Yeadon Borough Tax Collector Julianne James has announced that residents are now able to make payments for the Borough of Yeadon 2020 Taxes online.
Since I’ve been I’ve here I’ve heard a lot about the transformation of the Borough Hall into the Haunted Hall for Halloween. This year the event was open to the public October 28, 29 and 30. I was curious about the many comments I heard so when the Public Works Department completed the set-up of the Hall, we took a stroll through the maze to see what everyone was talking about. I soon started wondering when all of this started and who is behind the scenes making it all happen. I asked around and found the one person who has been here from the beginning and here is his story In his Own Words.
– Ruby Payne
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Q. Tell me who you are and where you work?
A. My name is Dan Wright and I’m going into my 47th year as a Yeadon Borough employee. I started out with the Public Works Department working with the trash department in 1973 where I worked for close to 10 years. In 1982, I joined the PW Highway Department and have been with that part of PW since then. I worked my way through and became PW Supervisor in 1992.
Q. Have you always been a part of the Haunted Hall experience and how long has it been around?
A. Yes. Mr. Pete Brusco and I started the Halloween Haunted Hall tradition many years ago. He came to the Borough as a consultant in 1992 around the same time I became Supervisor and we talked about doing something for Halloween for the children. We weren’t concerned if it was a minor thing we just wanted to do something for the children. Initially, we just had someone in the Lobby of the 1st floor giving out candy. It then evolved into the beginnings of constructing a Haunted Hall. We made space right outside the Police Room and we started with 3 rows of scary things; we took the doors off, turned the lights out and had creepy cabinets and anything else scary. This 1st Haunted Hall experience was a huge success and we had 1000+ residents come through. After that, we did it again the next year and decided to move upstairs in the Hall Lobby. In the very beginning all the Council members got involved and would dress up and give out candy to the children. It was lots of fun. There was a lull after the 2nd year but somehow it got picked up again and has been going strong ever since. The growth has been phenomenal. Originally we’d put all the stuff together for 1 night. We then moved to having it for a couple of nights but about 4 or 5 years ago we added a 3rd night in order to give everyone, young and old, a chance to come through and experience the Haunted Hall.
Q. When you had over 1000 children come through that first time, how did it make you feel?
A. It made all of us feel good. Originally there was talk about having it at the Nile Swim Club because of the trees and everything but due to the weather, should it rain, it was decided that it would be easier to have it downstairs in the Hall. I’m not a big Halloween person but it does feel good to have the kids come through and to give back to the community. We’ve seen kids come in off the buses just to go through the Hall and then get back on the bus to go wherever they were going.
Q. Why do you do it?
A. Well I enjoy it. We know the kids will come and even though some of the kids are little ones and some are big ones, I get a kick out of them saying I’m not going back in there and you get that feeling that you’ve just made someone smile because of course they went in again and again. I must say that The Haunted Hall is the one thing that brings more people to the Borough than any other event, even Flag Day. I remember as a kid that you always had a day where you dressed up and went to school and one year we had kids come over from the school just to go through and get the feel of the Hall and get some candy. We haven’t done that for a long time but it would be good to bring it back if it were possible.
Q. How did you accumulate all of the different things to make the displays and how is it funded?
A. Every year, we add new things. The first couple of years we had some plywood so we put red paint on our hands and made a display and then after a while we would get more wood and other things around the shop and it just started growing. The event has always been free to the public and we don’t accept any monetary donations. The one thing we have done is ask everyone to bring can goods for the cost of admission which we then turn over to the churches in the community.
Q. What is your favorite part about the Haunted Hall experience?
A. Just putting it together. Every year I walk through and say what can I do to tweak things or what can I do differently because after a while you have so many kids who have been coming for years and you want to give them something different that they’ve not seen before.
Q. Would you like to see the tradition continue?
A. I have no problem. I think it should continue. Even if we decided to charge a $1.00 or some nominal fee, I believe the kids would come.
Q. Is there anything I didn’t ask you that you’d like the community to know about the annual Haunted Hall experience?
A. I would maybe like to see more of the community get involved. I think it could be bigger and should have more support because at the end of the day, it is something that can bring the community together while putting smiles on the faces of children.
