Middletown Township  
   January 2016
Happy New Year! Middletown Township wishes all residents a great start to 2016! Please enjoy and share this January edition of the monthly E-Newsletter. And remember to follow us on Twitter and like our Parks & Recreation Department and Police Department on Facebook to keep up to date on the latest news, events, safety concerns, and other happenings in the Township!
Board of Supervisors Reorganized

On January 4, the Board of Supervisors conducted the annual reorganization meeting in which members took on their new roles for the upcoming year. George Leonhauser was elected chairperson by his peers. The supervisors selected Tom Gallagher as vice chairperson and Bill Oettinger as secretary. The 2016 Board also includes two newly sworn in members - Amy Strouse and Tom Tosti.

The supervisors also considered appointments to the Township's boards and commissions as well as the reappointment of several professionals. The township manager, solicitor, engineer, labor attorney, and traffic engineer were all reappointed with unanimous support.

Meet Middletown's New Elected Officials
Amy Strouse
Three new Middletown elected officials were sworn in at the January 4th meeting. Supervisors Amy Strouse and Tom Tosti and Elected Auditor Jena Champion took their oaths and assumed their new roles in the Middletown community.

Supervisor Amy Strouse, currently working as a principal for Avascent, brings a background in business and management consulting. She completed her undergraduate studies at the University of Oklahoma where she earned a B.A. in economics and international business, and she received her master's in international finance and international relations at the Johns Hopkins University School of Advanced International Studies. Ms. Strouse later earned a master's certificate in healthcare information technology from George Washington University. She further serves the community through groups such as the Bucks County Women's Advocacy Coalition and the United Way of Bucks County Knock Out Hunger program. She and her husband Kevin reside in Langhorne and are expecting their third child, Julia, who will join Walter and Charlotte.

Tom Tosti
Supervisor Tom Tosti serves as the director of the American Federation of State, County, and Municipal Employees (AFSCME) District Council 88 and as a trustee on the AFSCME Council 13 Health and Welfare Fund. Growing up in lower Bucks County, he attended Bristol High School. Mr. Tosti's community service focuses on several aspects of the community. He serves as president of the Bucks County Central Labor Council and a board member of the Bucks County Association for Retired Senior Citizens. He also coaches sports for several local recreation organizations, including the Penndel Wildcats, Neshaminy Wildcats, and Langhorne Athletic Association. He is married to Tracey, father to Laura and Thomas, and grandfather to Wyatt.

Jena Champion earned her degree from Gwynedd Mercy College and works as a sales support specialist for Univar USA, an industrial and specialty chemical company. She holds leadership positions for several local and regional political organizations, including the Bucks County Young Democrats (vice-chair), Bucks County Democratic Women's Forum (membership chair), and Young Democrats of America Disability Caucus (communications chair).

Middletown Township welcomes Amy, Tom, and Jena to their new roles in the community!

Tax Return Packets to Arrive Soon

The Envelope That Will Contain Your Tax Returns
Keystone Collections Group, the Earned Income Tax collector, is in the process of sending out tax return packets to residents. Middletown residents will likely receive these packets in the mail during the week of January 18. Enclosed will be information and instructions for filing your 2015 annual earned income tax return.

Residents with any questions regarding their tax returns may contact Keystone at 724-978-0300 or refer to the Frequently Asked Questions page.

Snow Emergency Safety

Safety is the top priority in the event of a snow emergency. It is never too early to prepare your home for the challenges that come with severe weather. In the event of a snow emergency, the Office of the Fire Marshal offers the following safety tips:

Before an emergency
  • Gather emergency supplies, including food, water, medications, firewood, sanitation supplies, flashlight, radio, phone charger (solar powered or that can be plugged into a car), blankets/sleeping bags, rock salt, and battery backup power for any electronic assistive/medical devices
  • Create an family plan and discuss emergency notifications and expectations with any workplaces and/or schools
  • Use local weather alerts and news stations to know when an emergency might occur
  • Make a specific plan for how you will avoid driving during a snow emergency
  • Keep emergency supplies in your car in case driving is absolutely necessary or if an emergency occurs while you are in your vehicle
During an emergency
  • Stay indoors and avoid driving as much as possible
  • If the power is out, close doors to unused rooms to conserve heat
  • Wear layered clothes and blankets to stay warm
  • Bring pets inside
  • NEVER use generators or any outdoor heating or cooking equipment indoors
Limit time spent outdoors, and wear several layars of warm clothing if you must go out
Teen Talent Competition
Classic guitar - Vintage toned image of musician hands playing an acoustic guitar

Middletown Township is excited to present the 11th annual Teen Talent Competition on January 30 at Oxford Valley Mall. From 4:00 to 6:00 p.m. at the Courtyard at Sears, young Middletown residents will perform dance, vocal, drama, and instrumental acts. This is a great opportunity for teens to display their talents to an encouraging audience as they pursue their dreams.

One former participant, Anthony Manfredonia, is a composer who will soon travel to hear his work performed. Getting his start at the Teen Talent Competition, Anthony will hear orchestral performances of his original compositions at Texas A&M University and the Brazosport Arts and Sciences Center in Lake Jackson, Texas.

Those interested in auditioning should contact the Parks and Recreation department at pkopera@middletownbucks.org or 215-750-3890 with their name, age, talent, and phone number no later than January 20. Auditions will be held on January 23.

Please come out and support Middletown's talented young residents!

Upcoming Events

January 18 - Township offices closed for Martin Luther King Holiday
January 19 - Board of Supervisors meeting, 7:30 p.m. in the Public Hall of the Municipal Center
January 27 - Zoning Hearing Board meeting, 7 p.m. in the Public Hall of the Municipal Center

January 30 -Teen Talent Competition, 4:00 to 6:00 p.m., Oxford Valley Mall Courtyard at Sears

February 1 -Board of Supervisors meeting, 7:30 p.m. in the Public Hall of the Municipal Center

February 3 - Planning Commission meeting, 7 p.m. in the Public Hall of the Municipal Center

February 6 - Winter Fun Day, 10:00 to 11:00 a.m. at Detective Christopher Jones Memorial Park

February 10 - Zoning Hearing Board meeting, 7 p.m. in the Public Hall of the Municipal Center

February 15 - Township offices closed for President's Day Holiday

February 16 - Board of Supervisors Meeting, 7:30 p.m. in the Public Hall of the Municipal Center

February 17 - Spring Valley Farm Planning Workshop, time TBA in the Public Hall of the Municipal Center
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