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Newtown Supervisors Approve Final 2021 Budget By a 3-2 Vote

Newtown Supervisors Approve Final 2021 Budget By a 3-2 Vote | Newtown Area News | Scoop.it

[Above: A resident comment submitted via John Mack's 

 2021 Budget Cut Survey.]

 

Many Newtown Township residents were understandably upset about the proposed Newtown Township “Preliminary 2021 Budget,” which includes a 133% increase in municipal property tax. For the average Newtown Twp homeowner that translates to an ADDITIONAL $200 to $300 per year paid in taxes to the township.

 

That version of the budget included many new and increased expenditures for personnel, services, and capital improvements.

 

John Mack’s Budget Cut Survey* asked respondents to select items in the preliminary budget they would be willing to cut in order to reduce or eliminate the proposed tax increase. The list of items to cut includes many – but NOT all – of the expenditures in the originally proposed preliminary budget. A total of 128 responses were collected.

 

The final budget was approved at the 22 December 2020 BOS meeting by a 3-2 vote. Voting for this budget were Dennis Fisher, John Mack, and David Oxley. Voting against were Phil Calabro and Kyle Davis.

 

The following expenditures cuts were made.

 

  • Eliminate hiring of new Director of Zoning & Code Enforcement. 65% of survey respondents chose that as an item to cut. Estimated savings: $40,000
  • Reduce the Road Program by $50,000. Although a high percentage (47%) of survey respondents were happy with cutting $280,000 from the road program. The majority of supervisors felt it was important to continue to pave at least 3-4 miles of roads every year.
  • Eliminate New police building study. This was "no-brainer." 84% of survey respondents chose that as an item to cut. Estimated savings: $20,000
  • Reduce new police vehicles from 3 to 2. 73% of survey respondents chose that as an item to cut. Estimated savings: $56,667

 

TOTAL ESTIMATED SAVINGS: $166,667

 

The final APPROVED budget includes a 3.99 mill increase in Newtown property taxes, which is a decrease of 2 mills from the preliminary budget. That works out to be about $160 per year increase for the average homeowner. The total Newtown property tax is 8.49 mills or about $340 per year. Calculate your tax here.

 

DISCLAIMER: This was not an official Newtown Township Survey. It’s purpose was solely to inform John Mack, a Newtown Supervisor, of residents' opinions. The opinions expressed here are solely those of John Mack and do not represent the opinions of any other person or entity.

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*Note: The budget is just a plan for spending. The township will still have the option to spend money on any of the cut items with, however, approval of the Board of Supervisors at a public meeting.

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Newtown Township Supervisors Discuss Ways To Attract New Business to the Newtown Business Commons District

Newtown Township Supervisors Discuss Ways To Attract New Business to the Newtown Business Commons District | Newtown Area News | Scoop.it

At a recent Newtown Township Board of Supervisors meeting, local officials discussed ways to create a more business-friendly environment in the township. [See my notes from that meeting: http://bit.ly/16FebMackNotes]

 

The discussion comes on the heels of the first tax increase for the township in several years, brought on partly by losses in revenue during the COVID-19 pandemic.

 

Supervisors centered much of their discussion on the Light Industrial (LI) and Office-Light Industrial (O-LI) districts.

 

"If you notice the surrounding areas around the township, there's a little more economic development going on and we want to get some of that," Supervisor David Oxley said at the Tuesday board of supervisors' meeting.

 

"This has been a conversation for the past 20 years," Supervisor Phil Calabro said.

 

Supervisors also discussed the challenge of increasing the walkability of the business commons, which is currently lacking in sidewalks. Other options include allowing for more multi-family housing and expanding building heights to allow for more three and four-story buildings.

 

Planning Commission Chair Allen Fidler said the township could benefit from contracting with an economic development expert to identify types of uses that have been successful in neighboring communities "so we don't have to reinvent the wheel."

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As reported in Bucks Local News:

 

The EDC is recommending an expansion of allowable services (dry cleaners, barbers, convenience shopping, etc.), more restaurant uses, expansion of entertainment uses as was granted to Rafters and the Brewery, consideration of an overlay district for multi-family housing and other possible uses that might fit into the Commons that are currently not permitted or are only permitted as special exceptions/variances.

 

Supervisor John Mack said with COVID-19 forcing a restructuring of business across the nation, grant dollars may be available to pay for the county professionals to determine the best amenities and uses.

 

“I think it’s a great idea and making it more attractive is awesome,” said Davis. “I do, however, want to make sure we don’t change the zoning in such a way that will enable it to be bulldozed and a strip mall put in. We need to be careful of how we make those changes.”

 

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Newtown Township Police Department 2020 Annual Report

Newtown Township Police Department 2020 Annual Report | Newtown Area News | Scoop.it

Police Chief John Hearn has released the Newtown Township Police Department 2020 Annual Report.

 

Contents

 

  • What is Accreditation?
  • Awards and Presentations
  • Criminal Investigations
  • Crisis Intervention Team
  • Commercial Vehicle Safety
  • DUI Enforcement
  • Community Outreach
  • New Police Vehicle Graphics
  • NTPD Social Media
  • Newtown Township Yearly Statistics

 

More…

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Celebrate Newtown's Love is Love Resolution with John Mack - Newtown Supervisor

Celebrate Newtown's Love is Love Resolution with John Mack - Newtown Supervisor | Newtown Area News | Scoop.it

Please REGISTER if you are interested in attending a Zoom meeting on Thursday, March 11, at 7:30 PM, to celebrate/commemorate the passage of Newtown Township's "Love is Love" Resolution in support of LGBTQ + minority youth on March 11, 2020 (read "Newtown Township Passes Revised Love is Love Resolution").

 

Although it took several tries and a modified version to get a resolution passed, I believe the process raised awareness and educated the public regarding the unique trials and tribulations of LGBTQ + minority youth.

 

The goal of this Zoom meeting is to continue to raise awareness and to plan for declaring a special day each year in Newtown Township as "LOVE is LOVE Day." Several activists and students (see below) have been invited to speak. Some will tell their personal stories of being bullied, harassed, and discriminated against because of their race and/or gender identity.

