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Borough Newsletter – Fall 2004

Jump to: Mayor’s Column, Lansdowne is No Place For Hate, Police Dept. News, Crossing Guards Needed, Recycling & Trash News, Relief from Leaflets, Fall Leaf Pick Up, Friends of the Lansdowne Library, Philadelphia Airport Extension Project

Mayor’s Column – Jayne C. Young

Don’t Forget to Vote November 2, 2004

"A citizen of America will cross the ocean to fight for democracy, but won’t cross the street to vote in a national election".
– Bill Vaughan

2004 is an election year . We are approaching the deadlines to register to vote. But, there’s still time. You can still participate in this years election . Can’t make it November 2nd? Why not vote Absentee? The deadline for registration is October 2, or 30 days prior to election day. Absentee votes must be received by the Board of Elections by 5pm October 29th. Nothing can be changed without participation. Remember: It’s your air, your money, your education, your neighborhood, your health care. In the 80’s, Lansdowne received the Pennsylvania State Total Voter Award for Boroughs over 10,000 in population. Let’s win that recognition again. Won’t you please join me at the polls on election day November 2, 2004.

Second Annual Lansdowne Arts Festival September 17th, 18th and 19thThis year’s Lansdowne Arts Festival is bigger and better. All of the participants either live in or have a an historical connection with Lansdowne. The purpose of this great event is to showcase and promote Lansdowne as a community of the arts.

The Art show has been expanded to two full days. Artists, musicians, performers and residents will gather for three days of art, live music, theatre, film, children’s events, book signings and poetry readings. This year’s festival, which is free and open to the public, has grown to include more than 35 artists and a silent art auction. Live music will feature solo acts as well as Brazilian jazz, rock, pop, folk, blues, swing, and a teen concert. Lansdowne Poet Laureate, Molly Connors, will be hosting poetry and short fiction readings during the event.

One major feature of this year’s event will be the Garden Church and Simpson Senior Services presentation of the Dedication Concert for Simpson Gardens on Sunday, September 19th, 2004, at 3:00 p.m., in The Garden Church sanctuary located at Lansdowne & Stratford Aves. The concert will feature the world premiere of "The Living Cathedral", a cantata scored for chorus, brass quintet, and organ. The cantata, composed by Geoffrey Peterson, was commissioned for the dedication of Simpson Gardens through a grant from the American Composers Forum Community Partners program. A dedication and reception at Simpson Gardens will immediately follow the concert. For more information, please visit

For the first time ever, Lansdowne is publishing an Art Poetry book titled "Seedlings". Copies of the book will be available for purchase. If you carry your book with you to the Art show and the poetry readings, I am sure you can get autographs from the participants.

Finally, one added feature that was much requested last year – food! There will be food vendors located throughout town and at both major venues of the event.

So come, listen, look, buy, eat and have fun!

Lansdowne is a No Place For Hate Community

Lansdowne is proud to be a "No Place For Hate" community. But how do we earn and keep this designation, and what does it really mean to us as residents? This program, sponsored by the Anti-Defamation League, calls upon and empowers participating communities to challenge racism, anti-Semitism, hate and bigotry in all forms. Each year, the borough re-qualifies for this program by completing activities that support its mission. Lansdowne continues to apply annually for NPFH status because your government deems it essential to the spirit of respect that we wish to nurture in our town.

It is well known that bigotry is most often the result of ignorance borne of unfamiliarity. We strive, therefore, through our own NPFH activities, to foster comfort, understanding, peace and security for all citizens of Lansdowne. A committee is in place to develop and oversee our activities for the NPFH program. If you have any ideas or concerns to share, please contact Mayor Jayne Young, who heads this committee, at 610-623-7300 or email her at

Lansdowne met last year’s program obligation through, among other things, special police training. If you or someone you know is harassed or discriminated against for any reason, please request immediate police assistance by calling 911. 911 is the only vehicle for us to report problems to the Lansdowne police, and they hope that you will not hesitate to do so.

Working together is the best way for us to make Lansdowne "No Place For Hate."

