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Steve D'Emilio 1st Ward Commissioner

Mario Oliva 2nd Ward Commissioner

Kevin McCloskey 3rd Ward Commissioner

Inside This Issue Contact Information................................2 Note From Township Manager ................4 2018 Budget Information ........................6 New Look For Township Tax Bills.............8 Library News.........................................10 Flood Insurance Notice..........................12 Trash & Recycling Information...............14 Household Hazardous Waste Collection 14 PECO Tree Work Advisory......................16 Street Light Replacement Program........16 Snow Removal Reminders.....................16 Environmental Update ..........................18 Health & Wellness.................................20 Bureau of Fire News..............................22 Community Notices...............................24 Skatium News .......................................26 Summer Camps & Programs..................28 CREC News............................................28 Upcoming Events & Festivals .................30

Daniel J. Siegel 4th Ward Commissioner

Andy Lewis 5th Ward Commissioner

Larry Holmes 6th Ward Commissioner

James E. McGarrity 7th Ward Commissioner

Gerry Hart 8th Ward Commissioner

William F. Wechsler 9th Ward Commissioner

We've moved! If you haven't been to the new municipal building yet, stop into the new facility at 1014 Darby Road (beside the Skatium), and see the new offices and meeting spaces. The Township contractor will continue work on the site this spring to finish up a large, underground stormwater management facility, the remaining parking lots and other site improvements. The building was designed to meet strict LEED (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design) standards. Cost savings as well as the efficiency gained by consolidating staff offices from three different locations to a single site make our operations leaner and greener than ever. We think that the facility is also an attractive addition to the business area of the township, and plan a formal public building dedication in the spring to unveil the finished product. We hope to complete this phase of work by the end of May, and move on to scheduled improvements to the Skatium plaza. These improvements will include replacing the concrete and introduce pavers to aid in storm water infiltration, build seating, landscaping and lighting on expanded plaza area.

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Important Contact Information: Haverford Township Contact Numbers Township Building - 1014 Darby Road - Havertown, PA ...........610-446-1000 Township Manager ..............................................ext. 2232 Finance Office-Accountant ..................................ext. 2243 Asst. Twp. Mgr., Operations/Community Finance Office- Accounts Payable........................ext. 2244 Development....................................................ext. 2254 Finance Office- Payroll/Accountant .................................... Human Resources................................................ext. 2233 ..........................................................................ext. 2246 Code Enforcement- Permit & Contractor License Health Department..............................................ext. 2501 ..........................................................................ext. 2252 Public Works Department....................................ext. 2264 Code Enforcement-Rentals ..................................ext. 2274 Zoning Department..............................................ext. 2253 Finance Office-Director........................................ext. 2240 Asst. Twp. Mgr, Haverford Reserve/Recreation Dept. ........ Finance Office- Real Estate/Sewer/Trash 599 Glendale Road, Havertown ................610-446-9397 Billing & Certifications ......................................ext. 2242 Haverford Township School District Board of Directors Haverford Township School District 50 East Eagle Rd., Havertown..610-853-5900 School Board President Denis A. Gray, Esq. ..................610-520-1191 Vice President Coleen Bennett........................610-853-3186 Business Manager/Board Secretary Mr. Richard Henderson .................................610-853-5900 ext. 7106 School Board Members Mr. Denis Gray, President Ms. Patricia Giambuzzi, Vice-President Dr. Kimberly Allen-Stuck Mr. Russell Bilotta Mr. Lawrence Feinberg Mr. Ari Flaisher Dr. James Goldschmidt Mr. Philip Hopkins Dr. Joseph Martin Surrey in Havertown Community Center for Older Adults 1105 Earlington Road, Havertown, PA 19083 . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 610-446-2070 United States Senators: Patrick Toomey The William Green Bldg., Suite 940C 600 Arch Street, Philadelphia, PA 19106 . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 215-597-7200

Board of Commissioners Haverford Township is governed by nine Township Commissioners who are elected by the residents of each of its nine wards. Commissioners elect their own President and Vice-President at the beginning of each year. The Commissioners appoint a Township Manager, who oversees all Township staff. Regular meetings of the Board of Commissioners are held the 2nd Monday of each month at 7:30 p.m. in the Commissioners Meeting Room, 1014 Darby Road, Havertown, PA. Meetings are taped and aired on Comcast Channel 10 and Verizon Channel 38: Tuesday (if available) at 6:00 p.m., Wednesday at 12 noon and 7:00 p.m., Thursday at 9 a.m. and 6 p.m., Friday at 10 a.m., and Monday at 7 p.m. President: Bill Wechsler, V ice President: Larry Holmes

1st Ward Steve D'Emilio 200 Walnut Hill Lane Havertown, PA 19083 610-449-5685

2nd Ward Mario Oliva 1215 Garfield Avenue Havertown, PA 19083 610-551-3846

3rd Ward Kevin McCloskey, Esquire 2436 Whitby Road Havertown, PA 19083 267-414-7393

4th Ward Daniel J. Siegel, Esquire 1705 Marilyn Drive Havertown, PA 19083 610-446-1117

5th Ward Andy Lewis 356 Exeter Road Haverford, PA 19041 610-675-4467

6th Ward Larry Holmes, Esquire 2109 Chestnut Avenue Ardmore, PA 19003 215-575-7153

7th Ward James E. McGarrity 401 Kenmore Road Havertown, PA 19083 610-446-8088

8th Ward Gerry Hart 610 Penfield Avenue Havertown, PA 19083 267-408-1088

9th Ward William F. Wechsler 108 N. Morgan Avenue Havertown, PA 19083 610-789-2299

Robert Casey 555 Walnut Street, 1st Floor Harrisburg, PA 17101 . . . . . . . 202-224-6324 United States Congressman, 7th District Patrick Meehan 940 Sproul Road Springfield, PA 19064...............610-690-7323 PA 17th Senatorial District Daylin Leach 601 S. Henderson Road King of Prussia, PA 19406.........610-768-4200 PA 163rd Legislative District Jamie Santora 5248 Township Line Road Drexel Hill, PA 19026................610-789-2695 PA 166th Legislative District Gregory S. Vitali 1001 East Darby Road, Havertown, PA 19083 ..............610-789-3900 2

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Note From The Township Manager

Dear Resident: It certainly doesn't seem like it, but another year has passed us by and the Township administrative team is actively pursuing the many objectives the Board of Commissioner approved for 2018. In the past year, the Board of Commissioners, Administration and staff have worked hard to aggressively address the many issues facing the Township. We have focused a great deal of time on restructuring the delivery of services to our community while rebuilding the Township infrastructure and finances. Although there is still a lot of work to do, we are proud of the substantial progress we have made. Our expense operations are as lean as they have ever been. The 2018 Township budget is the financial blueprint for the policy decisions which will be implemented in the upcoming fiscal year. It is the most important instrument the Board of Commissioners and Management has for establishing control over cost and directing revenues. Budget decisions determine the level and quality of government services, which in turn, guide our community's future. Over the past eight years, we have initiated new programs and services that have eliminated over 5.6 million dollars from the operating budget, while enhancing services and becoming a more green friendly community. Management is committed to delivering these services at the lowest, responsible costs. Department spending continues to be on everyone's radar and is constantly evaluated for cost reduction and opportunities for increased efficiency. Cost containment is a consistent discipline in all Township 4

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departments and the 2018 budget certainly continues the constraint on spending. Yet, like any other organization, public or private, we have fixed costs and quality services to deliver. We are in the business of providing a comprehensive array of highquality services to a community of residents with high expectations. Our work force of 180 high performing full-time employees, 64 part-time employees, and 150 summer and other seasonal employees is the SMALLEST in the past eight years and yet continues to deliver exemplary services to our residents. My most note-worthy accomplishment is the intermunicipal cooperation we enjoy with our neighbors. Marple Township, Newtown Square, and Upper Darby Townships share with us on several efforts including leaf collection and brine applications. Through these joint efforts, each community saves money. We will continue to work closely with our neighbors on future cost reduction initiatives that will benefit each community. A few examples of this would be our Single Stream, Curbside Yard Waste Collections, Winter Salt Brine Program and Street Light Conversion Program. These programs alone save the taxpayers 1.5 million dollars. In the beginning of 2015, Upper Darby Township joined hands with Haverford and Marple to offer their community salt brine. I am proud to say that Haverford, Marple and Upper Darby Townships continue to be the only communities providing this level of service and we are excited about this new and growing partnership.