 

Invited Speakers include:

 

  • Marianne Alt - Kidsbridge Tolerance Center
  • Kevin L Antoine, JD - Chief Diversity Equity Inclusion Officer at Bucks County Community College 
  • Council Rock students
  • Karen Downer, President of the Bucks County NAACP
  • Kristin Mallon - sponsor of the Council Rock North School Gay Straight Alliance
  • Marlene Pray – founder and director of the Rainbow Room
  • Others TBD

 

REGISTER NOW!

 

This meeting is being hosted by John Mack, a Newtown Township Supervisor. It is NOT a Newtown public meeting and attendance is not guaranteed. The opinions expressed here are solely those of John Mack and do not represent the opinions of any other person or entity.

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COVID-19 Leads To Decrease In Fuel Tax Payments To Local-Area Towns, Including Newtown

COVID-19 Leads To Decrease In Fuel Tax Payments To Local-Area Towns, Including Newtown | Newtown Area News | Scoop.it

With the COVID-19 pandemic to blame, local-area municipalities will receive less shares of PennDOT’s liquid fuels payments this year.

 

The funds are derived from the gas tax, but PennDOT officials noted that less fuel purchased last year due to the pandemic impacted revenues.

 

The state went from $487.5 million in liquid fuels payments in 2020 to $320.8 million in liquid fuels payments this year, according to PennDOT data.

 

Below is how much local towns will get:

 

  • Falls Township – $874,821.44 (Last Year: $944,743.96)
  • Langhorne Borough – $37,233.20 (Last Year: $40,099.93)
  • Penndel Borough – $57,586.54 (Last Year: $62,022.90)
  • Middletown Township – $1,238,758.53 (Last Year: $1,334,255.66)

 

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In comparison, Newtown Township will get $552,277.09 this year versus $594,866.14 last year – a 7% decrease, which is about the same as other municipalities.

 

The Good News: The 2021 budget anticipated $536,096 to be used for the 2021 Roadway Maintenance Plan. With an additional allocation of $300,000 from the General Fund, the township will have available $852,277 for the program.

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Newtown Township Supervisors Approved a Settlement Agreement with Arcadia That Ends a 6-Year Battle That the Town Was Warned It Would Lose

Newtown Township Supervisors Approved a Settlement Agreement with Arcadia That Ends a 6-Year Battle That the Town Was Warned It Would Lose | Newtown Area News | Scoop.it

[Listen to this audio clip from the meeting where a resident lashes out at Supervisor Mack for voting in favor of the settlement: http://bit.ly/GoldvMack].

 

With legal fees mounting, the Newtown Township Board of Supervisors on Feb. 24 voted 4 to 1 to approve a revised settlement agreement with the Arcadia Land Company.

 

The vote will allow the Philadelphia-based land developer to build 60 single family detached homes in the $700,000 price range behind the Newtown Reformed Church at Route 532 and the Newtown Bypass. That’s 16 homes fewer than Arcadia had originally sought to build.

 

The settlement ends all court litigation, including a suit filed by the Eagle Ridge community over a writ of mandamus filed by the developer claiming a clerical error by the township’s solicitor resulted in a deemed approval of the plan. The writ was subsequently deemed approved by a Bucks County Judge [read “Newtown Township Supervisors Say "No Means No" When It Comes to Arcadia Green III Planned Residential Development”; http://sco.lt/5qmEfw].

 

The agreement also attempts to resolve traffic concerns related to the entrance to the development on Buck Road and its location within yards of the Newtown Bypass. The plan shows traffic from the new development utilizing an existing service road that parallels the bypass and is currently posted as a right turn in and right turn out only at Buck Road.

 

Under the settlement agreement Arcadia has agreed to ask PennDOT to allow right-turn access into and out of the site directly from the Newtown Bypass.

 

Chairman Phil Calabro joined Supervisors John Mack, Dennis Fisher and David Oxley in voting for the settlement.

 

“Even though many may not be happy with the result, it has been long, tedious and has involved a lot of residents, which is the right way to do things. Not everyone is going to be on the same boat,” said Mack. “We’ll have to see how this works out. As far as the traffic is concern[ed], I know PennDOT doesn’t have a problem with the u-turn. I hope the improvements to Buck Road will make that feasible.

 

“The township has spent a lot of money on this,” Mack continued. “I was surprised at our last meeting when (Eagle Ridge Attorney) Stephen Harris told us that he didn’t believe any of these fights against this will be successful in court. But we have to face the reality.”

 

Republican Supervisor Kyle Davis broke with the four Democrats on the board, casting the lone vote against the deal. He urged the board to continue the fight.

 

“I’m not in favor of this settlement agreement,” he said. “There are a lot of promises in here. A lot of what if’s. The only real tangible item would be the reduction of homes. It’s going to be a nightmare for traffic for not just those living in the area, but those going through on 532. It’s worth the fight to try to stop this from going in there.”

 

Pete Ancona, the president of the Newtown Crossing HOA, said while the HOA has worked hard to find an acceptable solution, a good percentage of residents are not happy with the agreement.

 

“For Newtown Crossing, besides wanting to see the lots preserved as open space forever, our concerns have always been traffic and safety ...,” said Ancona. “Obviously we would all like to see the ground stay open forever, but short of someone buying the property and donating it to the township as a park, it’s not going to happen.”

 

During the Zoom meeting, 13 residents from Newtown Crossing, Crown Point and Eagle Ridge spoke publicly urging the supervisors to vote against the settlement, many of them praising Davis for taking a stand against the settlement, but blasting the solicitor over the clerical error.

 

[Listen to this audio clip from the meeting where a resident lashes out at Supervisor Mack for voting in favor of the settlement: http://bit.ly/GoldvMack]

 

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My statement posted to the Newtown Crossing Neighborhood FB Group before the BOS meeting:

 

KT asked: “Sir, why are we putting so much focus on [Steve] Harris [legal counsel to Eagle Ridge HOA]?

 

My response: “I was very impressed with Mr. Harris in another case before the BOS. He represents Eagle Ridge. If the BOS is going to spend money helping the Eagle Ridge case that money would go to Harris. Therefore, I have to listen to his assessment very carefully if I am to spend taxpayer money on a case he is working on. And he essentially advised us that the best option was to settle.

