Upper Makefield Township
May 2012
In This Issue
Board of Supervisors
Recognize Third-grade
Students' Design a
Park Contest
Interviews for New
Township Manager
begin mid-June
Arson Investigator and Township Fire Marshal
John Kernan Accepts International Award
Upper Makefield Police Personnel and Residents Honored by
American Red Cross
Act 537 Informational Meeting Scheduled:
June 12, 7 pm
Motorists Encouraged to Put Full Focus on Driving: Anti-texting Law in Effect
Information from PECO: Digital Meter Installation
Community Updates & Events

Colonial Classic Cycle Event      

Sunday, June 3

8 a.m. 


The Upper Makefield Fire Company and the Upper Makefield Police Benevolent Association are working together on the first annual "Colonial Classic Cycle Event." There are three separate races and registration for all races is $30 per rider. Pre-registration is required. Learn more and register at www.colonialclassiccycle.org

Household Hazardous Waste Collection
Saturday, June 9
9 a.m. - 3 p.m
Upper Bucks County Area Vo-Tech School at 3115 Ridge Road
Bedminster Township

Bring your household hazardous waste to this event! You can bring up to 25 gallons or 220 pounds of hazardous products. Hazardous products will have cautionary words on the label. Learn more about what you can bring and event details here.


American Heritage Chocolate Program

Saturday, June 16

10 a.m. - 2 p.m.   

Washington Crossing Historic Park

Go back in time and learn about the history of chocolate-making during this free event sponsored by Mars, Inc.! Handcrafted chocolate made from an authentic colonial recipe will be available for purchase. Lecture from noon-1 pm. Learn more 


Old Computer and Electronic Recycling Program  
Saturday, June 30  

9 a.m. - 3 p.m.  

Pennridge High School Parking Lot at 1228 N. Fifth Street


Bring your electronic waste to this event! Household electronics contain toxic chemicals, like lead and mercury, and can be a threat to people and the environment if improperly discarded. You can bring all sizes and types of TVs, answering machines, blenders, cell phones, keyboards, monitors, microwaves, radios, toasters, and more. For a complete list of what you can bring and for more event details click here.   


Revolutionary Run  

Wednesday, July 4th

8 a.m 

Washington Crossing Historic Park

Register for the 32nd Revolutionary Run where more than 600 runners complete a 10K race, a 5K race or a 1 mile Fun Run on the 4th of July. This run is sponsored by Upper Makefield Business Association and Upper Makefield Township. To learn more about the races and to register at


Bucks County Duathlon

September 2  

8 a.m.

Washington Crossing Historic Park


Join hundreds of athletes for a fun filled morning of racing. All money raised will benefit two worthy causes: The Washington Crossing Visitors Center and the Missy Flynn Fund, which provides financial aid for medical assistance to the Newtown athlete who survived a brain aneurysm six years ago.


To register and learn more visit  www.buckscountyduathlon.org. 



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Board of Supervisors Recognize Third-grade Students' Design a Park Contest 

For the second year in a row, students from Sol Feinstone Elementary School'sThird Grade Humanities Class participated in a "Design a Park" contest-an engaging lesson that challenges students to create their own original community park. Following a year-long class focusing on communities, students were challenged to create a community park that would meet the needs of all citizens.


Teacher Laurie Campagna says this project does more than just let her students think creatively-the "Design a Park" contest develops higher thinking skills, problem-solving skills, and also enhances writing and public speaking skills.


Township government representatives were invited to judge the contest, listening to oral presentations made by the students and reviewing project design boards. The top winners were:

  • First place: Ainsley Rehn
  • Second place: Arielle Merkher
  • Third place (tie): Jacqueline Liu and Kyle Bleisch

Winners of the contest, along with their families, were invited to be publicly recognized at a Board of Supervisors meeting in May. Supervisor Mary Ryan, who helped judge the competition, presented certificates to each of the students and invited them to comment on their designs.

Interviews for New Township Manager begin mid-June        

With the May 15 announcement that Township Manger Stephanie Teoli is moving to a new job as Middletown Township Manager, The Board of Supervisors has named Dave Nyman as interim manager and will begin interviewing candidates for her replacement later this month.


Members of the Board of Supervisors have thanked Teoli for her 4 years of service, and in turn, she expressed appreciation for the opportunity to serve Upper Makefield Township and its residents. 