I am pleased to report that we are experiencing an increase in recycling numbers and we estimate that 65% of our residents participate in the single stream recycling program. We continue to urge the remaining residents to utilize this great service and help with the potential for additional savings to our community. Although we have not received any official notification from the county, we

believe the cost for trash disposal will increase over the next two years and your recycling efforts will help reduce any such increases. Administration and staff remain steadfast in our desire to find ways to operate more efficiently and economically and to continue offering the highest level of quality services. We understand the high expectations of our residents and realize the accountability of providing these services in the most efficient, effective and fiscally responsible manner. We will not deviate from our goals and I believe the 2018 budget provides a prudent and sound plan to achieve these objectives. Our commitment to provide our residents with a safe, healthy and enjoyable place to live is paramount. During these difficult economic times, our municipal services we provide remain constant, and our focus is on improvement in the future. This is also a very busy time of year for Township personnel, with the recent collection and disposal of over 3,000 tons of leaves and preparing for winter and snow. Our Public Works Department has completed all the necessary preparation and we are fully stocked with over 5,500 tons of salt which can easily handle five major snow storms. We have contracts in place to receive additional rock salt and additional supplies on an ongoing basis throughout the winter season to prevent any shortages.

The crews have 38 trucks that are dispatched to handle over 166 miles of township and state roads throughout our community. We maintain an excellent working relationship with Marple and Upper Darby Townships and continue to be the only communities in Delaware County that pre-treat our roadways with salt brine solution. This collaborative relationship that started with Haverford Township

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continues to save on cost and provides safer road travel for our residents. The Township will launch four significant initiatives in 2018: The first is the Darby Road Street Scape project. The township received a $450,000 grant with a 30% match that will be funded by township funds for a total of $739,000. This project will improve pedestrian safety, enhance the business district and provide storm water management between Mill Road and the Middle School. The second is a major Storm Water Improvement project. The township received a $200,000 grant to assist with the total cost of $680,000. The intent of this project is to decrease the peak storm water flows to the Chatham Glen neighborhood by intercepting and retaining a portion of the runoff. The third project is to install traffic adaptive signal controllers at every intersection along West Chester Pike from Darby Road to Lawrence Road. The total cost of this project is $700,000. The final initiative is to enhance our Darby Road Business District by working closely with the HPED and constructing a gateway from Darby Road to the South Ardmore Municipal Lot. This project is being 100% funded by a Federal Community Development Block Grant. We are very excited about these projects that will certainly enhance the quality of life and invest in the future of the townships infrastructure. I am also happy to report that the township is working on additional grant applications for 2019 which will improve our recreational areas within the community. Please be assured that the Board of Commissioners, Administration and staff members are here to assist you. If at any time you have any questions, comments or suggestions, please don't hesitate to contact us. Have a safe and enjoyable winter and spring! Sincerely, Larry Gentile Township Manager

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2018 Budget Information Haverford Township's 2018 operating, sewer and capital budgets were adopted by the Board of Commissioners at its December 11, 2017 meeting. The $43.3m general fund budget included a 2.4% millage increase (from 7.993 to 8.185 mills) or an annual impact of approximately $28 on a median assessed home of $145,000. There was no increase in the trash/recycling collection fee which remained at $197.00 per residential unit and no increase in sewer processing charges which remained at $4.70 per 1,000g of water consumed. 2018 GENERAL FUND BUDGET REVENUE OVERVIEW As expected, real estate taxes continue to be the main source of Township revenues and the 2.4% increase is anticipated to generate an additional $759,000 in revenues. Realty transfer taxes were extremely high in both 2016 and 2017 (outperforming budget by $541,000 and $653,000, respectively). While the Township is not prepared to assume those levels of revenue will continue to climb, we conservatively increased that line item to a reachable levels. Our business taxes, which now represent over $2,805,000 of our current year revenues (and up 45% from 2009 when the collection program was re-energized), remain strong but we continue to be conservative in those estimates due the ever changing economy and businesses moving in and out of the Township. As stated earlier, the annual trash service fee will remain at $197.00 per year. While we continue to PAY for recycling (as opposed to generating revenue from them as we could do in the past), the current fee of $197 allows us to continue our strategy to have the trash fee cover 80-85% of the cost of collection. However, we have already been given notice by the Delaware County Solid Waste Authority that dumping fees paid by municipalities will rise an estimated 61% for 2019. That figure has not been finalized by the County and we will do what we can at the Township level to minimize the impact on future trash collection fees. Inter-governmental funds are always difficult to rely on as the political climate can change very quickly. As an example, we kept our pension and highway aid from the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania, flat, which results in more of the Township's pension obligation (MMO) and highway maintenance being funded through general revenues. Our departmental earnings continue to grow as evidenced by the consistent increases in fees, license and permitting revenues ($71,000 increase in 2018 budget). Our recreation department continues to be a revered example for recreational opportunities and the Skatium has maintained its positive cash flow operations. 2018 GENERAL FUND BUDGET EXPENDITURES OVERVIEW Personnel costs (e.g. wages, health benefits, pension benefits, workers compensation insurance, and payroll taxes) represent over 64% of our budget. As a public service industry, this is expected. The newly negotiated civilian contract calls for a 3.5% increase in 2018 (after a 0% increase in 2017) and the current police contract also calls for a 3.5% increase. There are no new positions created in this budget, and to the contrary, one position was eliminated and one position was reduced to part-time. Any full-time new hires in 2018 will be a result of filling open positions from natural attrition. Going into 2018, our current full-time work force of 180 high performing employees is the SMALLEST full-time staff in recent years and yet continues to deliver exemplary services to our residents.


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Our 0% 2018 renewal for health care benefits was one of the best pieces of news we received during the budget process compared to last year's increase of 6.89%. After seeing negative trends over the past two years, we reduced our selffunded prescription, dental, and vision benefit budget. There was only one “major hit” on the budget and that was the increase in our pension funding or minimum municipal obligation (MMO) ($760,889). While our debt levels have obviously increased over the past several years, the Township took a giant step toward modernization with the generational-type of improvements to our Township facilities. Those improvements however, come with a cost and the borrowing required to complete those projects allow us to spread those costs over the many years to come in which the community will use and benefit from those facilities. The Township anticipates refunding its 2010 & 2013 bonds in mid-2018 to take advantage of lower interest rates and save on future interest costs. A breakdown of township expenditures budgeted for 2018 are shown as follows:

2018 SEWER FUND BUDGET OVERVIEW Sewer rents charged to all properties on public sewer is the largest revenue generator of this fund at $4.8m. Those sewer rents are based on water usage as supplied to us by Aqua PA for the period (10/1/2016 9/30/2017). Our major revenue source is supplemented by various smaller line items such as investment earnings, lateral permits, etc. As mentioned earlier, the Township was able to keep the sewer rate unchanged at $4.70/1,000g of water used. The largest expenses within the sewer fund (other than personnel costs) are payments made to RHM and Upper Darby Township (as a conduit to the City of Philadelphia) for sewage processing through Delcora ($1.56m) and City of Philadelphia systems ($1.63m). The sewer fund also finances its own repairs and maintenance of the sanitary sewer lines throughout the Township. General fund monies are not used for these operations and conversely, sewer fund revenues cannot be used to offset general operations. 2018 CAPITAL PROJECTS FUND BUDGET OVERVIEW The capital projects fund budget is largely a

planning document. Simply because a project is in the budget does not mandate its completion and any contract regarding such projects will go before the Board of Commissioners for its approval. Frequently, planned projects are deferred to future years because of an operational or financial challenge. However, the major planned projects of note are the final completion of the combined municipal services building, extensive renovation of our library facilities with the majority of that project planned to occur in 2018 and 2019, an anticipated road program in 2019, large scale park improvements and several smaller scale projects throughout the Township and at the Skatium. To complete these goals, we anticipate a new money borrowing to be done in conjunction with the refunding of our 2010 and 2013 bond issues discussed earlier. In addition to the large-scale construction projects everyone is familiar with, the 2018 budget also includes continuation of the street light LED retrofit project. This 3rd phase hasst 1,619 lights nd th scheduled for retrofitting in the 1 , 2 , 5 , 8th & a rd small section of the 3 Wards in early 2018. This

phase will reduce the Township's annual environmental footprint by 489,636 kwH of electricity, 195,804 grams of sulfur dioxide, 337.63 metric tons of carbon dioxide, and 2,839,862 grams of nitrogen oxides. Coupled with the first two completed phases, we will eliminate over 733,000 KwH of electricity, 300,000 grams of sulfur dioxide, 515 metric tons of carbon dioxide, and 4.3million grams of nitrogen oxides. 2017 FINANCIAL RESULTS The preliminary figures for year-end 2017, show the general fund outperforming budget by approximately $900,000 and sewer fund outperforming budget by approximately $ 997,000. The driving forces behind this are better than expected collections of business and realty transfer taxes, higher than expected licensing and permit fees coupled with lower than expected self-funded employee benefits and sewage processing fees from RHM and Upper Darby Township (as conduit to the City of Philadelphia). The Township's 2017 audited financial statements will be available in June.

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Spring 2018 Newsletter


New Look for 2018 Township Tax Bills! The 2018 Township real estate tax/sewer/trash bills have a new look with a modernized 8 ½ x 11 bill that is perforated into three parts. Instructions are in the middle section with the original bill and copy on the top and bottom. We hope this new format makes amounts due and due dates clearer for all of our taxpayers. Any questions, please call the finance department for assistance at (610) 446-1000 ext. 2242 or 2240. **Reminder that the Township now accepts tax payments via credit card on our website. Details and instructions can be found at and click on the “Online Payment Center”**

Reassessment of Real Estate Taxes County Wide

Below is information provided by Delaware Board of Assessment: Delaware County Council contracted with Tyler Technologies Inc. to provide real property appraisal services for the County's 2020 general reassessment. The reassessment will be effective for the 2021 tax year. The project, which is being implemented through the County Treasurer's Office will utilize Tyler's appraisal and street imaging services. During the initial phase of this project, which began in December 2017, Tyler will provide the County with detailed, high-resolution street level images. Tyler will photograph properties from inside white vans which will be clearly marked. The images will only be taken from the street and Tyler staff will not enter private property. To alleviate any privacy concerns images will not be taken of homeowners and/or children. The reassessment project includes data gathering, verification of data, establishment of assessed values and an opportunity to appeal. The digital images will improve the quality of visual data used by the County and Tyler appraisers. The project will also allow verification and correction of address discrepancies. Additionally, the images will be helpful for emergency management recovery reports, necessary for state and federal assistance. Tyler is concluding the gathering of street level images in Upper Darby Township and will begin gathering images in Haverford Township, East Lansdowne Borough and Yeadon Borough beginning in February. A Reassessment Hotline has been set up for residents to call with any questions or concerns: (610) 891-5695. Expect that there will be winners and losers when this reassessment project is completed. If your taxes are raised as a result of the reassessment, there will be a process by which you can appeal the decision. Please note, however, that by law the entire reassessment must be revenue-neutral, meaning that this is not a means of raising taxes. Some, mostly newer, properties have relatively higher taxes than other, mostly older, homes. This process is meant to smooth out any gross disparities in taxes, not raise them overall.


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2017 Code Enforcement Report

The Codes Enforcement Office has implemented a new system to convert all paper documents to electronic files and is rolling out a paperless permit system in 2018. Director Joe Celia hopes to provide online permit applications for rental, housing and trade licenses, as well as certain building and highway occupancy permits by this summer. He and the Codes staff will be working to add all permit paperwork via the online system, including the ability to upload PDF files of drawings, photos with the online permit applications and communicate permit status and inspection via email. We will be adding credit card payments and will be exploring other electronic payment options. A new kiosk is being added in the lobby of the township building that will provide internet access for those who do not own a computer but need a permit.




Building .................................................1521........................................................$466,344.80 Plumbing ...............................................341..........................................................$63,710.50 Electrical................................................397 ..........................................................$67,220.50 HVAC......................................................88............................................................$87,913.00 Fire permits ...........................................7..............................................................$28,531.00




Amusement Licenses.............................16............................................................$5,500.00 Rental Licenses......................................911 ..........................................................$127,060.00 Health....................................................181 ..........................................................$36,370.00 Fire Inspections .....................................111..........................................................$8,775.00 Additionally, the following contractor's licenses were issued by the Codes Enforcement Office in 2017, with $49,580.00 in license fees collected.

LICENSES ................................ISSUED General Contractors...............................132 Plumbers................................................285 Electricians.............................................342 Mechanical ............................................23 Fire.........................................................14

Residential Property Sales Ward


Ward 1 Ward 2 Ward 3 Ward 4 Ward 5 Ward 6 Ward 7 Ward 8 Ward 9 Total

102 92 79 109 66 107 72 69 99 795

Total Sales

Average Sale Price

$29,414,760.00 $27,069,370.00 $32,438,677.00 $70,913,143.00 $30,267,780.00 $31,804,155.00 $23,943,500.00 $22,914,227.00 $30,430,637.00 $299,213,749.00

$288,380.00 $294,232.00 $410,616.00 $650,579.00 $458,603.00 $297,235.00 $332,145.00 $332,090.00 $307,380.00 $374,584.44

Commercial Property Sales Transfers

Total Sales

Average Sale Price




Total Fees Collected:.......................................................................................................$72,555.00 Commercial Use and Occupancy Certificates Issued:..................................................46 Total Fees Collected:.........................................................................................................$4,600.00


If you meet the 2018 Income Limits below you may be eligible to receive assistance with home repairs, including heater & roof replacement and other items. Household Size Total Income ** Less Than 1 $46,600 2 $53,250 3 $59,900 4 $66,550 **Current total income 5 $71,900 from all sources and 6 $77,200 for all deed holders 7 $82,550 and residents. 8 $87,850 This is a Federally and State funded program operated by Haverford Township. To apply, call Anthony J. Dunleavy Associates, Inc. at (610)352-5555 and ask for a Rehabilitation Program Application. Assistance is offered on an EQUAL OPPORTUNITY BASIS. If you need language assistance due to a Limited English Proficiency, please request it when you call.

