Borough Newsletter – Winter 2009
Jump to: Mayor’s Column, 2008 Winner of the Prestigious Helms Award, Overnight Parking Permits, BULK PICK UP, Christmas Tree Pick Up, Snow and Ice Removal, Lansdowne Welcomes New Employ-, LANSDOWNE SYMPHONY ORCHESTRA, Lansdowne Folk Club, Celebration Theater
By Jayne Young
Lansdowne has a new library director. Traci Rauch comes to us from the Rachel Cole Library in Glen Mills. Her background work for non-profit organizations and in public relations will be a huge help in dealing with the challenges faced by libraries today.
Since joining the library team, Traci has spent time getting to know the community and assessing the needs of the library and its patrons. Ms. Rauch calls libraries the great equalizer because library patrons are there for many reasons. Due to the current financial climate libraries are much busier than ever. Books can be expensive to purchase but libraries are free and computer use is way up. Whether you are on a job search or writing a paper, in Lansdowne you will find readily available access to information and free wi-fi. So, for a queit place to work or study, come to the library.
More and more, students are stopping in after school. Traci and her staff provide informal homework help to interested students. In addition, students can have computer access to homework help sites. She would love to bring more formal programs to the library and feels she could accomplish a lot more with volunteers who would be wiling to work with students after school. Speaking of volunteers, she can always use more. Volunteers are needed for regular library activites such as shelving and repairing books and for special.
Traci is excited about the many programs currently available to residents: book clubs, movie clubs, discussion groups and more. These programs are listed on their website www.lansdownepubliclibrary.com. The program “The Big Read” is scheduled for our town in April. Everyone in the borough will be encouraged to read Carson McCuller’s, “The Heart is a Lonely Hunter” Traci wants to publicly thank resident and web genius Jennifer Hoff for all her help with the web site and keeping it current.
Traci is a strong proponet of comminity outreach. Commuers will find a pile of books at the train station available for borrowing courtesy the Friends of the Lansdowne Library. Future Events are scheduled to take place in borough businesses. Her willing staff, library board and the Friends of Lansdowne Library will soon be collecting data from the community to use in developing a strategic plan. Expect a resident survey in a future newsletter.
So what does Traci read? Mostly murder mysteries but for a change of pace she recommended Christopher Moore’s book “Lamb”. Visit the library website to see more staff reviews and recommendations.
The Lansdowne Public Library is a happening place with a committed friendly staff. Check our thier events the next time you check out a book, and say hello to Traci when you’re there.
Former Councilman Tony Campuzano is seen here accepting Lansdowne Borough’s Helms Award from current Mayor Jayne Young. Named for former Mayor WilliamHelms, this award recognizes “service beyond all recompense”. In keeping with tradition, former Helms Award winners were on hand to congratulate Tony. (From left, former Mayor Jack Rankin (unintentionally out of camera shot), Marykay Bowden and Bertha Phillips.) Other winners unable to attend sent Tony their best. Thank you, Tony, for all you have contributed to the borough, and all you continue to do for Lansdowne.
2009 Parking permits are available in borough hall. The fee is $40.00 for the year or if you purchase your permit January-March. From April on the cost prorates to $4.00 per month. Parking permit stickers are required for over night street parking. Any vehicle, with out a permit, parked on borough streets over nightwill be ticketed. Guests cars can be called into the police department. For complete rules visit
Did you know that you can now schedule your bulk pick up two ways….
accessing our website www.lansdowneborough.com or by calling Borough Hall (610-623-7300 x211).
The web is a great tool for those of you who cannot get to the phone during the day. You’ll be asked for information about yourself and the items you want to throw out. You’ll get a confirming email the next day! Don’t forget that there’s a $10 charge for removal of items that contain Freon (refrigerators, a/cs, water coolers, dehumidifiers, freezers).
Christmas trees will be picked up from your CURB between Wednesday, Jan 14 and Friday January 16. This is for trees ONLY. All ornaments and stands must be off the tree, please.
Please remember that ice and snow MUST be removed from the full width of your sidewalk within 24 hours of the end of the snowfall. Cleaning your walk will help prevent slips and falls, and is just the right thing to do. Non compliance with removal can result in citations being issued. Don’t forget to help out those who need help, such as the elderly or those who live alone. Thanks.
Lansdowne has two new employees, Martyn Murray (standing) joins Mike Jozwiak (left) and John Gould (center) in the Codes Department. Mike Taylor (right) is our new Property Maintenance Technician. These gentlemen filled vacancies in these departments. Welcome aboard!
Sunday, February 8, 2009, at 3PM
* A. VIVALDI
* J.S. BACH
VERNAL EQUINOX CONCERT
Sunday, March 22 2009, at 3PM
* L. van BEETHOVEN: Symphony No. 6, Op. 68, “Pastoral”
* D. SHOSTAKOVICH: Symphony No. 9 in E flat major, Op. 70
Sunday, April 26, 2009, at 3PM
Clancy Newman, Cello Soloist
* A. DVORAK: Cello Concerto No. 2 in B minor, Op. 104
* P.I. TCHAIKOVSKY: Symphony No. 6, Op. 74, “Pathetique”
All performances are held at the Upper Darby Performing
Jan 22 2009
Bill Staines plus Bevin Caulfield
Feb 26 2009
Bluegrass night featuring Mason Porter w/ Aimless Pursuit
Doors open at 7:00 PM,
show time is 7:30 PM.
Tickets prices are $15 in
advance and $18 at door.
For information or advance
In March of 2009 Celebration Theater will be presenting “Lend Me a Tenor” by Ken Ludwig. The plot revolves around renowned tenor Tito Merelli, known to his fans as “Il Stupendo”, who is scheduled to sing the lead in Othello at a gala fundraiser for the Cleveland Opera Company. Unfortunately even before the star leaves his hotel room everything begins to unravel. Through a hilarious set of mishaps, Tito is given a double dose of tranquilizers, which mix with the booze he has consumed and he passes out. The hotel manager and his assistant believe Tito is dead. Max, an aspiring singer, agrees to try to fool the audience into thinking he is Tito and perform in his stead. All is well until Tito wakes up and heads for the stage. What follows is a chain-reaction of mistaken identity, plot twists, double entendres and constant entrance and exitsthrough many doors. Shows will be performed at the Twentieth Century Club. The show opens on Friday March 13, and runs through Saturday March 28th. Fridayand Saturday evenings shows at 8PM and Sundays at 2pm. Ticket prices are $17.00 for adults, $15.00 for seniors and students, $12.00 for children 10 and under. For more information or to order tickets please visit our website at www.celebrationtheater.com or call 610-259-1800.