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FORT WASHINGTON BUSINESS ALLIANCE FWBAONLINE.COM [email protected] 215-628-0313
SUMMER 2017 Issue 49
The Fort Washington Fire Company is an all-volunteer organization. See page 3
The Upper Dublin Medals program was initiated in 1985. Phil Seltzer, office park developer, became a program partner In 1997, and the Business/Non-Profit Category was added.
The Seltzer Organization was named the 2000 recipient. The 2017 medal winners, from left, are Philip Dowdell and Amy Barksy, student recipients, Ken Foster, citizen, Esther Miller, educator, and Jack Coupe, representing the Community Ambulance Association of Ambler. Upper Dublin Township, UD School District, FWBA and UD Ed Foundation present the event. See photos and sponsor list on page 5.
Coordinated by Timoney Knox, LLC, attorneys and legal staff were part of a recent “Wills for Heroes” program, a free legal service that provides Wills, Living Wills, Health Care and Financial Powers of Attorney to first responders, military veterans, their spouses and partners. Fifty (50) first responders/veterans and spouses attended, including a Vietnam Vet, a Korean War Vet and a 94-year old World War II Vet. Timoney Knox representatives called the experience ’humbling.’ Timoney Knox attorneys: Tom Boulden, Andrea Procton, Kate Harper, John McAneney, Christine Gordon and Jim Jacquette.
Not all heroes wear capes, but they all possess a robust and mindful heart. There are many heroes throughout
the FWBA community. This issue of “Connections” proudly highlights some of them.
Lee Benson was sworn in as Upper Dublin Police Chief in March 2017, replacing Terry Thompson, who retired after 42 years of service.
Chief Benson started as a patrolman in Upper Dublin in 1985 and was promoted to detective, sergeant, Deputy Chief and now Chief. He attended the FBI National Academy in 2003. The UDPD, established in 1928, is charged with the protection of life and property within Upper Dublin Township. The department is a
Photo courtesy The Ambler Gazette -Continued page 3
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Agnew Corporation Chip Agnew, President
1450 E. Boot Rd., Ste 400A West Chester 19380
[email protected] 610-436-9500 or 410-275-8027
Ambler Minuteman Press Anthony Gallo
Business Cards, Direct Mail, Plaques
12 E. Butler Ave., Ambler 19002 ambler-pa.minutemanpress.com
Essential Strategies, LLC Norman A. Simon, President
Providing Cost Remediation Solutions for Business and Commercial Property Owners
askessential.com ~ Fort Washington 19034 215-542-1525 ~ [email protected]
Jake & Andy’s Tutoring Services
325 Abbey Lane, Lansdale 19446 [email protected]
Technology Consultants Chris Giuffrida, Sales & Development
200 Centennial Ave. #200 Piscataway, NJ 08854 732-377-0617 x2025
[email protected] ~ www.pozent.com
Prudential Advisors Eric Lewandowski, Financial Advisor
1100 Horizon Circle, Chalfont 18914 267-733-3751
[email protected] prudential.com/us/eric.lewandowski
Since winter newsletter and as of July 11, 2017
FWBA Executive Board
Barry Rose, President Advance Business Coach 215 542 0517
Glenn Griffin, Vice President, Township Liaison Griffin Consulting Services 215-641-0477 Mark Cieri, Treasurer Robin Kramer & Green
215-641-8300 x108 Tina Hesdon, Membership Secure Planning Group 215-540-5566
John Myers, Past President Woodwell Asset Management 215-886-4740
Shaheerah Bey, Meeting Advisor Hilton Garden Inn FW 215-646-4637
Amy Brown, Membership Geiger Promotional Products
Dave Cerami, Communication Home Tech Renovations Let’s Face It 215-646-7477 x 110
Jim Higgins, School Liaison IT Solutions Consultants 215-886-7166
Upper Dublin Township 801 Loch Alsh Ave.,
Ft. Washington, 19034 upperdublin.net * 215-643-1600
Code Enforcement x3205 Economic Development x3235 Earned Income/RE Tax x3230
Fire Marshal x3923 Fort Washington Fire Co. 215-646-2555
Library-215-628-8744 Manager’s Office x3219
Parks & Recreation x3443 Public Works x3233
Storm Water Issues x3236 F.W. Post Office-215-646-6796
Police Non-Emergency 215-646-2101
Upper Dublin School District 1580 Fort. Washington Ave.,
Maple Glen, 19002 UDSD.org * 215-643-8800 Adult Evening School - x8994
Business Office x8811 Community Affairs x8994 Human Resources x8806
Robbins Park - 215-641-0921 Superintendent - 215-643-8802
Quick Contact List
T he Fort Washington Business Alliance represents all those who have a vested interest in the Fort Washington Office Park and the surrounding area, including owners, employers, employees and contractors. .
T he group serves to maintain, enhance and promote the Fort Washington area as a leading center of business and commerce in the
Greater Philadelphia Area.