Under Teoli's direction, the township's most recent accolade came in May, when the township accepted the Pennsylvania Association of Township Supervisors' 21st Annual Outstanding Citizen Communication Award .


Interim Manager Dave Nyman has served the township in previous transition periods. He begins work June 6, providing a training overlap until Teoli's last day, June 13.   

Arson Investigator and Township Fire Marshal John Kernan Accepts International Award

John C. Kernan, Fire Marshal for Upper Makefield Township, received an "Award of Recognition" from the International Association of Arson Investigators (IAAI) at its annual training seminar and awards dinner in Dover, DE in April 2012.


IAAI President Richard Pevytoe presented Fire Marshal Kernan with the award. Awards Committee Chairman, James L. Cubbage Jr., noted Kernan's untiring support, service, training and investigative expertise.


Kernan has served as Upper Makefield's Fire Marshal since 1990.


The awards dinner was attended by fire investigators from all 50 states as well as international members from England, Bulgaria, France, Canada, Taiwan, and more.

Upper Makefield Police Personnel and Residents Honored by American Red Cross

It is one thing to be trained for an emergency, but it is another to execute procedure perfectly in a dire situation. Upper Makefield Township Police Sergeant Tim Rauch and Officer Harry Vitello, along with residents Kate and Rob Kay, were honored as American Red Cross Community Heroes in May 2012 for doing just so.


Last spring, Mark Harhigh was being driven to the hospital by his wife when he went into cardiac arrest and lost consciousness. Without hesitation, Sergeant Rauch and Officer Vitello rushed to the scene, began CPR and shocked Harhigh using an automated external defibrillator (an AED). The Kays, who heard the call at home on their portable police radio, arrived soon after and administered chest compressions. Harhigh's life was saved that night.


Rob Kay serves as Upper Makefield Township's Emergency Management Coordinator and his wife, Kate, is an EMT/CPR teacher. Both are also Upper Makefield Fire Co. firefighters.


The Courier Times news highlighted Sergeant Rauch, Officer Vitello and the Kays in a series of stories on community heroes this May 2012.


Read their full story on www.phillyburbs.com

Act 537 Informational Meeting Scheduled: June 12, 7 pm  

Upper Makefield Township will hold an informational session regarding the update of its Act 537 Sewage Facilities Plan on Tuesday, June 12 at 7 p.m.


Representatives from the Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection and the Bucks County Board of Health will be present to provide information and answer questions regarding this important issue.


The meeting will be held at the Upper Makefield Township Municipal Building: 1076 Eagle Road, Newtown, PA. All residents are encouraged to attend. Read the full draft plan here.

Motorists Encouraged to Put Full Focus on Driving: Anti-texting Law in Effect 

This summer as you and your family get behind the wheel, the Upper Makefield Police Department would like to remind all residents that the Pennsylvania anti-texting law is in effect.


About Pennsylvania's anti-texting law:

  • The law prohibits as a primary offense any driver from using an Interactive Wireless Communication Device (IWCD) to send, read or write a text-based communication while his or her vehicle is in motion
  • Defines an IWCD as a wireless phone, personal digital assistant, smart phone, portable or mobile computer or similar devices that can be used for texting, instant messaging, emailing or browsing the Internet
  • The penalty is a summary offense with a $50 fine, plus court costs and other fees.

According to PennDOT, in 2010, there were 13,846 crashes in Pennsylvania where distracted driving played a role. In total, there were 1,093 crashes state-wide where at least one driver used a handheld phone-totaling 11 deaths.

Today there are few individuals driving without a cell phone. Numerous studies indicate that texting drivers typically have their eyes diverted from the road longer than any other distraction. Banning drivers from using any IWCD for text-based communications while operating a motor vehicle will help to ensure that their full attention is on the task of driving.

Read more about Pennsylvania's anti-texting law here
, and be sure to share this information with all of the drivers in your family.

Information from PECO: Digital Meter Installation   

PECO has begun the installation of new digital meters in Washington Crossing and other areas of the Township will follow.


Residents will be notified by letter approximately 45 days before the installation and will receive a second letter approximately 21 days before work begins. Meter installation takes just a few minutes and power may be off briefly, but most meters are located outside so there is no need to be home.


Click here for more information about this project or call: 1-855-741-9011.

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