 

“I was very eager to fight this case, but after hearing (1) the assessment from 2 different lawyers [Mr. Sander – Newtown Solicitor, and Harris], and (2) comments from residents who are in favor of settling, it is not a slam dunk decision. This has not been DOA - it's been a long process. What disturbed me about the process up till this point was how uninformed the residents were despite my best efforts to keep them informed.”

 

I might add my impression is that many residents who opposed this settlement would not be swayed and were willing to go down fighting. I was not willing to do that, especially using other taxpayers’ money.

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My statement posted to the Newtown Crossing Neighborhood FB Group before the BOS meeting:

 

KT asked: “Sir, why are we putting so much focus on [Steve] Harris [legal counsel to Eagle Ridge HOA]?

 

My response: “I was very impressed with Mr. Harris in another case before the BOS. He represents Eagle Ridge. If the BOS is going to spend money helping the Eagle Ridge case that money would go to Harris. Therefore, I have to listen to his assessment very carefully if I am to spend taxpayer money on a case he is working on. And he essentially advised us that the best option was to settle.

 

“I was very eager to fight this case, but after hearing (1) the assessment from 2 different lawyers [Mr. Sander – Newtown Solicitor, and Harris], and (2) comments from residents who are in favor of settling, it is not a slam dunk decision. This has not been DOA - it's been a long process. What disturbed me about the process up till this point was how uninformed the residents were and despite my best efforts to keep them informed.”

 

I might add my impression is that many residents who opposed this settlement would not be swayed and were willing to go down fighting. I was not willing to do that, especially using other taxpayers’ money.

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Residents Oppose Proposed DoggyDayz, LLC K9 "Luxury" Resorts & Day Care Facility Planned for Newtown Twp

Residents Oppose Proposed DoggyDayz, LLC K9 "Luxury" Resorts & Day Care Facility Planned for Newtown Twp | Newtown Area News | Scoop.it

A franchised dog day care and kennel has presented plans to open a luxury pet resort in Newtown Township.

 

New Jersey-based K-9 Resorts, which has 13 locations across the country and two in southeastern Pennsylvania, in Horsham and Malvern, is planning to lease an 8,000 square foot space on a 3-acre lot at 8 Pheasant Run, located in the Newtown Business Commons.

 

The space will be outfitted with indoor and outdoor play areas using artificial outdoor turf designed for dogs, which can be hosed down and kept clean, according to Tim Katsch, Vice President of Operations for K-9 Resorts, who first presented plans for the business to the Newtown Township Planning Commission last month.

 

Planning commission vice chair Peggy Driscoll said that if concerns about noise, traffic and parking are addressed, the board of supervisors would welcome the addition of a dog day center to the business commons.

 

… nearby residents of the Newtown Gate community have obtained legal counsel as they express concerns over the center's close proximity to its neighborhood.

 

"This seems like this is being done very surreptitiously and being misrepresented to the community," Fred Kurtz, president of the Newtown Gates Homeowners Association, told the planning commission on Tuesday.

 

While the facility will be able to house up to 120 dogs at one time, their centers typically have up to ten dogs for boarding along with 30 to 40 daycare dogs on a given day, Katsch said.

 

The project will be reviewed by the township engineer and may be discussed at the planning commission's next meeting on March 2.

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January 2021 Newtown Fire & Emergency Services Incident Report

January 2021 Newtown Fire & Emergency Services Incident Report | Newtown Area News | Scoop.it

At the Februray 24, 2021, Board of Supervisors (BOS) meeting, Fire Chief Glenn Forstythe presented the January 2021 Newtown Fire & Emergency Services Incident Report, which breaks down incidents by type, by township in which they occurred, and which incidents were handled by the volunteer Newtown Fire Association (NFA) and which by the paid Newtown Emergency Services Department (NESD). 

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Rep. Perry Warren Looks Toward State Bill That Would Allow Online Public Meetings Even After #COVID19

Rep. Perry Warren Looks Toward State Bill That Would Allow Online Public Meetings Even After #COVID19 | Newtown Area News | Scoop.it

One of the earliest challenges for local governments during the coronavirus pandemic was holding open public meetings while maintaining social distancing.

 

Rep. Perry Warren, D-31, said this week that legislative rules allowing online meetings are still a concern for local officials in his district even after nearly a year of grappling with the issue.

 

Warren, a Newtown Borough resident, said in-person public meetings seem to be the preference among local officials here, but that might not mean remote meetings have to leave with the pandemic.

 

"The question will remain, given the technology ... will we be looking at local governments changing their methods of meetings? ... That's something we're going to have to talk about, both at the legislative level and with our borough councils and township boards of supervisors," Warren added.

 

Under state law, public meetings require a majority of a governing body be physically present in order to vote on any business before the board.

 

Emergency legislative rules gave municipalities leeway to hold online meetings during the disaster proclamation first signed by Gov. Tom Wolf on March 6, 2020. The 90-day disaster declaration has been renewed multiple times, most recently on Feb. 19.

 

Warren was recently appointed the minority chair of the House Local Government Committee's Subcommittee on Boroughs, a body that reviews the impact of local governance bills.

 

In addition to federal and state COVID-19 relief bills, Warren said he expects the 2021-2022 legislative session in the General Assembly to see legislation on online meetings and other pandemic policies that might work better than pre-pandemic rules.

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Summary of 10 February 2021 BOS Meeting

Summary of 10 February 2021 BOS Meeting | Newtown Area News | Scoop.it

2021 Road Program, Purchase of Police Vehicles, Ford F-350 Truck, and Mowers

 

The following is a brief summary of the February 10, 2021, Newtown Township Board of Supervisors (BOS) public meeting based upon the official minutes of that meeting.

 

Public Works

January 2021 Report: Joseph Schiavoni, Public Works Director, reported that the Department continues to monitor the parks throughout the winter, has repaired 34 streetlights, answered 74 PA One Calls, repaired numerous potholes and cracks in the roads and have had two snow events.

 

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Reports from Board Members

Phil Calabro: Mr. Calabro recently learned that Council Rock School District will be raising taxes again this year and he expressed dismay that although the district raises taxes every year, it does not experience the public outcry that the Township recently faced when it raised taxes for the first time in many years.