T he organization acts as a sounding board and lobbying voice to undertake those actions that assist the community in attracting and retaining
quality businesses that are in concert with a renowned quality of life that will protect the property values for all Upper Dublin property
Rae Barnes Photography Rae Barnes, Owner
Family Portrait Photography Fort Washington 19034
Portfolio: raebarnes.com ~ 215-278-9181 [email protected]
Raymond James Bob Lankin, Branch Manager
633 North Easton Road Glenside 19038 ~ 215-887-9950 [email protected]
Rick Seltzer 1250 Greenwood Ave., #300
Jenkintown 19046 610-331-2894
[email protected] (Yes, his father, Phil, founded the FWOP)
The Travel Station Patricia Wurster, Owner
Professional Travel Planner since 1986 1417 Bruce Road, Oreland 19075
215-884-2130 [email protected]
UD Auto Tags & Notary Leslie S. Wolner
1657 Limekiln Pike (across from members Lester Martin Jewelers & West Ave. Dresher)
Dresher 19025 215-646-1989 [email protected]
Link to Members
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Lee Benson, Chief, UDPD
FWBA Executive Board Welcomes
AMY BROWN The FWBA Executive Board recently welcomed Amy Brown to its volunteer ranks. Amy replaces Tone Brady, Somerset Properties, who served the board and the FWBA well during his volunteer tenure. The FWBA board sincerely thanks Tone for his insightful service.
Amy Brown has lived in Upper Dublin since 1994 and has been an active FWBA member for more than three years, attending and assisting with many functions and bringing guests with her as prospective members. She will be part of the FWBA’s Membership Committee and looks forward to meeting new business representatives.
Amy is an independent corporate branding specialist with Geiger Promotional Products. She is married and has two children, both of whom attended Upper Dublin High School.
Feel free to reach out to Amy!
[email protected] - 215-287-0971
PA first class, civil service, accredited, law enforcement agency that is staffed 24-hours a day, seven days a week.
To fulfill its mission, the department employs 40 full-time sworn police officers, six Police Communication Officers, a Records Clerk and an Administrative Staff Officer. The UDPD is
dispatched to “Calls for Service” by the Montgomery County Communications Center (911). There are two primary department divisions, Administration and Patrol, with three support units identified as Communications, Detectives, and Records, as well as several specialized units addressing Bicycle Patrol, Highway Patrol, Major Incident Response, Medical Response, Narcotics Enforcement, Professional Standards, and Tactical Response. The department maintains a “Community Oriented Policing” philosophy through the dedication of its members and hosts a variety of outreach programs, some of which include: Coffee with a Cop Junior Police Academy & Field Day Medication Collection Program Vacation Checks Identity Theft Protection Internet Purchase Exchange Location Project ChildSafe - Firearm Safety Report It Program Underage and Dangerous Drinking Program Vial of Life Youth Driving Academy Police Non-Emergency Contact Number: 215-646-2101 upperdublin.net/departments/police/
The Fort Washington Fire Company was formed in 1908 to protect the lives, property and environment of the citizens and visitors of Upper Dublin Township and neighboring communities. This mission is accomplished through vigilant training, fire prevention education, professional development, pride and teamwork. The department is made up of an all-volunteer team, which includes Line Officers, Administrative Officers, Engineers, Fire Police and a Board of Directors. The FWFCo is the primary provider of Fire/Rescue services for the township, which is approximately 13.2 square miles with a population of about 26,000 people. The fire company also serves the Township’s primary center of business, the FWOP, which is 536 acres with 65 buildings and six million SF of building area. The FWFCo was awarded the 2008 UD Medal in the Non-Profit Organization category. A few of the safety and educational programs offered include:
Annual Fire Expo
Local Fire Prevention Week
Main Station (88-A) 1245 Fort Washington Avenue, Fort Washington, PA 19034 Burn Brae Station (88-B) 3315 Susquehanna Road, Dresher, PA 19025
Donations to the fire company are used for member recruitment and retention initiatives, such as the annual awards dinner. Maintaining an all-volunteer fire company helps keep taxes low! More information and to donate: fortwashingtonfc.org/
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FW Fire Company No. 1
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Hot Foot 8.8 Sun., Oct. 22
8.8 mi, 8.8 K, 5.4K Kids Fun Run Registration
SLOW THE FLOW! Help cut down on water flowing way too quickly into our waterways and help
decrease flooding lawns and soil erosion. How? 1/ Install rain gardens to soak up rainwater and
SLOWLY filter it back into the ground. 2/ Use screened rain barrels to harvest water for later use 3/ Add water-
absorbing paver blocks or porous concrete planters. 4/ Plant trees, shrubs and flower beds. 5/ Add top soil to ground that is
packed down as hard as concrete. More ideas ~ www.upperdublin.net
ALL WATER RUNS INTO WATERWAYS UNTREATED
Wash vehicles at a car wash only Keep Debris Where It Belongs - Trash,
Leaves, and all forms of Litter Investigate pesticides, herbicides and fertilizer;
use natural, non-toxic substances to keep poisons OUT of our water.
In the July 2016 FWBA newsletter,
details about the reconstruction work of two aging bridges over Pine Run on Vir-ginia Drive were reviewed. The Township
plan was successful and the work was completed within a 12-month timeframe. The bridgework was part of $30 million for
infrastructure improvements in the park. Building two high hazard dry dams over Rapp Run and Pine Run, completed in
2013, at a cost of about $18 million, was done to protect properties. The dams are built to withstand 9 to 15 inches of rainfall
for 2 to 3 consecutive days. The return on investment will be recaptured in reduction of roadway water damage, clean up costs,
material replacement costs, hazards, res-cues, and loss of work time. These and other future improvements
aim to strengthen investments for property owners through multiple efforts to attract and maintain a strong tenant base.
