Upper Makefield Township
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June 2014
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Resident Address Sign Program
Deer Management Hunters Seek Access to Additional Land
Parents: Check for these Dangerous Apps
Homeowners Association Contacts Requested
New Procedure for Event-based Road Closures
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Electronic Waste (only) Collection 

Saturday, June 28, 2014

9 a.m. to 3 p.m.

Palisades Middle School
4710 Durham Road
Nockamixon Township 

Bucks County Recycling Flyer

 

Hazardous Waste (only)

Collection

Saturday, July 19, 2014

Central Bucks South High School
1100 Folly Road

Warrington Township

Bucks County Recycling Flyer

 

No Board of Supervisors Meeting

Tuesday, July 1

The next regularly scheduled meeting is Tuesday July 15. 

 

Agendas are posted online prior to the public meeting. Minutes are posted after board approval. 

 

Rev Run

Friday, July 4, 2014

Race day registration is 6 to 7:45 a.m.

 

Join as many as 1600 runners at Washington Crossing State Park for a 1-mile fun run, a 5K race, and a 10K race.

Sponsored by the Upper Makefield Business Association, this is the 34th annual Revolutionary Run. 

Rev Run Details

 

Cal Ripkin State Baseball Championship

July 11-15 

Lookout Park

Hosted by Upper Makefield Youth Baseball.

 

Patriot FC soccer is now open for registration

Register by July 15 for early registration discount. For more information, visit the Patriot FC website

 

5th Annual Bucks

County Duathon

 

(River Road to be Closed from 7:30-9:30 a.m.)

Sunday, August 31, 8 a.m.

Washington Crossing State Park

Registration and Details

 

 

Quick Links
 
 

 

Supervisors Award Sol Feinstone Elementary Students Design-A-Park Contest Winners 

3rd Graders Jordana Kamenitz, Max Ondik, Kara Grossman, and Abigail Green

Community Park Contest Winners at June 3, 2014, Board of Supervisors Public Meeting. From Left: Max Ondik (2nd place), Kara Grossman and Abigail Green (tied for 3rd) and Jordana Kamenitz (1st place).

 

If you were to build a community park in Upper Makefield, what kind of park would you build? This is the question 3rd grade students at Sol Feinstone Elementary answer each year during their study of community as part of teacher Mrs. Nancy Stoudt's Humanities class. Their work culminates with awards presented by municipal officials.

 
Four students presented their ideas to the Upper Makefield Board of Supervisors at their public meeting on June 3. (Look under "special events" in the video.) 
 
Student Jordana Kamenitz took 1st Place, Max Ondix was awarded 2nd Place, and Kara Grossman and Abigail Green tied for 3rd Place.

 

Winning park concepts included building an energy-producing windmill, climbing walls, rubber safety features, providing a sitting area for adults, and a playset for children with handicaps. Students considered using the undeveloped space between their school and the Upper Makefield Township municipal building.  

 

Judges for this year's contest included Supervisor Mary Ryan, Upper Makefield Park and Recreation Board Member Eric Schaal, and Assistant Township Manager Judy Caporiccio.

New Home Address Signs Available

High Visibility Helps Emergency Responders

 

Highly visible street address signs are available to Township residents for just $10, as part of a safety program developed by Township officials.

 

Police, Fire and all Emergency services need highly visible home address identification to shave down precious emergency response time. Proper identification is required by Township ordinance.

 

Residents may order a 6"by 18" aluminum sign from the Township through Dave Kuhns, Director of Planning and Zoning and Emergency Management Deputy Coordinator. Email Dave Kuhns or call 215-968-2868 (Upper Makefield Department of Planning and Zoning) to reach him. 

Deer Management Program Seeks New Ground 

Do you own 5 Acres or More?

 

After a successful first season of harvesting deer in Upper Makefield Township, the Big Oak Whitetail Management Association (BOWMA) has asked Upper Makefield officials for assistance in seeking access to additional suitable properties, generally those which cover more than 5 acres.

 

On June 3, the Township approved its second agreement with BOWMA to provide deer management services. Last year, BOWMA members, who hunt by bow and arrow only, harvested about 73 deer from the local population for little cost (roughly $200 for hunter and vehicle identification). 

 

BOWMA also provides deer management services for Lower Makefield Township. A combined total of 144 deer were harvested from the two townships last season. 

