Borough Newsletter – Fall 2010
By Jayne Young
We have had our share of emergencies this summer. Storms, fires, power outages, heat waves, the list goes on and on. I have to say, in Lansdowne. when it comes to Emergency Response, our police department, fire department and EMT unit can’t be beat.
On June 24th, we survived an onslaught from the skies of epic proportion which ended with over 100 felled trees, broken telephone poles, and numerous damaged houses. A several ton tree landed on a car, but with the help of our police and volunteer fire department, its occupants were removed practically unscathed. At the end of the storm over 75% of the borough had lost power (many not getting theirs back for days). As night fell it was apparent that emergency responders would have to evacuate our own Simpson Gardens, a senior residence facility. Your Emergency Management team was called, and the evacuation proceeded with care and sensitivity.
On July 25th, a residence in the B building of the Wildman Arms Condominiums caught fire. It was a Three Alarm fire and several neighboring fire companies responded. In addition, our response required the support of Yeadon’s Emergency Management Team, and the American Red Cross. Septa sent a bus to the disaster scene to transport residents to the safety and comfort of the 20th Century Club where many of them spent the night. While the fire damage was limited to one floor the entire building was smoked and soaked. Because of the quick action taken, by our police department, to evacuate, lives were saved.
I repeatedly tell the tale (to anyone that will listen) of my attending fire school. That experience, along with taking emergency management courses, has given me a real appreciation of the tough job of an emergency responder. We should recognize the dedication and commitment to our borough exhibited by all of our first responders.
Every emergency confirms the need for competent and committed emergency personnel. The fire company is always looking for new volunteers. Yeadon’s Emergency Management Team, which assists Lansdowne, is also seeking new trainees. Any interested resident can take on this rewarding work.
Stop by the firehouse some evening for more information about all the possible volunteer opportunities. Oh, and don’t forget to send in your 2010 contribution. Department 19 counts on your support to provide full time EMT services and excellent fire protection.
Helm’s Award Winner
This years Helm’s Award Winner is Joe Furia. This annual award, named for former Mayor William Helms, is given, by the current Mayor, to a resident that gives service beyond all recompense to the Borough. Joe is a former Lansdowne Police Officer and a life member of the Lansdowne Volunteer Fire Department. He was instrumental in the building of the new firehouse. The old one was the first floor of the current borough hall. Joe is shown here with past Helms winner, former councilperson, Charlene Hennessy and Mayor Jayne Young.
Chief Dan Kortan elected President of Chiefs Association
Lansdowne Police Chief Daniel J. Kortan Jr. was installed as the 88th president of the Pennsylvania Chiefs of Police Association at its 97th Annual Training and Education Conference in Lancaster in July. Kortan is the third Delaware County police chief to hold the post of PCPA president. Harry Gaab, former police chief of Lansdowne Borough, was PCPA president in 1982, while Sam Ziviello, chief of the Delaware County Park Police, was the president in 1994 and a Lansdowne resident. Congratulations Chief.
National Good Neighbor Day
September 28th is National Good Neighbor Day, but the truth is that every day should be “Try to Be a Good Neighbor Day.” Are you a good neighbor? If you’re unsure, here are six tips to get you started.
Maintain Your Home
Do regular maintenance—inside and out—to keep your home safe but also to keep it looking attractive. Install working smoke detectors. Paint your home when necessary. Mow your lawn and shovel your sidewalks. Keep trash and clutter out of sight. Pick up after your dog. But not only should you make an effort to keep your home clean and well maintained (inside and out), but you also want to protect your neighbors from things on your property that could potentially harm them. If you have a dog or a pool, make sure your yard is fenced and do everything necessary to discourage uninvited visitors who could get hurt.
Be Seen, But Not Heard
No one likes a noisy neighbor. Do you play your music at top volume? Hold parties that last all night? Leave your dog outside to bark all day? Mow your lawn at 6 a.m. on a Sunday? Remember that not everyone keeps the same schedule as you do, so use some common sense. Keep noise to a minimum. If you’re throwing a party that’s likely to be loud, invite everyone within earshot. And try to be extra considerate if you know a nearby neighbor has a newborn or is recuperating from an illness.
Get to Know Your Neighbors
It’s much easier to resolve disputes with neighbors if you have a friendly, cordial relationship with those around you. Plus, you may realize that you have things in common and make a lifelong friend.