For these reasons, a General Municipal Authority was adopted in September 2016. The GMA consists of five appointed mem-
bers who are tasked to research, review and develop fee structures proportionately for needed improvements and the busi-
nesses that directly benefit from them. An
authority raises money by issuing bonds to pay for a particular project. All of the pro-posed actions are central to the long-
range goal of competitively positioning the FWOP in the current regional marketplace. GMA meetings are held at the Town-
ship building on the first Friday of the month at 7:30 a.m. They are open to the public. A quorum
is required for any special action to be taken. 2017 Board Members:
Robert Pesavento, Chairper-son Robert Danaher, Vice Chairperson
Ronald Feldman, Treasurer Michael Markman, Secretary Greg Diehl, Member
Staff: Paul Leonard, Executive Director Jonathan Bleemer, Finance Director
Deb Ritter, Open Records Officer Consulting Engineer: Boles Smyth
Bridgework Completed Over Un-Troubled Waters
From Paul A. Leonard, UD Township Manager:
“Many thanks to the business who bore up under the inconvenience of construction and to the team of design professional and contractors who
executed this work on time and on schedule.”
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The 33rd annual Upper Dublin Medals Program, held at Manufacturers’ Golf & Country Club, was a stunning event. The 245 guests, including many previous medal winners, enjoyed an evening presented by an inimitable partnership that supports a
township-wide experience that identifies excellence in diverse levels of community life, such as business or non-profit, citizens, educators and students. The attendees at the fundraising gala came away with a charged confidence for that which is achievable when a populous proceeds as a singular force to respectfully demonstrate how unfeigned success looks, sounds and feels. Proceeds from the event support the UD Ed Foundation.
Deepest appreciation to sponsors: BET Investments, Platinum Sponsor; George’s Market at Dreshertown, Gold Sponsor; Temple University Ambler, Bronze Sponsor; and Friends Level Sponsors, Ambler Area YMCA, Boles, Smyth Associates, Kirkland Printing & Business Solutions, and Timoney Knox, LLP. Thanks also to the Ambler Flower Shop for donating boutonnieres for the medal winners, student finalists, previous winners and event sponsors. In addition, whole-hearted appreciation to The Ambler Gazette, a 2000 Upper Dublin Medal winner, for its comprehensive coverage.
Upper Dublin Medals Planning Committee
Michelle Boas, Executive Director, Upper Dublin Education Foundation
Kathy Disque, Coordinator, Fort Washington Business Alliance Brooke Evans, Executive Assistant, Superintendent’s Office
Vanessa Good, President, Upper Dublin Education Foundation
Paul Leonard, Manager, Upper Dublin Township Art Levinowitz, President, Upper Dublin School Board
Susan Lohoefer, Facility & Community Affairs Manager, UDSD
Deb Ritter, Manager’s Office Administrator, Upper Dublin Township Barry Rose, President, Fort Washington Business Alliance
Deborah Wheeler, Superintendent, School District of Upper Dublin
Jarrettown Elementary staff support
Esther Miller, Outstanding Educator, after the awards ceremony.
Berkshire Bank employees, 100 Gibraltar Rd., Horsham were part of “Berkshire Bank Xtraordinary Day, The Power of Giving” in June. All branches closed early so that staff members could volunteer. More than 60 community projects added up to a donated 6,000 hours of service across the country. Kevin Gehring, Assistant Vice President, Horsham, first row at right, was part of the painting crew at a nearby recovery facility. 267.464.7012. Berkshirebank.com
H E R E S The featured graduation speaker this year at The Montessori School, Dresher, was former stu-dent, Pete Zaharchuk, center. Each year a student at
TMS receives the Kevin Wallace Memorial Award, and Pete was once the recipi-ent. A "lifer,” Pete started at TMS (New Hori-zons Montessori) in 1999. Pictured with Pete are,
from left, his mother, Sue, and Janet Wallace, mother of Kevin Wallace, a TMS student who passed away in 1984 at the age of seven. Janet is a long time FWBA member and works with Long & Foster. Kevin’s Dad is Doug Wallace,
Editor’s Note: On the right is a new white filter for my whole house water filtration
system. The one on the left is what it looks like after about 2 months. Filters are
inexpensive or you can opt for the system with lifetime filters. The great taste and
reduction in hard water stains is remarkable. --Kathy Disque
Senior Homecare by Angels We know it isn’t easy to invite someone
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The Upper Dublin Police Department and Upper Dublin School District employees participated in the first annual Black Student Union
sponsored charity football game. UDHS students served as team coaches and referees. Ticket sales and refreshment purchases raised money for Officer Carroll, a local police veteran and for BSU club events. One team prevailed, but it goes without saying that both teams are winners!
