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Borough Newsletter – Spring 2006

Quick Links: mayor’s column, homes for trees, poet laureate news, upcoming events, trash & recycling news, 2005 road program,summer reading at the library, town-wide yard sale,neighborhood watch, smoke alarm warning, keep our creeks clean!, borough meeting dates, important phone numbers

Mayor’s Column by Jayne Young

There is so much important information to read in this Newsletter that I have taken a hiatus from my column. Please read the entire publication, it is fascinating.

Thank you.

Tree Advisory Board is Looking For Homes For a Few Good Trees


Lansdowne residents are encouraged to look down their streets to determine if more trees would be beneficial to the neighborhood.

Lansdowne will donate 50 trees in early April to residents in various neighborhoods. This represents the second phase of the borough’s participation in the Pennsylvania Tree Vitalize.

Before the state delivers the trees the end of March, residents are urged to call Jerry Staiber, 610-284-1493, at the Parks and Recreation Department to nominate their street for the plantings. The Tree Vitalize trees, designated for front lawns, may be requested as small, medium or large. State officials will not offer specific species.

Street trees are desirable, not only for shade and as attractive additions to property, but for removing pollutants from the air, supplying oxygen, reducing air-conditioning costs and decreasing storm water runoff. They also increase property values.

To help organize the sizable project, volunteers will be needed to help with its different aspects. Persons interested may call 610-284-1493. This endeavor is the cooperative effort of Lansdowne’s Tree Advisory Board and the Parks and Recreation Department.

News From the Poet LaureateDan Simpson

Dear Readers,
During the tenure of our first Poet Laureate, Molly Connors, I assisted by organizing a series of readings given by writers from Lansdowne. We developed a loyal but small band of followers who enjoyed the chance to get together each month and explore the creative work of one of our neighbors. When I applied for the job of Poet Laureate, I did so because I wanted to make poetry and other forms of creative writing accessible and pleasurable for all. I wanted to expand the audience for such writing. To that end, I am organizing three events for this spring, and I hope you receive this letter as a personal invitation to join us for as many of these events as you can attend. You don’t have to know anything about poetry or writing. You don’t even have to know yet whether you like poetry and other forms of creative writing. You only need to have an open mind and a desire to do something good for the soul. Here’s what’s coming up this spring:


A Reading by Dan Simpson, Lansdowne’s Poet Laureate
Lansdowne Public Library, 55 South Lansdowne Avenue
Friday, March 31, 7:30 p.m.

Lansdowne Reads Its Favorite Poems
Twentieth Century Club, 84 South Lansdowne Avenue
Friday, April 28, 7:30 p.m.

Do you know of poems that speak to you, haunt you, make you laugh out loud? Please bring at least one favorite poem that you would be willing to share with the rest of us. Think of it as a kind of poetry potluck party.

So You Want to Write: A Workshop for Beginners and Those Who Already Know They Love Writing,
Led by Dan Simpson
Lansdowne Public Library, 55 South Lansdowne Avenue
Sunday, May 7, 1:00 to 4:00

In a relaxed and supportive environment, we will explore techniques for "jump-starting" those poems and stories you would like to get down on paper. We will get beyond writer’s block and shyness to the bold, hot writing that waits within you.

Please RSVP for all these programs; knowing the size of our group will help me plan. You can reach me at (610) 622-3212 or dansimpson@comcast.net.

UPCOMING EVENTS

Primary Election Day May 16th
Don’t Forget To Vote
Animal Friends of Lansdowne presents "Paws For Kindness Day"
Saturday May 13th.
Go to animalfriendsoflansdowne.com for more information.
Friendship Circle Senior Center Needs You
Volunteer as a Meal Driver or an Escort Meal Runner. You can help brighten up the life of a homebound older adult with a sunny smile and a nutritious meal!Call Dixie at 610-237-6222 ext. 26
Arbor Day Celebration
Friday April 28th, 1pm.
Sycamore Park. All welcome.
May is No Place For Hate Month.
Check the Web Site for scheduled Activities to celebrate Tolerance and Diversity in Lansdowne.
Darby Creek Clean Up
Saturday, April 22, 2006.
At various locations along the creek. Bring shoes that will get wet, gloves and trash bags and join the fun. Captains needed for Hoffman Park and any other location that people would like to be part of this annual creek cleanup.
For additional information please call 610-583-0788 or log on to www.dcva.org.
When Union AA comes calling for 4th of July donations please be generous

No Borough funds go towards the days events.

