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"Residents Want to Dump Meadow Conversion Plan," Says Bucks County Herald. Not True, Says Mack!

"Residents Want to Dump Meadow Conversion Plan," Says Bucks County Herald. Not True, Says Mack! | News of Interest to Newtown Area Residents | Scoop.it

People want clean water; that much is known. The question becomes however, how much folks are willing to sacrifice to ensure the local water supply.

At last week’s Newtown Township Board of Supervisors bi-monthly meeting, discussion over the township’s Pollution Reduction Plan (PRP) grew heated. At the center of the debate is a 6.21-acre portion of Roberts Ridge Park that the township had planned to turn into meadowland.

By the end of the more than two and a half hour session, however, Township Manager Micah Lewis was walking back at least part of that plan, saying he’d have the public works department mow the meadow the next day.

It was made quite clear by several residents who live in close proximity to Roberts Ridge that citizens do not want to see that portion of the open space that sits closest to their homes turned into a meadow – even if the township’s reasons for doing so are hinged on reducing pollution runoff into local waterways.

“The word meadow suggests something very beautiful. But I was born and raised in Jersey City and my father would take the dog for a walk in the Secaucus Meadowlands; it wasn’t so beautiful.

“I don’t like it in my backyard,” said Mary Ingrassia, of Newtown Walk.
 
“I know it has to go somewhere but I have to register: the word meadow really doesn’t accurately describe 6.2 acres that will really be rather unkempt, mowed only two times a year.”

“It is a portion of the park that’s not designated for a specific use,” responded Township Manager Micah Lewis.

“As I can attest, it’s used all the time,” she shot back. “We meet there every day with our animals to have obedience training, there’s all sorts of things.”

According to Lewis, the plan was published in legal announcements along with a notice that the township was accepting comments it is required to submit alongside the PRP. The meadow conversion at Roberts Ridge began, said Lewis, in an effort to show the DEP the township’s commitment to pollution reduction.

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Residents DO NOT want to "dump" the meadow conversion plan. Roberts Ridge Park is unique case - it is a small park that is surrounded by densely populated communities. People in these communities use the open space in that park every day - especially the large area that was ORIGINALLY converted to a meadow WITHOUT any input from local residents. The Twp claimed they were only converting "Under Utilized" park areas to meadows. The residents disputed that claim with regard to RR park. As a result of resident input the meadow plan was ALTERED for RR Park (see new plan. Red outlines new plan, yellow original plan). As a result, we have a better plan, offers of help from environmentalists, etc. Our Twp Planner, Ms. Fountain noted that she has done similar work for quite a few other municipalities and "this by far beats any other municipality [regarding] residents' comments on the plan. It's a compliment to Newtown residents and how vested they are in the plan." [See the video of her comments here.]

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Middletown to Hold Public Meeting On Its Comprehensive Plan. Newtown, Upper Makefield & Wrightstown Township May Be Next

Middletown to Hold Public Meeting On Its Comprehensive Plan. Newtown, Upper Makefield & Wrightstown Township May Be Next | News of Interest to Newtown Area Residents | Scoop.it

A comprehensive plan is like a blueprint or guide book for a municipality to follow when it prepares for the future.

Middletown Township needs to update its current master plan, which dates to 1994, and wants input from residents as to what their wish list would be to enhance the community.

A public meeting will take place Tuesday [June 9, 2019] from 6 to 8 p.m. in the Municipal Center, 3 Municipal Way. Residents, business owners and others interested in the township can come for the entire meeting or stop by to participate in part of it.

“Middletown’s comprehensive plan is such a great opportunity for residents to guide the direction of our community for years to come,” said Supervisor Amy Strouse. “This document will influence the character of our neighborhoods and shopping areas, identify problem areas and underutilized resources, and reprioritize the budget.”

Strouse said a volunteer steering committee has met twice already and these residents (representing a cross section of interests and neighborhoods) are giving great feedback on priorities like walkability, traffic concerns and open space preservation.

The five main issues the master plan will cover are sustainability, housing, redevelopment, transportation and recreation.

Having an updated comprehensive plan will help Middletown decide on its “vision” for the future and “will help us decide what funding sources and grants to apply for,” said Scott Sadowsky, assistant to the township manager. The development of the plan is still early in the process, so it’s a good time to get residents’ input, he pointed out.

To promote the endeavor, the township is sponsoring a photography contest and asks residents to send their photos of areas of the township that they like or those where they think improvements are needed. The photos should be emailed to CompPlan@middletownbucks.org for sharing on social media and the township website. The contest winner will receive gift certificates to eateries and entertainment venues.

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At the Newtown Area Joint Zoning Council (JZC) meeting on June 6, 2019, Lisa Wolff, Senior Planner at the Bucks County Planning Commission (BCPC), presented a proposal for developing a new Comprehensive Plan for the Jointure. There was a discussion of doing a survey of residents, which is optional. In my opinion, the process that Middletown is going through to develop its plan by involving the public in multiple ways is a good model for the Jointure to follow should it decide to create a new plan as per the BCPC proposal. There will be a draft a resolution authorizing the development of a new plan for each to the Jointure Townships to consider.

