FEMA to Help Pay Funeral Costs for COVID-19 Related Deaths

In early April, FEMA will begin providing financial assistance for funeral expenses incurred after Jan. 20, 2020 for deaths related to coronavirus (COVID-19) to help ease some of the financial stress and burden caused by the pandemic. The policy was finalized today, and FEMA is now moving rapidly to implement this funeral assistance program nationwide.

“At FEMA, our mission is to help people before, during and after disasters,” said Acting FEMA Administrator Bob Fenton. “The COVID-19 pandemic has caused immense grief for so many people. Although we cannot change what has happened, we affirm our commitment to help with funeral and burial expenses that many families did not anticipate.”

To be eligible for COVID-19 funeral assistance, the policy states:

  • The applicant must be a U.S. citizen, non-citizen national, or qualified alien who incurred funeral expenses after Jan. 20, 2020 for a death attributed to COVID-19.
  • If multiple individuals contributed toward funeral expenses, they should apply under a single application as applicant and co-applicant. FEMA will also consider documentation from other individuals not listed as the applicant and co-applicant who may have incurred funeral expenses as part of the registration for the deceased individual.
  • An applicant may apply for multiple deceased individuals.
  • The COVID-19-related death must have occurred in the United States, including the U.S. territories and the District of Columbia.
  • This assistance is limited to a maximum financial amount of $9,000 per funeral and a maximum of $35,500 per application.
  • Funeral assistance is intended to assist with expenses for funeral services and interment or cremation.

There is a hotline set-up for assistance – 1-844-684-6333

For FAQs on this program, visit FEMAs website by clicking HERE.

U.S. Route 1 PennDOT Project Update

Periodic northbound and southbound lane closures will continue to be in place this summer on U.S. Route 1, on Mondays through Fridays from 8 p.m. to 6 a.m. the following morning, for construction on two reconstruction projects between the Neshaminy Interchange in Bensalem Township, and Route 413 in Middletown Township.

Periodic lane restrictions also may be in place Sunday nights through Friday mornings from 8 p.m. to 6 a.m. the following morning, for construction on northbound and southbound U.S. Route 1 between Old Lincoln Highway and the Neshaminy Interchange, and on eastbound and westbound Street Road (Route 132) between Old Lincoln Highway and Kingston Way in Bensalem Township.

Crews are reconstructing and widening almost three miles of roadway, improving the interchanges, and constructing several new bridges — including new structures over the Neshaminy Creek and over rail lines near the Penndel exit — under two contracts (RC1, RC2) to rebuild, widen and improve U.S. Route 1.

Drivers are advised to allow extra time when traveling through the work areas. All scheduled activities are weather dependent.

U.S. 1 Section RC3 Improvement Project

PennDOT is planning to improve U.S. Route 1, Section RC3, which extends from just north of the Lincoln Highway bridge over Business U.S. Route 1 and CSX/SEPTA rail lines to approximately 0.2 miles north of the Corn Crib Lane bridge over Lincoln Highway in Middletown Township, and Langhorne Manor and Langhorne boroughs. This transportation improvement project also includes improvements to the northbound and southbound service (frontage) roads within the Lincoln Highway project limits.

Currently, PennDOT is completing the alternative analysis phase of the project. As part of PennDOT’s public outreach program, the department invites you to view a virtual project update and provide feedback to the department. The department will post a video recording at the following website: us1bucks.com/ starting Tuesday, June 8, 2021. The video will remain on the website for public viewing until Friday, July 2, 2021. Members of the public can view the presentation at this link and provide feedback via the online comment form located on the webpage or mail in the comment form enclosed with this invitation.

For more information on projects occurring or being bid this year, those made possible by or accelerated by Act 89 or those on the department’s Four- and Twelve-Year Plans, visit projects.penndot.gov.

Motorists can check conditions on more than 40,000 roadway miles by visiting 511PA.com. 511PA, which is free and available 24 hours a day, provides traffic delay warnings, weather forecasts, traffic speed information and access to more than 770 traffic cameras. 511PA is also available through a smartphone application for iPhone and Android devices, by calling 5-1-1, or by following regional Twitter alerts accessible on the 511PA website.

