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Township eNews

January 4, 2019

2018 Has Been a Busy Year! From fun community events to new township programs and improvements, it's been a great time! Take a look at some of our favorite moments of 2018.

Community

Adult ESL Classes

Beginning January 8, 2019

Upper Merion Area Middle School

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

Birding Adventure

Sunday, January 13 | 8:30 to 10:00AM

McKaig Nature Center

Join tour leader Jeff Dale on a bird watching adventure along the McKaig trails. You'll be able to look for year round inhabitant species, white-throated sparrows, dark-eyed juncos, and brown creepers that come south for the winter. Visit McKaig Nature Center's website for more information.

Upper Merion Rambler... Enjoy the Ride!

GVF will be hosting three focus groups to improve the Rambler. Come out and offer ideas and comments on this great township service as it approaches its 20th year of operation! 

  • Tuesday, January 15, 2019 at 10:00AM – Upper Merion Senior Center
  • Wednesday, January 16, 2019 at 2:00PM – Valley Forge Towers North (Building 3000) Social Room
  • Thursday, January 17, 2019 at 1:00PM – Upper Merion Township Building, Henderson Room (Upper Level)

If you have any questions, or cannot attend the meetings but still want to give input, please contact Anita Nardone at anardone@gvftma.com or 610-354-8899.

UMBA Spring 2019 Registration Information

Boys and girls ages 3-18 are invited to register for youth quickball, baseball, and softball.

  • Online registration is open January 5 at www.umbabaseball.com and www.umbasoftball.com
  • Early bird registration is open January 5-7. Walk up registration at Walker Park on January 5 at 10:00AM to 1:00PM.
  • Regular registration is open January 8-18. Walk up registration at Walker Park on January 8 at 6:30 to 8:30PM and January 12 at 10:00AM to 1:00PM.
  • Late registration begins January 19. Walk up registration at Walker Park on January 19 at 10:00AM to 1:00PM and January 26 at 10:00AM to 1:00PM. 

UMBA Winter 2019 Registration Information

Boys and girls ages 3-12 are invited to register for youth quickball, baseball, and softball. Sign up for pitching clinics and skills clinics at the Community Center or on Community Pass. Visit www.umbabaseball.com or email UMBAconnect@gmail.com for more information.

 

Trail Tuesdays with the Valley Forge Park Alliance

Every Tuesday at 10:00AM

Valley Forge National Historical Park

Walk, talk, get healthy, and be happy! All fitness levels, dogs, and strollers are welcome to join this weekly walk in the park. Questions? Contact Molly Duffy at molly@vfparkalliance.org or 484-886-5853

 

Meeting Schedule

 

MONDAY

January 7

 

BOS Reorganization Meeting

6:15PM

Freedom Hall

 

BOS Zoning Code Workshop

6:30PM

Freedom Hall

 

BOS Workshop

7:30PM

Freedom Hall

 

TUESDAY

January 8

 

Board of Auditors Reorganization Meeting

8:00AM

Administration Conference Room

 

Park & Recreation Board Reorganization Meeting

7:30PM

Community Center Conference Room

 

WEDNESDAY

January 9

 

Pension Advisory Board Reorganization Meeting

5:30PM

Board Room

 

Transportation Authority Reorganization Meeting

7:00PM

Board Room

 

Planning Commission Reorganization Meeting

7:00PM

Henderson Room

 

UM General Authority Reorganization Meeting

7:30PM

Board Room

 

THURSDAY
January 10

No Meetings Scheduled

 

FRIDAY

January 11

 

No Meetings Scheduled

Resident Services & Resources

Do You Know What to Do Before, During, and After a Storm?

View our storm preparation list for winter weather protocols, tips, and resources.

Christmas Tree Collection

The collection season runs now through January 31. Simply leave your tree on the curb and it will be collected by the township. All ornaments, lights, stands, and bags must be removed before disposal. Visit our Christmas Tree Collection page to learn more.

U.S. Small Business Administration Loans Available For Flood Victims

Did the August 10-15, 2018 storms cause damage to your home or business? Montgomery County homeowners, renters, and businesses are now eligible to apply for low-interest loans from the U.S. Small Business Administration. For more information, read the full press release.

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, 2019. Learn more.

Environmental

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:

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, January 12

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

Winter/Spring Registration Now Open!

Registration is now open for all of our winter and spring activities! To register or learn more about the programs we have to offer this winter and spring, stop by the Community Center or login to CommunityPass.

Court Closure

All courts will be under maintenance until January 9. The track will remain open during the court refinishing. Open gym will resume on January 10. Thank you for your patience as we work to keep your courts in outstanding condition. 

Library

Tech Night

Monday, January 7 | 7:00PM

Henderson Room

Own an iPad or an iPhone but have trouble using it? Planning on buying one, but the latest technology is troubling you? Our youth volunteers are here to help! Register today.

Play Workshop

Friday, January 11 | 10:00AM 

Freedom Hall

Children ages 1-3 and their parents/caregivers are invited to this fun workshop filled with developmentally-appropriate toys! 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 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

General Meeting

Wednesday, January 9 | 9:30AM

Our monthly meetings are open to all members. Stop by to learn what is going on at the Senior Center. Celebrate birthdays with some cake, a 50/50 raffle, a birthday raffle to win a hoagie from Angelo's Pizza, and the "JACKPOT."  

AARP Driver Safety Course

Monday, January 14 | 9:30AM to 2:00PM

Cost is $15 for AARP members and $20 for non-AARP members payable in advance. Stop by the lobby to sign up and pay with check or money order payable to AARP. No telephone registrations will be taken.

Roadway Restrictions & Alerts

Abrams Road Over Abrams Run

Construction of the bridge carrying Abrams Road over Abrams Run has begun. 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:

umtownship.org | 610-265-2600

For questions, comments, or submissions, contact umtinfo@umtownship.org

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

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