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November 2, 2018



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Election Day is Next Week! Are You Ready?


Swedesburg Volunteer Fire Company's Bocce Tournament

Saturday, November 3 | 9:00AM

Holy Savior Club in Norristown

Teams of five players are invited to participate in Swedesburg's Bocce Tournament. Contact Kim to register your team!


Swedesburg Volunteer Fire Company's Elvis Night

Saturday, November 3 | 5:00 to 6:45PM

Swedesburg Volunteer Fire Company Social Hall, 310 Jefferson St, Bridgeport PA 19405

Come out and see performances by Elvis - Roy Orbison and more! Doors will open at 5PM. Food will be served from 5-6:45PM with the performances starting at 7PM. Tickets are $35 per person, including food and drink. For tickets, contact Bernie Gutkowski at 610-279-3563 or


Evening Campfire Program at Valley Forge Park 

Saturday, November 3 | 7:00PM

Valley Forge National Historical Park

Warm up by a campfire and enjoy unique stories about Valley Forge National Historical Park and other national parks! Learn more about the program online.

Meeting Schedule



November 5


No Meetings Scheduled




November 6


No Meetings Scheduled




November 7


 Zoning Hearing Board



November 8

Budget Workshop
Freedom Hall



November 2


No Meetings Scheduled


Climate Action Exposition on Renewable Energy & Climate Change

Sunday, November 4 | 12:00 to 5:00PM

Haverford College

Attend this Climate Action Expo to learn about climate change and renewable energy from the experts and neighbors in your own community! Register online.


Advancing Mobility Summit

Monday, November 5 | 7:30AM to 1:30PM

Crowne Plaza Philadelphia

This signature event is an opportunity to network with over 120 industry professionals and hear from top local, state, and national elected officials, private and public sector organizations, as well as leaders in the transportation industry. Purchase tickets online.


Blood Drive

Tuesday, November 6 | 2:00 to 7:00PM

Freedom Hall, Upper Merion Township Building 

Donating blood is a simple thing to do, but it can make a big difference in the lives of others. Help save a life by donating blood at the township building. Register for your time slot online.


King of Prussia Historical Society's Story of the Schuylkill River Project

Saturday, November 10 | 2:00PM

Christ Church (Old Swedes)

Chari Towne, Schuylkill Watershed Specialist with the DE Riverkeeper Network and author, will tell the story of how the Schuylkill River was allowed to become so polluted. Through the efforts of the Schuylkill River Project, a precedent setting river cleanup effort from 1947 to 1951, the health of the river was restored. Find out more.


Farmers Market

175 West Valley Forge Road
Every Saturday

Mid-May to Mid-November

Rain or Shine!


Next Market: Saturday, November 3


Keepin’ it simple… Come enjoy live music from Joe Philbin while you shop our 21 awesome vendors!


Interested in volunteering for the market? Contact Vince at 484-636-3910 or email


Resident Services

Upper Merion Area Community Cupboard

Are you or someone you know food insufficient? The Upper Merion Area Community Cupboard invites anyone who lives within the bounds of the Upper Merion Area School District to shop two times each month. The UMACC is located in the Valley Forge Presbyterian building (191 Town Center Road, KOP). There is a *REQUEST* Rambler stop nearby at the Valley Forge Shopping Center. If you'd like to be picked up or dropped off at that location, please call 610-354-8899. For more information about the UMACC, visit their website

Fall Leaf Collection

Zone 1: Week of October 29 and November 19

Zone 2: Week of November 5 and December 3

Zone 3: Week of November 12 and December 10

Upper Merion Township offers an annual curbside leaf collection. Visit the Fall Leaf Collection page on our website to find your zone, guidelines, schedule, and more.

Neighborhood Meals on Wheels

We are in great need of volunteers on a weekly, monthly or substitute basis in the King of Prussia area. If you would like to help, we would be happy to have you join us to see if this is a volunteer opportunity you would enjoy. We have volunteers that deliver meals weekly, monthly and on a substitute basis. For more information, call 610-265-7051, email, or visit



Bad Bugs!

