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The Borough of Lansdowne Pennsylvania The Borough of Lansdowne Pennsylvania

Borough Newsletter – Spring 2002



By Jayne Young

Four months and I still love this job. I have been attending the meetings of many civic and community groups and I remain in awe of all we have to offer our citizenry. With April 21-27 being “National Volunteer Week”, I would like to invite all residents of the Borough to reintroduce themselves to the joy of volunteerism.

I received a copy of the “Greater Philadelphia Regional Review”. It’s a publication whose focus is to examine issues and ideas for Greater Philadelphia’s leaders. I guess that’s why I am on the mailing list, being a leader and all! In the Winter 2002 issue there is an article called “A Civic Nation”. It is a discussion of volunteerism and social capital, and addresses the need for community involvement. According to the article, “Community ties are linked to happiness”. “Social connectedness is a much stronger predictor of perceived quality of life in a community than the community’s income or educational level.” In a nut shell: be happy, volunteer!

When I joined this community in 1983 1 found it was easier to make Lansdowne home by becoming involved in the school groups and civic organizations (Look where that led me.)

Because we have so many new residents, the borough published a list of all known community groups with their contact numbers in the last newsletter (copies of that list are still available).

Yes, this town is changing and I think for the better. As we become more diverse we have more opportunities for positive change. It creates a challenge for your government to bring the groups together. No one wants to feel like an outsider in his own neighborhood. Your Borough government has an obligation to see that doesn’t happen.

Let me know your interest via e-mail, and I will make every effort to connect you with a group that fits your needs. The Union Athletic Association alone has a punch list of 105 jobs linked to the 4th of July celebration.

It takes some vision and a whole lot of effort to involve residents in their own community. Some people might think they are too busy living life to make a commitment on any level, but that just isn’t true. Everyone can do something. It may be an hour on clean up day, or attending one meeting a month in your area of interest. Life is too short to deny yourself the joy that comes with being involved. Your health and happiness depend on it. Try it for a while and you will see how addictive it can become to be in the know, be part of the plan, and to be part of the solution. These are natural highs. Be proud to be part of Lansdowne Borough.

This is your community, be part of its future.

At the February Council meeting Officer James McCaughan was promoted to the rank of Sergeant. There to share this honor with him were, (From left to right), his father James, grandmother Madeline Lincoln, sister Lisa, mother Madeline, wife Dia, brother Robert (a Clifton Police Officer), his grandfather George Lincoln, Sergeant MeCaughan and Mayor Young.


On March 13, 2002 the Lansdowne Public Library began using the new computer system that soon all the libraries in the Delaware County Library System (DCLS) will be using. The new system will make it easier for you to obtain information about books and other items held at any of the DCLS libraries. Eventually, you will be able to place requests and reserves from home and access information to your own account. We are very excited about this new system. Please be patient with us while we learn all there is to know of its capabilities.

A library card from the Lansdowne Public Library is your pass to many opportunities. It gives you borrowing privileges to visit libraries in Pennsylvania, it gives you home access to online databases (supplied by DCLS and the State of PA) where you can find full text articles from thousands of magazines, science experiments, multicultural information, health and business information, poetry, book resources, and much more. Best of all, your Library card saves you money!

The average hardcover book costs about $20.00 at local bookstores. If you read 24 books a year (2 a month) you Will spend $480.00 a year on books. If you live to the ripe old age of 100, you will have spent $48,000.00 on books in your lifetime.

The Library’s Summer Programs will begin the middle of June. The kickoff program “Mimely Yours, Laura” will be on June 20th at 6:30PM at the Lansdowne Public Library (registration is required). The theme for the summer is “Be a Star at Your Library.” All programs are centered on the arts (music, dance, puppetry, etc) Registration begins May 28th for the Summer Reading programs and for Science-In-the-Summer (sponsored by Glaxo Smith Klein). This year’s science theme is “Physical Science.” We also have summer programs for teens (Teen Beat) and adults.

The Lansdowne Public Library is the place to be all year round.

Mayor Young presents the “Lansdowne Caring Citizens Award” to Hayden Dahmm a student from Lansdowne Friends School who has created and published a comic book. Proceeds from the sale of this comic book will be donated to the American Red Cross.


The Annual Arbor Day Celebration will take place on Friday, April 26, 2002 at 1:00 p.m. at Sycamore Park, (LaCrosse and Wycombe Ayes.). All are welcome to attend. Fourth Grade students from Lansdowne Elementary schools will attend the celebration and the Tree Advisory Board is sponsoring an essay contest for the fourth graders.

Local Fifth Graders have been invited to enter the National Arbor Day Poster Contest sponsored by the National Arbor Day Foundation.

