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Welcome to, the official website for the Newtown Crossing Community Association.

Here you will find notices, news, event postings, contact information, and more.

THIS JUST IN (Thursday, 10/21)
Arcadia will be presenting to the Planning Commission at the October 3rd meeting. The revised plans and request for permit are being called “Arcadia-2.” The meeting agenda has not yet been posted on the township website. More details as they become available.

Update on the Arcadia Woods Development Proposal
(excerpted from the July NCCA meeting minutes)

A number of residents who live on High Street attended the meeting to discuss the pending Arcadia development behind the woods, Arcadia’s purchase of one property on High Street, their interest in potentially buying another home on High Street, and what we can do as a community if Arcadia is purchasing these properties to potentially create an access onto High Street. Residents on High street are concerned that if Arcadia does purchase an additional property/properties they will demolish the houses to make an access road onto High Street to enable access to the parcel behind the woods for development. Mr. Ancona indicated that what Arcadia would like to do and what they can do are two different things.

Mr. Ancona talked to Mario Lionetti, a former zoning committee member who indicated that it was very unlikely that the Township would allow rezoning of a residential property to change it to form a connector road. But that does not mean that a corporation cannot present a proposal to suggest an alternate access. Arcadia would be trying to change the use of the property from a zoning that it has been in existence since the development of our community. There is a low probability that this would be allowed; however, residents should be encouraged to attend meetings and be active regarding this situation.

It had been suggested by Mr. Lionetti that we reach out to the solicitor notifying him that we want to be actively involved and to express our position upfront. Mr. Ancona encouraged people to attend the zoning meetings to express concern over the potential of a road cut through to High Street. If the NCCA Board is notified of any developments we will keep the community apprised of those developments.

Questions that will need to be answered are whether there is enough room on both sides for a road to exist according to current zoning rules and whether it is permissible according to the current zoning rules to just have a road on one’s property. Any road that is going to be tied into an existing dedicated Township street will need to be approved. The Board and residents should continue to follow this situation.

The Newtown Fire Association NEEDS YOUR HELP!!

Facing added responsibilities caused by world events and local demographics, as well as an ever increasing populous, the Newtown Fire Association needs more volunteer members to suplement its staffing to better protect YOU and YOUR FAMILY. No experience is required for new members, as all needed training will be provided by the NFA. While the hours are less than desirable (24/7), and the work is hard, the feeling of accomplishment and pride make it all worth it. But to add to that, the NFA offers a number of other benefits to its members including life insurance, training classes in most lines of emergency services, a paid per call system, and an in house fitness center. So, if you think you can make a difference, join your friends, neighbors, and local businessmen and women in protecting all you and your family have worked for. JOIN THE NEWTOWN FIRE ASSOCIATION!

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.

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.

You can help by identifying any groves of ash trees, on Newtown Crossing common ground. Please notify Carl by email 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:

Thank you for your help!

Pool News
The pool will be open full time from 12:00 P.M. To 8:00 P.M. every day starting on June 17, 2017. Members can register any day at the pool. A swimmer must be 12 or older to swim without a parent or guardian, who must be over 16 years old. Please bring your picture passes from last year. If you cannot find your passes, please have your picture taken by the lifeguards. Guests can only swim while a Newtown Crossing resident is in attendance at the pool. Guest passes can be purchased for $5.00 per person or a 20 guest pass for $60. Please remember no smoking or alcohol at the pool. Any questions, please contact Marie Dempsey at

Newtown Crossing Swim Team
Newtown Crossing Swim Team has been in existence for over 25 years, and is part of the Lower Bucks Swim League. The team swims against five other swim teams in our division. The swimmers also attend several invitational meets and championships during the season. For the 2017 season, the coaches are Alyssa Belardo, Jeri Belardo and Theresa Dempsey. Please support the team at their home swim meets on June 29, 2017, and July 18, 2017. The pool will close at 5:45 P.M. for the swim meets. The Swim Team thanks all of our current sponsors: Newtown Crossing Community Association, First National Bank of Newtown, Walsh Electric, Jim's Tree Service, The Rose Group, Moran Landscaping, Hepp Electric, and McCaffreys Supermarket. Sponsors are always welcome! Please contact Marie Dempsey for more information at

Right-click to download 2017 Hazardous Waste Schedule

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.

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
§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)

Important Notice
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.

Snow Plowing
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 Then & Now

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?