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Township eNews

May 11, 2018

Community

Beautification Award Nominations

Now through May 15

Now that the winter has finally left us, it’s the perfect time to look around Upper Merion to nominate attractive front and back yards for the 2018 Beautification Awards! Nominate your own yard or your neighbor's yard! 

 

Montgomery County Trail Challenge

May 5 - December 2, 2018

It's time to hit the trails and participate in the 2018 Montco Trail Challenge! There are more than 92 miles of trails to explore and enjoy in Montgomery County – how many can you visit by December 2? Participants can win fun prizes, including collapsible water bottles and dog bandanas. Get started now!

 

Schuylkill River Canal System Presentation

Saturday, May 12 | 2:00PM
Christ Church (Old Swedes) Hall 
From the 1820s through the 1860s, canals along the Schuylkill River were a primary way to move everything, from coal to farm goods, to markets in Philadelphia and beyond. Come to learn the local history of the Schuylkill River canal system and its importance to the growth of our township from history enthusiast, Marianne Hooper Furman. The program is free and open to the public. Learn more on the King of Prussia Historical Society’s website.

 

Mother's Day Yoga in the Woods

Sunday, May 14 | 4:00 to 5:30PM
McKaig Nature Center (meet at the Croton Road Trailhead)

Head to McKaig for 60 minutes of all-levels, gentle vinyasa flow followed by a short meditation in relaxing poses as we honor mothers everywhere. Stick around for complimentary mimosas and light snacks. Recommended for ages 12 and up. Learn more on McKaig's website.

Prescription Drug Abuse Prevention Workshops

Thursday, May 17 | 6:45 to 7:45PM

Upper Merion Area Middle School, Room C-230

The Upper Merion Area Community Alliance for a Safer Tomorrow is holding a workshop on prescription drug abuse prevention for students of middle school age and their parents. To register, please contact Susan Shelton at 610-304-5533 or sshelton@umasd.org.

 

Outdoor Movies at Town Center: Coco 

Thursday, May 17 | 8:00PM

King of Prussia Town Center

This summer, the King of Prussia Town Center will transform into an outdoor movie theater showing new releases and beloved classics for all ages. They’re kicking off their Summer Movie Night series on Thursday, May 17 with Coco! Bring a blanket and enjoy this summer treat. 

 

Meeting Schedule

 

MONDAY

May 14


Library Board of Directors

6:45PM

Henderson Room

 

Media Communications Advisory Board

7:00PM

Administration Conference Room

  

TUESDAY

May 15

 

Environmental Advisory Council

6:30PM

Henderson Room

 

Sanitary & Stormwater Authority

6:30PM

Board Room

 

Community Center Advisory Board

7:30PM

Community Center Conference Room

 

WEDNESDAY

May 16

 

Zoning Hearing Board

7:00PM

Freedom Hall

 

Shade Tree and Beautification Commission

7:00PM

Henderson Room

 

THURSDAY

May 17

 

Board of Supervisors Business Meeting

7:30PM

Freedom Hall

 

FRIDAY

May 18

 

No Meetings Scheduled

Schuylkill Scrub

Saturday, May 19 | 10:00AM to 12:30PM

Upper Merion Boathouse Park
Bridgeport, PA 19405

Celebrate Schuylkill Action Network 's 15th Anniversary with a Schuylkill Scrub cleanup! Lend a hand at Upper Merion Boathouse Park’s cleanup and get some yummy lobster rolls afterwards!

 

Upper Merion Township Pool Open House

Saturday, May 19 | 1:00 to 3:00PM

Upper Merion Township Pool (Community Center Complex)

Members and non-members are invited to join our pool staff for a day of fun and games. Learn about the activities and programs offered this summer! Contact Aquatics Manager Heather Melck or visit the township website for more information.

 

King of Prussia 10-Miler

Sunday, May 20 | 8:00AM

Heuser Park

Run this scenic 10-mile loop throughout King of Prussia, beginning and ending at Heuser Park. In addition to the 10-miler, there will be a 5k and kids fun run. This year, they'll have Let Me Run (17 students and a coach from Candlebrook Elementary School), Ainsley’s Angels, and the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society’s Team in Training participating in the race. Save money by registering by May 11.