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The 13.4 Mile Neshaminy Trail Feasibility Study Includes New Bridge Over Newtown Creek

The 13.4 Mile Neshaminy Trail Feasibility Study Includes New Bridge Over Newtown Creek | News of Interest to Newtown Area Residents | Scoop.it

The Bucks County Planning Commission is seeking public comment through Friday on a proposed 13.4-mile trail along part of Neshaminy Creek.

 

The feasibility study proposes a trail along the creek near state Route 232 (2nd Street Pike) in Wrightstown to Core Creek Park in Middletown.

 

While the study does include an estimated $11.4 million for construction and design costs, those estimates could change depending on how the project moves forward.

 

Bucks County Senior Transportation Planner Paul Gordon said in an email Monday the county is expected to secure funding and build the trail itself, but a municipality could opt to build its respective segment to expedite construction.

 

The study also includes a list of multiple private and public grants the county or town could apply for.

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With the Support of Local Leaders, State Senator Steve Santarsiero Cut the Ribbon on His New District Office in Newtown on June 14, 2019

With the Support of Local Leaders, State Senator Steve Santarsiero Cut the Ribbon on His New District Office in Newtown on June 14, 2019 | News of Interest to Newtown Area Residents | Scoop.it

State Senator Steve Santarsiero on June 14 joined local and county officials in cutting the ribbon on his new district offices on the second floor of the Santander Bank building at the intersection of Terry Drive and Newtown-Yardley Road in Newtown.

 

“It’s exciting. I’m happy to be back here in Newtown,” said the senator. “This is a great location for us. It’s a nice office and there’s plenty of space for us to help constituents and to have meetings on local issues. And it’s got plenty of parking and is centrally located.”

 

Santarsiero’s district offices in Newtown and Doylestown offer assistance with various state services including: rent and property tax rebates, SEPTA ID cards, REAL ID information, obtaining handicapped parking placards, applications for public benefits, complex issues with state government and more.

 

Santarsiero said he’s also happy to assist and help local borough, township and school leaders in addressing their concerns and issues. He is currently making the rounds, meeting with office holders throughout the district.

 

Numerous officials from the southern end of the district attended his open house on Friday, including officials from Morrisville, Newtown, Yardley and Tullytown boroughs and Newtown and Lower Makefield townships.

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Guest Opinion: Newtown Rail Trail is a Win-Win for Newtown and Other Area Bike Riders

Guest Opinion: Newtown Rail Trail is a Win-Win for Newtown and Other Area Bike Riders | News of Interest to Newtown Area Residents | Scoop.it

[Opinion ofJohn Lahner, a resident of Bensalem.]

 

According to a report prepared by the Delaware Department of Transportation, “The majority of studies indicate that the presence of a bike trail either increases property values and ease of a sale or has no effect. Studies have shown that neighbors of many trails feel that the quality of life in their neighborhood has been improved, that the trails were a good use of open space and were an improvement from before the trail went in. There is definitely a large portion of the population that sees bike trails as an amenity and will seek out residences near trails. ...”

In addition to the conclusions of this report, there are other local advantages. It will get some bicycles off the roads. It will provide a safe place for young children to ride their bikes without having to worry about car traffic. You will be able to ride from Newtown to Philadelphia parks without going on the streets. The trail will also permit township residents to access shopping and other activities in Newtown without going on the crowded road in this area, thus lessening pollution and making for safer travel.

This looks like a win-win situation. I can’t wait, even though I live in Bensalem.

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"Hyperlocal" Media Startups in the Philly Suburbs Try to Fill Local News Void

"Hyperlocal" Media Startups in the Philly Suburbs Try to Fill Local News Void | News of Interest to Newtown Area Residents | Scoop.it

Small daily or weekly newspapers, focusing on a single town or handful of municipalities have traditionally supplied hyperlocal news. But these outlets now produce less journalism as hedge fund-backed media companies have brought a slash-and-burn approach to pulling revenue out of papers in Philadelphia’s collar counties.

 

Meanwhile, dozens of new media startups like More Than The Curve have cropped up in Pennsylvania to try to fill gaps in coverage, either by topic or geography, while also battling the same financial challenges that have undercut the newspaper business.

 

WHYY recently asked listeners and readers how you get local news. Nearly three-dozen people responded from across Southeastern Pennsylvania.

 

Many described a dearth of information at the township or neighborhood level, depending on where they live.

 

“Local news coverage is just abysmal in the ‘burbs,” said Beth Zachai, of Easttown Township, who added that her area lacks local government and environmental coverage.

 

Other listeners said search engines and these new media startups are their go-to for local news and information.

 

When asked which topics deserve more coverage, respondents said: taxes, schools, infrastructure, environment, public policy, local politics, corruption, The Free Library, gentrification, campaign finance, housing, pipelines, and information about local candidates, as well as local businesses and events.

 

Essentially, all of the issues that would be covered by a more robust local news source.

 

“I know we’re not going to go back to one, little, tiny newspaper,” said Mitchell. “On the other hand, I wish there were still a way that there was once source everybody could look at. Then you could be sure everyone is getting a basic understanding together.”

