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Posted on: June 22, 2023

June 22, 2023: A Message from Council President Benjamin Hover

Benjamin Hover Letter (1)

Dear Lansdowne friends, residents, and neighbors,

Happy June! What a fantastic month of celebration and great news for our wonderful community in Lansdowne. From the new businesses that are opening to the many community celebrations. Lansdowne is on the move. The question is: Are you ‘Downe?

New Business Updates:

Thank you to Chef Sophia Gallimour for opening Sophusion Fine Dining at 24 North Lansdowne Avenue.

Thank you to Leonard Cruz for opening Leo’s Breakfast and Lunch at their location at 36 East Baltimore Avenue in Lansdowne.

Welcome to Lansdowne and thank you for choosing our community to open the business! We wish you success and hope that Lansdowne comes out to support the businesses!

Lansdowne Pride:

On June 1st, Lansdowne Borough celebrated the beginning of Pride Month by hosting a flag raising ceremony to honor LGBTQIA+ Month. Mayor Magda Byrne, Councilmember Griffin, Councilmember Young, and I were delighted to host the many folks in our community who joined in to support the event. We also want to thank Maleata Ragin of UDTJ—Understanding, Devotion, Take Action, and Justice—for speaking and hosting the Pride Flag.

Lansdowne Community Day/ Founder’s Weekend:

To begin, I want to thank the many volunteers who made our celebrations successful. Thank you to the Lansdowne Police Department for their participation in the Lansdowne Founder’s Weekend events with the support of the Night Market and Community Day. Also, thank you to the Lansdowne Fire Department for the support of the Community Day. We also want to thank the community groups and businesses who participated to support the day: Delaware County Transportation Management Association, the Greater Philadelphia Bicycle Coalition, Lansdowne Boy Scouts and Girl Scouts, the Lansdowne Neighbor’s Club, American Legion Post 65, WSFS Bank, Children of Angels, and CC’s Dance Company.

Also, on behalf of Lansdowne Borough Council, I want to extend our gratitude to Tiara Austin and the Lansdowne Business and Professional Association and our businesses downtown for organizing an outstanding Night Market to help celebrate Founder’s Weekend.  

Juneteenth Celebration:

On June 17th, Lansdowne Borough celebrated Juneteenth weekend with a flag raising ceremony and community celebration at the Lansdowne Landing. We want to thank Delaware County Council Chair Dr. Monica Taylor, State Representative Gina Hackett Curry, and State Senator Tim Kearney for attending the event and supporting the event. 

We want to thank the Lansdowne Economic Development Corporation, Jessica Pointer, and the rest of the Juneteenth Committee for expanding the celebration of Juneteenth with many performers from the Lansdowne community.

We also want to celebrate local Lansdowne resident Anna Bullock on being named Miss Juneteenth Pennsylvania. Anna Bullock was crowned Miss Juneteenth on June 10th and will be moving on to the national competition.

Fourth of July:

We look forward to joining in with the Lansdowne Community in celebrating 4th of July with a parade beginning on East Greenwood Avenue turning on Wycombe Avenue and right onto Stewart Avenue to Lansdowne Avenue. The parade continues north up Lansdowne Avenue and right onto Essex Avenue to the Penn Wood High School Football Field.

The parade begins at 9:00 and will be followed by a short ceremony at the Penn Wood High football stadium at approximately 10:00.

We encourage all community groups to sign up to join in the parade. 

This year, we honor long time community volunteer Helen Bowes as the Marshall of the parade.

The theme of this year’s parade is “Lansdowne L.O.V.E=Lansdowne Loves Our Volunteers Everyday.”

Upcoming Events:

4th of July Parade: 9:00 Parade Route ending at Penn Wood High stadium.

Liberia Day: July 22nd on Borough Greene from 11-1

National Night Out: August 1st

Labor Day: September 4th

Enjoy the summer! We hope to see you around Lansdowne.

Your friend and neighbor,

Council President

Benjamin Hover

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