Lower Southampton Township participating in “Battle of the Hamptons” Food Drive

For the 3rd year, Lower Southampton Township is battling it out with Northampton Township and Upper Southampton Township to see who can collect the most food for our local food banks.  Lower Southampton Township will be sending all donations to Assumption BVM Church Food Bank.  Please help us out by donating non-perishable food items (peanut butter, cereal, rice, canned goods, baby food, pet food, etc.) between Friday, July 12th through Wednesday, July 31st.

Our various Drop-off locations are:

  1. Lower Southampton Township Building – 1500 Desire Avenue
  2. Lower Southampton Public Library – 1983 Bridgetown Pike
  3. Dolphin Swim Club – 260 West Bristol Road
  4. Ferderbar School – 300 Heights Lane
  5. Playwicki Farm – 2350 Bridgetown Pike
  6. Russell Elliot Park – 152 Buck Road

There will be a collection bin at Playwicki Farm’s 2nd Friday event on July 12th at the Lower Southampton Fire Department’s truck.

Notice to Public of Discussion at next Board of Supervisors Meeting

On Wednesday, July 10 at 7:30 PM, the Board of Supervisors will be holding a public meeting to discuss the following:

  1. Discussion to be heard on Colonial Nissan’s traffic calming signal design (ARLE Grant related).  Please note, this current plan would not impact the resident’s ability to turn left at Bridle Path.
  2. The PA Turnpike Commission would like to have a discussion with the residents and gather input on the Harding Avenue Bridge area as they are conducting their strategic analysis.

Spotted Lanternfly Order of Quarantine and Information

The Spotted Laternfly (SLF) is a threat to Pennsylvania agriculture, including tree-fruit, hardwood and nursery industries.  This invasive pest is also a major threat to homeowners’ trees and properties in general.

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The Spotted Lanternfly attack fruit trees by feeding on the sap in the trunks, branches, twigs, and leaves.  When the insect feeds on sap, it excretes a sweet sticky fluid called honeydew has a lot of remaining sugar and fungi will grow on it.  Growth of fungi is black in color and called sooty mold.

Bucks County is part of the quarantine.  The quarantine is in place to stop the movement of Spotted Lanternfly to new areas within or out of the current quarantine zone and to slow its spread within the quarantine.

There is one generation of SLF per year.  The eggs are laid in the fall and hatch in the spring.  These egg masses are laid on hard surfaces and protected with a mud-like covering.  Some ways to manage the spread of the SLF is to scrape the eggs, brand trees to catch the nymphs, remove the tree-of heaven, and apply insecticides.

Read more about the listed management techniques by reading Penn State Extension’s Guide for Homeowners.

 

Update on the Hometown Hero Banners

By Friday, May 31st, all of the Hometown Hero Banners will be hung along Bustleton Pike from Feeney’s Nursery down toward County Line Road.

A dedication ceremony for the families of these Hometown Heroes will be held during the Board of Supervisors Meeting held on Wednesday, June 12th at 7:30 PM.  The meeting is broadcast live on our TV channel and replays several times throughout the week.

TV Channel – 22 for Comcast, 28 for Verizon

New Policy Regarding the Disposal of Mattress and Box Spring

Effective immediately, J.P. Mascaro has changed their policy regarding the disposal of mattresses and box springs.  Residents may continue to set out bulk furniture, such as sofas for collection at curbside, in most cases, up to one item per week.  Mattresses and box springs must be bagged and sealed in plastic mattress bags when placed at curbside.  Recent infestations of bed bugs have spread from mattresses to employees as they make curbside pickups.

  • Have mattress company remove old mattress/box spring (if applicable).
  • Save wrapping from new mattress/box spring and use that wrapping for old mattress/box spring to set out for bulk trash.
  • All bags must be “encasement bag” (covering all sides of the mattress/box spring) sealed and not vented.
  • Bags can be purchased from any large box store, Walmart, Target, Home Depots, Lowes, Bed Bath & Beyond, and U-Haul stores.  Average cost runs from $5 on up depending on size.
  • A painter’s plastic drop cloth would also work, just be sure all sides are covered, and the seams are sealed with duct tape or packing tape.

Click here for more information.

Hometown Heroes Banner Program

Retired Navy Captain Donald Reid stands next to a banner on South Union Street honoring an Army nurse from World War II.

The Lower Southampton Township Board of Supervisors is proud to announce the inception of a Hometown Heroes banner program, honoring military members that have died on active duty or have passed away. Family and friends can sponsor a 24” x 48” banner for a cost of $134.00. Banners can include a photo, service member’s full name, branch of service, and time/place of service (WWI, WWII, Vietnam, Afghanistan, etc.). A sample banner appears here.

Banners will be proudly displayed on street/light poles along Bustleton Pike from approximately Memorial Day to Veteran’s Day. We would like to start displaying banners by Memorial Day, 2019. Anyone interested in sponsoring a banner can e-mail Supervisor Ray Weldie at rweldie@lstwp.org or Administrative Assistant Christina Lynn at clynn@lstwp.org.  Please act quickly because the order for the banners has to be placed by the end of March.