AnalogGroove once again performed at the Ambler Arts & Music Festival in June. FWBA Board member Glenn Griffin is pictured at far right. FWBA member Timoney Knox was also an event sponsor. The concerts were free and open to the community, along with artist booths and lots of food vendors.
“Walk Against Hate” was sponsored by the Anti-Defamation League at the Philadelphia Navy Yard in May. Amy Brown, center, Geiger Promotional, Independent Branding Specialist is pictured with the team her company sponsored. The group raised over $2,000. The T-shirts Amy provided say, “I Took A Step in the Right Direction.”
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Upper Dublin Aquatic Club is a parent-governed youth sports organization with a first-class professional coaching staff that offers training and competition at all levels in swimming,
diving and water polo. UDAC is a member club of USA Swimming, the Suburban Aquatic League, AAU Diving, and American Water Polo. UDAC athletes compete at the local, regional, national and international level and have earned awards at all levels. Private lessons are available in partnership with the School District. UDAC earned the UD Medal in 2013 in the Non Profit Organization category. Also, teams participate in charitable events, and each year kids collect toys for those less fortunate in the FWBA Kids ‘n Smiles Toy Drive. www.udac.us
Lifesaving BONE MARROW DONORS
U.D. High School student Tyler Seabrook led a drive to recruit bone marrow donors. His registration drive resulted in 50+ people signing up to donate! Tyler served as the Assistant Senior Patrol Leader for Activities for Boy Scout Troop 542. As a result of this project and achievement in the areas of leadership, service and character, Tyler earned the highest rank possible, that of Eagle Scout. He was celebrated and recognized at the Eagle Court of Honor. Be The Match - bethematch.org/
“FWBA NORTH HILLS READS” Students at the summer camp programs and activities in North Hills got a brand new “Book Nook” area with new books, reading rug, bean bag chairs, bookcase and more, all through a surprise donation from ESD, Inc. during the FWBA Kids ‘n Smiles Toy
Drive last December. For many reasons, including extra toy donations from the UD Police Department, the funds were not all used. Elishe Gee, Educational Director and the school district supervisor of curriculum discussed recent research results that
found that giving kids 12 books to read over the summer was as effective as summer school in raising students’ reading scores. From there the “FWBA NORTH HILLS READS” project was initiated to give students 12 new books. The photos show the excitement a new book brings or the pleasure at having a story read out loud. Strong Readers = Strong Learners. ESD, Inc. has been an ongoing supporter of a variety of charitable ventures in and around Upper Dublin and was the 2015 recipient of the Upper Dublin Medal as an Outstanding Community Business.
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Happy Hour 4 to 6 p.m.
Rush Hour Run The 2nd annual Fort Washington Rush Hour Run, presented by UDP&R and the FWBA, was held in June to raise funds to enable under resourced children attend UDP&R Summer Camps. In reality, the funds actually help the entire family as parents do not have to worry about finding and paying for summer childcare services. Eight families were helped directly through this event. Fees from the 70 runners and the generosity of FWBA
members made this happen. THANK YOU: ESD, Inc., Fort Washington, which was once again the Title Sponsor; Brick & Barrel Taphouse & Timoney Knox, LLC were Gold Sponsors; Acteon Networks & Bohmora Services, Silver Sponsors;
and Woodwell Asset Management, Bronze. Post-race sandwiches, Stromboli, soft drinks and beer were sponsored by the Fireside Bar & Grille. The Hilton Garden Inn Fort Washington and the Holiday Inn Express & Suites provided overnight stays for top finisher prizes. Pictured is Derek Dureka, UDP&R Director, who presented awards to the runners.
~ Temple Ambler won the Upper Dublin Medal in 2003, Non-Profit Organization~
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Food Trucks & Tunes
Upper Dublin Township held the first annual Fort Washington Food Trucks & Tunes luncheon event at the Camphill & Highland Athletic Complex, 1450 Highland Ave. in June. It was open to all businesses in and around the Office Park as a way to thank and help businesses connect
in a casual atmosphere. The FWBA was pleased to be a supporter.
DID YOU KNOW? Lenhardt Rodgers Architecture + Interiors represents the fourth generation of a firm that was founded in 1957. It is also a woman-owned business. Joyce Lenhardt and Phil Rodgers met while in Architecture School at Temple University and have worked together since 1986. 438 S. Bethlehem Pike, FW
The Ambler Area YMCA continues to offer free memberships to 7th grade students to help them
positively connect at a time when they need it most. Students entering grade 7 can register now with a
parent or guardian by bringing a school ID.
Call - 215-628-9950 ~ Philaymca.org
As part of the YMCA’s mission and philosophy,
no one is turned away from YMCA programs or
activities due to an inability to pay. Funds are raised each
year by volunteers through the Annual Campaign. These
funds benefit eligible individuals and families in the area
and numerous Teen, Tween, Active Older Adults and
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Meet & Greet at Intercontinental Conference & Training Center Nick Damm and Mary Sclafani opened the new Conference Center at 550 Pinetown
Road, FW for a community visit at a recent “Meet and Greet.” Nick and Mary are pic-
tured at right with Chris Leahy, C.J. Custom Catering & Café, also in the building and who provided scrumptious teasers. The Novem-
ber FWBA meeting will be held in the center.
