Upper Makefield Township
March 2012
In This Issue
Earth Day Celebration
at Brownsburg Park
Informational Meeting
at the Township
Get a Permit Before
You Start Springtime Home Improvement Project
Be A Part of the
Team - Volunteer!
Memorial Ceremony
for a Tireless
Township Advocate
Stoopville Road Project
Planning Begins
What You Need
to Know About
Synthetic Marijuana
Spring Cleaning
Community Updates & Events

Upper Makefield Youth Baseball and Softball Opening Day Celebration      

Saturday, April 14th
9 am to 12 noon at Lookout Park


There's no better way to mark the beginning of the season than a ribbon cutting, a player parade, and fun games for the whole family featuring training clinics by the players and coaches of Council Rock North

Lingohocken Fire Deparment Pancake Breakfast
Sunday, April 22
Wycombe Fire Station

Enjoy a delicious breakfast of hot cakes with your neighbors and help support the fire company. There will also be spring flowers available for sale. Learn more at:

Sheep Shearing
Friday, April 27th from
11 am to 3 pm
Thompson-Neely House


Travel back in history as sheep are sheared and characters reenact the rural life as it was in the spring of 1776. Admission fee.


National Prescription Drug Take-Back Day  

Saturday, April 28th

10 am to 2 pm  

Township Police Department

1076 Eagle Road, Newtown


You can drop off unused or expired prescription medication safely and securely at the Upper Makefield Police Department Station. For more information call (215) 968-3020 or logon to www.dea.gov.


Upper Makefield Fire Company Annual Carnival  

Monday, May 7 to Saturday, May 12th in Washington Crossing, PA


Hit the midway for a great night out with rides and carnival treats. Please logon to www.umfc.org for more information as it becomes available.


Washington Crossing Brewfest Saturday, May 12th  

12:30 pm to 4:30 pm

Washington Crossing Historic Park


Have a bite to eat and listen to live music while you sample beers from over twenty different breweries. Your support of this second annual event benefits the Friends of Washington Crossing Park. Must be 21 or older. Logon to  www.washingtoncrossingbrewfest.com for tickets and more information.


Revolutionary Run  

Wednesday, July 4th

Washington Crossing Historic Park


Register for the 32nd version of this run and find out more information by visiting www.umbarevrun.com.


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Earth Day Celebration at Brownsburg Park       

Help promote conservation, preservation, and the environment by celebrating Earth Day on April 21st, 2012 from 10am to 2pm at Brownsburg Park. Join the Upper Makefield Environmental Advisory Council outdoors for a great family outing that includes exhibits, seminars, demonstrations, and live animals (rain date April 22nd). Please email the Environmental Advisory Council at eac@uppermakefield.com, for more information. Click here for event flyer.

Informational Meeting at the Township - Sewage Facilities Plan Update      

Upper Makefield Township will hold an informational session regarding the update of its Act 537 Sewage Facilities Plan on Tuesday, April 17, 2012, at 7:00 p.m.  Representatives from the PA Department of Environmental Protection and the Bucks County Board of Health will be present to provide information and answer questions regarding this important issue.  Residents are encouraged to attend.

Get a Permit Before You Start Springtime Home Improvement Project      

One of the great benefits of a mild winter is getting a head start on your spring projects. Please remember that most home construction projects require a permit from the Planning & Zoning department. This includes:  

  • Decks and patios
  • Pools
  • Fences
  • Sheds
  • Tree removal
  • Fences

For more information, you can download a project-specific permit package from the website: http://www.uppermakefield.org/government/permits-applications.

Be A Part of the Team - Volunteer!      

If you want to take an active role in Upper Makefield Township, now is the time. The township has a number of planning, zoning and advisory boards that are responsible for many aspects of Upper Makefield's operation. If you are interested in being considered for an appointment, please fill out a Volunteer Board Application and submit to township office.

Memorial Ceremony for a Tireless Township Advocate 

Help honor the memory of David Kulig at a Memorial Service and Tree Dedication Ceremony on April 22nd, 2012 at 2pm at the Municipal Building, 1076 Eagle Road, Newtown. Kulig, a former Supervisor and Planning Commission member, unexpectedly passed away in February. He was instrumental in land planning and water preservation for the township. Please join us in paying tribute to his many years of service to Upper Makefield Township.

Stoopville Road Project Planning Begins

As preliminary planning for the second phase of the Stoopville Road project commences, engineers are holding a public discussion for updates on the project's status. The Joint Meeting (Newtown Township,Upper Makefield Township and Wrightstown Township) will be held on March 28th at 6pm at Newtown Township Municipal Building, 100 Municipal Drive, with an opportunity for questions Phase II of this traffic calming project will include installation of a walking trail and signalization of the intersection of Stoopville Road and Rt. 413 (Durham Road).

Police Department Update: What
You Need to Know About Synthetic Marijuana    

The majority of people are familiar with the dangers posed by marijuana's abuse, but a disturbing trend has emerged concerning the use of synthetic marijuana. These products-known by some as "legal weed"-are supposed to mimic the effects of marijuana; however, users have experienced a number of adverse reactions. In the hopes of raising community awareness, it is important to understand more about these products, their effects, where can they be purchased, and if they are truly legal.


These products are essentially exotic herbs that have been chemically treated with synthetic cannabinoids (manufactured both domestically and internationally). They are deceptively marketed as herbal incense and are sold under common brand names like K2, K3, Spice, MOJO, Dream, Blaze II, Spice Gold, Spike 99, Redbird, and Genie. Some packages even display a "not for human consumption" label in order to evade the scrutiny of law enforcement and the FDA. When these products are ingested, they are meant to produce an experience similar to smoking marijuana, but many of these herbal incenses contain varying concentrations and potencies of one or more synthetic cannabinoids. This can lead to inconsistent effects on the user, including the following: agitation, anxiety, elevated blood pressure, hallucinations, numbness, pallor, tachycardia (rapid heart rate), tingling, vomiting and in some cases tremors and seizures. The increased usage has led to a rise in synthetic marijuana-related inquiries to the U.S. Poison Control Centers and emergency room visits. In 2008, the U.S. Poison Control Centers received zero calls related to the use of synthetic cannabinoids; but, in just the first five months of 2010, they fielded 352 requests regarding the substance.


Initially, these products were readily available for purchase at small, independent retail establishments such as head shops, skateboard shops, gas stations, and adult stores in Pennsylvania and many other states. The internet is another popular way to obtain these products which were legal in Pennsylvania until 2011. Since then legislation was passed making the sale, distribution, and possession of these synthetic cannabinoids illegal. However, manufacturers of these products are continuously looking for ways to circumvent our laws and new products may surface that are currently beyond the reach of our justice system.


Working together with this knowledge can help prevent this illegal substance from affecting our families. If you have any questions concerning drug use or trends or would like to speak with an officer concerning any law enforcement topic, please do not hesitate to contact us at (215)968-3020.

Spring Cleaning     

Starting March 26th and running until the 30th, the township will be sweeping the streets in neighborhood developments. In order to help us efficiently and completely clean our area roads, please keep cars, trash cans, and other items off the roadway.

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