The Friends of the Lansdowne Public Library
"Antiques, Etc."
April 29th from 10AM to 3PM at the historic Twentieth Century Club. This will be an
opportunity for you to find out what your "antiques" are worth. Professional appraisers will be there to evaluate your items. A $5.00 fee for each item appraised to benefit our very special library.
Lansdowne Borough
No Place For Hate Committee
THANKS

MarWin Shop and BagMy Old Place Bakery
Wawa
For their generous contributions of refreshments at the No Place For Hate Gathering.
Lansdowne Boys and Girls Club
Baseball and Softball registration happening now.
Go to: eteamz.active.com/lansdowne For more information
Lansdowne Folk Club
Thursday, March 23rd: Female Singer-Songwriter Showcase
Thursday, April 20th: Tanglefoot
Thursday, May 25th: MINAS
Friday, June 2nd: Acoustic Blues Review Benefit Fundraising Concert

All shows at the Twentieth Century Club. For info visit lansdownefolkclub.org or call 610-622-7250

Lansdowne Symphony
The Three B’s Sunday, March 26, 2006
Spring Fantasy Sunday, May 21, 2006

All Shows at the Upper Darby Performing Arts Center 3 pm. For more information visit: Lansdownelso.org

TRASH & RECYCLING NEWS

RECYCLING:

Just a reminder that we recycle curbside clear glass, bi-metal/aluminum cans, paper (newspaper, magazines and phone books with cover off , cardboard boxes, etc.). Please separate recyclables. We just ask that cardboard boxes be flattened and secured together with twine or tape. Walter starts his recycling day at 7:00 am. Therefore, it is extremely important that your recycling is on your curb BEFORE 7:00 am. This way you don’t run the risk of being skipped. If you don’t have a recycling magnet, give me a call and I’ll mail you one, or you can pick one up at Borough Hall , or go to www.lansdowneborough.com and print out a schedule! If you need a recycling container, please give Betsy at Borough Hall a call and one will be dropped off to your home. Or, you can stop by Borough Hall and pick one up!

TRASH:

We would appreciate any bags of trash that are above and beyond your "normal" garbage to be placed on your curb. (i.e. you did a weekend basement cleanup and you’ve got 3 bags of trash; you cleaned out your garage, etc). Just a reminder that SMALL items like a small end table, vacuum cleaner, plastic lawn chair, bar stool (you get the point), can be placed on your CURB the day of your trash for your normal twice a week trash collection.
Again we can’t stress enough that it’s extremely important to have a lid on your trash can. 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 trash can needs to be in a secured plastic bag. NO CARDBOARD BOXES FILLED WITH TRASH. If it rains the box gets wet and the contents will fall out the bottom. Cardboard is recycling and the trash needs to be in the can in a bag, please!

BULK PICK UP:

Bulk pick up is going great! Here are some things to keep in mind so I can better assist you. Don’t forget that you need to schedule a bulk pick up. You will then be given a date and advised when you can place your items on the curb. Please don’t put your stuff out and then call, as bulk is by a pre-scheduled appointment only. If you’re moving, please call Betsy well in advance to set up dates for bulk. This way we can work with you to remove your unwanted items and make a stressful time more pleasant.
Click here to schedule that bulk pick up today. Or if you don’t have access to a computer, give me, Betsy, a call (610-623-7300×211) . Your bulk pick up appointment is just a phone call or click away.

2005 Road Program

The Borough is set to begin the 2005 road paving program the second week of September. Here is a list of the effected streets:

  1. Drexel Avenue between Ardmore Avenue and Windermere Avenue;
  2. Runnemede Avenue between Baltimore Avenue and Lacrosse Avenue;
  3. Greenwood Avenue between Highland Avenue and Wycombe Avenue; and
  4. The intersection of Wycombe Avenue and Union Avenue.

