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Abington Township Environmental Advisory Council Newsletter - Abington EAC November 2015 Newsletter

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West Nile Virus

Tests for West Nile Virus have been coming back positive in our area. Learn how you can keep your home safe.

Tips to Stop the Spread of West Nile Virus

There are things that everyone can do around the home to help eliminate mosquito-breeding areas. Some of these tips include:

  • Identify and eliminate all sources of standing water that collect on your property. Mosquitoes will breed in any puddle that lasts for more than four days.
  • Dispose of tin cans, plastic containers, ceramic pots, or similar water holding containers that have collected on your property. Do not overlook containers that have become overgrown by aquatic vegetation.
  • Pay special attention to discarded tires that may have collected water on your property. They can serve as a breeding ground for mosquitoes.
  • Drill holes in the bottom of recycling containers that are left out of doors. Drainage holes that are located on the container sides collect enough water for mosquitoes to breed in.
  • Have clogged roof gutters cleaned on an annual basis, particularly if the leaves from surrounding trees have a tendency to block drains.
  • Turn over plastic wading pools when not in use. A wading pool becomes a place for mosquitoes to breed if it is not used on a regular basis.
  • Turn over wheelbarrows and do not allow water to stagnate in birdbaths.
  • Aerate ornamental pools or stock them with fish. Water gardens are fashionable but become major mosquito breeding grounds if they are allowed to stagnate.
  • Keep swimming pools clean and chlorinated. A swimming pool that is left untended becomes a source of mosquito breeding. Be aware that mosquitoes may even breed in the water that collects on swimming pool covers.

Summer wouldn’t be summer without paving scams
Abington Police Department warns Residents to proceed cautiously with door-to-door asphalt salesmen.

If someone shows up at your home unannounced with a load of asphalt and a special price to pave your driveway, don’t let yourself be rolled over. “Asphalt paving scams are nothing new, but the summer months mean the scam is back in full swing,” according to the Better Business Bureau. “If you have a blacktop driveway or are in need of a repair, don’t be surprised if you receive a knock at your door offering you a too-good-to-be true deal on asphalt.”

“Reputable asphalt contractors will rarely — if ever — sell their product door-to-door,” the BBB said “They also know with great accuracy how much material they need to finish a job and don’t usually have any left over.”

Abington Township Police and Code Enforcement advise people to be wary of pavers who say they just happened to be in the neighborhood or have asphalt left over from another job. According to Deputy Chief of Police John Livingood possible poor workmanship or fly by night businesses can be the least of a resident’s worries. “Some of these companies target seniors with high pressure sales tactics then once the work is finished they try to charge them a higher price than originally quoted. Often there is no written contract and the resident ends up paying a lot more than the great deal they thought they were getting.”

“All contractors must be registered with the PA. State Attorney Generals office” say’s Abington Township’s Director of Code Enforcement Larry Matteo. “Residents should always make sure to check.” Residents are advised that if someone comes to their door offering paving service at a “discount” price they should check the business out before agreeing to any work. If you are unsure whether a company is legitimate or not you can contact Jim Salanik in Code enforcement at 267-536-1018.

Remember – It is illegal for businesses to solicit in Abington Township without a permit and residents should contact the police if this occurs or if they believe they are the victim of a scam.

Dennis is Here to Help:
Did you know that I am a notary and offer notorization services to my residents? Also, anyone interested in volunteering to teach residents basic computer skills at our computer lab at the commumnity center should contact me to set up an appointment.

Click here to download a PDF of this flyer.

The Abington YMCA

Our hours of operation are:

Monday - Friday, 5:00 AM - 10:00 PM
Saturday, 7:00 AM - 7:00 PM
Sunday, 8:00 - 7:00 PM.

Important message from Montgomery County Public Safety

What to do in an emergency:

Residents are asked to only call 9-1-1 if they need a response by police, fire or EMS. Power outages should be reported directly to your utility: for PECO, call 1-800-841-4141; for PPL, call 1-800-DIAL-PPL (1-800-342-5775); for First Energy, call 1-888-LIGHTSS (1-888-544-4877).

For other non-emergency storm related issues, residents are urged to contact their township or borough emergency operations center.

To take care of yourself and your loved ones, please have the following on-hand:

  • Three day supply of drinking water (one gallon per person/per day)
  • Non-perishable food, ready-to-eat canned food
  • A manual can opener (in case power is out)
  • First-aid kit
  • Flashlight, w/extra batteries
  • Personal care items/toiletries
  • Prescription medicine
  • Special items for infants/disabled/elderly (formula, diapers, etc.)
  • Eyeglasses
  • Whistle to signal for help

For a more detailed list and other preparedness instructions, please go to:

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Develop an emergency communication plan. In the event family members are separated from one another during floods, have a plan for getting back together.

Ask an out-of-town relative or friend to serve as the family contact. After a disaster, it is often easier to call long distance. Make sure everyone in the family knows the name, address and phone number of the contact person.

Do not drive during the storm unless absolutely necessary. If you do end up out on the roads, watch for debris, downed trees and limbs and utility lines, which could be live. If you encounter a flooded roadway, do not attempt to drive through it. The average automobile can be swept off the road in 12 inches of moving water, and roads covered by water are prone to collapse. If you come upon a flooded street, take an alternate route.

Also, it is now illegal for drivers to go around a traffic control device that indicates a road closure due to a hazardous condition. The law imposes a fine of $250 to $500 on violators and two points on their driver s license, and requires they pay restitution for the cost for any fire, police and EMS response.

Carbon monoxide poisoning is one of the biggest sources of injury or death following a major storm due to the use of gasoline powered generators and other tools, such as power washers, that are not properly ventilated. Also, do not use charcoal grills indoors.

Mayo Clinic on Aspirin

Dr. Virend Somers, is a Cardiologist from the Mayo Clinic, who is lead author of the report in the July 29, 2008 issue of the Journal of the American College of Cardiology.

Most heart attacks occur in the day, generally between 6 A.M. and noon. Having one during the night, when the heart should be most at rest, means that something unusual happened. Somers and his colleagues have been working for a decade to show that sleep apnea is to blame.

  1. If you take an aspirin or a baby aspirin once a day, take it at night.
    The reason: Aspirin has a 24-hour “half-life”; therefore, if most heart attacks happen in the wee hours of the morning, the Aspirin would be strongest in your system.
  2. FYI, Aspirin lasts a really long time in your medicine chest for years, (when it gets old, it smells like vinegar).

Something that we can do to help ourselves – nice to know. Bayer is making crystal aspirin to dissolve instantly on the tongue. They work much faster than the tablets.

Why keep Aspirin by your bedside? It’s about Heart Attacks!

There are other symptoms of a heart attack, besides the pain on the left arm. One must also be aware of an intense pain on the chin, as well as nausea and lots of sweating; however, these symptoms may also occur less frequently.

Note: There may be NO pain in the chest during a heart attack.

The majority of people (about 60%) who had a heart attack during their sleep did not wake up. However, if it occurs, the chest pain may wake you up from your deep sleep.

If that happens, immediately dissolve two aspirins in your mouth and swallow them with a bit of water.


  • Call 911
  • Phone a neighbor or a family member who lives very close by
  • Say “heart attack!”
  • Say that you have taken 2 Aspirins
  • Take a seat on a chair or sofa near the front door, and wait for their arrival and


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