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For more than 2 years I have been filling the news void in the Newtown area by publishing "Newtown News Update," which covers exactly what this story is talking about.

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Factory Donuts is Opening in the Village at Newtown Shopping Center. 

Factory Donuts is Opening in the Village at Newtown Shopping Center.  | News of Interest to Newtown Area Residents | Scoop.it

Factory Donuts, which is opening in the Village at Newtown Shopping Center, now has plans for a second Bucks County location.

The donut shop will also be opening in Doylestown's Cross Keys Place Shopping Center, which is home to Kmart. As part of its expansion, the shop is also planning locations in Media and Tunersville, NJ in addition to its Newtown store.

Factory Donuts is a popular spot in Philadelphia, where patrons line up for creative made-to-order combinations, including maple bacon explosion, s'mores, cookies n' cream, french toast, and blueberry bake. See the full menu here.

Online reviewers rave about the place. One Google reviewer called them the "Rolls-Royce of donuts" and gave them five stars.

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Just so you know: Factory Donuts in Newtown is classified as a Retail use, therefore no Conditional Use was required to be approved by the Board of Supervisors.

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Newtown Township Supervisor Candidates John Mack and Dennis Fisher Endorsed by Bucks County Council AFL-CIO

Newtown Township Supervisor Candidates John Mack and Dennis Fisher Endorsed by Bucks County Council AFL-CIO | News of Interest to Newtown Area Residents | Scoop.it

The Bucks County Council AFL-CIO, which represents more than 6,350 union members in Bucks County, has endorsed John Mack and Dennis Fisher for the Newtown Township Supervisor positions in the upcoming general election on November 5.

“As a former Shop Steward of the Pennsylvania Social Services SEIU 668 for over a dozen years, I am very grateful for this honor from the hard-working people of Bucks County,” said Dennis Fisher.

“As a descendant of a Pennsylvania coal-mining immigrant family, I am very cognizant of the hard-earned benefits of union workers and am proud to be endorsed by the Council,” said John Mack.

“I wish you the best of luck in November,” said Tom Tosti, President of the Council in a June 19, 2019, letter to the candidates announcing the endorsement.

For more information about the candidates, visit the “Friends of Fisher and Mack” website: https://www.fishermack.com/about.html.

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Lower Makefield Supervisors to Hear Proposal for Mixed Use Retail/Residential Village Anchored by Wegmans on Stony Hill Road Across from Shady Brook Farm

Lower Makefield Supervisors to Hear Proposal for Mixed Use Retail/Residential Village Anchored by Wegmans on Stony Hill Road Across from Shady Brook Farm | News of Interest to Newtown Area Residents | Scoop.it
A strip of land located between Stony Hill Road and I-295 in the township’s office-research zone is being eyed for development as a retail/residential village anchored by a Wegmans supermarket.

The Board of Supervisors is scheduled to hear details of the plan at tonight’s township meeting, which begins at 7:30 pm at the township building on Edgewood Road. The meeting is open to the public.

DeLuca Homes and Equus Capital will be asking the supervisors to weigh in on plans for Prickett Preserve at Edgewood, a mixed use development at 930 Stony Hill Road across from Shady Brook Farm featuring Wegmans as the anchor commercial tenant, smaller retail uses and upscale apartments.

The retail village would be built on what is now the CL Prickett Antiques property and an adjoining piece of open space on Stony Hill Road zoned for office research.

The Prickett family has operated a nationally-recognized antique business on part of the property for more than 50 years.

The site is located directly across from Shady Brook Farm on the east side of Stony Hill Road between the Lower Makefield Corporate Center (north campus) and the Stony Hill Road overpass.

The plan shows six retail pads and a Wegmans on the northern portion of the site with nine upscale apartment buildings and a clubhouse anchoring the southern side.
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Newtown Revises Pollution Reduction Plan After Hearing Resident Comments

Newtown Revises Pollution Reduction Plan After Hearing Resident Comments | News of Interest to Newtown Area Residents | Scoop.it

At the June 12, 2019, Newtown Board of Supervisors (BOS) meeting, Michele Fountain, the Township Planner, responded to resident comments regarding the proposed Pollution Reduction Plan (PRP). The comments were made at the May 8, 2019 BOS meeting (see the video here and a summary of that meeting here) and submitted by mail and email. The plan is required to meet the requirements of PA Dept of Environmental Protection (DEP) to reduce sediment from flowing into streams and lakes.

On May 23, 2019, a Bucks County Herald story by reporter Steve Sherman was published with the headline "Residents Want to Dump Meadow Conversion Plan.” This is a particularly misleading headline bordering on "fake news!"

Residents DO NOT want to "dump" the meadow conversion plan, which is the essence of the PRP. Almost all the comments by residents addressed the plan as it applies specifically to Roberts Ridge Park, which is a 22.8 acre park located at Frost Lane and Lower Dolington Road. 

