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Township eNews

July 6, 2018

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Fourth of July Celebration

We’d like to thank everyone that joined us in celebrating the Fourth of July with a carnival, concert, food, fireworks, and lots of fun family activities! See the full photo album on Facebook.

Community

Concerts Under the Stars: York Street Hustle

Sunday, July 8 | 6:00PM

Township Building Park
What better way to celebrate summer than joining us at our free outdoor concert series? This Sunday, come out and enjoy awesome live music, delicious food, and refreshing drinks!
 

Summer Carillon Concert Series

Wednesday, July 11 | 7:30PM

Washington Memorial Chapel
Route 23 in Valley Forge Park
Geert D’hollander will perform. These free hour-long concerts are held every Wednesday in July and August at 7:30PM, rain or shine. For more information, call 610-783-0120 or 610-265-5211 or visit www.wmchapel.org.
 

Zucchini 500

Saturday, July 14 | 9:00AM

Upper Merion Farmers Market
Upper Merion Township Building
The 9th Annual Zucchini 500 is right around the corner! To participate in the race, children ages 12 and under will create and decorate race cars using zucchini and UMFM-supplied wooden wheels and axles. The cars will then race in pairs down a 16-foot wooden ramp. Prizes will be awarded to the top four winners. Wheel packs will be available for purchase on July 7 for $2 each. 
 

Coffee with a Cop

Monday, July 16 | 10:00AM to 12:00PM

Starbucks (180 W Dekalb Pike)
Do you have questions, concerns, or just want to get to know your local police? Stop by Starbucks to have a conversation with officers from the Upper Merion Township Police Department!
 

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. 

 

National Night Out

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

Target (160 W Dekalb Pike)
The Upper Merion Township Police Department is hosting their first ever National Night Out. They've teamed up with other local police agencies to bring a night of entertainment, information, and fun to your community! There will be music, games, bounce houses, a rock wall, food, prizes, police demonstrations, and much more...all for FREE! Learn more.
 

Upper Merion Community Action Network

You’re invited to join the Upper Merion Community Action Network, a network of UM residents who are interested in volunteering to help support the needs within our community, because Upper Merion CAN help! Learn more by joining the UM CAN Facebook group!

Meeting Schedule

 

MONDAY

July 9

 

Library Board of Directors

6:45PM

Henderson Room

 

Media Communications Advisory Board

7:00PM

Administration Conference Room

 

  

TUESDAY

July 10

 

Fire & Rescue Services Board
7:00PM
Atrium Conference Room

Park and Recreation Board
7:30PM
Community Center Conference Room

 

WEDNESDAY

July 11

 

Planning Commission

*CANCELLED*

 

Upper Merion Transportation Authority

7:00PM

Freedom Hall

 

Upper Merion General Authority

7:30PM

Freedom Hall

 

THURSDAY

July 12

 

Goals & Objectives
8:30AM to 1:00PM
Crowne Plaza

Board of Supervisors Workshop
7:30PM
Freedom Hall

 

FRIDAY

July 13

 

No Meetings Scheduled

 

Advertise With Us!

If you're interested in advertising in our official township publications, please contact us.

Township Lines: Email Allison Pimm

Community Map: Email Michele Freiberg

 

KOPSC Fall Intramural Soccer Registration is Now Open

This is a beginner soccer program for boys and girls ages 5-9. The program focuses on basics and fun! No travel involved. The program begins in September and takes place at Baxter Field. For more information, visit KOPSC's website. If you have any questions or need financial assistance, please contact Jim Roberts at registrations@kopsc.org. If you have any questions about the Intramural Soccer Program, please contact Rose Hinkle at rose.kopsoccer@gmail.com

 

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, July 7


On Saturday, July 14, we'll hold our 9th annual Zucchini 500!

 

So why are we telling you this week? Because this week, you can sign up and receive the wheel kits that your kids will need to create the best possible zucchini racers. Wheel kits are $2 each or free with a non-perishable food donation.

 

You can also sign up next week on race day and use our craft table to decorate your racer. But having the wheels in advance allows you to create and test your racer for speed, and to decorate your racer to the limits of your creativity. Most of our past winners have used this week wisely, and wowed us with their technical and design skills.

 

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

 

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.

Neighborhood Meals on Wheels

Neighborhood Meals on Wheels has been delivering nutritious and affordable meals to the homebound of Upper Merion Township, Borough of Bridgeport and Borough of West Conshohocken since 1974. Local residents deliver the meals Monday to Friday, and conduct a friendly visit and security check on its patrons. For more information, call 610-265-7051 or email mealsonwheels.um@gmail.com.

 

Environmental

Emerald Ash Borer Phase II: Timber Harvest at Heuser Park

The second phase of the township's Emerald Ash Borer Mitigation Plan at Heuser Park has begun. Over the next few weeks, a timber harvest is taking place on the Schuylkill River West Trail. Access to the trail will be restricted during the logging process for safety reasons.

Environmental Advisory Council: Tip of the Week

Why Use a Rain Barrel?

There are several environmental benefits associated with rain barrels. Foremost, rain barrels reduce stormwater runoff. This is water that does not soak into the ground and can transport many pollutants to our local waterways. The rainwater harvested in the barrel can be used for watering lawns, gardens, potted plants, and for washing off patio furniture and tools. From a gardening perspective, the natural nutrients in rainwater make it far better than tap water, which has chlorine and fluoride in it. With a rain barrel, gardeners can minimize or eliminate their use of chemical fertilizers. Want to learn more? Compare the different types available.

 

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

Fit Kids

Classes are on Mondays, Tuesdays and Fridays, from now until August 31

Fit Kids is the perfect exercise class for kids ages 3-10! This 75-minute class will help build your child’s endurance, strength, and flexibility – all while having fun! Learn more and register online.

 

Hypnosis with Barry Wolfson

Tuesday, July 10 | 6:00PM, 7:00PM, 8:00PM

Learn to improve your health through hypnosis techniques. On July 10, we will be offering three separate class topics, including Stop Smoking, Lose Weight, and Better Sleep. Register now!

 

Summer Discount Tickets
UMPR sells discount tickets to various theme parks and attractions, including Adventure Aquarium, Six Flags, Dorney Park, Philadelphia Zoo, and more! Stop by the UM Community Center Front Desk to purchase tickets. For a full listing of tickets available, visit our website.

 

Library

Adventures in the Deserts of Jordan: Inside Recent Excavations at Tor Faraj

Monday, July 9 | 7:00PM

Don't miss Dr. Steve's presentation, which will take you deep into the desert of southwest Jordan, to a rock shelter site known locally as Tor Faraj. Walk-ins are welcome. 


Saturday Storytimes in July

Saturdays | 10:30 to 11:00AM

The Little Theater

Children ages birth to 5 years are invited to be part of a fun storytime at the Upper Merion Township Library! Little ones will learn important early literacy development skills through stories, music, rhythm and rhyming activities. The class is open to the whole family. 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

Senior Farmers Market Nutrition Program

Monday through Friday | 10:00AM to 2:00PM

With proof of age and Montgomery County residency, eligible seniors will receive four $5.00 checks, once per year. The checks can be used to purchase fresh, locally grown vegetables at farmers' markets or farm stands.


Memory Cafe

Tuesday, July 17 | 2:00PM

Join us for caregiver support group discussions. Memory Cafe is presented by Emily Bova, Certified Dementia Practitioner from Arden Courts at King of Prussia.

Roadway Restrictions & Alerts

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. Construction is expected to continue throughout the summer. Learn more on the KOP-BID's website.

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 be completed in the summer of 2019. 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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