 

Swedesburg VFC Fundraiser: UnTapped Artist

Sunday, May 20 | 1:00 to 4:00PM

Swedesburg Volunteer Fire Company

This paint 'n sip fundraiser features step-by-step instructions to help you create a fun painting on a 16x20" canvas. Tickets are $45 per person, and a portion of the proceeds will go to the fire company. All ages are invited. Materials and tools are provided. Buy a ticket

 

Upper Merion 2040 Comprehensive Plan Open House

Tuesday, June 5 | 6:00 to 8:00PM
Upper Merion Township Building (second floor lobby)
Join us for our second Upper Merion 2040 Comprehensive Plan Open House! The steering committee and community planners have been hard at work turning your feedback from the first round of public outreach into the preliminary recommendations of the Upper Merion 2040 Comprehensive Plan, and we need your help again. This is your chance to provide feedback which will be incorporated into the final recommendations regarding land use, transportation, open space, environmental protection; both at the township-wide and neighborhood scale. Learn more.
 

Farmers Market

Winter Market

175 West Valley Forge Road
Every Other Saturday
10:00AM-12:00PM
Rain or Shine!

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On May 19, come out to the opening day and 9th birthday celebration of the Upper Merion Farmers Market! You don't need to get us anything for our birthday... in fact, we're giving you a bunch of gifts!

  • First 500 customers get a free Charburger Ticket from The Habit Burger Grill in the King of Prussia Town Center
  • First 200 customers get a free seed packet
  • Free market tote bag (one per person) and a raffle ticket for a chance to win $30 in market money for every non-perishable food donation to Valley Forge Presbyterian food pantry, benefiting all Upper Merion residents in need

 

At the following market on May 26, we will be partnering with Swedesburg Volunteer Fire Company to bring you our annual delicious Chicken Barbecue! A ticket will get you a platter including one half of a chicken and two sides (baked potato and coleslaw) – all for only $10! The proceeds will benefit Upper Merion Farmers Market and Swedesburg Fire Company. Advanced tickets can be purchased at the Swedesburg Fire House, the Community Center front desk, or the Public Information Office at the Township Building. Reserve tickets online by contacting manager@uppermerionfarmersmarket.org.

 

Interested in volunteering for the market? Contact Vince at 484-636-3910 or email  manager@uppermerionfarmersmarket.org.

 

Our Annual Summer Concert Series Returns!

We're excited to announce this summer's lineup!

Visit the township website for more information.

 

Resident Services

Yard Waste Collection

Now through October 26

Upper Merion Township conducts a Yard Waste Collection each year. The collection season will run Friday, April 20 to Friday, October 26, 2018. Pickup days will vary each week depending on workload and weather. We will make every effort to collect yard waste the same week the request is submitted. To submit a request, fill out a request for service online or call the Public Works Department at 610-265-8465 before 12:00PM on the Tuesday of the week you wish to have your yard waste picked up. Please follow the collection guidelines.

Electronics Recycling and Shredding Event

Saturday, May 19 | 9:00AM to 12:00PM

Candlebrook Elementary School

Do you need to dispose of personal documents or old electronics? Bring them to our electronics recycling and shredding event. Accepted items, disposal fees, and more details can be found online.

Rabies Vaccine Clinic

Saturday, May 19 | 9:00AM to 12:00PM

Abington Recycling Center

Keep your pet healthy! Montgomery County Office of Public Health will be providing low-cost rabies vaccinations. Learn more about the clinic.

Household Hazardous Waste Event

Saturday, May 19 | 9:00AM to 3:00PM

Temple University–Ambler Campus

Need to get rid of old paint products, kerosene, or other household waste? Drop it off Montgomery County's Household Hazardous Waste event.

Montgomery County Compost Bin and Rain Barrel Sale

Saturday, June 2 | 9:00AM to 12:00PM (Pre-order by May 19)

Norristown Farm Park

Purchase discounted backyard compost bins and rain barrels from Montgomery County. The Earth Machine Compost Bin is on sale for $50 and the Systern Rain Barrel is on sale for $65. Additional items, such as aerators and kitchen scrap buckets, may also be purchased online. Pre-order online by May 19 to pick up on June 2.

 

Volunteer on a Citizen Board

There are 25 commissions, boards, and authorities currently serving Upper Merion Township. They are staffed by appointed citizens who assist in township government by advising, informing, and assisting the Board of Supervisors. These citizen volunteers provide a valuable service to the township.

