Upper Makefield Township
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September 2014
In This Issue
Speed Dropped to 35 MPH through Washington Crossing
ReadyNotifyPA, Prevent Garage Fires, and New Firefighters
Upper Makefield Police on Facebook
Brownsburg Park Construction to be Rebid
2015 Budget Workshops
Fire Marshal Kernan Designated Fellow
Call for Volunteers
PECO Scam Alert
Free Online Training from State and Fed Funds
Bowman's Fall Events
More News Posts Online Weekly


Farmer's Market

Each Saturday, through October 25

Washington Crossing Historical Park

Near the corner of River Road and Route 532

(Rain: Vendors will locate in the Visitor's Center parking lot.)

Details: a new website details dozens of activities and events.


Friday Night Films

Friday, September 19

Friday, October 24

Farmstead at Thompson-Neely House & Farmstead

Washington Crossing Historic Park



Park Concert Series

And other monthly events at

Washington Crossing Historic 



National Drug Takeback Event

Saturday, September 27

10 a.m. -2 p.m.

Upper Makefield Police Department

1076 Eagle Road

National website


2015 Upper Makefield Budget Workshops

Workshops Open to the the Public.

Wednesday, October 15 

Wednesday, October 22

7:30 p.m. 

Township Building, 1076 Eagle Road.  

Quick Links


Max Speed Dropped to 35 mph through Washington Crossing 


Speed limit dropped on 532 South
In response to citizen concerns for safety, PennDOT, working with Upper Makefield Township, has reduced the speed limit to 35 mph from 40 mph.


PECO Open House-Thursday, September 18. Learn about PECO's Electric Reliability Improvement Plans


PECO will host an Open House for residents in the Lower Bucks region who continue to experience issues with electric reliability.


The meeting is set for Thursday, September 18th at 7 p.m. at Pennwood Middle School Auditorium, Pennwood Auditorium, 1523 Makefield Road, Yardley.


With the goal of reducing power outages and the time it takes to restore power after an unpreventable outage, PECO plans an additional $10 million in improvements to our Bucks County region. 

  • Enhanced tree trimming and vegetation removal along more than 43 miles of aerial lines throughout the area
  • 17,700 feet of new aerial wire, including 8,300 feet of tree-resistant wire installed in targeted locations
  • Advanced equipment and upgrades to existing devices to reduce the number of customers impacted when outages do occur 
  • 24 pieces of equipment to help isolate issues and restore service more quickly
  • New substation transformer and enhancements to an adjacent transformer

Read PECO's news release here

September is National Preparedness Month

Take steps now to plan in case an emergency occurs later. Visit www.ready.gov for tips on how to make an plan and prepare a disaster kit. 


Be Alerted to Floods and Power Outages

Your fastest alert to impending disaster may be a text from ReadyNotifyPA. Sign up to receive these alerts at the Bucks County ReadyNotify site


Prevent Garage Fires with Annual Cleanup

Fire Marshal John C. Kernan urges residents to include their garage in an annual fall cleanup. That's because fire investigations reveal a direct correlation between cleanliness, organization, and fire safety.

Some effective ways to reduce the risk of a garage fire include putting flammables in containers in an outdoor shed away from your house, keeping a clear aisle to enter and exit all areas of your garage, checking for rodent infestations that lead to wire nibbling, and making sure you have a 1-hour fire rated door between your home and an attached garage.


Volunteer as a Firefighter

Welcome and Thanks to our 3 New Firefighters! 

The Upper Makefield Fire Company in August welcomed three new volunteer firefighters, who completed more than 200 classroom hours to receive national certification as Firefighters Upper Makefield is proud to welcome Firefighters Paul Ahearn, Maxx Frysinger, and Jimmy Dollings!


The Bucks County Fire Chiefs and Firefighters Organization welcomes teens and adults to join regional training programs. Tip: This website describes the type of volunteers needed and posts some good safety videos for students living in dorms and older citizens living independently. 