New Businesses Coming to Town

Over the last week, Lower Southampton Township has seen a few new businesses open up including Burlington & Papa Johns.

Our management team was invited to the ribbon cutting for Papa Johns on June 3rd.  There was a special guest at the ribbon cutting – Tate the dog available for adoption at the Bucks County SPCA!  Click HERE to view the video of the ribbon cutting featuring Tate.

Notice of Proposed Ordinance

TO THE RESIDENTS OF LOWER SOUTHAMPTON TOWNSHIP:

NOTICE is hereby given that the Board of Supervisors of Lower Southampton Township, Bucks County, Commonwealth of Pennsylvania, will hold a public hearing on the following ordinance on June 9, 2021, 7:30 P.M., at the Township Administration Building, 1500 Desire Avenue, Feasterville, PA, 19053, and may consider adoption of the ordinance after the hearing:

AN ORDINANCE OF THE TOWNSHIP OF LOWER SOUTHAMPTON, COUNTY OF BUCKS, COMMONWEALTH OF PENNSYLVANIA, AMENDING CHAPTER FIFTEEN, PART FOUR OF THE LOWER SOUTHAMPTON TOWNSHIP CODE OF ORDINANCES RELATING TO PARKING RESTRICTIONS ON SOUTH EASTVIEW AVENUE; REPEALING ANY PRIOR INCONSISTENT ORDINANCES OR PARTS OF ORDINANCES; PROVIDING A SAVINGS CLAUSE; AND PROVIDING AN EFFECTIVE DATE.

Click HERE to review the proposed ordinance

PECO Announces Tree Trimming to Take Place in the Township

At the end of May, PECO’s vegetation contractor, Asplundh, will begin tree trimming work on certain electrical circuits in the Township.  This is part of continuing effort to maintain the reliability of PECO’s system.  Below is a map of the streets where the work will take place.  All debris generated from the trimming will be removed by Asplundh.

Polling Places in Lower Southampton Township

East #1 Lower Southampton Elementary School 7 School Ln Feasterville
East #2 Lower Southampton Township Courthouse 1500 Desire Ave Feasterville
East #3 Tawanka Elementary School 2055 Brownsville Rd Langhorne
East #4 Senior Citizens Activity Building 1842 Brownsville Rd Trevose
East #5 Scottsville United Methodist Church 2400 Brownsville Rd Langhorne
West #1 Somerton Springs Ballroom 50 Bustleton Pike Feasterville
West #2 Russell Elliot Recreation Field Building 150 Buck Rd Feasterville
West #3 Poquessing Middle School 300 Heights Ln Feasterville
West #4 Joseph Ferderbar Elementary School 300 Heights Ln Feasterville
West #5 Joseph Ferderbar Elementary School 300 Heights Ln Feasterville
West #6 Feasterville Fire House 20 Irving Pl Feasterville
West #7 Somerton Springs Ballroom 50 Bustleton Pike Feasterville

Polls are open Election Day – 7 AM to 8 PM.  If you are unsure as to what district you are, use the Find Your Polling Place search tool: https://www.pavoterservices.pa.gov/Pages/PollingPlaceInfo.aspx

Absentee/Mail-In Ballot Drop Box Locations:

The Upper Bucks Government Services Center
261 California Road
Quakertown, PA 18951
The Bucks County Administration Building
55 East Court Street
Doylestown, PA 18901
The Lower Bucks Government Services Center
7321 New Falls Road
Levittown, PA 19055
Bucks County Free Library
Yardley–Makefield Branch

1080 Edgewood Rd.
Yardley, PA 19067
Absentee/Mail-In Ballot Drop Box Hours
(Hours Subject to Change)
May 3-12, 8:00 AM – 5:00 PM (weekdays only)
May 13 – 14, 8:00 AM – 7:00 PM
May 15 – 16, 12:00 PM – 5:00 PM
May 17, 8:00 AM – 7:00 PM
May 18, 8:00 AM – 8:00 PM