 

Davide Oxley: Mr. Oxley said has shared with the Board a memo from the Economic Development Committee (EDC) outlining their ideas and recommendations to create a business friendly Newtown Business Commons and he asked the Board to consider the EDC’s suggestions.

 

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Public Safety

Police Report: Police Chief John Hearn reported that the Department responded to 1536 calls, including one investigation at Newtown Middle School, 18 arrests and 18 deer/vehicle collisions. He reminded the public of the many fraud schemes conducted over the phone.

 

More…

 

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Download the UNOFFICIAL 2021 BOS Voting Record: http://bit.ly/BOS2021Votes

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Council Rock Schools To Return To Five-Day In-Person Classes For K-6 Starting April 1

Council Rock Schools To Return To Five-Day In-Person Classes For K-6 Starting April 1 | Newtown Area News | Scoop.it

Starting next month, students in grades K-6 at Council Rock School District can return to school for in-person instruction five days a week after the school board voted to eliminate virtual-only learning on Wednesdays.

 

The school board voted 7-2 to return to five-day in-person learning for elementary students on April 6, the start of the fourth marking period. Board members Mark Byelich and Michael Thorwart voted against the measure, with both arguing the return should have come sooner.

 

"I don't see the need for the delay," Byelich said. "The superintendent said he needs about two weeks to get this in order. I won't be supporting this motion solely because I want it to happen sooner for the kids and the families."

 

"It's been a year since we've had normal school for these children," Thorwart said. "As I stated last week I wanted them back to school last week.

 

A subsequent motion by Byelich to move the date up to March 17 was denied in a 5-4 vote.

 

You can watch the full meeting here: http://bit.ly/CRSB_4Mar21

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David Oxley - The First African American Newtown Supervisor - Serves With Pride Hoping to Affect Change Economically As Well As Socially

David Oxley - The First African American Newtown Supervisor - Serves With Pride Hoping to Affect Change Economically As Well As Socially | Newtown Area News | Scoop.it

When David Oxley took the oath of office one year ago he broke ground as the township’s first African American supervisor.

 

“I like to define myself as just David Oxley, the individual, but it is a fact that I am the first African American Supervisor in Newtown Township history. And that’s an honor,” he said.

 

“I appreciate the board appointing me. To be selected, I was deeply moved. And I’m proud of it,” said Oxley, who considers himself a voice on the board for the people of color who live in the township.

 

“I’m happy that I can do a lot of work here in our township that can affect change economically, but also socially,” said Oxley. “Socially is very important because we do have a robust African American population here in Newtown. It’s important for them to have a voice, someone who understands and can express their concerns ... and move forward with issues that are important.”

 

His dad instilled the idea of public service in his children, always challenging and encouraging them to do better in whatever they pursued and making sure they knew how to properly present themselves.

 

His sons followed in their dad’s footsteps with Oxley’s older brother becoming a Justice of the Peace and a Notary and Oxley himself becoming a notary at one point and now a township supervisor.

 

A year ago when Oxley stepped onto the board in early 2020 he had no idea that life was about to change so dramatically. [Read “David Oxley Appointed Newtown Township Supervisor”; http://sco.lt/5MGZmq]

 

The year ahead not only brought the challenges of COVID-19, it sparked outrage across the nation with the death of George Floyd at the hands of the police in Minneapolis, Minn., on Memorial Day.

 

Oxley, who was deeply affected by the images and what he saw on TV and was concerned about the well being of African Americans in general, was in Chief John Hearn’s office the next day in an attempt to understand how something like that could happen.

 

“I talked with him at length for an hour or more about my feelings and how uncomfortable it made me and he assured me that if he ever had a police officer with that thought process they would be out. He made me feel comfortable and was willing to do a Town Hall with me and take resident input about how to improve relationships,” he continued.

 

Throughout his life, Oxley said most of his experiences with the police have been positive except for one incident in college when he was handcuffed for “fitting a description.”

 

“I was literally standing outside of my dorm at the University of Hartford and because I fit a description that was the grounds for me being detained. I felt less of a person because all of my white suite mates were standing there. They were outraged because they knew David. They were just losing their minds. It was sad. You can let it eat you up inside or you can just dust it off and move on.”

 

Oxley cites former President Barack Obama as his role model and the African American he admires the most. Obama’s election, said Oxley, “gave me all the hope in the world that anything is achievable.

 

“President Obama managed to fight through all the noise, all the nonsense and never waivered. He navigated through Congress and Mitch McConnell and everyone who had a target on his back. And then to be re-elected for another four years, you have to be doing something right.

 

“I believe he gave me and a lot of people out there, white or black, the ability to know that public service can be cool, that public service is not for the faint of heart, but that it’s always better to affect change rather than sitting on the sidelines and doing nothing.”

 

Since joining the board of supervisors, Oxley has followed that example, dedicating his time to making a difference and affecting change in the area of economic development, which he sees as the long term solution to the township’s budgetary challenges.

 

He was appointed by Chairman Phil Calabro to serve as liaison to the township’s Economic Development Committee.

 

During budget discussions, he lobbied strongly for the position of assistant township manager who, among other duties, will devote time to economic development, which Oxley sees as the financial path forward for the township without putting the strain on township taxpayers.

 

Oxley and the committee, for example, recently made a presentation to the board of supervisors of ideas and ways to make the Newtown Business Commons more attractive to prospective tenants with the introduction of new uses and other amenities. [Read “Newtown Township Supervisors Discuss Ways To Attract New Business to the Newtown Business Commons District”; http://sco.lt/4ibWc4]

 

“I’m only as good as my team,” said Oxley, crediting the members of the EDC for its ideas and hard work behind the scenes. “The EDC is a strong group of individuals who are entrenched in the community and know Newtown. They do a tremendous job.”

 

Oxley said he hasn’t decided yet whether he’ll be running for a six year seat on the board when his seat expires.

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Laughlin 1st GOP PA Lawmaker to Sponsor Marijuana Legalization Bill

Laughlin 1st GOP PA Lawmaker to Sponsor Marijuana Legalization Bill | Newtown Area News | Scoop.it

State Sen. Dan Laughlin of Erie County will become the first Republican in the Pennsylvania legislature to sponsor a bill that would legalize marijuana use and possession for adults 21 years and older.

