Upper Makefield Township
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August 2015
In This Issue
Coffee with a Cop
New Emergency Alert System
Questions about Keystone Collections?
BOWMA Seeks Volunteer Properties
Free Park Admission
Seeking UMT Volunteers
Report and Track PECO Outages

August Calendar



Middletown Grange Fair 

Wednesday, August 12 to Sunday, August 16

Opens daily at 10 a.m.



Household Hazardous Waste Collection Events

Saturday, August 15 

Quakertown Community High School


Saturday, August 22

Bucks County Technical High School

Printable Schedule Details 


Bucks County Duathlon
Expect River Road Closure

Sunday, September 6 

8-11 a.m.

Washington Crossing Park and River Road will be closed from approximately 7:30 - 10 a.m.



Board of Supervisors Meetings

Next Meeting: Tuesday, August 18, 2015, 7:30 p.m.


Meetings are held at Township offices, 1076 Eagle Road, 7:30 p.m. Agendas will be posted on the Upper Makefield website.


Coffee with a Cop

Wednesday, September 9

8 -10 a.m.

Colonial Farms Market, 1108 Taylorsville Rd

Washington Crossing, PA 18977

Ongoing Activities


Patriot FC information 


Upper Makefield Baseball & Softball



Washington Crossing Historic Park

Among other events, check out Friday Movies in the Woods on Friday, August 28 ("Brave") and Friday, September, 25 ("Into the Woods").


Bowman's Wildflower Preserve

Gardeners may enjoy a two-part course in "Perennial Garden Design with Native Plants" to be held on two Saturdays, August 22 and 29.  Details on this course and all events are online.

Event organizers are reminded of a new procedure that requires road closure approval by presentation to the Board of Supervisors.

Homeowners Association leaders are asked to submit their contact information to the Township, to facilitate communication with residents.

Quick Links
On the Upper Makefield Township Website, you'll find news and video of recent meetings on the home page, Minutes & Agendas from all public meetings of the Board of Supervisors and their appointed committees.

The Police Department pages introduce you to the officers and their work, and the Permits & Applications pages will guide your through required steps.

Like many communities, people have the same questions about local government. We collected some of the
Frequently Asked Questions for Upper Makefield on the website.

Coffee with a Cop

At Colonial Farms Market

Wednesday, September 9, 8-10 a.m.

Officers Harry Vitello and Hope Hatton are ready for the first Coffee with a Cop in Upper Makefield, to be held Wednesday, September 9, 8-10 a.m.


Please join officers from the Upper Makefield Police Department for their first Coffee with a Cop event at Colonial Farms on Wednesday, September 9, 2015, from 8 to 10 a.m.


The Upper Makefield Police Association is picking up the tab, so feel free to stop in for a cup o' joe to sip while meeting some of our officers. We hope you will ask questions, express concerns, and simply enjoy some enthusiastic conversation regarding our community.


The Colonial Farms market is located in Upper Makefield at 1108 Taylorsville Rd, Washington Crossing, PA 18977.


Follow Upper Makefield Police on Facebook: You can follow Upper Makefield Police Department news via public posts to Facebook. This lively community page is celebrating one year of informative and eclectic reports on police activity in Upper Makefield Township. Within Facebook's search box, type "Upper Makefield Township Police Department." 

To Receive Emergency Notifications,

Register with New ReadyBucks Program

Bucks County's emergency notification system has changed. Even if you were registered with the old system, please follow the link now to re-register directly with ReadyBucks. If you haven't registered yet, please take the time to do it now. It's fast and simple. Here's the link.


The new ReadyBucks Alert System combines local weather emergency alerts with other potential national emergencies and important community news, such as:  floods; earthquakes; an influenza pandemic; and biological, chemical, or nuclear threats.


In addition to the registration form, you will find at this site plenty of clear, actionable information about preparing an emergency kit, and much more. 

Confused by Keystone EIT Collections Letter? 

