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April 15, 2006

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April 15, 2006

Welcome to the DDT Newsletter...

In this issue:

Save Post Office 08315

Our effort to save the Dividing Creek post office has been written about often in our local press. The headline for the Bridgeton News for Tuesday was a classic: "Dividing Creek Goes Postal" Read more...

No Uniforms in Our School District

Of all the possible schools which need or would benefit from uniforms, Downe Township Elementary isn't one of them. The parents...and the students...need to know the whole story. The school is not handling this issue fairly and openly. Read more...

Vote NO on the Downe School Budget

Everyone...parents, board members, tax payers and administrators...need to take a good, hard look at how our educational dollar is being spent. I don't like what I see in technology. More...

Tax exempt land issues

In the same way that we must fight to keep the identity of 08315 so must we all get together and fight the issue of continued take exempt land transactions. We do this with eminent domain. Please read more...

In, Out, Around & About Downe

The navigation bar at the top of ever DDT page will take you to a page which is specific to the section that you've chosen.

Everything is in most recent first order so you can continue to read any new material up to the point where things begin to sound familiar.

The sections that I've created are described below.

Township: The Township section deals with issues relating to the Downe Township Committee; the operation of the municipal office operation; the positions of Tax Collector, Tax Assessor, Chief Financial Officer, Zoning Officer, Township Clerk and any other positions that I've missed

The Township section on the web also covers issues related to the Planning and Zoning Board and the Recreation Committee.

Specific issues covered more often and in greater detail are those dealing with trash, tax exempt land and our dwindling tax base.

School Board: The School Board section of the web cover issues related to the Board of Education and all things related to the Downe Township School.

Environmental: Environmental issues within Downe Township are cover in this section.

Seniors: Downe Township has a high percentage of senior citizens and retirees.

DDT Archives: The archives have all the old articles. Some are of scans of the original print edition of the DDT Newsletter.

Little Know Facts About Downe

As of the 2000 census:

  • 1,631 people
  • 658 households
  • 438 families residing in the township.

The Downe Township population density is 12.4/km˛ or 32.1/mi˛.

The Downe Population density compares to these countries:

Somalia 12.6/km˛
Oman 12.3/km˛
Belize 12/km˛
Saudi Arabia 12/km˛

World overall population density presently averages 42 persons per km˛.

There are 1,134 housing units at an average density of 8.6/km˛ (22.3/mi˛).

Racial makeup of Downe Township

3.37% of the population are Hispanic or Latino of any race.

There are 658 households out of which 26.6% have children under the age of 18 living with them, 51.1% are married couples living together, 10.3% have a female householder with no husband present, and 33.3% are non-families. 27.4% of all households are made up of individuals and 14.3% have someone living alone who is 65 years of age or older. The average household size is 2.48 and the average family size is 3.03.

In the township the population is spread out like this:

  • 23.5% under the age of 18
  • 6.3% from 18 to 24
  • 24.2% from 25 to 44
  • 27.0% from 45 to 64
  • 18.9% who are 65 years of age or older

The median age is 42 years.

For every 100 females there are 107.8 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there are 96.7 males.

The median income for a household in the township is $34,667, and the median income for a family is $39,375.

Males have a median income of $35,000 versus $26,397 for females. The per capita income for the township is $17,366.

13.1% of the population and 11.5% of families are below the poverty line.

Out of the total population, 21.1% of those under the age of 18 and 14.4% of those 65 and older are living below the poverty line.


You are probably from Downe Township if you can answer more than five of these: You're from Downe if...

The items in the left column...

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Copyright © 2006 Bernard Sayers

A DDT Newsletter was originally published in a print addition of one or two pages in the early 1990s and distributed by mail with a bulk mailing permit.  

The original DDT Newsletter was one man's attempt to change Downe Township's political atmosphere by informing the residents in a humorous way that our township could be administered better to everyone's benefit. 

Downe Township is a very special place to me. I have lived here for almost 40 years. My daughter is in the Downe Township School District. I have every reason to continue to working toward making Downe an even better place to live.

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