Upper Makefield Township
Sept. 2010
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Community Events
Recruiting Barbecue: Lingohocken Fire Company, Oct. 2
If you've ever considered joining a volunteer fire company, come out to a cookout on Saturday, October 2 from 1 to 5 p.m. to learn ways you can get involved or how to become a volunteer firefighter. To RSVP or to learn more please contact chief@lfco.org
Register Now for Emergency Services Golf Outing

October 11
(Columbus Day)
Registration: 10:30 a.m.
Pack up your clubs and come out for the Upper Makefield Emergency Services Golf Outing on October 11 at the Jericho National Golf Club. All proceeds benefit the township's fire company and police association.
All participants must be registered by October 1. Download a registration form here.
Living History at Harvest Day, Oct 17
Step back in time to experience community life in the early days of the 1800's during this year's Harvest Day celebration on October 17. Come out to Washington Crossing Historic Park from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. to see costumed reenactors from the Marbleheaders. Also, the Fifth PA Regiment will welcome you to tour the Village historic buildings, the Thompson-Neely House and Bowman's Tower in the upper park. There will also be activities for kids like: colonial games, quill pen writing, and art projects.
Admission includes all 3 locations: $9 for adults, $5 for seniors and children. Learn more about Harvest Day by calling 215-493-4076. To volunteer please e-mail: xingvols@comcast.net. Sponsored by The Friends of Washington Crossing Park.
Ways To Get Involved: Plant a Seed Foundation
The mission of the Plant a Seed Inspire a Dream Foundation is to provide financially challenged children, between the ages of 8 and 21, with the opportunity to pursue their passions while interacting with positive role models. Find out about the numerous ways you can help make a child's dream come true. Volunteer your time, donate in honor of a loved one, or help our fundraising team.

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With the beginning of the fall season, comes the first log in the fireplace, candles burning in the evenings, and marshmallows roasted over fire pits. We're taking the start of chilly autumn to talk about Fire Prevention Week which runs next week, October 3 to 9. Additionally this month, be sure to participate in one of the township's many festive community events!
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Smoke Alarms: A Sound You Can Live With
Fire Prevention Week October 2010Consider this: 2 out of every 5 house fires were in homes that had no smoke alarms, and another 1 in 5 were in homes where smoke alarms were not working. 
Fire Prevention Week runs October 3 through October 9. The theme this year is, "Smoke Alarms: A Sound You Can Live With!" This year's campaign is designed to educate people about the importance of smoke alarms and encourages everyone to take the steps necessary to update and maintain their home smoke alarm protection.
To best protect your family's safety, Upper Makefield Township reminds residents that smoke alarms are required in all homes. Additionally, the basic requirement is to have one smoke alarm on each level of your home, and one in the hallways adjacent to bedrooms. Smoke alarms have become more affordable throughout the years, therefore it is recommended that additional smoke alarms be installed for extra precaution. Smoke alarms need to be installed at the very highest point where a wall comes into contact with the ceiling. 
Read more about this year's fire prevention week on our website and attend your local fire company's open house next week.
Upper Makefield Fire Company Open House, Oct. 8
The Upper Makefield Fire Company hosts a fire prevention week open house on Friday, October 8 from 7 to 10 p.m. at Station 71, 1221 Taylorsville Road. Come see fire trucks, a 9-1-1 communications vehicle, a police car, an ambulance, and more. Kids can enter to win a bicycle! For more information visit:  www.umfc.org 
Lingohocken Fire Company Hosts Pizza and Prevention, Oct. 8
The Lingohocken Fire Prevention Open House takes place on Friday, October 8 from 6 to 9 p.m. at Station 35, 1090 Washington Ave. Community members are welcome to come by and meet Lingo the Fire Dog, the medics from Central Bucks Ambulance, and officers from the Newtown Police Department. Everyone gets a slice of pizza on a take-home Frisbee with a fire prevention message! For more information visit: www.lfco.org
Now Open: Washington Crossing Toll-Supported Bridge

The Washington Crossing Toll-Supported bridge is open to vehicle traffic again. The 46-day closure of the bridge ended on schedule, Friday, September 24. The Delaware River Joint Toll Bridge Commission extends its appreciation to the motorists, pedestrians, residents, and area business owners for their patience during the out-of-service period. 
Business Association Presents Revolutionary Run Check to Township
The Upper Makefield Business Association presented the township with a check for $7,750 which represents 50% of the proceeds from the 2010 Revolutionary Run held in Washington Crossing on July 4. These funds will be used for Upper Makefield Township's Emergency Services. 
You Can Never Be Too Prepared For Emergency Situations
National Preparedness Month September 2010National Preparedness Month is almost over, but you can always get the information you need to be prepared at the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) website www.ready.gov. Upper Makefield's Emergency Management Coordinator, Robert Kay Sr. reminds residents that the emergencies FEMA is asking you to prepare for have happened in Upper Makefield.
"We've had floods, we've had hurricanes, and we've had severe winter storms - and that's just in the past couple of years," says Kay. Every resident can take extra steps to ensure even further safety in these situations.
As outlined by FEMA, every resident is encouraged to:
  • Get a kit - Put together an emergency kit with items you would need such as flashlights, battery powered radios, blankets, non-perishable foods, etc.
  • Make a plan - Establish a contact person who lives outside of the area, and have a meeting place for your family if you can't return to your residence. 
  • Ready Notify PABe informed - Sign up for a notification service such as www.ReadyNotifyPa.org for direct messaging from you local township emergency management coordinator. 
If any resident needs assistance getting a kit, making a plan, or staying informed please don't hesitate to contact Robert Kay via e-mail at EMA272@verizon.net.
Safety Reminder From Upper Makefield Police Department
The Upper Makefield Township Police Department reminds residents there have been increased reports of theft from vehicles and burglaries. If you have been a victim of theft, it is important to properly identify the missing belongings. This will aid the police in the recovery of the stolen property, and will hopefully provide officials with a lead to identify the perpetrators.
To best assist the police with theft reports:
  • Record a description of the item
  • Identify the model and serial number of the stolen property
  • Provide a photograph of your missing valuables
Many items, such as electronics (iPods, GPS systems, smartphones) are pawned for cash, and the information above will help the police quickly return the property to its rightful owner.
If you own expensive jewelry, you should have it appraised. The appraisal will not only provide you with the item's replacement cost, but will also contain a photo and very thorough description of the piece, which can aid in its recovery.