 

Deer counts are high throughout the area, posing safety and environmental concerns to residents. To safely reduce the deer population, BOWMA leaders train, personally interview, test for proficiency, and provide a criminal background check for each hunter. Harvested deer are typically processed and donated to charitable food programs. 

 

Hunting season runs September 20, 2014 to January 24, 2015. Please contact BOWMA to find out if your property is suitable for deer management services. 

 

Learn more about BOWMA

Download an application to BOWMA

Monitor your Kids' Phones for these Problematic Apps

 

A proliferation of phone apps designed to evade parental supervision can leave unwitting children open to cyber-bullying and worse.  Please look out for apps that allow someone to use GPS to locate your kids, and untraceable "friends."

 

There are even apps designed to "poof" away from parental eyes with a screen touch. The Upper Makefield Police Department encourages you to review with your children the apps on their phones and to keep your eyes open for these and similar apps.

 

Tinder. This app is being used as a hook-up app, by enabling GPS on your phone and showing the user a map of nearby users. The app introduces people by enabling chats and texting with people the app thinks would be compatible with your child. The danger is obvious.

 

Kik Messenger. This is a private messaging app that allows users to text via usernames instead of from a phone number, allowing people to text beyond their phone contacts. The app has been associated with sexting and cyber-bullying. Since little can be done to identify someone using the app, the risk to your children is high.

 

Other problematic apps targeted to teens include Backchat and Whisper, which allow users to set up anonymous accounts for texting and posting. 

Homeowners Association Contact Info Requested

 

To communicate Township news and information more effectively, Township officials ask that you submit information annually with the names and contact information of each homeowner's association president and board members. Please email this information to the Planning and Zoning office by email at info@UpperMakefield.org or by calling 215-968-3340. 

Event-related Road Closings Now Require Review by Board of Supervisors

 

In response to resident concerns about a growing number of event-related road closures, activities in Upper Makefield that require road closings now must be presented to the Board of Supervisors for approval.

A resolution describing the new requirement was adopted at the Board of Supervisor's public meeting on June 3, 2014.             

The new procedure requires applicants to present their request for approval from the Board of Supervisors at a public meeting. 

 

The Board will consider the closure hours requested, any necessary signage, whether and what type of notification to residents may be required, as well as what costs may be assessed. 

 

With Board approval, the Upper Makefield Police Department will work with the organization to assure a safe road closure and timely reopening. Please plan to make your application at least two months in advance of your event. 

St. Mary Fall Prevention Program

Free to participants age 60+

 

St. Mary Medical Center is offering a fall prevention program for adults age 60 and over. "RX, A Matter of Balance," is an free award-winning program that teaches practical strategies to prevent and manage falls.

 

Participants will learn to:

  • See falls as something they can control
  • Set goals to increase physical activity
  • Make changes at home to reduce fall risks
  • Exercise to increase strength and balance.

Please call St. Mary Medical Center at 215-710-7078 to learn dates, locations, and times for the next fall prevention program. 

D.A.R.E. Program at Sol Feinstone Elementary Graduates about 100

 

D.A.R.E. Contest Winners
2014 D.A.R.E. Essay Contest Winners with Officer Lee Crawford.

Upper Makefield officials join the Upper Makefield Police Department in congratulating about 100 graduates of the annual drug resistance education program, D.A.R.E. A commencement program on June 5, 2014 included Bucks County officials and special honors for essay award winners.  

Upper Makefield Police D.A.R.E. Officer Lee Crawford conducts the program, working in cooperation with sixth grade students and faculty at Sol Feinstone Elementary School. 

Make Bowman's Wildflower Walk a New Habit

Tuesdays through Sundays, now through October 31, 2014

 

Join Bowman's Hill Wildflower Preserve staff and/or talented volunteer naturalists for daily tours of the Bowman's Hill Wildflower Preserve. Tours depart from the Visitor Center for a minimum of two visitors, weather permitting.

 

Walks take place every Tuesday through Sunday, until October 31, 2014 from 2:00 - 3:00 p.m.  Bowman's Hill Wildflower Preserve is located at 1635 River Rd. (Rt. 32), New Hope, Pennsylvania 18938. The program is free for Preserve Members and is included with admission fee for non-members.

 

Bowman's Hill Wildflower Preserve is located at 1635 River Rd. (Rt. 32), about 5 miles north of Washington Crossing. For more information about programs at the Preserve visit www.bhwp.org

July 1 Board of Supervisors Meeting Canceled 

 

The Board of Supervisors meets next on July 15. 

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