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Township eNews

June 8, 2018

Community

Timber Harvest at Heuser Park

The Schuylkill River West Trail at Heuser Park will be closed for the next six weeks. During this time, a timber harvest is taking place as part of the township’s Emerald Ash Borer Mitigation Plan. Learn more about our plan on our website.
 

McKaig Nature Center's Festival Under the Stars

Friday, June 8 | 6:30PM to 10:00PM
Old Roberts Schoolhouse | 889 Croton Road, Wayne PA
Join McKaig for this annual event to celebrate the year's accomplishments, gather new ideas for the future, and gain support to make those ideas a reality. The trails will be lit by luminaries for a magical twilight tour. Bid on your favorite silent auction item, play lawn games, listen to live music, enjoy food and drink, and enjoy a lovely evening. Learn more and register at www.enjoymckaig.org.
 

Upper Merion Farmers Market Strawberry Festival

Saturday, June 9 | 6:30PM to 10:00PM
Upper Merion Township Building Rear Parking LotJoin us for the annual Strawberry Festival! We'll celebrate with our Strawberry Baking Contest, free strawberry lemonade, and many of our vendors will feature the juicy red guest of honor. Learn more about the Upper Merion Farmers Market.
 

Yoga Happy Hour

Tuesdays, June through August | 5:30 to 6:30PM
King of Prussia Town Center
Enjoy free outdoor yoga sessions all summer long! The introductory class welcomes all levels of practice. Afterward, stick around for Happy Hour specials and freebies from KOPTC restaurants. BYO mat, towel, and water. 

 

Rock Your Lunch Summer Concerts

Thursdays in June | 11:30AM to 1:00PM
900 First Avenue
Break free from your desk for the 7th Annual Rock Your Lunch Summer Concert Series, produced by King of Prussia District and presented by AVE. Enjoy live music from talented musicians, free samples from your favorite KOP restaurants, and giant yard games on the lawn at Arkema. Bring your friends, colleagues, chairs, blankets, and bagged lunch, or enjoy lunch for purchase.
 

Food Truck Tuesday

Tuesday, June 12 | 11:30AM to 1:30PM 
150 S. Warner Road
Step out of the office and into the sunshine as King of Prussia District brings food trucks and live music to the parking lot of 150 S. Warner Road. Enjoy food from B.GOOD, Phyllodelphia, Dia Doce and del VALLE, and music from Mike Greer and Company. Learn more on KOP-BID's website.
 

American Red Cross Blood Drive

Monday, June 18 | 2:00 to 7:00PM
Freedom Hall
Help save a life by donating blood at the township building. Reserve a time by signing up online.


Meeting Schedule

 

MONDAY

June 11


Library Board of Directors

6:45PM

Henderson Room

 

Media Communications Advisory Board

7:00PM

Administration Conference Room

  

TUESDAY

June 12

 

Park and Recreation Board

7:30PM

Community Center Conference Room

 

WEDNESDAY

June 13

 

Pension Advisory Board

5:30PM

Board Room

 

Planning Commission

7:00PM

Henderson Room

 

Upper Merion Transportation Authority

7:00PM

Board Room

 

Special Meeting - Board of Supervisors

7:00PM

Freedom Hall

 

Upper Merion General Authority

7:30PM

Board Room

 

THURSDAY

June 14

 

No Meeting Scheduled

 

FRIDAY

June 15

 

No Meetings Scheduled

Farmers Market

175 West Valley Forge Road
Every Saturday

Mid-May to Mid-November

9:00AM-1:00PM
Rain or Shine!

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Next Market: Saturday, June 9

 

This Saturday is the annual Strawberry Festival! We'll celebrate with our Strawberry Baking Contest, free strawberry lemonade, and many of our vendors will feature the juicy red guest of honor. 

 

Check out the Farmers Market Facebook page and website for a complete list of vendors and other details, or sign up to receive our e-newsletter.

 

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

Board of Community Assistance Awards

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The BCA awarded over $151,000 to 60 worthy recipients – 32 community organizations and 28 scholarships – including the GVS $10k scholarship to Trinity Pike and the RGW $5k scholarship to Elizabeth Kelly.

