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Holiday Decorating

Holiday Decorating

The holidays are fast approaching, and we’d love to have you volunteer to help with the decorations on the island and Madison Rd. As of now, the schedule for the holiday decorating is as follows:

11/13 – Island clean up (raking, etc.) – Rain date 11/14
11/20 – Set up the decorations (build Santa’s house, string lights, put up other decorations) – Rain date 11/21
12/4 – Tree lighting ceremony – time TBD – Come meet your neighbors and enjoy the festivities!

If you wish to volunteer for the cleanup and/or decorating, please use this form so we have an idea of how many volunteers we have available: Holiday Decorating Volunteer Form

The more volunteers we have, the less time it will take to clean up and set up!

The Gladstone Summer 2021

The Gladstone Summer 2021

Hi all! Our little nook of Lansdowne is looking great! Keep it up.

We do need volunteers to help maintain our flower gardens in a few of our public spaces. The flower gardens on the island, and the triangle area near the entrance to Gladstone Manor on Baltimore Ave to start with.  We’d like to have about 10-12 people trained on how to keep it up during the growing months. Dawn our expert in what will grow to be flowers and what are weeds that need to be pulled to keep from strangling the flowers will hold a training session for all who are willing to help.  If we do this right it might mean each of us take two hours, spread out over the summer to keep our gardens alive and well. One hour, or half hour at a time, whatever fits into your schedule. You pick the time that fits, so we can help Dawn and our Gladstone Manor keep the lovely gardens alive. Notice will follow within a week for training times. 

A “Water Ice Social” July 7th, with a walk around our lovely Gladstone Manor will be held Wednesday evening from 7pm to 8pm for scooping time. Walk over with your family and pick a flavor, then hang out to say hi to old and new neighbors. Take a look at our gardens, stroll around the blocks enticing new neighbors to sign up and join our GGCA and enjoy the fresh air. We will have a donation jar at the water ice stand to help offset the cost of candy to be used at the parade.

It’s very exciting that Lansdowne IS having their Independence Day parade this year, and even better- Gladstone Manor will be a part of it! The parade is on July 3,rd meet at 8:30am at East Greenwood Ave., Red, White and Blue attire and all are invited to walk in the parade. Parade starts at 9 am.  We are currently looking for a Greater Gladstone banner, and will pass out candy to spectators. 

If you would like to volunteer to be a part of our upcoming events, parade, gardening or water ice fun time, please respond with your phone number and email at the water ice stand or contact us to sign up! 

PS need water ice scoops and strong arms between 7 and 8 pm for water ice fun time!

Social distancing practices will be encouraged at all events.  Wear masks if you are not vaccinated.

Kathleen Kauffman

Kathleen Kauffman

Kathleen Kauffman passed away on April 22, 2021 from complications due to ALS.  A graveside service will be held at Media Cemetery in August or early September 2021, once pandemic restrictions ease and we can gather comfortably after the service to celebrate her life.  Details will be posted on this web page.

Kathy was born in Swarthmore and raised in Media, Pennsylvania by her parents James and Agnes Kauffman, who preceded her in death.  She lived in her beautiful, old Lansdowne home for nearly 40 years and passed away there, just as the songbirds which take residence in the fragrant garden outside her windows were announcing the day.

Doyenne of Gladstone Manor, treasurer of the Gladstone Civic Association, and captain of her block, Kathy took a hands-on roll in all of the community’s welcoming events- tree lightings, public space clean ups, 4th of July cookouts.  Her friends and neighbors in Gladstone Manor were invaluable to Kathy.  While she battled ALS with her distinctive strength and optimism, she was often home alone during the pandemic.  The care and comfort they provided was heroic.

Kathy graduated from Widener University with a BS in Finance, Phi Beta Kappa.  From the late 1960s until the early 2000s, she worked for several companies, including FMC Corporation, IU International Corporation and Harper Collins Publishing, where her position as Vice President of Finance meant she had to take the 6:30 AM train from 30th Street Station Philadelphia to New York for nearly 10 years.  Before retiring altogether in 2016, she worked part-time for 14 years at Gadsden, Schneider & Woodward LLP, a trust and estate law firm in Wayne, PA.

From the time she was in her early 20s until 2019, Kathy could be found on summer weekends and vacations in Avalon, NJ, sharing rentals and hanging out on decks around the Princeton Canal, with her closest and most beloved friends to this day.

Passionate about many kinds of music, Kathy leaves behind a room lined with vinyl and CDs.  She also enjoyed live concerts, and one early highlight was seeing David Bowie at the Tower Theater in 1974.  Her love of music never waned.  During retirement, she often hopped the regional SEPTA line into Philly for many of WXPN’s free World Cafe concerts at noon.  Indeed, it was listening to Van Morrison, Sam Cooke, Roxy Music, Jason Mraz and an eclectic mix of current and classic artists that helped Kathy get through the roughest days of having ALS.

Please remember Kathy when you hear one of her all-time favorites: Van Morrison’s ‘Into the Mystic’.  Imagine it cranking in her car on a humid summer Friday evening, as she made her way through the dark back roads of the South Jersey Pine Barrens, heading for Avalon.

We were born before the wind

Also younger than the sun

Ere the bonnie boat was won

As we sailed into the mystic

Hark, now hear the sailors cry

Smell the sea and feel the sky

Let your soul and spirit fly into the mystic

And when that foghorn blows

I will be coming home

And when the foghorn blows

I want to hear it

I don’t have to fear it and I want to rock your gypsy soul

Just like way back in the days of old

And magnificently we will flow into the mystic

Kathy is survived by her devoted sisters and their husbands:  Kristine and Frank Grahek and Nanette and Michael Giles, and their children – the nieces and nephews whom she adored and doted on:  Jocelyn Gross, Joey Gross, Warren Gross, Jaime Grahek, Lowie Giles and Will Giles.  She had cousins, extended family and friends whom she loved immensely and enthusiastically, in Gladstone Manor and Lansdowne, across the greater Philadelphia region, in Wilmington, DE, Brooklyn, NY and Los Angeles, CA.

If you would like to send a gift to remember Kathy, please consider these three organizations:

Kathy and her family would like to express their deepest appreciation to ALS Association’s Greater Philadelphia Chapter and to the Neurology and ALS Program at Penn Medicine.  Thank you for bringing us into your communities and for the many ways you supported Kathy and our family over the past two years.

We are grateful to WXPN for the delight it brought Kathy for decades.  You rocked her gypsy soul and continuously introduced her to new music and artists, to which she sang and danced until the end, until the early spring morning when she flowed magnificently into the mystic.