Notices will be sent out to effected residents prior to the start of work and some temporary road closings can be expected. All work is expected to be completed within two to three weeks depending on the weather. If you have any questions or concerns, call Borough Hall at 610-623-7300 x211.

Get Ready for Summer Reading at the library!


SPECIAL PETS NEEDED

If you have a special pet that you would like to bring to the Library and share with the kids, please let us know. We are
looking for birds, snakes, ferrets, etc.

Please contact Miss Wendy at 610-623-0239 Ex. 5 to arrange a day and time.

Thank you for your help!!

Summer is just around the corner and the place to be is the Lansdowne Public Library.

Did you know?
The library invites children from birth to teen to join our Summer Reading Program. This year’s theme is "Claws, Paws, Scales and Tales". We have 6 weeks of animal and pet fun planned for the kids. We offer storytimes, children’s book discussion groups, craft programs, teen movie nights, family matinee movies and special entertainment all summer long.

In addition this summer we will be running a 6 week space program called "To the Moon and Beyond" and will be hosting the "Friday Morning Live" programs. This years "Science in the Summer" theme will be Oceanography, (separate registration is required.) We also have an incentive program that will keep the children reading all summer and having fun!!

Why Summer Reading is so important:
Current research indicates that children who read during the summer are more likely to retain what they have learned in school the previous year, and therefore do better when they start school next year. Reading as few as six books through the summer can make the difference between keeping up and falling behind.

What can parents do?

  • Make trips to the library a part of your summer activity routine.
  • Make shared book reading a special time for closeness between you and your child.
  • Designate a minimum of 15 minutes a day for family reading time.
  • Let your child see that YOU enjoy reading.

All programs activities and prizes are FREE, but you must register to be part of the Summer Reading Club. Registration begins on May 28th and all programs are filled on a first come first served basis. So register early.

For more information, please call Miss Wendy, the Youth Services Coordinator at the library, at 610-623-0239 Ex. 5 or come in and visit us.

Lansdowne’s 5th AnnualTown-WideYard Sale Day

Flea market on the Highland Ave. Parking Lot. Proceeds benefit our Sister City, Gautier Ms.

Join the fun!Call Betsy at Borough Hall, 610-623-7300, by April 21 to add your address to the map! Fun and Free for the whole community!

Saturday, May 6
Sales all over town
Maps available at:
Stephanou’s Sunoco, Mar-Win Shop and Bag, Doyle’s Deli, Lansdowne Library, Borough Hall

9:00 AM to ???? PM- Rain or Shine

Neighborhood Watch

NEIGHBORHOOD WATCH is a Crime Prevention program that involves citizens working with each other and with law enforcement agencies to reduce crime and victimization in their communities. It involves:

  • Citizens protecting themselves and their property by using common sense crime prevention practices.
  • Neighbors getting to know each other, watching out for each other and acting on or reporting suspicious activities.
  • Citizens working with groups, community leaders, and more importantly, law enforcement agencies to make entire communities safe and free from crime.

NEIGHBORS LOOKING OUT FOR EACH OTHER.

REMEMBER: Criminals gravitate to places where they feel safe and secure. They avoid neighborhoods where they are likely to get caught. When they are neither wanted nor welcome, they go someplace else.

COMMUNITY WATCH SECURITY TIPS

  1. MAKE YOUR HOME LOOK OCCUPIED: Leave some lights and a radio on when you are out.
  2. LOCK YOUR DOORS: Never leave your house open for "just a moment," always lock your doors when you are out.
  3. USE DEADBOLT LOCKS: A deadbolt lock is a good deterrent to burglars.
  4. DON’T HIDE A KEY OUTSIDE: Burglars know all the secret hiding places.
  5. DRILL AND PIN YOUR WINDOWS: Window locks can be jimmied; pins cannot.
  6. BRACE SLIDING GLASS DOORS: If the door is braced, the only way a burglar can get through it is to break it.
  7. INSTALL GOOD EXTERIOR LIGHTING: Motion sensor lights and other good lights don’t let a burglar hide in the dark.
  8. KEEP BUSHES AND SHRUBS TRIMMED: If bushes are too high, someone hiding near your windows and doors cannot be seen.
  9. STOP MAIL AND PAPER DELIVERIES: If you go on vacation, stop deliveries or have one of your neighbors collect mail and papers.
  10. GET A DOG: Even a small dog may be a deterrent to a burglar.
  11. INSTALL AN ALARM SYSTEM: Houses with alarms are avoided by burglars.