Roberts Ridge Park is a unique COMMUNITY park surrounded by densely populated housing developments. Residents in the area use the open space in the park every day - especially the large area that was ORIGINALLY converted to a meadow WITHOUT any input from local residents. The Township claimed it was only converting "under utilized" park areas to meadows. The residents disputed that claim with regard to Roberts Ridge Park.

As a result of resident input the meadow plan was ALTERED for Roberts Ridge Park as shown in the aerial view above  (the original meadow plan is outlined in yellow, the new plan in red).

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"Residents Want to Dump Meadow Conversion Plan," Says Bucks County Herald. Not True, Says Mack!

"Residents Want to Dump Meadow Conversion Plan," Says Bucks County Herald. Not True, Says Mack! | News of Interest to Newtown Area Residents | Scoop.it

People want clean water; that much is known. The question becomes however, how much folks are willing to sacrifice to ensure the local water supply.

At last week’s Newtown Township Board of Supervisors bi-monthly meeting, discussion over the township’s Pollution Reduction Plan (PRP) grew heated. At the center of the debate is a 6.21-acre portion of Roberts Ridge Park that the township had planned to turn into meadowland.

By the end of the more than two and a half hour session, however, Township Manager Micah Lewis was walking back at least part of that plan, saying he’d have the public works department mow the meadow the next day.

It was made quite clear by several residents who live in close proximity to Roberts Ridge that citizens do not want to see that portion of the open space that sits closest to their homes turned into a meadow – even if the township’s reasons for doing so are hinged on reducing pollution runoff into local waterways.

“The word meadow suggests something very beautiful. But I was born and raised in Jersey City and my father would take the dog for a walk in the Secaucus Meadowlands; it wasn’t so beautiful.

“I don’t like it in my backyard,” said Mary Ingrassia, of Newtown Walk.
 
“I know it has to go somewhere but I have to register: the word meadow really doesn’t accurately describe 6.2 acres that will really be rather unkempt, mowed only two times a year.”

“It is a portion of the park that’s not designated for a specific use,” responded Township Manager Micah Lewis.

“As I can attest, it’s used all the time,” she shot back. “We meet there every day with our animals to have obedience training, there’s all sorts of things.”

According to Lewis, the plan was published in legal announcements along with a notice that the township was accepting comments it is required to submit alongside the PRP. The meadow conversion at Roberts Ridge began, said Lewis, in an effort to show the DEP the township’s commitment to pollution reduction.

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Residents DO NOT want to "dump" the meadow conversion plan. Roberts Ridge Park is unique case - it is a small park that is surrounded by densely populated communities. People in these communities use the open space in that park every day - especially the large area that was ORIGINALLY converted to a meadow WITHOUT any input from local residents. The Twp claimed they were only converting "Under Utilized" park areas to meadows. The residents disputed that claim with regard to RR park. As a result of resident input the meadow plan was ALTERED for RR Park (see new plan. Red outlines new plan, yellow original plan). As a result, we have a better plan, offers of help from environmentalists, etc. Our Twp Planner, Ms. Fountain noted that she has done similar work for quite a few other municipalities and "this by far beats any other municipality [regarding] residents' comments on the plan. It's a compliment to Newtown residents and how vested they are in the plan." [See the video of her comments here.]

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Plans to Complete Newtown Rail Trail Bike/Run Path Depend on Impact Study Results

Plans to Complete Newtown Rail Trail Bike/Run Path Depend on Impact Study Results | News of Interest to Newtown Area Residents | Scoop.it

Only five more miles are needed to complete the 23-mile project.

If you’re a cyclist (and if you aren’t, why aren’t you?), the thought of having an uninterrupted 23-mile bike trail traversing scenic Bucks County is something you only dream about.

Until, possibly, now.

The much-chronicled Newtown Rail Trail project, which has been converting SEPTA’s old R8 Newtown/Fox Chase Rail Line into a multi-use passageway, needs about five more miles for completion.

To date, the one holdup has been the segment which runs through Northampton. Residents there expressed concerns about possible issues regarding traffic affecting their property.

However, the Northampton supervisors have given the OK for a study to investigate the impact the trail might have. If the study settles this debate, the trail segment could be completed within a timeframe of several years.

According to a group called the “Northampton Residents for the Newtown Rail Trail,″ the trail will be part of an eight-mile “Bucks County Park″ and an eight-mile extension of the 14-mile Pennypack Creek Trail. It will utilize land owned by SEPTA which has been unused since trains stopped running in 1983.

To say the project is worthwhile is an understatement.

Not only is it a great venue for exercise-enthusiasts, it also has a positive impact on the environment. People can get from one place to another without the use of their automobile — in New York City alone, the new Citi-bike program has reduced carbon emissions by thousands of tons.

This year, Upper Southampton Township will bring the trail up to Bristol Road. Middletown and Newtown have already approved a resolution of support for the trail. They are waiting on Northampton for the same resolution of support for the trail.

Wouldn’t it be cool to get on your bike in Newtown and be able to ride it all the way down to Penn’s Landing in Philadelphia?

It could happen someday.

