Welcome to newtowncrossing.info, the official website for the Newtown Crossing Community Association.
Here you will find notices, news, event postings, contact information, and more.
Rent the Manor House for your next event
The historic and beautiful Manor House can be rented by any Newtown Crossing resident.
For more information please call Bonnie Dettra at 215 860-9818.
HELP IDENTIFY COMMUNITY ASH TREES AT RISK
NCCA Board member Carl Ruzicka is leading a proactive assessment of all community ash trees.
You may be aware that Bucks County is experiencing an infestation of the emerald ash borer, an insect that kills ash trees. Carl has arranged for 2 companies to be on site this coming Monday and Tuesday (September 12 & 13) to get as wide a look at the scope of the problem in our community as possible. We are asking the companies to give us an assessment of the condition of the trees, what treatment they would recommend, and the costs associated with those treatments.
You can help by identifying any groves of ash trees, within Newtown Crossing, numbering 3 or more, of which you are aware. Please notify Carl by email firstname.lastname@example.org or by calling him at 267-269-5909.
This image will help you to identify ash trees:
See this link for more information about the emerald ash borer: http://emeraldashborer.info
Thank you for your help!
Important Sidewalk Notice
Members of the Board of Directors have, over the summer months, received complaints from residents about the condition of sidewalks in front of houses throughout the development.
You should be aware that the homeowner is solely responsible for maintenance of the sidewalk that is in front of their home. Neither the Newtown Crossing Community Association nor Newtown Township has any duty to maintain sidewalks that pass in front of any house. The maintenance duty is not just snow removal.
The duty is to permit safe travel on the sidewalk. So, if your sidewalk is crumbling or has buckled due to tree roots or is just in bad shape, you have the duty to fix it. You have the duty to keep it clean, level, and smooth enough for foot travel.
If you choose not to believe this free legal advice, you can check with your homeowner's insurance carrier. If someone trips or falls and is injured by reason of a defect in your sidewalk, you can face serious financial consequences.
What is Going on With Mill Pond Road Repairs?
In the Spring of 2015, the Board of NCCA wrote to Newtown Township asking that Mill Pond Road be repaired. We received the following response from the Township Manager, Kurt Ferguson:
“Thank you for your message. The list is currently out for bid and Mill Pond Road did not make the final cut this year. We will continue to evaluate and make sure that it continues to be considered”
The Board wrote, again, this Spring, asking that Mill Pond Road be repaired. We received the following response from the Township Manager, Kurt Ferguson:
“Thank you for your message. The list is currently out for bid and Mill Pond Road did not make the final cut this year. We will continue to evaluate and make sure that it continues to be considered”.
Yours truly has appeared, in person, before the Planning Commission and the Board of Supervisors noting that Mill Pond Road is a teeth rattling, mess up the front end alignment of one’s motor vehicle, pot holed disaster. The above are the responses we have received.
~ J. Downey
Brunch with the Easter Bunny!
Newtown Crossing's Brunch with the Easter Bunny was another smashing success. The sack race, egg toss, and, of course, the Easter egg hunt were enjoyed by dozens of children on the grounds of the manor house. Thanks to Lori Strange for yet another great job, and thanks also to Marie Dempsey for a stunning portrayal of the fuzzy seasonal icon.
Safety First for Runners
Just a reminder for those who like to run on the streets during the early or late hours when visibility is poor: Wear something either reflective or light colored. While it is true that, as a pedestrian, you always have the right of way, it only makes sense to give drivers the best opportunity possible to see and avoid you.
Newtown Township Tree Ordinance
Note: The following posting of the Township Tree Ordinance is made at the request of Ron Weaver, Newtown Twp. Director of Public Works:
§101. Tree Trimming. All trees in Newtown Township shall be kept trimmed so that the minimum clearance where they overhang any public walk shall be nine (9) feet and the minimum clearance where they overhang or project into any public street or highway right-of-way shall be eleven (11) feet. However, the Township is hereby given the right to designate a higher clearance on certain highways, where heavy traffic or other conditions make it expedient. All trees, plants or shrubs standing on private property and having branches projecting into or over a public highway or right-of-way, shall be kept trimmed by the owner of such private property so that no portion thereof shall extend into or over a sidewalk or right-of-way below the minimum clearance specified above, or such other clearance as may be specified by the Township. In case the owner of such property shall neglect or refuse to trim such trees, plants or shrubs upon being notified in writing by the Township to do so, the Township may, after the expiration of the date specified in said notice, cause such trimming to be done at the expense of the owner, and the entire cost thereof shall be a lien upon said premises and shall be filed and collected by Newtown Township in the same manner as municipal claims are filed and collected. (Ord. 2004-O-25, 11/17/2004, §I)
Ronald E Weaver Jr
Newtown Township Director of Public Works
100 Municipal Drive, Newtown, PA 18940
215-968-2800 ext 246
U S Postal Service no longer delivers NCCA mail to treasurer Bob Donatelli's home—they deliver it to the 206 Hidden Valley Lane mail box. Because it is against US Postal regulations to put unstamped mail in a postal mail box—and, because the mail carriers will remove it—please do not put unstamped mail in that box.
Newtown Township is responsible for snow removal on the streets of Newtown Crossing, including the cul-de-sacs.
If your street or cul-de-sac has not been cleared, call 215-968-2800.
Public Safety Alert
No Parking on Cul-de-sac Islands!
Residents (and their guests) that live on cul-de-sac streets with islands are reminded that parking on the islands is not allowed. Several weeks ago, while responding to a carbon monoxide call on King Charles West, the Newtown Fire Department was unable to get trucks to the house because of cars parked on the cul-de-sac island. This happened a number of years ago when a small fire on a Churchill Lane residents deck, spread to the house because fire equipment could not get close enough due to cars blocking the cul-de-sac.
The Fire Department and the NCCA board will be requesting that the township post the islands as no parking so that cars parked on cul-de-sac islands can be ticketed by the police.
In the meantime, it is in everyone's best interest to keep the islands clear in case of an emergency. Thank you.
Newtown Crossing Needs Volunteers
From playground maintenance to repainting the entrance signs at 532 and 332, our community saves money every time we can do the work ourselves. If you are willing to be put on a list of potential volunteers for odd jobs please send your contact information to this address. and put the word "Volunteer" in the subject field.
A Friendly Reminder About Common Areas in Newtown Crossing
In plain English, it is not permitted to sell anything—like your car, for instance—using the common areas. You can read the official legalese here under "Use of Common Areas". Please note that neither you nor your realtor may place any signage on any common ground. Doing so will result in a $100 fine and who needs that?