Keep Your Eyes Open
Once you know your neighbors, then you’ll also know if something seems out of place in the neighborhood. Are unfamiliar people carrying expensive electronics out of one neighbor’s house? Have several days passed since your elderly neighbor last collected his newspaper? The benefit of keeping an eye out for unusual behavior in the neighborhood is that others will do the same for you.
Lend a Hand
It never hurts to follow the Golden Rule: Do to others what you would like them to do for you. Treat your neighbors with respect or, better yet, try to go the extra mile. Shovel your neighbor’s driveway. Offer to drive an elderly neighbor to the grocery store. Volunteer to collect mail while a neighbor’s on vacation. The more often you lend a helping hand, the more likely that your neighbors will do the same for you when you need a little assistance.
Volunteer in Your Community
Don’t just limit your neighborly actions to your block or street. Remember that everyone who lives in a community has the ability to help make it a better place. Think about your passion and find a way to do it on a volunteer basis in your town. Like to garden? Join the village landscaping committee. An avid reader? Volunteer at your local library. Enjoy working with kids? Consider becoming a scout leader. Whatever your passion there’s sure to be a niche for you in the local community.
Want to be a better Neighbor?
What’s Happening This Fall
Sisters with special guest Greg Klyma
Thursday September 23
Held at the Twentieth Century Club, 84 S. Lansdowne Avenue, Lansdowne, PA. Doors open at 6:30 PM, event begins at 7:30 PM. Tickets are $15 in advance and $18 at door. For reservations or for more information call 610-622-7250, visit http://www.myspace.com/lansdownefolkclub, or email at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Save the Dates
Sunday, November 7, 2011, at 3PM
Sunday, December 5, 2011, at 3PM
All performances are at the Upper Darby Performing Arts Center.
The Delaware County Conservation District is partnering with the Pennsylvania Resources Council to offer “Bringing Green Energy Home” a series of interactive, multimedia educational workshops aimed at helping residents establish environmentally friendly practices in the home.
September 16, 7-9pm
20 Century Club
84 S. Lansdowne Ave.
Rose Tree Park
Route #252 N. Providence Road
Media, PA 19063
Thursday, September 16, 2010
9 a.m. to 3 p.m.
Call the Delaware County Solid Waste Authority @ 610-892-9627 if you have any questions.
CFLs may be dropped off Monday through Friday, from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. at the Delaware County Solid Waste Authority’s Office located in Rose Tree Park – Hunt Club, 1521 N. Providence Road (252), Media.
West Nile Virus Facts
West Nile virus can spread to animals and humans through a bite from an infected mosquito. 30 in 150 people infected will develop a mild infection called West Nile fever. Symptoms: fever, headache, body aches, skin rash, swollen lymph glands.
1 in 150 persons infected will develop a severe infection called West Nile encephalitis. Symptoms: high fever, headache, neck stiffness, disorientation, coma, tremors, convulsions, muscle weakness, paralysis.
There is no known treatment or vaccine. Those infected with a mild infection often fully recover in a few days. Symptoms of a severe infection can last several weeks, although neurological effects may be permanent and the infection can be fatal.
Don’t Grow Mosquitoes!
Look around your house. Do you have an old tire lying around? Clean the gutters lately? If it can hold water, mosquitoes can breed in it.
Eliminate the Source
Remove old tires, buckets, watering cans Cover unused pools, trash cans, rain barrels Clean out gutters, birdbaths, kiddie pools
Treat the Problem
Bti is used to kill mosquito larvae and is widely available at many hardware stores. It is not harmful to people, pets, aquatic life or plants and efficiently eliminates mosquitoes. Bti dunks or granules are ideal treatment for birdbaths, rain barrels, persistent puddles, ornamental ponds, and planter drip trays. Follow the label for proper application rates.
Answers to Common Questions
How do people get the West Nile virus?
From the bite of a mosquito infected with WNV.
Can West Nile virus be fatal?
Yes, 3 to 15 percent of severe WNV infections result in death.
How common is West Nile virus?
In the U.S., 27,605 people were diagnosed with WNV, and 1,087 died between 1999 and 2007. In Pennsylvania, 360 people were diagnosed, and 25 died between 2000 and 2007.
How do I find out if spraying will occur in my neighborhood and when?
Your local health department and municipal office will know when and where spraying is scheduled to occur. The decision to spray is based on viral activity, surveillance data, and the risk to human health. During the summer, this information can change quickly and the decision to spray will be made only a few days before it will occur. Residents who would like to be notified of all spray events in Pennsylvania are strongly encouraged to register with DEP’s New Releases distribution list by visiting www.westnile.state.pa.us/newsreleases.