News From the Police Department Police Chief Daniel J Kortan

Two of the problems that police deal with on a daily basis which seem to never go away nor get resolved to everyone’s satisfaction revolve around dogs and parking. Residents should realize that state and local regulations specify that you must keep your dog on a leash at ALL times, and must always clean up after them. In addition, all dogs must have a current rabies vaccination and a county dog license. Dogs which are left alone for long periods and bark incessantly will also subject their owners to fines for disturbing the peace.

Residents and visitors are reminded that parking on ALL streets in the borough is prohibited between 2AM and 6AM unless you have an overnight permit. Visitors can call for short term permission to park overnight, but no more than 5 nights in a 30 day period will be granted without special permission from the office of the Chief of Police.

We would also like to remind everyone that all Overnight Parking Permits expire at the end of each year. You can re-new your permit beginning in Mid-October. The annual cost for an overnight parking permit is $40. Permits can be renewed at the Police Station between 8am and 10pm Monday – Friday. More information on parking is available on the Police Department web page at

The Police Department would like to give a reminder to all motorists that school will be back in session the first week of September. Please obey all speed limits in town, particularly in our school zones. Students should be made aware that if they are observed walking around town during school hours, they may be stopped and required to provide information on why they are not in school. Police will notify the school district of all students who are found off school property during the school day.

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 keep Lansdowne one of the finest communities in the county!

Crossing Guards Needed

The Lansdowne Police Department is looking for a few good men and women to work as crossing guards. Dependability a must! For more information, please contact Police Secretary, Nancy Johnsen at the Lansdowne Police Department, 12 E. Baltimore Ave. 610-623-0700.

Recycling, Trash, Bulk Pick Up and Hazardous Waste Drop Off News

Recycling: If you need a recycling container, just call Betsy at Borough Hall and one will be delivered. Just a reminder that the Borough has curbside recycling of clear glass, bi-metal/aluminum cans, paper (newspaper, magazines, telephone books, old books, cardboard boxes, etc.) Cardboard boxes should be flattened and secured with twine or tape. Walter starts his recycling day at 7:00 am. Please have your recycling on the curb before 7:oo am. This way you don’t run the risk of being skipped.

Trash: It’s that time of year for grass clippings, tree trimming, leaf raking and hedge clipping. We will gladly take these items from your CURB. Please place your grass clippings/leaf rakings in a plastic bag. Tree twigs or brush should be cut to 3 feet or less and secured with tape or twine. Just be sure it’s not too heavy. This should also be placed on your CURB for you’re twice a week trash pick up. In addition, if you’re cleaning out your basement, shed, etc. and have plastic bags of "junk", please place them also on your CURB. It is extremely important to have a lid on your trashcan. It deters hungry critters and during the hot days, your food waste will not be in the direct heat/sun. In addition, anything that is placed in the trashcan needs to be in a secured plastic bag.

Bulk Pick Up: By giving Betsy at Borough Hall a call (610-623-7300 x211), you can schedule an appointment to have your bulk items picked up. You will be charged $10 for us to collect any item that contains freon (refrigerator, a/c, water cooler, dehumidifier, freezer). This is what we are charged to have the freon removed by a DEP-certified freon recovery company. At this point we’re picking up twice a month and there’s no limit to how many times you can call and have us come out. If you have items like a SMALL end table, vacuum cleaner, plastic lawn chair, bar stool (you get the point), they can be placed on your CURB as regular trash. There’s no need to call to schedule a bulk pick up for items such as those. There is, however, a limit to how much we can take during one visit. Any questions just give Betsy a call.

Hazardous Waste Drop Off: The last drop off of 2004 will occur on 9/17 at Rose Tree Park, Media. In addition to accepting items like paint thinners, antifreeze, oil-based paint, etc., they will be accepting all types of computer equipment and televisions. For more information, please visit their website at, or call the PA DEP at 1-800-346-4242.

