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March 2013
In This Issue
Tree Grants
Public Meeting Dolington
No Electronics in Curbside Trash
Wireless Smoke Detectors
Visitor Center Now Open
Craig's List Tips
Parks Survey
Awards for this eNews
Community Calendar


Public Meeting

Dolington on-Lot Sewage System Survey

Monday, March 18

7 p.m.

Township Municipal Building


2013 Wildflower Walks Begin

Bowman's Hill Wildflower Preserve


Tuesday, April 2

2 p.m.

Tuesdays- Sundays 


More spring activities.


RX Drug Take-Back Day at the 

Upper Makefield Police Dept.

Saturday, April 27

10 a.m. to 2 p.m.

1076 Eagle Road

Newtown, PA 


Pancake Breakfast and Flower Sale

Lingohocken Fire House

Mill Creek Road and Washington Avenue, Wycombe

Sunday, April 28

8 a.m. to 1 p.m.

Fire Company Site



Upper Makefield Fire Company

Routes 32 & 532,

Washington Crossing

May 6-11, Monday-Saturday



3rd Annual Washington

Crossing Brewfest

Saturday, May 11

12:30-4:30 p.m.

Sells out each year!



Visitor Center Now Open!

Washington Crossing Park

$11 Ticket Trio Available for 3 sites:

The Lower Park, Thompson-Neely House, and Bowman's Hill Tower 

Park Site

Quick Links

Tap Tree Grants This Spring

Upper Makefield Township will award grants of up 12 trees at up to $25 per tree to residents who plant regionally native trees. Worried about deer chomping on your new trees? The program also reimburses deer protection.


Funds for the program come from contributions made by developers who have built homes and other buildings in Upper Makefield. The grant program was developed by the Upper Makefield Environmental Advisory Council and recently adopted by the Board of Supervisors.


Grants will be awarded on a first-come, first-served basis. The program is open to all residents who meet the guidelines. 


Additional information:

Public Meeting:

Dolington Area On-lot   

Sewage Plans

Monday, March 18, 7 p.m.

Township Municipal Building


To comply with Pennsylvania's laws regarding sewage facilities, Upper Makefield needs to address malfunctions of a number of on-lot sewage systems as identified by the Bucks County Health Department.


Residents of the Dolington area have been invited by mail to a March 18 public meeting with the Board of Supervisors to review the problems and discuss proposed solutions to address the township's long-term sewage disposal needs in the area. Residents from the Taylorsville area were invited to a similar meeting (view minutes) on February 6, 2013 to discuss on-lot sewage disposal system problems in their area. Managing Wastewater in Upper Makefield.


If you have questions now about your specific property, please call Township Manager Sally Slook at 215-968-3340. For Updates: Upper Makefield updates the official township website several times per week. You may want to bookmark our homepage, where all news articles are listed, and from which you can link to meeting minutes. 

Trash Haulers Can't Accept Your

Computers and Other Electronic Devices


Several Upper Makefield residents report that private haulers are rejecting TVs, computer, and other electronic devices from curbside pickup.


That's right.


The ban is prompted by a new law from The Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection, effective January 24, 2013, which prohibits landfills and solid waste disposal facilities from accepting consumer electronic devices. Fortunately, the law was preceded by a January 2012 law requiring manufacturers of these items to provide collection programs. Many retailers that sell these items also provide recycling at their stores,


Your best bet for recycling electronics is via Bucks County, which will continue its electronic recycling drop-off program. However, the dates for 2013 collections were not yet available when this eNews was in production. Here's a link to check for dates and a new brochure on electronic waste collection.


The PA Department of Environmental Protection cautions people that not all locations may accept all items, such as TVs. So, please contact drop-off locations in advance to see what type of electronics they accept.  

Need a refresher on what recycles in Upper Makefield and what doesn't? Our recycling page summarizes current recycling information and provides links to Bucks County and state information. 

Consider Wireless Smoke Detectors


When Washington Crossing Inn General Manager Alex Bielanski installed wireless smoke detectors early this year after a recommendation from Chief Fire Marshal John Kernan, expressed his appreciation.


"I think this is a great innovation that will add extra protection to our facility in an inexpensive way," wrote Bielanski in a February 12, 2013 letter to the fire marshal.


Wireless detectors can give people lifesaving minutes to escape before a fire in another section of a home reaches them. For example, the moment a detector in the basement detects smoke, the alarm in a bedroom will sound. 


Wireless detectors are battery powered and ideal for older homes without hardwired detectors. Because the smoke detectors transmit up to 200 feet, outbuildings and detached garages may be included in your system. The Fire Marshal recommends you select a system that is UL approved.


Our website fire safety pages offer tips on fire safety for babysitters, outdoor grilling, and more. 

Washington Crossing Visitor Center 

Now Open

Ticket trio available for $11


The grand opening of the new Washington Crossing Visitor Center this month also marked a new season of guided park tours. Tours of the Lower Park and the Thompson-Neely House will be available Thursdays through Sundays from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. for $6 each. Bowman's Hill Tower will be open Tuesdays through Sundays from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.for $6. A discounted combination ticket for all three locations will be available for $11. 


Enjoy the park's recreational areas daily from dawn to dusk, weather permitting. Tours and programs are sponsored by the non-profit Friends of Washington Crossing Park and the Pennsylvania Historical and Museum Commission. For more information about the park, visit the park website.

Commonsense Tips for Craig's List


The popularity of Craig's List has not only been a boon for those looking to sell and buy items, but also for those who wish to scam or steal from an unsuspecting person. Follow these tips to avoid becoming a scam or crime victim. If you suspect you are a victim of a fraud or scam, please do not hesitate to contact the Upper Makefield Township Police Department.

Brownsburg Park UMP

Parks Survey 


Upper Makefield's Brownsburg and Lookout Parks continue to develop. Please complete this 5-question survey to tell us what you like about our parks, and which improvements you would welcome. Please complete the survey online, or download a PDF return it by mail, drop it off, or scan your completed survey and email it back to us at info@uppermakefield.org.

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