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Café - 215.646.0146 Chef Chris - 267.266.5352
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550 Pinetown Rd., Fort Washington
Across from FW Post Office. 2 driveway entrances off Commerce Drive/Pinetown Road.
Top Docs! Howard Edelman and James Stephenson, Dresher Dental,
were named Top Docs 2017 by Philadelphia magazine. Dr. Edelman is also a volunteer for Team USA Athletes
through the US Olympic Committee. He also donates time to ‘Mission of Mercy’ which provides dental service to some
who have never been to a dentist. 830 Twining Rd., Dresher 215-641-0441
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215-542-7930 [email protected] www.bestwestern.com
Convenient to historic Clifton House and Hope
Lodge and to the Highlands Mansion and Fort
Washington State Park.
Loyalty Program for FWBA Members: Code FWBA034
Upper Dublin Parks & Recreation Department offers all FWBA members a special discount, even though they might not
be Upper Dublin residents. A discounted rate will be extended! When registering for an event at upperdublin.net enter Code FWBA034. If needed, call Tammy Echevarria, Recreation
Superintendent at 215-643-1600 x 3241.
The Wissahickon Valley Watershed Association is a non-profit land trust founded in 1957 to protect the quality and beauty of the Wissahickon Creek. A small, committed group conceived of the WVWA to address the dangers of flooding posed by the Creek. The group was sensitive to the interconnectedness of water, land and the inhabitants of the Watershed. A watershed is an area or ridge of land that separates waters and which drains surrounding streams and tributaries into a flowing singular larger body of water, such as a creek, river or ocean. Decades of replacing land and forests with housing, commercial development, paved parking areas and increased roadways has resulted in a reduction in the amount of water that seeps naturally into the ground. As a result, creeks and rivers flood more often and bring more pollutants into our water. Whatever happens to the surrounding land in our communities affects the water quality of the creek. SEE PAGE 4. We all have a stake in protecting the land in this vital watershed.
Visit the WVWA YouTube Channel for the video "What is a Watershed and Why" H E R E S
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REVERSE MORTGAGES EXPLAINED What is a Reverse Mortgage? A reverse mortgage is the only financial tool available that allows homeowners to remain in their own
home, gain access to a substantial amount of tax free money, and also eliminate the burden of a monthly mortgage payment. What is a Reverse Purchase Mortgage? Many people find themselves purchasing a home later in life. A reverse purchase can help
borrowers buy the right place and have no monthly mortgage payment. Under most circumstances, a borrower can expect to put down about half the amount of the sale price and the reverse mortgage will cover the rest. What Are The Reasons Most People Use a Reverse Mortgage? As people age, many unexpected expenses can arise, including
medical bills, prescription drug costs, home repairs or the need for long term care . Additionally, when a spouse passes, there is the loss of his/her monthly Social Security payment. When savings and retirement accounts run low and life insurance is no longer available, a reverse mortgage
eliminates the monthly mortgage payment and increases monthly cash flow, giving people financial security. It is important to have a plan in place and not wait for a crisis. My name is
Michael Friedman and for the past 10 years, I have assisted hundreds of seniors on the benefits of the reverse mortgage program. I am happy to meet with you to review your situation, confirm eligibility, and help you decide if a reverse
mortgage is the right plan for you. reversingpamortgage.com 215-901-6521
FOUNDATION DAY AT GEORGE’S MARKET George’s Market at Dreshertown once again -- 19
years now -- hosted Foundation Day to raise funds in support of the UD Ed Foundation. While shopping, everyone enjoyed eating low-priced food and listening to talented student groups perform. Teachers and administrators from the school district were on hand to bag groceries for shoppers
and scoop free ice cream. George’s Market received the UD Medal in 1997 in the Business Category.
Whatever happens to the surrounding land in our communities affects the
water quality of the Creek.
Photo Gallery - 1,409 Photos in 80 Albums
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Official Ribbon Cutting at
Office Practicum The photos above are from the “Ribbing Cutting” ceremony with Office Practicum staff. Representative Todd Stephens also attended to welcome the company to its new space Office Practicum (OP) is the leading innovator in pediatric-specific practice solutions and has moved its corporate headquarters into in the Fort Washington Office Park. The move from Horsham allows the company to unify operations by having all departments on one floor. In addition, OP has gained space for expansion. OP moved 160 employees to its new headquarters at 602 Office Center Drive. Situated on 40 acres, the property offers a modern office campus with superb amenities, such as a recently redesigned café, fitness center and a contemporary conference and training facility. . For more information visit officepracticum.com
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Economic Forecast for 2017 and Beyond
The FWBA regularly plans meetings focused on “Economic Forecast” for the region and nation. Manufacturers’ Golf & Country Club hosted “The Feds” as the presenter for this informative and meaningful topic. MGCC provided a scrumptious hot buffet for members in its newly-renovated, charming facility. Ryotoro Tashiro, Economic and Public Outreach, Federal Reserve Bank of Phila. was the program presenter and made the presentation and insights available to FWBA members.
