Middletown Township  
   July 2017
Thank you for reading this July edition of Middletown Township's monthly E-News! Please enjoy and share with your friends and neighbors. And remember to follow the Township and Police Department on Twitter  and like our Parks & Recreation Department, Fire Marshal's Officeand Police Department on Facebook to keep up to date on the latest news, events, safety concerns, and other happenings in the Township!
National Night Out
 
Who doesn't love a Township block party? Who doesn't want to spend time with neighbors from across the community as well as Police Officers? On August 1st, join the Middletown Township Police Department for National Night Out, a nationwide event that promotes the partnership between police and the community. The Township will celebrate this annual event with a block party at the Middletown Township Municipal Center parking lot from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m.

Community members and families are encouraged to talk with staff and meet officers while enjoying all the festivities set up by the Police Department and local business partners. There will be about 30 vendors, charities, and volunteer organizations plus kids from the skate park with their mobile ramps!  Last year, Middletown Township hosted approximately 1,800 residents for National Night Out! This year's attendees will enjoy a coloring contest, raffles, sports and games, K9 Demonstration, child fingerprinting, temporary tattoos, and so much more!

The Township asks that all attendees please park your cars at the Flowers Mill shopping center. Proceeds for National Night Out will go to "Shop with a Cop", an event where cops take disadvantaged children shopping to buy holiday gifts for their families. Additional information can be found on the Police Department's Facebook page or by contacting Officer Melissa Robison at 215-750-3876 or at mrobison@mtpd.org. The Police Department is looking forward to seeing you on August 1st to help strengthen their partnership with the community!
Streetlight Upgrades Begin

The replacement of streetlights around the Township is officially underway! The Township will replace approximately 3,000 streetlights with LED fixtures. Of these, the nearly 1,000 decorative colonial style fixtures will be installed by Township staff. The Department of Public Works has already begun this part of the project. The remaining cobrahead lights will be installed by contractors beginning later this month. Construction is expected to run through the fall.

The LED streetlights will provide many advantages to the Township. Residents will notice that the lights look different from the ones they replace. LED lights display clearer, whiter light with better range which may appear brighter. Additionally, while the previous lights are of varying technology and styles, the new streetlights will provide a uniform look throughout the Township are resulting in improved visibility and safety. LED streetlights are more efficient, reducing energy consumption and costs throughout the Township. The new lights are also expected to last up to 20 years, saving the Township on maintenance costs as well.
For additional information on LED lighting and the streetlight replacement program, please see the E-News articles from May 2016, October 2016, and March 2017.
Welcome New Officers

The Middletown Township Police Department (MTPD) is excited to welcome two new officers to the Township! Ryan Morrison and Kassidy Groves were both sworn in at the Board of Supervisors Public meeting on July 17th.

Ryan grew up in Middletown Township and attended Neshaminy High School. Ryan was a star baseball player throughout his years in high school. He later joined the Army and attended basic training just two weeks after graduation. Ryan also studied Criminal Justice at Bloomsburg University while working as a Military Police Officer at the Willow Grove Air Base. This June, Ryan graduated from the Temple University Police Academy.

Kassidy Groves also grew up in the area. She attended Pennsbury High School and later graduated Lock Haven University with a degree in Criminal Justice. While at college, Kassidy was also the captain of her Rugby team. After earning her degree, she entered the Temple University Police Academy where she was the class leader and the only female in her graduating class of 19 cadets. Before coming to Middletown, Kassidy worked part-time for the Lehigh County Sheriff's office and the Yardley Borough Police Department.

Please join us in making the newest members of the MTPD feel welcome to the community!


Ivystream Basin

Middletown Township will make improvements to the Ivystream Retention Basin that will improve water quality in the Neshaminy Creek. The basin currently fails to prevent erosive water velocities in the streambanks which cause deposits of sediment into the creek. To prevent this contamination, the Ivy Stream Basin Project will add naturalized vegetation and modify the outlet structure to provide better hold and control water. This will reduce the flow of sediment-filled water into the creek.

This project is funded by the Growing Greener Grant through the Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection. Construction for the Ivystream Basin is expected to begin in August and run through September.

Summer Safety Tips
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The summer can be a fun and relaxing time, but it is important to remember that spending time outdoors comes with safety risks. The Middletown Township Parks and Recreation Department would like to remind all residents they should protect themselves from exposure to the sun and bites from ticks.

It is important to take steps to reduce the risk of skin cancer. Try to limit the amount of time you spend in the sun, use sunscreens with a SPF greater than 15, and always re-apply every two hours, even on a cloudy day.

Ticks can create many health and safety issues. Always apply repellent before going outside and wear light colored clothing when walking through grassy or wooded areas to make it easier to spot ticks. It is important that you tuck in your clothing, and before entering your home you should thoroughly check to see if any ticks have latched onto you. To be extra cautious, you can place your clothing in the dryer on high heat so that any ticks that may be hidden on your clothes die.  

Following these suggestions will help you have a safe and happy summer!

Walk with Ease

The Parks and Recreation Department is excited to begin its third "Walk with Ease" session. Walk with Ease is an evidence-based program created by the Arthritis Foundation that is proven to help those with arthritis or other related conditions maintain strong health by increasing balance, reducing pain, strengthening themselves, and keeping up with a healthy walking pace. Each session throughout the summer consists of 18 scheduled walks. There are three walks per week for six weeks. The walks take place at Core Creek Park, the Middletown Community Park, and Tyler State Park. The Program varies between 45 minutes to 60 minutes, and sometimes even 90 minutes. The next session runs from July 25th through August 31st and will take place on Tuesdays, Wednesdays, and Thursdays at 6:30 p.m. Each session costs $7. See the Parks and Recreation website for more information.
Upcoming Events
 


July 26  - Zoning Hearing Board meeting, 7 p.m. in the Public Hall of the Municipal Center
 
August 1 - National Night Out, 6-8 p.m. in the Municipal Building Parking Lot
 

August 9Zoning Hearing Board meeting, 7 p.m. in the Public Hall of the Municipal Center

August 21 -  Board of Supervisors meeting, 7:30 p.m. in the Public Hall of the Municipal Center

August 23- Zoning Hearing Board meeting, 7 p.m. in the Public Hall of the Municipal Center


  
 
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