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Library News Haverford Township Free Library 1601 Darby Road Havertown, PA 19083 610-446-3082 Library Hours: Monday - Wednesday. . . . . . 10:00 a.m. - 9:00 p.m. Thursday . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 10:00 a.m. - 6:00 p.m. Friday . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 10:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m. Saturday . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 10:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m. Sunday . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 1:00 p.m. - 5:00 p.m. Holiday Closings: Sunday, April 1, 2018 . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Easter Sunday, May 27, 2018 . . . . . Memorial Day Holiday Monday, May 28, 2018 . . . . . . . . . . Memorial Day

Upcoming Dates for the Spring Friends Designer Bag Bingo Saturday, March 24, 2018 from 7:00 p.m. to 10:00 p.m. Lisa Thomas-Laury discusses her book On Camera and Off Sunday, March 25, 2018 at 2:00 p.m. Jazz CafĂŠ: Red Rose Combo Friday, April 13, 2018 at 7:30 p.m. Kid's Comic Fest at Haverford Middle School Saturday, May 19, 2018 from 10:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. Friends Book Sale Friday, Saturday, & Sunday, June 1, 2, & 3

Haverford Township Adult School HTAS is where you learn, grow, connect! For over 50 years Haverford Township Adult School has been engaging individuals with classes involving a variety of sports, painting, dancing, cooking, exercising, crafting, decorating, computers, and much, much more. Haverford Adult School is looking for instructors with the following experience: Crafts History Line Dancing Sushi Making Beer Making/Tasting Floral Arranging We welcome new ideas! Email us at:

American Legion Post 338 and Haverford Historical Commission Want Your Help! American Legion Post 338 has been a longstanding part of the Haverford community since its founding in 1920 after World War I. Located at 2200 Grasslyn Avenue in Havertown, the Post has been home to veterans, civic groups, and celebrations throughout the years. It has served as a hub for the community for over ninety years, hosting the Boy Scouts, Disabled American Veterans, and serving as a polling location for the last seven years. As such, the Legion is exploring being added to the Haverford Historical Commission's Historic Resources Survey. In doing so, the Post would be designated as a historic resource for the Haverford community. Properties must meet specific criteria in order to be included on the Survey. In addition to the pride and prestige of owning a historic resource, property owners are eligible to receive assistance from the Historical Commission in maintaining the integrity of the historic resource. While the Post has an extensive archives, additional community information and images would be helpful in continuing this endeavor. If you have: Historic photographs Special memories Ephemera from functions held at or related to the Post Please reach out to American Legion Post 338 with any information or e-mail Commander Joseph E. Pinhak at 10

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Insurance Notice



An Important Announcement from Haverford Township


Sewer backups and flooding can cause devastating property damage and are not covered by standard homeowners’ insurance policies. The majority of these claims are the responsibility of the property owner. Sewage from sanitary sewer lines occasionally back up into houses through drain pipes. These backups not only cause extensive water damage that is difficult and expensive to repair, but also create health hazards.

Haverford Township is not responsible for damages caused by sewers, drains and sump pumps except under limited/special circumstances provided by the PA Municipal Immunity law. Township residents should review their homeowner’s, flood and sewer backup insurance coverage with their agent/insurance company in order to properly protect their personal residences—probably the most valuable tangible asset that we all have. Article I, Section 149-3, subsection C (2), Sewer Service Regulations of the Township Code, states that all sewer service laterals from the Township’s sewer, regardless of location, are the property of the customer and/or owner and shall be maintained by him in good condition and repair. Please pay particular attention to the following coverages: Coverage for Sewers, Drains and Sump Pumps: This valuable coverage is not included under your standard homeowner's policy but can be purchased by endorsement for an additional premium. Flood Coverage: Flood coverage is not included under your homeowner’s policy. However, flood insurance is available under the National Flood Insurance Program (NFIP) and can be obtained through your insurance agent or broker.

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How to Dispose of “Nearly” Anything Radioactive Waste

Sanitation trucks are scanned for radioactive waste upon arriving at a disposal facility. If any radiation is detected to be present within the trash load, the truck is detained and isolated by the facility. Administrative personnel, PA DEP, and the Bureau of Radiation Protection are notified and a certified health physicist is engaged to isolate and determine the type and degree of radioactive material. Trucks that test positive for radiation are unable to resume trash collection for the day and are issued a fine by the disposal facility. The most frequent instances of alarms are from residentially generated medical wastes such as radioactive iodine from stress tests, chemotherapeutic treatments for cancer, and waste from people or pets receiving nuclear medical or radiation oncology treatments. Radioactive or potentially contaminated items should never be discarded with regular trash. For information on the proper disposal of medical waste, please consult your physician. If you require the collection of contaminated items, please contact the Department of Public Works.

Disposing of Needles


Brush is to be put out in cans or brown biodegradable bags, NO PLASTIC BAGS.

Needles can be disposed of in a juice or milk plastic lined container, a coffee can, a plastic laundry detergent bottle or a container from a medical professional where the needles are contained. There have been too many issues with our employees being stuck by random needles in the trash. As a matter of public health, do not throw loose needles in the trash.

NO GRASS OR LEAVES may be added to brush collection; they will be picked up in your regular trash. Of course, leaves will be collected separately during the fall season.

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We will be happy to arrange a pickup for latex paint cans. Please call (610) 446-1000 ext. 2263.

Brush Pick-up

Brush, consisting of small tree/hedge trimmings, weeds, branches less than 3 feet long and 1 ½ inches in diameter is picked up separately from your regular trash pickup. Brush pickup helps reduce the amount of trash going to the Marple Transfer Station and it greatly reduces the disposal fees we pay to keep sanitation fees to you down. Brush is picked up on Monday, and must be out for collection by 6:30 a.m. Please follow the following rules when placing brush for collection:

If you use needles, please dispose of them in a safe manner.

Branches must be tied together with rope or twine, DO NOT USE WIRE.

Single Stream Recycling

We encourage all residents to recycle and single stream recycling makes it easier than ever! 32 gallon recycling bins are available for purchase at the Township Building for $20.00. Alternatively, free recycling decal stickers are available in the Department of Public Works or the main receptionist desk for residents who have purchased their own unlabeled bins. New residents who have purchased a home within the six months may pick up a bin at no cost. Please call the Public Works Department at (610) 4461000 ext. 2264 or 2263 for further details.


Styrofoam in any form: take out containers, egg cartons, packaging, meat trays, etc. If you are unsure if an item is recyclable, please call the Public Works department.


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Strippers & Removers

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UNACCEPTABLE MATERIALS Explosives & Ammunition Infectious or Medical Waste Tires Latex Paint* (Water-Based)

Electronics Pressurized CFCs & HCFCs Helium Tanks Gas Cylinders

*Take off lid, dry out paint, discard can without lid; or pour paint into plastic bag with absorbent material (clay based kitty litter, saw dust, rags) place bag and can without lid, in trash. Paint hardener can also be purchased at hardware stores.

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Tree Work & Street Light Replacement PECO Tree Work Advisory

To improve the reliability of our electrical service, PECO is actively working on a capital improvement project in various parts of the township. 30% of outages are due to fallen trees and tree branches, the improvement project will include tree removal and trimming around power lines.

The following PECO website link lists trees that are approved to be planted near power lines. Plant trees from this list to avoid heavy tree trimming or removal in the future. Safety/Pages/TPPlantingTrees.aspx

You can also contact Haverford Township Tree Tenders to apply for a tree to be planted by volunteers at a spring or fall planting. haverfordtownshiptreetenders/home

converted. The new technology of LED lights will be warmer, offer better clarity, less glare, and be just as bright as existing fixtures. Additionally, street lighting energy consumption will be dramatically reduced. After rebates, the total projected costs is $357,214.00. It is anticipated that annual electric savings will be 68% which, at current kwh, is equal to $93,358.00 and maintenance savings totaling $108,918.00.

We have been working our way through other energy saving efforts as well, including the new, energy efficient buildings and alternate fuels vehicles for our fleets.

In 2008, Haverford Township targeted a greenhouse gas reduction of 1510 metric tons by 2020. Including this newest phase of lighting retrofits, the community total of 714.11 metric tons of greenhouse gases will be saved just from lighting modifications.

We feel confident that we will be able to complete the street light retrofits by 2020, and will realize our 30% reduction goal at the same time.