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Another New Restaurant Has Plans To Open At Village At Newtown

Another New Restaurant Has Plans To Open At Village At Newtown | News of Interest to Newtown Area Residents | Scoop.it

The Newtown Township Board of Supervisors will consider an application for another new restaurant at the Village at Newtown Shopping Center during a meeting Wednesday [7 PM at 100 Municipal Drive, Newtown].

Solstice — a sub-franchise of Schula's Steakhouse — is seeking conditional use approval to open a 6,700-square-foot restaurant in the shopping center, Newtown Township Manager Micah Lewis said.

In November, the business received approval for its liquor license transfer. The liquor license was transferred from the Warrington Bertucci's, which closed in 2018 after the company filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy.

The application to be considered Wednesday is for the restaurant use, Lewis said. The restaurant will be located in a new building along Durham Road that is currently under construction, he noted.

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The image shows the location of ALL the planned restaurants in Lot #1 of the Shopping Center. Bomba has not yet come before the Twp for approval.

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Philly Mag's 'Juicy Story' About The NAC Stirs Up Controversy

Philly Mag's 'Juicy Story' About The NAC Stirs Up Controversy | News of Interest to Newtown Area Residents | Scoop.it
The Newtown Athletic Club is the focus of a controversial Philadelphia Magazine article that explores the club, its growth, and social scene. The article, titled "Trump, Sex, and G-Strings: The Juicy Story Behind Newtown Athletic Club" was published in this month's issue and has not surprisingly stirred up mixed emotions around town.

Written by Emily Goulet, the article delves into how the club rose from a small facility to — as she describes it — a "hulking, futuristic box of mirrored glass tinted the color of a Caribbean ocean" and a "mini Mar-a-Lago."

Goulet writes: "On its surface, the Newtown Athletic Club is a fancy gym. Members will tell you it's a country club without a golf course. Non-members will tell you it's a dividing line in town: "You can tell a lot about somebody just by asking what they think of the NAC. You're either pro-NAC or against it.'"

In interviews with members, staff, and owner Jim Worthington, Goulet delves into the NAC's unique dynamic as a suburban fitness club and how it has became "an unlikely nexus of power, politics, money, sex and intrigue, a mini-city where thousands of people — including the area's wealthiest, prettiest and fittest — go to work out and show off."

Not surprisingly, staff members are disputing the piece, calling it "biased and unfair."
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Free Cheesy Giveaways Coming to Newtown!

Free Cheesy Giveaways Coming to Newtown! | News of Interest to Newtown Area Residents | Scoop.it

Melt Shop will open its third Pennsylvania restaurant at the Village at Newtown Shopping Center on Tuesday, June 11, company officials confirmed to Patch. To celebrate, the shop will host a series of special giveaway events starting June 22, including one in which you could win free grilled cheese for a year.

 

Here are the details on the giveaway events:

 

  • Saturday, June 22 — Free Grilled Cheese for a Year — The first guest will receive 1 classic grilled cheese per week for an entire year; the next 49 guests receive 1 classic grilled cheese per month. Additionally, every guest after the first 50 on opening day will be entered into a contest to win 1 classic grilled cheese per week for an entire year.
  • Sunday, June 23 -- The first 50 guests at opening and the first 50 guests to dine after 6 p.m. will receive a free Nutella shake.
  • Monday, June 24 — The first 100 guests will receive a free shop tots.

 

Eligible winners must be over 16 years old and are required to download the Melt Shop app.

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One classic (greasy?) grilled cheese per week! That's a deal Kramer would love! Just don't put the balm on!

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Parking & Traffic in the Village at Newtown

Parking & Traffic in the Village at Newtown | News of Interest to Newtown Area Residents | Scoop.it

The Village at Newtown "Shopping" Center is currently in the final phase of a 35 million dollar makeover that Brixmor Property Group - the owner - hopes will revitalize the center. The plan (shown above) was approved 5-0 by the Newtown Zoning Hearing Board on October 16, 2016. In attendance and voting were: Chairman Timothy Potero, Vice Chairman Michael Iapalucci, Secretary Robert Whartenby and members Shawn Ward and Brandon Wind. 

Yes, parking and traffic in the Center has been a mess for some time. Will things improve once construction is complete or will parking and traffic remain problems after all is said and done?

I don’t know if there is a DEFINITIVE answer to that question, but I do believe there are signs that all will be well in the Center eventually.

At least that seems to be the opinion of Allen Fidler, Chair of the Newtown Planning Commission although he acknowledges that not everyone will be happy in the end.

In response to a resident’s comments at the May 8, 2019, Board of Supervisors (BOS) meeting, Mr. Fidler recounted the history of this project and explained the ultimate goal of Brixmor.

 

Listen to this podcast.

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Newtown Residents Comment on Roberts Ridge Park Meadow Plan

Newtown Residents Comment on Roberts Ridge Park Meadow Plan | News of Interest to Newtown Area Residents | Scoop.it

At the May 8, 2019, Newtown Township Board of Supervisors public meeting, several residents and watershed experts spoke out against the establishment of a "meadow" in Roberts Ridge Park as part of the township's Pollution Reduction Plan. Several objections were raised. The discussion resulted in the Township rethinking the plan for the park and mowing the meadow in the meantime. Other ideas were put forward to comply with PA Department of Environmental Protection regarding reduction of pollution of watersheds.

