October 18, 2013

Fall is definitely in full swing.  The weather is slowly starting to turn colder, leaves are starting to fall from our trees and Halloween decorations are everywhere. October is a busy month for our community, both at the Township and with our community organizations.  We highlight this below in the Community News and Community Events section of the newsletter.  If you have news or community events to publicize, please let us know, and we will be sure to include in an upcoming newsletter!


We are also in the final stretch of our campaign, with a little more than two weeks to go before Election Day.  I continue to be impressed by the interest our Ward 10 neighbors have in our community.I am touched by the support we are receiving in our efforts to further connect our community, and I look forward to the opportunity to work with you as our Commissioner.   We will be out spreading this message far and wide right through Election Day and I will need your support by coming out to the polls on Tuesday November 5th to cast your vote for our community based campaign!


 Now, onto this week's highlights....

Community News

Urgent Care Center is now open

CareSTAT Urgent Care, located at the site of the former Blockbuster, is now open for business.  Owned by Elkins Park resident and physician, Dr. Jonathon Gusdorff.  CareSTAT's hours are 8:00AM-8:00PM Monday-Saturday and 8:00AM-4:00PM Sunday.  No appointment is required.  For more information, you can call 610-482-4949, and also read the press release, which can be accessed here.


Leaf Collection to begin Monday in Area "E"

Ward 10 contains both areas "E" and "F" for the Township's leaf collection program.  For our residents in area "E", leaf collection will begin this coming Monday, October 21.  This means that your leaves should be put curbside by Monday morning, and the Township will be by during the course of the week.  For Ward 10 residents in area "F", leaf collection will begin on Monday October 28th.  To check the collection date for your individual street, click here, and for the overview leaf collection map, click here.


2014 Township Budget Process

Planning for the Township's 2014 budget is underway. Workshop discussions and budget meetings are open to the public, and residents are encouraged to voice their thoughts.  The meetings will take place in the boardroom of the Township Building, and the schedule is as follows:

Thursday, October 24: Budget Workshop, 7:30PM

Thursday, November 14: Preliminary Budget Meeting, 8:00PM

Thursday, November 21: Budget Workshop, 7:30PM (as needed).

Thursday, December 19: Final Budget Meeting/Public Hearing on Millage Ordinance, 8:00PM.


Abington Community Task Force Awards

The Abington Community Taskforce (ACT) is seeking nominations for its annual awards to honor individuals and/or organizations that have made positive contributions to the safety and well-being of Abington Township youth and families. Nominees should serve as positive role models for children or teens, provide healthy activities for young people to participate in, or provide youth educational or support programs. They should either be volunteers or their efforts should extend beyond the value of their monetary compensation. Those who are selected will be honored by ACT at the Citizens That Care Recognition Reception in April 2014. Please send your name and phone number and the suggested honoree's name, contact information, and reason for his/her nomination to the Abington Community Taskforce (1176 Old York Road, Abington PA 19001) by November 1. You may also submit this information by e-mail to


Update on Bruno: Ready for Adoption

Bruno, the English Setter found with injuries following being hit by a  car on Cedar Road in Abington this past July, is now ready to be adopted.  For details from the Abington Patch, click



Upcoming Community Events


Community Shredding Event

Saturday, October 19, 9 AM - 12:00n

Abington Recycling Center, Florey Lane


Briar Bush After Dark

Saturday, October 19, 7-9 pm

Briar Bush Nature Center, 1212 Edge Hill Road

Come discover the fascinating and fun parts of Briar Bush woods after dark. Featuring trail-side games, stories, and animal encounters. S'more treats too!   Costumes welcome.
Assigned tour times  Space limited so don't wait to reserve your time. Cost:  Adults $10; children $5
Information:  215.887.6603 or


Flu Clinic at Junior High School

Saturday, October 19, 10:00AM-1:00PM

Abington Junior High School

The Montgomery County Health Department will be offering free flu shots this Saturday at the Abington Junior High School for Montgomery County residents.


Shade Tree Commission Fall Festival

Saturday, October 19, 10:00AM-1:00PM

Grove Park

1383 N. Easton Road

Celebrate the season at the Shade Tree Commission's Fall Festival.  Treasure hunt, rain barrel toss, tree part art, chainsaw carving artist demo, native plant info, plant a tree, prune for health and beauty, rain garden basics, purchase plants, and lots more.


