Upper Makefield Township
July 2011
In This Issue
Sol Feinstone Third Grade Students Create Their Own Community Parks
July named Park and Recreation Month
Tips to Keep Your
Home Safe While
Away on Vacation
Summer meeting
schedule of the Board
of Supervisors
Community Events
 
Discovery Day
July 16 10-4pm

Free Admission Includes:
Wildflower Walks, insect hunts, puppet show, live bluegrass music, snacks and Family Fun!

Bowman's Hill Wildlife Preserve

Hazardous Waste & Computer Collection on July 23

Bring your household hazardous waste and old computers to the CB South High School, 1100 Folly Road - Warrington Township. For what to bring and more collection dates/locations download the flyer from the Bucks County Planning Commission


Middletown Grange Fair
August 17-21

Enter a variety of farm products, crafts, and more at the Middletown Grange Fair. Find out more information on their website.
 
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Sol Feinstone Third Grade Students Create
Their Own Community Parks

Sol Feinstone Third Grade Students Create Their Own Community ParksMembers of the Upper Makefield Township Park and Recreation Board, along with members of the Township staff, recently took a special trip to Sol Feinstone Elementary School to visit Nancy Stoudt's third-grade Humanities class to judge the class's "Design a Park" contest. Each student presented a design for a new community park to the special panel of judges, and after serious review, the following third-graders were recognized: 

  • 1st place: Katherine McQuarrie
  • 2nd place: Lara Davies
  • 3rd place (tie): Casey Rogerson and Olivia Pinto 

After a year-long social studies class focusing on "communities," the children were directed by their teacher to determine the reasons Upper Makefield needs a park. Stoudt challenged her students to identify a problem like the need for a community park and to create a solution that would meet the needs of all citizens.

The students developed an array of ideas ranging from health and exercise themed parks, to peaceful and meditation themes, to highly landscaped design themes. Additionally, the third-graders sought out to please specific age groups and demographics. The students developed ideas for a tot park, elementary school-age kids, teenagers, adults, grandparents and handicapped people.

Winners of the contest, along with their families, were then invited to be publicly recognized at a Board of Supervisors meeting in June. Chairman Baldwin presented certificates to each of the students and invited them to comment on their designs.

First place winner McQuarrie, who named her park "Fun Mania," explained to the elected officials what made her park so special, "We have a community garden that anyone can plant in for free. You just have to bring your own seeds."   More 

July named Park and Recreation Month  
Rec boardGet ready to get outside in the month of July! Recognizing that the U.S. House of Representatives has designated July as "Parks and Recreation" month, The Board of Supervisors have officially named July as "Park and Recreation Month" in Upper Makefield Township.

"Our parks are vitally important in establishing and maintaining the quality of life in our community," noted Supervisor Chairman Bud Baldwin, who then recognized members of the Upper Makefield Township Park and Recreation Board for their diligent efforts.

He added that the goal of this Resolution is to encourage all of our residents to take advantage of our beautiful parks to promote physical fitness, emotional wellness, and a sense of community.

Members of the Park and Recreations Board are: Chair Jim Pearsall, Vice Chair Randy Reardon, Donna DeSimone, Tom Kovacevich, Tom Kovalcik, Eileen Sichel and Dawn Wyatt
Tips to Keep Your Home Safe While Away on Vacation
The summer season is upon us and many will be taking well-deserved summer vacations! Unfortunately, during vacation season when residents are away, homes are more susceptible to intruders. Below are some tips from the Upper Makefield Township Police Department on how to protect your home while you are away.

Even though some of these tips may seem more like common sense, in our experience these are the precautions people forget the most. Additionally, the Upper Makefield Township Police Department wishes to remind residents to use the vacation check service that your local police can provide.

After all, the goal of a vacation is to relax, enjoy time off with loved ones, and not worry about what is going on at home. We hope you will consider the advice below to lessen the chances of your family becoming a victim of a burglary.
  • Lock all doors and windows-including those on the upper levels of your home
  • Stop your mail, newspapers, and any other deliveries while you are away. This is easily accomplished by contacting the post office and/or your newspaper and requesting a vacation hold
  • Install timers on your indoor and outdoor lights to give the appearance that someone is home
  • Park your car in the driveway or have a neighbor leave one of their vehicles in your driveway-this will give the appearance that someone is home
  • Leave your curtain and shades open, but ensure that no valuables (computers, jewelry, etc.) can be seen. If your shades are closed, it can give the appearance that someone is not home and give a potential criminal extra privacy
  • If you will be gone for an extended period of time, arrange to have your lawn mowed
  • If you have a security system, remember to set the alarm. Have a neighbor or family member check on your home periodically
  • Do not leave a pre-recorded message on your mobile or home voice mail that says that you will be away on vacation
  • Do not announce on Facebook or other social media websites that you will be away. Please wait until you return to share your vacation memories
  • Finally, please contact the Upper Makefield Township Police Department and complete our vacation check form as we will check on your home as well to ensure that it is safe and secure 
Enjoy the summer and remember that the Upper Makefield Township Police Department is here to serve you. Next month, we will be covering concerns and issues relating to social media. Once again, if you have any law enforcement questions, please do not hesitate to contact us.

Summer meeting schedule of the Board of Supervisors: 


July 13, 2011

August 3, 2011

 

All meetings held at 7:30 pm at Municipal Building, 1076 Eagle Road, Newtown

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