Call Before you Pay


Some residents have received a letter from Keystone Collections regarding delinquent Earned Income Tax payments. These letters were generated when there was either a discrepancy in earnings reported to Keystone by the PA Revenue Department compared to local reported earnings information or when a taxpayer moved and listed the wrong residency for any tax year.


If you received a letter, please contact Keystone Collections Agency directly at their toll free number 866-539-1100 or online at www.KeystoneCollects.com (click the "Contact Us" link). If you have moved, contact the Taxpayer Assistance Line at 866-539-1100 to update your address.


BOWMA Seeks More Volunteer Properties

To Reduce Deer Population


According to an annual agreement with the Big Oak Whitetail Management Association recently approved for the 3rd year, hunters trained with bows and arrows will work beginning this fall on Township property to reduce the Township's deer population. The next season runs from September 19, 2015 to January 23, 2016. 


BOWMA's volunteers last season removed 61 deer in Upper Makefield Township and a total of 105 deer from both Upper Makefield and Lower Makefield Townships.


Before the season begins, BOWMA seeks property owners who are willing to have their property evaluated for deer management service. Learn more online.


This program runs free of charge from BOWMA, and incurs minimal administrative costs to the Township. 

Free Admission to Washington Crossing Historic Park

for Active Military Families 

Now through Labor Day


As part of the Blue Star Museum free admission program, Washington Crossing Historic Park is open to active duty U.S. military - Army, Navy, Air Force, Marines, Coast Guard, National Guard and Reserve, U.S. Public Health Service Commissioned Corps, and NOAA Commissioned Corps.


The Blue Star Museum program is a collaboration among the National Endowment for the Arts, Blue Star Families, the Department of Defense and more than 2,000 American museums.

Investment, Planning, and Historic Architectural Review Boards

Seek Upper Makefield Volunteers


Volunteers interested in serving on the Township Pension Investment Committee, Planning Commission or Historic Architectural Review Board are encouraged to submit a Volunteer Board application, which can be found on the Township website. The open seat on the HARB is for a licensed real estate broker, according to the committee's establishing ordinance.


Details about the work of each committee, recent meeting minutes and the Volunteer Board Application are online.

PECO Upgrades Service and Communication with Residents


Report and locate service outages with PECO's new mobile-friendly website. When you type in PECO.com from your phone or tablet, the utility's new website automatically opens to a small-screen (mobile) friendly website. 


The simplified screen gives you geo-located, one-click access to details on reporting an outage; locating details about known power outages and estimated restoration times; and account management.


In addition, PECO's 2015 $10 million capital improvement program for Bucks County was completed in May. Designed to improve service stability, the work included building a new substation, installing new tree-resistant wire in key locations, and 43 miles of tree trimming.


Newly Paved Roads 

Road Maintenance Nearing Completion

The 2015 Township road resurfacing and repaving work is underway and scheduled for completion in mid-September. 

Tennis and Basketball Courts are Open

Brownsburg Park now has two new courts, one for basketball and one for tennis. A dedication ceremony is planned for this fall. 


Fire Marshal John Kernan Named to

Standards-setting Committee of Fire Investigators 


Upper Makefield's Fire Marshal John Kernan has been appointed as a Principle Member of the National Fire Protection Association's 1033 Committee. The committee establishes the standards of professional qualifications for fire investigators. Peers within the committee are selected from investigators through the United States and Canada. 


Most Helpful? Netlingo for Parents

Our article on texting acronyms for parents received the highest number of link-throughs in our last newsletter. 


The website www.netlingo.com offers many lists and search options for translating online jargon. This list is particularly helpful: "Top 50 Chat Acronyms Parents Need to Know." 


If you have concerns about your children and teenaged kids' online activities, we are trained and here to help you. Please contact the Upper Makefield Police Department.   

View Township News Updated Weekly at the Township Website:  www.uppermakefield.org
This 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. By request, we will mail a printout of this eNews to people without computer access.