If trees will be impacted on your property, you will receive a notice from PECO with a description of the work to be performed. If you have any questions, contact PECO promptly and a PECO representative will meet you at your property to review the planned tree work. PECO does not have any responsibility to replace trees that they need to remove or trim. The Haverford Shade Tree Committee encourages you to consider planting replacement trees, ideally trees native to our area, to help keep Haverford Township green!

Street Light Replacement Program and Electricity Contract

Consistent with the Township's Climate Action Plan to reduce emissions of greenhouse gases by 30% below the 2005 baseline levels by 2020, we are currently undertaking the replacement or conversion of 3300 high pressure sodium and mercury vapor street lights (just the light fixtures) to all LED. Sixteen hundred and nineteen street lights will be converted between February and April for Phase III of the street light project. In this phase, Wards 1, 2, 5 and 8, and the remainder of Ward 3 will be

Forecasters Predict: Spring Snow!

Snow Removal Reminder

Residents are reminded to remove their vehicles from the streets as soon as the snow starts to fall. Street parking impedes the Public Works Crews, delaying clean up. All sidewalks are to be cleared of snow and ice 24 hours after the snow stops falling. If your neighbor is unable to clear their sidewalk, consider pitching in to clear it out. Do not clear the end of your driveway until the storm has stopped and the road is plowed curb to curb. This will save you work and will lower your frustration level. The Township has a goal to open one lane of traffic in each direction on every road and later return to plow the snow back to the curb, exposing the storm water inlets. Residents are reminded of Township


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Ordinance #2629, which clearly states that it is unlawful for any property owner, resident, his/her contractor, agent or employee to shovel, plow discharge or otherwise place snow into any street, roadway, sidewalk, or alley within the Township of Haverford. This ordinance is strictly enforced!


The Township has also switched our electricity contract to 100% nuclear, which is significant move to reduce our carbon footprint given nuclear power produces 0% carbon emissions.

Hidden Hydrants

Winter storms can often hide fire hydrants under mounds of snow. Firefighters can lose precious time trying to locate and shovel out a hydrant before hooking up a hose. Please consider clearing the area around any hydrants close to your residence or business. A 3-foot path on all sides will make it easier to locate and operate the hydrants in an emergency. Thank you!

Never leave your car running unattended... in your driveway, on the street, or in a parking lot.

"PUFFING" Criminals look for easy opportunity and refer to your running car as "puffing" due to the cars exhaust smoke when idling. As the weather has gotten colder more vehicles have been reported stolen.

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Environmental Update Purchase LED or Compact Fluorescent Lights Guaranteed return on investment! Single handedly reduce 31,000 lbs. of CO2 emissions over the life of the bulbs if you replace 20 bulbs that are used an average of three hours a day and buy “average power” from PECO. All 20,000 Haverford homes would cut 620,000,000 lbs of CO2 emissions over life of the bulbs. Free/Discounted Home Energy Conservation Get FREE or low cost energy audits and weatherization services from the Community Action Agency of Delaware County at (610) 521-8770 or personalized recommendations to help you save energy and money from PECO 1-888-5732672,

Haverford Township's Annual EARTH DAY Celebration Saturday, April 21, 2018 Join us outside the CREC to learn about the steps we can take to reduce our environmental impact, and have FUN doing it! Connect with your community to learn about buying local food, test drive an electric vehicle (EV), take a spin on a bike-powered blender, learn how to be friends to our pollinators, dig into DIY worm bin composting, look for recycling tips and so much more. Riverbend Environmental Education Center, the Grange beekeepers, PA Resources Council and Greener Partners will join us again, in addition to many more. Take home eco-friendly crafts and a free tree to plant! It's going to be a great event for the whole family to enjoy. Search Facebook events for “Haverford Earth Day” or check the Parks and Recreation webpage for a full schedule and an EV test drive sign-up. Reserving a time slot is recommended, walk-up test drives will be available if open spots remain.

Taking Action to Address Climate Change

What is Haverford doing to address climate change? Haverford Township has done a progress assessment of its 2008 Climate Action Plan to determine how well we are doing vs. the plan's original goals for 2020 and whether additional or revised measures are warranted. The Township has made big investments in energy efficient street lighting, buildings and geothermal heating for the CREC but is also reaping significant return on this investment for Haverford taxpayers. It also passed a resolution asking state and federal lawmakers to act to combat climate change. Look for future updates on Haverford's commitment to “going green” as we continue to evaluate our progress. What can I do? Far more greenhouse gases are generated by residents than the township's operations. Don't wait for Congress or the Legislature to act - there is plenty you can do right now that can have a great return on investment likely better than most of your personal investing! You can fight climate change and save money while doing it - what are you waiting for? Buy Green Power - You can install solar power using one of the many available providers OR you can simply buy green power from one of many renewable providers, often at less cost than the PECO price! Take 10 minutes to switch to renewable power at If you have questions or need help to make the leap to green electricity, community members who have already switched are willing to offer their assistance. E-mail them at or reach out to the Haverford EAC. This is really one of the simplest steps you can take to make an immediate impact.


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Buy Green Vehicles - Consumer Reports has rated a hybrid as the vehicle with the lowest lifetime cost of ownership for many years. They may carry a slightly higher price tag, but the return on investment from lower fuel, maintenance and repair costs makes them great investments. Electrics and hybrid plug-ins are great options that can keep you out of the gas station and if you buy renewable energy keep you on the go with no carbon emissions. Come to Haverford's Earth Day celebration and take one out for a spin to see for yourself! Recycle - Recycling reduces your trash fees and helps the planet! Single stream recycling makes it easier than ever, everything goes in one can. For more information about Haverford Township's recycling program, please call the Department of Public Works at (610) 446-1000 ext. 2264 or 2263. Ask for a Rain Garden - Rain Gardens are beautiful landscaped areas built down, instead of up, intercepting runoff from buildings, driveways and other impervious surfaces before it can reach the storm sewers and streams. Small gardens are typically six to twelve inches deep and drain within a day or two after a rain. Plants are water and drought tolerant and need little or no watering after they are established. Find more information at Haverford residents and businesses can request a free rain garden (some owner's sweat equity required) to help “slow the flow”, improve stream water quality and reduce flooding. The Haverford Environmental Advisory Committee's "100 Rain Gardens in 10 Years Initiative” has selected another five rain gardens for residents to be installed this spring, but there is still time to be considered for five available rain gardens this fall! You can see rain gardens at Haverford Reserve, Merwood Park, Paddock Park, Oakmont Parking Lot and Nitre Hall and 30 homes across the Township.

Stormwater Planters for Haverford Businesses

Stormwater Planters are designed to filter and detain water from downspouts watering a beautiful array of water and drought tolerant plants. Haverford businesses may request a free stormwater flow through planter if they have downspouts in a visible, paved location. A limited number will be available to good locations under a pilot program funded by the Haverford Township Civic Council. Check your downspouts and request a planter by emailing with the subject

A storm water planter and one of our Rain Gardens on Darby Road near Brookline Boulevard.

Stream Smart House Calls

If a rain garden is not for you, the Stream Smart Stormwater House Call project, funded by the National Fish and Wildlife Foundation, will conduct FREE property audits to determine how stormwater flows on your property and to educate owners about options to slow and redirect stormwater utilizing simple improvements such as rain gardens, rain barrels, green roofs, pervious pavement, and more to divert stormwater from running directly into waterways. When stormwater is directed to green areas such as rain gardens or green roofs, it is scrubbed clean of contaminants before the water meets the stream. Are you interested in improving the water quality of your local creek? Are you concerned about the stormwater that leaves your property? Are you interested in a rain garden or rain barrel or other forms of landscaping? Do you live near a creek or stream? If you answered yes to any of these questions, fill out a short survey at to find out if Stream Smart House Calls can help you. To volunteer your time, muscles or ideas, email or come to one of our meetings, on the 1st Tuesday of each month normally at 7:30 p.m. in the Township Building.