To report a dead bird visit www.westnile.state.pa.us or call Delaware County Intercommunity Health at 610.891.5311.
Yard Waste Wednesday
It’s a great opportunity to clean up your property and dispose of all those twigs, grass clippings, tree cuttings, leaves, and other organic waste. Yard waste is picked up by the borough crew from your curb. Remember, this can all go directly in your trash can (no plastic bags…it’s organic, after all), or in those really large brown paper bags available at so many stores now. This is such a successful program that the sanitation crew gets quite a workout. Please be sure to bundle it up so it’s easy to lift. So, go ahead and prune and weed to your hearts content. If you don’t have room for a compost pile, or even if you are the best composter on your block, this is a great way to clean up bulky items, guilt free. Good for the environment ( yard waste goes to a special composting facility) and good for the borough ( keeps this heavy debris out of the trash stream, we pay by the ton for disposal).
2010 Leaf and Yard waste Collection Schedule
Route 1: 10/19, 11/3, 11/16, 11/30
Route 2: 10/22, 11/5, 11/19, 12/3
Route 3: 10/29, 11/12, 11/26, 12/10
Route 4: 10/25, 11/8, 11/22, 12/6
Route 5: 10/28, 11/11, 11/24, 12/9
Route 6: 10/21, 11/4, 11/18, 12/2
Route 7: 10/26, 11/9, 11/23, 12/7
Route 8: 10/18, 11/2, 11/15, 11/29
The schedule is weather and leaf volume dependent. 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, in paper bags, if you prefer and place them on the curb for pick up. Don’t forget…leaves only. Rocks and sticks will damage the leaf machine. We greatly appreciate your patience and cooperation with leaf pick up.
From the desk of the Borough Manager
Sanitation Department Reminder…
As always, please follow the schedule found on the trash route magnet!
Increasingly, there are rules and regulations imposed on the Borough of Lansdowne that dictate how, when, and where trash and recycling are collected, transported, and disposed.
These obligations are set in place to protect the health and safety of both our community and the environment. For example, do you know that the trash trucks could be issued citations for mixing trash and recycling? Do you know that the state prohibits idling for more than 5 minutes prior to or at the conclusion of any trip or route in any one hour?
Rules such as these shape the collection frequency and overall flexibility of our sanitation system.
Residents can help the sanitation department maintain compliance and increase efficiency by doing their part and remembering the following:
- Know what material is acceptable trash, recycling, and organic.
- Know what material is picked up on what day and how to properly package each type, and the location (ie, curb, behind the house).
- Know that materials set out for pickup will not be collected until the designated day and when packaged appropriately. For example, yard waste/organic material is collected on selected Wednesdays, usually the last Wednesday of the month between March and December and must be placed directly in a trash can , large paper bag, or tied into manageable bundles 4′ or less and no branch greater than 4″ in diameter.
- If you are unsure of any aspect of the rules and regulations the Borough has regarding its collection system contact the Public Works Department for clarification.
- Collection support is a service we provide. To arrange a site visit to investigate a specific issue a problem or to just find out more information contact the Public Works Department at (610) 622-6318
When The Trees Fall…
In the aftermath of the recent storm many residents required information on where responsibility sits when damage caused by fallen trees occurs and where responsibility sits for cleaning up branches, trunks, roots etc. from fallen trees. Neighbors may agree among themselves about responsibility, but there are many variations and specific circumstances which could affect such an agreement. The insurance industry has developed some guidelines/coverages that are pretty standard across all homeowners insurance policies. These policies aim to assist in mitigating the damage caused when trees and storms get together.
In Lansdowne, homeowner’s insurance “coverage” was called on frequently in the days and weeks following the June 24th storm. The specific coverage called “Debris Removal” states that the insurance company will pay expenses up to $1,000 for tree removal if: (1) your tree(s) fell because of a storm or because of the weight of ice or snow or, (2) your neighbors tree fell onto your property. Furthermore, it is a requirement is that the tree(s) that fell must have caused damage to a (insurance) covered structure or, if no structure was damaged the tree must block a driveway or sidewalk leading to a covered structure. If all this applies then the amount paid would be limited to $1,000 for any one (storm) incident regardless of the number of trees fallen. Finally, no more than $500 of the $1000 limit is paid for the removal of any one tree. Indeed this is a little confusing and everyone should check the specific language on his or her homeowners insurance policy.
