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www.washingtontwpsun.com
MAY 16-22, 2012
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Washington Township schoolshost blood drive.
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Officialoffersplan forsaving
By MELISSA DIPENTO
The Washington Twp. Sun
Washington Township Busi-ness Administrator Bob Smithgave a brief budget presenta-tion at last week’s councilmeeting, which included anew potential tool, shouldcouncil approve it, to lower thetax levy.The $35.3 million budget isthe lowest budget appropria-tion since 2004, Smith said.Last year’s budget was $36.1million.Smith explained budget in-creases to the tune of $860,000over last year, with $210,000 re-served for arbitration and set-tlement, $160,000 for fuel andutilities, $140,000 in litigationcosts and the $350,000 capitalproject down payment to fixmany of the roads and infra-structure across the township.The township has realizedsavings in trash disposal fees,staff attrition and switching tothe state health benefits plan.One caveat, Smith intro-duced to council, would be toadd an amendment to thebudget to condense the capitalspending.In 2006, the township bor-
Community group cleans up grounds
By MELISSA DIPENTO
The Washington Twp. Sun
Last October, Kathy Rarohaworked with Washington Town-ship’s community policing offi-cers to try to establish a townwatch group in her 900-home de-velopment, Birches West.A few residents came withRaroha to the meeting, includingMichelle Jones.The two began to talk abouttheir community and how tomake it better. And a few monthslater, they had formed a non-prof-it community group, the BirchesWest Neighborhood Alliance.Members began to come to-gether in January, and soonenough, the group was planningcleanup days and spring flings.“We wanted to bring the neigh-borhood together to raise greaterawareness and give people a placeto go with concerns,” Jones, thegroup’s vice president, said.Jones said neighbors on herstreet have a relationship, but shewanted to see it grow to the entireneighborhood.“From my own experience,when neighbors know each other,there’s trust. We’re trying to getthat sense of community wherewe look out for one another,”Jones said.The group has a whole laundrylist of initiatives they’d like to seecome to fruition, but they’re start-ing small.The group has goals to clean upthe neighborhood, have a signplaced at the neighborhood’s en-trance, build a playgroup andcommunity garden, as well as addtrashcans, pet spaces and bench-es.So far, they can cross one itemoff their list.Last month, the group hosted acleanup day behind Thomas Jef-ferson Elementary. Jones said sheand her neighbors uncovered a
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Special to The Sun
Members of the Birches West Neighborhood Alliance pitch in during a recent cleanup day. The group formed late last fall, but has taken off inthe Birches West community in recent months.
 
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