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Health And Wellness type cold packs do not reach a therapeutic temperature.

Sprains, Strains, and Automobiles

The warm weather of spring brings us the emergence of new life and desire to spend time outdoors. Gone is the cautious treading on icy surfaces and on the uneven paths carved in the snow. This season gives us beautiful blossoms along our many trails and fields filled with those playing various sports. However, it is also the season of “Sprains and Strains”. Just as the foliage needs time to stretch from its winter's shelter, so do we. Whether we are experiencing a new adventure in nature or playing the first few innings of ball; we are prone to early season injuries. When a suspected sprain or strain occurs, the best immediate treatment, according to the American Orthopaedic Foot and Ankle Society, is R.I.C.E. Rest - Stop the activity, “walking off” or “shaking off” an injury is a myth and can make the injury worse.

Ice - Actual ice in crushed form is best and

ice in any form is better than no ice. Apply for 20 minutes and off for 20 minutes, a layer of fabric between the ice bag and skin is recommended. Sorry, while convenient, the “Chemical “ or “squeeze”

Student Athletes & Misuse of Prescription Drugs Prescription Medications

The class of prescription drugs most commonly prescribed for pain is opioids, such as Vicodin, Percocet, Codeine, Demerol or Oxycontin. Under a doctor's orders, these medications can be very helpful. But if used improperly, they can be dangerous. Most individuals who misuse prescription medications, particularly teens, believe these substances are safer than illegal drugs because they are prescribed by a doctor. Doctors take into account things like the patient's age, weight, and medical history; the drug's form, dose, and possible side effects; and the potential for addiction, when prescribing medications. 70% of people 12 and older who abuse prescription drugs get them from family and friends, and 60% of teens who have abused prescription pain killers have done so before the age of 15.

elastic bandage without impeding circulation or causing more pain.

cause these injuries. Please utilize the many marked and well lit defined crosswalks within our Township and teach children proper street crossing techniques. For more information:

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Compression - Wrap the injury site with an

wrong! Elevation must be higher than the heart! For more information please visit If symptoms continue or a fracture is suspected seek medical attention and remember that 911 is always available to help you.


The number of pedestrians struck by automobiles continues to rise. While there are numerous explanations for this fact; it cannot be ignored that the excitement of springtime activities contributes to these events. Whether chasing a ball into the street, the longer days with activities ending at dusk reducing driver visibility, or the excitement of a child hurrying to a park; all of us must be on guard for the factors that

What is Addiction?

Addiction is a disease characterized by compulsive drug seeking behavior regardless of the consequences. As the illness progresses, an addicted person needs more of the drug, the illness becomes harder to treat, and the risk of overdose increases. Misusing medication can lead to serious consequences including rapid addiction, other substance use, criminal activity, and even death. People who misuse pain killers might not understand how these factors interact and put them at risk for serious negative consequences. Additionally, mixing prescription opioids with alcohol or other drugs is the leading cause of overdose death in Delaware County. It is important for parents/guardians to be aware of what substances your student athlete may be exposed to or using during the season. What are the signs and symptoms you should look for?

Signs of use

• Anxiety/Irritability • Insomnia • Long periods of sleep • Loss of appetite or Nausea • Watery eyes • Chills • Depression • Disorientation • Pinpoint pupils

• Forgetfulness • Increased sensitivity • Change in appearance • Receiving lower grades • Increased absence

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The Haverford Township EMS Department cannot stress enough the importance of helmets. Every year we treat numerous preventable head injuries due to the lack of a helmet. We understand and we have heard the excuses from our own children: “But it's not cool!”, “My friends don't have to wear one!”, “I'll take it with me and wear it if I need it” (a departmental favorite). However; none of these excuses mean much when a parent is in the waiting room at the Trauma Center. Anyone who is riding a bicycle, skateboard, rollerblading or the like should wear a helmet. Parents riding with children need to be an example by also wearing a helmet. Consider this: If parents are not wearing a helmet; are they teaching safety or excuses? Make a firm rule in your home: “No Helmet No Ride!”

Take Action! What can you do if your athlete is prescribed medication? 1. Know - Know what medications your athlete is using and the signs of use, dependency, and overdose. 2. Monitor - The adult in the household should maintain possession of the medication and closely monitor the dosage and refills. Although most youth are capable of selfadministering over-the-counter pain killers, prescription opiates should be closely supervised by an adult. Set clear rules with your medications! Never share, take more than prescribed, or mix with other drugs. 3. Talk - Discuss the dangers of prescription medications with your athlete. Emphasize that just because they are prescribed by a doctor, it does not make them safe! 4. Lock Your Meds - Keep all prescription medications locked up to keep your family and friends safe! When the prescription is no longer needed, dispose of the unused medication at any of the Montgomery County Drop Box locations. (visit for locations.)

• May not awaken when aroused • Cold, clammy skin • Blue lips, face, hands • Struggle for breath Signs of dependency • Elevated body • Change in personality temperature • Social withdrawal • Vomiting • Change in daily habits • Behaving • Neglect responsibilities irrationally/confused *If you see any of these signs, consider this an emergency situation and call 911 immediately!


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Haverford Township Bureau of Fire STOP! Prevent False Fire Alarms All buildings equipped with a fire alarm system must contact their alarm company prior to any construction activity. Alarms must be taken OUT OF SERVICE every morning, and put BACK IN SERVICE at the end of the work day. * VIOLATORS WILL BE SUBJECT TO FINES. *

Meet Our Firefighters: Tim Moore

Tim Moore is a 41 year old firefighter who has volunteered for nine years with Oakmont Fire Company. Tim resides in Havertown on Harvard Rd with his wife Beth and two children, Nicolas (age 9), and Sarah (age 5). He attended Rutgers University where he obtained his B.S. in Natural Resource Management. After completing his B.S. he went on to Wilkes University to complete his Masters of Education. Currently, Tim is employed by the West Chester East High School and teaches TechEd. When Tim isn't working or volunteering he enjoys hiking, woodworking, and surfing. We interviewed Tim to learn more about his passion for firefighting and dedication to community service.

Tim was looking for adventure while he was working in Wyoming on the outskirts of Yellowstone for the National Forest Service in 2001. After a fire broke out on a local mountain, the wild fire crew recruited him to work on their team. Tim completed training and was dropped off on a mountain by helicopter and realized that this was the excitement he needed in his life! After the attacks on September 11, 2001 Tim returned back to his hometown, Narberth, to be closer to his family. He joined the Narberth Fire Company where his father served for 45 years. After 7 years of running with Narberth he moved to Havertown to start a family and began his service with Oakmont Fire Company. Tim completed the fire academy and is nationally certified as a structural firefighter and wildland firefighting. He also has training in vehicle rescue so that he can work with the tools carried on Oakmont Fire Company's vehicle rescue truck.


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As a firefighter in Havertown, Tim likes the feeling of being able to help neighbors and enjoys the camaraderie he feels with other firefighters. He has a sense of responsibility as a volunteer and wants to ensure that the community knows that all of the Haverford Township Fire companies are volunteers and are family friendly.

search and rescue, and laddering the building. The trucks are each about a $1,000,000 and are able to lift firefighters to over 95 feet and flow water to the roof of a building. In addition to our township's ladder trucks and engines we are also have rescue trucks which can help residents who are trapped in vehicles.

If you're interested in joining the Haverford Township Bureau of Fire please contact your local fire company.