Fall Fest at Art Center

Sunday, October 20, 11:00 a.m.-6:00 p.m.
Rain date October 27

Abington Art Center, 515 Meetinghouse Road, Jenkintown

Featured Activities: Wine and Beer Garden by Chadds Ford Winery and Victory Brewing.  Food Vendors  ~  Art Market featuring local crafts and handmade goods.  Entertainment including: Live Music, Dance, and Irish Dancers.  Family Friendly Activities: Visit from McKinley Fire Engine  ~  Face Painting  ~ Moon Bounce, Pumpkin Patch  ~  Magician  ~ Special art project to take home

Cost: $10 adults; $5 children

Information:  215.887.4882 or


Autumn Fest

Sunday, October 20, 1 - 4:00 PM

Briar Bush Nature Center, 1212 Edge Hill Road

Fun Festival for Families

You are welcome to wear your Halloween costume!
Sunday, October 20, 1:00-4:00 p.m.
Briar Bush Nature Center, 1212 Edge Hill Road, Abington
Featuring games, crafts, and animal encounters
Cost:  Free
Information:  215.887.6603 or


The Ghosts of Abington: A Family Event

Friday, October 25, 7:00pm

Sutherland Building, Penn State Abington

1600 Woodland Road

Do spirits walk the wooded campus at night and haunt the century old Sutherland Building?  Find out during this tour.  For additional information, call 215-881-7611 or email:


Abington P.A.L. Open House

Friday, October 25, 7:00- 9:00 PM

St. John of the Cross

2741 Woodland Road

Come see P.A.L. at its new location.  There will be opportunities for young people to view P.A.L.'s many offerings and begin to sign up for specific activities. Parents and community members can talk with P.A.L. staff and police officers and learn more about P.A.L. programs. 

Campaign News Hecker4Ward10 

Final Countdown

As of today...17 days until Election Day...Keep up with the Countdown at .  How can you help?  Put out a Lawn Sign.  Ask a neighbor to put out a Lawn Sign.  Share this newsletter
But most of all, commit to VOTE!  Your VOTE will make the difference!
TOMORROW NIGHT!!  Community Meet & Greet
A Wine & Cheese Hosted by Tracy & Tim Panella
Saturday, October 19th, 7- 9:00 PM
2041 Maplewood Avenue 
Would you like an opportunity to connect with Tom?  Then, please, join us for A Relaxing Evening of Cocktails & Conversation at The Panellas.
This event will feature 2 Abington Ward 10 small business owners, Takiyah Mitchell, Caterer, Ferndale Avenue and JoAnne Wolff, Baker, Corinthian Avenue.
I am  energized about what we can accomplish together for our community and want to hear your thoughts about the important issues facing the community and your priorities for the future.

Being served at

The Panellas

 Join Us!

We Need YOU to Join Our Election Day Team! 
Tuesday, November 5, 7AM - 8 PM
Help out at the Ward 10 polling places on Tuesday 11/5 for an hour or two...whatever your schedule allows.  Make phone calls from home to Get Out The Vote!!  Email us at or contact us through our website,
All of our poll volunteers get a Tom Hecker T-Shirt!!!

Thanks for taking the time to read our newsletter.  Please keep the suggestions coming for stories and links and events to showcase.  We want to highlight what is happening in our community!


If you know someone who is not yet signed up for the newsletter, please take a moment to share it with them and encourage them to register via our website, or by sending an e-mail to   We want to connect as widely as possible so that our neighbors are aware of what is happening in the Township. 


I will be out throughout our neighborhoods this weekend!  I look forward to the opportunity to speak with you about Our Community, Our Future.  Thank you for your ongoing support!


Tom Hecker  

Community Meet & Greet
 See Details in Campaign News
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Township Meetings


Planning Commission

Tuesday, October 22, 7:30 PM


School Board Meeting

Tuesday, October 22, 7:30 PM


Budget Workshop

Thursday, October 24, 7:30 PM


Library Board Meeting

Monday, October 28, 7:30 PM


*Public Works Committee

Wed., October 30, 7:00 PM


*Public Code Enforcement

Wed., October 30, 7:00 PM


*Public Safety

Wed., October 30, 7:00 PM


*Public Affairs

Wed., October 30, 7:00 PM



Abington Township Trick or Treat

Thursday, October 31st



Tuesday, November 5

Polls are open from 7AM - 8PM


*Due to Election Day, the November committee meetings (Public Works, Code Enforcement, Public Safety, and Public Affairs) will be held at 7:00PM (note the earlier time)on Wednesday, October 30 


*Library Board Meetings are held at the Abington Free Library, 1030 Old York Road, Abington 


*Shade Tree Commission Meetings are held at the Grove Property, 1383 N. Easton Road, Roslyn


Meeting agendas, except School Board can be accessed here. 


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