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With the arrival of Fall, I hope everyone will enjoy the crisp weather and beautiful fall colors in Lansdowne. Unfortunately just like in Spring and Summer with covid affecting many of our annual events the same applies for the Fall. Our annual kids Halloween party will be held but will be much different to assure safety for our residents. The event will be held on Saturday October 31st 11:00 - 1:00 at the Landing in the Lansdowne Ave parking lot. This will coincide with the Farmers Market. We will have two tables set up at each end of the Landing. We will give out Trick or Treat bags with treats for children ages 1 to 10. All children must be accompanied by an adult and everyone must wear a mask. We will practice social distancing making sure both lines stay 6ft apart. There will be no judging for best costumes and there will be no food or refreshments. I know this is not what we are used to but I feel we need to be careful and follow what is being recommended by CDC. I hope this event will give our kids and their parents some sense of normalcy during these crazy times. Even though there will be no judging I hope everyone will still come out in their Halloween best as they have in the past.
As far as trick or treating in the Borough, I urge everyone to be smart, careful and follow CDC recommendations. I would recommend giving out candy outside of your house or in your driveway. Also trick or treaters should go out in small groups and stay apart from each other. I have also included a flyer with a list of recommendations our residents should consider following. Remember our little ones have gone through a lot this year and I hope even if it is not like other Halloweens they can still have some fun and also be safe. View the Trick or Treating Guidelines Here
I want to mention two recent items happening in the borough.
First on October 1st we changed West Stewart Ave from Lansdowne Ave to Owen Ave to one way going West from Lansdowne Ave. We did this after a request from the Lansdowne Friends School due to concerns with drop-off and pick-up for their students on this section West Stewart Ave. This concern has been going on for awhile and has been getting worse. We met with the school officials at the public safety meetings and council meetings these past months. After discussing with the school other possible solutions we decided that this was the best solution. I personally talked to the majority of the residents on West Stewart Ave including Simpson Gardens and they all said they were in favor of this change. West Stewart Ave is a busy street and this will make it safer for the children. I know this could be a little inconvenient and take a little getting used to but I think our children's safety is worth it. We will monitor this and make sure it is helping the situation.
The second thing is we held a Zoom Town Meeting on September 30th to discuss a proposed new bike lane for some of our streets in Lansdowne. This idea was discussed at numerous meetings this past year and a half and was approved unanimously by borough council for our engineering firm to put together a proposed plan. We held the September 30th meeting to get feedback from our residents about the proposed bike lane plan. At the meeting we had around 50 residents join in on the meeting and asked about 100 questions. At the meeting the engineer laid out this plan and showed on what streets the bike lane would be located and what effect this would have on these streets. It was obvious that the major concerns of the residents was the loss of street parking on their street. We understand these concerns and Council will review what can be done to address them before we move further. This proposed bike lane will join Lansdowne with the County and neighboring towns now and for the future. I do think that this is an asset to our town.
View the bicycle facilities presentation HERE | View the meeting video HERE
I hope all of our residents continue to stay safe and healthy through this very hard 2020. Remember we are all in this together and we will get through it together. Please remember to vote on November 3rd either in person or by mail. It is so important for our future.
See you around town.