The cost of the truck is only a small piece of providing a fire response. The dedication of the individual volunteer firefighter is the most valuable asset our township has. Most of the Haverford Township Bureau of Fire firefighters are nationally certified in firefighting. The volunteers dedicate 177 hours toward initial certification. The cost of training the members falls on each individual company. Once passing their Firefighter 1 course members often continue their training in vehicle rescue, Hazardous materials, high angle rescue, and wildland firefighting. You never know what skill set you may need when responding to a fire.

The Price of a Fire

A siren sounds after a fire is discovered in Havertown and phoned into the county dispatcher by a worried citizen. Men and women rush from their homes after hearing the call to duty. They arrive to the fire station and pull on their turnout gear, jump onto the fire truck, and roll toward the fire. We often see the firefighter when they are operating on the scene but don't think about the cost associated with this life and property saving service. Modern firefighting equipment allows firefighters to attack fires deep within structures. The “turn out gear” has evolved many times over the years. The three layer coat and pants are $2,300 and protect the firefighter from heat, steam, and water. To fully encapsulate the firefighter so that no skin is exposed they must be outfitted with a helmet ($300), gloves ($75), nomex hood ($50), and 14” boots ($275). A self-contained breathing apparatus (S.C.B.A.) is worn that protects the firefighters lungs from the carcinogens in the smoke. The S.C.B.A. allows the firefighter approximately 30 minutes of working time in the structure at a cost of $7,000 per pack.

Our volunteers maintain full time careers, have families at home, and hold other hobbies in addition to firefighting. The personal cost of firefighting is difficult to appraise. We wake up at odd hours to respond when the siren sounds. Sometimes responding means leaving family or a hobby for a short time to ensure that life and property is safe in another part of town. A fire call can fill a slow time in your week and give you a stronger sense of the strength of our community when you assist a neighbor. As a firefighter in Havertown you can be sure that many other dedicated members are jumping up to the fire siren and making the response with you, even at 4:00 in the morning!

Hundreds of feet of hoselines are on $500,000 fire engines in various sizes from 5” to 1 ¾” . The hose brings water from the fire hydrants to the pump and then the engineer sends the water to the seat of the fire. Hydrants are rented from Aqua in our township at a cost of $168,000 a year. While the engine pumps thousands of gallons of water a ladder truck operates on scene. The ladder crew is responsible for ventilation,

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Community Notices Emerald Ash Borer Alert

Swimming Pool Owners Responsibilities to Protect Local Streams

Every year, there are fish kills in our local streams due to the discharge of water that has not been fully dechlorinated to storm drains. Pennsylvania's Clean Stream Law prohibits the discharge of any swimming pool water without a permit. However, it has been the DEP's policy not to require permits for discharges from single resident pools provided the guidelines outlined below are followed. Please check if your municipality allows discharges to sanitary sewers. Residents and property managers who drain water from swimming pools need to be aware of ways to minimize environmental impact from pool water which contains chemicals that may be harmful to the environment. This invasive beetle is now in our area and will inevitably kill all ash trees over the next few years. If you own an ash tree, ACT NOW to begin protecting it or plan to remove it. Dead and dying ash trees become very brittle and are dangerous and costly to remove. If your ash tree is healthy and a valuable part of your landscape, it can be treated with insecticide to suppress EAB. Regular treatment has been shown to save most healthy Ash trees and is cheaper than removing it. However, if you wait until you notice something is wrong with your tree, it will likely be too late. If the tree is already unhealthy, or has defects or damage and is not a valuable part of your landscape, you should have it removed now. It is easier, safer, and less expensive to remove the tree before it dies. There are many good options for trees to plant to replace your lost tree at the Haverford Township Shade Tree Commission website. Consult an ISA certified arborist for treatment or removal options. You can find one at For more information on Emerald Ash Borer visit these sites: Neighbors Against Bad Bugs (NABB)

Do I Need a Permit? As the weather becomes warmer, there is a tendency to want to make our outdoor living areas more livable. Often times, we are in a rush to start our “To-Do” projects that have grown over the winter months without much of a second thought. Did you apply for and receive a permit or even know that a permit was required? A permit is required for new construction, additions, alterations, any project that requires structural changes. Building permit applications are available on the Township website or at the Township office. Check with the Community Development Department before you make alterations to your home or business. Here are some of the improvements that require permits:

Fences or walls Standing water or accumulated rain and/or pool water from the previous season should be pumped from the top so as not to disturb settled solids. Solids on the pool bottom should not be discharged. Following pump down of water, solids should be cleaned out manually. Leave the water in the pool at least one week without chlorinating prior to draining. Please test the pH and chlorine residual of the water to be discharged. Drain the pool only when a test kit indicates no detectable chlorine levels, and a pH level between 6.5 and 7.8. If your pool contains algae or a black film of organic matter, collect it and compost it. This water may also contain low dissolved oxygen or have elevated temperatures, so please discharge over a grassy area to avoid it from reaching storm drains. Never drain pool water directly into a stream, pond, or other body of water. Pump pool water out over an open area, such as a lawn, at a rate slow enough so that is absorbed and does not reach the stream or storm drains. Avoid drainage paths that may spill water onto neighbors' properties. Properly store pool chemicals to prevent leaks and spills, and follow the instructions on labels for disposal.

Structural repair or replacement Sheds, Greenhouses Fireplaces Wood deck, patio, porch Alternative Energy Systems Swimming pools, spa or hot tubs over 24 inches in depth Changes in use, home occupations, change in commercial tenants New building and additions Heating and air condition replacement or installation Roof replacement Plumbing alterations Electrical work or new installation Interior alterations Signs

By following these simple steps, you can help ensure that your pool will not only provide months of summer fun, but will also leave minimal pollution to our precious natural water supplies.


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Skatium News 1002 Darby Road Havertown, PA 19083 (610) 853-2225 Information Line (610)853-3252 Business Office Facebook: Haverford Skatium Twitter: @HavSkatium The Haverford Skatium has been the premier winter sports facility in Delaware County since it opened its doors in 1974. Proudly serving Haverford Township, the rink offers the best NHL regulation sized rink with year round ice hockey, figure skating, camps, clinics, skating lessons, public skating, and special events. In addition to our programs, the rink features Have-A-Burger restaurant and Hockeytown Pro Shop. Both are privately owned and are valuable parts of our facility.

Spring and Summer Public Skating Hours Sunday: 12:15p.m. - 1:45p.m. Monday-Friday: 10:00 a.m. 12:00 p.m. Friday Evening: 7:00 p.m. - 8:30 p.m. Saturday: 1:45 p.m. - 3:15p.m.


Adult: .........................$8.00 Child 6 and Under:.....$6.00 Seniors:......................$3.00 Skate Rental:..............$2.00 Skate Helpers:............$3.00 Cash, Credit (Visa or MasterCard) or Check Accepted!

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10 Admission Passbook for use at any of our Public Skating Sessions $65.00 for Township Residents ($75.00 with Skate Rental) $70.00 for Non-Residents ($80.00 with Skate Rental) Private Ice Rental and Group Outings: The Skatium is available to rent at an affordable cost. We also offer Group Rate Pricing for Scout Troops, School and Church Groups and other organizations. For more info please call (610) 853-3252 or e-mail Best Burgers in Havertown! For birthday party information, please call Have-A-Burger at (610) 853-4637 or e-mail Haverford Township

skating lessons please contact our Skating Director, Kristin Caparra at (610) 853-2085 or e-mail Lessons are offered on Tuesdays & Thursdays: 4:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m. Sundays: 3:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m. A hockey clinic is also offered on Sundays from 1:55 p.m. to 2:55 p.m.

More information can be found on our website under “Learn to Skate.”