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Bucks Towns - Including Newtown - Prepare for Annual Road Work

Bucks Towns - Including Newtown - Prepare for Annual Road Work | News of Interest to Newtown Area Residents | Scoop.it

At least 10 Bucks County towns have awarded their 2019 road maintenance bid projects in recent months, with some expected to cost over $1 million.

 

Often referred to as “Road Programs,” these contracts are typically part of regular upkeep to municipal-owned roads that most towns in Bucks County do throughout the year.

 

Awarded contract amounts are subject to change and not all contract bids include an approximate cost estimate.

 

Projects in Middletown and Warrington, both large municipalities, are among the most costly road projects out of the towns that have posted bids in the last few months.

 

Middletown approved a $1.05 million contract with General Asphalt Paving Co., of Philadelphia, in April, while a recently awarded contract in Warrington was estimated to cost up to $1.1 million.

 

Middletown’s project includes work to Sunny Hill Road, a portion of Summit Trace Road off Doublewoods Drive and Wheeler Way.

 

Harris is also repairing up to 20 streets in Newtown Township this year for its $706,596 contract awarded in March (for details of the project, read “The 2019 Road Improvement Program”).

 

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Newtown Residents, Police, EMS Personnel, Firemen, Students, and Politicians Remember & Honor Veterans During Memorial Day Parade

Newtown Residents, Police, EMS Personnel, Firemen, Students, and Politicians Remember & Honor Veterans During Memorial Day Parade | News of Interest to Newtown Area Residents | Scoop.it

From the solitude of the Newtown Cemetery to Veterans Plaza on Historic State Street, Taps split the morning air as Newtown remembered the fallen on Memorial Day.

 

Pausing first at the gravesite of Morell Smith, Newtown’s only native son who died fighting for his country in WWI, and then at the World War I monument at the Newtown Library Company, veterans from American Legion Post 440 laid wreaths and saluted the men and women who gave their lives in the cause of freedom.

 

As the town remembered its fallen heroes on Monday, they waved flags and cheered as local veterans led the annual Newtown Memorial Day Parade through town bearing the nation’s colors and looking sharp in their military uniforms.

 

Escorted through town by Newtown Borough Police Chief James Sabath and Newtown Township Police Chief John Hearn, a Color Guard and Honor Guard made up of local veterans led the march followed by American Legion Post 440 Commander Mike Errico and a parade of local veterans walking and riding the parade route.

 

Among them was Vietnam Veteran Norman Moorhead, this year’s Parade Grand Marshal.

 

Moorhead served in the U.S. Air Force from 1963 to 1967. Some of that time was spent at Naha Air Force Base in Okinawa, Japan. The base was the major support during the Vietnam War.

 

After the war in 1968, he joined the Newtown Township Police Department where he served until his retirement in 2008 after 40 years with the force.

 

Joining the veterans for the parade was the award-winning Council Rock High School North Marching Band, which performed a musical salute to the U.S. Armed Services as they marched through town with flags twirling and instruments playing.

 

The band was followed by the Newtown Fire Association, the volunteers marching by in their snappy dress uniforms, followed by a parade of fire trucks.

 

Local politicians also joined the march, including State Senator Steve Santarsiero, State Rep. Perry Warren, Mayor Charles Swartz, Newtown Township Supervisors John Mack, Linda Bobrin, Kyle Davis and Dennis Fisher [see photo above] and Newtown Borough Councilors Julia Woldorf and Tara Grunde-McLaughlin.

 

World War II veteran Arthur Baisley rode by waving to the crowds lining the route. He was a prisoner of war from Dec. 1944 to April 1945.

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At the end of the parade I sat with a Korean War veteran during lunch at American Legion Post 440. He was 90 years old. He told me about the "hills" he had to climb. I didn't mention Trump's "love affair" with the North Korean dictator while the war is still not officially ended.

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Supervisors Mack and Fisher Win Big in Newtown Primary

Supervisors Mack and Fisher Win Big in Newtown Primary | News of Interest to Newtown Area Residents | Scoop.it

The vote count for Newtown Supervisor in the 2019 Primary election is now official. Incumbent Democratic Supervisors John Mack and Dennis Fisher topped the chart in number of votes received (see chart above).

Newtown Supervisor Mack made an impressive showing. "Many people told me how much they appreciated my efforts to keep residents informed," noted Mr. Mack. Mack racked up more than 50% more votes than his Republican rivals. He won in all 8 Newtown Township districts.

 

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Co-Founder & Brixmor Property Group “Thrilled” That Iron Hill Brewery is Opening in Newtown Township in 2020

Co-Founder & Brixmor Property Group “Thrilled” That Iron Hill Brewery is Opening in Newtown Township in 2020 | News of Interest to Newtown Area Residents | Scoop.it

The food and beer scene in Newtown is growing, as Iron Hill Brewery and Restaurant announced it will open a new location on South Eagle Road in Newtown.

