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Posted on: July 24, 2023

July 24, 2023: Letter from Council President, Benjamin Hover

Benjamin Hover Letter (1)

Dear Lansdowne friends, residents, and neighbors,

Happy July! As we enter the dog days of August, Lansdowne Borough has a lot to celebrate. Several community celebrations have brought the borough together and more great economic news for our wonderful community in Lansdowne. Lansdowne is on the move. Are you ‘Downe?

Fourth of July

First of all, I want to thank all of the many volunteers for the success of the Fourth of July parade and ceremony. All of the community groups made the community feel like the whole community was on parade. Also, thank you to our elected officials—from the county District Attorney Jack Stollsteimer and County Council Chair Dr. Monica Taylor, our state representatives Senator Tim Kearney State Representative Gina Hackett Curry, and our Congresswoman Mary Gay Scanlon for helping us celebrate in Lansdowne—for celebrating with us in Lansdowne.

Economic Development Updates:

Last month, Lansdowne Borough celebrated with Chef Sophia Gallimour for opening Sophusion Fine Dining at 24 North Lansdowne Avenue. And also celebrated with Leonardo Cruz with the opening Leo’s Breakfast and Lunch at their location at 36 East Baltimore Avenue in Lansdowne. Both new ventures in the Borough of Lansdowne, which we wish great success.

This month, Mayor Magda Byrne and Council President Benjamin Hover, on behalf of the Borough, joined with the Historic Lansdowne Theater, many community volunteers, and elected officials from the County, State, and Federal level to celebrate the groundbreaking of the Theater. Expect construction over the next year with an anticipated opening in the fall of 2024. The Theater Project is a long term vision of many elected members of the Borough, volunteers in the Historic Lansdowne Theater Corporation, and community members in Lansdowne. Lansdowne Borough Council congratulates the Historic Lansdowne Theater Corporation Board and Executive Director on the milestone of its groundbreaking.

Liberia Day:

On July 23rd, Lansdowne Borough celebrated Liberian Independence Day by hosting a flag raising ceremony with the Liberian Association of Pennsylvania. The event organized by Saadiq Mohamed, Alphonse Samukai, Prince Massaquoi, and Amah Dunor, marks the 4th celebration of Liberia Day in Lansdowne, which remains the only celebration in Delaware County to celebrate the many connections fo the Liberian community in our Borough and surrounding area. Mayor Magda Byrne, Council President Benjamin Hover, Council Vice President Sinoe Naji-Taylor, Councilmember Will Griffin, and Councilmember Tangela Jameswere delighted to host the many folks in our community who joined in to support the event. Lansdowne Borough Council was gratified to receive an award of recognition from the Liberian Association of Pennsylvania’s President Sayondee Kofa Kumorteh.

Public Safety:

On July 27th, Lansdowne Borough will hold a special meeting to discuss the appropriations for emergency services. Over the past few months, we voted to support the Lansdowne Fire Department in their negotiations and at this Council meeting, Council will host the President of the Fire Company Mike Boyce to speak about the new contract for ambulance services. As many residents may know, the Lansdowne Fire Company and many other municipalities have been asked by Mercy Fitzgerald and their parent company Trinity for a renegotiation of the contract with the threat to end ambulance services. President Boyce will provide important details about the next steps of a new contract with Narberth Ambulance.

Facilities Plan:

On August 8th,  the ad hoc Facilities Committee will hold a meeting to continue discussion on the possible Facilities upgrades to the Library, Borough Hall, and the Police Department.

Save the Date for the upcoming events:

  • August 1st: National Night Out

To all of my friends, neighbors and fellow residents, I hope to see you around the town in the coming weeks.


Your neighbor

Benjamin Hover

Council President

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