Aston Township, Delaware County PA

Happy Thanksgiving!!!

This week the Aston Township Administrative offices and the Public works department will be closed on Thursday, and Friday for the Thanksgiving Holiday. 

Trash, Recycling, and Bagged Leaf Schedule.

Monday, November 19, 2012 – All Monday and Tuesday routes will be picked up.

Tuesday, November 20, 2012 – All Wednesday and Thursday routes will be picked up.

Wednesday, November 21, 2012 – All Friday routes will be picked up.

 

October in Dottie’s Corner

FALL IS RECYCLE TIME.  It’s time to switch our spring/summer wardrobe to fall/winter duds. AND, there’s no better time than now to get rid of those clothes we haven’t worn for “years.”  With 3, that’s right 3, establishments right here in Aston disposing of those clothes in a manner that benefits others as easy as, well, 1 – 2 – 3. Let’s not forget the other closets in our home – household items, working electronic gadgets, books, and the list goes on and on and on.

 

In the spirit of benefiting others, Aston has a FIRST – GreenDrop Charitable Donations Center , supporting Purple Heart  Veterans – located at Concord & Pennell Roads (the former Exxon gas station). GreenDrop provides Aston with a convenient, clean, safe, professionally-staffed and managed location to donate items you no longer have a use for (or just plain got “tired” of sitting around your house) in an environmentally-friendly manner.   Just drive up to the door and attendants will unload your donations and then provide you with a receipt making  a tax deduction a breeze. And just in case you were wondering –Purple Heart’s mission is to provide funding for many programs and services our Veterans desperately need, particularly in this challenging economic climate. You can still schedule a home pick-up by calling Purple Heart  at 1-800-338-1448.

 

Then there’s my favorite place: The Attic, 4728 Pennell Road, Broadway Plaza, The Attic is a collaborative project between the Bernardine  Franciscan Sisters and the Education Division of Elwyn Institute. Also, the shop provides Elwyn students with a structured workplace. If there are any profits by year’s end the proceeds are split between Elwyn and the Bernardine Sisters. This is a great place to get bargains on “gently used” clothing for the entire family in addition to household items, books, games, puzzles, jewelry – oh just about everything. To drop off items please call ahead, 610-497-2088. Donating and shopping at The Attic is a win-win situation – you make room in your closets and Elwyn and the Bernardine Franciscan Sisters benefit. Be sure to say HI to Sister Phyllis for me.

 

The third location is relatively new to Aston – Second Thoughts Resale Shop, located in the Valley View Shopping Center, 4908 Pennell Road, 484-490-5346.  Second Thoughts accepts items both on consignment and donation – seasonal items especially welcome. The shop is well lit, spacious and very organized. They too have clothing for the entire family, and a little bit of everything else (even a few tools for the “man” of the house). Please call ahead to get the specifics on their consignment policy. And if nothing else, stop by to see the great autumn window scene painted by a local art student.

 

YOUR TRASH IS ANOTHER’S TREASURE

RECYCLE PLEASE

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Weekly Recycling

Starting on October 1st the Public Works department will be picking up recycling weekly.  This program is set to run until December 31st.  To simplify the collection process and to encourage residents to comply, recycling will be picked up on their regular trash day.  This change comes to the township as residents have expressed their interest in weekly recycling and township employees have already stepped up their recycling efforts.  Road Foreman Russ Palmore has seen an increase in his recycling over the years. “More and more of the items we purchase are recyclable, or come in recyclable containers.  I have gone from having two (2) cans of trash and one (1) can of recycling to two (2) cans of recycling and (1) can of trash. “

The Board of Commissioners hope that this effort from the Public Works department along with the drop off recycling center behind the township’s Municipal building and various events scheduled throughout the year like the Composting Workshop co-sponsored by the Chester Ridley Crum Watershed Association scheduled for Thursday, October 18th and upcoming Electronics and Paper recycling events will increase awareness about the importance of recycling.  “We see this as a time to move the Township forward; with a concentrated effort we can really create a positive impact on the community as a whole.  Increasing our recycling efforts is a win for everyone in the township.  We have an opportunity to help the environment, save the taxpayers’ money and create a culture of sustainability that we can pass on to the future residents of Aston Township,” said Board of Commissioners President James Stigale. 

Over the past three weeks Public Works employees were placing hangers on residents’ doors informing them about the weekly recycling and are looking forward to seeing the fruits of their labors. If you have any questions about the recycling program, feel free to contact the Administrative offices during business hours Monday through Friday 8:30am to 4:30pm at 610 – 494-1636.

Watch Road Foreman Russ Palmore show you around the Aston Township Recycling Drop-off Center.

New Earned Income Tax Collector Named

Attention all residents and business owners:  Keystone Collections Group is now serving as the new local earned income tax collector, replacing Centax.  All businesses must report the 3rd quarter employee tax withholdings to Keystone by October 31, 2012. Keystone Collections have already mailed forms to all businesses and self employed individuals.  If you need additional forms or have questions you can contact them at 1 (855) 697-3516.

Businesses can file electronically at www.keystonecollects.com

or by  mail to

Keystone Collections Group

546 Wendel Road

Irwin, PA 15642