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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.

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The October NCCA Board meeting has been postponed until 10/11, 7:30 at the Spring House.

NCCA Board President Jim Downey Passes Away
It is with great sadness that we report the death of Jim Downey on Saturday, September 17, 2022. Jim has been on the NCCA Board of Directors for 33 years, becoming Board President in 1999.


 He and his wife Karen were original homeowners in Newtown Crossing, starting with a townhome, then moving to a single home on Briarwood Court.

Pete Ancona said, He had a great mind, was a moderating presence on the board and in our community, and really embodied what it means to be a good American and a good person.

Carl Ruzicka said, While we are all sad about Jim’s passing, maybe we should recognize how lucky we were to have his leadership and knowledge for so long. The enduring quality and stability of our community is a tribute to the countless hours he dedicated to Newtown Crossing insuring that it remained a good place for all of us to live. He will be missed.

Link to Jim Downey's obituary including funeral details

Pool Vandalism Update
The Board is pleased to report that the perpetrators of the serious vandalism at our pool have been apprehended. The arrest was through the very capable skills of Detective Camp of the Newtown Township police department.

All of the perpetrators are teenagers. Three are 17 years olds and one 16 years old. The cases are being adjudicated before Judge Petrucci. The “boys” are being required to do 20 hours of community service and make restitution to NCCA of some $3600. Some of the community service will be performed at NCCA. The remainder of the 20 hours is under the supervision of the Court.

The matter was handled on 8/11 before Judge Petrucci. The four boys were present with their parents. Detective Camp represented the Commonwealth.

We can’ t say enough good about the first responders from Newtown Township; especially the quiet, neat and efficient work of Detective Camp.

Read the Revised 2022 Pool Rules

On Getting Involved

Newtown Crossing's Board of Directors has managed the affairs in their charge as defined in the Covenants & By-Laws without the need for an external property management service since its inception in 1975, keeping our monthly assessments among the lowest for Planned Residential Developments in the area (see the below for a comparison. This has been accomplished by having board members with strong leadership and communications skills, a hands-on management approach, and work/life experience directly applicable to the efficient operation of an infrastructure-heavy operation like Newtown Crossing.

Residents interested in serving the community as a committee or board member are welcome! We always have a need for capable, interested people to help as part of Pool, Recreation, Maintenance, Manor House, Social or Publicity Committees. If you have an interest and possess relevant skills/experience similar to examples listed below, please reach out to a board member or just feel free to participate in the monthly board meetings and then let us know of your interest.

The success of our community, including keeping our monthly assessments reasonable, depends on involvement by our residents. You can help make a difference in Newtown Crossing!

Responsibilities of a board member include:

FYI: Here's a comparison of area communities' fees with our Newtown Crossing HOA fees

(subject to change)

Phillips Court

460/mo (no pool)

Newtown Station

Condos 450/mo (no pool); Townhomes  465/mo

Hill Haven

378/mo

Newtown Walk

385/mo (no pool)

Barclay Court

283/mo

Delancey Court

285/mo

The Villas of Newtown 55+

275/mo includes indoor and outdoor pools & fitness Center

Newtown Gate

Over 55  235/mo; Townhomes  129/mo; Singles  150/quarter

Liberty Square

$223/mo

Kirkwood

Singles 192/mo Townhomes  568/yr

Eagle Ridge

175/mo

Society Place

179/mo

Headley Trace

185/mo

Country Bend

Condos 180/mo; Singles 165/quarter

Crowne Point

190/mo

Raintree

155/mo

Windermere

155/mo  (includes pool)

Newtown Park Plaza 700’Condos

144/mo

Tyler Walk

138/quarter  (pool extra)

Brookside

133/mo

Fountain Farm/The Quarters

129-235/mo

Newtown Grant

Townhomes 90-155/quarter (pool extra); Singles  138/quarter

Wiltshire Walk

120/quarter (no pool)

Newtown Crossing

35/mo 105/quarter (includes pool) 

Clivedon Estates/Eagle View

25/mo  (no pool)

Newtown Crossing Easter Egg Hunt 2022



Assessments to Remain at $35 in 2022
At the December meeting of the NCCA Board of Directors, the Board unanimously voted to maintain assessments at $35 per month, or $105 per quarter, for the 2022 calendar year.

The monthly breakdown of that $35 is as follows:

$24—operating expenses
$3—repayment of the detention basin loan
$3—storm damage/tree maintenance
$1—sidewalk repairs
$4—major repairs, Manor House, Carriage House, seal coating

You can read the entire budget here.

Many thanks to our Board of Directors for their continued efforts and dedication. Due to the fact that our Board members, as well as other community members, donate many hours of their time for the benefit of our community, our assessments continue to remain among the lowest in the area. Their efforts are greatly appreciated.

Rentals of Manor House & Spring House Now Permitted
The Manor House and Spring House are available to rent. We are following the CDC guidelines. At present they are discouraging large gatherings due to a rise in Covid cases. Small family gatherings are permitted.

The Manor House rents for $150.00 along with a $150.00 refundable deposit and the Spring House is $100.00 rent plus $100 deposit.
Contact Bonnie Dettra at 215-860-9818.

Sidewalk Repair
Hale & Son have replaced many stretches of sidewalk within Newtown Crossing. In addition, they have ground down a number of protruding edges that had become tripping hazards.

Remember, maintaining the safe condition of sidewalk adjoining your property is your responsibility.

215-949-3597
Web: haleandson.com

The NCCA has no control over ball playing or basketball nets on private property.
Any damage or inconvenience due to basketballs or ball playing is a private concern among residents and should be addressed directly. Have a friendly discussion with your neighbor if you have sustained damage. Common courtesy is appreciated by everyone.

Dog Owners: Thank You!
We are lucky to have so many respectful and considerate dog owners in our community. Ninety-nine percent of them keep their best friends leashed and always clean up after them. We all appreciate it.

Now, if we could just get that last 1% on board…! If you don't do so already, please take the time to help keep our lawns and common areas clean. And always keep your dog on its leash. It's not only the right thing to do—it's the law in PA.

Thank you.


Read the final version of the Arcadia Settlement agreement adopted 4-1 by the Newtown Township Commissioners at the last meeting.


Alert: while the playground remains open during the pandemic, parents should be aware that the equipment is NOT being cleaned.

Reminder: Ball playing, hockey, etc. is NOT permitted in the playground area or parking lot due to dangers to playground users and personal property in the area. This type of recreation should be done in grass areas away from the playground and personal property to avoid injuries for property damage.

NO PETS IN THE PLAYGROUND
The area has been posted to make clear that all pets (except service dogs) are banned. Thank you for your cooperation.

NOPETS

Help Stop Illegal Dumping
There has been dumping of trash in the area along the NE side of Millpond between the exercise trail behind Eagle Ridge (basically York St. intersection) and the start of the townhomes.Obviously this is not only unneighborly, but also, now that it has been posted, illegal and subject to fines. If you see anyone ignoring the signs, please call the police.

HOA Billing Address Change

Your HOA quarterly fee envelope will no longer say “Dunlap & Associates” which could be mistaken for junk mail and accidentally discarded.

The return address on both the outer envelope and the statement has been changed to:
Newtown Crossing Community Association
PO Box 793
Souderton, PA, 18964-0793.

Payments are to be made to this address. If you make electronic payments, please check to make sure you are using the above address.

The Newtown Fire Association NEEDS YOUR HELP

Newtown-FA-17-Recruit-Poster
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!

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.
THANKS!

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?