A special garden ecology day is being planned for Saturday April 27th. Details will be provided later.

The Tree Advisory Board has been working with the Park and Recreation Board as consultants on the development of Reservoir Park. Engineering students from Drexel University have been developing a plan for a park.


By Norman Council

The Borough is participating in four related initiatives related to community and economic development. As a member of the Eastern Delaware County Council of Governments, Lansdowne participated in a $45,000 dollar study of land use along the Baltimore Ave. Corridor. This study, performed by the Delaware Valley Regional Planning Commission, has made several recommendations for improvements along Baltimore Avenue as it runs through Lansdowne. Related to this study is a second initiative, undertaken by PennDOT, for signal improvement and coordination along Baltimore Ave. This project, which will cover Baltimore Ave. from Bishop Ave. to Church Lane, is funded primarily by the Federal Government and seeks to improve traffic flow along this segment of Baltimore Ave, which contains three of the ten worst performing intersections in Delaware County.

A third initiative is the planned update of the Comprehensive Plan. Lansdowne will be joining with East Lansdowne Borough in this effort, which will cost about $35,000 and is funded jointly through the Land Use and Technical Assistance Program of the Department of Community and Economic Development, Community Development Block Grant Funds and funds provided by East Lansdowne and Lansdowne.

Finally, the Lansdowne Economic Development Corporation has received funding to complete and market a study that will be used in future economic development activities in the borough.


What is the Handy Hands Registry? Handy Hands Registry is a program of Mid County Senior Services and a referral service. It maintains a directory of individuals who will perform home support and home repair services at reasonable rates for the over 60 population.

How does the Registry work? Consumers contact Mid County Senior Services who give them the names of several workers who will provide the requested service. The consumer selects the worker and is responsible for negotiating wages, payment schedule and work. (Note: Please make sure your contractor is licensed to work in Lansdowne).

What types of services do workers provide? Housecleaning, Lawn Care, Painting, Roofing & Siding, Electrical, Plumbing… and more.

Call Mid County Senior Services at 610-353-6642 for more information.


The Borough has mulch which was created from last years’ Christmas trees stockpiled in Hoffman Park. The mulch pile is located in the parking lot at Hoffman Park located on Scottdale Road. Residents are welcome to take what they need to “spruce” up their gardens for the spring planting season.


The following schedule has been set for bulk trash collections for 2002:

  • WEST SIDE (West of Owen Avenue and North of Baltimore Avenue) will be from April 22nd – April 26th
  • EAST SIDE (East of Owen Avenue and North of Baltimore Avenue) will he from April 29th – May 3rd
  • SOUTH SIDE (South of Baltimore Avenue) will be from May 6th – May 10th

We will not be able to collect items that weigh over 200 pounds or items over six feet long (unless it’s a piece of furniture). Be sure to have your bulk trash items at your curb by 8 a.m. the first day of your collection week. Different items are collected on different days, so not all of your items will disappear at the same time. Be sure to keep your recyclables separated from your bulk trash.

Any materials such as oil or paint will not be collected with bulk trash. Delaware County has household hazardous waste collection dates; brochures are available at Borough Hall.

And please remember that Lansdowne only collects bulk items like this once a year. Please don’t put appliances, mattresses and other objects like this out during the year. They will not be picked up by our sanitation workers.

Please feel free to call a licensed commercial hauler during the year if you need something removed.


How could we make Bulk Pick-Up any more fun? Hold a Giant Town Wide Yard Sale the weekend before!

DATE: Saturday, April 20th
9:00 AM to 1:00PM (Rain or Shine)

PLACE: All Participating Homes
Fun for the whole community!
Make a few bucks!
Save the Borough money in trash removal!

Please call the Borough office (610-623-7300) by April 10th to have your address added to the map. Maps with all participating homes will be available at several locations around town including, Doyles Deli, Lansdowne Station Cafe, Baltimore Junction, the Library, Linda’s Custom Cuts, Marwin Shop-N-Bag, Stephano’s Sunoco and Eagle Bank.

Call the Borough office for more information!!


By Betsy Riffert

Betcha didn’t know that the Borough receives money every time we pick up your recycling? In addition I’ll betcha didn’t know that the Borough applies for a grant using the recycling tonnage as the measure for its size. Those funds go towards your recycling magnets, helps offset the cost of the Borough Newsletter, and can even help with the purchase of miscellaneous recycling needs (trucks, buckets, etc.). There are also several grants available to the Borough that help cover the cost of anything we do to help educate residents about recycling.