FBLA GOES WEST ….The 2017 Future Business Leaders of America Club held its National Leadership Conference in Anaheim, CA this summer. UD High School had 19 qualifying competitors, which is a new school record, and 12 students earned trophies as top 10 finishers! PA-FBLA included over 500 students, advisors and family members. In total, there were more than12,000 in attendance representing 47 states, Brazil, Cayman Islands, China, Europe, Haiti, Korea, Puerto Rico, and U.S. Virgin Islands. The Future Business Leaders of American Club celebrates its 75th anniversary. The active club at UDHS works with the FWBA on various projects. Club Advisor is Jessica Sundling, 215-643-8900 or [email protected]
Mattie N. Dixon Community Cupboard
Donation Drop offs:
Mon & Wed, Noon-2pm ~T, Th, Fri, 9am - 2pm Clothing Boutique: Mon & Wed, 9 - 11:30am
Contact Christine Bouley
150 N. Main St. - Ambler, PA 19002 [email protected]
North Hills: 212 Girard Ave. 19038
Clients can receive items on a weekly basis. Mattie N. Dixon was the 2000 recipient of the Upper
Dublin Medal, citizen category.
The Association of Fundraising Professionals of Greater Philadelphia has selected Peggy Brennan Dolan to receive the Lifetime
Achievement Award, which will be presented in November at the National Philanthropy Day Luncheon in Center City. The award highlights her dedicated efforts with the Kelly Anne Dolan Memorial Fund. Since 1976, the KADMF has assisted more than 27,551 families in crisis -- families taking care of a seriously ill, disabled or injured child -- with whatever is needed to make the trials of ongoing care a bit easier. Visit dolanfund.org or call 215-643-0763
Dear Neighbors, We served 788 children in the last fiscal year! For those children, the food pantry is a vital source of nutrition every summer. At the same time, many generous donors go on vacation, resulting in fewer donations and empty shelves. Please consider hosting a food drive in your neighborhood, swim club, camp, or anywhere you spend time this summer. Donate fresh produce from your garden and/or arrange to pick up extra produce from your friends’ gardens. Challenge your kids to a collection contest. We can help you with all the details. You can make this summer a magical time for all the kids in our community; they will be so grateful. Thank you to everyone for helping to keep hearts and bellies full this summer! Beck Kelly, Food Cupboard Coordinator Inter-Faith Housing Alliance, 31 S. Spring Garden St., Ambler 215.628.2334
Hours: Monday – Friday, 9am – 5pm
H E R E S
SPEAC of Upper Dublin is a non-profit organization. It’s primary source of funding is through fundraising efforts and contributions from the PTO's and
PTA's in the schools. The group is not funded by the school district. September 28 is an Open House at Upper Dublin Township Building.
This is an opportunity to learn how SPEAC supports families of students with disabilities in our community and school district. It is a wonderful
opportunity to meet members of SPEAC’s committees along with parents and educators who share concerns for children with special needs.
Stephen A. Cardullo Branch Manager
335 Commerce Drive Fort Washington, PA 19034
P. 1.877.TRUMARK x9286 F. 215.654.6865
H E R E S
HomeTech Garners Two Awards!
HomeTech Renovations of Fort Washington was awarded the 2017 Contractor of the Year Award and the 2017 Meritorious
Award as part of a design/build competition in the residential bath-room remodeling category for a renovation between $50K-
75K. The awards are part of a competition by the Bucks/Mont
Chapter of the National Assoc. of the Remodeling Industry.
MEALS ON WHEELS Flexible volunteer time!
One day a week or even
every other week.
TEAM BUILDING FOCUS.
Deliver hot meals, a bit of
hope and friendship.
H E R E S Meals on Wheels Supporters
Turn Heads on the Runway Spiffy Seniors Strut their Stuff for a Good Cause
350 V is it ed Da i ly !
It was standing room only at the Meals on Wheels Benefit Brunch & Silver Foxes Fashion Show at Normandy Farms in June. Fifteen snazzy men and
ladies, SAAC members and/or MOW volunteers, hit the runway and re-defined what aging looks like. Extensive research reveals that programs like MOW enrich lives and also reduce
healthcare costs. Dedicated volunteers deliver
complete nutrition and a friendly visit to over 350 recipients daily across lower Montgomery County.
From a recipient: “After my wife died, I was depressed and had trouble making meals,” said Harry. “Meals on Wheels helps me
with food, but is also a bright spot in my day.”
Outrunning Senior Hunger 5k Run/3k Walk ~ Sat., September 16 at Montco Community College, 8 am. Discounted entry fee before
August 25, after which adult registrations is $30. The 5k run begins at 9 am, awards at 10 am. SAAC welcomes Bryn Mawr Racing Company for timing & management. Sign up online by searching “Meals
on Wheels” at brynmawrracing.com/calendar/ or montcosaac.com/events.htm. Sponsorships Welcome: Renae Gagen, Director of
Development & Marketing, 610-275-1960, or [email protected]
Catering Staff prepare hot entrees, delectable appetizers, fresh veggies and cheese table as well as those ‘to die for’ desserts. Just $10/person also includes a coupon for a glass of wine/beer. The event is already in the works for 2018. If you don’t have fun or make great connections at this event, well, we have people to help you with that too!
