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Borough Newsletter – Spring 2008

Jump To: Mayor’sColumn, Officer Smalley Retires, Main Street Program Needs Volunteers, From the Tree Board, Annual Town-Wide Yard Sale Upcoming Events, Farmer’s Market Returning Soon, Lansdowne Folk Club, Register for 5K Run/Walk, Recycling Participation Survey, Dear Lovers of Poetry…, Congrats to the PWHS Basketball Team, More May 3rd Events

TREEMayor’s Column

By Jayne Young

Lansdowne Borough was host to the Pennsylvania Utilities Commission input hearings for Aqua PA’s proposed additional 41.7 million in yearly revenue or 13.6% rate increase.

I helped the Office of Consumer Advocate secure the borough hall and was the first to give testimony. Interestingly there were as many people supporting the increase as condemning it.

The arguments for ranged from a positive review of the water we drink here in the county to Aqua’s reputation as a good community member.

The arguments against, mine included, centered around the question of revenue and profit and when is enough enough.

I believe Aqua is confused about the identity of their customer. Is it their stock holder or the water consumer? In their press releases it appears that owning stock trumps using water. It seems to me they encourage water usage even in the face of drought conditions. For your information, I have included in this newsletter tips on water conservation from the Office of Consumer Advocate.

When I compare my 2001 water bills with those in 2007, I reduced my usage by several 1000 gallons and the bill increased. Imagine what my bill will look like in 2008 with the proposed increase. I plan to implement as many of the Conservation Tips as I can.

Aqua cites their infrastructure improvements and the increased cost of doing business as two major arguments for the increase. This is in spite of the continuous dividends paid to investors the past 16 years. They argue that without the rate increase they will not be able to provide current or new investors with an adequate return on their investment. I questioned why Aqua’s investors should be offered risk free investment.

I was joined in my dissent by a representative from a Philadelphia social services organization who was worried that Aqua is not required to offer protections for water customers in crisis.

On the other hand the Delaware County Chamber of Commerce, supports Aqua’s request. Their representative was impressed with the sensitivity displayedduring the recent infrastructure work along Baltimore Ave. You may have a different perspective based on your own experiences traveling through the borough or trying to use businesses along Baltimore Ave. Judging from the e-mails and phone calls I received both businesses and residents were frustrated. I relayed this to the commission.

As of the writing of this article there has been no ruling regarding the rate increase. I will say though that the process was interesting and I was proud to participate. So whether or not the increase is granted make sure you read the Water Conservation Tip sheet and try some of them. Water doesn’t grow on trees and it’s not free. It is environmentally correct to conserve water and may have a positive impact on our bills at the same time. In these tough times that’s a good thing.

SMALLEYOfficer Larry Smalley Retires

Officer Lawrence A. Smalley retired from the Lansdowne Police Department, this January, after a nearly thirty seven year career. He is shown here with his peers both current and retired.

Larry grew up in the borough and is a graduate of Lansdowne Aldan High School. After a three years spent in the army he joined the LPD in March of 1971.

This extremely professional and competent law enforcement officer has a history of continuing his education. He has attended numerous law enforcement related training classes and in 1984 graduated from Villanova University with a Bachelor of Arts degree, you may know of Larry’s great artistic talent.

What you may not know is his heroic past. In 1988 he was the recipient of the Policeman of the Year Award presented by the Delaware County Police Chiefs Association and earned a Commendation for Valor from the LPD. These awards were in recognition of the part he played in disarming an East Lansdowne man at the scene of a burglary. The man had already fired several shots and showed a willingness to continue firing.

Officer Smalley is known as a consummate gentleman and a dedicated officer. Committed to his home town and his department, Larry will be missed by his peers and borough residents alike

We’re doing it again!

The Lansdowne Main Street Program is looking for volunteers to participate in an exciting new project. We are looking to continue to make our downtown the walkable, prosperous, destination-spot that it deserves to be.

The Farmer’s Market is a great addition, Lansdowne Loves Movies is coming soon, and we’re proud of our foundation businesses, old and new alike.

It is in this spirit of progress that we now look to step up our business recruitment effort, targeting specific business sectors that will add to our downtown, fill retail gaps, and create an ideal diversity of goods and services to help make a day in downtown Lansdowne better than ever.

