police dispatcher in Upper Dublin. He is originally from Connecticut.

New Police Officer Marc Mugler being sworn in by Mayor Jayne Young as his wife Barbara holds the bible and Chief Dan Kortan (far left) and daughter looks on.

New Police Officer Tom Murphy (center) is sworn in by Mayor Young while his wife Donna hold the Bible and Chief Dan Kortan (far left) looks on.


Be noise considerate:
Are you a budding rock star practicing in your room every night, window open, until the wee hours of the morning? (Or does this remind you of your son or daughter?) Believe it or not you neighbor doesn’t want to hear your rise to stardom. Lansdowne does have noise ordinances and the Police are getting way too many calls for what is basically neighbors being very inconsiderate of each other. So think before you plug in, leave your dog barking, or party all night.

Lansdowne Trash Collection Reminders:
A reminder to all our new residents that Lansdowne Borough does not require you to haul your trash to the curb every trash day. Lansdowne’s sanitation workers collect your trash at the rear of your property each week. It’s helpful to you, keeps Lansdowne looking nice and it’s required by Borough Ordinance. So stop breaking your back and leave it in the rear!

Another thing to note is that Lansdowne does not collect bulk items , (i.e. sofas. Refrigerators, etc.), curbside through the year. We have a Bulk Collection in early Spring when you are welcome to put anything out. But, our sanitation workers are instructed not to pick-up these large items during the year. You are free to call a commercial hauler if you can not wait until the Spring. For more information on Bulk— Pick-Up please contact the Borough office and look for next years dates on the new Recycling Magnet you will be receiving in December.

Dialing 9-11:
In Delaware County if you need Police assistance in any way you must dial 9-1-1. Many people may feel that the problem is not a real emergency so they call their local police station. Your local station can not dispatch officers, they will tell you to hang up and call 9- 1-1 wasting valuable time. If you need a Police Officer (for any reason) you must call 9-1-1.

Lansdowne Symphony Orchestra Starts 57th Season

The Lansdowne Symphony Orchestra, under the direction of Irving Ludwig, opens its 57th season on Sunday, October 27th with a 3:00 PM concert at the Haverford School’s Centennial Hall. Besides works by Goldmark, Gluck and Bach, the concert features Brahms’ Third Symphony and Mahler,s Songs of a Wayfarer sung by mezzo soprano Suzanne DuPlantis. On November 24 at 3:00 PM at the Upper Darby Performing Arts Center, the Lansdowne Symphony Orchestra’s Young Artists Concert will feature audition winners who are 17 years or younger. This is a “mostly Mozart” concert. The orchestra will also play works by Dvorak and Smetana. The fall season ends on December 7th with a special performance of Handel’s Messiah at the Upper Darby Performing Arts Center at 7:30 PM. For more information call 610-284-3719 or visit us at

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