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Police Department Now Posting to Facebook


When you visit the Upper Makefield Police Department's new Facebook page, look for updates on safety issues, road closures, and other Township news from the vantage point of our Upper Makefield Police Department. If you use Facebook regularly, consider following this page in your feed because timely safety alerts are now posted here. 

Brownsburg Park Construction to be Rebid for 2015 Season


When bids for proposed basketball/tennis courts at Brownsburg Park were opened in June, 2014 only one bid came in, and it was much higher than budgeted. The Upper Makefield Board of Supervisors agreed to rebid  the work this winter for the early 2015 season, hoping to receive more and lower-priced bids. 

2015 Upper Makefield Township Budget Workshops Scheduled


Upper Makefield runs on a calendar year and by Pennsylvania law, supervisors must adopt a budget prior to January 1 of the budget year. Budget workshops help elected officials and staff hone in on priority projects for the upcoming year. They are open to the public.


Workshops are scheduled for: Wednesday,October 15 and Wednesday, October 22 at 7:30 p.m. at the Township building, 1076 Eagle Road.

Fire Marshal Receives Prestigious Designation 


Upper Makefield Township is pleased to congratulate Fire Marshal John C. Kernan for being designated a Fellow of the The International Association of Fire Investigators (IAFI) and the National Association of Fire Investigators.


Mr. Kernan is the first candidate from the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania to be awarded this honor, which is given to less than 1 percent of professional firefighters worldwide. Members of the IAFI are recognized for superior expertise, education, experience, and service to the fire investigation profession. 

Call for Township Committee Volunteers


What time and talents might you contribute to local government service?


Upper Makefield Township now has volunteer vacancies on the Township Park and Recreation Board and Historical Advisory Commission. In addition, appointments to many volunteer boards and committees expire at the end of the calendar year.


Each fall, the Township Board of Supervisors seeks volunteers to fill these expiring appointments. Appointments are typically made by the Board of Supervisors at the beginning of the year. Please consider applying for one of these volunteer positions!


Brief Online Application

Details about the boards and commissions and an optional application form are available on the Township website. If you have professional experience or an interest in serving on a volunteer board, please email your application form or letter of interest to Judy Caporicco, Assistant Township Manager, or mail it to 1076 Eagle Road, Newtown, PA 18940. 

PECO Payment Scam Alert

Since scammers began contacting PECO customers in late 2011, PECO's security department has worked closely with local police throughout the Philadelphia region to investigate more than 1,200 instances of scamming in the PECO service territory.


PECO offers these tips for customers to help avoid scams: If customers receive a call from someone stating they are calling to collect a bill payment for PECO, the caller should be able to provide specific information, including:

  • Account name
  • Account address
  • Account number
  • Amount of current balance

 If the caller cannot provide this information, it is likely the call is not coming from PECO. In this case, customers should not provide any information, and call the company immediately at 1-800-494-4000 to report the situation.

Free State and Federally funded Online Training Program


Want to learn Quickbooks? More about blogging and email marketing? Internet security? Review this list to see the many online classes and educational videos offered free to PA residents from the Commonwealth of PA's Online Broadband & Technology Training website.


To begin, visit www.paobtt.com and register by entering the requested information. After your request is processed, you will be emailed a temporary password (process may take 24-48 hours) which will allow you to access our customized library. Once you are registered, you will have access to all the courses listed.

Make Bowman's Visits a New Habit 


Magnificent Monarchs (Saturday, September 20) 

Annual Discovery Day  

(Sunday September 21)

Native Plant Sale

Fall Walks


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.


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

View Most Current Upper Makefield Township News at www.uppermakefield.org 

This electronic newsletter is designed to bring residents seasonal news about services and events in Upper Makefield Township. 

If you want the most timely news, look to our website: Township staff make updates to our official website throughout each week, including news releases, meeting agendas, and meeting videos. 


We do not publish a print newsletter, so we encourage you use this newsletter as a reminder to visit the Upper Makefield Township website often. 


Note: By request, we will mail a printout of this eNews to people without computer access.