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Township eNews

March 1, 2019

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Thanks for Attending the 20th Annual Celebration of Black History!

Last Saturday, founding members of the Friends of Black History Committee were honored during the Upper Merion Township Library's annual celebration. From left to right: Winona Brown, Karl Helicher, Patricia J. Ackah, and Pamela Porter, daughter of deceased member Mary Washington.

Community

Senator Leach's Camp Fair

Tuesday, March 5 | 5:00 to 7:00PM

Ludington Library (5 South Bryn Mawr Avenue, Bryn Mawr)

Looking for a fun new summer camp for your kid? Stop by State Senator Daylin Leach's Summer Camp Fair to learn about sports, art, academic, music, day, or night camps all around the area! Learn more.

Swedesburg Vol. Fire Company Lent Dinners
Fridays from March 8 through April 1 | 5:00 to 8:00PM
Swedesburg Volunteer Fire Company Social Hall
310 Jefferson Street, Bridgeport
It’s that time again! SVFC's Lent Dinners are available every Friday during Lent. Come out for the best seafood in town prepared by the best cooks around. Menus and pricing are available at the hall.

The Story of the Justice Bell
Saturday, March 9 | 2:00PM
Patriot’s Hall, Washington Memorial Chapel
As America prepares to celebrate the 100th Anniversary of Women’s Suffrage, please join Maria Savini, UMT educator and history enthusiast, as she shares the story of the “Women’s Liberty Bell” currently housed in the Washington Memorial Chapel at Valley Forge National Historical Park. Hosted by the King of Prussia Historical Society, this free event is open to the public. Learn more!

GVF Annual Legislative Breakfast

Monday, March 11 | 7:30 to 9:30AM
Sheraton Valley Forge Hotel

Don't miss the opportunity to hear Keynote Speaker Congresswoman Madeleine Dean and other elected officials speak about transportation issues on the local, state, and federal level. Register online.

KOP Restaurant Week & KOP Shops for CHOP

March 11-17

KOP Restaurant Week and KOP Shops for CHOP are right around the corner! Throughout March 11-17, restaurants and select retailers will donate a portion of their proceeds to CHOP KOP, and others have committed to donating to CHOP in the name of this campaign. Additionally, the KOP-BID added three exclusive mini-events during that week, including a Fashion Pop-Up Fundraiser for CHOP, Healthy Running: A Quick Guide to Injury Prevention through Mechanical Awareness, and Lunch Break at Xfinity. Visit their website for event details.

Meeting Schedule

 

MONDAY

March 4

 

No Meetings Scheduled

 

 

TUESDAY

March 5

 

No Meetings Scheduled

 

WEDNESDAY

March 6

 

Zoning Hearing Board
7:00PM
Freedom Hall

 

THURSDAY
March 7

 

Zoning Code Workshop

6:15PM

Board Room

 

Board of Supervisors Workshop

7:30PM

Board Room

 

FRIDAY

March 1

 

No Meetings Scheduled

Upper Merion Police Department Fraud Seminar

Thursday, March 14 | 11:30AM

Upper Merion Senior Services Center

Officers and detectives will host a seminar on scams, check/credit/bank fraud, identity theft, and other topics related to the safety and security of residents. This event is free of charge and everyone is welcome to attend. For more information, call (610) 265-3232.

Introduction to Orienteering 

Saturday, March 16 | 10:00 to 11:30AM

McKaig Nature Center

Learn orienteering basics, then head out to the woods to practice on a novice course. The event is free, but you must register online

Mock Teen Bedroom & Conversation About Substance Abuse 

Thursday, March 21 | 6:00 to 8:00PM

In partnership with the Upper Merion Area School District, and the Montgomery County Office of Drug & Alcohol, the Upper Merion Township Police Department will host a “Mock Teen Bedroom,” which provides insights and education about the possible signs of substance use, misuse, or addiction. Additionally, there will be guided conversation about the reasons people become addicted, what puts people at risk, what protects us or our loves ones, signs that someone has progressed from substance use to addiction, and how to respond when we are concerned about someone’s substance use. Learn more.

Adult ESL Classes / Clases de Inglés

Weekly, starting on Tuesday, March 26 |  6:15 to 8:15PM

Upper Merion Area Middle School

The Upper Merion Area Middle School is hosting a free 8-week English as a Second Language (ESL) course open to all Upper Merion residents. Learn how to develop reading, writing, speaking, and listening skills in English. Questions? Contact ESL Teacher Katie Nagy.

