Events Calendar

April 2014
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Thursday - April 17, 2014
Zoning Hearing Board
Wednesday - April 23, 2014
Leaf Waste Collection
Thursday - April 24, 2014
Earth Day at Prophecy Creek Park
Saturday - April 26, 2014
Montgomery County Household Hazardous Waste
Sunday - April 27, 2014
Blue Bell Roatary Pancake Breakfast

News

Drug Take Back Set For April 26

Tue, Apr 15th, 2014

The Police Department and Giant will partner to take back old prescription drugs on April 26 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the food store.

A table will be set up inside the store, 1760 DeKalb Pike, for Police to accept out-of-date and unneeded controlled, non-controlled and over-the-counter medications of any kind. The drug take back is an anonymous program and all drugs will be collected and no questions asked. Needles will not be accepted.

The collection is part of the DEA's Drug Take Back program. The DEA initiated this program to keep drugs out of the water system and landfills. In October, Police collected 125 pounds of unwanted drugs. Giant will have a pharmacist available to answer questions.

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Tree Giveaway April 27

Fri, Apr 11th, 2014

For the 20th consecutive year, the Shade Tree Commission will be distributing bare-root and potted trees (up to three per household) to Township homeowners.

This year's program is scheduled for April 27, beginning at 8:30 a.m. at the Township Building. This is a one-day event and will continue until the supply of 400 trees has been distributed. The program will take place rain or shine!

Trees will be given to residents on a first come - first serve basis. There is a limit of one group of trees per address or household. There is no pre-registration for this program but homeowners will be asked to present identification indicating Whitpain resident status. Please do not designate others to pick up trees for you. You must be present to participate in this program. No exceptions!

This year's selections may include the following shrubs and trees:
Oak Leaf Hydrangea (containerized)
Kousa Dogwood (balled)
Prairifire Crabapple (bare-root)
Japanise Red Maple (containerized)
Locust (bare-root)
Red Delicious apple (balled)

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Police Department Achieves Accreditation

Fri, Apr 4th, 2014

After months of hard work and a rigorous screening process, the Whitpain Township Police Department received accreditation this week from the Pennsylvania Law Enforcement Accreditation Commission or PLEAC. Accreditation is a progressive and time-proven way of helping police departments evaluate and improve their overall performance. Less than 100 departments in the Commonwealth have achieved this distinguished recognition.

"Receiving accreditation from PLEAC was a demanding but rewarding process," said Whitpain Township Police Chief Mark Smith. "I'd like to thank everyone in the department who worked for well over a year on the accreditation process, especially Sergeant Cathy Penecale, Sergeant Jay Pratt and Lieutenant Ken Lawson.

PLEAC Chairman Chief William J. Kelly from Abington Township (left) presents the accreditation certificate to Whitpain Police Chief Mark Smith, Sergeant Cathy Penecale, and Lieutenant Ken Lawson.

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Be Alert For Scams Threatening To Shut Off Power

Wed, Apr 2nd, 2014

PECO is warning customers to be alert after businesses and residents have been called by individuals threatening to shut off electricity. The callers claim to be PECO and say power will be turned off if an outstanding bill is not paid within 20 minutes. Property owners are often afraid that the power would be shut off so they do what the scammers ask to make sure it doesn't happen.


PECO says since 2011 more than 560 residents and business owners have been targeted by this scam. Roughly 85 have handed over money and the scam artists have netted more than $47,000 from PECO customers alone.


PECO Spokesman Ben Armstrong says if you get a call from someone claiming to be PECO, ask them to verify your account number. Armstrong says the company also follows a series of steps before turning off power to a home or business

"PECO will provide a 10-day termination notice in advance of termination, a call within 72 hours of termination and a knock on the door the day of termination," Armstrong said.

If a customer has any questions, they are encouraged to contact PECO directly at the number on their utility bill.

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2014 Arbor Day Beautification Program, Sponsored by the Shade Tree Commission

Tue, Apr 1st, 2014

For the 20th consecutive year, the Whitpain Township Shade Tree Commission will be distributing bare-root and potted trees (up to three per household) to Whitpain Township homeowners. This year's program is scheduled for April 27th.

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