 

  • Bill would allow residents 21 years and older to legally possess 30 grams of cannabis flower
  • Bill would also allow licensed medical marijuana patients to grow up to five plants in their home
  • Anyone convicted of a non-violent marijuana offense would have their criminal records expunged
  • To date, 14 states and Washington D.C. have legalized recreational marijuana

 

 Laughlin, of Millcreek, R-49th Dist., plans to roll out the Adult Use Cannabis and Economic Recovery bill on Wednesday with state Sen. Sharif Street, of Philadelphia, D-3rd Dist.

"I view this as the most responsible approach," he said. "We've already legalized medical marijuana and regulating adult use takes a huge bite out of the black market. It also allows people that already use this product to do it in a more responsible manner and buy it from a safe source with accurate labeling."

Laughlin's support of legalizing marijuana for non-medical use marks a potential shift within the state GOP on an issue that it has largely avoided.

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The Bucks County Association of Township Officials (BCATO) recently voted on two legalization of marijuana resolutions:

 

  • A RESOLUTION SUPPORTING DECRIMINALIZATION OF CANNABIS: The vote was 52% yea vs 48% nay
  • A RESOLUTION SUPPORTING LEGALIZATION OF RECREATIONAL USE OF CANNABIS BY ADULTS OVER THE AGE 21: The vote was 46% yea vs 54% nay

 

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Director of Newtown Township Parks and Recreation Job Opening

Director of Newtown Township Parks and Recreation Job Opening | Newtown Area News | Scoop.it

Newtown Township, a suburban community of approximately 20,000 residents situated in desirable Bucks County, Pennsylvania, is seeking a Director of Parks and Recreation. This is a Full-Time Exempt position. Job responsibilities include: overseeing and coordinating the planning and development of park facilities, investigating and pursuing viable park and recreation grant opportunities, establishing and maintaining working relationships with volunteer and nonprofit organizations, and coordinating the organization, implementation, operation and evaluation of recreation programs. Position works in cooperation with the Public Works Department to ensure the proper maintenance of the Township’s park facilities. Position supervises employees assigned to the Park and Recreation Department, seasonal recreational program employees, and summer camps. Position attends public meetings and serves as a liaison to the Parks and Recreation Board. Experience with municipal budgeting to prepare the department’s annual budget and general knowledge of public bidding and procurement processes are required. Starting salary range is between $75,000 and $80,000 annually. Compensation includes a comprehensive benefit package. The qualified candidate should hold a Bachelor’s Degree in Parks and Recreation or a related field, and 5-10 years professional experience in a Parks and Recreation management position or an equivalent combination of education and related experience. Applicant must be proficient in computer programs and applications, such as Microsoft office (Word, Excel, Publisher), Google, and various social media platforms. Must have a valid driver’s license. Applicant must successfully pass a background check and drug screening. Letter of interest and resume should be submitted to Olivia Kivenko at Newtown Township, 100 Municipal Drive, Newtown, PA 18940 or oliviak@newtownpa.gov. Resume’s will be accepted until Friday, March 19, 2021 or until the position is filled. Newtown Township is an Equal Opportunity Employer.

 

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The Newtown Historic Association Again Challenges Community to Virtual Pub Quiz

The Newtown Historic Association Again Challenges Community to Virtual Pub Quiz | Newtown Area News | Scoop.it

Looking for something to do on a late winter Sunday afternoon?

 

The Newtown Historic Association has announced plans for its second Virtual Pub Quiz to be held via Zoom on Sunday, March 7 from 3 to 5 p.m.

 

A Pub Quiz seemed like a natural for the NHA, which is headquartered inside the Court Inn (Half Moon Inn), an historic 1700s tavern dating back to the days when Newtown was the county seat and where folks would gather to catch up on the latest news and gossip and to conduct County and town business off hours.

 

The Newtown [Pub Quiz] will take place entirely on line due to the pandemic with contestants answering questions via an email link. The first to reply correctly wins points with the team at the end of the contest with the most points winning the quiz.

 

Registration is easy. Just visit the NHA website at NewtownHistoric.org and fill in your name, address and number of entries requested. Entries are due by March 5 at 11:59 p.m.

The quiz is open to teams of one to five players. And the cost to compete is $10 per person, which benefits the NHA and its work to preserve the history of Newtown.

 

In preparation for the quiz, participants may want to brush up on their knowledge of Newtown by visiting NewtownHistoric.org. The website offers a wealth of information about the history of the community, which was given its name by William Penn who called the area his “New Town.”

 

The quiz will include four rounds with contestants answering questions about the history of Newtown, general knowledge and major U.S. cities. They will also be asked to identify photographs taken in and around Newtown.

 

The Pub Quiz promises to be a fun way to learn about Newtown’s interesting past while supporting the nonprofit Newtown Historic Association, which, like many nonprofits, has struggled to make ends meet during the pandemic.

 

In addition to supporting a Newtown institution, winners will take home valuable prizes and gift cards donated by the Newtown business community.

 

“It’s a fun thing to do,” said NHA volunteer Kenya Crawford. “Have some pub drinks ready and some snacks. You’re going to learn about local history and have a great afternoon.”

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Two Newtown Natives Develop App To Help Small Coffee Shops Like The Coffee Room in Newtown

Two Newtown Natives Develop App To Help Small Coffee Shops Like The Coffee Room in Newtown | Newtown Area News | Scoop.it

Two Newtown natives have developed an app to help independent coffee shops reach potential customers.

 

Nikolai Derek and Sean McLean, who now live in Manayunk are the team behind Passport Coffee Club, which launched about four weeks ago. Participating coffee shops can be featured on the app at no cost.

 

Derek and McLean, both Newtown natives and Council Rock North graduates, came up with the idea early in the pandemic while walking in Manayunk and thinking about how businesses and coffee shops were effected by the coronavirus.

 

The app allows shops to offer loyalty reward programs to customers, and ideally new customers. The app also features a discount program that users can choose to get 10 percent discounts. Users can sign up for the discount on a yearly or monthly basis for just 75 cents and 99 cents, respectively, per month.

 

"We figured we could create a loyalty program to help [coffee shops]," Derek told Patch.

 

Current shops on board with the app are GET Café in Narberth, Trail's End Café in Bala Cynwyd, Coffee Room in Newtown (Bucks County), Mammoth Coffee in Philadelphia, Keswick Coffee House in Glenside, Java & Friends in East Greenville, and AFAF Coffee in Sharon Hill.