Smoke alarms missing in two thirds of all fatal residential fires

The Borough of Lansdowne Code Department, Lansdowne Fire Marshall and the Lansdowne Fire Company are working together to distribute smoke alarms to any Lansdowne resident who needs them.

A recent report found that 3,400 fatal fires in 2002 that two thirds of the homes smoke alarms were either missing or were not working. Michael D. Brown, Under Secretary of the U.S. Department of Homeland Security for Emergency Preparedness and Response said "Residential structure fires, the very place people should feel the safest, unfortunately account for the vast majority of fires. What’s most worrisome is that in a full two thirds of these fires smoke alarms are missing or not working."

It has been suggested many times that smoke alarms should be tested more frequently and batteries should be replaced every time we change our clocks or at least every six months.

FEMA reports that arson was the leading cause of fatal residential structure fires (22 percent), followed by smoking (21 percent).

"An unacceptable number of Americans are losing their lives and being injured by fires each year," said U.S. Fire Administrator R. David Paulison, "we know that smoke alarms, escape plans, child prevention programs and residential sprinklers save lives. We continue to encourage everyone to take the steps necessary their homes and fire safety today."

Through the Save- A- Life program which is sponsored by Channel 6, Kidde, Blue Cross Blue Shield and PECO the above Departments have received smoke alarms for distribution to any resident who needs them. Please contact Matt Black Fire Marshall to receive this life saving device at no cost. Matt can be reached at the Borough Hall at (610) 623-7300.

Help Keep Our Creeks Clean!Don’t Dump!

The State Department of Environmental Protection has a simple rule for what can enter Lansdowne’s municipal storm water system: WATER ONLY! State and federal clean water regulations, which Lansdowne and other municipalities are required to follow, prohibit anything other than water from entering the storm inlets found on most streets in the Borough.

What does this mean for you? Here are some typical examples:

  • After you mow your lawn, don’t blow or rake the clippings into the street. Rain water can wash them into the storm sewer system. Instead, bag them and place them on the curb for pick up by the Borough’s sanitation department on your next pick up day.
  • If you spill a hazardous chemical, such as antifreeze, on your sidewalk or driveway, don’t wash it into the street. Use an absorbent material like kitty litter or rags to clean it up.
  • If you are doing concrete work on your sidewalk, don’t wash excess material into the street or pour it directly into the storm sewer.
  • If you are power washing your home, don’t use detergents if the wash water might enter the storm sewer system.
  • If you are washing your car, try to use a non-toxic detergent and do the washing on the grass.

Making small changes in the things we do every day can make a big difference in the health of our streams and rivers. Thank you for your cooperation! Lansdowne Borough

Borough Information Meeting Dates 2006

April

Wednesday, April 5, 2006 Borough Council Business Meeting 7:30 PM

Wednesday, April 19, 2006 Borough Council General Meeting 7:30 PM

May

Wednesday, May 3, 2006 Borough Council Business Meeting 7:30 PM

Wednesday, May 17, 2006 Borough Council General Meeting 7:30 PM

June

Wednesday, June 7 , 2006 Borough Council Business Meeting 7:30 PM

Wednesday, June 21, 2006 Borough Council General Meeting 7:30 PM

July

Wednesday, July 5, 2006 Borough Council Business Meeting 7:30 PM

Wednesday, July 19 , 2006 Borough Council General Meeting 7:30 PM

Important Phone Numbers

Emergency 911
Police Department 610-623-0700
Borough Office 610-623-7300
(Fax): 610-623-5533
Overnight Parking 610-623-7677
Tax Collector 610-623-2357

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