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Blighted property #4 8th Street prior to being demolished in February 2015

Blighted property #4 8th Street prior to being demolished in February 2015
Photo by: Ken Stark

Blighted property #4 8th Street after being demolished in February 2015.

Blighted property #4 8th Street after being demolished in February 2015.
Photo by: Ken Stark

New Part-time Police Officer Samanthe Wilding and Police Chief Nelson Ocasio after being sworn in on February 10, 2015

New Part-time Police Officer Samanthe Wilding and Police Chief Nelson Ocasio after being sworn in on February 10, 2015
Photo by: Ken Stark

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Life Saving Certificates of a Superior Performance of Duty presented to borough officers on February 10, 2015
(L-R) Councilman Peden, Officer Meyers, Officer Dougherty and Police Chief Ocasio
Photo by: Ken Stark

Message from the Borough Manager – January 27, 2015

Please be advised that a resident of Upland contacted the Borough office today in reference to a computer scam. A caller (with a foreign accent) contacted the resident by phone and stated that they were from Microsoft. This individual claims that they can help you speed up your computer.

This is a way to gain information regarding your credit cards and banking history! After you follow their advice, your computer ends up with a virus.

When you contact the technical support team at the Dummy site to help you with this virus, it only makes things worse. The borough resident’s computer still is not operating properly. If anyone calls you in reference to your computer, do not give them any information and just hang up.

Sustainable Landscape Management for Landowners

Workshop by Jennifer Nichols of GreenWeaver Landscapes being sponsored by Chester Ridley Crum Watersheds Association and Penn State Brandywine on Sunday, March 8, 2015 from 2:00 p.m. to 3:30 p.m. at Penn State Brandywine.  Please click the link for further information.

Upland PAL Donations

Although it may be a couple months yet until the actual start-up of Police Athletic League activities at the Reese Center, the time for the community to embrace this youth program with financial support has arrived.

Ultimately, the fiscal goal of Upland’s PAL program will be self-sufficiency, much like the independence achieved by the established PAL program in Philadelphia. Aiming to create a foundation of financial supporters, the organizers of the Upland program are asking the community to step forward now with individual donations and corporate sponsorships.

To be among the first citizens to stand up and support the non-profit Upland PAL, send email to or call Upland PD headquarters at 610-872-3040 ext. 208 to speak to Officer Michael Curran.

New Photos

Seniors Christmas Luncheon – 2014

Please visit the Photo Gallery or click the link to view photos from the “Seniors Christmas Luncheon – 2014″ and other borough events.

Photos by: Ken Stark

 Home Heating Assistance

The Low-Income Home Energy Assistance Program, also known as LIHEAP, helps low-income families pay their heating bills. LIHEAP is a grant that offers assistance in the form of a cash grant, sent directly to the utility company, or a crisis grant for households in immediate danger of being without heat.

For more information, visit and/or contact your local county assistance office or the LIHEAP hotline at 1-866-857-7095, Monday through Friday (individuals with hearing impairments may call the TDD number at 1-800-451-5886).

The Uplander

March 2015


The March 2015 edition of The Uplander is available for viewing in the “General Info – Newletters” Section (click link). Please note that the newsletter is now a monthly publication.



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Upland Senior Citizen President and Councilman, Leland Hunter presents an Award to Community Affairs Committee Chairperson and Councilwoman, Sandra Miazza at the November 10, 2014 Council Meeting
Photo by: Ken Stark

Photo by: Ken Stark Catania Engineering Honored by Borough (L-R Council President Edward Mitchell, Charles Catania, Mayor Michael Ciach and Council V.P. Christine Peterson)

Catania Engineering Honored by Borough
(L-R Council President Edward Mitchell, Charles Catania, Mayor Michael Ciach and Council V.P. Christine Peterson)
Photo by: Ken Stark

Current Crozer Keystone Health E-News

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Crozer-Keystone “Wellness Wednesday”

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enterovirus 68 (EV-D68)

Hundreds of children across the country have been hospitalized by a respiratory illness identified as enterovirus 68 (EV-D68), a virus that has made headlines over the past several weeks.

Delaware County Council and the Department of Intercommunity Health want to provide information to residents regarding the signs and symptoms of EV-D68 with the goal of increased vigilance and a focus on preventing the rapid spread of this disease should it become a local concern.

Information is being made available through the county website, at, the school community and municipal health officers. The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) ( provides information and updates regarding outbreaks on their websites.