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Warrant Issued For Former Newtown Weed Man Employee Bradley Cohen Who Is Accused Of Stealing $4,000+ From The Lawn Care Company

Warrant Issued For Former Newtown Weed Man Employee Bradley Cohen Who Is Accused Of Stealing $4,000+ From The Lawn Care Company | Newtown Area News | Scoop.it

A former employee of a lawn care business is accused of stealing more than $4,000 from his boss, according to the Newtown Township Police Department.

Bradley Cohen, 64, who worked for Weed Man in Newtown Township, is alleged to have cashed checks that were made out to his employer and pocketed the money for himself.

Police have issued an arrest warrant for Cohen, who was last known to be staying at a hotel in the Fieldsboro, New Jersey area and was last known to be driving a gray Mini Cooper.

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During the course of the investigation, Detectives identified over forty customer payments, totaling $4,083.77, that had been sent to the business between June & July of 2020, and were diverted to someone else when cashed. The investigation revealed that a now-former employee of the business, 64-year-old Bradley Cohen, had stolen the payments, which he deposited into two separate bank accounts in his name without the authorization of the business or the victims. 

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Priya and Ashnikumar Guru of Guru’s Indian Restaurant in Newtown Township Keep Their Love and Business Alive During #COVID19 Pandemic

Priya and Ashnikumar Guru of Guru’s Indian Restaurant in Newtown Township Keep Their Love and Business Alive During #COVID19 Pandemic | Newtown Area News | Scoop.it

For Valentine's Day, we asked them to open up about their "meet cute" stories, romances and the secret recipe to keeping the love alive, even during a pandemic.

 

Priya first met her husband, Ashnikumar Guru, 14 years ago when he worked at Mirch Masala in Bensalem and she ordered his Paneer Lacha. She fell in love with the dish and later fell for the chef.

 

Priya would frequent the restaurant to order it again — and talk to the chef. But when the restaurant shut down, and Ashnikumar moved to New York, Priya searched for a Paneer Lacha that would match his for four years. Paneer Lacha is shredded paneer cooked with ginger and onions in a thick gravy.

 

“So, I tell everyone that’s the dish I married the man for,” Priya said.

 

In 2014, Ashnikumar came back to Pennsylvania for a visit and reconnected with Priya with the help of his ex-boss, and finally took her out on a date.

 

“It took him seven years to realize how much I flirted,” Priya recalled laughing.

 

In 2015, the couple had their Anand Karaj, the Sikh marriage ceremony, in Robbinsville, New Jersey, followed by a Gujarati wedding in Morrisville. That same year they opened Guru’s Indian Cuisine in Newtown.

 

The couple bought a new location in November of 2018 after their landlord refused to renew the restaurant's lease. In April of 2019, after renovations and new permits, they moved Guru’s to its current location at 203 North Sycamore St.

 

Because of the renovations, they were four months behind on their mortgage. They were able to make it up to only two months behind, finally settling down by December of 2019. Priya saw her first paycheck in two and half years, thinking, “finally, it’s all worth it.”

 

But then the pandemic hit in March, and restaurants shut down.

 

“My husband — he’s very calm and believes, whatever happens, happens for a reason, and on the other hand, me, I’m a panic person,” Priya said. “So as soon as the pandemic hit, I was like, that’s it, the restaurant is shut down.”

 

When takeout was permitted, their staff wasn’t ready to come back to work. So, the couple worked together to get the business back up and running.

 

“In 2020, we revisited 2015 like 'How we started the restaurant?,' him cooking and me packing and serving and picking up the phones,” Priya said. “The only difference was I was a little more experienced than I was in 2015.”

 

The two started cooking for hospital workers and first responders, partnered with Neighbor in Need in Yardley and delivered food to families quarantining due to COVID to help the community.

 

By August, outdoor seating reopened, and the couple had two to three months of steady business till the cold came, and they had to go back to takeout and delivery.

 

“It’s been a rollercoaster,” Priya said. “So, I tell everybody, don’t worry, if I don’t have a place, I’ll cook from my house.”

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  • “Guru’s Indian Cuisine Moving to the Former Saloon Location on Sycamore Street”; http://sco.lt/7AmSVl
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Not Wawa, But Dunkin' Donuts Coming To Wrightstown  at the "Five Points" Intersection

Not Wawa, But Dunkin' Donuts Coming To Wrightstown  at the "Five Points" Intersection | Newtown Area News | Scoop.it

The Wrightstown Board of Supervisors granted final approval for [a Dunkin' Donuts store] to set up shop at 811 Durham Road/Route 413, situated in what is often referred to as the Five Points intersection.

 

The 2,000 square foot single story café, which will include a drive-thru window, will be located near the former Penn Community Bank near the intersection of Route 413, Route 232 and Park Avenue.

 

The three-member board voted 2-0 to approve the project, with Supervisor Jane Magne abstaining, citing concerns over the impact the project will have on a neighboring residential property.

 

"I cannot in good conscience vote for a project that's going to potentially have a really profound effect on one of our township residents," Magne said. "The property owner is likely going to be bombarded with idling trucks, cars, engines, and music from radios. I don't think anyone should have to endure that. I don't feel assured that these problems will be resolvable although I sure hope that they can be. Therefore I'm going to abstain from this vote."

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This site was once considered appropriate for a Wawa when the Jointure (Wrightstown, Newtown, and Upper Makefield) were considering appropriate locations for allowing a gas station/convenience store use. Could it be that Wrightstown already had the application from Dunkin' to build on this site? 

 

P.S. Why did Ms. Magne abstain rather than go on record and vote "nay"?

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Council Rock Approves Preliminary Budget For the 2021-2022 School Year: Assumes a 3% Real Estate Tax Increase.

Council Rock Approves Preliminary Budget For the 2021-2022 School Year: Assumes a 3% Real Estate Tax Increase. | Newtown Area News | Scoop.it

In a unanimous vote Thursday, February 4,2021, the school board voted to approve a preliminary spending plan for the 2021-2022 school year.

 

Bill Stone, director of business administration, said the district is anticipating revenues of around $249.2 million and expenditures of $259.5 million, leaving a $10.3 million dollar budget deficit for next year.