 

Iron Hill is planning to open a 7,500-square-foot space in spring 2020 in the "Village at Newtown Shopping Center."

 

The Newtown location will be Iron Hill's 11th Pennsylvania outpost.

 

Located in the heart of Newtown and owned by the Brixmor Property Group, the brewery and restaurant will be joining several additions to the renovated shopping center.

 

The restaurant will be in the L-shaped addition along West Road, which is currently under construction. It will feature Iron Hill's signature on-site brewing facility as well as seating for approximately 350 including a bar area, dining room, and outdoor dining space.

 

Everyone is “Thrilled”!

 

"Iron Hill is thrilled to open our 11th Pennsylvania destination in Newtown in 2020," said Kevin Finn, co-founder of Iron Hill Brewery & Restaurant.

 

"We are thrilled to welcome the Iron Hill team to the Newtown community," said Laura Parke-Carson, Vice President of Leasing for Brixmor Property Group.

 

See the seating & floor plan here: http://sco.lt/93N5Y8

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So many new restaurants are opening in the "Village of Newtown Shopping Center" it should be renamed "Village of Newtown Fine Dining Center!" I will have to eat at all these places and provide reviews!

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Local Boy, Sports Writer Jason Stark, Wins Award & Acclaim from PA House & Senate

Local Boy, Sports Writer Jason Stark, Wins Award & Acclaim from PA House & Senate | News of Interest to Newtown Area Residents | Scoop.it

The Pennsylvania State Senate and House on June 3 approved by unanimous consent resolutions introduced by State Senator Steve Santarsiero (D-10) and State Representative Perry Warren (D-31) that congratulate Newtown resident and nationally recognized sportswriter Jayson Stark for winning the Baseball Writers’ Association of America J.G. Taylor Spink Award and his contributions to the sport of baseball.

 

Congratulating Jayson Stark, a resident of Newtown, Pennsylvania, who was elected the 2019 winner of the J.G. Taylor Spink Award in balloting by the Baseball Writers’ Association of America.

Whereas, Jayson Stark, who for more than four decades has exhibited passion and humor in equal measure in his baseball coverage, was elected the 2019 winner of the J.G. Taylor Spink Award in balloting by the Baseball Writers’ Association of America; and

Whereas, He will be honored with the award that is presented annually to a sportswriter “for meritorious contributions to baseball writing” during the National Baseball Hall of Fame and Museum’s induction weekend in July 2019, in Cooperstown, N.Y.; and

Whereas, Jayson Stark received 270 votes from the 463 ballots in becoming the 70th winner of the award since its inception in 1962 and named for the first recipient; and

Whereas, The Philadelphia native and Syracuse University graduate had his first taste of big-league coverage for the Providence Journal on the Boston Red Sox beat before returning to his hometown to cover the Phillies, including their first World Series championship in 1980; and

Whereas, Stark made his mark in Philadelphia for 21 years as a Phillies beat writer and national baseball columnist for the Inquirer and nationally for 17 years as senior baseball writer at ESPN.com; and

Whereas, His popular “Baseball Week in Review” is a master example of that baseball writing staple – the notes column – in which Jayson has been a curator for all things weird, wacky, unique, statistically inclined and historically rare in the game.

Whereas, He is the author of three books on baseball, has won an Emmy for his work on Baseball Tonight, is a two-time winner of the Pennsylvania sportswriter-of-the-year award and in 2017, Topps issued an actual Jayson Stark baseball card; therefore be it

Resolved, That the Senate congratulate Jayson Stark, who has been at the pinnacle of his profession for decades, on being elected the 2019 winner of the J.G. Taylor Spink Award in balloting by the Baseball Writers’ Association of America.

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Should Newtown Township also pass a similar resolution?

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Doylestown Voted the Best Small Town Based on Cultural Offerings in Art, Entertainment, and History

Doylestown Voted the Best Small Town Based on Cultural Offerings in Art, Entertainment, and History | News of Interest to Newtown Area Residents | Scoop.it

USA Today on Friday declared the borough the winner of a nationwide contest ranking towns with a population of less than 30,000 based on their offerings of the arts, entertainment and history.

 

Cory Amsler, vice president of collections and interpretation at the Mercer Museum, said he wasn’t surprised by the news that Doylestown came out on top.

 

“Over the years, Doylestown has really transformed from what was once a fairly sleepy community into a cultural destination. And we are excited to be a part of it,” he added in an email Friday.

 

After 20 finalists, also including Media and Manayunk, were selected by a panel of experts gathered by USA Today, the top 10 were chosen by online voting from the public.

 

 

The top 10 winners in the category Best Small Town Cultural Scene are as follows:

 

  1. Doylestown, Pennsylvania
  2. Point Pleasant, West Virginia
  3. Tarpon Springs, Florida
  4. Staunton, Virginia
  5. Media, Pennsylvania
  6. Paducah, Kentucky
  7. Easton, Maryland
  8. Traverse City, Michigan
  9. Guthrie, Oklahoma
  10. York, South Carolina
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How about a new name for Newtown's "Village at Newtown Shopping Center"? I like: Newtown Dining & Culture Center?.The new amphitheater next to soon to be opened Iron Hill Brewery could be a cultural center  offering live music, art, poetry readings, etc.

