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Borough Newsletter – Spring 2009

Jump To: Mayor’s Column, American Legion Recognition, Dept. 19 Looking for New Members, Spring Storm Water Management, Lansdowne’s Budget, Human Relations Commission, Red, White and Bluesy Social, Upcoming Events, Rain, Roofs, and Runoff, Reduce, Reuse, Recycle, Borough Recycling, Memorial Day Parade, Hoagie Sale, Meeting Dates, 8th Annual Town-Wide Yard Sale

Mayor’s Column 

By Jayne Young

Fun and entertainment is never a budget buster in Lansdowne Borough, even in this tough economy.

Our borough is proud to share space with three premier arts organizations: Celebration Theater, Lansdowne Folk Club, and Lansdowne Symphony. These all offer super affordable, quality entertainment. You can learn more about their current seasons by visiting their web sites which are linked to the borough site.

Arbor Day is April 24th. Every year the Tree Advisory Board hosts an educational event at 1pm. in Sycamore Tree Park. The President of the Tree Advisory Board arranges an informative program for local school students. This event is free, open to the public and a lovely way to spend an afternoon.

The Union AA is hosting a fundraiser at the Twentieth Century Club this April. For a budget friendly $25.00 per person, you can enjoy an evening of food, fun, and entertainment while helping the Union AA raise funds for the July 4th activities.

On May 2nd, the Lansdowne Economic Development Corporation is hosting an Arts and Crafts sale in the main parking lot on Lansdowne Ave. Mother’s Day is coming up. This is a great opportunity to find something interesting and different for your Mom. Or, go ahead, shop for yourself- you deserve it. Then on May 9th, have fun selling at the Town Wide Yard Sale, or look for bargains at other residents’ sales. You know what they say about trash, treasure, and other people. When you get hungry during the day, pick up a hoagie at the Fire House. The Ladies Auxiliary will be selling delicious hoagies at the unbeatable price of $6.00. The ladies make them from scratch and they are delicious.

One of my favorite days of the year is Election Day. May 19th, please, participate in the Democratic process and vote.

The Lansdowne Farmer’s Market returns May 24th. I heard through the grapevine that it will be bigger and better than ever. There is always free entertainment, along with a lovely selection of farm fresh, organic food at affordable prices. This is a great place to connect with friends and meet new people. You can learn more by subscribing to their free e-newsletter at It is chock full of information about the market and all things Lansdowne.

With spring comes yard clean up. It’s a excellent way to spruce up the neighborhood and burn some calories while you work (who needs a gym membership?). To make it even more enticing, the borough offers yard waste pickup on the last Wednesday of the month beginning in May. We provide this service free of charge to residents. We do ask that you place your waste in a container or a paper yard waste bag (available at any hardware store), or bundle it up with string. Place your yard waste at the curb, and we do the rest.

As Spring turns to Summer the Recreational Department offers some great programs for reduced costs to Lansdowne Residents, or as is the case with the Friday Morning Live Program, free. Sponsored by the Lansdowne Allied Youth, these shows are scheduled the last Friday of each week from June 26 through July. Bring your children to the Lansdowne Public Library, 10 am for quality, children’s entertainment.

Finally, for the very best in free entertainment attend a Council meeting! These are held the 1st and 3rd Wednesdays of every month in borough hall, which is located at the corner of Baltimore and Lansdowne Aves.

These meetings are interesting and educational plus you can participate in your government along with the elected, volunteer council and mayor, who are honored to serve. We love to hear from residents about issues and concerns, and to be given an opportunity to help. Join us to learn how your borough is managed, the latest borough projects, and about all the events happening in your town.

Jackie and Javier Bendana
American Legion Recognition

American Legion Post 65 member Bill Jilson, recognized Jackie and Javier Bendana for an act of sweet generosity shown to Capt. Brooke Speers who is stationed in Iraq. The owners of Mission Burrito sent (with the support of the Legion) the Lansdowne native several gallons of Mexican Hot Chocolate to be enjoyed by Capt. Speers and her unit over the holidays. Lansdowne Council thanks the Legion Post and Mission Burrito for their support of our troops stationed overseas.