We need volunteers to help organize a town tour and seminar for entrepreneurs in our targeted business sectors. Please let us know if your interested, and we’ll get you up to speed on our findings, and how we’re going to go about this recruitment effort.

Contact Gary Chilutti, the Main Street Manager at 484-461-7001, or

From the Tree Board

The Tree Advisory Board would like to thank the residents who requested trees for their yards. They realize the value these trees add to Lansdowne and the environment. Twenty trees were planted in Lansdowne. This fall more free trees will be offered to Lansdowne residents. Watch for the announcement. Let’s keep greening Lansdowne.

Tree Board Tip:
A simple inexpensive solution to the unsightly grass growing in the cracks in your sidewalk is to pour generous amounts of vinegar on the grass you want to remove. Leave on overnight. In the morning pour boiling water on the grass. After a few hours the grass can be removed easily. This really works.

Lansdowne’s 7th Annual Town-Wide Yard Sale

Saturday May 3, 2008

Sales all over town. Flea Market – Highland Avenue Parking Lot.

Maps available at: Stephanou’s Sunoco, Mar-Win Shop and Bag, Doyle’s Deli, and the Lansdowne Library.

Join the fun! Call Betsy at Borough Hall, 610-623-7300, by April 18 to add your address to the map! Fun and Free for the whole community!

9:00 AM to ???? PM— Rain or Shine

Upcoming Events

Spring Arts/Craft Fair

…is coming May 3rd, and they are looking for crafters and volunteers. This
will be another exciting event in Lansdowne and help kick off the spring season. This is the same day as the town-wide yardsale, so plenty of people will be buzzing about ready to patronize! The event will be in the Lansdowne Avenue Parking Lot (Across the street from the Lansdowne Theater). Please contact Gary Chilutti, the Main Street Manager at 484-461-7001, or gary@lansdownesfuture.

Primary Election Day

April 22nd – Don’t forget to vote!!!

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 Christine at 610-237-6222 ext. 26

MULCHFree Mulch:

Just in time for your spring gardening. We have made available a limited supply of leaf mulch/compost to all Lansdowne residents free of charge. (no landscapers, please). Bring your container to Hoffman Park parking lot, just across from the pavilion. Help yourself – while it lasts.

Arbor Day Celebration

Friday, April 25th at 1:00pm, in Sycamore Park. All welcome.

When Union AA comes calling for 4th of July donations, please be generous…

No Borough funds go towards the day’s events.

Fund Raising For Your Community Parks

If you have any ideas for raising funds for our park system, please don’t keep them to yourself. The Park Board welcomes your input. The parks belong to each and every resident and that means not only their care and nurturing but most of all their enjoyment.

Lansdowne Symphony Orchestra

Sunday, April 27, 2008 at 3:00pm
Michael Ludwig, Violin – Mark Ludwig, Viola
• F. MENDELSSOHN: Fingal’s Cave Overture, Op. 26
• W.A. MOZART: Sinfonia Concertante for violin and viola
• D. SHOSTAKOVICH: Symphony No. 9, Op. 70
For info, visit
. All Shows at the Upper Darby Performing Arts Center

Farmer’s Market Returning Soon

The Lansdowne Farmer’s Market will resume on 5/24! All the fresh, locally grown produce will once again be available every week through November… remember, we start slow with Asparagus and Strawberries as the primary in-season produce in May, and then as soon as the season goes on, we get all the delicious corn, peaches, tomatoes, etc. Don’t forget about all the unique greens, beans, mushrooms and other stuff you can’t find at the supermarket!

The Farmer’s Market NEEDS VOLUNTEERS. Please contact the Main Street office at 484-461-7001, or

See you there on Saturday, May 24, 2008!

Lansdowne Folk Club

April 26, 2008 – LFC Benefit w/ Robin Greenstein, 5-3 Woodland, Hoots and
Hellmouth – Cost: $25

May 22, 2008 – Christine Havrilla Trio – Cost: $15/18

We offer the finest in folk, acoustic, and blues music in the 20th Century Club, a Victorian-era jewel. It’s also a great night out – and, like many of our regulars, you’ll make new friends at these special Thursday nights. The artists we book are just fantastic, in a place many of them tell us is one of the finest venues in the Philadelphia area. The Lansdowne Folk Club, founded in 1993 is an all volunteer non-profit, 501(c)(3) corporation dedicated to presenting folk, acoustic, and blues music. All folk club concerts take place in Lansdowne’s 20th Century Club, 84 S. Lansdowne Avenue, Lansdowne, PA 19050. Doors open at 7:00pm and start at 7:30pm. Tickets are $15 in advance, $18 at the door. Home baked goodies and hot drinks are sold downstairs in our Cafe. To contact or or 610-622-7250.