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Contribute to Build a Wall Around Trump! Newtown Supervisor Candidates Fisher & Mack Seek Your Support.

Contribute to Build a Wall Around Trump! Newtown Supervisor Candidates Fisher & Mack Seek Your Support. | News of Interest to Newtown Area Residents | Scoop.it

Keep the Democratic Majority Going in Newtown!


Two years ago, propelled by unprecedented turnout by township Democrats, the Democratic party achieved a majority on the Board of Supervisors for the first time in township history. As a result,  significant progress toward a number of goals to improve the health and safety of Newtown residents has been made, including:

 

  • More miles of paved roads
  • Increased support for EMS and Fire services
  • More transparency to keep residents informed about important issues
  • Long-range budgetary planning to be sure our future revenue and expenses are in balance
  • Standing up for sensible gun control, protection of human rights, and protection of our local environment

 

It’s only by the return of Dennis Fisher and John Mack to the Board of Supervisors that we can continue that progress. That is why The Friends of Fisher & Mack are asking for your financial support.

Your contribution can also help "Build a Wall Around Trump." Democratic victories this fall are essential to growing the foundation for putting a Democrat in the White House and sending a Democrat to represent the First Congressional District in the House of Representatives. Strengthening the Blue Wave at the local and county levels is the only way to make that happen.

Select your brick NOW!

 

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Guest Opinion: Liller, VanderKam and Yeager the Best Judge Candidates

Guest Opinion: Liller, VanderKam and Yeager the Best Judge Candidates | News of Interest to Newtown Area Residents | Scoop.it

Democrats, on Tuesday, May 21, you have the opportunity to select three experienced lifelong Democrats to run for three vacant judicial positions in the Bucks County Court of Common Pleas. Are you sick of Mitch McConnell and Trump appointing conservative judges? Well here is your chance to elect judges right here in Bucks County who reflect our Democratic values. Don’t waste this opportunity.

Democrats are usually independent thinkers and don’t like to follow their party line. They usually don’t like following orders from on high and are more concerned with doing what’s right. I too am often guilty of that and frankly, some say that is why Democrats lose so many close elections. But this time, the Bucks County Democratic Party leaders got it right. The rank and file committee people reviewed candidate qualifications and voted to endorse the three best candidates: Charissa Liller, Jessica VanderKam and Jordan Yeager.

So I am wholeheartedly supporting these three BCDC-endorsed candidates. We need to ensure they get chosen in the May 21 primary and go on to win in November.

Charissa already has two decades of experience as a prosecutor in the Court of Common Pleas, including over 40 successful jury trials. Her former work as a social worker helping families in crisis and her 16 years of family law experience make her eminently qualified for this judicial position and demonstrates a compassion and commitment to family values which is essential for this judicial position.

Jessica also has over 11 years of direct experience in Family, Civil and Orphan’s Court and will use her youthful fresh perspective to introduce innovation and improvement into the judicial arena. She has already argued cases before the Pennsylvania Superior and Supreme courts and has received a Rising Star award.

Jordan has a stellar career fighting for civil rights and representing women facing employment discrimination and sexual harassment. But he is best known for his outstanding work on behalf of environmental issues which has gained him national recognition and the endorsement of many environmental organizations. Locally he has protected Bucks County from the fracking industry and has won the first case in Pennsylvania history to recognize our constitutional right to a healthy environment. I call him an environmental rock star.

A bonus for voting for Charissa and Jessica is that it will help create gender parity on a court that is 85 percent male. And electing three lifelong Democrats will create political parity on a court that is now 85 percent Republican. Please make sure you vote on May 21, especially for these three talented, compassionate and fair-minded lifelong Democrats.

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Investigators Seek Person Who Painted Swastikas Along Tyler State Park Trail in Newtown

Investigators Seek Person Who Painted Swastikas Along Tyler State Park Trail in Newtown | News of Interest to Newtown Area Residents | Scoop.it

Officials from Tyler State Park in Newtown say that while graffiti has been a problem over the years, graffiti that is hateful, racist or anti-Semitic is unusual.

That is why Bucks County District Attorney Matt Weintraub says the people who reported finding swastikas painted along a park trail there did the right thing by reporting it. [Read “Swastikas Spray Painted On Tyler State Park Trail”.] 

"If you feel that you are a victim of antisemitism in particular or a hate crime in general please contact your local police. We do take it very seriously. We will investigate it and run it down and if somebody is guilty of a crime we will prosecute them," Weintraub says.

This comes on the heels of what officials from the New Hope-Solebury School District are only describing as a minor anti-Semitic incident at one of its schools.

An incident followed by a letter sent to parents making sure they are aware of the case, and that steps were being taken to make sure it does not happen again.

According to the Anti-Defamation League, anti-Semitic behavior is on the rise across Pennsylvania over the past five years going from 43 reported incidents in 2015 and peaking in 2017 with 96 reported cases.

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