Fire DepartmentLansdowne’s Volunteer Fire Department is looking for Cadets and Junior Members

Department 19 Looking for New Members

If you are between the ages of 14 and 16, you can become a member of the Lansdowne Fire Company as a Cadet. If you are between the ages of 16 and 17 you can become a Junior member. Stop by the Fire Department Tuesdays and Thursdays at 7pm to speak with Fire Chief , Tom Young, and to pick up an application. Our volunteer department is always looking for adult members as well. Participating in this volunteer work is a great way to serve your community and XXXXXX

Spring Storm Water Management for Residents

By Kevin Lafferty
With everybody’s help we can keep our streams and rivers clean and healthy.

Storm water management should be an important part of all of our lives. Many people are unsure of what exactly they can do to help with the health of our local streams and rivers. All residents should be aware of some of the simple things that they can do to help keep our creeks clean. We will address these issues on a seasonal basis to help remind residents of the importance of keeping our water clean through common sense practices.

Storm Water Storm Water Storm Water Storm Water

Leaks from your vehicles are a sign of trouble and need to be fixed right away. Rain water can wash toxic chemicals into the storm inlets. If a leak needs to be cleaned up, use kitty litter to absorb the substance and sweep up. DO NOT rinse down the street. When your car needs a bath it is best to use commercial car washes since they recycle water and trap dirt and debris. If you do wash your vehicle at home it is best to wash on an unpaved surface so that the water, dirt, and soap can infiltrate into the ground which acts as a natural filter.

Lawn Care:
Use pesticides and fertilizers in recommended amounts. Do not use these items if rain is forecasted since they will be washed away. When mowing your lawn set heights at 3” or so to help develop deeper roots. When finished mowing sweep up clippings and compost if you can. DO NOT sweep or blow grass clippings in to the street. Keep any top soil and mulch piles covered to avoid storm water from washing them away.

Gas and Chemical Storage:
Use all items in the smallest amounts possible. Store all items in leak proof containers.

When walking your pets always pick up waste and dispose of it properly. Your neighbors will appreciate your XXXXX

Lansdowne’s Budget, Your Tax Dollars and More

Your Council takes its responsibility for the financial health of the borough very seriously. In general, the Borough runs its operations using three separate pots of money. In the interest of being transparent we offer this explanation of how funds are collected and spent.

• Liquid Fuels Fund
• Sewer Fund
• General Fund

Revenue for the Liquid Fuels Fund comes from the state taxes we pay at the gas pump and are earmarked by law, for road repair and maintenance.

The Sewer Fund is money set aside specifically for sewer maintenance and repair. Our sewer fees provide the revenue for this fund.

The General Fund pays for all the other Borough operations: Police, Fire, Library, Parks and Recreation, Highway, Sanitation, etc.

General Fund revenue comes from a variety of sources Real estate taxes represent 57% of revenue. Grants, Public Works revenue, Code Department fees and permits, Police Department fees and fines, Recreation Department Fees and other miscellaneous sources provide the remaining 43%.

General Fund monies are spent to support all resident services provided by the borough. The largest expense, 41%, goes towards providing public safety services , police (37%) and fire.(4%). Our Sanitation and Highway department claims 20%. The balance of our expense budget , 39% , pays for Park and Recreation, Library, Codes, Administration, and miscellaneous.

Borough council works very hard to secure state and federal funding for special projects outside of our normal operations budget. This includes such enhancements as park trails, tree plantings, building renovations, and much more. Our borough manager is always on the look out for new grants. Several council members and borough staff recently met with our state and federal elected officials to learn about new funding opportunities.

News From the Lansdowne Human Relations Commission

Did you know that people who live or work in Lansdowne have more legal protections than those who live or work in Upper Darby, Clifton Heights, Springfield, or Montgomery County? More rights, in fact, than almost 80% of Pennsylvanians!

That’s because in March, 2006, Lansdowne Borough Council adopted Ordinance 1215 (available on the Borough website). Known as the Anti-Discrimination Ordinance, 1215 expands on the protections from discrimination offered throughout the Commonwealth by the Human Relations Act.