Each year, every year, just when the March Winter Blues infiltrate our spirits, the Hilton Garden Inn Fort Washington, FWBA and EMCCC join forces for a spectacular welcome spring event. Approximately 85 attendees listen to great music by UDHS’s Sophisticated Strings, meet up with friends and business associates, make new contacts and eat --oh, do we eat. The Hilton Garden Inn’s
Here’s the deal! If you join by August 30th, your FWBA
membership will run through 2017. You will be included in
all private FWBA Email Blast that announce events,
activities, job openings, etc. You will also be invited to all
three fall luncheon meetings (free). The special membership
fee is $65 and can only be paid by check, received by
8/30/17. Check payable to FWBA - Mail to FWBA, PO Box
812, Fort Washington, PA 19034. Include your contact
information! You will also be listed in the next FWBA
newsletter and online, fwbaonline.com. Self introductions at
every meeting will help you connect with members.
Questions? Kathy Disque, Coordinator, 215-628-0313,
1. Do more business 2. Promote your unique services at every
meeting as you connect to other members
3. Six Free luncheon meetings per year hosted by gracious members -- see list on page 20.
4. No mandatory meetings and no referrals are required
5. Opportunities to present or offer specific meeting topics
6. Opportunity to host a luncheon meeting and bring new people into your facility
7. Discounted advertising in the FWBA newsletter, mailed to area businesses and distributed locally -- 600 plus. Also archived at fwbaonline.com
8. Refer a member and get a free ad in the FWBA newsletter
9. Free news articles and member announcements in all newsletters
10. Job Service Network to help locate the ideal employee
11. Resumes for known associates to help find them positions within the organization
12. Access to members and associates through central email channels
13. Announcements of local events and activities, often with FWBA member discounts, in private email blast list
14. Networking at the annual Pre-March
Madness Networking Event at the Hilton Garden Inn Fort Washington. 85+ attend - event held with other business groups
15. Holiday ‘Kids n Smiles Toy Drive’ that benefits local youngsters
16. Partner in the Upper Dublin Medals
Program with the Township, School District and Upper Dublin Education Foundation
17. Community Study. Host a high school
senior intern for three weeks in May 18. Opportunities to mentor a high school or
middle school student 19. Presentations to Future Business
Leaders of America Club and support of the 100-member high school organization
20. Participation at the Career Fair at Upper Dublin High School
21. Annual ‘Rush Hour Run’ - 5K and 5-Miler to enable underserved students attend UDP&R Summer Camps
22. Relationships that maximize the workplace environment and experience
22 Years = 22 Membership Benefits
ROAD DIET BEGINS SOON ….This fall, the
Virginia Drive roadway redesign (Road Diet)
and Cross-County Trail construction project
will begin, with the first of four phases. Note,
no road closures are anticipated. The second
and third phases are fully funded and will be
constructed in 2018 and 2019. The fourth and
final phase, along Delaware Drive, has
received funding commitments, with additional
grants being sought to reduce the local
funding obligation. This work is estimated for
2019 and 2020.
Walking, running, bicycling and driving …
safely sharing space!
Acteon Networks Agnew Corporation Altman Management Co. / Allied Construction Services Ambler Area YMCA Ambler Minuteman Press American Environmental Consultants Advance Business Coach Aquino Accounting and Consulting Aspen Painting & Wallcovering Avir Realty Group Avison Young, Patrick Brady AYC Media Lynn & Robert Benjamin, Psychiatric & Psychology Services Berkshire Bank Berkshire Hathaway, M. Hobbs Best Western Inn Fort Washington BET Investment Bohmora Services Bowe Water Filtration Systems BQ Basement Systems Brandywine Senior Living Brick & Barrel Taphouse Brookwood Financial Partners Burn Brae Camp of the Creative Arts Business Development University Calkins Media, L. Luttmann CertaPro of Blue Bell/Phila. C.J. Custom Catering & Café CM3 Building Solutions Communication Solutions Group Community Ambulance Association, Ambler Construction Equipment Guide Contemporary Software Concepts Cratin Computing Company Cushman Wakefield, FW Dean's Janitorial Service DeVry University D'Lauro & Rodgers Docutrend Imaging Solutions Dresher Dental Dresher Physical Therapy Enterprise Newspapers Eric's RX SHOPPE ESD, Inc. Essential Strategies, N. Simon Fastrack Construction Fuhrman Management First Contact HR Fitzpatrick Lentz & Bubba Ft. Washington Corporate Benefit Services