 

Superintendent Robert Fraser emphasized that the preliminary budget is more of a rough draft than a final spending plan, as the school board can make revisions as needed before approval of the final budget in June.

 

"This is very, very early in the process, based on nothing more than broad strokes and assumptions at this point," Fraser said.

 

The preliminary budget assumes a 3 percent increase in the real estate tax, which makes up about 80 percent of the district's total local revenue.

 

"Overall our revenues are projected to be mostly flat when compared to the prior year other than that real estate tax," Stone said. "The majority of the increases in the expenditure budget are due to contractual obligations as well as mandated expenditures from the state and federal government."

johnmacknewtown's insight:

UPDATE (2/15/21): According to an article in Bucks Local News: The district's financial advisory committee has recommended the school board and administration look into a number of revenue-generating projects, including granting naming rights and sponsorships for district facilities; opening up district facilities for community rentals*; and preparing cost analysis and scenarios for upcoming collective bargaining.

 

*This was discussed at the February 10, 2021, Newtown Board of Supervisors public meeting. Listen to his remarks.

 

The current Council Rock RE tax millage is 126.301. A 3% increase amounts to an additional 3.79 mills. For a home with a market value of $400,000 and an assessed value of $43,600 (the approximate average home market/assessed value in Newtown Township in 2018) 3.79 mills equals $165 increase per year.

 

Council Rock residents are invited to review the 2021-22 Proposed Preliminary Budget by clicking here. Residents are also invited to follow Council Rock budget/finance news by tuning into the district’s monthly Finance Committee meetings, which take place the second Thursday of the month.

 

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Bucks County Planning Commission Develops a Model Alternative Energy Ordinance for Municipalities 

Bucks County Planning Commission Develops a Model Alternative Energy Ordinance for Municipalities  | Newtown Area News | Scoop.it

At the February 3, 2021, Bucks County Commissioners meeting, Evan J. Stone, Executive Director of the Bucks County Planning Commission (BCPC), presented a summary of an Alternative Energy Ordinance that BCPC put forward as a model for Bucks County municipalities to use when adopting their own ordinances. Currently, only about 55% of Bucks County municipalities have some kind of alternative energy ordinances on the books.

Listen to the 7.5 minute audio recording of this presentation...

 

Download the Ordinance

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The Model Alternative Energy Ordinance was introduced as part of BCPC's January issue of our newsletter, Planning InSight and was electronically distributed to all 54 municipalities on  January 26, 2021.

 

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  • “PECO Customers Push for Renewable Energy & Better Infrastructure at Rate Hike Hearing in Newtown”; http://sco.lt/7XDkGm
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Rebecca Bancroft Announces Run For Mayor of Newtown Borough – Would Be First Woman Mayor If Elected

Rebecca Bancroft Announces Run For Mayor of Newtown Borough – Would Be First Woman Mayor If Elected | Newtown Area News | Scoop.it

With the mayoral seat in Newtown Borough up for grabs, a second resident has announced her candidacy in the November election.

 

Rebecca Bancroft, a 27-year resident of resident of Newtown, would become the borough's first female mayor if elected. She is running on the Democratic ticket with a focus on public safety, local businesses and rebuilding community ties.

 

She brings ten years of experience as a small business owner and as a business manager for several companies in Philadelphia, coupled with her volunteer work with Council Rock schools and Borough projects.

 

The current mayor, Charles F. Swartz III, a Republican, was elected in 2013 and re-elected in 2017. He announced last week that he would not seek re-election and endorsed Newtown Borough Constable John Burke, who is running on the Republican ticket.

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  • “Activist Women in Newtown Want to Elect More Democrats to Local Offices in 2019 to Build a Foundation to Beat Trump in 2020”; http://sco.lt/7X0QfQ
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Newtown Attorney Tiffany Thomas-Smith Announces Run For Bucks County Judge Seat

Newtown Attorney Tiffany Thomas-Smith Announces Run For Bucks County Judge Seat | Newtown Area News | Scoop.it

Tiffany Thomas-Smith is hoping to make history as the first Black female judge to serve on the Bucks County Court of Common Pleas.

 

The Lower Makefield resident is one of four candidates seeking the Democratic Party nomination in the upcoming primary election on May 8.

 

The Newtown attorney received her law degree from Howard Law School in 1996 and has been practicing family and criminal law in the Philadelphia region for more than two decades, first in the Philadelphia Public Defender's Office, then as a clerk for Judge Thomas Smith (no relation) in Mount Hawley, New Jersey and finally as the owner and managing partner of her own outfit, the Thomas Smith Firm, P.C. law firm in Newtown.

 

She uses the term "compassionate justice" to describe the focus of her campaign.

 

"What that means to me is having understanding and empathy for others and intersecting that fair application of the law to reach the best results," she said.

 

As for the court system, Thomas-Smith said she sees room for improvement. For one, there is the issue of diversity.

 

"The reality of it is there's been no African-American woman that has run for this position," Thomas-Smith said. "I think it's time for that, not because of the issue of race but for the recognition of diversity as an educational tool. The more we know about one another the better off we are as a community."

 

Thomas-Smith and three other candidates for the judge seat will outline their platforms and answer questions from the public in a virtual forum hosted by Bucks Voices at 7 p.m. on Monday, Jan. 25. Click here for more information: http://bit.ly/39VXyod

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Speaking of diversity, have you taken my survey: Do you believe the NT Police Department should hire officers of color?

 

A survey respondent who voted “No” said:
 
“I don’t care what color the police officers are- I would just like the NTPD to hire those officers that are most qualified for the job- if racial profiling is not good why would we use it to screen potential job candidates. Just hire the most qualified person and leave race out of it.
 
A survey respondent who voted “Yes” said:
 
“Absolutely, a police force should represent the community it serves. Each candidate should meet the same requirements. As a veteran I had always supported preferential hiring for those who served. However, through the years I have seen repeated examples of municipalities skimping on background checks relying instead on nepotism and military or other lesser law enforcement related work experience to benefit one candidate over another. Time and again this has proved to be a mistake.”
 
