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Bucks County Co-Responder Now Aiding Police in 3 Central Bucks Departments

Bucks County’s newest Human Services Co-Responder is now working out of three police departments in Central Bucks County, helping to connect in-need residents with social services and divert them away from the criminal justice system. 

Based out of the Warrington Township Police Department, Katrina Mattioni started working June 5 with officers in Warrington, Warwick and Warminster townships. 

Co-responders are social workers who work collaboratively with police and social services agencies to serve people who come into contact with police who are in need of social services.  

With the addition of Mattioni to the co-responders’ team, County social workers are now working alongside police in 18 departments covering Upper, Central and Lower Bucks. Mattioni was hired at a salary of $59,000. 

Photo from left to right: Rachael Neff, Bucks County Human Services Director, Warrington Lt. Glen Gottenberg, Warwick Lt. Jon Ogborn, Warrington Chief Dan Friel and Warminster Chief James Donnelly. Front row from left to right: Katrina Mattioni, Co-Responder and Ivone Kovalsky, Human Services Community Engagement Officer. 

“It is a testament to the amazing job done every day by the people in our Human Services Division that we have managed in just three years to bring the Co-Responder Program to all regions of Bucks County,” said Commissioner Vice Chair Diane Ellis-Marseglia. “We are incredibly thankful to our Co-Responders for the important work they do, and to our police officers and municipal leaders for welcoming these important efforts into their communities.” 

The co-responders have served more than 1,100 people since the program started in late 2020. Most referrals are for mental health. 

Media Contact: James O’Malley, 215-348.6414, jtomalley@buckscounty.org

New Spray Pole at Community Park

The spray pole at Community Park was completely replaced this Spring. The new spray pole now features multiple spray points for even more fun. Lastly, it was funded 50% by a grant!

A section of the Recreation Station playground was also replaced this year.

New Pocket Park at Turkeytrot & Land Rd

The Neshaminy Watershed Association in partnership with Warwick Township and the Penn State Master Watershed Stewards has begun construction on a new pocket park at Land & Turkey Trot Road. Expect to see activity including site preparation, trail construction, and planting throughout the year. Upon completion, the park will feature an enhanced pollinator area, rain garden, and tiny forest. Should you desire more information about the project or would like to volunteer your time to help construct the park please contact Brandy Mckeever at bmckeever@warwickbucks.gov or visit neshaminy-watershed.org.

Board & Committee Vacancies

Volunteer with us! Warwick Township is looking for resident volunteers to fill the following vacancies:

  • Zoning Hearing Board Alternate Member
  • Tree Committee Member

Please submit a letter of interest and related qualifications/resume to Skye Sorresso, Assistant to the Manager, at ssorresso@warwickbucks.gov.

Fireworks – Frequently Asked Questions

House Bill 542 was signed into law on October 30, 2017. Under this new PA state law, the Fireworks Act of 1939 was repealed and replaced in its entirety.

Q: Which fireworks are Pennsylvania residents now allowed to purchase and use?

A: Consumers can now purchase and use “Class C” or “consumer grade” fireworks that include firecrackers, Roman Candles, bottle rockets and similar fireworks that contain a maximum of 50 milligrams of explosive material. The expansion includes those fireworks that were previously available to out-of-state residents only.

Display Fireworks”, which are classified as (including) salutes that contain more than two grains or 130 milligrams of explosive materials and professional grade aerial shells containing more than 60 grams of pyrotechnic compositions are still only allowed to be used by professionals with a Permit.

Q: Who can purchase fireworks?

A:  Anyone over 18 years of age can purchase them

Q:  What are the restrictions of where they can be used?

A:  They cannot be ignited or discharged on public or private property without express permission of the property owner;

They cannot be discharged from or within a motor vehicle or building;

They cannot be discharged toward a motor vehicle or building;

They cannot be discharged within 150 feet of an occupied structure;

They cannot be discharged while the person is under the influence of alcohol, a controlled substance or another drug.

Alkaline Battery and Incandescent Light Bulb Recycling Now Available in Township Lobby

Did you know that most residential recycling services don’t accept batteries, shopping bags, or light bulbs?

According to the EPA, about 86,000 tons of alkaline batteries end up in landfills each year. In May 2021, Warwick Township purchased dedicated containers to collect these hard-to-recycle items.

Located toward the rear of the Township Administration Building lobby, residents are invited to deposit their alkaline batteries and incandescent light bulbs into the bins.

Once the containers have been filled, they will be shipped back to Terracycle, a company dedicated to diverting millions of pounds of resources from landfills.

 

What items are acceptable?

Bin 1

  • Alkaline Batteries
    • No Lithium Batteries
    • No Rechargeable Batteries
  • Bin 2
  • Incandescent Light Bulbs
    • No LED Bulbs
    • No Fluorescent,  Bulbs
    • No Halogen Bulbs

Bin Location: Township Building – 1733 Township Greene, Jamison, PA 18929