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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. Wills for Heroes 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 H E R E S

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    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.

    Wills for


    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]

    215-855-7002 care.com/b/l/jake-andy-inc/lansdale-pa

    Pozent Corporation

    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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    Continued from front page

    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

    School Visits

    Emergency Preparedness

    Injury Prevention

    Older Adults

    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/

    Non-Emergency: 215-646-2555

    Continued from front page

    FW Fire Company No. 1

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    mailto:[email protected]://www.upperdublin.net/departments/police/medicationcollection/http://www.upperdublin.net/departments/police/vacation-checks-property/

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    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


    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.”





    COFFEE DURING THE ROAD CLOSURE! Details www.UpperDublin.net

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    Attorney at Law

    David J. Kramer provides representation to his clients

    in federal, state and local tax litigation.

    He also provides litigation support services to law

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    H E R E S

    From front page …

    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.

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    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

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    Senior Homecare by Angels We know it isn’t easy to invite someone

    into your home to provide homecare. You’ll interview and select the caregiver

    referred to you. At Visiting Angels, Character Matters in Caregivers!



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    H E R E S

    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.”

    It all adds up.

    The accountants at Robin Kramer and Green, with over 30-years of experience, can handle tax and accounting needs for

    your business, for your family, and for you.


    Tax planning and preparation

    Estate and business succession planning

    Business and management consulting

    Auditing and attestation

    Accounting services

    Robin Kramer & Green, LLP

    Certified Public Accountants

    550 Pinetown Rd., Suite 410 Fort Washington, PA 19034-2727 Phone: 215-641-8300 Fax: 215-641-8335


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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


    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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    F ood critics and customers are equally enchanted with the exceptional culinary experience that is the Palace of Asia standard. From our authentic menu

    to our elegant dining room, come taste an evening

    unlike any you have ever known.

    Palace of Asia 285 Commerce Drive

    Fort Washington, PA 19034 215-646-2133 www.palaceofasia.net

    (beside Best Western)

    We’ll Surro und You With Good Taste!

    Full Service Bar, Catering and Banquet Room for All Your Events.

    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.

    H E


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    ~ Temple Ambler won the Upper Dublin Medal in 2003, Non-Profit Organization~

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    Individual, Couples and Family Therapy, Hypnosis, Parenting, Play Therapy, Addictions & Trauma

    Licensed Marriage & Family Therapist Masters of Education, Temple University Certificate in Contextual Family Therapy Clinical Member, American Association of Marriage and

    Family Therapy Certified Advanced Alcohol & Drug Counselor Certified Consultant in Hypnosis Certified EMDR, EMDRIA

    Phone: 215-646-7932 ~ www.lynnbenjamin.com 12 Mayo Place, Dresher, PA 19025

    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.

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    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

    lenhardtrodgers.net 215-653-0935

    7th Graders


    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

    Abilities Programs.

    H E R E S

    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.

    Monday - Friday ~ 7am to 3 pm Breakfast & Lunch

    Eat-in ~ Take-out ~ Catering Affordable catering menu to suit

    your special instructions. On our premises or your designation.

    Café - 215.646.0146 Chef Chris - 267.266.5352

    Chef Chris Leahy ~ cjcustomcatering.com

    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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    FREE FOR GUESTS Hot Breakfast Buffet Hi-Speed Internet Local Phone Calls

    Incoming Fax Service

    FWBA membership offers tangible

    and INtangible BENEFITS. The GROUP is



    Best Western Fort Washington Inn

    Judy Braun, Director of Sales

    285 Commerce Dr., Fort Washington, 19034

    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.

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    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.


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    Photo Gallery - 1,409 Photos in 80 Albums

    Web Site Sponsors

    Members / Links

    25 Archived Newsletters

    Upcoming Meetings /Events

    Want to add your logo and link

    at FWBAONLINE.COM? Web Site Sponsors

    Allstate, Marty Graff Agency Bohmora Janitorial Service Gerhard’s Appliances/Mattress

    Warehouse Hilton Garden Inn FW Lester Martin Jewelers PROXUS Robin Kramer & Green, LLC Temple University Woodwell Asset Management

    Call for details - 6 month time frame!

    215-628-0313 or [email protected]

    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

    Holiday Inn Express & Suites 2016 winner of two prestigious awards: Torchbearer for excellent quality and service and a Renovation Award for attention to detail and design. Beautiful hotel, great location and with direct access to the Septa Regional rail making a night out in Philadelphia an easy commute.

    Featuring 168 rooms with 77 Suites, all rooms are equipped with microwave, fridge & Keurig coffee maker. Complimentary motorcoach and car parking, high speed wifi, complimentary hot deluxe breakfast served daily.1800 sq. ft. of Meeting Space for your groups and an onsite Sales Department to service all your group, wedding and corporate needs.

    Holiday Inn Express & Suites Fort Washington-Philadelphia

    432 Pennsylvania Avenue ~ Fort Washington, PA 19034 ~ 215.591.9000

    www.hiespress.com/ftwashington ~ [email protected]





    We’ll design it for you too!

    mailto:[email protected]

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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]

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    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.

    Peggy Dolan


    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.

    Visit speacofud.org.

    Stephen A. Cardullo Branch Manager

    335 Commerce Drive Fort Washington, PA 19034

    P. 1.877.TRUMARK x9286 F. 215.654.6865

    [email protected]

    H E R E S

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    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.


    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]

    file:///C:/Users/Kathy/Desktop/brynmawrracing.com/calendar/http://montcosaac.com/events.htmhttp://montcosaac.com/events.htmmailto:[email protected]

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    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!

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    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

    mailto:[email protected]

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    Fort Washington Business Alliance PO Box 812 Fort Washington, PA 19034 www.FWBAonline.com ~ 215-628-0313

    Established in 1995






    50+ DONORS PAGE 8


    60 CANDLES PAGE 13



    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

    Enterprise Newspapers--14

    First Contact HR---10

    George’s Market at Dreshertown--13

    Graff Agency, Allstate--8

    Holiday Inn Express & Suites--14

    HomeTech Renovations--17

    Intercontinental Development-11

    iSolutions Insurance Advisors--10

    Kahn & Company-9

    Kirkland Printing--4

    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


    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