Middletown Township  
   February 2016
Thank you for reading this February edition of Middletown Township's monthly E-News! Please enjoy and share with your friends and neighbors. And remember to follow us on Twitter and like our Parks & Recreation Department and Police Department on Facebook to keep up to date on the latest news, events, safety concerns, and other happenings in the Township!
Be Safe in the Crosswalk

Drivers and pedestrians each have an obligation to ensure safety at a crosswalk. While drivers must yield the right of way to pedestrians in a crosswalk, both parties are responsible for preventing accidents.

Motorists should slow down when they know they are approaching a crosswalk to determine if any pedestrians are attempting to cross. When stopping at a crosswalk, be sure to leave enough room between your car and the crosswalk so that motorists behind you can see that you are stopped. If the crosswalk runs parallel to train tracks, stop BEFORE the tracks, and approach these intersections slowly and carefully.

Pedestrians should use caution when crossing. Do not rush into the street - always stop to check for oncoming traffic before entering a crosswalk. Even though pedestrians have the right of way, do not assume that a motorist sees you and will stop in time. Make sure the car is stopped and attempt to make eye contact with the driver before you begin to cross.

Rules regarding crosswalks apply to all marked crosswalks AND all intersections with traffic signals. Use safe practices and help the community avoid accidents!

Saving the Ash Trees
Join the Parks and Recreation Department on February 22nd to learn how you can save your trees from emerald ash borers and other invasive, destructive pests.

The August 2015 E-News provided some background on these insects and how to identify if your trees are ash trees. Tens of millions of trees have already been killed nationwide, and emerald ash borers have been spotted in Middletown Township. Now is the time to learn how to get your trees inspected and treated before any harm comes to them.

The event will be held from 7:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. at the Municipal Center. Registration information can be found on the Parks and Recreation webpage, and more information on the invasive insect is available on the Community Services web section on the emerald ash borer.

MSCS Helps with Daylight Saving
The Middletown Citizen Service Corps (MCSC) stands ready to assist senior citizens and residents with disabilities prepare for daylight saving time. On Saturday, March 12, from 10:00 a.m. to noon, MCSC volunteers will help set clocks and change smoke detector batteries. If you or someone you know will require assistance, please call 215-584-5281 to be added to the list and provide the number of smoke detectors and clocks that will need to be changed.
Spring Valley Farm Planning Workshop

Middletown residents are encouraged to join the Parks and Recreation Department to share their input on creating a new public park at the Spring Valley Farm property. The department is working a master plan that will serve as a blueprint for future development or facilities. The meeting will be held at the Municipal Center on February 17th from 7:00 p.m. to 8:30 p.m.

For more information, contact Paul Kopera and see the flyer on the Parks and Recreation website. The interactive forum is open to everyone, so come and provide your feedback on the future of this park!

Chimney Safety
Fireplace in the evening at home with burning logs.

As the cold weather wears on, some residents will choose to stay indoors and use their fireplaces to stay warm. The Office of the Fire Marshal offers chimney maintenance suggestions to help ensure your safety. Most wood heating fireplaces actually involve the chimney rather than the heating appliance, so please consider the following safety tips:
  • Always follow the manufacturers' recommended temperatures. While too high a temperature can lead to a chimney fire, temperatures too cool can lead to chemical buildup
  • Frequently check for signs of structural failure or soot buildup
  • Have a "chimney sweep" routinely check and clean your chimney at least once a year
  • Gas-burning fireplaces, if not vented properly, can lead to a building of carbon monoxide. Residents with such appliances should have carbon monoxide detectors installed
  • Residents with masonry or wood burning chimneys should check for buildup or damage at least twice a month while if the fireplace is used regularly. If you notice any issues, hire a chimney sweep to perform a safety inspection
Please stay warm and stay safe during these cold months!
Tax Filing Reminder

As noted in last month's E-News, Keystone Collections Group has sent out packets with instructions for filing your 2015 annual earned income tax return. Remember, taxes must be filed by April 15th. 
Upcoming Events

February 15  - Township offices closed for Presidents' Day Holiday Holiday
February 16 - Board of Supervisors meeting, 7:30 p.m. in the Public Hall of the Municipal Center
February 17  - Spring Valley Farm Planning Meeting, 7:00 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. in the Public Hall of the Municipal Center

February 22 - Environmentally Speaking: Saving the Ash Tree, 7:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. in the upstairs conference room of the Municipal Center

February 24  - Zoning Hearing Board meeting, 7:00 p.m. in the Public Hall of the Municipal Center

March 2  - Planning Commission meeting, 7 p.m. in the upstairs conference room of the Municipal Center

March 9  - Zoning Hearing Board meeting, 7:00 p.m. in the Public Hall of the Municipal Center

March 14  - Board of Supervisors meeting, 7:30 p.m. in the Public Hall of the Municipal Center
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