KOPSC Travel Soccer

Travel Soccer Registration is open! View the Travel Soccer Assessment Schedule and Assessment Information and register online. If you have questions, please contact Matt Wintersteen. If you have questions about registration or are in need of financial assistance, please contact Jim Roberts.   

KOPSC Spring 2019 Intramural Soccer

Spring Intramural Soccer registration is open! This is a beginner soccer program for boys and girls ages 5-9. No travel is involved. The program focuses on basics and fun! All players get a t-shirt at the first session. Please register online. If you are in need of financial assistance, please email Jim Roberts. If you have any questions about Intramural Soccer, please email Rose Hinkle.

Resident and Business Services & Resources

Online Contractor Registration

If you’re a contractor interested in doing business in Upper Merion, visit our website to learn more about requirements and register online.

Board of Community Assistance Grant Program

Non-profit organizations and Upper Merion students are encouraged to apply for one of many possible grants that are awarded through the BCA each year. The award applications will be accepted now through April 1. Learn more.

Montgomery County Recycling Information

Do you need to recycle items like tires, electronics, or hazardous waste? Explore Montgomery County's Recycling Information page for collection events, guides, and more.

Love Your Dog, License Your Dog

All dogs, three months and older, must be licensed. Why?

  1. It’s their best chance to make it home safely if they go missing
  2. It allows the Bureau of Dog Law to protect the dogs of PA
  3. It’s the law

Learn more.

Environmental

Why Does Heuser Park Look Like That?

By now, everyone knows that Heuser Park suffered an attack by an invasive Asian beetle, the Emerald Ash Borer. The township fought back in the only feasible way: a multi-phase counter-attack! Learn about the completed phases and future plans for forest restoration. Read more.

Farmers Market

Indoor Winter Market

175 West Valley Forge Road
Every Other Saturday

December to Mid-May

10:00AM-1:00PM

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Next Market: Saturday, March 9

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

Philadelphia Flower Show Tickets

March 2-10

Stop by the UM Community Center to purchase tickets for the Philadelphia Flower Show! This show is a miraculous vision of color, creativity, and foliage. This year, see artists' work come alive with “Flower Power."

Mini Music Movers!

Tuesdays, March 5 through April 2 | 10:30 to 11:15AM

Your little one will love this interactive music and movement program. It introduces different ways to use music and dance to encourage self-confidence, self-awareness, and creativity.  Learn more today.

Little Rookies Multi Sports

Thursdays, March 7 through April 11 | 5:30 to 6:30PM

Children will have a great time learning the sport of volleyball! Throughout the duration of the program, participants will learn a wide variety of skills including passing, setting, blocking, and serving. Learn more and sign up today!

Library

Parent Child Workshop

Mondays, March 4 through 25 | 10:00 to 11:15AM

Freedom Hall

Don’t miss this fun and informative workshop! Children ages 1-3 and their parents/caregivers are invited to attend this play-focused workshop series. Specialists will be on hand to answer questions about important topics, including early literacy, dental hygiene, child development milestones, and more. Parents learn while the kids play! Register here.

Tech Night

Monday, March 4 | 7:00PM

Henderson Room

Own an iPad or an iPhone, but have trouble using it? Planning on buying, but the latest technology is troubling you? Our youth volunteers are here to help you. You can register by calling (610) 265-4805, stopping by the library, or visiting our online calendar.

 

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 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

Big Bingo

Sunday, March 10 | 11:00AM 

Win cash prizes. Tickets are $20.00 in advance and $25.00 to purchase the day of the event. Sign up now!

Trip the National Constitution Center

Thursday, March 21 | Depart at 9:00AM

Join us on a guided tour of the National Constitution Center in historic Philadelphia and a special exhibit about Alexander Hamilton. The cost of the trip is $16.00 for UMSSC members and $18.00 for non-members. Travel via carpool to public transportation (Norristown High Speed line & the Market-Frankford Line) into the city. Registration forms are available in the lobby.

Roadway Restrictions & Alerts

Brownlie Road Bridge

Due to the increased deterioration of the Brownlie Road Bridge side walls, for safety reasons, the township will be closing the road until a permanent repair can be made. The bridge is located between Avon Road and Redwood Road in the Lowell Hills section of the township. A detour will be provided which will utilize the use of Henderson Road and Beidler Road. The restoration plans are nearing completion, and the emergency stream permit has been filed with the Department of Environmental Protection. The project is anticipated to go out to bid by mid-Spring. Learn more.

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