Dr. George Avetian, Delaware County Senior Medical Advisor, said EV-D68 was first CLICK FOR MORE…..



Upland Police Help Wanted

Upland Police Department is now accepting applications for part-time police officers. Must be a U.S. Citizen, 21 years old or older, with a valid PA driver’s license.

Interested individuals may pick up an application at police headquarters Monday through Friday, 8:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. and 1:00 p.m. – 4:00 p.m.

 FREE Smoke Alarms Available – While Supplies Last!


Upland Fire Co. #1 has free smoke/fire alarms available to any borough resident whom requests one, while supplies last.

Click the link for the form that must be completed.  The form is also available at the Borough Offices during business hours.

If a resident requires assistance in installing the battery operated free smoke/fire alarm, the Upland Borough Fire Department will provide this service for free.

Home Improvement Tips

When having any type of repairs or improvements performed around your home please make sure that you receive at least three estimates so you can compare prices from various reputable companies.

Also, please make sure that you are not pushed or rushed into signing any Contract, even if you have to finance the repair or improvement.  Take your time and make sure you are getting the most for your money from a reputable company!

Every contractor must show you proof of their Insurance and a Home Improvement State License.   They must also have an Upland Borough Permit and in some cases, an Upland Borough Contractor’s license.  A copy of the Permit must be displayed in your front window.

Please make sure to check out any contractor you have hired to do work for you and do not pay them in full until the job is complete!

As always, if you have any questions or concerns, please call the Borough Office during normal business hours at 610-874-7317.

Thank you!

Heavy Trash

Please note that if a resident has Heavy Trash to be picked up, they MUST call the Borough Office to be put on the “Heavy Trash List”.

ALL mattresses and box springs MUST be wrapped in either a mattress bag or plastic or they WILL NOT be picked up.  This process started in January 2014 as not to spread bed bugs. Borough Council is concerned for all residents health and this gives added protection with this type of situation.

 OSHA Quick Card – Protecting Yourself

Portable Generator Safety & Carbon Monoxide Poisoning

Due to the recent increase in power outages in the surrounding areas, please find information from OSHA regarding Portable Generator Safety (click the link)  and Carbon Monoxide Poisoning (click the link).


9 Volt Battery Warning

It has been noted in several incidents that when you dispose of several 9-volt batteries at the same time, the connectors of the battery can come in contact with each other and actually start a fire in whatever container you have the batteries for trash removal.  In other words, if you have two batteries and if the connectors touch each other a spark can start and create a fire.

The best way to stop this from happening is to simply put a secured piece of electrical tape over the top connectors, thus stopping them from touching any other battery that you may have in the trash.

Message To Our Residents

We have recently had an incident in which a skunk approached a dog, while in the back yard of a property in our Borough.  Unfortunately the skunk turned aggressive on the dog and had to be destroyed by authorities.

The skunk tested positive for rabies.  This is the Borough’s first incident of a wildlife animal testing positive for rabies.

Many wildlife breeds are out in the weather all year round, such as ground hogs.  This time of the year many breeds of wildlife are coming out for food, water and for breeding so we may see various breeds of wildlife in our back yards.

Please be careful when you let your pets out in your yards, check for any type of wildlife.  If you see a wildlife animal acting strangely please call “911” and have the police notify our Animal Control Officer.  Do not approach any type of wildlife, do not leave food out for them and please place your trash can lid on tightly so they cannot get in your trash.

Thank You,

Upland Borough Council

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Household Hazardous Waste (HHW) & Electronic Waste Collection in 2015

Delaware County has four collection dates scheduled  in 2015 to drop off HHW and E-Waste (computers, televisions, small electronics such as microwaves, stereos, DVD systems, etc.). The dates are:

• Saturday, April 25th at Emergency Services Training Center located in Sharon Hill
• Saturday, June 13th at Marple Newtown High School located in Newtown Square
• Sunday, Sept. 20th at Penn State University-Brandywine Campus located in Media
• Saturday, October 17th at Emergency Services Training Center located in Sharon Hill

Please see the HWW & E-Waste Collection Events flyer (click link) and/or visit the Borough Calendar for further details.