 

  • We're looking for citizens to join the newly-formed Farmers Market Advisory Board to initiate, provide, and recommend plans for the operation and management of the Upper Merion Farmers Market. Learn more about the application process.
  • The Board of Supervisors currently has one vacancy, to be filled at the June 21 Board of Supervisors Business Meeting. Interested applicants may submit a cover letter and resume to the attention of Township Manager David G. Kraynik.

 

Join the Team!

Upper Merion Township is hiring for a variety of positions. Browse the job openings and learn more about the application process.

 

Community Center

431 West Valley Forge Road

King of Prussia, PA 19040

610-265-1071

 

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There's always something fun happening at the Community Center! Try a fitness class, learn a new craft, or pick up a sport during Open Gym.

Parks & Recreation

Adult Sports Leagues

UMPR offers a wide variety of fun and competitive sports leagues for adults. This summer's leagues include men’s basketball and coed volleyball. Act fast, the registration deadline is May 21!

  

Teen Leadership Camp

June 18 to July 27

The Teen Leadership Camp is designed to help teens transition from a camper to a camp counselor. Participants will spend time learning about leadership, reviewing camp policies/procedures, prepping for interviews, leading camp activities and learning how to handle various camp counselor situations. Teens ages 13-15 are encouraged to register!

 

Library

Dr. Steve's Presentation on Jewels of the Pharaohs

Monday, May 14 | 7:00PM

Freedom Hall

This richly illustrated lecture brings to life the world of ancient Egyptian jewelry and how we are supposed to read it. Register today!

 

Family Gaming Event

Saturday, May 19 | 11:00AM to 4:00PM

Freedom Hall

Bring your family to our game day, where we'll set up a bunch of different board games and video games. You can also bring some of your own. Learn more and register.

 

Public Safety

The Upper Merion Township Public Safety Department is a singular, unified department that encompasses the divisions of police, fire, ambulance, and emergency management services, overseen by Director Tom Nolan, who is also the current Chief of Police.

 

 
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Upper Merion Police

View the crime bulletin archive.

 

Fire & Rescue

Have No Fear - Volunteer!

The Upper Merion Township Fire & Rescue Services is seeking volunteers. Interested in joining? Contact William Daywalt, Deputy Fire Marshal, at 610-205-8554 or find out more on our website.

 

Montgomery County News

 

Upper Merion Senior Service Center

Located at the Community Center
431 West Valley Forge Road
King of Prussia, PA 19406

CarFit Event

Tuesday, May 15 | 10:00AM to 1:00PM

A team of trained technicians and/or health professionals work with each participant to ensure they fit their vehicle properly for maximum comfort and safety. A CarFit check takes approximately 20 minutes to complete. Time slots are limited, so please sign up as soon as possible on the sheet in the UMSSC lobby.

 

It's Tea Time!

Friday, May 18 | 11:00AM to 2:00PM
Join us for a fun afternoon of entertainment, door prizes and cash prizes. Wear your favorite hat and maybe you can win first place in our hat contest! Everyone brings their own cup and saucer. Reserved seating. Tickets are $12.00 and on sale now in the lobby until May 11.

Roadway Restrictions

Schuylkill Expressway Safety and Traffic Improvements

This project is the first phase of a long-range, multi-modal transportation plan designed to enhance travel along Interstate 76. PennDOT will install Variable Speed Limit and Queue Warning systems along Interstate 76 from U.S. 1 to just west of U.S. 202 in Philadelphia, Lower Merion and Upper Merion townships and West Conshohocken Borough, Montgomery County. Construction is expected to begin this summer and be completed in the summer of 2019. Learn more.

 

First Avenue Safety Improvements

The First Avenue Road Diet is a safety improvement project for motorists and pedestrians. The project will reduce the 4-lane road to 3 lanes that includes a lane of traffic in each direction, a dedicated center turn lane, and bicycle lanes or a wider shoulder. The project is expected to begin in late April. Learn more.

 

US 422 E. Ramp to Route 23 Temporarily Closed

The ramp from EB US 422 to Route 23 (Valley Forge Rd) is scheduled to be closed through late summer for construction on a new fly-over ramp. Learn more.

 

A list of weekly road restrictions and PennDOT maintenance operations in the five-county Philadelphia region is available on the District 6 Traffic Bulletin.

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