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Township eNews

April 27, 2018

Community

Upper Merion Police Association Car Show

Saturday, April 28 (Rain date April 29) | 9:00AM to 3:00PM

7000 Geerdes Blvd, KOP

The Upper Merion Police Association is hosting its 8th Annual Car Show. All cars and trucks are welcome! There will be music, door prizes, food, 50/50 drawing, and professional judging. The top 75 vehicles will receive a trophy. Also, there is a Best of Show and Police Association Top Pick award. 

 

Montgomery County Drug Take Back Day

Saturday, April 28 | 10:00AM to 2:00PM

Upper Merion Police Department

Make your home safer by cleaning out expired or unwanted medicines. Drop them off at Drug Take Back Day locations throughout Montgomery County, including the Upper Merion Township Police Department.

 

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, like Aqua Zumba, swim teams, and more! Contact Aquatics Manager Heather Melck or visit the township website for more information.

Community Garden Plot Lottery

The lottery for garden plots is open! Sixty 10' by 10' plots will be allotted via a lottery drawing open to Upper Merion residents. One entry per person is permitted. Lottery boxes are located at the Community Center Front Desk, Senior Center, and Library. Lottery applications may also be submitted via email to Gwen Alvord at galvord@umtownship.org. The lottery closes end of day Thursday, May 3.

Meeting Schedule

 

MONDAY

April 30


No Meetings Scheduled

  

TUESDAY

May 1

 

No Meetings Scheduled

 

WEDNESDAY

May 2

 

Zoning Hearing Board

7:00PM

Freedom Hall

 

THURSDAY

May 3

 

BOS Zoning Code Workshop

6:00PM

Board Room


BOS Workshop

7:30PM

Board Room

 

FRIDAY

May 4

 

No Meetings Scheduled

 

Board of Community Assistance Update

Please be advised: the BCA will be presenting their recommendations to the Board of Supervisors at the May 17 Business Meeting. All applicants will receive a letter regardless of award status, so there is no need to attend.

KOPSC Travel Soccer Registration 2018 is Open!

Registration for Travel Soccer is now open. Use the new registration system to register online. If you have any questions about registration or are in need of financial assistance please contact Jim Roberts at registrations@kopsc.org.

Travel Soccer Assessments 2018

Please visit the website to understand the process and dates for assessments. if you have any questions please contact Matt Wintersteen at mattwintersteen@yahoo.com.

 

Upper Merion Township's Earth Day Celebration

 
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Last weekend, we celebrated Earth Day at the township building! 

 

We had lots of fun Earth Day-themed activities and goods, including seed planting kits for kids, arts and crafts projects, environmental education activities, and more!

 

Plus, Upper Merion Township was named a 2017 Tree City USA by the Arbor Day Foundation for the 42nd consecutive year due to our commitment to urban forest management. Thank you for joining us on this beautiful afternoon! 

 

Farmers Market

Winter Market

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

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There's one more Winter Market on May 5. Then two weeks later, it's the regular season, back for our ninth year!

 

If you haven't joined us before in the off-season, here's how it works:

 

We have a smaller group of vendors, all of whom have a way of pre-ordering. Every other Saturday from 10:00AM to 12:00PM, they set up on the lower level of the parking lot behind the Township Building. You can pick up your orders, and most vendors bring a little extra to tempt you. The regular season kicks off May 19.

 

Interested in volunteering for the market? Contact Vince at vlattuca@umtownship.org or 484-636-3910. 

 

Our Annual Summer Concert Series Returns!

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

Visit the township website for more information.

 

It's Race Season!

Best Buddies Friendship Walk

Sunday, April 29 | 8:00AM

King of Prussia Mall

The Best Buddies Friendship Walk is the number one walk in the country raising awareness and funds to support inclusion for individuals with intellectual and developmental disabilities (IDD). When you walk with us, you can also expect to dance, laugh, smile and make a new friend. But the best part? You’ll be growing your local Best Buddies programs dedicated to one-to-one friendships, leadership development, and integrated job opportunities for individuals with IDD. Register online.

Viking 5K and 1 Mile Fun Run - Register Today!

Sunday, April 29 | 8:30AM

Caley Elementary School

Join us for the Upper Merion Area Educational Foundation's 4th Annual Viking 5K and Family Fun Run/Walk. Enjoy food, music, and prizes. Participants of all abilities are welcome! All proceeds go to help Upper Merion Area schools. Register online.

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. The race will benefit several groups, including Let Me Run (17 students and a coach from Candlebrook Elementary School), Ainsley’s Angels, and the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society’s Team in Training. Save money by registering online before May 11.

 

Mural Arts at the Community Center

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We're so lucky to have such talented artists in the Upper Merion Area School District! Check out the new aquatic-themed mural in the Community Center's child watch room. Special thanks to Gabrielle Margulies, Alana Morton, and Nicholle Wall, in collaboration with Parks & Rec staff, for this amazing addition to the Community Center!

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.

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 May 17 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

Parent and Child Cooking - International Cuisine 

Saturday, May 5 | 10:00AM to 12:00PM

Calling all future chefs! Join Kitchen Wizards for a fun-filled afternoon cooking dishes from different countries! Registration is open for kids ages 10 to 14. Sign up now!


NYC Trip: Book of Mormon

Saturday, May 12 | 9:00AM to 7:00PM

See the critically acclaimed Broadway hit Book of Mormon in New York City on May 12! The ticket includes bus and show admission. Get your ticket today. 

 

Library

Mother Goose Fair

Monday, April 30 | 6:00 to 8:00PM

Freedom Hall

Calling all families with kids ages 2-8! Enjoy all things Mother Goose with fun crafts, games, activities, and snacks. Plus, sign up to meet Mother Goose at 6:30 or 7:10. Family Reading Month winners will also be announced. Learn more.


Gardening Series

Wednesdays in May

Master Gardeners from Penn State Extension, Montgomery County, PA will present various gardening topics. 

May 2:  Backyard Composite

May 9:  Vertical Gardening 

May 16:  Raised Bed Gardening

May 23:  Container Gardening

Register online.

 

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.

 

Excursion Trip

Thursday, May 17 | Departure from township pool lot at 9:30AM

Join us for a trip to Nemours Mansion and Gardens near Wilmington. We will have a guided tour of the mansion at 10:30, followed by a motorized tour of the gardens at 11:30. We will go to a nearby restaurant for lunch after the tours and will return to the Senior Center at 3:00PM. Cost for the bus and the two tours is $60 (not including lunch). You can sign up and make your payment in the lobby by May 2.

Roadway Restrictions

Schuylkill Expressway Safety and Traffic Improvements

This project is the first phase of a long-range, comprehensive, 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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