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Snow Emergency Declared and Early Closure for February 20th

Due to the winter storm, Mayor David Holewinski has declared that effective immediately, a Snow Emergency will be in effect in New Britain Borough until 11:59pm tonight (February 20th).
 
Parking will not be permitted on designated Snow Emergency Routes, and these roads are also restricted to vehicles with four wheel drive or snow chains.
 
On the non-snow emergency routes residents are asked to voluntarily remove cars from the streets when possible to facilitate more effective road and parking lane clearing.
 
The Borough office will close at 2PM today.
 
Thank you for your assistance.

The Doan Gang – Event on April 8, 2019 – How a Quaker Family Terrorized Bucks County During the American Revolution and Why

New Britain Borough’s Historic Preservation Committee will be hosting local author, Carl LaVO, to speak about the thrilling history surrounding Bucks County’s own “Doan Gang.”  Please join us @ 7:00 PM on April 8, 2019 at Lenape Valley Presbyterian Church located at 321 W Butler Avenue.   This event is free of charge.

For seating purposes, registration for this event is required for admission.  Please register using the form at the bottom of this page or by calling the New Britain Borough administration office at (215) 348-4586. 

Guest speaker, Carl LaVO, a retired news editor and author of five books, is a weekly local history columnist for the Bucks County Courier Times and The Intelligencer newspapers and author of his newest book, Bucks County Adventures.  His books will be available for purchase and signing at the event.


About The Doan Gang

The Doan Gang outlaws, also known as the “Doan Boys” and “Plumstead Cowboys,” were a notorious gang of brothers from a Quaker family most renowned for being British spies during the American Revolutionary War.

The Doans were Loyalists from a Quaker family of good standing.  The “Doan Boys” reached manhood at the time of the American Revolutionary War.  Growing up in Plumstead, Pennsylvania, the Doans excelled athletically.  The Doan gang’s principal occupation was robbing Whig tax collectors, and horse theft.  The gang stole over 200 horses from their neighbors in Bucks County that they sold to the Red Coats in Philadelphia and Baltimore. 

The Friends Meeting House’s cemetery in Plumsteadville is protected by a field-stone wall that runs around its perimeter.  Levi and Abraham Doan were buried just outside this wall because the pacifist Quakers refused to bury militants within their graveyard (a veteran of the Civil War is likewise buried outside the graveyard perimeter).  The graves are adorned with their original native brownstone headstones which bear no inscriptions, following the Quaker practice at the time of their death, as well as newer headstones that identify them as outlaws. 

(Resource, https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Doan_Outlaws)


Registration

  • EXAMPLES: If attending alone, you would enter 1. If attending with a spouse and two children, you would enter 4.
  • Please include area code

Tree Lighting Ceremony & Santa’s Arrival – Dec. 5th 6:30 PM

Please join your friends and neighbors on Wednesday, December 5th @ 6:30 PM for the annual Tree Lighting Ceremony along with Santa’s Arrival at the Town Center (Giant Supermarket) in New Britain Borough.  At 6:30 PM, CB South’s choir will begin performing.  At 7:00 PM, the tree will be lit and Santa will arrive.  There will be cookies & hot chocolate, and special gifts for your little ones.  Bring your camera and get a photo with Santa!  Sponsored by the New Britain Civic Association & Chalfont New Britain Business Alliance (CNBBA).

Watch For These Safety Issues As You Winterize Your Home This Season

Photo by Scott Webb on Unsplash

Fall is around the corner and with the seasonal change comes crisp nights and falling leaves. The Borough’s Code Department would like to remind residents to clear their gutters of leaves so that rain can properly drain away from your house.

Along with colder nights comes turning on your heater and possibly lighting a fire in your fireplace or wood stove so please be sure to have your chimney swept annually, as creosote will build up in your chimney as a result of burning. A permit is required if you are installing a heating stove or replacing your liner. A required permit brings about an inspection after the work is finished and this is for your safety and to make sure that all connections are complete and correct. A disconnected liner in your chimney can cause harm to you and your family.

Carbon monoxide is an odorless and colorless gas. It comes from anything that burns fuel. A carbon monoxide detector should be located on the lowest living space in your house. Be sure to have your heater serviced annually as a number of carbon monoxide incidents come from heaters that are not functioning properly. When starting your car to warm up in the garage, please make sure that the garage door is raised because your car emits the highest levels of carbon monoxide during the warm up period.

If you should have any questions or concerns, please do not hesitate to contact the Borough’s Code Enforcement Department by calling 215-348-4586.

Written by Mike Italia, Building Inspector / Zoning Officer

Wreaths Across America Ceremony – December 15, 2018

Join us on Saturday, December 15, 2018 @ 12:00 PM at the New Britain Baptist Church Cemetery for our annual Wreaths Across America Ceremony.

Wreaths Across America is a nationwide program to remember and honor our fallen heroes by placing holiday wreaths on the graves of Veterans laid to rest in cemeteries across the United States. Each December on National Wreaths Across America Day, the mission to Remember, Honor and Teach is carried out by coordinating wreath-laying ceremonies at Arlington National Cemetery, as well as at more than 1,400 additional locations in all 50 U.S. states, at sea and abroad.

The New Britain Borough Historic Preservation Committee is proud to sponsor Wreaths Across America again this year at the New Britain Baptist Church Cemetery and H. Walter Harvey World War I Memorial. The ceremony will start promptly at Noon on Saturday, December 15, 2018. There is no better time to express our appreciation than during the hustle and bustle of the holiday season. We hope you will join us to show our veterans that we will not forget the sacrifice they made for our freedom.

You can help honor the veterans buried in our historic cemetery by sponsoring a wreath. Each wreath is only $15.00 and your donation is tax deductible. To sponsor a wreath, please make checks payable to “WREATHS ACROSS AMERICA” and mail or drop them off to: New Britain Borough, Attn: WAA, 45 Keeley Avenue, New Britain, PA 18901.

Donations should be received by: Monday, November 19, 2018.

Donations can also be made to our location by visiting http://www.wreathsacrossamerica.org/. Please search for New Britain Baptist Church Cemetery (PANBBC) to ensure your donation is applied to our location.

Written by Jackie D’Agostino, Historic Preservation Committee

Come and See the New Display At Burkart Hall

The Borough’s Historic Preservation Committee is highlighting nine borough properties that are on the Heritage Conservancy’s Register of Historic Places. Current pictures of the properties as well as a brief history of each property is now on display on the 2nd floor of Burkart Hall. In addition, there is a book with more historic and architectural detail and the original application filed to be considered for inclusion on the Register. Heritage Conservancy’s Register of Historic Places brochures will also be available.

If you are interested in registering your property with Heritage Conservancy’s Register of Historic Places, their criteria for qualifying properties is as follows:

  • The property is associated with events that have made a significant contribution to the broad patterns of our local or national history; or
  • The property is associated with the lives of persons significant in the past; or
  • The property embodies the distinctive characteristics of a type, period, or method of construction, or that represent the work of an important architect, or that possesses high artistic values; or
  • The property has yielded or may be likely to yield significant historic or prehistoric archaeological resources.

Any structure that is approved for the Register of Historic Places is eligible to display a plaque to recognize its historic and/or architectural elements. Listing on the Conservancy’s Register of Historic Places does not impinge upon the rights of property owners in the maintenance, modification or sale of their property.

Please contact the Borough office at 215-348-4586 for times when the second floor of Burkart Hall is open and/or more information about this program. Burkart Hall is located at 56 Keeley Avenue.

Written by Marie Coia, Historic Preservation Committee