Fort Washington Fire Co. No. 1 Friedman Schuman Law Firm George's Market at Dreshertown Geiger Promotional Products Gerhard's Appliances / Mattress Center Global Disinfection Systems Good Shepherd Catholic School Goldfish Swim Club Granite Galleria Graff Agency, Allstate Insurance Great Spring Acupuncture Griffin Consulting Services Harmony Dental Health Harvest Advisers Hilton Garden Inn Fort Washington Holiday Inn Express HomeTech Renovations/Let's Face It Honeywell Credit Union Howard IP Law Group, PC Innovative Employer Solutions Institute of Dance Artistry Intercontinental Development Inter-Faith Housing Alliance iSolutions Insurance Advisors IT Solutions Jake & Andy's J. Perry & Son's / Kate's Corner Kahn & Co. Real Estate Kelly Anne Dolan Memorial Fund Kirkland Printing & Business Solutions KW Commercial RE, C. Fernsler Law Offices of Craig Bluestein, P.C. Long & Foster, Janet Wallace La Prima Catering LG Legacy Group Lenhardt Rodgers Architects + Interiors Lester Martin Jewelers
Manufacturers' Golf & Country Club Mattie N. Dixon Community Cupboard McMahon Associates Mercedes-Benz Fort Washington My Sister's Choice Nappen & Associates Odd Graphic Company Office Practicum Organized Efficiency, LLC Palace of Asia PenServ Plan Services
PI Dental Center PPL Promotions Pozent Corporation Prescott College Consulting PRIMERICA Primrose Extraordinary Flowers PROXUS Prudential Advisors, E. Lewandowski Rae Barnes Photography Raymond James, Glenside Re/Max Action Realty, P. McDonald Reit Management & Research LLC Reversing PA Mortgage, LLC Rich's Deli / Rich’s Other Place Robin Kramer & Green, LLP Sandy Run Country Club School District of Upper Dublin Secure Planning Advisors, LLC Secure Planning Group, LLC Seltzer, Rick Senior Adult Activities Center, MONTCO SignPrinters Situs Properties Somerset Properties S. Jersey Energy Solutions, S. Brady Special Education Advisory Council Springfield Paper Specialties Stantec Temple University Ambler/ FW Testing & Learning Systems Thermostat Recycling Corp The Communication Solutions Group The Montessori School The Travel Station Timoney Knox The Real Estate Law Group Trumark Financial Credit Union UD Auto Tags & Notary Union Electric Contracting Upper Dublin Aquatic Club Upper Dublin Ed Foundation Upper Dublin Township U-Save Car & Truck Rental Valleygreen Flowers and Gifts Visiting Angels, Jenkintown West Ave. Dresher Wissahickon Valley Watershed Westrum Development Company Woodwell Asset Management Zakes Cakes & Café Zavitsanos, George, MD
Want to learn more about an FWBA member? 1) Direct link at fwbaonline.com/members.php - Scroll Down & Click! 2) Self introductions at every luncheon meeting help members connect 3) Attend an evening networking event 4) Contact Kathy Disque, FWBA Coordinator, for a virtual introduction.
[email protected] or call 215-628-0313
2017 FWBA Members
Fort Washington Business Alliance PO Box 812 Fort Washington, PA 19034 www.FWBAonline.com ~ 215-628-0313
Established in 1995
IN THIS ISSUE
NEW MEMBERS PAGE 2
UNTROUBLED PAGE 4
FWBA READS PAGE 8
50+ DONORS PAGE 8
RESTAURANTS PAGE 12
60 CANDLES PAGE 13
ROAD DIET PAGE 17
MEMBER LIST PAGE 19
Acteon Networks, LLC --8
Lynn Benjamin, Psychologist---10
Best Western Fort Washington Inn--12
Bohmora Janitorial Services--4
Bowe Clean Water Filtration System---6
Brick & Barrel Taphouse--6
C.J. Custom Catering & Cafe--11
Dean’s Janitorial Services--17
Dresher Physical Therapy-9
First Contact HR---10
George’s Market at Dreshertown--13
Graff Agency, Allstate--8
Holiday Inn Express & Suites--14
iSolutions Insurance Advisors--10
Kahn & Company-9
David J. Kramer, Attorney at Law--5
Montco SAAC - Meals on Wheels--17
My Sister’s Choice---5
Palace of Asia--9
Pi Dental Center--10
Reversing PA Mortgage, LLC--13
Robin Kramer & Green, LLP--7
The Communication Solutions Group--16
The Montessori School, Dresher --6
Temple University Ambler--9
Testing & Learning Systems--16
Timoney Knox, LLP---12
TruMark Financial Credit Union-16
UD Auto Tags & Notary-17
Upper Dublin Parks & Recreation--15
Visiting Angels of Jenkintown--7
FWBA Newsletter Advertisers--Page No.
Wed., Sept. 20 State of the Fort Washington Office Park. Presenter is Paul Leonard,
UD Township Manager. Held at Hilton Garden Inn FW. RSVP Needed.
Thu., Oct. 19 Emergency Preparedness in the Workplace. Held at the FW Fire Co.
Lunch provided by Robin, Kramer & Green, LLP RSVP Needed.
Thu., Nov. 30
Intellectual Property: Patents, Trademarks, Copyrights, Trade Secrets! 550 Pinetown Rd., Fort Washington. Presented by Howard IP Law
Group. RSVP Needed
December Kids 'n Smiles Toy Drive for Upper Dublin Youngsters
Fall Line-up of Meetings FWBA members are notified well in advance
MEMBERS MAKE MEETINGS
MEMORABLE FWBA members appreciate the luncheon meet-
ings provided by gracious fellow members. THANK YOU!
Ambler Area YMCA Gerhard’s Appliances, Mattress Center
Hilton Garden Inn Fort Washington
Holiday Inn Express & Suites Intercontinental Development
Manufacturers’ Golf & Country Club
Palace of Asia Robin Kramer & Green, LLP
Sandy Run Country Club
Trumark Financial Credit Union