In the aftermath of the June storm Lansdowne’s fallen trees severed power to virtually all borough households. Within the first 24 hours after the storm the electric company disentangled and freed fallen trees from most wires. Please know that it is absolutely prohibited to maneuver in anyway a fallen tree entangled in wires. In the weeks after the storm the borough increased the frequency of its yard debris removal service, we are now back to the regular schedule. PLEASE CHECK YOUR MAGNETS FOR FUTURE YARD WASTE PICK-UP DATES!
Friendship Circle Senior Center
Center for Life Long Learning – Fall of 2010
Exercise and Dance Classes
Tai Chi (Mondays ,2PM) $3/class
Yoga (Thursdays ,1PM, $3/class
Zumba (Tuesdays, 10:30AM), $3/class
Sit & Get Fit (Monday & Wednesday, 10:30AM) FREE
Fitness Mix (Tuesdays 10AM) FREE
Low Impact Aerobics (Tuesdays, 1PM) $3/class
Tap Dancing (Fridays, 10:30AM) $1/class
Line Dancing (Thursdays, 9AM) FREE
Women in History (Oct. 18—1PM) FREE
Genealogy (Sept. 24—1PM) FREE
PECO Smart Program ( Oct. 20) FREE
Wine Tasting (Oct. 5—5PM) $15.00
Bible Study (Thursdays, 10AM) FREE
First Ladies (November Tuesdays, ) $40
Arlington Museum (Oct. 6, 1PM) FREE
Master Garden Program (Monthly on Wed. 1PM) $5/class
Urban Wildlife (Oct. 21, 1PM) FREE
Volunteer/Explore Your Future (Nov. 5, 2PM) FREE
Book Discussion Series (2nd Tuesday, 10:30AM) FREE
- Book Signings—
Dining with the Dollar Diva, Sept. 17, 1PM FREE
Cable’s Image, Nov. 17, 2PM FREE
Beginning Spanish (Tuesdays, 11AM) $5/class
Health Resource Day (Nov. 5, 11AM) FREE
Hearing Education Day (Nov. 9, 9AM—3PM) FREE
Computer Education (call for dates)
Discover the Fun—3 classes, 2PM $25
MS Word—2 classes, 2PM $20
Social Networking – 2 classes, 2PM $20
Intro to Computers—3 classes, 2PM $25
Word—4 classes, 2PM $35
Eliminating Errands—Nov. 4, 2PM $15
Medical Research—Nov 11, 2PM $15
Online Banking—Nov. 18, 2PM $15
Art Classes (call for dates)
Watercolor—10 classes, 10AM $5/class
Pencil Drawing I—5 classes, 2PM $5/class
Pencil Drawing, II—5 classes, 2PM $5/class
Pencil Drawing II—5 classes, 3PM $5/class
Recycle Art—2 classes, 2PM $5/class
Wire Jewelry, – 2 classes, 3PM $5/class
Calligraphy—10 classes, 9AM $5/class
Jewelry Making—Oct. 25, 3:30PM. $8
Framing—2 classes, 2PM (supply cost determined at 1st
Support Groups and Clubs (call for dates)
Hearing Loss Association of Delaware County,
Diabetes Support—Fridays, 9:30AM—FREE
Caregiver Support Group—Monthly Thursdays,
Caregiver Help Program , Oct. 5, 5:30PM FREE
Walking Club, Wednesdays, 9AM FREE
Please complete this form and return it to: Friendship Circle Senior Center, 1515 Lansdowne Avenue, Darby, PA 19023. (Friendship Circle is conveniently located on the campus of Fitzgerald Mercy Hospital, St. Bernard Hall, opposite Holy Cross Cemetery on Wycombe Avenue in Yeadon.
Computer classes are limited to 6 participants and fill quickly. To reserve your seat, payment in full for computer classes only is required.
Borough Information Meeting Dates 2010
Wednesday, Sept. 1, 2010
Borough Council Business Meeting
Wednesday, Sept. 15, 2010
Wednesday, Oct. 6, 2010
Borough Council Business Meeting
Wednesday, Oct. 20, 2010
Wednesday, Nov. 3, 2010
Borough Council Business Meeting
Wednesday, Nov. 17, 2010
Wednesday, Dec. 1, 2010
Borough Council Business Meeting
Wednesday, Dec. 15, 2010