While we’re in the forefront, we are not alone. Thirteen other municipalities, including Philadelphia, Harrisburg, Pittsburgh, Swarthmore, Allentown, Lancaster, and Scranton, have passed similar ordinances extending protections from discrimination in housing, employment and public accommodations on the basis of sexual orientation, gender expression or identity.

In fact, twenty states (including New York, New Jersey, and Maryland) have provided these protections statewide. Now efforts are underway to do so in Pennsylvania. With 79 co-sponsors from both major parties and support from faith communities, labor unions, citizens groups, and professional organizations, House Bill 300, if passed, would amend the PA. Human Relations Act by adding sexual orientation, and gender identity and expression to more familiar categories such as race, religion, color, gender, national origin, familial status, age, mental or physical disability. That would mean that everyone in the Commonwealth would have the same rights as we do!

If you would like to learn more about this effort, contact Equality Advocates at or call Jake Kaskey at 215-731-1447, ext. 14 now. If you would like to contact our representative in Harrisburg about HB 300, go to or call or visit Representative Nick Micozzie at 6 S. Springfield Rd., Clifton Heights, Pa. 19018. His district phone number is 610-259-2820.

And remember, the Lansdowne Human Relations Commission (HRC) is available to answer your questions, speak to your organization, or provide you with resources and support if you feel you have been the object of illegal discrimination. We believe in liberty and justice for all and ask all who live or work in Lansdowne to know their rights and responsibilities.

You can reach the HRC at or by calling Borough Hall at 610-623-7300.

Red, White and Bluesy Social

Lansdowne’s Union Athletic Association invites you to join them at a fundraiser to support the Lansdowne July 4th Parade and Fireworks celebrations.

Please join your friends and neighbors April 25, 2009, 7:00PM, at the Twentieth Century Club in Lansdowne for a wonderful evening of fine food, beverages, and great music provided by…

The Joe Stevenson Jazz Trio

Tickets are $25.00 per person and all proceeds go directly towards the 2009 July Fourth activities. Please contact Tony Campuzano at 610-259-0543 or Charlie Bowes 610-284-1433 for tickets and additional information.

Upcoming Events

Horseshoe Tournament Fundraiser

The Lansdowne Boys and Girls Club4th Annual Horseshoe Tournament FundraiserSunday, April 26th, 2009, 12pm-Sunset (Rain Date: May 3, 2009), Ardmore Field, Essex & Ardmore, Lansdowne. $20 Pre-registration or $25 at the door. For more info. or to register please call Jane Madden @ 610-623-0803. Snack stand will be open plus trophies awarded to winners!

Primary Election Day May 19th Don’t Forget To Vote


Albert Clinton Wunderlich American Legion Post #65 meets every third Tuesday of each month at 7:30 PM in the Lansdowne Borough Hall.Refreshments are served. Yearly membership fee of $15.00 waived for new members the first year of membership.


The Lansdowne Boys and Girls Club is sponsoring our 2nd annual COW PIE BINGO on Saturday, May 30th, 12 noon, at Green Avenue Field across from Penn Wood HS. If you would like to purchase a raffle ticket ($10 each) please contact Jane Madden (610) 622-6509.You never know where the "chips" will fall!!

Lansdowne Farmers Market

Every Saturday, May 24 to October 25, 9:00 to 1:00
Rain or Shine
Lansdowne Avenue Parking Lot

Season Grand Finale

Lansdowne Symphony Orchestra
Sunday, April 26, 2009, at 3PM
Upper Darby Performing Arts Center, Upper Darby High School

Clancy Newman, Cello Soloist

• A. DVORAK: Cello Concerto No. 2 in B minor, Op. 104
• P.I. TCHAIKOVSKY: Symphony No. 6, Op. 74,

Lansdowne Folk Club

presents a night of folk music with Steve
Gillette and Cindy Mangsen
and with special guest Matt Brown

Thursday March 26.

Doors open at 7:00 PM, show time is 7:30 PM. Tickets prices are $15 in advance and $18 at door. The performances are located at the Twentieth Century Club, 84 S. Lansdowne Avenue, Lansdowne, PA. For information or reservations call 610-622-7250, visit
, or email

Sofa Cinema

New Season: Scheduled for the Third Saturday of each month. All shows at Cinema 16:9 at the Lansdowne Theater. We promise to continue innovative programming, recruit great guest speakers and put together outstanding events.

