An unneeded curb demanded by Newtown, PA, Council

The story in brief (and in full here ) is simply that in the middle of the pandemic and with just weeks of notice, the borough council of tiny Newtown, PA, where I grew up, sent me notice that they would be installing perhaps 80 foot of curb on my property and charging me something like $8500 for it. The existing curb has been there more than 40 years and was installed by me and my father when I was quite young. It is crumbling a bit but that could be fixed in an afternoon. That being said, it has existed this way for decades and at least a few road pavings without an issue, so I balked when I received this letter, as I have lost something along the lines of $10,000-$15000 in income because of pandemic cancellations and concerns. I just can't afford that kind of spend on something not needed.

Demanding that a local citizen spend thousands on something that is not needed and not wanted in the middle of this pandemic is too much for me. I have decided to do this GoFundMe as I just can't work another job. I'll also be auctioning off a 50380086_1598019701929729_r.jpegclassic 1964 Schwinn Typhoon 3-speed paperboy bike to help pay for something I do not want that is not needed. I had planned on keeping that bike forever, but the fact that the house was built by my family in 1964 was not lost on me so maybe this is fate telling me to part with a bike I loved. I had envisioned eventually moving back to Newtown full-time and riding that bike with its big basket to the store for groceries.

Again, see my blog at at RedBrickBikes for details on the sad story with a few other links to ways you could bid on a few of my other classic bikes I am needing to sell to pay for this silly curb. The rationale for my $6500 goal is explained here (what project doesn't go over budget when somebody else's money is being spent!), and I will have links to my Typhoon's Ebay auction here as well. Any funds raised beyond what Newtown Borough Council bills me would be directed to the Newtown Volunteer Fire Department to preserve Old Washy; the Newtown Library Company in memory of Mrs. Cronin;  the historic (old) Newtown Presbyterian Church , in memory of Wils and Ellie Campbell who are buried in the old graveyard; the Macedonia Baptist Church where my family went for a great turkey dinner fundraiser most years; and the Newtown Theatre, which apparently ran the movie King of Hearts  for months and months straight because old Amos Farrugio liked it so much.  I think that was before I was born or when I was very young. My brother delivered the Philadelphia Evening Bulletin to the Farrugios house on South State Street, but not on that classic bike.

Details on these organizations should be on my blog as well, but I have to go to work right now! Who has time for this! Thanks for any support!
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