If you haven't heard of the Emerald Ash Borer or Spotted Lanternfly by now, you must be living under a rock. Both insects have made Upper Merion their homes, and homeowners and property owners need to be aware of what to do if you spot them on your property. Learn more:

Environmental Advisory Council: Tip of the Week

The fall season causes deciduous trees to lose their leaves during the cooler months because the trees are becoming dormant and preparing themselves for winter. Trees seal the spots where the leaves are attached, cutting off water to the leaves. Then the leaves change color and fall from the trees (here's an in-depth look into this). It's important to know the numerous benefits of leaf composting. Composting leaves is a terrific way to recycle and create a nutrient-rich garden soil amendment. Learn how to compost leaves
  • Read more environmental tips provided by the EAC.
  • Interested in learning about water conservation? Read these tips provided by the Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection.

Wayne Woods Garden Club

Wayne Woods Garden Club encourages interest and expands knowledge in gardening and flower arranging, promotes the conservation of natural resources, and engages in service to beautify the community. We are always looking to make new friends while sharing the love of gardening. Visit our website to find more information and a meeting schedule.


Community Center

431 West Valley Forge Road

King of Prussia, PA 19040




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

Entrepreneurship Speaker Series

Tuesday, November 6 | 7:00 to 9:00PM

Join Dan Hershberg, entrepreneur and CEO of Workhorse Brewing Co., in this speaker series. Listen to his story of personal success, and learn how to execute a plan and maintain the right attitude to succeed at your passion. Learn more and sign up today!

Simplifying Your Holiday Side Dishes

November 15 | 6:00 to 8:00PM

Learn how to make delicious, stress-free holiday dishes in this hands-on cooking class! Learn more and sign up today!

Youth Basketball Leagues

Learn basketball fundamentals, improve skills, and make new friends in a fun environment. This is a recreational league and includes practice time, refereed games, and a league t-shirt. We offer leagues for boys and girls in grades 1-8. Learn more and sign up today!

Schuylkill River Trail at Heuser Park

The Schuylkill River Trail at Heuser Park is now open! Since August, it has been closed to the public as part of the township's Emerald Ash Borer Mitigation Plan.

Township Building Park Playground Renovation

Township Building Park's playground is under construction for new safety surface, minor repairs, and equipment upgrades. The park should reopen in about a week, weather permitting. 



Library Closing Early

Please note that on Friday, November 2, the library will be closing early at 4:00PM for Enchanted Library!

Enchanted Library

Friday, November 2 | 6:00 to 8:30PM

Join us as we celebrate some of our favorite stories from the past 10 years of Enchanted Library. Visit with Mary Poppins, Snow White, striking crayons from the Day the Crayons Quit, the Frog Prince, and many more great characters from classic books! Schedule a 15 minute tour sometime between 6:00-8:30PM for your family today by calling 610-265-4806 or by stopping by the children's department. 

Wartime Mobilization on a Revolutionary War Borderland 

Wednesday, November 7 | 7:00PM

Unlike New England or the South, the Mid-Atlantic colonies had a populace made up of diverse ethnic and religious backgrounds. During the American Revolution, these differences divided communities and challenged mobilization for the war effort. Marauding armies from both sides of the conflict swept the countryside, and average Americans switched sides by turns, in an effort to protect person and property. Learn more and register today!

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.



Upper Merion Police

View the crime statistics 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.


Upper Merion Senior Service Center

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

Excursion Trip to Fonthill Castle and Moravian Tile Works

Thursday, November 15 

Join us on a carpool trip to tour Fonthill Castle and the Moravian Tile Works in the Doylestown area. $15.00 for UMSSC Members, $16.00 for non-UMSSC Members. Sign up at the Senior Center.

Annual Holiday Party

Monday, December 10 | 11:00AM to 2:00PM

Parkview Room of the Valley Forge Casino Resort

Celebrate the holidays with us! The menu will be a choice of chicken or salmon. Tickets can be purchased for $30. Find more information online.

Roadway Restrictions & Alerts

Abrams Road Over Abrams Run

Construction of the bridge carrying Abrams Road over Abrams Run will begin on November 5. Motorists will continue to be directed to use Beidler Road until construction is complete.

PECO Project on Evergreen Rd between Hillside Rd and Orchard Rd

Please be informed of the following information provided by PECO Gas Operations regarding the project on Evergreen Rd between Hillside Rd and Orchard Rd. Work may occur in roadways, sidewalks, and potentially on homeowner properties. Learn more

For more information on local road work, please visit the following pages: | 610-265-2600

For questions, comments, or submissions, contact

175 West Valley Forge Road • King of Prussia, PA 19406-1802