April 18th, 2009: Camden 28 – with special guest Joan Reilly
May 16th, 2009: Philly Comix Jam Presents

The Friends of the Lansdowne Public Library

Book sale at the Lansdowne Library May 9, 2009, from
10:00AM to 3:00PM.

We are looking for book donations so if you wish to donate new or used books to benefit our library please drop them at the library by April 20, 2009. Books should be clean (no dust, dirt or mildew), in good condition (no tears or writing in them) and, we respectfully ask that you do not include: encyclopedias, tech manuals or magazines. The Friends thank you so very much for your support with all of our projects that benefit the Lansdowne Public Library! For more information call Helen Bowes, 610- 284-1433.

2nd Annual Lansdowne Arts and Crafts Show:

May 2, 2009 (Rain date May 3rd) Lansdowne Municipal Parking lot

Sponsored by the Lansdowne Economic Development Corporation
features the talents of local artists and crafters

Arbor Day Celebration

When: April 24, 1PMWhere; Sycamore Park

Join local school students and members of the Tree
Advisory Board for our annual Arbor Day Celebration

Free trees are still available to residents through
Treevitalize. Leave a message at borough hall for Marylou
Jennings 610-623-7300

Park Cleanup Day

Lansdowne’s Recreation and Parks Board is sponsoring a park cleanup day one Sunday a month from 2 to 4 p.m. The Board will provide trash bags. Please dress accordingly! Potluck snacks are much appreciated!

Belmont Park – May 17, 2009
Hays Park – June 14, 2009
Interboro Park – July 12, 2009
Sycamore Park – August 9, 2009
Hoffman Park – September 13, 2009
Marlyn Park – October 11, 2009

These are your neighborhood parks, help the Park
Board keep them nice.

Congratulations to the Penn Wood High School Boy’s Basketball Team for their accomplishment, and for providing their fans with a great season!

Rain, Roofs and Runoff

Did you know that each downspout on a house can drain approximately 12 gallons of water per minute during a one-inch rainfall? If managed properly, the water that flows off rooftops can help keep lawns and gardens green while lowering utility bills during spring and summer months. However, most downspouts send rainwater down driveways, sidewalks, and underground pipes that lead to storm drains or sanitary sewer lines.

This "storm water runoff" picks up pollutants from motor oil, lawn chemicals, and pet waste along the way, before entering lakes and streams — untreated. The large amount of untreated water entering the storm sewer system — and eventually our streams and lakes — has lasting health, safety, environmental and economic impacts on communities. Fortunately, there are many things that property owners can do to put rainwater to good use while reducing the amount of storm water runoff that ends up in local waterways.

The problem with pavement
During the construction of homes, roads and office buildings vegetation is often removed and replaced by large paved areas. These surfaces keep rain from infiltrating the soil and recharging groundwater supplies. The infiltration process helps clean water and feed the underground springs that supply drinking water. Paved surfaces also increase the speed and amount of water that rushes into streams, causing stream bank erosion and harming wildlife habitats. Direct the flow of water from downspouts away from paved surfaces whenever possible.

Combined sewer overflows
Combined sewers are older systems that carry both storm water and wastewater to treatment plants. When rainstorms fill combined sewers beyond capacity, the result is a Combined Sewer Overflow — a discharge of untreated wastewater and storm water into local waterways. Combined sewers are costly to replace and still used in older areas of the region.

Residents are encouraged to disconnect downspouts from sewer pipes or redirect downspouts to grassy areas or gardens to reduce the rain that enters sewers.

Why disconnect your downspout?
Downspouts that connect directly to sewer pipes increase the risk of sewer overflow and flooding. Disconnecting your downspout from a sewer intake pipe (standpipe), then redirecting the flow of water to a grassy area or garden is a simple process that makes a big difference to the environment.

• Hacksaw
• Cordless drill
• Tape measure
• Pliers
• Sheet metal screws
• Downspout elbow
• Downspout extension
• Standpipe cap

There are different types, lengths and sizes, of standpipe caps, so be sure to take measurements before shopping. Capping the standpipe prevents water from going in while keeping pests (such as rodents) from entering/exiting the pipe.