National Preparedness Month comes as the first major hurricane of the season made landfall in the U.S. this week, and the peak of Atlantic hurricane season is quickly approaching. The current weather patterns serve as a timely reminder for customers to be prepared for severe weather and other emergencies.
“The safety of our customers, communities, and employees is always our top priority,” said John McDonald, PECO senior vice president and COO. “We work throughout the year to ensure our employees and systems are ready for any extreme weather that may occur. Hurricane Dorian is a timely reminder for all of us that being prepared is a responsibility everyone should take seriously.”
To help customers plan and prepare for an emergency, PECO offers the following tips:
- Stay far away from any storm damaged electrical equipment, especially downed wires. You should always assume downed wires are energized. Report a downed wire immediately by calling PECO at 1-800-841-4141.
- Keep a flashlight with fresh batteries on each floor of your home.
- Identify an alternate location for you and/or your family in case of an extended outage.
- Customers who rely on electricity to keep medicine refrigerated or medical equipment running should develop a plan to maintain health requirements during a power outage.
- Review the manufacturer’s instructions for safe operation of your generator. Do not connect a generator directly to your home’s wiring. Never use a generator indoors or in any enclosed area.
- Follow the advice of local emergency management officials.
Saturday, August 11 (8/11) is National Call Before You Dig Day – a natural reminder for all customers and contractors to call 811 to have utility-owned underground lines marked before digging. Nationwide, every six minutes someone damages an underground utility line because of digging without first calling 811, according to the Common Ground Alliance, the national association that promotes the 811 phone number and safe digging practices.
Striking an underground electric or natural gas line can cause serious injury, damages and service interruptions. Every digging project, no matter how large or small, warrants a call to 811. Installing a mailbox, building a deck, planting a tree and laying a patio are all examples of digging projects where a call to 811 should be one of the first steps. Customers and contractors also are required to call 811 before clearing blocked sewer lines to determine if any utility lines are nearby as well.
PECO has more than 9,000 circuit miles of underground electric lines, 13,000 miles of natural gas distribution and service lines, and another 9 miles of natural gas transmission lines buried throughout southeastern Pennsylvania. In addition to PECO’s lines, there are underground communications cables, water and sewer lines, and other utilities. Even properties that are not served by a particular service may still have utility lines running below ground.
When calling 811, customers and contractors are connected to PA One Call, the state’s coordinator for utility line marking. PA One Call will collect information about the project and provide it to PECO and other member utilities. The utilities will then mark their underground facilities. Calls are required at least three business days in advance of digging.
Once lines are located, customers and contractors doing work also must understand the markings and look for evidence of unmarked lines, such as water and sewer lines on private property. Sewer clean-outs and water valve covers are examples of equipment that can indicate the presence of underground lines.
For more information, visit peco.org/safety
Beginning October 1, 2020, Pennsylvanians will need a REAL ID-compliant driver’s license, photo ID card, or another form of federally-acceptable identification (such as a valid passport or military ID) to board a domestic commercial flight or enter a federal building or military installation that requires ID.
REAL IDs are now available to Pennsylvanians who want them. To help you decide if you need a REAL ID, and provide information on what documents you will need and steps you can take to get an optional REAL ID, visit the Pennsylvania REAL ID website.
The Spotlight on The Spectrum program serves as a peer group for children with developmental delays or sensory issues (Autism, Asperger’s and ADHD) and their parents, care takes and relatives. Please join us in the Yeadon Public Library community room, on Tuesday, April 2, 2019 at 7:00 pm.
Yeadon Public Library is a hub for the community and provides essential programs, workshops, activities and resources. The library now offers the same opportunities
for families living with autism; we are pleased to announce its sponsorship of the Spotlight on The Spectrum Program. The program will be held on every 3rd Saturday, 1:00pm-3:00pm
Spotlight on The Spectrum is a community grass roots program aimed to bring awareness to various forms of developmental delays or sensory issues (Autism, Asperger’s and ADHD). Spotlight on The Spectrum is designed to provide hope, inspiration, resources and education to parents, children and loved ones living with autism. The program gives attendees the opportunity to hear and interact with professionals, in the field and loved ones of those with autism.