“Drop” those prescription drugs in secure drug drop boxes   Caption: Delaware County Councilman Dave White, a member of the Heroin Task Force, is the first to drop a bottle of unused prescription medication safely and securely in one of the county’s new Medicine Drop boxes that are being installed in nine police departments and in the lobby of the county Government Center in Media. Standing behind the box are, from left, Radnor Police Lt. Andy Block, Upper Darby Captain Thomas Johnson, Councilwoman Colleen Morrone and Radnor Police Lt. Chris Flanagan. For information on the drug drop boxes and their locations visit

“Drop” prescription drugs in a safe place!

County Council, District Attorney and Heroin Task Force unveil Delco Medicine Drop boxes

Proper disposal of unused or expired prescription drugs can save lives.Delaware County residents now have access to secure medication drop boxes to dispose of unused, unwanted or expired prescription drugs that can be lethal when they fall into the wrong hands.

The large, metal “Delco Medicine Drop” boxes are being installed in nine police departments at various locations in the county through the continuing efforts …click link for more….and flyer..

Stormwater Management

Who are you going to call?

To obtain a “Hotlines” listing of who to call to report violations and/or problems with stormwater management, please click the link or visit the Stormwater section of the website by clicking the link.


Reminder: Borough Council approved the purchase of a Community Communications Calling System back in 2008

If you wish to be added to the calling system, please contact the Borough Office at (610) 874-7317.

You will need to provide your telephone number, name and address.

Pusey Property Camera Tour

To view the “Pusey Property Camera Tour” please visit the “Caleb Pusey House” section (click link) of the website under “General Information”.

Electronic Filing Available for Final Earned Income and Net Profits Tax Return

Taxpayers can now file their final tax return electronically by going to Keystone Collections Group (click link). Please follow the instructions provided. 

Historical Documents

We have added a new section to the website titled “Historical Documents” that we will periodically add historical documents (minutes and ordinances) of the Borough of Upland.

The first installment is from June 28, 1869 (incorporation of the Borough) through August 31, 1869. Members of Council were: President T.B. Jarman, Secretary Benjamin Crowther, J. Wm Lewis, Agur Castle and John Wetherill.

To view these documents, please click the link or visit the “Historical Documents” section of the website.

Old Mills section of the Mural painted by Artist Joseph Chiaravalloti
which is located in Council Chambers
(Click photo to enlarge)

On-Call Sign Language Interpreter Needed

The Borough is interested in obtaining names of any individual that could interpret American Sign Language, for an on-call situation, during Council Meetings. If interested, please contact Shirley Purcival, Borough Manager at (610) 874-7317 for further details.

Newspaper & Cardboard Product Recycling

Upland Borough Council is pleased to announce that we will now recycle newspaper and cardboard products on the First & Third Friday of every month. Please view the flyer for specific information on what type of items may be included. Items must be in a paper bag/cardboard container or co-mingled with your other recyclable items. Please contact the Borough Office at (610) 874-7317 for any questions. Residents can obtain from the Borough Offices a free “Recycle” sticker for placement on an extra trashcan.

Volunteers Needed

The “Community Affairs Committee” welcomes all residents that would like to volunteer for any of the upcoming resident events that are scheduled. If interested, please contact the Borough Office at (610) 874-7317.


Internet Essentials from Comcast – Fast, Affordable Home Internet Service

Internet Essentials brings affordable home Internet to students and their families. A household is eligible to participate if it meets all of the following criteria:

  • It is located where Comcast offers Internet service
  • It has at least one child receiving free school lunches under the National School Lunch Program
  • It has not subscribed to Comcast Internet service within the last 90 days
  • It does not have an overdue Comcast bill or unreturned equipment

For more information, please see the attached form or contact 1-855-846-8376.

Reporting Violations or Problems with Local Streams

Chester Ridley Crum Watersheds Association has provided a detailed “Hotlines” list for citizens to assist in reporting violations or problems with their local streams to the proper authorities. Please click the link or visit the “Stormwater” section of the website for the “Contact List For Reporting Violations/Problems with Local Streams” flyer.

Borough Street Lights

It is appreciated, when a resident notices a street light out, if they would call the Municipal Office at (610) 874-7317 and notify the Secretary. Each pole is numbered and must be reported with the pole number included. We thank you for your assistance!

Chronology of Upland

Councilman Harold R. Peden compiled a “Chronology of Upland” which has been added to the “History” section of the website.  It details events in Upland from 1681 through 1939 and Chester Mills from 1681 through 1858.

Please click the link or visit the “History” section of the website.

Council Chambers Mural

Artist Joseph Chiaravalloti working on the Caleb Pusey House section of the mural in Council Chambers.

Click photo for larger view . . .


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