1. Cut the existing downspout approximately 9 inches above the sewer
standpipe with a hacksaw.
2. Cap the sewer standpipe.
3. Attach elbow by crimping the downspout with pliers to ensure a good fit. Connect
elbow to downspout using sheet metal screws. It may be necessary to pre-drill holes.
4. Attach the elbow INTO the extension and secure with sheet metal screws. Water
should drain at least five feet away from the house, so direct the extension
accordingly. A splash block may help direct water further away from the house.

Storm Water

Reduce, Reuse, Recycle

Storm Water
The numbers are in for 2008. Lansdowne earned revenue of $18,349.08 for the year. Although the commodities market is volatile, recycling still has a positive impact on the borough budget.

The new trash fee charged by the county is based on trash tonnage delivered to the trash to steam plant. So, we reduce costs to the borough when trash is diverted from sanitation pickup to recycling. The diversion rate for 2008 was 14.34% the diversion rate for January 2009 was 19.64%. 20% and above is optimum.

Harder to measure, but maybe more important, is resident reuse of what could be trash. You can reduce your waste in small ways. Utilize reusable bags at the market, purchase items in bulk, let your grass clippings stay on your lawn and donate unwanted items that still have life in them.

If all Lansdowne residents become more thoughtful about how they manage waste in their homes we will see big rewards as a community. The bonus is a positive impact on the environment. So remember the three Rs; Reduce, Reuse, Recycle.

Borough Recycling

Compare how your route is doing with other routes in town.

RecyclingRoute YTDTonnage RecyclingRoute YTDTonnage
1 4.50 5 9.28
2 7.70 6 7.67
3 9.19 7 4.39
4 6.62 8 9.34
Month Total Tonnage:Trash Total Tonnage:Recycling
January 299.45 58.69
February 275.73 46.99

Memorial Day Parade

The Lansdowne Business Association invites all to gather along the parade route on May 25th and to join in remembering and honoring those who went to war and gave their lives to protect and preserve our country’s freedom.

The parade will begin at 10AM, led by our veterans, starting at the corner of Lansdowne & LaCrosse Avenues.

It will proceed north on Lansdowne Ave. for 5 blocks to Essex Ave., then 3 blocks east on Essex and onto the Penn Wood High School field, where there will be a flag salute and then a wreath presentation at the WW I and WWII memorials.

Lansdowne Fire Company Ladies’ Auxiliary Hoagie Sale

In conjunction with the Town Wide Yard Sale

Saturday May 9th from 11:00am to 2:00pm at the Lansdowne Fire House
(Lacrosse and Highland Avenue)

All Hoagies are $6.00 / Only Pre-orders are guaranteed. Limited supply for walk-in’s.
For more information or to place an order please call 610- 485-4526 or 610-622-1995

All proceeds benefit the Volunteer Fire Company of Lansdowne

Borough Information Meeting Dates 2009

  • April
  • Wednesday, April 1, 2009 — Borough Council Business Meeting 7:30 PM
  • Wednesday, April 15, 2009 — Borough Council General Meeting 7:30 PM
  • May
  • Wednesday, May 6, 2009 — Borough Council Business Meeting 7:30 PM
  • Wednesday, May 20, 2009 — Borough Council General Meeting 7:30 PM
  • June
  • Wednesday, June 3, 2009 — Borough Council Business Meeting 7:30 PM
  • Wednesday, June 17, 2009 — Borough Council General Meeting 7:30 PM
  • July
  • Wednesday, July 1, 2009 — Borough Council Business Meeting 7:30 PM
  • Wednesday, July 15 , 2009— 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

Lansdowne’s 8th Annual Town-Wide Yard Sale

Saturday May 9, 2009

Join the fun!
Call Betsy at Borough Hall, 610-623-7300, by April 24 to add your address to the map!
Fun and Free for the whole community!

Saturday, May 9 Sales all over town

Hoagie Sale at the Lansdowne Fire Department
Book Sale at the Library
Maps available at: Stephanou’s Sunoco Mar-Win Shop and
Bag Doyle’s Deli

9:00 AM to ???? PM& #8212; Rain or Shine*

* Sunday rain date up to individual sellers

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