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As Mayor, I want to wish everyone a Happy 4th of July. Even though this year will not be like other years I hope everyone can take time and enjoy getting together with family and friends while still following the safety guide lines. It is disappointing that we can not have our traditional celebration with a great parade and spectator fireworks that the Union AA puts on each year. The Union AA had a tough discussion to cancel the events and I know they gave it a lot of thought. The way everything was two months ago and is now I support their decision. I know the Union AA with our support will have a great celebration planned for next year.
I want to thank all the residents who kept the flags on display starting for Memorial Day through Flag Day and now the 4th of July. I think it was a good way to show our thanks, our support and our pride for our veterans, our flag and our country.
Every year with the 4th celebration we have an up tick in fireworks activity. As I’m sure you are aware there has been a lot of firework activity in the last month. It is not just here in Lansdowne everyone is having the same problem. Our Police department is aware and have been monitoring the situation. I urge everyone if you have an issue with fireworks being set off no matter what time of day please call 911. The people setting these fireworks off need to know how disturbing and unsettling these can be for seniors, people with autism, some veterans, pets and just for people who are trying to sleep. There is also the concern of the fireworks causing a fire. Even though it is legal to have fireworks in Pennsylvania there are guidelines here in Lansdowne that have to be followed.
Our police department will enforce these requirements. Let’s all try to be considerate of our neighbors when celebrating.
Now that we have gone to green with the covid pandemic that doesn’t mean we should let down on our safety measures. We need to continue to wear a mask, practice social distancing and just be smart. The number of people infected could and will go back up if we don’t continue to be careful. Remember wearing a mask doesn’t just protect you it protects your family, your neighbors and your community.
Please remember our local businesses during this time. Like all businesses they are trying to survive and need our support.
Thanks to our residents who have been part of many peaceful protests during these concerning times. It shows that you are passionate about a cause, and not afraid to speak out on injustice and care about everyone being treated equally and fairly. You also have shown you care about our community as a whole. I believe that is what Lansdowne is all about. I am proud of that.
Stay safe and remember we are in this together.
See you around town.