New Relief from Unwanted Leaflets

Many Lansdowne residents have experienced unwanted leaflets or flyers littering their driveway, sidewalk or front yard. These "commercial handbills", advertising a variety of products or services, are scattered randomly throughout our residential neighborhoods. More often than not, they are an unsightly nuisance, just another piece of trash we have to throw in the can.

In response to complaints from residents, the Lansdowne BoroughCouncil recently passed an ordinance designed to restrict the distribution of these handbills.

If you are finding your front lawn littered with unwanted material you can now do something about it. In a conspicuous place in front of your house (e.g. on the mail box, fence, or on a stake in your yard) place a sign, poster or sticker (not exceeding two-square feet in area) with these words: "Leave No Un-subscribed Material." This will alert those who are distributing the material that your house is off limits. If, after you have posted your house, you are still receiving these handbills, save one of the handbills and call the Lansdowne Code Enforcement Department at 610-623-7300. A code enforcement officer can help you identify who is delivering the material to your home and bring a stop to it. Please note that because of protections on free speech, the ordinance does not and cannot restrict the distribution of political flyers, certain newspapers and other non-commercial printed materials.

Fall Leaf Pick Up

Leaf collection runs from Monday, 10/18 through Friday, 12/10. The schedule is weather and leaf volume dependent. The pick up routes are the same as they recycling routes. Your pick-up day is the same as your recycling day but will be the following week. For example if you’re recycling route "1" with a pick up every other Tuesday, then your leaves will be collected on the alternate Tuesday. To participate, you are requested to rake leaves ONLY into the street next to the curb. Please do not park on the leaf piles, as we’ll need access to them. Feel free to bag your leaves if you prefer and place them on the curb for pick up. Don’t forget…leaves only. Rocks and sticks will damage the leave machine. We greatly appreciate your patience and cooperation with leaf pick up.

Who are the Friends of the Lansdowne Library? You are, we hope!

The Friends of the Lansdowne Public Library are members of the community dedicated to helping the library meet its ever-changing needs. In this era of government budget cuts, public libraries must rely on their private "Friends" more than ever in order to raise funds. That is what the FLPL is all about. Through our fundraising activities – such as the Nickel Mile Campaign, gift basket raffles, and an ongoing book sale – we help the library to purchase furniture and equipment, to maintain the quality of its collection, and to keep special programs up and running, including a wide array of activities for children.

A donation or $15 for an individual or $25 for a family automatically makes you a Friend of the Lansdowne Public Library. However, any donation, large or small, is greatly appreciated. And frankly, we want more than your money – we want your time, energy, and talent as well. We need your help in planning and carrying out our promotional and fund-raising activities, and we welcome new faces and new ideas!

So if you’d like to make a big difference to the life of Lansdowne, and have some fun along the way, please join us for our monthly meetings (last Monday of the month, at 7:00 pm, in the Bany Room of the library), or contact Helen Bowes at 610-284-1433 for more information about how you can help.

We need all the Friends we can get!

Public Information Meetings for the Philadelphia International Airport Runway 17-35 Extension Project

Environmental Impact StatementThe Federal Aviation Administration will be holding a set of three meetings on the preliminary findings in the Draft Environmental Impact Statement (DEIS) for the Runway 17-35 Extension Project. The purpose of the Project is to reduce delay in the short term at the Philadelphia International Airport. These meetings will give the public the opportunity to learn about the analysis process, preliminary findings of the environmental analyses, the DEIS public review process, and to ask questions about the Project. The meeting content at each meeting will be the same.

These meetings will consist of a presentation followed by a question and answer session. Formal comments on the Project will be accepted after the DEIS is available for public review in October 2004 and at the public hearings on November 16, 17, and 18, 2004.

A public information meeting in our area is scheduled for September 29, 2004 at the Upper Darby High School Auditorium, 601 N. Lansdowne Ave., Drexel Hill, Pa.

For more information, please visit the Runway 17-35 Extension Project EIS web site (

If you are disabled and need special assistance to attend or participate in the meetings, please contact Connerie Cepeda at (215) 751-1400 or at least 5 business days before the meeting you would like to attend.

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