Crossroads Figure Skating Club is offered to boys and girls, 3 years of age to adult. Freestyle (Figure Skating Practice) Ice Time: Monday, Wednesday & Friday: 7:30 a.m. - 9:45 a.m. Tuesday & Thursday: 6:00 a.m. - 9:45 a.m. and 3:15 p.m. - 5:00 p.m. $16.00 for each one hour session

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Hockeytown is your stop for all your Ice Hockey Equipment needs as well as ordering T-Shirts, Screen Printing and Embroidery for any team or company event. Skate Sharpening by Frank's Sharpening, Performance Edges, now available before & during all hockey games. Appointments available, call Frank at (267) 432-4280

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Summer Camps & Programs We're here to help!

HavaGood Times Summer Preview

For any questions on activities, program locations, registration, or creating an account, please call the Recreation Department at (610) 446-9397.

Check out the Summer edition of the HavaGood Times for information about the Weekend Nature Series, Sports Leagues and Fitness classes. Summer registration will start on Sunday, April 30, 2018.

Adult Co-ed Softball League

For the second straight year, Haverford Recreation offers a fun and competitive adult softball league. Games will be played M/W from mid-May through late-July at 6:45 p.m. Team fee: $900 *Sponsor recommended To register, e-mail by April 20, 2018.

Coming Soon! Online Registration System for Recreation Programs

Register yourself or family members for programs. View additional program information not featured in the brochure. Gain easy access to your family's program schedules. Better communicate through text alerts and email. Make payments to your account. View your payment history and previous registration information.

Full Day Summer Camp

Monday, June 25, 2018 through August 10, 2018 8:00 a.m. - 6:00 p.m. Ages 6-12 Please see our website for details. Registration will open on March 12, 2018.

Summer Sports Camp

The Recreation Department offers summer sports for boys and girls in basketball, lacrosse, soccer, ultimate frisbee, and tennis and for girls in volleyball and field hockey. A full list of dates, times, and fees will be on our website in March. Registration will open on April 2, 2018.

Community Recreation & Environmental Center Drop-IN for Fun & Fitness at the CREC The CREC Fitness Center was designed to give you the health benefits of nature and the outdoors in a comfortable, welcoming setting. Away from the traffic, noise and stress, you can strengthen and rejuvenate your mind, body and spirit.


Basketball Courts

Beginning January 1, 2018, the non-resident rate for use of the CREC Gym and Fitness Center passes will increase. You must show your ID to get the resident rate. Residents - $5 Non-residents - $7 Discount passes available: 10 passes $40 Resident 20 passes $60 Resident 30 passes $75 Resident No Membership Fees, No Annual Fees.

*Monday through Friday- 7:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. Shoot around by yourself or with friends and family. *Times are subject to change. Please check our website for updates.

$50 Non-resident $75 Non-resident $90 Non-resident

Walking Track Monday through Friday- 7:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m. Saturdays- 8:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. Free to Haverford Township Residents

Fitness Center Monday through Friday- 7:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m. Saturdays- 8:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m.

Pickleball Monday through Friday- 9:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. Residents $3.00 or 10 passes for $25.00 Non-residents $5.00 or 10 passes $35.00 28

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Upcoming Events Haverford Home & Garden Show

Cobbs Creek Nature Walk

Saturday, March 17, 2018 10:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. Meet at Beechwood-Brookline Station on Karakung Drive Enjoy a nature walk on the Heritage Trail through historic Powder Mill Valley and discover reawakening flowers, trees and wildlife. This walk includes three to four miles of easy walking and one steep and narrow section.

Sunday, April 15, 2018 10:00 a.m. - 6:00 p.m. Haverford Recreation and Environmental Center - 9000 Parkview Drive, Haverford

Preparing Your Garden For Spring Workshop

Sunday, March 18, 2018 2:00 p.m. - 3:30 p.m. Haverford Recreation and Environmental Center - 9000 Parkview Drive, Haverford Registration is encouraged, walk-ins are welcome. All of your gardening questions will be answered as you get ready for spring. We will determine how to select a site, basic maintenance and cleanup, amending the soil and what to plant when.

Attic Treasure Sale at the Grange Estate

Saturday, April 7, 2018 8:00 a.m. 12:00 p.m. Sunday, April 8, 2018 9:00 a.m. 12:00 p.m. 143 Myrtle Avenue, Havertown Haverford Township's historic Grange Estate is hosting its semi-annual “Attic Treasures Sale,” Items for sale include dishes, glassware, books, garden items, knicknacks, bric-a-brac and more!

The Magic of Birds Part 2

Sunday, April 8, 2018 9:30 a.m. 11:00 a.m. Haverford Recreation and Environmental Center - 9000 Parkview Drive, Haverford Registration is encouraged, walk-ins are welcome. Back by popular demand, Ben Labovitz, the owner of Wild Birds Unlimited in Havertown, will expand on his bird talk. Are you interested in knowing more about the nature living around your own home? Ben will describe the basics of backyard bird feeding, including types of food and feeders, and descriptions of the birds we're most likely to see here in this region, and more.

Spring Peeper Walk

Darby - Cobbs Watershed Cleanup

Sunday, April 22, 2018 9:00 a.m. 12:00 p.m. Glendale Park/Merry Place 600 Glendale Road, Havertown Merwood Park East Hathaway Lane, Havertown The Grange Estate- 143 Myrtle Avenue, Havertown The Darby Creek Valley Association is seeking volunteers for the 34th annual Watershed Wide Cleanup event! This event encompasses approximately 35 sites, spread over the entire watershed including: Darby Creek, Cobbs Creek, Naylor's Run, Muckinpatis Creek, Ithan Creek, and various other small streams. For more information, e-mail

Vegetable Garden

$5 per person (children under 12 are free). Come connect with local home design professionals, get hands-on with “Make & Take” workshops, shop our marketplace, and much more! For more information, please visit our website at

Pandora's Garden

Wednesday, April 18, 2018 through June 13, 2018 10:00 a.m. - 11.30 a.m. Friday, April 20, 2018 through June 15, 2018 10:00 a.m. 11:30 a.m. 143 Myrtle Avenue, Havertown, PA 19083 $180 per applicant A nature camp for toddlers to stimulate and expand their young, inquisitive minds and imagination, Pandora's Garden is a nature based play class for toddlers aged 18 months to 4 years. Each week we explore a nature theme with songs, stories, nature based creative activities and outdoor play. For more information, please e-mail or call (610) 446-4958

Sunday, April 22, 2018 2:00 p.m. - 3:30 p.m. Haverford Recreation and Environmental Center - 9000 Parkview Drive, Haverford Registration is encouraged, walk-ins are welcome. Start a vegetable garden! The flavor and texture of homegrown veggies are better than any grocery store. Learn what to plant and how to tend for the best harvest.

Arbor Day Celebration

Sunday, April 29, 2018 1:00 p.m. 3:00 p.m. The Grange Estate 143 Myrtle Avenue, Havertown Friends of the Grange celebrate Arbor Day with a musical recital by Haverford Middle School's Choir “Seventh Heaven.”

The 5th Annual Haverford Spring Fest Presented by Kelly Music For Life

Sunday, May 6, 2018 12:00 p.m. - 7:00 p.m. Brookline Boulevard at Darby Road Donations are requested at admission. Featuring: Elton Rohn - Tribute to Elton John, Live at the Fillmore - Tribute to the Allman Brothers, Earth, Wonder, Fire - The music of Earth, Wind & Fire and Stevie Wonder, Haverford High School Jazz Ensemble Michael Fein, Director. Food, fun, crafters, artisans, Kids Fun Zone, and so much more.

Saturday, April 14, 2018 4:30 p.m. - 6:30 p.m. Haverford Recreation and Environmental Center - 9000 Parkview Drive, Haverford Be a spring peeper and find all the new growth within the Haverford Reserve. Wetland Ecologist, Derron LaBrake will lead this walk and talk and hopefully we will be able to hear the many sounds of the spring peeper frog.


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