 

Resident Services

Yard Waste Collection

Now through October 26

The yard waste collection season will run through 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. 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.

Montgomery County Tire Collection

Saturday, June 9 | 9:00AM to 12:00PM 

Montgomery County Community College (Enter at 340 DeKalb Pike, Blue Bell, PA 19422)

The Montgomery County Commissioners authorize these FREE events to prevent
tires from being improperly disposed of and to reduce breeding grounds for disease
carrying mosquitoes. The tires that are collected will be shredded and re-purposed by a
local business into products such as road surface material, highway sound barrier wall
material, and playground material. For more information, visit Montgomery County's website.

 

Environmental Updates

Emerald Ash Borer: Phase II

The second phase of the township's Emerald Ash Borer Mitigation Plan at Heuser Park has begun. The Schuylkill River West Trail will be closed for the next six weeks for the duration of the timber harvest. Learn more about the plan. 

Public Presentation on the Spotted Lanternfly

Monday, June 11 | 7:30 to 8:30PM

Phoenixville Borough Hall, 352 Bridge St.

The Phoenixville Tree Advisory Commission and Penn State Extension Master Gardener Sally Sue Richmond will hold a presentation about this new invasive bug that is threatening our local horticulture. Attendees will learn what they can do to protect their properties and help stop the spread of the bug. Learn more on Phoenixville Borough's website.

 

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.

 

 

Join the Team!

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

CPR and AED Awareness Week

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In 2007, Congress designated June 1-7 as National CPR and AED Awareness Week. This week, we want to highlight the importance of knowing CPR and learning how to use an AED. Over the last few days, we shared resources, information, and updates about our plan to become a HEARTSafe Community on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram.

 

Learn more by reading our CPR/AED Week blog post or checking out this timeline.

 

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

Family Law Informational Sessions

June 11 and 18 | 6:00PM

We'll be offering two informative sessions about family law: “Navigating the Family Law System” and “Who Gets What? Protecting Your Assets and Your Family During A Divorce.” Sessions will focus on the court process and procedure, and PA laws as they relate to divorce, custody, child support, and alimony. Learn more 

 

Guitar, Bass, Piano, or Keyboard Lessons

Sign up for weekly private music lessons on the instrument of your choice with experienced instructor, Mike Gallagher. Learn everything from basic techniques to your favorite songs in a relaxed and fun environment. Register now.

  

Basketball/Boys Summer Leagues

Learn the fundamentals, improve your skills, and have fun playing summer basketball. Games may be played on Wednesdays and/or Fridays evenings at the UM Community Center. Boys entering 5th-12th grade can be registered online.

 

 

Library

Free Kona Ice for All! 

Monday, June 11

Rear Parking Lot of the Township Building 

Preview the Summer Reading Program and enjoy free Kona Ice! Bring the whole family to get more information and sign up for one of the fun reading programs offered for all ages, from kindergarten to adult. Learn more.

 

Preschool Explorers

Tuesday, June 19 | 10:30 to 11:15AM 

Little Theater

Children ages 3 1/2 to 6 will explore science, technology, engineering, art, and/or mathematics at this hands-on program. Register for this month's session: Music and Sound!

  

 

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

Excursion to Stoneleigh 

Thursday, June 21 | 9:45AM (Sign up by June 20)

We're hosting a free excursion to Stoneleigh, the former Haas Estate in Villanova, which is now a "natural" garden, open to the public. Transportation will be by carpool. We will meet in the upper parking lot (swim club) at 9:45AM for the short ride to Villanova. Sign up in the lobby and please indicate if you are willing to drive.   

 

Main Line Health and Bryn Mawr Hospital Presentation

Monday, June 25 | 1:00PM

Hospital staff will present “Cardio Vascular Disease: What You Need to Know About Heart Disease and Stroke.”

Roadway Restrictions & Alerts

Gulph Mills Country Club

Please be aware that the Gulph Mills Country Club, located at 200 Swedeland Road, is hosting a private fireworks display for a wedding on June 30. The fire company will be on standby for safety, and the display will end by 9:15PM.

 

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 June. 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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