Upper Makefield Township
March 2011
In This Issue
Open Space Loan Refinancing Saves
$1.6 Million
Supervisors Recognize Detective Haines and Officer Slobodin
Celebrate Earth Day -
April 23, 2011
Historical Property
Site Visits
Street Sweeping
Identity Theft:
How Thieves Get
Your Information
Community Events

Lingohocken Fire Co. Pancake Breakfast
April 10 from
8 a.m. to 1 p.m.

Support the fire company with a full breakfast of pancakes, sausage, and french toast! Regular Stack, $6. Short Stack, $4. Visit the Lingohocken
Fire Co. website.

Prescription Drug Collection
Township Police Department
April 30 from
10 a.m. to 2 p.m.

Bring your unused or expired medication for safe disposal to the Upper Makefield Township Police Department, 1076 Eagle Road.

Spring Native
Plant Sale

Bowman's Hill Wildflower Preserve
May 7 to 15 from
10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Tuesday through Sunday

Select from over 100 species of native plants for spring planting. Knowledgeable staff and volunteers will help you choose the right plants for your site. Ask the Expert event Saturday, May 7 from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m.

Washington Crossing Brewfest
May 14 from
12:30 to 4:30 p.m.

Sample beers from more than 50 national and regional breweries at the first-ever Washington Crossing Brewfest.
Learn more and purchase tickets online. 

Upper Makefield Fire Company Family Carnival
May 9-14 from
6 to 10 p.m.

Pay one price and ride all night, or buy individual tickets. Try your hand at carnival games and get a bite to eat. Free Parking. Located at Route 32 across from the U.S. Post Office. Visit the Upper Makefield Fire Company website.

UMBA Phillies Game Fund Raiser
June 15

The Phillies take on the Florida Marlins. Get your tickets online from the Upper Makefield Business Association.

Register & Volunteer for the Revolutionary Run on July 4

Planning for the 31st Annual Revolutionary Run at Washington Crossing Historic Park is underway. Register and/or volunteer for the event.   

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Open Space Loan Refinancing Saves
$1.6 Million
Open Space

As part of continuing efforts to streamline costs and cut spending, the Upper Makefield Township Board of Supervisors recently moved forward in authorizing a $2.2 million payment toward principal on an existing $8 million Open Space Loan. The Board further authorized refinancing the remaining loan balance with First Savings Bank of Perkasie. Both actions will save the township more than $400,000 in 2011 and in excess of $1.6 million during the first five years of the loan. The term of the loan will stay the same, with final payment in 2027.


The Board of Supervisors made the decision to take the remaining $2.2 million to pay down the debt in light of current economic conditions. As a result, any future potential open space purchase and funding for that purchase will need to be considered on a case by case basis.

Read more. 

Supervisors Recognize Detective Haines
and Officer Slobodin  

Detective Haines and Officer SlobodinAt their March Meeting, the Board of Supervisors honored Detective Patricia Haines and Officer William Slobodin for their service to the government and citizens of Upper Makefield Township. View the resolutions.


Detective Patricia Haines is celebrating 25 years

with the township. She was the township's first female police officer, and was one of the first officers to achieve the rank of Corporal in 2002, prior to becoming the first Detective in Upper Makefield Township in 2007. Detective Haines holds a Bachelor of Arts in criminal justice from Temple University.


Officer William Slobodin is celebrating 35 years

with the township. At the time of his appointment, Officer Slobodin was the youngest full-time officer in the township. He is an active member of the Bucks County Fraternal Order of Police and serves as Treasurer of the Upper Makefield Police Association. Officer Slobodin holds a Bachelor of Science in criminal justice from Trenton State College.

Celebrate Earth Day - April 23, 2011
Brownsburg Park Pavilion
10 a.m. To 2 p.m.

Join us rain or shine for an outdoor celebration. Browse exhibits, attend seminars and demonstrations, and meet live animals. Make a day of it with the whole family. Bring a picnic lunch, kites, Frisbees, roller blades, or whatever your family needs for a day in the park (even if it's just your walking shoes!) More details & directions.
Historical Property Site Visits
Over the next few months, a representative of Heritage Conservancy will be taking inventory of historic properties in Upper Makefield Township. Owners of historical properties can expect site visits weekdays between 9 a.m. and 5 p.m. If you have any questions, please call the Upper Makefield Township Municipal Building at 215-968-3340.  
Street Sweeping
Weather permitting, township crews will be cleaning all development streets the week of April 11-15. To ensure thorough, fast cleaning, please move vehicles, trash cans, and other objects of the road. If you have questions, please call the Public Works Department at 215-968-3314.  
Identity Theft:
How Thieves Get Your Information
Approximately 10% of all US consumers have fallen victim to identity theft. While we protect ourselves from strangers, sadly half of all identity thefts are committed by someone we already know. Here are some of the more popular methods of stealing your information:
  • Stealing mail. This can occur at your mailbox, during the delivery process, or thieves may root through garbage cans. 
  • Stealing identifying documents. Thieves steal wallets and purses, or during a burglary steal important documents such as passports, tax returns, or social security cards.
  • Photographing credit cards. Thieves may use cell phone cameras to take photos while you are using your card.
  • Skimming. A card reading device is surreptitiously used to record the information stored on the magnetic strip of your card.
  • Phishing and Pharming. In phishing, an e-mail directs you to a phony website that appears legitimate but asks for financial information, passwords, or other private information. In pharming, the criminals hijack a legitimate website and direct users to their bogus website.
  • Spam E-mail. E-mails promising big prizes or bargains request personal or financial information to receive these "deals."
  • Computer Hacking. Thieves hack into databases containing personal information.

Once they have your information, identity thieves most frequently make fraudulent financial transactions, though your identity may be used to commit other crimes such as creating fraudulent identification, or piling up traffic tickets.

Next month: How to Protect Yourself from Identity Theft

If you would like to speak to an Upper Makefield Township police officer about identity theft concerns or have an officer speak to your community organization, please call the Police Department at 215-968-3020. In an emergency, always call 9-1-1.