Our “newspaper recycling” is not just for newspaper. We will gladly accept phone books, magazines, your empty cereal boxes and those boxes that your Christmas or birthday gifts came in. (No items that have been in contact with food, such as pizza boxes or dog and cat food bags). The “aluminum and bimetal cans” recycling will also take the metal lids off your clear glass pasta sauce container. When you put that clear glass in “it’s proper recycling container, take the lid and toss it in the metals container.

So each time you go to throw out that soda can, those six telephone books and that pickle jar, remember this; Every piece of recycling keeps your community a cleaner place to live, and helps cover the costs that accompany the task of recycling.

Stay tuned for more “Riffs Recycling Report” in your next newsletter.


By Mayor Young and Richard Bevilacqua

To begin with, let me say that no one at the Borough is minimizing or trivializing the conditions under which our residents are living.

Now lets look back before the whole sewer project began. Remember having your whole family over for the holidays. One too many flushes and “Gee what is that smell”. Or maybe you are driving home after a big rain on the east side, “Gee, I didn’t know a river runs through town”. Raw sewage, flooding streets, basements full of water. This is what the residents of S. Union, S. Maple, Nyack, Elberon, S. Highland, E. Baltimore all of Wycombe and W. Stratford have been living with for years. When the early residents of Lansdowne planted those tiny Maples and Oaks along the streets they could never have anticipated the damage they would eventually do to the sewer infrastructure.

I asked the Borough Engineer to explain the two and one half milliondollar project to me for my own edification. Here is what he said, “The project consists of approximately 330 linear feet of 42″ diameter storm sewer and 550 linear feet of 12″ diameter sanitary sewer 5400 linear feet of 8″ and 10″ sanitary sewer… 1600 linear feet of 18″ and 36″ Storm sewer and 1450 linear feet of concrete box culvert… Both systems had to bore under the SEPTA tracks and required the installation of a 24” steel casing blah, blah, blah.

The bottom line for the people of Lansdowne has been noise, dirt, mud, and inconvenience in unbelievable measure. So what do we get for 2.5 million dollars and a lot of aggravation? We get new storm and sanitary sewer, and various gas, water, electric, telephone and communication upgrades. The whole project was supposed to be completed at the end of January 2002. Due to the complexity of the project and underground surprises we have seen a twomonth extension. It should be noted that the delays have been brought on by the inclusion of the utilities in the project. We feel strongly that N. Abbonizio Constractors has done their best to bring this project in on time.

So with the spring the roads will be paved and new sidewalks and curbs. The town will be made whole again. The bad memories will fade and we can invite any number of family for the next holiday meal without fear of too many flushes.


There have been a few personnel changes in the police department since the last newsletter. In February, two of our Sergeants retired after long and distinguished careers. Joachim Oreskovich retired after completing 25 years of service. He joined the department in 1977 and was promoted to Sergeant in 1984. Robert O’Donnell retired after completing 35 years of service. His career began in 1967 and he was promoted to Sergeant in 1973. Bob has been working as a Detective since 1984.

Both these men are a credit to our profession and Lansdowne has been fortunate to have enjoyed the services and talents of these two dedicated public servants. We wish them health and happiness in their retirement.

In conjunction with these retirements, we have experienced growth and maturity of our younger officers. James McCaughan was promoted to the rank of Sergeant in February. Jim has been with the department since 1996 and his promotion was made at the recommendation of the Civil Service Commission and the Chief of Police. Officer Daniel Donegan has been placed in the Detective Unit as a Criminal Investigator. We are also in the process of testing to hire new police officers. We expect to have two new officers on board, hopefully by the May Council meeting.

With the approach of Spring we want to remind everyone of a few safety concerns. Bicycle theft is a big business in the warmer weather. Cyclists are reminded to keep their bike locked when not in use. You should also keep the make, model and serial number of the bike in a secure location in the event you are the victim of theft. With this information, police have a better chance of identifying and returning your property if found. Car windows should be kept up and the doors locked when not in use. Open cars are an invitation to a thief.

The 2nd annual Lansdowne Police Day will be Sunday, May 19, 2002. Plans are in the works to make this event bigger and better than last year. Information will be posted on the William Penn School District channel.

Finally, the police department can be reached via email. Our email address is Every attempt will be made to respond to any email received but please remember this is NOT for emergencies or anything requiring a police response. You should still call 9-1-1 for prompt police response.


The Anti Defamation League is dedicated in purpose and program to defending democratic ideals, safeguarding civil rights and combating prejudice, discrimination and bigotry of all kinds. Their “No Place For Hate” program is a community based campaign that empowers participants to challenge anti-Semitism, racism, hate bigotry in all forms. The Borough of Lansdowne through a Proclamation signed on February 20th supports the mission statement of the Anti Defamation League, and the “No Place For Hate” program and has declared Lansdowne to be “No Place For Hate.”

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