WHAT DO YOU THINK? Take the survey now: https://bit.ly/NTPDdiversitySvy
 
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Speaking of diversity, have you taken my survey: Do you believe the NT Police Department should hire officers of color?

 

A survey respondent who voted “No” said:

 

“I don’t care what color the police officers are- I would just like the NTPD to hire those officers that are most qualified for the job- if racial profiling is not good why would we use it to screen potential job candidates. Just hire the most qualified person and leave race out of it.

 

A survey respondent who voted “Yes” said:

 

“Absolutely, a police force should represent the community it serves. Each candidate should meet the same requirements. As a veteran I had always supported preferential hiring for those who served. However, through the years I have seen repeated examples of municipalities skimping on background checks relying instead on nepotism and military or other lesser law enforcement related work experience to benefit one candidate over another. Time and again this has proved to be a mistake.”

 

WHAT DO YOU THINK? Take the survey now: https://bit.ly/NTPDdiversitySvy

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Newtown Borough Constable & Former Council Member John Burke To Run For Mayor

Newtown Borough Constable & Former Council Member John Burke To Run For Mayor | Newtown Area News | Scoop.it

A former Newtown Borough councilman has announced he is running for Mayor of Newtown Borough in the upcoming 2021 election.

 

John Burke, 52, who currently serves as a constable for Newtown Borough, announced his candidacy Thursday.

 

Burke was elected to Newtown Borough Council in 2009 and served on the borough's Environmental Advisory Committee. He was elected constable in 2015.

 

As a manager of Novartis Pharmaceuticals, Burke said he will bring his experience in the private sector to find solutions to real-world challenges.

 

"My goal as Mayor is simple: bring common sense to our local government and achieve positive results on everyday issues ranging from improving our roads to providing for our police, firefighters and emergency responders, to ensuring our small businesses are able to survive and thrive," he said. "I know we can achieve great successes in our community if we all work as one for our community, and that is the effort I will lead as Mayor."

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Pa. State Police Resume Collecting Racial, Ethnic Data During traffic Stops

Pa. State Police Resume Collecting Racial, Ethnic Data During traffic Stops | Newtown Area News | Scoop.it

The commissioner of the Pennsylvania State Police said Tuesday that his department began collecting data during traffic stops at the beginning of the year as part of a program to identify any racial or ethnic disparities and recommend remedies if they do exist.

 

“Troopers take an oath to enforce the law ‘without any consideration of class, color, creed or condition,” and this data collection effort is one way to show the public we are upholding that oath,” Col. Robert Evanchick said in a statement.

 

“Regular and ongoing analysis by a neutral third party is a critical part of this program that emphasizes our department’s commitment to transparency and continuous improvement,” he said.

 

Evanchick said State Police will collect data for 30 fields, including driver and passenger ages, gender, race and ethnicity, as well the length of the stop, any searches and search results.

 

Data will be analyzed by University of Cincinnati researchers to determine patterns of racial or ethnic disparity any recommendations for changes to State Police policies or training, Evanchick said.

 

A final statistical analysis report will be released in April 2022, police said.

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One topic related to this that of of interest to me is how to achieve more diversity in the hiring of Newtown police officers. This topic was brought up by Mr. McCarron, a Newtown Resident, at the January 13, 2021,  BOS meeting. Listen to his comments.

 

It is also a topic of interest to the Newtown Human Relations Commission. Karen Downer, the President of the Bucks County NAACP will be a speaker at the Wednesday, February 17th (7pm) Zoom meeting of the NT HRC.  She will talk with residents about the NAACP's efforts to Reimage Public Safety.  Register for this meeting.

It is VERY timely to discuss this. See this article: "Pa. State Police Resume Collecting Racial, Ethnic Data During traffic Stops"; http://sco.lt/8IzfnM 

 

NT HRC members alerted me to another article on this topic: "Highway ‘stop-and-frisk’: How Pennsylvania state troopers conduct illegal traffic searches"

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At this time, the Newtown Police Department does not collect such information for all traffic stops unless it results in an arrest.


In 2020, the Newtown Police Department (NTPD) made 54 traffic stops due to vehicle "Code Violations." About one-third of  these stops involved involved marijuana and nearly half resulted in DUI charges.

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Council Rock Superintendent Dr. Robert Fraser Apologizes For Anti-Semitic Hate Emails Sent to Distract Students and Staff

Council Rock Superintendent Dr. Robert Fraser Apologizes For Anti-Semitic Hate Emails Sent to Distract Students and Staff | Newtown Area News | Scoop.it

Several offensive emails were sent from a student's email account to high school students and staff members in the district.

 

In an email to Council Rock families, Superintendent Robert Fraser said the district has turned the matter over to local police.

 

"We are operating on extremely limited information at this time, and I ask everyone to reserve forming any conclusions until this matter can be fully investigated," Fraser said. "Regardless of the results of this investigation, I am sorry that many of you have received such an offensive email. The Council Rock School District takes this matter seriously, and we will keep you informed as we learn more."

 

The email, which was received by numerous students from both Council Rock high schools and by Council Rock staff members, was turned over to authorities out of concern that one or more student's email accounts was hacked and because the content of the email "possibly included anti-Semitic messaging," Fraser said.

 

"We treat anti-Semitic language and hate speech of any kind with the greatest seriousness, as it directly goes against our belief system as an inclusive school district," he said.

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It appears that the student account from which these emails were sent was hacked.

 

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  • “ADL: There were eight incidents of extremism and anti-Semitism in Bucks County in 2019. Only the tip of the iceberg, IMHO!”; http://sco.lt/5UpBqq
  • “Council Rock North Is An ADL-Designated 'No Place For Hate'”; http://sco.lt/5M7nge
  • “Investigators Seek Person Who Painted Swastikas Along Tyler State Park Trail in Newtown”; http://sco.lt/5PxviC
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It appears that the student account from which these emails were sent was hacked.

 

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  • “ADL: There were eight incidents of extremism and anti-Semitism in Bucks County in 2019. Only the tip of the iceberg, IMHO!”; http://sco.lt/5UpBqq
  • “Council Rock North Is An ADL-Designated 'No Place For Hate'”; http://sco.lt/5M7nge
  • “Investigators Seek Person Who Painted Swastikas Along Tyler State Park Trail in Newtown”; http://sco.lt/5PxviC

 

 

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