Register NOW for Lansdowne’s Memorial Day 5K
Run/Walk – May 26th

Wheel-measured, 3.1 mile course starts & finishes in downtown Lansdowne & includes our historic tree-lined neighborhoods. Neighbors are encouraged to come out and cheer the runners and walkers. Run/Walk just for fun or compete for prizes that are awarded to top male & female finishers plus the top males and females in each of the age groups: 10 & under, 11 – 14, 15 – 19, 20 – 29, 30 – 39, 40-49, 50 – 59, 60 and over. A portion of the proceeds will benefit the Lansdowne Boys and Girls Club. Contact: Nancy Moore – 610-622-6988. Race day registration opens @ 7:30 AM Race Starts @ 8:30 AM.

Make a morning of it. Stay for the annual Memorial Day Parade which follows
the race at 10am!

RecyclingParticipation Survey

The Borough of Lansdowne is conducting a recycling participation survey. The results of this survey will help the Sanitation Department to serve you better with recyclable collections and give the borough the information they need to run a better recycling program. Whether you recycle or not we want to hear from you. Click HERE to fill out the survey online!

Dear Lovers of Poetry and Those Who Aren’t So Sure,

As Lansdowne’s Poet Laureate, I am pleased to announce that we have four events this spring which celebrate the literary arts.

Sunday, April 27, at the Twentieth Century Club, 84 S. Lansdowne Ave., Lansdowne, with the third annual “Lansdowne Reads Its Favorite Poems.” We welcome all kinds of poems at this reading, as long as they are poems you love by someone other than you. Maybe it’s a rhyming poem that cracked you up in sixth grade; maybe it’s something philosophical in free verse that grabbed you last week. We just want to hear what you love.

Does the mere thought of getting up in front of a room and reading make your stomach ache? Don’t sweat it! Join us and listen to everyone else’s favorite poems. There’s a good chance you will hear something that will make you laugh, cry, or think.

How to Read, Understand, and Fall in Love with Poetry.
Led by Dan Simpson

Sunday, June 1st 1:00 to 4:00 – Lansdowne Public Library, 55 S. Lansdowne Ave.

Too many of us have come away from studying poetry in school with the idea that you had to be some kind of clairvoyant to understand it. We got the sense that there existed only one correct interpretation, and we would never find it. Come check out some poetry with us, beginning with song lyrics, and see if you don’t find yourself relaxing into the world of words and enjoying the playfulness of interpretation…. and if you came to the last one, please come back; we’ll be looking at new poems and song lyrics.

A Workshop for Beginners and Those Who Already Know They Love Writing
Led by Dan Simpson

Sunday, June 8th 1:00 to 4:00 – Lansdowne Public Library, 55 S. Lansdowne Ave.

Join Lansdowne’s Poet Laureate in a relaxed and supportive environment where you will explore techniques for “jump-starting” those poems and stories you would like to get down on paper. Get beyond writer’s block and shyness to the bold, hot writing that waits within you!

All events are free and open to the public. Although we don’t require RSVP’s, they can help us plan for the events. To RSVP or ask questions, please contact Dan Simpson at (610) 622-3212 or All events will include refreshments.

Congratulations to the Penn Wood High School Basketball Team for making it all the way to the Elite Eight in the State AAAA playoffs.

They lost the eventual state champs, Chester High School, but this was a great accomplishment and we are very proud of these student athletes. They represent the William Penn School District very well on and off the court.

More May 3rd Events…

Lansdowne Volunteer Fire Department Ladies Auxiliary is participating with the Town Wide Yard Sale by selling home made hoagies to benefit the Fire Department.

May 3, 2008 – 9 AM till 12 Noon
$5.00 each (Italian only)
Pre-orders preferred – please call
Kim at 610-622-1995

Right next door in the municipal parking lot the Lansdowne Boys and Girls Club is holding a Flea Market to benefit the Club.

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